Maytag RV Cooking Appliance Owner`s manual

Welcome Home!
WELCOME to the Forest River family and thank you for selecting a Forest River, Inc. product.
Congratulations for choosing a lifestyle that will provide you the freedom to enjoy recreation
wherever you may choose.
This owner’s manual is designed as a Quick Reference guide for the operation and care of
your new purchase. For more complete instructions regarding safety, maintenance and
operation of the items used in the manufacturing of your RV, carefully read the booklets
supplied by the component manufacturers. All information contained in this manual may not
relate to your specific model, however booklets supplied by the component manufacturers and
included in your Owner’s packet will provide any additional information needed.
Your dealership personnel should be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have
regarding your new product. If your dealer is unable to do so, please feel free to contact our
Customer Service department for assistance. Your dealership will provide you with the
appropriate contact information.
Your recreational vehicle was built using the high standards set by Forest River Inc., and
following the strict guidelines set forth by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, (RVIA)
as well as complying with the requirements of all applicable state and federal agencies.
Please carefully read the Limited Warranty in the front of this manual. Forest River, Inc. has
no other expressed or implied warranties of any type. You, as the owner, are responsible for
providing proper maintenance as outlined in this manual and as set forth in the component
manufacturers booklets.
FAILURE TO PROPERLY MAINTAIN YOUR UNIT COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF WARRANTY COVERAGE.
Several of our component manufacturers carry their own warranty and require separate
warranty information to be filed with them. Please read all component manufacturers owner’s
manuals provided with your RV and file appropriate individual warranty cards as required.
You have joined an elite group and as you begin making great memories using your new Forest
River motorhome, we wish you many exciting and adventurous days of RV camping.
Drive Safely and...
‘Go RV’ing!’
LIMITED WARRANTY MOTORIZED PRODUCTS
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES BY FOREST RIVER, INC.
FOREST RIVER, INC.
Thank you for choosing to purchase a Recreational Vehicle by Forest River, Inc., a fine product in which design and construction have received the care that quality demands. This important
warranty covers many items and is indicative of our desire to stand behind our products and assure our customers’ complete satisfaction.
WARRANTY COVERAGE
SUMMARY OF WARRANTY: Forest River, Inc., 55470 CR 1, P.O. Box 3030, Elkhart, Indiana 46515-3030 (Warrantor) warrants to the ORIGINAL CONSUMER PURCHASER
ONLY, when purchased from an authorized Forest River, Inc. dealer, for a period of (1) one year from date of purchase or (12,000) twelve thousand miles, whichever comes first
(Warranty Period), that the body structure of this recreational vehicle shall be free of substantial defects in materials and workmanship attributable to Warrantor.
EXCLUSIONS FROM THIS WARRANTY: Warrantor expressly disclaims any responsibility for damage to the unit where damage is due to condensation, normal wear and tear or
exposure to elements. Warrantor makes no warranty with regard to, but not limited to, the motorhome chassis including without limitation, the engine and drive train, any
mechanical parts or systems of the chassis, tires, tubes, batteries and gauges, routine maintenance, equipment and appliances, or audio and/or video equipment. Their
respective manufacturers and suppliers may warrant some of these items. Warranty information with respect to these items is available from your dealer.
The Warrantor further makes no warranty with regard to any product used for commercial purposes, as a permanent residence or as a rental unit, or any product not registered
and normally used in the United States or Canada.
LIMITATION AND DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES: WARRANTOR EXPRESSLY LIMITS THE DURATION OF ALL EXPRESS AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND ALL
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE EXCEPT IN THOSE STATES THAT DO NOT ALLOW THIS EXCLUSION. WARRANTOR EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL
IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AFTER EXPIRATION OF THE WARRANTY PERIOD. No action to enforce express or
implied warranties shall be commenced later than (90) ninety days after expiration of the warranty period. There is no warranty of any nature made by the Warrantor beyond
that contained in this Warranty. No person has authority to enlarge, amend or modify this Warranty except this Warrantor.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
No action to enforce express or implied warranties shall be commenced without prior written notice to the manufacture and/or warrantor at the address
listed above of the alleged defect or nonconformity or the authorized repair facility’s failed repair attempt and MANUFACTURE, AT ITS DIRECT OPTION,
shall have a final opportunity to remedy.
DISCLAIMER OF CONSEQUENTIAL AND INCIDENTAL DAMAGES: THE ORIGINAL CONSUMER PURCHASER OF THIS RECREATIONAL VEHICLE AND ANY PERSOIN TO WHOM THIS
UNIT IS TRANSFERRED, AND ANY PERSON WHO IS INTENDED OR UNINTENDED USER OR BENEFICIARY OF THIS UNIT SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER FROM WARRANTOR
ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
WARRANTOR’S OBLIGATIONS: Warrantor will remedy substantial defects in materials and workmanship caused by Warrantor. Warrantor shall elect to remedy the defect from
among the following: repair, replacement or refund. Warrantor may not elect refund unless the Purchaser agrees, or the Warrantor is unable to provide replacement and
repair is not commercially practicable. Warranty performance can only be obtained at Warrantor’s authorized dealers and service centers and from Warrantor, at the discretion
of the Warrantor. All costs incurred in transporting this recreational vehicle for warranty service shall be borne by Purchaser. Warrantor shall remedy the defect within a
reasonable amount of time after appointment and delivery by Purchaser. All of warrantor’s expenses in remedying the defect shall be borne by the Warrantor.
PURCHASER’S OBLIGATIONS: Purchaser must complete and return the owner’s registration within (10) ten days of purchase to validate this Warranty. The return of this
registration is a condition precedent to warranty coverage; failure to return the completed registration to the Warrantor will invalidate this warranty. Purchaser shall deliver this
recreational vehicle for warranty service within a reasonable time after discovery of the defect and in no event after expiration of the Warranty period, which Warranty Period is
(1) one year or (12,000) twelve thousand miles, whichever occurs first. All expenses incurred by Purchaser in obtaining warranty service shall be borne by Purchaser.
Warranty service shall, whenever possible, be scheduled with the selling dealer by an appointment in order to avoid possible delays. Purchaser can, if necessary, obtain
a list of persons authorized to perform warranty service by contacting Warrantor at the above address. No action to enforce express or implied warranties shall be
commenced without prior written notice to the manufacture and/or warrantor at the address listed above of the alleged defect or nonconformity or the
authorized repair facility’s failed repair attempt and MANUFACTURE, AT ITS DIRECT OPTION, shall have a final opportunity to remedy.
EVENTS DISCHARGING WARRANTOR FROM OBLIGATION UNDER THIS WARRANTY: Misuse or neglect, including failure to provide reasonable and necessary maintenance,
unauthorized alteration, accident, and improper loading, use as a permanent residence, commercial use or leasing of the recreational vehicle shall discharge Warrantor from
any obligation under this Warranty.
PARTS AND DESIGN CHANGES: Warrantor reserves the right to change the parts and/or design of its recreational vehicle from time to time, without notice and with no
obligation to maintain spare parts or make corresponding changes in its products previously manufactured.
OBTAINING WARRANTY SERVICE: To insure your local dealer’s personal interest in your complete satisfaction, it is recommended that all warranty service work, be performed
by the authorized dealer from whom you purchased your unit. As you are traveling, or following a move, if warranty service becomes necessary, it may be performed by any
authorized dealer in the United States or Canada. In order to avoid delays, whenever possible, schedule an appointment for the warranty work to be completed.
WARRANTY REGISTRATION: A warranty registration is to be completed by the owner at the time of purchase and returned to the Warrantor. The return of this registration is a
condition precedent to warranty coverage; failure to return the completed registration to Warrantor will invalidate this Warranty.
OTHER WARRANTIES: As indicated in the paragraph above, entitled “Exclusions From This Warranty,” items that are not covered by this Warranty, may be warranted
separately by their manufacturers or suppliers. In order to validate those warranties, you may also be required to complete and return to the appropriate manufacturer the
warranty forms included with the information package. These other warranties may cover, but are not limited to, such items as motorhome chassis, tires, tubes, batteries,
optional generators, and appliances, which are not covered by this Limited Warranty. For service or parts required for these products it may be necessary to write or call the
product manufacturer to obtain the nearest authorized service center location. In requesting parts for separately warranted products from the manufacturer of the product or its
authorized service center it may also be necessary to first obtain a warranty work authorization number before the work is done. It may also be necessary to provide the
Product Name, Model and Serial Number along with the description of the problem and part needed, plus shipping instructions. See these warranties with respect to their
terms and conditions.
OWNER ASSISTANCE: Your personal satisfaction and good will are most important to Forest River as well as a confident and pleasant relationship with our dealers. We at Forest
River recognize that there may be occasions when a warranty or service problem is not handled satisfactorily, resulting in misunderstandings. If your problem has not been
handled to your satisfaction after discussing it with the dealership management, we welcome you to contact the Forest River Customer Service Manager, at the
address stated above, who will communicate with the local dealer, our recommendations for an agreeable solution.
THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS, WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WELCOME LETTER...................................................1
WARRANTY ...............................................................2
TABLE OF CONTENTS ..............................................3
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTIES ..........................4
COMPONENT MANUFACTURERS ...........................5
Power Converter/Inverter..........................................40
Fuses & Circuit Breakers ..........................................40-42
Rear Diesel Engine Access Panel ............................42
SECTION 1
CUSTOMER INFORMATION
Dealer Responsibilities ...............................................5
Customer Responsibilities ..........................................6
Warranty/Pre-Delivery (Sample) Forms ......................7
SECTION 2
IDENTIFICATION & SAFETY
Vehicle ID Decals and Plates......................................8
Vehicle Serial Number Label.......................................8
Safety Regulations & LP Gas .....................................9
Fire Safety.................................................................10-11
Tire Safety .................................................................11-15
SECTION 3
WEIGHING, LOADING, & TOWING
Cargo Carrying Capacity...........................................16
Weight Terminology...................................................16
Weighing Your Motorhome........................................16-18
Loading Tips..............................................................18
Packing For Travel ....................................................19-20
Towing a Boat, Trailer or Car ....................................20-21
SECTION 4
LEVELING JACKS and SLIDE ROOM
OPERATION
Selecting a Campsite ................................................22
Campsite Parking......................................................22-23
Leveling Jacks-Operatiion.........................................23-27
Slide Room Operation...............................................28-30
SECTION 5
LIVING QUARTERS, LP GAS & ELECTRIC
Prolonged Occupancy...............................................31
Condensation & Humidity .........................................31-32
Safety Devices ..........................................................32-33
LP Gas ......................................................................33-37
Electrical/Battery .......................................................37-40
SECTION 6
PLUMBING
Fresh Water ..............................................................43
External Water Hook-Up ...........................................43
Traveling With Water.................................................44
Monitor Panel/Command Center ..............................44
Water Pump ..............................................................45
Sanitizing the Water System .....................................46
Waste Water/Holding Tanks ......................................46-47
Toilet..........................................................................47-48
Winterizing the Water System...................................49-50
Dewinterizing the Water System ...............................50
Holding Tanks ...........................................................51
SECTION 7
APPLIANCES
Range/Oven..............................................................52-55
Microwave Oven .......................................................55-56
Refrigerator ...............................................................56-57
Furnace.....................................................................58
Water Heater-Storage & Draining .............................58-60
Thermostat-Heating & Cooling .................................61-62
TV/Antenna ...............................................................62-63
Rear Vision System ..................................................63-64
SECTION 8
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Fiberglass Care.........................................................65
Water Pump ..............................................................65-66
Windows & Doors .....................................................66
Frame/Extrusions/Aluminum Surface .......................66
Roof. .........................................................................67.
LP Gas System .........................................................67
Exterior Lights/TV Antenna .......................................67
Winter Precautions....................................................67
Storage Tips..............................................................68
Heating Pads for Holding Tanks................................68
Chart-Care & Maintenance .......................................69
Effects of Formaldehyde ...........................................70
WaterPurTM Water Treatment System .......................70-73
Coach-Net Roadside Assistance ..............................74
LEGEND
Listed below are symbols and descriptions you will find throughout this manual. They are used to alert you to possibly
dangerous or hazardous situations. When you see these symbols, please read them carefully and follow the instructions
to help prevent damage to your recreational vehicle and for your personal safety.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY. THIS SIGN IS COMMONLY R E D .
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY. THIS SIGN IS COMMONLY O R A N G E .
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH
COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY. THIS SIGN IS COMMONLY Y E L L O W .
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COMPONENT MANUFACTURERS
Antennas
Apollo Microwaves
Awnings
Awnings
Batteries
Dash A/C
Dash A/C
Euro Chair Leather
Fireplace
Furnace
Furnace
Furniture
Furniture
Furniture
Furniture
Generator
Generator
Generator
Heating System
Inverter
Inverter
Winegard
Midwest Sales
Carefree of Colorado
Dometic
Interstate
ACME Radiator
Evans Tempcom
Partner Supply
National Supply
Atwood
Suburban
Flexsteel
Mastercraft
Scope
Williamsburg
Generac
Onan
Power Tech
Aqua-Hot Vehicle Systems
Magnum
Xantrex
800-288-8094
800-772-7262
800-621-2617
800-544-4881
888-772-3600
800-552-2263
800-354-7088
574-266-8400
574-295-9200
815-877-5700
800-659-2138
563-556-7730
260-463-8702 x. 243
888-443-9888
574-773-7711
574-293-6503
800-888-6626
800-760-0027
800-685-4298
425-353-8833
408-987-6030
Jacks
Jacks
LP Tanks
Microwaves
Microwaves
Microwaves
Microwaves
Power Converter
Power Converter
Ranges
Refrigerators
Refrigerators
Refrigerators
Roof A/C
Roof Vent
Rubber Roof & Sealant
Satelite
Satelite
Seat Belts
Shades
Slide Out Assm
Slide Out Assm
Slide Out
Slide Out
Slide Out Topper
Steps
Steps
Stereo
Stereo
Tires
Tires
Toilet
Toilet
TV & DVD
TV & DVD
TV & DVD
Washer/ Dryer
Washer/ Dryer
Washer/ Dryer
Water Heater
Water pump
Windows
Lippert
Equilizer
Manchester
Amana
Apollo-Midwest Sales
GE
Magic Chef
Cheng/ WFCO
Parallax
Maytag/ Whirlpool
Dometic
Amana/Maytag/ Whirlpool
Norcold
Dometic
Fantastic Vent
Dicor
King Dome
KVH
Am-Safe
Irvine Shade
Equilizer
Lippert
Norco
Power Gear
Dometic
Kwikee
SCS (Lippert)
ASA
CTD
Goodyear
Michelin
Sealand
Thetford
Mito
National Supply
Riverpark
Majestic
Splendide
Whirlpool
Suburban
Shurflo
Hehr
866-524-7821
800-846-9659
800-877-8265
800-544-5513
800-772-7262
800-432-2737
800-688-1120
877-294-8997
800-443-4859
#5)
800-544-4881
#5)
800-543-1219
800-544-4881
800-521-0298
574-264-2699
800-982-9920
401-847-3327
574-266-8330
574-522-1446
574-522-1446
866-524-7821
800-347-2232
888-239-2537
800-544-4881
800-736-9961
800-275-7524
574-264-3135
800-777-4856
800-227-1999
866-866-6605
800-321-9886
800-543-1219
800-433-6846
866-298-9200
800-442-7717
800-678-8002
800-736-4127
#5)
800-659-2138
574-262-0478
989-845-3061
Freightliner
Workhorse
CHASSIS MANUFACTURERS
1-800-385-4357
Ford
1-877-946-7731
Chevrolet
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www.winegard.com
N/A
www.carefreeofcolorado.com
www.dometicusa.com
www.interstatebatteries.com
www.acmeair.com
www.evanstempcon.com
N/A
www.nationalsupplyllc.com
www.atwoodmobile.com
www.suburbanmfg.com
www.flexsteel.com
www.rvseating.com
www.scopeseating.com
N/A
www.guardiangenerators.com
www.cumminsonan.com
www.powertech.com
www.vehiclesystems.com
www.magnumenergy.com
www.xantrex.com
www.lci1.com
www.equalizersystems.com
www.mantank.com
www.amana.com
N/A
www.geappliances.com
www.magicchef.com
N/A
www.parallaxpower.com
www.whirlpoolcorp.com
www.dometicusa.com
www.whirlpoolcorp.com
www.thetford.com
www.dometicusa.com
www.fantasticvent.com
www.dicor.com
www.kingcontrols.com
www.kvh.com
N/A
N/A
www.equalizersystems.com
www.lci1.com
www.norcoind.com
www.powergearus.com
www.dometicusa.com
www.kwikeeproducts.com
www.scsfrigette.com
www.asaelectronics.com
www.ctdmarketing.com
www.goodyear.com
www.michelin-us.com
www.sealandtechnology.com
www.thetford.com
www.mitocorpoem.com
www,nationalsupplyllc.com
www.riverparkinc.com
www.majesticappliances.com
www.splendide.com
www.whirlpool.com
www.suburbanmfg.com
www.shurflo.com
www.hehr-international.com
1-800-444-3311
1-800-243-8872
SECTION 1
CUSTOMER INFORMATION
MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTIES
The following list of components has been compiled to help you know which products installed on
your recreational vehicle may have their own warranties. If you have any of these components on your
RV, be sure to check the manufacturer’s literature supplied with your Forest River Owner’s packet to
confirm whether they require you to register your purchase with them to validate their
warranty. These warranties usually apply only to the first owner of the recreational vehicle. We
recommend that you send the various warranty registration cards immediately before any time
constraints on registration expire.
Manufacturer’s literature is supplied by each individual company according to the specific items used
in the production of your RV. This information is part of the Owner’s packet you received with your RV.
Only those products which are used on your unit will be included in this packet. Inspect this literature
with your dealer during the pre-delivery inspection and report any literature shortage to the dealer at
that time. Below is an example of the types of information you will find.
APPLIANCES
Range
Range Hood
Microwave/Convection
Oven
Coffee Maker
Refrigerator
Ice Maker
Roof Air Conditioner
Furnace
Radio/Clock
TV/VCR/CD/DVD
GPS
Back-Up Camera/Monitor
ELECTRICAL
110/12V Converter
Inverter
Generator
Battery
WATER & DRAINAGE
Water Heater
Water Pump
Water Purifier
Faucet
Toilet
Holding Tanks
Holding Tank Heaters
LP GAS
LP Tank/s
Regulator
CHASSIS
Hitch
Stabilizing Jacks
MISCELLANEOUS
Fire Extinguisher
CO Detector
Smoke Detector
LP Detector
Rear Ladder
NOTE: A COMPONENT MANUFACTURER IS ONE WHO PRODUCES A PRODUCT WHICH IS USED IN THE
PRODUCTION OF YOUR MOTORHOME.
DEALER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. The selling dealership is responsible for inspecting both factory and dealer installed components
for proper operation. This is known as the pre-delivery inspection and systems check.
2. Your dealer is required to provide a thorough and complete walk-through demonstration. This
demonstration should provide a good understanding of how your new RV operates.
3. The owner’s information packet should be presented at this time. This information should
include all warranty cards, component information, operation and maintenance instructions
relating to your new unit.
4. All component warranty forms should be discussed and/or completed at this time. Your selling
dealer should assist you in understanding any and all limited warranty provisions, to help you avoid
loss of warranty, for any reason. Ask any questions you may have before leaving the dealership.
5. Your dealer should provide you with information concerning any need for service for your unit,
whether in or out of their area. They should provide contact numbers for the dealership both
during and after hours, along with contact information for the correct Forest River division.
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SECTION 1
CUSTOMER INFORMATION
OWNER RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Regular and proper maintenance. As the owner, you have the responsibility to properly maintain
your recreational vehicle. Be sure you have service performed in a timely manner, don’t ignore
a problem. It isn’t always necessary to take your unit to a service center; sometimes a phone call
is all that’s needed. The service technicians can advise you.
2. Familiarize yourself with your RV. Observe all the component manufacturers instructions
regarding the use and service of their products.
3. Complete and send in all the warranty cards. Doing so may help you avoid conditions arising from
neglect, which are not covered under warranty.
Read your warranties and review them with your selling dealer. The dealer’s obligation is to educate
you regarding the proper and safe operation of your RV and all its’ components.
The following is a list of suggestions to assist you in avoiding most warranty issues:
BE SURE TO INSPECT THE ENTIRE UNIT AND NOTE ANY SERVICE ISSUES.
LOCATE ALL PAPERWORK AND ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE BEFORE LEAVING THE DEALERSHIP.
MODIFICATIONS TO YOUR RV, WITHOUT WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION FROM FOREST RIVER INC ., COULD
RESULT IN REDUCTION OR LOSS, OF WARRANTY COVERAGE. CONTACT YOUR DEALER BEFORE MAKING
SUCH CHANGES.
FOREST RIVER INC. WANTS YOU TO HAVE THE BEST POSSIBLE ADVENTURE WITH YOUR NEW MOTORHOME.
TO GET THE MOST ENJOYMENT OUT OF YOUR NEW PURCHASE, AND TO INSURE YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW
YOUR NEW RECREATIONAL VEHICLE OPERATES, PLEASE ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR DEALER, ANY
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU MAY HAVE
TORHOME FOR THE FIRST TIME.
, BEFORE LEAVING THE DEALERSHIP, OR BEFORE USING YOUR MO-
USE YOUR NEW RECREATIONAL VEHICLE RESPONSIBLY.
YOUR MOTORHOME WAS NOT DESIGNED TO BE
USED AS A PERMANENT DWELLING, BUT FOR SHORT TERM AND RECREATIONAL USE. IF YOU INTEND TO
USE YOUR RV AS PERMANENT HOUSING, BE ADVISED THAT IT COULD CAUSE PREMATURE WEAR ON YOUR
APPLIANCES, FURNACE, WATER SYSTEMS, CARPET, DRAPES, UPHOLSTERY, BEDDING AND INTERIOR
SURFACES. THIS PREMATURE WEAR CAUSED BY PERMANENT RESIDENCY, MAY BE CONSIDERED ABNORMAL
OR ABUSIVE USE, AND COULD REDUCE, OR IN SOME CASES, VOID, YOUR WARRANTY COVERAGE.
IF YOU HAVE A REPAIR PERFORMED BY A NON-FOREST RIVER SERVICE CENTER, YOU MUST ENSURE THAT
THE DEFECTIVE PART IS SENT BACK TO FOREST RIVER, IN ORDER FOR THE REPAIR TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
WARRANTY REIMBURSEMENT.
