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Old 10-04-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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Dear Forest River - an AFrame Wishlist

So the missus and I got to talking the other night about our little aframe and what we love about it and what we've come to wish it had. We have come to wish we had been able to get the Toy-Hauler version, but were limited by our tow vehicle's capacity.

Naturally, the conversation turned to:
  • What do we want in our next tow-vehicle
  • Whether we'd replace the camper, and if so, what we'd want to get.

The truth is, we love the AFrame. It's solid, it's easy to tow. Setup is a breeze. But there are a few things we wish were different.

So, on a chilly fall day, I thought I'd kick off a new thread where we can discuss what we'd love to see in the "next generation" of Forest River Aframes.

Here's our personal initial list. Some are pretty big structural changes to the base engineering, but some are simple convenience things that would be lovely to see.
  1. Screen Door
  2. Microwave as an OPTION, otherwise that area is a storage cabinet. We really only dry camp, and can only imagine ever using the microwave for making popcorn if we were camping with power. :P
  3. 12v outlet by the entry door. An additional 12v USB outlet would make it really hip. [I've actually modded to add both of these]
  4. Storage on the rear - presumably by strengthening the frame and then maybe adding something like the rack on the front of the A122BH.
  5. By the same token, a strong enough frame to mount a trailer-hitch bike rack for up to four bikes to the rear. Everyone seems to want to do this, so there must be a way to engineer it.
  6. Larger unit - maybe about four feet longer. This would allow for more internal storage, counter space, a full queen-size bed, bathroom, etc. Not sure how this might impact roof weight, roof pitch, etc. (may need to be higher when erected).
  7. Lift assist for the roof (probably pneumatic assists would be fine). Missus sometimes struggles to raise it by herself.
  8. Re-position the hot-water switch to some place more convenient. Next to the door would be great, but even behind the stove would work.
  9. By similar token, move the water pump switch to the wall behind the sink.
  10. Grey-water tank - maybe 12 to 16 gallons. With an easy bypass for the sink to drain either externally or via interior plumbing to the tank.
  11. The storage frame for the battery should be large enough for a group 31. As it is, the crossbar is welded in place and limits the size to smaller batteries.

Our "dream" Aframe would have a toy-hauler front rack, be four feet longer inside, have a queen-sized bed, bathroom, grey-water tank and enough rear support/storage for a bike hitch and maybe 300lbs of "stuff".

Maybe our next camper will end up being a TT, but we do love our Aframe and the fuel efficiency of being able to fold down. Plus I think the simpler feel of the Aframe is more conducive to dry camping and boondocking. The larger ones always feel like the NEED to be hooked up to amenities. :P
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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What about a cargo door on the back side of the camper to access the storage under the seat next to the sink? Another idea, light blocking curtains along with a pull aside curtin for the window on the door. Thicker cushions would be nice too! You do have some good ideas as well!.
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:55 PM   #3
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What about a cargo door on the back side of the camper to access the storage under the seat next to the sink? Another idea, light blocking curtains along with a pull aside curtin for the window on the door. Thicker cushions would be nice too! You do have some good ideas as well!.
My area under the seat next to the sink is taken up by the cool cat. The bike rack idea is a winner as is more accessible switches.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #4
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Ditto for all the ideas mentioned above and if possible re-design the coolCat to vent to the sides upwards so that we don't get cold or hot legs when sitting close to it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #5
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I would like to see a fresh water tank that doesn't sag when full of water.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:02 PM   #6
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I'd like to see one made for serious boondocking.

-beefier frame/suspension.
-rack on the front for gas cans/firewood/things you don't want to carry inside
-a small sheet metal woodstove with hot water reservoir, flat cooktop and removable stovepipe.
-area where microwave is now, would be rack system for water jug, a bit of firewood, cooler, coleman stove & lantern, etc
-racks on roof for canoe or 14' aluminum boat
-fittings in walls and ceiling for detachable brackets or hooks

-no skylights
-no water or propane system

I considered having the same wheels and tires as the TV, but that'd probably serious overkill and way too heavy.
A hunter version of this would have the deck up front for a quad (or a moose!)
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:32 PM   #7
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We previously owned and Aliner and the water tank was on the inside. I liked it better there. Not sure if there is room but, I would like to see it in the compartment with the AC. Also agree with the idea of moving the switches some place where we would not have to crawl under the table. Also the table should have a single pedestal leg. They are so awkward to set up and down, and way to heavy. Our A122 matress is not thick enough to suit us.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #8
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Hi, I am in Aussie, but looking at the Forest River product to tour N.America over a few years.We have a similar product in Aus "A-van"
A'van Campers & Caravans Pty.Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
a number of things they seem to do better including a higher version for tall people.
Another thing I like with the Aussie versions, you can get all the windows with wind out openers including the big long bubble window
"wind-out dome configurations" - this includes a fly screen to keep bugs out, you can get a nice breeze through.
To prevent water/rain getting in they put a window frame in that raises the window about 1" off the roof.
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:25 PM   #9
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Oh in Aussie, we like 2 propane bottles but smaller ones, to reduce wait say 4.5kg ones
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #10
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Definitely would be nice to have upper half of door set with a screen door option. Also like the pedestal leg/or a slightly small version of the table, and would like the outlets near the beds moved to a safer area, rather than jammed up against the mattress/what a fire hazard that is! I also find that the A/C filter is constantly being blown out of it's slot, so not much use and requires unscrewing the main screen to readjust it/very frustrating.
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