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RE: EZ Pass issues

My NY E-ZPass online Transponder List states under Vehicle Class "2Ax:Automobile/ Sport Utility(maybe trailer)". I never told them I tow a trailer but guess they picked up on it counting axles when towing.
gheicher 10/02/15 06:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question about Aliner Dormers

Aliner soft side dormers are three way, covered, transparent vinyl, and screen. Thus You choose opaque, transparent, or screen all via zippers.
gheicher 09/25/15 04:24pm Folding Trailers
RE: Do Chalet A Frame trailers leak ?

Can't speak for Chalet since my experience has been with Aliners. I did have a leak on my 1994 Aliner around the bubble window which I successfully resealed. I have had two Aliners since then with no leaks. The construction of the Chalet is very similar to the Aliner and as most all veteran TT person knows that any brand TT can experience a leak, especially at a roof penetration seal. One advantage the A-type folding trailers have is the steep angle of the roof - The roof sheds water better and has reduced rain noise. Now some Chalets had dormers and I have no experience with these, but Aliner has recently added dormers to their line and I have not heard of any issues (I live just a couple of miles from the Aliner plant and have friends working there).
gheicher 09/18/15 05:11pm Folding Trailers
RE: Kayak on the back of a Travel Trailer (?)

I prefer having the kayaks on the TV. That way I just drive to the launch area and unload them into the water. Having to handle and re handle kayak mounting to the trailer to me would be a real pain. I agree with Oasisbob, twist the mounting straps or they will vibrate with just the wind blowing.
gheicher 09/15/15 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Down Sizing A Pop-Up

We looked a a Casita (similar to a Scamp), but we felt claustrophobic. We recently bought an Aliner Ranger 15 (a hard-sided pop-up that can be put up in about 2 minutes - really!) with the cassette potty option and Cool Cat heat pump (11,500k a/c plus heat pump heater), and we love it! There's enough room for two (60x80 queen bed), plus the dinette makes into a roomy single bed when our granddaughter gets old enough to start coming with us! It fits into our garage, too. The Aliner Expedition is about the same size but has more standard options. Aliner I've had both a Scamp and an Aliner and while the Scamp is a well made unit, I did feel much too confined. The Aliner is more like a big tent on wheels without the fabric sides. The newer Aliners have optional dormers to provide more space and though the present dormers have fabric sides, Aliner is developing units with hard side dormers. I have not been able to see a hard side dormer unit yet but anticipate viewing one soon (I live less than 10 miles from the factory). The Aliner will not have the interior space of a pop-up, but there are many other advantages especially with setup, traveling and no complicated lift mechanism. More at my campers.
gheicher 09/02/15 04:35pm Folding Trailers
RE: 2014 A-liner

My 2004 Alite I sold a couple of years ago since I didn't go that often myself. Now wish I would have kept it. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/alite-subaru.jpg There has been some noise at the Aliner factory about resurrecting the Alite, but right now they are working at full capacity and its very difficult to get skilled and dedicated workers. I presently have a 2004 "Classic" that states 995 lbs on the spec tag. The "Classic" is a great travel trailer but the Alite weighed less than half as much. Other Pics.
gheicher 08/06/15 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Test Post

photo test
gheicher 08/06/15 06:30pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Hard side vs aluminum side trailers

Aluminum is lighter and possibly cheaper. Mostly personal preference I say. Actually Aluminum costs more. I have a friend in the RV manufacturing business and they recently changed to fiberglass to reduce cost, but the fiberglass does add some weight.
gheicher 07/30/15 05:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bal RV Leveler

Been using one for a while on my AR-One 15RB and I like it. No fooling around with blocks then trying to get wheel chocks correctly in place.
gheicher 07/30/15 05:21pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Hard side series pop up?

As I Have posted previously: "I'm on my third Aliner product in the last 10 years, all pre-owned. The first was a 1994 Classic that we enjoyed but it only had an "ice-box" rather than a fridge. I did have some leaks around the windows that I repaired, then decided to upgrade to a small TT. I missed the ease of towing, especially with my Subaru, so I purchased a slightly used 2004 Aliner Alite (400 lbs net) for those times I would go camping myself. It would sleep two but with the bed set up for two, it took all the interior space. Was great for solo trips but just didn't go often enough myself to justify keeping the unit. The next Aliner was a 2004 Classic (995 lbs net) and becoming older and sybaritic, I added an air conditioner and cassette toilet. While I also have a Starcraft AR-ONE 15RB hybrid TT, the Aliner is great for longer trips since towing is easy, I can see over the trailer with my Ford Explorer's rear-view mirror, and the gas mileage is only slightly less than without the trailer. I know A-Frame campers are not everybody's cup-of-tea, but my opinion is, while not the best units for long-term camping, they make great travel trailers with quick set up and no wet fabric to fold after a rain. There are even people out there that full-time in one, e.g., Sandi’s Aliner & Route 66"
gheicher 07/08/15 04:41pm Folding Trailers
RE: Have you tested your Emergency Exit?

