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Old 04-14-2007, 02:20 PM
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I have an opportunity to buy a new demo 2720SL that was towed and shown at several RV shows. It has everything I need and is about 400 miles from my home. My tow vehicle is a 2000 Tundra V8. Would I need to have WDH or any kind of lifter to pick this thing up? Also, is there anything I should be careful of when buying a TM that was used as a demo? I am totally new to RVing and any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance...Joe
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Old 04-14-2007, 02:55 PM
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I have an opportunity to buy a new demo 2720SL that was towed and shown at several RV shows. It has everything I need and is about 400 miles from my home. My tow vehicle is a 2000 Tundra V8. Would I need to have WDH or any kind of lifter to pick this thing up? Also, is there anything I should be careful of when buying a TM that was used as a demo? I am totally new to RVing and any help I can get will be greatly appreciated.Thanks in advance...Joe
To bring the trailer home you will need a brake controller installed on your Tundra. The brake controller activates the electric brakes on the Trailmanor, the brakes on the Tundra alone are not enough. Unless you already have one, whomever installs the brake controller will also install a 7 point connector at the bumper. This provides power for your stop lights, brake lights, brakes, and DC power to recharge your battery on the TM.

You can decide on a WDH later - some people like them because they feel they provide an extra margin of safety, others do without. I don't have a WDH, and tow with a full sized, 1/2 ton pickup.

Depending on the available space at home, or whevever you plan to park the trailer, you might want a trailer dolly to help you move the trailer around. They're less than $100 and are available, I know, at Harbor Freight, and probably other places, and online.

I don't see any problem in buying a demo TM especially if you're getting a good deal on it, and it comes with a full warranty. But I would of course still check to make sure that everything (AC, furnace, water pump, toilet, water heater, etc) works before you leave the lot. Get the sales person to demonstrate how things work, and how the trailer is set up and taken down. Make sure there is an owner's manual that goes with the trailer.

You'll learn the "in and outs" very quickly. Good luck

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Old 04-14-2007, 03:42 PM
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Hi Nick! Thanks so much for the reply. I'm assuming the brake controller you mentioned can be installed anywhere, or is it specific to TM. I towed a 20ft boat with the tundra so I have light connections, but no electrical connection for the TM. Are these universal type parts or specific to TM? Thank you fo your patience...Joe
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:32 PM
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The Bargeman is different than the one I used for the boat. Thanks Leon
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Old 04-14-2007, 05:51 PM
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Hi Nick! Thanks so much for the reply. I'm assuming the brake controller you mentioned can be installed anywhere, or is it specific to TM. I towed a 20ft boat with the tundra so I have light connections, but no electrical connection for the TM. Are these universal type parts or specific to TM? Thank you fo your patience...Joe
Brake controllers are really generic in nature. You'd need a brake controller with any good sized RV trailer that has its own brakes. Your boat trailer might not have had it's own brakes and utilized the TV's braking system. Any place that specializes in trailers should be able to install the controller for you, or you can do it yourself.


Look here for some info on brake controllers
http://www.rv.net/forums/index.cfm/f...tid/742176.cfm
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Old 04-14-2007, 08:10 PM
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........the ever popular Prodigy Brake Controller, at a great price!

Prodigy Brake Control by Tekonsha

With video!

HTH

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Old 04-18-2007, 11:44 AM
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Looks like the prodigy brake controller is the way I'll go.I have another question about parking the TM in my garage. The way I read it the 2720SL, with a 2" lifter and low profile AC will measure less than 81" in height. The lowest point of my garage opened is 93". I have a very slight incline on my driveway approach, ( less than 5 degees). I think I should be OK. Anybody have an experience with this? I am really excited about this andand I can't thank you folks enough. Everybody has been so friendly and helpful. I intend to join this website when my 30 days are up and look forward to becoming a member of this community. Thanks....Joe
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Old 04-18-2007, 12:51 PM
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I am not sure about the measurements, but be real careful if you have an electric door opener. My TM will go through the door , and clear the opener OK, but it is really close (less than a 1/4") to the bracket that connects the door opener to the door. I will probably raise the door and clamp it in place, and then remove the bracket next time I put the TM in the garage.......especially if I decide to go with 15" wheels and tires on the TM.

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Old 04-18-2007, 06:30 PM
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Thanks MTNGUY. If I can ask, What kind of mileage do you get towing the TM with the F-150? I think the TM will clear everything in my garage set-up( I hope!). I will pick it up Friday and bring it home Saturday....Joe
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:26 PM
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gadusfly,

I haven't done any long trips with my combo yet. The only time that I have figured the mileage was when I first got the TM, with 4 trips over the Blue Ridge and 200 miles on the odometer. The mountains around here kill the gas mileage whether you are towing or not. I got 12.2 mpg on that tank. I was a little disappointed with that.

My F150 has the 5.4L V8 with a 3.73 axle. But it is a 4x4, with the super cab. The truck alone (along with a couple of add ons like the Trac Rac system) weighs 5820 with a 1/2 tank of gas and driver (me). I couldn't believe that when I got it weighed a couple of weeks ago. The TM with basic supplies (not groceries) and WDH weigh in at 3400 lbs. By the time I add the missus, some firewood, my bikes, canoe, charge the toilet, and add water, I will be near the 5 ton mark. It all adds up quickly. Weight and air displacement are the enemy.....thank goodness I am towing a TM instead of something bigger.

Towing on fairly level level road seems effortless with this combo. I hope to get somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 mpg on longer trips, but time will tell. I do tend to be a very conservative driver.

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