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Several years ago, I finally talked Chad into buying a camper.  We’d been seeing these funny-looking, triangular-shaped camping trailers at a dealer up in Thurmont, Maryland when we drove up to Catoctin Mountain Orchard for apples.  We did some research and learned about the two main manufactures of these funky A-frame campers:  Aliner and Chalet.   After going to some camper shows, dealerships and kicking some tires, we finally ended up buying a 2010 Chalet Arrowhead.


We loved that Arrowhead.  It had a folding wet bath (combo shower and toilet) and fit in our garage, but it had one drawback.  It lacked the “sitting around” space if we needed to hang out indoors in bad weather, and was severely short on storage room.  After a couple of years, we decided to move up to a larger model.  We lucked up when the dealer from which we’d bought our Arrowhead took in an XL1938 in trade.

We had named the Arrowhead the “Tardis” because, like Dr. Who’s time machine, it appears so much larger on the inside.  So naturally, the XL1938 had to be the Tardis 2!

xl1938 at homeWe tow with a Chevrolet Avalanche, but we previously towed with a Chrysler Pacifica, so a midsize or crossover SUV can handle this camper.

We love the XL1938.  It has a FULL BATHROOM inside!!  This means an actual shower, separate full-size toilet and a vanity, with a wall that separates it from the rest of the camper.  The bath is in a dormered section at the front of the camper, so there’s plenty of headroom.  The rear of the camper has a u-shaped dinette which can convert to a king-sized bed or two bunks with storage beneath the bunks.  The galley has tons of storage, a double sink, a 3-burner gas range, microwave and 3 cubic foot 3-way refrigerator.

We added a Paha-Que awning, and front and rear stabilizer bars to make this large camper rock steady while camping.  We’ve also upgraded the flooring by installing parquet-look tile.

We’re about to sell our house and the garage that goes with it, and we’re putting a cabin on our vacation property, so the time has come to part with our A-frame camper.

The camper is garaged in Chantilly, VA 20152.  The asking price is $15,000.  Yes, this above “Book”, but the XL1938 is a rare model that Chalet no longer makes.  No other manufacturer makes an A-frame with a full, dry bath, and even getting a wet bath in an A-frame is difficult.  To find all these features in a camper this lightweight that garages is nearly impossible, and you won’t find it at any price lower.

Here are the specs:


Dry Weight 2,320 lbs.
Gross Vehicle Wt Rating (GVWR) 3,500 lbs.
Axle Weight 1,997 lbs.
Hitch Weight 275 lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) 1,228 lbs.


Length Feet 18.58
Overall Length 18 ft. 7 in.
Exterior Height  Travel, Standard Sidewalls: 74 in.
Set Up, Standard Walls: 131 in.
Exterior Width 86.75 in.
Interior Height At Peak, Standard Walls: 103.5 in.
Interior Width 80 in.
Wheel/Tire Size 14 in.

awning setup - Copy awning setup rear view - Copy IMG_20141116_144732982 IMG_20141116_144653878

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3  stabilizer front stabilizer hitch end

Yes, the TV is included! (We added this feature, and there’s a blu-ray player and built-in stereo with speakers).

TV Wall


xl1938 floorplan

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