Airstream | 2012 INTERSTATE | Operator`s manual | Airstream 2012 INTERSTATE Operator`s manual

The Owners Manual for your new Airstream Motorhome is designed to respond
to the most frequent inquiries regarding the operation, function and care of the
many systems that make modern motor homing a joy.
The Airstream Interstate Motorhome is integrated into a Sprinter Van, designed
and manufactured by Sprinter. Operation of the Sprinter, its engine, power
train, and other related components are discussed in the Sprinter Operator’s
Manual and other literature provided by Sprinter. As a point of reference, those
systems discussed in the Sprinter literature are warranted by Sprinter or their
Airstream realizes our customers possess varying degrees of expertise in the
area of repairing and maintaining the appliances in their motorhome. For this
reason, the service and trouble-shooting information found in this manual is
directed toward those with average mechanical skills. We also realize you
may be more familiar in one area than you are in another. Only you know your
capabilities and limitations.
We want you to use this manual, and hope you will find the information contained in it helpful, however, should you ever feel you may be “getting in over
your head” please see your dealer to have the repairs made.
The operation and care of component parts such as, refrigerator, furnace, water
heater and others are briefly explained in this manual. However, you will also
find the complete manufacturer’s information supplied in a packet included
NOTE: Important information regarding the maintenance of your recreational
with this manual.
Note: All information, illustrations and specifications contained in the literature
are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication approval. Airstream reserves the right to make changes if and when new
materials and/or production techniques are developed that can improve the
quality of its product, or when material substitutions are necessary due to
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual. Always
read and obey all safety messages.
This denotes items that may be an option on all or particular models. Additionally,
some optional items can only be included during the manufacturing phase and
cannot be added.
The inclusion of optional items does not imply or suggest the availability,
application suitability, or inclusion for any specific unit.
NOTICE: Your Sprinter Van Operator’s and Warranty Manuals contain important cautions, warnings, operational, and warranty information on the
Sprinter and its components. All information in the Sprinter manual should
Warning indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
be reviewed and followed for your safety. The Airstream Interstate Owner’s
Manual may provide addition information and tips on the use of the Van
as a motorhome, however, no information in the Airstream manual should
be interpreted as advice or directions to disregard or void the warnings,
CAUTION indicates a potentially hazardous situation that, if not
avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
NOTICE: used without the safety alert symbol indicates a situation that could
result in property damage if not avoided.
cautions, or other information contained in the Sprinter’s manuals.
Important Safety Precautions
You’ll find many safety recommendations on this page and throughout this
The recommendations on the next two pages are the ones we
consider to be the most important. Most are covered in depth in later sections
Appliances and Equipment (See LP section on G-1 and Appliances on
of this manual.
page I-1)
Mold (See page D-18)
The appliances (stove, outdoor grills, etc.) and equipment (hot water heater,
furnace generator, etc.) typically operate on propane gas. Propane gas is
There are mold and mold spores throughout the indoor and outdoor environment.
flammable and is contained under high pressure. Improper use may result in
There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor
a fire and/or explosion. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this
environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
manual (see LP Plumbing section) as well as the specific owners’ manuals of
the appliances and equipment.
Towing and Weight Distribution (See section B of this manual)
Tire Safety (See pages C-3 through C-5 and the Tire Safety Manual
Weight distribution is an important factor when loading your motorhome. A
recreational vehicle with the cargo distributed properly will result in efficient,
trouble-free towing. Be sure to follow the instructions in this manual.
Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction, and loadcarrying capability of your vehicle.
Generator Safety (See page H-10)
Under inflated tires and overloaded
vehicles are a major cause of tire failure. Be sure to read the Tire Safety Manual
Addendum included with your owner’s packet.
Do not operate the generator in an enclosed building or in a partly enclosed
area such as a garage. Nor should the generator be operated while sleeping.
Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual and the generator
manufacturer’s manual.
Chemical Sensitivity
chemical used in the manufacture of the numerous consumer products which
we referred to above and used in the construction of recreational vehicles.
Chemical Sensitivity
Trace levels of formaldehyde are also released from smoking, cooking, use of
soaps and detergents such as carpet shampoos, cosmetics, and many other
After you first purchase your new recreational vehicle and sometimes after it
household products. Some people are very sensitive to formaldehyde while
has been closed up for an extended period of time you may notice a strong
others may not have any reaction to the same levels of formaldehyde. Amounts
odor and chemical sensitivity. This is not a defect in your recreational vehicle.
released decrease over time.
Like your home, there are many different products used in the construction of
recreational vehicles such as carpet, linoleum, plywood, insulation, upholstery,
Your Airstream motorhome was manufactured using low formaldehyde
etc. Formaldehyde is also the by-product of combustion and numerous
emitting (LFE) wood products, which is the typical usage in the recreation
household products, such as some paints, coatings and cosmetics. However,
vehicle industry. Formaldehyde has an important role in the adhesives used
recreational vehicles are much smaller than your home and therefore the
to bind wood products used in recreation vehicles. The wood products in
exchange of air inside a recreational vehicle is significantly less than a home.
your motorhome are designed to emit formaldehyde at or lower than industry
These products, when new or when exposed to elevated temperatures and/
guidelines and should not produce symptoms in most individuals.
or humidity, may “off-gas” different chemicals, including formaldehyde. This
off-gassing, in combination with the minimal air exchange, may cause you to
While LFE wood products typically do not emit formaldehyde at a level that
experience irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat and sometimes headache,
would cause symptoms in most individuals, it is possible, though not likely, for
nausea, and a variety of asthma-like symptoms. Elderly persons and young
that to occur when the trailer is not properly ventilated. Ventilation is an essential
children, as well as anyone with a history of asthma, allergies, or lung problems,
requirement for trailer use, for many reasons. Any effects of formaldehyde
may be more susceptible to the effects of off-gassing.
can be greatly reduced by actions such as opening windows, opening roof
vents, running the air conditioner, or some combination thereof. In addition,
Most of the attention regarding chemical off-gassing surrounds formaldehyde.
the emission of formaldehyde by these products naturally decreases rapidly
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance. It is also a key industrial
over time.
Airstream strongly suggests that you take measures to properly ventilate your
Do Not Smoke
motorhome on a regular basis.
Finally, we recommend that you do not smoke inside your recreational vehicle.
In addition to causing damage to your recreational vehicle, tobacco smoke
releases formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.
To reduce or lessen exposure to chemicals from off-gassing it is of utmost
importance that you ventilate your recreational vehicle. Ventilation should occur
Medical Advice
frequently after purchase and at times when the temperatures and humidity are
elevated. Remember off-gassing is accelerated by heat and humidity. Open
If you have any questions regarding the health effects of formaldehyde, please
windows, exhaust vents, and doors. Operate ceiling and/or other fans, roof air
consult your doctor or local health department.
conditioners, and furnaces and use a fan to force stale air out and bring fresh air
in. Decreasing the flow of air by sealing the recreational vehicle increases the
formaldehyde level in the indoor air. Please also follow the recommendations
contained in Chapter 2 regarding tips to avoid condensation problems. Many
of the recommendations contained in Chapter 2 will assist in avoiding exposure
to chemicals that off-gas.
If you have any questions with respect to proper ventilation of your motorhome,
please do not hesitate to contact your dealer or Airstream.
Chemical gassing is not a “Defect” in your recreational vehicle and is not
covered by the Limited Warranty. Please follow the recommendations in this
manual to address this concern.
Smoke/CO Alarm
Monitor System
LP Gas Detector
TV Antenna
Warranty Explanation
Overnight Stop
Interior Bulbs
Entertainment Center
Extended Stay
Reporting Safety Defects
Winter Traveling
Maintenance Schedule
Satellite System
Solar Power
LP (Liquid Petroleum) Gas
Water System
Cleaning Exterior
Water Pump
Air Conditioner
Roadside Exterior Features
City Water Hookup
Weighing The Motorhome
Curbside Exterior Features
Exterior Shower
Seat Belts
Drain Valve Locations
Microwave Oven
Trailer Towing & Driving Tips
Towing The Motorhome
Water Heater
Safety Check List
Storage and Winterizing
Coffee Maker
Drainage/Waste System
Lounge/Bed, Dinette
Component Identification
Vinyl Floor
120 Volt System
Changing a Tire
Wet bath
Energy Management System
Wheel Simulator
Galley/Lavatory Sinks
GFI Breakers
Interior Skin
12-volt Operation
Battery Disconnect
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Airstream Inc. (“Airstream”) warrants that it will repair or replace defects in
This Limited Warranty does not provide coverage for any of the following:
material or workmanship in any components of a new Airstream motorhome
purchased from an authorized Airstream dealer in the United States or Canada
1. Tires, batteries, stereo, television, range/stove, furnace, refrigerator, water
for 36,000 miles (57,937 Kilometers) or a period of thirty-six (36) months from
heater, microwave, generator, slide-out mechanisms, and other materials, parts
the date the motorhome is first delivered to the original retail purchaser. In order
and components warranted by persons or entities other than Airstream. Please
to obtain coverage under this Limited Warranty, you must notify an authorized
refer to the warranties of component manufacturers for terms and conditions
Airstream dealership or Airstream of the warrantable defect no later than ten
of coverage;
(10) days following expiration of this Limited Warranty. Airstream’s obligation
2. Any part or component of the motorhome that was not manufactured or
to repair or replace defective materials or workmanship is the sole obligation of
installed by Airstream;
Airstream under this Limited Warranty. Airstream reserves the right to use new
3. Normal deterioration due to wear or exposure, including but not limited to
or remanufactured parts of similar quality to complete any warranty work.
rust, corrosion, oxidation, and cosmetic blemishes;
4. Normal maintenance and service items, including but not limited to light
bulbs, fuses, lubricants, sealants and seals, slide out adjustments, door adjustUNDER
ments, and awning tension;
5. After-market equipment or accessories installed on the motorhome after
completion of manufacture by Airstream, or any defects or damage caused by
such items;
6. Motorhomes not purchased through an authorized dealer of Airstream mo-
torhomes, and motorhomes purchased directly or indirectly through auction,
salvage, repossession, or other non-customary sale means;
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7. Defects or damage caused by, in whole or in part, or in any way related to:
j. Failure to seek and obtain repairs in a timely manner.
a. Accidents, misuse (including off-road use), or negligence.
k. Failure to use reasonable efforts to mitigate damage caused by b. Failure to comply with the instructions set forth in any owner’s defects.
manual provided with the motorhome.
l. Failure to properly ventilate the motorhome.
c. Alteration or modification of the motorhome except such altera
m. Improper electric power supply or improper vehicle hookup to tions or modifications approved in writing by Airstream.
other facilities.
d. Acts of God or other environmental conditions, such as lightning, n. Acts or omissions of any person or entity other than Airstream.
hail, salt, or other chemicals in the atmosphere.
e. De-icing agents or other chemicals applied to the motorhome.
f. Failure to properly maintain or service the motorhome, includ
Airstream hereby disclaims any and all incidental and consequential damages
ing but not limited to the maintenance of lubricants, sealants, and arising out of or relating to the motorhome, including expenses such as trans-
portation to and from vehicle dealerships and Airstream repair facilities, loss of
g. Condensation and the results of condensation including water time, loss of pay, loss of use, inconvenience, commercial loss (including lost
damage and the growth of mold or mildew. Mold and mildew are profits), towing charges, bus fares, vehicle rental, service call charges, gasoline
natural growths given certain environmental conditions and are not expenses, incidental charges such as telephone calls and facsimile transmis-
covered by the terms of this Limited Warranty.
sions, and expenses for lodging. This disclaimer is independent of any failure of
h. Use of the motorhome other than for temporary recreation pur
the essential purpose of any warranties provided with the motorhome, and shall
poses, including but not limited to use of the motorhome for residen
survive any determination that a warranty failed of its essential purpose. Some
tial, commercial, disaster relief, or rental purposes.
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
i. The addition of weight to the motorhome that causes the motor
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
home’s total weight to exceed applicable motorhome weight rat
ings, or addition of weight causing improper distribution of the OBTAINING WARRANTY SERVICE
weight of the motorhome.
In order to obtain warranty service under this Limited Warranty, the owner must
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do all of the following:
Airstream may direct you to an authorized Airstream dealer, or may request that
1. Owner and dealer representative must complete, sign, and return you bring your motorhome to the Airstream factory in Jackson Center, Ohio for
the Customer Performance Checkout within 10 days from delivery repairs.
of the motorhome;
2. Notify Airstream or one of its authorized, independent dealers, of Airstream does not control the scheduling of repairs at its authorized Airstream
any claimed defect within the warranty period or 10 days thereafter;
dealers, and repairs at the Airstream factory may not be immediately available.
3. Provide notification of a defect within 10 days of discovery of that Therefore, you may encounter delays in scheduling repairs and/or completion
defect; and
of repairs. All costs associated with transporting the motorhome for any war-
4. Promptly return the motorhome to an authorized Airstream dealer ranty service shall be the sole responsibility of the owner.
or Airstream for repairs.
If you believe a defect covered by this Limited Warranty still exists after an at-
The entire Limited Warranty provided by Airstream is set forth herein. Airstream
tempted repair by an authorized Airstream dealer, you must contact Airstream
will not be responsible for any additional representations or warranties made by
at the following address, specifying:
any person or entity other than Airstream, and Airstream’s obligations are solely
1. The complete serial number of the motorhome;
as set forth in the terms and conditions of this Limited Warranty.
2. The date of original purchase and the date of original delivery;
3. The name of the selling dealer; and
4. The nature of the problem and the steps or service which have This Limited Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for the remaining
been performed.
duration of the warranty period, upon approval from Airstream. Transfer of this
Limited Warranty will only be approved by Airstream upon all of the following:
AIRSTREAM, INC. 419 West Pike Street P.O. Box 629 Jackson Center, Ohio
(1) Airstream’s receipt of a completed transfer application form; (2) the pay-
45334-0629 Attention: Owner Relations Department
ment of a $250.00 processing fee to Airstream; and (3) the completion of an
inspection of the condition of the motorhome, at the owner’s expense, by an
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authorized Airstream dealer in accordance with Airstream’s required procedure
fore claiming rights conferred by 15 USC section 2310 (Uniform Commercial
and Airstream’s receipt of a written report as to the results of such inspection.
Code) or Civil Code section 1793.22(b) (Song-Beverly Warranty Act). You are
Transfer application forms are available from your dealer or Airstream’s Service
not required to use the program if you choose to seek redress by pursuing
Administration Department.
rights and remedies not created by those laws.
Members of the armed forces who purchased the vehicle in California, or who
Airstream reserves the right to make changes in design and improvements
were stationed in or a resident of California at the time of purchase (regardless
upon its products from time-to-time, without imposing upon itself any obliga-
of state of purchase) or who are stationed in California at the time of application
tion to install additional features in your motorhome.
to this program may utilize the CAP-RV program.
Airstream Inc. participates in the Consumer Arbitration Program for Recreation
Vehicles (CAP-RV). This third-party dispute resolution program is available, at
no charge to you, to settle unresolved warranty disputes for recreation vehicles.
This dispute resolution program reviews eligible product and service related
419 West Pike Street
complaints involving warranty covered components.
P.O. Box 629
Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629
To find out more about this program, or to request an application/brochure,
Tele: 937-596-6111
please call the Arbitration Administration office toll-free 800.279.5343.
Fax: 937-596-6539
For recreation vehicles purchased in the State of California: The CAP-RV
program operates as a certified mechanism under the review of the California
Arbitration Certification Program. You must utilize the arbitration program be-
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Along with your new Airstream motorhome, you have purchased the Airstream
Damage caused by accident is usually visible, and we strongly urge our dealers
Limited Warranty. Read your Limited Warranty carefully. It contains the entire
and customers to inspect the motorhome upon delivery for any damage caused
agreement with respect to Airstream’s obligation on the Limited Warranty on
by accident while being delivered to the dealer, or while it is on the dealer’s
your new vehicle. The terms of the Limited Warranty, and only those terms, will
lot. Damage of this nature becomes the dealer’s or your responsibility upon
define Airstream’s responsibility. When you receive your Limited Warranty file
acceptance of the motorhome. GLASS BREAKAGE, whether obviously struck
it for safekeeping.
or mysterious, is always accidental and covered by most insurance policies.
Upon proof of purchase date to any Airstream Dealer Service Center, defects in
materials or workmanship will be repaired or replaced without cost to the owner
for a period of thirty six (36) months from the original purchase date, or 36,000
Lack of customer care and/or improper maintenance, including failure to com-
miles (57,937 kilometers), whichever occurs first. Written warranties of some
ply with the instructions and terms of the all owner’s manuals and booklets, or
manufacturers of components of the motorhome will be honored by Airstream
failure to heed proper vehicle operation shown by the dash instruments is not
for the duration on that manufacturer’s warranty.
covered by warranty.
The Airstream Limited Warranty Excludes:
Normal Wear:
Deterioration by sunlight is possible to such items as tires, curtains or upholstery. Steel or metal surfaces are subject to the elements, causing rust and cor-
Items such as curtains, upholstery, floor coverings, window and vent seals may
rosion that is normal and beyond the control and responsibility of Airstream.
show wear within the three year/36000 mile Limited Warranty period depending
upon the amount of usage, weather, and atmospheric conditions.
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manual Introduction section to address this concern.
Paint and appearance items that show imperfections, damage to interior and
Sprinter Van
exterior surfaces resulting from abrasion, collision or impact, and broken window glass is not covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty and should be
Airstream, Inc., does not accept any responsibility in connection with any of its
brought to the attention of your Airstream dealer at the time of delivery and
motorhomes for the Sprinter Van or its components. The Sprinter Van and its
during pre-delivery inspection.
components are covered by Sprinter Warranties as explained by Sprinter literature provided with each motorhome. Your Sprinter Van and its components are
pre-checked by its manufacturer before delivery to Airstream. All service to the
Sprinter Van and its components must be performed by Sprinter designated
Overload Damage due to loading beyond capacity or to cause improper bal-
service points according to the manufacturer’s warranty and service policies.
ance is not covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty. The Airstream motor-
Sprinter Literature is supplied with each Airstream motorhome. The literature
home is engineered to properly handle any normal load. There are limits to the
gives important information concerning its warranty coverage, maintenance,
amount of load that can be safely transported depending upon speed and road
and operation.
conditions. If these limits have been exceeded, the Airstream Limited Warranty
will not cover resulting damage. For additional information on the load capacity
Warning: Your Sprinter Van Operator’s and Warranty Manuals
of your motorhome, consult your Sprinter and Airstream Owner’s Manuals or
contain important cautions, warnings, operational, and warranty informa-
gross vehicle weight rating plate.
tion on the Sprinter and its components. All information in the Sprinter
Chemical Gassing
manual should be reviewed and followed for your safety.
Chemical gassing is not a “Defect” in your recreational vehicle and is not
The Airstream Interstate Owner’s Manual may provide addition information and
covered by the Limited Warranty. Please follow the recommendations in this
tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome, however, no information, in whole
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or in part, in any Airstream manuals should be interpreted as advice or direc-
dealer if you need service.
tions to disregard or void the Warnings, Cautions, Notices, or other information
contained in the Sprinter’s manuals.
Occasionally dealerships change, or new dealers are added who may not appear on this list. For this reason, it is suggested that you contact your selling
Other Exclusions
dealer from time to time and bring your list up to date or go to www.airstream.
com and use the dealer locator. Airstream customer relations can also supply
Tires, batteries, and the generator are serviced by their respective manufac-
you with an up to date list.
turers and will be handled by their service centers according to the terms of
their written policy. Any warranty forms from these manufacturers should be
completed promptly, preferably at time of purchase.
When you require service from the Airstream Factory Service Center or a
Certified Dealer Service Center, please contact the service manager for an
Before leaving the factory, each and every vital part of the motorhome is tested
appointment, and kindly inform him if you are unable to keep the appointment
for performance. Each test is signed and certified by an inspector. After the
date or wish to change it. Service may be arranged at the Airstream Factory
motorhome arrives on your dealer’s lot all of these vital parts and systems are
Service Center by contacting the Service Coordinator at:
again tested. When you take delivery of your new motorhome you will receive
a complete Customer Performance Checkout.
Airstream Factory Service Center
P.O. Box 629
Major service under your Airstream Limited Warranty is available through our
419 W. Pike Street
nationwide network of Airstream Dealer Service Centers. An up-to-date list of
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
Dealer Service Centers has been provided with your new motorhome. This list
Phone: 937-596-6111 Fax: 937-596-6802
is current as of the date of publication. Please contact an authorized Airstream
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If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could cause a crash or could
cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Airstream Inc..
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 recall and
remedy campaign. However, NTHSA cannot become involved in individual
problems between you, your dealer, or Airstream Inc.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at
1-888-327-4236 (TTY:
1-800-424-9153); go to; or
write to: Administrator, NHTSA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington,
DC 20590.
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from http://
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Smoke/CO Alarm
Vacuum exterior only.
LP Tank
Check for damage.
Check and reseal, windows, lights, and
vents. Reseal with urethane sealant or equivalent as needed.
Smoke/CO Alarm
Test weekly and replace battery as required.
GFI Circuit Breaker
Test and record.
Appliances have maintenance schedules and advice in their respective
Owners/Operation Manuals. These manuals are included in the owner’s
LPG Regulator
Check bottom vent for obstructions
packet given to you by your dealer. Please become familiar with and follow
Roof Vent
Lubricate with light household oil
all information in these manuals.
Living Area Windows Lubricate with light household oil
See the Sprinter Operators Manual and Maintenance Logbook for
Automotive Maintenance schedules and pre-trip inspections.
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A - 10
The Cargo Carrying capacity tag shown below is installed on every
motorhome and can be found on the inside of the screen door on your
One of the most critical aspects of safely operating a motorhome is knowing
the weights involved and where they are placed. The first thing to determine is
VIN #################
XXX kg or XXX lbs
Safety belt seating capacity: XXX
A full load of water equals XXX kg or XXX lbs of cargo @ 1 kg/L (8.3 lb/gal) and the tongue
weight of a towed trailer counts as cargo
how much cargo is being loaded and confirming that it is within the capacities
of the equipment being used. Determining WHERE that load is placed is critical to the way your rig will handle on the road.
Do not try to guess what your recreational vehicle weighs loaded. Load your
RV including water, propane, etc and take it to a public scales. Weigh each
axle of your vehicle. Refer to your axle weight and tire limits to see if your
SHOULD NEVER EXCEED” number, Airstream weighs the vehicle as finished
within a safe range. Total all axle weights and make sure you are below the
and adds the weight of full tanks of liquid propane and chassis fuel. That num-
GVWR. If you are not overloaded make sure your load is balanced. Do not
ber is subtracted from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the motor-
load too much on one side. A balanced load is much easier to tow or drive.
home and listed on the tag, The total weight of any and all cargo, including but
not limited to dealer or customer modifications or additions, fluids (freshwater,
Front to back balance is also important. Step back and look at your recre-
holding, and water heater tanks), food, clothes, tools, the tongue weight of a
ational vehicle. Make sure that there is not too much weight on the hitch or on
towed trailer or vehicle, and passengers should never exceed the number listed
the rear of the RV. Be sure to secure all items. Loose items can cause damage
while the motorhome is in transit.
and be a safety issue if not properly secured.
The “Safety belt seating capacity” is the number of passengers that seat belts
are provided for.
The “A full load of water equals” number is arrived at by multiplying the fresh
water tank and water heater capacities by 1Kg/L or 8.3 lb/gl.
tools, spare tire, installed accessories, passengers, cargo, and
trailer tongue weight. It must never exceed the GVWR.
• Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is a maximum permissible axle
When loading the vehicle it is important to keep the Gross Vehicle Weight
Rating, Gross Axle Weight Ratings, Tire Weight Ratings (listed on the vehicle
• Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is a maximum permissible trailer weight
Tire Information Placard), and the Cargo and Occupant Capacity in mind and
not to exceed these specifications. Your safety depends on not overloading the
to be towed.
• Trailer Tongue Weight Rating (TWR) is the maximum permissible
motorhome, motor home axles, and tires. See the specification section for the
weight rating list of these items.
weight of the trailer tongue. This counts as cargo when loading a
NOTE: Check the Sprinter manual for all weights and the tire information
To determine the actual weight of your vehicle with personal cargo and water
placard location.
it must be weighed on scales as you plan to travel. The most common scales
are those used by states to weigh trucks used along the highway. In rural areas,
Procedure for Weighing A RV (See chart on next page).
grain elevators and cement outlets are a good source and another would be a
Vehicle should be weigh loaded as you normally travel.
gravel pit. Note: Weighing instructions for this motorhome is explained on the
1.Fill in first row from Specification Section of this manual.
next page. If you have trouble locating scales, a call to your State Highway
2.Weigh vehicle as shown in row 2 (Scale Weight) and fill in blanks.
Patrol will usually find them very cooperative in assisting you.
3.Weigh one side of vehicle as shown In Individual Wheel Position Weight.
4.Calculate other side as shown in last row.
Vehicle and Trailer Weights and Ratings Definitions
Information for line 1 is located in the specification section in this manual.
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum permissible
NOTE: Check the Sprinter manual for all weights and tire information placard
weight of the motorhome.
• Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): comprises weight of vehicle including
Front Axle GAWR
Rear Axle GAWR
Optional Tow Weight
Front Axle GAW
Rear Axle GAW
Tow Weight minus
Weight of Trailer
or Vehicle Towed
GAWR = Gross Axle Weight Rating
GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
GCWR = Gross Combination Weight Rating
Left Front Wheel
Left Side
Left Rear Wheel
(Total LF + LR)
Right Front Wheel
Step 1 minus Step 4
Right Front
(Total RF + RR)
Step 2 minus
Step 5
Right Rear
Wheel Position
Step 3 minus Step 6
Motorhomes have fresh water and wastewater tanks, a water heater, and stor-
age areas. It gives you great flexibility in loading. With flexibility comes responsibility. If you want to load down all the storage compartments, the amount of
Federally approved seat belts are provided for the use of the driver, the right
fluids may have to be reduced. It’s a trade off so plan wisely. Distribute your
front passenger, the second row captains chairs, and the rear lounge. Most
additional cargo as evenly as possible with the heaviest objects located as low
states require by law that all passengers in a motor vehicle use seat belts while
as possible.
in transit. It is strongly recommended that all occupants remain seated with their
safety belts firmly attached while the motorhome is in transit. The driver should
Do you really want to carry a full freshwater tank to a RV park 1,000 miles
adjust his seat so that he is able to reach all controls easily with the belt on, and
away and then hook up to a city water supply? Even if you’re going to the
be able to use all the travel on the foot brake. Seat belts should be placed as
“boondocks”, you can usually fill your water tank shortly before entering the
low as possible around the hips to prevent sliding out from under them in case
area. Just reducing your load by 10 gallons of water lets you carry an additional
of accident. This places the load of the body on the strong hipbone structure
30 pounds of cargo.
instead of around the soft abdominal area. Remember one occupant per seat
belt when traveling.
The driver and front passenger seat belt buckle operation and is explained in
the Sprinter manual.
The rear lounge and rear captain chairs seat
belt buckles are secured by inserting the male
end into the female buckle until the buckles
are secured. To release the buckle press the
Release Button
release button on the female end.
Warning: Become familiar with and follow all directions, ad-
vice, and warnings pertaining to seats, seat belt operation, and restraint
systems, provided in the Sprinter Operator’s Manual. Do not allow pas-
danger: Drinking or taking drugs and driving is a very danger-
sengers to ride anywhere in the motorhome except in seats that are
equipped with approved seat belts.
ous combination. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can affect your
reflexes, perception, and judgment. The possibility of a serious or even
Warning: Children must be secured in a Federally Approved
fatal accident is sharply increased when you drink or take drugs and drive.
Child Restraint Device. Failure to use proper restraints while in transit
Never drink and/or take drugs and drive or allow anyone to drive after
can result in severe or fatal injuries. Never place an infant seat that faces
drinking and/or taking drugs.
to the rear on the front passenger seat. Never place an unbelted infant
seat on any seat while in transit.
Child restraint devices are designed to be secured with lap or lap/shoulder
belts. All instructions supplied by the restraint manufacturer must be followed.
Statistics have shown children are safer when properly restrained in a rear seating position than in a front seating position.
Often the children traveling in motorhomes are grandchildren. There are times
when our love for grandchildren makes us hesitate to properly supervise their
actions. Don’t hesitate when it comes to passenger safety. Make sure all passengers are properly restrained.
towing a trailer will affect handling, durability and economy. Maximum safety
(Some text is partial excerpts from Sprinter Operators Manual)
and satisfaction depends upon proper use of correct equipment and avoiding
overloads and other abusive operation.
Warning: Failure to use proper equipment and driving technique can result in a loss of vehicle control when towing a trailer. Improper
Warning: The total weight of the motorhome and trailer must
towing or failure to follow the instructions contained in this section can
not exceed the GCWR listed in the specification section of this manual.
result in serious injury. Follow the guidelines below carefully to assure
The maximum towing capacity varies according to the size of the moto-
safe trailer operation. Ask your authorized Sprinter or Airstream dealer if
rhome and its GCWR. Vehicles should be properly equipped for towing
you require an explanation of information contained in the manuals.
trailers. Information on trailer hauling capabilities and special equipment
required may be obtained from your Sprinter and/or Airstream dealer.
Trailer Hitches
Loading a Trailer
Units have hitches and wiring installed from the Sprinter manufacturer. The
Sprinter 7- way connector is used for lights and charge line on a trailer. For
When loading a trailer, you should observe that neither the permissible GTW
further information, please see your authorized Sprinter dealer.
(Gross Tongue Weight), nor the trailer GVWR are exceeded.
The bumpers on your vehicle are not designed for use with clamp type hitches.
Maximum permissible values are listed on the safety compliance certification
Do not attach rental hitches or other bumper type hitches to them.
labels for the vehicle and for the trailer to be towed. For their location, see the
Sprinter Operators Manual. The lowest value listed must be selected when
To reduce the possibility of damage, remove the hitch ball adapter from the
determining how the vehicle and trailer are loaded.
receiver when not in use.
To assist in attaining good handling of the vehicle/trailer combination it is imSince this vehicle is designed and intended primarily as a load-carrying vehicle,
portant that the tongue weight be maintained at approximately 10%-15% of
the loaded trailer weight, but not to exceed the hitch rating. Tongue loads can
the Specification section of this manual, page J-1. NOTE: Check the Sprinter
be adjusted by proper distribution of the load in the trailer, and can be checked
manual for all weights and tire information placard locations.
by weighing separately the loaded trailer and then the tongue.
Attaching a Trailer
The tongue weight (TW) at the hitch ball must be added to the GVW to prevent
exceeding your Sprinter towed vehicles or rear GAWR.
Please observe maximum permitted trailer dimensions (weight and length).
When towing trailers, motorhome tires should be inflated to the highest pres-
Most states and all Canadian provinces require safety chains between your tow
sures shown on the Sprinter Tire Information Placard. See Sprinter Manual for
vehicle and trailer. The chains should be crisscrossed under the trailer tongue.
its location. The Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) of this vehicle is reduced by
It must be attached to the hitch receiver, and not to the vehicles bumper or
the amount that equals the trailer tongue load on the trailer hitch.
axle. Be sure to leave enough slack in the chains to permit turning corners.
Checking Weights of Vehicle and Trailer
Most states and all Canadian provinces required a separate brake system
for towing trailers.
To assure that the tow vehicle and trailer comply with the maximum permissible
weight limits and to know the actual weights, have the loaded vehicle-trailer
combination (tow vehicle including driver, passengers, and cargo and trailer
Warning: The towing vehicle’s braking system is rated for op-
fully loaded) weighed on a commercial scale as explained earlier in this sec-
A separate functioning brake
system is required for any towed vehicles or trailers weighing more than
Also check the vehicles front and rear axle weights and tongue weight. The val-
1000 lbs. (450 kg) when fully loaded. NEVER exceed the GVWR (GROSS
ues as measured must not exceed the Sprinter weight ratings listed on vehicle
information placards and in the Sprinter manual. These ratings are also listed in
specified on a motorhome certification label. Also NEVER, exceed the
weight ratings of trailer hitch installed on a motorhome. Failure to heed
with trailer towing. Make sure that your vehicle -- trailer combination will be
any part of this warning could result in loss of control of the motorhome
legal; not only for where you reside, but also for where you’ll be driving. A good
and towed vehicle or trailer and may cause an accident and serious injury.
source for this information can be the State Attorney General, State Police, or
For specified towed vehicle braking requirements, consult the Sprinter
local authorities.
Operator’s manual that comes with this vehicle.
Before you start driving with a trailer, check the trailer’s hitch, brake away
Warning: Do not connect a trailer brake system (if trailer is so
switch, safety chains, electrical connections, lighting and tires. Also, adjust the
equipped) directly to the vehicles hydraulic brake system if your vehicle is
mirrors to permit unobstructed view beyond rear of trailer.
equipped with antilock brakes. If you do, neither the vehicles brakes nor
the trailers brakes will function properly. Property damage, injury or death
If the trailer has brakes using an electric brake controller, start your vehicle and
to you or others may be the result.
trailer moving slowly, and then apply the brakes manually using the brake controller to be sure the brakes are working properly. Read and follow the controller
The provided vehicle electrical wiring harness for a trailer towing has a brake
manufacturers recommendations.
signal wire for hookup to a brake controller. Most states and all Canadian
provinces require a brake away switch on trailers with a separate brake
When towing a trailer, check occasionally to be sure that the load is secure, and
system. The switch activates the trailer brakes in the possible event that the
that lighting and trailer brakes (if so equipped) are functioning properly. Always
trailer might separate from the tow vehicle.
secure items in the trailer to prevent load shifts while driving.
Please consider using a trailer
sway control system. For further information, see your authorized Sprinter or
Airstream dealer.
Take into consideration that when towing a trailer, the handling characteristics
are different and less stable from those when operating the vehicle without a
Towing a Trailer
trailer. It is important to avoid sudden maneuvers.
There are many different laws, including speed limit restrictions, having to do
The vehicle and trailer combination is heavier, and therefore is limited in ac-
celeration ability, and requires longer stopping distances. It is more prone to
tow. Check traffic, signal that you are about to pull away, and start slowly. Look
reacting to side wind gusts, and requires more sensitive steering input.
often in your mirrors, and observe the action of the trailer, then carefully move
into the proper lane of traffic. Remember that the trailer wheels will not follow
In order to gain skill and an understanding of the vehicles behavior, you should
the path of the tow vehicle wheels; therefore, WIDER TURNS ARE NECESSARY
practice turning, stopping and backing up in an area which is free from traffic.
If possible, do not brake abruptly, but rather engage the brake slightly at first to
ON FREEWAYS OR EXPRESSWAYS try to pick the lane you want and stay in
permit trailer to activate its brake. Then increase the braking force.
it. Always maintain plenty of space between you and the car ahead, at least the
length of the tow vehicle plus trailer for every ten miles per hour. Remember
We want every owner to be a safe and courteous driver. A few hours of towing
that in order to pass another vehicle you will need longer to accelerate. You
practice in a large empty supermarket lot will make pulling your trailer over the
must also allow for the length of the trailer when returning to the right
road much easier. Line out two corners for left and right turns. You may also use
hand lane.
these corners to practice backing and parking.
Studying this will make it easier for you to correct mistakes. Consider truck or
trailer type fender or door grip rear view mirrors for maximum visibility. In most
states the law requires them.
After thoroughly inspecting your hitch, brakes, and tires you should be ready to
When trailering you might encounter a temporary cooling system overload
during severe conditions such as hot days when pulling on a long uphill grade,
when slowing down after higher speed driving, or driving long idle periods in
traffic jams. If the hot indicator light comes on, or the temperature gauge indi-
cates overheating and you have your air conditioner turned on, turn it off. Pull
over in a safe place and put on your emergency brake. Don’t turn off the engine.
Increase the engine idle speed. Lift the engine hood and check for fluid leaks
at the radiator overflow outlet. Check to see that all drive belts are intact and
the fan is turning. If you have a problem have it fixed at the next opportunity. If
there is no problem the light should go off or temperature should come down
On a two-lane road cars may be lining up behind you because you are traveling
within one minute. Proceed on the highway a little slower. Ten minutes later
at a lower speed. It is both courteous and sensible to signal and pull over at the
resume normal driving.
earliest safe opportunity, and let them pass.
danger: Never open a radiator cap when the tow vehicle is
The BRAKE CONTROLLER (if so equipped) is activated when you apply the
hot. Add coolant when the vehicle is cool.
brakes of the tow vehicle. Your tow vehicle brakes will automatically apply
the trailer brakes first when properly adjusted. This will help keep your tow
When going downhill in dry weather, down shift so that engine compression
vehicle and trailer in a straight line and make you stop as if you were driving
will slow the whole rig down. Take dips and depressions in the road slowly and
the tow vehicle alone. If swaying or swerving should occur, briefly operating
do not resume normal driving speeds until you are sure that the trailer wheels
the controller separate from the vehicle brakes may help correct the situation.
are clear of the dip.
Practice this maneuver on a clear highway. Don’t wait for an emergency then
Warning: On slippery pavement do not use engine drag to
grope for the controller.
help slow down as this may cause the rear wheels of the tow vehicle to
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skid. On icy pavement drive slowly and if you feel the tow vehicle skidding
gently apply the trailer brakes only. This will bring the tow vehicle and
trailer back into a single line. Chains do not help trailer wheels.
When driving in mud and sand let the momentum carry the rig through. Apply
power gently and use as little as possible. Stay in the tracks of the vehicle
ahead and keep the tow vehicle in the highest possible gear. If you are stuck it
is best to tow out the entire rig together without unhitching.
Despite the best hitch you will notice that whenever a large bus or truck
overtakes your rig the displaced air first pushes the trailer rear slightly to the
right and then affects the front. It may be necessary to steer very slightly, momentarily, toward the bus or truck to help compensate for the sway induced
by the passing-vehicle. Do not apply the vehicle brakes, as this can tend to
exaggerate the situation. You may find, however, that briefly applying the trailer
brakes with your manual control will help eliminate sway.
Warning: CHOCK THE TRAILER WHEELS when stopping on
a hill or slope. Leaving your tow vehicle in gear is not enough for standstill
safety. Do not use trailer brakes as parking brakes.
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Backing Up
trailer should go. A little practice in a parking lot with the person giving directions can save a lot of frustration when backing into a campsite.
In BACKING UP the important thing to remember is to DO EVERYTHING
SLOWLY and to correct immediately if you see the trailer turning the wrong
Warning: take into consideration that when towing a trailer,
way. Concentrate on the rear of the trailer. With your tow vehicle and trailer in
the handling characteristics are different and less stable from those with
a straight line, back up slowly and turn the bottom of the steering wheel in the
operating the vehicle without a trailer. It is important to avoid sudden ma-
direction you want the trailer to go. Watch out the window or in the mirror until
neuvers. Sudden maneuvers may lead to loss of control over the vehicle
the rear of the trailer is pointing in the desired direction. Your tow vehicle will be
-- trailer combination.
following the trailer in an arc. Straighten the tow vehicle and trailer by turning
the steering wheel more sharply, and then when
they are in line, straighten the steering wheel.
make it on the first try it is usually much easier to
pull forward to your original straight position and
start over.
If your spouse or traveling companion normally
directs you when backing they should position
themselves forward of the tow vehicle so the driver
can easily see them. Their directions should always
indicate to the driver the direction the rear of the
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NOTICE: If the transmission hunts between gears on inclines, manually shift
you can return to your lane.
to a lower gear. A lower gear and reduction of speed reduces the chances of
engine overloading and/or overheating. When going down a long hill, shift into
Parking Your Motorhome
a lower gear and use the engines braking effect. Avoid riding the brakes, thus
overheating the vehicle and trailer brakes. If the engine coolant rises to an
Warning: to reduce the risk of personal injury, or damage to
extremely high temperature (coolant temperature needle approaching the red
zone) when the air conditioner is on, turn off the air conditioner. Engine coolant
the vehicle power train, as a result of vehicle/trailer movement, always:
heat can be additionally vented by opening the windows, switching the climate
Keep right foot on the brake pedal.
control fan speed to high and setting the temperature control to the maximum
Shift gear selector lever to position "N".
hot position.
Have a second person place wheel chocks on downhill side of left
and right trailer wheels.
Slowly release brake pedal cannot vehicle and trailer roll into chocks
Extreme care must be exercised when passing another vehicle. A vehicle with
Firmly depress parking brake pedal.
a trailer attached will require additional passing distance ahead then when driv-
Move gear selector lever to position "P".
ing without a trailer. Because your vehicle and trailer is longer then your vehicle
On inclines, turn wheels towards the road curb.
until stopped.
alone, you will also need to go much further ahead of the passed vehicle before
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pedal in the driver’s foot well. Slide the red release down and pull it off the
post. This will save jump starts, battery charge ups and possibly battery
NOTICE: Considerable damage may occur if the motorhome is improp-
damage and replacement. The Sprinter manual describes its location,
erly lifted for towing purposes. Only qualified professional towing service
operation, and cautions in detail.
companies with proper equipment should be used. Observe all cautions
and warnings in the Sprinter Operator’s manual before towing your mo-
In addition Airstream recommends the house battery ground should also
be disconnected during chassis electrical work. The battery box is located
under the curbside rear lounge on the rear lounge model and under the
NOTICE: Do not tow the vehicle if the key cannot be turned in the ignition
roadside rear bed in the twin model model. A grounding stud is located
inside the house battery box at the top. Battery ground wires are routed to
this threaded stud. Remove the wires from the stud to break the ground
If the key cannot be turned, the ignition lock remains locked and the vehicle
cannot be steered. With the engine not running there is no power assistance
for the braking and steering systems. In this case, it is important to keep in
mind that a considerably higher degree of effort is necessary to brake and
steer the vehicle. The vehicle must not be towed with the front axle raised and
key in position two in the ignition lock as the drive wheels could then lock due
to the acceleration skid control (ASR). See the Sprinter Operators Manual for
information on the ASR.
NOTE: Sprinter recommends disconnecting the current to all chassis
electric consumers using the Battery isolator Switch if the vehicle sits for
periods longer than 2 months. It is located to the right of the accelerator
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filling fluid levels.
9.Check exterior lights and general condition of vehicle.
Your Airstream motorhome should be given a thorough safety check before
a trip. Regular use of the following list will provide safe operation of your
motorhome and will help you spot any malfunctioning equipment and correct
1.It is important that all doors be completely closed and locked during travel.
the problem as soon as possible. The list is to help you and may not be all-
2.Turn off living area water pump.
3.Check that refrigerator door is closed and latched if equipped.
4.Check that nothing heavy is stored in overhead or high cabinets, which
Warning: Failure to heed the following items may cause
could fall out and cause injury. Heavy items should be stored in lower
damage to the vehicle or personal injury.
5.Stow galley flip up shelf and pedestal tables.
6.Check that counter tops, range top, and shelves are clear of even small
items that could become projectiles during an emergency braking or ac-
1.Check condition of tires, keep tires at recommended inflation pressure per
the tire and loading placard on the driver’s door B-pillar.
2.Turn off Remote LPG valve switch.
7. Retract and latch the wetbath wall.
8.Do not cook while unless motorhome is parked and stable. Hot food or
3.Check that macerator hose, city water hookup, TV cable/satellite, and all
exterior components are unhooked and properly stowed.
4.Check that all external compartments and filler openings are properly
closed, latched, and/or locked.
5.Check that items stored on exterior of vehicle are securely tied down.
liquid could scald due to a sudden stop or accident while traveling.
9.Be sure all LPG controls on the appliances are turned off.
10. Check that any internal stowage is securely held in place
11. Check that lights and switches are set in positions safe for travel.
12. Adjust the driver’s seat so that you can easily reach and operate all
6.Would any items stored on exterior of vehicle present a clearance problem?
controls. Make sure seat is locked in position. Do not adjust driver’s seat
8.Follow all automotive manufacturers recommendations on checking and
swivel or recline mechanisms while vehicle is moving. The seat could move
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unexpectedly causing loss of control.
13. Check that all passengers have seat belts on properly.
14. The freedom of movement of the brake and accelerator pedals must not
be impaired in any way.
15. Check rear view mirrors adjustment, inside and outside. Adjust window
coverings if necessary for maximum visibility.
16. Secure children in a Federally Approved Child Restraint Device.
Rear view camera controls are on the add on rear view mirror/monitor. The
camera turns on automatically when in reverse or can be turned on manually
with the switch on the mirror/monitor to view in transit. Please disregard the
Bluetooth Connected/Disconnected pop up message when the monitor turns
on and the Bluetooth No Connection message whenever the monitor moves
out of standby mode. They will go off after about 15 seconds. See monitor
owner manual included in your Owner’s Packet for operation and Bluetooth
hook up information.
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The Airstream Interstate Motorhome is integrated into a Sprinter Van designed
and manufactured by Sprinter. Operation of the Sprinter, its engine, power train,
and other related components are discussed in the Sprinter Owner’s Manual
NOTICE: The Sprinter Owner’s Manual contains important fuel requirement
and other literature provide by Sprinter. As a point of reference, those systems
information on using Ultra-Low Sulfur Diesel, Bio fuels, and very low tempera-
discussed in this literature are warranted by Sprinter or their suppliers.
ture operation. Please read, understand, and follow this information.
Component Identification
Your Sprinter Van Operator’s and Warranty Manuals contain important cau-
If repairs are needed, it may be difficult to determine which parts are the
tions, warnings, operational, and warranty information on the Sprinter and
Sprinter’s and which are Airstream’s responsibility. The following partial lists
its components. All information in the Sprinter manual should be reviewed
show the major components of the van and the company responsible for their
and followed for your safety. The Airstream Interstate Owner’s Manual may
provide addition information and tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome,
Sprinter Van Serviced by Sprinter or its suppliers.
however, no information in the Airstream manual should be interpreted as
advice or directions to disregard or void the warnings, cautions, or other
information contained in the Sprinter’s manuals. IF YOU BELIEVE THERE
In the United States:
In Canada:
Chrysler Motors Company LLC
Chrysler Canada, Inc.
Customer Center
Customer Center
PO Box 21-8004
PO Box 1621
Auburn Hills, MI. 48321-8004
Windsor, Ontario N9A-4H6
Ph.: 800-992-1997
Ph.: 800 465-2001
See Sprinter Warranty Information Manual for complete instructions.
Engine Exterior Automotive lights
Airstream Components serviced by Airstream Authorized Service Centers
Engine Battery
Power mirrors
or Airstream suppliers.
Engine Cooling System
Fog lamps
Transmission Chassis Suspension
Cab Area:
Brakes Drive Axle and Hubs
Driver’s and passenger’s seat skirting and covers.
Steering Assembly, Steering Wheel
Rear window defroster
Floor Mats
Automotive Fuse Panel
Rear backup alarm
Optional Burlwood Dash Kit
Wheels, Tires
Parking Brake
Rear View Mirror/Monitor Option
Alternator Fuel Pump
Speed Control Automotive electrical system
Living Quarters:
Instrument Panel Cluster
Hitch receiver and tow plug
Second row cab seats, swivels.
Fire extinguisher.
Doors, cab, side and rear cargo *Drivers/Passenger seats
Interior furniture.
Smoke/CO detector
Cab door windows and windshield
Radio/CD Player/Antenna
Privacy curtains.
Window Coverings.
Dash AC/Heater/Defroster
Cargo door assist handle
Floor covering.
All plumbing systems.
Appliances in the lounge/lavy area.
12V Air compressor and puncture sealant
Non-automotive electrical components including:
Driver’s and Passenger’s Seats and Restraint systems.
Monitor panel and its system
Generator and components.
House battery (optional 2)
Sprinter provides the swivel pedestals and Airstream provides the seat deco-
Battery disconnect
Power vents
rative skirting and recovers the front seats to match the surrounding decor’.
120-volt system
Sliding step
12 Volt living area system
Living area entertainment center
Roof AC
TV antenna
Exterior patio light
Don’t let anyone tell you that under inflation or over inflation of tires is all right.
Wheel simulators
Radio antenna
It’s not. If your tires don’t have enough air (under inflation) you can get tire
Exterior body kit.
flexing, heat build-up, tire overloading, bad handling, bad fuel economy, and
Power Step
uneven wear. Too high an air pressure (over inflation) can result in abnormal
Exterior windows excluding windshield, drivers and passenger door
wear, bad handling, harsh ride, and increase the chance of damage from road
Access doors and other living area electrical and plumbing components
If you need further clarification or information, contact the Airstream Customer
Tire inflation pressures should be checked as per the Sprinter’s Owner’s manual
Relations Department at 937-596-6111 before contacting a service center for
and when significantly changing the load you plan to carry in your motorhome.
an appointment.
Set the correct tire pressure before loading the vehicle. If the vehicle has been
loaded, check the tire pressure and correct them if necessary. Always check
If you wish to write, the address is:
tire inflation pressures when the tires are “cold”.
Airstream Inc.
Standard inflation pressures for tires are listed on a Tire Information Placard.
Attn: Customer Service
Check the Sprinter manual for the placard location. Front and rear pressures are
419 W. Pike Street
shown for each model and GVWR, and are based on the GVWR and front and
P.O. Box 629
rear axle ratings (GAWRs) printed on your vehicle VIN plate and Certification
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334
label. Tires must be inflated to these pressures when the vehicle is fully loaded
or an axle GAWR is reached.
Proper FRONT END ALIGNMENT improves tire tread mileage. Your front-end
suspension parts should be inspected periodically and aligned when needed.
on a placard. Check the Sprinter manual for all weights and tire information and
Improper alignment may or may not cause the vehicle to vibrate. However,
the placard location.
improper toe alignment will cause front tires to roll at an angle, which will result
in faster tire wear. Incorrect caster or camber alignment will cause your front
Correct tire inflation is a key component in tire care. The recommended inflation
tires to wear unevenly and can cause the vehicle to “pull” to the left or right.
pressures for your tires are indicated on the certification label or in your owner’s
manual. Since RVs can be loaded with many different configurations, the load
Vehicle Placard and Tire Inflation Pressure Label
on each tire will vary. For this reason, air pressure should be checked based
on the load on each individual tire. Cold Inflation Pressure should be adjusted
The TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION placard supplies information on the
to handle the maximum tire load, and all tires on the axle should carry the
size and the cold tire inflation pressure for the original equipment tires supplied
same inflation pressure. COLD TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE is the tire pressure
with your vehicle. Check the Sprinter manual for all weights and tire information
checked in the morning before you drive more than a few miles or before rising
placard location.
ambient temperatures or the sun’s radiant heat affects it. Check your tires’ air
pressures at least once a month, before each trip and each morning you drive
is included with your
during a trip. Tire pressure should be checked cold, as tire pressure ratings
Airstream owner’s packet. Please take the time to read, understand, and
have been designed with typical running heat/pressure build-up in mind. Make
follow the information contained in the booklet.
sure the valves and caps are free of dirt and moisture.
