A quick update friends, we researched a lot about Taxa Mantis, it seems that fits us very well. Except water tank is not available for use in winter, but people saying the cabin is warm enough for 10- 20F with or without pop up. More than one owners in their FB owner group used it for ski trip, so might work for us too.
We actually like the design ( milk crates for storage, steel frame with hook up points everywhere, modular functionality and modern/mcm aesthetics) .
As far as we research, the leaking problem should be invested intensively and solved over the past years. It might not be on par with Kimberley quality wise, but the price point and functionalities suit us very well. Also we have a local dealer. And it’s light and not too bulky for either towing or towing. We are seriously considering it now.
Taxa is offering buyers $2000 rebate right now. Thats after you buy it. Meaning don’t let the dealer price your Rebate into their over priced price. Pre COvid loaded a Mantis was $34,000-$35,000. Then around 2021 the dealers went stupid and they were popping up in the $50’s😳😳.
The current AC layout was a redesign to fix a AC issue where the AC units were over heating.
The Truma system is pretty much the best for the $ in heating options for water and heating the space.
Go look at them. Some families have slung a kids bunk across the width at the top of the hard wall at the back of the trailer to open up the front space for one roomy bunk.
The top bunk is very tight regarding head room. Most dads have rigged up added width to the bottom bunk to make it wider and more comfortable. If I get one, I will need to lower the bottom bunk and the top bunk or remove the bottom bunk and put a backpackers cot on the floor, lower the top bunk and widen it so that my kids had enough head room and width to make it work.
Leaks are going to be a constant chase you will need a sealant type tape on hand. I would likely get sail tape in colors that don’t mis match badly and use that to tape up canvas spots, and roofing issues causing leaks. No way around that with those trailers.
You need to be cautious with creasing or damaging the Aluminum foam sandwich panels just the nature of that material. Would I pay $45,000? No. Its a $35,000-$36,000 trailer.
The typical GeoPro 19 Bunk houses pre pandemic were $19,000-$20,000. Right now nothing is selling and dealers are also trying to wait out buyers given they are flush with cash from the covid stupidity.
Negotiate the Taxa into the $35,000 ish range then apply for the manufacture $2000 rebate. Do not let the dealer take your rebate👍