THE FOLLOWING IS ADDED AS A REQUIREMENT OF THE
NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION (NHTSA).
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT YOUR VEHICLE HAS A DEFECT WHICH COULD CAUSE A CRASH OR COULD CAUSE INJURY OR DEATH,
YOU SHOULD IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION
NOTIFYING THE MANUFACTURER.
IF NHTSA
(NHTSA) IN ADDITION TO
RECEIVES SIMILAR COMPLAINTS, IT MAY OPEN AN INVESTIGATION AND IF IT FINDS THAT A SAFETY
DEFECT EXISTS IN A GROUP OF VEHICLES, IT MAY ORDER A RECALL AND REMEDY CAMPAIGN. HOWEVER,
NOT BECOME INVOLVED IN INDIVIDUAL PROBLEMS BETWEEN YOU, YOUR DEALER, OR THE MANUFACTURER.
TO CONTACT NHTSA, YOU MAY EITHER CALL THE AUTO SAFETY HOT LINE, TOLL-FREE AT
PAIRED,
NHTSA CAN-
1-888-327-4236, HEARING IM1-800-424-9153, (OR 366-0123 IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 20590.) YOU CAN ALSO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMA-
TION ABOUT VEHICLE SAFETY FROM THEIR WEBSITE,
http://www.safercar.gov.
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SECTION 1
CUSTOMER INFORMATION
FOREST RIVER WARRANTY REGISTRATION FORM
FOREST RIVER PRE-DELIVERY INSPECTION SHEET
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SECTION 2
SAFETY and IDENTIFICATION
WHEN YOU TAKE DELIVERY OF YOUR NEW FOREST RIVER INC. RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, YOU
ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE SERVICE
-
FREE. WE’VE
TEAMED UP WITH THE LARGEST RV EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE COMPANY IN THE
COUNTRY, TO GIVE YOU IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO FAST, DEPENDABLE SERVICE WHEN AND
WHERE YOU NEED IT. THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE EMERGENCY ROADSIDE SERVICE THAT IS
AVAILABLE TO YOU 24/7, AROUND THE CLOCK.
FOR COMPLETE DETAILS REGARDING HOW TO ACCESS YOUR FOREST RIVER EMERGENCY ROADSIDE
ASSISTANCE AND PRODUCT SUPPORT PLAN BENEFITS, CALL 1-877-801-0333, OR
SEE COMPLETE INFORMATION AT THE END OF THIS MANUAL
Recreational Vehicle Serial Number, Decals and Data Plates
The recreational VIN, (vehicle identification number), label is generally mounted on the inside wall of
the kitchen cabinet, above the sink.
A computer generated number based upon pertinent facts about your RV. For example:
4 X 4
(1)
M
(2)
T M
(3)
1. WORLD IDENTIFIER
(4x4-Forest River)
2. UNIT TYPE
(M-Multi-passenger motor vehicle)
3. BRAND
TM-Tsunami
BE-Berkshire
CH-Charleston
GT-Georgetown
FR-Forester
LE-Lexington
LG-Lexington (Grand Touring)
S
(4)
2
(5)
0
(6)
8
(7)
RV-Ridgeview
SS-Sunseeker
4. UNIT LENGTH
A-24”, B-26’, C-27’, D28’, E-29’,
F-30’, G-31’, H-32’, J-33’, K-34’,
L-35’, M-36’, N-37’, P-38’, R-39’,
S-40’, T-18’, U-19’, V-20’, W-21’,
X-22’, Y-23’, Z-24’, 8-44’, 9-46’
5. NUMBER OF AXLES
2-2 Axles
6. COMPUTER GENERATED
DIGIT (for security purposes)
Z
(8)
0 1 2 3 4 5
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7. MODEL YEAR
T-1996, V-1997, W-1998, X-1999
Y-2000, 1-2001, 2-2002, 3-2003
4-2004, 5-2005, 6-2006, 7-2007
8-2008, 9-2009
8. PLANT LOCATIONS
F- 914 CR 1, Elkhart, In.
G-52277 SR 19, Elkhart, In.
Z-1800 W. Hively, Elkhart, In.
9. SEQUENTIAL SERIAL #
Last 6 digits--assigned at the
time of manufacture
IMPORTANT: Always give model, year, and the last 8 digits of the Forest River serial number when
ordering parts. The serial number is a combination of 17 letters and digits , based upon the information
listed in the above table. We recommend keeping a copy of that information in a safe place, separate
from the motorhome. In the event of theft or vandalism, you may be required to supply a copy of this
information to the authorities.
A vehicle data card is also supplied with your coach, listing manufacturer, model, and serial number
information, for major factory installed appliances and accessories. A separate copy of this information
could be useful to you in the event of theft, vandalism or disaster or when certain service functions may
require it.
Decals and data plates placed throughout the recreational vehicle, aid in its’ safe and efficient operation, others
give service instructions. Read all decals, data and instruction plates before operating your motorhome. If
any decal, data or instruction plate, has been removed, is damaged or painted over, it should be replaced.
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SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR LP
To provide information regarding LP gas safety, the following warnings are posted throughout your
recreational vehicle. They have been installed not only because of the requirement to do so, but as
a constant reminder to occupants of the motorhome, to exercise proper caution when using or being
in close proximity to, LP gas appliances and equipment. We are listing them here so you may study
them and be sure that you and your family understand and follow all cautions and warnings.
LP GAS CONTAINERS SHALL NOT BE PLACED OR STORED, INSIDE THE LIVING AREA
OF A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE. LP GAS CONTAINERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH SAFETY
DEVICES, WHICH RELIEVE EXCESSIVE PRESSURE BY DISCHARGING GAS INTO THE
ATMOSPHERE. WHEN USING OR STORING LP GAS, PROPER VENTILATION IS CRITICAL.
IT IS NOT SAFE TO USE COOKING APPLIANCES FOR COMFORT HEATING.
Cooking appliances need fresh air for safe operation. Before operation:
1. Open overhead vent or turn on exhaust fan, AND
2. Open a window
A warning label is located in the cooking area to remind you to provide an adequate supply of fresh
air for combustion. Unlike homes, the amount of oxygen supply is limited, due to the size of the
recreational vehicle, and proper ventilation when using the cooking appliance(s) will avoid dangers of
asphyxiation.
IF YOU SMELL GAS:
• Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking materials.
• DO NOT touch electrical switches.
• Shut off the gas supply at the tank valve(s) or gas supply connection.
• Open doors and other ventilating openings.
• DO NOT USE THE RANGE HOOD.
• Leave the area until the odor clears.
• Have the system checked and leakage source corrected before using again.
IT IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT THAT COOKING APPLIANCES NOT BE USED FOR COMFORT
HEATING AS THE DANGER OF ASPHYXIATION AND/OR CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IS
GREATER WHEN THE APPLIANCE IS USED FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME.
DO NOT STORE LP GAS CONTAINERS, GASOLINE, OR OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
INSIDE THE VEHICLE AS A FIRE OR EXPLOSION MAY RESULT.
LP GAS REGULATORS MUST ALWAYS BE INSTALLED WITH THE DIAPHRAGM VENT
FACING DOWNWARD.
REGULATORS THAT ARE NOT IN COMPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN
EQUIPPED WITH A PROTECTIVE COVER. BE SURE THAT THE REGULATOR VENT FACES
DOWNWARD AND THE COVER IS KEPT IN PLACE TO MINIMIZE VENT BLOCKAGE WHICH
COULD RESULT IN EXCESSIVE GAS PRESSURE CAUSING FIRE OR EXPLOSION.
PORTABLE FUEL BURNING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING WOOD OR CHARCOAL BURNING GRILLS AND
STOVES, SHALL NOT BE USED INSIDE THE VEHICLE. DOING SO MAY CAUSE A FIRE,
EXPLOSION, CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING, OR ASPHYXIATION.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY.
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FIRE SAFETY
Fire safety is an important part of owning a recreational vehicle. The following basic rules of fire
prevention can help eliminate the possibility of a fire.
1. Never store flammable liquids in the recreational vehicle
2. Never leave cooking food unattended
3. Never smoke in bed and always use an ashtray
4. Never allow children to play with LP gas or electrical equipment
5. Never use an open flame as a flashlight
6. Always have faulty or damaged wiring and electrical components repaired immediately
7. Never overload electrical circuits
8. Locate any LP leaks and have them repaired immediately
9. Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from debris
10. Don’t allow rubbish to accumulate
11. Never clean with a flammable substance
12. Spray fabrics annually with a flame retardant
SAFETY TIPS
• Be sure that everyone in your coach is familiar with the location of ALL exits, including exit windows.
• Be sure that everyone in your coach is familiar with the operation and location of fire extinguishers.
• In the event of a fire, immediately evacuate everyone from the recreational vehicle.
• DO NOT attempt to use water to putout a fire. Water can spread some types of fire and electrocution
is possible. Get everyone outside, then determine if you should attempt to extinguish the fire. If it is a
large fire, or a chemical fire, DO NOT HESITATE ! Leave the vehicle immediately and call 911.
If you decide it is safe to fight a fire with an extinguisher:
• Remove the tamper tape which covers the discharge push button, (DO NOT SHAKE).
• Hold it upright and stand six to ten feet from the fire, with a clear path to an exit.
• Press the button down completely, aiming at the base of the fire, and spray using a quick, side to
side sweeping motion.
TIP: Use the ‘PASS’ method. Familiarize yourself and all RV occupants with this procedure:
• Pull the pin (some extinguishers may have a cartridge you need to push).
• Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire.
• Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
• Spray the base of the fire. (If you aim at the flames, you won’t extinguish the fire.)
AVOID INHALING THE DRY CHEMICALS FROM THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER. ALTHOUGH NON-TOXIC, THEY
COULD CAUSE TEMPORARY IRRITATION.
WHEN THE FIRE IS OUT, CLEAN THE AREA AS SOON AS
POSSIBLE. THE DRY CHEMICALS MAY CAUSE SURFACE DAMAGE IF LEFT TOO LONG.
DO NOT USE WATER TO EXTINGUISH A FIRE. WATER CAN SPREAD SOME TYPES OF FIRE
AND ELECTROCUTION IS POSSIBLE.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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UNDERWRITER LABORATORIES CLASSIFY FIRES INTO THREE TYPES:
Class A: Fires in wood, paper, fabric, rubber and certain plastics.
Class B: Flammable liquids such as grease, cooking oils, gasoline or kerosene.
Class C: Electrical fires started from live electrical wires, shorted motors/switches.
THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER PROVIDED WITH THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE IS A CHEMICAL TYPE SUITABLE
FOR EXTINGUISHING SMALL FIRES OF THE CLASS B OR C TYPE. EXTINGUISHERS ARE DESIGNED TO PUT
OUT A FIRE IN IT’S INITIAL STAGE, NOT IF IT IS BLAZING OUT OF CONTROL. IF A FIRE CANNOT BE
APPROACHED WITHIN 10 FEET WITHOUT THE RISK OF CAUSING PERSONAL HARM,
EVACUATE THE MOTORHOME AND CALL 911.
IMMEDIATELY
TIRE SAFETY
Use the following information to make tire safety a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine.
Safety First-Basic Tire Maintenance
Properly maintained tires improve steering, stopping, traction, and load-carrying capability of your
vehicle. Under inflated tires and overloaded vehicles are a major cause of tire failure. Therefore, to
avoid flat tires and other types of tire failures you should maintain proper tire pressure, observe tire
and vehicle load limits, avoid road hazards and regularly inspect your tires.
Finding Your Vehicle’s Recommended Tire Pressure and Load Limits
TIRE STICKER
The tire information and vehicle certification label, contains information on tires and load limits. These
labels indicate the vehicle manufacturer’s information including:
• Recommended tire size
• Recommended tire inflation pressure
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR-the maximum occupant and cargo weight a vehicle is
designed to carry)
• Front and rear gross axle weight ratings (GAWR-the maximum weight the axle systems are
designed to carry.)
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Understanding Tire Pressure and Load Limits
Tire inflation pressure, is the level of the air in the tire that provides it with load-carrying capacity, and
affects the overall performance of the vehicle. This number that indicates the amount of air pressure,
measured in pounds per square inch (psi) a tire requires to be properly inflated.Vehicle manufacturers
determine this number based on the vehicles’ design load limit which is the greatest amount of weight
a vehicle can safely carry and the vehicle’s tire size. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is
referred to as the ‘recommended cold inflation pressure’. Tire pressure should always be measured
when the tire is ‘cold’ to get an accurate measurement. A cold tire is one that hasn’t been driven on
for at least 3 (three) hours. As you drive, your tires get warmer, causing the air pressure within the
tire to increase. Therefore, you can not get an accurate measurement of tire pressure unless the tire
is cold.
Checking Tire Pressure
Because tires are designed to be used on more than one type of vehicle, tire manufacturers list the
‘maximum permissible inflation pressure’ on the sidewall. The number is the greatest amount of air
pressure that should ever be put in the tire under normal driving conditions. It is important to check your
vehicle’s tire pressure at least once a month for the following reasons:
• Most tires naturally lose air pressure over time.
• Tires can lose air suddenly if you drive over a pothole or strike the curb when parking.
• With radial tires it is usually not possible to determine under inflation by visual inspection.
NOTE: For your convenience, purchase a tire pressure gauge to keep in your motorhome.
Tire Safety Tips
Preventing Tire Damage:
• Slow down, if you have to go over a pothole or other object in the road.
• Do not run over foreign objects in the roadway, and avoid striking the curb when parking.
Tire Safety Checklist
• Check tire pressure regularly (at least once a month), including the spare.
• Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of
wear or trauma.
• Remove bits of glass and any other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
• Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
• Check tire pressure before going on a long trip.
• Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard for the maximum recommended
load for the vehicle.
• If you are towing a car or trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded car or trailer is
transferred to the towing vehicle.
Tire Fundamentals
Federal law requires tire manufacturers to place standardized information on the sidewall of all tires.
This information identifies and describes the fundamental characteristics of the tire, and provides a tire
identification number, for safety standard certification, and in the event of a recall.
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P
Indicates the tire is for passenger vehicles.
Next (3 Digit) Number
Gives the width in millimeters of the tire from sidewall edge to sidewall edge. In general, the larger
the number, the wider the tire.
Next (2 Digit) Number
Gives the tire’s ratio of height to width, (known as the aspect ratio). Numbers of 70 or lower
indicate a short sidewall for improved steering response and better overall handling on dry
pavement.
R
‘R’ stands for radial. Radial ply construction of tires is the industry standard.
Next number
This two-digit number is the wheel or rim diameter in inches. If you change your wheel size, you will
have to purchase new tires to match the new wheel diameter.
Next number
This two or three digit number is the tire’s load index. It is a measurement of how much weight each
tire can support. Note: You may not find this information on all tires since it is not required by law.
M+S
‘M+S’ or ‘M/S’ indicates that the tire has some mud and snow capability. Most radial tires have these
markings; hence, they have some mud and snow capability.markings; hence, they have some mud and
snow capability.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
IF IT BECOMES NECESSARY TO REPLACE A TIRE AND YOU
FEEL IT IS A WARRANTY ISSUE, MOST TIRE MANUFACTUERS
REQUIRE THE D.O.T. NUMBER TO BE CUT OUT AND
RETURNED TO THEM, WITH THE WARRANTY CLAIM,
OTHERWISE, THE TIRE WARRANTY COULD BE VOIDED.
Q
99 mph
H
130 mph
R
106 mph
V
149 mph
S
112 mph
W
168 mph*
T
118 mph
Y
186 mph*
U
124 mph
For tires with a maximum speed capability over 149 mph, tire manufacturers sometimes use the
letters ZR. For those with a maximum speed capability over 186 mph, tire manufacturers always use
the letters ZR.
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S. DOT Tire Identification Number
This number begins with the letters ‘DOT’, and indicates that the tire meets all federal standards. The
next two numbers or letters, are the plant code where the tire was manufactured, and the last four numbers
represent the week and year the tire was built. For example, the numbers 3197 means the 31st week
of 1997. The other numbers are marketing codes, used at the manufacturer’s discretion. This information
is used to contact consumers if a tire defect requires a recall.
Tire Ply Composition and Materials Used
The number of plies indicates the number of layers of rubber-coated fabric in the tire. In general, the
greater the number of plies, the more weight a tire can support. Tire manufacturers also must indicate the
materials used in the construction of the tire, which could include steel, nylon, or polyester, to name a few.
Maximum Load Rating
Load rating indicates the maximum load in kilograms and pounds that can be carried by the tire.
Maximum Permissible Inflation Pressure
This number is the greatest amount of air pressure that should ever be put in the tire under normal
driving conditions.
Speed Rating
Speed rating denotes the speed at which a tire is designed to be driven for extended periods of time.
Note: This information may not appear on all tires since it is not required by law.
Treadwear Number
This number indicates the tire’s wear rate. The higher the treadwear number is, the longer it should
take for the tread to wear down. For example, a tire graded 400 should last twice as long as a tire
graded 200.
Traction Letter
This letter indicates a tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement. A higher graded tire should allow you to
stop your car on wet roads in a shorter distance than a tire with a lower grade. Traction is graded from
highest to lowest as ‘AA’, ‘A’, ‘B’, and ‘C’.
Temperature Letter
This letter indicates a tire’s resistance to heat. The temperature grade is for a tire that is inflated
properly and not overloaded. Excessive speed, underinflation or excessive loading, either separately
or in combination, can cause heat build-up and possible tire failure. From highest to lowest, a tire’s
resistance to heat is graded as ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’.
TIRE TIPS
• Make sure all of the lug nuts are secure. Use a torque wrench. DO NOT guess.
• Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, for cracks, for foreign objects or for other
signs of wear or trauma.
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• If you are towing a car or trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded vehicle that is
being towed, is transferred to the motorhome.
• Your motorhome should have the wheel bearings repacked after being in storage for any
prolonged period of time.
DO NOT OVERLOAD YOUR VEHICLE.
CHECK THE TIRE INFORMATION PLACARD FOR THE MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED LOAD FOR THE VEHICLE.
TIGHTEN EACH LUG NUT IN THE ORDER SHOWN
Start all lug nuts by hand to prevent cross threading. Tighten opposite
150 ft./lbs.
sides of wheel; starting at 1 and go to 2, then 3 1. Ford E-450
1
and 4, etc. Wheel lug nut torque requirements 2. Ford F-53
150
8
3
vary, depending on the size and manufacturer 3. Chev/GM
140
of the wheel. If this information differs from the 4. Workhorse (P) 140
5
6
wheel manufacturer’s information, use the wheel 5. Workhorse (W) 475
manufacturers recommendation. Listed here are 6. Freightliner
400
7
4
some lug nut torque examples, by chassis
2
manufacturer: (The above information is for
example only. For more specific information, please refer to the chassis owner’s manual
that you received along with your Forest River Owner’s packet.)
NEVER EXCEED THE WHEEL MANUFACTURER’S RECOMMENDATIONS.
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT WHEEL BEARINGS BE REPACKED YEARLY.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAINTAIN PROPER WHEEL NUT TORQUE TO PROVIDE SAFE AND
SECURE ATTACHMENT OF THE WHEEL TO THE HUB/DRUM.
BE SURE TO USE WHEEL NUTS THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE COIN IN THE WHEEL.
IMPROPERLY TORQUED WHEEL NUTS CAN CAUSE THE WHEEL TO SEPARATE FROM THE
WHEEL MOUNTING SURFACE DURING OPERATION. THIS COULD RESULT IN PROPERTY
DAMAGE, SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE.
DO NOT PLACE A JACK AGAINST THE MOTORHOME UNDERBELLY WHEN CHANGING A
TIRE. TO AVOID DAMAGE TO YOUR UNIT, BE SURE THE JACK IS PLACED FIRMLY AGAINST
THE CHASSIS FRAME.
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY
Determining the weight of a vehicle includes more than understanding the load limits of the tires. A
weight certification label, located on the back wall of the kitchen cabinet over the sink, will indicate the
gross axle weight (GAWR). This is the most weight the fully loaded vehicle can weigh. If there are
multiple axles, the GAWR of each axle will be provided. Look in your Yellow Pages under gravel pits,
storage companies or recycling facilities to find certified scales. Call in advance to determine if they
offer public weighing service, their fees, if any, and hours of operation.
WHEN ESTABLISHING THE CARGO CAPACITY, WEIGH WITH ALL WATER TANKS AS EMPTY
AS POSSIBLE. (DO NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO BE IN THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE WHEN
WEIGHING THE MOTORHOME.)
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
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CARGO CAN BE ADDED TO THE VEHICLE UP TO THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT SPECIFIED ON THE
WEIGHT LABEL. THE COMBINED WEIGHT OF THE RV AND THE CARGO CAN NOT EXCEED
THE STATED GVWR.
GVWR - Gross Vehicle Weight Rating - the maximum permissible weight of the fully loaded RV.
GAWR - Gross Axle Weight Rating - the allowable weight, including cargo, that can be safely
supported by each axle.
UVW - Unloaded Vehicle Weight - the weight of the motorhome as manufactured at the factory. It
includes all weight at the motorhome axle(s). If applicable, it also includes full generator
fluids including fuel, engine oil and coolants.
CCC - Cargo Carrying Capacity - equal to GVWR minus UVW and water weight, (water in all tanks,
including the water heater), and the weight of fully filled propane containers.
GCWR - Gross Combination Weight Rating is the maximum allowable loaded weight of this
motorhome and any towed trailer or towed vehicle. (The maximum load capacity is determined
by the manufacturer of the motorhome.)
SCWR - Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating - the manufacturer’s designated number of sleeping
positions multiplied by 154 pounds, (70 kilograms).
Water weight and the weight of fully filled propane containers is considered part of the weight of the RV
before it is loaded with cargo and is not considered part of the disposable cargo load. Water,
however, is a cargo weight and is treated as such. If there is a fresh water storage tank of 100 gallons,
when filled this tank would weigh about 800 pounds.
If needed, water can be off-loaded to keep the total amount of cargo added to the vehicle within the
limits of the GVWR. Understanding this flexability allows you to make choices that fit your travel and
camping needs.
WEIGHING YOUR MOTORHOME
In order to properly compute your load and load distribution, you must know both actual scale weights,
and the GAWR and GVWR, found on the Weight Label on the motorhome. Weigh the motorhome with
all anticipated passengers, equipment, luggage, and fluids on board, as if you were beginning your trip.
