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Old 08-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #401
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NWishome, are you able to post a picture of what your welder did? I am very interested in a set up where the bikes are in the rear of my A122S. Thanks!
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:47 PM   #402
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Ko777, did you have to remove the propane tanks due to tongue weight?


And I love the set up. That's what I will be preparing for the Spring!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:58 PM   #403
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Yes my TV could not handle the extra 2 tanks weight and I only put tarps and light stuff in the front storage.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #404
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Awesome information and hints I'm getting so far, thank you and I really appreciate more of do and don't tips before I head out on my first camping trip using the A128S.

I have an outdoor extension cord 30 ft rated 13A/1400 Watts, will this handle the A/C of A128S, 10000 BTU?

When towing with 2 full propane tanks and the battery, how much tongue weight does this add? Its specs stated tongue weight is 260 pounds without any load.

Do I leave the gas water heater on after I've set up?

How long does the port-a-potty that came with the A128S last? is it easy to clean?

Happy Camping...
The port a potty is small, which means it is easy to carry and easy to clean at any dump station. However, it is quite low to the ground, and probably wont last more than a couple days of regular use w/o emptying. Personally, I prefer a larger model, such as the Coleman, tho it is bigger and bulkier to stow. A Coleman will last five days of two person #1 use if full of water. We use a pp tipi and hang out in our sleepy tipi.
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Old 09-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #405
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OK- I'll go take a photo and see if I can figure out how to upload it.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:05 PM   #406
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Welded hitch photos


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Thanks for the pics. I would like to do something like that and put a small lockable cargo box big enough for a 55 lbs generator. Does anybody see any issues with that plan mod?
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Old 09-03-2013, 11:16 AM   #408
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I now use my Bal leveler every time I set up camp. Here is a hint using Bal leveler:
When you park on grassy lot, it is hard to put the Bal between the tires. Do the following to solve this issue, do these steps before putting the stabilizer bar down
- drive over a small log to raise the tire by an inch or so
- slide the Bal between the tire
- use a cordless drill to raise it, hold drill firmly, this may twist and injure your wrist
- if it is too hard for the drill to raise tire, use an impact cordless drill, it is very loud but it does the job
- use a breaker bar to raise the Bal leveler manually and to be quiet, plus it make it easy to raise it

I use my Bal even the ground is fairly level as a choke for the tire.

Note: I store my Bal leveler near the door entrance of the trailer, it fits perfectly and easy to access it. I scratch my wood door because that thing bounces around during travel, I learned my lesson to put paddings to prevent future damage.

How do I fix the scratch on the wooded door is my problem now...lol
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Old 09-03-2013, 05:03 PM   #409
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They make furniture markers to color scratches in wood. Cheap way to go if the scratches aren't too deep. Check your local home center or big box store.
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Old 09-03-2013, 08:41 PM   #410
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I now use my Bal leveler every time I set up camp. Here is a hint using Bal leveler:
When you park on grassy lot, it is hard to put the Bal between the tires. Do the following to solve this issue, do these steps before putting the stabilizer bar down
- drive over a small log to raise the tire by an inch or so
- slide the Bal between the tire
- use a cordless drill to raise it, hold drill firmly, this may twist and injure your wrist
- if it is too hard for the drill to raise tire, use an impact cordless drill, it is very loud but it does the job
- use a breaker bar to raise the Bal leveler manually and to be quiet, plus it make it easy to raise it

I use my Bal even the ground is fairly level as a choke for the tire.

Note: I store my Bal leveler near the door entrance of the trailer, it fits perfectly and easy to access it. I scratch my wood door because that thing bounces around during travel, I learned my lesson to put paddings to prevent future damage.

How do I fix the scratch on the wooded door is my problem now...lol
I used my Bal leveler and tire chock combo this weekend at the beach. Last week, I cut some 3/4 exterior plywood to sit under the tires and I am glad I did. The wind was really blowing, eroding the sand around anything that was in contact with the ground. I had to adjust the stabilizers down twice a day to maintain contact. The Bal chock was on the windward side. The plywood held the sand around the tire, preventing it from sinking into the sand.

Removing the leveler on the lee side was a breeze. Without the plywood platform, it would have sunk into the sand but instead it just slipped out after I lowered it.

