AML Motor Home Operating instructions

Driven to Explore
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Manufacturing subsidiaries of Fleetwood Enteq)rises, Inc. build the following motor homes, travel trailers and truck campers:
Pace Arrow. Southwind • Stann. Bounder. Bounder Diesel. Discovery. Excursion· Providence· Flair· Fiesta· Terra· Tioga
Jamboree. American Eagle· American 'Heritage. American Tradition. Expedition· Revolution· Pioneer· Prowler· Teny •
Wilderness. Mallard. Park Trailer. Plide • Triumph. Elkhorn. Gearbox
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NTR0DUCTION ..................... .01-1
Inspect and Maintain ...................01-2
Planning and Preparation ................01-2
Owner's Information Package ............01-2
Chassis and Vehicle Identification ........01-3
Suspension Alignment and Tire Balance ....01-3
After-Market Steeling Aid Devices ........ 01-4
Warnings, Terms and Concepts for
Safe Operation of Your Motor Home ....01-4
Event Data Recording Device
(If Equipped) .......................01-6
WARRANTY ....... .- ................. .02-1
Coverage Provided ........... : ........02-1
Owner's Obligations ...................02-1
Dealer's Obligations ...................02-1
When the Dealer Does Not
Resolve the Problem .................02-1
Manufacturer's Obligations ..............02-1
What is Not Covered by This Warranty ....02-2
Warranties ...........................02-3
Warranty Service ......................02-4Reporting Safety Defects. __ . _. ___ . __ .. _.02-4
IMPORTANT NOTICES ............... .03-1
Lamps and Bulbs ......................04-1
Driver's Controls ......................04-2
Hood Latch ...... _...................04-4
ON THE ROAD . ...................... .05-1
Motor Home Loading ............... _..05-1
Responsibility for Proper Loading ......05-1
Some Definitions First . ...............05-1
Towing a Vehicle or Trailer . ...........05-2
Cargo Carrying Capacity Label ........05-3
Cargo Carrying Capacity and Load
Distribution ......................05-4
How to Weigh Your Loaded Motor Home .05-4
Dangers of Overloading ..............05-6
Loading Tips .......................05-6
Tires ................................05-7
Tire Inflation .......................05-7
Air Pressure ........................05-8
Underinflation ......................05-8
Air Pressure Check ..................05-8
Tire Replacement ....................05-9
If You Get a Flat Tire . ................05-9
Changing a Flat Tire " ...............05-9
Seats, Seat Belts and Air Bags
(If Equipped) .......................05-9
Air Bag Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS) ....................05-10
Combination Lap and Shoulder Belts " .05-10
Safety Belt Maintenance .............05-10
Safety Restraints for Children .........05-10
Safety Belts for Children .............05-11
Child Seat Tethers ..................05-11
Driving and Vehicle Control ............05-12
Using the Engine to Slow the
Motor Home . ....................05-12
Maneuvering in Traffic ................ 05-12
Rear View Video Monitor (If Equipped) ...05-13
Body Undercoating ...................05-14
Fuel and Fuel Systems .................05-14
Safe Refueling Guidelines ............05-14
Fuel Types and Driveability Issues .....05-15
API Refueling Advisory ...............05-15
Engine Fan ...... " ..................05-16
Exhaust System Heat ..................05-16
Engine Temperature Gauges ............05-16
Carbon Monoxide Safety Precautions .....05-16
Carbon Monoxide Detector/Alarm .....05-17
Emergency Towing ...................05-17
Leveling System (If Equipped) ., .........06-1
Power Entry Step (If Equipped) ..........06-1
Entry and Screen Doors .................06-1
Patio Awning (If Equipped) ..............06-1
Table of Contents
Windows ............................06-2
Emergency Exit Window(s) ............06-2
Remote Mirror Control (If Equipped) ......06-2
Sun Visors (If Equipped) ...............06-2
Window Shades (If Equipped) ...........06-2
Day/Night Shades (If Equipped) ....... .06-3
Mini-Blinds ..........................06-3
Storage ..............................06-3
Exterior Compartments . ..............06-3
Interior Storage .....................06-4
Slide-Out Rooms (If Equipped) ......... .06-4
Interior and Furnishings ................06-4
Dinette Conversion (with Built-in Table) . .06-4
Dinette Conversion
(with Free-Standing Table) ...........06-5
Sofa Conversion (If Equipped) .........06-5
Sleeper Sofa Conversion (If Equipped) ...06-5
Folding Doors/Privacy Curtain
Dividers '" ......................06-5
Folding Chairs (If Equipped) ..........06-5
Free-Standing Furniture (If Equipped) .. .06-5
Interior Lighting ....................06-6
Overhead Vents .....................06-6
Monitor Panel ........................06-6
Effects of Permanent Occupancy .........06-7
Condensation and How to Control It .. , .06-7
Dripping Ceiling Vents ...............06-9
Important Information ................. .06-9
What the RV Owner Can Do ..........06-10
Fire Safety ..........................06-10
Fire Safety Precautions ..............06-11
Smoke Detector/Alarm . ..............06-12
AND HOLDING TANKS ...............07-1
Fresh Water System ....................07-1
External Fresh Water Hookup . .........07-1
Filling the On-Board Water Tank ...... .07-1
Draining the Fresh Water Tank . ........07-2
Water Pump . .......................07-2
Water Pump Filter . ................. .07-2
Low Point Drains ...................07-3
Troubleshooting the Fresh Water System • .07-3
Leaks .............................07-3
Sanitizing the Fresh Water System ......07-3
Exterior Shower (If Equipped) ...... : ..07-4
Whole Coach Water Filter System
(If Equipped) .....................07-4
Waste Water System ...................01-4
Toilet ......................•......07-4
Draining the Holding Tanks ............07-5
Black Tank Flush System (If Equipped) ..07-6
Holding Tank Care ..................07-6
Cold Weather Usage .. ... , ...........07-7
ELECTRICAL SySTEMS ...............08·1
Chassis 12- Volt Electrical System ... , .....08-1
Chassis Bulbs and Fuses ..............08-1
Fleetwood 12- Volt House and Automotive
System ................ , .,',' .....• ..Q8-1
Batteries ...........................08-1
Battery Disconnect (If Equipped) .......08-1
Battery Inspection and Care ...........08-2
Battery Charging ....................08-2
Solar Panel (If Equipped) .............08-3
Selecting a Replacement Battery ....... .08-3
Auxiliary Start System (If Equipped) .....08-3
120- Volt System ......................08-3
Power Converter ..........................08-4
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) .08-4
Generator (If Equipped) ..............08-4
Generator Fuel Supply ...............08-5
LP Generator (If Equipped) ...........08-5
Generator Operations ................08-5
Generator Operating Safety Precautions ..08-5
Energy Management System 50 AMP .....08-6
Electrical Wiring Diagrams ..............08-6
Motor Home Fuses and Circuit Breakers ...08-6
LP GAS SySTEM ......................09·1
LP Gas Safety Precautions ..............09-1
System Components ...................09-2
Hoses . ......... , ...... , ...........09-2
LP Gas Regulator ...................09-2
Accessory LP Gas Supply .............09-2
Table of Contents
Using LP Gas System at Low
Temperatures .......................09-3
Filling LP Gas Tanks ...................09-3
LP Gas System Check ..................09-3
LP Gas Leak Detector/Alarm ............09-3
Lighting LP Gas Appliances .............09-4
.PPLIANCES ........................ .10-1
Water Heater ........................ .1 0-1
Water Heater Bypass Valve ........... .10-1
Refrigerator ......................... .10-1
Furnace .............................1 0-1
Range .............................. .10-2
Range Exhaust Hood .................. .1 0-2
Air Conditioner(s) (If Equipped) ......... .10-2
Additional 12-Volt Equipment .......... .10-3
Video Equipment ......... : ........... .10-3
Video Control Center ................... 10-3
TV Antenna ......................... .10-3
Antenna Operating Instructions ........... 10-3
Satellite Dish Antenna (If Equipped) ..... .10-4
Telephone Jack ....................... 10-4
Microwave Oven (If Equipped) ......... .10-4
WasherlDryer-Ready Option ............. 10-4
Miscellaneous Appliances .............. .10-4
VlAINTENAN CE ...................... .11-1
Exterior ............................. 11-1
Stains . ............................ 1l-1
Exterior Graphics Care . .............. 11-2
Windows, Doors, Vents and Locks . ...... 11-2
TPO Roof System .................... .11-2
Cleaning . .......................... 1l-2
Care . ............................. 1l-2
Sealant Renewal .................... 11-2
Door, Window, Roof Component
and Molding Resealing ............. 1l-3
Acrylic Assist Handles (If Equiped) ...... .11-3
Interior .............................. 1l-3
Fabrics ............................ 11-3
Solid Surface Top Care (If Equipped) '" .1l-4
Laminate Top Care (If Equipped) ....... 11-4
Walls and Ceiling Panels . ............. 1l-4
Attaching Accessories to Your
Motor Home . ..................... 1l-4
Plastic/Fiberglass Shower Stall . ........ 1l-4
Floors and Carpeting ................ 1l-4
Wood Floor (If Equipped) ............ .11-4
Engine Access ...................... 11-5
Exterior Sealants ..................... .11-5
Generator Filters ..................... .11-5
Trailer Hitch Connector Wiring .......... .11-5
Maintenance Guideline ................. 11-6
STORAGE ........................... .12-1
Storage Checklists .................... .12-1
Short-Term Storage (Less than 60 days) .. 12-1
Long-Term Storage (Over 60 days) ..... 12-2
Winterization ........................ .12-2
Water System Winterizing ............ .12-3
Reactivating the Motor Home
After Storage ...................... .12-4
GLOSSARY .......................... .13-1
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Welcome to the recreational vehicle life-style
and the growing family of motor home owners.
We sincerely thank you for choosing a
Fleetwood motor home!
This manual describes many features of your RV and
includes some instructions for its safe use. This manual, including photographs and illustrations, is of a general nature only. Some equipment and features
described or shown in this manual may be optional or
because of the continuous program of product change
conducted by Fleetwood, it is possible that recent
product changes may not be included.
Throughout this manual the term "RV" represents a
"Recreational Vehicle" as defined by the NFPA
11921ANSI A 119.2 code. This includes motor homes,
fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, camping trailers,
recreational park trailers, and truck campers.
Your motor home has been designed to provide
you with years of carefree, pleasant traveling
and vacationing. It confOlIDs with, or exceeds,
applicable American National Standards
Institute (ANSI), National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA), Canadian Standards
Association (CSA) (units built for Canada only),
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
(FMVSS), Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and California Air Resources Board
(CARE) regulations. The seal attached just outside the entry door indicates compliance with
ANSI or CSA standards.
Like all equipment, your motor home will require
care and regular maintenance in order to deliver
maximum value and performance. The dealer will
give you basic operating and maintenance instructions. However, supplement this by reading all
instmctional material(s) furnished with the motor
home in the Owner's Inforlllation Package and
the motor home Chassis Operator's!
Owner's Guide!Manual. This information outlines impOitant areas of operation and maintenance for you to follow for safe, trouble-free service from your motor home. Study these materials
carefully. A good working knowledge of your
motor home and how to care for it will help you
enjoy many miles and years of recreational living.
Please pay close attention to these statements
while you read this Owner's Manual.
In this manual, statements preceded by the following words are of special significance:
indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if
not avoided, could result in death or serious injuty.
indicates a potentially hazardous situation which,
if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate
indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in damage to
the component or vehicle .
indicates points of particular interest for more
efficient and convenient operation.
If you have any questions regarding operation,
maintenance, or service, please contact your
dealer immediately so he can assist you. Your
dealer's Service or Sales Department will handle any normal problems which might occur.
Some equipment and features described or
shown in this manual may be optional or not
available on some models.
Because of the continuous program of product
improvement conducted by Fleetwood, it is possible that recent product changes may not be
included in this manual. Specifications may
change without notice. Product information,
illustrations and photography included in this
Owner's Manual were as accurate as possible at
the time of publication, and are representative of
function and mayor may not be specific in their
depiction of actual equipment, fabrics, interior
or exterior decor or design options as installed
on or in your recreational vehicle.
The instructions included in this manual are
intended as a guide, and in no respect extend the
responsibilities of the manufacturing subsidiary,
parent company or affiliates beyond the standard written warranty as presented in this manual.
Fleetwood has designed its recreational vehicles
to provide a variety of uses for its customers.
Each vehicle features optimal seating, sleeping,
storage and fluid capacities. The user is responsible for selecting the proper combination of
loads to ensure that the recreational vehicle's
capacities are not exceeded.
Follow a consistent schedule of inspection and
maintenance for your motor home. Your continuing safety and comfort depend on it. This manual includes a section outlining maintenance
intervals. If you follow the maintenance guidelines, you will minimize the possibility of failure of any important system or part of your
motor home.
Each year millions of Americans embark on
trips using some type of recreational vehicle.
Proper planning of your trip will ensure a pleasurable experience. A thorough knowledge of
your RV is important if you are going to get the
most out of the convenience and safety items
built into your motor home. Be as familiar with
it as you are with your personal car or truck. If
you have trouble or have questions, please consult your dealer.
This package contains valuable documents about
your motor home and its equipment and systems.
This Owner's Manual and the Chassis
Operator's Manual are in the package. Since this
manual does not cover every possible detail of
equipment and options installed on or in your
motor home, there are booklets and instructional
material in the package that will help you safely
operate, maintain and troubleshoot those items.
Be sure you read all this information and
undersmnd the safety and operating instructions
inclnded in the paclmge. Additionally, you must
follow all maintenance instructions to insure full
wan'anty coverage. If you decide to sell or trade
your motor home, be sure the new owner
receives all the material in this package.
If your Owner's Information Package does not contain these items, even if you purchased your motor
home "used," please call or write Fleetwood and
request the desired or missing information.
Fleetwood Motor Home Service
P.O. Box 59933
Riverside, CA 92517
(800) 322-8216
Several numbers are used to identify the vehicle
andcomponents used on the vehicle.
The front suspension and steering system of this
vehicle was accurately aligned at the factory
before delivery to the dealership. However, after
you have fully loaded the vehicle according to
your personal needs, have the alignment
checked and adjusted, if necessary. To help prevent uneven tire wear, check the front-end alignment periodically.
The V.I.N. or Vehicle Identification Number is
assigned by the chassis manufacturer and is the
number used for vehicle registration. The V.lN.
is found on the Federal Certification Tag attached
in the driver's compartment. Refer to this information when ordering parts from the chassis
manufacturer or chassis dealer service center.
The F.I.N. or Fleetwood Identification Number
is located on the tag just outside the main entty
door or on the outside left front side of the motor
home. Use this number when ordering parts
through your Fleetwood dealer or Service Center.
Please note that front-end alignment after
retail delivery is the owner's responsibility and
is not covered under the warranty.
Located on the exterior left front side
of the motor home.
F.I.N. (Fleetwood Identification No.)
This vehicle conforms to all applicable U.S. Federal Motor
Vehicle Safety Standards in effect on the date of manufacture
shown above:
The tires and wheels with sizes and ratings designated above
have been equipped with this vehicle by Fleetwood. Any
replacement tires installed must me!)t the same specifications
and minimum load requirements.
Located in the driver's compartment.
Excessive or abnormal tire wear may indicate
worn or misaligned suspension or steering components, unbalanced or improperly inflated
tire(s) or some other tire/suspension problem.
Alignment can be affected by worn steering/suspension parts or road hazards such as hitting a
curb, pothole, railroad track, etc. Improper
alignment can cause tires to roll at an angle and
wear unevenly. It may also cause the vehicle to
"pull" to the right or left.
Out-of-balance tires will not roll smoothly and
will cause annoying vibrations and uneven tread
wear such as cupping or flat spots. If you see
uneven tire tread wear or if the vehicle ride
comfort decreases, the tires may need to be
See the Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/
Manual for more information.
Fleetwood does not sanction or condone the
installation of any steering aid device that is not
approved by our chassis manufacturer's. Any
add-on device of this type may void the chassis
manufacturer's warranty on the item or items
Vehicle Crash
Like any other vehicle you may drive, your
motor home can be involved in a vehicle
crash, including a rollover. The motor home
will be damaged and you and others can be
injured or killed. Drive defensively at all
times. DO NOT drive if you are tired, have
been drinking alcoholic beverages, are under
the influence of any controlled substance, or
are taking any medication or dlUgS that may
impair your sight, hearing, judgment or coordination. Pull off the road and park in a safe
area until you can drive safely.
Vehicle Handling
Your motor home is longer, wider and
higher than a typical car or tlUck you may
be accustomed to driving. Keep this in
mind as you become familiar with driving
your motor home. New motor home owners shol.lld take special care to learn the
driving and handling characteristics of your
vehicle in safe and familiar sUiTOundings.
The distribution of the weight of your
motor home is designed so it will handle
safely while being driven.
• When loading the motor home, balance
the load front-to-rear and side-to-side.
• Load and secure heavier items lower in
the storage areas than lighter items.
If you fail to properly load your belongings and
supplies, you will defeat the load distribution
design of the motor home, possibly leading to
handling problems and a vehicle crash.
Vehicle Response
When you, the driver, accelerate, brake or
steer the motor home, it responds to these
inputs. If you are faced with an emergency
while driving, the way you respond to the
emergency and the way the motor home
responds becomes more critical. If you
load, alter or maintain your motor home
improperly, it will not respond as it did
when you first received it in an unloaded
condition. Improper loading, alteration,
mainteuance and improper driver
responses to emergency conditions can
lead to handling proble11ls and vehicle
Vehicle Towing
Your motor home can be equipped with a
hitch designed to allow you to tow vehicles
or other loads behind your motor home.
The maximum amount of weight your
motor home can pull or stop is determined
by the manufacturer of the chassis on
which your motor home is built. Check the
Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/
Manual provided by the motor home chassis manufacturer for the limits on the
weight you can tow.
If the Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/
Manual equipped with your motor home
does not provide specific information on
towing weight limits. it is strongly
recommended that the towed vehicle or
trailer be equipped with a properly installed
and operating supplemental brake control
system that operates in combination with
the brakes on your motor home.
• You may be able to increase the weight of
any towed load by properly installing on the
towed load a supplemental brake control
system that operates with your motor
home's braking system. Even with additional brakes, you cannot tow more than the
GTW or GCWR for the chassis under your
motor home. Again, check the Chassis
Operator's/Owner's Guide/Manual.
• You CANNOT increase the towed weight
limit by changing the size of your hitch.
• Properly load what you tow to avoid a
vehicle crash.
• Do not attempt to tow something that is
too heavy for your chassis.
• When driving in mountainous areas,
look for and obey highway signs conceming grades and curves. Your driving
experience when pulling and stopping a
towed unit on mountain roads will be very
different from what you experience on
level ground.
• State laws in the United States and provinciallaws in Canada vary concerning towing requirements and limits. Check the
laws in the areas where you anticipate trav-
Alterations to Your Motor )-lome
Many motor home owners like to add a
personal touch to their motor home. But
there is a difference between changing how
your motor home looks versus how it
handles or responds to driver inputs. If you
expect to make'any type of alteration to
your motor home, consult a professional
who understands the correct way to do the
alteration and how the alteration will
change or affect the stability, handling,
vehicle response, and overall performance
and safety of your motor home. An
improper alteration that affects vehicle
hamlling or response can cause a vehicle
crash, aml any improper alteration to the
electrical or LP gas systems can cause a
fire and can emlanger your motor home
aml its occupants. Fleetwood, your chassis
and other manufacturers stand behind the
motor home as delivered - NOT as altered
by someone else.
Warning Devices
Your motor home is equipped with warning
devices. Check them before a trip for
proper operation. A disabled warning
device cannot warn you or vehicle occupants of a life-threatening danger. Keep
them working and respond to them quickly.
Examples of These Devices Include:
• Carbon Monoxide Detector/Alarm
• LP gas Detector/Alarm
• Smoke Detector/Alarm
• Seat Belt Warnings
• Hazard Flashers
• Brake Warning Light
• Engine Warning Light
(If Equipped)
SPECIAL NOTICE: Vehicle Event Data
Recording Capabilities.
Motor homes equipped with driver/passenger
airbags, Navigational or Vehicle Avoidance
Systems and/or equipped with certain other
electronic devices may be equipped with event
data recording capabilities.
Your motor home is built on a vehicle chassis
supplied by an automotive manufacturer. For
diagnostic and safety related reasons, this
chassis comes equipped with electronic modules
Certain electronic modules have the capability
to record information about the vehicle, driver,
and passenger such as engine performance,
braking performance, vehicle location, vehicle
speed, and occupant seat belt use, or other data.
The data stored in the electronic modules may
be retrieved by authorized patties using specialized equipment, for vehicle diagnostic or accident investigation purposes.
Please refer to the .chassis manufacturer owner's
guide and/or (if equipped) electronic device
manufacturers owner's guide(s), for fUither
details on event data recording capabilities.
For Motor Homes Manufactured by Subsidiaries of Fleetwood
Enterprises, Inc., Sold In the United States and Canada
Your new motor home, including the structure,
plumbing, heating and electrical systems, all
. appliances and equipment installed by the manufacturer, is warranted under normal use to be
free from manufacturing defects in material or
workmanship, when first sold by an authorized
Fleetwood Dealership.
The warranty covers the first retail purchaser
and all transferees during the warranty period
when first sold by an authorized Fleetwood
Dealership. The warranty begins on the date of
original retail delivery or the date the motor
home is first placed into service as a rental,
commercial or demonstrator unit (whichever
occurs first) "Start Date" and extends for the
following periods:
1. For non-structural defects, one (1) year
from the Start Date or until the motor home
reaches 15,000 total miles as determined
by the mileage shown on the odometer,
whichever occurs first.
2. For structural defects, three (3) years from
the Start Date or until the motor home
reaches 50,000 total miles as determined
by the mileage shown on the odometer,
whichever occurs first. Structural defects
are defined only as the motor home's roof
structure, sub-floor structure, and
Vacubond® walls.
This warranty does not cover:
1. The automotive chassis system (including
the chassis and drive train), tires and batteries, all of which are covered by the separate warranties of the respective manufacturers of these components.
2. Defects caused by or related to:
a. Abuse, misuse, negligence or accident;
b. Failure to comply with instructions contained in the Owner's Information
c. Alteration or modification of the motor
d. Enviromnental conditions (salt, hail,
chemicals in the atmosphere, etc.)
3. Normal deterioration due to wear or exposure, such as sealants, fading of exterior
surfaces, fabrics, drapes, and carpet wear,
4. Motor homes on which the odometer reading has been altered.
5. Normal maintenance and service items,
such as light bulbs, fuses, sealants, lubricants, etc.
6. Appearance imperfections, or damage to
paint, graphics, exterior materials, or
upholstery that may have occurred prior to
delivery and are normally corrected during
the delivery inspection process at the manufacturing plant or at the dealership.
7. Transportation to and from dealer location.
9. Motor Homes which are not originally sold
by an authorized Fleetwood dealership, i.e.
sold at auction, repossession, salvaged or
sold in an otherwise distressed condition.
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.
This warranty does not cover:
1. The automotive chassis system (including
the ,chassis and drive train), tires and batteries, which are covered by the separate warranties of the respective manufacturers of
these components.
