After having MC tent camping for more years than I care to remember, and getting on the long side of 50 years old, we decided to investigate a trailer camper to pull behind the Wing.
http://bohica.homeip.net:591/~mark/Campers.html This is a great link that shows a lot of the available campers.
We had just a couple of requirements. We wanted a queen bed, lots of storage, fiberglass body. The bed size narrowed the search very quickly so we started looking at actual units at rallies and dealers.
I won't go into the reasons we removed some campers from our list, just suffice it to say we came down to the Aspen and Bunkhouse. We looked over the Bunkhouse at the Niehaus open house in Illinois, and the Aspen at the Davis Family Rally in Iowa. We bought the Aspen at Davis.
Both are quality units, very similar, and competitively priced.
Being in product engineering all my life makes me look at some things that escape others. My wife is always upset that I always look UNDER and IN things and never look AT them. The decision for the Aspen Classic was swayed by the complete perimeter frame, 4 stabilizer jacks (one on each corner), all light wires in a loom on the outside of the body, Dexter Torflex (r) axles, and finally, the support bows on the INSIDE of the tent.
Why are these important to me? The frame and stabilizer jacks are the spine or support for the whole camper. Whether towing or camping, this thing is rock solid.
With the wires external I have no worries about a hole in the body to leak or cargo shifting and shorting wires.
I design trailers for on and off road applications and Dexter Torflex(r) axles are simply the best!
The support bows inside make setting up a breeze and a real plus if you have to set up in the rain. You stay dryer. It also minimizes the chances of pinching and cutting the tent when packed.
One person can handle set up, but 2 makes is a little easier. Complete set up from unhitching to ready to sleep takes less than 5 minutes! Setting up just the trailer can be done in less than 2 minutes. Storage is cavernous! It accessible from outside while the tent is packed and inside when set up. You can pack a lot of stuff in this thing. You do need to watch the weight as it can hold so much you can get over 500# quickly.
Ventilation is handled by a window at the head of the bed, a full-screened door in the other end, and both sides are fully screened. If you can't get a breeze through this thing, there ain't one!
We were skeptical about the foam mattress and took along an air mattress on the first few nights. Didn't need the air mattress. The standard mattress was very comfortable for us older adults and we have no plans to change.
The 6' X 6' dressing area is more than adequate for the 2 of us. We even bought a "camp kitchen" table from Bass Pro to set in there to give us "off the floor" storage. A nice little feature is the ability to access the cooler on the tongue while inside the tent. Very easy to get a cold one while lounging. This access can also be used to bring an electrical cord inside if desired.
Packing up takes a little longer than set up but is still very acceptable. Once everything is stored in the trailer or on the bike, it takes approximately 8 minutes to be ready to roll. We took about 15 minutes to get ready with the previous tent!
We have towed in good weather, rain, and wind over 45 MPH gusts! We were hit broadside by a gust on an overpass in Kansas that nearly drug the footpeg, but the trailer never moved! I was impressed.
All necessary and most "desired" options are available at the time of purchase or later.
Bottom line is this trailer has exceeded all of our wants and expectations. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a tent camper! A++++ http://www.trailmasterinc.com/aspcla...spclassic.html