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Aliner folding camping trailer
"The original solid wall, folding camper, proudly celebrates 25 years"

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The manufacturer (Columbia Northwest) says: "Aliner is still among the lightest, most aerodynamic and fuel efficient recreational vehicles sold worldwide. The Aliner models have produced a large, loyal following of camping enthusiasts due to in part of the unique, easy to use design." Aliner tells RoTi that about 2000 campers are made and sold each year. (Including about 100 in Iceland!) The MSRP for the Aliner starts at about $13,000.
  
Aliner - the original solid wall, folding camper

Advantages include:

  • Easily towed by today smaller vehicles including SUV's, minivans and pick-ups

  • The lightweight and low tow profile makes Aliner one of the simplest pop-up campers

  • Unlike conventional trailers, Aliners set-up in less than 20 seconds; they are solid wall campers without any canvas material

  • With 100% solid wall construction, these trailers can be used year round in any weather and at almost any location

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 15 floorplans are available with the Aliner; we show 4 of these here:

The first is the Sofa-Dinette model that Aliner tells RoTi is perhaps the most popular model - priced from about $13,000

The second is the Dinette/Bunk model:

Aliner floorplan - dinette/bunk model

The third arrangement we show is the Flexsteel-Dinette option.
We think this is a particularly nice arrangement. 

Aliner floorplan - flexsteel-dinette model

The final arrangement we show is the twin bed option.

Aliner floorplan - twin bed option

See also - Aliner Expedition folding camper review

"Aliner is still among the lightest, most aerodynamic and fuel efficient recreational vehicles sold worldwide. The Aliner models have produced a large, loyal following of camping enthusiasts due to in part of the unique, easy to use design."

