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.
Tow Vehicle: 2012 Durango 3.6 Pentastar Engine
Purchased 2013 A128S 01-15-14
Total nights camping 2014-(10)
Total Nights Camping 2015-(9)
Total Nights Camping 2016-(3)