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Old 04-27-2013, 11:01 AM   #51
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I've camped on lots of surfaces and so far sand is the only one I can think of that might require pads for the stabilizers. It shifts so easily I could see it being a necessity.

Grass, dirt, gravel, pavement won't require any more footing that already supplied by the pad that is built on to the bottom of the stabilizer jack.

There are some campers that have a more pole like stab jack that would require a pad in more situations, but unless the aframes have changed that's not the case with them.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:46 AM   #52
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...So much great information in the thread it's going to take time to get through it since I'm taking notes. Very glad I found it before going to the dealer Monday. It's adding to my list of questions!
Don't forget to ask about the lifetime warranty, check my thread, I just posted about it.

Good luck...
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:09 AM   #53
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"Sand Pads" are just the bottom of the stabilizers. It is their way of explaining that the stabilizers end with a flat surface the won't cut into the ground rather than a metal edge found on swing down stabilizers with lower priced pups.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:19 AM   #54
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Thank you

Thanks to all of you who responded. I feel much better prepared to go pick up my A128S tomorrow. It's 425 miles away so I will drive there tomorrow, spend the night in the camper on their lot, and bring it home Tuesday.

I feel like I've become part of a community of nice people and it makes me look forward even more to using my camper.

Apparently the forum doesn't post the location of junior members. I wish you senior members would add your location if it's missing. It's nice to see what part of the world your communicating from.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #55
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Thanks to all of you who responded. I feel much better prepared to go pick up my A128S tomorrow. It's 425 miles away so I will drive there tomorrow, spend the night in the camper on their lot, and bring it home Tuesday.
Let us know how it goes.

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I feel like I've become part of a community of nice people and it makes me look forward even more to using my camper.
Yep, a lot of helpful folks here. We're glad you have joined us as well!


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Apparently the forum doesn't post the location of junior members. I wish you senior members would add your location if it's missing. It's nice to see what part of the world your communicating from.
You can add your general location, tow vehicle, etc info in your sig.
or put stats in your profile:
Click on your name in the upper right corner of this screen.
Click on the "about me" tab and add (edit) what you would like folks to know about you.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:59 PM   #56
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In addition to what Deb said about editing your signature, I think you have to set your profile to display both your signature and those of others. It's been a while since I did that, so I don't recall the details but it should be clear once you get to where you set up your profile.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:40 PM   #57
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Back home with new camper

I traveled to the dealer on Monday and got home yesterday with my brand new Rockwood A128S. Originally planned on heading straight home Tuesday, but stopped at a campground on the way home. I've spent 2 nights in the camper and I absolutely love the thing. After years of tent camping I feel so spoiled. It's very manageable for me. I can raise and lower it myself -- I have to stand on the step for the door to push up to release the roof. That's no big deal. Now I have to learn to back it up...

I have (and will continue to have) questions. Here's my first few:
  1. The breakaway wire to activate the brakes if the trailer detaches -- where do you hook that? The dealer didn't show me and it's coiled up under the tongue.
  2. Does the battery on the trailer charge while your driving?
  3. There's no clip to hold the door open -- has anyone installed something to hold the door?
  4. What kind of wheel chocks do you suggest?
  5. Someone told me I should turn off overdrive on my Xterra when towing the trailer -- is this correct?

Thanks to all of you for the pre-purchase information.
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The wire to the breakaway needs to be attached to the tow vehicle. Mine is attached to where the safety chains hook so when they're hooked up the safety wire is too. Others may slip the loop in the end of the wire over the hitch ball before setting the coupler over the ball.

Whether the battery charges when driving depends on how your trailer plug is wired into the car's electrical system so you should check with your installer. It does on my truck because the factory included the necessary wire and fuse in the trailer plug receptacle.

There will be other suggestions for your next questions--people more knowledgeable than I. Glad you had a great time with your new tiny house!
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The breakaway wire to activate the brakes if the trailer detaches -- where do you hook that? The dealer didn't show me and it's coiled up under the tongue.
Shame on the dealer for letting you get out without complete instructions. The breakaway wire should attach to some part of the TV beside the hitch. (I'll share a secret if you promise not to tell, I hook mine to the hitch because it is easier.)

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Does the battery on the trailer charge while your driving?
It should if your setup is correct, but it might not. I arrived at camp once with a dead trailer battery because my charge line was not providing enough power while I was running the fridge on 12V. I installed a battery cut off switch after that.

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A full set of inexpensive chocks from Wal-Mart is a first good buy. You could also get a set of Lynx levelers and the chock thats made for that setup. Or go full tilt for a Bal leveler. It never hurts to have a chock set you carry and one for parking at home. That way you don't have to go back to the store after you start off without one or two.

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It depends. If your TV is driving well and staying in the same gear, then the OD is OK to use. If it starts gear seeking by shifting up and down with slight changes in slope, then turn off the overdrive. If your TV has a dedicated towing mode, use it. My Tundra and our old Suburban had a towing mode that just made forced the transmission to shift better but still drop in OD when it could. Although I really haven't noticed any difference with the Tundra.
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:40 PM   #60
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Good luck, I just took delivery of my A 124 a couple of months ago. Have never previously backed/parked a trailer. Went to Beale AF Base and politely backed into the fence first day. Don't have to worry about damage anymore. Small dent on lft bumper. Still interested in shower drain. No one seems to know.
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