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Old 04-03-2014, 10:34 PM   #29
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While Safari the company that makes the Alto isn't all that new - they have been building small trailers for 16 years (since 1998). The Alto model was introduced 6 years ago in 2008.

I agree though that having a retractable roof or anything retractable on a trailer would scare me - actually had a service manager at a large RV shop tell me he would never own a trailer with retractable sides. LOL But the Alto does come in a model with a fixed roof.
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Old 04-04-2014, 08:53 AM   #30
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We had a Chalet A frame. The sides fold in and the roof clam shells down so the trailer looks like a pop up going down the road. The sides lock into the roof and survived the wind of the outer banks many seasons. That said setting up in the wind could get exciting. Until locked, not much holds the roof panel together. Leaks were not an issue as long as you maintained the foam seals which for the most part were closed cell foam you can buy at any hardware store. The issue for us was setting up. Anytime you wish to go in you have to set up. Maggie found pushing the roof up difficult so a quick pee break wasn't quick. There is also a lot of hardware that could fail. I suspect the Alto, Trailmor, Hi Lo, and anything with a slide all come with set up and increased maintenance issues. Raz
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I really like it. One big plus would be garaging which would minimize some possible issues like leaks and probably also mechanisms.
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It is difficult to compare glass eggs with the Alto.

If you check out the images on their web page you can see how big and roomy they are on the inside. The upper windows bring in light and airiness not found in the eggs.
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The fixed roof Alto (less likely to leak version) also seems to have a lot of windows for letting light in.
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I really liked the Alto when I started shopping. But, felt it was too expensive for what it provided. And it was smaller than we wanted -- we didn't want to have to take down the bed to set up the seating area.

But I love the bright and open interior. I wonder how hot it would be in sunny weather, though.
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Hmmm.... I'm very suspicious of that last photo... I think either there was some photoshoppery going on, or the woman holding the coffee mug is tiny.
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Considering where they were designed and built, one would think (hope) that severe weather possibilities and outside storage were considered and implemented in the design.

As they have been building them for about 6 years, maybe there are some longer term owners out there that could answer those questions.
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Hmmm.... I'm very suspicious of that last photo... I think either there was some photoshoppery going on, or the woman holding the coffee mug is tiny.
LOL I would suggest there was a little Photoshop happening in regards to the window view along with perhaps a little distortion generated by the use of a wide angle lens!

Here is another of the same front window without the view pasted in which looking at the outside photo of the trailer may not be all that out of wack in regards to the actual size.
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[QUOTE=dbailey;450310 And it was smaller than we wanted -- we didn't want to have to take down the bed to set up the seating area.
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I would suggest you purchased the nicer of the two trailers but I am wondering about your comment above. Didn't the Alto have the layout in the photos with the front seating area table separate from the large bed in the rear when you looked? or have they made changes to the layout since you looked at it.
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Hmmm... now you've got me questioning my memory...

Fortunately I don't need my memory, being a digital packrat... I still have the 2010 brochure buried in my hard drive, and it seems you are correct -- even then they had a front dinette. So I guess that wasn't part of the original reason I ruled them out...

I agree that the Escape 19 wins out over the Alto, but then it's also a lot more trailer and a lot more money. The Escape trailer that competes with the Alto would be the 15A. If I was considering a smaller trailer like the 15A, the Alto would be a serious contender.
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I'd risk the Chalet or an Aliner before I'd get involved with this generic hi-lo. One thing to have to set up for nothing more than a pit stop in one's own facility and quite another to not be able to because of an aging, unserviceable, or just plain inadequate mechanism. Which two of the above three apply to this high concept teardrop or will in a very few yrs. of operation?

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Hi-Lo is a specific brand of trailer that operates entirely differently than the Alto. I believe that there are some Hi-Lo trailer owners on the site.

And, before going to the two named "A" frames, I know at least one of them in the past, has had a reputation for not sealing well in the rain. And that's pretty low-tech.

But if no one ever bought into someone's new ideas I guess we would be doomed to the 1970's designs and technology many of us have. I think that it's a neat and innovative idea and hope it works out enough so that the price can come down.

And a plug for our northern peeps. The construction quality of our Canadian built Lil'Bigfoot was well above that of a certain U.S. brand who's initials are S***P, that we sold just before buying the Lil'Bigfoot.

Maybe bashing should be held off until we get at least one report.
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And a plug for our northern peeps. The construction quality of our Canadian built Lil'Bigfoot was well above that of a certain U.S. brand who's initials are S***P, that we sold just before buying the Lil'Bigfoot.
True Bob but we leaned from the quality built American trailers that were built in the 50's and 60's.

My dad being in the RV sales business was unimpressed with Canadian built trailers of that era. Builtrites, Generals, Citations were all substandard compared to the quality built Mallards, Holiday Ramblers, Fan, Apache etc. That is why he imported and sold mostly American built product. The quality was superior at that time. Now I would say, generally speaking that both the North and South have good and bad quality products.
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