Under Inflation
The level of air in your tires affects your vehicle’s overall performance. Not
Under inflation brings a higher risk of susceptibility to damage due to road
even the highest quality tire will perform well if it’s not inflated properly. The
hazards, reduces tire casing durability, and causes a loss in fuel economy, plus
correct pressure varies from vehicle to vehicle and depends in part upon driver
uneven or irregular tire wear. Severe under inflation brings about an increased
preference. Each vehicle has a recommended inflation pressure, usually found
risk of tread separation, handling difficulties, and possibly tire failure, which is
caused by overheating.
IMPORTANT: It’s a common practice for RV owners to lower tire pressure in
Tire pressure is what enables your RV tire to support loads. Overloading
their search for a smoother ride. This is not only dangerous, it’s relatively inef-
your tires can have serious consequences for passengers and your RV. Too
fective, and the difference in ride quality is not significant. When minimum
much weight can cause stress on your RV’s suspension system, brake failure,
inflation pressure requirements are not met, tire durability and optimum operat-
shock absorber damage, handling and steering problems, irregular tire wear
ing conditions are compromised. Tire inflation pressure should always meet at
and possible tire failure. Excessive loads or under inflation can lead to an
least the minimum guidelines for vehicle weight.
excessive amount of heat and tire failure. If you discover that your tires cannot handle the load, lighten the weight of the load on your tires.
It may be necessary to inflate your tires at a truck stop or truck
service center in order to achieve adequate air pressure for your
TIRES and WHEELS (partially excerpted from the Sprinter Van Operator’s
coach's needs
Only permanent air seal metal valve caps should be used.
Be safe - if a tire has been run 20% under inflated, it must be
Check tires regularly for even tread wear; tread depth (note legal requirements)
dismounted and inspected by a trained professional. It should not
and signs of external damage.
be aired up without a full inspection or without using a safety cage.
Use only wheels and tires of the same size, make and pattern.
Use a calibrated gauge. If your tire is rated for higher inflation pressures, a special gauge will be required designed for larger tires.
Don't bleed air from warm tires to reduce pressure buildup
Do not install tires that are not approved for the size and type of wheel installed
Don't inflate tires to cold PSI rating beyond rim specifications
on the vehicle itself. Only use those wheel sizes that were delivered to you buy
your authorized Sprinter dealer.
Use only wheels and tires that have been tested and approved by the vehicle
Tighten all wheel nuts evenly in the sequence indicated to
133 Lbf/ Ft. + or - 14 Lbf. /Ft with a torque wrench..
Break in the tires at moderate speeds for distance of about 65 miles.
Warning: always replace wheel nuts that are damaged or
rusted. Never apply oil or grease to wheel nuts. Damaged wheel hub
NOTE: Read the Sprinter manual for wheel torque and wheel tightening
threads should be repaired immediately. Incorrect mounting bolts or im-
properly tightened mounting bolts can cause the wheel to come off. This
could cause an accident. Be sure to use the correct mounting bolts.
Tire Grip
Checked tightness of wheel nuts regularly and retighten if necessary.
Tire grip is greatly reduced on a wet or icy road. Speed and driving style must
After changing a wheel, the wheel nuts must be tightened once the vehicle has
therefore be adapted to suit road conditions. In winter, install M + S radial
been driven for about 30 miles.
tires. Below a tread depth of 1/8 in., tire grip begins to decrease rapidly on
wet roads.
If new or repainted wheels are fitted, the wheel nuts must be retighten again
after about 600 to 3000 miles.
Warning: Fitting wheel sizes other than those supplied by
Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road, hydroplaning may
Sprinter to the vehicle will change the Sprinter’s handling characteristics
occur, even at low speeds and with new tires. Reduce vehicle speed, avoid
and may lead to an accident resulting in severe personal injuries, death
grooves in the road, and apply brakes cautiously in the rain.
and property damage.
While we are on hydroplaning lets discuss driving in a flooded area. The majorDo not use remolded tires.
ity of flood-related deaths are caused by people attempting to drive through
cautions, warnings, specifications, and operational information on chang-
moving water.
ing, maintaining, and replacing of the tires and wheels. Read, understand,
and follow the Sprinter manual sections for changing a tire.
Ironically, many drivers rescued from flood waters report that they were in a
hurry to get home-- to safety -- as a reason for tempting the danger of driving
into water. However it looks, and despite what car commercials depict, driv-
CAUTION: Changing a tire on a motorhome chassis is a physi-
ing into flood waters may be the most dangerous things one might ever try
cally demanding procedure. It requires specialized tools and knowledge
considering the following:
of safety procedures. Only you can determine your knowledge base and
Most cars will float (and be swept away) in 18-24 inches of moving water.
physical ability. Don’t take any unnecessary risks. You could turn an in-
Trucks and SUVs are not much better with only 6-12 more inches of clearance.
convenience into a tragedy. Please find a safe area to park your unit, call
Creeks and rivers can rise very rapidly and the road bottom can also wash
a tire service center and supply them with the information in the Sprinter
away making the water much deeper than it appears.
Manual if you have any doubts about changing a tire.
Once cars are swept downstream they will often roll to one side or perhaps flip
Flat Tire
over entirely. The driver has a few precious seconds to escape the vehicle. In
fact, many drivers panic as soon as the vehicle submerges and are found later
If you get a flat tire while driving, gradually decrease your speed. Hold the
with their seat belt intact.
steering wheel firmly and slowly move to a safe place on the side of the road.
The pressure of the spare wheel always has to be checked regularly (at least
Changing the Tire (partially excerpted from the Sprinter Van Operator’s
after every tenth time at the filling station).
The vehicle tool kit and the jack are located in a hatch under the front passenger foot well.
Warning: The Sprinter Operator’s Manual contains important
Warning: The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up the
vehicle at the jack take-up brackets built into either side of the vehicle.
Park the vehicle on a firm, level, non-slippery surface.
To help avoid personal injury, use the jack only to lift the vehicle during a
Switch on the hazard warning flasher switch, apply the parking
brake, and place the transmission selector in “P”.
wheel change. Never get beneath the vehicle while it is supported by the
Everyone must leave the vehicle before you jack it up.
Everyone must leave the danger zone, before jacking the vehicle.
Danger zones vary with locations. Take a minute and look at what
Precautions when changing a wheel:
Keep hands and feet away from the area under the lifted
might happen if the vehicle falls off the jack and rolls. Set up your
danger zone.
Always firmly set parking brake and block wheels before rais-
The vehicle must be safeguarded in accordance with legal regulations (such as using a warning triangle).
ing vehicle with jack.
Prevent vehicle from rolling away by blocking wheels with wheel
Do not disengage parking brake while vehicle is raised.
Always use the jack on a level surface.
chocks (not supplied with vehicle) or sizable woodblocks or stone.
Do not jack the vehicle up more than 1.2 inches between the
On a level road place one chock in front of and one behind the
tire and the surface. Otherwise, the vehicle may tip over and
wheel that is diagonally opposite to the wheel being changed.
may cause serious injury or death to you or others.
When changing a wheel on mild uphill or downhill grade, place
Be sure that the jack arm is fully seated in the jack take-up
chocks on the downhill side blocking both wheels of the other axle.
Do not jack vehicle up on a steep grade.
Always lower the vehicle onto sufficient capacity jack stands
Warning: Do not change wheels on a steep uphill or downhill
before working under the vehicle.
grade. The vehicle may begin to move and fall from the jack, which could
Do not damage, grease, or oil wheel nuts or stud threads.
cause property damage, personal injury and/or death.
Spare Tire Carrier
To store a spare tire reverse the removal instructions. The winch tire yoke has
two pins that align with the wheel rim lug holes. The yoke pins must be placed
Airstream remounts the spare tire and installs the spare tire winch assembly.
in the lug holes to prevent the wheel assembly from sliding against the cable
The spare tire is located under the rear of the motorhome against the bottom of
during transit and possibly cutting it. Be sure wheel is turned on the correct
the chassis floor structure .
side so pins will fully engage the lug holes. The side of the rim that goes against
Yoke w/pins
the hub goes against the floor.
Wheel lug pins
NOTICE: Spare tire carrier winch is designed for hand operation only. Do
Wheel lug pins
not use impact type power tools to drive this device.
Winch Tire Yoke
WARNING: Defective spare tire equipment or an improperly
A winch mounted under the rear floor is used to lower and raise the spare tire.
stored spare tire could damage your equipment and/or cause serious,
The winch has a nut sticking up through the floor under the center rear lounge
possible fatal injuries to people inside your motorhome, other motorists
on the rear lounge model accessed by opening the rear cargo doors. The nut
and pedestrians. The yoke pins must be inserted into the spare tire lug
is located inside the roadside bed on the twin bed model and is accessed by
holes while wheel is in the store position during travel. The cable and
opening the bed storage door. To remove the spare tire, use the ratchet and a
support system must be free from defects and in good working order.
19MM or 22MM deep well socket located in the tire replacement bag under the
The complete system should be checked before each trip and every 1000
passenger side compartment floor to turn the winch nut counter clock wise.
miles during a trip for any signs of wear or possible failure. Please contact
Place blocks under the tire before it reaches the ground to block the tire up and
your dealer or Airstream Customer Service if you have any questions on
remove the weight from the yoke, then slide the yoke through the rim, and slide
the use of this equipment.
the tire from under the motorhome.
Position the jack under the appropriate jack point and raise the
vehicle by pumping the lever.
Read, understand, and follow the Sprinter operator's manual instructions, cauWHEEL SIMULATORS
tions, and warnings for changing a wheel and jack point locations.
Front Wheel Simulators
Warning: The jack is intended only for raising the vehicle
briefly, for instance when changing a wheel. The jack must be placed on
a firm, flat surface only. Do not change wheels on either uphill or downhill
grades. Do not crawl under the vehicle while raised with jack. Do not start
the engine while the vehicle is jacked up. Do not jack the vehicle up more
than 1.2 inches between the tire and the surface. Otherwise, the vehicle
may tip over and may cause serious injury or death to you or others. Jack
stands must always be used while working beneath the vehicle. Failure to
The wheel simulators are installed by Airstream.
follow these precautions could result in property damage, personal injury
and/or death.
Removing The Front Wheel Simulator: Loosen the 3 Phillips head screws until
the hook mounts disengage from the rim oval hand holes.
The jack is located together with vehicle tool kit under the hatch in the front
passenger foot well.
Installing Front Wheel Simulator
Loosen the wheel nuts before raising the vehicle.
Close the release valve on the jack.
Step 1: Line up the mounting hooks on the back of the wheel simulator with
Assemble the pump lever provided and insert it into the socket on
the oval hand holes of the wheel. Note: It is recommended not to use the oval
the jack.
hole by the valve stem for the mounting hooks. Then gently push the wheel
Secure lever by turning it clockwise in the socket.
simulator against the wheel until one of the hooks engage into one of the wheel
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hand holes. Then continue one at a time engaging each hook into the other
you may have to loosen the screws and readjust the simulator so that it is
hand holes. Note: You may have to loosen the Phillips head screws a little
centered around the rim and the hand holes align, then repeat the tightening
before all the hooks will engage.
procedure in Step 2.
Step 2. Proper Engagement And Tightening
Step 4. Final Tightening Of Wheel Simulator
Make sure all the hooks have engaged into the proper hand holes of the wheel.
After final checking that the hooks are engaged into the center of the hand
Next, begin alternating tightening each Phillips head screw a few turns. Very
holes of the wheel and the simulator is evenly spaced and true all the way
Important: Look into the holes of the simulator where the hooks are and see
around the rim, then continue to alternate tightening the Phillips head screws
that the hooks are engaged onto the center portion of the wheel oval hand
until the simulator is securely tightened to the wheel.
holes. Next, carefully feel with your fingers through the holes in the simulator,
to make sure the mounting hooks are fully engaged onto the center of the
Rear Wheel Simulators
oval hand holes. As you continue alternating tightening each hook, keep your
fingers in the oval holes of the simulator where you’re tightening to make sure
The rear simulators have two brackets fastened to the axle cover plate by the
the hook stays engaged and in the center of the wheel oval hand holes.
axle nuts. The brackets each have one threaded hole. The simulator is fastened
to the brackets by two Philip head screws.
Step 3. Verify Wheel Simulator Is Centered On Wheel
To remove a rear simulator, loosen and remove the two screws.
At this point stop alternating tightening the Phillips head screws, and check to
see that the simulator is being tightened evenly all the way around the simulator
To install a rear simulator:
and rim. Also check that the hand holes of the simulator align with the wheel
hand holes. Slide your hands around the edge of the simulator and rim, making
Place wheel simulator onto the wheel making sure to line the holes in the
sure the simulator is evenly spaced all the way around the rim. If it’s not even,
simulator with the threaded holes of the mounting brackets. Then thread two
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Phillips head screws through the simulator and into the threaded holes of the
mounting brackets and tighten securely.
Mounting The New wheel
NOTICE: After reinstallation, the WHEEL SIMULATOR mounting system
will seat itself into the wheel. After the first 100 miles check that the
Before fitting the spare wheel, clean rust and dirt off the contact
services of the wheel and the wheel hub, and from the wheel nuts.
simulators are tight and secure to the wheels. If necessary, retighten the
mounting screws. We recommend that the wheel simulators are checked
Note the specified wheel and tire size, tire load capacity and speed
and inspected periodically to make sure that they are tight and secure to
Do not change the tire's direction of rotation.
the wheels.
Do not damage, grease, or oil wheel nuts or their threads.
Removing a Wheel
Centering wheels with wheel nuts
If dual assemblies are used, before placement, the inner wheel
Remove Wheel simulator if so equipped.
should be inspected to ensure that all ball bearing rings are in
Loosen the wheel nuts.
proper position.
Jack up the vehicle until the wheel is clear of the ground.
Install the wheel and snug the wheel nuts.
Unscrew the wheel nuts and remove the wheel (keep the wheel nuts
Slightly tighten wheel nuts.
Lowering the Vehicle
NOTE: If the vehicle moves forwards or backwards while it is being jacked up,
resting on ground.
lower it, stabilize the vehicle, and repositioned the jack. When the vehicle is
jacked up, the jack must stand vertically (plumb-line).
Slowly opened jack release valve to lower vehicle until tire is
Tighten the wheel nuts in a crosswise pattern to the specified to
work with a torque wrench. For tire pressure & Wheel bolt torque
procedures: See Sprinter Van Operator’s Manual.
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Remove jack and stow it in the vehicle tool kit.
Check the tire pressure, for tire pressures see Sprinter operator's
Wheel Bolt Tightening
IMPORTANT! Consult the Sprinter Operators manual
Retighten the wheel nuts to the specified torque with a torque
for extensive wheel tightening and wheel torque pro-
wrench after a distance of approximately 30 miles.
cedures, cautions, and warnings.
Warning: Only certain tires meeting the tire size/load/speed
Tighten all wheel nuts evenly in the crosswise se-
index ratings contained in the Tire Pressure Tables, to be found from the
quence indicated.
Index Section of the Sprinter’s Operators or Owners Manual, are certified to conform to FMVSS 120 for the Sprinter Vehicle at this time. Please
check your sidewalls of your originally equipped tires for specific makes/
warning: For safety reasons, the wheel tightening torque
sizes, and speed load ratings when you need to replace your tires. To
must be checked immediately after changing a tire and again after 30
prevent accident, injury or possible death, use only the correct tires for
miles to 133 Lbf/ Ft. + or - 14 Lbf. /Ft. The wheels could otherwise come
your tire replacement.
Front and rear tires perform different jobs and can wear differently depending
on the types of roads driven, your driving habits, etc. To obtain the longest tire
life you should INSPECT AND ROTATE your tires regularly.
Many automotive dealers and tire dealers will perform a free tire inspection to
look for uneven or abnormal tire wear.
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Tires should be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles. For the longest tire life, any
time irregular wear is seen have the tires checked, alignment checked, and tires
Since motorhomes may sit for long periods it is important to properly support
rotated by your truck or tire dealer. Have the cause of uneven wear corrected.
the tires if blocks are used for leveling.
Rotation pattern for single and dual rear wheels.
Extreme caution must be taken to ensure that the tires are fully supported
when using blocks to level motorhomes. The load on the tire should be evenly
distributed on the block and in the case of duals, evenly distributed on blocks
for both tires. If not property done, the steel cables in the sidewall of the tires
may be damaged and could lead to premature fatigue of the sidewall.
NOTICE: Read Sprinter manual for complete instruction on tire rotation,
installation, and maintenance.
Vehicles with aluminum alloy wheels may requires tires to dismounted and
Tire Foot Print
remounted so as to leave rims in original locations.
Figure 1
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Dual Tire Foot Print
The CORRECT methods are shown in Figure 1. A single tire or dual tires
are supporting the full load. Please note that the blocks are wider than the
warning: Tires that are incorrectly supported may be dam-
tread and longer than the tire’s footprint. This provides maximum support to
aged which could lead to casing failure resulting in serious injury or
the tires and assures that the load is evenly distributed throughout the tire’s
property damage. If, on previous occasions, the tires have been incor-
footprint area.
rectly supported, a hidden damage may be present. Please contact your
local tire dealer and request an inspection and a determination of possible
INCORRECT methods are shown in figure 2: One tire, a portion of one tire, or
Auminum Wheels (Option)
portions of two tires are supporting the full load.
Wheel Finish Care and Maintenance
1. Clean frequently with high-pressure water from a hose. The use of a mild
detergent will speed the cleaning process. Do not clean with abrasives, abrasive brushes, steel wool, scouring pads or strong chemicals, such as acids or
alkaline products. Never spray cold water on extremely hot wheels. Always
allow time to cool before cleaning.
2. When tires are removed, the entire wheel must be cleaned and inspected.
With a brush, remove any foreign products from the tire side of the wheel
(portion of the wheel that supports the tire). Do not use an abrasive brush to
Figure 2
remove dirt, corrosion or other foreign products from the wheel surfaces. It
is recommended to generously coat the entire air chamber surface with an
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approved surface protectant and lubricate each time the tire is removed (see
(such as acids or alkaline products) are used to clean the wheel.
the recommendations in the Alcoa Technical Data brochure).
4. Once in service, the wheels can become nicked or scratched by road debris
3. To maintain the original appearance of your wheels, the following procedures
and/or mechanical damage. If this occurs, continue to follow the normal wash-
are recommended:
ing and cleaning instructions provided above. The surface of an Alcoa Dura-
a. After installing new wheels and prior to operating your vehicle, Bright® wheel is designed to limit cracking and peeling if nicked or scratched
use a sponge or cloth to wash exposed wheels surfaces with a mild
while in service.
detergent and warm water. Do not use abrasives, abrasive brushes,
steel wool, scouring pads or strong chemicals (such as acids or
5. Even as durable as the wheels are, the mounting area can become scratched,
alkaline products). Standard off-the-shelf car wash and wheel marred or discolored when mounted against another wheel, hub or drum. The
detergents are sufficient. Warm water and a mild detergent will
use of a wheel mounting surface guard, such as Alcoa DiscMatesTM, is recom-
speed the cleaning process.
b. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
c. Wipe dry to avoid water spots.
d. Clean your Alcoa wheels, using the above procedures, on a regular basis to avoid sticking or encrusting of the disc brake dust.
Typical road soils, grime and brake dust trap moisture, which can cause corrosion over a period of time. These must be removed regularly. If not, disc brake
dust can encrust. To assist in the removal of excessive dust, dirt and road
grime, the use of warm, high-pressure water with a mild detergent is recommended. The surface of the wheels will be damaged, discolored or removed
if abrasives, abrasive brushes, steel wool, scouring pads or strong chemicals
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Emergency Exit
There are three avenues of escape from the motorhome in the event of an
emergency, the driver’s door, the passenger door, and the sliding side cargo
door. As always, safety should be one of your top priorities. Make sure you, and
everyone traveling with you, can operate these doors and exit rapidly without
light. A little planning and a quick practice session at each camping site is well
We have all heard these warnings many times,
worth the time it may take.
but they are still among the leading causes of fires.
Warning: At each campsite make sure you have not parked
Other safety information on the LPG system of your motorhome is located in
in such a manner as to block the operation of the doors or the escape
the Plumbing Section of this manual.
avenues by being too close to trees, fences or other impediments. Scenic
views are one reason for traveling, but don’t park so the beautiful lake or
steep cliff is just outside your doors. Do not block access to the doors
from the inside or outside of the vehicle.
Warning: Read the directions carefully on the fire extinguisher. If there is any doubt on the operation, you and your family should
practice, then replace or recharge the extinguisher. You will find your local
fire department will be happy to assist you and answer any questions.
Parts of this section on the Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Detector are a
Manufacturer: First Alert
reprint of the manual included with each device and provided to you in the
Airstream owner’s briefcase. Please read, understand, and follow all aspects of
the complete manual before activating and operating the Smoke Alarm/Carbon
Monoxide Detector. If you have not received the manual, use the appropri-
BRK Brands, Inc.
ate contact information above to obtain one or contact Airstream Customer
3901 Liberty Street Road
Relations at 937-596-6111.
Aurora, Illinois 60504
For consumer inquiries call: 800-323-9005
• Separate sensors to detect smoke and CO; the two alarm systems work
Dicon Global, Inc.
• Powered by two “AA” batteries
20 Steelcase Road. West, Unit #3
• Side access drawer for easy battery replacement
Markham, Ontario.
L3R 1B2
Tel: 905-475-6006
Warning: Have a professional technician check all safety
Fax 905-475-8560
related systems yearly or whenever any doubts of their ability to function
For consumer inquires call: 800-323-9005
properly arise.
IMPORTANT! Dangers, Warnings, and Cautions alert you to important
operating instructions or to potentially hazardous situations. Pay special
attention to these items.
Follow safety rules and prevent hazardous situations: 1) Use smoking materials
properly. Never smoke in bed. 2) Keep matches or lighters away from children;
3) Store flammable materials in proper containers; 4) Keep electrical appliances
in good condition and don’t overload electrical circuits; 5) Keep stoves and
barbecue grills grease and debris free; 6) Never leave anything cooking on
CAUTION: This combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarm
the stove unattended; 7) Keep portable heaters and open flames, like candles,
has two separate alarms. The CO Alarm is not designed to detect fire or
away from flammable materials; 8) Don’t let rubbish accumulate.
any other gas. It will only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide gas
Keep alarms clean, and test them weekly. Replace alarms immediately if they
at the sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may be present in other areas. The
are not working properly. Smoke Alarms that do not work cannot alert you to
Smoke Alarm will only indicate the presence of smoke that reaches the
a fire. Keep at least one working fire extinguisher in your RV, and an additional
sensor. The Smoke Alarm is not designed to sense gas, heat or flames.
one in the kitchen. Have fire escape ladders or other reliable means of escape
from an upper floor in case stairs are blocked.
• This Smoke/CO Alarm cannot operate without working batteries.
WARNING: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is shipped
Removing the batteries for any reason, or failing to replace the batteries
with batteries deactivated. Ask dealer to activate batteries or activate
at the end of their service life, removes your protection.
batteries immediately upon delivery. Failure to follow warning will remove
• NEVER ignore any alarm. See “If Your Smoke/CO Alarm Sounds” for
your protection.
more information on how to respond to an alarm. Failure to respond can
result in injury or death.
• The Silence Features are for your convenience only and will not correct a
Battery Activation
problem. See “Using the Silence Features” for details. Always check your
To activate battery pull labeled clear plastic tan from device. If tab was previ-
home for a potential problem after any alarm. Failure to do so can result
ously removed, test batteries and replace as needed.
in injury or death.
• Test this Smoke/CO Alarm once a week. If the Alarm ever fails to test
correctly, have it replaced immediately! If the Alarm is not working prop-
battery drawer and then close the battery drawer.
erly, it cannot alert you to a problem.
• This product is intended for use in ordinary indoor locations of family
In the U. S. the horn pattern is 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps.
living units. It is not designed to measure CO levels in compliance with
In Canada the horn pattern is 6 beeps, pause, 6 beeps
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) commercial or
industrial standards. Individuals with medical conditions that may make
Always test the alarm to verify the horn pattern for your area.
them more sensitive to carbon monoxide may consider using warning
devices which provide audible and visual signals for carbon monoxide
NOTE: see the First Alert User’s Manual for information on optional locking
concentrations under 30 ppm. For additional information on carbon mon-
oxide and your medical condition contact your physician.
Warning: Test Units in your RV after the vehicle has been in
storage, before each trip, and at least once a week while in use. Failure to
test units used in RVs as described may remove your protection.
• NEVER use an open flame of any kind to test this unit. You might accidentally damage or set fire to the unit or to your home. The built-in test
Horn Pattern Selection For Smoke Alarm
switch accurately tests the unit’s operation as required by Underwriters
When the alarm detects smoke, the default horn pattern is 3 beeps, pause, 3
Laboratories, Inc. (UL). NEVER use vehicle exhaust! It may cause perma-
beeps. To manually change the horn pattern to 6 beeps, pause, 6 beeps: open
nent damage and voids your warranty.
the battery drawer (with batteries installed) , press and hold the test button
• DO NOT stand close to the Alarm when the horn is sounding. Exposure
down and then close the battery drawer.
at close range may be harmful to your hearing. When testing, step away
when horn starts sounding.
