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Old 10-21-2014, 09:03 AM   #1
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A122 Newbie looking for advice on accessories, etc.

Greetings from the capital of California! We just purchased a little Rockwood A122 trailer and will pick it up on Sunday. I'd sure appreciate any advice you might have for newbies, such as "must-have" accessories for an A-frame trailer and what you must not forget to bring on your first camping trip. Thanks a bunch.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:02 AM   #2
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Congratulations on the pending arrival.

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what you must not forget to bring on your first camping trip.
A note pad and pen to write down everything else that your didn't anticipate needing.



Here are some ideas that make a nice upgrade.

BAL Light Trailer Tire Leveler

BAL Single Axle Tire Chock

Bal Bull's Eye level


With the leveler and chock, the camper will be a stable as your home foundation. No wiggle at all. It will feel solid even without deploying the stabilizers.

LED bulbs to replace the energy wasting incandescent bulbs.

Of a type like this, look for warm white color. IIRC the two outdoor lights have a different base. So get a set of those too.


If you haven't found a PDI checklist yet, here are two. They are for big trailers, but much of the information applies to us.

http://www.angelfire.com/trek/buenav...PDI_V113_2.pdf


Forest River Forums - Downloads - PDI Checklist


There is a great deal of information presented at the PDI. Record a video on your phone rather than taking notes.


Since you asked for opinions, you may find them more abundant here than your planned. The best way to learn about what you need is to camp, camp and camp. Many of us started camping in our driveways or in the nearest park just to get the feel of the camper. There is learning curve, but it is not very long or steep.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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If you want to see what an highly engineered camping set up is like, look at this OzandUs Picasa page. It is for a tent trailer, but much of it applies to AFrames. OzandUs is a legendary modder. In particular look at his grey water collection system. I switched to variation on that after the big tote that came with my camper broke.
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Old 10-21-2014, 10:48 AM   #4
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Thank you so much!I appreciate getting this information before we actually pick up our new baby. So the delivery checklist will be excellent.

I was concerned about getting the plastic shocks that are in the RV store, so I appreciate pictures of the metal ones. I had my concerns about going plastic on something so important as stabilizing the trailer.

We've already got some recommendations from the dealership, and we will receive more recommendations on Sunday, but I'm looking forward to reading reading all of these responses, so we will have a better idea of what accessories to buy when we pick up our new little gem.
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The plastic chocks are quite good and will keep the camper safe, just not as quite as steady as the Bal equipment. I use plastic when parked at home and keep the Bal equipment in the trailer for use at camp. I also keep a set of plastic chocks in the trailer, just in case.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:40 AM   #6
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I second (or third I guess!) the BAL leveler! It's easy to use, and will keep you level and stable.
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Where in Sacto did you buy your camper? I live just down the road in Napa Valley.
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This list from Robert's Sales, a Forest River dealership in Denver, is a pretty good checklist of things to pack. If anything you would be over prepared for your first trip...
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Come to think of it, you may not need LED bulbs. IIRC from other posters, the campers now come with LED ceiling fixtures installed. Have a look at the outside lights though and replace bulbs if needed if you want to use them when dry camping.
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Where in Sacto did you buy your camper? I live just down the road in Napa Valley.
We have looked at Aliners and Chalets at your store in Napa, Rockwoods and Chalets in Ukiah, as well as some other places, but we actually bought our A122 in Turlock after seeing an on believable Internet sale price
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