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Old 01-15-2015, 09:32 PM   #1
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Describe your "Dream" A-Frame

It's winter. I'm stuck inside until at least April, probably. Camper is slumbering quietly outside. We're both eager to get out again as soon as spring hits.

Of course, now is the time I start thinking about all those mods I can do to change my A122BH into something more, and start checking out the state of the industry for inspiration and a little shopping envy.

So I got to thinking, if I had my perfect A-Frame, what would it have. So here's a thread.

My Perfect Aframe would have, over and above normal stuff we get...
  • 15 foot box, with the Toy Hauler deck on the front. Long but flexible!
  • Cassette Toilet/Shower optional, otherwise storage. I'd take storage personally.
  • Reinforced rear bumper to hitch-mount a bike rack capable of holding at least two bikes.
  • Storage on the rear bumper as well - maybe a box for storing the RVQue for example.
  • Roof Lifters (although I hear they are standard now!)
  • A REAL interior screen door
  • Dormer style roof front and back, but NOT canvas like the aliners - solid wall like the rest of the walls. Could this even be done - not sure - I imagine it getting complicated? Canvas just gets too cold.
  • Buttons for hot water heater and water pump up high in easy to get to places
  • 15 gallon grey-water tank
  • OPTION - Lose the microwave and replace it with an actual storage cabinet.
  • OPTION - replace the coolcat with a small AC unit. Would love it to be efficiently small enough to run easily off a standard 2000w generator.
  • 15" wheels and off road suspension
  • 100w solar panel pre-installed, or at least pre-run and hidden wires
  • Non-crappy dinette table easier to setup-take down

Well ... a man can dream after all...

What's your dream A-Frame?
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Old 01-15-2015, 10:09 PM   #2
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Great topic! I am just going to peel off some of your request, you did a good job with the list.

- Reinforced rear bumper to hitch-mount a bike rack capable of holding at least two bikes.

- Buttons for hot water heater and water pump up high in easy to get to places.

- 15 gallon grey-water tank.

- OPTION - replace the coolcat with a small AC unit. Would love it to be efficiently small enough to run easily off a standard 2000w generator.

- Non-crappy dinette table easier to setup-take down.

- 15" wheels and off road suspension

- Delete the water filter.

- Quiet water pump

- More days off!!!
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Old 01-16-2015, 06:29 AM   #3
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A real interior screen door. that is it. Every thing else is nice to have.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:56 AM   #4
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A number of good ideas there.

I like the design pretty much the way it is because I wanted a compact easy to set and strike camper that I could store at my home.

The switch for the water heater is a pain, and should have been placed somewhere else. It is on my list of mods to look into.

Rear bike rack capable is would be nice to have. I know manufacturers are loath to do this on small campers, but there is plenty of tongue weight (420lbs) so it would not present balance problem.

Grey water tank. I used to think this was not a good idea, but now it seems like a nice touch. One less thing to set out and pack up on a trip. It is easy enough to dispose of at home.

Non-crappy dinette table. This is my major complaint and it shows the popup heritage for the Afames. I know FR likes to say the camper can sleep four, but most of us will never use the front dinette as a bed, but would like a easy to use table. This is a mod on the list too.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:55 AM   #5
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Dormer style roof front and back, but NOT canvas like the aliners - solid wall like the rest of the walls. Could this even be done - not sure - I imagine it getting complicated? Canvas just gets too cold.

15" wheels and off road suspension
I believe those should definitely be an option on every A-Frame.... Both of those are available on A-Liners. FR needs to look and see if it is impacting their sales. I could go with canvas dormers though, I've seen both canvas and soft and I suspect the hard ones are begging to leak at all those hinges.

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Non-crappy dinette table. This is my major complaint and it shows the popup heritage for the Afames. I know FR likes to say the camper can sleep four, but most of us will never use the front dinette as a bed, but would like a easy to use table. This is a mod on the list too.
I agree, I will never sleep four in my trailer. So I tossed the OEM table in to the garage and replaced it with a Spiderlegs Folding Table I snagged on Ebay. Now we have a lot more room in the dinette area and I don't have a 50 pound pressed wood table to move around...

I'll add to the want list with a desire for a easily accessible storage area for the porta potti. My DW "upgraded" us to a Thetford Curve toilet and it is too big to fit in any storage areas with easy access. So I bought a roll around Kitchen Island storage unit I'm modifying for that task. It will be bolted to the front wall of the dinette area when I finish tweaking it. Another reason I ditched the stock table...
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:24 AM   #6
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That table looks interesting. Would have to see it set up in the camper to see if it actually works well.
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I have heard that the hard wall dormers do leak, especially since the "roof" is flat and water pools more easily into the hinged panels.


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Old 01-17-2015, 01:18 AM   #8
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Easy enough to design the dormer roof so it's not flat, but maybe has a 10 degree downward incline to prevent any possible pooling.
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Would be great to see a photo of the Staples table set up, along with the rolling kitchen caddy. Interesting upgrade ideas!
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