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A Frame mods.
« on: September 05, 2011, 10:59:57 PM »
Lets see your A frame mods folks.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2011, 08:21:53 PM »
Great request!

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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2011, 09:01:23 PM »
I agree.  We haven't made any yet.  Only added a stacking drawer for more storage.  But, would love to see other ideas.  I did see some mods on another forum for a screen door that I am very interested in.  Also would love to find the perfect awning for these a-frames.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2011, 10:03:46 PM »
There hasn't been much we've felt we've need to mod on our a-frame.  Here's the total list in case you might get some ideas:

1)  Installed a kill switch on the battery box.  When we're away from the camper, we turn it off so the gas detector doesn't draw on the battery.  Cheap, easy mod.

2)  Replaced the steel propane cylinder with a translucent polymer one.  Now to check the propane level, we just glance at the cylinder.  Love it.

3)  Painted the link on the safety chain where we hook the chain bright pink with nail polish.  (Okay, that was my gal's idea... but it really helps).

4)  Got a couple S-Biner carabiners that we slip over the locking handles for a-frame walls; we hang our jackets and hats on them.

5) Got a solar panel and cheap solar charge controller to recharge the battery when boondocking; see the thread under Electrical called "First Experience with Solar."

6)  Replaced interior lights with LEDs; great light and they use a fraction of the battery power.

7) Stuck some red and white safety strips on the camper frame.

Really, there's not a lot that has to be done for most a-frames, though you can see some interesting ones in Chalet and Aliner group pages on Yahoo.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2011, 10:54:26 PM »
Not a mod but, this spring I totaly sanded mine and repainted it with Rustolum black, hammer finish. It looks real nice and even the wife likes it. [:D]
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2011, 07:39:24 AM »
Funny thing Travelhoveler, we just bought a battery kill-switch at Harbor Freight last night.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2011, 02:09:33 PM »
i bolted a 4 bike carrier to my back bumper with no problems--NOT something i could do wth the pups ive owned.  i have custom installed a 5000 btu a/c into the back of the chalet; sure beats the factory configuration.  i use a few foam blocks to help support/buffer the side panels in the folded position; seems to help distribute some of the load.  the previous owner laid down bamboo flooring--excellent choice.  LED replacement lamps in tail lights.  there are so many tweaks, just like pups...
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2011, 02:12:43 PM »
i would like to uninstall the furnace and use the space for storage(like pot & pan, etc).  a small ceramic electric heater is all i need.
anyone tackle this yet??
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2011, 05:38:45 PM »
I have got a before and after pic!
I had my fab guy do this. Wanted room for 2 batteries and a propane tank.
He even managed to make a small box space which I have yet to find a box that can fit.
He also made a new wheel jack mount. To say the least I am very pleased:

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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2011, 05:55:03 PM »
Just before I repainted the "A" frame


All primed up and ready to be painted


Here is the after. I also added a storage box before I repainted.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2011, 10:25:21 PM »
There are two types of "A-frames."

One is the a-frame part of a trailer frame, the projecting part that extends from the front to the trailer jack, and where propane cylinders and batteries are often housed.

The other type is an a-frame camper, like a Chalet or an Aliner, a type of hardsided folding pup.

Kreich recently acquired an Aliner, so I imagine he is asking about mods to the latter...
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2011, 10:39:27 PM »
There are two types of "A-frames."

One is the a-frame part of a trailer frame, the projecting part that extends from the front to the trailer jack, and where propane cylinders and batteries are often housed.

The other type is an a-frame camper, like a Chalet or an Aliner, a type of hardsided folding pup.

Kreich recently acquired an Aliner, so I imagine he is asking about mods to the latter...

I kinda liked seeing the responses on both :)
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2011, 11:54:21 AM »
There are two types of "A-frames."

One is the a-frame part of a trailer frame, the projecting part that extends from the front to the trailer jack, and where propane cylinders and batteries are often housed.

The other type is an a-frame camper, like a Chalet or an Aliner, a type of hardsided folding pup.

Kreich recently acquired an Aliner, so I imagine he is asking about mods to the latter...

Oop! That never dawned on me. I always looked at those as hardsided vs "Pop up", ,No offense of course.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2011, 03:50:41 PM »
Just dawned on me too! No offense to the Aliner folks. Just never thought of it...but then again it would be a good topic on the forum for both.
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Re: A Frame mods.
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2014, 09:37:36 PM »
Not a mod but, this spring I totaly sanded mine and repainted it with Rustolum black, hammer finish. It looks real nice and even the wife likes it. [:D]
question: did it have an impact on the temperature inside the trailer? I like the idea,  because I'd like to match my tow vehicle.