You will also need to weigh the motorhome periodically, to ensure you are maintaining the correct weight
and load distribution.
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To properly weigh your motorhome, follow this procedure:
1. With all passengers in their seats, the
unit fully loaded and level, pull onto the
scales until the front axle ONLY is on
the scale. Check the weight against the
front gross axle weight rating.
2. Pull forward until both axles are on the
scale. Check the weight against the
gross vehicle weight rating.
3. Pull forward again so that only the rear
axle is on the scale. Check the weight
against the rear gross axle weight rating.
EXAMPLE:
GVWR
14,500 lb.
GVW
12,570 lb. (scale weight)
Reserve
1,930 lb.
Capacity
Front GAWR 5,000 lb.
Front GAW
3,680 lb. (scale weight)
Front Axle 1,320 lb.
Reserve capacity
Rear GAWR 10,000 lb.
Rear GAW
8,891 lb. (scale weight)
Rear Axle
1,110 lb.
Reserve Capacity
POSITIONING MOTORHOME ON WEIGHT SCALES
(ABOVE WEIGHTS ARE FOR EXAMPLE
ONLY AND NOT ACTUAL WEIGHTS)
Properly inflated tires wear longer and contribute to safer handling. Check tire pressure only when the
tires are cold (not used for at least 3 hours).
NEVER LET AIR OUT OF A HOT TIRE TO REDUCE PRESSURE. DOING SO COULD CAUSE AN
EXPLOSION, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN PERSONAL INJURY.
At this point, if you have any overload or imbalance, redistribute the weight and reweigh the motorhome.
When you become familiar with how to load and weigh your RV, make a list and diagram, to carry with
you for easy reference.
WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN THE HANDLING AND WEAR OF YOUR
MOTORHOME. REMEMBER TO ADD THE WEIGHT OF ANY ITEMS PURCHASED ON YOUR
TRIP TO THE STARTING WEIGHT OF YOUR COACH, AND TO DISTRIBUTE THE WEIGHT
EVENLY. ALSO KEEP IN MIND, THAT IF YOU MAKE ANY MAJOR CHANGES IN THE ITEMS
YOU ARE CARRYING, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO REWEIGH YOUR UNIT.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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WEIGHING TIPS
• Weights of stored items vary greatly and will affect the total weight of your recreational
vehicle. Always weigh the recreational vehicle at a certified weigh station equipped with
platform scales. (Remember that wind and rain can cause weights to be inaccurate.)
• Check the telephone directory or with local authorities, for the location of weigh stations in
your area. If you find that you have exceeded the GVWR of the recreational vehicle, you will
have to remove items until you are within the specified limits. If you find that you have
exceeded either of the GAWR's, you will need to redistribute the load within the recreational
vehicle to meet the specified limits.
• To help insure that items will be evenly distributed, plan ahead before loading your RV. Not only
will the recreational vehicle handle and ride better, you will also have reduced tire wear and
increased fuel economy.
• When weighing the recreational vehicle, weigh both right and left hand sides separately. This
will insure that you have not overloaded one side or the other, affecting handling. DO NOT store
heavy items near the front or rear of the RV, as doing so could cause damage.
• To help keep weight reduced, empty the holding tanks before leaving on a trip, and as often as
possible when traveling. Carry only as much water as you will need for traveling. If needed, the
water tanks can be used to help balance the weight in the motorhome, (a gallon of water
weighs 8 pounds).
• Secure all items stored inside and outside the recreational vehicle, and be sure all doors and
drawers are securely latched or shut.
LOADING TIPS:
• Make a list of items to pack, (flashlight, electrical cords, rain gear, emergency flares, first aid, etc.)
Before storing in an exterior compartment, plastic wrap items that could be damaged by water.
• Using the diagram you made, load your unit, from bottom to top, heaviest items on the floor and
the lightest items in the cupboards.
• Keep your emergency gear and frequently used items, in the front of the storage area, for easy
accessibility.
• Cargo should be stored on the exterior of the RV only if the RV was factory equipped with such
storage capacity.
• If you won’t need much water until you reach your travel destination, avoid filling the water tanks
to maximum capacity. Water is very heavy and the weight will decrease the amount of cargo
you can carry.
FOR EVERY 100 LBS. OF WEIGHT, THERE IS A PENALTY OF 1% ON YOUR FUEL USAGE. A
GALLON OF WATER WEIGHS 8 LBS. IF YOU ADD 30 GALLONS OF WATER TO YOUR FRESH
WATER TANK, MULTIPLYING 30 GALLONS BY 8 LBS. WILL RESULT IN 240 POUNDS OF EXTRA
WEIGHT. (IF NEEDED, YOU CAN ALSO USE YOUR WATER TANKS TO HELP BALANCE YOUR UNIT
BY ADDING OR DECREASING THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE TANKS.)
DO NOT USE YOUR MOTORHOME AS A CARGO CARRIER. DO NOT ADD EXTERIOR ROOFTOP OR
REAR-END STORAGE COMPARTMENTS, CABINETS OR CLOSETS. SUCH ADDITIONS COULD
CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE RV OR COMPONENTS AND POSSIBLY VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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Following is a list of items you may find useful to take along.
• First aid kit
• Spare fuses
12 volt automotive type
• Extension cord.
Three or four prong-MUST
be rated for the load for which
your motorhome was designed,
either 30 or 50 amp.
• Tool kit
Phillips, square head and regular
slotted screw drivers, pliers • Holding tank chemicals
and crescent wrench, a bubble
level, open-end wrenches that fit • Registration and insurance
the water and gas line fittings), a information,(for motorhome
‘good’ tire pressure gauge,
and towed vehicle).
electrical tape and a flashlight.
•
• Spare set of keys
• Water hose
Minimum of 25 feet, used to
fill water tank and to connect • Three pieces of 2” thick x •
6” wide x 10” long pieces
to city water.
of wood, for leveling the
vehicle in uneven camping
areas. Even if you have
leveling jacks built in, they
may come in handy. The
wood can also be used as
chocks to help prevent the
unit from rolling forward or
backward, if you are parked
on an uneven site.
Throw rug
Protect the entry area carpet.
Emergency Contact Phone
Numbers
ONE FINAL CHECK
After you have loaded your unit for your trip, weighed it, and made sure you are within the specified
weight limits, there’s one final check you need to perform. Starting on the outside of the vehicle,
perform a visual, walk-around check.
Here are some things to look for:
1. All exterior storage doors and hatches are securely shut and latched.
2. Taillights, brake lights, headlights and turn signal lights are functioning properly.
3. City water hose is disconnected and stowed. The connection cap has been tightly secured.
4. Holding tank valves are closed and dump outlet cap is securely fastened, and sewer hose is stowed.
5. Power cord is unplugged and stored.
6. TV/satellite antenna is lowered, (if equipped).
7. Tire pressure is within specified limits. (Always check tire pressure when tires are cold-at least
three hours after being driven on.) Releasing air from a heated tire is dangerous.
8. Lug nuts are tight and wheel covers are secure.
9. All liquid levels are adequate, (chassis engine oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant, battery fluid
and windshield washer solution.)
9. Roof vents are closed.
10. Fresh water tank, sewage holding tank, and LP tank, are at correct levels.
11. Entrance door is securely closed and locked, and entry step is retracted.
12. Check the campsite for items left behind and that you left it clean and safe for the next campers.
The last thing you need to do before getting on the road, is to check the side view mirror position. If
needed, have someone help adjust the mirror from the outside, while you view the mirror position
from the drivers seat. Doing so will ensure that the mirror is in the correct position for your height. If
your motorhome is equipped with a rear vision system, check it at this time also.
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As you sit in the driver’s seat, you will notice that you sit up higher, and further to the left than in a
passenger car. Your perspective of the road will also be different. Due to the driver’s seat location,
and the configuration of the motorhome, you will need to rely more on the outside mirrors than if you
driving a passenger car. Your motorhome is also longer than your car, therefore be extra observant
and cautious when making turns, and when pulling into traffic.
SWERVES AND SHARP TURNS, ESPECIALLY AT HIGHER SPEEDS, COULD RESULT IN LOSS
OF VEHICLE CONTROL.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Become familiar with your coach and its’ features. This manual, the chassis manual, and the various
appliance and accessory manuals, contain important information about the use and care of your RV
and its’ components. It is important that you read them carefully, and keep them with your vehicle for
future reference.
If you have not had experience driving vehicles larger than passenger vehicles, we recommend that you
take several test drives around your neighborhood before your first camping trip. Doing so will help
develop a feel for your RV’s handling characteristics and gain experience in driving a larger vehicle. While
on your test drive, practice parking and backing up. If available, also practice backing up using your back
up camera and monitor.
We also recommend that you make your first camping experience a short one and close to home. This
will give you the opportunity to learn the use of the vehicle in actual camping conditions. Being close
to home will also be more convenient if you need additional instruction from your local dealer. You will
also discover which items you didn’t bring, that you may need or that would make your camping
experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
SINCE ONLY ONE CORNER CAN BE WEIGHED AT A TIME, THE REMAINING THREE
CORNERS NEED TO BE AS CLOSE TO THE SCALE AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT BEING ON THE
SCALE, AND BE SURE THE MOTORHOME IS AS LEVEL AS YOU CAN MAKE IT.
TOWING A VEHICLE, BOAT OR TRAILER
Before deciding whether to tow a car, boat or trailer behind your motorhome, consider the following
warnings regarding weights and braking ability:
1. DO NOT exceed the motorhome’s GCWR (gross combined weight rating), or the hitch rating.
You must include the weight of the fully loaded coach (with all occupants, or allowing an average
of 150 lbs. per person), and the towed vehicle, combined. The combined weight MUST NOT
exceed the GCWR. (DO NOT assume you can tow a vehicle which is within the capacity of the
hitch without considering the fully loaded weight of the motorhome PLUS the weight of the towed
vehicle. The two combined may exceed the total GCWR of the motorhome. Allow your selling
dealer to determine the GCWR of your motorhome.)
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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2. The tongue weight (the amount of weight or pressure pushing down on the hitch), MUST NOT
exceed 10% of the hitch capacity. (Example: If your hitch capacity is 5,000 lbs. of pulling capacity.
DO NOT exceed 500 lbs. of weight on the hitch; if your hitch capacity is 3,500, DO NOT exceed
350 lbs. of weight on the hitch, etc.) Check the tag on your hitch for pulling and weight limits.
3. Always use safety chains between your coach and the towed object. NEVER attach the chains
to the bumper. Cross the chains under the trailer tongue and allow slack in the chains for turning corners.
4. NEVER attempt short back up distances when towing. Most towing equipment is designed to be pulled
forward, not pushed backward. Doing so could result in damage to the motorhome, towed object, or the
towing device.
IF YOUR MOTORHOME SHOULD REQUIRE TOWING, CONSULT YOUR CHASSIS MANUFACTURER’S
OWNER’S MANUAL FOR THE CORRECT TOWING PROCEDURE.
BRAKING SYSTEM
Your motorhome braking system is rated for operating within the GVWR, (gross vehicle weight rating),
NOT for GCWR, (gross combined weight rating). NEVER exceed the GVWR or the GCWR.
REQUIRED FOR ANY TOWED
1,000 LBS., WHEN FULLY LOADED.
A SEPARATE FUNCTIONING BRAKING SYSTEM IS
OR TRAILER, WEIGHING MORE THAN
VEHICLE
FAILURE TO HEED ANY PART OF THE ABOVE WARNINGS COULD CAUSE AN ACCIDENT,
RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
END OF SECTION
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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SELECTING A CAMPSITE
Selecting a campground is one of the first things you should consider doing, before beginning your trip.
RV campground maps, with directions and available amenities, are available at most camping stores,
for a small fee. Below are some tips to help you choose the best campground for your needs.
1. Decide how long you intend to stay at the campground. If you intend to stay for a prolonged
period of time, a reservation would ensure your stay at the campground of your choice and
that your site is reserved, no matter what time you arrive. As with most reservations, a
deposit may be required to hold your space. Most campgrounds provide a ‘drop box’ where
they will place your paperwork, if you will be arriving after hours. Your campsite should be
marked on the camgpround map, and many times, included, will be local places of interest,
shopping locations, and restaurants in the area.
2. If you have a preference, you may request that your campsite be close to the pool.
playground, lake, showers or campstore, if available. Or, you may prefer to park away from
those more populated areas. If you have researched prior to your trip, you will know what type
of amenities the campground has to offer, and will be able to make a decision based upon
your personal wants or needs.
3. Be sure the campground you choose offers the correct electrical hook-up needed for your
coach. It will be either a 30 or 50 amp service.
4. Determine if the campground can accomodate the size of your coach. Know the length of
your motorhome before making a choice. (Smaller, older parks may not be able to
accomodate larger coaches.)
5. Ask if the parking site for your coach is a PULL-IN or a BACK-IN site. If you have a probelm
backing your unit, or if you will be arriving after dark, to an unfamiliar campground, you may
want to request a PULL-IN site. Definitely request a PULL-IN site if you are towing an
object behind your coach. Keep in mind, during peak traveling seasons, reservations may
be the best way to ensure you get the type of site that will suit your needs.
6. Other items you may like to take are lawn chairs, extra towels for the pool, sunscreen, and
bug repellant. If staying for a length of time, consider bringing a small roll of indoor-outdoor
carpet to put by your coach door, to cut down on the amount of dirt and debris that may be
tracked into your motorhome, and a small vacuum cleaner. A small, portable hand held
vacuum cleaner draws less amperage than standard size ones.
CAMPSITE PARKING
It’s best to arrive at the campground before dark, especially if you are unfamiliar with the campground
and if you need to back into a site. Before parking on your site, inspect it for rocks. slopes or uneven
areas. When pulling onto your site, watch for posts, large rocks, low-hanging limbs, or other obstacles.
If possible, pull into the site so the electrical outlets and plumbing connections are on the driver’s side
of the coach, (most of your coach’s connections are on the driver’s side). Doing so will enable the
driver to manuver the coach more easily into a position where it will not interfere with these connections.The
driver will also be able to see any obstructions more clearly, which could interfere with the slide rooms
or awnings, when fully extended .
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FOLLOW ALL SAFETY WARNINGS LISTED BELOW
BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THE JACKS
NEVER EXPOSE HANDS OR OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY NEAR HYDRAULIC LEAKS. HIGH
PRESSURE OIL LEAKS MAY CUT AND PENETRATE THE SKIN, CAUSING SERIOUS INJURY.
NEVER LIFT THE COACH COMPLETELY OFF THE GROUND USING ONLY THE
JACKS. DOING SO WILL CREATE AN UNSTABLE AND UNSAFE CONDITION.
CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE SYSTEM AS WELL AS SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY.
LEVELING
IT COULD
NEVER USE THE LEVELING JACKS TO RAISE THE COACH TO CHANGE A TIRE, OR TO
PERFORM ANY OTHER TYPE OF REPAIR WORK. ALWAYS USE PROPER EQUIPMENT OR
CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL.
KEEP PEOPLE AND PETS CLEAR OF THE COACH WHILE THE LEVELING SYSTEM IS IN USE.
PARK THE COACH ON SOLID, LEVEL GROUND AND CLEAR THE SITE OF DEBRIS AND
OBSTRUCTIONS. AVOID PARKING OVER HOLES OR DEPRESSIONS IN THE GROUND. IF
PARKING ON SOFT SURFACES, UTILIZE LOAD DISTRIBUTION PADS UNDER EACH JACK.
IF YOU HAVE AN AUTOMATIC LEVELING SYSTEM, DO NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO WALK
AROUND WHEN ATTEMPTING TO LEVEL THE COACH. DOING SO COULD DISRUPT THE
LEVELING JACKS SENSING MECHANISM.
OPERATING THE LEVELING JACKS
We recommend that your unit be plugged into a 110volt recept, or have the generator running, during
jack and slide out operation. This will help ensure the battery maintains proper voltage during operation.
REAR DIESEL MOTORHOME
Prior to Operation
Operate the leveling system ONLY under the following conditions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
The coach is parked on a reasonably level surface.
The coach ‘PARKING BRAKE’ is engaged.
The coach transmission should be in the ‘neutral’ or ‘park’ position.
The ignition is in the ‘run’ position, or the engine is running.
Be sure all persons, pets and property are clear of the coach while leveling system is in
operation. If you are operating an automatic system, while the unit is occupied, all must stay
seated during the leveling process.
TO AVOID POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO THE COACH, LEVELING SYSTEM, OR PERSONAL INJURY,
CAREFULLY READ, STUDY, AND UNDERSTAND THE LEVELING SYSTEM OPERATIONAL
PROCEDURE AS OUTLINED IN THE LEVELING JACK OWNER’S MANUAL, BEFORE BEGINNING
THE LEVELING OPERATION.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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Listed below you will find general operating procedures for leveling jacks. While Forest River uses
several different types of leveling systems, the operation of each is similar. If the system you have
varies from the procedure listed below, please refer to the Leveling Jack owner’s manual that you
received with your Forest River owner’s packet, and follow those instructions.
AUTO LEVELING
• Put ignition key in ‘OFF’ position to extend jacks.
• Press and release, the POWER keypad button.
The red LED light should be illuminated.
• Press and release, the ‘AUTO-LEVEL’ button.
• The system will send out a continuous series of
beeps, to indicate the system is in the ‘LEVELING’
mode. When a successful level is complete, the
panel will emit a dual-level tone, and will then
enter ‘SLEEP MODE’.
• Using a bubble level on a flat surface in the center
of the coach, adjust the jacks by using the UP or
DOWN button, until the bubble is reasonably level.
Retracting the Jacks
• To retract all jacks at the same time, press and release the ‘ALL RETRACT’ button on the keypad.
All jacks will automatically retract, and return to the stowed position. The pump motor will run in
retract mode until all of the jacks are fully stowed (plus an additional 5 seconds), up to a maximum
of 60 seconds. You may stop the ‘ALL RETRACT’ by pressing any button on the keypad.
• To retract each jack individually, press the corresponding button, (press the right top button to
retract the driver side front jack; press the left top button to retract the passenger side front jack, etc.)
IF YOU ATTEMPT TO EXTEND INDIVIDUAL JACKS BY PRESSING THE ‘DOWN’ BUTTON
WHILE IN THE ‘AUTO LEVEL’ MODE, YOU WILL HEAR A ‘DENY’ TONE FROM THE PANEL.
DO NOT MANUALLY OVER-EXTEND INDIVIDUAL JACKS. DOING SO MAY CAUSE UNWANTED
STRESS ON THE COACH OR THE JACK LEGS.
CLASS A GAS MOTORHOME
Follow the same basic operating procedures as outlined on the previous page for the Rear Diesel
motorhome. The basic difference will be in the use of the keypad for the specific leveling product
installed on your motorhome.
WHEN THE COACH IS PARKED ON AN EXCESSIVE SLOPE, THE LEVELING REQUIREMENTS
MAY EXCEED THE JACK LIFT STROKE CAPABILITY. IF POSSIBLE, MOVE THE COACH TO A
MORE LEVEL SURFACE BEFORE BEGINNING THE LEVELING PROCESS.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
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THE LIPPERT ELECTRONIC LEVELING SYSTEM WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY UNLESS
THE COACH ENGINE IS RUNNING.
AUTOMATIC LEVELING OPERATION
1. Push the ON/OFF button on the control panel. The system is now operational and the electronic
level lights will become active.
2. Check to see that the control pad ENGAGE PARK BRAKE light is not flashing. (If the light is flashing,
engage the parking brake now.)
3. Push the AUTO button to begin the automatic leveling cycle. (See WARNING below)
4. If further adjustments are necessary, push and hold the MAN button for approximately 5 seconds,
until the light under this button is illuminated. Push the appropriate jack leg button to override the
system and level the coach to your liking.
5. Push the ON/OFF button to de-energize the system.
AFTER BEGINNING THE AUTOMATIC LEVELING CYCLE, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT THERE
IS NO MOVEMENT IN THE COACH, UNTIL THE UNIT IS LEVEL, AND THE GREEN LCI LOGO
LIGHT ILLUMINATES, IN THE CENTER OF THE TOUCH PAD. FAILURE TO REMAIN STILL
DURING THE LEVELING CYCLE COULD INTERFERE WITH THE LEVELING SYSTEM’S SENSORS
AND AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE LEVELING SYSTEM.
NEVER LIFT ALL THE WHEELS OFF THE GROUND TO LEVEL THE COACH.
LIFTING ALL
WHEELS OFF THE GROUND MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE AND/OR CAUSE
SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
IF LEVELING YOUR COACH MANUALLY, THE COACH SHOULD BE LEVELED FROM
TO REAR FIRST. WHEN THE
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT.
FRONT
COACH IS LEVEL FROM FRONT TO REAR, THEN LEVEL IT
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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MANUAL LEVELING OPERATION
1. Press the ON/OFF button on the leveling system control panel. The system is now operational and
the ON/OFF lights will become active. (If the ON/OFF light is not illuminated, see PRIOR TO
OPERATION section, in the leveling system manufacturer’s owner’s manual.)
2. Press and hold MAN button for 5 seconds.
3. Press FRONT button until jacks contact the ground.
4. Press REAR button until jacks contact the ground.
5. If you have a level onboard, place it on a flat surface and check the position of the bubble. If the
bubble is toward the front of the coach, press REAR button. If the bubble is toward the right of
the coach, press LEFT button. (Keep button depressed until the bubble is centered.)
7. Repeat steps 2-5 if needed.
8. Turn power OFF, to leveling system, by pressing the ON/OFF button.
9. Visually inspect all jacks, to ensure all shoes are touching the ground. Should one of the rear jack
shoes not be touching the ground. press the corresponding LEFT or RIGHT rear jack buttons to
lower the corresponding jack to the ground.
RETRACTING THE JACKS
1. Energize the system by pushing the ON/OFF button. If properly engaged, the ON/OFF button will
be illuminated.
2. Press the RETRACT ALL JACKS button. All jacks will begin to retract and return to the full retract
position. When all jacks are returned to the full retract position, the JACKS DOWN light will go out.
3. When the JACKS DOWN light goes out, press the ON/OFF button to de-energize the system. Before
moving your coach, make a brief, visual inspection outside, to verify the jacks are fully retracted.
