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Old 11-08-2013, 03:40 PM   #11
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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Your words are true regarding neither camper nor house protecting you during high wind and using common sense. Very well stated and I agree with you totally. That is precisely my point. I also readily admit to your next statement but I am not on here to do that. As you are probably aware this is not the place for trying to sell something. It is forbidden.

The sentence regarding I "don't even camp" well I do disagree with. I just completed a 16 state camping trip where I camped at Musicland campground in Branson MO, Two Rivers campground in Nashville TN, Carolina Crossroads in Roanoke Rapids NC, KOA in Yemassee, SC, Tallahassee RV Park Tallahassee FL, and Springridge RV Park Clinton MS. I left home on October 11 and returned October 31st. During this entire time I lived in my 2005 Aliner Classic DL. Other times this year I camped in Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, WV and Arkansas. To validate this if you prefer I can post some copies of receipts where I paid for the camping fee.

I am not your enemy, I am not trying to take anything away from anyone. I am a fellow camper trying to have an open, honest discussion about the dangers of wind and lightweight campers. I apologize if during this process I offended you or any other fellow camper in any way. Why the hostility I thought all had something in common A frame campers? I welcome your input.
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:28 PM   #13
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Karl, thats a pretty harsh post.

Randy is a very experienced A Frame camper, he's not 'some guy' who know nothing about the A Frame camper....He was obviously passionate about protecting his Aliner from wind damage enough to have created a product that would help in wind situations. I dont see him pushing his Wind Cheeta product down at anyone (which by the way, is popular and well known amongst the Aliner crowd)

When Randy said he was looking at selling his Aliner and getting a Forest River model, I encouraged him to visit our boards. He didnt come here trolling...he had already told me how much he had learned about FR product from our threads. If you look at the early threads/topics when this Forum first started, you will note that wind was a definite concern for the people looking at the first generation of FR A Frames.

I am tickled that Randy is looking at defecting to FR! LOL!! Most Aliner owners are hard core loyalists, this tells me that FR is truly being recognized as a quality product amongst the other A-Frame brands
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:02 PM   #14
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Tamara,
We will kinda go off topic gently because you raise an excellent point regarding FR being a "quality product". This is not to say all other Aframe campers are inferior but it makes not matter how good your camper is, it is worthless if you cannot get it in the hands of the consumer timely. FR is doing that and doing it very well. In addition side by side comparison shows the FR product is better made in my honest opinion. I found it very interesting on my last camping trip when I stopped in and visited with several aframe dealers. One gentleman at Camper World said it best "the dealer is a customer too". "Manufacturers who recognize this will survive and the ones that don't will fade away". Right now dealers are unhappy with CNW's product delivery backlog. Danny's camper who has always led the charge for the Aliner product has been forced to take on Trailmanor to fill orders, very sad. Their words not mine. The dealer in Shreveport La dropped the Aliner due to no parts, no service and what he said was declining quality again his words not mine. During this same time FR is introducing new models, improving what they have and providing repair and parts access that is probably the "best in the industry". Dealers words not mine. FR has one of the largest networks of selling dealers therefore you don't have to travel too far to find help if you need it. This will continue to make FR the industry leader when it comes to the Aframe camper. It is truly a quality product supported by a large quality manufacturer and a large quality network of dealers. IMHO. Back on subject I do believe the FR product is sturdier than other brands but would still avoid staying inside it when there are high winds. Why risk damage to our beloved campers. Fold that baby and go in a building or the car.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:20 PM   #15
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Let's be honest there is no camper or house that will protect you in high winds. People need to use common sense and not rely on this guy's post as he is selling Aframe wind tie downs. This guy doesn't even camp.
Bottom line, if it offends you, don't read it! I have a 5er and find it interesting.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:22 PM   #16
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Randy, Thanks for explaining that. I should clarify what I meant by "recognized as a quality product amongst other A Frame brands" is that in my personal encounters with Aliner and Chalet owners (at RV shows and dealerships) it seemed that FR was not welcomed by the other brands in the marketplace. When we looked at Aliner, the dealer put down FR as inferior (never mind it was a new product) and said Chalet was overpriced. In browsing the internet on diff oitdoor forums I noted that many people (who'd not even looked inside a FR) put it down because its entry price was so low, with the assumption low price equated poor build.

I was happy to discover the FB group that yu and I interract on becauae all brands & owners come together for the comeraderie of A Frame ownership.

I like the FR Forum because it keeps me apprised of what brand specific issues to be aware of and for technical help pertaining to FR products specifically when needed.

Its pretty nice to read comments from other brand owners, such as yourself, complimenting the FR brand...as when I bought mine, it had only been in the A Frame market a year....
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #17
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I love FR A Frames and love the value. If I were a marketing genius and I wanted to take over a market I would build a superior product then price it below the competition. Heck as big as FR is they could take a loss on these babies. Personally I think FR is doing everything right while CNW is asleep at the wheel. Sad because there is room in the market for all. How can you charge more for a product then make the customer wait months to get it. No aframe is that good. Hey Old Coot are you lovin that popcorn? :-)
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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"High winds" is entirely vague. It means something different to each person. Until an evidence based MPH wind rating for Forest River A Frames is given, any proposition of danger is just speculation and FUD mongering. (Fear, Unease & Doubt) A popular technique for selling untested remedies for vague problems.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #19
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We often have sustained winds here in Arizona of 35-45 mph with gusts in the 50's. I had asked my dealer about that because they were leaving their a frames up for extended periods of time. Their answer to me was that if they don't show the quality of their product, who would buy it? Good point.
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:19 PM   #20
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I should also add that I don't advocate trying to stay out in strong winds all the time. I tend to err on the side of caution, but that is just me.
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