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A-Frame Camper Guide: Reviews, Photos, & Videos

If you are interested in a small travel trailer, we definitely recommend considering an A-frame camper. These small campers are a great option if you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality.

A-frame campers (also called A-frame travel trailers) are comfortable to travel in and have a wide range of sizes — ranging from models that sleep just two people, to the larger models that can sleep a family of four. A-frame travel trailers’ smaller size also makes it easier to set up while camping. This small footprint also comes at handy at home when you’re storing the camper.

Whatever your reason is for being interested in an A-frame trailer, take a look at these brands below to get an idea of what might be best for you!

Forest River A-Frame Campers

If you are looking for an A-frame camper, Forest River has a couple different options to check out. All of their different campers offer the necessities, like a kitchen, sleeping and dining area, and bathroom.

Rockwood Hard Side Series: A122

Rockwood A-frame camper a122

This is going to be your most basic a-frame camper from Forest River. It includes all of the necessities that I mentioned above, as well as a cabinet, exterior storage, and a gas grill. Camping World of Richmond has generously created a video review of this camper:

Along with the A122, there are two additional models that offer more perks.

Rockwood Hard Side High Wall Series

Like the name suggests, the walls of this a-frame camper are going to be a bit taller, which is important to keep in mind when towing. This model is similar to the Hard Side Series, although it offers a bit more space and more exterior storage:

Rockwood A192HW

Rockwood A-frame camper review

This is the most basic model of the Hard Side High Wall series. It offers a flip-up bed with storage, kitchen, dinette, cabinet and external storage in the front of the trailer. Along with the A192HW model, there are 4 additional models with more perks. You can check those out here.

Rockwood A-Frame Camper Review

The Great Outdoors RV has created a video review for this trailer, which you can watch below.

Chalet A-Frame Campers

chalet XL a-frame camper

Chalet offers up a few different styles of A-frame campers for you to choose from. These three models differ in length and weight. The company prides itself on high quality materials, eight feet of headspace, and a well-built A-frame.

Chalet Classic Arrowhead

As the name suggests, this is their classic model. It is the middle size of the three models coming in at 15 feet 6 inches. It offers a cooking area, two different dining areas that can be converted into beds, and storage options. You can get some more detailed information about the specifications of this camper here.

Chalet XL

chalet XL a-frame camper

The XL is the largest version of the Chalet A-frames and measures 18 feet 7 inches. This a-frame camper is a great option for families as it can comfortably sleep four people. It offers more interior area than the other options, creating more storage and cooking space. This model has three different variations that you can check out: click here to visit Chalet’s website and compare them.

If you are interested in customer reviews of this model, this PopUpPortal thread has some useful information.

Aliner A-Frame Campers

Aliner offers up a very wide range of options when it comes to A-frames. You can easily find budget friendly options that only provide the essentials, or the more luxurious models that offer a lot of space and amenities. Aliner is widely considered one of the best in the A-frame industry, and is known for high quality building materials and comfortable interiors.

Classic

As per the name, this is the original Aliner a-frame camper. It is the company’s most popular model and one of the industry’s best. It is 15 feet long and weighs in at just over 1500 pounds. This model offers a sleeping area, kitchen, and dinette. These models are easily customizable: you can explore all the options on the Aliner website.

Aliner A-Frame Camper Video Review

If you are interested in learning more about the Aliner classic, here’s a video review.

Ranger 12

aliner ranger a-frame camper

This is one of the mid-sized models from Aliner. It is a bit smaller than the Classic version, although there are many smaller models available. The Ranger 12 is equipped with a bed in the rear that includes storage. The dining area is located at the front of the trailer, while the kitchen is in between here and the sleeping area. Click here to check out more detailed specifications of the trailer.

Motor Sportsland has created a walk around video of this camper:

Summary

Whatever your reason for buying an A-frame camper, there are some great options out there. They are easy on your budget but still offer great quality on the road. Their smaller size makes them easy to set up when you are ready to camp, and easy to disassemble when you head home.

An A-frame trailer is also much easier to store and maintain than its larger RV counterparts. If there is a model of A-frame that you absolutely love, let us know via the contact form on our site!

Thinking about a different type of pop-up camper? Check out more options here.


Written by George Wright

How To Cook Amazing Food in Your Travel Trailer: 15 Tools and Tips

So you’ve got your new travel trailer. You’ve read all our free material and have found the RV or travel trailer that’s perfect for you.