A father and son in our group prefer to sleep on a tarp, without a tent. Overnight, the the beach drifts piled up and half covered one of them. He has a new nickname now.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:38 AM   #411
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Thank you for the pics Nwishome! That looks like the route I am going to take.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:51 PM   #412
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How do I post a question on this forum? Thanks
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Old 09-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #413
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I assume you meant to ask how you can start a topic thread centered on your question. It depends on what software you're using to access the Forum. Some of us use iPads or other tablets and the command to start a new thread is in a different location than it is if you access the Forum through a web browser. Whichever method you use, look around among the commands available to you and find one that says something similar to New Thread. When you choose that command a page will open for you to start a thread. Give it a meaningful title, then just type in your question or comment. Happy sailing!
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:10 AM   #414
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A tip for storing the bal leveler. An insulated pizza delivery bag is a good storage bag for the bal, it's the right size, velcros shut and is padded for protection. The bag keeps grease from getting everywhere. They're inexpensive on eBay.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:34 PM   #415
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Or you can use a plastic under the bed storage organizer from Walmart. It has wheels for about $15 bucks. That's what use and the cover locks on.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:21 AM   #416
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Wow, it has been several weeks since I have updated this thread. After my East Coast trip, I did a couple of weekend camping.
Inverhuron Provincial Park:http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/inverhuron
Sandbanks Provincial Park: http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/sandbanks

The link takes you to other parks too, enjoy the info and hopefully you'll visit us in Ontario.

Next season, my mission is to camp in Ontario parks, enjoy the sites, just relax and take it easy. My experience in my East Coast trip was great but it was not relaxing because of the touring I did almost everyday. I did not gain weight but lost a couple pounds from all the activities I did there...lol

So sad that I have winterized my rig, covered it and parked it in my front yard. It will be there for the next 6 months. I use the same winterizing process as last season. I added some new steps, cover the 4 sharp corners and cover the front with tarp to protect the surface of my bike carrier which faded a bit because of the sun.
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Winterized, covered and parked
The only step I have to do is jack up the tires like last season and cover the tires.

I just got a new gadget to load test my batteries. Tested my rig's battery and it pass even after several weeks storage. I always disconnect the battery by pulling the fuse out. Click image for larger version

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On sale for $20 at Canadian Tire this week

Enjoy fall/winter camping while I'm hibernating!
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Winter Blah....
We had a major winter storm mostly Freezing Rain 3 days before Christmas here in Toronto. Over 300,000 hydro customers at the peak were without power. Up to 9 days without hydro for some customers. Only today almost everyone got there hydro back. Times like these we really appreciate every one helping each other.

We are looking forward to a very Happy New Year 2014 in a nice warm place and lots of food!

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My A128S covered with ice but the cover protected it good

I was very fortunate to have minimum hydro disruptions, I believe my grid is the same as the hospital close by and would have a priority to bring hydro back up if it went down.

I was planning for the future to be ready just in case I don't have hydro for several days using my trailer:
- Pop up my trailer to keep me warm and sleep at night
- Make sure both propane tanks are full before storing trailer for the winter
- Have gas containers full for the generator
- Have several 15 liter bottle water filled up in the house
- All my power pack and batteries charged up
- Lots of flash lights
- Have enough food supplies for several days
- Have supplies of tea candles in stock
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From the Internet, I learned how to make this mini heater with flower pots, there are several small pots in the big pot for retaining heat. The temperature got has high as 105 Celsius. I use this supplement heating my house now. I calculate saving $25 a month using this heater 8 hours a day, tea candles for heat source...I have a CO2 monitor close by for safety.

Because of our fun times having our trailer, it is also there for getting us through in cases like this winter storm. I appreciate my trailer even more.

Can't wait for spring to come so I could go camping again.

Happy 2014 and Best wishes to you all!
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Your winter check list sounds like my summer/fall hurricane check list. It's usually fall for us because if Houston gets hit, it is in September.

Glad you are getting through and looking forward to better times ahead. Camp on.
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Old 12-31-2013, 04:35 PM   #419
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Hey, KO! Good to hear from you once again. I was wondering whether you dropped out of the group. Here's hoping the rest of the winter is better than the forecasters are saying it will be. Happy 2014.
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Old 12-31-2013, 05:19 PM   #420
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Lol...I was hibernating for the winter , I thought of using my trailer if I lost hydro but I was happy I did not have to.

Oh well back to hibernation...

Did anyone try our a-frame at -15c with a windchill of -25c? It was that cold here during the hydro disaster and I was wondering if it could be heated by our heater....
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