New Owner - Aliner Expedition... modifications have begun!

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  1. BostonDad

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    Thanks for the tip, A-Ranger12!
     
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    Welcome and greetings from North Carolina to the portal!
     
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    jackquontee Active Member Diamond Supporting Member

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    I've got something similar and have always appreciated the storage and organization it provides.
     
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  4. BostonDad

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    Ok, some progress. I managed to take out the old AC unit with little effort.

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    Was ready to put the new air conditioner in but noticed that the cabinets were separating from the wall so I mixed up some marine grade epoxy and started pouring it in. I am letting it set overnight with a couple of c-clamps. Hopefully that will fix the problem!
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    I took out the ol’ trusty welder and started making brackets today. My welds leave something to be desired, but structurally they are solid. I am hoping some paint will make them look “prettier.”

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    ADFF006C-FD2F-45C3-B670-3C19DED9DC80.jpeg 495F6235-BD10-4F3A-966C-F082F33E2F4F.jpeg Ok, finally got the air conditioner in. I am lucky enough to live close to the sea and so I have access to a lot of boat/marine stores.

    When I installed the new a/c I used stainless steel marine rivets. I highly recommend them. They're stronger and won’t leave any water leakage marks like aluminum rivets, etc.
     
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    1F4C0EBF-A767-4D2A-9000-E31469604AD9.jpeg I got busy working last night and using those custom welded brackets I posted earlier I mounted a 10 cubic ft diamond plate storage box to the back of the Aliner.
     
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    F2FA83C7-D515-4E17-BDCF-696AAB05476C.jpeg I then relocated the spare tire to the front.
     
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    Our first trip with the Aliner was a success! The kids had a blast!

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    Aliner developed a reputation for poor bumper design/welding in the earlier models. Hopefully this is a case that the reputation still lives inspite of a design change. My rear bumper was heavily modified when I got it. You may wish to keep an eye on the weld joints. It can't be determined how you attached it from the photos.

    For a winter project, the window unit A/C doesn't last long because the road vibration shakes the solder joints after a few years. Someone rigged up an A/C that he removes and transports in the TV. You will have to do some research to find how he did it. I have a Cool Cat so no need for me.

    Mine is one year older than yours. If you have any questions and need a year model specific question answered, ask me and I will compare.
     
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    The bumper is definitely a weakness on Aliners. You may want to modify the bumper by making it stronger. Some have reinforced it with stronger/thicker metal.

    Your progress is amazing and can’t wait to see more creative ideas.

    Happy Camping...[ALPU][PUT]
     
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    I set up a bike rack in the receiver on the back of mine… The bumper had a lot of flex in it when the bikes were on the rack. On the advice of an engineer friend, I attached a plate that goes from the bumper to the rear most frame element (about 6 inches forward of the bumper). That solved the flexing problem in my case very well! It was easy to do (bending the steel was the hardest part).
     
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    This is a great idea. I ended up removing the box and now have a 2 bike rack setup in the back by way of a Curt 2” bumper mount hitch. The bikes with hitch rack weigh a total of 85 lbs. I am not too worried about it but I also like your mod and I will certainly look into it!
     

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