In all likelihood, you’re going to be spending a lot of time in your new trailer. Maybe you’ll take a vacation with the family for a week in it. Maybe you’ll even go on the road for weeks or months at a time. Or perhaps you bought your trailer to use for weekend road trips. All of these are great ways to use your trailer.

But there’s one thing in common with any trailer lifestyle: you need to make food. Unless you plan on eating out all the time (aka, spending a TON of money on meals), you’re going to need to know how to cook food in your trailer.

If you’ve never done it before, the task can be overwhelming. What can you cook, and not cook, in a trailer? What appliances are available to you?

Not to worry, though: we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’re going to show you exactly what you need to cook amazing food on the road. We’ll also be giving you tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when cooking inside and outside your trailer. Ready? Let’s get started.

There are two main places you’ll be cooking on the road: inside your trailer and outside it.

Indoors vs. Outdoors

You’ll probably want to cook meals indoors and some outdoors. Let’s start by looking at the advantages of each.

Advantages of Cooking Indoors

  • It’s easy. You don’t have to set up a grill or anything – all your appliances are right there inside.
  • It’s accessible. All you have to do is get up and walk to the kitchen area.
  • It’s available no matter the weather. If it’s raining or the weather is bad outside, you probably won’t want to be out there cooking.
Outdoor Picnic

Photo Credit: Benson Kua on Flickr

 

Advantages of Cooking Outdoors

  • If it’s hot outside, you probably won’t want to heat up the inside of your trailer using the stove or oven.
  • Picnicking. It’s fun to cook a meal and eat outsider,  in fresh air.
  • Speaking of air, you can cook whatever you want outside, with no fear of smelling up your trailer. If you happen to burn anything, your trailer won’t end up with the smell.
  • Grilling. Enough said :).

Basically, cooking inside is convenient and quick, but one of the great things about RVing is being able to cook outside your trailer whenever you like. Some people even cook all of their meals outside.

Now let’s explore your tools for making food on the road. As we’ll see, you can make just about any food inside or outside your trailer.

Cooking Inside Your Travel Trailer

The Tools

kitchen

Photo Credit: minnemom on Flickr

1. Your Trailer’s Built-in Stove

This is the center of your trailer’s kitchen area, and you’ll be able to do most of your cooking here. Cooking on the stove is pretty straightforward and similar to cooking on the stove at home. Trailer stoves are usually smaller, though.

You’ll probably want to pick up a few accessories to make your cooking easier. You’ll need a set of pots and pans, but you likely already have some at home that you can use. Getting a grill plate for your stove will allow you to make grilled foods inside if you can’t use a true grill outside.

2. Oven

If your trailer has an oven, by all means use it! If you use your oven at home a lot, you know that ovens are an amazing way to make great food in a relatively easy way. Many trailers don’t have an oven, but if yours does, take advantage of it.

3. Electric Cooktop

This is a neat accessory that will allow you to cook without heating up the stove or oven and using propane. It runs off an electrical outlet and allows you to cook with a pot or pan. The Nuwave is one that many RVers use and love – it uses induction to cook without getting hot.

slow cooker

4. Slow Cooker

I love slow cookers. They make cooking amazing meals easy. Find a good slow cooker recipe, throw the ingredients in at the beginning of the day, and at dinner time, you’ve got a hot meal waiting. This one is the best-selling slow cooker on Amazon.

5. Microwave

Okay, a microwave is not the best solution for your everyday cooking. However, it can be used to make many different things quickly, and it’s useful to have when you don’t feel like cooking a full meal. You may want to consider a smaller microwave to save valuable kitchen space.

Black and Decker

6. Accessories

We’ve found a few accessories for making cooking in your trailer a little bit easier:

  • Toaster – for toasting bagels and bread.
  • Toaster oven – a quick way to cook just about anything.
  • Food processor – if you’re the smoothie type, use this to make them fast and easy.
  • Coffee maker – drink coffee? You’ll want one of these in the kitchen of your trailer.

Tips for Cooking Inside

The main thing you’ll want to keep in mind when cooking inside is controlling the smells when cooking. If you’re using the stove to cook, make sure your stove’s ventilation system works well. If using another appliance to cook, you’ll want to open a few windows to let the air flow. Of course, if you find your stove’s ventilation to be unsatisfactory, you can just open windows.

However, depending on what you’re cooking, you may not want too much ventilation. Some people are known to enjoy the smell of bacon in their trailer!

Either way, before you hit the road, you should make sure you’re able to use the stove ventilation and open the windows to let odors out. Even if you plan on doing most of your cooking outside, there will likely be times when you need to make some food inside.

