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Old 04-14-2013, 08:29 PM   #1
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A-Frames on the road

Here's the 2013 Rockwood and 2012 Flagstaff again...going home. These trailer put up with consistent wind (20-30 mph) 2 days and gusts up to 50 mph yesterday. Driving home we experienced rain, hail and more wind....it got colder the closer we were to home. ugh.

Where last year the Cool Cat was my best friend, this trip, the furnace & coffee maker made my weekend! haha

It just felt great to bring El Beso out of hibernation!
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:19 AM   #2
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We just returned from a trip to Oregon (rained the whole drive there but sunny on arrival!) and didnt see a single A Frame on the road or in the campground.....its becoming a game sort of like Slug Bug, who can spot the A Frame first! Does anyone else find themselves spotting for those tell tale bubble windows while on the road towing yours?
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Old 06-26-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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Yes. I see lots of popups but A Frames are rare. Very small campers in general are rare. Most people prefer family sized trailers.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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Last weekend I was solo-camping at a local state park. I actually saw two other AFrames (both ALiners), including one being used by the campground host. Those are the only two I've seen all season though after 4 or 5 weekends of camping.

Whenever we give tours to onlookers, there are always a few comments I give to people:
  1. They are really only big enough for two people, or maybe two people and two small kids or dogs.
  2. If you can tow it, get the "Toy Hauler" version for the extra storage space. It is our biggest regret.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:45 AM   #5
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Interesting that the campground host used an A frame. We've often thought about volunteering as hosts but thought we'd have difficulty spending 5 months or so in a small camper, though we survived 10 weeks in it last year.
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It was a single host (woman), not a couple. I'd guess big enough for one person for the summer months. Most hosts I've seen, though, have a travel-trailer sized campers, although a couple weeks ago the host had an older Class C with a swing-out outside cooking station..
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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My first siting of an A frame in the wild was at the Grand Canyon a few years ago. Compared to my flat top Niagara, the design "peaked" my interest and started me on the path towards my purchase.

After 3 total nights, I'd say I could live in one by myself in the right area with the right climate (not too humid, not too cold). Mostly because of the compact nature of today's electronics. And for not too long of a time. The main difficulty would be in locating a comfortable chair that could fit inside.
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We saw a Chalet and an Aliner while camping at Ruby's Inn near Bryce Canyon last week. We talked to the guy in the Aliner a bit as he was interested in our Toy Hauler version. His Aliner was a 1999 and he had converted his front dinette to a set of bunks for his kids. He has also removed the refrigerator, sink and stove. They carried water jugs and a camping stove in their truck. But wait, there's more...he add a rail at the front to haul a bicycles or even a dirt bike. The front storage access door was relocated to the rear and in its place he put a window for the bottom bunk. It was a pretty neat setup.
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Just got back from a few days camping with the dogs didnít see a single A Frame. Loads of big trailers and pop ups and believe it or not one guy sleeping on the picnic table. While out walking the dog I noticed a couple folding down their popup it was a sharp rig but it seemed liked such a production compared to my little A Frame. It was a hot, humid and rainy trip and I sure was thankful for the quick setup and fold down. Space it at a premium sometimes but the convenience is a definite plus. But considering the way the weather has been this year I think Iíll opt to take the screen room even on short trips. Hey, anyone else out there experiencing the joys of fish flies?
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Fish flies just starting (on Lake of the Woods) but zillions of mosquitoes, worst we've had for quite a few years.
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