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Old 02-01-2014, 03:51 PM   #1
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First Trip Report

Just got home a couple of hours ago and I thought I would report on our first trip with our A128S. We went to Brazos Bend State Park which is only about an hour away from us. It’s one of our favorite parks and we go there often to ride bikes. We left Thursday morning and came back this morning. It was cloudy the entire time but no rain with a nice breeze all the time.

The camper pulled great. Could barely feel it back there. Wife followed me in her truck since we don’t have a bike rack yet so she carried the bikes. She told me when we got to the campsite that she thought my tires on the camper were really low. I checked when we set up and they were. The tires show on the side of the tires a max of 65lb of air when cold…both tires were running about 40 and the spare only had 28lb. I thought the camper bounced a bit when I pulled it the first time but never considered checking the tire pressure…lesson learned. Since 65 lb was the max I aired them to 60 lb and the camper really pulled great then. (What pressure to ya’ll run in your aframes)

Once set up we checked everything out…air conditioner, fan, furnace, heat pump, hot water heater, top roof fan, shower. Everything worked great except one thing.

We found two things that will have to be fixed. The shower nozzle had a small crack in it down toward where it screws onto the hose. Water sprayed out of the crack so I’ll call Toppers Monday and have them send me another one…I’ll mail that one back to them.

The second thing we found was on the window in the door on the inside there is a black metal strip that goes completely around the window. It looks like it’s two different pieces….the bottom piece was broke and missing and all but two very small pieces were left at the bottom of the window. The top portion and two sides were there half way down from the top.

I consider these two very small things and not really worried about them.

I was really surprised at the refrigerator. We put 4 sandwich bags filled with ice in the frig and it kept all the food (which we had pre cooled) cold as could be. When we got home today all 4 bags still were frozen for the most part. I couldn’t ask for anything better. We are going to buy a small portable ice maker though.

Still working on making my wife comfortable on the bed. She said her bed was unlevel and leaning. I double checked the camper in different places and it was perfectly level. When I sat on her bed it seemed like the foam on the cushion was more firm on one end than on the other end which would account for it seeming to be unlevel…I know that sounds weird but it sure seemed that way. Next trip she wants the other bed for her side.

We used a small ceramic heater and a small fan to keep her warm at night….had to turn the heater on low and the heat setting low or it would have burned us out of the camper….tried the air conditioner during the day just for a few minutes and within a 3 minutes I don’t see how someone would be able to stand inside with the air running…I mean it was getting cold. Gotta figure out how to set the thermostat next.

I was always worried whether the wife would like it but she would be sitting outside and looking at the camper and she would say out of the blue, “I just love our little camper.”

So I’m perfectly happy with our purchase and wouldn’t do anything different. Getting Trailer Valet within the next couple of days and then ordering a bike rack.

We saw 3 deer, 8 aligators, possums, birds, too many squirrels to count and one of the biggest raccoons I’ve ever seen.
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:02 PM   #2
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Congratulations sounds like you will have some good times
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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Being outside when itís cloudy is better than being stuck inside when the weather is perfect. Especially when your camping. From the photos it looks like you had the place to your self?
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And that’s what it's all about!
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Old 02-01-2014, 04:52 PM   #5
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From the photos it looks like you had the place to your self?
Thursday and till about noon Friday there may have been a dozen campers...they started moving in around noon....this morning I drove through and you could barely find a vacant camp site. That's what I'm going to love about retirement....camping and fishing during the week when others are still at work or school.
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Sounds pretty fun...
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Sounds like a great time. I was supposed to be at BBSP this morning (Saturday) and was going to look for you. But life intervened and I was stuck inside a church meeting room all morning.
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Old 02-01-2014, 10:04 PM   #8
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Looks like a great trip!
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First Trip Report

Nice...I can't wait to do that again. My 2012 A128S is covered for the winter...2 more months of waiting

I inflate all tires to 65 PSI.

Here are pics of my bike rack setup, give you some ideas:
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The rack could be tilted down and turn 180 degrees so the bikes are far away from the SUV rear door, which I could open freely. It is ok to have the tanks there. I take mine off because of front heavy issue on my TV max 350 lbs tongue.

Keep posting your trips, I enjoy reading them.
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Looks like a nice trip. 8 alligators? Wow, guess didn't know Texas had alligators Never made it down to that part when I lived in Texas.
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