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RE: What size carport cover do you have?

18' X 21' X 8' carports.com Installed sides myself with material from local metal roofing/siding shop. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/RVCarportsm_zps7b0345ef.jpg
gheicher 01/22/15 07:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Building a cover for future TT

See my metal shelter at My campers website.
gheicher 10/21/14 07:01pm Travel Trailers

I'm interested in hearing about people's experiences with pop-ups in the rain. How well insulated are they? How warm can yo stay in cool weather? What happens if you decide to move on and have a wet unit? We have almost eliminated pop-ups from consideration, but there seem to be people here who love theirs and we'd love to know more about your experiences. We are in our 70s and are disinclined to wrestle with wet canvas, or whatever it is. So your experiences with these are of interest to us. I have both, a hard side Aliner and a hybrid with a fold out fabric end. The Aliner is all hard side folding unit with limited interior space and amenities. The hybrid has a full bathroom, much more interior storage and the fabric fold out end can be used, for us, either storage or sleeping if we don't want to use the dinette sleep area. I have folded the fabric end wet then just opened it to let dry when I got home - Not a big deal. With the new fabric used on pop-ups, it is much more forgiving than the old canvas material. My problem with most pups is setup time. We are more travelers than campers, thus usually stay less than a couple of days in one place. We too are in our 70s and the Aliner is definitely much easier to handle; towing, setup, and tear down. However, as previously stated there is just not a lot of inside personal space, so be sure you and your partner stay on good terms. For more info see Jerry's Campers.
gheicher 09/29/14 05:34pm Folding Trailers
RE: Any problem with 2006 Aliner?

Purchased a 1994 Aliner in 2004 and I sold it in 2007. The only problem I had was at the door. apparently when it rained some water entered around the door opening and got the plywood floor wet. Over time the floor became soft and I had to make a repair. Also I had small leakage around the windows. The windows then were held in with screws so I removed them and recalked. Other than that every thing was good. Have had two Aliners since, an Alite and presently have a 2004 Aliner DL with no problems with either. See My Campers.
gheicher 09/17/14 05:46pm Folding Trailers
RE: Pics of Interior Modifications on A frames ?

Here's some pics of my Aliner mods. Jerry's Campers
gheicher 08/29/14 08:22pm Folding Trailers
RE: Is anybody Full timing in their little A frame campers ?

Never known anyone to full-time in an A-frame but there are those who have taken extended trips in an Aliner - see Sandi’s Aliner & Route 66. I added a cassette toilet to my Aliner which makes it much more convenient for both during traveling and at nighttime - see Aliner mod. New Aliners have this as an option.
gheicher 08/13/14 07:35pm Folding Trailers
RE: Where can I purchase a used aliner the smallest one

In addition to what has already been mentioned, you can always look at the Aliner's Owners Club classified For Sale. Occasionally used Aliners, Chalets, etc. show up on RV Trader website.
gheicher 08/13/14 06:52pm Folding Trailers
RE: Digital Thermostat

Replaced my Atwood mechanical thermostat with a Honeywell RTH221 programmable one (see t'stat pic). Cost about $20 at local building supply store and works great.
gheicher 08/07/14 07:03pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Just bought a 1976 Apache Ramada

Here we go again. Just finished up a COMPLETE re-build on my 1976 Amerigo TC and the hubby is on his way home with a 1976 Apache Ramada hard side pop up. Am I a glutton for punishment or what? Any tips or pointers about this camper would be appreciated. We are thinking just a partial re-build as the thing seems to be in decent shape. I have read these campers are pretty heavy duty... any comments? Saw this one recently at a local state park. Not sure the year or model but the family was having tons of fun. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/Camping/P1010002-2_zpsa8523483.jpg
gheicher 07/16/14 07:04pm Folding Trailers
RE: underside of folding A frame trailers

Aliner uses Perform Max 500 marine grade flooring. Won’t warp, rot or swell, unlike plywood. Also they add a water barrier layer to the underside of the flooring for extra protection. Not sure what the other manufacturers use, but I would certainly want to see a good waterproof membrane on the underside. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/2004%20Aliner/AlinerFloor_zps19c540a5.jpg
gheicher 07/06/14 07:45pm Folding Trailers
RE: New to Me AR-One 15RB

Welcome to the forum. I have owned a 15RB for a couple of years. Except for the small gray water tank, I am well pleased with the unit. I have made some minor mods which you might be interested in seeing. My AR-One 15RB Mods
gheicher 06/30/14 06:52pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Manufacturers of Hard-Sided Pop-Ups

I have had an Aliner of some type for over ten years. You need to realize I use it mostly as a travel trailer rather than as a camping trailer. The light weight is great on the highway and fast setup/tear-down is a real plus for overnight stops. There is limited storage if you want to do some extended camping, which we rarely do, but I have seen a family of four camping at a state park in the smallest Aliner and having a great time (go figure). I have never experienced any unusual problems with any of my Aliners but don't know about the other manufacturers except their units are considerably more weight. You can see my present / past trailers and mods at My Campers
gheicher 06/29/14 06:38pm Folding Trailers
RE: Wheel chocks for single axle?