Speaking of cooking outside, we’ve only explored half of cooking on the road! Things get a lot more interesting (and fun) in this next part…

Cooking Outside Your Travel Trailer

Outdoor Cooking Appliances

Coleman Road Trip Grill LXE

Our Top Pick: Coleman Road Trip Grills

The Coleman Road Trip Grills are a great solution for all types of outdoor cooking. They have a large cooking surface (285 sq. in.). They’re easy to store and transport. They run off propane – you can hook them up to your trailer propane connect (here’s a tutorial) or with a propane can.

There are two different models: the Road Trip Grill LXE and the Road Trip Grill LXX. The LXE is a great value for its price. The LXX is the same grill, but with more cooking power and a built-in thermometer.

But here’s the best part: you can cook just about anything with them. You can use Coleman’s stove grate accessory to turn the grill into a stove. Coleman makes a cast iron griddle accessory too. These two accessories allow you to cook tons of different foods outdoors.

There are other options too. If you don’t do as much grilling, you may want a smaller grill with less power. This Weber Q1000 portable grill is loved by many campers. Weber is one of the best grill brands available.

Also an option is the Coleman Grill Stove. This has a stove burner and a grill. It’s a great option if you need an ultra-portable way to make food outdoors. It runs off propane as well.

Bonus: if you have an electric cooktop like the Nuwave mentioned above, that can be used outside as well.

Cooking Over A Campfire

I highly recommend getting a portable grill for cooking on the road, but sometimes you may have access to a campfire. In this case, you can easily make food with these two nifty tools.

Texsport Grill Plate

1. Texsport Camp Grill Plate

This grill plate makes cooking over a fire super easy. It has a 24×16 inch grill surface to hold a lot of food. If you have access to a fire, you can simply use this instead of using a portable grill. A lot of campers use this and it gets very high ratings on Amazon.

2. Coleman Tripod Grill

This is the same idea as the Texsport – just a grill plate to put over a fire. This one gets it done a little differently. It’s just a tripod with a grate hanging in the center. This one folds down for compact storage.

Also, you can put something like a skillet, pan, or dutch oven on top of either of these grill plates and use the fire to cook that way.

Tips for Cooking Outside

There’s not a lot to say here, as you don’t have to worry about smells and ventilation. Just make sure you’re a responsible camper and don’t leave anything behind!

Summary

As you can see, if you invest in a few basic cooking appliances, you can make just about anything in your trailer. Fortunately, it requires very little investment. Most trailers come with a stove, and many have an oven and microwave. That leaves you with a few options for additional appliances to make sure you can cook whatever you need with ease. For cooking inside, that could be an electric cooktop or a slow cooker.

Grilling

If you plan on making a lot of your food outside, you’ll need an outdoor appliance. We highly recommend a portable grill that runs on propane. You can either hook it up to your trailer’s propane supply, or use cans of propane. There are a few different models and sizes to choose from. The Coleman Grill Stove offers both stove and grill burners. The Coleman Road Trip Grill is a grill that allows you to put a griddle or stove attachment accessory to make food like on a griddle or stove. Finally, if you do a lot of grilling, the Weber Q1000 is an excellent portable grill choice from a great grill company.

Cooking indoors and outdoors both have their advantages. Cooking inside is convenient, as you don’t have to step outside; but if the weather is nice, cooking and eating a meal outside is always fun. Once you’ve been on the road for a while, you’ll develop your own preferences and habits. Most people do a combination of both, but some cook mainly outdoors, and some mainly indoors. Make sure you do some of both at first so you can find what’s easiest and best for you.

After reading this article and looking at a few appliances and grills, you’re well on your way to travel trailer kitchen dominance. With a few basic tools, you can make anything you can make at home.

Here’s to cooking amazing food on the road!

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Best Pop-up Campers: 5 Brands and Why You Should Get One

Pop-up campers are becoming increasingly more common these days. They’re more than a tent, but less than a travel trailer. Many people are finding that pop-up campers are the perfect fit for them. They offer several benefits over both tents and travel trailers.




What is a pop-up camper? Chances are, you’ve probably seen one of these things behind a car before:

pop-up campers: 5 brands and why you should get one

What are some of the benefits to owning a pop-up camper? There are actually quite a few:

  • Smaller – much easier to manage than a full size travel trailer.
  • Cheaper – since they’re smaller, they’re also much cheaper than regular travel trailers.
  • LIGHTER! This is a huge benefit – instead of buying a massive pickup truck to tow your 10,000 lb. travel trailer, you can use your sedan or minivan!
  • Ease of use – Pop-up campers are super-easy to set up and collapse.
  • Storage – pop-up campers don’t take up the space in your driveway that normal travel trailers do.
  • Weather resistance – Unlike a tent, a pop-up camper shields you from rain and other elements.