I keep looking at the size my exit window and thinking there are a lot of people that would not fit through - Have not tried it myself but it might be close.
gheicher 06/08/15 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Known issues with 1997 Aliner

I had a 1994 Aliner and there was some water that entered at the bottom of the door. This caused a soft spot just inside the door which I subsequently repaired - Had no other floor issues. I did experience small leaks around the bubble windows which at that time was secured by screws. I removed the windows, re-caulked and all was good. I owned the Unit from 2004 to 2008.
gheicher 05/10/15 06:56pm Folding Trailers
RE: new Ar-One 15RB

Have a 2011 15RB and all has been good. Needed to make a few mods to make the unit a little more usable for myself. You can see my mods at AR-One 15RB Mods
gheicher 05/02/15 06:41pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Storms

In a storm with high winds a great concern is trees and tree limbs falling on top of your camper. I have had to abandon my campsite due to falling limbs and headed for the nearest motel for the night. When I returned many large trees were down but fortunately not on top of anyone. A limb did penetrate the roof of a hard side camper but fortunately the State Park Rangers had made everyone get into their vehicle and wait out the storm in a field away from the trees. Scary!!!
gheicher 05/02/15 06:32pm Folding Trailers
RE: hauling camper

When the Aliner is folded, the box adds more rigidity to the sides of the unit. The cutout for the door considerably weakens the structure so with the roof not closed there would be considerable flexing of the box going over bumps. I actually added an additional hold-down clamp between the roof and door side of my Aliner so as to further reduce any flexing when towing. I might move my Aliner with the roof up in my back yard or very slowly at a cg but never would go down the road that way.
gheicher 04/16/15 07:10pm Folding Trailers
RE: Another oldie but goodie (not mine)

Beautiful! I wonder how that would fit in a campground with the "10 year" rule. Jut tell them its a new one from Kerola Campers.
gheicher 03/24/15 07:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Metal RV Shelter or carport in Minnesota?

Have purchased two metal shelters from carports.com. One for a patio cover and the other for RVs. I have been pleased with price, quality and service with both units. The RV shelter is 18' X 21' X 8', however, I installed sides myself with material from local metal roofing/siding shop. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/RVCarportsm_zps7b0345ef.jpg
gheicher 03/20/15 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Just purchased 2007 Coleman/Fleetwood Utah

Living close to both Columbia NorthWest (CNW) and the old "Coleman" factories in southwest PA and knowing some of the factory personnel, the CNW factory now produces a "Coleman" clone named the Somerset. Although CNW did not buy the former Coleman factory, several of the key personnel now work for CNW and many parts used in the Somerset will work on older "Coleman" units. Since many involved with the Somerset line are familiar with the older Coleman unit,contact CNW if you need a part and they may be able to help SomersetRV As far as it being a "Coleman" produced camper, these trailers have not really been a Coleman product since Sheldon Coleman sold the plant to Fleetwood many, many years ago. Fleetwood and subsequently FTCA, who went bankrupt, had total control of the product. Most Coleman products, except gasoline lanterns and coolers, are not produced by Coleman nor are there product design requirements, but rather its now just a "brand" name only with royalty being paid to Coleman Inc. for use of the name. In the case of trailers it cost hundreds of dollars each for just using the Coleman name (which could have been better spent directly on product quality). It was the dedicated employees, not the Coleman name that continued to make it a good product. But years of cost-cutting took its toll until FTCA (Blackstreet Capital) closed the plant, sold off all the tooling and inventory. Regardless of the history, I'm sure you will enjoy camping with your new/old camper. I still see tons of them being used at the campgrounds and the families having a great time.
gheicher 03/14/15 04:57pm Folding Trailers
RE: Chalet/Takena factory

Chalet had some unique features on their A-Frames that Aliner didn't. However, the A-Frame market now is getting a bit crowded with the addition of Jayco and Coachman - That's going to significantly reduce market-share Chalet previously enjoyed. Perhaps they will focus on the Talkena line, however that's another really competitive product area. Even though I'm an Aliner owner, I hope Chalet can get back into the RV market. Be nice if they could do some of the unique stuff we see from Australia.
gheicher 03/12/15 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Curious About Owner's Experiences with Aliners

I thought I already posted this but must have hit the wrong button!:h Anyhow, I have owned three Aliners over the past ten years with much enjoyment and minimum complaints. All have been pre-owned and the first was a 1994 Classic, no AC or fridge. I did have a couple of small leaks around the bubble windows which was easily repaired. Decided to upgrade to a non-folding TT with AC an a toilet but always missed my Aliner. In addition to my non-folding TT I purchased an Aliner Alite (400 lbs net) for those times I would travel myself. Great for solo use but even though it will sleep two, the complete interior is utilized for the bed. So after a couple of years I just didn't go myself enough to justify it. Sold the Alite and got a 2004 Aliner DL (995 lbs net). Added AC and a cassette toilet and am presently using the unit. Although I also have a Starcraft AR_ONE 15RB hybrid, the Aliner is so easy to tow and being able to see over the trailer thorough the rear-view mirror is great. Good gas mileage, hard sides, and easy setup makes it really nice for long trips. I realize the A-Frame units are not everyone's cup-of-tea, and usually are not used for long term family camping, but they are a really good travel trailer for two. Some have even used them for very extended trips, e.g. Sandi's Route 66
gheicher 03/03/15 03:23pm Folding Trailers
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