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Old 08-27-2012, 12:36 PM   #41
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Hi Ko777

What brand is your attached screen-room? Is it the 'official' forest river option or a 3rd party add-on. The pics you posted of it look awesome. I would be curious to know how it attaches, especially to the 'left' roof panel.

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Old 08-27-2012, 11:35 PM   #42
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Hi Ko777

What brand is your attached screen-room? Is it the 'official' forest river option or a 3rd party add-on. The pics you posted of it look awesome. I would be curious to know how it attaches, especially to the 'left' roof panel.

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It is a $600 option but was included in my deal. I like the design of it and with practice it is easy to install and uninstall. Here is a YouTube link about it:

With this on you could leave your door open and not worry about bugs getting in. It also doubles your living space.

BTW what is the difference between the 2013 and 2012 A128S? I got the 2012
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:53 AM   #43
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Hi Ko777

That is a good question however I am not 100% sure what the difference is. We have 2 front bubble windows, the front storage locker etc however I think the 2012's may have that. We ordered our unit at an RV show in Jan 2012, it arrived in May 2012 and it is stamped as a 2013 model. We were expecting a 2012, but we didn't complain when it came in as a 2013. Can't hurt to be a model-year newer in most cases we figured.

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Old 09-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #44
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I just got back from camping #3 and the experience is getting better and easier. I've loaded my trailer and even have my fresh water tanks full and had the tongue weight within my tow vehicle max, perfect:
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I went solo so I could get use to setting up and breaking camp. The screen room set up is now 20 mins and take down is 10 mins, I want this set up every time now. It is easy and the added space is the bonus. This is the kitchen and dining area, being lazy I don't have to break the bed to a table and the other bed is use for counter space if I go solo:
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I just have to remind myself to close the door when I'm bbqing, wow that alarm is loud.

I think I should avoid long weekend camping, too many people...beach was full and parking is a nightmare:
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So I went back to my campsite where it is nice and relaxing...had the AC on during the day time, and took siesta in the afternoon what a life:
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Now my next trip will be at my friend's empty lot surrounded by nature, a campsite and a river close by. I'll use a 1500 watt generator I got last year on sale for charging my batteries and small appliances like TV. Propane will be my friend for the fridge, cooking and heating.

I'm glad I got the A128S and have all the extra features compared to the Aliner Ranger I was to get, plus finding this forum is definitely making my experience enjoyable. I'm still getting a lot of ideas in here especially the trip of thehamguy1 "Iowa to Alaska". I'm hoping to have an adventure like that with the A128S in the near future.

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Old 09-04-2012, 09:05 AM   #45
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Great story and pics!!!! I'm glad the screen is working for you!! Yay!
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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

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Good point about the stove. I'll put it closer to the middle of the room away from the tent. Another stupid thing I did in this trip is I left the propane in a horizontal position in the storage and connected the adapter to the stove a big no no according to the Internet search, 20lbs tank should only be use in vertical position.

Learn as you go, I was lucky there was no incident on this trip, only my smoke alarm went off from bbqing outside because I left the door open.

Safe Camping!
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I share the same concern when it comes to using the grill. I wouldnt even feel comfortable grilling under the awning...flareups happen pretty fast and usually when the cover is opened. We try to keep an eye on how hot it gets, but I will not forget the time we barbqued pork loin when we had the Jayco and RVQ...that was a grease fire that even challenged the spray bottle. LoL..we definitely pay closer attention to trimming the fat and temps...

I do love the look of the screen room awning...I'll keep mine, just in case I ever decide to risr to the challenge. LOL
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:02 PM   #49
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I do love the look of the screen room awning...I'll keep mine, just in case I ever decide to risr to the challenge. LOL
I know what you mean about the challenge...I read a few statements here about the nightmare of setting it up but I went for it and I'll challenge myself to set it up in 10 mins next time. The room is private enough and huge...if my guess snores too loud, I'll set up the spare air mattress I bring and put them there...lol

There are spots around the corner that the tent pulls the Velcro out but I was able to get around that.