IF YOU WISH TO STOP THE JACKS FROM RETRACTING, TURN THE SYSTEM
BACK ON AGAIN BY PUSHING THE
COACH BY FOLLOWING STEPS
WHEN IN THE
MANUAL
ON/OFF
1-5 AGAIN.
OFF
AND
PAD TWICE, YOU CAN THEN RE-LEVEL THE
MODE, THE JACKS WILL ONLY RETRACT AS LONG AS THE
RETRACT BUTTON IS DEPRESSED. IN THE AUTOMATIC MODE, TO FULLY RETRACT
THE JACKS, THE RETRACT BUTTON NEED ONLY BE PRESSED ONCE AND RELEASED.
CLASS B+ AND C MINI MOTORHOME
Automatic Leveling Procedure
1. The ignition key should be in the OFF position.
2. Press the SYSTEM POWER button. The lights on the panel will perform a 15 second diagnostic
test. (The lights will flash in a circle.)
3. When the lights stop flashing. press the AUTO button, and release. The system will now begin the
leveling process which will take 2-3 minutes to complete. (Be sure there is no movement in the
coach during the leveling process. Movement inside the coach can interfere with the leveling
sensors and can affect the performance of the leveling system.).
4. When the leveling process is complete, the solid green BIGFOOT logo will be lit. When this
occurs, turn the system power OFF by pressing and releasing the SYSTEM POWER button.
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EXTEND MODE IF THE IGNITION KEY IS IN THE
ON, THE ALARM
SOUND.
THE SYSTEM WILL NOT OPERATE IN
ON POSITION.
IF THE LEVELERS ARE DOWN AND THE KEY IS TURNED
ON THE CONTROL PANEL WILL
Automatically Retracting the Levelers
1. With ignition in the OFF position. press the SYSTEM POWER button and wait for the lights to stop flashing.
2. Press and release the RETRACT button. The system will retract all four levelers automatically
until they are all in the UP position.
3. Turn the system OFF and do a visual check around the coach to be sure all jacks are up before leaving.
TRAVELING WITH A BUBBLE LEVEL WILL ALLOW YOU TO VISUALLY GAUGE THE COACH’S
LEVEL STATUS FROM ANOTHER POINT. PLACE THE BUBBLE LEVEL ON THE FLOOR IN THE
MIDDLE OF THE COACH AND CONTINUE LEVELING UNTIL THE BUBBLE IS IN THE MIDDLE
OF THE LEVELER. (YOUR REFRIGERATOR WILL NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY IF YOUR COACH
IS NOT LEVEL.)
Manually Extending the Leveling Jacks
1. Press the SYSTEM POWER button and wait for the lights to stop flashing.
2. Press and hold the MANUAL button until the light (next to the button) comes on, about 3 seconds.
This mode allows you to operate the jacks one at a time. However, we HIGHLY recommend that
you run the jacks ONLY in pairs, to avoid twisting the frame.
3. On each of the directional buttons, FRONT, REAR, LEFT & RIGHT, in green writing, it displays
which button operates which jack, To extend the jacks, press any two buttons at the same time,
(example: both front, both right, both rear, or both left side jacks, as indicated by the green
lettering on the buttons. Continue doing this until the coach is level,. (You may want to utilize a
bubble level, placed in the middle of the coach.)
Manually Retracting the Leveling jacks
1. Press and hold the EMERGENCY RETRACT button until the system shuts off.
2. You can also retract the jacks by pressing and holding the RETRACT button, while at the same
time. pressing the button for the jacks that you want to retract. (Note the green writing on the
buttons, L Front, R Front, L Rear and R Rear.)
MOVING THE JACKS IN PAIRS WILL HELP AVOID TWISTING THE FRAME OF THE COACH.
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SLIDE ROOM OPERATION
Forest River motorhomes are equipped with hydraulic or electric slide out systems, or a combination
of both. In this manual you will find general information that will pertain to all operations, and in addition,
some more brand specific information. If the following procedure doesn’t apply to your coach, please
consult the slide room manufacturer’s owner’s manual that you received with your motohome and
follow those directions.
WE RECOMMEND THAT YOUR UNIT BE PLUGGED INTO A 110VOLT RECEPT, OR HAVE THE
GENERATOR RUNNING, DURING JACK AND SLIDE OUT OPERATION. THIS WILL HELP ENSURE
THAT THE BATTERY MAINTAINS PROPER VOLTAGE DURING OPERATION.
Before Beginning Slide Room Operation
• Remove any devices that may be used to lock the slide room in place during travel.
• Ensure that the motorhome is level and properly supported. (Operating the slide room in unlevel
conditions can cause undue strain on the slide out mechanism and is not a warrantable item.)
• Be sure your batteries are properly maintained and fully charged to avoid problems which may be
the result of low voltage.
• Avoid using 12 volt lights and appliances when engaging the slide room.
• Driver and passenger seats should be in the extreme forward and upright position.
• Check the exterior of the unit to be sure the room has a clear travel path and that there are no
obstructions. Ensure there are no branches, bushes or ground electrical or plumbing connections
in the path of the room when it is fully extended.
DO NOT PERFORM ANY MAINTENANCE WORK ON YOUR SLIDE OUT SYSTEM OR SLIDE
ROOM WITHOUT FIRST DISCONNECTING THE BATTERY. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH.
Extending the Slide Room
After completing the inspection as itemized on the previous page, and above:
• Rear diesel pushers and Class A gasoline motorhomes must have the parking brake applied, turn
the battery disconnect switch ON, and turn the ignition key to Auxiliary. Class B+ and C minihomes
do not need to have the parking break set or the ignition key turned to Auxiliary.
• Locate the rocker switch labeled SLIDE ROOM, which is generally mounted on the control center
on the wall.
• Press and hold the OUT side of the rocker switch until the room is fully extended and immediately
release the button. Failure to do so could cause damage to the slide assembly.
NEVER MOVE THE COACH WITH THE SLIDE ROOM/S EXTENDED.
ALWAYS CHECK FOR DEBRIS ON THE ROOF OF THE SLIDE ROOM BEFORE RETRACTING.
ALSO, CHECK FOR DEBRIS ON THE AWNINGS BEFORE RETRACTING.
Retracting the Slide Room
Take the same safety precautions as previously stated for extending the room, and:
• Be sure there are no obstructions on the floor of the coach or in the path of the room as it is coming in.
• Ensure there is no visible dirt or debris in the track of the slide room or under it. Trapped dirt or
debris could cause damage to your carpet or floor.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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• Press and hold the IN side of the rocker switch, until the room is completely in, then immediately release
the switch.
IMPORTANT! ALWAYS PERFORM AN EXTERIOR, VISUAL INSPECTION, BEFORE LEAVING THE CAMPGROUND.
MANUAL SLIDE ROOM OPERATION
Retracting the Room-Lippert System
The hydraulic landing gear can be operated with auxiliary power devices like electric drills, ratchet
wrenches or cordless screwdrivers. In the event of electrical or system failure, this manual method of
extending and retracting the jacks can be used. A standard handheld drill is all that is required.
Insert hex bit into coupler found under protective label. Run the drill forward, or clockwise, to extend
slideout room and in reverse, or counterclockwise, to retract.
Power Failure
If you have no power, first check the slide room fuse, in the main fuse panel. The fuse panel is located
near the floor either in the hallway or bedroom, is clearly marked SLIDE ROOM, and is a 15 amp fuse.
In the event of a power failure, or low battery, the slideout room may also be operated manually, by
using a crank handle. (If you do not have one, you may order one from your Forest River dealer.) The manual crank shaft is located on the slide out motor assembly. Turn the crank counter clockwise to move
the room IN, and clockwise to move the room OUT.
WHEN THE SLIDE ROOM IS IN, IMMEDIATELY TAKE YOUR COACH TO THE NEAREST
DEALER. NEVER DRIVE WITH THE SLIDE ROOM OUT.
MANUAL SLIDE ROOM OPERATION
Retracting the Room-Equilizer System
1. The individual cartridge valves, for the jack legs and slide room/s, are clustered together on the side
of the pump manifold. The valves for the slide rooms are labeled 5 & 6.
2. Locate the red knurled knob on the directional valve (DV2). This valve will be on the opposite side
of the manifold from the cluster of cartridge valves. Pull the red knob out and turn 1/4 turn. The
knob will remain in the OUT position.
3. To retract, locate the red knurled knob on the directional valve (DV1). This valve will be on the
adjacent side of the manifold to the cluster of cartridge valves. Pull the red knob out and turn 1/4 turn.
4. Your pump may be equipped with additional directional valves for the slide rooms. If this is the
case, these additional valves will need to be shifted along with directional valves DV1 and DV2.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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5. Insert a handle into the hand pump, and operate until the room is fully retracted. (It may take up
to 50 strokes to build enough pressure output to begin to retract the slide room.)
6. When retraction is complete, return the cartridge valve/s and the directional valves DV1 and DV2
to the normal position.
FOLLOWING MANUAL OVERRIDE OPERATION, FAILUIRE TO RETURN ALL VALVES TO NORMAL
POSITION MAY RESULT IN THE ROOM DRIFTING FROM THE RETRACTED (CLOSED) POSITION.
THE NORMAL OPERATING POSITION OF THE SCREW IN THE CARTRIDGE VALVE IS THE
COUNTER-CLOCKWISE
OUT POSITION.
THE ONLY TIME THE VALVE SHOULD BE SHIFTED
MANUALLY IS WHEN ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE THE SLIDE ROOM VIA MANUAL OVERRIDE.
WHEN EXTENDING OR RETRACTING THE SLIDE ROOM FOR BEST RESULTS, DO NOT ALLOW
ANYONE IN THE SLIDE PORTION OF THE ROOM. DURING EXTENDED STAYS, MOVE THE SLIDE
ROOM
IN
AND
OUT
ONCE
OR
TWICE
A
WEEK
TO
HELP
KEEP
THE
SEALS
AND
INTERNAL MOVING PARTS LUBRICATED. IF YOU INTEND TO STORE YOUR MOTORHOME FOR AN
EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, STORE IT WITH THE SLIDE ROOM/S IN THE RETRACT POSITION.
FOR CARTRIDGE VALVES, ROTATE THE CENTER SCREW FULLY COUNTER-CLOCKWISE. FOR
DIRECTIONAL VALVES, ROTATE THE RED KNOB UNTIL IT SNAPS BACK TO THE NORMAL POSITION.
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‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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LIVING QUARTERS, LP GAS and ELECTRIC
PROLONGED OCCUPANCY
Your recreational vehicle was designed for recreational use and short-term occupancy. If you expect to
occupy your RV for an extended period of time, be prepared to deal with condensation and the humid
conditions that may be encountered.
CONDENSATION
Condensation is the change of water from its gaseous form, water vapor, into liquid water. Just as
moisture collects on the outside of a glass of cold water during humid weather, moisture can
condense on the inside surfaces of your coach. This condition is increased due to the small
volume of space and the airtight construction of your motorhome.
Mold occurs when condensation is left for prolonged periods of time and is extremely difficult to kill.
Controlling condensation inside your unit is the best way to avoid not only mold but dampness as well,
both of which can cause damage to your coach and/or its’ contents.
Condensation can infiltrate the insulation, motors, working parts of appliances or plumbing pipes, to
name a few. Even though you may not see condensation, it may be inside the walls, cupboards or
under the floor so it is best to take every precaution to avoid it occurring. Generally, an area that is dark,
and where moisture can accumulate, is a potential breeding ground for mold.
DAMAGE CAUSED BY MOLD OR MILDEW IS A MAINTENANCE ISSUE AND IS NOT A WARRANTABLE ITEM.
CONDENSATION ON A WINDOW
IS AN INDICATION OF TOO
MUCH HUMIDITY.
RUST ON PIPES OR OTHER
PARTS OF HEATING, PLUMBING
OR AIR CONDITIONING EQUIPMENT IS ALSO A SIGN OF TOO
MUCH HUMIDITY.
It is especially important to air out your RV when storing, or if you do not anticipate using it for an
extended period of time. Empty the refrigerator and freezer and dry them completely. Dry the inside
of the shower and shower head. Check for any leaks at the kitchen sink, toilet and bathroom sink. It’s
also a good idea to check your coach periodically, to insure there is no condensation forming on the
windows, which would indicate there is too much moisture in your motorhome.
If you see signs of too much moisture inside your coach, take the steps necessary to remove the
moisture, in an effort to prevent possible damage to the contents, or to your motorhome.
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BELOW ARE TIPS TO HELP CONTAIN HUMIDITY IN YOUR MOTORHOME:
1. Keep indoor humidity low, below 60%, ideally between 30 and 50%, relative humidity.
Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture, or humidity meter. The meter is a
small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at most hardware stores. Some larger
campground stores may also have the meters.
2.
Consider using a small dehumidifier to help rid the motorhome of moisture.
3.
Avoid hanging wet clothing to dry, inside the unit.
4. When showering or bathing, open the roof vents or turn on a fan, to allow steam and moisture
to escape. Wipe down the shower walls to prevent water evaporating into the coach.
5. Be sure there are no obstructions in any vents and that all vents are properly sealed. Pay
particular attention to appliances that produce moisture, such as air conditioners, shower,
oven vents, and clothes dryer vents.
6. Try using the microwave instead of the stovetop, to boil water or soups. If you choose to
use the stove to boil water or soup, open a window or a vent slightly, even in the winter, to
provide a passage for the air to flow. This will also help restrict the humidity.
7. Recirculate the air by using vent fans, small oscillating fans or your furnace fan. If
condensation occurs, keeping the windows clean and dry will help to prevent the growth of
mold and/or mildew.
8. Do not use a ceramic heater, as it provides no air movement and will not aid in reducing
condensation in the RV.
REMEMBER THAT MOLD IS A MAINTENANCE ISSUE AND AS THE OWNER, PROPER
MAINTENANCE OF YOUR MOTORHOME IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. CONTROLLING HUMIDITY
INSIDE YOUR RV WILL HELP TO PREVENT DAMAGE WHICH MAY OCCUR DUE TO NEGLECT.
WHEN IT RAINS, WATER MAY COLLECT IN THE BOTTOM OF THE WINDOW FRAME AND
DRAIN OUT THE WEEP HOLES, MADE FOR THAT PURPOSE. IF YOUR UNIT IS NOT LEVEL,
THE WATER MAY NOT DRAIN OUT PROPERLY. THIS COULD CAUSE WATER DAMAGE TO THE
WINDOW OR WALL AND COULD BREED MOLD DUE TO CONDENSATION.
IF YOU HAVE WATER AND/OR MOLD DAMAGE CAUSED BY SEWAGE OR OTHER CONTAMINATED
WATER, IT IS BEST TO CALL IN A PROFESSIONAL, WHO HAS EXPERIENCE CLEANING LIVING
SPACES DAMAGED BY CONTAMINATED WATER.
IF YOU HAVE HEALTH CONCERNS, CONSIDER CONSULTING A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE ATTEMPTING MOLD CLEANUP.
SAFETY DEVICES
• Always have a plan of escape. Update and practice your
escape plan every six months.
• Have a meeting and discuss the plan, instruct everyone
what to do, including guests.
• Do not waste time by picking up valuables or getting
dressed. Sometimes seconds count!
• Using the soft brush attachment, vacuum any dust off the
alarms, weekly
• DO NOT spray cleaning agents or waxes directly onto the
detectors as it may cause damage to the sensor.
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NEVER IGNORE ALARMS ON SAFETY DEVICES. IF THE ALARM SOUNDS AND YOU ARE NOT
ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN OF THE SOURCE, GET EVERYONE OUT OF THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY.
SMOKE DETECTOR
• Smoke alarms may not have time to sound before the fire causes damage, injury or even death.
• A smoke detector works for only detecting smoke, not fire.
• The alarm will sound only if smoke reaches the sensor.
• Check battery/s at least once a week, while the RV is in use.
• This unit will not alert hearing-impaired residents.(Special alarms with flashing strobe lights are
needed for the hearing impaired.)
• Smoke alarms have a limited life and are not foolproof. Never attempt to repair this unit; replace
complete unit if faulty.
• Never disconnect the battery to silence the alarm.
CO DETECTOR
• The carbon monoxide detector is designed to detect carbon monoxide from any source of
combustion. It is NOT designed to detect smoke, fire, or any other gases.
• This detector doesn’t work without batteries. DO NOT remove batteries except for replacement.
• Test alarm each week while RV is in use, and before beginning a trip. Press the ‘TEST’ button. If
the alarm fails to sound and the batteries are fresh, replace the unit immediately. DO NOT attempt
to repair the detector.
LP DETECTOR
• This detector senses propane gas in the air, not smoke, fire or any other gases. It detects the
presence of propane gas at the sensor. Explosive gases may be present in other areas.
• Test your LP detector weekly. If the alarm is located behind a closed door, it may not be heard.
• DO NOT attempt to repair the detector. If it fails the test, change the batteries. If it still does not
function properly, replace the entire unit.
IMPORTANT! LP GAS WILL AUTOMATICALLY SHUT OFF IF THE LP DETECTOR IS DISABLED. THE
DETECTOR MUST BE ON AT ALL TIMES TO ENABLE CORRECT LP GAS FLOW.
LP GAS (Liquid Propane)
DO NOT bring or store LP gas cylinders, gasoline, or other flammable liquids, inside
the vehicle. A fire or explosion could result.
DO NOT fill container(s) to more than 80% capacity. Overfilling the LP tanks can
result in uncontrolled gas flow, which can result in an explosion or fire.
NEVER use any other type of LP gas container, than the one furnished with your RV.
If the tank must be replaced, check with your dealer for specifications regarding the
correct type of container to use.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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LP gas regulators must always be installed with the regular vent facing downward.
Regulators not in compartments, have been equipped with a protective cover. To
minimize vent blockage, that could result in excessive gas pressure causing fire or
explosion, be sure the regulator cover is kept in place. .
DO NOT rely upon being able to smell LP gas leaks, as the odor may not be sufficiently
strong enough to detect.
DO NOT use butane or butane mixtures in your LP tank. When you fill your tanks, be
sure to use propane only.
DO NOT make repairs to the LP tank. The LP gas system is designed to meet rigid
standards. Except for simple maintenance and occasional tightening of a connection,
always take your vehicle to an authorized dealer for LP gas problems.
Aways have an authorized LP gas supplier fill your LP tanks. When the LP gas
container is being filled, DO NOT smoke, strike a match or ignite a lighter. A spark or
flame could ignite fumes. Also be sure all burner and pilot flames are out, and the service
valve is closed.
If you detect a sulfur or ‘rotten egg’ odor, DO NOT turn on any appliances. Shut off all
operating appliances. Extinguish any open flames, including cigarettes. DONOT touch
any electrical switches. Open windows and doors and exit the vehicle. Shut off the gas
supply at the LP tank (or source). Immediately call a Service Center or LP gas
supplier from an outside telephone, and follow their instructions.
DO NOT turn on the gas supply until the gas leaks have been repaired.
DO NOT attempt to adjust or repair the regulator. Adjustments and repairs require
specialized training and tools. Contact a qualified LP Service Technician. Failure to
follow these instructions could result in fire or explosion.
DO NOT MODIFY YOUR LP SYSTEM. DO NOT REMOVE COMPONENTS,, OR
REPLACE WITH COMPONENTS THAT ARE NOT OF EQUAL VALUE.
The liquid petroleum (LP) gas system in your recreational vehicle furnishes the fuel for cooking, heating
and hot water. LP gas can also be used as an alternate energy source for refrigeration. It is a clean,
efficient and safe form of energy when proper handling and safety precautions are observed.
The LP gas is stored under extreme pressure in the tank, with space in the tank to allow for
expansion into vapor. The vapor is reduced in pressure, by passing through a regulator. This reduction
in pressure is a two step process, which ensures consistent pressure for use, regardless of outside
temperatures, weather, or altitude.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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LP REGULATOR
NOTE: YOUR LP TANK COMPARTMENT MAY APPEAR DIFFERENT FROM THE ONE PICTURED BELOW
LOW POINT
DRAIN HOSES
PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE
LP SHUT
LP gas in the tank, is under high
pressure . The purpose of the regulator
is to reduce the pressure inside the
tank, to allow for safe use.
A two-stage automatic regulator,
regulates the amount of pressure
coming out of the hoses and directs
the correct amount of gas pressure
to each appliance.
OFF VALVE
LP FILL VALVE
PRESSURE REGULATOR
DO NOT ADJUST OR ATTEMPT TO REPAIR THE REGULATOR. It is preset at the
factory to certain specifications, and should only be adjusted by a qualified propane service
technician. To avoid potential problems, have your LP gas system checked at least once
a year by an authorized service center and after each extended trip.
NEVER test for a leak by lighting a match, or by having an open flame, when you
suspect a leak.
REGULATOR FREEZE-UP
The term ‘regulator freeze-up’ is a misleading one. Regulators and LP gas do not freeze. However,
the moisture that can be contained in the gas will freeze, as the gas expands and cools, passing
through the regulator. This freezing of the moisture in the gas can build up and partially or totally
block the passage of the gas through the regulator. Freezing can also occur when outside
temperatures are low enough to contribute to the freezing of the moisture in the gas.
The source of the moisture is varied. It can occur at the refinery or gas bulk plant, in the cars used to
transport the gas, or even within your own LP tanks. Moisture in an LP tank can occur when a tank
service valve is left open, allowing moist air to enter and become trapped.
A two-stage regulator helps reduce the possibility of freeze-up, due of its larger orifice size, and that
heat is being transferred through the walls of two regulators instead of one.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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Tips to help prevent regulator freeze-up:
• Be sure your LP tank is free of moisture before refilling
• DO NOT overfill the LP tank
• Be sure to keep the service valve, on an empty tank, closed
• If freezing occurs, have your LP dealer purge the tank before refilling
• Check with your dealer to determined which deicing agent is approved to add to the LP tank
• Keep the regulator covered at all times
IF FREEZE-UP DOES OCCUR, TURN THE LP OFF AT THE TANK. A FROZEN REGULATOR MAY PERMIT
LP GAS TO FLOW AT HIGH PRESSURE, RESULTING IN LEAKS AT APPLIANCES, OR IN THE LINES.
NEVER
ATTEMPT TO THAW WITH AN OPEN FLAME. A SMALL LIGHT BULB CAN SOMETIMES BE
USEFUL TO PROVIDE HEAT, AND AID THE THAWING PROCESS. ONCE THAWED, TAKE PROPER STEPS
TO PREVENT A REOCCURENCE. HAVE THE SYSTEM CHECKED BY YOUR LP SUPPLIER.
