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Old 08-02-2011, 10:13 AM   #1
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A-Frame Campers & Levels

Hi all. New to the forum with a New Rockwood A128, but not new to camping. Any other a-frame owners out there that could share their info on levels for the a-frames? We have tried to decide where to place levels on ours, but everywhere we place a level, we come up different. We have tried the bumper, the tongue, the top, etc - even on the top - if you put it on the higher end we get a different reading from the low end. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Don't beat yourselves up.... This isn't rocket science. I just camped 20 nights in our new A122 and we just used silicone to glue a two way level on the tongue. We used Lynx leveling blocks from Wmart on the low wheel. Since the tongue jack ensures you will be level fore to aft a small side to side tilt is hardly noticable. I think you should just pick a surface and use it... The advantage of the tongue is that you can see it while operating tongue jack.

We love our camper! Exciting in a heavy thunderstorm tho'.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:37 PM   #3
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I agree with you Hardsider. My concern was my a/c didn't drain much over the very hot weekend we just had. I am afraid it wasn't draining due to the camper not being level and that maybe it was just sitting in the pan? Mine didn't drain from the time we turned it on Friday afternoon until some time on Saturday (which is when I turned it off just to see). What kind of experience have you had with the drain on your a/c? The a/c did seem to work fine. Just being overly cautious as this was our first outing with it?
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Old 08-03-2011, 12:42 AM   #4
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I didn't monitor that very closely but did notice some water run from the drain hose as I was hooking up my trailer after camping. As I operated the tongue jack I did see some water drain as the level of the trailer changed. All I know is that on a three week camping trip we used the a/c frequently and never experienced any problem and I did see water under the trailer from the drain.

My only complaint about my unit is the limited storage space. I have a cap on my pick up so I have space...it is just so hard to get at stuff further forward in the bed. I am considering some sort of sliding tray for my pickup. Sleeping in the trailer was just great as long as there was no severe thunderstorms in the area.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:09 PM   #5
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Hi all. New to the forum with a New Rockwood A128, but not new to camping. Any other a-frame owners out there that could share their info on levels for the a-frames? We have tried to decide where to place levels on ours, but everywhere we place a level, we come up different. We have tried the bumper, the tongue, the top, etc - even on the top - if you put it on the higher end we get a different reading from the low end. Any suggestions? Thanks.
What works for me anyway...open up the unit, place a small topedo level on the counter top near the door, put bal leveler under low side tire if its way off level (i use the stabilizers if its just a little off), turn the torpedo fore and aft and finish the job using tongue jack.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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leveler ...

i level with a BAL wheel level, and find my level with a medium length carpenters level across the back of the roof ... and on the rail where the RV and table thingy are supposed to hang ...
I have noted during our trip out to Virginia Beach that the heat exchanger was not draining really all that well also ... so what i did was just take a small piece of wood and push down the forward water exit port abit .... which allowed it to drain at a furious rate.
Temps were hitting 120 degrees with the humidity that week .. and that little unit performed like a champ.

not to highjack this thread .. but have any of you guys had finish problems with the fidge on your units ... my finish has completely rubbed off in on spot where a bag rubbed up against it ... im quite upset as upon close inspection .. the stainless steel is not true stainless ... but a "faux finish" make to look like it .... im am taking the issue up with my dealer and forest river ... as i think that they should know that the finish on the fridges are an issue ..


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Old 08-22-2011, 10:16 PM   #7
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Use a bal tire leveler for side to side adj.
For checking level I use an iPhone app. Multilevel on the tongue.
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:52 AM   #8
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BAL is a great leveler. Simple and it works well.

For leveling itself, I always carried a bullet level and picked a few points on the trailer to level against. After you level a few times you know exactly where to put the bubble.

I keep the level in the truck pocket...
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Old 10-01-2011, 05:18 AM   #9
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I have found that the frame isn't perfectly straight from front to back or side to side, as I have had to level mine perfectly for the entire season's use at the same spot. Our site isn't even close to being level. I use a marked cup of water to check several spots inside the camper as we used the jackstands, blocks and then treated wood scraps to get it just right!
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After getting our A126 home I used a standard carpenters level on the floor just I side the door to get the camper level. I had one low side so backed up on to a step stone paver and had my side to side perfect. Set the front to rear with the tongue jack and put the stabilizers down.
After returning fro the local ChinaMart I found that the front edge of the camper top was the perfect spot for the el cheapo Camco bubble levels. Added one tot the front and one on the passenger side down by the small storage door near the bottom edge.

I can see both levels when standing near the jack, and DW is getting good at helping out too.

So far out camping we have just used a set of Lynx Levelers to get the side to side and tongue jack to bring the bubbles to center. Been perfect for us so far, and was a cheap solution.
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