Use it and you'll never go back to other pop-up screen tent. Might as well take advantage of the design of this screen room for our Aframe, fits like a glove.

Now all I need is a wall to wall carpet in there and have a big sign, please remove shoes before entering...not

Enjoy your Screen Room!
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The screen room looks like a great use of space! I like it a lot.

The thing that really worries me from the pics tho, the camp stove (imo) looks like it is too close to the screen wall. One flare up, or too much heat off the back of the stove, and the whole screen room could go up, including your camper.

Please make sure there is plenty of space between it and the screen wall. Just want you to have fun and be safe.

Deb

We use our grill under our awning as well. To date, we have not cooked anything excessively greasy and subject to flair ups.

We do it for both safety and to reduce grill clean up. For us the grill is more like an oven vs a regular grill. Most of our food is cooked in foil packs or on foil trays.

When I grill a steak or burgers, I use a charcoal grill at the campsite. Nothing like a good old charcoal grill for flavor!

A new negative on the awning!
We set our awning up this weekend. Ants found their way into the camper by using the attached awning. I treated all the usual access points (wheels, stabilizers, hoses, electrical, etc.). We didn't think about them using the awning to get in! My wife and I had an epic battle with ants at 12:30 AM the night before we went home.
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I know what you mean about the challenge...I read a few statements here about the nightmare of setting it up...
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There are spots around the corner that the tent pulls the Velcro out but I was able to get around that.
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Enjoy your Screen Room!

We've gotten much better at setting it up. If we are going to stay more than a couple of nights and/or if the weather is too hot or too rainy, then we will set it up. It always get positive comments!

How have you handled the Velcro? On ours, the Velcro on the sides and back of the camper is starting to be a real mess and no longer sticks very well. I am looking to mod the awning to accept snaps or ties. There's got to be a better way to hold the awning (and its the bottom screen) to the camper. The Velcro on the "A" has held up well.

My wife and I agree that it is a keeper; she loves to hang her LED lights on it.
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We've gotten much better at setting it up. If we are going to stay more than a couple of nights and/or if the weather is too hot or too rainy, then we will set it up. It always get positive comments!

How have you handled the Velcro? On ours, the Velcro on the sides and back of the camper is starting to be a real mess and no longer sticks very well. I am looking to mod the awning to accept snaps or ties. There's got to be a better way to hold the awning (and its the bottom screen) to the camper. The Velcro on the "A" has held up well.

My wife and I agree that it is a keeper; she loves to hang her LED lights on it.
Since my Velcro is still new I'm not having problems in most parts but the two spots where the tent puts a lot of stress I was able to solve this by wrapping the Velcro inside the slot see pic of the rear, I did this in the front too:
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I'm experimenting in special strong glue to support the Velcro when it gets pulled out. I'm also thinking about putting chalking around the Velcro. This will be a challenge to have the Velcro in its place in the future. Anyone there who has a solution please share here.

Did anyone have the screen room up and was hit by a strong wind? I wonder how much wind can this tent stand.
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Did anyone have the screen room up and was hit by a strong wind? I wonder how much wind can this tent stand.

We had a little wind this past weekend gusts of up to 20+ mph (reminents of Isaac). That's one of the reasons the Velcro is in such poor shape. The sides of the awning blew out away from the wall. The rest of the frame and staked areas held up well.
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We had a little wind this past weekend gusts of up to 20+ mph (reminents of Isaac). That's one of the reasons the Velcro is in such poor shape. The sides of the awning blew out away from the wall. The rest of the frame and staked areas held up well.
When you set up the screen room did you insert it under the corner piece and hook it to the Velcro that I inserted into the slot? The tent below that is pegged so the stress will be on the tent and the peg and should prevent separation. I'll double check that when I set it up next time and maybe double peg it when it is windy.
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Thanks for sharing your windy experience.
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When you set up the screen room did you insert it under the corner piece and hook it to the Velcro that I inserted into the slot? The tent below that is pegged so the stress will be on the tent and the peg and should prevent separation. I'll double check that when I set it up next time and maybe double peg it when it is windy.
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Thanks for sharing your windy experience.

