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Old 03-31-2013, 09:11 PM   #251
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This has been a great thread to follow for a new owner. Or almost a new owner, when delivery day finally arrives.

I've seen other comments about loosening nuts, bolts, screws, etc., but can't recall a suggestion about using something like Lock Tight. As a former vintage British motorcycle owner (I.E. those things could rattle and shake) I can tell tell you that stuff keeps those things tightened down. You should be able to find it at most auto parts suppliers.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:01 AM   #252
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Ko, I realized I hadn't answered your question about what else came loose inside. Every screw inside the microwave cabinet into the wall had either pulled out or loosened. Since I have a couple packages of matching screws I pushed the cabinet back up against the wall (it'd moved less than a cm.) and drove new screws in spots adjacent to where the original ones were. I reused the original screws where I could.

Then I checked the sink/stove cabinet and found that it had pulled away slightly along the top edge. I had to take out the stove and its enclosure below it to get at the cabinet frame. I had my wife push against the outer wall while I pushed the cabinet against it from the inside and drove screws in new locations, plus added screws to some places where there weren't any before. Things are tight now I'm happy to say.

The sandwich construction of the sidewalls means there are only a few mms of wood to hold the screws. That's probably sufficient if there are enough screws and their threads are aggressive enough. I exceeded the design assumptions by going up the Dempster Highway and later over the Top of the World highway, so most users won't shake their units apart like I did. But it's easily fixed--less than an hour's work--so ultimately not a problem. These units are warranted so you probably could/should have the dealer fix it. As a former remodeler I trust my own work more than others'.

I found no loose welds or frame bolts. These frames are solid. Even the spare tire bracket stayed rock solid. One set of bolts did loosen, though: the small screws and nuts that hold the roof latches on. I'm talking about the two snapdown latches you close as the last step in closing the camper. They loosened enough that they could be moved up and down by hand. It took only a few seconds to retighten them, though it takes two people--one inside to hold the nut and one to turn the screw outside. I suppose I could have done it myself by taking out the window screens and reaching in from outside.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:38 AM   #253
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Thanks Lee for the detail information, these will be helpful for us in maintaining our A-Frame before it comes apart. It is too bad that I'm not as handy as you but I will try or attempt what you have done to maintain your rig. FR did a good job hiding all the screws inside because I can't find them...is it possilbe to illustrate how to get to them and where you tighten/added more support with pictures, this will make it easier for me/us to do the job.

Welcome Extenter to our A-Frame forum, your smart to get information here before picking up your A122, good luck and have fun with your new toy, when are you expecting it? I too is still new in RVing, only 6 trips under my belt and still learning a lot from everyone here. Thanks for the Lock Tight idea, do you just spray that on the surface or you have to unscrew first then spray? Don't forget to start a thread and post pics of your travel, we love that here, also post any questions.
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:54 PM   #254
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Loctite

Thanks for the welcome ko777. I didn't get the product name right; it is actually Loctite. Here's a link to the product website:

Threadlockers from Loctite Products | Threadlocking / Mechanical Gasketing | Loctite Adhesives

I used the equivalent of what they now call Threadlocker Blue which is applied beforehand. I never tried the Red version on the bikes but on an RV there may well be applications where this more permanent 'lock' is suitable. I have no experience with an RV but would use the Red only after careful consideration.

We are enjoying a run of beautiful weather on the BC south coast and I'm itching to get at the A122. I'm chasing down the salesman.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:26 AM   #255
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I was concerned earlier in this thread if we have a CO gas detector in our A-Frame and worry no more I found evidence that we have it for sure: Click image for larger version

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We just have to test it after a long storage: Click image for larger version

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I still have to do a lot of testing of my rig before my next trip.

Question:
My current ball mount has a rise of 2 5/8 In. and the length is too short. After mounting the rig, it needs a raise of approx 1.5 inch to make the rig level. My plan is to get a ball mount with a rise of 5 In. with a longer length. This will now be the reverse after mounting the rig, it will be over an inch up from level. Will this be a problem?
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:19 PM   #256
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Raising the camper tongue a little more than an inch shouldn't adversely affect towing in any way, or create sway.

The positive will be in that the camper jack won't be as prone to drag. The fridge will be fine as well.

Campers and trailers are built tongue heavy. Your TV will still have the same "squat" as before.

Are you having concerns other than what's mentioned above?

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We are enjoying a run of beautiful weather on the BC south coast and I'm itching to get at the A122. I'm chasing down the salesman.
I have had two of them chasing me today and one that I expect to hear from Monday morning. Two in Houston and one away. The out of town guy has had the best price. Low enough to make it worth a long day to go get the trailer. Or a weekend trip including a night of camping for a shakedown. He will only give me a verbal quote. A firm written deal will require a deposit. It looks like Monday or Tuesday will be the day.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:48 PM   #258
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I have had two of them chasing me today and one that I expect to hear from Monday morning. Two in Houston and one away. The out of town guy has had the best price. Low enough to make it worth a long day to go get the trailer. Or a weekend trip including a night of camping for a shakedown. He will only give me a verbal quote. A firm written deal will require a deposit. It looks like Monday or Tuesday will be the day.
Dave is looking to sell his 2012 A122. Contact him and I bet you could get a good deal w/o paying "new" price.
Check this link:
Opinions on used 2012 selling price

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Old 04-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #259
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What is better for the stabilizer jacks, grease or spray oil?
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #260
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I used white lithium spray lubricant, went on easily and kept the jacks running smoothly.
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