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Frequently Asked Questions
TrailManor owners report gas mileage of 15 to 24 mpg depending on the tow vehicle. A good rule of thumb is 80% of the mileage of the vehicle alone – much higher than you get with all travel trailers.
We recommend using a Class 3 hitch with load equalizing bars for most vehicles (not necessary on heavy trucks). The load equalizing bars transfer weight to balance the load between the front and rear wheels, which is necessary to level the vehicle and keep proper front end alignment on the tow vehicle. Your TrailManor dealer can recommend the proper hitch for your specific tow vehicle.
All our axles are equipped with electric brakes so a brake controller is needed. As in the case with virtually any towing situation, we recommend a transmission cooler for your vehicle.
A TrailManor trailer is designed to be so watertight you can open and close it in the rain without water getting inside. Our unique roof seal has been proven to be 100% effective in preventing water from leaking at the joint between roof sections.
The outside seal presses down on the roof to stop most of the water. The inside seal presses up against the ceiling to form an internal gutter, and a 11/2″ crown allows water to be channeled away.
We use double weather-tight seals to prevent leakage, and 100% silicone sealant on joints instead of putty tape for years of use. Seals are constructed of rip-proof nylon and a neoprene foam core for years of life.
TrailManor uses computer design to locate the axle position so that trailer sway is avoided. The axles are placed farther back to eliminate any tendency for the trailer to sway. In fact, many TrailManor owners say their trailers tow even better than their tent campers did.
Because of the proper placement of the axle, sway control devices are not required when towing a TrailManor. Tandem axles are needed only on the largest model for extra load capacity. On the smaller models, the tandem axles would only add weight and use up storage space, so they aren’t necessary.
The thermal insulation of a TrailManor is superior to that of a “stick” construction trailer because the foam insulation is not broken up by framing members. The roof, sidewalls and bed bottoms have almost continuous 1″ foam insulation (equal to 2″ of fiberglass), and the floor has a full 3″ foam core (equal to 6″ of fiberglass). The trailer is so well insulated that the 16,000 BTU furnace will heat the trailer as much as 70 degrees above the outside temperature. This excellent insulation also makes a TrailManor much easier to cool in the open sun.
We build smarter. The TrailManor body is constructed from vacuum-bonded sandwich panels using aluminum on both sides. The aluminum is bonded to a polystyrene adhesive, which is much stronger than more commonly used neoprene contact cement.
This panel construction, using dual aluminum skins, is more rigid than conventional “stick” construction, so heavy internal framing isn’t necessary. In addition to saving a considerable amount of weight, this panel design provides much better insulation than internally framed structures, where most heat loss occurs around and through the framing.
The floor of a TrailManor uses the same rigid, double skin sandwich panel construction, except the foam core is 3″ thick with plywood under the top aluminum skin to absorb surface impact loads. Our 3″ floor is much stronger and better insulated than particleboard or plywood floors used in other trailers, and it feels great on cold mornings.
Our lightweight design doesn’t compromise quality. Our laminated countertops are much lighter than particleboard, and they don’t swell with moisture. This cuts extra pounds of unnecessary weight without sacrificing strength.
We build our own chassis from 2″ x 5″ tubular steel using inert gas automatic welding equipment to assure the finest welds. Our rigid floor design doesn’t need heavy floor joist cross members. This alone saves 300 pounds of unnecessary steel weight.
TrailManor has the highest resale value of any travel trailer its size, according to the NADA RV Appraisal Guide. This is due to a number of factors, including our strong, durable construction, innovative engineering, and quality materials.
You actually get several warranties with a TrailManor. TrailManor offers a limited lifetime warranty on our torsion bar lift mechanism springs. You also get a limited warranty on all components for one year from purchase. TrailManor will repair or replace any component that has a defect in parts or workmanship during that time. All appliances are covered by individual warranties from their respective manufacturers, which means that if you do have a problem, you can get it serviced easily at a local appliance service center. And tires are also protected through the tire manufacturer’s warranty. All warranties are provided as part of your owner’s information.
A TrailManor has all the equipment of a conventional box travel trailer plus our innovative folding mechanism. Folding trailers are more expensive to build than box trailers. Five separate body parts must be built with extra edge finishing and special hardware added. Top quality components, such as our 3″ panel floor, also add cost but enhance towabilty and livability. Special fabrication methods include joining all body panels with screws and then folding the aluminum skin over the joint to protect against leakage. The underside of the floor is aluminum to avoid water damage. Even the holes for attaching components to the underside are pre-drilled and filled with silicone sealant to avoid wood rot and rusting. These construction techniques add cost but extend the useful life and value of the trailer.
Even though a TrailManor may cost more initially than some other trailers, it is less expensive to own. Our quality construction makes the trailer sturdy and more reliable. Our light weight saves money on fuel and on tow vehicle wear and tear.
Many people even save money because our light weight means they don’t have to buy a new tow vehicle to pull the size of trailer they need.
In addition, most TrailManors can be stored in a regular sized garage, saving you money on storage fees.
Your Options For Keeping Your TrailManor In Top Shape
Your complete satisfaction is important to us. To get assistance from the TrailManor Service Center on topics related to product information, technical inquiries and other ownership issues, please contact us.
Factory service work and Factory tune ups are available at our manufacturing facility in South Dakota.
To schedule service or order parts please contact:
TrailManor South Dakota Service & Parts
(Hours – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CST)
24221 412 Ave, Artesian, SD 57314 (Factory Location)
Phone: (605) 239-4002
Official TrailManor Facebook Page – for the latest news.
TrailManor Owner’s Pages – The definitive FORUM for information, user experiences and looking for used TrailManors and parts.
The TrailManor Trailblazers – a camping club for TrailManor Owners. The club was created by TrailManor Owners and designed so that you’ll make new friends, see new places, try new campgrounds, and get the most out of your TrailManor.
Facebook Fan Page – a place to share your TrailManor camping adventures and pictures of your TrailManor experiences and mods.