To return to the default horn pattern of 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps; open the
Parts Of This Smoke/CO Alarm
Caution: It is important to test this unit every week to make
sure it is working properly. Using the test button is the recommended way
Test/Silence Button
to test this Smoke/CO Alarm.
Battery Compartment
Power/Smoke Alarm LED
CO Alarm LED
Test this Smoke/CO Alarm: Press and hold the Test/Silence button 3-5 sec-
onds until unit starts to alarm.
During testing, you will see and hear the following sequence:
The Horn will sound 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps. The Power/Smoke LED
This unit has been designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, but there
flashes Red and the CO LED will be Off. NOTE: For Canada the horn will
are a few simple things you must do to keep it working properly. Use only
sound 6 beeps, pause, 6 beeps. The Power/Smoke LED flashes Red and
the replacement batteries listed below. The unit may not operate properly with
the CO LED will be Off.
other batteries. Never use rechargeable batteries since they may not provide
Next the Horn will sound 4 beeps, pause, 4 beeps. The Power/Smoke
a constant charge.
LED will be Off and the CO LED flashes Red.
• Test it at least once a week.
If the unit does not alarm, make sure the batteries are correctly installed and
• Clean the Smoke/CO Alarm at least once a month; gently vacuum the outside
test again. If the unit still does not alarm, replace it immediately.
of the Smoke/CO Alarm using your household vacuum’s soft brush attachment. A can of clean compressed air (sold at computer or office supply stores)
may also be used. Follow manufacturer instructions for use. Test the Smoke/
CO Alarm once a week. Never use water, cleaners or solvents since they may
damage the unit.
• If the Smoke/CO Alarm becomes contaminated by excessive dirt, dust and/
or grime, and cannot be cleaned to avoid unwanted alarms, replace the unit
3. Insert the new batteries, making sure they snap
completely into the battery compartment. Match
• Relocate the unit if it sounds frequent unwanted alarms. See “Where This
the terminals on the ends of the batteries with the
Alarm Should Not Be Installed” for details.
terminals on the unit.
4. Close the battery compartment, and then test the
Choosing a replacement battery:
unit by pressing the Test/Silence button.
Your Smoke/CO Alarm requires two standard AA batteries. It was shipped
with two AA batteries. The following batteries are acceptable as replacements:
The battery door will resist closing unless batter-
Eveready Energizer E91. These batteries are available at many local
ies are installed. This warns you that the unit will not operate without
retail stores.
Actual battery service life depends on the Smoke/CO Alarm and the environ-
ment in which it is installed. All the batteries specified above are acceptable
Type of Alarm
replacement batteries for this unit. Regardless of the manufacturer’s suggested
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
battery life, you MUST replace the battery immediately once the unit starts
What You See and Hear
CO LED: Flashes Red
Horn: 4 beeps, pause, 4 beeps, pause.
“chirping” (the “low battery warning”).
Power/Smoke LED: Off.
To replace the batteries (without removing Alarm from the ceiling or wall):
Power/Smoke LED: Flashes Red
Horn: (US) 3 beeps, pause, 3 beeps, pause.
1. Open the battery compartment.
Horn: (Canada) 6 beeps, pause, 6 beeps, pause.
2. Press tabs A and B as shown in the diagram and remove each battery.
CO LED: Off.
If The CO Alarm Sounds
CO safety and this equipment. Make sure that motor vehicles are not, and have
not, been operating in an attached garage or adjacent to the residence. Write
DANGER: Actuation of your CO Alarm indicates the presence
down the number of a qualified appliance technician here:
of carbon monoxide (CO) which can kill you. In other words, when your CO
Alarm sounds, you must not ignore it!
1. Operate the Test/Silence button.
If you hear the CO alarm horn and the CO red light is flashing, move
2. Call your emergency services, fire department or 911. Write down the num-
everyone to a source of fresh air. DO NOT remove the batteries!
ber of your local emergency service here:
3. Immediately move to fresh air—outdoors or by an open door or window. Do
a head count to check that all persons are accounted for. Do not reenter the
premises, or move away from the open door or window until the emergency
services responder has arrived, the premises have been aired out, and your CO
Alarm remains in its normal condition.
4. After following steps 1-3, if your CO Alarm reactivates within a 24-hour
If the unit alarms and you are not testing the unit, it is warning you of
period, repeat steps 1-3 and call a qualified appliance technician to investigate
a potentially dangerous situation that requires your immediate atten-
for sources of CO from fuel-burning equipment and appliances, and inspect
tion. NEVER ignore any alarm. Ignoring the alarm may result in injury
for proper operation of this equipment. If problems are identified during this
or death.
inspection have the equipment serviced immediately. Note any combustion
Never remove the batteries from a battery operated Smoke/CO
equipment not inspected by the technician, and consult the manufacturers’
Alarm to stop an unwanted alarm (caused by cooking smoke, etc.).
instructions, or contact the manufacturers directly, for more information about
Removing batteries disables the alarm so it cannot sense smoke, and
removes your protection. Instead open a window or fan the smoke
away from the unit. The alarm will reset automatically.
If the unit alarms get everyone out of the motorhome immediately.
Make a floor plan indicating all doors used as escape routes
from the motorhome.
Have a family meeting and discuss your escape plan, showing
everyone what to do in case of fire.
Don’t panic; stay calm. Follow your family escape plan.
Get everyone out of the motorhome as quickly as possible.
home where you all can meet if a fire occurs.
Don’t stop to get dressed or collect anything.
Feel doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If a
Familiarize everyone with the sound of the Smoke Alarm and
train him or her to leave your motorhome when they hear it.
door is cool, open it slowly. Don’t open a hot door. Keep doors
At each campground determine a place outside your motor-
Practice a fire drill at least every six months or when ever
and windows closed, unless you must escape through them.
new guests are with you. Practice allows you to test your
Cover your nose and mouth with a cloth (preferably damp). Take
plan before an emergency; you may not be able to reach your
short, shallow breaths.
children or may be visiting a fellow camper while they sleep. It
Meet at your planned meeting place outside your motorhome,
is important they know what to do.
and do a head count to make sure everybody got out safely.
Call the Fire Department as soon as possible from outside. Give
Alarms have various limitations. See “General Limitations of Smoke/CO Alarms”
your address, then your name.
for details.
Never go back inside a burning motorhome for any reason.
Contact your Fire Department for ideas on making your motorhome safer.
This silence feature can temporarily quiet the low battery warning “chirp” for
up to 8 hours. You can silence the low battery warning “chirp”: press the Test/
Silence Button on the alarm cover.
Warning: Never remove the batteries to quiet an unwanted
alarm. Removing the batteries disables the alarm and removes your pro-
Once the low battery warning “chirp” silence feature is activated, the unit con-
tection. Do not use the Silence Feature in emergency situations. It will not
tinues to flash the Green light twice a minute for 8 hours. After 8 hours, the low
correct a CO problem or extinguish a fire.
battery “chirp” will resume. Replace the batteries as soon as possible; this
unit will not operate without battery power!
The Silence Feature is intended to temporarily silence the horn while you
identify and correct the problem. The Silence Feature can temporarily quiet
To deactivate this feature: Press the Test/Silence button again. The unit will
an unwanted alarm for several minutes. Press the Test/Silence button on the
go into Test Mode and the low battery warning will resume (LED flashes and
alarm cover for at least 3-5 seconds. After the Test/Silence button is released,
unit sounds “chirp” once a minute).
the Red LED blinks during the silence mode.
CO is an invisible, odorless, tasteless gas produced when fossil fuels do not
burn completely, or are exposed to heat (usually fire). Electrical appliances typically do not produce CO.
These fuels include: Wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, diesel,
kerosene, and liquid propane.
Common appliances are often sources of CO. If they are not properly main-
extremely high in a short period of time, or if CO levels reach a certain minimum
tained, are improperly ventilated, or malfunction, CO levels can rise quickly. CO
over a long period of time. The CO Alarm generally sounds an alarm before the
is a real danger now that homes are more energy efficient. “Air-tight” homes
onset of symptoms in average, healthy adults. Why is this important? Because
with added insulation, sealed windows, and other weatherproofing can “trap”
you need to be warned of a potential CO problem while you can still react
CO inside.
in time. In many reported cases of CO exposure, victims may be aware that
they are not feeling well, but become disoriented and can no longer react well
enough to exit the building or get help. Also, young children and pets may be
the first affected. The average healthy adult might not feel any symptoms when
These symptoms are related to CO POISONING and should be discussed with
the CO Alarm sounds. However, people with cardiac or respiratory problems,
ALL household members.
infants, unborn babies, pregnant mothers, or elderly people can be more
quickly and severely affected by CO. If you experience even mild symptoms of
Mild Exposure: Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue (“flu-like” symp-
CO poisoning, consult your doctor immediately!
Medium Exposure: Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart
Carbon monoxide is an odorless, invisible gas, which often makes it difficult to
locate the source of CO after an alarm. These are a few of the factors that can
Extreme Exposure: Convulsions, unconsciousness, heart and lung failure.
make it difficult to locate sources of CO:
Exposure to Carbon Monoxide can cause brain damage, death.
This CO Alarm measures exposure to CO over time. It alarms if CO levels are
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Motorhome well ventilated before the investigator arrives.
Problem caused by “backdrafting.”
Transient CO problem caused by special circumstances.
Fuel-burning appliances like: a portable heater, gas kitchen range or cook
Several appliances running at the same time competing for
limited fresh air.
top, furnace, hot water heater.
Damaged or insufficient venting: corroded or disconnected water heater vent
Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from the furnace, water
heater or other fuel burning appliances.
pipe, leaking or damage furnace vent, or cracked heat exchanger, blocked or
clogged appliance vents.
Obstructions in or unconventional vent pipe designs which can
amplify the above situations.
2. Extended operation of non vented fuel burning devices (cooktop).
3. Temperature inversions, which can trap exhaust close to the ground.
Improper use of appliances/device: operating fuel burning appliances or
4. Motorhome idling in an open or closed attached garage, or near a home.
vehicle in an enclosed area (like a garage or screened porch).
These conditions are dangerous because they can trap exhaust in your motoTransient CO Problems: “transient” or on-again-off-again CO problems can
be caused by outdoor conditions and other special circumstances.
Since these conditions can come and go, they are also hard to recreate during
The following conditions can result in transient CO situations:
a CO investigation.
1. Excessive spillage or reverse venting of fuel appliances caused by outdoor
conditions such as:
Wind direction and/or velocity, including high, gusty winds.
A CO Alarm is an excellent means of protection. It monitors the air and sounds
Heavy air in the vent pipes (cold/humid air with extended peri-
a loud alarm before Carbon Monoxide levels become threatening for average,
ods between cycles).
healthy adults.
Negative pressure differential resulting from the use of exhaust
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A CO Alarm is not a substitute for proper maintenance of home appli-
Check the RV beside you at a campground. CO can come in an
open window or vent
To help prevent CO problems and reduce the risk of CO poisoning:
Keep windows and doors open slightly. If you suspect that CO
is escaping into your motorhome, open a window or a door.
Clean appliance vents yearly. Keep them free of debris, leaves,
Opening windows and doors can significantly decrease CO
and nests for proper air flow. Also, have a professional check for
rust and corrosion, cracks, or separations. These conditions can
prevent proper air movement and cause back drafting. Never
“cap” or cover a vent in any way that would block air flow.
Test and maintain all fuel-burning equipment annually. Most RV
Smoke/CO Alarms may not waken all individuals. Practice the escape plan
service centers offer appliance inspections for a nominal fee.
before every excursion and with all newcomers to the vehicle, making sure that
Make regular visual inspections of all fuel-burning appliances.
everyone is involved. Allow children to master fire escape planning and practice
Check appliances for excessive rust and scaling. Also check
before holding a fire drill at night when they are sleeping. If children or others do
the flame on the burner and pilot lights. The flame should be
not readily waken to the sound of the Smoke/CO Alarm, or if there are infants or
blue. A yellow flame means fuel is not being burned completely
family members with mobility limitations, make sure that someone is assigned
and CO may be present. Keep the blower door on the furnace
to assist them in a fire drill and in the event of an emergency. It is recommended
closed. Use vents or fans when they are available on all fuel-
that you hold a fire drill while family members are sleeping in order to determine
burning appliances. Make sure appliances are vented to the
their response to the sound of the Smoke/CO Alarm while sleeping and to
outside. Do not grill or barbecue indoors, or in garages or on
determine whether they may need assistance in the event of an emergency.
screen porches.
Check for exhaust back flow from CO sources. Check the draft
Smoke/CO Alarms cannot work without power. Battery operated units can-
hood on an operating furnace for a back draft. Look for cracks
not work if the batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead, if the wrong type
on furnace heat exchangers.
of batteries are used, or if the batteries are not installed correctly. AC units
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cannot work if the AC power is cut off for any reason (open fuse or circuit
age, injury, or death, since smoke from some fires may not reach the unit
breaker, failure along a power line or at a power station, electrical fire that burns
immediately. Examples of this include persons smoking in bed, children
the electrical wires, etc.). If you are concerned about the limitations of battery
playing with matches, or fires caused by violent explosions resulting from
or AC power, install both types of units.
escaping gas.
This Smoke/CO Alarm will not sense smoke or CO that does not reach
This Smoke/CO Alarm is not a substitute for life insurance. Though this
the sensors. It will only sense smoke or CO at the sensor. Smoke or CO may
Smoke/CO Alarm warns against increasing CO levels or the presence of
be present in other areas. Doors or other obstructions may affect the rate at
smoke, Airstream Inc. and/or BRK Brands, Inc. does not warrant or imply in
which CO or smoke reaches the sensors. Consider installing another alarm
any way that they will protect lives. Motorhome owners and users must still
device (Combination CO and Smoke Alarm, or separate CO Alarms and Smoke
insure their lives.
Alarms) if you habitat areas you believe need protection.
This Smoke/CO Alarm has a limited life. Although this Smoke/CO Alarm and
Smoke/CO Alarms may not be heard. The alarm horn loudness meets or
all of its parts have passed many stringent tests and are designed to be as
exceeds current UL standards of 85 dB at 10 feet (3 meters). However, the
reliable as possible, any of these parts could fail at any time. Therefore, you
Smoke/CO Alarm may not wake up a sound sleeper or one who has recently
must test this device weekly. The unit should be replaced immediately if it is not
used drugs or has been drinking alcoholic beverages. This is especially true if
operating properly. Any Smoke/CO Alarm that is beyond its replacement date
the door is closed or only partly open. Even persons who are awake may not
should be replaced immediately.
hear the alarm horn if the sound is blocked by distance or closed doors. Noise
from traffic, stereo, radio, television, air conditioner, or other appliances may
This Smoke/CO Alarm is not foolproof. Like all other electronic devices, this
also prevent alert persons from hearing the alarm horn. This Smoke/CO Alarm
Smoke/CO Alarm has limitations. It can only detect smoke or CO that reaches
is not intended for people who are hearing impaired.
the sensors. It may not give early warning of the source of smoke or CO is in a
remote part of the motorhome, away from the alarm device.
The Alarm may not have time to alarm before the fire itself causes dam-
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The First Alert Users Manual provided in your owner’s packet has troubleshoot-
flames, open your windows and door and evacuate the unit immediately.
ing and other important information. Please read, understand, and follow all
Do not activate any electrical switch. Turn off the LP at your gas bottle (s).
information contained the First Alert Manual. If you have any questions con-
cerning the alarm that cannot be answered in this manual or the First Alert
manual please contact First Alert Consume Affairs at 1 800.323.9005, M-F 7:30
AM to 5:00 PM (CST) or Airstream Customer relations 937.596.6111.
Your LP gas detector is wired directly to your vehicle battery and incorporates
a 1-amp in-line fuse. When the device is operating normally the green LED will
In the kitchen area of your unit, approximately six inches above the floor, is the
be lit.
LP gas detector. LP gas is a mixture of gases produced and sold commercially
as a fuel for heating and cooking appliances. LP gas is highly flammable and,
NOTICE: It is not recommended that the detector be disconnected from
as a result, can be explosive if ignited under certain circumstances. LP gas is
the battery during periods of storage. There is a small heater on the sen-
heavier than air and,
sor of the device, which “burns” away impurities in the air during periods
of normal use. During periods when power is interrupted, impurities can
If confined in a closed space, will accumulate close to the floor. When the LP
build up on the sensor. When power is returned to the detector the detec-
gas concentration in your unit exceeds 2000 PPM the detector will provide a
tor alarm may activate until the impurities are “burned” off. This could take
visual and audible alarm by sounding a buzzer and flashing the red LED two
a number of hours, during which time the alarm will be constantly “on”.
times per second.
DANGER: Activation of this detector indicates the presence of
LP gas, which can cause an explosion and/or fire. This normally indicates
Press the test button for 5 to 6 seconds until the alarm sounds then release the
a leak in the LP gas installation or a LP gas appliance. Extinguish all open
test button. The red LED should flash and the alarm sound for approximately
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4 minutes. This test should be performed at least once a week during normal
vehicle operation, and after periods of storage, and before each trip.
In time you will develop a knack for spotting wonderful little roadside locaLOW VOLTAGE
tions by turning off the main highway and exploring. There are many modern
recreational vehicle parks, including State, County and Federal parks with good
Below 10 VDC the detector will continue to operate but will blink alternately
facilities, where you may obtain electrical, water and sewer hookups and con-
green and orange. Below 8 VDC the unit will behave erratically and will eventu-
nections. Directories are published which describe in detail these parks and tell
ally shut off. To ensure proper operation, do not operate the unit below 10
what is available in the way of services and hookups.
All you need to do to enjoy the self-contained luxury is to:
1. Turn on LP gas supply and light appliance pilots if required.
2. Turn on water pump and open faucets until air is expelled from the system.
The failure of any circuit component will cause the detector to display a continuous orange LED fault light and a short beep indicating failure. If this occurs,
Before moving on, turn off the LP gas and water pump. Check your campsite,
immediately contact your dealer or Airstream Customer Service for the name
both for cleanliness and to be sure you haven’t left anything behind. Make sure
of the nearest detector service center.
everything is properly stowed.
Please read the operating instructions for your detector, which have been sup-
Overnight or Weekend Trips
plied with the paper work of your unit.
On overnight or weekend trips, chances are you will not use up the capacity
Warning: Have a professional technician check all safety related systems yearly or whenever any doubts of their ability to function
of the holding tanks, deplete the water supply, or run down the battery which
supplies the living area 12 volt current.
properly arise.
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with a small spirit level set on the inside work counter. If a correction is necessary, then you must first level from side to side. This can be done most easily by
On a longer trip, when you have stayed where sewer connections and utility
driving up a small ramp consisting of 2” x 6” boards tapered at both ends. WE
hookups were not available, it will be necessary for you to stop from time to
time to dispose of the waste in the holding tank and replenish the water sup-
the tire section of the chassis portion of this manual for information on tire
ply. Many gas stations (chain and individually owned) have installed sanitary
dumping stations for just this purpose. Booklets are available which list these
Hook Up to Water by attaching a ½ “ minimum high-pressure water hose to
the city water service.
When you stop for the night, your Airstream motorhome is built to be safely
parked in any spot that is relatively level and where the ground is firm. Your
Plug the 110 volt, 30 amp Electrical Cable into the City Power Service. Be
facilities are with you. You are self- contained. Try to pick as level a parking
sure you have the wire grounded and have the proper polarity. See Electrical
spot as possible.
Section for technical details.
To use the Generator you simply start it. All switching is done automatically.
The generator can be started from the switch inside the curbside rear roof
Making a long trip is not very different from making a weekend excursion. Since
locker. It is easier on your generator and appliances if you’ll allow the generator
everything you need is right at hand, you are at home wherever you go. When
to reach its normal operating speed (about a minute) prior to applying heavy
packing for an extended trip, take everything you need, but only what you
current loads.
A Cable/Satellite TV connection is located in the exterior compartment along
When you plan to stay in the same place for several days, weeks or months,
with the switches for the dump valves, macerator pump and macerator pump
you will want your motorhome to be as level as possible. Check the attitude
high pressure hose reel.
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Turn on the gas supply. Lighting a top range burner to bleed any air from the
ner than house walls. Estimates indicate that two adults can vaporize up to
system will make it easier to start other appliances including the furnace.
one and a half gallons of water daily through breathing, cooking, bathing, and
washing. Unless the water vapor is carried outside by ventilation, or condensed
When you stay for extended periods where electric or water hookups are
by a dehumidifier, it will condense on the inside of the windows and walls as
not available, you must make regular checks on the condition of your 12-volt
moisture, or in cold weather as frost or ice. It may also condense out of sight
battery and the contents of your water tank. Carry drinking water in a clean
within the walls or the ceiling where it will manifest itself as warped or stained
bucket to refill your tank. When your waste tanks nears capacity, move your
panels. Appearance of these conditions may indicate a serious condensation
motorhome to a dumping location.
problem. When you recognize the signs of excessive moisture and condensation in the motorhome, action should be taken to minimize their effects.
Your motorhome is not designed, nor intended, for permanent
Your motorhome was designed primarily for recreational use and short-term
housing. Use of this product for long term or permanent occupancy may
occupancy. If you expect to occupy the motorhome for an extended period,
lead to premature deterioration of structure, interior finishes, fabrics, car-
be prepared to deal with condensation and the humid conditions that may be
peting, and drapes. Damage or deterioration due to long-term occupancy
encountered. The relatively small volume and tight compact construction of
may not be considered normal, and may under the terms of the warranty
modern recreation vehicles mean that the normal living activities of even a few
constitute misuse, abuse, or neglect, and may therefore reduce the war-
occupants will lead to rapid moisture saturation of the air contained in the mo-
ranty protection.
torhome and the appearance of visible moisture, especially in cold weather.
To avoid condensation problems, try to follow these tips to help alleviJust as moisture collects on the outside of a glass of cold water during humid
ate excess moisture:
weather, moisture can condense on the inside surfaces of the motorhome during cold weather when relative humidity of the interior air is high. This condition
Allow excess moisture to escape to the outside when bathing, washing dishes,
is increased because the insulated walls of a recreation vehicle are much thin-
hair drying, laundering, and using appliances and non-vented gas burners.
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Always use an exhaust fan when cooking.
furnace will not recycle the humid interior air.
Keep the bathroom door closed and the vent or window open when bathing
Minimize use of incandescent lights, which produce heat and contribute to
and for a period of time after you have finished.
Do not hang wet clothes in the motorhome to dry.
In hot weather, start the air conditioner early as it removes excess humidity
What are molds?
from the air while lowering the temperature.
Molds are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in virtually every environKeep the temperature as reasonably cool during cold weather as possible.
ment, indoors and out. Outdoors, mold growth is important in the decomposi-
The warmer the vehicle, the more cold exterior temperatures and warm interior
tion of plants. Indoors, mold growth is unfavorable. Left unchecked, molds
temperatures will collide on wall surfaces, thus creating condensation.
break down natural materials, such as wood products and fabrics. Knowing
the potential risks is important for any type of homeowner to protect their
Use the ceiling vent to keep air circulating inside the vehicle so condensa-
tion and mildew cannot form in dead air spaces. Allow air to circulate inside
closets and cabinets (leave doors partially open). Please keep in mind that a
What factors contribute to mold growth?
closed cabinet full of stored goods prevents circulation and allows the exterior
temperature to cause condensation.
For mold growth to occur, temperatures, indoor or outdoors, must be between
40 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and also have a source of moisture,
The natural tendency would be to close the vehicle tightly during cold weather.
such as humidity, standing water, damp materials, etc. Indoors, the most rapid
This will actually compound the problem. Simply put, you need to remove some
growth occurs with warm and humid conditions.
of the warm air, and allow some cool outside air to get inside the vehicle, so the
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How can mold growth be inhibited?
By controlling relative humidity, the growth of mold and mildew can be inhibited.
Traveling in your motorhome during the cold winter months can be a most
In warm climates, use of the air conditioner will reduce the relative humidity.
exhilarating experience. There are, of course, certain precautions that must be
Vents are located in the bathing and cooking areas and constant use is advised
taken as you would in your home in low temperatures.
during food preparation and bathing, even during colder weather. Additionally,
opening a window during these activities will assist in ventilation. In extremely
The Interstate motorhome has 12-Volt heat pads installed with the fresh
humid conditions, the use of a dehumidifier can be helpful. If using a dehumidi-
water and grey water holding tanks. The black water tank is above the floor
fier, please read and follow all manufacturer instructions and recommendations
allowing heat from the furnace to protect it from freezing. The lighted switch,
to the use and cleaning of the dehumidifier.
when switch is lit the heating pad is on, for the heating pads is located on the
forward shower wall inside the sliding cargo door. To conserve battery power,
Frequent use of your RV or cleaning regularly is an important preventive
RV antifreeze may be used to protect the gray and black tanks. Battery power
measure. Further, any spills should be wiped up quickly and dried as soon
will last about 4 hours unless the unit is plugged into a 120-volt shoreline or the
as possible. Avoid leaving damp items lying about. On safe surfaces, use
generator is ran to operate the inverter/charger.
mold or mildew killing cleaning products. Check sealants regularly, and reseal
when necessary to avoid water leaks. Proper preventive maintenance to the
Some states do not allow LPG to be turned on while moving. While traveling in
RV and its accessories, as described both in this manual and in accompanying
these states you must use your common sense. How cold is it? How long will it
literature, will provide the best protection to the RV.
be before you can turn the heat back on? Is the temperature dropping or rising?
