We just bought a new TT one week after we sold out 03 lance TC, "but" I had been looking for almost a year, looked at everything on the market and narrowed it down to 3 trailers 3 brands, ( we had an extencive list of wants ) but if you add in a weight limit and size limit you can cut out most of the field.
we are happy so far but we had to "settle" for one that the awning didn't cover the outdoor kitchen.......
oh the problems we have in a 1st world country.
God willing... We hope to be at Turkey Run SP IND. for a few days the weekend of the 12th, for some sugar creek kayaking and just relaxing, on the shake down run for our new TT, I will need it as I am pulling the transmission out of my truck tonight and try to get it back up and going by the weekend.
Dar & Barb
There is no way the manufacturer is not responsible for putting the correct safe axle and tires on a new product.
that is like saying, dodge can put 13 inch tires on a new 4500 and sell it as good to go.
soft side is the way you want to go for a hunting rig, low center of gravity and light is key. I just sold a lance 1071 slide and I hauled it on a massivly modified 1 ton and no way in the world I would go down a forest service road or hunting road.
low center of gravity is more important than anything eles.
Sold our 03 Lance 1071 and a week later had this Forest River Surveyor 243RBS in the driveway, We now have gone all the way around the horn 1 1/2 times going from a tent, pop-up, TC, MH, TT, TC, tent, TT, and every time we think ( OK this is the last trade ) Maybe this will be it for a while, because I now have an old TC I can use for the times when it will be the best option and a nice TT when it is the best option, as we all know not one single camper is best for all types of camping. anyway this is a pic thread so here is the new TT.
We just bought a 17 Forest River Surveyor, We did a walk through and spent 30 min in the trailer befor we told the guy we would take it, When I called to say get it ready I had a list of things that needed worked on, when we took delivery there were still a couple things needing fixed but nothing major and I would rather fix them right than have it half done and need to redo it anyway.
The water heater would heat but no hot water came out of any outlet, ( one bypass valve was still closed ) had to adjust the shower door, repaint the toung and front frame ( It looked horible ) yes I am anal like that, the shine and detail job thay did was a spray down with water and slim up the rubber and plastic with armor all, so it needed a good cleaning to get all the factory off of it, one under dinet seat drawer is still wonky but we are going to let it go for a little while, many many screws were not what i call tight, and I put my hand on every single plumbing fitting I could reach and they ( all) could have been tighter,
There is a good chance these things are built by younger guys putting in there 8 hours, finding a builder that takes pride in the product they are prodicing is rare, finding a dealer and camper prep guy that takes pride in what they do is even worse, the 2 ( boys ) that done the PDI on my camper maybe had good intensions but they just didn't know anything and probably didn't care that they didn't know anything.
If you buy a new or used camper check it over as best you can before you say, I want it, and then when you get it home go over it with a fine toothed comb,
I do it with everything I buy wheather it be a car, truck, motorcycle, tractor, lawnmower.
It is basicly like buying a bicycle at walmart and expecting to go race the tour-de-france without checking it out first.
We just sold our truck camper " slide-in " and are going back to a TT, there is nothing easier than sitting up a TC, pull in and plug in power and water, but there are traid off's, it sits high off the ground and can be streesful to drive around with the top heavy sway, " mine was pretty big and heavy "
We have been around the preverbial horn with camping rigs, pop-up, TC, 28ft Class C, 30ft TT, back to TC, and now back to a TT, nothing beats a MH or TC for ease of set up when in a different place every night, honestly you really don't need to do anything unless you are running the A/C or need line power.
It is wonderful to pop into a camp site and hop in the back and go to sleep, but for us it is the "we need to have another mode of transportation thing" that has brought us back to a TT.
I guess it all depends on what kind of camping you will be doing, my Dad has a class B and they are wonderful for traveling but not so much for camping in for a week or more on rain or very cold days.