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RE: Interesting TV / Popup Combos

Columbia Northwest has been interested in this 3500 lb tow market for quit a while. The Aliner Scout-Lite for those wanting a hard side fold-able, the Somerset Newport for those wanting a soft side fold-able, and most recently the ASCAPE non-folding unit which has just been debuted at Louisville RV show. There are also presently choices with other RV manufactures and I suspect the choices will continue to grow - Not everyone wants to own or drive a large tow vehicle.
gheicher 12/03/16 06:54am Folding Trailers
New TT for Compact Cars

Columbia Northwest has just announced a new non-folding travel trailer that weighs under 1500 lbs. The ASCAPE Utilizes a drop-floor to increase headroom while keeping the outside profile low. Being introduced at Louisville show this week. Appears to be targeting small SUV tow vehicles with no more than two people that want to travel.
gheicher 11/28/16 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Aliner copycats

Or they could have been similar to the Chalet A-frame TTs. :@ The Aliner was designed by Ralph Tait in the early 1970s. Living in Oregon he moved the family to PA to begin production of his idea. Chalet was a copy-cat unit built in Oregon and made some nice units before going out of business a few years ago. Ralph retired in 2007 and sold the business to the present owners, but Ralph still comes into the plant occasionally with a head full of ideas. Interest in these units have increased of the last several years and both Forest River and Jayco jumped on the band-wagon. Similar campers, the Avans, are produced by a sister company in Australia. Over the years I have had three Aliners and used them primarily as travel trailers rather than for "camping".
gheicher 11/04/16 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tankless Water heater

The problem with electric Tankless (Flash) water heaters is that to have sufficient water flow at a high enough temperature it takes a really large power input. 30A service would most likely not be enough to do what you want the water heater to do and still use other appliances in your unit. My experience with a Bosch 1500 watt unit is the water is barely warm enough to wash your hands with a small flow and if you increase the flow the water keeps getting colder. Oh yes, one in the home, especially when fired by LP or natural gas work great but they are pricey. They are particularly good in remote areas or in buildings where the need for hot water is sporadic.
gheicher 10/10/16 02:41pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: A-liners, anyone?

Over the last several years I have had three Aliners. Like most anything else they have advantages and disadvantages which to a large extent is determined by how you intend to use the trailer. The big advantage of the Aframes is quick set-up / tear-down and that is a big plus if you don't intend on staying in one place for many days. Also the lightweight allows for a smaller more economical tow vehicle. If most of your use will be to go a short distance and camp for a while, you might as well get a box trailer that is more spacious and has a bigger bathroom. I have both an Aliner and a larger non-folding unit. If I plan to travel, the Aliner is great. If I'm going not too far and am staying in one place for a while, I take the non-folding unit. I'm 6'1" and the sloping roof has never been a problem for me.
gheicher 08/15/16 06:25pm Folding Trailers
RE: Towing Aliner with Forester?

My 2004 Aliner DL weighs 1000 lbs unloaded and about 1400 lbs loaded. The newer Aliners are heavier due to a beefier frame and fiberglass exterior instead of aluminum. My 2011 Forester towed the unit pretty well thru the hills of the PA Laurel Highlands but mostly were relatively short trips. Fortunately I also have a V8 Ford Explorer and always used it for longer trips. The tow vehicle is rarely too large and a larger TV reduces the stress imposed on it. So when it comes to tow vehicles, in my opinion, bigger is always better.
gheicher 07/12/16 04:57pm Folding Trailers
RE: Tires

I also had 13 inch tires on our single axle hybrid. I found they were maxed on weight and wore out after one trip from Texas to Colorado. I upgraded to a 14" aluminum wheel and Hankook RA08 195R14C. I personally think it has been one of the best purchases I have made since buying the camper. No more worries about overloading and blow outs. The tires have been great and still look close to new after 3 years and many long trips including a trip to Yellowstone from Texas. In addition to the higher load rating, my other reason for going to 14 inch wheels is that it allows a larger diameter tire. This in turn slows the bearing rotation speed thus reducing heat and increasing bearing life. Also a little more road clearance is another plus.
gheicher 06/23/16 07:12pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

