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Old 09-12-2021, 07:33 PM   #1
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Hello from the Great Lakes

Husband and I retired in March of 2020 Just bought a 2015 FR Rockwood A128s in good shape,right price and found this forum while doing a google search of information on this particular model. Have 40 plus years of backpacking and mainly tent camping experience, age and arthritis inspired us to purchase a hardside. We love the outdoors and have a wealth of experience of most all the campgrounds in upper and lower Michigan, hope to do some serious boondocking with this camper in fair and foul. It came almost complete but needs a small gen to run the electrics. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Will of course perouse the threads. This used model has a few minor issues, one of which is some delamination of the table top surfaces near the edges. Also the outside corner trim is coming loose.I am the 3rd owner. Looks like it may have seen a lot of scorching sun. The skylights are hazed.Set up and take down will take some practice but it looks like a breeze compared to using tents. Thanks in advance for all of the good advice and useful information, will post photos in near future.
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Old 09-12-2021, 09:54 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your purchase.
The first thing you need to do is check on that 'outside corner trim'. You don't want any water to get into the siding.
Skylight hazing is normal and age has a lot to do with that and you may need to replace them before they crack. If they are fan covers, they make fan cover covers to help keep out the rain.
You're going to have fun in that hardside.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:34 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your questions answered. When considering a gen set add up the power you will need and get something to handle that even if you think you will never need it. I use two yamaha 2000 in parallel when I think I will need the microwave or AC and just one for charging battery. they are very quite and not heavy. I also use suitcase solar just something to consider.
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:02 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your retirement. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Old 09-13-2021, 07:53 AM   #5
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Welcome from NE Ohio on Lake Erie.
We too had 25+ years of backpacking from the UP to the AP Trail and Adirondaks. Like you, ground sleeping was getting the better of us and we graduated from a 2 person (+2 dog) Timberline tent, to a really old and used popup, then to the TT.
You'll have a lot of fun in your new / used camper, although to be honest, we could set up our backpacking site quicker than setting up the camper in a campground!

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