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Old 01-08-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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Looking for A122.. and more questions.

Looking for a ROCKWOOD A122. or FLAGSTAFF T12RB.. We have Forest River dealers in Tennessee.. but nobody carries them. Found a leftover 2011 A122 (but is "sale pending").. and a 2011 A128. What would be a fair price for these?

Also.. those who own and are used to setting up and taking down the camper.. I know it is pretty simple and quick.. but how strenuous? I have some back problems and am subject to aggravating the problem with heavy lifting, etc. How heavy are the walls and top? Does it take much effort to push up and pull down? How does the system work? Hydraulics?

When I owned a pop-up.. it seemed to be a pretty good work out.. pulling those bed ends out.. and especially getting under the bed ends to insert the braces.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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I have a Rockwood A128S so I hope I can answer some of your questions.
The local dealer here was more than happy to order in a unit so the DW and I could look at it with no obligation to buy. The sticker price was $14,800.00, we bought the unit for $11,000.00. This was about a 25% discount, we where happy with it and since we have bought from this dealer in the past, we where very aquainted with their excellant service and did not hesitate nto buy it.
As far as set up, I do not have a bad back but am also no spring chicken (62). I also have had a P/U and agree thay can be a lot of work to put up and take down. With the Rockwood, I find set up and take down very easy and this is one reason why I went with this camper. DW and I just love it and for just the two of us, it's plenty big enough.
I would suggust that you find one you can open and close a few times, sit in it, walk around inside it and sit inside it with your wife and try to see if it fits you needs.
I and the DW have not regretted getting our A Frame one bit, we just love it and look forward to our vacation this year to the Grand Canyon with our A Frame camper.
Good Luck to you.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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get prices from RVW and RVDirect, both are Rockwood dealers and have some of the best prices in the country.
many buyers use their prices to negotiate with local dealers.
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:49 PM   #4
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We own a Rockwood A126. I'm a female, 5'3" @ 55 yrs. and I have raised and lowered our A frame by myself. Mostly the side panels are a little heavy, but not a strain to fold down or put up and is completely manageable for me alone. We've never had a canvas side, so I can not compare my experience with that.

A few suggestions:

I unlatchthe rearleaver on the door side, leaving the front one latched, before unlatching and lowering the driver side wall (which comes down first). The reason for this is when the driver side is folded down, I not tall enough to reach the rear door side leaver, which is above the microwave cabinet, unless I climb on that cabinet.

It helps to have your partner steady the top half of the door during set up, or fold down, of the door side.

For me, when unlatching the roof at the peak, to lower the top, it's easier if I stand on the extended door step to get better leverage. I stand on the step to "snap" the top peak in place during set up too.

In the end, being a team player, I mostly assist Gary as he sets up or folds down our A frame.

I agree with "backpacker3" suggestion to find one and try it out. Any of the A frame style models will do, they all fold down basically the same. In the spring I'll bet there will be at least one model on the dealer's lot. Even if it is sold, it would be in the salesman's favor to demonstrate the procedure in order to keep you interested.

We drove 4 hours to a dealer because they had several styles of A frames to view in their inventory. Make no mistake, I searched the internet and made several phone calls before taking the drive. Our 2012 Rockwood A126 listed for $13,900. After much wheeling and dealing, the total amount, with taxes and license, was under $10K.

What happened to get such a drastic price reduction? I'm guessing that even if they didn't make as much, they still made some money off the sale. Other positives for the business are that by getting their product into a new geo-demo, plus Gary and I bragging on what a "great deal" we got equals basically free advertising. Plus, we purchased last Fall, so there was one less camper left in their winter inventory.

For just the two of us, an A frame is the perfect choice. Gary and I do love our camper, we are excited to use it again and both agree that we did get a good deal.


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We got a leftover A126 2011 model. Love it. Paid a tad under $9500 as I recall. Sticker was $12995.

The top sets up with a simple spring bar assisted lift of the front panel and the sides just swing up and latch in place. That part of setup takes less than 30 seconds. We usually spend about 20 minutes for full setup which includes backing in, getting level, opening the camper up, making all connections (electric water grey tank), and getting the inside setup for the stay. That also includes taking the weight distribution hitch setup off the jeep and locking it to the camper.

If its just you + 1 the AFrames are great. I guess if you go with the 122 or 128 with fold down beds on both ends then 4 ppl would work too.

My favorite part of the A126 is the built in cassette toilet, and we aren't afraid to use it for #2 either. We've been very pleased.
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:20 PM   #6
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My favorite part of the A126 is the built in cassette toilet, and we aren't afraid to use it for #2 either. We've been very pleased.
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We use a Thetford 365, it works great and the height is perfect. I like the manual pump over the electric for reliability and it is very easy to empty and clean.
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We use a Thetford 365, it works great and the height is perfect. I like the manual pump over the electric for reliability and it is very easy to empty and clean.
Mike,

Does the 365 store under the bed?

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Mike,

Does the 365 store under the bed?

Dave

It fits perfect under the bed and that's where I store it. There have been some problems with the electric flush version blowing fuses, the hand pump flush system will handle everything fine.
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