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Old 10-27-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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Setup problem, sometimes..

Sometimes when I set up the camper, the door side won't completely raise due to the long bolt in the roof missing the hole in the side. I've tried by leveling with level and as recommended by dealer by raising sides before putting jacks down. It is hit and miss. Any suggestions or is this just the nature of this type. Really love the unit, just working through some minor issues.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:55 PM   #2
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Could you identify the type of camper? Is this an A frame or pup-up?
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:06 PM   #3
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Could you identify the type of camper? Is this an A frame or pup-up?
Sorry camper is 2012 Flagstaff T12DDST.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:15 PM   #4
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That's the one I have, aka A122 model. I find that using a small step ladder gives me just enough extra push to make the roof lock in. When I try to do it from the ground at times I don't get both ends entirely locked up. I don't put down my stabilizers until I have the roof up but I don't this your problem is a matter of leveling until you are really parked on unlevel ground and I don't think even that would keep that roof from fitting right. You have to give it a serious push up to get it just right/at least I do.
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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I had the same issue at first. Yes, roof and sidewalls up on level ground BEFORE lowering stabilizers.

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Old 10-28-2012, 07:32 PM   #6
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This a common issue on my A128s. On my unit, I've found the easiest fix (besides cussing) is to drop stabilizer on the front driver side of the trailer - just the one stabilizer. Give it 1 1/2 extra cranks after a firm crank down. Set the walls (In my case, this alway aligns the pin.).

Finally, I set/reset all the the stabilizers to the correct pressure.

I've found that my pin won't align even when the unit is completely level. If you find that you have set up your unit correctly and the alignment is off then back off the rear passenger (door) side of the unit's stabilizer and add some tension to the front driver side.

I've speculated that my weight seems to warp the unit slightly.

(I would also guess that if the pin is aligned opposite of the way mine is aligned -- then reverse the process to see if you can get the same effect.)

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:31 PM   #7
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This a common issue on my A128s. On my unit, I've found the easiest fix (besides cussing) is to drop stabilizer on the front driver side of the trailer - just the one stabilizer. Give it 1 1/2 extra cranks after a firm crank down. Set the walls (In my case, this alway aligns the pin.).

Finally, I set/reset all the the stabilizers to the correct pressure.

I've found that my pin won't align even when the unit is completely level. If you find that you have set up your unit correctly and the alignment is off then back off the rear passenger (door) side of the unit's stabilizer and add some tension to the front driver side.

I've speculated that my weight seems to warp the unit slightly.

(I would also guess that if the pin is aligned opposite of the way mine is aligned -- then reverse the process to see if you can get the same effect.)

Hope this helps.
Too funny...do you rub it's belly three times for good luck, too?

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Old 10-28-2012, 11:20 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear you folks are having issues.

I always park, level side to side, unhook, level front to back, stabilizers down the pop up. Never had issues.

I'm 6'3" so that's I play into the equation. Last trip however the passenger side was pretty low due to being on a slope at a dry camp site. Still had no issues.

I like the other suggestions however if they work for you.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:17 AM   #9
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This characteristic may only show itself on the units with front storage? A128S or T12DDST?

I carry a carpenter's level in my camper. In our case, fully leveled won't get it. It could be a defect? However, since the fix is simple, I go with it (trailered set up 16 times since late April).
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Old 10-29-2012, 01:44 PM   #10
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I use a Bal wheel leveler and a small expensive level.
First I level side to side with the bal.
Then i level front to back.
I drop the stabilizers, not putting too much effort at all in cranking them down, maybe a 3/4 turn to snug them up the the ground surface.
Then i hop in ... and open her up.
Leveling is very important for these campers due to the type of fridge. Ammonia Fridges require you have your camper completely level for them to last the lifetime of the trailer .. if not, your looking at problems with the fridge down the line.
Stabilzers are just that .. stabilizers .. and are not meant to adjust the trailer. Any excess stain on the frame from too much pressure from one or all of the stabilizers will cause the roof pins to misaligne, which means you are stressing the framing and body of the trailer.

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