Remember, the wind chill factor when driving 50 MPH will cause the interior of
the motorhome to cool much faster than when it is parked.
1. You must have a plentiful supply of propane gas as the heat from the
furnace warms the motorhome and keeps the fresh water lines and black
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water holding tank from freezing.
with high winds cause an equivalent chill temperature much below what
your thermometer is reading. For instance, with an outside temperature of
2. If your stay is longer than overnight, you should endeavor to have 120-volt
zero degrees, and the wind velocity of 10 miles per hour, the equivalent chill
electricity available. The house battery, fully charged, will not last more than
temperature is minus 20° F.
about 15 hours in freezing weather, less (4 Hours) with use of the tank heating pads. Of course, you can run your generator to recharge the battery, or
7. Remember to remove and drain the exterior shower faucet to prevent
even use the generator continually. Keep an eye on your LP Gas or engine
freeze damage.
fuel according to the type of generator your motorhome is equipped with.
Exterior Sliding Step
Since the generator starts off the house battery, it is recommended to start
the generator prior to running the battery down.
The curbside sliding door has a sliding step w/auto retract, step out warning
3. Minimize use of electricity if 120-volt power source is not available.
buzzer, and a lock extended switch located just inside the sliding door on the
forward shower wall. Please read, understand, and instruct passengers of the
4. Leave cabinet doors, wet bath doors and wardrobe doors slightly open at
following operational and safety information pertaining to the step:
night to allow circulation of air in and around all components.
The step extends and retracts as the sliding door is opened and closed with
5. Save 12-volt power by using non-toxic RV approved antifreeze in greywater
holding tank instead of heating pad to prevent freezing. Quantity of anti-
the engine off and step lock extend switch off. The step will not extend with
the engine running.
freeze needed will vary with ambient temperature and the amount of liquids
in tank.
The step retracts autromatically and will not extend when the engine is started
and running to prevent damage while in transit.
6. For extended stays in cold weather, insulate all water lines outside the
motorhome. You should remember that low temperatures in combination
If the step does not retract fully a warning buzzer will sound. The vehicle should
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that step is extended before leaving and entering vehicle. Failure to follow
not be driven if the step fails to retract completely.
this warning could result in person injury.
The step 20 amp fuse is located in the Sprinter fuse panel under the driver’s
nOTICE: Check step is retracted before moving vehicle. Failure to follow
seat, position F-10.
this caution could result in property damage.
Lock Extended Switch
To use the lock extend switch, turn the engine off, open the door to extend the
step, and turn the switch on. The step will now remain extended while opening
and closing the door. Turn the switch off to return step to normal operating
Warning: The lock extended switch must be turned off before
starting the engine. Failure to follow this instruction may cause property
damage or personal injury.
If you forget to turn the lock extended switch off before starting the engine, the
step will retract when the engine is started, however it will not extend when the
engine is turned off and the door is opened. To reset the step: turn the engine
off and the step lock extended switch off with the door closed.
Warning: LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. The step will not extend
with the opening of the sliding door when the engine is running. Check
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The exterior of your Airstream Interstate Motorhome, except for the optional
in harsh environments. Clearcoats do not fade themselves, but appear to fade
body kit, has been painted by Sprinter. The care of the paint is detailed in the
or lose gloss as the surface becomes contaminated by the environment. If
Sprinter manual.
this contamination is not removed frequently, results will be a dull or low gloss
finish. Occasional washing alone will not adequately remove some forms of
The following additional information is provided by Airstream to help you un-
contamination and will require polishing.
derstand the finish and its care. Following these instructions will provide a long
lasting, high-gloss finish for your recreational vehicle. These same procedures
Polishes and waxes primarily served the following purposes:
can also be applied to your everyday automobile, producing the same longlasting results.
1.To remove minor surface imperfections caused by water spots and acid
NOTICE: Information on finish care may provide addition information and
2.To remove minor scratches by filling them and leveling the surface.
tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome, however, no information about
3.To beautify the paint finish appearances with more depth and high-gloss.
the exterior finish of your motorhome in this manual should be interpreted
4.To protect the paint finish from the elements.
as advice or directions to disregard or void the warnings, cautions, or
other information contained in the Sprinter’s manuals.
Do not use products that contain harsh abrasives such as rubbing or polishing
compounds. These products should be used by experienced technicians with
Waxes and Polishes
the proper training and equipment. Most polishes and waxes are designed to
clean and polish in one application.
Over 90 percent of all automotive finishes are clear coat. The finish on your
RV is a state-of-the-art Acrylic Urethane Basecoat/ClearCoat. This means that
A hand applied polish or wax will offer outstanding performance and protect
what you will wash and polish is a clear urethane coating designed to protect
the Interstate’s finish. When applying polish or wax, do so in a shaded area
the basecoat: the pigmented coating that provides color. As its main func-
making sure the surface is at the specified temperature according to the polish
tion of protecting the basecoat, clearcoats need to be maintained especially
manufacturers recommendations. Due to the variations of polishes and waxes,
incorporate the following suggestions into the polishing technique:
The most common problems resulting from these conditions are corrosion,
1.Condition the polishing pad by rubbing a slight amount of polish on it.
staining, and chemical spotting. These problems can be minimized through
2.Use only the amount of polish specified in the label directions.
regularly scheduled washing and polishing.
3.Work a small area at a time.
Washing your RV:
4.Rinse off and remove dried polish from crevices, trim and moldings.
5. Follow the products manufactuers directions.
Make sure the RVs surface temperature is not too hot, under 90 degrees
How to Care for Your RV Finish
Fahrenheit, and not in direct sunlight. A shady area is ideal for washing your
vehicle as direct sunlight causes water and soap to evaporate too fast, result-
Keeping your RV looking its best at all times involves keeping the paint finish
ing in water spotting. Use a mild soap or detergent. Most auto care stores
clean and in good condition. This means periodic washing and polishing, as
carry a car wash shampoo. Try to avoid combination wash-n-wax products
well as getting the paint finish repaired as soon as possible when the paint is
as these waxes cause buildup and are designed for smaller surfaces. Have
damage or affected in anyway. The purpose of the paint finish is two fold:
two dedicated sponges or wax mitts: one for the paint finish and one for the
wheels and under carriage. Brushes or wash mitts that have plastic bristles
(1) Provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance.
are acceptable for use on tires and wheel wells, but are not intended for use
(2) To protect the vehicle from the environment. Your RV is exposed to many
on the paint finish.
environmental conditions that have an adverse effect on the paint finish:
Avoid using such items on painted surfaces, as they will damage the RV paint
and finish. Wash the wheels and wheel wells first as this removes heavy dirt
and debris and prevents it from splattering on already clean panels. Wet the
entire area down to remove loose dirt and grime, hand wash one area at time
using your dedicated paint finish sponge or wash mitt. Wash from the top and
work your way down, frequently rinsing the rinsing to minimize grit abrasion.
be checked regularly. If this material has dried out and becomes cracked or
Follow with a final rinse of water.
checked, or if a portion has fallen out, it should be replaced with fresh material
to prevent possible rain leaks. Caulking and sealing material is available from
This process will remove most contamination from the RVs surface. For stub-
your motorhome dealer and most RV supply stores.
born stains such as road tar, use an ammonia based glass cleaner or a small
Body Kit
amount of rubbing alcohol on a damp cloth immediately followed by warm
soapy water and rinse with clean water. This may not dissolve the road tar, but
will loosen tar and bugs stains and remove them from the surface. Do not use
The body kit provided by Airstream is made from state of art high impact plas-
solvent based cleaners on bird droppings or tree sap as these are water-based
tic. The same material is used in the automotive industry for moldings, bumper
stains and will eventually dissolve using an ammonia based glass cleaner, warm
guards, and trim. The kit is made to color specifications and requires no paint
soapy water and a little “elbow grease”. Once again, after removing stubborn
or finish. The cleaning procedures are the same as the painted finish on the
stains immediately rinse with clean water.
Sprinter body, however there are several automotive plastic care products on
the market for exterior parts that will provide added protection from UV ray
Drying the RV is just as important as washing your vehicle as today’s tap water
damage, dirt, and stains. Find one you like and use it as often as needed to
and well water contain many chemicals that could water stain your RVs finish.
help prevent fading.
We suggest using a damp natural or synthetic chamois, however, there are
other drying products such as lint free micro-fiber towels that work just as
Follow the simple cautionary measures, and your new finish will give you maximum gloss and durability.
It is recommended that the caulking and sealant used in external seams and
joints such as window frames, light bezels, beltline and rub-rail molding, etc.,
Roadside Exterior Features
Roadside Exterior Features
6.Electronic Ignition Water Heater Door and Vent is part of the plumbing system. The intake vent, drain plug and exhaust vent are located inside this door.
NOTE: This is a basic explanation of the location and function of exterior fea-
Regular maintenance by a qualified service technician is required to keep the
tures. More in depth explanations of certain feature’s care and maintenance is
water heater operating efficiently.
include in this manual in other sections.
7.Cable/Satellite TV inlet is located inside the utility hatch and is pre-wired for
1.City Water Hook-up provides access for city water to your fresh water
cable/satellite TV. A portable satellite dish can be connected and used in the
system. Use ½” minimum hose for water supply.
cable connection.
2.Water Fill is used to fill the fresh water tank. Use only clean fresh potable
8.110 Volt Power Cord Inlet, 30-amp service is required, power cord is stored
inside rear cargo doors in a plastic storage compartment.
3.Furnace exhaust vent should be cleaned regularly. When operating furnace,
9.Macerator hose reel compartment stores the electric reel holding the
pump hose and the Black Tank Flush.
be sure exhaust can escape into a well-ventilated area. Air coming from vent
can be hot, when parking the motorhome, be sure to have proper clearance
10. Body kit.
in venting area.
4.Exterior Shower outlet can be used on the water pump or with the city
11. House Battery Vent (Rear Twin Model Only) allows battery gasses from
water hook up after faucet/valve/hose assembly is inserted.
the battery compartment located under the rear lounge to escape and fresh
air to enter.
5.Utility Hatch contains the cable/satellite TV inlet, the switches for the dump
valves, macerator pump and macerator pump high pressure hose reel.
Curbside Exterior Features
Curbside Exterior Features
shower wall.
NOTE: This is a basic explanation of the location and function of exterior fea-
7. MaxxAir Roof Vent, exhaust only, complete operating instructions are in the
tures. More in depth explanations of certain feature’s care and maintenance is
appliance section of this manual. Keep all vents clear to encourage airflow.
include in this manual in other sections.
8.Roof Air Conditioner
1.House Battery Vent (Rear Lounge Model Only) allows battery gasses from
9.Power Boosted Omni-Directional TV Antenna is wired into TV outlets on
the battery compartment located under the rear lounge to escape and fresh
air to enter.
exterior of coach and inside unit at entertainment center cabinet.
2.Exterior 110 Volt Outlet provides an exterior GFI protected electrical
10. Radio Antenna
11. Patio Awning operating and care instructions are including in this section
3.TV Outlet/12 Volt Power Port provides reception for an exterior television.
of this manual.
It is pre-wired and integrated into the Cable TV/Satellite TV system. There is
also a 12 Volt outlet.
4.LP tank remote fill and shutoff.
5. Sliding Step w/Auto Retract has a step out warning buzzer and a lock
extended switch for easy entry into the motorhome.
6.Porch Light is switched just inside the sliding cargo door on the forward
Awning Motor Pre-wire: Units equipped with the standard manual awning are
prewired for the addition of a motor to convert to power operation. Four wires
are located inside the removable rear panel of the rear roof locker. Those four
wires run through the body to under the passenger cab seat where two other
wires are run from the chassis fuse panel under the driver’s seat. The switch
can be mounted inside the compartment on the side of the passenger seat.
2. Unscrew the leg tension knob.
NOTICE: The sliding cargo door must be shut to extend the awning, without this happening the arm and the opening cover will contact the door
possible cause damage to the awning or door finish. Once the awning is
extended the sliding door will
open and shut fine without any
3. Take the leg near its hinge-joint and pull it in a horizontal direction.
1. Hook awning extension crank
Insert the end of
the crank handle into
the gear assemly loop
and turn clockwise
to extend
into gear motor loop and extend
awning about 36 inches.
4. After leg clears case, rotate leg down
4b. To use the bottom brackets, swing each arm toward the vehicle, lift the
and extend leg to the ground. Use leg ten-
bracket pin and position foot into bracket and then release the pin. Then turn
sion knob to secure leg length to ground.
crank until awning is all of the way out. Turn the crank back a partial turn to
Repeat with other leg. NOTE: Awning poles
back wind the awning slightly. This tightens the fabric.
are stored on the floor behind the rear center
sofa and are accessed by opening the rear
cargo doors. When traveling store the poles
securely using the straps provided.
4a. To use the carport position, legs
sitting on the ground, crank the
awning completely out while moving
the support arms each time when
Drive ground stakes through the holes in the carport
foot and into the ground for support or tie off on a
rope stake.
After unrolling the awning completely fix the legs at the chosen height.
To stow the awning reverse the extend procedure.
Never use the awning with damaged fabric. Make sure the
awning can be correctly rolled up. A damaged fabric does not allow a
correct rolling up of the awning.
We remind you that the awning is a sun protection, so please roll up your awning in case of rain, wind or snow. Otherwise take the following precautions:
To prevent water build up on the awning, position one upper arm substantially
lower than the other to create enough of a slope for adequate water run off and
use a tension rafter available from Fiamma. (See figure below)
To avoid the awning being taken up by a sudden wind, causing possible damage to the vehicle by the swinging of the legs. It is necessary to secure the
legs to the ground with the provided hooks. As a supplementary security we
strongly advise to make use of a storm cord at the upper side of each support
leg, or to acquire and anchor the legs with the Fiamma Toe-Down Kit Strap.
(See figure below)
E - 10
D. Check that awning rail is tight against coach and all screws are tight.
The switch for the power awning is located on the passenger seat pedestal
E. Check canopy for loose stitching and possible shrinkage or puckering.
and accessed by opening access dor on the seat pedestal. While the carport
leg deployment procedure can be used with the power option, Airstream rec-
F. Clean and lubricate all tension knobs and pivot points.
ommends following the procedure using the legs inserted into the brackets
mounted on the side of the unit.
Fuse Location: Chassis fuse panel under driver’s seat, position F-10.
NOTE: Awning will not extend while vehicle engine is running.
1. CARE OF FABRIC: Fiamma recommends cleaning with Fiamma Brill.
2. PERIODIC MAINTENANCE Like any other part of the RV, an owner should
periodically inspect the awning. The following items should be checked.
A. All mounting brackets are tight.
B. Check all pivot points for enlargements of holes or broken rivets.
C. Check end caps for cracking, splitting.
E - 11
The interior of your Airstream motorhome has been designed to take a limited
adjust driver’s seat swivel or fore and aft mechanism while vehicle is
amount of space and provide you with all the comfort, convenience, durability
moving. The seat could move unexpectedly causing loss of control.
and appearance possible. An understanding of the operational procedures and
Captain’s Chairs, 2nd Row
maintenance techniques of the interior appointments will add to your pleasures,
as well as to the long life of your motorhome.
The captains chairs have 3 adjustments. A lever on the side of the seat reclines
Driver and Passenger Seats
the seat back. A lever on the seat pedestal under the front of the seat allows the
seat to be adjusted forward or back, and a lever on the pedestal under the side
The driver and passenger seats are provided by Sprinter, sent out to be recov-
of the seat allows the seat to swivel. Return seat to full upright position before
ered by Airstream to match the interior decor.
using swivel adjustment.
The seat adjustment mechanism provided by Sprinter allows the seat to be
NOTICE: Seat backs on cab and 2nd row seats must be returned to full
moved forward or backward and swivel left or right. A release bar under the
upright position and seat moved forward before seat is swiveled. Failure
front of the seat is used to move the seat forward and backward. Pressing
to do so could result in damage to the seats upholstery, the wall panels,
down on a handle centered under the front of the seats allows the seat to
and the seat decorative skirt.
swivel. Return seat to full upright position before using swivel adjustment.
Rear Lounge/Bed
Lumbar and other seat adjustments are part of the reupholstered Sprinter seat
The dinette seats and rear center lounge transform into a rear bed. The center
and their operation is explained in the Sprinter manual.
power lounge is operated by a switch located under the curbside rear roof
locker. Remove headrests and press switch to lower seat back.
DANGER: Adjust the driver’s seat so that you can easily reach
and operate all controls. Make sure seat is locked in position. Do not
The side dinette seats fold out by lifting up on the seat edge and pulling out.
The backrests will slide down into place as the seats slide out. Raise the coun-
placed in floor mounted threaded holders located between the dinette seats
tertop extension before pulling out the roadside sofa to prevent the sofa from
or the 2nd row captain chairs. The pedestal is inserted into the floor cups and
hitting it. To sleep stow the extension.
twisted to lock into place.
warning: Return table top and pedestal to their respective
Clean ultra leather coverings with standard products used for that purpose.
Follow instructions on the cleaning products container.
storage positions before moving vehicle. In a emergency stop or accident
the top and pedestal could cause personal injury and /or death.
NOTE: Never remove cushion covers for separate dry cleaning or washing. Any
Vinyl Floor
tumble cleaning method can destroy the backing, shrink or otherwise damage
upholstery fabric.
The vinyl floor in your unit can be cleaned and waxed with products recommended for vinyl floors.
Warning: Keep your furniture and family safe from fires
caused by careless smoking. Do not smoke when drowsy. Remove
CAUTION: Warn occupants entering the vehicle when the floor
immediately any flowing ash or a lighted cigarette, which falls on furniture.
is wet or fresh wax has been applied. Just like a home, the floor can be
Smoldering smoking material can cause upholstered furniture fires.
slippery and falls are possible.
Dinette Table
Cabinets/Overhead Lockers
The dinette table is a pedestal table. The top is stored between the galley and
The furniture is manufactured from of a high-pressure laminate and can be
the captains chair. The table pedestal is stored in back of the rear center sofa
cleaned with soap and water, or you can use a common solvent on tough
on the rear lounge model accessed by opening the two rear cargo doors and
spots. Furniture polish can be used sparingly. Glass doors must be cleaned
inside the roadside wardrobe in the twin bed model. The pedestal table can be
with a anti-static cleaner and cloth. Windex or common ammonia products will
damage the coating on the surface.
Warning: During transit Airstream recommends the wall be
Notice: Do not use any abrasive material. Abrasive cleaners, cloths and pads
retracted and secured, freeing up hall space for emergency
as there is the possibility they could scratch the surface. A protective pad
should always be placed under hot utensils.
Galley Sink/Faucet
Wet Bath
To clean your fiberglass shower stall unit, use warm water and a liquid deter-
gent. Do not use abrasive cleaners; they may scratch and dull the surface of
your fiberglass unit. Stubborn stains can be removed with solvents such as
turpentine, paint thinner or acetone. Restore dulled areas by rubbing with an
To use: Open lid and rotate faucet to upright position. Open hot or cold faucet
automotive-type liquid cleaner, and then put the soft glow back into the sides
as needed.
of your unit with a light application of liquid wax. DO NOT wax the shower
bottom as it may become slippery leading to a fall.
Clean Acrylic lid with warm soapy water, no abrasives. For the stainless steel
sink each sink comes with a packet of SMINOX stainless steel polish/cleaner
Bath Wall Extension.
which is included with your owner’s case. This would be the preferred cleaner
for sink appliances per SMEV, however any stainless steel (non-abrasive)
The bath wall next to the toilet is hinged and is designed to extend into the hall-
cleaner is fine.
way to provide more space. A latch at the top of the swinging wall is provided
to release and secure the wall in two positions. The wall should be always be
Notice: Do not use any abrasive cleaners or cloths on surfaces.
secured by the latch in whatever position you decide to use.
Lavatory Sink/Shower Faucet
After cleaning and drying, a good grade of nonabrasive automotive paste or
liquid wax once a year will increase the life of the finish and help remove minor
The lavatory shower/sink faucet is equipped with a retractable, adjustable
scratches and abrasions. It will also protect the metal from minor scratches and
showerhead. It has ceramic valves with chromed brass construction. The
make subsequent cleaning easier.
faucet spout can be pulled out for use as a shower or left in place for the sink.
The spray can be adjusted by turning the spout end. The chrome finish can be
If a substance is found on the coating that cannot be removed by normal wash-
cleaned with warm, mild, soapy water and a clean soft cloth.
ing procedures, Airstream recommends using DX 330 Acryli-Clean made by
PPG Industries. Follow all directions and warnings on the product container.
NOTICE: Do not use abrasive cleaners, pads, or cloths to clean the
Acryli-Clean should be used by trained personnel only, using the proper equip-
chrome finish. This will damage the finish and is not covered by your war-
ment under controlled conditions. Use the Acryli-Clean as sparingly as possible
to remove oil or grease. Rinse with cool water immediately after use.
Metal Interior Skin
The metal interior skin on the ceiling is coated with a baked on acrylic coat-
ing. Use soft rags or wash mitts always moving lengthwise with the grain of
SURFACE PRIOR TO WASHING. Use soft rags always moving lengthwise
the aluminum. NEVER rub hard on the coating. Oil, grease, dust and dirt may
with the unit. NEVER rub hard on the coating. Even the softest rag will
be removed by washing with a 5% solution in water of commonly used com-
damage the coating if excessive pressure is applied.
mercial and industrial detergents. Cleaning should be followed by a thorough
clean water rinse. Drying the metal with a chamois or a soft cloth may prevent
Cleaning Instructions for Ultraleather™
Day/Night shades are lowered and raised by the bars running across the
Spot clean with mild soap and water.
shade. To raise and lower the complete assembly, grasp in the center of the
Air dry or dry quickly with warm setting of a hair dryer.
bottom bar or place hands evenly on the bar. Lift or lower the bar to open or
For stubborn stains, use mild solvent (ie. Fantastic or Formula 409).
close the shade. A second bar has two knobs to lower and raise the day part
Disinfect with a 5:1 bleach solution.
of the shade. Rough roads and long trips may cause the pleated shades to
Dry cleanable by conventional methods using commercial dry cleaning
move slightly during travel. Tensions on the strings at the sides of the shades
adjust the ease of operation and their ability to stay up during travel. Do not
This material cannot be machine-washed.
over-tighten as this may cause the string to break, requiring service.
Stain Removal:
A feather duster or the soft-bristled brush often found as part of vacuum cleaner
Use mild detergent for coffee, tea, red wine, liquor, soft drinks, milk, ketchup,
attachments, are recommended for cleaning the pleated shades. The longevity
steak sauce, soy sauce, mayonnaise, butter, salad oil, chocolate, cosmetic
of the pleated shades will be increased if the shades are closed, glass shows,
foundation, lipstick, face cream, suntan oil/lotion, shoe polish and urine.
when your vehicle is stored.
Use a mild cleaning fluid (Woolite) on stains like machine oil and on more
Counter Tops/Backsplash
stubborn stains when mild detergent is not enough.
The standard counter top is manufactured from of a high-pressure laminate.
Laminates will burn, scratch, and stain, so you’ll have to be considerate of your
countertops to keep them looking good.
Regular applications of appliance wax or light furniture wax will help lami-
Bath Exhaust
nate surfaces resist stains and scratching.
Never use abrasive cleansers or steel wool on laminate countertops.
For general cleaning, a two-sided scrubbing pad with fiber on one side
The round bath exhaust is operated by
and a sponge on the other works particularly well. Moistened slightly with
pushing up on the handle to raise the fan lid.
water, the fiber side is just abrasive enough to loosen greasy smears and
A push button switch will activate the fan.
other soil.
High Volume Exhaust fan
The optional counter top is a Lite Gran solid surface material. It has a
fiberglass core with a tough Acrylic coating.
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cleanser applied directly to the wet surface. Rinse well and buff with a soft
The MaxxFan is a unique, one-of-a kind ventilation system that keeps your
cloth. Remember the top is coated with acrylic and not solid acrylic.
RV interior safe from any weather- rain or shine. It circulates hot, musty air
out - at any time - in any weather. It includes a built in rain shield that moves
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The MaxxFan opens and closes like most standard roof vents using a manual
knob located at the ceiling. The controls for the fan are placed at the ceiling
around the fan intake screen. In addition, the MaxxFan features an easy to
Amines, Aromatic Hydrocarbons, (Loctite Formulas), or references re: chemi-
remove screen. Simply rotate four retaining knobs and remove the screen for
cals that are not to be used on Plastics.
cleaning, no tools required.The MaxxFan’s large exhaust vent employs a rigid
louver system that, along with the internal heavy-duty screen, keeps rain,
GENERALLY COMPATIBLE (But should be used in low concentration where
debris and critters from entering the vent area when opened.
Note: The MaxxFan is designed to be fully opened or fully closed when the
Acids, Alcohol, Alkalis, Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Mild Soap solution (avoid
vehicle is moving.
strong Alkaline material), Silicone Oil or Greases (avoid those containing
Aromatic Hydrocarbons or other additives). Review the contents of your
cleaning materials carefully.
