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Old 06-10-2024, 09:10 AM   #1
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Hello all. Just took possession of a 2006 2720SD. Pretty nice. One owner, always under cover, owner claimed used once or twice per year, and it looks the part.

As our family evolved, we went through tent camping to motorhome glamping. When the kids moved on, we got into an Apache. Didn't really fall in love with it. Thought about a 5th wheel, but that would have required a new truck. Enter the Trail Manor.

Seeing how it has original tires, date code 2005, first order of business is to get some new tires. I've read several threads, and this looks like the optimum time to switch over to higher load rated 15", not forgetting the spare, which has been happily hanging out for almost two decades underneath. My TM has the square tube between axle and frame, and currently looks to have 4-5" of clearance between top of the 14" tire and top of wheel well. I appreciate all the great posts that helped me sort this out fairly quickly.

Apparently it has had an issue that never was resolved while under warranty. I haven't looked at any schematics yet, but one of the fuses blows every time it's lifted. Prior owner solution was to pull said fuse prior to lowering the unit down. Put fuse back in after it was in raised position. So, if anyone has had that issue, I'd be interested in hearing about it. While a janky solution, it's livable until I get my eyes on the schematic.

Be seeing you around the forums!
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Old 06-10-2024, 09:57 AM   #2
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Apparently it has had an issue that never was resolved while under warranty. I haven't looked at any schematics yet, but one of the fuses blows every time it's lifted. Prior owner solution was to pull said fuse prior to lowering the unit down. Put fuse back in after it was in raised position. So, if anyone has had that issue, I'd be interested in hearing about it. While a janky solution, it's livable until I get my eyes on the schematic.
John - Welcome and congrats on your purchase!

That sounds like an unusual problem, but my guess is that when the unit gets folded, a wire is getting kinked somewhere, and in the process, some of the insulation has worn through to bare wire, and that bare wire is creating a short circuit with something, blowing the fuse.

It could be that the wire is shorting to the frame, which is the TM ground, but I bet instead there is a positive and negative wire getting shorted together. The prior owner's patch solution of pulling the fuse before folding works, but eventually, that wire(s) will short even when the camper is up, or it may even just break. So you need to find it.

The culprit wire(s) are of course on the circuit where the fuse blows, so find out what is on that circuit and then trace the wires. My guess is that it is among the wires on the driver's side that are zip-tied to the shell support arms. There are several potential kink points there, and so I would check that over very thoroughly. The fix might be as easy as putting some high quality (3M) electrical tape over the bare spot, but it might be bad enough that you have to cut out the worn out wire and splice it.

Let us know how it goes!

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Old 06-10-2024, 03:06 PM   #3
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Check where the wires go up the lift arms in the middle of the trailer on the driver side. This is a known pinch point and causes issues and would fit with the description of blowing a fuse while opening or closing.
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:23 AM   #4
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I'm not positive but I think that you may have to install a lift kit on your trailer if you are going from 14" tires to 15". I had to do that on the 2004 that I had.

If you install 15" tires without installing the lift kit, your tires may hit the upper part of your wheel well.
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Thanks, guys, appreciate it. I wish there was a little "thumbs up" button to acknowledge that someone's post had been read and appreciated.
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