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Old 01-05-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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We were fortunate to have a budget to trade up to a newer and bigger TT this year. After a 4 day stretch camping in our older T-2770 with our 2 kids, their 2 friends and one of our dogs, what seemed roomy enough got a little too tight. It was dog that really sealed its fate however as she always found a way to lay right in the small path that led from the bedroom past the extended couch and dinete back to the restroom at night. We figured a Slide room had to be in our future.

At first, we didn't even entertain the thought of looking at another brand and there was a very nice '07 276SR at a dealer just up the street. The dealer was a little snooty and dismissed us with "Check the web, the lowest price is there" when we asked if there was any room on the price. That sent us looking around.

We were looking for bunks and after seeing an '06 Terry with the dual bunkhouse in the rear, the wife was sold on the idea. I have to admit, the ability to sleep the kids and their friends without having to convert the couch or dinette was VERY appealing to me as well.

Anyhow, I went searching brochures and could not find a Sunline model with that Bunkhouse. We looked at ALOT of other trailers (In our budget) and finally found a private seller on Craigslist selling his 2008 Keystone Sprinter 299BHSS which had a floorplan very similar to the Terry but had the look and feel of the Sunline. I know Keystone is mass produced and will not have the attention to details that Sunlines did but it was very close from the inspection that I did.

Anyhow, we wound up buying it for a few thousand less than anything else similar. We picked it up The friday before Christmas and boy is it a large beast! Our old sunline may have had trouble with ground clearance but I really didn't know how much the low profile helped. This beast pulls fine and I had no stability problems but it sits about 3 feet above the truck topper and our truck aint low! The wind resistance was very noticable and I think this is about the largest I want to tow before moving up to a deisel engine.

Sad that we couldn't stick with a sunline and still meet our needs but very happy with this new rig and can't wait to hit Ft Desoto on the 21st and Sanibel for 4th of July. Still hope to read up on here and chime in every now and then. I may be one of the few people that actually enjoy reading 600 word posts on setting up a hitch. I also may be one of the few that read the entire Chinese 3000w genset thread over at rv.net.....

Don't find many boards where people don't disolve into nastiness when discussing opinionated topics such as campground lights lol.
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:54 PM   #2
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Congrats on the new unit. Sounds like your gonna get lots of enjoyment out of it.

Still need those pics of the unit and trips.
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Old 01-05-2012, 05:27 PM   #3
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Well may you have many happy times in your new bunk house!!!!!
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Congrats on your new unit!

New campers are always a fund time.

While Sunline did make bunkhouse TT's I do not ever recall seeing or hearing of the bunk slide unit that is no popular.

Good luck on your new adventures and remember we like pics.... LOL so help us out here we wanna see....

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"fund time" LOLOL!
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Ahh yes, pictures... I knew I was forgetting something! I will try to remember to put some up this evening when I get home.

Yeah.. Fund time. Always seems to be an appropriate word when buying a trailer. No matter how well stocked we think we are, there is always a new list of must-haves. Electric Tongue Jack just got delivered yesterday and outdoor grill comming today
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A little slip of the fat finger

"Fund" time was suppose to be "Fun" time. No "d"

However....Most new campers that are bigger then the last one, the campers inside have Fun, Finding and Funding all the new things they now need to add
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A little slip of the fat finger

"Fund" time was suppose to be "Fun" time. No "d"

However....Most new campers that are bigger then the last one, the campers inside have Fun, Finding and Funding all the new things they now need to add
Yeah, figured it was a typo but as you noted, an appropriate typo.
I think we are just about done getting all the extras that are "Needed". It was mostly little things like rugs, bedding and a little hamper to fit in the little bathroom.

The tongue jack on this has a bit of an issue with the teeth skipping due to the metal frame where the gears are being bent out some so perfect time for an electric jack! Also, just had to get an outdoor grill to use the outdoor quick connect on the propane line. We picked up some slide room jacks but will not use them for that after reading on the potential harm they can cause. Using a peice of 2" wood, I may use them as extra stabilizers just in front of the wheels.

Finally we also picked up a 25 gallon rolling waste tank thing. I've been really wanting one of those as last time we went up to Ocala, I was starting to sweat it when the grey sensor started showing full with one night left.

So yeah.. always a bunch of new stuff that we just have to get....
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How's that Mini working out for you as a TV?
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How's that Mini working out for you as a TV?
Oh man, it's great! It's a manual transmission so I don't have to worry about cooling and the supercharger keeps it strong while towing the rig over the mountains. 22mpg all the way!

Turning is a little rough though since I removed the ball and clamp it right to the hitch. The sway problem was getting out of control over 10mph....

Oh yeah, I have to replace the clutch every couple hundred miles or so.
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Ahh....Nice Looking camper! Congrats and thanks for sharing the pics.

You for sure have more room. I see Jon already hit you up on the Mini... LOL I was about to do the same thing....

That bigger truck you have now is right at home with the new camper.

Happy Camping in your new camper.

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Looks great! If we were ready to upgrade the Keystones would be in the running for us too.
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