This product has been manufactured using prime UV stabilized Polymers
If your MaxxFan fails to operate properly under normal conditions, please call
for maximum toughness and durability. However, the use of non-compatible
MaxxAir using the toll free number listed below or your dealer. If calling MaxxAir,
chemicals will cause cracking and product failure.
please have the motorhome retail sales date and the MaxxFan Serial Number
readily available when you call. The Serial number for your MaxxFan is located
Please clean all parts with mild soap and water only.
on the fan control plate under the round insect screen frame. Reference your
operating guide. Rotate the four retaining knobs 180 degrees and remove the
Do not use Petroleum Containing Additives or Solvent Based Products on any
screen to view. Do not operate the MaxxFan with the screen removed
of the MaxxFan’s components or its corrosion resistant hardware.
Maxxfan Toll Free Customer Service
Listed below are some known chemical products to be aware of:
(800) 780-9893, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday
Keytones, Esters, Acetone or other like solvents, Halogenated Hydrocarbons,
Light Bulbs
Privacy Curtain
All interior lights are sealed LED requiring fixture replacement if a light burns
Privacy curtains are provided for the front
out or malfuctions. the exterior lights are the same except for the porch light
windshield and cab windows. The curtains
which uses a B7038 bulb replacement.
have pockets sewn into them that slide
Privacy Curtain
over the sunvisors and straps on each end
that slide over the seat belt mechanism.
DANGER: Always replace the light bulb or light fixture with
the correct bulb or matching fixture for that light. Always be sure power
Light brushing with an upholstery brush or gentle use of a vacuum cleaner will
is tuned off and bulb or fixture is cool before removing. Take proper
suffice in most situations. For heavy soiled conditions Dry-Clean only. Washing
precautions on a broken bulb or fixture to prevent lacerations. Failure to
the curtain may void the warranty.
heed these warnings could cause fire, property damage, personal injury,
or death.
in use as it draws 12 volt current from th batteries.
Warning: Only certified LP suppliers should fill the LP Tank.
Your motorhome is equipped with a permanently mounted tank for LPG (Liquid
Turn remote gas supply switch off before filling or refilling LP tank.
Petroleum Gas) with a remote fill and remote gas supply shut off switch. LPG
burns with a clean blue flame, Propane is used where subfreezing temperatures
Warning: Always shut off the LP gas when refueling the mo-
are common, since it freezes at -40° F. How long a full tank of gas will last is
dependent on usage. In cold weather, when you are using the furnace, or when
you use large amounts of hot water, or cook extensively, you will naturally use
Remote Gas Supply Switch
more than you will in warm weather, or when you may do limited cooking. On
the average, with normal cooking and other appliance use, you can probably
count on two to four weeks of usage from the tank.
A remote switch for shutting off the
gas to all appliances is located in
If you have allowed the tank to run out, air may have gotten into the lines. In this
the same compartment. The switch
event the air must be allowed to bleed from the lines before lighting appliances.
activates an electric solenoid that
Follow the appliance manufacturers instructions and light the appliance closest
opens and closes, shutting the gas
Bleeder Valve
LP Remote Fill Point
Exterior LP Port
LP Remote Switch
off at the tank. The switch rotates ¼
to the LP supply tank. Then move to the next closest, etc.
turn. This switch should be turned off
during the filling of the LP tank. NOTE: The electric gas shut-off solenoid closes
automatically when 12-volt power is disconnected. It will reopen when power
The LP tank is filled by accessing the remote fill hook up located in the com-
is restored.
partment under the passenger side rear fender behind the rear wheels. Be sure
Warning: All LP gas appliances must be turned off during
the fill is free of dirt. It may help to remind your LP supplier to only use a clean
refueling of motorhome fuel tank and permanently mounted LPG tank.
fill hose to fill your tank. Turn off the remote switch when the LP system is not
Gas lines should be checked periodically for leaks with ammonia free soapy
shows evidence of external corrosion, or corrosion inside the spring case.
DANGER: Do not use open flame to search for problems. If
gas can be smelled, appliance pilots fail to stay on, or any other abnormal situation occurs, use the remote supply switch to shut off the tank
DO NOT store LP containers within vehicle. LP containers are equipped
valve immediately and call on a qualified LPG service center or Airstream
with safety devices that vent gas should the pressure become excessive.
Service Center.
DO NOT use cooking appliances for comfort heating. Cooking appliances
CAUTION: Moisture in the LPG tank will cause a malfunction of
need fresh air for safe operation. Before operation open overhead vent or
the regulator in controlling proper pressure. This may result in the flame
turn on exhaust fan and open window.
lifting off the burner, or the flame may go out frequently. Many refueling
stations will add approximately ¼ to ½ gallon of alcohol to lower the mois-
A warning label has been located in the cooking area to remind you to
ture temperature. Moisture will then pass through the regulator without
provide an adequate supply of fresh air for combustion. Unlike homes, the
the formation of ice crystals.
amount of oxygen supply is limited due to the size of the recreational vehicle, and proper ventilation when using the cooking appliances will avoid
LPG Regulator
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.
The LPG regulators used on Airstream motorhomes are designed for lowpressure service, with a normal outlet pressure setting of 11.5 inches water
column. Only personnel trained in the proper procedures, codes, standards,
Portable fuel burning equipment, including wood and charcoal grills and
etc., should service regulators. Have the regulator inspected each time the
stoves, shall not be used inside the recreational vehicle. The use of this
tank is refilled. Replace any regulator that has had water in the spring case, or
equipment inside the recreational vehicle may cause fires or asphyxia-
with a protective cover. Make sure that regulator vent faces downward
and that cover is kept in place to minimize vent blockage that could result
A Warning Label has been located near the LP gas container. This
in excessive gas pressure causing fire or explosion.
OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the LP gas container can result in uncontrolled
The regulator at the L.P. tank is under a gray plastic cover. The protective cover
gas flow that can cause fire or explosion. A properly filled container will
certainly helps to keep the vent on the regulator from being clogged by wasps
contain approximately 80 percent of its volume as liquid LP gas.
or ice, but should still be checked regularly to make sure the vent remains
Do not bring or store LP gas containers, gasoline or other flammable
liquids inside the vehicle because a fire or explosion may result.
DANGER: Do not attempt to seal regulator cover.
DANGER: If you smell gas:
Warning: Check vent each time tank is filled to make sure it
1.Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking materials.
2.Do not touch electrical switches.
is clear of obstructions.
3.Shut off the gas supply using the remote shut off switch.
4.Open doors and other ventilating openings.
5.Leave the area until odor clears.
6.Have the gas system checked and leakage source corrected before
using again.
LP gas regulators must always be installed with the diaphragm vent facing
downward. Regulators that are not in compartments have been equipped
A quick connect low pressure LPG connection is located under the passenger
The fresh water system consists of a city water hook up, fresh water tank grav-
side rear quarter panel behind the dual wheels. It is a utility connection to use
ity fill, fresh water tank and drain valve, water-pump, pump filter, hot and cold
for an outside grille or other LPG appliance.
water lines, water heater, fresh water line low point drain valves, and faucets.
Full explanations on the locations and use of these feature are explained in this
The connections are relative easy to use. Check that the remote LPG shut off
switch is turned completely off. Slide the collar on the female end back and
plug the male hose into the connection. Release the collar and check that the
Before using a water system, check that the water heater by-pass valve is
hose is properly connected by giving a firm pull on the hose. Turn the LPG
turned to the use position. The by-pass valve is located on the back of the
remote shut off switch on and recheck all connections to the appliances and
water heater under the lounge on the roadside, accessed by opening the rear
quick connection to be sure no leaks are present.
cargo doors and reaching under the lounge. See Winterizing and Storage for
further information on the By-Pass. Check that the exterior water heater drain
Follow all instructions, cautions, and warnings presented in this manual when
plug is installed. Close all low point drain valves and the fresh water tank drain
connecting and disconnecting appliances.
To operate the system with the water pump:
Fill the water tank by opening the exterior gravity feed water fill door. A garden
hose can now be inserted or use a clean bucket and funnel to fill the tank. It’s
a good idea to let the water run through a hose for a short time to flush it out.
RVers sometimes fill their tanks with “home” water to avoid strange water that
may be distasteful to them on short outings. Remember the more water you
carry in the fresh water tank, the less cargo carrying capacity you have for
the water pressure at the set point. However, if it cycles frequently (more than
other items.
a few times an hour) the plumbing system, pump, and pump strainer should be
checked to be sure it is not loosing pressure through a slow water leak or back
The amount of water in the tank may be checked on the Monitor Panel, or you
through the pump.
may fill the tank until water overflows out of the fill.
NOTICE: To prevent equipment damage the water heater should only be
started after the water system is primed and ready for use.
Fill the water heater by opening the hot side of either the galley, wet-bath, or
exterior shower faucet and turning on the water pump switch located under the
galley roof locker or by connecting to an exterior city water source. Close the
nOTICE: Turn the water pump off when the motorhome is left unat-
cold side of all faucets. For some time the open faucet will only sputter. This
is because the water heater is being filled and air is being pushed out through
Water Pump And Strainer
the lines. Once the water heater is full, a steady stream of water will come from
the faucet.
Manufacturer: Now open a cold faucet. It will sputter for a short time, but will soon expel a
steady stream. All other faucets can now be opened until all air is expelled.
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The water pump and strainer are located under the galley, accessed by
removing the galley drawer. The strainer should be visually checked for ac-
It is normal for a pump to occasionally cycle when all faucets are off to keep
cumulation of sand or debris that could affect water flow.
To clean the strainer screen: With the clear plastic at the top press on the sides
NOTICE: Failure to check the quick disconnect fitting for water leaks
of the strainer releasing the tabs holding the clear plastic top in place, hold
when reinstalling inlet and outlet hoses or the water pump strainer may
the sides in and pull straight up on the clear plastic top to remove the screen
cause the pump system to leak causing damage to personal property.
assembly. Rinse all debris from the screen. Replace the screen assembly by
aligning the screen in the seating groves and pressing gently down until tabs
To operate the system using a city water source:
catch and hold the clear plastic top in place.
The city water inlet is a standard garden hose thread.
City Water
Use a high-pressure RV/Marine FDA approved
from material that is tasteless, odorless, and nonBlue
drinking waterhose of at least ½ “ diameter made
toxic. We suggest you carry two lengths of hoses so
you have the ability to reach hookups further away
than normal, plus you have a spare should one fail
The inlet and outlet hoses and the strainer assembly are held in place by
or become damaged unexpectedly.
self sealing blue quick connect fittings. To disconnect a hose or the strainer
grasp the blue tab on the female fitting by the grooved finger edges and
After hooking up the hose and turning on the city water valve provided in the
pull straight out on the tab. This will release the male fitting connected to
park, slowly open a faucet. There will be spurts and sputtering until all the air is
the hoses and strainer. Be sure that both the female and male fitting on the
expelled from the motorhome system. Be sure to turn the water heater bypass
disconnect are free of all debris and are not damaged before replacing.
to the normal flow position as described earlier in this section so it will fill. If the
Check the pump system for leaks anytime the disconnect fittings on the
water heater is empty it will take some time before all the air is expelled and
hoses and/or strainer are removed.
you get a steady flow of water at the faucet. Once a steady flow is achieved
at one faucet, the others should be opened long enough to expel the air in the
3. Pour the correct amount of solution (water/bleach) into the freshwater tank
lines going to them.
and fill with potable water.
4. Open all faucets (Hot & Cold) allowing the water to run until the distinct
Your plumbing system has a built in pressure regulator to protect your lines
odor of chlorine is detected.
and faucets from extremely high pressures on some city water systems. An
5. The standard solution must have four (4) hours of contact time to disinfect
after-market external regulator is not recommended, as it could lower the water
completely. Doubling the solution concentration will allow for contact time
pressure at the inlet and thus to your faucets and shower.
of one (1) hour.
6. When the contact time is completed, drain the tank. Refill with potable
water and flush the plumbing of all sanitizing solution.
Potable water systems require periodic maintenance to deliver a consistent
NOTE: The sanitizing procedure outlined above is in conformance with the ap-
flow of fresh water. Depending on use and the environment the system is sub-
proved procedures of RVIA ANSI A 119.2 and the U.S. Public Health Service.
ject to, sanitizing is recommended prior to storing and before using the water
Exterior Shower
system after a period of storage. Systems with new components, or ones that
have been subjected to contamination, should also be disinfected as follows:
1. Use one of the following methods to determine the amount of common
household bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
Off Position
A) Multiply “gallons of tank capacity” by 0. 13; the result is the
ounces of bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
B) Multiply “Liters of tank capacity” by 1.0; the result is the milliliters
An exterior shower is provided for your convenience. The shower valve/hose
of bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
assembly is stored inside the rear doors. To use: lift the hinged exterior cover,
2. Mix into solution the proper amount of bleach within a container of water.
align the handle to the off position, and insert the shower handle assembly
Drain Valve Locations
into the wall mounted shower inlet. The assembly can only be inserted and
removed with handle aligned to the off position. Press the spout button and
Drain and shut off
valve positions
rotate the handle counter clockwise to the desired temperature. To remove
handle assembly, return the handle to the off position, press the spout button
to relieve any residual pressure and pull the handle out of the wall insert. Snap
cover completely shut so rubber o-ring seal will seal and road dust and grime
from the insert assembly. Be sure to remove and drain the hose and open the
The fresh water system has four fresh water line low point drain valves. There
valves before opening the low point drain lines for winterization.
is two under the galley accessed by removing the drawer and two under the
curbside lounge or bed accessed by removing the cup holders. The cup hold-
ers lift up and out of the armrest.
The Interstate motorhome has 12-Volt heat pads installed with the fresh wa-
The fresh water tank drain valve is located on the front of the tank pan under
ter and grey water holding tanks to help prevent freezing. The tank pads are
the motorhome.
controlled by a lighted switch located on the forward shower wall just inside
Shut Off Valves
the sliding door. The switch is lit when the pads are on. Battery power will last
about 4 hours unless the unit has a 120-volt source (generator or shoreline) to
operate the inverter/charger. To conserve battery power in a remote location RV
There is one shut off valve in the motorhome. It is for the toilet and is on the
antifreeze may be used to protect the tanks in freezing conditions.
water feed line beside the toilet base.
water module, depending on model.
Manufacturer: Canada:
c) Between closet flange and toilet: check flange nuts for tightness. Thetford Corporation
Thetford Sanitation Ltd.
If leak continues, remove toilet and check flange height. Use
7101 Jackson Road 2710 Slough Street
Thetford spacers to adjust, if necessary, to 7/1 6” above floor. Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Mississauga, Ontario
Replace flange seal.
313-769-6000 Canada, L4T 1G3
2) Toilet won’t hold water:
The RV toilet in your Airstream is a design that has been used for many years. In
a) Check for and remove any debris from blade/ball seal track.
normal use, when you are hooked up to city water, both pedals are depressed
b) Check blade/ball seal compression with mechanism.
together. This dumps the sewage and flushes fresh water down the side of
If blade/ball seal is worn, replace.
the bowl. Water will continue to run into the bowl for a short time after the
pedals are released. Follow manufacturers instruction on operating, cleaning,
3) Harder than normal pedal or hand lever operation: Apply light film of Thetford
and sanitizing toilet.
Toilet Seal Lubricant & Conditioner or silicone spray to blade/ball. (Note: To
avoid damage do not use spray lubricants other than silicone.)
NOTICE: When you dump the bowl of the toilet make sure all paper and
solids have cleared the slide mechanism before you allow it to close.
4) Poor flush: Pedals or hand levers must be held fully open during flush. A
good flush should be obtained within 2 to 3 seconds. If problem persists, re-
Trouble Shooting
move the water supply line and check flow rate. The flow rate should be at least
1. Leaks:
ten quarts (9.5 liters) per minute.
a) Back of toilet: check water supply line connection at water valve. Secure or tighten as necessary. If leak persists from water valve, replace.
b) Vacuum breaker leaks while flushing: replace Vacuum Breaker or G-9
Toilet Winterizing
If the bowl-sealing blade does not operate freely after extended use, it may be
Draining Method: Turn off RV’s water supply. Drain toilet bowl. Disconnect
restored to its original, smooth operating condition by applying a light film of
supply line at water valve. Completely drain the toilet’s water supply line.
silicone spray to the blade. To clean the toilet use Thetford Aqua Bowl or any
other high grade, non-abrasive cleaner. Do not use highly concentrated or high
NOTICE: To avoid damage, when using air pressure to blow water from
acid content household cleaners. They may damage the rubber seals.
the lines, be sure toilet valve is in the open position.
NOTICE: If water is frozen in the toilet, do not attempt to flush unti the
ice thaws.
1. Shut off water valve behind toilet or main water supply and flush toilet.
Antifreeze Method: Use RV (potable) antifreeze only.
2. Disconnect water supply line from toilet. You will probably find a small
mirror very useful.
3. Remove mounting nuts.
NOTICE: Never use automotive type antifreeze.
For Thetford service centers: USA 1-800-521-3032
4. Cover riser or tank inlet with cardboard to prevent debris from falling into
NOTE: Always replace flange seal when toilet has been removed.
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Canada: 1-888-215-5410
heater, and the batteries.
NOTE: Sprinter recommends disconnecting the current to all chassis
Plan your winterizing ahead and be sure the holding tanks are drained and
electric consumers using the Battery isolator Switch if the vehicle sits for
flushed thoroughly at a proper disposal station. After dumping tanks add a
periods longer than 2 months. It is located to the right of the accelerator
quart or two of RV non-toxic anti-freeze to one of the holding tanks and start
pedal in the driver’s foot well. Slide the red release down and pull it off the
the macerator pump. Run until the anti-freeze comes out the end of the pump
post. This will save jump starts, battery charge ups and possibly battery
hose. Leave dump valves open. As extra protection, open the toilet valve and
damage and replacement. The Sprinter manual describes its location,
add a cup of non-toxic RV anti-freeze to the black tank and pour a cup of non-
operation, and cautions in detail.
toxic antifreeze into a sink drain to protect the holding tanks and valves from
residual water freezing. (This is very important, as the frozen sewage could
When storing your motorhome use the same precautions as you would in your
seriously damage the tank.)
own home in regard to perishables, ventilation, winterizing, and rain protection. In addition, for prolonged storage periods flush out all the drain lines and
To completely winterize your motorhome follow this procedure:
waste holding tanks. Also drain the entire water system, including the water
heater and the fresh water tank. Instructions for draining the water system are
1.Level the motorhome from side to side and front to rear, turn the water pump
explained in the following paragraphs on winterizing.
off and disconnect the city water.
Twice a year, or after a long storage period, we suggest you take your unit
2.Open all the hot and cold water faucets.
into your Airstream dealer for a check-up and cleaning of the gas operated
3.Open the low point drain valves for the hot and cold water lines, the fresh
water tank drain valve, and water heater drain. There are three fresh water
The main consideration in winterizing is to guard against freezing damage to
line low point drain valves. There is one under the galley accessed by remov-
the fresh water lines, the waste drain lines, the waste holding tanks, the water
ing the drawer and in the lounge model there two under the curbside lounge
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accessed by removing the cup holders. The cup holders lift up and out of the
head and lines from the tank. Check the water pump strainer to be sure no
armrest. In the twin bed model there two under the curbside bed accessed
water remains. There should be very little water if the tank is drained. Be sure
by lifting the mattress. The fresh water tank drain valve is located on the front
to have a catch pan or a rag under the pump to prevent water from spilling
of the tank under the motorhome. The water heater drain valve or plug is lo-
into the RV. Leave the fittings disconnected from the pump until the system
cated on the water heater and is accessible through the exterior water heater
is ready to be used again. Leave a note on the water pump switch that the
access door. Remove the plug or open the valve and allow water to drain. If
plumbing is not connected.
a level surface is not available, park the motorhome facing slightly uphill until
water draining ceases and then downhill until water draining ceases.
8. Remove the house batteries from your motorhome and store in a cool dry
place where there is no danger of freezing. It is very important for optimum
4.Follow winterizing instructions for your toilet on the preceding page of this
life of your battery to check it periodically and to keep it fully charged. This
is especially true in winter months, when the temperature may drop below
freezing. If the period of storage is for 30 days or less, you may turn off the
5.While the water is draining from the systems remove, drain, and store the wet
battery disconnect switch rather than remove the battery. Continue to check
bath and the exterior shower hoses and shower heads.
and recharge the battery as needed, at least weekly in severe weather.
6.After the water has stopped running, apply at least 60 lbs. of air pressure
9. Remove any items (food, cosmetics, etc.) from the interior that might be
at the city water inlet. This can be accomplished at a service station if no
damaged by freezing, or might damage the motorhome if containers break.
air compressor is available. Air fittings with regulators can be purchased for
the city water inlet. Be sure the toilet flush valve and shut off valve, all drain
For additional winterizing protection, add non-toxic antifreeze (approved for
valves, and faucets are open and the pump outlet hose is disconnected.
drinking water systems) to your water lines using the following procedure:
7. Water pump: Remove quick connect outlet fitting from the pump and turn the
1. Reconnect all lines except the one to the pump inlet port and close all drain
pump on just for a second to pump out any remaining water from the pump
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2. Turn the water heater bypass
9. Disconnect the hose length from pump inlet fitting and reconnect water
valve to its bypass position. The
system inlet line.
valve is located on the back of
Restoring Service
the water and accessed through
the rear doors under the curbside
rear lounge seat on the rear
lounge model and through and
access hole cut in the roadside
By Pass Valve
twin bed top on the twin bed
Re-install fully charged house battery.
Close low point drain valves, holding tank dump valves, water faucets,
and fresh water tank drain.
By Pass Position
3. Attach a length of hose to the
In Use Position
Reconnect water pump line.
Add water to the fresh water tank.
Turn water pump on.
Open and close faucet valves one at a time until water runs clear at all
piece of hose should be long enough for the free end to be inserted into
faucets signaling anti-freeze is flushed out of lines. Go back and recheck
and reach the bottom of a non-toxic RV antifreeze container.
water clarity at all faucets.
5. Check that all interior water faucets are still open.
Turn off water pump.
6. Insert hose length into container containing non-toxic RV antifreeze, turn the
Hook up city water, open faucet valves, and recheck water clarity.
pump on, and run the water pump until the antifreeze solution fills all water
Replace water heater plug or close drain valve and reset water heater
lines. Flush toilet.
by-pass to the “in use” position.
7. Open exterior shower faucet until anti-freeze comes out hose, shut off valve,
10. Fill water heater.
remove and drain valve/hose assembly.
8. Close water fixtures as the antifreeze begin to come out. Shut off pump when
antifreeze has been distributed through out system, then reopen all faucets
to relieve pump pressure.
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CAUTION: The waste hose is pressurized when operating macThe drain and waste system of your motorhome includes separate grey and
erator pump. Secure loose hose end at disposal facility end with supplied
black tanks, remotely operated electric dump valves for each holding tank,
inlet adaptors before turning on pump.
a macerator pump, and a high pressure hose with a drip proof valve on an
electric reel.
The high pressure waste hose is stored on an electric hose reel and connected
to the Discharge Port Adaptor. It has a threaded drip proof valve with a versa-
This self contained system enables you to use the toilet, sink, and wet bath
tile two size threaded adaptor allowing the valve to be connected to 3 sizes
until a suitable disposal facility is available.
of threaded inlets, including an exterior home sewer clean-out. The adaptor
snaps over the valve threads. A rubber ring is also provided to lodge into a
The Macerator Pump
non-threaded inlet. If the rubber ring seems loose when used Airstream recommends using some type of weight to further secure the hose.
Macerator Pump
Each holding tank, the macerator pump, and macerator pump electric hose reel
have individual switches which are located in the roadside Utility Compartment.
Pressing a dump valve switch and holding it for 2-3 seconds until it is lit opens a
Port Adaptor
holding tank valve. Each valve switch has a light that comes on to let you know
the valve is opened. Pressing it again for 2-3 seconds closes it. The macerator
The portable waste pump is the ideal solution for emptying holding tanks
pump has an ON/OFF toggle switch. The reel has a switch for retracting the
on recreational vehicles and avoiding dump stations. The macerator section
hose only, it is deployed manually.
grinds waste down to a particle size of 1/8” maximum. The waste pump will
macerate and pump all waste and tissue normally found in recreational vehicle
NOTICE: Do not run pump more than 15 minutes continuously. Do not
waste systems.
run the pump dry for more than 30 seconds. THE MACERATOR WILL NOT
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5. Open the gray water tank valve and turn on pump. Run until just before
put wet strength paper towels, tissues, or sanitary napkins in your holding
pump runs dry. Any trickle of grey water left will remain in discharge hose
tank, They won’t dissolve and will jam the mechanism of the dump valve
behind drip proof valve and is typical. Remember, running the pump dry for
and the macerator pump impeller. Colored toilet tissue is slower to dis-
more than 30 second seconds could damage the pump.
solve than white. Most RV accessory stores offer tissue designed for RVs
6. Turn the drip proof valve off and remove the hose adaptor from the dump
that will completely dissolve.
station inlet, retract hose into the hose reel by pressing the reel switch
located in the Utility Compartment. Be sure to guide the hose onto the reel
Utility Compartment
To empty the black and grey holding tanks:
NOTICE: Watch all connections while dumping, close dump valve imme-
diately, turn off pump, and close hose drip proof valve if a leak is noticed.
1. Remove the high pressure waste hose by opening the hose reel
Hose Reel Compartment
compartment door and manually pulling out the hose. Secure the hose at
the disposal facility inlet using the threaded or rubber adaptor and open the
drip proof valve on the end of the hose. IMPORTANT: The pressure from the
macerator pump may push the hose from the inlet if hose is not secured
Pump Retract
2. Open the black water valve. Empty the black tank first and the gray water
tank second, using the grey water to help flush the pump and hose of black
water sewage.
