We just took delivery of our A122 a couple of weeks ago. I saw a 2013 sitting at a used car lot, but he wanted only $1K less than a new 2014. So we bought new.
We had previously (2001-2007) owned a 12ft box popup that we spend at least a week every summer dry camping in at Lake Tahoe.
We went with an A-frame this time because:
- the kids were/are off to college and life without us
- we foresee 2-3 day weekend trips to various points in Colorado and adjacent states for the most part. We didn't need the space and openess of the pup, and we liked the much quicker setup and take-down for short stays.
- the A-frame seems somewhat sturdier in the Colorado winds than a pup does, which the wife likes. Because of the winds, we didn't bother with any kind of awning or entrance cover. Instead, we got a quality separate unit to set up over the picnic table.
The A122 barely fits in our garage, the models with extra storage or platforms do not. Keeping the camper in our garage was important to me because it could be ready to go with almost no prep time. Simply pull into driveway, setup to pack fridge and clothes (or just load in vehicle), hookup and go. Otherwise, having to get camper from storage yard would reduce instances of use. Similarly, on return, maintenance or mods are a much simpler matter and more likely to get done.
To support dry camping on a long weekend (as long as night temps are no lower than 20s), I had a dual size 24 battery install done. Still need to put in a marine style switch to disconnect/select a battery. Right now both are in parallel, and I have to remove wire from terminals when camper is sitting.
Tow vehicle is Hyundai Entourage minivan (bought new in 2009). During installation of the tow receiver and wiring, dealer discovered vehicle has a separate, large transmission cooler already installed. But initial ride with trailer was quite bouncy. So I took money budgeted for transmission cooler and applied it to equalizer set up. Tows like a dream now - this is my first experience with equalizer. Old pup was towed with a Ford Explorer - rig became unstable (sway) at more than 65MPH. With equalizer, I have no sway or bounce issues at 75. Just gas mileage drops from 21 to 18 mpg.
I had problems removing the equalizer bars the 1st time. Watched a few on-line videos, and then understood the importance of jacking up the tongue and rear of tow vehicle using tongue jack. Removal/installation of bars takes just seconds - the hardest part is jacking the tongue up and down.
Went to use camper for 1st time last weekend in sleet and snow, and smelled propane while testing systems in garage and driveway. Took it to dealer yesterday, who discovered a flawed flare fitting at bulkhead gas connection. They replaced the fitting, and I'm looking forward to camping very soon.
Things I have discovered I don't like are the way the 2 hatches to access the refrigerator controls are set up. Given how frequently I have to set the controls - at beginning and end of each trip and arrival/departure from camping spot - hinged hatches with cams would have been much better.
Just our experiences so far.