Other Cold Weather Factors
As outside temperatures drop, the BTU value of the LP gas is lessened. The colder liquid LP in the
tank/s, requires heat from the surrounding air, to vaporize. This lowering of BTU value can significantly
affect the performance of the system. Keeping your LP tanks as full as possible in cold weather, and
reviewing the BTU/hr rating plates on LP appliances, will help insure proper LP management.
LP PIGTAIL
The LP pigtail is a hose used to connect to the regulato,r on the
tank, through which the LP fuel flows If an LP leak is detected by
the LP sensor selonoid, located inside the valve, the shut-off valve
is automatically activated. The valve will close, prohibiting the flow
of LP gas to the motorhome.
DO NOT TAMPER WITH THIS SAFETY FEATURE!
LP PIGTAIL HOSE
AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF VALVE
LP PIGTAIL ASSEMBLY
LP DETECTOR
In the Event of an Alarm:
YELLOW-Replace
YELLOW
DANGER!
RED-Alarm
GREEN-On
RED
GREEN
If the detector senses the presence of LP gas, the green
light will turn from green to red, accompanied by an
audible alarm. If the alarm sounds:
1. Immediately evacuate all occupants from the
coach.
2. Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all
smoking material.
3. DO NOT touch any electrical switches.
4. Shut off the gas supply at the tank.
5. Open doors and windows to ventilate.
INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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6. DO NOT USE THE RANGE HOOD OR OTHER POWER VENTS.
7. The alarm will continue to sound as long as LP gas is detected or until turned off.
THE ALARM MAY SOUND AT TIMES WHEN NO LP GAS IS PRESENT, DUE TO HOUSEHOLD PRODUCT
USE, SUCH AS AEROSOL HAIRSPRAY, CERTAIN CLEANERS, ADHESIVES, ALCOHOL, ETC. TO
HELP AVOID A FALSE ALARM, BE SURE TO WELL VENTILATE THE AREAS WHERE THESE
PRODUCTS ARE IN USE.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Connecting the power cord to a non-grounded, or improperly grounded, power
source, can result in a dangerous and possibly fatal, electric shock. The electrical
power supply provided for the recreational vehicle is a dual system, operating on
110 volt AC and/or 12 volt DC.
The 110 volt power may be provided by either connecting the recreational vehicle to an outside
power source when parked, or by use of a recreational vehicle generator. When the 110 volt
system is operational, power also passes through a system converter/inverter, allowing the full use
of all 12 volt functions in the RV. Some 110 volt functions in the RV may include the refrigerator, TV,
and electrical outlets.
When 110 volt power is not available, the refrigerator and water heater also have the option of running
on LP gas. When not connected to 110 volt power, the 12 volt system functions can be supplied by the
batteries. Batteries are recharged by the power converter, when the RV is attached to an outside 110 volt
power source, or by the generator. (Be sure the converter power switch is in the ON position. The
generator will not charge the batteries, or otherwise operate, when the power switch is in the OFF position.)
CONNECTING TO AN OUTSIDE POWER SOURCE
A 30 amp, (Class C motorhome), or 50 amp, (Class A motorhome),
power cord, is provided, to connect the RV to a grounded power source.
The electric utility service connection is located on the driver’s side, near
the rear of the coach.
50 AMP EXTERIOR
SIDEWALL INLET
The power cord is stored inside the electric utility service compartment.
(Depending upon the type of RV you have, the power cord could be 4 PRONG
50 AMP
either permenantly mounted, or detachable.)
POWER CORD
NEVER USE A TWO WIRE EXTENSION CORD, A CHEATER
ADAPTER WITH THE GROUND PIN REMOVED, OR PUT A
LOWER AMPERAGE PLUG ON YOUR POWER CORD, IN PLACE OF THE MOLDED PLUG.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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AGS (Automatic Generator Start System)
Some coaches are manufactured with an Automatic Generator Start System. The AGS is designed to
automatically start your coach generator, based on the inside temperature of the coach or a low battery
condition. These features allow you to leave pets and important items in your coach, while you enjoy
a day away, and be confident your coach will stay cool and comfortable. The AGS includes settings
for ‘Quiet Time’ so you can comply with park and rally rules. The AGS does not interfere with your air
conditioner controls, or the manual generator start/stop switches in your coach.
BATTERIES
The batteries on a Class A rear diesel and Class C minihome, will be located in a separate
compartment on the exterior of the coach. Some Class A gasoline motorhomes have a battery
compartment located under the entry step. Be sure you know the location of your batteries before
leaving the dealership. It is important to keep the batteries fully charged at all times. Take time to turn
off all lights or other 12 volt conveniences, when not in use. To prevent draining the batteries, connect
the motorhome to a 110 volt power source when ever possible.
The charge condition of the batteries is displayed on the monitor panel, generally located in the Control
Center, mounted on the wall. To check, press and hold monitor TEST switch, while reading the charge level
on the battery gauge. Charge levels indicated, are divided into sections, from weak to fully charged.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE
Battery maintenance is important. Checking the condition of the battery at regular intervals will help ensure
its’ proper operation. Here are some recommendations for checking and servicing the batteries.
1. Keep the battery mounted securely. Excessive vibration can cause early battery failure.
2. Check the electrolyte level of the auxiliary batteries at regular intervals. Keep each cell filled with
distilled water, to just above the plates. Once the plates have dried out, they cannot be reactivated,
and the capacity of the battery is reduced in direct proportion to the area of plate surface that has
become dry. This kind of damage can occur quickly.
3.
Keep the battery clean. Corroded terminals make poor contact. Battery sulfation occurs when the
battery has been standing in a discharged condition over a long period of time, or when the battery
has been operated continually in a state of partial discharge.
4. Check the outside condition of the battery. Look for cracks in the case or vent plugs. If the case
is cracked, the battery must be replaced, If the vent plugs are cracked, they must be replaced.
5. Watch for overcharging. Three ways to spot overcharging are
a. active material on the vent cap (heavy deposit of black, lead-like material on the underside of
the vent cap.)
b. excessive use of water.
c. by testing voltage regulator output.
6. Be sure the battery hold downs and carrier, are kept clean, and free of corrosion.
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WHEN REMOVING A BATTERY, DISCONNECT THE GROUND BATTERY CLAMP FIRST.
WHEN INSTALLING A
BATTERY, ALWAYS CONNECT THE GROUNDED BATTERY CLAMP LAST. WHEN A BATTERY NEEDS TO BE REPLACED,
ALWAYS REPLACE IT WITH A BATTERY OF THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS AS THE ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT. IF
NEEDED, CONSULT YOUR DEALER FOR ADVICE ON BATTERY REPLACEMENT.
DUE TO THE POTENTIAL DANGER IN FAILING TO HEED THIS WARNING, THE RECREATIONAL VEHICLE MANUFACTURER
CAN NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE SHOULD DAMAGE, INJURY OR DEATH RESULT, FROM FAILURE TO CONNECT THE POWER
CORD TO A PROPERLY GROUNDED POWER SOURCE.
BATTERY
DISCONNECT
SWITCHES
THE BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH IS USED TO DISCONNECT THE HOUSE BATTERY DURING
STORAGE. IF YOUR BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH IS A TOGGLE SWITCH, IT MUST BE IN THE
USE
POSITION. IF YOUR SWITCH HAS A KEY, THE KEY MUST BE IN THE
SWITCH IS NOT ON
USE, OR ON, YOU WILL NOT
ON
POSITION. IF THE
HAVE POWER TO YOUR BATTERY.
BATTERY SAFETY
IF YOUR CHASSIS BATTERY IS DEAD,
YOU CAN START THE CHASSIS ENGINE
BY USING THE BATTERY BOOST
SWITCH, (LOCATED ON THE DASH).
HOLD THE SWITCH DOWN, WHILE
STARTING THE ENGINE, THEN RELEASE
IT WHEN THE ENGINE ENGAGES.
ALWAYS SHIELD YOUR EYES WHEN WORKING NEAR BATTERIES. BATTERIES CAN EXPLODE.
DO NOT SMOKE, OR EXPOSE BATTERY TO AN ELECTRIC SPARK OR FLAME. WHEN CHARGING
OR DISCHARGING, BATTERIES GENERATE HYDROGEN. HYDROGEN AND AIR IS A VERY
EXPLOSIVE MIXTURE.
DO NOT SHORT ACROSS THE BATTERY TERMINALS. THE SPARK COULD IGNITE THE GASES.
DO NOT WEAR METAL JEWELRY OR A WATCH, WHEN WORKING ON A BATTERY.
DISCONNECT THE BATTERY CABLE AND THE 110 VOLT POWER CORD BEFORE WORKING ON
THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM. DO NOT RECONNECT THE CABLES UNTIL ALL WORK HAS
BEEN COMPLETED.
BATTERY ELECTROLYTE IS A CORROSIVE, POISONOUS, SULFURIC ACID.
WITH SKIN, EYES, CLOTHING, OR ANY PAINTED SURFACE.
AVOID CONTACT
BATTERY CHARGING
The converter also operates as a battery charger, when it is connected to a 110 volt power source. If
the battery is below its full charge, the converter charger will begin operation at a rate that reflects the
level of discharge. When the battery is again fully charged, the converter charger drops its charging
level back to a maintenance level, to keep the battery fully charged. When charging a battery, follow
these safety precautions:
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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THE BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH MUST BE IN THE USE, OR ON, POSITION FOR THE BATTERY TO CHARGE.
1. Disconnect the battery from the recreational vehicle.
2. Check electrolyte statis before charging. Be sure each cell is properly filled with distilled water.
3. Use care when connecting and disconnecting the cables from chargers. A poor connection can
cause an electrical arc, which can result in an explosion.
4. Remove the battery vent caps before charging ,and be sure that the electrolyte solution does not
splash out, which could occur as the result of charging too quickly.
5. Read the literature supplied by the battery manufacturer, and follow all their warnings or
precautions, as stated in their manual.
POWER CONVERTER/INVERTER
The converter is used to switch 110 volt
INVERTER
GENERATOR IN A
electricity from an external source or from
REAR DIESEL COACH
the generator, to 12 volt electricity. Under
normal conditions, the converter requires
no maintenance. If the converter does
not have a 110 volt supply to convert to 12
volt, it automatically switches the batteries
into the electrical circuit, to power 12 volt
functions. When reconnected to a 110 volt power source, it will again
operate from that source.
It is normal for the converter to run warm. If, however, it gets too hot, it will
turn itself off. After it cools, it will come back on. In most cases, shut down occurs due to poor
ventilation. A slight hum during operation is also normal for the converter. If you have no 12 volt power
and no hum, check to see if 110 volt power to the converter has been interrupted.
If you have an inverter, the inverter will take over when 120 volt power is not available. The inverter
control panel is located above or near the entrance door. Once activated, the inverter converts 12 volt
power to 120 volt power, used for operating certain lights and appliances. It most commonly supplies
power to the microwave, kitchen, bath, and selected receptacles. The inverter is equipped with an
automatic transfer switch, which allows automatic switching from the inverter to the converter. When
you are connected to an exterior power source, or running the generator, it will automatically switch
on, to charge the 12 volt batteries.
KEEP CONVERTER/INVERTER AREA CLEAR OF OBSTACLES AND CLUTTER. THEY MUST
HAVE ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO AVOID OVERHEATING.
DURING STORAGE, TURN OFF INVERTER AND DISCONNECT BATTERY.
GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER
The 110 volt outlet in the bath, is equipped with a protective circuit interrupter. The ground
fault circuit interrupter (GFCI), is designed to break the flow of current to the protected outlet,
when an imbalance of current is detected. If an imbalance is detected, the GFCI will trip, and
shut off power to the outlet. Even with GFCI protection, the electrical shock will still be felt,
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR PERSONAL INJURY.
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but to a lesser degree. It also does not protect against short circuits or system overloads. Circuit
breakers in the main panel, which supply power to the circuit, will trip, if either of these conditions
exists. The GFCI receptacle should be tested initially when the recreational vehicle is purchased, and
at least monthly thereafter.
EVEN WITH GFCI PROTECTION, PERSONS WITH SEVERE HEART OR OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS MAY STILL BE
SERIOUSLY AFFECTED BY AN ELECTRICAL SHOCK.
THE GFCI OUTLET IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR GOOD
ELECTRICAL SAFETY. IT DOES NOT PROTECT AGAINST CONTACT OF THE HOT AND NEUTRAL WIRE AT THE SAME TIME.
THE GFCI DOES NOT PROTECT ANY CIRCUIT OTHER THAN THE ONE TO WHICH IT IS CONNECTED.
TO TEST THE CIRCUIT, USE THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURE:
1. Be sure power to the circuit is ON.
2. Press the reset button.
3. The red reset button should pop out.
4. All power should be interrupted, to outlets protected by the GFCI.
5. Verify, by plugging in a light at these outlets, and pressing the red reset button. If the button does not
pop out after pushing the test button, or GFCI circuit continues to trip, immediately turn off power at
the circuit breaker panel, and have a qualified electrician service it.
CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The 110 volt system is protected by circuit breakers. These breakers automatically trip, if the circuit load is
too heavy, or a short circuit occurs. If a circuit breaker has been tripped, do not reset the breaker until the
cause of the problem is identified and corrected.
The generator also has two AC circuit breakers, and a DC fuse, on the generator control panel. If an
interruption in generator operation occurs, check to see if any of these have been tripped. Consult the
manuals provided with the generator before attempting maintenance on the generator.
12 VOLT FUSES
REAR DIESEL EXTERIOR ELECTRICAL
COMPARTMENT FUSE PANEL
The 12 volt DC distribution panel on Class A Gas and
Class C motorhomes, is located next to the 110 volt circuit
breakers. On the Rear Diesel motorhomes, there is a
centralized 12 volt distribution area in an drivers’ side
exterior compartment. The panel contains circuits for both
motorhome and chassis, with replaceable fuses, for
protection of recreational vehicle 12 volt lines. If any line
is loaded beyond the capacity of its fuse, the fuse will
blow. A portion of the 12 volt load on the line must be
turned off to reduce the total load on the line to a level
below the capacity of the fuse. Replace the fuse with the
same size fuse. DO NOT replace the fuse with a larger
fuse than indicated.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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If reducing the load on the line, does not correct the problem, there may be a short along the 12 volt
line, or at a non-fused 12 volt component on the line. Check the 12 volt line and any components
connected to the line. Locate the short and take necessary steps to repair it. If you cannot locate the
problem, call a qualified electrician.
KEEP ADDITIONAL FUSES ON HAND IN THE COACH. REPLACEMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT GAS
STATIONS, HARDWARE STORES, OR AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY STORES. REMEMBER THAT THE
REPLACEMENT FUSE MUST BE THE SAME AMPERAGE RATING AS THE ORIGINAL FUSE.
REAR DIESEL ENGINE ACCESS
Access to the engine compartment is located in the bedroom. To gain entry, follow the procedure below:
1. Raise the bed mattress and platform.
The bed/platform has struts to keep
KICK
the assembly elevated.
PANEL
2. Remove the closet kick panel by pulling
CLIP
the panel toward you. Small clips hold
MATTRESS
the panel in place.
AND
3. Remove 8 screws in the floor, and
PLATFORM
lower portion of the wall, behind the
CLOSET
closet kick panel which you removed.
KICK
4. Lift the access panel off the floor, and
PANEL
store in a safe place, while maintenance
is being performed on the engine.
5. Replace the access panel and resecure
with screws before traveling. The
struts which hold the platform up, are not meant to hold it upright while traveling. Failure to
resecure the access panel may cause damage, which is not warrantable.
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PLUMBING
The recreational vehicle plumbing system has the dual ability to be self contained with onboard storage,
or use facilities provided by an external pressurized source. The fresh water system consists of those
items which are used to deliver water for your use, while the waste water system is made up of the
drains and tanks which store and remove water which has been used. Components of the plumbing
system consist of strong, lightweight, corrosion resistant materials, which provide long life and easy
cleaning. By following the instructions outlined in this manual, you can expect efficient operation of your
plumbing system, with minimum maintenance.
FRESH WATER
Potable (fresh water) is supplied by either the fresh water tank onboard the coach, or from an outside
source connected through the city water connection. When using the fresh water tank, the water is
pumped through the water lines by the water pump. When utilizing an exterior source, such as a
campsite water supply, the pump is not needed, as the water is already pressurized and will flow
through the water supply lines within the coach, without the aid of the water pump.
EXTERNAL HOOK-UP
Water provided from outside the recreational vehicle, is pressurized by the system from which it is
delivered. When connecting your motorhome to an outside source, the fresh water tank and the water
pump, are kept separate from the remainder of the system, by in-line check valves. (DO NOT turn the
pump on, if the fresh water tank is empty. Doing so could cause damage to the pump, or a blown circuit may occur.)
Attaching to an Outside Source of Water
1. Remove the cap from the fresh water inlet on the side of your motorhome.
2. Attach one end of the fresh water hose to the outside source of water.
3. Connect the other end of the hose to the RV city water inlet.
4. Turn on the outside source of water. Gradually open all the hot & cold water faucets at the sinks
and tub, to clear air from the lines. Close the faucets when the water is flowing freely.
DO NOT TURN ON THE WATER PUMP WHEN USING WATER FROM AN EXTERNAL SOURCE.
ONLY
USE THE WATER PUMP WHEN OBTAINING WATER STORED IN YOUR ONBOARD FRESH WATER TANK.
FILLING THE FRESH WATER TANK:
1. Remove the water fill cap.
2. Water can now be added directly to the tank
through the fill spout by use of a known
clean hose, used only for this purpose.
3. When the tank is full, replace the cap.
EXAMPLE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FRESH WATER FILL SPOUTS
WATER FROM THE FRESH WATER TANK IS OBTAINED BY USE OF THE WATER PUMP, WHEN
FILLING THE HOT WATER TANK AND WATER LINES.
REMEMBER, TRAVELING WITH FULL
WATER TANKS WILL ADD WEIGHT TO YOUR COACH, CAUSE ADDITIONAL WEAR, AND DECREASE GAS MILEAGE. TRAVEL WITH THE WATER TANKS, BOTH FRESH WATER TANK AND
WASTE TANK, AS EMPTY AS POSSIBLE, WHILE STILL MAINTAINING YOUR DESIRED LEVEL
OF COMFORT.
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TRAVELING WITH WATER IN TANKS
When traveling, you may want to drain the tank or keep the quantity of water to a minimum.This will
reduce the total weight of the RV, for travel. The location of the fresh water and the waste water tank
drain valve, will vary from unit to unit, but is generally located beneath the motorhome, near each
respective tank. Water in the tank can be drained by turning the drain valve handle, perpendicular ,
(vertically) to the coach body. To close the valve, turn the lever parallel (horizontally) to the coach body.
FOR EVERY 100 LBS. OF WEIGHT, THERE IS A PENALTY OF 1% ON YOUR FUEL USAGE. A
GALLON OF WATER WEIGHS 8 LBS. IF YOU ADD 30 GALLONS OF WATER TO YOUR FRESH
WATER TANK, MULTIPLYING 30 GALLONS BY 8 LBS., IS AN ADDITIONAL 240 POUNDS OF
WEIGHT. HOWEVER, IF NEEDED, YOU CAN ALSO USE YOUR WATER TANKS TO HELP
BALANCE YOUR UNIT, BY ADDING OR DECREASING THE AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE TANKS.
TO DISCONNECT FROM THE OUTSIDE WATER SOURCE:
1. Turn off the outside source of water.
2. Disconnect the hose from the supply valve and the inlet on the side of the motorhome.
3. Remove the hose and store.
4. Reinstall the cap on the motorhome inlet.
WHEN FILLING OR DRAINING THE TANKS, BE SURE THE WATER PUMP SWITCH IS IN THE
OFF POSITION. WHEN DRAINING THE ENTIRE ONBOARD FRESH WATER SYSTEM, OPEN
ALL FAUCETS, WATER HEATER DRAIN, AND SYSTEM LOW POINT DRAINS, IF APPLICABLE,
TO REMOVE ALL FRESH WATER FROM THE SYSTEM.
CHECKING WATER TANK LEVELS
Monitor Panel/Command Center
While there are several different styles of monitor panels,
they all serve the same purpose. They measure and display
information, regarding levels for water, batteries, and LP.
The monitor panel allows you to quickly check the levels in
the fresh water and waste water tanks. Electrical sensors at
various points on the tanks, send signals to the monitor panel.
To check fluid levels, press and hold the TEST SWITCH,
and read the level indicators on the panel. The indicator is proportioned in quarters, with each light
displaying the level contained within the tank.
RESIDUE ON THE SIDES OF A TANK, OR WATER WITH A LOW MINERAL CONTENT, CAN
RESULT IN A FALSE READING. HELP PREVENT THIS FROM OCCURING BY KEEPING YOUR
TANKS CLEAN.
Check the levels when you are sure of a tank’s contents, and compare it to the reading on the monitor
panel. If you are concerned about the accuracy of the monitor panel, have it checked at your local
Service Center.
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PLUMBING SYSTEM
The motorhome plumbing system has basically two water systems; the fresh water system and the
waste water system. Potable (fresh) water is supplied by either the fresh water tank you have onboard
your coach, or by connecting to the city water fill at the campground.
WHEN CONNECTING TO CITY WATER, (WATER FROM THE FAUCET AT THE CAMPGROUND)
USE ONLY A WATER HOSE WHICH WAS MANUFACTURED AND LABELED FOR POTABLE
(DRINKABLE) WATER. THIS WILL ENSURE THE HOSE WILL NOT ALTER THE TASTE OF THE
WATER, AND THAT THE HOSE HAS BEEN SANITIZED FOR THAT PURPOSE. TO BE SURE YOU
MAINTAIN SANITARY DRINKING AND COOKING WATER, NEVER USE THE HOSE FOR ANY
OTHER PURPOSE. YOU CAN PURCHASE THIS TYPE OF HOSE AT MOST ANY CAMPING STORE.
WHEN CONNECTED TO CITY WATER, BE SURE YOUR WATER PUMP SWITCH IS IN THE
OFF
POSITION. THE PUMP IS NOT NEEDED WHEN CONNECTED TO CITY WATER, SINCE THAT
FRESH WATER SOURCE IS ALREADY PRESSURIZED. USE THE PUMP ONLY WHEN OBTAINING
WATER FROM YOUR ONBOARD FRESH WATER TANK, AND YOU ARE DISCONNECTED FROM
ANY EXTERIOR WATER SOURCE. WHEN USING YOUR ONBOARD WATER, BE SURE YOUR
WATER PUMP SWITCH IS IN THE
ON
POSITION.
