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Old 09-03-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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First time out in a122s.

Doing a little one nighter test camp in the new2me camper. Close to home. No sites available for the weekend. (Labor day ). That's ok.. I have things to do at home. Nice to finally try it out, though.
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Old 09-03-2015, 05:44 PM   #2
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Have fun! Triangle campers are terrific.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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Heading to the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC for the weekend. I love what our campers offer. Congrats on your maiden venture.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:13 PM   #4
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It's really strange.. maybe you guys will know what I mean, but it seems like this aframe is roomier than the 23 ft trave trailer I came out of.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:22 PM   #5
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These things are all about efficiency. I never expected to spend a lot of daylight hours in ours. But a few rainy days later, we are still loving the camper. We get a lot of comments from neighbouring campers about how much space is inside.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:50 PM   #6
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Wow. I guess I get a different opinion of the room. I was down the street looking at some Coachman Clipper 12RBST; 12 foot boxes, at least that is what I was told. (Seriously considering dumping the popup.

However, compared to my 12 foot box popup, I can't figure out how I would survive in one with my two large dogs on a rainy day.

They are nice, love the setup being as simple as simple can get. And would not have had to change camping locations next week due to bear problems (no popups or tents, but hardsides are ok).

But just don't see how they are roomy. Am I missing something?

I will say that I have read that Rockwood and Flagstaff now have 14' box models, and will go look at one, as soon as I can find a dealer who has one in stock.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:28 PM   #7
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Well it all depends on your perceptions, expectations, and the individual's perceived needs. If you expected cramped quarters, but were pleasantly surprised by the "adequacy" of an A-Frame, you will be pleased. If your baseline expectations stem from experiences with a 30 foot travel trailer or a 5ver, then the A-frame may be a unacceptable downgrade.

For me coming from a lifetime of tent camping, the A-frame is pure luxury. (A real sink! Amazing!) The fact that I can park it in my garage was the clinching factor.

There are many A-Frame owners who a very happy with the instant setup compared to tent campers. And no canvas to rot or replace over the years is great as well. But yes, those pull out bunks on tent campers give you enormous room.
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:48 PM   #8
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Hitch weight on A122S

Hello: Noticed your A122S - exact same one that we had just purchased. We just sold our tent trailer so that we do not need to worry about the airing of the trailer before and after and still can store in our home garage. We used to pull a 2004 Coachman Clipper Sport 1006ST with our 2003 Toyota Highlander with no problems. Loaded with stuff for the kids and firewood etc (except the tank as we never carry water in the trailer except for the reliant jug that everyone owns). Our SUV (V6) can only tow 3600lb which we thought no issues with A122S until we see how much sag the rear is shown once hitched.

I have questions:

(1) Does tongue weight 283 lb (according to the brochure) includes propane and batteries ?
(2) We weigh the trailer tongue hitch in our garage and found a whopping 600 lb !!! Is that even possible ? we moved the batteries (hubby opted for two 6V deep cycle instead of one 12V so that added extra weight to the hitch). We experimented and moved both batteries to the back behind the axle and found the weight dropped to within Highlander 350 lb spec - whew. My question for this is, how safe is it to constantly move the propane tanks and batteries to the storage (under the bed) in order to decrease the tongue weight.

Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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Learning to post on this forum so please forgive me if I did not post it correctly. Thank you
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Old 09-04-2015, 03:51 PM   #9
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Chuck, welcome to the FROG forum. I check out all the different forums on here.
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Old 09-04-2015, 04:27 PM   #10
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....Our SUV (V6) can only tow 3600lb which we thought no issues with A122S until we see how much sag the rear is shown once hitched.

I have questions:

(1) Does tongue weight 283 lb (according to the brochure) includes propane and batteries ?
(2) We weigh the trailer tongue hitch in our garage and found a whopping 600 lb !!! Is that even possible ? we moved the batteries (hubby opted for two 6V deep cycle instead of one 12V so that added extra weight to the hitch). We experimented and moved both batteries to the back behind the axle and found the weight dropped to within Highlander 350 lb spec - whew. My question for this is, how safe is it to constantly move the propane tanks and batteries to the storage (under the bed) in order to decrease the tongue weight.

Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I doubt you have 600lb tongue weight, but you could easily have 400lb. Anything stored in that forward storage trunk is also adding to your tongue weight (mostly).

What you really need is a WDH/anti-sway like an E2 Equalizer. I was very unhappy when I first test drove my 2014 A122 with my Hyundai Entourage (minivan). It porpoised pretty badly, even at 25-30 MPH around the dealer's lot. The dealer installed an Equalizer E2 600/6000, and the minivan now handles and rides like normal, and the A122 trailers obediently behind through the Rockies and on the Interstate. It rides and trailers well enough that my wife is comfortable driving in 35MPH crosswinds on the interstate. And it got rid of a very low-riding hitch. Absolutely worth the $500 or so (my dealer installed the WDH/anti-sway for $320, which is probably less than his cost including labor).

I will never again tow an RV of any kind with a soft suspension vehicle unless I have a WDH/anti-sway installed.

congratulations - we love our A122

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