I got my A122 in June and have camped about 30 days so far including a trip from Cincinnati to Kalispell, MT and back (the long way back via Duluth, MN. All in all I am happy but I did have some problems. I don't think they are common according to the Forest River Warranty man but still not right.
The main problem I noticed upon delivery inspection. One of the four Sidewall clamps (large handle that clamps the walls and roof together) would not engage the opening in the roof. It seemed to be too short. I had planned my trip for the next week so the mechanic at Tome Raper RV (Richmond, IN) drilled another hole in the handle so that it could reach the slot. Unfortunately that made it too long to clear the roof on the way into the slot. I had to lift the roof slightly and push the wall outward to get the clamp to latch. Even then it didn't sit well in the slot. They talked me into accepting the "temporary" fix for my trip and promised to fix it when I returned home. I wanted to go so I agreed. Still whenever the winds got strong, I wondered if it was really secure. With only two latches per sidewall, even losing one latch seems important. I made it home.
The guy at Forest River Warranty (Sam Buckles) was very helpful. First he shipped me a new clamp handle since we thought maybe the original was improperly drilled. It seemed plausible since the "temporary" fix hole had to be spaced a ways from the existing hole (cant't drill on the edge of the existing hole). This was no good...back to delivery day. Next he shipped me a special handle made with three holes that all intersected to form a long scalloped hole with three adjustable positions. None of the holes solved the problem.
Finally I put on my detective hat and carefully studied the three good clamps and the offending one for differences. Eureka!
If you clamp the roof and look at a good connection, the handle is rotated fully into the roof slot AND perpendicular to the wall edge (and the ceiling). The bolt the clamp rotates on is located to allow this geometry. I found the bad clamp had the bolt located so that when I rotated the handle perpendicular to the ceiling, the clamp was only half way into the slot. The factory had drilled the handle bolt about a handle width from where it belongs. That's why the geometry didn't work.
SInce it was impossible to clamp the camper open, I really wondered about the quality control at Forest River... and Tom Raper RV who supposedly prepped and pre-inspected my unit for delivery.
- Porta potty one side clamp would not securely clamp.
- Stainless fridge is actually plastic painted stainless color.
- Poor sewing on curtain tiebacks... Velcro loose.
- The vinyl fabric propane tank cover disintegrated and littered US Hwy 2 somewhere east of Havre MT.
- The sliding window over sink only opens about 8 inches. Sam Buckles says the factory installed the windows for a while with too large scres causing the aluminum track to swell into the window track restricting the movement.
- On delivery one of the tail lights had not been wired at the factory.
- The door on the CD player broke almost immediately. Maybe they know this is a problem since the replacement they installed is a slot loader.
On the upside, I had ZERO water leaks and I have really had fun traveling in the A122.
Heads Up: Sam Buckles said the new model versions for next year will offer an extended from with some exterior storage areas like some of the pop-ups have. Much needed storage unless you have a pick-up with a cap as I do.