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Old 01-13-2013, 02:03 PM   #41
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When you "boon dock" (sleep at a Walmart parking lot) with no power, be sure to unplug the pigtail from camper to tow vehicle (your truck). The furnace very likely drain your truck's battery while you sleep if the camper battery runs too low.

Of course, be sure to plug the pigtail back into your truck before taking off in the morning so you'll have camper brakes and lights.

Below are a couple of links to discussions on this forum about winterizing your camper before you pick up your aframe. If you take some time to read through them you may not be as overwhelmed while the dealer orientation guy walks you through your new camper.

Let's Talk Winterizing...

Winterizing the A-frame campers

Recording the orientation at the dealership is an excellent idea. That will give you another reference for system operation and winterizing.

The state parks in Florida are quite nice, relatively safe and not super expensive either.


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Old 01-13-2013, 02:21 PM   #42
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When you "boon dock" (sleep at a Walmart parking lot) with no power, be sure to unplug the pigtail from camper to tow vehicle (your truck). The furnace very likely drain your truck's battery while you sleep if the camper battery runs too low.

Of course, be sure to plug the pigtail back into your truck before taking off in the morning so you'll have camper brakes and lights.

Below are a couple of links to discussions on this forum about winterizing your camper before you pick up your aframe. If you take some time to read through them you may not be as overwhelmed while the dealer orientation guy walks you through your new camper.

Let's Talk Winterizing...

Winterizing the A-frame campers

Recording the orientation at the dealership is an excellent idea. That will give you another reference for system operation and winterizing.

The state parks in Florida are quite nice, relatively safe and not super expensive either.


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haha, boon dock, i love that !......great tips, will unplug the rv cable to the truck at nite, now to read those links,

Thanks Deb !
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:32 PM   #43
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Oh yes, dealer told me yesterday that when there are no electical hookups , just run the truck for a bit to recharge the battery, but, i like the sound of the group 31 battery, will call the dealer about that right now !, thanks

ps, i have another rechargeable, 12v, battery that i used for trolling my 12' alumninum boat with a minn kota electric motor....maybe bring that along as a spare ?

might bring my boat along if it doesn't hit the camper. i put the boat, 100lbs, in the bed of my truck....tailgate down, bow of boat sticks out 4' past the end of the tailgate, might be a tad too long though ;(
Welcome to our forum and good luck on your Florida voyage. Please start a new thread and log details/pic of your trip to Florida. I'm planning to do this trip from Canada next Jan. It will be nice to mark your rest stops to sleep over night for free and also the hot spots location you used to update your thread. I will surely use your thread as reference.

Checkout my thread I started from picking up A128S, getting tips from everyone here, winterizing it and storing it for winter: A128S Converted from ALINER Ranger

Also I used this thread for winterizing reference:Let's Talk Winterizing...

I used the water blow out method for winterizing. I think it is the easiest and fastest method. I will know if it worked when spring comes.

There a lots of apps for your PDA to help with your trip. I have apple devices, iPad and iPod, these are some free apps I got:
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Mostly works beautifully for USA not for Canada

Are you going solo?
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:47 PM   #44
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Welcome to our forum and good luck on your Florida voyage. Please start a new thread and log details/pic of your trip to Florida. I'm planning to do this trip from Canada next Jan. It will be nice to mark your rest stops to sleep over night for free and also the hot spots location you used to update your thread. I will surely use your thread as reference.

Checkout my thread I started from picking up A128S, getting tips from everyone here, winterizing it and storing it for winter: A128S Converted from ALINER Ranger

Also I used this thread for winterizing reference:Let's Talk Winterizing...

I used the water blow out method for winterizing. I think it is the easiest and fastest method. I will know if it worked when spring comes.

There a lots of apps for your PDA to help with your trip. I have apple devices, iPad and iPod, these are some free apps I got:
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Mostly works beautifully for USA not for Canada

Are you going solo?
Yes, I think driving down myself, will have a friend join me for a bit in Ellenton, might take him back to the Cape with me.

No Apple devices here, but, will have my laptop, if i can get internet access down there.

And I will post my trip details with pics here, for sure.

Thanks !
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I leave for fla on 2/2, stopping in charlotte and then faver-dykes state
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Hi Laura June:

You have my curiosity peaked as to why you prefer a pedestal table over the 4 legged one? Also, my mattress is 7" thick. Is yours the same thickness?
I have a 2013 Flagstaff T12RB.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:53 AM   #47
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When you "boon dock" (sleep at a Walmart parking lot) with no power, be sure to unplug the pigtail from camper to tow vehicle (your truck). The furnace very likely drain your truck's battery while you sleep if the camper battery runs too low.

Of course, be sure to plug the pigtail back into your truck before taking off in the morning so you'll have camper brakes and lights.



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There is supposed to be a relay on the 12V feed from the TV that shuts off the connection when the vehicle is turned off, thus not allowing the camper to draw power from the TV. Pretty much all vehicles that have a factory tow package with a 12V should be like this. If wiring was added by someone for 12V feed, brakes, etc., they should have wired in a relay if they knew what they were doing. If no relay was installed, I'd check to make sure they have a fuse installed. It should be as close as possible to the battery or wherever they are drawing the 12V feed from, thus protecting the wiring run to the rear.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:13 AM   #48
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Hi Laura June:

You have my curiosity peaked as to why you prefer a pedestal table over the 4 legged one? Also, my mattress is 7" thick. Is yours the same thickness?
I have a 2013 Flagstaff T12RB.
Thanks,
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Guessing here, I imagine that Laura June prefers the leg room of a single center pedestal over the table's 4 leg's restrictions.

Sorry, I have no info on the mattress...

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Old 02-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #49
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the existing table is poorly made, poorly designed, overly heavy, bulky, and most of the time the legs are in the way for us.

we're replacing with a slightly smaller table (to achieve easier entry/exit in the seating area, increase free floorspace, etc - its just the two of us), with improved construction (plywood instead of sawdustboard with the cheapest laminate on the market) and a center pedestal for easiest setup/takedown and easiest entry/exit (im 6'5" so legroom is a consideration)

we'll have a separate, matching plywood board that will span the rest of the dinette area when in travel mode or when we want it as a bed.

i have the pedestal and plywood, just no time right now to get it all sorted, but come sprint i expect itll be a few hours job.
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I noticed the new A-frames have a pedestal. While I like the size of the table, I don't like that it's tipsy. I'd like to modify my current table to a pedestal, is this relatively easy to do?
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