Coleman popup to Surveyer Hybrid
2000 Coleman Mesa popup for the last 8 seasons with 2 Chrysler minivans. Very good experiences, but with the 3 girls getting older and getting tired of being the last ones set up and torn down, we've moved on. Van and camper were sold last fall, and we found a Mountaineer with the full 7000 lbs tow rating.
This past Saturday, we towed home a 2004 Surveyor SV261T (see sig line). It's barely fitting in our driveway while I set up storage.
We're very excited to take this step. This layout (only 3980 shipped weight, queen tipout, rear quad bunks with bike door) was exactly what we were looking for. We had to drive 3 hours each way to get it, and they didn't come down as much as I'd hoped. But we have what we want.
Any concerns I should watch for on this year Surveyor (or Surveyor hybrids in general)? I understand that these are in the same family as the Roo and Shamrock, right?
Interior shows very well, but we bought knowing there could be issues with the floor. The dealer (SirpillaRV/Camping World-Akron) covered the original floor with carpet. They said the floor was stained and wasn't showing well. I rolled under the entire enclosed underbelly on a creeper, knocking on every square foot. The under-wrap looks outstanding, and everything felt & sounded solid. The knocking sounded different here and there, but that certainly could be affected by what was attached above, or empty hallway. I didn't feel anything soft, besides the membrane itself.
We saw no hint of roof or walls being repainted, and no wall stains.
So we bought this, knowing we would watch for leaks. Not sure if we should pull up the carpet, or only do it if we find a problem.
thebrakeman ('70), DW ('71), DD ('99), DD ('01), DD ('05)
2004 Surveyor SV261T (UltraLite Bunkhouse Hybrid)
2006 Mercury Mountaineer V8 AWD Premier
Equal-i-zer WDH (10k), Prodigy Brake Controller