2. Defects caused by or related to:
a. Abuse, misuse, negligence or accident;
b. Failure to comply with instructions contained in the Owner's Information
c. Alteration or modification of the motor
d. Environmental conditions (salt, hail,
chemicals in the atmosphere, etc.)
3. Normal deterioration due to wear or exposure, such as fading of fiberglass, fabrics or
drapes, catpet wear, etc.
4. Normal maintenance and service items,
such as light bulbs, fuses, wiper blades,
lubricants, etc.
5. Motor homes on which the odometer reading has been altered.
6. Transpotiation to and from dealer or
Fleetwood Service Center location, loss of
time, inconvenience, commercial loss, loss
of use, towing charges, bus fares, vehicle
rental, incidental charges such as telephone
calls or hotel bills, or other incidental or
consequential damages.
7. Fleetwood will NOT be responsible for any
losses, damages, or claims, including, but
not limited to, property damage, personal
injury, loss of income, legal fees or
expenses, emotional distress, death, loss
of use, loss of value, all other economic
loss, adverse health effects, or any other
effects caused or alleged to be caused by
MICROBIAL MATTER, including, but not
limited to, mold, mildew, fungus or dry rot.
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.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights,
and you may also have other rights which
vary from state to state.
The manufacturer/warrantor is not responsible for any undertaking, representation or
warranty made by any dealer or other person
beyond those expressly set forth in this
For Motor Homes Manufactured and Warranted
by the following subsidiaries of Fleetwood
Entetprises, Inc.:
Fleetwood Motor Homes of California, Inc.
Fleetwood Motor Homes of Indiana, Inc.
Fleetwood Moto!· Homes of Pennsylvania, Inc.
For Customer Service assistance, contact:
Fleetwood Owner Relations
P.O. Box 59933
Riverside, CA 92517
(800) 322-8216
Ford Chassis Assistance:
Workhorse Chassis Assistance:
Freightliner Chassis Assistance:
Chevrolet Division of General Motors
Chassis Assistance:
Your motor home is covered by one of the most
comprehensive warranty programs in the RV
industly. Please refer to the warranty in this section. It explains your rights and obligations, as
well as the rights and obligations of the dealer
and manufacturer. Please read this section carefully. You will be better informed in case you
have a warranty-related problem, and your
dealer will be better able to get you on the road
again. If you have any questions about the warranty or what it does or does not cover, please
contact your dealer.
The materials in your Owner's Information
Package contain warranty information and operating instmctions on the various appliances and
components in your motor home. Warranty registration cards for these items should be filled
out and mailed as soon as possible after you
take delivelY of your motor home. If you do not
have operating instmctions for a particular
appliance or component, contact your dealer.
You will automatically receive an Ownercare
Card several weeks after the delivery receipt is
received from your selling dealer. This card is
imprinted with your name, the motor home serial
number, and manufacturing subsidiary location.
If your motor home ever 'needs warranty selvice,
present this card to the dealer, or have it available when contacting a Fleetwood service center.
The motor home has been thoroughly inspected
before shipment. Your dealer is responsible for
performing a complete predelivery inspection
of the motor home as specified in the
Ownercare delivery checkout.
As a part of the predelivery inspection procedure, the dealer is responsible for road testing
the motor home, noting and cOlTecting any
steering problems and setting correct tire pressures before delively.
Fleetwood and its subsidiaries will not be
responsible for front end alignment after this
predelivery inspection has been performed.
You should return your motor home to the selling
dealer for warranty selvice. If this is not possible.
you may contact any other authorized Fleetwood
motor home dealer. The selvice department at
any of the locations listed at the back of this
manual can help you find a dealer in your area.
If, for some reason, a problem is not handled to
your satisfaction:
1. Discuss any warranty-related problems
directly with the manager and/or owner of
the dealership, giving them an oppOltunity
to help the service department resolve the
matter for you.
2. If a problem arises that has not been
resolved to your satisfaction by your local
dealer, contact Fleetwood Owner Relations.
The locations are listed in the back of this
manual. Please contact the one nearest you,
3. We sincerely believe that your dealer and the
factory representative will be able to solve
any problem which might arise. If their combined efforts are not satisfactory, please send
a letter describing the circumstahces to:
Fleetwood Owner Relations
P.O. Box 59933
Riverside, CA 92517
Please include the brand namc and serial
number of your motor home. The selial number is located on the identification tag next to
the ently door, and on your wan'anty card.
4. If you wish to call for assistance, please
use this toll-free telephone number:
Fleetwood Owner Relations
(800) 322-8216
There may be times when your motor home will
need repairs or parts while you are on the road.
If your motor home is repaired by anon-authorized repair facility (non-Fleetwood dealer), be
sure to save receipts and especially any parts
that are replaced. These parts will usually have
to be returned to your dealer before you can be
reimbursed for their cost.
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If you need service or warranty information,
please see the booklets and other documents
included in your Owner's Information
Paclwge. When contacting any of the
equipment manufacturers, always have the
model and serial numbers available. Appliance
identification numbers wiIl be found on tags or
plates attached to the appliance.
If you ever need warranty work done, be sure to
have the right papers with you. If required work
is not covered under the warranty, your dealer's
service department can help you with getting the
correct service. Always keep a maintenance log
of your RV's service history.
Always make a written list of the RV's problems
or the specific work you want done. If you've
had work done that is not on your maintenance
log, let the selvice advisor know. Don't keep
And finally, be reasonable with requests. If you
have a long list of service items that need attention and you need your RV very soon, discuss
the situation with the service advisor, listing the
items in order of priority. This will help the
service department manage their time and will
help get you going as quickly as possible.
If you have a warranty or service concern about
the chassis portion of your vehicle please be
aware that you may go directly to an authorized
chassis dealer for service. This may save you
time and effort as the chassis warranty is
administered by the chassis manufacturer.
Consult your area phone directory for an authorized dealer and make arrangements with their
service department. If you are unsure if the concern is chassis related, feel free to contact your
Fleetwood dealer to assist you.
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect
which could cause a crash, injury, or death, you
should immediately inform the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
in addition to notifying the Fleetwood Owner
Relations at 1-800-322-8216.
If NHTSA 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 recaIl and remedy campaign.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto
Safety Hotline toIl-free at 1-888-327-4236 or
write to:
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh St. SW
Washington, DC 20590
You can also obtain other information about
motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
State laws in the United States and provincial
laws in Canada V8J'Y concerning operator
licensing requirements and vehicle dimensional restrictions. Check the laws in the area
where you anticipate traveling.
The particle board. hardwood plywood, or paneling used in your motor home are made with
urea-formaldehyde resin. The companies that
supply us with these materials have asked that
we tell you about urea-formaldehyde with the
statements on this page.
Ventilation is important for making the interior
of your motor home comfortable. Please read
the section about ventilation and prolonged
occupancy in the Living With Your Motor
HOllie chapter in this Owner's Manual.
We provide you consumer information as detailed
by the National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) and the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI). The information and warnings
found on these pages may also be found in other
chapters of this Owner's Manual. Please see the
LP Gas Systelll andAppliltnces chapters for other
safety and operating information.
This product is manufactured with urea-formaldehyde resin. Formaldehyde vapor may in some
people cause headaches, eye, nose and throat
irritation, and aggravation of allergies and respiratory problems, such as asthma. Proper ventilation should reduce the risk of such problems.
This product is manufactured with a ureaformaldehyde resin and will release small
quantities of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde levels in the indoor air can cause temporary eye
and respiratory irritation, and may aggravate
respiratory conditions or allergies. Ventilation
will reduce indoor formaldehyde levels.
Irritant: This product contains a urea-formaldehyde resin and may release formaldehyde
vapors in low concentrations. Formaldehyde
can be irritating to the eyes and upper respiratory system of especially susceptible persons
such as those with allergies or respiratory ailments. Use with adequate Ventilation. If symptoms develop, consult your physiCian.
Do not bring or store LP gas containers, gasoline or other flammable liquids inside the vehicle because a fire or explosion may result.
A warning label has been located near the LP
gas container. This label reads: 09 NOT FILL
Overfilling the LP gas container can result in
uncontrolled gas flow which can cause fire or
explosion. A properly filled container will contain approximately 80- percent of its volume
as liquid LP gas.
The following warning label has been placed
in the vehicle near the range:
1. Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights,
and all smoking materials.
2. Do not touch electrical switches.
3. Shut off the LP gas supply at the container
valve(s) or gas supply connection.
4. Open doors and other ventilation openings.
5. Leave the area until the odor clears.
6. Have the LP gas system checked and leakaile source corrected before using again.
Important Notices
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. Make
sure that regulator vent faces downward and
the cover is kept in place to minimize vent
blockage which could result in excessive LP
gas pressure causing fire or explosion.
Portable fuel-burning equipment, including
wood and charcoal grills and stoves, shall not
be used inside this recreational vehicle. The
use of this equipment inside the recreational
vehicle may cause fires or asphyxiation.
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,
2. Open window.
This warning label has been 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. It is especially important that
cooking appliances not be used for comfort
heating as the danger of asphyxiation is
greater when the appliance is used for long
periods of time.
LP gas containers shall not be placed or
stored inside the vehicle. LP gas containers
are equipped with safety devices which relieve
excessive pressure by discharging gas to the
1.. -~
Interior - 12-volt
Floor Light ""." .... ".".".""" ... "".,,.GE 53, 12-volt
Ceiling IS" fluorescent...GE F-15TS-WW, 12-volt
Dinette decor light """""""""""""C-921, 12-volt
Bedroom decor lights """""""""".C-921, 12-volt
Range hood .. "" ... " .. ""."" ... """.""".5125, 12-volt
Bathroom vanity light """"""""""".l3W, 12-volt
Living area decor light """"""""".C-921, 12-volt
Headlight, halogen
high beam""""";"""""",,Sylvania HB5, 12-volt
Front turn signal
lights """"""""""" .... """ ...Truck-Lite Model 44
Front clearance lights .. " .. """""".GE 194, 12-volt
Before relamping, disconnect power source by
removing fuse or placing circuit breaker and control
switch in OFF position.
Halogen bulbs operate at extremely high temperatures and pressures and will shalter if not handled
Always use a soft dry cloth or colton gloves when
handling halogen bulbs.
Do not touch glass area with bare hands. If bulb is
touched with bare hands, wipe the bulb clean with
rubbing alcohol.
Do not use near flammable or combustible materials
and/or objects which may be sensitive to fading or
Use bulbs designed or specific by manufacturer as to
style, wattage and voltage.
Side marker lights """"""""""""".Hamsar 99062
Porch lights """""""""""""Jensen 1003, 12-volt
Entry step light..""""""""""""".GE 194, 12-volt
Rear clearance lights """" .. """".GE 194, 12-volt
Back-up lights """"""""""""""GE 1057, 12-volt
Stop/taillights """""""""""""".GE 1057, 12-volt
License plate light """" .. """"""""",,#53, 12-volt
Rear turn signal lights """"""""GE 7507, 12-volt
Rear Side Marker Lights """"" .. ""Hamsar 99063
Pace Arrow Information
J~/ l/N
1. Headlight Switch
2. Auxiliary Start Switch
3. Instrument Clnster - (Consult Chassis Operator's! Owner's
Guide!Manual for details on instruments.)
4. Generator Honr Meter
5. Cigarette Lighter!Access. PIng
6. Generator Start Switch
7. Radio Mode Switch - Switches power to the radio between the
chassis battery and the coach battery.
Fan Speed Control Knob - Turns fan on and off and adjusts speed.
AlC Button - When button is pressed in and light is on, cooled air is delivered through selected outlets. Fan Speed control Knob must be on.
Air Flow Control Knob - Selects outlets for delivered air.
+ •
Air is delivered from the adjustable dash mounted outlets. Air will be
either cooled or heated depending on position of AIC Button and
Temperature Control Knob.
+ . Air is delivered from the adjustable dash mounted outlets and floor
Air is delivered from the floor outlets.
~ Air is delivered to the windshield from the top dash outlets.
8. Utility Light Switch
9. Dash Fan Switch
10. ICC Light Switch
Recirc Button - When button is pressed in and light is on, interior air is
recirculated through the system. When button is out, air from outside the
vehicle is drawn through the system.
Temperature Control Knob - Rotate the knob to the right for warmer air,
and to the left for cooler air.
11. Spare/Blank
14. Heater!Air Conditioner Ontlet
12. Radio!CD Player
" Monitor
15. Back-np
13. Climate Controls - (driver!cockpit area only)
Temperature Control Knob - Adjusts the temperature of the air coming
out of the outlets. Turn the knob to the left for cooler, and the right for
16. Transmission Mode Select Switch (Workhorse chassis only)
17. Fog Light Switch
18. Hydranlic Leveler
Pace Arrow Information
To open front hood door:
1. Unlock hood door locks.
2. Reach over top center of hood door, pull
paddle lever toward hood, pull top of hood
outward and lift hood door upward.
Hood Latch
Responsibility for Proper Loading
As the operator of this motor home, you are responsible for its pIDper and safe loading. This section is
intended to pIDvide you with helpful infolmation
conceming the loading of your motor home.
Your motor home chassis is designed to carry a
specifically rated maximum weight. This weight
includes everything: the weight of the empty
motor home itself, all occupants and their
belongings, fuel, fresh water, waste water and
anything else that may be in or attached to the
motor home. The specified weights must never
be exceeded. If you do exceed them, you wiJI
change how your motor home handles and
responds, possibly leading to a vehicle crash.
Some Definitions First
Before discussing loading and weighing, we need
to explain some common weight terms. We will
use abbreviations and you should refer back to
these terms if you do not understand what the
abbreviation means.
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating)*
is the maximum permissible weight of this
fully loaded motor home. The GVWR is
equal to or greater than the sum of the
Unloaded Vehicle Weight plus the Cargo
Canying Capacity.
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating)'
means the value specified by the motor
home manufacturer as the maximum allowable loaded weight of this motor home with
its towed trailer or towed vehicle. Towing
and braking capacities may be different.
Refer to Fleetwood and the chassis manufacturer's manuals for complete information.
GTW (Gross Towed Weight)*
is the maximum loaded weight of a trailer or
towed vehicle this motor home with equipped
hitch has been designated to tow. GTW cannot be increased by changing the trailer hitch.
GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating)'
means the maximum permissible loaded
weight a specific axle is designed to cany.
MTW (Maximum Tongue Weight)*
is the maximum permissible downward
force exerted on the hitch ball by the towed
vehicle coupler.
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight)'
means the weight of this motor home as
built at the factory with full fuel, engine oil
and coolants. The UVW does not include
cargo, fresh water, LP gas, occupants, or
dealer installed accessories.
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity)'
is equal to GVWR minus each of the following: UVW, full fresh (potable) water
weight (including water heater), full LP gas
weight and SCWR.
SCWR (Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating)
is the manufacturer's designated number of
sleeping positions multiplied by 154
pounds (70 kilograms).
Hitch Rating
means the maximum allowable weight of a
towed trailer or towed vehicle. The GCWR
of the motor home must never be
exceeded, even if the towed trailer or
towed vehicle weight is less than the hitch
Designated Seating Capacity
(Canadian units only)
the number of sleeping positions designated equals the seating capacity.
*These ratings are shown on the Cargo
Carrying Capacity label.
The heaviest loaded motor home with all passengers,
goods, water, driver and towed vehicle must not
exceed any of the following:
1. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
2. The gross combination weight rating (GCWR).
3. The front/rear gross axle weight ratings (GAWRs).
4. The individual tire and wheel ratings.
On The Road
a Vehicle or Trailer
("Towed Load or Towed Unit")
Some states and provinces require brakes and safety
chains when towing vehicles. Consult the proper
authorities in the states or provinces through which
you will be traveling.
When you use your motor home to tow, remember
that you must stop the towed load with your motor
home's brakes. This is critical on hills and in the
mountains where you may encounter shmp cW'ves
and possibly iITegulm' road surfaces. Check yoW'
motor home Chassis Operator's/Owner's
Guide/Mamml for the maximum weight your
motor home can pull and stop on both level and
steep roads. If the Chassis Operator's/Owuer's
Guide/MamuII equipped with your motor home
does not provide specific information on towing
weight limits, it is strongly recommended that the
towed vehicle or trailer be equipped with a properly
installed and operating supplemental brake control
system that operates in combination with the brakes
on your motor home. The supplemental brakes will
NOT allow you to tow more than the listed
GCWR for your motor home. [fyou cannot stop,
you will crash.
You must not exceed the tire capacities or the
weight factors listed below if you expect to tow
something behind yoW' motor home, either with
or without a dolly. The factors are:
GCWR - Gross Combined Weight Rating
GTW - Gross Towed Weight
MTW - Maximum Tongue Weight
GAWR - Gross Axle Weight Rating
The ratings for the above factors are all
listed on the Cargo Carrying Capacity label
posted inside the motor home.
Tire Capacity
The tire capacity is dependent upon the
inflation pressure set at the load applied.
If you expect to tow with yoW' motor home, there
are additional guidelines that you must follow:
Do not use a load eqlmlizing hitch if your
hitch head receiver is below 10,000 lbs.
capacity. It could cause structural damage
to the motor home frame components.
Do not exceed Maximum Tongue Weight
as listed on the carrying capacity label.
Heavier tongue weights can change your
vehicle's haadling aad response, can cause
a vehicle to crash, and will restrict your
coverage under the Ownercare Warranty.
Consult with your dealer or towing equipment/trailer supplier to determine the
correct type of hitch head assembly and
equipment you should use for towing and
leveling the load you intend to pull.
Do not tow anything weighing more than the
GTW listed on the Cargo Carrying Capacity
label. Heavier towed loads can exceed your
chassis' ability to pull and stop the load and
cause a vehicle crash, damage the motor
home struchtre or drive train, and restrict
your coverage under the Fleetwood or chassis manufacwer's warranty. Chtmging the
trailer hitch will not increase the tow capacity of the motor home.
Consult the Chassis Operafor's/Owuer's
Guitle/Manual, and U.s. state and
Canadian provincial laws for towing weight
limits and for guidelines for installing supplemental braking systems that operate with
your motor home's brakes.
Do not exceed the rated load of the motor home, or
the rated load of any axle. Exceeding the GVWR,
GAWR, GTW or GCWR of your motor home can
cause handling problems, a vehicle crash, damage
your motor home and void your warranties.
The way yoW' motor home handles and responds
will be affected by the way the towed unit is
loaded. If the tongue weight is too light in relation to the GTW, handling and response will
change and yoW' motor home wiIl operate less
safely. Careful load planning and safe experimentation with different loading patterns in
On The Road
PRODUCT: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ YEAR: _ _ _ MODEL: _ _ _ _ _ _ SERIAL NO: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
FIN NO: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
minus UVW
minus fresh water weight of ___ gallons @ 8.3 Ib/gal
minus LP gas weight of ___ gallons @ 4.2 Ib/gal
minus SCWR weight of ___ persons @ 154 Ib/person
CCC for this motor home'
'Dealer installed equipment and towed vehicle tongue weight will reduce CCC.
Consumer's should request such information from the dealer.
REAR GAWR (Includes capacity of tag axle if so equipped)
. GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating): is the maximum permissible weight of this fully loaded motor home. The
GVWR is equal to or greater than the sum of the Unloaded Vehicle Weight plus the Cargo Carrying Capacity.
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight): is the weight of this motor home as manufactured at the factory with full fuel,
engine oil, and coolants.
SCWR (Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating): is the manufacturer's designated number of sleeping positions
multiplied by 154 pounds (70 kilograms).
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity): is equal to GVWR minus each of the following: UVW, full fresh (potable) water
weight (including the water heater), full LP gas weight and SCWR.
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating): means the value specified by the motor home manufacturer as the
maximum allowable loaded weight of this motor home and any towed trailer or towed vehicle. Towing and braking
capacities may differ. Refer to Fleetwood and chaSSis manufacturer's manual(s) for complete information.
GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating): means the maximum permissible loaded weight a specific axle is designed to
GTW (Gross Towed Weight): is the maximum loaded weight of a trailer or car this motor home with equipped
hitch has been designated to tow. GTW cannot be increased by changing the trailer hitch.
HITCH RATING: means the maximum weight capacity of the trailer hitch equipped with this vehicle. The GCWR of
the motor home must never be exceeded, even if the towed trailer or towed vehicle weight is less than the hitch
MTW (MaXimum Tongue Weight): is the maximum permissible downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the
towed vehicle coupler.
WARNtNG: The Heaviest Loaded Motor Home with All Passengers, Goods, Water, Driver and Towed Vehicle
Must Not Exceed Any of the Following:
1. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR).
2. The gross combination weight rating (GCWR).
3. The front/rear gross axle weight ratings (GAWR's).
4. The individual tire and wheel ratings.
Fleetwood has designed its recreational vehicles to provide a variety of uses for its customers. Each vehicle
features optimal seating, sleeping, storage and fluid capacities. The user is responsible for selecting the proper
combination of loads to ensure that the recreational vehicle's capacities are not exceeded.
Example Cargo Carrying Capacity label
On The Road
what you are towing can avoid this risk and
make your driving and towing experience safer
and more enjoyable.
Cargo Carrying Capacity
and Load Distribution
Cargo Carrying Capacities (CCC) of your motor
home are specified on a label affixed to the inside of
the motor home. The label includes all factory
installed options. If other equipment such as leveling
jacks, awnings, roof pods, etc., are installed after the
motor home leaves the factory the weight of these
items must be subtracted from the total of the passenger and cargo carrying capacities.
The amount of cargo weight you can place in
your motor home is the motor home's GVWR
minus its UVW, or maximum capacity minus the
weight of your motor home as assembled by
Fleetwood, i.e., without dealer installed
accessories, water, LP gas, cargo or occupants.
When the motor home is being designed, the
number and size of storage compattments, the
liquid tank capacities and number of belted seating positions are determined for value and
convenience. If you fill all liquid tanks to capacity, fill all storage compartments and cupboards
to maximum volume and fill all available seating
positions with passengers, the motoi' home could
be overloaded. (See Loading Tips). Be aware of
the weight of the items you store, where you
store the items in your motor home, and weigh
your motor home after it is fully loaded.
In addition to knowing the overall weight that
can be safely loaded in or attached to the motor
home, you must know how to distribute the
weight so that correct amounts of weight are distributed between the axles or front-to-rear and
also between the wheels or side-to-side. It is also
important to place heavier items in under-thefloor storage or low in the motor home. If you
make the motor home top heavy or much too
heavy on one side, the motor home can be overtumed and crash in a curve, tum or in an emergency steering maneuver. When the load is prop05-4
erly distributed, your motor home will handle
and respond safely, and you as the driver can be
more confident and will be more comfortable.
If your motor home is improperly loaded, it may
be unsafe to drive, uncomfortable to drive, or
both. Axle load is important and it is recommended that you should load your motor home
so that the front axle is loaded to at least 80% of
the front GAWR.
How to Weigh Your Loaded
Motor Home
Refer to your local telephone directory to find a
public weigh station. The following prqcedures
will help you detelmine whether your loaded
motor home (complete with cargo, fluids, passengers, and driver) is within GAWR, GVWR, and
GCWR limits. When you an'ive at a weigh station, the attendant will guide you through the correct positioning of the motor home on the scales.
