Embarrassed to Post

I am truly embarrassed to admit that yes, after saying I was going replace the floor and rebuild the Aliner, then saying I was not going to rebuild it, then saying I was, then stating emphatically I wasn’t… several times…. I am now gutting it and planning to rebuild it.

Bathroom out, refrigerator is next to go.

The economy is the reason.  I don’t DARE go into debt with the US on the verge of default.  And even if they don’t default, the debt is so unsustainable no matter what they do that we will eventually crash.

Also, I prayed about it and asked God for specific direction on whether to rebuild it or not.  The next day I was looking at campers on the net and studying floorplans when I got that awful feeling that I can only relate to the extreme mental warning I get when I am thinking about camping someplace unsafe for the night.  I have learned when I feel that warning not to try to rationalize it away, but to get out of there as quickly as I can.

Later, I walked out into the Aliner and felt the most profound sense of peace.  All of the sudden the idea of gutting it and rebuilding it didn’t seem overwhelming.  I analyzed what I actually need in a camper, and the answers are a safe place to sleep, a bathroom, a refrigerator, and a place to fix coffee and cook light meals.  And the Aliner really can have everything I need.  I had just wanted bling.

So, due to the extreme heat, I am only working on the camper for two hours a day.  I do whatever I can get done in those two hours, then call it a day.  It’s going to take a while, but I’m not on a schedule.  The only deadline I have is our trip home for Thanksgiving.  And I’m sure I’ll have it redone by then.

 

 

Our Little Aliner Camper

Welcome to my blog and to our Aliner camping adventures!

We’ve had the little Aliner for 3-1/2 years and have done a lot of camping in it, so I thought I’d introduce you to the little trailer itself before I continue recording our travels in it.

It didn’t start off well.  We had a lot of problems that mostly appeared after the one year warranty expired.  But after I had a bent frame fixed and reinforced, gutted everything but the kitchen and repaired the floor, replaced the leaking water heater and remodeled, we have been very happy with it.

Also the Aliner’s windows and skylights — and 8′ ceiling — give a wide open, spacious feel to the tiny 12′ cabin. That feeling of spaciousness is priceless to me.

So the little Aliner is probably our forever camper.  Here are some photos of what it looks like, except that we’ve added two 6-volt batteries to the front storage bin since these pictures were taken.

Click the photos to enlarge them.

Aliner trailer folded for travel

Aliner folded for travel

Aliner trailer popped up

Aliner popped up for camping

Aliner kitchen

Aliner kitchen

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom

Front of Aliner showing kitchen and bathroom. The aisle is larger than it appears in this photo.

Aliner bathroom

Aliner bathroom with cassette toilet and shower

Aliner twin bed modification

My Aliner twin bed mod with lots of open, easily accessible underbed storage

Aliner floorplan modifications

My remodeled Aliner floorplan

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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