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Old 05-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #61
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Jeanette, go to this page and see if this thread is related to what you are looking for. I have an A124S and there are some links in the thread that lists items for the grey water drains. A124S Grey Water Adapters? - Forest River Forums
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Old 05-02-2013, 05:24 PM   #62
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Someone told me I should turn off overdrive on my Xterra when towing the trailer -- is this correct?
I have towed all over Ohio in my Xterra. I always leave the transmission in OD. However, most of the towing is on level ground with mild hills.

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Old 05-04-2013, 10:58 AM   #63
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This is the one I have been looking at:

*Discount RV Sales - Metro Atlanta, GA

My questions are:

#1 = Do the dealers negotiate the price below their sale price and if they do what do you think is a good price.

#2 = How comfortable is the mattress that comes with it. I know it is an odd size and to have a new one made would cost about $750.00.

I am going to pull it with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 short bed.

#3 = Will I need to add a storage rack to hall more stuff? I think not because I can carry "stuff" in the truck bed?
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:26 AM   #64
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This is the one I have been looking at:

Discount RV Sales - Metro Atlanta, GA

My questions are:

#1 = Do the dealers negotiate the price below their sale price and if they do what do you think is a good price.

#2 = How comfortable is the mattress that comes with it. I know it is an odd size and to have a new one made would cost about $750.00.

I am going to pull it with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 short bed.

#3 = Will I need to add a storage rack to hall more stuff? I think not because I can carry "stuff" in the truck bed?
I highly recommend you to get the dealer to include the screen room option and a bike rack receiver in front with the deal, I got that and more. The price they are offering, you should be able to get one with the front storage too, I thought I don't need it because I was looking at a Aliner Ranger first before getting my A128S but I'm very happy I have it. After setup, you could put a lot of stuff here and it is conveniently accessible. It will be front heavy with the bikes but I move my tanks inside during transit. Here is a pic of my A-Frame:
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Old 05-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #65
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This is the one I have been looking at:

Discount RV Sales - Metro Atlanta, GA

My questions are:

#1 = Do the dealers negotiate the price below their sale price and if they do what do you think is a good price.

#2 = How comfortable is the mattress that comes with it. I know it is an odd size and to have a new one made would cost about $750.00.

I am going to pull it with a 2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab V6 short bed.

#3 = Will I need to add a storage rack to hall more stuff? I think not because I can carry "stuff" in the truck bed?
That's a great price I think. It's only slightly higher than the show price we paid in January of 2011, and prices have gone up a lot since then. As ko777 suggests, you might have better luck negotiating below that price by seeing what options they'll include. As to the mattress, several have found it not to their complete liking and have either added some kind of top pad or overlay. We have a bed-sized sheepskin topper, for example, which makes our convertible sofa/bed quite comfortable and it's a lot cheaper than a custom mattress. As to an extra rack, we've found we can carry all the extras we need in the back of our pickup, but over time the amount of stuff we think we have to take with us seems to grow. Someday we'll either need to get some discipline or a longer truck...
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #66
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ko777 where do you store the screen room if I do not get the storage bin like yours has? Is the total length longer with the storage bin? I will have to store the A frame in my garage which gives me 19 feet maximum.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:01 PM   #67
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Since my rig is front heavy I store everything heavy behind the tire axle. In my last trip with full water tank, the tongue weight was over 340 lbs. Here are pics of how I load my rig:
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The brown bag at the back is the screen room. If the TV could handle the load, the GEN, and jugs of fresh water could go to the front storage. The propane tanks could remain in front.

My front storage is practically empty during transit but I use it for putting extra stuff I don't need in the trailer here after setup.

You got a couple of inches to spare in your garage if you get the front storage.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:17 PM   #68
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ko777 exactly how long is your A frame? I am wondering if I will have to tear apart the shelves I built at the end of the garage if i get one like yours?
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:54 PM   #69
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ko777 exactly how long is your A frame? I am wondering if I will have to tear apart the shelves I built at the end of the garage if i get one like yours?
The brochure says 18' 11" for the A128S but I just did a tape measure from the tip of the tongue to the bumper edge it came out to 237.5 inches.
That makes it 7.5" too long for your garage. I did this in the dark so double check it with what they have.
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Thanks for everyones advice. You all have helped me a lot.
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The 237.5" length is 10 more inches than I expected. If it is this long, it won't fit in my garage as well. Bummer.

I haven't actually measured the A128S, but I am going to have to exactly measure this unit before considering a purchase.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:59 AM   #72
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The 237.5" length is 10 more inches than I expected. If it is this long, it won't fit in my garage as well. Bummer.

I haven't actually measured the A128S, but I am going to have to exactly measure this unit before considering a purchase.
Good idea lcarter40. This is a great chat room. I've gotten a lot of good pointers already.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:07 AM   #73
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Good news guys, I did another measurement but this time I use the ground to take it from, last night I was doing it from the top. Here are the pics of how I did the final measurements:
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Aline to the tip of tongue and use bin to hold it down
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That is about 224 inches which is less than your garage length and less than the specs in the brochure

224" = 18' 8"

But double check to what your getting, it may change since mine is a 2012 A128S

Happy shopping for an A-Frame! I did that last year and it was more enjoyable than when I got my SUV
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #74
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This is good news. I'm guessing the 18' 11" is fairly close to the length and that will fit in my garage. Thanks for checking again.
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:25 PM   #75
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Battery when not using camper

I know there are things in the camper that drain a small about of power. Is there an easy way to cut the power without disconnecting the battery cables? Is it necessary to do it to save the battery?
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Old 05-07-2013, 04:05 PM   #76
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My service technician told me to pull the fuse at the front of my trailer if I wanted to shut everything off. I have never had a need to do it, as I plug it in during the winter. The battery will eventually drain after a couple weeks because of the radio and microwave (and I think the carbon monoxide detector as well...?) I just know it died after a couple weeks of not being plugged in. LOL
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Many people will wire in a small rocker switch next to the stereo to act as a power cut-off for it.

The other passive drain on the power is the CO and Propane detectors. I don't know how much they use, although I'd guess not much. I suppose you could replace the CO with a battery-operated one and disconnect the wired one.

Microwave shouldn't have power unless it's plugged in to shore power, so it has no impact on the battery.
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I'm pretty comfortable doing electrical wiring but not sure what the rocker switch (that would cut off the power) would be wired to. Anyone able to explain?
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Take the power going into the radio and connect it to the rocker, then wire the rocker to the radio. drill little hole and mount rocker next to radio.

Rock on or off as needed.
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Great idea -- I have a friend with a class C motorhome and he didn't believe me when I told him there was no cut off switch for the power. I'd really like to have one.

Thanks for the explanation.
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