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Old 08-27-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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New Aframe? Talk me out of this...or not.

If you have a short attention span - this is the short version: This sound like a decent price on a 2014 Flagstaff T12 RB? $10,895 - can probably get them down a bit.

*Discount RV Sales - Metro Atlanta, GA


Still here? OK - hereís the long version:

Hey all! Popup camper here looking into joining the ranks of the A Frame owners. I love my little popup, but am getting a little tired of the setup it takes and the worries about mildew if it should rain on the last day of the trip. I really like the easy towing / low profile of a popup though. So - A frame, right? Right.

Until recently I was looking only at Aliners. There is a dealer locally and, though the selection was limited, an Aliner Scout was in my price range and - bare bones as it was - it would work for me. The dealer could install (at a cost, of course) some of the options I was interested in. A window in the door? Thatíll be extra. Front and rear stabilizers? Thatíll be extra. (it only comes with the rear stabilizers). Diamond plate on the front? Nope - not available in that model. You get the picture.

Today I stopped at another local camper dealer after noticing online they had some Flagstaff A Frames. I have four words for what I saw.

ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME.

Everything I wanted from the bare bones Aliner and way more. Heating and AC. Stereo. Front and rear stabilizers. Microwave. A handle bar for entry. Padding over the door in case I hit my head (they thought of everything!). Diamond plate - check. The bed is not a bunch of foam cushions from the Ďsofaí, itís an actual mattress and itís HEATED! Outdoor shower, nice looking wheels (Iím superficial that way - but also not available on the Aliner), roof/exhaust fan.

Iím thinking this is the way to go. Anyone have any input for me? Things to watch out for or check on before I take the plunge? Thanks in advance and happy camping to all!

Dave in Atlanta
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #2
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You won't regret your decision. I've had my rockwood with front metal storage for 3 months and like it a lot. Forest River stands behind their products. You may want to check out the other models by flagstaff or rockwood.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/PopUpC...age=floorplans
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:53 PM   #3
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Plus next year you can attend the Forest River Owners Group Rally in Indiana


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Old 08-27-2013, 08:07 PM   #4
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We've had our Flagstaff for about a month. Not including camping in the yard, this coming weekend will be our first time out. No regrets so far...quite the opposite.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:07 PM   #5
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We went thru what you are doing. We started out new Aliner then, used Aliner and bought a new T12RBST Flagstaff. Just got back from our first 2 night camp out. We had a great time. We would buy again.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:15 PM   #6
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Just my 2 pennies... I certainly wouldn't pay asking price. Considering we're at the end of the camping season, I'd guess $9300 (30% off MSRP) is a good starting point.
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Old 08-27-2013, 11:29 PM   #7
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First of all Flagstaff and Rockwell are the same product.

After many years of travel trailer camping (25') I bought a ROCKWOOD A128S. My TT days showed me how very important outside storage space is.

I would recommend a v6 for the tow vehicle.

I travel alone so 12' living space is not a problem but might be for two persons and maybe throw in a few pets..........

RV beds are usually not perfect, nor was mine. I cover the cushions with 3-5" of memory foam.

But what you see is what you get and I am very pleased with all the appointments of my Aframe. My criticism are all VERY small items. Setup or takedown in less than a minute. Use a cordless drill on the stabilizer jacks and setup tongue jack for a drill too.

I do miss a freezer, but hey it is a small space trailer.

These are units that you really can pickup at the dealer and go straight camping.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:32 AM   #8
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Thanks for the input and tips everyone! I plan to look over the Flagstaff a few more times before making a decision, but I"m still impressed with the 'bang for the buck' with these A frames. Also this dealer is a bit closer to me than the other dealer. I'm also thinking that Forest River's market saturation might be a good thing if I'm on the road and have a problem - they are everywhere.

My TV is a V6 Tacoma with the tow package, so I'm way under my towing capacity - which is a good thing.

The only issue I could find was the dining table was pretty wobbly. Looking over the forums here - that seems to be a common complaint. I also saw several ideas for a fix.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:02 AM   #9
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2014's have been out since May and new floor plans come out this September so keep that in mind when negotiating as your dealer might only have 2013 or even 2012 on the lot.
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For price comparisons, you may want to check out rvdirect.com or houseofcamping.com
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