I run mine over the outside of the corner piece (I have a small piece of Velcro there that actually still holds at the corner.).

Actually, the Velcro has separated at the bottom of the camper. On your photo, the vertical run of the awning on side wall towards the base of the camper - it pulls up from there. Both front and back Velcro's are affected.

Part of the problem seems to be that we can't easily secure / stake the awning to ground at the base of the camper (below the side wall), if we are parked on a concrete or asphalt spot. Usually, the end of the awning will hang off the drive and can be staked. Eventually the elements and wind take their toll.

I've tried some generic epoxy to secure the ends of the Velcro attached to the camper with poor results. I am currently looking for a plan "B" or "C".
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Part of the problem seems to be that we can't easily secure / stake the awning to ground at the base of the camper (below the side wall), if we are parked on a concrete or asphalt spot. Usually, the end of the awning will hang off the drive and can be staked. Eventually the elements and wind take their toll.

I've tried some generic epoxy to secure the ends of the Velcro attached to the camper with poor results. I am currently looking for a plan "B" or "C".
I think I have a solution. The stabilizer bar is close by, put a wood (under the bar) long enough to reach the base of the tent and we could use a nail to tie the tent to it. I'll try this plan next time. Use this glue E-6000, looks strong on the piece of Velcro I did yesterday.
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I put a film of this on the Velcro and the trailer, after 24 hrs the bonding looks strong.
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I think I have a solution. The stabilizer bar is close by, put a wood (under the bar) long enough to reach the base of the tent and we could use a nail to tie the tent to it. I'll try this plan next time. Use this glue E-6000, looks strong on the piece of Velcro I did yesterday.
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I put a film of this on the Velcro and the trailer, after 24 hrs the bonding looks strong.

That's a good idea! Just screw a permanent hook into the end of the board. Position it at the correct point under the awning, and lock it with the stabilizer. Brilliant!

If it is secured at the top and bottom of the camper, the Velcro is superfulous!

I'll check out the glue as well!
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Camping Trip #4 was a challenge. Learn a lesson next time to double check the hitch lock on the ball. 2 mins to the start of my trip hit a bump and stopped for a red light and felt the trailer hitting my bumper, found out the hitch ball slipped back. Took me close to 30 mins to put the hitch ball to its proper position. I now know the correct position by looking under the hitch lock and what to feel for in the hitch lock. The only damage was a scratch bumper and stress the rest of the trip paranoid of losing the trailer. I made it to my destination and feel next time It should be ok as long as I double check the hitch lock position.

The other challenge was going backwards with the trailer in a long narrow drive way, down slope on one side, and tall grass. Checkout the pic because of a lot of backing corrections the grass were flatten...lol:
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I camped on a friend's empty lot w/empty workshop far away from home, no washroom and electric. There is a campground 10 km away, a river and old train tracks used for hiking or biking. I biked to the CG to visit friends camping there. I also have a friend's cottage 20 mins away by car, I visited them for dinner and left the trailer in the lot. I'll be back there next weekend to do some kayaking with a couple of friends and try biking on the old train tracks.
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Used this cheap generator, very loud, to recharge my trailer's battery and watch movies before bed. First time I used the propane for heater and fridge. Both works perfectly. If you look closely my new trailer's front is covered with dirt for going on wet country roads.

I just realized I forgot to turn off the water heater. The propane tanks are off. Does anybody knows what happens in this case?
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Oh my! Do you have the proper ball size installed on your hitch? I think it uses a 2" ball.

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Oh my! Do you have the proper ball size installed on your hitch? I think it uses a 2" ball.

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Yes, the dealer installed it. I thought if the hitch lever is down and I could lock it is good enough. Apparently not, I've learned my lesson. Check by sight or feel the ball in the socket how far down the hook is to the ball, it should be more than halfway down.

Do you know if my battery will drain because I left the hot water switch on without propane hookup?
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