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Old 09-24-2012, 02:48 PM   #81
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You aren't alone in the hitch-not-seated-on-the-ball experience. Fortunately, when it happened to me I was just moving the trailer from the storage facility to it's new home in my driveway, and it was close to home. It still scares the bejesus outta me to think what would have happened had we been on the highway fully loaded.

I determined that the hitch lock didn't open all the way before I lowered it onto the ball. It seats itself deceivingly well like that! Good plan to raise the hitch again to ensure it brings the TV up with it!

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:33 PM   #82
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The hot water heater works fine when dry camping, no need for 120.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #83
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I can't believe it, 2 more weekends left for camping and it will be time to store my A128S away until next spring.

Winterizing will have to be done soon, I think I got most of the information from here on how to winterize the water system of the trailer.

I was checking on how to raise the trailer so that I could put the pair of jacks I got on sale to elevate the tires. Never done this before so I need help.

Where is the best place to put the hydraulic jack under the trailer to raise it?
After the trailer is raised, where do I put the jack stand?
Will using the jack stand to keep the trailer raised for several months damage the trailer?

Any tips will be appreciated so much, thanks.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #84
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Where is the best place to put the hydraulic jack under the trailer to raise it?
I found this info in YouTube:

I think placing the jack stand under the axle should be good to keep the trailer raised. Anyone knows will this cause any damage if left for several months?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:28 AM   #85
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I think one of the manuals that came with my A128, either the alco axle manual or the FR manual, said not to jack up the trailer by the axle. I'm not sure why. If these axles were the scrawny things some trailers have I'd be concerned about bending the axle, but ours are honkin' big thick things. I'd ask your dealer where they jack these things up. Bet they'll say "under the axle."
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:49 AM   #86
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Well, they put it there for a reason. While that reason may just be "the lawyers made me do it," I have found that you deviate from the manual at your own peril. You had better know you are right.

It really is true that some warnings are written in blood; others are just written by lawyers. Knowing which is which is "the rub."
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #87
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Camping Trip #5: Just got back from another relaxing weekend, camping in a CG with electric is very nice. This may be my last time camping for this year because next weekend the weather forecast does not look good; if it changes I'm going back to the empty lot (Camping Trip #4).

The heat pump worked perfectly, it was used solidly for 2 nights. Just for fun, I turned on the A/C for an hour this afternoon just to check and it worked fine too. It was 9C(48F) at night and in the trailer it was set to 22C(72F), nice and warm for me. The fridge was set to max so all the frozen food I took camping is still frozen today, fantastic.
After all the camping experiences I did the past several weeks, setting up and breaking camp is so much easy now. Parking is with more control, setting up the awning/screen room is fun now, and the trailer is working as designed; heat(A/C nice), heavy rain, wind and cold weather(both heat pump and propane heater worked great)...no problem in the trailer.

Are we having fun with our A-Frame? My A128S is the most fun toy I got so far, it kept me busy for the past several weekend and I'm looking forward to future long trips
Here are some pics from my camping trip #5:
Looks like it failed using Firefox, I'll post it later with my iPad.

I'm having a great time updating this tread, I will surely use this as my reference next season's camping. You guys gave me so much tips in here to make my camping with a trailer so much fun.

Winterizing the trailer here I come....
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #88
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Winterizing the trailer here I come....
You do realize that Algonquin has sites open during the winter, eh?

Seriously, it's great to hear how much fun you're having with the new unit. I'm the same with mine. Love it -just absolutely love it.

Way back when I lived down your way, I did a lot of tent and eventually RV camping in Long Point, Bruce Peninsula, the Muskokas, Algonquin, Temagami (a favourite of mine) and as far west as Lake Superior Provincial Park (another favourite).
A-frames are great to travel with. You have some awesome trips ahead of you if you're willing to make the drive.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #89
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Camping Trip #5:
Here are some pics from my camping trip #5:
Looks like it failed using Firefox, I'll post it later with my iPad.
Since I got my A128S I have been camping to CG within 2 hours away from home. We have a lot of provincial parks in Ontario, Canada, I'm looking forward to next season exploring the CG near and far. If you guys are planning to visit here, use this link to see what are available and reserve ahead https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/