Your RV must be weighed fully loaded, that is,
with passengers, food, clothing, fuel, water, propane, supplies, etc. Any towed vehicle (cat·/
pickup, boat or trailer) or item loaded on brackets
on the back of the RV, such as bikes or motorcycles, should also be included in the weighing.
The following steps at'e suggested and are illustrated on the following pages:
1. Pull onto the scale so that only the front
axle is on the platform (with the end of the
scale midway between the front and rear
axles), and record the scaled weight.
2. Pull forward until the full unit is on the
scale, and record the scaled weight.
3. Pull forward so that only the reat· axle is on
the scale (again with the edge of the scale
midway between the front and rear axles),
and record the scaled weight.
If the RV has a rear tag axle, pull forward
so that only the tag axle remains on the
scale, and record the scaled weight.
To determine individual wheel position weights,
it is necessary to repeat the first three steps, but
On The Road
this time, use only one side of the scale, as
shown on the following pages.
To calculate the opposite side of the vehicle
wheel position weight, subtract this side's
weights from the weights recorded in steps 1, 2
and 3. If there is a towed vehicle, proceed to step
4 to obtain the "towed vehicle only" weight.
4. If a boat, trailer or other vehicle is being
towed, it should be weighed and combined
with the towing vehicle's GVW (Gross
Vehicle Weight) to ensure the total weight
does not exceed the GCWR (Gross
Combined Weight Rating).
Even though the weight of the total axle may be within
the axle's rating, It may be overloaded on one side.
This causes one wheel position to be overloaded.
therefore, side-to-side weighing is required.
Your RV must remain as level as possible on the
scale (even th,ough an axle or side is not physically
on the scale). Obviously, to obtain the side-to-side
weights, there must be enough space on either side
of the scale to accommodate the RV being partially off the scale. You may desire to use wheel
ramps to get the required side-to-side leveling.
If there is a difference in the weights on one
side of the vehicle as compared to weights on
the other side, components (tires, wheels,
brakes, springs, etc.) on the heavier side could
be overloaded, even though the total axle load is
within the GAWR. It is important to redistribute
the load to avoid component failure, as well as
to improve the handling characteristics of the
vehicle. With these actual weights, it is now
possible to compare them against the GAWR,
GVWR, and tire capacities. These actual
weights are also what should be used to help
determine the proper air pressure for the tires.
To Obtain Individual Axle and Gross Weights:
Scale Weight
(Step 1 = GAW)
From eee Label
__ Ibs.
Scale Weig ht
From eee Label
Scale Weight
From eee Label
(Step 2 = GVW)
=-c=--=-::-:-c- Ibs .
(Step 3 = GAW)
Scale Weight
==:--__ Ibs.
From eee Label
=-:-;;-_ _ Ibs.
(Step 4)
Vehicle Weight
On The Road
To Obtain Individual Wheel Positions Weights:
I 31
One Side
Scale Weight
I: I
One Side
Scale Weight
(Step 1 - 1S)
Tire Load (Ibs.)
Calculate Other
Side Weight
(Step 3 - 3S)
Tire Load (Ibs.)
(See Note')
(See Note')
(Step 3S)
(Step 1S)
Calculate Other
Side Weight
(See Note')
(See Note')
'NOTE: Refer to the tire load charts published by the tire manufacturer to determine the
proper inflation pressures recommended for single and dual axles equipped. Always inflate
each axle set to the tire with the higher of the side-to-side loads.
Dangers of Overloading
Do not overload your RV. In addition to possible
problems with tires, wheels, and springs, there
can be problems of brake failure, drivetrain failure, wheel bearing failure, etc. Moreover, an
overloaded RV uses more fuel, is harder to
handle, and can lead to driver fatigue. If any
component should fail, it could result in vehicle
damage and/or loss of vehicle control. In addition to the above dangers, there are some states
that require certain motor homes and RVs to
utilize the Highway Patrol's weight scales to
check for overloaded axle weights. Citations can
be issued to violators.
Since you may load your motor home differently for different trips, loading and weight patterns will change. Periodically reweigh your
motor home and log the weights in this chapter.
Refer to your log as you prepare to load for
future trips.
Loading Tips
• Do not load heavy items on the bumpers.
• Make a loading diagram of your properly
loaded motor home, aad then weigh the
properly loaded motor home_ The loading
diagram, your loading log aad the loaded
motor home weight will help you locate
where specific items are stored, and will
help speed the loading process.
• Secure and brace itel/ls so they won't
move during travel. Generally, load heavier items lower.
• Fresh water and waste water Weigh over
eight pounds per gallon_ Carry only as
much water as needed for travel use or to
balance the load, and whenever practical,
empty the holding tanks before traveling.
• Store emergency items in a readily accessible location. As a I/linimum inclnde a
fire extinguisher, tools,first aid kit, rain
gear,jlashlight, highway warning devices,
an electric cord with light, and sturdy
On The Road
Modification of your vehicle by addition of racks not
originally equipped by the manufacturer to carry additional equipment, vehicles or cargo will reduce your
warranty coverage and may cause personal injury or
property damage.
Do not store or carry LP gas containers, gasoline, or
other flammable liquids inside your motor home.
Your motor home is equipped with wheels and
tires selected to match the capacity specifications of the chassis as designed by the chassis
manufacturer. Under normal circumstances and
with proper tire and chassis maintenance, you
should receive thousands of miles of troublefree service.
Some motor homes accumulate relatively few
miles and therefore the tire age from the date of
manufacture, not mileage, may become the main
tire life determining factor. Motor home tires
normally have a life of 5-7 years, depending on
mileage. However, Fleetwood recommends periodic tire inspection by a reputable tire dealer
When parking your motor home for an extended time,
in storage or camping, you can extend tire life by
parking each tire on a piece of plywood approximately 12 inches square.
regardless of tread depth.
Tire Inflation
For safety and maximum tire life, vehicle speeds
must be proper, proper inflation pressure must be
maintained, and tread. depth and wem' must be
monitored. Properly inflated and maintained tires
also contribute to overall motor home stability and
safety. Refer to the tire section in your Chassis
Operafor's/Owner's Guide/Mannal or any tire
manufacturer's information that may be provided
in your Owners' Information Package for
information on maintenance and tire care. If no
information is provided please contact your
local tire manufacturer's location for advice.
The maximum cold inflation pressures are stated
on the tire sidewall. The recommended maximum tire inflation pressure for this coach is
shown on the Federal Certification Tag located
on the sidewall near the driver's seat. To maximize tire performance, consult with the tire
manufacturer's guidelines or Chassis
Operator's/Owner's Guide/Mannal for recommended tire inflation pressure.
The tire pressures on your motor home were
adjusted at the factory to the tire pressures specified
on the Federal certification tag.
These pressures are specified at full gross vehicle
weight and should be reset to match the weight of
your motor home.
For maximum periormance, tire manufacturers provide tire inflation pressure charts 50 you can match
the tire pressures to the loads on your motor home.
For additional tire pressure information, consult the
Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/Manual.
For safety and maximum tire life, check and adjust tire
pressure (including the spare, if equipped) at the
beginning of each trip and daily during the trip. Pay
special attention to inside rear duals. Always check
pressure when tires are cold, and do not bleed air out
of warm tires. Follow the tire pressure instructions in
the Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/Manual or
the tire manufacturer's tire pressure chart.
Fleetwood recommends using a high quality tire pressure gauge for accurate, repeatable pressure readings.
Check the wheel lug nut tightness periodically. They
could work loose during driving. Check the Chassis
Operator's/Owner's GuldelManual for correct lug nut
torque and torquing procedure, and schedule.
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Air Pressure
The most important factor in maximizing the
life of your tires is maintaining proper inflation.
Driving on a tire that does not have the correct
inflation pressure for the load of the vehicle is
dangerous and may cause premature wear, tire
damage, and/or loss of control of the vehicle.
A tire that is underinflated will build up excessive heat that may go beyond the prescribed
limits of endurance of the rubber and the radial
cords. This could result in sudden tire failure. A
tire that is underinflated could also cause poor
vehicle handling, rapid and/or irregular tire
wear, or an increase in rolling resistance which
results in a decrease in its fuel economy.
Overinflation will reduce the tire's footprint or
contact patch with the road, thus reducing the
traction, braking capacity, and handling of the
vehicle. A tire that is overinflated for the load
that it is can'ying will also contribute to a harsh
ride, uneven tire wear, and will be more susceptible to impact damage.
Maintaining correct tire inflation pressure for
each loaded wheel position on your vehicle is of
the utmost importance and must be a part of
regular vehicle maintenance.
Federal law requires that the tire's maximum
load rating be molded into the sidewall of the
tire. If you look on your tire's sidewall you'll
see the maximum load allowed for the size tire
and load rating, and the minimum cold air inflation pressure needed to carry that stated maximum load. Utilizing less air pressure means a
lesser load can be carried by the tire.
The amount of air pressure you need to use
depends on the weight of your fully-loaded vehicle.
So, you cannot detennine your COiTect air pressure
unless you know your vehicle's actual weights.
When an underinflated tire is run at normal highway speeds, it flexes too much and builds up
heat. This heat damages the inner liner, casing
and outer sidewall of the tire. If not remedied
quickly, the tire will be iITeparably damaged.
In extreme cases, the sidewall of the tire is
destroyed, both from the excessive heat it endured
and due to the weight of the vehicle pressing on
the tire casing without the cushioning effect of the
COiTect air pressure, and the crushing/cutting
action of the wheel as it rolls on the underinflated
sidewall. According to guidelines put out by the
Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), any
tire that has been run at less than 80% of recommended air pressure for the load it is canying
should be inspected for possible damage.
When one tire in a dual configuration comes out
of service due to underinflation damage, the
other tire in the dual configuration should be
inspected immediately. If the unserviceable tire
was underinflated, that means the serviceable
tire was carrying more and more of the load for
that wheel position. Consequently, it too may
have suffered some casing damage.
Air Pressure Check
You should check the air pressure every two
weeks or at least once each month and before any
major trip. Your RV tires' air pressure should be
checked evelY "drive" morning on long trips. On
short trips of a day or less driving each way, your
tires should be checked before you leave on your
trip and again before you stmt your trip home.
Check your tires when they are "cold" and have
not been driven for more than one mile. The
stated load capacity for a given cold inflation
pressure is based on ambient outside temperature. If you must check your tires when they are
warm or hot, do allow for a slight increase in air
pressure and make sure they are within a couple
of pounds of each other on the same axle.
Frequently check tires. If a tire picks up a nail or
screw that creates a slow leak and causes some
air pressure loss, you might eventually spot it
visually if it is a front tire. If it is an outside rear
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dual, you might also spot it with a visual inspection, However, if it is an inside rear dual, the
chances of spotting it without an air pressure
check are very slim. If you begin driving without
finding it, velY quickly (in most cas"s a few
miles) your outside rear tire next to the low air
pressure tire is going to heat up from canying
double its load, which will cause both tires to
Tire Replacement
Replacement tires must be the same size, type
and tread depth per axle, and have at least the
same weight canying capacity as the original
equipment. Tires supplied by various manufacturers of the same size and rating may not have
the same weight carrying capacity and maximum cold inflation pressures. Consult your tire
dealer. The original equipment wheels and tires
supplied on your motor home have weight carrying capacities to support Gross Axle Weight
Ratings (GAWR) as stated on the Federal
Certification Tag attached in the driver's
Turn on the hazard flasher system.
Ensure your passengers are safely located
and children monitored.
Get professional roadside assistance.
Changing a Flat Tire
Even with good tire maintenance and nOlmal
driving, you may experience a flat tire. Summon
professional help through your auto club, travel
service, or a local huck service facility. Your
motor home is not equipped with a jack or other
lifting device. Do not attempt to lift the motor
home with a jack. Consult the Chassis
Opemtor's/Owner's Guide/ Mamutl for additional information on tire inflation and proper
Wheels and tires equipped with your motor home are
extremely heavy and may weigh 100 pounds or more.
Do not attempt to remove the spare tire (if equipped)
unless you are capable of handling the weight.
If You Get a Flat Tire
In case of sudden tire failure:
The motor home will tend to "pull" toward the side with
the flat tire.
Apply the accelerator to maintain directional stability, then gradnally release the
Use moderate brake pedal pressure. Do
not pump the brake. The vehicle is
equipped with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
which will help control braking.
Firmly hold the steering wheel while
avoiding abrupt steering inputs and move
slowly to a safe place.
Park on a firm level surface.
Turn off the ignition.
Set the parking brake.
To avoid personal injury and/or property damage if a
blowout or other tire damage occurs, obtain expert tire
service help. Do not attempt to change the tire yourself.
AIR BAGS (If Equipped)
Seat belts help to restrain you and your passengers in case of a collision. In most states,
the law requires their use.
Seat belts provide the best restraint when:
the seat back is upright
the occupant is sitting upright (not
the lap belt is snug and low on the hips
the shoulder belt is snug against the chest
the knees are straight forward
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However, if you brake hard, comer hard or if your
vehicle receives an impact, the lap and shoulder
belt locks and prevents you from moving.
Make sure that you and your passengers, including
pregnant women, wear safety belts. Be sure that lap
belts fit snugly and as low as possible around the hips.
If safety belts are not used properly, the risk of you or
your passengers being injured in a collision greatly
For your safety, your vehicle has combination
lap and shoulder belts for the driver and front
seat passenger and lap belts without retractors in
all other designated seating positions.
Always drive and ride with your seatback
upright and the lap belt snug and low across the
hips to reduce the risk of serious injury to the
abdomen or neck that could be caused by sliding under the safety belts in a collision.
Never let a passenger hold a child on his or her
lap while the vehicle is moving. The passenger
cannot protect the child from injury in a collision. Refer to sections on Safety Restraints for
Children and Safety Belts for Children.
Never use a single belt for more than one person
or across more than one seating position. This
greatly increases the risk that one or both of the
people will be injured in a collision. Each designated seating position in your vehicle has a specific seat belt assembly which is made up of
one buckle and one tongue that are designed to
be used as a pair.
Air Bag Supplemental Restraint
System (SRS)
If your RV is equipped with Air Bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), please refer to
your Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/
Manual for any instructions supplied by the
chassis manufacturer with respect to this system.
Combination Lap and
Shoulder Belts
While your vehicle is in motion, the combination
lap and shoulder belt adjusts to your movement.
Use the shoulder belt on the outside shoulder only.
Never wear the shoulder belt under the arm. Never
swing it around the neck over the inside shoulder.
Failure to follow these precautions could increase the
risk and/or severity of injury in an accident.
To fasten the belt, pull the lap/shoulder belt
from the extractor so that the shoulder portion
of the belt crosses your shoulder and chest.
Insert the belt tongue into the proper buckle
until you hear a snap and feel it latch.
To tighten the lap portion of the belt, pull up on
the shoulder belt until it fits you snugly. The
belt should rest as low on your hips as possible.
A longer lap and shoulder belt assembly is
available and is a direct replacement for the
driver and front passenger positions. The longer
lap and shoulder belt is made and tested to the
same standards as the original belt. This belt
assembly can be purchased and installed at any
authorized Fleetwood motor home dealer.
Safety Belt Maintenance
Check your safety belt system periodically to
make sure that it works properly and isn't damaged. If the webbing shows any wear, nicks or
cuts, have it examined by a qualified technician
to determine if replacement is necessary. Always
have your safety belt system checked after a
Safety Restraints for Children
In most states, you are required by law to use
safety restraints for children. If small children ride
in your vehicle, you must put them in safety seats
that are made specially for children. Safety belts
alone do not provide maximum protection for
these children. Check your local and state laws for
specific requirements.
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Safety belts and seats can become hot in a vehicle that has been closed up in sunny weather, and
could bum a child. Check seat covers and buckles before you place a child anywhere near them.
Children who are too large for child safety seats
should always wear safety belts.
Never leave a child unattended in your vehicle. Always
remove the key from the ignition and take it with you.
Safety Belts for Children
If the shoulder belt cannot be properly positioned
so that it does not cross or rest in front of the
child's face or neck, move the child to one of the
seats with a lap belt only and use the lap belt.
Lap belts and the lap portion of lap and shoulder
belts should always be wom snugly and below
the hips, touching the child's thighs.
Children should use forward or rearward facing
seat positions, not seated facing sideways.
If safety belts are not properly worn and adjusted as
described, the risk of serious injury to the child in a
collision will be much greater.
Children should always ride with the seatback in
the fully upright position. When the seatback is
not fully upright, there is a greater risk that the
child will slide under the safety belt and be seriously injured in a collision.
Use a safety seat that is recommended for the
size and weight of the child. Seat backs should
be upright for use with child safety seats. Any
objects in close proximity which may come into
contact with the child in the event of an accident
or sudden stop should be removed.
Place child safety seats only in forward facing (locked)
seating positions equipped with a restraint system.
Carefully follow all of the manufacturer's instructions
that come with the safety seat that you put in your vehicle. Make sure that the shoulder belt (if provided at the
seating position where the safety seat is being used)
does not cross or rest in front of the child's face or neck.
Ii you do not install and use the safety seat properly, the
child may be injured in a sudden stop or collision.
When using any infant or child restraint system, it is
important that you follow the instructions and warnings provided by the manufacturer concerning its
installation and use. Failure to follow the restraint
manufacturer's instructions could increase the risk or
severity of an injury in the event of a collision or
sudden stop.
Child Seat Tethers
Some child seat manufacturers recommend the
use of a top anchorage (tether) strap in addition
to the lap belt. Since a top anchorage (tether)
strap can provide additional security to a child
seat, we recommend using a tether whenever
one is required or available.
Your motor home is equipped with a child seat
top anchorage (tether) strap anchorage point in
the forward passenger seat location. In some
models a secondary forward facing seat location
may also have the anchorage for a tether strap.
You can visually identify the anchorage hardware by inspecting the lower rear of the passenger or secondary seat. A small metal anchorage
rod will be present which will allow the tether
strap hook to engage (see Illustration 1).
To use, with the seat in position, drape the tether
strap over the seat back and down (see
Illustration 2). Attach the tether strap hook to
the tether anchorage point and tighten the strap
according to the child seat manufacturers
instlUctions. Make sure the strap is not twisted
and that the fOlward facing seat is always positioned upright and locked in the forward facing
position when the motor home is in motion.
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An incorrectly anchored tether strap could lead to
seat failure and injury to the child. In a collision, the
seat could come loose and allow the child to crash
into the inside of the vehicle or other passengers, or
even be thrown from the vehicle. Use only the specified anchor positions to secure a child restraint requiring top tether strap(s).
Driving your motor home will be different from
driving your family car or truck. Your motor
home is large and heavy. You may have to
adjust or learn new driving techniques to safely
operate your motor home.
Downhill driving puts extra strain on many drivetrain components of your motor home. The
brakes are easily overloaded and overheated
when used for downhill slowing. Brake fade
will occur if the brakes overheat.
When driving down long grades, shift the transmission to a lower gear at the top of the grade.
Rule of thumb: Use the same lowest gear going
down as it took to go up the hill. Crest the hill in
the lower gear. Monitor your speed.
Using the Engine to Slow
the Motor Home
Illustration 1
To use the engine as a braking force, select the
next lower gear. Engine braking provides good
speed control for going down grades. When the
motor home is heavily loaded, or the grade is
steep, preselection of a lower gear prior to the
grade may be desirable.
Gear preselection means the selection of a
lower gear to match the driving conditions you
encounter or expeet to encounter. Preselection
will give you better control on slick or icy roads
and on downgrades. Downshifting to lower
gears increases engine braking. The selection of
a lower gear often prevents cycling between a
gear and the next higher gear on a series of
short up-and-down hills.
Illustration 2
Be cautious when maneuvering to allow for the
length and width of the vehicle. Always allow
room to comer and to change lanes. Your vehicle's
side view milTors and rear view camera monitor (if
equipped) will help you keep aware of your vehicle's position and the position of other vehicles
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and/or obstmctions near your motor home. You
must monitor them constantly while you are driving. Become familiar with the operation of the
side minurs and leam to use them to view objects
and the road beside and behind the motor home.
The rear view mirrors are controlled from a
panel located on the driver's left side instmment
panel. To adjust the mirrors, select either LEFT
or RIGHT mirror and press the appropriate
arrow. Activate the mirror heaters (if equipped)
by pressing the HEATER position.
ice. Always check.overhead clearances of overpasses and bridges. This may be particularly
important if you drive with the overhead vents
open or if the motor home is equipped with a
roof air conditioner, roof rack, CB or TV/
radio/satellite antenna.
Before leaving on a trip, check your route. Some
tunnels prohibit motor homes with LP gas systems.
Remember that your motor home is heavier than
a car, making it less maneuverable and harder to
stop. Also, because of its greater side surface
area, it is more easily affected by cross winds.
Allow extra distances for passing and stopping.
When parking parallel to a curb, be sure to
allow for poles or obstmctions as the front and
rear portions of the motor home swing wider
than an automobile. When parking on an
incline, tum the front wheels into the curb in the
direction of the roll to aid the parking brake.
When parking, always shift the transmission to
P and set the parking brake.
If you can't avoid operating, parking or idling
your vehicle off-road:
Although your motor home is equipped with power
steering, the front wheels may be difficult to turn
when at a dead stop. When maneuvering in some
close situations, give yourself some room to move
either forward or backward. The vehicle has to be in
motion for the front wheels to be turned with ease.
Driving on winding or mountain roads is not
difficult if done with reasonable care. Observe
proper vehicle speeds when ascending or
descending hills and always operate in the
proper transmission range. Downshift on hills to
avoid overheating or undue engine loads.
Downshift when descending grades.
Engine compression and friction will help control vehicle speed, and relieve some of the strain
on the brakes. Shift the transmission to a lower
gear before starting down the grade.
Mountain driving or desert temperatures can put
extreme demands on drive train components.
Under extreme heat conditions you may need to
tum off the vehicle air conditioner to improve
engine and transmission cooling.
Be aware of the extra height of your motor
home. Check for low hanging tree branches or
other obstmctions whenever you drive or park.
Avoid low overhangs when pulling in for serv-
• Be aware that combustible materials could
catch fire from the vehicle's hot exhaust
• Avoid driving your vehicle through or over
combustible mawrials such as leaves, grass,
vegetation or stabble high enough to touch,
catch or collect on its hot exhaust system.
• Parking or idling should be done only in
an area where there are no combustible
materials under the vehicle.
Do not park or idle the motor home over combustible
materials such as tall grass or dried leaves.
Combustible materials may catch fire from the hot
exhaust gases, soot or sparks that could escape
through corrosion holes or cracks. This is particularly
important if the exhaust system has not been properly
(If Equipped)
If your motor home is equipped with rear view
video monitor, the camera is located at the top
rear of the motor home. The rear view picture is
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displayed on a screen in the driver's compartment. The monitor screen may be overlaid with a
distance scale reference which gives approximate distance of objects to the rear of the motor
The rear view video monitor works in two modes:
Mode 1 - Standby (Indicator will be lit to green)
1. Thrn on the ignition switch.
2. Shift the transmission to [Rjeverse.
3. Monitor on.
Mode 2 - On (Indicator will be lit to amber)
1. Thrn on the ignition switch.
2. Monitor on.
Using the rear view video monitor will take
practice. Always allow more space for maneuvering until you are comfortable with the systern. Check the side-mounted min'ors often
while driving and especially during lane
changes and when backing up.
