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Old 04-25-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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OT: new sticky trailmanor mini coming out with a back porch. Fun design to look at, so just passing it along Here
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:13 PM   #2
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it looks nice enough.. sort of a 5th wheel without the 5th wheel..layed out like a truck camper thingymabob.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:44 PM   #3
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I love the back porch. I can't read the spec sheet, though.. what's the overall length, height, and weight?
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:53 AM   #4
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They are hard to read!

Dry weight - 1850#
Tongue weight - 2xx#

Inside height - 6'4"

I can't quite read the lengths.

Interestingly, it looks like all the options are priced, but the "base price" is blank.

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Old 04-26-2009, 07:35 AM   #5
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Base Price... $21,987 [just call it $22,000 for a round number]
Then you add in the OPTIONAL necessities
Dry weight plus a couple of their optionals=3000# towing weight
tongue weight 260# + propane tanks ........ make that = ouch!

So much for towing with a small car.
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Old 04-27-2009, 12:16 PM   #6
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Hard to make lunch back there while on the road (not to mention the bathroom)
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:21 PM   #7
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I think Trail Manor has hit a sweet spot with this one. It's light enough that a small SUV or mini-van can pull it, is more aerodynamic than "stickie" style trailers and many eggs as well, sleeps the two adults and two kids in the average young family, will stay a lot warmer than your average tent camper, and feels big and airy inside because of all that open room at the top half of the camper clam shell. I think it's a great option for families looking for something that has the fuel- and cost- conscious advantages of a tent trailer with the hard-side appeal of a motor home or stickie trailer.

It's downside is the same collapsing design feature that makes the trailer so airy up top also means it can't have a lot of eye-level storage space, can't be used to do discrete overnights in parking lots, side streets or rest stops or be used for a quick sit down lunch or potty stop. I love the back porch, but the rear-entry design means having to climb through the dinette/bed to get to the washroom and kitchen facilities from the loft.

These are probably good trade-offs for occasional family camping trips, but not so attractive for those who do a lot of RVing.
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Old 04-27-2009, 05:21 PM   #8
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James,

I went back and looked and... duh, there was the base price staring me in the face (I had looked where there was a blank for it down below, and it was... blank).

I think I'd want to combine those two layouts: Have the dinette AND one full-length settee. You could easily do that by keeping the driver's side settee full length. Might just be me though (and not like I'm going to run out and buy one).
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Dry weight plus a couple of their optionals=3000# towing weight
tongue weight 260# + propane tanks ........ make that = ouch!
Actually its standard configuration includes a toilet, furnace, 'fridge, range, water heater and one propane tank and (claims) an 1850 pound dry weight. Even after loading up with clothes, food and gear that would keep the trailer within the tow capacity of our Hyundai Santa Fe.
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