Here some pic I took in Earl Rowe provincial park:
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My site, nice and wide

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Beach no people only birds, huge swimming pool great for the kids but close for the season

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The screen room has been a great addition to my camping experience, using my gravity chair in here because it was cold outside

All packed up and ready to go home after a nice relaxing weekend
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #90
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Thumbs up! I've got to get back to Ontario next year. I really want to camp long point, nestled in between some dunes with some Canadian brew and soft music. Maybe a walk over to the lake shore for a bit.....
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:04 AM   #91
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Just curious, any chance you might do some winter camping? Or is it too cold/snowy? I am hoping to do that with my winterized A122. We can still have nice days in Chicago area through the end of December. January and February are more miserable. Anyone planning on camping during the winter months?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:58 AM   #92
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We're up in Madison and we've already winterized the plumbing on ours (had some 30-degree nights already).

This weekend will be out last "official" campout for the season (going to Kettle Moraine South - Wisconsin DNR). We'll haul water in. Next week, I'll winterize the rest (cover over the vents, empty out all the foodstuffs, take in the cushions and linens, and wash everything down. I'll add some damp-rid, bounce sheets, pull the battery and cover the girl up for the snows.

But, that said, if we have a particularly nice winter weekend, or the mood otherwise strikes us, it won't take a lot to hook the battery back up, take off the cover, hook up and go. That's the great thing about these campers compared to tent camping or even a canvas popup. Easy set up and go.

We expect to return "formally" to camping about April or so, maybe late March if we get an early spring again this year. I'm planning a solar mod in the spring as well, so I want to try to get that completed as soon as the early thaws come. We have a black hills week planned next summer that the solar will be great for.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #93
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Just curious, any chance you might do some winter camping? Or is it too cold/snowy? I am hoping to do that with my winterized A122. We can still have nice days in Chicago area through the end of December. January and February are more miserable. Anyone planning on camping during the winter months?
I'm a newbie with the trailer and my TV will not survive the first snowfall, I think my FWD SUV will be slipping going uphill, so my answer no-way for winter camping
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Old 10-04-2012, 02:12 PM   #94
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We're up in Madison and we've already winterized the plumbing on ours (had some 30-degree nights already).

This weekend will be out last "official" campout for the season (going to Kettle Moraine South - Wisconsin DNR). We'll haul water in. Next week, I'll winterize the rest (cover over the vents, empty out all the foodstuffs, take in the cushions and linens, and wash everything down. I'll add some damp-rid, bounce sheets, pull the battery and cover the girl up for the snows.

But, that said, if we have a particularly nice winter weekend, or the mood otherwise strikes us, it won't take a lot to hook the battery back up, take off the cover, hook up and go. That's the great thing about these campers compared to tent camping or even a canvas popup. Easy set up and go.

We expect to return "formally" to camping about April or so, maybe late March if we get an early spring again this year. I'm planning a solar mod in the spring as well, so I want to try to get that completed as soon as the early thaws come. We have a black hills week planned next summer that the solar will be great for.
I live in SW suburbs of Chicago and want to go to KM South. Website sounds very nice. How is it? Do you stay in the 24 hour quiet campgrounds?
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I live in SW suburbs of Chicago and want to go to KM South. Website sounds very nice. How is it? Do you stay in the 24 hour quiet campgrounds?
This will be our third stay in KM this season. The first time we were in the quiet area (Pinewoods) and the second down at Whitewater. This time we're back at Pinewoods. It's really a nice campground, and the hiking trails are wonderful (particularly Scuppernong).

I definitely recommend it if you're looking for something in reasonable distance from Chicago.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:33 AM   #96
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Camping trip #6: The weather was great yesterday to travel so I did, it is a long weekend in here and traffic was bad; I was going an average of 12 km/hr for the first 35 km so a 1:15 trip ended up 2:30 hours. I'm back in the empty lot solo(camping trip #4) for the 2 more nights. I had only had 30 mins left of day light when I got here, so the setting up the screen room tent and tarp in the dark was a challenge, the external lights helped. No problems setting up the screen room in the dark, I'm an expert now. Pegging is an issue here so I have to find a way to tie down the tent w/o using pegs. I already use the front and rear stabilizer to tie down parts of the tent, I only need 4 more for the sides and 4 for the front for pegging. I think I have a solution but will need materials to bring here next time. For now I'm using the trees around here to tie down my tent and tarp, last night I used my SUV for tie down since it was pitch dark. It is windy now and they forecast more rain later today. My tent and tarp survived the rain and wind last night, so now I could see the trees and I'll use them for tie downs instead of my SUV.