The rear view video monitor system provides a general view of the road and objects to the rear of the
motor home. Your perception of this view and the relationships of objects to the motor home and each other
will be different from that seen in a rear view mirror.
Light' conditions and the adjustment of the screen
controls will also affect your perception. Always use
the side-mounted rear view mirrors with the video
monitor system.
The camera lens is exposed to road dirt and will
get dirty. When necessary, clean the camera lens
and monitor screen with a quality glass cleaner
and nonabrasive cloth or towel.
applied, in keeping with good engineering practice, and to meet the requirements of chassis
See the Chassis Operator's/Owner's
Guide/Manual in the Owner's Information
Package for chassis engine fuel recommendations. The standard generator is designed to run
on the same fuel as the chassis engine, or on LP
gas. Consult the generator operating instructions
for special cautions about maintenance with different types of fuels.
Modern fuel systems may build up vapor pressure within the tank as the fuel warms during
use or hot weather. Under certain conditions,
sudden release of this pressure when removing
the fuel cap can cause fuel to spray from the fill
opening, creating a fire hazard.
When removing the fuel fill cap, rotate it slowly only
far enough to allow the pressure to release. After any
"hissing" sound stops, remove the cap completely.
To protect the fuel system from excessive pressure or vacuum, or from sudden release of pressure, replace lost or damaged fuel fill caps with
caps of the same design which are available
from your Fleetwood motor home dealer.
Clean up fuel spills immediately. Fuel spilled on
the motor home could damage the exterior finish, and is a serious fire hazard.
Safe Refueling Guidelines
Certain chassis and underbody components of
your motor home have been coated with an
undercoating material. This material is intended
to assist in protecting these components from
corrosion or other effects of weather and road
conditions. Please be aware that certain areas of
the motor home do not have undercoating
Here are some refueling safety guidelines that
will help keep you and your family safe when
refueling your vehicle.
• Turn off your vehicle engine while refueling. Put your vehicle in park and/or set
the emergency brake. Disable or turn off
any auxiliary sources of ignition such as
heater, cooking units or pilot lights.
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• Do not sllloke, light lIIatches or lighters
while refueling at the pUIIIP or when
using gasoline anywhere else.
• Use only the refueling latch provided on
the gasoline dispenser nozzle - never jalll
the refueling latch on the nozzle during
Certain fabrics, clothing and/or shoe apparel may
potentially create an electrostatic charge, which may
not immediately discharge upon exit of your motor
During refueling, the static may discharge at the fill
pOint, causing a flash fire or small-sustained fire with
gasoline vapors.
In order to avoid this from occurring always first touch
a metal part of the vehicle with a bare hand, such as
the door, or some other metal surface away from the
fill point.
• In the unlikely event a static-caused fire
occurs when refueling, leave the nozzle in
the fill pipe and back away frolll the
vehicle. Notify the station attendant
• Do not over-fill or top-off your vehicle
tank, which can cause gasoline spillage_
• Avoid prolonged breathing of gasoline
vapors. Use gasoline only in open areas
that get plenty offresh air. Keep your face
away frOIll the nozzle or container
• Always re-install the fuel cap correctly
before departing_
Fuel for the generator is taken from the main fuel tank
through a special feeder tube which is higher in the
tank than the feeder tube to the motor home engine.
This arrangement prevents the generator from running the motor home fuel tank dry.
Fuel Types and Driveability Issues
Your motor home's automotive fuel and emissions systems are sophisticated and engineered
to meet Federal and State emissions standards.
They are sometimes sensitive to fuel types and
blends, particularly fuels blended for certain
altitudes and climates. Fuel suppliers provide
customers with the correct fuel for their location
and seasonal conditions. Sometimes, though,
fuel blended for winter is supplied during summer months.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) offers
the following consumer advisory and safety
guidelines on vehicle refueling to help consumers avoid potential problems with refueling
and static electricity.
One of many possible causes of static electricity
build-up is reentering your vehicle during refueling, particularly in cool or cold and dry climate conditions. This can cause a build-up of
static electricity similar to shuffling your feet on
the carpet when the air in your home is dry. If
you return from your vehicle interior to remove
the filling nozzle without discharging the static
build-up, in rare circumstances, a brief flash fire
could occur at the filling point if the static discharges and the resulting spark ignites fuel
vapors around the fill spout.
A simple precaution to help avoid this potential
problem is to stay near the vehitle's fueling
point. Do not get back into your vehicle during
refueling - even when using the nozzle's automatic hold-open latch. If you must reenter your
vehicle, discharge the static electricity build-up
when you get out by touching the outside metal
portion of your vehicle, away from the filling
point, before attempting to remove the nozzle.
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When the engine is under load or requires maximum cooling, the engine fan turns faster. The
fan may become noisy at high speed and when
maximum cooling is required. High speed fan
noise can sometimes be misinterpreted as
transmission slippage. This is not the case. This
fan noise indicates that the fan is doing what it
is supposed to do. This noise is not a defect in
the fan or the transmission.
Your motor home engine has been designed to
conform to Federal and State emission requirements. To meet these requirements, engine operating temperatures are high. As a result, the
engine, transmission and exhaust systems radiate heat.
Heat shields are built into your motor home to
protect wiring and other components from possible heat damage caused by the exhaust system.
Do not remove these shields, modify the
exhaust system, or add additional equipment,
such as wiring, plumbing, or other components,
which may be effected by exhaust system ·heat.
Engine temperature gauges typically have been
calibrated to indicate a midrange reading as the
"normal" operating temperature. As a motor
home owner, be aware that the gauge is intended
to provide a warning of any rapid change in
engine coolant temperature from the "normal"
reading of the gauge rather than an absolute
temperature reading.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless
gas. It is a by-product of the burning of fossil fuels
(gasoline, LP gas, diesel fuel, etc.). The chassis
and generator engines, furnaces, water heater, LP
gas refrigerator and range in your motor home produce it constantly while they are operating. CAR·
understand the following precautions to protect
yourself and others from the effects of carbon
monoxide poisoning.
Beware of the symptoms of exhaust gas (carbon
monoxide) poisoning:
Muscular twitching
Intense headache
Throbbing in temples
Weakness and sleepiness
Inability to think clearly
Do not under any circumstances operate any engine
or the cooking stove or range while sleeping. You would
not be able to monitor outsider conditions to assure
that engine exhaust does not enter the interior, and you
would not be alert to exhaust odors or symptoms of
carbon monoxide poisoning.
Exhaust gases are deadly. Do not block the tailpipes,
or exhaust ports, or situate the vehicle in a place
where the exhaust gases have any possibility of accumulating either outside, underneath, or inside your
vehicle or any nearby vehicles. Outside air movements can carry exhaust gases inside the vehicle
through windows or other openings remote from the
exhaust outlet. Operate the engine(s), carbon monoxide-producing systems or components only when
safe dispersion of exhaust gases can be assured.
Monitor outside conditions to be sure that exhaust
continues to be dispersed safely.
If you or others experience any of these symptoms, get out into fresh air immediately. If
symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Shut
down the unit and do not operate it until it has
been inspected and repaired.
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Carbon Monoxide Detector/Alarm
Your motor home is equipped with a carbon
monoxide (CO) detector/alarm.
If the detector/alarm sounds, it is an indication
that unacceptable levels of carbon monoxide gas
are present. This may occur in traffic concentrations or in campgrounds where other vehicles as
well as your motor home are contributing to the
carbon monoxide level in the surrounding air.
Sounding of the detector/alarm does not indicate
a faulty detector/alarm. The detector/alarm is
doing its job of warning you of potentially high
concentrations of carbon monoxide.
Test the CO detector/alarm after the motor home
has been in storage, before each trip, and at least
once a week during use. Please refer to the
materials included in your Owner's Information
The vehicle must be towed from ,the front, either
on the rear wheels (if operational) or on a heavy
duty dolly. Consult your Chassis Operator's/
Owner's Guide/Manual for any available
instlUctions. Contact the chassis assistance center prior to calling a tow company to receive
tow instlUctions and possible assistance with
coordinating the tow.
To prepare your motor home for towing:
1. Secure any loose or protlUding parts of the
disabled vehicle, if any.
2. Secure any heavy, loose items in the interior.
3. Turn off LP gas appliances and the LP gas
tank valve.
4. Do not allow any person to ride in the
towed vehicle.
The prefelTed emergency towing methods are
either an under reach wheel lift device or a flat bed
trailer. Most tow tlUck operators willing to tow
motor homes will be familiar with these devices.
Be prepared to give the tow tlUck operator at least
the following infollllation when you call:
Length and height of motor hOllle
Chassis manufacturer
Gross vehicle weight rating
Do not tow the motor home from the rear. Towing from
the rear will cause serious overloading of the front
tires and suspension, possibly resulting in tire or front
suspension failure. The rear frame extensions are not
designed to withstand the load imposed by lifting from
the rear.
DO NOT crawl under or place any part of your body
under a vehicle that is being lifted. Stand clear of ali
towing equipment and the vehicle being lifted.
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Controls for the leveling system are located in the
driver's compattment. A detailed operating and
maintenance guide is included in your Owner's
Information Packoge. Read all instlUctions for
this system carefully before operating the system.
The leveling system is designed as a leveling system
only. Do not use the system as a jack or with a jack.
Do not attempt to raise the tires off the ground. The
system should be used to raise the recreational vehicle to the lowest level position possible.
The power entty step is controlled by the ignition switch and by a switch near the entry door.
Power for the entry step is supplied by the chassis battely. The battery must be connected for the
step to operate as described below. The step has
a "last out" feature. With the door closed, the
step power switch OFF, tum the ignition switch
ON. The step will retract. Tum OFF the ignition,
open the door and the step will extend and lock
in the OUT position. The step also has an ignition override feature. If the door is closed (as
though ready to depart) with the step extended,
the step will automatically retract when the
engine ignition is switched ON. This prevents
driving with the step extended. The switches
operate the step according to the following table.
Under certain conditions, the step may not extend
using the last-out feature. Always look and be sure the
step is extended before exiting the motor home.
Refer to the power step Owner's Manual in your
Owner's Information Packoge for details on
maintenance and lubrication.
Step extends and retracts
with thc opening and closing
of the door.
Step is inactive. Will not
move regardless of door
Step extends and retracts
with opening and closing of
Step extends and retracts
with opening and closing of
door. If step is extended
when ignition is turned ON,
step will retract.
The main entry door uses a latching system similar to that used in automobiles. It has a secondary latch as well as a primary latch. When closing the door, be sure to close it firmly to engage
the primary latch. This will ensure that the door
is fully closed. When traveling, always lock
the deadboIt.
The screen door may be separated from the main
entry door by depressing the catch or releasing the
magnet. A holdback mechanism can be used to
secure the main door against the side of the motor
PATIO AWNING (If Equipped)
An operating and maintenance guide for your
awning is included in your Owner's
Information Packoge. It contains complete
instlUctions for opening and closing the awning,
as well as maintenance and care instlUctions.
If door is opened and closed without allowing the step
to fully extend and lock in the out position, the step will
retract and lock in the up position.
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Windows in your motor home are either slider
or torque pane type. Open slider windows by
rotating the locking lever and sliding the window. Open and adjust torque windows by turning the knob or crank located at the bottom of
the window frame.
On your ventilating windows, water is trapped
by the frame. During a heavy downpour or
washing, water may be seen in the lower portion
of the frame. The sloping sill and weep slots
allow the water to drain to the outside. These
weep slots must be kept open.
Damage or failure resulting from misuse,
including the application of after-market window tinting, is the owner's responsibility.
If water collects in the bottom channel and
overflows, check the weep slots for debris and
obstructions aud clean as necessary.
Screens are not removable for cleaning. They may be
pushed out of their frames if the window must be
used for emerg~ncy exit. In this case, the screens will
be destroyed and will probably have to be replaced.
(If Equipped)
Your new motor home may be equipped with
the optional power mirror. The driver's control
panel also contains controls for the exterior rear
view mirror adjustment and heater, if equipped.
To adjust the mirrors, select either LEFT or
RIGHT mirror and press the appropriate arrow.
Activate the mirror heaters by pressing the
HEATER control.
In the event the power mirror option was not
selected and added, manual <ldjustment of the
milTors is required to provide a view of the
sides and rear of the motor home.
SUN VISORS (If Equipped)
Sun visors at the driver and passenger positions
swing down and are adjustable to provide relief
from glare and bright sun. Your motor home may
also be equipped with side shades mounted on the
side windows that can be adjusted to suit driving
conditions. Swivel tension may be adjusted with a
screwdriver at the tension adjusting screw.
Emergency Exit Window(s)
Emergency exit windows are identified by the red
handles and EXIT label. Storm windows should
never be installed over emergency exit windows.
Reud aud uuderstaud these instructions before
you need to use them. The emergency exit window provides an escape route in case the motor
home must be evacuated under emergency conditions. To operate the emergency exit window,
• Pull the red handle and remove the screen, or;
• Lift the red latch to release the window.
Slide it completely through the slot so the
window swings free.
When parked, be sure the exit window is not
blocked by trees or other obstacles.
To raise blinds or shades:
Release bottom of blind from retainer.
Pull straight down on cord and release at
desired height.
It is not necessary to pull the cord to one
side or the other to secure blind.
To lower:
Pull straight down on the cord slightly, and
move it about 45 degrees to either the left
or right and lower the blind.
Stop the blind in mid-travel by moving it
back to the straight down position.
Reattach the retainyrs when traveling.
To adjust the angle, turn the adjusting rod
_either direction.
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Exterior Compartments
Exterior storage compartments should accommodate most of your storage needs. All of the storage compartments, except the LP gas tank
comp31tment, can be locked. Fire prevention reguations require that the LP gas tank comp31tment
be unlocked at all times.
Day/Night Shades (If Equipped)
The day/night shades are dual-purpose window
covering that provide privacy at night and light
control during the day.
To operate them, pull down on the lower bar to
expose the sheer fabric for daytime light control.
For use at night, pull on the upper bar to unfold
the privacy curtain.
Please note: Your motor home could be overloaded or out of balance if not properly loaded.
Refer to the Motor HOllle Loading section of the
On The Road chapter of this manual, and follow
the loading and weighing instmctions in that
section. When storing equipment and supplies:
Always keep tools and equipment stored in
areas where they will not shift while
Whenever possible, place heavy articles in
storage compartments which are low and in
the best location for weight distribution.
Pack 3lticles carefully in the storage
compartments to minimize shifting. If necessary, use straps to prevent movement.
MINI-BLINDS (If Equipped)
To raise mini-blinds:
Release bottom of blind from retainer. Pull
straight down on cord and release at
desired height. It is not necess31Y to pull
the cord to one side or the other to secure
To lower mini-blinds:
Pull straight down on the cord slightly, and
move it about 45 degrees to either the left
or right and lower the blind. Stop the blind
in mid-travel by moving it back to the
straight down position. Re-attach the
retainers when traveling.
To adjnst the angle:
• Be sure liquid containers are capped and
cannot tip or spill.
Secure all glass containers and dishes
before traveling.
• Exterior storage compartments may not be
watertight in all conditions. Carry any articles which could be damaged by water
inside the motor home.
Do not store flammable, volatile liquids or hazardous
chemicals inside the motor home or in outside storage compartments. Toxic fumes from these liquids or
chemicals may enter the interior of the motor home.
Turn the adjusting rod either direction.
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Interior Storage
The closets and cabinets have catches along one
edge of the door. Pull on the cabinet door handle
to open. Overhead doors have supports to hold
them open. Drawers rest in notches when they
are closed. To open drawers, lift up slightly,
then pull open.
Glosets may be equipped with 12-volt lights that
turn ON when the closet door is opened. Be sure
the light goes OFF when the closet door is
closed - your battery will be discharged if it
stays ON. If the light stays on when the door is
closed, the door switch requires adjustment.
The same loading considerations apply to interior storage areas as to exterior. Consult the
Motor Home Loading section in the On The
Road chapter.
Your new motor home may be equipped with an
optional slide-out room. The slide-out room(s)
are designed to provide additional living space.
A detailed operating and maintenance guide is
included in your Owner's Information
Package. Read all instructions for these systems
carefully before operating the slide-outs.
In some installations it may be necessary to
slide the driver's seat to the full forward position and place the seat back in the full upright
position prior to moving the slide-out room in or
out to prevent the room from striking or rubbing
against the seat back.
Always exercise caution when operating the
slide-out room.
• Always be certain that there is plenty of
clearance for your room to safely extend to
the full outward position.
• Remove any other potential obstructions to
room movement.
For operation of the slide-out room the following is required:
• Park the RV and level it for stationary use.
• Ignition on (engine running)
• Transmission in park
• Parking brake engaged
• Slide-out key or switch activated
Under wetlsnow weather conditions, after retracting
the slide-out room(s), it may be necessary to towel off
moisture from the end walls.
Never attempt to move your motor home with the
slide-out room(s) extended. Damage can occur to the
slide·out or motor home.
In case of a power failure, the slide-out room can be
retracted manually. Be sure to understand the operation section as explained in the slide-out systems
Operations Manual in the Owner's Information
The materials used inside your motor home
have been selected for durability and comfort.
With reasonable care, these materials will
stand up under years of recreational living. The
Maintenance chapter in this manual outlines
care requirements for the various ,upholstery
fabrics, floor, cabinet, and wall finishes.
Dinette Conversion
(with Built-In Table)
To convert the dinette into a bed:
1. Remove cushions.
2. Lift table, reach underneath, unlatch and
fold the leges) up under the table top, or
remove the table leges) and if necessary,
store them between the seats.
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3. Raise front portion of table several inches
to disengage inserts from the wall supports.
4. Lower table top to the dinette frame to
complete the bed base.
3. Pull upward on the cen.ter (If the metal bar,
and rotate it down slowly until the wood
bars rest on the floor.'
To restore the sleeper sofa:
S. Slide seat and back cushion into place over
the bed base.
1. Lift the front edge of thebedframe up and
rotate it back.
The under-seat storage may be reached by
raising the cushion platform.
2. Lift the middle section of the bed up and
push it back towards the rear until the bed
is fully into position.
Dinette Conversion
3. Replace the cushions.
(with Free-StandingTable)
To convert the dinette into a bed:
I. Lift table, reach underneath, fold up the
legs under the table top. Secure the legs.
2. Lower table top to the dinette frame to
complete the bed base.
3. Slide the seat and back cushion into place
over the bed base.
The under-seat storage may be reached by
raising the cushion platform.
Sofa Conversion (If Equipped)
To convert a sofa bed into a bed:
1. Remove sofa bolsters (if applicable).
2. Lift front of sofa seat (above front kick panel)
up and out. The back of the sofa will drop
back and down as the seat is pulled outward.
To restore the sofa/lounge:
1. Lift the front edge of the sofa seat up, and
push it back towards rear. The sofa back
will come up.
2. Push the sofa fully into position.
Sleeper Sofa Conversion
(If Equipped)
To convert a sleeper sofa into a bed:
1. Remove sofa cushions.
2. Lift front of sofa seat (above front kick
panel) up and out. While lifting the seat
out, the middle legs will automatically
unfold into a vertical position.
Folding Doors/Privacy Curtain
The dividers allow you to separate areas in the
motor home. They glide on nylon rollers. They
are held closed by a catch. When the dividers
are open for traveling, be sure to attach the hold
back latch to keep them from sliding back and
Folding Chairs (If Equipped)
In some models, folding chairs are provided for
your convenience. Store these chairs in an
appropriate compllrtment when traveling to
avoid personal injury or damage.
Do not sit on folding chairs while the vehicle is in
motion. Personal injury may result.
Free-Standing Furniture (If Equipped)
Your motor home may be equipped with freestanding furniture. Fleetwood has designed
retention hardware which will secure any loose
furniture during travel. Always secure any furniture or loose articles before moving the motor
home. Failure to do so could result in damage to
your furniture and motor home, as well as result
in personal injury or death in the event of an
accident or emergency maneuver.
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Loose furniture must be secured before travel. Failure
to do so may result in injury or death in the event of
an accident or emergency maneuver.
Interior Lighting
Both decorative and 'utility' style 12-volt lighting fixtures may be used in your motor home.
Utility style fixtures may be either single or
dual. A slide switch selects either single or dual
brightness. For your convenience, some lights
are operated from wall switches. Clean the
lenses with soapy water.
Some of the lighting fixtures may be equipped with
halogen bulbs. The bulbs and fixtures may get very
hot when they are on. Do not touch these lighting fixtures when they are on. Allow them to cool before
attempting to replace a bulb or to clean. Replace all
light bulbs with the same type and wattage as originally installed or as indicated on the fixture.
Overhead Vents
Overhead vents may be located in the galley and
bathroom areas for fresh air circulation and
exhausting heat, odors and water vapor.
Turn the crank in the center of the overhead
vent to open and adjust. Some vents may also be
equipped with a 12-volt fan. A switch controls
fan operation. Be sure to turn the fan OFF
before closing the vent. Some vents may be
connected to a wall switch.
Close the overhead vents or lower them before
traveling to avoid damage from wind and low
overhead clearances.
The vent may be cleaned from the top of the
motor home. Use soapy water on the vent cover.
The screens may be vacuumed or lightly
brushed to remove accumulation of leaves or
other debris.
Lubricate the gears and mechanism yearly with
a light, water resistant grease.
The monitor panel allows you to conveniently
check the approximate levels in the holding tanks,
LP gas tank and to check battelY condition(s).
Electrical probes installed in the tanks measure
the levels at various points in the tanks.
If the sensor probes mounted in the tanks get coated
with grease, the monitor panel may indicate falsely or
not at all. Avoid pouring grease, oils or similar substances down drains or the toilet. If this is unavoidable, the holding tank(s) should be washed out with a
soapy water solution. See your dealer for additional
To check tank levels:
BLACK TANK switches.
The E or empty indicator light will always
be lit when the rocker or touch switches are
depressed. If the tank is full, all lights will
be on. Lights are sequential, and indicate
levels in approximately 113 or 114-tank
increments depending on monitor or panel
design. It the tank selected is approximately 1I2-full, for example, lights E, 114
and 112 will be on.
Erroneous tank level indications can be
caused by:
a. Water with low mineral content. The level
is measured by a very low level electrical
signal traveling through the liquid. Some
water may not conduct the signal properly.
This condition may be infrequent, but can
exist. Check the panel reading when the
fresh water tank is filled.
b. Material trapped on the holding tank
probes may give a full reading when the
tank is actually empty.
To check the battery charge:
1. Shut off all charging sources, engine, generator, and disconnect the 120-volt power
cord to turn off the converter.
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2. Press BATTERY rocker switch on the panel.
3. Turn on a light or any 12-volt appliance.
The battery must be checked with a load.
4. Read battery condition on the indicator.
Condensation and How to
Control It
You need to understand how to properly manage
and control the humid conditions and condensation that you may experience.
RVs are much smaller than a house, and are
tightly built. This means that the interior air will
become saturated with moisture more quickly
than in a typical house. The routine activities of
a few people can put a lot of water into the air.