3. Turn on macerator pump to liquefy and pump out the solids in the tank.
4. When black tank is empty, turn off the pump.
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evenly. Close the compartment door.
Macerator Applications
Aux. Tank
In case of electric system failure, there is a
manual override on the electric dump valves
Dump Valve
Manual Override
Flat Head Screw
located on each side of the valve. Use a flat
head srew driver or an allen wrench to turn the
Dump Station Holding Tank
or Home Sewer
override screw clockwise or counter clockwise according to side you access to
open and close the valve. The direction is labeled on the valve.
Macerator Impeller Release Feature
Empty holding tanks when no dump stations are convenient.
Transfer waste from holding tank to an auxiliary tank.
The macerator pump can be used to empty the holding tank into any
After long periods of non-use, a stuck impeller
convenient sewer receiver such as a sewer clean-out at your home.
can be easily broken loose with a screwdriver
inserted in the motor shaft slot. Remove the
Extended Stays
rubber boot, turn the shaft clockwise as shown,
and replace the rubber boot.
When you are in a park with a disposal facility, empty the tanks every few
days or whenever they becomes almost full. PUMPING A LARGE VOLUME OF
black water tank first and then the gray tank using the gray water to flush the
This practice will avoid the accumulation of solids in the tank, which could lead
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to an unpleasant cleaning job.
non-toxic antifreeze into a sink drain to protect the holding tanks, valves, and
pump from residual water freezing.
Inside the Macerator hose reel utility compartment is a water hose connector
for the “black tank flush”. To use, hook up a garden hose and turn it on full
Heated Tanks
force. Within the tank a head with multiple holes will spray the interior surface
of the tank. Once the tank is about half full turn the garden hose off and flush
The Interstate motorhome has 12-Volt heat pads installed with the fresh water
the water from the tank using the macerator pump.
and grey water holding tanks. The black tank in installed above the floor where
heat from the furnace will keep it from freezing. The heat pads lighted switch
Should solids accumulate, fill the tank about half full with water with the black
is located on the forward shower wall just inside the sliding cargo door. The
tank flush, then drive the motorhome for a few miles. Don’t wait until the tank
switch lights up when the pads are activated. The heat turns on at 44 degrees F.
is packed solid. The turbulence and surging of the water will usually dissolve
and off at 64 degrees F. The heating pads consume 6-10 amps of battery power
the solids into a suspension so the tank can be drained. Draining the tanks as
per hour depending on environmental conditions. To conserve/charge batteries
described will protect them from freezing during storage.
use a 120-volt source (generator, shoreline) to operate the inverter/charger. To
conserve battery power or fuel in a remote location, RV antifreeze may be used
Winterizing Pump
to protect the tanks in freezing conditions. Plan ahead. In extreme cold
weather the heating pads may not suffice in keeping the tanks from freezing,
Plan your winterizing and storage ahead and be sure the holding tanks are
be safe and winterize.
drained and flushed thoroughly. This is very important, as the frozen sewage
and water could seriously damage the system. After dumping tanks add a
NOTICE: In very cold weather winterizing the motorhome is recommend-
quart or two of RV non-toxic anti-freeze to one of the holding tanks and start
ing to prevent damage to the waste systems. Use common sense and
the macerator pump. Run until the anti-freeze comes out the end of the pump
winterize as needed.
hose. Leave dump valves open. As extra protection, open the toilet valve and
add a quart of non-toxic RV anti-freeze to the black tank and pour a quart of
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Drain Systems Cleaning
There are many deodorizers on the market in tablet, liquid, and powder form.
These not only combat odor, but also stimulate the bacteria that works to
dissolve the solids in your tank. Picking a deodorizer with lubricating qualities
will help ease the slide valve operation.
The only cleaning agents that can be used without causing harm to the system
are household ammonia and tri-sodium phosphate in small quantities. Do not
use any product that contains any portion of petroleum distillates. This attacks
the rubber seals of your toilet and dump valves. Also, do not use any dish
detergent or abrasive cleaners. All products should be marked approved for
ABS drainage systems.
When winterizing the drains, use only non-toxic recreational vehicle plumbing
type antifreeze. These are sold through your dealer and most outlet stores.
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120-volt POWER
A complete, detailed EMS manual is included with your owner’s packet.
operating instructions and warnings as well as all recommended maintenance
centralized power switching, fusing, and distribution center. Power from
schedules and procedures.
the 120-volt power source is fed into the box. The potential of lethal
electrical shock is present in this box. Inadvertent shorts at this box
How The System Works
could result in damage and/or injury. All servicing of this box should be
done by a qualified Service Technician.
When you’re plugged into shoreline power or start your generator, 120-volt
current is fed to an Automatic Switch Over Box. Power from the box runs to the
120-volt circuit breakers on the Energy Management System. The module and
box are explained more in depth later in this chapter and are located under the
roadside rear lounge.
The ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM is a completely self-contained 110
volt power distribution and energy management system intended to be used
Circuit 4 can also be powered by the inverter part of the inverter/charger. See
in recreational vehicles. It is housed in a sheet metal enclosure with remov-
circuit 4 function in the next section for information on which receptacles can
able front panel. It provides circuit protection for all the 110 VAC loads in the
work on the inverter.
RV and a system of energy management to minimize the over-loading and
tripping of circuit breakers. Location: under rear lounge.
The 110 volt circuits may be turned “on” my putting their breaker switch up
to the on position or “off” by flipping the switch down to the off position. If a
The ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM controls 110 volt operated circuits to
circuit is over loaded or an open (short) circuit occurs, a branch breaker will
help keep the total 110 volt current draw to less than 30 Amps. These circuits
“kick” out. To reactivate the circuit, try to reset the breaker switch. To reset the
may be any type load, but are typically heavier loads, those whose use can be
tripped GFI breaker push the handle down slightly to off then lift up to on. If the
“postponed” until a time when current is available for their use.
breaker kicks out again, a qualified electrical service technician should trouble
shoot the circuit.
Circuit Protection
Each panel is labeled with the components powered by individual circuits.
Circuit protection for ALL the 110 VAC loads is offered by standard, resetable
circuit breakers, provided by Airstream. There are four positions available for
110 Volt Breaker Panel
circuit breakers. These may be single or dual units. Airstream uses both single
and dual breakers as needed according to the options ordered on a unit. One
of these breakers (MAIN) is a 30 Amp unit that acts as the Main breaker for
30 20 20 15 20 20 20
the entire system. The 110 volt power is brought into the box from either a
shoreline outlet, generator, or the inverter can be used to feed circuit 4 only.
The line side of this cable is fed through the magnetically coupled current
transformer to the Main breaker. This breaker back-feeds power into the
circuit breaker bus bar to feed power to the branch breakers. All the 120-volt
1 2 3 4 5 6
loads in the RV are fed from the branch breakers.
30 Amp, Main
The 120-volt Distribution Panel on the front of the EMS contains the main
Circuit 1. 20 Amp, roof air conditioner (option)
breaker and the branch circuit breakers for your RV.
Circuit 2. 20 Amp , water heater
Circuit 3. 15 Amp, coffee maker (option)
This receptacle and other receptacles down stream from this GFI receptacle
Circuit 4. 20 Amp, goes through inverter to refrigerator receptacle, middle
will not work if the GFI is kicked out.
roadside receptacle, entertainment center receptacles, and main TV.
Circuit 5. Microwave: Microwave power supply.
Circuit 5. 20 Amp. microwave
Circuit 6. 15 Amp. GFCI, Rear, exterior, and galley receptacles.
Circuit 6. GFI Breaker: Supplies power to the Rear, exterior, and galley recepMain: All 110 voltage flows through this breaker to the other branch circuit
breakers. Shutting off this breaker will shut down all 120-volt branch circuits
NOTE: There are also two breakers located on the inverter/charger. One
fed through the panel.
breaker protects the charger while it is charging the batteries, the other breaker
Circuit 1. Roof Air Conditioner (option): Supplies power to roof A/C when
protects circuit 4 in conjunction with the distribution panel breaker. This breaker
option is installed. When no A/C is installed the 30-20 dual breaker becomes
for circuit 4 may trip even if the inverter is off.
one 30 amp breaker. Circuit 2. Water Heater: 20 amp. - Water heater power
NOTICE: Any time Main or AC breaker is tripped, turn AC off before reset-
supply when used as on 110 VAC.
ting. Wait two minutes to restart AC.
Circuit 3. Coffee Maker: Supplies power to optional coffee maker.
Circuit 4. Refrigerator, middle roadside, and entertainment center receptacles, and main TV: This circuit goes through the Inverter/Charger. Circuit 4
can be supplied power from the inverter if needed and is protected by a GFI
circuit breaker located on the Invertor/Charger as well as the breaker on the
panel. Check both breakers if any receptacles or appliances on Circuit 4 does
not work. Also check the middle roadside GFI receptacle and reset if needed.
Warning: The GFCI circuit breaker provides protection only
Most states require trailers with exterior 110 volt receptacles and receptacles
to the circuit to which it is connected. It does NOT provide protection to
close to a water sources such as a faucet to have a ground fault circuit
any other circuit.
interrupter. When properly installed, the GFCI circuit breaker provides reliable
overload and short circuit protection PLUS protection from Ground Faults that
GFCI s are proven lifesavers, however, consumers need to take a few minutes
might result from contact with a “HOT”’ load wire and ground.
each month to do this simple test. By taking action, you can help protect your
family from the risk of electric shock.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The GFCI circuit breaker will NOT reduce shock hazard if
GFCI Breaker
contact is made between a “HOT” load wire and a neutral wire or 2 “HOT” load
Perform this test on the GFI Breaker each month and record the date on the
Each GFCI circuit breaker is calibrated to trip with a ground current of 5
milliamperes or more. Since most persons can feel as little as 2 milliamperes,
a distinct shock may be felt if the need for protection exists. However, the
1. With handle B in “ON” position, press PUSH TO TEST
shock should be of such short duration that the effects would be reduced to
button A.
less than the normally dangerous level. However, persons with acute heart
2. Handle B should move to TRIP position, indicating that
problems or other conditions that can make a person particularly susceptible
to electric shock may still be seriously injured.
Push To
GFCI breaker has opened the circuit.
3. To restore power move handle B to “OFF” and the to
While the GFCI circuit breaker affords a high degree of protection, there is
no substitute for the knowledge that electricity can be dangerous when carelessly handled or used without reasonable caution.
GFCI Receptacle
To properly test GFCI receptacles:
Push the “Reset” button located on the GFCI receptacle, first to
assure normal GFCI operation.
Plug a night light (with an “ON/OFF” switch) or other product
(such as a lamp) into the GFCI receptacle and turn the product “ON.”
Push the “Test” button located on the GFCI receptacle. The night light or other
product should go “OFF.”
Record GFCI Breaker and receptacle tests in this chart
Push the “Reset” button, again. The light or other product should go “ON”
If the light or other product remains “ON” when the “Test” button is pushed, the
GFCI is not working properly or has been incorrectly installed (miss wired). If
your GFCI is not working properly, call a qualified, certified electrician who can
assess the situation, rewire the GFCI if necessary or replace the device.
Energy Management with Three Hour Averaging
Controlled Loads
The current entering the main circuit breaker is routed through a sensor. This
The system offers control of up to four 110 VAC powered loads. Loads that
sensor measures the current flowing through the main breaker, which is the
are controlled are connected to one of the relay circuits of the EMS. There are
total amount being drawn by all the 110 volt circuits in the RV. When this cur-
five total control relays in the EMS. Only four of these can be used in a given
rent exceeds 30 Amps, the EMS will turn off the controlled loads in an effort
to bring the total current to the limit of the incoming service.
The ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM limits the average current entering the
Main service breaker over a three hour period to 80% of the 30 Amp service
In operation, when the 110 VAC and 12 VDC are initially applied, the system
rating. Therefore, if the average current entering the main service breaker over
will energize the relays at one second intervals, closing the normally open
a three hour period exceeds 80% of 30 Amps (24 Amps) the 30A Smart EMS
contacts on each of the five relays while monitoring the total current. If the
will automatically change the service limit to 80%. Correspondingly, the 30A
total should exceed the service limit, the system will turn off the last load that
Smart EMS will restore the service limit to the full 30 Amp value when the
was turned on. As it does this, it calculates the amount of current that was
average current drops below 80% of the 30 Amp rating. When the lowered
removed, which is the value for that load. This value is placed in memory. The
service limits are enabled, the decimal point in the lower right-hand corner of
system has “learned” the amount of current that particular appliance draws.
the Load Meter on the Display module will be lit.
This feature compensates for the difference in current draw over a range of
line voltage and ambient temperature, by relearning the load each time it is
In addition the ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM feature is used when the
turned off.
generator is the power source to prevent the generator’s circuit breaker from
tripping due to an overload. The Control Module is configured to enable the
The system now waits until the total current is lower than the service limit, by
feature using the configuration dip switches.
the amount in memory, before it will turn that load back on. This assures that
there is sufficient current to operate the load.
Display Panel
Press the “Select” button to switch to 20
amp service If it is necessary to use a 20
amp adaptor such as the one pictured or
Power Control System
AC Amps
Precision Circuits Inc
The 20A LED will light up.
you know the shoreline power is 20 amps,
The generator supplies 20 amp service and is set to switch the system auto-
matically to the 20 amp mode whenever the generator is the power source.
The “GEN” LED will light when the generator is supplying power, the 20A light
will not.
The Display Panel is protected by a 5 amp automotive type fuse located unService
der the EMS 110 volt Distribution Panel cover. Remove the covers four screws
to access the fuse.
The “Select” button allows the service type to be set to either 30 Amps or 20
Amps, to match the incoming service.
When power is first applied, the system will be in the 30 amp mode. The
The water heater, roof air conditioner, coffee maker receptacle, and micro-
30A LED will be ON when the system is in the 30 amp mode. Momentarily
wave are set at the factory to be the controlled circuits and are shed in this
pressing the “SELECT” button will switch the system to the 20 amp mode.
Momentarily pressing the button again will switch the system back to the 30
amp mode.
This means if a power hungry electric grille is plugged into an outlet and the
system begins to use more than 30 amps it will begin to shed loads and will
shut off the water heater.
Warning: Power from the 110 volt power sources is fed into
the Distribution Panel box. The potential of lethal electrical shock is
TOR. Observe all operating instructions and warnings as well as all
present in this box. 110 VAC power from the shoreline and/or generator
recommended maintenance schedules and procedures.
to the Distribution Panel must be off before removing Distribution Panel
The onboard generator makes your RV house electrical system fully selfcontained. It allows you access to 110 volts when there is no shore power
available, but keep in mind that carbon monoxide is deadly! Even though the
generator is outside the living area of the motorhome to prevent fumes from
entering, NEVER sleep in the RV with the generator running! Before you start
and use the generator inspect the exhaust system. Do not use it if the exhaust system is damaged. Test the carbon monoxide detector every time you
use the RV. Know what the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
• Dizziness
• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Muscular twitching
• Intense headache
• Throbbing in the temples
• Weakness and sleepiness
• Inability to think coherently
DO NOT simultaneously operate generator and a ventilator which could
result in the entry of exhaust gas. When exhaust ventilators are used, we
If you or anyone else experience any of these symptoms get to fresh air im-
recommend that a window on the opposite side of the unit “upwind” of
mediately. Shut the generator down and do not operate it until it has been
exhaust gases be opened to provide cross ventilation.
inspected and by a professional. If the symptoms persist seek
medical attention.
When parked, orient the vehicle so that the wind will carry the exhaust
away from the vehicle. DO NOT open nearby windows, ventilators, or
doors into the passenger compartment, particularly those which can be
Danger: Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause confusion, un-
“down wind”, even part of the time.
consciousness, and death. Follow all instructions, cautions, and warnings
in this section and the generator operator’s manual.
DO NOT operate the generator when parked in close proximity to vegetation, snow, buildings, vehicles, or any other object could deflect the
exhaust under or into the vehicle.
DO NOT operate the generator while sleeping. You would not be aware
of exhaust entering the recreation vehicle, or alert to symptoms of car-
off. Heat from the generator can cause burns. Allow the generator to
bon monoxide poisoning.
cool before attempting maintenance or service.
DO NOT operate the generator in an enclosed building or in a partly
enclosed area such as a garage.
The generator is located under the motorhome in front of the spare tire. The
Review the safety precautions for fuel and exhaust fumes in the genera-
spare tire may have to be lowered to access the service door. See spare tire
tor manual.
instructions in the Sprinter section of this manual.
DO NOT operate the generator when the recreation vehicle is parked
in high grass or brush. Heat from the exhaust could cause a fire in dry
DO NOT touch the generator when running, or immediately after shutting
Never operate your chassis or generator engine, or the engine of any
vehicle, longer than necessary when the vehicle is parked.
3.If you’re plugged into shoreline and you start the generator, the points still
The switch over box automatically switches the
switch since the generator has the priority, so the current flow is still B to A.
110 volt feed to the Energy Management System
Module from shoreline to generator and back as
your choose which way to power the motorhome.
You simply decide whether to plug into a 120-volt
shoreline or start the generator and the box will
do the rest. If the generator is accidentally started
while plugged into shoreline the box will sense the generator incoming power,
instructions and warnings as well as all recommended maintenance sched-
contact points inside the box will switch cutting the shoreline connection, and
ules and procedures.
establishing the generator connection. This protects the system from a possible overload from dual power sources.
The major portion of electrical power in your Airstream is 12-volt. The 12-volt
current powers just about every thing except for the roof air conditioner, water
Generator/City Power
heater, 110 volt receptacles, and microwave oven. Even some of these appliances have electronic boards powered by 12 volt.
A. To Energy Management System module main breaker
B. From generator
All 12-volt current is routed to a 12 volt pass-through power stud mounted on
C. From shoreline
the battery box. The power stud is the hub of the 12 volt system. It ties together
the inverter/charger, house battery, and battery separator.
1.When plugged into shoreline power, the current path is from C to A.
2.When you start your generator, the points switch and the power flow is
from B to A. Stopping the generator releases the points back to shoreline
Power from the stud goes to a buss bar with four breaker positions holding
three Type 2 thermal breakers. The thermal breakers feed the rear lounge motor,
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the tank heater pads, and the battery disconnect switch. The fourth position is
without depleting the battery.
left open to add a breaker for an optional solar panel. The breaker buss bar with
breakers are located under the roadside rear lounge.
If you are not plugged into city power, and you plan on staying longer than a
day or two, you’ll want to conserve your battery by using as few lights and
CAUTION: Thermal breakers break contact when overheated
appliances as possible. Check the monitor system regularly. If you notice
by a short or overload in the wiring. These breakers automatically reset
the lights becoming dim, it’s much easier on the battery if you go ahead and
when cooled down. A breaker continually overheating and breaking con-
start the generator or run the chassis engine before the battery runs down.
tact should be investigated by a qualified service technician.
Remember the generator starts off the house battery, if the house battery becomes depleted, the chassis engine can be started to charge it. It should only
Power is then routed from the battery disconnect switch to the 12-volt distribu-
take a few minutes before the generator will start.
tion panel, located inside the rear center lounge door, and through its branch
circuits to the rest of the motorhome.
The engine battery and house battery are isolated from each other by the
Battery Separator as explained earlier, preventing the two systems from draw-
12-Volt Operation
ing down simultaneously. They will connect through the Separator if charging
from the engine, generator, or inverter/charger is detected.
The only thing you have to do is make sure the house battery does not run down.
In normal usage, there isn’t any problem, since you would normally be plugged
House Battery
into a 110 volt shoreline at night or when camping. When you’re plugged into
shoreline power or running the generator, with the battery disconnect turned to
The house battery (1 standard, 2 optional) in the rear lounge model is located
“ON” the inverter/charger charges the battery and carries much of the load.
under the curbside rear lounge in a vented battery box. The box lid is accessible through an access door in the lounge top.
Some nights you may not find a place to plug into city power. No problem; you
can comfortably run your lights, water pump, and vents in a normal fashion
The battery (1 standard, 2 optional) in the twin bed model is located under the
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roadside rear twin bed. The box lid is accessible through an access door in
Battery Disconnect Switch
the bed top.
Power from the battery goes to a pass through 12 V power stud mounted on
the battery box.
Switch On
CAUTION: When installing a battery always observe polarity.
Switch Off
Removable Knob
The manual disconnect switch located inside the rear lounge door on the rear
Battery Storage
lounge model and on the front of the roadside twin bed on the twin bed model
is used to turn off power from the battery to the 12-volt distribution panel.
When storing your Interstate and leaving the house batteries in place it is rec-
ommended that the vehicle be plugged into a 110 volt 30 amp shoreline con-
Turning off the disconnect switch will cut power to 12 volt systems fed from the
nection for 24 to 48 hours every 30 days. This procedure will properly maintain
12-volt distribution panel, but will allow the batteries to charge from the engine
the battery charge and extend it’s life. DO NOT leave the vehicle continually
or inverter/charger.
plugged in and unattended while in storage.
The holding tank heat pads, the rear lounge motor, solar panel (option), and
generator (option) are not connected to the 12-volt distribution panel and are
wired direct through the thermal breakers mentioned earlier. The battery disconnect will not disable these systems.
The inverter/charger, the lounge motor, the tank heating pads, the generator
starter, the, and the lounge motor power are not supplied through the distribution panel.
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The inverter/charger and the generator start are wired direct to the house bat-
Battery Separator
tery. Although they can be started and ran on this battery feed, the power they
supply goes to the 12 volt pass through stud and the battery disconnect switch
The Battery Separator is located under the center lounge on the rear lounge
must be on for power to be supplied from these sources to the distribution
model and the roadside bed on the twin bed model and is accessed by opening
the rear cargo doors. It is designed as a solenoid priority system to protect the
chassis charging system from excessive loading while allowing house batteries
The battery disconnect has a removable knob to prevent inadvertent or ac-
to be charged. The Battery Separator has two basic uses:
cidental use. To Remove Knob:
Protect The Charging System
Rotate the knob to the off position, The knob is still locked to the switch.
Depress and continue to rotate anti-clockwise until the stop is reached.
The Battery Separator monitors the battery system to determine if the batteries
The knob can now be removed by pulling it straight out.
are being charged. The charging can be accomplished through the inverter/
charger or the engine charging system. When the engine battery or house bat-
To replace Knob: Place knob in the switch housing. Depress and turn clockwise
teries are charging, the Battery Separator will engage, joining the two battery
45º to the off position.
banks. If charging ceases and voltage decreases in either bank the Battery
Separator will disconnect the two banks from each other, protecting the banks
NOTE: As a safety precaution the electric gas shut-off solenoid closes
from being discharged simultaneously.
automatically when 12-volt power is disconnected, cutting gas to appli-
Assist in Engine Starting
ances. It will reopen when power is restored.
The Battery Separator will recognize a weak engine battery and connect the
house battery to the engine battery when the ignition switch is engaged for
starting the engine.
NOTE: In the event the engine battery is depleted, Sprinter recommends
using a trickle charge only when charging the battery. When jumping the
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engine battery do not use a power boost.
Please read and follow battery charging procedures in the Sprinter Owner’s
Tripp Lite’s RV750ULHW Inverter/Charger is a DC to AC inverter and a 45 amp
muli-stage battery charger. It has a Remote Control Module mounted in the
roadside rear roof locker.
The Inverter/Charger charges the batteries and converts 12 VDC to 110 VAC
current for distribution to circuit 4 in the 120-volt distribution panel. Circuit 4 is
explained in the 120-Volt Power section earlier.
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20 20 15 20 8 20 15 20
12-Volt Distribution Panel Diagram
12 Volt Fuse Panel
Cir. # 12 - Spare
Cir. # 11 - Spare
Cir. # 10 - Orange
Cir. # 9 - Tan
Cir. # 8 - Gray
Cir. # 7 - Black
Cir. # 6 - Red
Cir. # 5 - Blue
Cir. # 4 - Brown
Cir. # 3 - Pink
Cir. # 2 - Yellow
Cir. # 1 - Purple, Spare
CIRCUIT 9, 20 Amp, TAN
Switch and Component Locations
Front shower panel:
Main ceiling lights
Bath ceiling lights
Aisle lights
Patio light
Lighted tank heat pad switch (fresh and grey water)
Step extend disable switch
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Under Galley Roof Locker:
Inside curbside roof locker:
Rope lights
Monitor panel display
3-Gang switch
Galley lights
Inverter remote switch
Galley reading lights
Generator remote switch
1-gang switch
Water pump
Energy management system display
front entertainment cabinet:
Water heater switch/display
LP VALVE SWITCH & REMOTE FILL behind the passenger side rear fender.
12 V TV jack/booster
2 Audio video hookups (3-position)
HEAT/AC THERMOSTAT on wardrobe wall.
EXTERNAL 12V RECEPTACLE is on the roadside exterior wall.
Shower vent
Ceiling vent
RADIO POWER RELAY is behind removable radio. The automatic relay allows
Reading lights (main switch must be on to operate)
the radio to be played while in transit off the engine battery or by the house
Flip down TV light (will work off chassis dome light also)
battery while camping or for up to 30 minutes after the key has been removed
from the ignition.
Exterior Roadside Wall Switch Box
Gray tank dump valve switch
POWER AWNING (option) SWITCH is located on the passenger seat pedestal,
Black tank dump valve switch
the sliding cargo door must be closed during deployment. Awning will retract
Macerator pump switch
but won’t extend while vehicle is running.
