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Old 05-07-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Surveyor SV-291 new owner

I just came home with a 2009 SV-291 Surveyor travel trailer. I graduated from a pop-up. I have a lot to learn about pulling this new trailer.


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Old 05-08-2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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Scott, Congrats on your new camper and welcome to the forum.There are a lot of good people on here willing to help all you have to do is ask. Good luck with your new camper.
You will find it really not hard to tow and back as you would think actually it will be easier to back then your old pop up at least i thought is was when i went from pop up to TT

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Old 05-08-2009, 06:33 AM   #3
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Congratulations on your new camper, and WELCOME to the forum! The 2 main things you'll notice- or WILL notice very quick, is the difference in space necessary to turn. If you're not careful, you'll damage your tires/rims by turning too short! Also, the amount of pulling power required now to pull the new beast will be substantially greater than with the pop up. (gas mileage goes south too, especially if you pull with a gas powered vehicle) Still, these new issues are just minor pitfalls compared to the SPACE that you now have, and the convenience...(no more cranking or leaks). I did the same thing justover a year ago, and my only regret is that I didn't have a bigger truck with a diesel.
Good Luck with your new rig, and any questions that you have, feel free to ask on this forum, and somebody will help you! Randy
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Old 05-08-2009, 07:01 PM   #4
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Congrats, Scott.
Enjoy your new Surveyor.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:07 AM   #5
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We also have a SV291. It's an 09 model bought when the 09's came out in May of 08. We camp once a month all year round...sometimes twice a month when we have the time. As stated above.. watch the sharp turns with the TT, wheels can only take so much abuse. We also graduated from a pop-up to the SV291 so the learning curve is different. The only thing that has broken is the quick release for the water heater access door. Cheap plastic thingy. The bed in front, the qween size one, needs a memory foam matress from Wal Mart as the springs tend to dig into ones back. When the kitchen sink knob breaks as ours did, do not take it back to the dealer. Go to Home Depot or Lowes and buy a house grade one like I did. Its a simple install. Do not load the front of the TT too much even though you have all that great looking slide out space in the front. Remember.....and let me repeat this....KEEP THE WEIGHT DOWN...Place the bar stools (if you have them) on the bed when traveling, it keeps them from scuffing the floors. This particular TT has a VERY LOW ClEARANCE in regards to rear bumper and dump valve clearance issues. Be carefull where you pull in...or out.
On the upside...we love the SV291....went from a pop-up to this and it is night and day. I pull with a 2001 Chev Z71 with a 5.3 L with no problems. We have been to Ga., Al., Fl., and are June Fl,GA,SC,NC,VA, back to NC and then home.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:10 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the positive comments.

On may first time driving the SV-291 I found out how low the back is. I dragged on the back protectors pulling into my driveway. Did you install a TV? If so, what size and how? I am looking at a 22 or 26 inch and plan to screw it to the back. I know I will have to remove the mirror first.

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Old 05-15-2009, 09:37 AM   #7
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SV291 owners here also. We bought ours new in 2007. I really like the changes that have been made for 09 and wish that some of them were in our trailer. That being said, We love our 07 and plan on keeping her for a long time. It's a great camper and you'll get many great memories from it.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:07 PM   #8
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Hi all first time posting here, in the next while we'll be purchasing a new sv 291 as well. This is our first travel trailer and we love the floor plan. I am concerned about the dump valve on the rear of the trailer, is it possible to modify the valve to add more clearance, or has anyone added the 4" lift kit ? or should i even be concerned ?


p.s. tow vehicle is a trd tacoma double cab
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:11 PM   #9
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Congrats on the new rig and welcome to FRF. Hope you have many wonderful years and outings with your new camper.
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Old 03-31-2010, 12:55 PM   #10
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Happy 291 Owner here as well!

We love ours... the only think I would suggest is to make sure you check the plumbing in the slide. We have had a few leaks, but we take care of them and move on.

Anyone add the lift kit yet? That is the one lingering mod I keep thinking about.

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