Saturday, July 11, 2009
A-Liner: What we think so far
We are working with Columbia Northwest this summer, on our 50 Day Journey for the book research, and as such, they've loaned us a Classic A-Liner for the trip. Here's what we think:
* this camper is one we are willing to buy. Put our money where our mouth is.
* It's SO easy to put up and take down that it's mind boggling. 30 seconds or less.
* When it's up, there's tons of room. Our classic has a sofa and table that makes into a bed; a couch that makes into a bed. Sleeps four, supposedly but realistically, it sleeps three.
* We don't like the shelf over the one bed. Serves little purpose and gets in the way when you sleep.
* It needs some angler improvements:
*** add a rod holder on the side (a soft leather zipper one or a hardshell pvc type.
*** add a cutting board near the utility shower. we don't kill and clean fish, but other anglers, most anglers do.
*** the electrical situation is confusing if you don't hook up at KOA.
*** the fridge eats up a lot of electricity/battery and it doesn't keep things that cold.
The trailer pulls so easily that we often forget we have it behind us. It'd be nice if the trailer had some eyeholes and such to which we can tie on our kayak. We make it work though. Our A-Liner classic has been through wind and rain and sleet and snow this summer and it's leakproof. The propane-driven three burner stove is dependable and ideal for getting out of the cold and rain.
We've had folks at campgrounds, the Durango house, gas stations come up and ask us about this odd-shaped trailer. Several have asked to look inside and they're always amazed at the amount of room inside. So far, so good.