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Old 10-12-2009, 08:51 AM   #15
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What do you think of the A-Line campers.
I don't know much about them. Ran into a couple in Glacier this fall. They liked theirs -- they hadn't RV'ed before but enjoyed getting out. I've gotten too accustomed to having at least a toilet in the trailer.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:25 AM   #16
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I personally have a teardrop as well as the Flying Cloud and I love it. There are internet forums for building your own as well as very informal chapters across the country that have regular "gatherings". We were in ours for 10 days this summer on a trip out to the Black Hills. Fortunately the weather was great. I do have to admit that a lot of rain can make a teardrop pretty uncomfortable.
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Old 10-12-2009, 09:45 AM   #17
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I've gotten too accustomed to having at least a toilet in the trailer.
The bigger models have a bathroom inside - you fold up the walls. We looked at Aliners and Chalets before buying the T@B. Cuteness won out, and we got the teardrop, but the hard-sided A-frames have their appeal (and a hell of a lot more headroom.)

Supposedly all Chalets after 2005 have composite floors that won't rot, a rather nice idea that I wish other manufacturers (hint hint) would imitate.

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Old 10-12-2009, 10:06 AM   #18
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Short trips

I find for that my Western Wilderness Camper is perfect for those short trips. I can go off road without worrying about beating my 28 footer on those wash board roads. I tow my jeep behind to use for short excursions and have a back up vehicle if I have a break down. The camper is fully self contained and I could stay a month without much discomfort, but its really nice when I break out the 28 footer and have that extra room, its like taking a room from Hilton with me.

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Old 10-15-2009, 03:30 AM   #19
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More compact than an Airstream and you don't have to worry about another vehicle or gasoline prices.
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Old 10-15-2009, 07:19 AM   #20
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More compact than an Airstream and you don't have to worry about another vehicle or gasoline prices.

Talk about having to gear down for the climbs..
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:41 AM   #21
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Greetings Paula!

I know that you may have reservations about going vintage, but the 1977-1979 Minuet 6.0 Metre is a wonderful weekend get-away maching (IMHO). Most of these coaches are safe from the dreaded floor rot as they have aluminum composite floors (there are a few 6.0 Metres that have wood subfloors so investigation would be wise). At a GVWR of 3,250 pounds, the Minuet 6.0 is easy to tow and set-up. In addition, the interior cabinetry is also vinyl-clad aluminum that cleans up nicely as long as it hasn't had excetpionally rough use at some point in its life.

I purchased my Minuet for the precise reason you are contemplating a second coach; I wanted a smaller coach that would be less cumbersome to tow for weekend expeditions. Over the years since I purchased my Minuet, it has proven its worth for weekends as well as a money-saving alternative to my Overlander for caravans that are touring with few stops being more than overnight -- and for this type of caravan the Minuet allows for more relaxation as its length and reduced width make it an easy tow even on narrow, shoulderless secondary roads.

Good luck with your deliberations!

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Old 10-15-2009, 03:53 PM   #22
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TC+AS=Best of both worlds

Foiled, I feel your pain. We picked up a TC 2 years ago to compliment our AS (if you are really lucky you can find a nice aluminum Avion like ticki2 did!). Another advantage of having a proper truck is you can use it for so many toys, Your truck (same as ours) is sufficient to carry a TC up to about 3000#.
This past year we have used the TC just as much as the AS. The TC is great for shorter trips, but we have been out as long as a week. It is also great for when you are on the move and not staying put. We have found it handy just for day trips (beach, kayaking, etc) you always have a bathroom, kitchen, etc right at hand!
We now use the AS for week long stays at the lake, or beach, but find that the TC is much better suited for “rambling around”.
If you want more details, PM me and we can discuss pros/cons of travelling with each.

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Old 10-15-2009, 04:35 PM   #23
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Have you considered a Road Trek Van Camper? They are really nice, can fully stand up in them and with their recessed floor have a low center of gravity compared to the A/S B-Van . Road Treks are fully self-contained, very nice inside and out. Although the new ones are very expensive, you may be able to find a good used one. I know one full timing couple who tow their 23 foot A/S TT with one. This allows them to leave their A/S in camp and branch off with the Road Trek on an overnight exploration. If you wanted to take an acquaintenance camping with you they could be fully self-contained in the Road Trek while you enjoy some peace and quiet in the A/S. Another 2 cents, Pat
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:32 AM   #24
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Have you considered a Road Trek Van Camper? They are really nice, can fully stand up in them and with their recessed floor have a low center of gravity compared to the A/S B-Van . Road Treks are fully self-contained, very nice inside and out. Although the new ones are very expensive, you may be able to find a good used one. I know one full timing couple who tow their 23 foot A/S TT with one. This allows them to leave their A/S in camp and branch off with the Road Trek on an overnight exploration. If you wanted to take an acquaintenance camping with you they could be fully self-contained in the Road Trek while you enjoy some peace and quiet in the A/S. Another 2 cents, Pat
Downside to this is another vehicle to maintain. They already have a truck...IMO, I would take full advantage of that.

The RoadTreks are nice though...but small inside...

I guess, everything has it's compromises!

It is RV Show time of year...FA;why don't you hit some of the shows this winter and check out all the different options.

Keep us posted!

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Old 10-16-2009, 08:17 AM   #25
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We have had a Boler for two years and love it! I have just purchased an Airstream and will be fixing it up to use as a semi-permanent cabin.

In the summer we keep our Boler is a car's parking spot at our condo and are ready to go at a moments notice. No trailer brakes and a 70 lb hitch weight makes it very quick to hook up. I literally just get my hitch near it and drag it onto the ball.

This summer I used it for about 30 days. At one point we had three adults and a 60 lb dog in it. It is fantastically comfy for one person! The 14 foot model (Length includes hitch) doesn't have a bathroom, but came with a chemical toilett to minimize trips outside of the trailer in the middle of the night.

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I think you will find a roadtrek has a very limited tow capacity. Most are maxed out. From my investigations on this, a Sportsmobile custom ordered with either a v10 or Diesel will be needed to make the tow nationwide for our 28. Big bucks for new, and lots of depreciation.

Still, after really looking into the combination, a truck bed works so well for all the stuff needed to live in a Airstream and the Vans have very limited storage for things like Gas cans, b q grills and smelly dirty stuff in general.I am on the road currently. In the locked bed are the above and the dirty power cord, fresh water hose, tools, wheel chocks,patio mats and it is a filthy mess. I can not imagine that going in the back of a van anywhere. It is all a compromise and no rig is perfect. I really do need a vehicle that on a short notice my wife and I can cover 2k miles in a few days and pick up the streamer where we left it. I like compartmentalized vehicles, keeps the rattles and odors down. So, a motorhome is really not going to work with a toad. I do have a concept of the streamer and a toter type design pick- up with a sleeper cab and still a truck bed with cover for all the stuff. I saw one and the guy was a professional trailer delivery business. Hell, maybe i just thought of a part time source of income???
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:17 AM   #28
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Avion made a pickup camper that went up over the pickup cab roof, it looked like an Avion trailer notched out with a pickup under it. How cool would it be to leave it on your pickup and tow your Airstream with it. Brian
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