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profdant139

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Posted: 01/11/22 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I stumbled across a reference to this new "big teardrop" -- as far as I can tell, there hasn't been a discussion of this model on this forum?? (Please forgive me if I am wrong -- I really did search the archive and came up empty.)

I haven't seen one of these things in person yet -- the pictures and videos are interesting. I'm especially interested in the boondocking model -- the website says it has "pitched axles" -- I have not found a good definition of this feature.

I'm always skeptical of T@bs -- will there be enough headroom for me, at 6'3"? I'm sure this new trailer will be expensive. But it might fill a specific market niche.

If you've seen one of these, your comments will be welcomed! And if you're like me and are just commenting for the heck of it, your comments will be tolerated. [emoticon]

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It looks interesting. I did see the spec shows 79" interior height. I'm sure that's only at the center, but it is 6' 5"

I also found a decent FAQ that lists pitched axle.


Axle Pitches

Each of our axles are little bit different when it comes to the pitch. These pitches help dictate ground clearance in our trailers.


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TAB 320 Boondock – 22.5 Down

TAB 400 – 10 Down

TAB 400 Boondock – 22.5 Down

TAG 5W – 0 deg

TAG 5W Boondock – 22.5 Down

TAG XL – 0 deg

TAG XL Boondock – 22.5 Down

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That 2800 lb. dry weight is a full 500 pounds heavier than a comparably-sized Escape, Casita or Scamp.

I suspect that you're also getting less usable interior space.

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We owned a Tab Outback for a very short time. It was the ruggedized version of the regular Tab. It had a very very small wet bath. A very small fridge, sink, and 2 burner stove. To use the bed slats were put in and the cushions laid down. It had air and a hot water heating system. I can't recall tank capacity but I think they were less than 5 gallons fresh and the same for black and gray combined. It was way to small for us. By contrast we now have a 16 foot Airstream Bambi and love it. It has a lot more usable room.
The Tab 400 is very expensive for what you get. They are no more rugged than anything else. They are a larger version of the Tab Outback.

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The interior workmanship and materials appear very good.


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We have one on order. Pricey but a good fit for our needs. We talked to lots of owners and checked them out in detail. Good fit and finish. They are 7’6” wide as opposed to 7’ for some of their competition. That was a concern for us because we are pulling with an SUV. But we hooked up and looked in the mirrors and it was fine.

High tech appliances including hydronic heat. Not everybody wants that. Basement AC. Nice headroom (I’m tall). They have spent time on the engineering making it so as you fill water tank or add batteries your hitch doesn’t get heavier. (Actually gets slightly lighter).

If you have a healthy budget it’s a nice fit. But there are other less expensive alternatives.

Ours arrives April or May timeframe. The new SUV that pulls it arrives about the same time.

Should be a fun summer. [emoticon].

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Thanks for all of those comments, and congrats to Reisender!! That's an interesting point about the budget and the price -- there are times when "over-spending" is justified.

In this case, there are very few full-featured hard-sided small trailers with decent headroom -- so for those of us (like me) who really want that type of package, a cheaper alternative may be unavailable.

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The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use. I also think I would like the basement air. A new 400 AND SUV hmm 401k must be prospering. Congrats

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Looks nice for the size.

The difference between the two layouts is extreme...


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bgum wrote:

The heating system is one of the best features but will take some experience in its use. I also think I would like the basement air. A new 400 AND SUV hmm 401k must be prospering. Congrats


Heh hen. [emoticon]. We down sized from a 40 foot diesel pusher. We have plans to go to lots of places we couldn’t get to with the pusher. Should be fun....and cosy.

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