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.
- Screen Door
- 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
- 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]
- Storage on the rear - presumably by strengthening the frame and then maybe adding something like the rack on the front of the A122BH.
- 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.
- 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).
- Lift assist for the roof (probably pneumatic assists would be fine). Missus sometimes struggles to raise it by herself.
- 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.
- By similar token, move the water pump switch to the wall behind the sink.
- 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.
- 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