Bought a Bal tire leveler / wheel chock for my AR-One. Does both leveling and chocking with one device. Not as cheap as a couple blocks of wood, but very convenient,easy to use, and neat to stow. Bal Tire Leveler
gheicher 06/26/14 06:57pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: No Shower Surround

This company sells all sorts of shower stuff. https://www.randgsupply.com/ (I don't know why but after posting, I cannot access website) Try www.randgsupply.com. This is without the request for a secure server (https://).
gheicher 04/26/14 06:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Questions about Chalet and Aliner folding campers

I have had three Aliner campers in the last 10 years (see Jerry's Campers). They are great "travel trailers" but lack the amenities of non-folding trailers and are a much smaller living space than most pop-ups. Presently I have a 2004 DL which is the same size as the present "Classic" and it work great for traveling. Rarely do we stay in one place more than two or thee nights. The easy up/down is great for short overnights and the hard sides reduce noise, insulate, and give a little more security. Adding a cassette toilet has been a real plus. Even on the road I can make a quick pull off, open the camper, and be back on the road in less than five minutes. The 2004 DL weighs less than 1,000 lbs and towing with a 460 V8 Ford Explorer, I hardly know it is back there (even on the hills of PA and WV). So it will depend on how much comfort you require. The Class A Motorhome would be great, but I certainly don't want to horse the big thing around through traffic and narrow camping parks. I love my Aliner ((A-frames) and they certainly have their unique place, but are not for everyone. My second camper is a non-folding hybrid with a real bathroom. So if I'm not going more than 100 miles from home, I usually take it since in my "old age" I'm getting more sybaritic.
gheicher 04/08/14 02:14pm Folding Trailers
RE: High Wall Pop-Ups

Dumb question but, what is the advantage to a high wall pop up? Increased storage, larger and more efficient fridge, more comfortable counter height are some of the advantages, but weight and traveling height are the disadvantages. Somerset Niagara link
gheicher 04/04/14 04:58am Folding Trailers
RE: Carlisle tires

I have used Carlisle tire on many trailers, utility and RV, over the years and have never had a problem. I always keep the pressure at the recommended pressure and have been fortunate not to have loss of air during travel. I believe most failures are due to either under-inflation or sidewall damage. If the tire looses air during traveling, for whatever reason, and you don't have a good TPMS monitoring system, the tire most likely will heat up and fail without warning. The Carlisle tires have been the most common brand over the years on small trailers, so it would stand to reason that you would see more failures - The cause of the failure is difficult to determine after the fact. Radial tires have thinner sidewalls than bias ply and are more likely to sustain sidewall bruising. The radial's thinner sidewalls and tread belts do make it a more fuel efficient tire due to lower hysteresis (friction), so as with most design issues, its becomes a bit of a trade-off. It would be really nice if there was data available showing brands, usage, failure mode, etc. Unfortunately that's not the case and we are instead left with "Aunt Minnie's" opinion "My cookies taste better". The best thing to do, in my opinion, is whatever brand of tire you use, have a good Tire Pressure Monitoring System that will warn you if you are losing pressure when traveling. Won't be 100%, but again in my opinion would prevent most of the catastrophic failures.
gheicher 03/10/14 10:21am Folding Trailers
RE: Why 2 tent beds and not just one on all HTT's?

We looked at those new AR-ONEs when we were shopping. Liked them a lot, but ultimately bought an almost identical used KZ, mainly because it had the rooftop, and larger BTU, air conditioner. I looked at the KZ but chose the "room" type AC unit since it is quieter and reduces outside height (The winter shelter for the camper is a bit low). I"m sure the larger BTU AC will do a better job of cooling, especially at the bunk end.
gheicher 03/03/14 08:14am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Why 2 tent beds and not just one on all HTT's?

My Starcraft AR-One 15RB with one fold-out. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/AR-1%2016RB/1a_zpsdb218a16.jpg
gheicher 03/03/14 07:28am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Carport suggestion

gheicher-I like your idea of having them do all the framing work and roof, and then do the sides yourself and buy the sheets of metal from local supplier. How hard was it to install the side pieces yourself? I would imagine that would make a major cost savings for myself. So as to have something to which to fasten the siding, I filled in between the vertical metal supports with 2X4s, both at the top and about 4 ft from the bottom. Fastened the 2X4s to the metal posts using L brackets and sheet metal screws. The metal siding, actually metal roofing, was cut to length by the supplier. Special colored self drilling screws that had a waterproof washer was supplied with the panels. These screws were used to attach the siding to the 2X4s but I had to drill a small hole first when attaching the siding to the metal supports. I had to do some minor cuts at he top of some panels for the roof rafters. Also about 10" of the last panel at the end had to be trimmed. I used a reciprocating saw with a metal blade. Two sides were done this way. The right side was a bit more complicated since I wanted clear polycarbonate panels in the center to provide more light into the interior. This required using more 2X4s and more but smaller panels. Was able to do all the work myself, but it would be a bit easier with a helper, especially handling the larger panels. Each panel spanned a 3 ft wide area.
gheicher 02/26/14 08:48pm Travel Trailers
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