Road Tripping: What do 2 people in a 13 foot A-liner have in common?

New Orleans to Pensacola: Pit stop 1

Two weeks ago on a pleasant Sunday afternoon, my city cousin called and invited me to accompany her on a jaunt over to Pensacola Beach…a mere 3 hour drive from New Orleans across Mississippi and Alabama to camp. Being the sensible person that I am and in the midst of still a lot of work on the house, I declined. [Enter Rando: Go if you want to. What are you going to do that will not be here when you get back?]. I believe he came to regret that encouragement, but I loaded and booked it to New Orleans Monday afternoon for the Tuesday morning departure.

She has had her A-liner pop-up for a bit over a year now and this would be her first long trip. She had booked in the Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine after the Pensacola stay. I tent camped twice in my life before, and I did not like it one bit. Let’s just say rain and mud was involved both times. But a roof and bed and the open road seemed like a good idea at the time.

Langdon Beach at Fort Pickens Campground

I had to admit that the beach was far more enticing than camping on the banks of the South Concho River at Christoval in Tom Green County, Texas.

Set-up was reasonably uneventful and in no time, we were unloaded and popping up the pop-up and plugging in and hooking up water for the tiny kitchen sink–the only “convenience” in the camper. But, of course, we had also met all the neighbors and discovered the fan vent cover had broken and blown off somewhere between New Orleans and pit stop 1. Said neighbors secured duct tape and we found a heavy duty plastic bag and taped over the now open vent, because of course, rain was predicted.

Betty, I cannot wait to tell you about our shopping trip the following day as we went to Gander RV in Gulf Breeze–it will warm the cockles of your heart.

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14 Responses to Road Tripping: What do 2 people in a 13 foot A-liner have in common?

  1. Betty says:

    I was just about to start the chores of the day but saw this post, and I HAD to read it right away. An Aliner? Suza? What??? Dan and I talked for a year about buying an Aliner. We loved the simplicity of it. But ultimately, we sold out for the Micro Lite and all its comfort. Now, we did see Aliners and Aframes with more amenities, so I wonder why there is only a tiny sink in your friend’s Aliner. Perhaps this is her choice? Has your friend heard of “Slim PotatoHead” on Youtube? He took many great trips in his Aliner which he wore out. Now, he has a Casita and is working on a cabin, I believe. His Aliner videos are absolutely beautiful; I would rate them as “National Geographic” quality. In any case, I can’t wait to see your next post. I hope you had a great time with your friend! Rando scores big points in my book for encouraging you!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty! I did indeed get a chuckle out of your response. She bought the small A-liner so she could set it up by herself, and see if she liked camping well enough to keep it up. We did see another one across from our first stop that had some type of slide out/pop up/out dormers on each side and she said some had more amenities. She only camps in state or national parks with facilities, so that is why she started at that level. She is actually considering the Casita if she decides to upgrade. While I do not see myself (a) ever doing this experience again, or (b) buying my own RV, I would definitely go with a larger one with the amenities if I were to do so. I saw lots of Micro Lites, and even a Micro Mini Lite! We saw a few Casitas also, and it was pretty appealing.

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  2. Sounds like a promising beginning!

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  3. peggy says:

    An adventure to remember. We lost many things off of our different campers over the years. I have not been to Pensicola for a long time. I agree the beach had to be enticing. We did a lot of cooking in the fire with our cast iron pots like your father did. It seemed to taste so much better that way. I am glad you did have some fun moments.

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  4. Julia says:

    I love the sugar sand beaches in Pensacola. It has been a long time since I’ve seen them. I often recommend Pensacola to my co-workers when they start talking about going to Florida. Everyone that has gone to Pensacola has thanked me for recommending it. I am looking forward to seeing Pensacola again as we head out on our retirement RV dream.

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  5. Suzassippi says:

    Pensacola was nothing like I had thought it would be! It was indeed very pretty, and I wish I had seen more of the town.

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  6. janebye says:

    Oh, yay, I am finally getting over here to catch up on your trip!! Can’t wait to read all the details and see the pix. Scrolled back to the beginning to read in order. πŸ™‚ I guess I did not realize how small that camper was. When we rented an RV once, there was a guy with a teardrop camper in the same park and I thought there was no way I could do it.

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  7. There was a time when my husband was entranced with the idea of purchasing an A-Liner. I’m so glad he had gotten out of that phase before we actually purchased a travel trailer. I’m pretty sure we would have gotten on each others nerves in no time flat, LOL.

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