Last night after parking the first thing I do(non-electric site) is turn off the battery for the fridge and use the propane, it lit up but after releasing the button 30 secs, the fire died and attempts to lit it up failed, tested the propane via the stove it was ok, tried the propane for the fridge again and it failed, gave up wasted 10 mins of day light. I tried again but after the water heater and furnace were on and running for a couple of mins. This time it started fine. This is what I'll do next time, turn on the other propane appliances first.

No friends to visit this time so today I'm biking to a CG close by and use their washroom then to the rail trail for a couple of hours hopefully get back to my trailer before it rains.

Two more nights and the forecast for tonight is minus 2c, no problem with our propane heater. I got an twin size air mattress and slept much better than before. I thought that I'll get use to the trailer's cushion after 15 nights but did not.

More to come...happy fall camping
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I got back this afternoon and left my trailer there for next weekend camping. This will be the last time and will have to winterize the trailer.

Every trip I get to know my A128S limitation. After 3 nights and 3 days of cold weather and no hookup; the furnace, fridge and water heater were running continuously with propane. Last night I took a chance with the propane in front almost empty and the other at the rear for stove connection. I could have swap it before I slept but I want to see what happens and it did. Around 4am I heard the furnace fun go, the on noise wakes me up on occasion, I felt no heat coming out, but I was not sure so I went back to sleep. I woke up again because it was getting cold, it was 15c, the furnace is not running. I checked the stove and it fired up so I reset the furnace by putting the console to off position for 15 seconds first and then select furnace, it turned on but no heat coming out. Now I know for sure the propane is empty but has enough juice to keep the pilot light on for the fridge and light up the stove quickly. I moved the rear propane tank to the front, connected it to propane regulator and turn it on. Went back in and reset the furnace as before, this time I got heat coming out. I needed heat badly because it was close to freezing 0c or 32f. The trailer lost 5c in 30 minutes so insulation is not great.

Another thing I've learned is how much battery is used by the furnace on a cold night. I fully charged the battery with a gas generator for 4 hours. Got over 13 volts reading on a volt meter before I slept, the next day it read approx 11.5 volts. It used over 2.5 volts a night. I've drained the battery under 10 volts and the furnace still works but this is killing the battery so I'll avoid doing that.

I had problem pegging the screen tent and it was windy the other day. I was able to tie down the front corners and the front middle at the bottom to trees. I also use the 2 stabilizers for the 2 back corners. I was lucky there were lots of trees there. I need a peg-less system when trees are not there, any suggestions?

I'll post pictures of this trip later...

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Re: the insulation. Even if the walls were thicker, all the windows and skylights have an R-value of 1... Here's my suggestion: hitch up and tow it down here. We'll get a spot for you at a nearby CG. We camped into November here last year.
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Re: the insulation. Even if the walls were thicker, all the windows and skylights have an R-value of 1... Here's my suggestion: hitch up and tow it down here. We'll get a spot for you at a nearby CG. We camped into November here last year.
I wish I could beam there with my rig, Iowa is over 1400 km from my place but thanks for the offer. I'll ping you when I plan a long trip there in the future. BTW you post that you have winterized your rig already, what do you use for water system replacement during winter camping?
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We use the same blue plastic Aquatainers as others here do. I marked one Fresh and the other, Grey. I got them at Wal-Mart but maybe Canada Tire has them. I think they're a Canadian product. After so many years of tent camping we're used to carting water in jugs. Even now, sometimes in the summer we don't bother filling up the trailer's tank for short trips. In fact, last year we had taken three trips before we bothered to de-winterize the water system.

And we've only used the water heater one weekend just to establish that it works. So easy to put the kettle on the stove if we need warm h2o.

Oh, and re the trip down here: gas prices go down over 30% when you cross the border.
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