Water Pump
The RV water pump operates on 12 volt power and is totally
automatic, when the pump switch is in the ON position. Operation
begins when a faucet is turned ON, providing you are not
connected to a city water fill.
When a faucet is turned ON, the pump automatically draws
water from the onboard fresh water tank. The pump supplies
the pressure needed to move the water through the water
lines. The water pump switch is located on the monitor panel.
12 VOLT WATER PUMP
Before turning the water pump ON:
• Ensure there is adequate water in the the fresh water tank.
• Be sure the water heater BYPASS valve is set to NORMAL FLOW, allowing water to enter.
• Open all faucets, both HOT and COLD, including any tub and/or shower faucets.
Turn the pump switch ON, and allow the pump to fill the water lines and hot water tank. After water
is running in a steady stream from all faucets, turn the faucets OFF. The water pump should stop
operation automatically, when all faucets are closed. The pump should now run ‘ON DEMAND’ when
a faucet is opened, and stop, when the faucets are closed.
NEVER OPERATE THE WATER PUMP IF THE FRESH WATER TANK IS EMPTY. DAMAGE TO
THE PUMP MAY OCCUR.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
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To Sanitize the System:
• Prepare a chlorine solution using a gallon of water and ¼ cup of liquid household bleach, (5%
sodium hypochlorinate solution.) Use one gallon of solution for each 15 gallons of tank capacity.
• With an empty tank, and all faucets and drains closed, pour the solution into the fresh water tank.
• Completely fill the tank with fresh water.
• Switch the water pump ON. Open all faucets, one at a time, until all air is purged from the lines
and the water is flowing freely.
• Again, add fresh water to the tank, until the water level reaches the fill spout.
• Allow the solution to stand in the tank, undisturbed, for at least 3 (three) hours.
• Drain the system by opening all faucets, and the fresh water tank drain valve, while flushing the
system with fresh water of drinking quality, from the city water fill.
• Continue flushing the system, allowing the water to flow for several minutes.
• Close the tank drain valve and all faucets. Refill the system with water of known drinking quality.
Waste Water System
The waste water system in your motorhome can be described as two separate systems. A gray water
system, which consists of the drain lines and holding tank for waste water from the sinks and tub, and a
black water system, which includes the holding tank and drain for toilet wastes. Each system is self-contained
and allows disposal of waste water at designated dump stations, at your convenience.
Components of the gray water system have drain traps, and both tanks (black tank for toilet waste,
and gray tank for sinks and showers), are vented, to equalize air pressure, and disperse odors to the
outside, caused by drain water and waste. At times, the rocking movement of the coach, while driving, may
empty the drain traps of their water, and allow odors from the gray water tank to enter the motorhome.
Residue in the drain water lines can also produce odors. To combat gray water holding tank odors, an
RV approved deodorizing agent should be used. An agent that dissolves grease and fats, and
contains a detergent, will help keep the tanks and lines clean and free flowing. You can obtain the
deodorizer at most campgrounds, and at stores that carry camping supplies.
IF CONNECTING TO A CAMPSITE SEWER INLET:
• DO NOT open termination valves until tanks are ¾ full.
• DO NOT keep black water valve open while parked.
TANK FILL
-
CITY WATER FILL
-
TANK FLUSH
SOLID WASTE IS
NOT
FLUSHED
DIRECTLY INTO THE SEWER SYSTEM.
ONLY LIQUID WASTE IS DRAINED,
THEREFORE,
TERMINATION VALVE HANDLES
YOU
MUST
ALLOW
WATER TO ACCUMULATE IN THE
TANK, AND GIVE THE CHEMICALS
TIME TO BREAK DOWN THE SOLIDS,
BEFORE EMPTYING THE TANK.
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ALWAYS KEEP ENOUGH WATER IN THE WASTE TANK TO COVER THE BOTTOM. DOING SO WILL
HELP PREVENT WASTE FROM SOLIDIFYING, WHICH WILL PREVENT THE WASTE FROM BEING
FLUSHED FROM THE SYSTEM. IF DRAINING THE GRAY WATER TANK DIRECTLY INTO THE
SEWER INLET WHILE PARKED, BE SURE TO CLOSE THE TERMINATION VALVE FOR A
PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE LEAVING , ALLOWING WATER TO ACCUMULATE IN THE TANK
FOR USE IN FLUSHING THE DRAIN LINE AND FLEXIBLE HOSE.
Each tank has a separate drain line and dump valve, which permits dumping tanks individually or
together. Each tank should be emptied often, and ONLY at dump stations designated for this purpose.
Dump stations can be found at most campgrounds and are well marked, and at most truck stops.
Many service stations, particularly along interstate highways, also have these facilities. Campground
directories list dumping station locations across the nation.
If possible, dump holding tanks before a trip, to reduce the gross vehicle weight. It is very important
that you keep enough water in the black water tank to cover the bottom, to prevent hardening of any
waste residue that may remain. Never dump black water tank until it is ¾ full. (Check the tank level
on your monitor panel.) This practice ensures that enough water is in the tank to flush all wastes into
sewer line. If necessary, fill the tank to the ¾ mark with additional water before draining.
Never put anything in the holding tanks other than normal drain water, body waste, and biodegradable
products. Paper wrappers, gum, cigarettes, etc., no matter how small, should NEVER be placed into
either the gray or black tanks, as doing so could cause damage to your plumbing system and/or tanks.
YOU CAN FIND BIODEGRADABLE PAPER PRODUCTS AT MOST STORES THAT SELL CAMPING SUPPLIES AND
AT CAMPGROUNDS THAT HAVE A STORE ON THE PREMISES. YOU CAN ALSO FIND CHEMICAL SUBSTITUTES
FOR DEPOSIT INTO THE WASTE TANKS, IF YOU PREFER.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT HARMFUL AND TOXIC MATERIALS CAN ACCUMULATE IF THE
HOLDING TANKS ARE NOT REGULARLY DRAINED AND THOROUGHLY RINSED. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT
TO USE HOLDING TANK DEODORIZING AND CLEANING AGENTS IN THE WASTE WATER TANKS, TO
REDUCE ODORS, AND KEEP THE LINES OPEN AND FREE FLOWING.
To Empty the Holding Tanks
1. Remove the sewer drain hose from its storage compartment on the side of the coach.
2. Remove the cap from the RV drain and connect the drain hose.
3. Attach the other end of the flexible drain line to the dump station inlet. Be sure both ends
of the flexible drain line are securely attached.
4. Drain the black water tank first, by pulling the termination valve handle toward you. Be sure
to allow sufficient time for the tank to completely drain, then rinse the tank with several
gallons of water by depressing the stool pedal or hand flush handle. Close the valve on the
stool and let it fill before releasing to the tank. This creates additional force to flush the tank
more completely.
5. Drain the gray water tank by pulling the termination valve handle toward you. Draining the
gray tank last uses the soapy water in the tank to rinse the drain and flexible hose.
6. When tanks are emptied, close termination valves by pushing handles back to closed positions.
7. Remove flexible drain hose and wash it thoroughly with clean water. Remove the other end
from the dump station inlet, and replace it in its storage compartment. Secure the sewer hose
storage cover, and replace the caps on both the motorhome outlet and the dump station inlet.
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Follow these guidelines to help ensure trouble-free operation:
• Never put anything in black water tank other than biogradeable RV toilet paper.
• Do not put automotive antifreeze, household toilet cleaners, household drain cleaners, or any
solid material, into the waste water system.
• Always use chemicals in the black water system, made especially for this purpose.
• When cleaning components of the waste water system, use ONLY cleaners made for RV systems.
• Always keep the drain cap in place and termination valves closed.
• After every third time the holding tanks are emptied, fill and flush both tanks with clean, fresh
water a couple of times to keep them clear and clean.
KEEPING THE BLACK WATER TANK CLEAN ALLOWS THE MONITOR PANEL TO ACCURATELY
ASSESS THE STATIS OF THE TANK. ALWAYS CLEAN UP THE DUMP SITE BEFORE LEAVING.
NEVER EMPTY YOUR HOLDING TANKS DIRECTLY ON THE GROUND, A ROADWAY, RIVER,
OR STREAM. DO NOT POLLUTE!
TOILET
The toilet installed in your recreational vehicle is connected to the pressurized fresh water system. A
single lever, located either on the side, or a foot pedal, controls flushing, and the flow of water into the bowl.
• To add water to the toilet before using, lift the flush lever until the desired
water level is reached. (As a general rule, more water is required only
when flushing solids.)
• To flush the toilet, push the lever all the way down, and hold, until the
sewage leaves the toilet.
• Release the flush lever. A small amount of water should remain in the
bowl. To add more water to the bowl, hold the lever HALF WAY down,
until the bowl has the desired amount of water.
• Be sure to hold the flush lever down long enough to release the contents of the bowl, but only
as long as necessary, as this will result in excessive water usage.
• Unnecessary, frequent flushing of the stool, will quickly deplete your fresh water supply and fill
your holding tank. If the black water tank becomes full, you will no longer be able to flush the
stool until the tank is drained. Be sure all occupants and guests understand this operation.
• Always use deodorizing agents, specifically designed for use in holding tank systems, and a
good biodegradable tissue paper. These products are available directly from your dealer or any
store that sells camp supplies.
NEVER use chlorine or caustic chemicals, such as drain openers, or laundry bleach in your toilet.
NEVER allow foreign objects (non-dissolving items) to be flushed through the toilet.
Don’t allow a problem to go unsolved. If you should detect a problem, take steps to correct it immediately.
It’s also a good idea to carry a few spare parts which could correct a small problem, if one should
develop. These parts can be obtained from your dealer or larger campground stores.
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Refer to the toilet manufacturers’ information in your Owner’s packet, to determine which part you may
need, it’s correct name, and part number. (If you have a toilet different than the one described or pictured,
follow the toilet manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning and maintenance.)
WATER SYSTEM WINTERIZATION
When storing your recreational vehicle through periods of freezing weather, in an unheated environment,
it will be necessary to winterize the water system. Damage to water system components will result if
the proper winterization steps are not taken.
WHEN CONSIDERING WINTERIZING, YOU MUST WINTERIZE ACCORDING TO CLIMATE. ANY
DAMAGE THAT OCCURS FROM IMPROPER WINTERIZATION IS A MAINTENANCE ISSUE, AND
NOT WARRANTABLE.
BEFORE USING THE COMPRESSED AIR METHOD, YOU WILL NEED A SPECIAL ADAPTER KNOWN AS
A BLOW-OUT PLUG. THIS PLUG ALLOWS COMPRESSED AIR TO BE DELIVERED THROUGH THE CITY
WATER FILL. THIS SMALL, INEXPENSIVE ADAPTER IS AVAILABLE AT MOST RV SUPPLY STORES.
NEVER USE AUTOMOTIVE ANTIFREEZE IN YOUR FRESH WATER SYSTEM. AUTOMOTIVE
ANTIFREEZE IS TOXIC AND NOT FOR USE IN POTABLE (DRINKABLE) WATER SYSTEMS.
WINTERIZING WITH COMPRESSED AIR
(With By-pass Kit Installed)
Purchase 2 gallons of RV non-toxic antifreeze.
BYPASS
1. Drain the fresh water tank and empty the waste water holding tanks.
VALVES
2.Turn the water heater bypass valve to the ‘bypass’ position. (This
valve is located near the water heater incoming lines, at the rear of
the water heater. The water heater is usually located in a base
cabinet, in the kitchen, and it may be necessary to remove an access
panel to reach the bypass valve.)
3. Drain the water heater.
4. If you have a water filtering system installed, remove the filter from
the assembly and discard. (You will need to purchase a new one
and install it, when de-winterizing your unit.)
WATER HEATER
5. Open all faucets, including shower head sprayer, (if applicable),
toilet flushing device, and any other water lines that are closed.
6. Turn on the water pump for at least 30 seconds, to clear any water from the lines.
7. Connect an air hose with an adapter (blow out plug), to the city water fill connection.
8. Set the pressure to no greater than 30# ( pounds) and blow out the water lines until no water can
be seen coming out of the fixtures and lines.
9. Pour RV anti-freeze into drains, p-traps, toilet and tanks.
DO NOT
ATTEMPT TO START THE WATER HEATER, OR USE THE PLUMBING SYSTEM,
AFTER THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN WINTERIZED. PRIOR TO USE, YOU MUST DEWINTERIZE,
FLUSH, AND SANITIZE THE WATER SYSTEM, AS DIRECTED ON PAGE 46 OF THIS MANUAL.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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WINTERIZING WITH RV APPROVED ANTI-FREEZE
Purchase 4-6 gallons of RV approved, non-toxic antifreeze.
1. Drain all tanks, fresh water, and sewage tanks.
2. Turn water heater bypass valve to ‘bypass’ position. (See picture on previous page.)
3. Drain water heater.
4. If you have a water filter system installed, remove the filter from the assembly and discard. (You
will need to purchase a new one and install it when dewinterizing your unit.)
5. Fill the tank above minimum water pump operation level with the RV antifreeze. (Use of a long
funnel may be helpful.)
6. Turn the pump switch ‘ON’ and open the cold water side of all faucet fixtures. Leave the faucets
open until the antifreeze, (generally pink in color), flows out of the faucets. Repeat for the hot
water side.
7. Flush toilet until antifreeze is visable inside the bowl and pour one gallon of antifreeze down the
toilet to winterize the black holding tank.
8. Pour antifreeze down each shower/tub, lavatory sink and kitchen sink to fill p-traps.
9. To winterize gray tank(s), pour one gallon down each related sink drain.
DEWINTERIZING YOUR RV
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TURN ON THE WATER HEATER OR USE THE PLUMBING SYSTEM ONCE THE SYSTEM
HAS BEEN WINTERIZED. DEWINTERIZE THE WATER SYSTEM, FLUSH AND SANITIZE PRIOR TO USE.
1. Drain all holding tanks, (fresh water and sewage).
2. Attach a garden hose to the fresh water fill and fill tank.
3. Turn ‘ON’ pump switch and open cold water side of all faucet/shower fixtures. Leave open until
the water runs clear, (no pink residue). Repeat for the hot water side.
4. Flush the toilet until clear water runs into the bowl.
5. Dump tanks again.
6. Sanitize the water system. (Refer to page 46 in this manual)
7. If a water filtering system is installed, drain the lines, remove the assembly, clean and reinstall,
using a new filter.
8. When ready to use the water heater, turn the by-pass valve to the OPEN position, to allow water
to enter and fill the hot water heater tank.
WATER SYSTEM MAINTENANCE AND TROUBLESHOOTING
As with any mechanical system, your plumbing is subject to the development of problems. Most of
these problems can be greatly reduced, if not eliminated, by following a schedule of planned
inspections and maintenance. Neglect or improper maintenance procedures is the usual cause of
most water system problems.
Shocks , road vibrations, and excessive pressure from some city water sources, are the main physical
causes of water system damage. It is important to inspect all plumbing joints and fittings often, for
cracks and leaks. Left unchecked, water leaking from plumbing joints can cause considerable damage.
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TROUBLESHOOTING WATER SYSTEM
• A leak in the fresh water system should be suspected if the pump is running and all faucets and
valves are closed.
• When the leaking fitting has been identified, attempt to stop the leak by tightening the fitting. DO NOT
over tighten. Plastic fittings rarely need to be tightened with a wrench.
• If the fittings leak after tightening by hand, disconnect the fitting and check for dirt, scale, or other
foreign substances which could be causing the leak.
• Clean the fittings thoroughly and reinstall. If leaking persists, shut off the water supply until the
fitting can be properly replaced. Check with your dealer for the correct method of replacement and
Tto obtain replacement parts, if needed.
Proper winterization procedures of plumbing systems will normally be all that is necessary to
prevent the damage caused by freezing. Freezing damage can harm any component of the system,
including the water tank/s, toilet, pump and all piping. Be sure to follow the winterization procedures
outlined in this manual. Also, be sure to discuss with your dealer or repair center, any additional
precautions which should be taken, to winterize your RVs plumbing system. Local climates vary and
winter maintenance needs may be effected.
In the Owner’s packet, check for troubleshooting tips in the literature supplied by plumbing component
manufacturers, such as the water pump and toilet. Remember that it is possible for an electrical
problem to cause water system problems.
If you are unsure of how to locate and/or repair a plumbing problem, it’s best to have your dealer or a
qualified plumber who is familiar with the RV water system, to inspect the system and perform any
repairs needed.
HOLDING TANKS
Due to the vast array of floor plans and the necessary rearranging of plumbing systems, locations will
change, but generally, the holding tanks are located approximately beneath the bathroom area. Drain
valves and drain hose storage are usually located on the driver’s side. The storage tanks are
constructed of strong, light-weight polyethylene, which minimizes both maintenance and weight. Some
models may have two gray water tanks, one black, and one fresh water tank.
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APPLIANCES
APPLIANCES
Due to the variety of floor plans available at Forest River, and the various shapes and sizes of coaches,
we use many different brands of appliances, designed to fit into the designated space in each
motorhome. Therefore, all appliances used can not be listed in this section. While we will attempt to
touch on the major ones, please keep in mind your best resource is the specific appliance manual that
came with your Owner’s packet. It will detail the product used in the manufacture of YOUR
motorhome. (If, by chance, you don’t have the manual you need, many times you can find it on line,
where you will have the option of reading it, or printing it for your future use. Be sure you have the
model and serial number of your specific appliance handy, so you get the most accurate information.)
Each appliance in your RV is warranted by its’ manfacturer. It is very important that you review ALL
the literature provided in the Forest River Owner’s packet that came with your motorhome. Fill out and
mail any warranty registration cards required by the appliance manufacturers. If you have any
questions regarding the operation of the appliances in your unit, contact your selling dealer. Also,
please notify your dealer of any shortage of literature you may have.
It is important that you read all the manufacturer’s information provided, regarding both operation and
maintenance of the appliance. Pay close attention to all safety precautions given, and follow them
closely. Keep all literature, including this manual, with the motorhome, for easy reference. If service
on any appliance is required, contact your dealer or an authorized service representative of the
appliance manufacturer. For your convenience, most appliance manufacturers have toll free service
telephone numbers. You will find some listed in the front of this manual, under the heading of
COMPONENT MANUFACTURERS.
RANGE/OVEN
TO PREVENT FIRE OR SMOKE DAMAGE
1. Keep area around appliances clear and free from combustible materials, gasoline, and other
flammable vapors and materials.
2. If the appliance is installed near a window, take proper precautions to prevent curtains from blowing
over burners.
3. Never leave any items unattended on the cooktop. The hot air from the vent may ignite flammable
items, and may increase pressure in closed containers, which may cause them to burst.
4. Avoid use or storage of aerosol cans near any appliance. Many are EXPLOSIVE when exposed
to heat, and may be highly flammable.
5. Do not leave plastic items on the cooktop, as they may melt or soften. If this occurs, discard the
container and contents, as the food could be contaminated.
NEVER TURN EXHAUST FAN ON WITH FILTER SCREEN REMOVED. EXPOSED FAN
BLADES POSE AN INJURY THREAT. DIRT AND GREASE DEPOSITS WHICH ARE
NORMALLY TRAPPED BY THE FILTER, ARE FREE TO BUILD UP IN THE RANGE HOOD
EXHAUST DUCT, CREATING A FIRE HAZARD.
IT IS NOT SAFE TO USE COOKING APPLIANCES FOR COMFORT HEATING.
NEVER TURN EXHAUST FAN ON WITH FILTER SCREEN REMOVED. EXPOSED FAN
BLADES POSE AN INJURY THREAT. DIRT AND GREASE DEPOSITS WHICH ARE
NORMALLY TRAPPED BY THE FILTER, ARE FREE TO BUILD UP IN THE RANGE HOOD
EXHAUST DUCT, CREATING A FIRE HAZARD.
IT IS NOT SAFE TO USE COOKING APPLIANCES FOR COMFORT HEATING.
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APPLIANCES
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE USING THIS APPLIANCE. THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS ARE BASED ON
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS AND MUST BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED TO ELIMINATE THE POTENTIAL RISKS OF FIRE,
ELECTRIC SHOCK OR PERSONAL INJURY. HAVE YOUR APPLIANCE INSTALLED AND PROPERLY GROUNDED BY
A QUALIFIED INSTALLER AND ACCORDING TO THE INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. HAVE THE INSTALLER SHOW
YOU THE LOCATION OF THE GAS SHUT OFF VALVE AND HOW TO SHUT IT OFF IN AN EMERGENCY.
ALWAYS DISCONNECT POWER TO APPLIANCES BEFORE SERVICING
TO ENSURE PROPER OPERATION AND AVOID POSSIBLE INJURY OR DAMAGE TO UNIT, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO
ADJUST, REPAIR, SERVICE, OR REPLACE ANY PART OF YOUR APPLIANCE. ALL OTHER SERVICING SHOULD
BE REFERRED TO A QUALIFIED INSTALLER OR SERVICER.
The gas oven and burners are operated using LP gas. Cooking appliances need fresh air for safe
operation.
Before operating this appliance:
• Open an overhead vent or turn on an exhaust fan, AND
• Open a window.
Unlike a stationary house, the amount of oxygen supply in an RV is limited, due to the size of the
motorhome, and proper ventilation when using the cooking appliance(s) will help avoid the dangers of
carbon monoxide poisoning and/or asphyxiation.
The most common type RV range, is a three or four burner, built-in range with a glass oven door. It
may light manually, or by using piezo ignition, which means there is no pilot light for the range. Be sure
the main LP gas valve on the LP tank, is in the ‘ON’ position.
LIGHTING SURFACE BURNERS
The surface burners will feature either matchlit ignition or Piezo pilotless ignition. Be sure all
control knobs are in the ‘OFF’ position, before supplying gas to the appliance. Be sure the main LP
gas supply is ON, before lighting the burner.
IF THE BURNER DOES NOT LIGHT WITHIN ABOUT 4 SECONDS, OR IF THE FLAME SHOULD
GO OUT DURING COOKING, TURN THE BURNER OFF. IF GAS HAS ACCUMULATED AND A
STRONG GAS ODOR IS DETECTED, OPEN A WINDOW, AND WAIT 5 MINUTES FOR THE GAS
ODOR TO DISAPPEAR, BEFORE RELIGHTING THE BURNER.
