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Old 03-20-2013, 10:37 PM   #101
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Hey guys,


Question for any of you 351 or 356 owners that had their trailer last year and used it last summer. I am specifically interested to hear from those of you that have single AC units and the question is is the single AC unit enough? I see many other toy haulers with dual AC's but it seems likt the Puma's standard is one. WIll that keep the entire camper cool even when it's in the 80's and 90's and even in the garage and bedroom area? Thanks
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:17 AM   #102
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The single ac is enough. I have a friend that has two units on another brand toyhauler, and when we go to Jordan lake camping, since the lake hook ups are only 30amp. He can only run one of them. Half of his camper is cool and the other is not so cool. I got mine last summer and it did just fine for cooling. After seeing that, I prefer only one.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:44 AM   #103
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That's a good question that a lot of people ask. I met a guy with a Warrior 5th wheel and it only came with one ac unit. His was 40 feet long, and cost a lot more than our Puma's. He said he would have liked to have another ac unit, but not worth the cost to him. I'm sure it's not as cool in the garage as you would like, but there are ac vents in the garage, plus it's designed so you can leave the garage open. Thanks for your comment harrinc.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:28 AM   #104
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We have the 356 one 15000 unit is ok if you don't have a large group that can't decide whether to stay in or out. With just my DW & myself no problem but when the 3 grown kids are running around it got a little warmer. We thought about a second unit but were going to try a ceiling fan. We are still expermenting. Actually the garage was cooler than the living area (again 3 20+ year olds in and out ever 2 minutes).
That is with no shade & at the beach 90+ degrees..... with shade no problem with one. This summer we are going to make them use the back side door. Our dealer said he would put in a second unit for around $1500 but that also involves upgrading to 50A service.

Over all we highly recommend the 356 or the 351 they are very well built for the $$$!!!!
We love ours........

Overall one unit seems fine but if you like like a refrigerator inside & its over 90 & bright sun no shade it will work hard.......... The 356 has higher ceilings with the loft bed so there is more to cool.........both are about the same length.
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Old 03-21-2013, 04:53 PM   #105
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The picture isnt that great, but here is an update to my bed raise. I added some 2x6's under each bed with some 7" bolts holding each bracket.

I looked into raising the whole bed and frame system, but that was alot of work. This was easier. My rhino is 72"tall this got it to 74"

If you do this, I had to move over the storage box some. It was hitting the drive shaft that goes to the other wall. Only a few screws holding it down.
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Old 03-21-2013, 05:10 PM   #106
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Here are before and after pictures of my slight modification. It gave me about a 2 inch lift.
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One thing I also made sure of is to put the bolts with the head up. Just in case if the nut came off, the bed wouldn't fall down with someone on it sleeping.
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Yea I planned to do it that way, but I did this alone. Holding that bed, while putting the bolt in was a challenge to say the least. It's pretty tight on there, so it should be fine. Just hope there is enough room for my golf cart now. The incline when entering may be an issue, but I'll see this weekend.
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Lifting the bunks

I wonder if flipping the L brackets 180 would put the bunks up too hi? I still have not had time to check the controller for the limit adjustment but plan to.
One other thing, on our spring break trip the wall board at the stairs from the bedroom detached from the stud. About 18 inches and 4-5 staples pulled out. I think it could have been caused by the flexing of the trailer on the road but that is just a guess. I could run a few new staples in it but am worried about warranty so I am taking it in so the problem can be documented.
I bought the unit from RV Wholesalers in OH so we will see just how responsive the dealer is that I will use for the local warranty service. I'm hoping they wont keep it all summer for such a simple problem.
Absolutely love this trailer.
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Old 03-21-2013, 10:10 PM   #110
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Water Heater Switch

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Enjoy................

Hope you like yours as much as we like our 356 great trailers for the price. We ordered ours & got what we thought we wanted (Didn't miss too many options). Have had it 6 months now. I still say where can you get a 35' toyhauler for under 30K out the door.........

The switch for the water heater should be on the wall above the sink / stove at the panel in the kitchen. The electric side is outside when you open the panel (somewhat hidden....)




ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love this trailer. Its a far cry from my pup. Love the pup too though.
Saw that red switch. Its marked "Heater". I thought it was for the fresh water holding tank that is supposed to heated for freeze protection. Anyway, as soon as I turned it on the water heater fired up. Now that I know about the water heater I am curious how the heated tank works. I guess its off a t-stat. It would be cool to get my hands on a schematic for the trailer. I might have to see if there is a shop manual available for this thing.
Thanks for input. It helped.
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