Sorry for the duplicated.
Hello everyone, I'm a newby here.
I just put a deposit on a 2011 Surveyor SP295, subject to test tow.
We are sold on the outside kitchen. This is the only ultra light unit with outside kitchen weight less than 5500lbs and under 33ft (overall length). Mine is 5231lbs. We notice it is a Sports Model with a few "options" missing such as the Torsion suspension. All others, such as electric water heater, I can live without. (unless someone suggest otherwise)
I have a 06 Durango with upgraded suspension that can tow up to 10,000lbs. The length of the unit, is of course, a concern, but I don't think it is a deal breaker. (unless someone suggest otherwise) I'm here in Calgary, Canada, just an hour drive to the mountains. The road is rather long and straight. But we prefer a larger unit so that I don't have to upgrade at a later time. The TV, of course, can be replaced of upgraded.
We will go for a test tow on Friday.
My concern is, of course, towing. I've driven 30+ft Class C motor home for vacations without much problems. Obviously, towing is in a different league.
If I don't like the tow, I can cancel my contract at any time, or opt for a non-Sports model with Torsion suspension system.
I have a few questions that I would like your valuable inputs.
- What should I look for during the test tow?
- Expect that the Torsion system delivers a quieter ride, how exactly does it improve tow handling? Would that improve safety? Someone mentioned the Torsion system allows the unit to sit lower with lower centre of gravity, but by how much? The Surveyor SP295 has the lowest exterior height of all ultra light (Bullets, Jayco, Outback, Aerolite, Tango, Coachman, etc.)
- The underbelly is not enclosed. Do you think it worth the extra to install electric heat pads and have it enclosed? I'm in a winter country
- I also notice may other ultra light units sit higher than the Surveyor. Is the lack of ground clearance a concern?
- Should I try towing a SV291 with a Torsion suspension system?
Thank you all for your help!