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Old 08-04-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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Buying a 2012 Surveyor SP295 on Saturday

Hi everyone, well we have narrowed it down to the 2012 Surveyor SP295 model and once my wife (CEO) agrees, we'll be signing paperwork on Saturday. I am so grateful for this forum as everyone posts real life issues that we all can learn from. Our family is making a big step up from the pop up world to a big TT. I am getting a equalizer sway control put on, as well as power jack. I look forwarding to contributing my good and challenging experiences with others on this forum as time goes on.

For now, if anyone has any comments on this trailer, I would very much appreciate hearing feedback.

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Old 08-05-2011, 09:37 AM   #2
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Hi,

First of all, welcome to the forum !

That is an AWESOME trailer ! When I was getting my 291, there was a 295 next to mine, and my trailer looked small compared to it ! You are GOING to love it ! Do everything you can to persuade the CEO

What is the wheel base of your Yukon ? Is it the extended edition I hope ? 295 is a long trailer ....
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Old 08-05-2011, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hi Goomph, I must admit that I am a bit concerned about the wheel base size in relation to the lenght of the 295. My Yukon is not an XL, but we are adding an Equal-i-zer sway control hitch for sure. I know I can tow up to 8200, but even with the hitch, I must admit I am having some doubts....

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Old 08-05-2011, 12:04 PM   #4
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I am very tempted to say that the wheelbase is a tad too short for such a long trailer. Even with an Equalizer ....Any plans to upgrade the TV too anytime soon ? That trailer will leave the factory floor weighing around 5,500 lbs ...so you might be ok weight wise if you do watch your weight .... You might have to do your homework with this one ... I am sure others will chime in soon with their opinions.
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From a weight capacity, I can do up to 8,200lbs so I think I have that covered...We just sold our 24' boat with the tonge made it almost 29' and I pulled it without any challenges at all. That being said, I called the dealer and they are saying that with the Equal-i-zer sway control there won't be any issue. I have made it crystal clear that this deal is contingent on a successful test drive, over hills, on highway, etc. I guess the test drive will be the true acid test...

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Old 08-06-2011, 04:02 PM   #6
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What did you decide to do ?
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Hi Goomph, well in the last couple of days I spoke to 4 different RV dealers and two service managers and they all were really confident that with a decent sway control solution, I won't have any issues at all. So we bought the 295 today and just to give myself an extra level of saftey, I splurged and added a Hensley Arrow instead of the Equal-I-erz.

We pick it up on the 17th and we're all really excited.

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:17 PM   #8
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H.A. is a better choice for sure.

Congratulations on your purchase ! I hope you will enjoy your awesome trailer in many happy days !
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H.A. is a better choice for sure.

Congratulations on your purchase ! I hope you will enjoy your awesome trailer in many happy days !
Thanks Goomph, hey where in Ontario are you? We're in Barrie...

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Goomph lives in Whitby .... We are neighbours ! Which dealer did you get your trailer from ? If t is Campkins, we might meet for a coffee when you come this way

The other dealer I know is Niagara Trailers, and I believe there is one in Alliston ...
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:27 PM   #11
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We did indeed buy our TT from Campkins, seem like nice people. Well Imagine a number of trips will be made out your way shortly, I would love to get together for a coffee. I'll send you a note, next time were coming out.

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:32 AM   #12
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The 295 is a sweet trailer. We got ours last Dec (just a 2011) and we had a sway bar added to it. One day we had 80km/hr winds and I didnt tighten down the bar, well that was what they call a "white knuckle drive". After we stopped to get some Starbucks and kept on going with the sway tightened down it was fantastic, no sway at all. Even though the truck had trouble keeping a speed over 70km/hr.

I believe that I will soon be upgrading to a Duramax, even though I dont need that much truck it will be much better on my nerves knowing that I wont run out of power on those long hills.

Enjoy your new trailer, we love ours so much, we have been using it every 2nd weekend. We would use it more but the house needs love too!!!
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I went with a Hensley Arrow package

Hi Kev, glad to hear that you're having a blast with your 295. We're pretty much excited here too and are now looking at all the awesome camping destinations that we want to do. I had some reservations about hitches and decided to bite the bullet and go for the best sway control hitch on the market (IMO) and ordered the Hensley Arrow. So hopefully, I won't have the same white knuckle wind experience, but you never know.

Hey quick question, are you using blocks or pads to level your 295?

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:03 AM   #14
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The 295 sits low enough and with the scissor jacks I rarely need more than a couple of the plastic pads to level it. I've never had to extend the jacks out more than about 1/2 to 2/3. You're gonna love that tt. We bought ours in May and have enjoyed it immensely. Our driveway have some incline and I have rubbed a time or two on the passenger rear scissor jack to be careful and watch out for that. I love the tt sitting low but it does have an occasional drawback.
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Lets do that ! It will be fun ! I know I am from internet and so are you, how bad can it be !


I have nothing but good things to say about Campkins ! You WILL love them and they will absolutely take very good care of you !

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Old 08-09-2011, 11:32 PM   #16
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The only thing that I am using for leveling is just 2x6's cut to go under both tires. One is the length of the tires and then I cut another a foot longer so it is a bit of a ramp. I'm cheap so I didnt spend the $50 on the plastic pyramid things.

One thing that you may want to do is get a pair of the screw type stabilizers for support. I found that with the front and rear stabilizers down that there was movement when the kids rolled in the back. So I bought them and it made a big difference, the only thing is that they cannot be extended too far otherwise the trailer still shakes.

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We just upgraded from a tent trailer to a 2011 295. We didn't intend to buy such a large trailer but when you consider what this thing costs compared to a smaller trailer, it was a no brainer. Does anyone know what the difference is between the 11 and 12? We are looking
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Old 08-15-2011, 11:37 PM   #18
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That was one of the things that we looked at when deciding on the 295, the cost as well as at that time was the smaller engine in our truck. I believe that a couple of the differences are that my 2011 has a microwave in the outdoor kitchen, as well as mine does not have the entertainment center in front of the master bed. Ours has a full accordian door.

One thing that I am going to recommend is that you get a sway bar installed. The trailer is a very long trailer and is prone to alot of sway during windy days. There was one day that we had to stop at the local mall about 20 min away and did not tighten down the bar. On the way there was what they call a "white knuckle drive" after we stopped and I tightened up the bar, it became much, much easier to handle.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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Thanks Kevin. We did get the sway bars and it towed wonderfully on the way home from the dealer. I have seen some posts on here regarding TV mounts and that odd shaped area above the dinette that is intended for a TV. Where did you end up putting yours?
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We dont actually have a tv in the trailer, as we usually have some movies on the laptop that we watch at night if we dont feel like a fire or the weather is bad. I am thinking of getting a cabinet door either made or order one from Forest River and putting on the open cabinet that is supposed to be where a tv goes. Always need extra storage...

I have heard of people getting a tv mount that swivels and mounting it to the right of the cabinetry. Backing onto the pantry. Not sure how something like that would lock so it doesnt swing when you are moving, but I am sure there is something out there.

What are you pulling yours with? I was using a 2000 1/2 ton Silverado with the 4.8 v-8 and found it was a tough pull on the hills. On Saturday I am picking up our new (used) 2004 Duramax, I found one that a guy used only for pulling his trailer during the summers and parked it during the winters so it only has 49,0000 km on it. Cant turn that one down.

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