IF THE APPLIANCE HAS NOT BEEN OPERATED FOR A PERIOD OF TIME, THE SURFACE
BURNERS MAY BE DIFFICULT TO LIGHT, DUE TO AIR ACCUMULATING IN THE GAS LINE.
DO NOT TURN THE CONTROL KNOB
THE MATCH.
ON,
ALLOWING GAS TO ESCAPE, BEFORE LIGHTING
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
CAUTION’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY
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TO BLEED AIR FROM LINE
• Hold a lighted match next to the burner.
• Turn the surface burner control knob to the LITE position.
• When the burner ignites, turn the knob back to the OFF position.
• Depending upon your model, follow the procedure for either ‘Matchlit’ ignition, or ‘Piezo’ ignition.
MATCHLIT IGNITION
1. Place a pan on the burner grate.
2. Hold a lighted match next to the desired surface burner head.
3. Push in and turn the surface burner control knob to the LITE position.
4. When the burner ignites, turn the knob between HI and LOW, to select the desired flame size.
5. After cooking, turn the surface burner knob to the OFF position.
PIEZO IGNITION
1. Place a pan on the burner grate.
2. Push in and turn the surface burner control knob to the ‘LITE position. (IMPORTANT: Only
light one surface burner at a time.)
3. Immediately, rotate the top burner igniter knob to the right, (clockwise), several clicks, until
the burner ignites. The burner should light within 6 clicks, or one full rotation of the knob.
4. When the burner ignites, adjust the surface burner control knob between HI and LOW to
select the desired flame size.
5. After cooking, turn the surface burner control knob to the OFF position.
If the piezo ignitor is not functioning:
• Be sure all controls are in the ‘OFF’ position
• Hold a lighted match to the desired surface burner head. (DO NOT turn the control knob ON
before lighting the match. Doing so will allow gas to escape.)
• Push in and turn, the surface burner control knob to the LITE position
• When the burner lights, adjust the knob between HI and LOW to select the desired size
• After cooking, turn the knob to the ‘OFF’ position
WHEN THE MOTORHOME IS NOT IN USE, OR WHEN TRAVELING, TURN ALL KNOBS TO THE
OFF
POSITION AND TURN OFF THE MAIN GAS SUPPLY.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
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USING THE OVEN (DO NOT cover bottom, or entire rack, with aluminum foil.)
Whether the oven features pilot or piezo ignition, be sure all control knobs are in the OFF position,
before supplying gas to the appliance. Be sure the gas supply to the appliance is ON, before lighting
the pilot or oven burner. NOTE: If the appliance has not been operated for a prolonged period of time,
the oven pilot may be difficult to lite, due to air in the gas line.
TO
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2.
3.
LIGHT OVEN PILOT:
Be sure all controls are in the OFF position.
Push in and turn the OVEN knob to the PILOT ON position.
Open the oven door and locate the oven pilot, (beneath the oven bottom, on the left side of the
burner). While pushing the knob in, hold a match next to the oven pilot for 10 -15 seconds, or until
a small flame is visable.
4. Once the pilot is lit, if you wish to use the oven, leave the OVEN knob in the PILOT ON position. (The standing
pilot will remain lit, if the OVEN knob is left in the PILOT ON position.) If the OVEN knob is turned to the OFF
position, gas supply to the pilot will be turned off, and the standing pilot flame will extinguish. Since each oven
has its own personal baking characteristics, do not assume your new oven will perform exactly like your
previous one. You may find that cooking times, oven temperatures, and cooking results differ somewhat from
your previous range. Allow a period of adjustment.
A DELAY IN THE TIME IT TAKES TO LIGHT THE PILOT, MAY SIGNAL A NEED TO BLEED AIR
FROM THE LINE.
OVEN KNOB
The OVEN knob is used to select and maintain the oven temperature. Push in and turn this knob to
the desired temperature. DO NOT set it at a higher temperature, then turn it back. Setting it at the
desired temperature will provide more acurate oven temperature.Turn this knob to the PILOT ON
position if you wish to use the oven. The oven standby pilot will remain lit. Turn the knob to the OFF
position if the oven will not be used, or when traveling.
SHUTDOWN INSTRUCTIONS:
When the motorhome is not in use, or while traveling, turn the OVEN knob to the OFF position
and turn off the main gas supply. This will turn off the oven pilot.
THE MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED PAN SIZE IS 13 X 9 X 2 ” CAKE PAN, 14 X 10 X 2” COOKIE
SHEET, OR 10” FOR A SKILLET. DO NOT USE CANNERS OR OVERSIZED COOKWARE. THE
PAN SHOULD NOT BE MORE THAN ONE INCH LARGER THAN THE BURNER GRATE.
MICROWAVE OVEN
• DO NOT attempt to override, or tamper with safety interlocks.
• DO NOT place any object between the oven front frame and the door.
• DO NOT allow residue to build up on sealed surfaces.
• DO NOT subject the oven door to strain or weight
• DO NOT operate the oven if door seals are damaged, door is bent, or hinges are loose or broken.
• DO NOT operate the oven empty.
• DO NOT attempt to dry clothing, newspapers or ANY other material in the oven.
• DO NOT use recycled paper products, as they may contain impurities and cause sparks or fires.
• DO NOT hit or strike the control panel with hard objects.
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General
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Operation
The oven light in the microwave oven is on only during operation or if the door is open.
The oven automatically cooks on full power unless set to a lower power level.
When the STOP/CLEAR pad is touched during the oven operation, the oven stops cooking
and all information is retained. To erase all information (except the present time), touch the
STOP/CLEAR pad once more. If the oven door is opened during operation, all information
is retained.
• If the START pad is touched and the oven does not operate, check the area between the
door and door seal for obstructions and be sure the door is closed securely. The oven will
not start cooking until the door is completely closed, or the program has been reset.
• There may be a child safety lock on your oven. Check the manufacturers user guide. To
set, press STOP/CLEAR pad for 3 seconds and LOCK indicator appears with a ‘beep’
sound. To cancel, press STOP/CLEAR pad for 3 seconds and LOCK indicator disappears
with a beep.
Food
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DO NOT use your microwave oven for home canning.
DO NOT use the maximum recipe cooking time, unless you have previously done so.
DO NOT heat eggs in the shell.
DO NOT cook potatoes, apples, egg yolks, or sausages without first piercing the surface.
DO NOT attempt to deep fry in your microwave oven.
REFRIGERATOR
Most RV refrigerators operate on the absorption system. In an absorption refrigeration system,
ammonia is liquefied in the finned condensor coil at, the top rear of the refrigerator. The liquid ammonia
then flows into the evaporator, inside the freezer section, and is exposed to a circulating flow.
WHEN STARTING THE REFRIGERATOR FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE COOLING CYCLE MAY REQUIRE
UP TO FOUR HOURS OF RUNNING TIME BEFORE THE COOLING UNIT IS FULLY OPERATIONAL.
Leveling
Leveling is one of the requirements for proper operation of absorption refrigerators. Any time the
motorhome is parked for several hours, with the refrigerator operating, the vehicle should be leveled,
to prevent loss of cooling. If the refrigerator is operated whenthe coach is not level, and the vehicle
is not moving, liquid ammonia will accumulate in sections of the evaporator tubing. This will slow
the circulation, or, in severe cases, completely block it, resulting in a loss of cooling. When the
vehicle is moving, the rolling and pitching movement of the motorhome will help to keep the liquid
ammonia from accumulating.
Automatic Energy Selector System
The refrigerator may be equipped with an automatic energy selector system, either a 2 way or 3 way
system. This system can be set by the user, to be fully automatic, (select AUTO mode), to operate
on LP gas only, (AUTO mode is OFF), or DC (battery). If the user turns the refrigerator to AUTO mode,
the AES system will automatically select the most suitable energy source available, either 120 volt or
LP gas, or battery operation.
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Auto Mode
When on AUTO mode, the control system will automatically select between 120 volt (AC) and LP gas,
or on a 3 way system, DC current. AC (electricity) has priority over GAS and DC current has priority
over both. (If the CHECK indicator lamp is on, the lamp will not turn off until the ON/OFF button is
pressed OFF and then ON again.)
Gas Mode
This mode provides LP gas only. The control system activates the ignition system and attempts to
ignite the burner for a period of approximately 45 seconds, at 2 minute intervals. If unsuccessful, the
CHECK indicator lamp will illuminate.
If the CHECK indicator lamp is illuminated on the control panel, the controls have failed to ignite the
burner. To restart an ignition attempt when the CHECK lamp is illuminated, (or to turn off the CHECK
lamp), press the ON/OFF button to OFF and back to ON again. The control system activates the
ignition system and makes three attempts to ignite the burner. If, after 3 attempts, it fails to ignite,
restart the ignition sequence by again, by pressing the ON/OFF button to OFF, and back to ON.
DC Mode
When DC mode is chosen, the refrigerator will operate by drawing power from the battery/s. In most
cases, the refrigerator controls will continue to operate when the battery is down to 9.6V DC, causing a
drain on the battery.
WHEN IN AUTO MODE, IF THE REFRIGERATOR FAILS TO OPERATE, REFER TO THE REFRIGERATOR
MANUFACTURERS’ USER MANUAL, PROVIDED WITH THE FOREST RIVER OWNER’S PACKET.
PURGING AIR FROM THE LINES
If the refrigerator has not been used for a prolonged period of time, or if the LP tanks have just been refilled,
air may be trapped in the supply lines. Purge the air from the lines by pressing the ON/OFF button to OFF ,
and back to ON, 3-4 times. If repeated attempts fail to start the LP gas operation, check to make sure the LP
tanks are not empty and that all manual shutoff valves in the lines are open.
DO NOT
CONTINUE TO RESET GAS OPERATION IF THE CHECK INDICATOR LAMP
CONTINUES TO BE ILLUMINATED AFTER SEVERAL TRIES. IF THE PROBLEM PERSISTS,
PLEASE CONTACT A SERVICE CENTER FOR ASSISTANCE.
FIRE
OR
EXPLOSION
HAZARD
W A R N I N G
WHEN REFUELING OR PARKED NEAR GASOLINE PUMPS, SHUT OFF
ALL LP GAS APPLIANCES. FAILURE TO HEED THIS WARNING
COULD CAUSE A FIRE OR EXPLOSION RESULTING IN DEATH OR
SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY AS WELL AS DAMAGE TO THE COACH
AND/OR SURROUNDING AREA.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH
COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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FURNACE
BEFORE OPERATING THE FURNACE, CHECK THE LOCATION OF THE FURNACE VENT, TO BE SURE IT WILL
NOT BE BLOCKED BY THE OPENING OF ANY DOOR, OR BY EXTERIOR ITEMS SUCH AS A BUSH OR A TREE.
Tips to assure continued safe operation of the furnace.
1. Inspect furnace venting. Venting must be free of obstruction and soot
2. Periodically observe the main burner flame to ensure it is burning with a hard blue flame. If
the flame appears yellow or lazy, shut the furnace down. The burner may need to be cleaned
or replaced.
3. Keep the furnace area clear of any combustible materials.gasoline or other flammable vapor
and liquids.
TO PROPERLY OBSERVE BURNER OPERATION, THE FURNACE MUST BE REMOVED.
SHOULD BE DONE ONLY BY YOUR DEALER OR A QUALIFIED SERVICE CENTER.
THIS
DO NOT INSTALL SCREENS OVER THE VENT FOR ANY REASON. DOING SO CAN CAUSE UNSAFE FURNACE OPERATION.
SHOULD OVERHEATING OCCUR OR THE GAS SUPPLY FAIL TO SHUT OFF, SHUT OFF THE MANUAL GAS VALVE TO THE
APPLIANCE BEFORE SHUTTING OFF THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY.
BE SURE THE FURNACE AND ALL IGNITION SYSTEMS ARE ‘OFF’ DURING REFUELING AND WHILE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION.
READ THE FURNACE MANUFACTURERS USERS MANUAL. IF THE INFORMATION IN THE MANUAL IS NOT FOLLOWED
EXACTLY, A FIRE OR EXPLOSION MAY RESULT, CAUSING PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY, OR LOSS OF LIFE.
If You
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Smell Gas:
Extinguish any open flame.
Evacuate all persons from the vehicle.
Shut off the gas supply at the gas container or source.
Do not touch any electrical switch or use the phone or radio in the vehicle.
Do not start the generator, if so equipped.
Contact the nearest gas supplier or qualified service center for repairs.
If you can not reach a gas supplier or qualified service center, call the fire department.
DO NOT TURN ON THE GAS SUPPLY UNTIL THE GAS LEAK(S) IS REPAIRED
INSPECT THE FURNACE MONTHLY, DURING THE HEATING SEASON, FOR PRESENCE OF SOOT ON THE VENT. THE PRESENCE
OF SOOT INDICATES INCOMPLETE COMBUSTION. OPERATING THE FURNACE UNDER THIS CONDITION COULD LEAD TO
SERIOUS PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY OR LOSS OF LIFE. IF SOOT IS OBSERVED ON THE VENT, IMMEDIATELY
SHUT THE FURNACE DOWN AND CONTACT A QUALIFIED SERVICE AGENCY.
HOT WATER HEATER
CAREFULLY FOLLOW THE WATER HEATER MANUFACTURERS DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING THE CORRECT OPERATION OF YOUR WATER
HEATER. FAILURE TO DO SO COULD VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
Hot water heaters require very little care. However, the most common cause of problems with your
water heater is initiating operation before the tank is filled with water. Even running it for a brief
period of time, without water, will damage the electric heating element.
DANGER! INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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WATER HEATER GENERAL OPERATION
• Prior to operating the water heater for the first time, be sure there is water in the water heater tank.
• Be sure that the water heater by-pass valve, if installed, is open, to allow water flow into the tank.
• Next, connect the RV to a water source, or turn on the onboard water pump. Open a hot-water
tap and wait until water is flowing, with no air in the line. When the water heater tank is full, it is
safe to operate the water heater. (Your water heater was designed with the option of operating
on LP gas when 110 volt power is unavailable.)
DO NOT STORE OR USE GASOLINE OR OTHER COMBUSTIBLE MATERIALS OR LIQUIDS NEAR OR
ADJACENT TO THE WATER HEATER OR ANY OTHER APPLIANCE.
Automatic Shut Off
The water heater is equipped with a high tempeerature limit switch, which will shut down the water
heater if the temperature reaches above 1800. If the limit switch should fail, the water heater is equipped
with a pressure relief valve which is designed to open, if the temperature of the water reaches 210
degrees F, or if excessive pressure builds up .The valve will close automatically once the pressure falls
below 50 PSI. Until the pressure falls below 50 PSI, dripping may occur. This is normal and indicates
the pressure relief valve is functioning properly by releasing pressure, causing temporary dripping.
Water Odor
Odor from the water is not a warranty or service issue. Many water supplies contain enough sulphur to
produce a ‘rotten egg’ odor. It is not harmful, only unpleasant. The solution is to chlorinate the water. You
may add about 6 ounces of common household liquid bleach per 10 gallons of water in the tank.
Run the chlorinated water throughout the system, opening each faucet one at a time until you smell
the chlorine. Do not operate the water system for a couple hours, allowing the chlorine to take care
of the problem. However, then you must remove the chlorine by flushing the system with fresh water.
You may need to do this more than once. If this process does not remove the smell from the water,
you may need to replace the anode rod. You may also consider adding a filtering system as a
preventive measure.
IF YOU SMELL GAS
• DO NOT light any appliance.
• DO NOT touch any electric switch.
• DO NOT use any telephone in the unit.
• Using an outside phone, immediately call your gas supplier.
IF YOU CANNOT REACH YOUR GAS SUPPLIER, CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
TURN OFF WATER HEATER
1. Turn switch to OFF position.
2. Turn off electrical power to the appliance.
3. Turn off gas supply.
4. If the motorhome is to be stored or heater is going to be turned off while subject
to freezing temperature, drain the water heater.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH
COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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STORAGE AND DRAINING
If your motorhome will be stored during winter months, drain the water heater to prevent damage from freezing.
1. Turn off electrical power to water heater, either at the switch or the breaker.
2. Turn off gas supply to water heater.
3. Turn off water pump on main water system.
4. Open both hot and cold water faucets and allow water lines to drain completely.
5. Remove anode rod from tank.
WINTERIZING
If your water heater plumbing system is equipped with a bypass kit, use it to close off the water heater,
drain it completely and leave it closed, (in the bypass position). If you are introducing anti-freeze into
the system, be aware that it can be very corrosive to the anode rod, causing premature failure and leaving
heavy sediment in the tank If the plumbing system is not equipped with a bypass kit and you intend
to winterize by adding antifreeze, we strongly recommend removing the anode rod, (storing it for the
winter), and replacing it with a 3/4” drain plug. For more information regarding this process, contact
your dealer.
WATER PUMP
The water pump supplied with your RV is designed to deliver smooth, consistent flow of water at all
ranges of operation, while drawing only a low current.
OPERATION
Frequent pump cycling may be caused by excessive pressure created by one or more of the following,
within the plumbing system:
• Low flow from partially open faucet.
• Water filters not on separate feed lines.
• Clogged water filters.
• Restrictive elbows and valves as possible in the first 2 feet after the pump.
• Flow restrictors in faucets and showerheads.
• Long lengths of small I.D. (inside diameter) lines.
• If replacing pipe/tubing, be sure it is at least 1⁄2” I.D. (inside diameter), for main lines.
To minimize cycling, consider removing plumbing restrictions or install an accumulator after the pump.
Cycling should be minimized to prevent pulsing flow and to achieve maximum pump life. If the pump
is cycling rapidly, increase the setting by turning the screw clockwise 11⁄2 turns maximum, until the pump
operates for 1 second, with at least 2 seconds of OFF time’.
DO NOT USE AUTOMOTIVE ANTIFREEZE TO WINTERIZE
POTABLE (DRINKABLE) WATER SYSTEMS. AUTOMOTIVE ANTIFREEZE IS HIGHLY TOXIC AND INGESTION MAY CAUSE
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
DANGER!
INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
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THERMOSTAT - HEATING AND COOLING
BOTH HEATING AND
COOLING
HEAT ONLY
DUO HEAT AND COOL THERMOSTAT
Many factors influence the ambient temperature inside your RV. The purpose of a thermostat is to keep
the air temperature at the level you have selected. There are several things you can do to help
manage the inside temperature, to avoid over-stressing your heating and cooling appliances.
HEATING
1. Be sure there are no gaps in windows or doors, which would allow loss of heat.
2. Park the motorhome so the front or rear of the unit takes the brunt of wind force.
3. Have your furnace checked to ensure it’s operating at its’ highest capacity.
4. Keep all vents free of obstruction.
Setting the temperature and leaving the thermostat on AUTO, will allow the device to detect changes in
temperature. While some people lower the temperature at night or when leaving the RV, be aware that
when returning and resetting the thermostat, the furnace or air conditioner, has to work harder to reach
the new temperature you set. We recommend setting it at a comfortable temperature and leaving it.
COOLING
1. Park the RV in a shaded area.
2. Use window shades, blinds or curtains.
3. Keep windows and doors shut or minimize usage.
4. Avoid the use of heat producing appliances.
5. Installing window awnings will reduce heat gain by removing direct exposure to the sun.
AIR CONDITIONER
Starting the air conditioner in the morning and giving it a head start on the expected high outdoor
ambient temperature, will greatly improve its’ ability to maintain the desired temperature indoors.
Whether using the HEATING or the COOLING function of your thermostat, condensation is always an
issue. Keeping your RV at a constant temperature helps keep condensation at a minimum. For more
information on the effects of condensation on your RV, refer to Section 5 in this manual.
Your motorhome may be equipped with an optional, roof mounted air conditioner. It operates on 110 volt
power and is located in the living/dining area and in the bedroom area of some models.
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Your motorhome may be factory equipped, with the wiring and necessary bracing for the insertion of
an air conditioner, even if it was purchased without the air conditioner installed at the factory. Check with your
dealer for additional information.
Refer to the air conditioner manufacturer’s users’ manual for complete operating and service
instructions. Efficiency when using the air conditioning can be increased by closing all windows and
curtains and parking your RV in the shade. Air conditioning consumes a large portion of the electric
power available in the recreational vehicle and efficient operation can be an important consideration.
Even though your motorhime is equipped with 30 or 50 amp capabilities, be aware that some
campgrounds may offer less than 30 amp service. Check with the campground before utilizing
excessive power, which may create a fire hazard or trip breakers, in either the recreational vehicle, or the
outside power source.
ALWAYS TURN OFF AIR CONDITIONER (AND ALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES) BEFORE
DISCONNECTING THE RV FROM THE 110 VOLT POWER SOURCE.
IF YOU COVER THE OUTSIDE PORTION OF YOUR AIR CONDITIONER DURING PERIODS OF
STORAGE, BE SURE TO REMOVE PROTECTIVE COVER BEFORE REUSING.
TELEVISION
Due to the large selection of televisions used in the manufacturing of Forest River motorhomes, it is
impossible to list all of them in this manual. Therefore, you will find general information that will be
applicable to most all televisions. For more detailed information regarding the specific television/s
installed in your motorhome, please refer to the television manufacturer’s users guide included in
your Forest River Owner’s packet.
CABLE
Yourmotorhome is prewired for cable. Televisions operate on 12 volt and 110 volt power. Your coach must
be connected to shore power, have the generator (optional) running, or the inverter (optional)
connected, for the TV to operate.
TELEVISION ANTENNA
The optional roof mounted antenna control is located in the ceiling of the
lounge/kitchen area and/or in the bedroom. The antenna can only be used when the
recreational vehicle is parked.
CHECK YOUR PARKING LOCATION FOR OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE RAISING THE ANTENNA.
ALSO BE SURE THE POWER BOOSTER SWITCH IS IN THE ON POSITION.
TO RAISE THE ANTENNA
1. The antenna handle is located on the ceiling in the main living area. Crank the HANDLE in the
UP direction, as indicated by the arrow on the large control knob.
2. Continue to rotate the handle until you feel resistance (about 13 turns).
CAUTION
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3. DO NOT force the handle beyond the point that resistance is felt.
4. When the antenna is up, fine tune the signal by grasping the large rotating KNOB, pulling it
slightly down and turning it until the clearest picture and sound are available.
