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Old 08-16-2012, 12:20 AM   #31
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Youve been busy! I like your wheel lock. I use a coupler lock and sometima pin lock..it all came as a 3 lock set..so whatever I grab first. haha

A weight distributor hitch is ideal and necessary if you are loaded heavy in the trailer's front better yet - repack and reorganize and rethink what you are carrying on the front....you dont want to pull unsafe or break down your tow vehicle prematurely.

Regarding multiple keys - I use a lock box that I attach to the trailer so I dont have to carry trailer keys when I leave my camp site. Works great for locking everything in the trailer when leaving for a hike, a trip to town or whatever. If someone really wants something, they'll take it...but locks, cable and chains sure can deter a thief and make them reconsider the trouble to get it...

I turn on the water pump when I use the water and turn it off when I am done...
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:16 AM   #32
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"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?"

Weell, here's what I'm thinking:
The water pump is trying to build up pressure so it keeps running.
The water heater will not fire unless there is water in the hot water heater tank.

I think the two problems you are having may be related.

There is a bypass switch for winterizing the HW heater tank which may be the reason it does not have water in it and it won't fire.

Under the camper, on the side of the fresh water holding tank is a valve called a pit-cock. The pit-cock is the drain for the fresh water tank.

Do some searches in this forum. I haven't read through the links below, but they may contain some hints or answers to your questions.

Here is a link that shows what the drain looks like:
AFrame Water Tank Concerns - Drainage

Here is a link to lighting your hw heater:
Help-Scared of the Water Heater!!

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Old 08-16-2012, 12:37 PM   #33
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"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?"

Weell, here's what I'm thinking:
The water pump is trying to build up pressure so it keeps running.
The water heater will not fire unless there is water in the hot water heater tank.

I think the two problems you are having may be related.

There is a bypass switch for winterizing the HW heater tank which may be the reason it does not have water in it and it won't fire.

Under the camper, on the side of the fresh water holding tank is a valve called a pit-cock. The pit-cock is the drain for the fresh water tank.

Do some searches in this forum. I haven't read through the links below, but they may contain some hints or answers to your questions.

Here is a link that shows what the drain looks like:
AFrame Water Tank Concerns - Drainage

Here is a link to lighting your hw heater:
Help-Scared of the Water Heater!!

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Thanks Deb, I called the dealer and they were able to show me how to solve the problems. What I thought was the water heater was for the refrigerator propane power, I had to press the level button while clicking the red button. The water pump was not stopping because the 1/4 turn was set to stop the water flow.


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Turn the 1/4 turn switch parallel to the red and blue tubes then turn on the water pump

Finally all the parts checked out fine and now I'm going for my parking the trailer practice in a big parking lot.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #34
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So that's what the back of my cabinet is supposed to look like!

It's been loaded full since the first day we owned the camper (I had forgotten there were valves down there!).
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:02 PM   #35
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I'm sure you are on information overload about now. Good you found out about your appliances before your first trip. Take a breath every now and then while learning about your new rig.

FYI: Be very careful when storing items in the cabinet in your pic. The blue and red lines are water lines. The T handles are for draining them when winterizing. You don't want to accidentally bump or break any connections or fittings with heavy objects or by pulling out something that might get hung on them.

What I store in that area (but, you do as you see fit):

In the area bottom left, under the shelf, is where I store hand towels and wash clothes. (light and soft).

On the right, behind the boxed area, is your water pump. I don't put anything around/in front of the water pump. I'm afraid it will overheat if it doesn't have air around it.

In the area under the sink (upper shelf) I put our plastic dishes and plastic drinking cups and mugs. I also put a light weight sauce pan and teflon coated skillet. I also have a plastic basket for cooking condiments (salt/pepper/dried minced onion) and cooking utensils. Nothing heavy that might bounce around and break anything.

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Old 08-17-2012, 10:10 AM   #36
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I'm sure you are on information overload about now. Good you found out about your appliances before your first trip. Take a breath every now and then while learning about your new rig.

FYI: Be very careful when storing items in the cabinet in your pic. The blue and red lines are water lines. The T handles are for draining them when winterizing. You don't want to accidentally bump or break any connections or fittings with heavy objects or by pulling out something that might get hung on them.

What I store in that area (but, you do as you see fit):

In the area bottom left, under the shelf, is where I store hand towels and wash clothes. (light and soft).

On the right, behind the boxed area, is your water pump. I don't put anything around/in front of the water pump. I'm afraid it will overheat if it doesn't have air around it.

