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Old 04-24-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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Nice unit Mr. maniac28!
Hey! Who let you in here? Haha.

Forest River makes some awfully nice toy haulers. I came close to getting their 18 foot model with front bed. It would be plenty of room for you, Carmela and the dogs. Plus, I could use your bathroom, since mine doesn't have one...

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:51 PM   #12
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Congrats and happy camping. I am also waiting to pick my Aframe up the first week of May.

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new camper!
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:17 PM   #14
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Hi all:

After looking extensively at travel trailers, toy haulers (I take a dirtbike camping with me), tent pop up campers (including spending a windy night in one!), and ALiners and Chalets, I have just bought a Rockwood A128S.

I was ready to buy a slightly used Aliner expedition for $17,000 (it was $20,000 new) - when I stumbled upon the FR's. When I saw the price, and comparable features and good quality, I was sold!

I love the idea of the folding a-frame. Benefits of a regular travel trailer but half the weight and tows like a dream, plus I can get it to just about any campsite. I do a lot of dry camping in the forest, desert, etc. I am not married, and no kids, so this is perfect for me (and a friend or two).

Only concerns I have: I just realized no gray tank on these, so I guess I need a bucket/container. Also, I don't have a gen, so I am going to look into solar for keeping battery charged each day.

I pick up this weekend, I'll post some pics of my first trip soon.

Do they come with a porta potty? Dealer was confused, but website says one is included?

You should be very happy with the Rockwood. It's a really nice looking trailer. For many of the reasons you stated I almost brought an Aliner myself.

A year later I saw a Rockwood at the RV show and liked it much more than the Aliner.

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Old 04-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #15
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Had a storm come in last night so decided to sleep in the trailer. I can't believe how quiet and warm this thing is, compared to a tent trailer (or a tent!). It was gusty winds outside, I didn't really hear the wind at all. Sleeping on cushions is not as good as a real mattress, but it beats the heck out of a cot, sleeping pad or air bed thing.

My first real trip is next weekend. can't wait.

I know this is a stupid question, but when you are going to a campground with no hook ups, do you fill water tank before you leave, or do you count on the fact that there will be a hose spigot somewhere at the campground? or, take a bucket and fill the tank manually?
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:26 PM   #16
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I know this is a stupid question, but when you are going to a campground with no hook ups, do you fill water tank before you leave, or do you count on the fact that there will be a hose spigot somewhere at the campground? or, take a bucket and fill the tank manually?
You'll get all of those responses here I think but I'll hazard a guess that most will drive with the tank empty and count on finding a place in or near the campground to fill up. That's my strategy; that way I don't have to tow the extra 150+ pounds of water.
A couple of members use the blue 7 gallon Aquatainers and fill their tanks from those. I've heard of using an Aquatainer and a 12v. pump to transfer the water into the camper's tank. I use two Aquatainers from Walmart, one to run the sink drain into, the other for extra fresh water.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:38 PM   #17
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I haul empty and fill at the CG using my hose on their potable water supply. Too much extra weight to haul for no reason.

I have hauled water once, but it was a boon docking trip where I knew there was not chance of filling at the site. Even then I only took about a half tank (just enough for brushing teeth and washing hands/face etc).
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:44 PM   #18
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If I know I'll be using water at the trailer, I travel with a full tank of "soft" water from home. I have been to many campgounds through the years that have iron in the water. The iron stains can be a real pain to clean up.

Most of the time I just carry drinking water and use the campground facilities so I don't need water at the trailer. I normally use disposable plates and plasticware for eating.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:03 PM   #19
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As others have said, if I know there is water at the CG, I go empty. If I know there isn't or unsure, I will fill about 3/4 full and take 2-4 Aquatainors for personal use and to add to the tank if needed. I also use paper products and plastics as much as possible, I hate doing dishes. Now for the Catch 22, I went camping two weeks ago thinking that it was too early for the CG to have the water on, so I filled the water tank, got to the CG and the water was turned on. Last year this CG turned the water on too early and we got a hard freeze and they broke quite a few water lines. They are now all fixed.
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Old 04-26-2012, 05:34 PM   #20
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We don't like towing the extra weight either. If a water/electric site is not available, we fill at the community spigot at the campground before going to our site. Often it is located near the shower house. If a place to fill your tank is not available, I think the above suggestions would work well. Call ahead so you know what you are getting into and can be prepared.

More advice: Don't use a garden hose to fill your tank, especially if you plan on drinking the water. For some reason drinking the water after filling with a garden hose leaves the "furry teeth" feeling in your mouth. You may think I'm kidding, but it really does.

If you don't have one already, and can afford it, invest in a white RV drinking water hose. A 10' will run you under $10, and, while 25' is more versatile, will be more like $15. Go for the 25' if you can.

And for goodness sake, please don't use the hose provided at the dump station to fill your tank! Think about where that thing has been.

And of course, have a great time!

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