This must be a small Hybrid with tires that small. I have the Towmax on my HTT, and no issues. I also have 2000+ pound of reserve capacity on the tires, so they are not really loaded down. Keep them aired up properly, they both should be ok on a HTT. But personally, if I was to buy new tires for my HTT, I would lean with the Marathons or Maxxis tires. Replaced the 13" wheels with 14" on my AR-ONE 15RB. See My Website for details
gheicher 06/21/16 07:57pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Aframe

Over the last several years I have had three Aliners. Like most anything else they have advantages and disadvantages which to a large extent is determined by how you intend to use the trailer. The big advantage of the Aframes is quick set-up / tear-down and that is a big plus if you don't intend on staying in one place for many days. Also the lightweight allows for a smaller more economical tow vehicle. If most of your use will be to go a short distance and camp for a while, you might as well get a box trailer that is more spacious and has a big bathroom. I have both an Aliner and a larger non-folding unit. If I plan to travel, the Aliner is great. If I'm going not too far and camp for a while, I take the non-folding unit. As far as quality, my experience has been that all manufacturers are a bit lacking. Good quality control requires additional cost and the RV market is very price sensitive.
gheicher 06/21/16 07:47pm Folding Trailers
RE: Tent trailer forum?

The RV_Net Folding Trailers and Pop-Up Portal both are good forums for folding trailers, soft and hard side.
gheicher 04/05/16 04:37pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: New Aliner Expedition - Woohoo

Wow, does the porn model come with the camper?! I believe she is an optional folding model with soft sides.:E Not to hijack the thread, but one always has to be wary of free hosting sites. A nearby church used free web-hosting with ads. Just above the "Welcome To Our Church" was a Viagra ad. I asked the pastor if that was their church growth program. By the way, I live only a couple of miles from the Aliner factory and they are going full blast, especially with the new models. Their biggest problem is trying to hire competent workers (like many other companies).
gheicher 03/01/16 03:57pm Folding Trailers
RE: New Aliner Expedition - Woohoo

Aliner has come a long way since my 2004 400 lb Alite. Its all about creature comforts and space. Nice that we have many choices out there, but there is never the perfect camper. Nice when we have one that we can tow and enjoy. When our family was much younger we were happy when we were able to get an umbrella tent with a sewn-in floor. Enjoy your hard side dormers... very nice. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/Alite/12Camping_zpsae12a80b.jpg
gheicher 02/09/16 02:54pm Folding Trailers
RE: Towing a small pop up with a CRV

People will try just about anything and most of the time its just a matter of degree of safety an/or how much strain one puts on the tow vehicle I've seen a "strong man" pull a train car with his teeth, but not very far. I'm sure in the pic below the Smart-Car added a tranny cooler and the campground was only a level mile away. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/Misc/smart-fifth_zpsg2quhovl.jpg
gheicher 01/23/16 11:17am Folding Trailers
RE: hardside popup tow vehicle

My 2004 Aliner is listed on the tag as 995 lbs. My guess with all the stuff inside it is around 1500 lbs. I have towed it with my Subaru Forester rated for 2400 lbs but I certainly know it is back there when accelerating or going up hills. Also sometimes I tow the Aliner with my V8 Ford Explorer and while there is some drag on the hills, most of the time I hardly know its back there. Tow vehicle is never big enough but it can be too small. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/Misc/big-truck_zpskr46uamm.jpg
gheicher 01/21/16 03:03pm Folding Trailers
RE: Winterized last December

Here in the Northeast, we have had unusually warm weather all autumn and through Christmas. Problem is most of the nearby campgrounds have been closed since October. Bet they wished they had stayed open longer this year, but winterizing a campground is much more difficult than an RV - A heck of a lot more pink stuff.
gheicher 12/28/15 12:55pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Is there such a thing...??

Also small molded fiberglass trailers like Casita, Scamp, Escape, etc. My 35 year old Bigfoot has never had any roof maintenance. My Scamp developed a significant leak around the Fantastic-Fan. As others have stated, even if the roof is fiberglass if there are roof penetrations or seams -beware.
gheicher 12/27/15 03:01pm Travel Trailers
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