In the area under the sink (upper shelf) I put our plastic dishes and plastic drinking cups and mugs. I also put a light weight sauce pan and teflon coated skillet. I also have a plastic basket for cooking condiments (salt/pepper/dried minced onion) and cooking utensils. Nothing heavy that might bounce around and break anything.

Deb
Your right about information overload, I've learned so much here and plus I got someone teaching me how to backup the trailer. I was practicing yesterday in a big parking lot so much that my left hand got a blister; it hurts now just making a fist. I was able to park my rig on my driveway but took over 5 minutes, waving cars to go around me; here is a pic of my first parking on my driveway(I had to ask my friend to park my rig when I got it):
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Also I had my first hitching but I came up with a way to do it solo, I just have to align to orange peg to the tongue and let it touch the peg so it will be perfectly align to lock up, look at the pic see if it make sense to you:
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Thank you for the idea of how you store stuff in the cabinet and to watch out for the switch being hit. Do you store your fresh food in the car when camping?

I have booked a campsite for 2 days and 3 nights, just me and nature. I'll practice setting up all the stuff I got and will post pics here.

The tongue weight of my rig after getting it from the dealer was 400 pounds, I was surprise and now I have a problem because I have a bike rack in front and the max limit of my hitch/SUV is 350 pounds. I think that storage in front did it. These is what I did so far to counter balance the tongue weight:
- move both propane tanks to the back of the rig
- move all the foam seat/bed to the front
- move the big table to the back
- store all camping gears to the back
- debating if I should fill up the fresh water tank since it is behind the wheel

I'm still loading my rig for tomorrow's trip and I'll post what my tongue weight ended up.

Now shopping for food, what the heck have all the junk food I could master since no one will bug me that it is bad for my health...lol (I just psychologically bugged myself)

Thanks again...
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Old 08-17-2012, 11:01 AM   #37
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Your parking job looks great! Practice makes perfect and you'll ease up on that "death grip" on the wheel the more you are familiar with it.

You may want to give handbuilder's suggestion some serious thought. A weight distributing hitch will help take some of the load off of your hitch weight.

You could probably get by with a smaller WDH unit, but keep in mind how much weight using the storage compartment on front will add.

Here is a link to an example of what one looks like (there are other designs) and how they work:
HowStuffWorks "How Towing Weight Distribution Systems Work"

The bike rack is definitely adding to the weight up front too. Maybe a good welding shop can weld it to the rear frame?

A lot of our food goes in the 'fridge. For a short trip I usually take 1 can of baked beans and 4 potatoes to slice up. Chips and snacks are carried in a small tote along with a few slices of bread. The tote also is used to transport the refrigeratored food to the camper then in goes We're pretty much carnivores, so the grill is our friend.

I wouldn't go overboard on canned food. It just adds more weight, especially if you aren't going to eat it during the tip.

We keep zip lock bags, plastic wrap and quart size, or smaller, containers for left overs.

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Old 08-24-2012, 03:41 AM   #38
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I finally had two camping trips and the A128S worked very well. Towing it was easy and I'm still learning how to park it going backwards.

The only problem I had was the water pump was not stopping after using up 10 gallons of water from full tank, did anyone have this issue? The water flow at this point is bad so I had to turn it off.

The tongue weight problem(over 420 pounds after I got it from dealer) was reduced to 370 pounds, I removed both propane tanks store them at the back storage and put all the heavy stuff at the back: 20 pounds over max for my SUV
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The screen room is a great addition, I could set it up in less than 15 mins and take it down in 10 mins:
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My gas mileage was reduced from 23 mpg to 14 mpg, I've added a transmission cooler to it. Also using the cruse control worked well with towing the trailer:
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Campsite 1:
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Change/shower room and port-a-potty room:
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Some pics from the campsite, we did hiking, biking and kayaking plus watching movies before bed, I got a 29" HD TV:
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I'm very satisfied with the A128S and looking forward for more trips.
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Old 08-24-2012, 06:34 AM   #39
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Awesome, ko777!!!!!!!

Does your shower room have a drain capture floor?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:03 PM   #40
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Very nice.

On the water pump: make sure before you leave home : hook up to your home water supply and bleed air out of all lines. Make sure your hw heater bypass is set correctly to not bypass. This will fill your heater before leaving and won't require the pump to run forever to fill.

Also, you'll find the water filter (under the sink) severely restricts water flow).
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