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Old 04-16-2013, 12:03 PM   #11
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Forest River is what sold me on A-Frames. Until then, they were curiosities that I could never camp in. The Aliner and Chalets are too narrow resulting in beds that are to short for me at 6'2". The Forest River value is also much better.

I, for one, welcome Forest River as our new A-Frame overlords.
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:55 PM   #12
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Forest River is what sold me on A-Frames. Until then, they were curiosities that I could never camp in. The Aliner and Chalets are too narrow resulting in beds that are to short for me at 6'2". The Forest River value is also much better.

I, for one, welcome Forest River as our new A-Frame overlords.
I would agree with you on this. I had looked at Aliner and they were way too small plus on top of that expensive as well. I am 6'3" and have still a couple of inches before touching with my feet.

I think the only negative to them would be the higher tongue weight and weight of the unit. But I guess with all the features they come with that is to be expected.

Funny thing is the first time we went out I had a Aliner drooling over all the features the Rockwood came with and if it wasnt for the tongue weight and the TV he had, he would have went with the Rockwood.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #13
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I would agree with you on this. I had looked at Aliner and they were way too small plus on top of that expensive as well. I am 6'3" and have still a couple of inches before touching with my feet.

I think the only negative to them would be the higher tongue weight and weight of the unit. But I guess with all the features they come with that is to be expected.

Funny thing is the first time we went out I had a Aliner drooling over all the features the Rockwood came with and if it wasnt for the tongue weight and the TV he had, he would have went with the Rockwood.
I almost brought an Aliner and even put down a deposit to hold the price. As I was driving off the large lot (several RV dealerships) I couldn't help but think "what am I doing?? That's a lot of money for a lot of compromise!) I'm a short girl at 5'2 but even I bumped my head a few times trying to look out the window.

Later after buying my TT I had the chance to see a couple of FR A-frame units and were impressed with them. The price is much better but the units are much nicer too. I will always have a soft spot for A-Frames.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:02 PM   #14
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I am sure that with A Frames, less weight means a higher price. Using structure wood as the floor I'm sure saves money but must be heavier that the more expensive rot resistant composites uses in others.

I considered the super big Chalet XL 1935, the one with the front side dormer because it has the 80 inch beds. The price I saw was about $25K. And there were none on dealer lots I could find close to Houston. It was more than twice the camper I wanted.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:01 PM   #15
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The floors on the A Frames have a 25 yr warranty on them...I think that is saying alot about their confidence in the Ainsworth flooring product. I agree about the heavier floor and frame. I am fine with the weight, its enough this style trailer walls bend and flex, sure dont want the frame to do the same. LOL
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #16
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I looked up that product. They have really improved the underfloor material since I bought Niagara in 2002. Still, I was perfectly happy with the performance of the Structurewood floor in the Niagara. It was still solid after a decade of being outdoors in humid Houston. I'm sure that narrows the perceived difference between Forest River and the more expensive makers.
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When we were researching Aliners and Chalets, hoping to learn as much as we could before buying one (we didn't know then that FR had just begun making A frames), two chronic problems they had been having over a number of years were a) floors rotting out, especially at the corners, and b) the frames sagging down at the rear end so much that the doors on the folded down walls would fall through their openings. That slowed our search for used units down a bit. It's why we hadn't yet bought an Aliner when we happened on a FR dealer's display at a winter RV show, and the rest is history.

I'm pretty sure both makes have fixed those issues, though you can still find postings on Aliner and Chalet user groups about replacing floors and working around the door-falling-through problem. I hope the companies have overcome those problems, they pioneered a lot of innovations we enjoy today.

But meanwhile I'm glad for the lengthy floor warranty and the beefy frame on my Rockwood.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:48 AM   #18
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I am sure that with A Frames, less weight means a higher price. Using structure wood as the floor I'm sure saves money but must be heavier that the more expensive rot resistant composites uses in others.

I considered the super big Chalet XL 1935, the one with the front side dormer because it has the 80 inch beds. The price I saw was about $25K. And there were none on dealer lots I could find close to Houston. It was more than twice the camper I wanted.

$25,000 is crazy to me. If I was going to spend that much I would say screw it and buy the R-Pod with the rear kitchen (RP-181G). Love the R-Pod but the price was just a little more than I wanted to spend. That and pulling it would be more a chore for my TV with the R-Pod height.
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$25,000 is crazy to me.
It was to me too. I serched a bit yesterday, and the prices I saw were well under that today. Around $18k. Either they are cheaper now or the sticker shock was just that bad.

Either way, it was too much money for a trailer that I couldn't eve see at a dealer. My local dealer sells A-Liners now. But on a price for comfort level, the FR campers won easily because all the FR trailers have 80 inch beds. The difference in weight is irrelevant if you can't sleep comfortably. Kidn of like those cute Casitas. If I can't stand in it I won't enjoy being in it.
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