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Old 05-08-2013, 06:47 AM   #11
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I got my new camper in February(25RS Shamrock). I was told to remove my sway bar before backing up. The weight distribution bars are fine just remove the sway bar.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:48 AM   #12
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Jsusluvsyou,

It sounds like you may be referring to a spring bar on your WDH rather than a sway bar. Or maybe you have a WD/sway combination hitch. Put up a photo of the setup when you get a chance so we can be clear about your concerns. It would also be helpful if you could put your TV info and trailer model number in your board signature, so others can be more informed about the specifics.

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:56 AM   #13
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I will put a pic as soon as I can. I have tried to add signature as you suggest but can't find where to do it. Thanks for the education, now think I have a combination hitch/ sway bar.
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I will put a pic as soon as I can. I have tried to add signature as you suggest but can't find where to do it. Thanks for the education, now think I have a combination hitch/ sway bar.
Try this.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:10 AM   #15
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Graeme, I'm glad to hear she FINALLY arrived. That was quite the wait.
I'm sure you guys will have a great time in it -and you're sure in a great place to be trying it out in!
Be sure and send pics.
Maybe we'll bump into each other out your way this August.
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It's been five days since Graeme posted that he and Thea got their new camper, and nothing more has been heard from them. I hope that means they're out somewhere off the grid, or at least having too much fun in the real world to bother with us here in the virtual world. When you can, Mr. ExTenter, we want pictures!
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:37 PM   #17
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Back home and online

OK, I admit it has taken me more time to get around to posting this than the trip lasted! Although a short trip - had to get back to take care of the grandkids - it did allow sufficient time to get to know our A122. However, I expect there will be some re-learning next trip.

We were pleasantly surprised that everything worked as intended. Set-up and leveling went well, although admittedly it was not a challenging site. The power jack made quick work of front-to-back and the BAL leveler made it a snap to do the side-to-side. Raising the roof & sides went smoothly although we didn't use the awning & screen room. We'll save that for a longer trip. As for pulling things out of storage from the truck & trailer, lessons were learned about what would store more easily where and the order of access. Tips from other members came to mind quickly too!

All the 'utilities' worked fine, so fingers crossed, nothing yet to go back to the dealer about.

We now have a pretty good idea of what sized bins are needed and where to keep them. For example, the under-bed compartment seems best suited for items taken out once at the beginning & put back once at the end. We think the storage will be adequate for us as-is when you throw in the screen room for the more frequently used items and the truck bed for the less frequently used. We are light packers and ex-tenters so for us it's a step up in convenience.

As others have noted, we had more than a few pointing and waving incidents and a couple of 'tours', including the nice folks from the Itasca beast next door. You guessed it, they're thinking about down-sizing. Maybe not to our kind of right-size but these units do seem get people thinking!

Heading out. One of our main requirements was something that
could go in the garage and leave on a moments notice.
Note motorcycle still under wraps, but not for much longer!
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Thea setting up inside.
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Birch Bay State park, Washington. Great park, close to home.
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Looking up through the bubble. What a nice view to wake up to.
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One-match Thea strikes again. Literally.
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Packing up to come home. Must get out again soon!
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So cool that your new camper came with the actual window in the door. Did you find the mattress to be to your liking? There's been a lot of comment on sleeping comfort.
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So cool that your new camper came with the actual window in the door. Did you find the mattress to be to your liking? There's been a lot of comment on sleeping comfort.
Cool was the operative word as even with the shade it was a very warm couple of days. Between the three opening window options and the roof exhaust fan, it did keep things cool & fresh. The door window is the one to keep open at night for fresh air with no draft in the sleeping area. No moisture problem either boiling water inside for morning coffee. Isn't camping coffee the best?

The mattress turned out to be quite comfortable for us, even without a topper of any kind. It's a very personal preference of course; we like our beds medium-soft with firm under-support and it seems to fit the bill. We're thinking that at most a good mattress pad might be enough for us. Still, probably need a longer trip for the final verdict on the topper. If I am relegated to the dinette side to sleep for whatever reason (), that likely will need more cushioning. And this reminds me, we didn't try the heat feature of the mattress!
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As an FYI - underneath the bed, towards the front we keep three milk-crate containers, which fit perfectly!

One has table cloths, garbage bags, plastic wrap/aluminum foil, wet wipes, a few other misc things. Also a few small rubbermaid food containers with screw-top lids for leftovers. Into the other two crates we put non-perishable foods that we can keep in the camper all summer. Also two collapsing trash cans that we set up in our camps - one for trash and one for recyclables.

Towards the back of that storage area, accessible from the outside door, we have two folding chairs, a couple campfire pie cookers, a small 2-man tent we can set up to put things into if need be (we had it lying around and it's tiny, so tossed it in - probably will never use it), and other misc stuff.
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