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AlI have a 2010 Aliner Classic and am on the third axle. Has anyone else had such problem ?
CrissyMy Aliner is now six years old and has cost several thousand dollars in repairs. The most disappointing factor is that I can no longer raise the roof without help. The roof seam leaks and even after contacting Columbia Northwest several times no response has arrived.
JohnI would like to purchase an Aliner Alite or an easy tow Aliner that I can pull with my Nissan Frontier 4 cyl in the OK/Mo/TX/KS area. Please reply to john6012@juno.com Current date: 17 May 14
DeniseDo Aliner owners have a strong opinion about the fixed bed option vs the sofa/folds down to a bed option?
BriannaWe live in wichita ks, looking for a aliner sleep 6 in good condition. Email us back @ cutenails9@ yahoo.com.thanks. July 7 2013.
Denny IcemanWow... mixed reviews on the Aliner. In 2005 my Daughter & I purchased an Expedition. She lived in it about a year while going to school in PA. My wife and I have toured the US & Canada many times. We left VA in Jan 2013 and are in Salt Lake City heading to Oregon, Vancouver Island, etc. We have over 3 years of living in our unit. Very few problems and have every feature Expedition had in 2005. The entire trip this year is 9 months long and the trailer is performing wonderfully. We don't stay in an area for more that a week so this trailer is great for the 2 of us. Easy, basic, outdoor camping.
PattiI have a classic. Great floor plan but poor quality construction and even worse customer service. They do not stand behind their product. Buyer beware.
LeeI am interested in an Aliner in good condition, Central Illinois, I have cash and will travel a little for the right Aliner call anytime leave message.217-220-3360
LeeI am interested in an Aliner in good condition, Central Illinois, I have cash and will travel a little for the right Aliner call anytime leave message.217-220-3360blue
Bandit Had a 99 Aliner. Was bought used in 2000. Floor rotted started in all 4 corners and grew. Frame bent over the years so door scraped and would not close right. Frame rusted badly after 1 year. AC is a must. This is a sweatbox in warm weather. Must park in shade if temp over 80 degrees. Little AC is not able to cool the Aliner. Do not buy an Aliner!
PeteKind of a stinker...we bought a 2012 Classic a few months back, and have had nothing but problems. Heater works sporadically, converter and battery were both faulty, leaks from around both roof vents, fridge vent fan is failing, and oh yeah, there was a machine screw sticking out through the skylight (which the manufacturer tried to blame on us). Our dealer is great in working with fixing it, but they are 120 miles away, and we're getting ready for our 3rd round trip. Manufacturer has ignored claim for reimbursement for travel costs. A very poor investment...
TeresaSearching for a used, but great condition Aliner Alite on the east coast. Call (717) 201-2648
PaulLookingto buy a 2007-2010 Aliner Expedition located on the Eastern coast. Will travel. Please contact Paul at pis1 at cccnj.net.
AnnWe've had our A-Liner Scout for 2 seasons and we LOVE IT. It is SO easy to pull and to set up. We have just the basics (2 beds and tons of storage)because we have all our regular camping gear (dining shelter, cooler, stove) We did purchase a bar fridge for longer trips.
PeggyI have an Aliner 2005 Expedition with-heater,air conditioning,hot water heater,power vent,delux windows,outside shower,led lighting,large refridgerator,front and rear external storage. Extra large bed since the bed and the dinette combine to make the bed. Excellent condition. Manteca CA. If interested please email pgonzales@nelcoworldwide.com
Chris2007 aliner alite from Hayward, WI for $1000 is sold so please do not call anymore
unhappy camperJust bought a 2012 Aliner camper. Went on a 35 days trip across country from NH to Mich and back. Very unhappy. First trip out the refrigerator failed. Got that fixed (works beautifully now.) The only 2 positive things about the camper is that it does open and close in 60 second and the refrigerator is high quality. But the gas stove, microwave, radio is very poor quality and the air conditioner failed to work at all(dealer later told us, oh, yeah, they always fail!) The door window fell apart after 30 days on the road. Storage is a real problem. And there are no windows on the dinette side that open. Only three small windows on the sofa side that open and, so, ventilation is a huge problem. I think if we had rented first, we would not have bought this product.
Dennis Want to Buy Good Used Aliner Classic or Expedition. No wide body or off road package, concern about weigh. Live in The Southeast, willing to travel for the right Aliner. CASH BUYER - Please send infro and pics or pic link to alacamper@aol.com.
ClaireLooking to buy a Aliner camper, good condition. I am in NC.5/22/2012. claire@spark01.net
ChrisSelling 2007 Aliner alite. Bought for a two month trip to Alaska and now I don't need it any more. I live in Hayward, WI. $1000 o.b.o. 218-349-4910
WNYcampI think it's crazy that on all but the most expensive Aliner models, the air conditioner exhausts into the sitting area under the awning or expensive screen room, rendering them unusable or at least uncomfortable when the AC is in use. Poor design that's a stab in the eye of otherwise well-thought-out designs. Can Aliner please make a Sport or Ranger with the AC exhausting on the side NOT with the door? Thanks!
DericAliner wanted to purchase used in So Cal area. Heathmannn@gmail.com Earlier post describing for a missionary/doctor helping needy in Mexico in rough areas needing a light weight self contained trailer to help make things less strinuous. Please email ...cannot afford new, budget is hoping for good used one.
DericAliner wanted to purchase used in So Cal area. Heathmannn@gmail.com Earlier post describing for a missionary/doctor helping needy in Mexico in rough areas needing a light weight self contained trailer to help make things less strinuous. Please email ...cannot afford new, budget is hoping for good used one.
DericLooking for used Aliner in Sothern California area. Church Missionary/Doctor needs for work in Mexico areas where conditions are extremely rough for helping others in need. Please contact if you have or can help locate one.
JessI'm in NE Montana, looking to buy an Aliner 406 266 8927 -- any draw backs in owning one??
Harold2002 Aliner Expedition, great condition, garage stored. $4000.00 Located Eastern Shore, VA. Contact harold_farrington@msn.com. Will sell fast! 4/5/2012
MoeI am interested in a clean Aliner Classic or expedition, My location is central Illinois, will drive some if necessary. cash in hand. jack_hihelix@comcast.net
JamieLoaded with options. Located in NC. $9250 OBO. Contact Jamie: jdsExpedition2007@gmail.com
HaroldLooking for Aliner classic have Jeep must be under 2000# in Florida jetcater@yahoo.com
JackI am in the market for a clean Aliner Classic or Expedition, in good condition, I have cash and a vehicle that is set up to tow, central Illinois area, will travel some for the right Aliner.....Jack(217)679-2511
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