In cold weather, this moisture may become visible as condensation.
Condensation happens naturally. 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 RV during
cold weather when the humidity of the interior
air is high.
Water vapor will condense on the inside of the
windows and walls. In really cold weather, frost
or ice may appear. It may also condense out of
sight within the walls or the ceiling. If enough
water collects in the wall or ceiling materials, it
may cause water stains on the wall or ceiling
surface. You might think that your walls or ceiling are leaking. You have a problem with condensation if you see these signs. You need to do
something to reduce the moisture inside your
Your RV is not designed to be used as permanent
housing. Use of this product for long term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration of
structure, interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting and
drapes. Damage or deterioration due to long term
occupancy may not be considered normal, and may
under the terms of the warranty constitute misuse,
abuse, or neglect, and may therefore reduce your warranty protection.
Here are some frequently asked questions about
condensation and some answers that will help
you understand more about your RV and how to
keep it comfortable.
Q. - In cold weather, my windows and willis
look like they're sweating. Is that condensation?
A. - Yes. Your windows are a good way to
know if the humidity in your RV is too
high. All air contains water vapor. When
air is warm it can hold much more water
vapor than when it is cold. When the air
cools, the water vapor "condenses" back to
a liquid. Since your windows are usually
cooler than the air, the water collects on
the surface of the glass.
Q. - Where does all the watel' come from?
A. - Moisture in the air comes from many
sources. Some of the most common are:
Cooking - Meals prepared for a family of
four can add up to a gallon of water per
day into the air from cooking.
Bathing - An average shower can put
between )/" - y, pounds of water into the air.
Dishwashing - Doing the dishes for a typical day's meals can add up to one pound
of water to the air.
Flo~r mopping - When an 8' x 10' kitchen
floor is mopped and rinsed, almost 2Y,
pounds of water can be released into the
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Clothes drying - After 10 pounds of
clothes have been washed and spin-dried
in a washer, they still contain about 10
pounds of water. If these clothes are dried
inside, that water is released into the air in
the RV.
Gas appliances - When LP gas is burned,
carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water are
given off into the air. For every 1000 cubic
feet of LP gas burned, nearly 88 pounds of
water is released into the air.
Humidifiers - Humidifiers are designed to
put moisture into dry air - up to two
pounds per hour. So in a 24-hour period,
an uncontrolled humidifier can put almost
50 pounds of water into the air.
House plants ami aquariums - Plants give
off almost as much water as you put on
them. Open aquariums pelmit higher rates
of evaporation than closed types.
People and animals - A large source of
water in the RV is the inhabitants themselves. A family of four can put up to 12
pounds of water into the air per day
through breathing and perspiration.
As you can see, just the normal course of
living adds a great deal of water to the air.
Q. - What will all this water do to my RV?
A. - The least it will do is fog your windows. If
it is really cold outside, frost or even clear
ice could form on the inside of the glass.
Excessive moisture in the air could show
up as water running down or dripping off
walls, ceilings or fixtures. It may look like
your roof or windows are leaking. This
water may stain woodwork, carpeting,
ceiling panels or even furniture.
But the most damage is caused by water
you can't even see. Water will penetrate
almost any material - except glass and
metals. Water vapor in the air always
wants to move toward dry air. Scientists
call this "vapor pressure" action. It will go
through walls, floor covering, plywood,
paint - just about anything. The water that
gets trapped in these materials can cause
warping, mildew, paint failure and rotting.
The damage caused by excessive humidity
can be invisible, and worse, expensive to
fix. Please remember that this damage is
not covered under the warranty.
Q. - What can I do to reduce or eliminate
condensation problems in my RV?
A. - The two most important things are:
Reduce moisture released into
the air and increase ventilation
To reduce moisture released inside the RV:
1. Run the vent fan when cooking and the
bath vent fan (or open the bath vent)
when bathing.
2. Avoid making steam from excessive
boiling or use of hot water.
3. Remove water or snow from shoes
before entering to avoid soaking the carpet.
4. Avoid drying clothes inside (except in
the dryer, if equipped). The water drying out of the clothes goes into the air.
5. Vent appliances to the outside. Your
clothes dryer should always be vented
according to the dryer manufacturer's.
installation instructions. (Some dryers
are designed to be ventiess and do not
require a vent to the outdoors.) Check
the vents periodically to be sure they are
not blocked.
6. If you op~rate or use vaporizing
inhalers, or similar devices, always provide adequate ventilation.
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Do not heat the RV interior with the range or oven. Open
flames add moisture to the interior air. Do not use an air
humidifier inside the R\I. Water put into the air by the
humidifier will increase condensation.
Never use open flame gas or kerosene-burning
heaters indoors. These devices release water into the
air, and the exhaust gases contain poisonous
Do not cover emergency exit window(s). This window
must be left accessible at all times for emergency exit.
To increase ventilation:
I. Use the kitchen and bath exhaust fans, if
equipped, when cooking or bathing. Let
them !Un for a while after a bath or meal.
2. Ventilate with outside air. Pmtially open
one or more roof vents and/or windows to
provide circulation of outside air into the
interior. While this ventilation will
increase fumace heating load, it will
greatly reduce, or eliminate, condensation.
Even when it is raining or snowing, outside air will be far drier than interior air
and will effectively reduce condensation.
3. Do not tape windows or doors closed.
This will prevent any air movement and
will make the condensation problem
4. Ventilate closets and cabinets. During
use in cold weather, leave cabinet and
closet doors pmtially open to warm and
ventilate the interiors of storage compartments built against exterior walls.
The air flow will warm the exterior wall
surface, and reduce condensation, and
prevent possible ice formation. Avoid
crowding closets or wardrobe space.
Overstuffed closets re~trict air flow.
5. Stock kitchen and bath cabinets to allow
free air circulation.
6. Open window coverings and windows
as often as possible and convenient.
7. Control the interior heat. Here are some
tips on controlling humidity with heat:
• Keep registers and the furnace blower
clean and unobstructed. This helps air
• Do not operate a humidity device on
your furnace.
Dripping Ceiling Vents
During cold weather condensation frequently
forms on ceiling vents and may even accumulate
to the point of dripping onto the surfaces below.
This is frequently misinterpreted as a "leaking"
roof vent but is most often condensation drippage. Follow the preceding steps to control
moisture condensation, and protect surfaces with
plastic sheeting until the moisture has dissipated.
Mold is a fungus that occurs naturally in the
environment and serves necessary functions
including aiding in the decomposition of plant
and other organic material. Mold spreads by
means of microscopic spores bome on the wind
and is found everywhere life can be supported.
Mold has existed for millions of years, and
human beings have coexisted despite their exposure to mold and mold spores.
If the proper conditions are present, mold can
and will grow in your recreational vehicle. Most
RV owners are familiar with mold growth in the
form of bread and cheese and on bathroom tile,
In order to grow, mold requires a food source.
These food sources might be supplied by items
found in the RV such as fabric, carpet, wallpaper, or building materials (i.e., wood, and insulation). Also, most mold growth requires a tem06-9
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perate climate. The best growth occurs at temperatures between 40°F and lOO°F. Most importantly, mold growth requires moisture, and
moisture is the only growth factor that can be
controlled. By minimizing interior sources of
moisture, an RV owner can reduce or prevent
mold growth. However, if optimal growth conditions persist, mold can develop within 24 to
48 hours.
Moisture in the RV can stem from a variety of
sources such as spills, leaks, overflows, condensation, damp or standing water and human
activity such as showering or cooking. Good
maintenance practices are essential in the effort
to prevent or reduce mold growth.
What the RV Owner Can Do
The RV owner can take positive steps to reduce
the occurrence of mold growth in the RV and
thereby minimize any possible adverse effects
that may be caused by mold.
These steps may include, but are not limited to,
the following:
• Before bringing items into the RV check
for signs of mold. Potted plants (root and
soil), furnishings, or stored clothing and
bedding materials may also contain mold
• Regular vacuuming and cleaning will help
reduce levels of settled mold spores.
Additionally, detergent solutions and most
tile cleaners are effective in controlling
mold growth on surfaces.
• Keep the humidity in the RV below 40%.
Ventilate kitchens and bathrooms by opening windows, using exhaust fans, or mnning the air conditioning to remove excess
moisture in the air and to facilitate evaporation of water from wet surfaces. In general, windows or doors through out the RV
should be opened periodically to ventilate
the RY.
• Promptly clean up spills, condensation, and
other sources of moisture. Thoroughly dry
any wet surfaces or material. Do not let
water pool or stand in or under your RV.
• Inspect for leaks on a regular basis. Look
for discolorations or wet spots. Repair any
leaks promptly. Inspect condensation pans
(refrigeration and air conditioners) for
mold growth. Take notice of musty odors
and any visible signs of mold growth.
Other actions the RV owner can take to prevent
moisture issues include the following:
• Do NOT use unvented propane, kerosene,
or other unvented combustion heaters;
• Do NOT cover or close off the floor registers (if equipped);
• Check: your cooling equipment filter on a
monthly basis;
• Use the air conditioner or a dehumidifier
during humid months, particularly during
the summer in hot, humid climates;
• Use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms
to remove excess moisture;
• Clean the bathroom with mold-killing
For more information about mold, and what you
can do to reduce moisture and remediate mold
growth in your RV, please refer to the following
websites and literature;
1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
'Mold Remediation in Schools and
Commercial Buildings 2001.
http://www.epa.govliaq/molds/moldremediation html
2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your
The hazard and possibility of fire exists in all
m'eas of life, and the recreational life-style is no
exception. Your RV is a complex machine made
up of many materials, some of them flmumable.
But like most hazards, the possibility of fire can
be minimized, if not totally eliminated:by recog-
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nizing the danger and practicing common sense,
safety and maintenance habits.
Know where your fire extinguisher is located and
how and when to use it. Read the instlUctions on
the fire extinguisher. Remember that portable fire
extinguishers are intended for use by the occupants of a building or area that is threatened by
fire. They are most valuable when used immediatelyon small fires. They have a limited amount
of fire-extinguishing material, and therefore must
be used properly so this material is not wasted.
Fire extinguishers are pressurized, mechanical
devices. They must be handled with care and
treated with respect. They must be maintained as
outlined in any maintenance instlUctions provided
with the device so they are ready to operate properly and safely. Palts or internal chemicals may
deteriorate in time and need replacement. Always
follow maintenance and recharging instlUctions
provided by the fire extinguisher manufacturer.
Maintain proper charge in the fire extinguisher.
Urethane foam is flammable!
Do not expose urethane foams to open flames or any
other direct or indirect high temperature sources of
ignition such as burning operations, welding, burning
cigarettes, space heaters or unprotected electric light
Once ignited, urethane foams will burn rapidly, releasing great heat and consuming oxygen very quickly.
In an enclosed space the resulting deficiency of oxygen will present a danger of suffocation to the occupants. Hazardous gases released by the burning
foam can be incapacitating or fatal to human beings if
inhaled in sufficient quantities.
Fire Safety Precautions
In addition to instlUcting occupants on what to
do in case of fire, and holding fire drills periodically, consider these fire safety suggestions:
• If you experience a fire while traveling,
lIIaintain control of the vehicle until you can
safely stop. Evacuate the vehicle as quicldy
and safely as possible.
• If you experience a fire while camped,
evacuate the vehicle as quickly and safely
as possible.
• Consider the cause and seveJity of the fire
and risk involved before trying to put it
out. If the fire is major or is fuel-fed, stand
clear of the vehicle and wait for the fire
department or other emergency assistance.
• If your RV is damaged by fire, do not move
or live in it until you have had it thoroughly
examined and repaired.
Just as in your home, included below are some
common sense tips to help prevent a fire incident from occurring.
• Never leave unattended food cooking on
the stove or in the oven.
• Never smoke in bed or leave cigars/cigarettes unattended.
• Keep candles or any open flames away
from curtains/fabrics/walls and ceiling.
• Keep matches and igniter devices safely
stored and away from small children.
• Do not store combustibles inside your RV
(gasoline, charcoal lighter, etc.).
Do not store or carry LP gas containers, or other flammable liquids inside your recreational vehicle.
Explosive fuel clouds maybe present at fuel filling stations. Before refueling (either gasoline, diesel fuel
or LP gas) be sure to turn off all pilot flame's and
appliances in your motor home. Turning off the
propane at the tank is insufficient. Pilotless appliances may stili spark or pilot flames may not
extinguish immediately.
Living With Your Motor Home
Smoke Detector/Alarm
A battery-powered smoke detector/almm is
mounted on the ceiling in the living/cooking area
of your motor home. Please read the smoke detector/alarm operating instlUctions for details on testing and caring for this impOltant safety device.
Test the smoke detector/alarm after the motor
home has been in storage, before each trip, and
at least once a week during use.
The smoke detector/alarm should never be disabled due to nuisance orfalse alarm from cooking smoke, a dusty furnace, etc.
Ventilate your motor home with fresh air and
the detector/alarm will shut off. Do not disconnect the battery.
Replace the battery once a year or immediately
when the low battery BEEP signal sounds.
If the smoke detector/alarm fails to operate
with new batteries, replace it with a new unit,
available through an authorized Fleetwood
Service Center.
The plumbing systems in your motor home are
constructed of durable thermoplastic materials.
Holding tanks and piping components are
strong, lightweight, and con'Osion resistant.
Holding tanks are of three types:
• Fresh - Fresh potable water
• Grey - Lavy/shower effluent
• Black - Toilet effluent
It is recommended to discharge as many fluid
tanks as practical before driving.
External Fresh Water Connection
Fresh, potable water is available from either an
external "city water" hookup or on-board storage.
External Fresh Water Hookup
The external system is pressurized by the water
system at an RV park or city water supply. The
connection is located in the utility compartment
on the rear left side of the motor home.
To connect to pressurized city water:
I. Connect one end of a potable water hose to
the RV park or city water supply. This will
usually be a faucet or valve similar to your
garden hose valve at home. Potable water
hoses are available at RV supply stores.
2. Run the city water supply for a few seconds to clear the line. Tum off the water.
3. Attach the other end of the potable water
hose to city water connection located on
the motor home. Make sure all connections
are tight.
4. Tum on the RV park/city water supply.
Open all faucets inside the motor home to
clear the lines. Then tum off fauce.ts.
Since water pressures at campgrounds vary, we recommend you install an in-line pressure regulator (if
not equipped) at the water supply faucet. This will protect the motor home water system and your supply
hose from excessively high water pressure.
To disconnect the city water:
1. Turn OFF the city water supply.
2. Remove the hose from the city water supply
3. Drain and store the hose.
Filling the, On-Board Water Tank
The on-board fresh water tank can be filled in
two ways: (1) city water pressure or (2) gravity.
1. City water pressure - When connected to
the city water supply as described above,
turn the bypass valve located in the utility
compartment to "Water Tank Fill" from the
"Normal" setting. This will fill the onboard fresh water tank.
Make sure the external gravity fill connection is open (remove the cap) to allow air to
escape from the on-board tank. When water
just starts to flow out of this external fill, the
on-board tank is full. Immediately shut the
water off or turn the bypass valve to nonnal.
After filling, turn the bypass valve to
Plumbing Systems and Holding Tanks
Overfilling the fresh water tank from a pressurized
source may cause damage to the water system.
Monitor water tank filling continually.
2. Gravity fill -The external gravity water fill
is located on the exterior of the motor
home. The on-board water tank can be
filled here. To fill the fresh water tank,
remove the cap, remove the vent plug, and
fill the tank using a potable water hose.
Water Pump
The on-board fresh water system is pressurized
by a self-priming, 12-volt DC pump. The pump
operates automatically when the pump power
switch is ON and a faucet is opened. When the
faucets are closed, the pump shuts off. A fuse at
the load center panel protects the pump circuit.
It can run dry for extended periods without damage. See Electrical Systems chapter.
Turn the pump master switch ON to pressurize
the system. When a faucet is opened after the
initial filling of the tank, the water may sputter
for a few seconds. This is normal and is not
cause for concern. The water flow will become
steady when all air is bled from the water lines.
Water Pump Filter
Dirt, mineral scale, and organic matter are filtered out of the fresh water system by an in-line
water filter on the inlet side of the water pump.
If you suspect a clogged filter, it is easily
removed and cleaned.
Fresh Water Tank Fill
Draining the Fresh Water Tank
Avoid leaving the water in the tank when the
motor home is not in use. Turn the water pump
OFF before draining the water tank. Whenever
possible, drain the fresh water tank before traveling. Water in the tank will reduce the carrying
capacity of the motor home. See Motor HOllie
Loading section of the On The Road chapter.
The main water tank "quick-drain" valve is
located on the end of the water tank.
Inspect the filter after running the first full tank
of water. Clean and inspect monthly thereafter.
The filter is located in the utility compartment
behind the service panel.
The water pump filter should be serviced when
the fresh water tank is empty. Water may continue to drain from the water tank when the filter is removed for service.
1. Loosen the clamp at the inlet end of the filter.
2. Pull the water line off the filter.
3. Unscrew the filter from the water pump.
4. Turn each end of the filter and pull apart.
5. Flush out and clean screen.
6. Reverse procedure to install.
7. Operate the water pump and check for
Plumbing Systems and Holding Tanks
Low Point Drains
To dl"ain hot and cold lines:
1. Open hot and cold low point drains"
2. Open the shower handle and faucet until all
water has drained from the lines.
Troubleshooting the
Fresh Water System
Water system problems usually fall into two
categories: Inherent system problems, and
problems caused by neglect. System problems
are usually the result of road vibration and
campsite water pressure variations. Problems of
neglect usually stem from failure to clean filters,
improper winterization, and poor battery maintenance. Most water system problems can be
avoided by conscientious maintenance.
Vibration, flexing and twisting while traveling
can work pipe fittings loose. Check aIJ plumbing for leaks at least once a year. If the water
pump IUns when a faucet is not open, suspect a
leak. Be sure the tank drain valves are tightly
closed. Leaks occur most often around threaded
fittings. If necessary, tighten or clean and
tighten the fittings. Do not oveltighten fittings.
Connections at gaIJey and lavy fixtures should
not be tightened with a wrench. They will normaUy seal with hand-tightening. If a leak persists at one of the fittings, disconnect it completely and check for mineral deposits or other
foreign matter at the seating surfaces. Clean the
surfaces thoroughly and reinstall the fitting.
Connections at the water tank, pump and valves
are made with special clamps. They can be
replaced with standard automotive type hose
Leaks caused by freezing damage can be prevented by proper winterization of the system.
See the Storage chapter of this manual.
Freezing damage is usually extensive and may
include a burst water tank, split piping, and a
damaged water pump, toilet, and water heater. If
you experience this type of damage, repairs can
best be made by an authorized Fleetwood
For your safety, the shower faucet is equipped
with a vacuum breaker device. This device is
designed to prevent backflow of water into the
fresh water system, reducing the possibility of
contamination of the water supply. When the
faucet is in the OFF position with the shower hose
held above the faucet, water will drain out of the
vacuum breaker. This drainage is not a defect, but
indicates that the faucet is working conectly.
Sanitizing the Fresh Water System
As approved by the U.S. Public Health Service,
sanitize the fresh water tank and piping system
whenever the system may have become contaminated, has not been used for a period of time, or
before long periods of storage. This will discourage the growth of bacteria and other organisms that can contaminate the water supply. Use
a chlorine/fresh water rinse as follows:
1. Prepare a solution of V4-cup household
liquid chlorine bleach (5% sodium
hypochlorite) to one gallon of water. Use
one gallon solution for each 15 gallons of
tank capacity.
2. Close drain valves and faucets, pour the
chlorine solution into the exterior fresh
water tank filler spout, and complete filling
at tank with potable water.
3. Turn water pump switch ON. (Be sure you
have 12-volt DC power.) Open all faucets
individually until water flows steadily, then
turn them off. This will purge any air from
the lines.
4. Top off water tank with fresh water and
allow the system to stand for at least 4 hours.
5. Drain the entire system by opening aU
potable water tank valves, plumbing line
drain valves, and operating faucets.
Plumbing Systems and Holding Yanks
6. Flush the system with potable water. Let the
fresh water flow through the system for
several minutes to flush out the chlorine
7. After you stop the flushing, close the tank
valve, drain valves, and faucets. You can
now fill the tank with potable water, and
the system is ready to use.
The drain plumbing is very similar to that used
in your home. The system is trapped and vented
to prevent waste gases from backing up into the
RV. The drain plumbing is made of plastic, and
is durable and resistant to most chemicals. All
drain plumbing except the toilet connection terminates in the gray water holding tank and
drains directly into it.
Exterior Shower (If Equipped)
A shower fixture is mounted in the exterior utility compartment. The water pump must be ON
or city water pressure must be available for the
shower to operate. Close the exterior shower
valves when finished using.
Your RV is equipped with a marine-type toilet.
The flushing mechanism, whether a foot-operated pedal or a hand-operated lever, allows a
valve in the bottom of the bowl to open, permitting the contents to be flushed into the "black"
holding tank. A stream of water under pressure
from the RV's water system swirls around the
bowl, cleaning it and flushing the contents into
the holding tank. Most models have two levers,
each working independently of the other so the
bow I can be filled with water prior to use.
Whole Coach Water Filter System
(If Equipped)
The water filter helps provide consistent drinking water quality to the entire water system. The
filter cartridge is located in the service panel
compartment. Your Owner's Information
Package contains detailed operating and maintenance instlUctions concerning this system.
Turn water pump off before traveling. Road vibration
could cause a faucet to open. If the water pump is on,
your fresh water supply could be pumped into the
holding tank.
The waste water system in your RV is made up
of sinks, tub, shower, toilet, plumbing drain and
vent lines, a "gray water" holding tank and a
"black water" holding tank. The gray tank holds
shower, tub and sinks, where the black tank holds
toilet effluent. The holding tanks make the system completely self-contained and allow you to
dispose of waste water at your convenience. A
flexible sewer hose is required to connect the
holding tank outlet to the inlet of an approved
waste water dump station or sewer system.
In order to help prevent hard deposits from
building up within the "black" tank and help
reduce unwanted odor, it is recommended to
always keep water in the tank. When empty after
a tank discharge, flush the toilet several times in
order to introduce about five gallons of water.
It is highly recommended that a deodorizing
product should be used for the black tank after
each discharge at a dumping station. This will
help control unwanted odors.
Ensure that the black tank sewer drain system is
always closed and only opened when draining at
a dump station. Never allow your black tank
system to dry out unless it has been thoroughly
cleaned, sanitized and rinsed first.
For additional information, please refer to the
operating manual in your Owner's Information
Plumbing Systems and Holding Tanks
Draining the Holding Tanks
The holding tanks terminate in a valve arrangement that permits draining each tank separately.
The valves are called knife valves. A blade
closes the opening in the sewer drain pipes. The
blade is connected to a T-handle and cable
assembly mounted in the utility compartment.
Pull the T-handle to release the contents of the
During self-containment use, the sewer line is
securely capped to prevent leakage of waste
material onto the ground or pavement. Do not
pull the holding tllnk knife vllive open when
the protective CllP is instlliled on the pipe.
Always drain the tank into an acceptable sewer
inlet or dump station.
