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Old 10-05-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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$13 Peace of Mind

Our A-frame units depend on the roof/sidewall latches to hold the unit together in high winds. The first camping trip in our A128 included a 36-hour windstorm with gusts to near or over 50 mph. Needless to say, it gave me lots of opportunity to think about what our security depended on. I came up with the idea shown in the photos: using a $13 Harbor Freight cargo bar as a supplementary sidewall support. Since then we've endured two more gales in the camper with a lot less worrying about structural integrity.

The cargo bar (2-in-1 Support/Cargo Bar) is adjustable and the flat plates on the ends pop off to expose two ball-shaped ends that fit perfectly into the rubber grommets at the sidewall peaks. Put it up, give the handle a couple of squeezes (not too tight, though), and the sidewall latches are a lot less likely to pop out in a high wind. Bonus: your sidewall weatherstripping is compressed a bit better than usual, cutting off air leaks. Second bonus: use it to hold your pickup or van cargo in place while driving to the campground. Third bonus: use it as a push-up handle when you need extra tallness lifting the roofs.

I thought I'd invented this idea myself but it turns out A-Liner and Chalet owners have also invented ways to do the same thing, though IMHO not as neatly as this. A-Liner and Chalet companies have also developed a High Wind Kit to hold the roof parts locked together. I'll probably be making my own adaptation of that too.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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Nice idea. I saw that on the Aliner forums or club page, but they used a Sherman curtain rod or something I think. The high wind kit for the Aliners is a set of tie downs as I recall. I guess in really high winds that might be a good idea but the Rockwood seems tom have a better roof fit than the Aliners.

Certainly a low cost solution with lots of bonuses!
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:53 AM   #4
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I'm of the same opinion as Jeep4two ...
The clamping down and side holding abiliities of the FR product far outwiegh what has been available to the Aliner clan in the past, therefore their constant chatter about highwind kits - cables - bungies .. well... you name it.
The only issue I think any of us will have is setting the unit up/taking it down in a high wind situation .. and that is where things could get ugly. Two things however would fix that situation .. good insurance coverage .. and common sense.
Be carefull not to leave that pole in your unit when taking it in for warrenty service .. as it definately void out any leak or delaminating claims on your 5 year roof warrenty.

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Old 10-06-2011, 12:05 PM   #5
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Be carefull not to leave that pole in your unit when taking it in for warrenty service
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Good thought D-mo, though the pole doesn't touch or push against the roof, it could put a bit of extra pressure against the side skirts along the roof. Best not to give repair shops any excuse to refuse warranty work.

Other than that, it's reassuring to hear you and Jeep's opinions that our roofs lock together better than the other brands. I've only seen two other-brand units up close, and was too busy gee-whizzing about the whole concept to look hard at the roofs.
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