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Offline rotarydial

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Aliner has gone Soft
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:41:12 PM »
Aliner announced it is adding a new soft sided dormer.  They decided to see the light.  [CP]   Check out the video about at the 9 minute mark.   

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 09:08:28 PM »
Pretty cool
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 09:36:42 PM »
The shower/toilet and the increased head room from the popup dorms take care of the only 2 issues this camper had.

If they can keep the cost "light", they will do fine with the improved models.

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 10:26:49 PM »
Still to me the issue with our Aliner was no canopy to get out of the sun and with the big domed windows we could not put our kayaks on top.   Like the look of it though and it was much easier to put up.   

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 10:35:57 PM »
I can't remember who it was but at some point a few years ago I saw that a third party was selling an awning that fit on the front of Aliners and Chalets.  It was also A-shaped and just carried the roof line out six or eight feet.
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 10:36:40 PM »
Looks nice. I think it will get more interest as it looks more open.
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 11:00:27 PM »
I can't remember who it was but at some point a few years ago I saw that a third party was selling an awning that fit on the front of Aliners and Chalets.  It was also A-shaped and just carried the roof line out six or eight feet.


Here's a pic of my home made awning design.


And a pic of the frame made from plastic pipe.


It was inexpensive, lightweight and I can set my camper up with the awning in less than 5 minutes.

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 07:00:42 AM »
Great thread, especially since the Tampa show is starting up next week.  Owned an Aliner and loved the quick setup.  Couple of concerns with the unit (Aliner) as with other campers is the wood floors.  I have seen a leak developed and the floors rot out before you knew the leak was there while in storage.  I now have a Trailmanor and not to bash other campers, I got lucky.  I purchased an 04 Sl2720 and after taking it home, I found a leak.  I guess Trailmanor changed there design to aluminum from the wood flooring in 03.  I know if most campers had been leaking like this one did, it would have been ruined with rot, but fortunately, no damage what so ever.   I wish the Trailmanor was as easy to setup up as our Aliner.  I have followed the Aliner website for a long time and have come under the impression that Aliner is not willing to make many adjustments to make there product better.  If you check out the website, Aliner as with other manufacturer, should and could listen to there customes and make updates as needed.   I realize the space factor is important and that is why the DW loves the Trailmanor, but it does take a bit more work to set it up.  Many times I have pulled into Walmart and been able to just throw the Aliner up with no problems.   Also the Aliner air conditioner is a window air conditioner and able to run on one Honda 2000W generator.  A big plus.  Trailmanor should prove interesting when we try an overnighter at Walmart.   Fortunately I have two 2000W hooked in parallel to run the air. 

I guess I am not much of a business person, but I wonder why Aliner instead of going in the canvas market (where there is a lot of competition already) just not improve on there Aliner line.  As I indicated the changes are apparant and one can just go to the Aliner owners website and you will consistently see the needed to changes to improve the product.  The soft idea is great but why into a whole new line of PUPS.   

Anyway that is my two cents worth.  John

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 07:42:44 AM »

  Fortunately I have two 2000W hooked in parallel to run the air. 



Have you tried this yet? I thought this was not possible as there is no way to sync up the frequency of the 2 gen sets?
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2013, 11:14:17 AM »
Yes,  I have tried it.  I hate to deceive you.  I do not have Honda generators, but I do have Champion 2000w generator w/ inverter.  I bought the parallel kit that is available and they do work.  Also the Honda 2000w inverters will work with the parallel kit.  Hope this helps and yes I also ran the window air conditioner that is in the Aliner on one Champion.

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2013, 11:28:59 AM »
John, Aliner floors are now made from a supposedly waterproof construction they call PerformMax.  Supposedly the new ones don't rot.  Chalet likewise changed to a new rot-proof flooring some years back as well.

You can get hard-sided dormers on some Aliners as well; enjoy the extra space and still stay warm and snug in winter camping.
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2013, 02:14:09 PM »
I knew Chalet had a line of campers with hard-sided dormers but I didn't know Aliner did.  Which Aliner models have the hard dormers?

As for setup, Aliner or Chalet will certainly go up faster than TrailManor but to me that is not an issue.  The TrailManor goes up easily (inside and out) in 8.5 minutes while my Yuma PUP used to take half an hour.  (I'm only counting the time needed to actually set up the trailer, not the time needed to unpack and arrange all of the stuff one uses inside the trailer.)   

BTW, my TrailManor is a 2009 and by that point they used almost no wood at all and none in the floor.
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2013, 02:40:44 PM »
For the last year at least, you could order Aliner Classics and larger models with hardsided dormers.

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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2013, 07:18:27 PM »
That is the first Aliner that would interest me.
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Re: Aliner has gone Soft
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2013, 08:13:41 PM »
The lure of the Aliner for me has always been the simple setup and tear down.  I just never could see myself without much headroom though...and I'm only 5'3"!  I will stick with my Coleman  [PU]
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