Drain the holding tanks only when they are at
least %-full. If necessary, fill the tanks with
water to %-full. This provides sufficient water to
allow complete flushing of waste material into
the sewer line.
Whenever possible, drain the holding tanks before
traveling. Waste water and sewage in the holding
tanks reduce the canying capacity of the motor
home. See the Motor HOllle LoOOing chapter.
Holding tanks are enclosed sewer systems and as
such must be drained into an approved dump station.
Both black and gray water holding tanks must be
drained and thoroughly rinsed regularly to prevent
accumulation of harmful or toxic materials.
Local or state regulations may prohibit highway travel
unless the holding tank outlet is securely capped.
To drain the holding tanks:
1. Attach the sewer hose to the holding tank
outlet. Insert the end of the hose into the
sewer or dump station inlet, pushing it
firmly far enough into the opening to be
secure. In some cases, adapters may be
necessary or required between the line and
the inlet. Arrange the sewer hose so it
slopes evenly.
2. Drain the black water holding tank first.
Grasp the handle of the black water knife
valve (the large one) firmly and slide the
valve open with a quick, steady pull.
During extended or semi-permanent hookups to
sewage systems, waste materials will build up in
the tank and cause serious plugging if the tank
valves are continuously open. In these cases,
keep the valves closed until the tanks are '/.-full,
and then drain into the sewage system.
3. Allow enough time for the tank to drain
completely. Rinse and flush the tank
through the toilet. When the tank is empty,
push the handle in to close the valve. Run
enough water (up to five gallons or so) into
the tank to cover the bottom. This will aid
the break up of solid wastes, and reduce
"pyramiding" of waste material.
The holding tank drain valve outlet is to be used
with a removable termination fitting that locks
onto the outlet with a clockwise twist. Clamp the
sewer drain hose to this fitting. A protective cap
should remain in place when you are not draining the tanks.
4. To drain the gray water tank, repeat the
steps above using the small knife valve.
This tank is drained last to aid in flushing
the outlets and hose. The gray water knife
valve may be left open in a semi-permanent hookup.
S. See the tank flush system instructions in
the next section if your recreational vehicle
is so equipped.
Plumbing Systems and Holding Tanks
6. Remove the sewer hose and cap the outlet.
7. Rinse out the sewer hose with fresh water
and remove the sewer hose from the dump
8. Replace sewer or dump station covers.
The sewer drain valve must be open when using the
black tank flush inlet.
Gray Holding Tank Dumping
allow the water to run for approximately
three minutes to flush tank.
3. Turn off water supply to garden hose.
4. Remove hose from black tank flush inlet
connection and store hose.
5. Rinse out the sewer hose with fresh water
and remove the sewer hose from the dump
6. Replace sewer or dump station covers.
7. After rinse water has thoroughly drained
from the black tank, close the knife valve
and replace the tenmination cap. If you are
parked at a site with a semipelmanent sewer
hookup, keep the black water knife valve
closed to allow the waste level to build up.
The outlet will probably clog if you leave the
knife valve open continually. Run enough
water into the tank to cover the bottom. This
will aid the break up of solid wastes.
Please .. .Practice good housekeeping when
draining wastes at a campsite or disposal station. Leave the site in good order. Above all, do
not pollute.
Black Water Tank Dumping
Black Tank Flush System
(If Equipped)
The black water holding tank is equipped with
rinsing spray heads that will aid in the removal
of sewage residue from the interior of the holding tank. To operate the tank flushing system,
follow the procedures for Draining The
Holding Tanks in this chapter. After dumping
the gray water tank proceed as follows:
1. With the dump valves open, attach a garden
hose to the black tank flush inlet connection.
2. Turn on water supply to garden hose and
Do not use the same hose you use for filling the
potable water tank, or for connection to the city water
inlet. This is especially true if you the connect the
quick connect hose to the typical rinsing hoses at
most dumping stations. Use of a different hose will
insure that you will not contaminate your fresh water
The sewer drain valve must be open when using the
black tank flush inlet.
Holding Tank Care
Since holding tanks don't rely on any sophisticated mechanical devices for their operation,
they are virtually trouble-free. The most common problem is also an unpleasant one - clogging. You can minimize the chances of clogging
by keeping the following considerations in mind:
Plumbing Systems and Holding Tanks
• Keep the black water tank knife valve
closed. Fill tank to at least 'I.-full before
draining. Be sure to cover the tank bottom
with water after draining.
• Use only toilet tissue formulated for use in
septic tank or RV sanitation systems.
• Keep both knife valves closed and locked,
and the drain cap tightly in place when
using the system on the road.
• Use only cleaners that are approved for use
in septic tank or RV sanitation systems.
• Use a special holding tank deodorant chemical approved for septic tank systems in the
black water holding tank. These chemicals
aid the breakdown of solid wastes and make
the system much more pleasant to use. Do
not put facial tissue, paper, ethylene glycolbased or other automotive antifreeze, feminine hygiene products or household toilet
cleaners in the holding tanks.
• Do not put anything solid in either tank
that could scratch or puncture the tank.
If the drain system does get clogged:
• Use a hand-operated probe to loosen stubborn accumulations.
• Seriously clogged P-traps may require disassembly. Be careful not to overtighten
when reassembling.
• Do not use harsh household drain cleaners.
• Do not use motorized drain augers.
• Sometimes the holding tank valve will get
clogged. In this case, a hand-operated auger
may be necessary. Be ready to close the
valve quickly once the clog is cleared. If the
seal gets damaged, it is easily replaced.
Cold Weather Usage
The holding tank(s) area is heated through ducts
from the furnace. To prevent holding tank freeze
up, the furnace thermostat should be set to
maintain a minimum of 33 degrees Fahrenheit
in the holding tank(s) area. Be aware that
exposed drains may freeze quickly.
Typical Hot and Cold Diagram
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Utility Compartment (detail varies depending on product)
Your motor home is equipped with three electrical systems:
the chassis 12-volt system
the Fleetwood 12-volt house system
the 120-voltAC system.
They operate together to give you electrical
power for many different situations.
Always replace bulbs and fuses with equivalent types.
The type is marked on the bulb or fuse.
This system generally includes:
The chassis 12-volt or vehicle electrical system
generally includes:
the clUlssis battery
chassis/house battery charging system
ignition system
instrument panel and controls
headlights, taillights, turn Signals
power entry step
LP gas detector/alarm
leveling jacks (if equipped)
slide-out (if equipped)
fog lights (if equipped)
air horns (if equipped)
power seats (if equipped)
luggage compartment lights
other vehicle lights and accessories
Chassis Bulbs and Fuses
Exterior bulb types are listed in section 04-01 of
this Owner's Manual. Always replace bulbs and
fuses with equivalent types and ratings.
Fuses will intenupt the flow of electricity if a
circuit is overloaded. The 12-volt chassis fuse
panel is located under the driver's side instlUment panel. Additional fuses are located under
the hood, or in 12-volt power leads on the
related equipment and accessories.
all 12-volt interior lighting fixtures & outlets
fresh water pump
12-volt accessories
House batteries provide 12-volt DC power.
These batteries are not the chassis 12-volt
batteries. Power is also provided by a DC converter that operates when the motor home electrical cord is plugged into 120-volt AC power
source or by the generator (if equipped). The
house batteries are charged by the motor home
engine alternator, or by the converter when it is
Power for living area radios and tape decks is available from either the chassis or house batteries. A
switch on the instrument panel allows you to select
the power source. If you use the radio, tape decks, or
other 12-volt DC eqUipment for long periods of time
when the motor home engine is not running, either
battery may be discharged.
Your motor home has two battery systems. One
system supplies 12-volt DC power to start the
vehicle engine. The other system supplies 12volt DC power to the house living area.
Battery Disconnect (If Equipped)
Some accessories or equipment such as clocks,
radios or the refrigerator may draw small
amounts of current even when turned OFF. For
your convenience, relay operated disconnect circuits may be equipped with your motor home.
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Electrical Systems
These circuits isolate selected electrical systems
from either the chassis or the house batteries.
Activating the relay(s) will prevent battery discharge which may occur over extended storage
periods. During normal use of your motor home
the relays must always be in the "on" position.
If you plan to store the motor home for an
extended period, press the disconnect switch/es
to OFF. Remember to press the switch/es to ON
when you take the motor home out of storage.
A trouble shooting guide and function manual that
explains this system is included with your motor home
Owner's Information Package.
When charging the batteries, the battery disconnect
switches must be ON.
Battery Inspection and Care
Do not use the motor home when the chassis battery
is disconnected. The power step will not operate as
designed if the chassis battery is disconnected. If the
step is not in the correct extended position, you may
be injured if you step out of the motor home.
Check the external condition of the battery periodically. Look for cracks in the cover and case.
Check the vent plugs and replace any that are
cracked or broken. Keep the battery clean. Acid
film and dirt on the battery top may permit
current to flow between the terminals and discharge the battery.
To clean the battery:
1. Be sure the vent caps are installed and tight.
2. Wash the battery with a diluted solution of
baking soda and water to neutralize any
acid present.
3. Flush with clean water. Foaming around
terminals or on top of the battery is normal
acid neutralization. Avoid getting the soda
solution in the battery.
4. Dry the cables and terminals.
5. Do not use grease on the bare metal inside
the cable terminals to prevent con-osion.
Grease is an insulator. Electricity will not
flow through it. A plastic battery terminal
spray will protect the terminals after you
have cleaned and reinstalled them.
6. Check the battery, including water level, at
least once a week. Keep the carrier and
hold down hardware clean and free of corrosion and chemical accumulation .
Disconnect the 120-volt shore cord and the negative
terminal from the battery/ies before working on either
electrical system. If you work on the electrical systems with the power cord connected, you may be
shocked, electrocuted, or severely burned.
Battery Charging
Both sets of batteries will be kept charged by the
chassis engine alternator and charging system
while you are driving. The DC power convelter
will charge the chassis and house batteries when
plugged into 120-volt AC service or by the generator (if equipped). If the battelY needs to be
charged from a different charging source, please
follow these safety guidelines:
• Leaving a charger connected to a battelY for
an extended period of time can shOiten battery life.
• Do not smoke near batteries being charged
or which have been.recently charged. Please
note that batteries are being charged while
you drive, and while you are connected to
120-volt AC power through the converter/
charger circuit.
• Do not break live circuits at the terminals
of the battery. Use care when connecting or
disconnecting booster leads or cables.
Attaching booster cables, and poor connections are a common cause of electrical arcs
which can cause explosion.
Electrical Systems
• Check and adjust the electrolyte level
before charging. Fill each cell to the indicator with distilled water.
• Always remove all vent caps before charging the battery.
• Do not charge the battelY at a rate that
causes the electrolyte to spew out.
• In cold temperature storage conditions, batteries may freeze if not properly charged.
Remove rings, metal watchbands, and other metal jewelry before working around a battery. Use caution when
using metal tools. If a tool contacts a battery terminal or
metal connected to it, a short circuit could occur which
could cause personal injury, explosion or fire.
Do not allow battery electrolyte to contact skin, eyes,
fabrics, or painted surfaces. The electrolyte is a SUlphuric acid solution which could cause serious personal injury or property damage. Wear eye protection
when working with batteries.
Never expose the battery to open flame or electric
spark. Chemical action in the battery generates
hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. Do
not allow battery electrolyte (acid) to contact skin,
eyes, fabrics, or painted surfaces.
Solar Panel (If Equipped)
Your new motor home may be equipped with an
optional solar charger. The solar charging panel
installed on the roof of your motor home is
designed to "trickle-charge" your battery system.
It is not intended to be a fast charger. It also cannot supply large amounts of current to operate
12-volt DC electrical equipment. When the sky
is clear and under bright sun, the solar panel will
help keep your batteries "topped-up". Do not try
to operate 12-volt DC appliances with the output
of the solar panel. A light on the air conditioner
indicates when the solar panel is operating.
a Replacement Battery
When the battery requires replacement, always
choose a battery with the same physical and electrical characteristics as the original equipment.
Your dealer or im authorized Fleetwood Service
Center can advise you on proper battery selection.
Auxiliary Start System (If Equipped)
You can use the Auxiliary Start System to start
the motor home engine with the house battery if
the chassis battery is discharged. The AuxiUary
Start System has no effect on the vehicle except
to aid in starting the motor home engine. If the
vehicle alternator is operating properly, the batteries will be charged while driving.
To use the Auxiliary Start System:
1. Be sure the motor home is stopped. Shift
the transmission to N or P and apply the
parking brake.
2. Press and hold the Auxiliary Start switch
on the instrument panel.
3. Start the engine with the ignition switch.
4. Release the Auxiliary Start switch.
This system provides grounded 120-volt AC
electrical service for appliances such as air conditioners, TV, microwave ovens, etc. This system
the generator
the main electrical power cord ("shore cord")
Your motor home is equipped with a heavy duty,
power cord. It is commonly called the "shore
cord." This cord is used to connect to external
120-volt AC service. The cord and connector is
molded together to fOim a weatherproof cable
assembly. Do not cut or alter the cable in any way.
Do not remove the ground pin in the cable
connector, or defeat the ground circuit in the motor
To connect the power cord to external service,
push the plug straight into the receptacle.
Electrical Systems
Do not operate the 120-volt electrical system without
a proper ground. Electrocution or severe electrical
shock could result.
Switch off the 50-amp main breakers located in the
120-volt AC load center (breaker panel) before you
insert or remove the 50-amp power plug. Be sure to
insert or remove the plug straight into or out of the
receptacle. The shore cord power plug should make a
snug connection to the shore cord receptacle to avoid
The converter will automatically supply 12-volt
DC power when your motor home is operating
on 120-volt from the generator or a public utility. The DC power converter will charge the
chassis and house batteries when plugged into
120-volt AC service or by the generator (if
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
Bathroom, galley, and patio 120-volt electrical
outlets are protected by a Ground Fault Circuit
InterrupteJ' (GFCI). This device is intended to
protect you against the hazards of electrical
shocks possible when using electrical appliances
in the bathroom or galley or in damp areas.
Should a circuit or appliance (electric shaver,
hair dryer, etc.) develop a potential shock hazard,
the GFCI device is designed to disconnect the
outlet (and other outlets on the same circuit),
limiting your exposure time.
2. Push the TEST button. The RESET button
should pop out, indicating that the protected circuit has been disconnected.
3. If the RESET button does not pop out when
the test button is pushed, a loss of ground
fault protection is indicated. Do not use any
electrical outlets. Have the motor home
electrical system checked at an authorized
Fleetwood Service Center or by a qualified
electrician. Do not use the system until the
problem has been cOlTected.
Do not install 12-volt fuses or 120-volt breakers with
amperage ratings greater than that specified on the
device or label. Doing so constitutes a fire hazard.
Generator (If Equipped)
Your motor home may be equipped with a gasoline or LP gas-powered generator which will
provide complete electrical self-containment
when regular public utility AC power is unavailable. Controls are at the generator and at a
remote panel located in the living area of the
motor home.
When the generator is operating, power is available at all of the 120-volt power outlets in the
motor home, just as if the cord were connected
to an external source. The generator is also connected to the power converter, thus supplying
12-volt power as well.
If an outlet doesn't work, check the GFCI. Reset it if
necessary. If the GFCI continues to trip, have the
motor home electrical system checked at an authorized Fleetwood Service Center or by a qualified electrician.
1. Connect the main power cord to 120-voltAC.
4. To restore power push the RESET button.
Power Converter
Test the GFCI at least once a month. To test
the GFCI:
Do not under any circumstances operate the generator while sleeping. You would not be able to monitor
outside conditions to assure that generator exhaust
does not enter the interior, and you would not be alert
to exhaust odors or symptoms of carbon monoxide
Electrical Systems
Generator Fuel Supply
Fuel for the gasoline or diesel generator is taken
from the main fuel tank through a special feeder
tube which is higher in the tank than the feeder
tube to the motor home engine,. This arrangement prevents the generator from running the
motor home fuel tank dry.
LP Generator (If Equipped)
Fuel is provided from a dedicated LP gas tank.
Generator Operations
To start the generator:
1. Press generator remote switch until generator
is running.
2. To stop the unit, press switch and release.
If the generator is slow to start, DO NOT hold
the switch in the START position for more than
10 seconds. Release the switch, wait 15 seconds, then try to start again. This will help avoid
overheating and damage to the generator starting system.
Refer to the generator operating instructions provided
in your Owner's Information Package for information before starting the generator. Do not start the
generator unit with a heavy power load. Always wait
at least three minutes after starting generator before
turning on (or plugging in) heavy electrical loads,
such as the roof air conditioner.
Generator Operating Safety
Read and understand the generator operating,
maintenance and safety instruction furnished in
your Owner's Inforlllation Package.
• Do not smoke or use an open flame near
the generator unit or fuel tank.
• Do not use generator ventilation air for
heating any space.
• Check engine fuel lines . Fuel. leakage in or
around the compartment is an extreme fire
hazard. Do not use the generator until fuel
leaks are repaired.
• Check to be sure the generator exhaust pipe
is located to discharge exhaust gases away
from the RY.
• During stops while traveling, inspect the
exhaust systems for road damage. Do not
operate an engine with a damaged exhaust
• Be aware of exhaust gas (carbon monoxide) poisoning symptoms. Refer to the section on Carbon Monoxide Safety Precautions in the On The Road chapter.
• Check the generator exhaust system after
every usage and whenever the system may
have been damaged, and repair any leaks or
obstructions before further operation.
• Check the exhaust systems(s) during routine
maintenance, and repair any leaks, damage,
or obstructions before fUither operations.
• Disconnect the battery(ies) before performing
any maintenance on the generator. Allow the
generator to cool before pelfonning any
• Do not use the generator as an emergency
power .source to a general residential or
industrial utility line. This is illegal and
may cause shock or electrocution to power
line utility personnel attempting to repair
power lines.
Do not place flamm~ble material or store any other
materials in the generator compartment.
Do not operate the generator when parked in or near
high grass or brush. Exhaust component heat may
cause a fire.
Electrical Systems
Do not modify the generator installation or exhaust
system in anyway.
Do not use the generator as an emergency power
source to a general residential or industrial utility line.
This is illegal and may cause shock or electrocution to
power line utility personnel attempting to repair power
Do not block the generator ventilating air inlets or outlets. The engine requires a constant supply of cooling
air. Restricted ventilating air inlets or outlets can
cause engine failure.
Exhaust gases are deadly. Inspect the generator
exhaust system thoroughly before starting the generator engine. Do not block the tail pipe or situate the
motor home. in a place where the exhaust gases have
any possibility of accumulating either outside, .underneath, or inside your vehicle or any nearby vehicles.
Outside air movements can carry exhaust gases
inside the vehicle through windows or other openings
remote from the generator exhaust. Operate the generator only when safe dispersion of exhaust gases
can be assured, and monitor outside conditions to be
sure that exhaust gases continue to be dispersed
sary, to keep the total current to a value less
than, or equal to, the available power service.
There is no programming necessary and the unit
will work with any load within the circuit
breaker limits. the Smart EMS automatically
"learns" the amount of current drawn by each of
the controlled loads as it turns them on and off.
In this way, it automatically adapts to differing
loads or loads whose current changes with line
voltage or temperature.
• Limits total current to 30 AMPs.
• Minimizes circuit breaker tripping when
connected to 20, or 30 AMP service.
• Eliminates manual appliance select
switches .
• Senses current of owner added loads.
• Owner selectable 20 AMP operation from
remote panel.
• Protects air conditioners with two minute
restart delay.
• "Lemus" controlled appliance current draw.
A troubleshooting guide and function manual that
explains this system is included with your motor home
Owner's Information Package.
Intellitec's Smart Energy Management System 50 AMP (Smart EMS) is designed to be used in
RVs equipped with 50 AMP electrical service.
The system senses when the coach is connected
to a 50 AMP service or operating from the generator and allows simultaneous operations of all
the 120 volt loads. When 50 AMP service is not
available and the coach is connected to a smaller
electrical service, such as 30 or 20 AMP, the system automatically takes control of the loads to
practically eliminate circuit breaker tripping. It
constantly monitors the total amount of current
drawn in the RV and controls the loads, as neces08-6
Because of the many model, floor plans and
option variations available, it is beyond the
scope of this manual to include wiring diagrams. In certain situations, specific wiring
diagrams may be available to help troubleshoot
a problem. If Y01l need specific wiring information, please contact your dealer. Complete
wiring diagrams are not available.
The 120-vcilt circuit breakers and 12-volt fuses
are located on three separate panels. The purpose of these three panels is to provide electrical
1-.--,Electrical Systems
circuit breakers and fuses to intenupt current
flow if a circuit is overloaded.
1.l20-volt House Electrical - This electrical panel is located under the refrigerator.
This panel is very similar to a residential
panel with resettable breakers.
2. Fleetwood Automotive I2-volt System This panel is located on the driver's side
under the hood. This electrical center contains battery disconnect systems, entry step,
fog light, and some other automotive circuitly.
Do not install 12-voltfuses or 120-volt breakers with
amperage ratings greater than that specified on the
device or label. Doing so constitutes a fire hazard.
3 .I2-volt Chassis Fuses - This electrical
panel is located under the driver's side
dash area.
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Liquefied petroleum (LP) gas is available from
an approved storage container to operate your
range, oven, furnace and water heater, and as an
alternate energy source for some refrigerators.
With proper handling precautions, LP gas is safe
and provides modem conveniences wherever
you travel. LP gas is stored as a liquid under
pressure and vaporizes under the control of a
pressure regulator.
A typical LP gas tank installation is illustrated
below. Although specific details of the system
may differ in your motor home, the major components and their relationships will be similar to
those shown.
the small outage valve (this also lets you check
that the container is not overfilled) and note the
odor described as garlic/rotten egg like for
future reference. A small number of people cannot smell this odor; if you are one of these you
must take extra care whenever you use your
motor home.
Keep the tank valve closed and tum off all
appliances if the unit is not being used.
LP gas is flammable and potentially explosive. Use
proper handling, lighting and ventilating procedures.
1. The distinctive odor of LP gas indicates a leak. 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 container valve(s) or
gas supply connection(s).
Open doors and other ventilation openings.
Leave the area until odor clears.
LP gas tank
Sight gauge
Stop fill valve
Main shut-off valve
5. Accessory LP gas
6. Regulator assembly
7. LP gas hose
8. Outage valve
LP gas is a safe and reliable fuel. As with any
other volatile and flammable material, common
sense dictates that LP gas be handled and used
with respect and caution. Because LP gas systems are so reliable, they are often taken for
granted. Neglect can be a very dangerous habit.
If the system is maintained regularly, you can
expect almost trouble free operation.
The first time you have your LP gas tank filled,
have the serviceman bleed a little LP gas out of
Have the gas system serviced by a professional
before using the motor home again.
2. Never check for leaks with an open flame. Use an
approved leak detection solution or a non-ammoniated, non-chlorinated soap solution only.
3. Always be careful when drilling holes or fastening
objects to the motor home. The LP gas supply lines
could be punctured by a nail or screw.
4. Do not restrict access to LP containers. In an
emergency, the container service valve must be easily identified and accessible. The container compartment door must always be unlocked, and the LP label
should be visible.