Setting up a pop-up camper

Check out this video of the setup process for a pop-up camper. This is actually a very informative video showing a lot of the different features/aspects of pop-up campers.

 

 

So thinking about getting one of these? What are the best Here are five great brands of pop-up campers.




Jayco

As you can see, many of these brands are popular travel trailer manufacturers. Jayco is one of them – they make full-size travel trailers too. They offer two lines of pop-up campers: the Jay Series, a fold-out style camper, and the Jay Series Sport, which is an A-frame style camper. The Jay Series Sport offers a lot of space and convenience for its small size. According to their website, this model features bunk ends rated at 1050-lb., as well as dinettes.

The Jay Series, the fold-out-style camper, also packs tons of value into a very small form factor. Features like a swing-level galley for the kitchen and a carry-out stove, the Jay Series has a lot of conveniences that will make camping comfortable.

Forest River

Forest River offers two models of pop-up campers – the Flagstaff and the Rockwood. The Flagstaff has floorplans in both the pop-up and the hard side (A-frame) styles. Like other campers, this model features a kitchen with stove, sink, and other essentials, along with spacious seating and dinette. Going for the high wall (pop-up) style will save you a lot of weight over a hard side trailer.

The Rockwood series also offers hard-side and high-wall styles. One unique feature of Forest River campers is the “Add-a-Room” feature, which is an option on all of their high-wall campers. This feature is basically an awning that attaches to your camper and adds another room to your camper. Screens enclose the entire space. This is a cool feature that will give you an extra room that allows you to enjoy the fresh air while still being sheltered from bugs and weather outside.

Livin Lite

Livin Lite has a big lineup of pop-up campers. They offer six different models, each with unique style and features. First is the QuickSilver Soft-side Truck Automotive tent camper. This little tent camper fits in the back of your truck! It offers a dinette that converts to a bed, along with a cabinet for storing stuff. This one is available in two sizes – one for full-size trucks, and one for smaller trucks. Next in the Livin Lite lineup are the QuickSilver 6.0, 8.0, and 10.0, named for their length in feet, respectively.

The QuickSilver 6.0 is a small, light trailer – it has a dry weight of only 636 lbs. It comes with outside conveniences like propane stove and table. The QuickSilver 8.0 is a bigger model featuring a stove and sink. And of course, the QuickSilver 10.0 is the larger one. The QuickSilver 18SUT is a sport utility trailer plus a pop-up camper in one. The camper is on the back, and the front of the trailer is a platform to tow your toy. And finally, the QuickSilver XLP is the QuickSilver featuring a full LP furnace. Livin Lite makes it clear on their site that their campers are made out of aluminum instead of wood or steel.

Coachmen

clipper

Coachmen has two models of pop-ups: The Clipper and the Viking. Both are standard pop-up campers with extended bunks on each side and dinette, seating, and storage in the middle. Both come with stove, toilet, and shower – a good feature set and a lot of value. Take a 360 virtual tour on their site.

Aliner

Aliner makes A-frame campers exclusively  – and they call themselves the “original A-frame.” They offer six different A-frame models: the Expedition, Classic, Ranger 15, Ranger 12, Ranger 10, and Scout. Looking at their website, Aliners appear to be solidly built to withstand weather and last a long time, but also very lightweight and easy to set up. Their website emphasizes how easy the setup process is. The Expedition is the largest model but still weighs under 2000 lbs. The Classic, their most popular model, is a classic pop-up with microwave, fridge, and lots of storage. The Ranger 15 offers an outside shower and option for a toilet. The Ranger 12 is the middle option, and the Ranger 10 is very small, weighing 1200 lbs. The Scout is the minimal option, “for tent campers who need more than a ten.”




Summary

As you can see, there are many different options if you’re looking for a pop-up camper. These are just five brands – there are many more!

So what should you do if you’re in the market? Visit each of these brands’ websites, and research other brands too. Figure out what type of camper you want – A-frame or pop-up. Then decide what size trailer you want, and what features you’d like to have.

Finally, shop around for the brand and model that offer the best value closest to what you’re looking for. In the end, all of these campers are excellent and will serve you well on the road – you just have to find the best one for you.

You might also want to consider a small travel trailer, rather than a pop-up. Check out this post for an overview of the top brands and models!