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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
RE: A couple of Aliner questions

Looks to me that it is the battery vent cover. Should be a standard RV part. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/L%20side_zpsykbtordy.jpg
gheicher 12/04/15 03:35pm Folding Trailers
RE: Goofy Garmin Directions

That's why I like paper maps with the GPS. Yes, our Garmin gave us wrong directions in Canada and the USA. It's a nice tool but not always 100% accurate. I too use paper maps as my primary routing tool. The GPS is a backup in case of detours, traffic, etc. Where I find the GPS particularly useful is on unfamiliar freeways - It will tell me what lane to be in for my exit.
gheicher 11/26/15 05:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small Trailer Recommendations

The other thing about the Aliner is that I have heard you get great mileage -- not sure if that is true -- is it, gheicher? My present Aliner is a 2004 DL (largest box at the time) and the posted weight is just under 1000 lbs. When towing through the hills of PA with my V8 Explorer the gas mileage doesn't change much. If I tow with my Subaru Forester the gas mileage goes from 25 mpg down to about 20 mpg. When towing my Starcraft 15RB (listed 2600 lbs) with my V8 Explorer, the gas mileage goes from about 20 down to 12.5 mpg. I believe wind resistance is the largest factor on the level, but of course weight becomes a really big factor when traveling up hills.
gheicher 11/26/15 06:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Small Trailer Recommendations

On my search list so far: -Casita -Scamp -Fun Finder -Aliner -Chalet I have experience with 3 of the 5 you listed. The Scamp (similar to Casita) was too closed in for my taste, plus the walls were covered with a fuzzy insulating material affectionately known as "rat fur". Scamp/Casita owners are a loyal bunch and love their fiberglass "egg" campers. Had a 16 ft Fun Finder that I liked well except for the wet bath. Really wanted a larger bath so purchased a Starcraft 15RB. The 15RB has a rear fold-out that sometimes I do not open and other times I open and use for extra storage. Not much extra weight and gives the option of opening the fold-out if you want to use it. On my third Aliner (similar to Chalet). The Aliner is unique in that it folds while traveling , yet is a hard side camper. For me it is a great travel trailer for short stays in one place. Setup is quick and with my TV I can see over top the unit with my rear view mirror. Mine has a Thetford flushing cassette toilet which is especially great for night time. However, interior space and storage is much less than my 15RB non-folding unit, but with the Aliner's weight being less than half it make a great long distance travel trailer. The bottom line is to get a unit that will fit your needs. I had to do some experimenting, but that can get pricey.
gheicher 11/25/15 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1960 Montgomery Ward Tent Camper

The good-ole-days when things were simpler. One funny story with the Nimrod - My small daughter was inside playing on her sleeping bag when she all at once slid out between the canvas and the plywood bottom (kind of like being flushed down the sewer). Her mom saw her going and not knowing to where she disappeared started digging through the bedding. Meanwhile my daughter jumps up off the ground outside and comes in the door laughing. Great times! Here's a couple of more pics while camping with the Nimrod - clicky
gheicher 10/30/15 07:46pm Folding Trailers
RE: noob rooftop air and wall mounted home a/c dealer practices

I purposely bought a Starcraft hybrid TT because it had a side mounted home type AC. Having a heavy AC mounted in the middle of the roof while bouncing down the highway just never appealed to me. My storage area has limited overhead clearance so having no roof AC reduces the overall height. Also the home AC is quieter and if it has the necessary BTU rating it should be fine. Mine has a heavy expanded metal screen outside to protect the cooling fins. I Also have a folding Aliner that utilizes a side mounted home AC.
gheicher 10/27/15 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can I tow my TT without a battery?

My 2004 Aliner folding trailer is less than 1000 lbs and came without electric brakes. Since my TV is a small SUV I added electric brakes and a breakaway switch for extra safety - The breakaway switch and cable was less than $10.
gheicher 10/16/15 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1960 Montgomery Ward Tent Camper

This is back in the days when a pop-up tent trailer was in reality a tent on a trailer. Back in the 1960s mine was an Allstate sold by Sears and manufactured by Nimrod. Not as fancy as yours from Wards, but we had many good time with the kids. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj205/gheicher/Misc/101btenttrailer.jpg
gheicher 10/16/15 05:22pm Folding Trailers
RE: A-frame, Aliner, Chalet question

On my third Aliner and never any ventilation problems. With last two have had Fantastic-Fan which comes in handy when no breeze is present. Newer units with soft or hard-side dormers have even more ventilatiom
gheicher 10/10/15 06:08pm Folding Trailers
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