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Old 08-27-2012, 01:36 PM   #41
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Hi Ko777

What brand is your attached screen-room? Is it the 'official' forest river option or a 3rd party add-on. The pics you posted of it look awesome. I would be curious to know how it attaches, especially to the 'left' roof panel.

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Old 08-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #42
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Hi Ko777

What brand is your attached screen-room? Is it the 'official' forest river option or a 3rd party add-on. The pics you posted of it look awesome. I would be curious to know how it attaches, especially to the 'left' roof panel.

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It is a $600 option but was included in my deal. I like the design of it and with practice it is easy to install and uninstall. Here is a YouTube link about it:

With this on you could leave your door open and not worry about bugs getting in. It also doubles your living space.

BTW what is the difference between the 2013 and 2012 A128S? I got the 2012
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:53 AM   #43
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Hi Ko777

That is a good question however I am not 100% sure what the difference is. We have 2 front bubble windows, the front storage locker etc however I think the 2012's may have that. We ordered our unit at an RV show in Jan 2012, it arrived in May 2012 and it is stamped as a 2013 model. We were expecting a 2012, but we didn't complain when it came in as a 2013. Can't hurt to be a model-year newer in most cases we figured.

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Old 09-03-2012, 10:47 PM   #44
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I just got back from camping #3 and the experience is getting better and easier. I've loaded my trailer and even have my fresh water tanks full and had the tongue weight within my tow vehicle max, perfect:
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I went solo so I could get use to setting up and breaking camp. The screen room set up is now 20 mins and take down is 10 mins, I want this set up every time now. It is easy and the added space is the bonus. This is the kitchen and dining area, being lazy I don't have to break the bed to a table and the other bed is use for counter space if I go solo:
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I just have to remind myself to close the door when I'm bbqing, wow that alarm is loud.

I think I should avoid long weekend camping, too many people...beach was full and parking is a nightmare:
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So I went back to my campsite where it is nice and relaxing...had the AC on during the day time, and took siesta in the afternoon what a life:
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Now my next trip will be at my friend's empty lot surrounded by nature, a campsite and a river close by. I'll use a 1500 watt generator I got last year on sale for charging my batteries and small appliances like TV. Propane will be my friend for the fridge, cooking and heating.

I'm glad I got the A128S and have all the extra features compared to the Aliner Ranger I was to get, plus finding this forum is definitely making my experience enjoyable. I'm still getting a lot of ideas in here especially the trip of thehamguy1 "Iowa to Alaska". I'm hoping to have an adventure like that with the A128S in the near future.

Happy Camping!
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:05 AM   #45
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Great story and pics!!!! I'm glad the screen is working for you!! Yay!
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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

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Good point about the stove. I'll put it closer to the middle of the room away from the tent. Another stupid thing I did in this trip is I left the propane in a horizontal position in the storage and connected the adapter to the stove a big no no according to the Internet search, 20lbs tank should only be use in vertical position.

Learn as you go, I was lucky there was no incident on this trip, only my smoke alarm went off from bbqing outside because I left the door open.

Safe Camping!
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I share the same concern when it comes to using the grill. I wouldnt even feel comfortable grilling under the awning...flareups happen pretty fast and usually when the cover is opened. We try to keep an eye on how hot it gets, but I will not forget the time we barbqued pork loin when we had the Jayco and RVQ...that was a grease fire that even challenged the spray bottle. LoL..we definitely pay closer attention to trimming the fat and temps...

I do love the look of the screen room awning...I'll keep mine, just in case I ever decide to risr to the challenge. LOL
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I do love the look of the screen room awning...I'll keep mine, just in case I ever decide to risr to the challenge. LOL
I know what you mean about the challenge...I read a few statements here about the nightmare of setting it up but I went for it and I'll challenge myself to set it up in 10 mins next time. The room is private enough and huge...if my guess snores too loud, I'll set up the spare air mattress I bring and put them there...lol

There are spots around the corner that the tent pulls the Velcro out but I was able to get around that.

Use it and you'll never go back to other pop-up screen tent. Might as well take advantage of the design of this screen room for our Aframe, fits like a glove.

Now all I need is a wall to wall carpet in there and have a big sign, please remove shoes before entering...not

Enjoy your Screen Room!
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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

Deb

We use our grill under our awning as well. To date, we have not cooked anything excessively greasy and subject to flair ups.

We do it for both safety and to reduce grill clean up. For us the grill is more like an oven vs a regular grill. Most of our food is cooked in foil packs or on foil trays.

When I grill a steak or burgers, I use a charcoal grill at the campsite. Nothing like a good old charcoal grill for flavor!

A new negative on the awning!
We set our awning up this weekend. Ants found their way into the camper by using the attached awning. I treated all the usual access points (wheels, stabilizers, hoses, electrical, etc.). We didn't think about them using the awning to get in! My wife and I had an epic battle with ants at 12:30 AM the night before we went home.
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