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Old 08-13-2012, 05:04 PM   #21
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How about any tips on how to hook up the trailer, never done it so I have no clue how to align the hitch.
Do they teach you how this is done when you pick it up from the dealer?
We all go through this at one time or another!

Make the dealer show you as much as possible about everything! If necessary, bring a video camcorder and record everything they show you.

Most likely, they will show you enough to get started. You will rapidly figure out the rest. My dealer gave me some misinformation about the electric brakes. I sat down and studied the manuals and viewed videos on the web that helped a lot.

I used to own a boat years ago. I was shocked that I had forgot how to hitch to and back up the trailer properly.

I agree with Jeep4two.
Backing into the hitch is probably a two person job for most of us. Try not to get too frustrated with your helper during this process. The main thing is to take it slow and be careful! If you use a helper, have them give you accurate arm and hand motions. It is helpful to have them visually gauge both alignment and distance to the ball -- show the distance between their two hands, etc. I still get out of the vehicle and check when I am within a foot or so of the hitch.

Like handbuilder, I've used the guide mechanisms. They work well. However, I've gotten used to hitching the unit up by myself now. I've only dented the tow vehicle's bumper once or twice. Just kidding!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:27 PM   #22
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Awesome information I'm getting here, much appreciated and thanks. I think I'll enjoy my experience getting my first camp trailer tomorrow.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:59 PM   #23
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Adding to DGrissom's advice: remind your back up helper to stay in your mirrors or view. If they can't see your face, you can't see them.

Agreed also, talk over with your helper what the hand and arm motions mean, that they are using, before attempting to hook up.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:24 AM   #24
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I got my A128S and it is parked in my front yard. What do you recommend for locking the trailer. I use a cable to lock the propane tanks and battery. I also lock the tongue pin. What do you use when parked at home and in your trips.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:31 AM   #25
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I got my A128S and it is parked in my front yard. What do you recommend for locking the trailer. I use a cable to lock the propane tanks and battery. I also lock the tongue pin. What do you use when parked at home and in your trips.
Check out this thread for some really good information on locking batteries and ball coupler:
How to stop battery theft?

Personally, we are using the B&D battery lock (see the above thread for links and pictures).

We will most likely follow what dunnnc and HemiCab did for the ball coupler, we just haven't gotten to that yet. We are able to park our camper in the garage, so locking the coupler hasn't been a high priority... however, it'll be done before we step out into an actual campground!!!

By the way...CONGRATS on your new camper!!!!!!
Life is good!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:57 AM   #26
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How about some photos of your new rig!

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:23 PM   #27
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How about some photos of your new rig!

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Here is a pic of my rig, my mini-house.


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I'm going shopping for security stuff, I'll attach what I get later.
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:06 PM   #28
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Lookin' good
The front storage compartment should be really handy. Use caution to not over load it

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Looks great!!!!! Enjoy!!
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:53 PM   #30
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Ok I got all the security stuff I could find and now I have to carry 8 keys total. Here are some interesting stuff I got for my mini-home:


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I got all moving parts chained up even the bike carrier

Now my challenge is the tongue weight, it is already over 350 pounds w/o the bikes. I may have to temporary remove the propane tanks and store it at back storage during my trips. Any suggestions to counter balance the front will be appreciated.



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These extended mirrors both sides helps me see cars at the back of my trailer.

After filling up the fresh water tank, I have a problem with the water pump, turned it on and it never shuts off, waited as long as 45 minutes, I hope I did not burn the motor. Also I cannot fire up the hot water furnace, put it in level 3, turn it on and press the red starter button lots of time...no fire I even try lighting it up manually and it did not help. I made sure the propane is turned on by lighting up the stove.

I hope you know what causes these problems; hopefully save me a trip to the dealer.

How do you drain the water tanks of A128S?
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