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Old 05-12-2006, 12:13 AM
mntlblok
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I see in the archives that the Kia Sedona might be sufficient for a couple towing a 2619 on flat ground?

Kevin
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Old 05-12-2006, 02:48 PM
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We just took delivery of a new 2720. The tv is a 3.8L -6cyl. We had no problem pulling on moderate hills. We experienced the vehicle "working" to keep a 60 mph steady pace in high winds. We averaged about 14 mpg.
The stated factory weight on the title is #3090. It has air,awning,swing away hitch,hanging cabinet,and tv shelf as well as micro wave box with drawer. Those items must make up the difference of the publisher weight of #2742 lbs. We took it for our first trip to Kettle Moraine State park at the Ottawa Lake camping area around Eagle Wisconsin. Only had electric hook up and forgot to fill up water tank,sooo we hauled water. We had a great time!
I had not towed a large trailer before and towing it over 300 miles was an education. Backing it up is another story, but I'm working on it!
Had several people come over to check out our TM at the park.
I will say the TV is adequate with the factory tow package. Don't know if I would want anything smaller in horse power.
That's my 2 cents!

Midwest Dave
On the shores of the mighty Mississippi river
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Old 05-21-2006, 02:28 PM
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OK. You guys have scared me out of trying to tow a Trailmanor with a minivan. I've gone back to taking a look at the various A-frames. Certainly no towing problems there. But, there *is* a huge difference in inside space.

You've also convinced me that I don't want to deal with popups when it rains. Next question. What do you know about the Palomino Mustang XL? It seems to be *mostly* hard-sided, but the "bed end" extensions still look to be soft.

I'm wondering if it has some of the same advantages as the Trailmanor as far as "stopping for lunch". I don't know anything about how the "bed ends" work on popups, but it looks like you could maybe stop for lunch and raise the sides without having to deal with the soft ends. And, it looks like maybe it might not be a problem setting up in the rain. Taking down may be a different story.

And, I wonder about this sort of possible addition from another forum:

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I just read this on RV Business and wanted to pass it on. Very interesting...

Dutchmen Manufacturing Co. Inc.'s Aerolite Division has teamed up with top-of-the-line tent and outdoor mattress manufacturer Cascade Designs Inc., Seattle, Wash., to create a Therm-a-Rest self-erecting, all-weather tent extension. The product is available as a $1,200 option on Aerolite Cub and Kodiak hybrid trailers. The Therm-a-Rest tent extension debuted this week at the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. Each tent extension, made from Super-Tech polyester fabric with heat-sealed seams, features a self-inflating insulated outdoor mattress with a pillow top cover. "Once you open the door, it automatically pops open and sets up by itself," said marketing manger Joe Hosinski. "It is highly weatherproof," he added. "It's a full, outdoor extreme-weather tent."
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/16633217.cfm
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What little I can find in the various forums about the Mustang XL suggests that the price might be quite reasonable, but I can't find any actual quotes. Looks like the nearest dealer is 4 hours away.

It looks like it weighs enough less than a Trailmanor to make it predictably towable with a minivan with a WDH. What think you guys?

Kevin
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Old 05-21-2006, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Texas_Camper
If the dealer is 4 hrs away, give them a call, and in 10 minutes, you can determine if you want to pursue it further.
Thanks, Tex. Good idea.

Kevin
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