Originally Posted by chaviva7
Anyone stay in their A-Frame full time? If you have what are the drawbacks and pros you found.
My wife and I (and mini-dachshund) lived in a 2 room suite for 7 weeks this summer while between houses. Our college-age daughter stayed with us in there for 3 weeks.
Comparison to our A122 A-frame (we had thought about camping instead of a room for the period):
- the suite had a bathroom with shower
- there were 2 closets in the suite so I could have and hang my work clothes
- laundry was free at the suite
- the suite had unlimited water and sewer, electricity was never an issue
- beds in the A-frame are more comfortable than room after adding topper mattresses
- local KOA and campgrounds were $50 and up per night (with electric and water), suite was $73
My other thought - A-frames, especially the smaller model I have, do some things very well, and other things not so well. We picked the A122 for the things it does very well:
- short length fits in our garage easily. In the new house, can even open it inside the garage. This makes it easy to have the A-frame completely ready to trailer to camp on 2 hour's notice (includes packing clothes, food, gear, and hitching up for trip).
- reduced front area, height, and weight make towing with a 6 cylinder minivan practical and comfortable
- very quick setup and take-down (less than 1 hour for entire campsite) make weekend camping a joy
Things a small A-frame does not do well:
- provide floor space to do activities inside. One chubby person standing at a time! We cook, clean, eat and usually lounge outside while camping. Inside is for changing, sleeping, and waiting out really bad weather.
- provide inside seating for entertaining. Max seating capacity inside is 5 - and that's cheek-to-cheek cozy.
- provide storage space for stuff. A by-product of folded-down height. Because we use the A-frame for 4-5 days at most, and limit what we take, this is not an issue.
- limited water, electric, and propane if dry camping. We have improved our A-frame so that water, battery, food run out at the same time (about 5-6 days). We are still dependent on campground for toilet and shower.
I would think a regular travel trailer or motor home would be much more practical for full time.
2014 Rockwood A122
2008 Hyundai Entourage (minivan)
camping Colorado and adjacent states one weekend at a time