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Old 08-26-2012, 08:33 AM   #1
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sv235 or sv291 surveyor

We cant decide between interior floor space of 291 @ 31 ft and side slide out or 235 @ 26' with king rear slide but no side slide out but shorter length for easier towing. Has anyone else decided between the two?
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We cant decide between interior floor space of 291 @ 31 ft and side slide out or 235 @ 26' with king rear slide but no side slide out but shorter length for easier towing. Has anyone else decided between the two?
That is probably a decision only you can make based on your own criteria.

We went with the 235 because of its compact size vs the features available. The storage in the bunk area was important to us; and the king bed. But there is down side. Floor space is very limited; possibly a problem on a rainy day if you have kids. And storage space is poor. We've added cabinets to ours in the bunk area, bathroom and by the sofa. But the deciding factor was length as we like to go into some remote areas with tight turns, small sites, rough roads, etc.

I'll also say that our 235 is in the shop right now with a slide problem; the second time in 5 years. We've got about 100 nights of camping on it and about 25,000 miles. It has been good except for the slide issue. I'm hoping that they can get it squared away this time.

Good luck with your decision. The Surveyor line is a nice trailer; they tow VERY nicely with the low stance and the torsion suspension.
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And another thought, your tow vehicle can be a deciding factor too. The 291 is getting on the longer side. Make darn sure your TV has adequate wheelbase and sufficient towing capacity. A good rule of thumb is to not exceed 80% of your rated capacity. And I'd say more like 60% if you plan on long tows; in 4 digits for mileage; or for mountain towing.
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TV is a Titan with tow package rated 8900# and is the long bed 4 door crew cab. Based on that what do you think about towing the SV291?

Rainy days with the 4 and 6 yr old monsters are a concern but so is safely getting to the site safely and limiting stress!

Has anyone changed the beds in the 3' 4" shorter sp260?
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TV is a Titan with tow package rated 8900# and is the long bed 4 door crew cab. Based on that what do you think about towing the SV291?

Rainy days with the 4 and 6 yr old monsters are a concern but so is safely getting to the site safely and limiting stress!

Has anyone changed the beds in the 3' 4" shorter sp260?
Dry weight of 4,800; 500 pounds of options; 700 pounds of stuff; you should be safe at 6,000 pounds. Hitch weight of 600 pounds should be OK with some stuff in the bed and your family. You have a wheelbase on the longer side. You should be fine.

Honestly, I think you would be unhappy with the 235 with your family situation.
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Another P.S. You might get more discussion on this if you post it in the Surveyor area. Let me know if you would like me to move it for you.
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Thanks Acadianbob
TV is a Titan with tow package rated 8900# and is the long bed 4 door crew cab. Based on that what do you think about towing the SV291?

Rainy days with the 4 and 6 yr old monsters are a concern but so is safely getting to the site safely and limiting stress!

Has anyone changed the beds in the 3' 4" shorter sp260?
I have a 235, bought it when the kids were 3 & 5. I had my choice of the 291 for $1500 more at the time. While the 235 is a nice trailer, the walk around bed, ducted a/c, bigger bathroom & side slide would have been a better long term fit. I do have to say that the 235 bunks are huge! I test towed both trailers when I bought, I actually thought the 291 towed every bit the same as the 235.

Either trailer will work, go for the better fitting floor plan. One last thought, the 291 would be a better seasonal camper ( more floor space ) if you think that might be in your families' future.

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Our 235RS (queen slide) is limited on floor space, but we don't spend a lot of time inside during the day. That said, when it is very cold (rare for us) or it rains, the kids (now 7 & 11) play on the floor space of the lower front fold up bed. They have plenty of space and are not underfoot. Storage was an issue, but after modifing some areas, we can pack for a weeks vacation for the four of us just fine. I will say that more floor space would be nice, but it is also noce to have the shorter tow length. Easier to get in and out of gas stations and parking lots, and easier to park in tight campground spaces.

Just my .02.

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I have a 235, bought it when the kids were 3 & 5. I had my choice of the 291 for $1500 more at the time. While the 235 is a nice trailer, the walk around bed, ducted a/c, bigger bathroom & side slide would have been a better long term fit. I do have to say that the 235 bunks are huge! I test towed both trailers when I bought, I actually thought the 291 towed every bit the same as the 235.

Either trailer will work, go for the better fitting floor plan. One last thought, the 291 would be a better seasonal camper ( more floor space ) if you think that might be in your families' future.

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Forgot to mention the bed length. I believe the 291 has an 80 inch long bed, same as your house. The 235 is only 74 inches but 72 inches wide. We also find the slide quite cold when camping around freezing temps.
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Forgot to mention the bed length. I believe the 291 has an 80 inch long bed, same as your house. The 235 is only 74 inches but 72 inches wide. We also find the slide quite cold when camping around freezing temps.
When it is VERY cold out, we pull our slide back in for the night.
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Thanks shinysideup for the test tow idea. My DW also wants to make sure that I will be able to get a 30' trailer behind the barn as she doesn't like any equipment visible from the street. It may come down to that!

Modguy If you could do it all over again what would you buy?

The king slide issues are a little scary!
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Modguy If you could do it all over again what would you buy?

The king slide issues are a little scary!
Well,
What we have is the largest I can tow with my current vehicle, which was one of the deciding factors when we purchased it (The queen slide is a bit shorter and lighter than the current king version). I am not a fan of having the kitchen in the slide out, seems the storage is not that great. If I was looking with a regular 1/2 ton tow vehicle, I like the looks of the Rockwood 2501SS. Good size bathroom, shorter length, flexable layout.

When I can change to a 3/4 truck, we are going to go to something like the
Rockwood 8286WS 5ht Wheel.

If your gut is saying the 291, then I would go that way.
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Forgot to mention the bed length. I believe the 291 has an 80 inch long bed, same as your house. The 235 is only 74 inches but 72 inches wide. We also find the slide quite cold when camping around freezing temps.
Good point on the bed length! FOr the very few times we camp when it is real cold, we have a heated matress pad. I also put Reflextex insulation in the bed window to help with the temp. in cold weather, we will get some condensation in the corners of the slide out walls at night. I always make sure to give it a good dry wipe in the mornings.
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Thank you for all the thoughts. I am working with a dealer on the 291 and if we can get the price right the order is going in!
I decided on the 291 for the following reasons (not in any order):

- more storage space without modifications
- also has large bunks
- floor space width due to slide out
- loaded weight is reasonable
- no bed slide and room around master bed

Can't wait to get the deal done and hope to get in a fall trip if we don't have another October snow storm!
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If you are going to order it, bargin HARD! The dealer will have a solid sale and not a trailer sitting on his lot costing him $$$. Ordered ours and got 7K off what the dealer was asking for, which put the price in the range of what I thought the unit was worth. I also found out when ordering that there are options available that may not be listed in the brochure, so be sure to ask. We ordered ours with a wood look vinyl floor, which was an option (no charge)that was not advertised.

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If you are going to order it, bargin HARD! The dealer will have a solid sale and not a trailer sitting on his lot costing $$

Good Luck and Happy Camping!

That's what I just said to my DW! I made an offer that I can't refuse I'll let you know what happens next week ( due to holiday)
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