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Old 05-04-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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A122 Delivered - at last!

It has been a fairly long wait since the February RV show, but yesterday we finally picked up our A122 at the dealer. The wait was long enough that it came as a 2014 model! And I thought the car makers jumped the gun.

The A122 came with an options bundle that included the Dometic screen room and a power front jack. As part of the 'show special', they threw in a couple of small nice to haves - camping chairs, propane fire bowl & camping mat. We had a very good delivery and inspection experience - no rush and a good run through of the trailer with an experienced & knowledgeable tech.

Some time spent practising at a mall on the drive home made the back-up into the driveway and garage more comfortable and helped keep the number of straightening adjustments in the single digits. There was only one WHAT??? moment when the power jack failed to operate. Not an auspicious start but it turned out to be just a blown fuse. Odd, so I phoned it in to the dealer to get it on record.

So after almost three months of RVing vicariously through this great forum, we have the real thing to hands-on familiarize ourselves with at home before we set out in a couple of days for our inaugural trip. Also lots more reading and registrations to sort through.

The forecast for southwestern BC and northwest Washington is nothing but sunny & warm for over a week, with cool nights. That should give us a chance to shake down all the 'utilities' in their various modes of power.

Now will it be ocean, forest, mountains, or all of the above? Decisions, decisions. Maybe some pictures and likely some questions to follow.
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Congratulations, Graeme & Thea!

Sounds like the wait was worth it!! You and I are fortunate to live so close to so many choice of variety of camping spots!

We're experiencing similar weather here, east of the Cascades. Had reservations at the lake this weekend but cncelled when we found out it wasfree fishing for kids day today...meaning for 6 hours the lake is netted off and taken over by about 1000 kids....I'll cross my fingers for weather to hold in the coming weeks...aching to put a line in the water.

Well, you know we love pictures! Enjoy!!
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Congrats on the delivery/pickup of your A122. Even though your wait was long at least it came in as a 2014. Here's a tip for backing up. Get the TV and camper straight. Put your hand at the bottom of the steering wheel. Move your hand/steering wheel in the direction you want the back end of the camper to go.
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What a nice thing to come home from Hawaii to! Congrats on a superb ending to a long wait. The coolest thing is you don't have to choose between mountains, oceans, forests, etc.--you can do all of them! Get Thea to drive the tow vehicle and you can follow on the motorcycle. Can't have too many toys along!
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We just took delivery of 122BH. ANd love it! The A/C didn't,t work but they are working on it. I too am having a bit of trouble backing it up. Was wondering if it is harder to back up with sway bars. Also... The sway assembly weighs 50-100 lbs. wonder if it adds weight to tongue. Does everyone use sway bars to tow?
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Congrats on the new camper.
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We just took delivery of 122BH. ANd love it! The A/C didn't,t work but they are working on it. I too am having a bit of trouble backing it up. Was wondering if it is harder to back up with sway bars. Also... The sway assembly weighs 50-100 lbs. wonder if it adds weight to tongue. Does everyone use sway bars to tow?
Yes it does add to the weight of the tongue. I thought about it and in the end after driving it around 4 or 5 times decided not too. I find it is pretty stable back there.
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The sway assembly weighs 50-100 lbs. wonder if it adds weight to tongue. Does everyone use sway bars to tow?
What sway assembly are you referring to? A typical sway bar weighs about 10 pounds, plus the two small balls it attaches to. Perhaps you mean your weight distributing hitch? Can you give us the brand and model of the part you are referring to.

If it is a typical weight distributing hitch, it has a very heavy steel part ~50 lbs that fits into the hitch receiver on your TV. That weight is more than offset for towing when the spring bar is used to transfer trailer tongue weight to the front axle. Hitch components are added to the tongue weight for the purpose of vehicle hitch weight ratings.

If you are concerned about being over weight on the rear axle, your vehicle may have a hitch weight rating specifically for a weight distributing hitch. Or you could go to a scale and get the axle weighed.

I have used a sway bar when towing for "insurance." It makes me feel more comfortable when passing an 18 wheeler. But it is no substitute for a properly balanced trailer. The hitch parts that attach to your TV are not added to the tongue weight when checking balance.

The only drawback I have found is that sway bars can be damaged, or cause damage, if you make a very sharp backing maneuver that jams the bar all the way in. Since our short AFrames can jackknife so easily, it is best to remove the sway bar when backing. At least until you get a significant amount of experience and know the limit of turn the bar will allow.
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Good stuff...Congrats!!

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Thanks for the education. You explained it well and are correct. It is not the sway bar but attaches to hitch and the sway bars attach to it. Will have to look at bran. Do they have a rating for what type of trailer they fit. The mechanic seemed to hint to me that most people do not use them with the lighter rockwood ( A122BH ). I am a newbie at backing and noted it was harder to back up. I will remove away bar next time.
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