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Old 07-13-2005, 10:16 AM   #15
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Can someone explain geometry to me. I understand the swingaround hitch. Still doesn't make sense, but maybe I'm just too intuitive.
The 26' quoted in the ad is "Trailmanor speak" for the length of a non-folding trailer that would yield equivalent interior length of an erected Trailmanor. Trailmanor uses a four digit model designation that combines the equivalent length with the actual folded length. My old Trailmanor was a 3124SL which meant a 24' folded length which supposedly was equivalent to a 31' trailer when erected.

The trailer in the ad (2619) is equivalent in interior length to a conventional 26' trailer, but is 19' when folded for travel. Subtract 2' for the swing hitch, and it fits into a 17 1/2' garage.

What they don't say is that the trailer is narrow inside due to the folding construction and that some of that space is cantelevered out over space and has to be awkwardly crawled into and that just about all of the limited storage is below waist level..

I'm glad my Trailmanor is just a memory. There is loads more space in my 28' Classic than my supposed 31' equivalent Trailmanor had.
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Old 07-13-2005, 10:46 AM   #16
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Thanks John,

I thought it was something like that. Like the way some manufacturers measure sportboats, they measure the perimeter along the rubrail, add the perimeter of the swim platform, and divide by 2.
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:40 PM   #17
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I went from a 1963 AS Tradewind to a 1999 Trailmanor 3023 then to a 1979 Argosy (my current camper).

The Tradewind was spending about as much time in the repair shop as it was in the campground. After spending three days of an all-to-rare one week camping trip in an RV repair shop we decided to sell. We bought a trailmanor based on their supposed ability to be towed by an SUV and slick advertising images.

The trailmanor's folding mechanism works over pressed fiberboard, vinyl and plastic held together with metal screws that can loosen and fall out. The vinyl cushioning of the upper part would scratch the interior pressboard walls as the unit opened and closed. However, the trailmanor company is great. I recall ordering the broken plastic bits at a very reasonable cost. However, we found that the trailmanor was not economical to tow and the breaking pressboard/plastic bits left us with a feeling of owning something cheaply made. One plus for the trailmanor over other "popups" is the axle is set closer to the rear of the trailer making for easy towing. I've wondered why other campers (including Airstreams) haven't done this, but then again I'm not an engineer.

Trailmanor's have good resale value. We sold ours for more than we paid for it. However, we were happy to be back in an Airstream. Our Airstreams have required attention and repair, but when the day is done we have product that is well-built and still economical to use. We just want to camp and maximize our fun while camping as much as we can afford to do so.
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Old 08-16-2005, 12:48 PM   #18
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Last summer we spotted a Tab-rv. Like a teardrop yet less coffin like. Check them out at www.tab-rv.com The sticker price almost made us fall over. How could something so tiny and light weight cost so much. We had always wanted an Airstream and instead of tiny we ended up with 26'.
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:06 PM   #19
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How could something so tiny and light weight cost so much. We had always wanted an Airstream and instead of tiny we ended up with 26'.
With any sort of options, the aluminum version lists for over 1/5 of the list of an optioned 28' Classic. With 2005 Classics now advertised at $46,500 and a leftover 2003 28' Classic at $42,500, you could easily end up investing 1/4 to 1/3 of the above trailers.

I got into one at the RV show. Nice quality unit, but minimal in every aspect. Still, I have seen several of them on the road, so someone must be buying them.
Better than a popup, by far, though and not that much more expensive than the big popups with slides and all nowdays.
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