5. Do not carry or store filled or empty LP gas containers, including accessories such as gas barbecues, in your motor home. LP gas containers are
equipped with a safety device that relieves excessive
pressure by discharging gas to the atmosphere.
Always store LP gas containers outside with the
valves closed and plugged.
6. Do not use any LP gas container other than the
one furnished with your motor home without being
sure that all connecting components are compatible.
LP Gas System
7. Turn off LP gas main valve before filling LP gas
container or entering an LP gas bulk plant or motor
fuel service station. Turn off all pilot lights and appliances individually before refueling of motor fuel tanks
andlor LP gas containers. When not individually
turned off, automatic ignition appliances may continue
to spark when LP gas is turned off at the container.
S. Do not fill LP gas containers to more than SO%
capacity. Overfilling can result in uncontrolled gas flow
which can cause fire and explosion. A properly filled
container holds about SO% of its volume as liquid.
9. LP gas regulators must always be installed with
the diaphragm vent facing downward. Make sure that
the regulator vent faces downward and that the cover
is kept in place to minimize vent blockage which could
result in excessive LP gas pressure causing fire or
10. Do not use a wrench or pliers to close the tank
shut-off valve. This valve is designed to be closed by
hand. If a tool is required, the valve probably needs
repair or replacement.
LP Gas Regulator
The two-stage regulator produces approximately
11 inches of water column (less than 0.5 psi) to
serve your appliances. Be sure the regulator vent
stays clean and free from obstructions.
The regulator is mounted so that the vent is facing downward and is protected by a cover. Be
sure the cover is on at all times. If the vent
becomes clogged, it can be cleaned with a toothbrush. If corrosion is evident, contact a qualified
LP gas service technician for assistance.
Do not attempt to adjust the regulator. It has been preset by the regulator manufacturer. If any adjustment is
required, it must be made by a qualified LP gas service technician using special equipment.
11. If you do not have the special tools and training
necessary, do not attempt to repair LP gas system
Accessory LP Gas Supply (If
12. Motor homes stored in enclosed garages must
be well ventilated.
The accessory LP gas supply device and hose is
intended for outdoor use only. Consult the
instructions provided by the device manufacturer for information concerning proper connection and usage.
13. Do not modify or alter the LP gas plumbing system.
14. If any appliance or piping has been serviced,
ensure that a system leak check has been performed
by a trained technician. This should be verified before
taking delivery of the unit.
The hoses used in your LP gas system meet
stringent requirements, and are rated to withstand many times the pressures encountered in
the system. Check the hoses for weather checking or other signs of deterioration every time
you have the LP gas tank filled or serviced.
When you replace hoses, be sure that,replacements are properly rated and approved for RV
Accessory LP Gas Supply
In order to prevent property damage and possible fire,
operate all heat producing appliances a safe distance
away from sidewalls, luggage doors, or any other combustible materials.
1--LP Gas System
Your LP gas system will function at low temperatures, provided the system components are kept
at a temperature above the vapor point of the LP
gas. Ask your LP gas supplier or your motor
home dealer for information on product blends
available in your area and the areas in which
you will be traveling.
The following chart shows the reduction in
available BTU's/hour under various fill levels as
the temperature drops:
% FULL +20·
*30 lb. Tank multiply x 1.40
The chart clearly shows how the availability of
the gas is reduced at lower temperatures. With
this in mind, keep your LP gas tank as full as
possible during cold weather. Check the BTU/hr
rating plates on your LP gas appliances. This infolmation will help you manage your LP gas usage.
To fill the chassis-mounted storage tank, drive
the vehicle to an LP gas supplier or a service
station which sells LP gas. Do not attempt to fill
the LP gas tank yourself.
Turn off LP gas main valve before filling LP gas tank
or entering an LP gas bulk plant or motor fuel service
station. Turn off all pilot lights and appliances individ·
ually before refueling of motor fuel tanks and/or LP
gas containers. When not individually turned off, auto·
matic ignition appliances may continue to spark when
LP gas is turned off at the container.
Do a visual check of all exposed piping and fittings after you have arrived at a destination and
before you use the LP gas system.
Keep the tank valve closed and turn off all
appliances if the unit is not being used.
Always have the system checked by a professional any time you detect a garliclrotten egg
like odor or hear a sustained hiss when you turn
the LP gas on.
Never check for leaks with an open flame. Do not
check copper and brass plumbing lines and fittings for
leaks using ammoniated or chlorinated household
type detergents. These can cause cracks to form on
the line and brass fittings. If the leak cannot be located,
take the unit to an LP gas service representative.
A permanently installed LP gas leak detector/
alarm is located near the floor. The unit contains
an alarm that will sound alerting you to the
presence of low levels of potentially dangerous
LP gas that may have accumulated.
The detector/alarm unit is powered by the 12volt DC system in your motor home. A green
light on the detector/alarm front panel indicates
that the detector/alarm has power.
Test the leak detector/alarm each time the motor
home is relocated and set up for use. Detailed
information for the leak detector/alarm can be
found in the Owner's Information Package.
Testing Procedure:
1. Hold a butane-fueled pocket lighter near
the sensor.
2. Open the lighter valve without striking the
3. The leak detector/alarm should respond
within a few seconds.
4. Press the silence button to reset the alarm.
LP Gas System
5. Lightly fan the area around the detector/
alarm to insure complete dispersion of the
gas from the lighter. and to prevent
another sounding of the alarm.
6. A silence button allows you to temporarily
quiet the alarm for 60 seconds after it has
been set off or after testing.
7. If the alarm does not sound during a test or
if the green indicator light is not visible,
see your dealer or an authorized Fleetwood
Service Center. There are no batteries or
user serviceable parts inside the unit.
The LP gas leak detector/alarm will not function if
both battery disconnects are OFF.
The detector/a/arm draws enough current to discharge your battery. Remember to turn off the chassis and house battery disconnects if you are not using
your motor home.
Detailed operating information for the LP gas
appliances can be found in your Owner's
Information Package. Please read and follow
these instructions.
Air trapped in the gas lines may delay the initial
lighting of any appliance. It could take several
seconds or minutes for the gas to reach the
appliance. To purge some of the air from the gas
system, first light a burner on the range. The
other appliances will then light more quickly.
The first time the furnace or oven is operated,
paints and oils used in its manufacture may generate some smoke and fumes. If this occurs,
open doors and windows to air out the motor
home. These materials should burn off after the
first 15 to 20 minutes of appliance operation .
Always follow the appliance l1tanufactnrer's
lighting, operating and lIIaintelUlnce instructions.
The LP gas detector/alarm is powered by a 12-volt
source. Any interruption in power will render this
alarm inoperative. Always ensure power is applied
especially when appliances are in use.
The appliances installed in your motor home are
tested and listed, and comply with standards
established by these organizations. All appliances
are covered by Fleetwood's OWfWrcare Warranty
program. Each appliance is also warranted by its
The valve is usually located in an exterior luggage
compartment near the water pump. Consult with
your dealer for the location for your paIticular unit.
To bypass the water heater, tum the lever valve
To supply water heater with water, tum lever
The individual appliance manuals included in your
Owner's Informa!ion Package contain detailed
operating and maintenance instructions. Always refer
to the respective manual for the appliance In question.
The water heater and furnace combustion air exhaust
ports may be hot when the water heater and furnace
are operating. Do not touch these outlets or allow any
material to come near the exhaust ports while operating the water heater and/or furnace.
Water Heater Sypass Valve
The water heater operates on LP gas, or, if so
equipped, with 120-voltAC power, and is much
like the one in your home. It contains an automatic shut off valve which stops the gas supply
if the water temperature rises too high.
The water heater is reached through an access
panel on the outside of the motor home.
With the bypass valve in the "normal flow"
position tum on the hot water faucet at the galley sink. If water flows continuously the heater
is full.
Do not light water heater until it is filled with water.
Water Heater Bypass Valve
This valve is provided to cut off the flow of
water to the water heater. The water heater
bypass valve greatly reduces the quantity of
antifreeze required to winterize the water system.
Read the operating instmctions fumished in your
Owner's In/ormation Package. Before operating
the refrigerator when the motor home is parked,
make sure it is level. If it is not level, the refrigerant will not circulate, cooling action will stop,
and the refrigeration system may be damaged.
The refrigerator uses the absorption principle of
operation. If you plan to cool food or drinks in
high outside temperatures, precool the food, and,
if possible, park the motor home with the
refrigerator vent door in the shade. Once the interior of the refrigerator is cool, the refrigeration
system will usually maintain this temperature. If
the inside of the refrigerator is hot, the food is not
precooled, and the outside temperature is high, it
will take longer for your food to be cooled.
The fumace is a forced-air unit fueled by LP
gas. All fumaces are equipped with a wall thermostat for temperature setting.
The fumace will not operate properly if your
stored personal items block the free flow of air at
the registers or the retum air to the fumace.
Storage under cabinets should be done carefully
so as to not clUsh or damage any fumace ducting.
Smoke and fumes created as a result of bruning
off manufacturing compounds are sometimes
present the first time the fumace is used. This is
nOimal; however, when you light the fumace the
first time, open all windows and doors until the
residues are completely bumed off.
Always follow the appliance manufacturer's
lighting and operating instlUctions.
If the fumace does not keep you comfortably
warm, NEVER use the range, oven or a catalytic heater for supplementary heat - even
with a vent or window open.
Combustion air for the fumace comes from outside the RY. The products of combustion from
the fumace (carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide
and other gases) are retumed to the outside air.
Portable fuel-burning appliances are not safe for heating inside the motor home. Asphyxiation or carbon
monoxide poisoning can occur.
The gas oven and bumers are operated with LP
gas. The basic operation is the same as the range
in your home.
A warning label has been located in the cooking
area to remind you to provide an adequate supply of fresh air for combustion. Proper ventilation when using the cooking appliances will prevent the dangers of asphyxiation. Refer to
Lighting LP Gas Appliances section in the LP
Gas Systelll chapter of this manual.
When you use the range oven for cooking or
baking, always open a vent or window to provide ventilation. Never operate the range or oven
when you are sleeping or if your aleitness is
impaired in any way.
Do not use open flames to warm the living area. Gas
combustion consumes the oxygen inside the motor
The exhaust hood allows vapors and cooking
odors to escape, and may provide a vent for the
galley area. Switches for the fan and light are
located either on the range hood or the front of the
microwave. The hood has grease filter screen(s)
which require periodic cleaning. To clean, remove
the screens and wash in soapy water. Rinse with
water and let the screens drain dty.
If needed, replace the light bulb with an equivalent type found on the bulb or listed in the appliance owner's manual.
The roof-mounted air conditioner(s) can operate
only when the motor home is connected to 120volt AC power from either a public utility or the
generator. Be sure the air conditioner circuit
breaker is ON.
Each return air duct is equipped with a filter.
Check these filters at regular intervals for accumulations of dust that could restrict air flow.
For best performance, park the motor home in
the shade and close curtains. Close doors and
windows and turn the temperature control knob
for desired coolness. Refer to the air conditioner
manufacturer's instlUctions for detailed
operating and preventive maintenance requirements. Remember that air conditioners use a
large portion of your available electric power.
See the Electrical Systelll chapter for operating
details on the Fleetwood Clilllate Control Systelll.
Experience has shown that some RV parks may
experience reduced power (low voltage) on days
with high heat or humidity, commonly referred
to as a "brown out." This condition may result
in the air conditioner circuit breaker tripping in
your power distribution center. This protects
your air conditioner motor from damage and is
necessary during low voltage conditions. This
breaker tripping is sometimes perceived as a
fault in your motor home, but it is a necessary
"safety valve."
Your motor home is equipped with a ceiling-ducted air
conditioning system. For most efficient operation,
adjust each vent so that is completely open. If you
change the vent opening to regulate air flow try not to
restrict the vent opening to below 70% open.
Restricting air flow below this opening will affect the
efficiency of the air conditioner.
If additional equipment requiring 12-volt power
is installed in the motor home. Obtain the 12volt source from a properly fused battery circuit.
Consult an authorized Fleetwood dealer before
adding any additional equipment to your motor
The rdof-mounted antenna is designed for
reception of VHF and UHF television signals.
Before traveling, remember to lower the antenna
and secure it to prevent damage to the antenna,
motor home roof, or objects in the path of the
antenna, such as overhead wires. Do not travel
with the antenna raised.
Antenna Operating Instructions
Before raising antenna, check for clearance
above the vehicle.
1. To raise the antenna to operating position,
turn crank toward UP until you feel resistance. Switch the TV power ON.
2. To rotate antenna, pull down on rotating
knob with both hands until it disengages the
ceiling plate. Turn the antenna for best picture and sound. Do not rotate the antenna
except in the full UP position.
3. To lower the antenna, first rotate it to align
the pointer on the ceiling plate. Then turn
the crank toward the down position; stop
when resistance is felt. Never lower the
antenna to any position without first aligning pointer.
4. Do not force antenna.
Video equipment can operate from inverter
power or when the motor home is connected to
120-volt power from either a public utility or a
The video control center, located near the VCR,
allows routing of the antenna, cable, satellite,
VCR or DVD signals to both the front and the
rear TV's independent of each other. You can
also use the control center to record signals
from the antenna, cable, satellite and DVD
(except copy protected material) to the VCR.
TV Antenna Operation
Do not raise antenna near overhead electric wires as
contact may cause serious injury.
(If Equipped)
The roof-mounted satellite dish antenna is
designed for reception of digital satellite television signals.
Before traveling, remember to lower the antenna
and secure it to prevent damage to the antenna,
motor home roof, or objects in the path of the
antenna, such as overhead wires. Do not travel
with the antenna raised.
A telephone jack is conveniently located in the
front under the dash on the passenger's side.
The park connection point is located near the
rear on the roadside sidewall.
If your RV is equipped with an electric dryerready option, and if an electric dryer is installed
in the future by either you, your dealer or
another appliance installer, the installation must
comply with the following instructions:
1. The clothes dryer moisture-lint exhaust
vent duct must not be connected to any
other duct, vent, or chimney.
2. The exhaust duct must be of sufficient
length so as not to terminate beneath the
recreation vehicle.
3. The exhaust duct must not be connected
with sheet metal screws or other fasteners
that extend into the interior of the duct.
4. The exhaust duct and termination fittings
must be installed in accordance with the
appliance manufacturer's printed
You may have additional appliances in your unit
which operate only when connected to 120-volt
power from either a public utility or the generator.
The microwave oven is powered by 120-volt AC
power and will only operate when connected. A
wall receptacle for the microwave is located in
the overhead cabinet adjacent to the microwave
In some cases, appliance selector switches are
provided in the galley to allow you to select combinations of appliances yet still remain within the
power capacity of the electrical system.
Your motor home has been designed to provide
you with many years of use with a minimum
amount of maintenance. This section will familiarize you with the areas of your motor home
that require scheduled care. Time spent taking
care of your motor home on a regular basis will
pay for itself in extended service and will help
protect your investment.
If you are mechanically inclined and regularly
perform routine maintenance and repairs on your
car or truck, you may want to do the mechanical
work on your motor home yourself. If you prefer, your dealer can perform these services for
you. His trained personnel will assure that your
motor home is maintained and repaired in keeping with original performance expectations.
This section is intended to provide the owner
and operator with a general overview of service
and maintenance information for the motor
home. Detailed service and maintenance information may be found in the owner's/operator's
manuals contained in the Owner's In/ormation
While the information in this section is intended
to establish proper maintenance and inspection
procedures, there.may be times when detailed
diagnostic and repair procedures may be
required. Consult your dealer or an auth0l1zed
Fleetwood Service Center in these situations.
Some exterior parts of your motor home are
made of fiberglass. The finish on these parts is
durable, but not indestructible. Any material and
finish will deteriorate in time. Exposure to sunlight, moisture and airborne pollutants can cause
dulling and fading of the finish. Generally,
changes in the finish due to weathering are cosmetic - they are on the surface of the part and
do not affect its strength. Weathering can take
the form of chalking, fading and yellowing.
The best insurance against these effects is routine
maintenance. If the finish is not washed and
waxed thoroughly, the surface can detel10rate
rapidly. The following maintenance guidelines
can help you reduce these weathering effects:
1. When the motor home is not in use, keep
the fiberglass surfaces out of the sun or
covered with a canvas tarpaulin. Avoid
using plastic or other nonporous materials
which can trap moisture between the cover
and the fiberglass surface.
2. Wash the exterior with a mild soap. Avoid
strong alkaline cleaners and abrasives. For
the best results, use a cleaner formulated for
fiberglass, and follow the directions for using
the cleaner. DO NOT use automatic dishwashel' detergent, abrasives, bleaches,
strong chemicals with acidslbases, or
3. Wax the extel10r at least once a year - twice,
if possible - with a wax formulated for fiberglass. When waxing, always read and follow
the instructions and precautions on the container. Some cleaners and waxes are recommended for use on only certain types of surfaces. As with automobiles, covered storage
yields best results for longevity of exterior
appearance and ease of maintenance.
4. In some cases, a light rubbing compound,
finishing material, or other product advertised to restore fiberglass, may be required.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Always use a high-quality wax after
Stains are generally caused by two types of
substances - water soluble and non-water soluble. Water soluble stains can usually be washed
away with water and mild detergent. Follow the
washing with wax.
Non-water soluble stains are usually oil-based.
Removal of this type of stain may require the use
of highly flammable or poisonous solvents. Refer
this type of service to your dealer or an authorized Fleetwood Service Center. Never use strong
solvents or abrasives to clean plastic surfaces.
Exterior Graphics Care
The pressure sensitive graphics installed on the
exterior surfaces of your motor home require little
maintenance and should be treated similarly to a
painted surface. Here are some guidelines to help
you keep your exterior graphics looking like new.
1. Wash your graphics with any mild car
wash soap solution. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
2. Keep high-pressure wash nozzles at least
1'/2 feet from the edge of the graphics.
High pressure spray may cause the edge of
the graphic to lift and peel away from the
wall surface.
3. Test any cleaning solution on a small section of the graphic before using the cleaning solution on a larger surface.
4. Do not use any aromatic solvents such as
acetone, MEK, toluene, paint thinner, lacquer thinner on your'graphics. Any solvent
of this type may soften or smear colors.
Inspect the sealants around doors and windows every three months. See Sealant
Renewal section.
Lubricate locksets in doors and exterior storage
compartments at least annually with powdered·
graphite. If the motor home is located at a beach
or is exposed to salt air, more frequent lubrication may be required.
Your new motor home is equipped with a new
roof material called TPO (thermoplastic olefin).
For normal cleaning, standard household detergents or cleansers may be used. Use a nonabrasive, common household detergent and plenty of
water. Be sure to keep the sidewalls wet to
reduce streaking. For persistent, stubborn stains,
use a whitewall tire cleaner. Follow directions
on the cleaner container.
5. Do not paint over the graphics with clear or
any other type of paint.
6. Do not let gasoline or other fuels drip or
stay on graphics for any length of time. If a
spiIl occurs, wipe off and rinse with water
The TPO roof itself does not require annual
coatings or additional sealants. Periodic washing
with soap and water is all that is required.
7. Do not apply wax over graphics, especially
ifthe wax contains any petroleum distillates. Wax tharhas dried between stripes
can be removed by softening it with IUbbing (isopropyl) alcohol and cotton swabs.
Be sure to rinse the area after cleaning.
8. Be careful when storing your motor home.
The graphic materials should be protected
from prolonged direct sunlight and heat.
Windows, Doors, Vents and Locks
Keep moving Palts, hinges and latches adjusted
and maintained. Lubricate with a light oil at
least once a year. Check and tighten the screws
holding the windows in place as required. Clean
screens by gently wiping with a damp cloth or
soft flat blUSh. Not all screens are removable.
The TPO roof material can be cut by sharp
objects. Use caution when loading shal'P articles
on the roof. If you add accessories or new
equipment on the roof, be sure the installer is
qualified to work on the TPO roof material. This
is required under the terms of the warranty.
Repair kits are available through your dealer.
The roof requires special adhesives and material. Do not use silicone sealants.
The TPO roof material is slippery when it is wet.
Sealant Renewal
This section outlines the procedures you must
follow to maintain the weatherproof integrity of
your motor home. Leak damage caused by fail-
ure to inspect and maintain the roof, vents,
TV/satellite antenna and molding seals may
affect your warranty coverage.
The adhesives and sealants used in the construction of your motor home were developed to
remain waterproof under sustained effects of
weather and vibration. However, even the finest
materials will eventually dry out and lose their
(If Equipped)
Do not use any cleaners that contain ammonia,
petroleum, ammonia based, or petroleum based
products. Most glass cleaners are ammonia
based. Most tar removers are petroleum based.
Wash Assembly with MILD SOAP AND
Failure to seal could cause serious damage and will
affect your warranty coverage.
Your dealer can perform the resealing inspection
and ~ork for you. Your dealer also has current
information on sealants used in your motor
home, and can recommend the appropriate
sealants for you if you prefer to do this work
yourself. Always use the recommended sealants.
Door, Window, Roof Component
and Molding Resealing
Inspect the sealants around windows, floors,
joints and doors at least every three months.
Also inspect roof vents, other roof components,
moldings at front and rear caps, and perimeter
molding. If any of the following defects are
evident during inspection, the affected areas
must be resealed.
• Sealant cracked or peeling.
• Void or missing sealant.
If you find any of the above defects:
1. Clean all areas to be resealed with an
appropriate cleaner and clean rags.
2. Make sure that all areas to be resealed are
absolutely dry before new sealant is applied.
Do not seal the bottom flanges of windows and doors.
Special gaps in the sealant have been intentionally
left in the bottom flange to provide drainage.
Interior appointments such as draperies, bedspreads, mattress covers, upholstery and wall
pads are manufactured from high quality materials and should be dry cleaned only. Frequent
vacuuming will keep them free of dust and dirt.
Minor spills should be cleaned up quickly to
avoid staining. The affected area should be blotted, not rubbed, to prevent the stain from working deeper into the fabric.
Do not use lacquer thinner, nail polish' remover, carbon
tetrachloride, spot remover, gasoline, or naphtha for
any cleaning purpose. These products may cause
damage to the material being Cleaned, and may be
highly flammable or poisonous.
Solid Surface Top Care (If Equipped)
The counter top is constructed of a solid surface
material that requires little care. Routine care
involves wiping the surface with a damp cloth to
remove water marks. For stains, wipe with soapy
water or ammonia-based cleaners. Remove stub-.
born stains on the "matte/satin" finish with an
abrasive cleanser.
Laminate Top Care (If Equipped)
For cleaning laminate surfaces, uses mild dishwashing liquid with warm water. Use a soft
cloth for both washing and drying.
Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool, or gritty
cleaners or damage will occur to the surface.
Walls and Ceiling Panels
The paneling and the ceiling of your motor home
may be any of several finishes and textures. Never
use harsh detergents or abrasive cleaners on walls
or ceilings. Most surfaces will clean with a soft
cloth moistened with mild liquid detergent in
warm water, or a clear window cleaner solution.
Do not scrub the surface or use Im'ge amounts of
water which could saturate the material. Simply
spray or apply the solution to the spot and blot
with a clean dry rag or paper towel. Aggressive
scrubbing may damage the texture or pattern.
