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Old 07-18-2016, 11:11 PM   #21
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Forgot to add.: love your slat bed. Woodworking is one of my winter hobbies.
Thanks! I've made 3 of those now. Two twins and a King sized. Once people saw mine, they wanted one.

You can't tell in the photo, but the head/foot/side boards connect to the posts with modern hidden bed rail fasteners. Much easier than actual mortise and tenons.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:13 PM   #22
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Here is the link to the thumb locks I used
Keyed thumb locks

The MagicMesh screen is hard to describe. Basically you can walk through it with your hands full and it closes behind you. $8 @ menards, home depot etc. We've had one on our summer cottage for 5-6 years. Probably saved me 20 hours of work and many $ fixing the original sliding screen. For some reason some folks forget there is a door there.

I suggest you use the search function on this site. It is a great tool.
Oh, I've been using the search function. However, sometimes you don't even know what to search for. Thus why I started this thread.

Yeah, I would imagine I'd wanna change out the door locks. Having to use the key every time is a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:14 PM   #23
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Already read that entire thread. Thanks though!
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:40 AM   #24
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However, I've read a LOT of horror stories about Forest River (all their offerings, not just A-Frames). So, it makes me pause. Hence, why I am here.
Read enough and you will find horror stories about every brand. And following the laws of nature, the bigger selling brands will have more horror stories. Anecdotes are not all that meaningful.

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Those of you who have owned a Forest River A-Frame (any model, but especially the High Wall ones), what are the biggest problems? What usually fails first?
The biggest failing on my camper has been the skylights. The only real interior need for them is to allow better headroom for seating at the dinette. That is not an issue for me so if I were to buy again I'd order one without the skylights. The appliances are the same as you get on any folding camper from any manufacturer. But these are lightly built, entry level campers so there will be ongoing repairs and a bit of head scratching at the poor workmanship.

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What issues are usually found when buying new, and you pick-up from the dealership, that they have to fix while you wait? How well does the included outside grill work? How about the cassette toilet? The outside shower?
MY PDI when very smoothly. No fixes. This is largely dealer dependent and not a brand issue. I immediately stored the outside grill in the home garage and have never used it. It is awkwardly shaped for storage and I prefer to cook greasy foods away form the camper. Don't count on it for much. I don't have the cassette but did on my prior camper when my kids when with me. I liked it a great deal. They are easy to empty because you can do it in the bath house instead of the RV dump. But while the toilet itself isn't a smell problem, no matter what, going poop in the camper still gives off smells. Your choice.

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What mods to people usually do first on these, which are considered essential, if any?
The best first mod you can do is add a fan to the vent the top fridge compartment and a baffle to force airflow over the upper fins. Another is to put a disconnect switch on the battery, particularly if you dry camp at your events. On the interior, I used power strips to make the awkward 120V plugs more accessible and added 12V outlets and a good USB power station. And liberal use of 3M Command hooks.

Good for you in asking all these question before purchasing.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:09 AM   #25
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My wife has been going to medieval events for the last couple of years and staying in a non period tent, which I rather not stay in. Our solution for this year and so that I would go was to pickup an A-Frame camper and then cover it to look like a Viking tent. Here are a few before and after pictures. It is still a work in progress and adding small details to it as we go. We have gone to 2 small events so far this summer but are going to Pennsic in a couple weeks. If you are going, we are with Silver Channel, down from the barn.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:28 AM   #26
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My wife has been going to medieval events for the last couple of years and staying in a non period tent, which I rather not stay in. Our solution for this year and so that I would go was to pickup an A-Frame camper and then cover it to look like a Viking tent. Here are a few before and after pictures. It is still a work in progress and adding small details to it as we go. We have gone to 2 small events so far this summer but are going to Pennsic in a couple weeks. If you are going, we are with Silver Channel, down from the barn.
Now...that's just nifty. But, is kinda defeating the purpose of me getting an RV. So I don't have to setup a canvas tent. :-D

I went to 7 Pennsics in the 90's. Last one was '97, right before I moved to Atlanta. Just too far of a drive for me now. I go to Gulf Wars every year though. Much closer (6 hours vs 15 hours) and I just like it better.

Tell your wife hello from a fellow SCAdian.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:25 AM   #27
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Another question I just thought of, before I toddle off to bed (I work nights, sleep during the day):

Would I need a weight distribution hitch for the A213HW? Or is it not heavy enough to require it?

Truck does have a 1000+ pound tongue weight.
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Not needed. Although the rear of my 4X4 Tundra does sag quite a bit. Yours may be sprung differently. I have a shell bed cover on the back of the truck and even with the trailer sag, the rear axle does not get overloaded.

But if you really need to load down the truck toward max cargo weight, one would be helpful. If so, get loaded up and go to a CAT scale to make sure. You will never get close to GCVWR towing an AFrame.
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Old 07-19-2016, 07:16 PM   #29
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Not needed. Although the rear of my 4X4 Tundra does sag quite a bit. Yours may be sprung differently. I have a shell bed cover on the back of the truck and even with the trailer sag, the rear axle does not get overloaded.

But if you really need to load down the truck toward max cargo weight, one would be helpful. If so, get loaded up and go to a CAT scale to make sure. You will never get close to GCVWR towing an AFrame.
Good to know. Appreciate the answer. Yeah, I'm not worried about getting near the GCVWR with one of these. Is one of the reasons I decided to go with an A-Frame, instead of a travel trailer.

Eventually I want to get an in-bed motorcycle lift so I can take my motorcycle AND the RV (whichever I get) at the same time.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:51 AM   #30
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We keep the a frame covered when not in use with a camco cover, tucked away in the tractor shed.
Is there a particular model from Camco that fits these? Or just a generic one?
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