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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
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
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