Interior: If you want to attach items to the interior walls, YOU MUST USE RIVETS. The rivets can be installed with a hand-operated tool
such as the Arrow E-Z Pull Model RH200. This
and similar tools are available in most hardware
stores and home improvement centers.
When you install a component, carefully mark
the hole location and drill a 3/16" hole where
the rivet is to be located.
If you need rivets, contact your Fleetwood dealer.
Do not use any type of screw to attach items to the
interior or exterior walls of your motor home. If you
want to attach items to the walls, you must use
expanding head type rivets. Rivet quantity, length, and
grip range, will vary depending on item to be attached.
Plastic/Fiberglass Shower Stall
Some cleaners attack the plastic causing it to
discolor and become brittle. The following
cleaners have been tested and approved when
mixed with water:
• Distilled vinegar
• Mild dishwasher detergent
• Liquid deodorizing cleaner.
Attaching Accessories to
Your Motor Home
The sidewalls of your motor home are built with
a densc fiber and polymer panel or rigid wood
panel used as a substrate to the exterior fiberglass or interior finish surface.
Structural members are located specifically to
mount and attach factOly-installed components
and accessories, and may not be located to accommodate after-market accessories not specifically
designed for use on or in your motor home .
Exterior: Please consult with your dealer before
attempting to install or mount accessories on the
sidewalls or roof of your motor home. Holes
drilled in the sidewall may canse damage,
and may affect portions of yonr warranty.
Avoid cleaners that contain any amount of abrasives, acetone or MEK (methyl ethyl ketone).
Floors and Carpeting
Vinyl flooring requires only washing and periodic
waxing. Vacuum cmpeting regularly, and clean it
with a quality cmpet cleaner. Do not use water or
waxes mixed with water on the wood floor.
Wood FloQr (If Equipped)
Floors are natural resting places for dust, dirt,
grit, and food spills. Dirt underfoot causes abra-
sions. Therefore, keep the floor clean and use
exterior walk off mats at the entry door, and:
Immediately blot up spills or spots with a
damp cloth.
Periodically clean the floor with Anderson
Quick Kleen. Follow the instmctions on
the container.
Your wood floor can be damaged by a number
of things, including:
• Water Do not wet mop the wood floor
• Oil soap or other waxes and polishes
• Ammonia cleaners
• High heel shoes
Engine Access
Consult your Fleetwood Motor Home dealer or
see the Onan Service and Parts DirectOl'Y in
your Owner's Information Package.
Oil Filter
Fuel Pump Filter
Element Fuel Filter
Trailer Hitch Electrical Connector
(View is looking at the connector on the RV from
the wire harness end. Plug must be removed
from housing to view legend.)
The top of the engine may be accessed from
inside the motor home for service by lifting or
removing the engine cover.
The interior engine cover is heavy. Use care when
opening or closing the cover.
When installing the engine cover, be sure the cover is
fully seated on the gasket seal and secured by the
clamps. Do not allow insulation, carpeting, or other
material to interrupt the seal between the cover and
the engine compartment. If the engine cover is not
installed correctly, engine exhaust gases could leak
into the passenger compartment creating a safety
hazard. If the engine must be run with the engine
cover off for maintenance purposes, be sure the vehicle interior is adequately ventilated.
Consult your Fleetwood Motor Home dealer for
the most current sealant use.
Electric Brake'
Battery Charge
Left Turn/Stop
Right Turn/Stop
'This circuit is provided to allow the use of a controller for electric brake actuation of a towed trailer
or vehicle.
Window sealant
Roof sealant
Due to manufacturing differences between products,
wire color coding may be different than terminal
colors indicated.
While many RV owner's use their RV for weekend and vacation travel, others may use their RV
full-time. Full-time use of an RV can considerably affect its condition as well as maintenance
requirements. As long as you are not full-timing
or traveling under several climate conditions, the
normal maintenance guidelines that are outlined
in your Fleetwood Owner's Manual will ensure
your RV will provide you many years of enjoyable use. Severe climates, either hot or cold, can
affect your seals, sealants, plumbing, LP gas systern, and cause internal condensation issues.
Full-timing can cause extra wear and tear to your
RV, simply from continuous usage and/or extensive miles driven. If you are a full-timer or using
your RV in severe climate conditions, follow the
"full-timer/severe climate" scheduled maintenance program, as outlines in your Fleetwood
Owners Manual. By following this maintenance
schedule, you should be able to prolong the life
and enjoy your RV for many years to come.
For your convenience, a maintenance guideline
is presented. Options and accessories usually
have their own owner/user manuals that often
contain maintenance instructions. Consult these
manuals as required. Modify any suggested
maintenance schedule as use conditions or performance requires.
Wash .exterior
Wax exterior
Lubricate TV antenna
Check all exterior sealants, around windows, doors,
sidewall seams, windshield, lamps, all exterior
openings and roof components. Re-seal If necessary.
Inspect and clean fuel-fired appliance vents:
Water heater, refrigerator, furnace.
Inspect and clean water pump filter.
E , F
Lubricate and adjust exterior locks, hinges,
roof vents, window mechanisms, etc.
Lubricate power step mechanism
Inspect all hot, cold drain plumbing.
Inspect, test and service safety equipment,
fire extinguisher, LP gas*, CO* and smoke*
detectors/alarms, and GFI receptacles.
Complete LP gas pressure check and
system check
Service appliances and equipment: refrigerator,
roof air conditioner, furnace, generator, etc.
Inspect generator exhaust system
Inspect LP gas system components
Sanitize fresh water tank
Clean drapes and interior fabrics
Check exterior lamp operation
Check slide-out room function and sealing (if equipped)
Chassis (refer to chassis operator's manual)
* Annual battery replacement for safety detectors/alarms Is recommended regardless of battery condition.
Items marked with
! Require special equipment and/or qualified personnel.
Each Trip or Monthly
Every 3 Months
Every 6 Months
Each Year
At Specified Mileage or Interval
At Specified Mileage for Heavy Duty Service
Severe Climate and Full Time Usage
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The following checklists will help you perform
the steps necessary to prepare your motor home
for storage. Use the checklist that applies to the
storage conditions you anticipate.
These checklists do not include every detail
required, and you may want to expand them to
suit your needs. Contact your dealer for additional suggestions suitable to your climate and
storage conditions, particularly extremes of
hot and cold.
Short-Term Storage
(Less Than 60 Days)
1. Wash the motor home exterior and underside. Hose off accumulations of mud and
road salts.
2. Thoroughly clean the interior of the motor
home, including carpets, counter tops, lavy,
tub and shower, and galley.
3. Inflate tires to maximum rated cold
4. Park the motor home as level as possible
front to rear and side to side. Block wheels
front and real'. Put transmission in park and
set the parking brake.
5. Check the charge in the battery. Recharge
as necessary.
6. Disconnect battery cables. Refer to Chassis
Operator's Manual for proper removal and
installation sequence. Clean terminals, top
and sides of batteries and b'lttery boxes.
Reinstall cables, dress with a battery terminal spray.
7. Use battery disconnect switch/es, if
8. Drain black, gray and potable water tanks.
9. Winterize, if appropriate. (See
Winterization section in this manual.)
10. Turn off water pump and water heater
11. Turn off LP gas at tank valve.
12. Turn off refrigerator and furnace.
13. Turn off range and oven burner valves and
pilot valves (if equipped).
14. Remove all perishables from refrigerator
and galley cabinets. Block refrigerator
door(s) open to reduce odor buildup. An
open box or tray of baking soda in the
refrigerator will help absorb odors.
15. Open closet doors, drawers, and cabinets so
air can circulate.
16. In warm or hot climates, slightly open
(suggested - If,") roof vents for ventilation.
In cold climates, close and cover all vents
to prevent entry of snow, etc.
17. Close and lock all windows. Be sure vent
fan and range hood fan switches are off.
18. Cover exterior appliance vents (water
heater, furnace, range hood, refrigerator) to
prevent insects from getting in. Be sure to
remove all covering material before using
appliances or vents.
19. Cap or close holding tank drain, city water
inlet and fresh water fill spout.
20. Turn off all radios, TV s, interior and exterior lights.
21. Close curtains andlor mini-blinds, and pull
22. Disconnect and store the 120-volt power
23. Cover tires with cloth, plywood, or aftermarket tire covers.
24. Prepare generator. Refer to generator operating manual included in your Owner's
Information Pac/mge.
25. Run the engine for about 15 minutes every
30 days. Turn the vehicle air conditioner
ON during this run. Check engine oil,
transmission fluid and coolant levels.
Long-Term Storage
(Over 60 Days)
1. Perform all steps as required for short-term
2. Run chassis engine to normal operating
temperature. Operate automotive air conditioner(s) to lubricate compressor seals.
Drain engine oil, replace filter, refill engine
with fresh oil.
3. Remove windshield wiper blades and store
inside the motor home.
4. Charge and remove both the chassis and
house battery(ies). Store in a cool, dry
place, and check the charge and water level
every 30 days. If the specific gravity is
being checked, recharge the battery when it
drops to 1.220. With the advent of computer controlled engine and transmission
management systems certain procedures
must be followed whenever the chassis battery is disconnected or replaced. Please
refer to your Chassis Operator's/Owner's
Guide/Manual for any instlUctions supplied by the chassis manufacturer with
respect to this subject.
If your motor home is equipped with a solar battery
charger, it.will trickle charge the house battery. The
battery disconnect switch must be ON for the solar
charger to charge the batteries.
5. Remove, clean and replace roof air conditioner filter(s). Cover the air conditioner
6. To help preserve the tires, park each tire on
a piece of plywood about 12 inches square.
7. Cover the windows on the inside with foil,
cardboard, paper, etc., to reduce curtain,
drape, and carpet fading.
8. Remove batteries in battery-powered
9. DUling extended periods of storage, gasoline
may deteriorate due to oxidation. This can
damage lUbber and other materials in the fuel
system. It may also clog small orifices.
Commercially available gasoline fuel stabilizers should be added whenever actual or
expected storage periods exceed 60 days.
Follow the additive manufacturer's instlUctions. Operate the vehicle regularly during the
storage period to mix and circulate the antioxidant agent throughout the fuel system.
10. Check tire inflation pressures every 30
days. Maintain maximum rated cold inflation pressure.
11. Check the sealant around all roof, floor and
body seams and windows. Reseal if necessary. See Sealant Renewal section.
12. Lubricate all locks and hinges as described
in the Maintenance chapter.
13. Remove high grass or weed growth if
coach is parked on dirt.
Thoughtful planning and preparation for the
winter season can help eliminate equipment failures and breakdowns, and can extend the life of
your motor home and its systems. Your dealer
can advise you concerning specific winterization
procedures and products for your climate area or
the areas through which you will be traveling.
Your dealer may also provide winterization
service for all appliances and systems in the
motor home. The following is a check list if you
prefer to perform these procedures yourself:
1. Check engine coolant level and antifreeze
protection. Drain and flush engine cooling
system and add antifreeze per the chassis
operator's manual.
2. Service and winterize the generator as outlined in the generator operating manual
included in your Owner's In/ormation
3. Winterize the LP gas system. Your LP gas
dealer or service station will perform this
for you.
4. Winterize all appliances as outlined in the
individual operator's manuals.
5. Remove snow accumulations as often as
Water System Winterizing
Read this section completely before performing
Draining the water system alone will not provide adequate cold weather protection. If the motor home is to
be unheated during below freezing temperatures,
consult your dealer for the best winterizing procedure
for yciur climate. Your dealer can Winterize your motor
home for you or can supply you with one of the special antifreezes which are safe and approved for use
in RV water systems. Follow the instructions furnished
with the antifreeze.
Do not use automotive or windshield washer antifreeze in the motor home water system. These solutions may be harmful if swallowed.
1. Remove water filter cartridge, if equipped,
and install the winterizing adapter.
2. Drain the fresh water tank by opening the
water tank drain valve. Close valve when
3. Tum water pump on (12-volt power must
be on).
4. Open a cold water faucet. When the flow
of water stops, tum the pump off.
5. Open water faucets, then open the drain
valves on HOT and COLD water pipes.
Leave these valves open.
6. Drain the water heater by opening the drain
plug at the bottom of the heater and the
safety valve at the top.
7. Flush the toilet. Operate toilet sprayer, if
8. Drain the shower head by opening the
valve. Let all water drain out the tub spout.
Leave the valve open.
9. When each faucet has been drained, close
all faucets, water line drain valves and the
fresh water tank drain valve, install the
water heater plug and close the safety
10. Drain the waste water system by following
the normal procedure for draining the holding tanks. (See PJulltbing chapter).
11. Apply silicone lubrication to the knife
valve actuator rod(s).
12. Be sure ALL water from ALL plumbing
fixtures has been drained.
13. Close holding tank drain valves.
14. Pour approximately five gallons of
approved non-toxic antifreeze into the fresh
water tank.
15. Turn the water pump master switch ON.
16. Open each water faucet, run the water
pump and let about a cup of antifreeze
solution flow continuously through each
faucet. Close each water faucet.
17. Flush the toilet until the antifreeze solution
flows continuously. Release flush
18. Your vehicle is equipped with a water
heater bypass. Winterize the hot water lines
by opening each hot water faucet, allowing
antifreeze solution to flow continuously,
and then close each faucet. This will
require considerably more antifreeze solution, and you may choose to do this step
before winterizing the cold water lines so
you can recycle the solution.
When filling the plumbing systems with antifreeze, be
sure to open and operate all fixtures and valves allowing the antifreeze solution to flow freely.
19. Pour one cup of antifreeze solution down
each drain.
20. Install all protective caps:
Water tank fill
City water inlet cap
Waste tank drain outlet cap
21. If your refrigerator is equipped with an ice
maker, winterize it as follows:
1. Shut off the water supply valve to the ice
2. Place a shallow pan under the water
solenoid valve.
3. Remove the inlet fitting to the ice maker
water solenoid valve. Drain the water
from the supply line.
4. Remove the plastic nut and water line
from the outlet side of the water solenoid
valve. Drain water from the line.
5. Cycle the ice maker several times while
blowing compressed air through the
water solenoid valve. Be sure all water is
out of the solenoid. NOTE: Your motor
home dealer can do this for you.
2. Remove all appliance vents, .ceiling vent
and air conditioner coverings. Be sure all
furnace, water heater, and refrigerator
openings are clear and free of debris or
insect nests, webs, etc.
3. Open all doors and compartments. Check
for animal or insect intlUsion, water damage, or other deterioration.
4. Check all chassis fluid levels - engine oil,
engine coolant, power steering fluid, brake
fluid, transmission fluid, rear axle oil.
5. Check charge level in batteries. Refill and
recharge as necessary. Reinstall batteries if
necessary. Be sure cable ends and terminals
are clean and free of corrosion. Check
Chassis Operafor'sIOwner's
Guide/ManlUll for any instlUctions on
resetting chassis computer after battery is
6. Check tire pressures. Inflate to specified
cold pressure.
6. Reconnect and tighten the lines on the
solenoid valve. Leave the water supply
turned off until temperatures are above
7. Remove covering from inside windows.
7. DIY out the ice maker mold assembly
with a soft cloth. Place the bail arm to
the UP/OFF position.
9. Be sure engine instlUments indicate proper
readings. Run engine up to operating temperature. Shut engine down. Check all fluids. Top up if necessary.
If the motor home was properly and carefully
prepared for storage, taking it out of storage will
not be difficult. The following procedure check
list assumes that you stored the motor home
with care. If you didn't, and extensive freeze
damage or other serious deterioration has
occurred, please consult your dealer or an
authorized Fleetwood Service Center for advice.
1. Thoroughly inspect the outside of the vehicle. Look for animal nests in wheel wells,
under the hood, in air cleaner or in other
out of the way places.
8. Open vents and windows for ventilation.
10. During engine IUn, check the operation of
headlights, tail-lights, tum signals, backup
lights, clearance lights, license plate light,
emergency flashers. Operate the vehicle air
conditioner. I( air conditioner does not
work, or unusual sounds occur, have the
system checked by a qualified air conditioner technician.
11. Drain, flush, and sanitize the fresh water
system as outlined in the Plumbing chapter.
12. Install a new water filter cartridge (if
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13. Operate all faucets and fixtures in the fresh
water system. Check for leaks at all joints
and fittings. Repair if necessary making
sure the water heater bypass is open.
14. Check operation of 12-volt circuit breakers
and inspect fuses. Replace as necessary.
15. Operate all 12-volt lights and accessories.
16. Install new batteries in battery-operated
devices. Check operator's manual for each
device for any additional requirements.
17. Test carbon monoxide, LP gas and smoke
18. Check monitor panel operation.
19. Operate vents and vent fans, including the
range hood fan.
20. Inspect the 120-volt electrical systempower cord, converter, all outlets, and any
exposed wiring. If defects are found, refer
service to your dealer or an authorized
Fleetwood Service Center.
21. Prepare the generator for operation following instructions in the generator operating
manual in your Owner's In/ormation
22. Start and run generator.
25. Operate each LP gas appliance. Have the
LP gas regulator adjusted for proper pressure by a qualified technician.
26. Inspect and clean the interior.
27. Check the sealant around all roof, floor and
body seams and windows. Reseal if necessary. See Sealant Renewal section.
28. Lubricate all exterior locks, hinges, and
29. Reinstall windshield wiper blades or remove
protective covers. Check wiper/washer operation.
30. Wash and wax the exterior. Inspect the
body for scratches or other damage. Touch
up or repair as necessary. Flush the underside thoroughly.
31. Run thorough operational checks of steering, brakes, engine and transmission.
Operate vehicle slowly during these checks
to allow sufficient circulation of fluids and
reseating of components.
Your motor home should now be ready for a new
traveling season. If you choose, your dealer can
double check your preparation and repair any
problems or make any necessary adjustments.
23. Operate 120-volt appliances and air cOllditioner(s). Be sure to uncover air conditioner shroud(s).
24. Inspect the LP gas system and check for
leaks as described in the LP Gas System
chapter. If the LP gas tank shows signs of
rust or cOlTOsion, have it inspected by a
qualified LP gas technician.
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AC Inverter - An electronic device that changes
12-volt DC energy from the batteries to 120volt 60-cycle, AC energy to operate
microwave ovens, TVs, VCRs, or other appliances that require 120-volt 60-cycle power.
Belted Seating Positions - These are seats with
seat belts. Anyone riding in the motor home
must use one of these seats any time the
motor home is in motion.
Black Water Tank - The water tank in your
plumbing system that is designed to contain
waste water from the toilet ONLY.
CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity) - Is equal to
GVWR minus each of the following: UVW,
full fresh (potable) water weight (including
water heater), full LP gas weight and SCWR.
CAUTION - Any statement in this Owner's
ManlUll that, if not followed, could result in
damage to the vehicle or components.
Doorside - The right side of the motor home from
the driver's point of view. So named because
the main ently/exit door is on this side.
FIN (Fleetwood Identification Number) - This
is the number that identifies your motor home
as a Fleetwood product. Use this number
when ordering parts or requesting warranty
service for your motor home.
GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) - The maximum permissible loaded weight a specific
axle is designed to carry.
GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) - The
value specified by the motor home manufacturer as the maximum allowable loaded
weight of this motor home with its towed
trailer or towed vehicle. Towing and braking
capacities may be different. Refer to
Fleetwood and the chassis manufacturer's
manuals for complete information.
Chassis Operator's/Owner's Guide/ManlUll This is the operating and maintenance manual
supplied by the chassis manufacturer. It is
part of your Owner's In/ormation Package.
It contains information on operating and
maintaining the engine, transmission, drivetrain and other components of the motor
home chassis.
Gear Preselection - The selection of a lower gear
to match the driving conditions you encounter
or expect to encounter. Preselection will give
you better control on slick or icy roads and on
downgrades. Downshifting to lower gears
increases engine braking. The selection of a
lower gear often prevents cycling between a
gear and the next higher gear on a series of
shOlt up-and-down grades.
Clearance Lights - This switch will flash the
clearance lights and is useful when signalling
other large vehicles when passing or being
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) - An
electrical device attached to the bathroom AC
circuits that disconnect the outlet if a problem
occurs in the ground circuit.
DC Converter - An electronic device that
changes 120-volt AC energy from the main
power connection or the generator to 12-volt
DC energy to operate the 12-volt interior
lights or other 12-volt DC appliances or
Gray Water Tank - The water tank in your
plumbing system that is designed to contain
waste water from the sinks and shower drains
ONLY. No toilet wastes go into this tank.
DesiglUlted Seating Capacity (Canadian units
only) - The number of sleeping positions designated equals the seating capacity.
GTW (Gross Towing Weight) - Is the maximum
loaded weight of a trailer or car this motor
home, with equipped hitch, has been designated to tow. GTW cannot be increased by
changing the trailer hitch.
GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) - Is the
maximum permissible weight of this fully
loaded motor home. The GVWR is equal to or
greater than the sum of the Unloaded Vehicle
Weight plus the Cargo Carrying Capacity.
Hitch Rating - Means the maximum allowable
weight of a towed trailer or towed vehicle.
The GCWR of the motor home must never be
exceeded, even if the weight of the towed
trailer or towed vehicle is less than the hitch
Park/City Water Connection - The "gardenhose" style connector that allows you to connect to an outside pressurized water source.
Power/Shore Cord - This is the main power
cord coming into your motor home electrical
system. You connect it to 120-volt AC power
at a park or campsite.
Roadside - The left side of the motor home
from the driver's point of view. So named
because, at least in North America, the "road"
outside the vehicle is usually on this side.
Monitor Panel - An electronic device that
allows you to conveniently measure the
approximate levels in the fresh water, gray
and black water tanks. You can also check the
charge in the battery/batteries.
SCWR (Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating) - Is
the manufacturer's designated number of
sleeping positions multiplied by 154 pounds
(70 kilograms).
MTW (Maximum Tongue Weight) - Is the maximum permissible downward force exerted on
the hitch ball by the towed vehicle coupler.
MTW (Maximum Tongue Weight) - The maximum permissible downward force exerted on
the hitch ball by the towed vehicle coupler.
NOTE - A statement or instlUction in this
Owner's Manual with information to help you
use the vehicle or equipment more efficiently,
such as a tip.
Owner's In/ormation Package - This is a package of papers, manuals, warranty and instlUction cards, and other material put together for
you by Fleetwood. These materials contain
operating and maintenance instlUctions for
most of the components and appliances in
your motor home.
Ownercare Card - The card that has your name
and vehicle ID (FlN) embossed on it. Use this
card when you request or need wan'anty service. Please note that this is NOT a credit card.
You cannot purchase anything with it. It is used
only to identify you and your motor home.
Park Cable - The F-style video connector that
allows you to connect to an outside television
signal source, such as the cable TV feed at an
RV park, or any other 75-ohm video source.
This connector usually cljn'ies an RF modulated signal.
UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight) - The weight
of the motor home, as built at the factOlY with
full fuel, engine oil and coolants. The UVW
does not include cargo, fresh water, LP gas,
occupants or dealer installed accessories.
Note: Canadian UVW includes designated
seating, LP and water.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) - The
legal, 17 -digit vehicle identification number
as shown on the vehicle registration certificate.
WARNING - A statement or instlUction in this
Owner's Manual that, if not followed, could
lead to personal injury or death.