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Old 02-20-2014, 05:41 PM   #1
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new 122s just purchased

thanks for info on upper door problem/just wondering how many campers are using screen room from FR/just seems like it is a lot of problems putting up and down/I have a ez up also/is their any good video on putting it up/down/I am new to forum/purchased a 2014 122s in nov 2013 are most of the bugs out of units by now
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Old 02-21-2014, 10:23 AM   #2
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I use a commercial EZ Up canopy. I have the Dometic awning/screen room that I negotiated into the trailer's purchase, but still haven't felt the desire to attach it to the A-Frame after using my A-Frame in less than desirable weather conditions. I've been using an EZ Up for years & love the portability it offers.

Here's a video on taking down the Dometic screen room for the A-Frame. It's the visual mess of stuffing it inside when breaking camp on a rainy day that prevents me from using it. Weather can turn pretty fast (just wait 5 min) - so it's the primary reason for my continued EZ Up use instead.
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This is a video for putting screen room up

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Old 02-22-2014, 07:59 AM   #4
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We just got an A122S as well. We love it. And now we know what those felt pads are for on the ceiling!

The screen room was a real challenge the first couple of times. In their set up video, there has to be a lot scenes they deleted. How does she get inside so easily with the wall down? When I did it, the neighbors reported a bear fighting a tarp.

But seriously, once I got the hang of it, it got much easier. I lay the poles out where they will be placed; I know just where the corners need to be so that when you flip the wall up, the pole sockets will be correctly positioned. We travel with a small 2-step fold-up ladder so that makes it easier to get the doors zipped in place. (The ladder is a handy shelf for the rest of the trip.)

I also put some gaffer's tape on the lower-left corner of the upper half of the door. It's a little sharp there and I managed to tear a one-inch hole in the fabric.

The tent stakes are a little wimpy, but they work fine unless you are in a sandy location.

We like the mosquito net skirting. It seems to attach just fine and works well. We did replace some of the Velcro. I can't recall how much of the 2" Velcro comes with it, but we put two strips where the sidewalls meet the camper walls. It doesn't look out of place at all.

Overall, I think it's a great screen room and if you take the time to learn how to put it up it provides a great entry room. We store a lot of stuff under it we don't want wet. My wife has made it into a bit of mud room, letting us take our shoes off before we go inside.

It has slowed us down once in a while when we get up and it's wet from rain/dew, but that just means another cup of coffee while it dries out. One time, I detached it because it was too wet, usually we brush it off and flip it inside when we fold it down. (I still don't look as cool as the model in the video when she folds it down, but I am working on it.)

Enjoy!
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:57 PM   #5
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My main problem with the screen room is the sticky back Velcro is pealing off, again. The stuff the dealer used just doesn't stand up to the sun. It hardens and starts to flake after a few months.

So I din't know yet what I will do in the long run. So far my camping has been with a group that strikes camp early, so I just don't have time to take the screen room down.
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question on brake controllers/how many of you are using brake controllers/what brand /I have a a122s with a prodigy p3/please let me know you power setting and boost control/I know settings will vary/what has been your thoughs on brake controllers I have a new 2014 jeep grand Cherokee/v6/tried towing unit with out controller on first trip but unit had much more stopping distance than normal/ sorry if I messed up thread/have not towed it since I added prodigy
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p s is there a thread on towing with A frames on forum/ I may have missed it?
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question on brake controllers/how many of you are using brake controllers/what brand /I have a a122s with a prodigy p3/please let me know you power setting and boost control/I know settings will vary/what has been your thoughs on brake controllers I have a new 2014 jeep grand Cherokee/v6/tried towing unit with out controller on first trip but unit had much more stopping distance than normal/ sorry if I messed up thread/have not towed it since I added prodigy
there is no one setting - when pulling out, adjust the boost so that it feels even when braking, that the camper is neither dragging or pushing your Jeep. you can use the throw lever also to sort of lock up the brakes a bit before heading out and clean them of surface rust first before you do that adjustment.

if you are doing it correctly, the brake controller should remove the feeling that you have a trailer behind you when braking... this is something to make a habit of adjusting (only slightly after your first adjustment) each time you go out - do so on a side road or long driveway or some safe place before you get into traffic. i do it in the parking lot/roads of the storage facility where i keep the camper when not in use.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:31 PM   #9
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thanks for info on brake controller/has anyone had a bad situation occur buy having a too hi setting/my dealer set mine at 3.5 on power setting/1 for boost setting/mfg says start at 6/go up to lock trailer wheels/then come down to just under locking/says use lever on bottom to do these adjustments/are these settings done while moving or before setting still with TV connected/maybe others can weight in on this/just don't want to be over tight on trailer brakes/thanks
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Brake Controller

We use the Prodigy controller as well. Our experience was that the brakes changed as they either warmed up or "burned in."

The first time we used them, they were set very high, but did not seem to do much. We also had no experience with brake controllers so didn't know what to expect. A buddy told me his could lock up the trailer wheels coming up to a red light. (I think his trailer was very light.)

When we got back from a 100 mile trip with them set that high, the trailer wheels were quite warm and we smelled burned brake shoe. They looked just fine so I think they might have been getting bedded in.

They work great now, but I do notice they seem to get a little more grabby once they are warmed up. We start with them a little high and I turn them down a bit. Rawlus is right, you shouldn't feel them much, make small adjustments, then probably leave it alone. Your numbers (3.5 on boost 1) sounds about like ours.

After bedding-in or break-in or whatever it's called, you probably don't want to stop for gas, get out of the vehicle and smell hot brake shoes.

And yeah, there are probably some threads on break controllers, maybe Mr. Moderator will move these.

Cheers!
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