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Old 10-03-2011, 06:50 PM   #21
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We looked at r-pods early on. I actually liked the T@b teardrop far better. I thought the facilities in the r-pod took up too much living space and made it feel overly closed in/cramped. The A122 came on our radar after bing unable to find a T@b for purchase.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:04 PM   #22
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My A122's defects

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.

Minor problems:
  • 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.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #23
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Which handle was it? I ask because I have one lock handle that fits less well than the other three, though not as bad as you describe. Mine is the rear one on the door side.

If its the same one, maybe the jig used at the factory to set the drilling locations is getting out of whack over time. I had that happen on a bookcase I made once; as I drilled dozens of holes for shelf supports, my spacing jig got looser and looser. The final product had noticeably sloped shelves. Not one of the Great Moments in Cabinetmaking.
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Old 10-05-2011, 12:25 PM   #24
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My 128 has an issue with the door side handle on what I call the front end - going in the door, it is on the right. Been that way since we got it and is one thing I am going to address when we take it in for service. Just doesn't work smoothly like the other 3. Have to really push on the wall to get it to latch.
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:37 PM   #25
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Well the offending handle is on the door side front end (tongue end).

Here is a photo with the bad handle 90 degrees to the ceiling, Only half way into the roof slot.(click for larger photo)



It has badly scratched the bracket plate on the roof as I have gad to push up in the roof and out against the wall to get it into the slot



Here is what the geometry of a good clamp looks- 90 degrees to ceiling and fully seated in toof slot.



Another picture of the bad clamp



I will upload a few more in another post
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Old 10-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #26
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My problem Roof latch

A right angle shows how the pivot bolt should be positioned with respect to the roof slot when properly installed



This shows where the center of the bad handle's axis falls with respect to the roof... note it is off about half a handle's width. The pivot bolt needs to move to the right.



Hope these help explain the problem. click thumbnails for larger picture.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:37 PM   #27
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hardsider,


I have a very similar problem. My door side wall is off-center. See the attachments.

Because the Door halves line up perfectly, I cannot move the upper (folding) wall 1/2" to the left to center the wall. All of the seals work fine and are air and water tight. I had to elongate the hole in the left handle by an inch for the handle to properly engage the top. I am embarrassed I never noticed this on the walk through. The left side of the wall was actually held in place by the handle hitting one of the top plate screws (first photo). Elongating the screw hole towards the handle grip allows for proper engagement. I would take it back to Forest River, but since they got it wrong the first time, I don't trust them to make the repair.

My dealer's walk-through person had to know this problem existed since they sell a lot of these trailers. I had him show me how the wall went up and down. If I had taken the time to do the setup myself I would have caught this before delivery. Another life lesson learned.

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Old 10-05-2011, 05:46 PM   #28
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Along with my other issues, my dinette side stereo speaker did not work. After removing the POS stereo I found the problem. The factory actually crimped a connector on the wire coming from the stereo without attaching the speaker wire. (Yes, they actually put a wire crimp on a single wire.) The speaker wire was never even touched (unstripped).

It is safe to say the QC at the factory is poor and my dealer's prep guy isn't very thourough.
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Old 10-05-2011, 08:28 PM   #29
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I can see the off center issue in those last pics. Wow.... That's a bummer. I also noticed a bit of rust starting to show on the latch hole cover. I'll watch for both issues should they arise in the future. I haven't had any issues with any latches thus far, whether I have my jacks up or down. Being a giddy kid at delivery, I insisted on operating most everything myself. I was lucky and had a good tech for delivery. Only thing I've found wrong so far on my A126 was the hot water heater bypass valves weren't set right (all valves let opened keeping hot water from flowing) and my gas furnace has been hard to start, I've only used it once so that might have been air in the gas lines.
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The furnace will often be hard to start, run one of the burners on the stove for a few seconds and this will prime the line and th furnace will start right up.
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