5. To lower the antenna, rotate it with the large control knob until the pointer on the control knob lines
up with the pointer on the ceiling plate. The antenna can now be lowered by cranking the handle in
the down direction. Continue to rotate the handle until you feel resistance (about 13 turns.) To be
sure the antenna is working properly, tune the TV receiver to the nearest station and rotate the
antenna until you get good picture and sound. Then, turn off the switch on the power booster
TV ANTENNA
To lubricate the elevating gear, apply a liberal amount of silicone
spray to the elevating gear with the lift in the DOWN position. Run the
lift up and down several times to distribute the lubricant to the gears.
If rotating the antenna becomes difficult, normal operation can be
restored by lubricating the bearing surface between the rotating
gear housing, and the base plate. Any spray type silicone lubricant
may be used.
Elevate the antenna and remove the set screw from the rotating gear housing (see illustration). Spray
lubricant into hole and around the edges of the gear housing. Rotate the gear housing until the lubricant
coats the bearing surfaces and the antenna rotates freely. Reinstall set screw.
REAR VISION, STEREO. CD PLAYER, GPS SYSTEM (OPTIONAL)
1. Power
Press the power button (1) or any other button on the front of the radio (except the eject button) to turn
the unit on. Press the power button again to turn the unit off.
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2. Mode
Press MOD (2) to select a different mode of operation as indicated on the display panel. Available
modes include Radio, CD and CDC. CD mode will only appear in the menu if a CD is loaded. CD
changer mode (CDC) will only appear if a CD changer is connected to the unit.
3. Audio Mute
Press MUT (3) momentarily switch to mute the audio volume. Press MUT again to restore volume to
the previous setting.
4. Volume
To increase the volume, rotate the volume control (4) clockwise. To decrease the volume, rotate the
volume control counter clockwise.
5. Sound Adjustment
Press PUSH/AUDIO (5) to step through the following sound adjustment options: BAS (bass), TRE
(treble), BAL (balance) and FAD (fader). When the desired option appears in the display, rotate the
volume control to adjust that audio feature. when no adjustments have been made for five seconds, the
unit will resume normal operation.
YOUR RADIO IS
SIRIUS SATELLITE READY
AND A TUNER AND ANTENNA MUST BE
PURCHASED, TO RECEIVED THE ID NUMBER THAT SIRUS NEEDS TO ESTABLISH YOUR SERVICE.
(TUNER
AND ANTENNA MAY BE PURCHASED FROM YOUR FOREST RIVER DEALER.)
IF THE BATTERY HAS BEEN DISCONNECTED OR IS DEAD, ALL SETTINGS MUST BE RESET.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
To retain the dependability, safety, and appearance, that will provide you with many miles of trouble
free operation, as well as protecting your investment, periodic maintenance, and keeping your
motorhome clean is necessary.
Keep good records of any service and all maintenance functions performed, and be sure to follow all
owner obligations as may be required by the chassis manufacturer, to keep your warranty in force.
It is also important to note that operating conditions will effect service timetables. Driving in extreme
conditions such as heavy dust, continuous short trips, or prolonged, frequent starting and stopping in
heavy traffic, means that the length of time between service appointments will be shortened. Discuss
service timetables with both your dealer and the chassis service representative.
Preventative maintenance will pay for itself many times over, by identifying or preventing problems
before they occur. Many repair costs are greatly increased by ignoring problems when they are small
ones, allowing them to build into larger problems and possibly voiding your warranty, due to neglect,
misuse, or abuse. If left unattended, small problems may also begin to effect other parts and systems
of the motorhome.
FIBERGLASS SIDING
The care of RV fiberglass siding is basically the same care as any automotive finish. All finishes will
deteriorate with time. Dulling and fading can be increased by exposure to extreme sunlight, air pollutants
and excessive moisture. Regular washing will help prevent this from occurring. If surface deterioration,
such as yellowing or chalking occurs, consult your dealer for proper cleaning procedure.
• Wash the exterior monthly with warm water and a mild detergent.
• Avoid spraying water directly into refrigerator and furnace vents.
• To help avoid staining, immediately remove bird droppings, tree sap, insects or tar.
• Wax the exterior at least once a year, with a standard automotive liquid or paste wax.
• Prolonged storage of unit should be in a sheltered environment, when possible.
PHYSICAL DAMAGE TO FIBERGLASS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY TO AVOID MOISTURE ENTERING
THROUGH BREAKS AND CAUSING PROBLEMS WITH INTERIOR WALLS AND COMPONENTS. COVER BREAKS IN
THE FIBERGLASS WITH PLASTIC, SEALING THE EDGES WITH TAPE UNTIL PROPER REPAIRS CAN BE MADE.
WATER PUMP CARE AND OPERATION
Frequent pump cycling may be caused by excessive pressure created by one or more of the following,
within the plumbing system:
• Low flow from partially open faucet.
• Water filters not on separate feed lines.
• Clogged water filters.
• Restrictive elbows and valves as possible in the first 2 feet after the pump.
• Flow restrictors in faucets and showerheads.
• Long lengths of small I.D. (inside diameter) lines.
• If replacing pipe/tubing, be sure it is at least 1⁄2” I.D. (inside diameter), for main lines.
If the pump is cycling rapidly, increase the setting by turning the screw clockwise 11⁄2 turns maximum,
until the pump operates for 1 second, with at least 2 seconds of OFF time’.
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To minimize cycling, consider removing plumbing restrictions or install an accumulator after the pump.
Cycling should be minimized to prevent pulsing flow and to achieve maximum pump life.
If the pump is cycling rapidly, increase the setting by turning the screw clockwise 11⁄2 turns maximum,
until the pump operates for 1 second, with at least 2 seconds of OFF time’.
The water pump supplied with your RV is designed to deliver smooth, consistent flow of water at all
ranges of operation, while drawing only a low current.
WINDOWS AND DOORS
Check the seals around the windows regularly, if sealant is present. Follow the above instructions for
care and maintenance of window and door seals and repair as necessary and if applicable.
To insure windows remain operative, adjust and lubricate latches and moving parts annually. Also
check the condition and operation of door locks, adjusting and lubricating as necessary.
Vinyl seals around windows and doors should be cleaned regularly and kept flexible by using a
silicone spray or lubricant. Be sure to follow the directions on the product container.
Keep screens and window slides clean and free of debris. Your windows are designed with a WEEP
HOLE in the bottom tray. It’s purpose is to allow water and/or condensation to exit through the hole.
It’s important that this area be kept clean and free of debris to prevent moisture build up. Periodically
test the operation of all windows and their components.
MOISTURE CAN ACCUMULATE IN LOCKS AND HINGES OF WINDOWS AND DOORS, CAUSING DAMAGE OR
FAULTY OPERATION. DO NOT FORCE THE OPERATION OF THESE COMPONENTS IN FREEZING WEATHER.
DO NOT COVER EMERGENCY WINDOW(S). THESE EXIT WINDOWS MUST REMAIN ACCESSIBLE AT ALL
TIMES. BE SURE ALL OCCUPANTS AND GUESTS KNOW WHICH WINDOWS ARE THE EMERGENCY EXIT
WINDOWS AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE THEM.
EMERGENCY EXIT
WINDOW
EMERGENCY EXIT
CEILING VENT
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FRAME, EXTRUSIONS AND ALUMINUM SURFACES
Check the condition of the frame regularly. Keep it clean and repaint as necessary, to help avoid rust.
It is especially important to keep underbody components clean when driving your motorhome in the
winter, in areas where road salts are used. To help avoid surface pitting, clean and wax all
extrusions, when waxing RV sidewalls. Special aluminum cleaners are available to restore the
original luster to aluminum surfaces. Be sure to follow the instructions as outlined on the product package.
‘WARNING’ INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH, IF NOT AVOIDED, COULD RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
CAUTION INDICATES A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHICH COULD RESULT IN VEHICLE DAMAGE OR MINOR TO MODERATE INJURY.
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ROOF
Inspection of roof components at least twice a year, is very important to make sure seams and seals
are not cracked or worn. Proper maintenance of seals is necessary to keep moisture from entering
and causing severe damage such as rot, mold or mildew. If you encounter dry, cracked or weathered
seals, reseal or replace as necessary. Check with your dealer for the type of caulking required for rubber
roofs and correct methods of resealing or replacing. A mild household soap solution and a soft brush
can be used to clean a rubber roof.
IF YOUR ROOF SHOULD BECOME PUNCTURED OR RIPPED, COVER THE PUNCTURE OR TEAR
TO SEAL OUT MOISTURE AND HAVE IT REPAIRED IMMEDIATELY.
IF A FACTORY INSTALLED ROOF RACK AND/OR LADDER ARE PRESENT, THE ROOF HAS BEEN
REINFORCED. IF YOU ADD AN AFTERMARKET ROOF RACK OR LADDER, USE EXTREME CAUTION
WHEN ON THE ROOF. YOU MAY NEED TO USE BOARDS ACROSS THE ROOF FOR TEMPORARY
REINFORCEMENT. (REMEMBER TO REMOVE THE BOARDS WHEN LEAVING THE ROOF AREA.)
LP GAS SYSTEM
To ensure proper operation, have the LP gas system checked frequently for leaks and road damage. The
entire system including regulator pressure, should be checked annually or sooner, if you suspect a
problem. Have the system checked by a qualified LP gas service technician using proper equipment.
The method of checking the system for leaks and LP gas safety precautions can be found in Section
5 of this manual.
LINE PRESSURE FOR LP GAS APPLIANCES SHOULD BE CHECKED AT LEAST EVERY SIX MONTHS.
MOST LP GAS SUPPLIERS HAVE EQUIPMENT TO TEST THE LINES. THE CORRECT LINE
PRESSURE FOR ALL RV LP GAS APPLIANCES, IS 11 INCHES OF WATER COLUMN PRESSURE.
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Check the operation of exterior lights often. Check clearance, turn signal, brake and back-up lights
to be sure they are working correctly. Replace any cracked, broken or missing light covers to avoid
moisture infiltration and possible damage to their electrical system.
WINTER PRECAUTIONS
• Water Systems - In severe cold, it is wise to monitor the water temperature in the tank, and take
steps to drain and winterize if necessary. It is also a good idea, in severe cold, to open lower
cabinet doors in the kitchen and bath to allow warm air to circulate around water fixtures. To
minimize freezing damage, insulate drain lines exposed to outside elements.
• FOOD Storage - If left in an unheated RV for a period of time, canned goods and other foods packed
in water should be stored as high as possible since heat rises. Refrigerators can also be used for
storage, even when unplugged, as they are well insulated.
• Heating - Use ONLY the RV furnace for heating, as it is properly vented to the outside. NEVER USE
THE RANGE FOR HEATING AS FIRE, CARBON MONOXIDE OR ASPHYXIATION COULD RESULT.
• Condensation - Moisture can collect on inside surfaces during cold weather when inside
humidity is high. While the coach is in use, a family can vaporize up to three gallons of water daily
through daily living. Consider using a dehumidifier to remove moisture. See Section 4 of this
manual for additional tips regarding how to reduce condensation.
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STORAGE TIPS
1. Park your RV on a level surface.
2. Winterize the chassis and the generator, (optional) as outlined in the chassis and the
generator owner’s manuals.
3. Clean your recreational vehicle thoroughly, inside and out, as previously outlined in this section.
4. Turn off all electrical switches and appliances.
5. Close all shades and curtains. Consider protecting the curtains from sun fade by placing foil
or paper between the windows and the screens.
6. Be sure all windows, doors and vents are securely closed. Cover exterior appliance vents,
to prevent moisture and insects from entering during storage.
7. Check the interior of the RV periodically to be sure leaks have not developed and that
condensation has not formed, causing damage to interior components. Condensation can
most readily be observed as moisture accumulation on windows and mirrors. To reduce
the possibility of condensation, air out the RV occasionally during storage.
8. Be sure that both the chassis and auxiliary batteries have the proper electrolyte level and that
they are fully charged. A discharged battery will freeze and crack the case. In storage, a
battery will gradually loose charge after 30-45 days, even when disconnected by use of the
battery disconnect switch. We recommend that you check the battery for charge once a
month. If the charge is 80% or less, it must be recharged. You may wish to remove the
battery and store it in a heated area. However, even when warm, the correct battery level
must be maintained.
9. Be sure the tires are inflated to correct pressure and check periodically.
10. Keep the roof free from snow and ice. Check it periodically, and after a heavysnowfall.
11. Winterize the water systems and protect exterior hoses and lines from freezing. Follow the
winterizing procedure outlined in Section 5 of this manual. Also follow all component
manufacturers instruction regarding their particular product. (If their procedure differs from
this manual, follow the component manufacturers instructions.)
HOLDING TANK HEATING PADS
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STORAGE PREPARATION
When storing you RV for the winter, certain precautions need to be taken to protect your unit. Be
sure to talk with your local dealer concerning any special requirements, for storage, in your particular
geographic location. The following steps are general and your dealer can help you choose those
which are most appropriate for your needs.
CHASSIS MAINTENANCE SHOULD FOLLOW THE CHASSIS MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS
FOUND IN THE OWNER’S PACKET YOU RECEIVED WITH YOUR FOREST RIVER COACH.
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FORMALDEHYDE FROM BUILDING MATERIALS
Certain building products such as particleboard, fiberboard, and hardwood plywood, are manufactured
with an adhesive containing urea-formaldehyde. These products emit a small quantity of formaldehyde
into the air.
Other products containing formaldehyde or urea-formaldehyde resins are certain carpets, draperies,
upholstery, fabrics, deodorizers, cosmetics and permanent press fabrics. Formaldehyde is also a
by-product of combustion and is produced by cigarettes and gas appliances.
The concentration of formaldehyde in the indoor air depends upon the quantity and emission rates of
all emitting products in the structure compared to the volume of indoor air and the fresh air ventilation
rate. As with other indoor pollutants, ventilation should reduce formaldehyde levels.
FORMALDEHYDE LEVELS IN THE INDOOR AIR CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY EYE AND RESPIRATORY
IRRITATION AND MAY AGGRAVATE RESPIRATORY CONDITIONS OR ALLERGIES.
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WATERPURTM
To help you choose quality water treatment products, the Water Quality Association
developed its’ Gold Seal program. WQA tests water treatment equipment and awards
the Gold Seal only to those systems that meet or exceed industry standards for
performance, capacity and integrity in removing a variety of drinking water
contaminants. WQA Gold Seal testing and validation is available for drinking water
treatment units. It provides the following assurances:
1. Performance Testing - measures contaminant reduction capabilities over the life and
capacity of the unit.
2. Structural Integrity - measures durability under pressurization beyond the usual demands
of home water systems, simulating 10 years of normal use.
3. Materials Safety - confirms a product does not add anything harmful to the water being treated.
4. Literature Review - verifies clarity and accuracy of product literature sales and advertising copy,
installation and maintenance instructions, and product labeling.
Gold Seal labeled products must meet the Water Quality Association’s Code of Ethics standards. Only
the Water Quality Association can award the Gold Seal, and only products meeting comprehensive
industry standards can earn it.
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GOLD SEAL AND BUY
WITH CONFIDENCE.
LOOK FOR THE
FOR MORE INFORMATION, WRITE:
WATER QUALITY ASSOCIATION
4151 NAPERVILLE RD.
LISLE, IL. 60532-1088
(A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION.) VISIT OUR WEBSITE
AT: www.wqa.org
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MODEL CCI-10CLW12
The WaterPurTM system filters all water going
into your RV, not just drinking water, thereby
protecting your complete plumbing system
from contaminants, providing filtered cold and
hot water, and providing filtered water to your
bathroom. It also:
removes over 99% of chlorine, taste and odor
removes over 99% of turbidity
removes over 99% of Giardia & Cryptosporidium
does not channel, fluidize, or bypass like a granular activated carbon filter
does not permit the passage of cultivated bacteria like a granular activated carbon filter
does not contain silver nitrate or any other pesticide or harmful chemical
is constructed from all NSF listed materials
is rated for 10,000 gallons or one year
has a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute
The WaterPurTM cartridge is made of activated carbon particles fused into a uniform block, providing
micron filtration. Service life is greatly extended by a 15 micron polypropylene prefiltration medium and
a layer of 5 micron polypropylene melt blown intermediate filtration medium.
The WaterPurTM Models
CCI10CLW12 & CCI-5CLW12 have been tested and awarded the WQA Gold Seal certifying these
systems meet or exceed industry standards for performance, capacity and integrity under WQA S-200
for Household and Commercial Water Filters.
The replaceable cartridge, which is the heart of the WaterPurTM system, has been tested to meet the
material requirements of NSF Standards 42, 53 and 58. It has been tested to meet the performance
requirements of NSF Standard 42 for Class 1 Chlorine reduction and Standard 53 for Class 1 Turbidity
and Cyst reduction.
Winterize
To winterize your RV’s water system, remove the WaterPurTM cartridge from the housing and
follow manufacturer’s directions for dewinterizing, then replace the WaterPurTM cartridge. The
cartridge should be replaced every 12 months or 10,000 gallons, whichever comes first.
An easy way to remember to do this is to replace the cartridge when you dewinterize in the spring.
Replace the WaterPurTM cartridge only with a genuine WaterPurTM cartridge available from your
Forest River dealer.
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Sanitize
Prior to using your RV’s fresh water system with the WaterPurTM CCI-10CLW12 installed, the
entire system should be sanitized and rinsed. When sanitizing, make sure the WaterPurTM filter
cartridge is not in the filter housing.
• Place one ounce of household bleach (such as Clorox) in your RV’s fresh water tank, for each ten
gallons of capacity. (If your tank holds 30 gallons, put 3 ounces of bleach in the tank.) Fill your
RV’s fresh water tank with potable (drinkable) water.
• SLOWLY open the faucets in the RV and allow water to flow until you smell chlorine at each faucet,
then close the faucet. DO NOT PERMIT THE CHLORINATED WATER TO SPLASH ONTO
CLOTHES, WALLS, COUNTERS OR FLOORS. Allow the system to sit overnight.
• Drain the fresh water tank and fill with potable water. Run the faucets until the chlorine smell is
gone. Repeat as necessary.
• Shut off the fresh water pump or disconnect from your city water supply. Open the kitchen faucets
to remove pressure. Place a shallow pan beneath the WaterPurTM filter.
• Remove the sump from the WaterPurTM housing by turning counterclockwise being careful not
to spill the water in the housing. Empty the water from the housing.
• Unwrap the WaterPurTM cartridge and place it in the housing. (Either side up). Make certain that
the ‘O’ ring is properly seated, and reattach the housing to the filter cap by turning clockwise.
Tighten the housing firmly by hand. DO NOT overtight en.
• Close the kitchen faucets and either turn on your fresh water pump or your city water supply.
Check for leaks at the filter housing. Tighten if necessary. Open the kitchen faucet and allow water
to flow for ten minutes. Your WaterPurTM system is now ready to deliver fresh tasting
filtered water to all of the faucets in your RV!
Operational Note:
The WaterPurTM cartridge is not to be autoclaved or steam sterilized. Use the WaterPurTM
cartridge with microbiologically safe water. Activated carbon filters are not designed to kill or
remove bacteria or viruses. Actual results obtained will vary with various combinations of organic
contaminants, changes in pH or other conditions encountered in actual use. All information presented is
based on data believed to be reliable. It is offered for evaluation and verification, but is not to be
considered a warranty of any kind. The contaminants removed by the WaterPurTM cartridge are not
necessarily in your water. Some jurisdictions tax, regulate, or restrict devices making health related or
aesthetic claims. WaterPurTM makes no claims in those jurisdictions.
WARRANTY
The WaterPurTM system is warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one
year from date of purchase. Warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, neglect, improper
installation, exposure to pressure, temperatures above or below stated operating parameters, or
improper winterizing.
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WARRANTY
The WaterPurTM system is warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one
year from date of purchase. Warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, neglect, improper
installation, exposure to pressure or temperature above or below stated operating parameters, or
improper winterizing.
The Seller makes no other warranties of any kind, expressed or implied, concerning this product,
including warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, except that this product should
be capable of performing as described in this manual.
Seller’s obligation for this product’s performance below specifications shall be limited solely to the
replacement of product proven defective, at the Seller’s sole discretion. Determination of suitability of
product for uses contemplated by Buyer, shall be the sole responsibility of Buyer. Use of this product
constitutes Buyer’s acceptance of this limited liability.
DESCRIPTION:
The WaterPurTM Model CCI-10CLW12 is a Household Class, Group 2, water filtration device designed
for installation in recreational vehicles. It has a micron rating of 1 micron, a capacity of 10,000 gallons of
chlorine removal at 2.5 gallons per minute. This capacity was determined under WQA Standard
S-200 Test Conditions, and may vary with local water characteristics.
The cartridge consists of activated carbon particles fused into a uniform block with enhanced absorptive
capacity and efficiency. The cartridge flows in a radial outside-to-inside direction providing increased dirt
capacity and low pressure drop (8 psid @ 1 gpm service flow, maximum differential pressure of 100 psid
and a collapse pressure of 200 psid).
Unlike granular activated carbon (GAC) filters, the extruded carbon will not channel or bypass, due to the
extreme uniformity of its extruded activated carbon core. Service life is greatly extended by a layer of 15
micron polypropylene spun-bonded prefiltration medium and a second layer of 5 micron polypropylene
melt blown filter medium.
Maximum cartridge operating pressure is 125 psid and maximum operating temperature is 125 O F.
Minimum operating temperature is 400 F. The housing and cartridge are constructed of 100% NSF
listed materials.
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FOREST RIVER’S CUSTOMER
‘EMERGENCY
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE’
OWNER’S GUIDE
THIS INFORMATION AND
SERVICE IS PROVIDED BY:
Coach-Net®
900 N. LAKE HAVASU AVENUE
LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ. 86403
1-877-801-0333
WHEN YOU TAKE DELIVERY OF YOUR NEW FOREST
RIVER INC. RECREATIONAL VEHICLE, YOU ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
SERVICE
- FREE OF CHARGE. WE’VE TEAMED UP WITH
THE LARGEST RV EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
COMPANY IN THE COUNTRY TO GIVE YOU IMMEDIATE
ACCESS TO FAST, DEPENDABLE SERVICE WHEN AND
WHERE YOU NEED IT.
THIS IS A COMPREHENSIVE
EMERGENCY ROADSIDE SERVICE THAT IS AVAILABLE
TO YOU AROUND THE CLOCK.
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