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Old 06-26-2015, 04:23 PM   #1
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Talk me into/out of an A-Frame

My wife and I started camping in 2010 with a very nice FR PUP. I think it was a 227 - 14 foot box, king on one end, queen on the other. Plenty of space, but a hassle to set up and take down - especially if it rained.

We then upgraded to a V-lite 21WRS. Perfect camper in every way for the two of us, but a pain to tow and maintain.

Fast forward to last year, we build our dream home in an area that does not allow storage of campers outside of your house. We sold our V-lite and have very much missed camping the last year.

We had looked at the A-Frames when they first came out, but the full size bed was a deal killer. We now notice there are two models with actual queen size beds. Videos show set up/takedown to be a piece of cake. And we can keep this in a garage.

Other than lack of floors space, any other downsides we need to consider?

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Old 06-26-2015, 05:20 PM   #2
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We had looked at the A-Frames when they first came out, but the full size bed was a deal killer. We now notice there are two models with actual queen size beds. Videos show set up/takedown to be a piece of cake. And we can keep this in a garage.

Other than lack of floors space, any other downsides we need to consider?

Thanks!
Jack
Hi Jack,

We have been keeping our eyes on the A-Liners since they first came about. And like you we were also Pop Up Camper people ( 94' StarCraft Starflyte and 09' 1940LTD Rockwood Freedom ) before we got the HTT. The A-Liners appealed to us because of the ease of set up and break down, but lacked on interior space all around, especially for taller people.

I have not seen the new ones personally ( A-Liner Expeditions ) with the larger beds but am now looking forward to our next local Rv Show. We traded our Pop Up for our current HTT based on less setup and teardown as well, but still miss the pop up days. Although the HTT still gives us the Pop Up airy feeling, it was nice trade off. A HW or A-Liner is not out of the question for our future either. Have you checked into the HW series?

The best trade off I have found between the Pop Ups and TT's are that you can enter them without the need to set them up. This is definitely a huge plus! And I can have ours closed up in as little as 10 minutes, if need be. ( Owning prior pop ups do pay off for us new HTT owners and having mastered the proficiency and speed to battle those unexpected downpours....sometimes! )

As you already know, the setup of an A-Liner would be a snap and the maintenance would be pretty much the same as you were used to with your Pop Up. IMO, I say go for it! It gets you back out there enjoying what you enjoy, and also on a smaller scale to be able to store it at your home. A win-win!
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:52 PM   #3
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Lack of space and access is a consideration all the way around. The bed can only be accessed form one side, so the sleeper in the rear have to crawl over the other to get out. Storage is a very limited and access to cabinets is something of a pain. Although with the high wall you are looking at, this is not as much of a problem.

So if you are prepared for the more cramped quarters, an FR A-Frame is a great choice for two campers. They tow well and the maintenance and upkeep is not bad.
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:59 PM   #4
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We have only had ours a month, but it's wonderful. I know they make a couple models that fit in garages, but make sure a queen size is in those models. Set up and take down is truly as fast and easy as the videos look! For sure find a dealer by you and go look at them, that's part of the fun😀. The people on this forum are amazing and I'm sure you'll get lots more information and opinions!!


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We had not had our for 2 years yet but have done 25 National parks and have about 100 night in it. The 3 highest dislikes are, no shower inside, having to climb over someone to get out of bed and low counter tops. If buying again we would get the high wall "A"frame. (counter tops higher) We would still not get shower and would still have to climb over someone getting out of bed.
For us the "A" Frame meets our needs. We do a lot of off season camping and off grid camping. We like to be able to heat the space quickly. Quick set up and small size so any camping site will work.
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In my observation, The key to enjoying an A-Frame is having good organization and storage systems for the various items you will keep inside or onboard the trailer.

It's surprising how much usable space there is once you realize you make use of vertical space. Jist because it's small doesn't mean the space can't be made homey. Your experience owning a tent trailer or the conventional travel trailer will make the transition to an A-Frame easier than those who have never owned an RV.

I'd say check out all the brands to see which floor plan suits you as well as which model is best suited for your tow vehicle. A-Frame brands are Aliner, Chalet, Starcraft, Jayco and of course Forest River with their Flagstaff, Rockwood and Coachmen brands.

Our Flagstaff A-Frame is by far my favorite rv we've owned. I like seeing over and around it when towing, it's fast set up/takedown, hard sided walls and has all amenities I'd need when traveling.
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I've been in A frames and owned popups and a HTT.
personally I don't like the lack of headroom of an A frame.
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I was surprised how easy hitting my head was being I'm a short gal. The problem was with the slanted wall by the dining table.
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That's one thing neither my 6'2"+ spouse or myself @ 5'4" have ever had @an issue with. The two bubble windows over the dining area allows for someone as tall as my spouse to sit comfortably without crouching or slouching down. He can move around the interior at full height, cook with no problem. He can relax on the sofa on the opposite end easily because of the expansive bubble window there. His only comment about his height in the A-Frame is how low the counter is to his height. ...but head bumping is not an issue. Lol

I will say in the first few trips it was a depth perception issue of knowing the height of those bubble windows to get past the thought that you'd hit your head - they are tall/deep enough that it just won't happen.
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