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Old 04-07-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Tracer 3150

any owners out there with pros and cons. This will be our first travel trailer and looks like primetime is the way to go, just want as much information as possible to make the right decision.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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We have owned three different RVs, from three different manufacturers. So far Prime Time has been by far the best. This is in quality, customer service (unbelievably responsive), and overall features. Right now, I do not think I would even consider a different brand.
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:53 PM   #3
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Congrats and welcome to the crew! Don't know anything about your trailer but Prime Time is Da-Bomb!!!
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
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Thanks,

looking forward to "pulling the trigger" here pretty soon. Kids are old enough that I think they would enjoy the long weekends camping and fishing...
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:11 PM   #5
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Welcome to the PT Forum,
I seriously considered the 3150. I really liked it. Ended up going with its cousin the Lacrosse 318bhs. I liked the weight of the Tracer but decided to eat the extra 2 feet and 1000 pounds. I went with the 318 because of interior storage space, getting a sleeper sofa with a larger slide, and I preferred the entertainment center that does not have the swivel TV. Otherwise I would have gone with the 3150. My wife preferred the Lacrosse as well. I think you would be very happy with the Tracer. What is your tow vehicle? Good Luck
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:41 AM   #6
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We have a 2007 Tahoe, so the weight becomes an issue. I do prefer the air bed sofa, but then I won't be sleeping on it...lol. I also don't like the swivel tv, but I think I can remedy that with a little carpenter and electronic know how. I agree that storage could be an issue with the 3150, but it is in my weight class and we do love the bunkhouse for the two little ones (and their cousins when they go).

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Old 04-09-2011, 07:55 AM   #7
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One other question, the dealer showed me two options for hitches, any suggestions on what is the best...
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Old 04-09-2011, 08:07 AM   #8
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One other question, the dealer showed me two options for hitches, any suggestions on what is the best...
And the 2 options are..... ???

I just looked at the stats of the 3150 that you will be towing with a 2007 Tahoe. I hope that you have read the many posts on here regarding towing that heavy and long trailer with a fairly short wheelbased SUV.

According to this chart (http://www.trailerlife.com/images/to...towratings.pdf), the maximum a 2007 Tahoe is rated to tow is 7700 lbs., and that is with a 4.10 final drive ratio.....the 3.73 and 3.42 final drives are significantly less.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:33 AM   #9
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Thanks for that info mtnguy, I am pretty sure we got the bigger rear end due to buying the tahoe for pulling a tt. It did make me start thinking so I am looking for the window sticker today, probably kept it in the glovebox.

I do feel like the manufacturers underestimate what the vehicles can actually tow for liability reasons. I did think about the long tt, but figured with the right sway control and with the Tracers spaced out axles, it wouldn't be so bad.
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Actually, I believe it's just the opposite, they tend to over rate tow capacities, particularly with the trucks. Rumor has it SAE is going to start standardizing how tow capacity is calculated and we will see the ratings drop.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:11 AM   #11
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I really like my Equalizer. It has worked great. Although, I would recommend that you have a power tongue jack if you are going with the Equalizer. It will make hook-up much easier. The Lacrosse tows very nicely. It is well balanced and the larger distance between trailer axles makes a difference as well. I would assume similar results with the 3150. I heard the same concerns on other forums about my wheelbase, tow rating, and length and weight of the trailer that you receiving. To date, I have logged about 750 miles. Pulled Sideling Hill Mountain and the Hopewell Mountain (part of the Appalachians), crossed large bridges with strong crosswinds, and passed and was passed by semi's with very little issue...certainly not any white knuckle variety. Many people are happy with the Reese Dual Cam system as well. Some people love more expensive system like the Hensley. My neighber bought a Blue Ox last year and has had nothing but problems with it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #12
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Well, looks like mtnguy was right, my research found that I have the smaller axle in the Tahoe, kinda pizzed cause I was pretty sure we ordered the larger gear, any way it won't damper my spirits, I just have to look for a tt not as heavy. I think I will try and stick to primetime, since I have heard nothing but great reviews about their customer service. Took me a year to decide on the 3150, hope it doesn't take that long researching a different one, Me and the kids are ready for camping...
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I just bought a 2910bhs with the outdoor kitchen...my TV is a '06 Durango Limited w 3.55 gears. My GCWR is 12,500 w my setup. I have a husky centerline hitch. Part of the deal but by itself it is about $900! It has been a fantastic setup and would recommend it to anyone! Make sure you look at your GCWR because this number is very important. My last trip I weighed in at 12,490 w my wife, daughter, light gear, and about 350lbs in water. I originally wanted a lacrosse but the tracers fit weight better. It is a beast, but it pulls fine at 60-65 and brakes very well when set up and loaded right. I can tow as much as a Tahoe with my setup and feel very confident. I went with the 2910 over the 3150 due to weight. About 800lbs if I remember right...hope this helps some.
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Old 04-12-2011, 08:49 AM   #14
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The 2910 looks like a nice layout. I have never seen one in person. Seems like dealers around here did not stock this floorplan. I never understood why...I would have liked to look at it. I bet you would be very pleased with that choice. Good Luck
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Here are some pics of the unit, for those who would like to see briefly the inside of the 2910bhs...enjoy.
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Nice trailer!
Thanks for sharing the pics.
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