Macerator hose reel switch
REAR VIEW CAMERA (option) CONTROLS are on the add on rear view mirror/
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monitor. The camera turns on automatically when in reverse or can be turned
Dash radio: 10 amp fuse on back of radio.
on manually with the switch on the mirror/monitor to view in transit. Please
Rear view camera (option): 1.5 watt inline fuse behind antenna booster.
disregard the Bluetooth Connected/Disconnected pop up message when the
Thermostat display: Fused to 5 amp breaker on front of furnace.
monitor turns on and the Bluetooth No Connection message whenever the
monitor moves out of standby mode. They will go off after about 15 seconds.
Monitor Panel
See monitor owner manual included in your Owner’s Packet for operation and
Bluetooth hook up information.
Auxiliary Fuse Locations
In addition to the 12-volt fuses and breakers described in the this section,
some components have additional fuse protection as supplied or required by
their manufacturer.
TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
Phone: 630.221.9000
LP detector: 1.2 amp fuse behind detector.
Battery Separator power line to engine battery: 125 amp inline fuse inside
The monitor display panel shows the fluid levels of the Black, Grey, and
Sprinter battery compartment under driver’s floorboard.
Fresh water tanks, and the Liquid Propane gas tank. Push the Tank Test
Monitor panel battery voltage display: Sprinter battery compartment on
rocker switch to tank fluid show levels in 1/3 increments.
fuse power distribution bar under driver’s seat. (5 amp)
Inverter: 125 amp inline fuse under rear lounge or roadside bed by in-
The panel also shows the voltage status of the Main (engine) and the
Auxiliary (house) battery by using a labeled rocker switch.
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The fluid tank monitor system has been calibrated at the TouchSensor fac-
amplifier provides up to 6 times the received signal on VHF and 9 times the
tory for the size tanks the Interstate uses and should never need another
UHF signal insuring the best possible reception in color and black and white.
calibration. On the rear of the monitor panel there is an adjustable potentiometer to manually adjust the monitor panel reading of the LPG tank level,
Cleaning Antenna Housing
this is set at the Airstream factory for the tank on the Interstate motorhome
and needs no further adjustment.
The surface of the antenna is a tough laminated ultraviolet shield. Clean only
with mild soap and water. Use no solvents, alcohol, or cleaning fluids.
Antenna Manufacturer:
In-Motion TV Antenna Pre-Wire
Winegard Company
3000 Kirkwood Street
The motorhome is pre-wired with a coax cable for an in-motion TV antenna.
Burlington, Iowa 52601-2000
One end of the cable is coiled above the rear center roof locker, coiled above
Phone: 800-843-4741
the removable interior top panel and the other end is coiled behind the removable entertainment cabinet side panel where the TV booster is mounted. A
Winegard’s Model RS 3460 RoadStarTM omnidirectional antenna provides
receiver can be placed inside the cabinet. A HDMI cable is located in the center
excellent reception of VHF/UHF TV channels. The RoadStar compact modern
rooflocker and runs to the rear or wardrobe TV.
styling is unobtrusive and blends well with the designs of recreational
Listed below are components located inside the Entertainment Cabinet and
their functions.
The UV stabilized copolymer housing makes the antenna virtually impervious
to weathering and color change. The unique omnidirectional characteristics
An outlet blank is installed in the cabinet. The blank
of model RS-3460 provide excellent reception in areas where stations are in
has a 110 VAC circuit wire looped in it for installation
different directions without the need for a complex rotor system. A built-in
of an outlet.
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OUTLET Provides an inlet for a television and
activates the antenna booster. The 12-volt
TV Cable
power outlet provides 12-Volt power to ap- Hook Up
12 V
Dual Coax
The Interstate Motorhome has a faceplate with
two coax cable hook-ups. It is located in the
Entertainment Center Cabinet. The faceplate has
a small coax cable jumper running between the
hook-ups to complete the cable TV circuit when in
use. To install a satellite system use the following
To operate on the amplified antenna press the switch located on the faceplate
so the small red light beside the switch comes on. The switch activates the
booster for the TV antenna on the roof. To check operation simply tune a TV to
1. Remove the jumper wire from the dual coax faceplate.
channel receiving reception and switch the booster on and off to see if reception improves
2. Connect a portable dish into the Cable TV receptacle on the exterior of the
motorhome. This feeds the dish signal to the input side of the faceplate.
3. Install the satellite receiver input and output into the dual coax faceplate.
To operate on the TV cable system, turn the booster off, make sure the jumper
wire is installed on the dual coax face plate, and run a cable TV provider coax
To return to a cable TV system, remove the satellite receiver from the faceplate
to the exterior cable TV/Satellite inlet.
and reinstall the jumper cable. Hook a cable feed to the exterior inlet.
User guides are provided for the televisions installed in your motorhome.
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Televisions are mounted on articlating arms to provide different viewing angles.
Solar Panel Pre-Wire
Travel locks on the arms should be engaged before travel. On the twin bed
model the articulating arm is released by a cord with ring on it. The cord is
The Interstate Motorhome is pre-wired for the addition of a solar panel of your
accessed through a hole in the panel below the television.
choice and a Cat-5 cable has been included for a display panel used for the
installation of the Carmanah Technologies panel Airstream uses for the solar
panel option on the Interstate motorhome.
Locations for solar panel pre-wire:
The radio system is supplied by the chassis manufacturer and is serviced and
warranted by the chassis authorized service locations. Instructions for the radio
A green and a yellow wire are accessed by removing the entertainment cabinet roadside inside top panel. These wires are fed up
system are supplied in the chassis owner’s packet.
through the roof and connect to the solar panel.
The green wire is run to the ground buss bar on the 12-volt distribution panel.
The yellow wire is coiled beside the four position breaker buss bar
located under the curbside rear lounge. One position is left open to
add a Type 2 thermal breaker for the solar panel protection. Refer to
the panel installation manual for instructions.
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Solar Panel (option)
This system may be installed on your trailer as an option. A manual on the use
of the system is included with the Airstream Owner’s Blue Delivery Case.
1. A YELLOW (like the sun) positive lead runs from the solar panel to a breaker
in the battery breaker buss bar under the curbside side dinette seat, third
position. This bar is connected to the house battery. A GREEN (like the earth)
negative lead runs from the solar panel to the chassis ground.
2. A Cat 5 patch cord for the solar panel display runs from the solar panel to
the charge controller located under the curbside dinette seat.
The charge controller senses the actual battery charge and regulates the
charging to prevent over charging. The system requires the 12 volt feed from
the battery to operate.
Please see the solar panel manual for further information.
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Warning: Most LP gas appliances used in recreational vehicles are vented to the outside of the vehicle. Check the exterior areas of
your unit for clearance in these areas. Turn all gas operated appliances off
Carrier Tranport/Air Conditioning
when parked close to a gasoline pump, it is possible that gasoline fumes
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could enter these types of appliances and ignite from the burner flame or
York, PA 17402
automatic igniters, CAUSING A FIRE OR AN EXPLOSION.
Phone: 800-673-2431
If any appliance manuals have not been provided with your motorhome, contact
Note: Review the air conditioning literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet
before proceeding,
your dealer, the respective appliance manufacturer or Airstream Customer
Service. A manual will be provided to you.
The roof air conditioner used on the motorhome is one of the most popular
on the market today. In your Owner’s Packet is a set of literature covering all
Maintenance: Follow the instructions and warnings noted in the appliances
operating and maintenance instructions. If the literature is misplaced please
and equipment owner’s manuals as well as the ones listed below:
contact the air conditioner manufacturer or your Airstream dealer for replace•
Annual maintenance should be conducted on propane gas appliances
and equipment by an authorized dealer or repair facility.
The voltage to the air conditioner is critical. We commonly refer to 110 or
Insects can build nests in the burners of various appliances and
120 volts, but a check with a voltmeter may find voltage much lower. Your air
equipment. The burner and burner orifice of the propane gas appliances
conditioner will probably not function if the current drops below 105 volts.
and equipment should be cleaned out by an authorized dealer or repair
Low voltage is usually associated with older or poorly maintained trailer parks,
facility anytime circumstances or conditions warrant, but no less than on
but many people have found their homes, built only twenty or thirty years ago,
an annual basis.
may not be capable of operating the air conditioner on some receptacles,
Parking your motorhome so the power cord can be plugged into a receptacle
close to the fuse or circuit breaker box can alleviate the problem. Avoid extension cords and adapters whenever possible. If an extension cord must be
used it should be as short and heavy as possible to provide the most current
Hydro Flame Corporation
to the air conditioner.
1874 South Pioneer Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: 801-972-4621
If high temperatures are expected, make an effort to park in a shaded area.
Starting the air conditioner early in the morning also helps. It is much easier
to hold a comfortable temperature than it is to lower the temperature after
The manufacturer of the furnace in your motorhome has been well known in
the interior of the motorhome is already hot.
the RV industry for many years. The furnace burns LP gas, and is powered
by 12-volt current from the battery. Operating instructions are located in your
Owners Packet. If they should become misplaced new literature can be ordered
direct from the manufacturer or your Airstream dealer. The manufacturer also
offers a detailed service guide for your furnace.
Warning: Carefully read all the manufacturer’s instructions
prior to operating. NEVER store flammable material next to the furnace or
around its exhaust vent on the side of the motorhome. Before starting the
furnace, check and clear all obstructions from exterior vent area.
If warranty service is required use only a service location recommended by the
furnace manufacturer or a qualified Airstream dealer.
Set Point
1 Warmest
7 Coldest
Novakool, 3.1 Cu. Ft.
Model R31000AC/DC
All Nova Kool units are supplied with a
wide range thermostat that is designed
to sense the evaporator (cold plate)
temperature. The coldest position on
the thermostat is reached by turning the
Manufacturer: knob to the right (clockwise); conversely
Nova Kool Manufacturing Inc.
turning the thermostat knob to the left
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(counterclockwise) yields a warmer set-
Coquitlam, BC
ting. The OFF position is reached by turning hard counterclockwise past the
Canada V3K 7A1
click. The reference point is shown with at indicator sticker beside the knob.
Novakool service department can be reached at 604-523-6515 ext. 104, or at
Start-up: from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST.
Turn the power on and set the thermostat between 3 and 4. You can make
Review all refrigerator Literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet or stored in
further adjustments to suit your personal requirements after the box has cooled
the refrigerator prior to operating.
down. Allow the refrigerator to come down to temperature before loading with
product. Adding pre-cooled product will help keep the temperarue stable when
loadiing. Setting the thermostat to a higher setting i.e. 7, will not decrease the
time required for the unit to cool down to its normal operating temperature. The
The refrigerator requires 12-volt or 120-volt current to operate. It is equipped
unit will cool at the same rate on DC as on AC.
to automatically switch between the sources as needed with 120-volt taking
priority when both sources are available.
Defrost & Cleaning:
operation of the gas cook tops have been the same for many years, but please
be sure to read all the directions furnished by the manufacturer and located
The frequency of defrost is dependant on the number of door openings, the
in the Owner’s Packet. Excellent service and parts manuals are also available
ambient temperature and the humidity level. Typically, it is a good practice to
from the manufacturer.
defrost once there is ¼” of frost buildup on either side of the evaporator (cold
plate). When defrosting, the unit is shut off at either the breaker panel or by
turning the thermostat counterclockwise to the OFF (0) position. Prop the door
Warning: The operation manual for the cook top contains
open. We suggest placing a towel in the bottom of the refrigerator to catch
specialized information, warnings, and cautions that if not followed ex-
excess moisture. Speeding up the process with a knife or scraper is strongly
actly, may result in a fire or explosion causing property damage, personal
discouraged due to the likelihood of rupturing the refrigerant circuit; in the
injury, or death. The manual should be reviewed prior to operating the
event this happens give us a call 604-523- 6515 ext.104.
appliance. If this manual has not been provided with your motorhome,
contact your dealer or Airstream Customer Service to obtain it.
Now that the unit has been defrosted, the interior can be cleaned with a non-
Warning: The cook top operates on liquid propane gas and is
abrasive cleaner. Do not use “brillo” or “sos” type abrasive pads, as they will
designed to cook foods only. Any other use is considered incorrect and
score the surfaces. Baking soda is recommended.
dangerous. Airstream Inc. and SMEV are not responsible for any personal
injury or property damage due to improper, incorrect, or irresponsible
Smev Series 8022
IMPORTANT: This appliance must only be used by responsible adult people.
People using a cook top in their home will find little difference in the operation
During and immediately after use accessible parts may be hot; do not touch
of the cook top in a recreation vehicle. Other customers, used to electric ranges
them and keep children away. Once cooking is completed, ensure that all
may be a little apprehensive at first; but will quickly gain confidence. The basic
gas control knobs are turned to the closed position. After use turn off the gas
at the main supply. Caution: glass lids may shatter when heated. Turn all the
burners off before closing the lid. Cooking facilities must not be used to heat
the environment. Keep combustible materials away from the appliance. Use
protection gloves when handling hot elements. Never lay Pyrex lids or other
items on the burners.
Warning: The cook tops glass lid must be in the up position
before lighting burners.
of a gas cooking appliance results in the production of heat and moisture in
the motorhome. Use the ceiling vents to ensure that the motorhome is well
a) Push control knob in slightly, turn to ignition position (Large flame symbol).
Ignite the burner by pressing the ignition button, keep the control knob pressed
Choose the burner suitable for the pan dimensions making sure the burner
in for 3-5 seconds.
flame does not extend beyond the pan base (Fig. 2). Place the pan centrally on
b) Release knob and turn to the required heat setting (large or small flame sym-
the burner so that it is stable on the pan support.
bol). The flames internal tongue should be blue and the outline well defined.
Figure 2
If ignition is still not possible have the appliance checked to ensure that
there is gas and/or electrical supply. If the unit still fails to ignite turn the
gas off at the main supply and contact your dealer.
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS. Turn off the appliance and allow to cool be-
fore cleaning. Cold water or a damp cloth may damage hot surfaces. Do
your dealer or Airstream Customer Relations department.
not use abrasive, corrosive, chloride-based products or steel pads. Do
Warning: Do not cook while under way. Hot food or liquid
not leave acidic or alkaline substances e.g. vinegar, salt, lemon juice etc.
on the appliance surfaces. Stainless steel surfaces and enamelled parts
could scald due to a sudden stop or accident.
should only be washed with soapy water or neutral detergent, rinsed and
dried. Only use clean sponges or cloths.
Warning:Do not cook while under way. Hot food or liqui
Manufacturer: could scald due to a sudden stop or accident.
Atwood Mobile Products 4750
Hiawatha Drive P.O. Box 1205
Rockford, Illinois 61105
Apollo 1.2 Cu. Ft. Convection
Phone: 815-877-7461
Apollo USA Inc
256 Seaboard Lane,
Note: Review the water heater literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet
Suite G-106
before proceeding to use the water heater, It contains important operational,
Franklin, TN 37067
maintenance, and safety information.
Tel: (615) 771-9786
WARNING: Hydrogen gas can be produced in a hot water sys-
Fax: (615) 771-9787
tem served by this heater that has not been used for a long period of time
(generally two weeks or more). Hydrogen gas is extremely flammable. To
Please be sure to read all the directions furnished by the manufacturer and lo-
reduce the risk of injury under these conditions, it is recommended that
cated in the Owner’s Packet. Only federally certified technicians are permitted
the hot water faucet be opened for several minutes at the kitchen sink
to service microwave ovens. If you have a microwave problem please contact
before using any electrical appliance connected to the hot water system.
If hydrogen is present, there will probably be an unusual sound such as air
Coffee Maker (option)
escaping through the pipe as the water begins to flow. There should be no
Contoure 10 Cup Model CCM1000
smoking or open flame near the faucet at the time it is open.
Warning: Please read the IMPORTANT SAFEGUARDS section
Water Heater Draining
of the coffee maker manual included in you owner’s packet before operatAll models have a drain plug or pet cock on the water heater. Access is from the
ing the coffee maker. It has safety and operational information that must
exterior. The plug or valve is usually located in the lower left corner, viewed as
be understood and followed to prevent personal injury.
you face the exterior of the water heater.
1. Mounting Basket
2. Brewing Basket
3. Push Button
If your water system is full and cold and the water heater is ignited, the system
4. Stainless Steel Thermal Carafe
can produce pressures as high as 120 psi before the relief valve starts to open.
5. Thumb Latch
Since the water system normally operates in the 40-psi range the water expan-
6. Water Reservoir
sion does put unusual stress on the system. This normally does not cause any
7. Reservoir Lid
problems, but the stress is easily alleviated. As the water is heating just open
8. LCD Display
any faucet and run as little as a cup of water. Just removing this small amount
9. Minute Button
of water reduces the pressure build up significantly.
10. Hour Button
11. Program Button
For fun, watch the sequence of events your family goes through when you park
12. On/Off Button
the motorhome and ignite the water heater. More than likely, someone will run
13. Program Light
water and relieve the pressure without even realizing it.
14. ON/Off Indicator Light
1. When you remove the Reservoir, hold the Reservoir handle and depress the
The Carafe is made of double stainless steel and is vacuum insulated. It
can keep the coffee warm inside the Carafe.
Thumb Latch then pull it out from the Coffee Maker.
The Carafe comes with the brew through lid. The valve on the lid will open
2. When you restore the Reservoir, push it back to the Reservoir chamber until
automatically to let coffee drip into the Carafe when the Carafe is set in
the Thumb Latch is locked to the unit.
place in the Coffee Maker. The valve will close to keep coffee warm when
the Carafe is pulled out from the Coffee Maker.
the lid, turn the lid clockwise until the Push Button aligns with the handle.
To remove the unit from the Mounting Bracket for servicing or cleaning,
first remove the Carafe and Reservoir (Drawing 1). Lift up the Latch at the
To remove the lid from the carafe, turn the lid counter-clockwise. To close
To pour out coffee from the Carafe, depress and hold the Push Button in
order to open the valve on the lid.
rear of the Reservoir chamber to release the unit and slide it out along the
CAUTION: Do not drink directly from the spout of the Carafe.
track guides from the Mounting Bracket. (Drawing 2)
To replace the unit in the Mounting Bracket, slide the unit along the track
Do not fill the Carafe with carbonated beverages. Do not directly heat the
guides all the way back until it locks into place.
Before use, remove and inventory all packing material, literature and
Mounting Hardware.
Brew 10 cups of fresh water through the system using a single paper filter
as instructed below, but do not add coffee grounds to the paper filter.
When water has brewed through, the Coffee Maker will shut off automati-
cally with “beep” sound to alert.
Press the “ON” button on the control panel to immediately start the brew-
Clean the water Reservoir, Filter Basket, Thermal Carafe and Lid. (see
ing cycle. The light indicates the unit is ON. If you’d like to set your timer
The Coffee Maker will shut off automatically after brewing. The indicator
light will go out and the unit will be OFF, there will be a “beep” sound to
alert coffee is brewed.
When the unit is plugged in, the blue backlite on the LCD display will illuminate
and the clock will flash. It will stop flashing in about 10 seconds after setting the
WARNING: Coffee Maker becomes very hot during and after
clock. You may set the clock at anytime before or after brewing. (See “SETTING
brew cycle, handle with extreme care, as hot parts and escaping steam
THE CLOCK/TIMER”) The clock cannot be set during the brewing cycle.
may cause burn.
Remove Carafe from Coffee Maker and set aside. Remove the brewing
basket, place a “basket type” coffee filter inside the Brewing Basket.
(Note: For best results, filter should fit within brewing basket. If filter height
exceeds, trim to fit.). Add coffee grounds according to the amount to be
The Basket is featured with a valve that stops coffee drip from the Basket when
brewed (usually one tablespoon for every cup. Adjust to suit your taste).
the carafe is removed during brewing.
Restore the filter basket to the Coffee Maker. Replace the empty Carafe to
the Coffee Maker. To prevent overflow of the Carafe, make sure the Carafe
NOTE: The Carafe must be replaced under the Basket in less than 30 seconds
is empty each time before starting to brew.
to prevent the Basket from overflow.
Pull out the water Reservoir, and fill with cool (room temperature) water
through the lid to the desired cup level (see the gauge next to the handle).
CAUTION: Do not pull out the filter basket at any time during
Do not overfill the Reservoir above the Max. line. Push back the filled
the brewing cycle. Be sure the Carafe is placed all the way back into the
Reservoir into the Coffee Maker and make sure it is secured with thumb
unit to continue dripping after sneaking a cup.
Setting The Clock/Timer
You may set the clock timer at any time before or after brewing. When the unit is
Clean the Coffee Maker
plugged in, the clock will flash (12:00) AM. The clock will stop flashing in about
Be sure that the Coffee is unplugged and cool. Discard the paper filter and the
10 seconds after setting the clock. You can enter into the clock setting again by
grounds, and clean as follows:
pressing and holding the HR or MIN button for a few seconds.
To set the current time: Press the HR and MIN button until you reach the
Thermal Carafe and Carafe lid are both top rack dishwasher safe; or they
may be hand washed.
current time. You may hold the button down to reach the current time
quickly. AM or PM will appear on the left side of the display. When the
Filter Basket, Reservoir, and Reservoir Lid may be rinsed with water and
cleaned with a soft damp cloth.
time is set, the display will keep flashing for a few seconds, then the clock
The unit may be cleaned with a soft damp cloth.
will start. To reset the time, press and hold the HR or MN button for a few
seconds, the clock will flash again, and then you adjust the time.
To set the auto time: Press the PROG button, the clock and PROG light
will flash, Then press the HR and MIN buttons until you reach your desired
• Do not use abrasive cleaner or scouring pads.
pre-set brewing start time. Press the PROG button again, the PROG light
• Never immerse the coffee maker into water or any liquid.
will then stop flashing and stay on to indicate the function is activated. The
• Do not clean inner or outer surface of the Carafe with a hard
LCD will return to display the current time.
• Do not make coffee while under way. Hot liquid could scald due
To cancel the Auto-on time, press the PROG button again and PROG light
to a sudden stop or accident.
will turn off.
NOTE: You can stop the brewing cycle at any time when you press the ON/
OFF button once.
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and deposit the soiled filter from the Filter Basket. Fill the Reservoir with
cold water up to the 10-cup line mark, put the empty Filter Basket and
Mineral deposits left by hard water can clog the coffee maker. Excessive steam-
Carafe back into the Coffee Maker in their place;
ing or a prolonged brewing cycle is the sign that decalcification is needed.
Basically, it is recommended to do the decalcification approximately once
Turn On the Coffee maker for a complete brew cycle to flush out the
remaining cleaning solution;
every 1-3 months. During decalcification, more steaming occurs than when
brewing coffee. You may need to remove the coffee maker from the Mounting
Wash the Reservoir, Filter Basket, and Carafe as instructed, return the
Coffee Maker to the Mounting Bracket.
Bracket (see HOW TO USE) and place it on a counter to clean.
Fill the Reservoir half full with white vinegar, then add water up to 10-cup
line mark:
Place the filled reservoir back into the Coffee maker and secure:
Remove Carafe, then remove Filter Basket, put an empty filter paper in
the Filter Basket, place the Filter Basket back into place in the Coffee
Set the Thermal Carafe securely back into place in the Coffee Maker, turn
the Coffee Maker ON;
Let half the cleaning solution brew into the Carafe, then turn the Coffee
Maker OFF to soak. Allow the Coffee Maker to remain OFF for at least 15
minutes to soften the deposits:
Turn the Coffee Maker ON again to brew the remaining cleaning solution
into the Carafe;
When the Coffee Maker is shut OFF again automatically, empty the Carafe
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NOTE: The weights and measurements in this manual are derived from the
SCWR (lbs.) - Sleeping Capacity
2 (300 lbs.)
2 (300 lbs.)
Seating Capacity (Traveling)
3 (450 lbs.)
8 (1200 lbs.)
to the Cargo Carrying Capacity tag placed on the inside of the door and
Seating Capacity (w/Lounge Wardrobe)
3 (450 lbs.)
7 (1050 lbs.)
your Sprinter Owner’s Manual for weights specific to your RV.
NCC (lbs.)
UBW (lbs.)
best information available at time of this manuals publishing. Please refer
Twin Bed
Rear Lounge
9’ 7”
9’ 7”
Exterior Length
22’ 9”
22’ 9”
Steel Wheels: 133 Lbf/ Ft. + or - 14 Lbf. /Ft.
Exterior Width
Aluminum Wheels: 140 Lbf/Ft.
Exterior Height with Antenna (Estimated)
Interior Head Room
Interior Floor Width at Floor
Abbreviations are defined on the next page.
Wheel Torque Specification:
Twin Bed
Rear Lounge
LP Tank @ 78% Full
14 gal.
14 gal.
Warning: The towing vehicle’s braking system is rated for
Fresh Water Tank
26 gal.
26 gal.
Grey Tank
27 gal.
27 gal.
Black Tank
16 gal.
16 gal.
brake system is required for any towed vehicles or trailers weighing
Water Heater
6 gal.
6 gal.
more than 1000 lbs. (450 kg) when fully loaded. NEVER exceed the
26.4 gal.
26.4 gal.
GVWR (lbs.)
GCWR (lbs.)
GTW (lbs.)
GAWR-REAR (lbs.)
Fuel Tank, Diesel
TWR, Maximum (lbs.)
WEIGHT RATING) specified on a motorhome certification label.
Warning: Do not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Ratings, the
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating , or the Gross Combined Weight Rating when
loading your vehicle and/or towing a trailer. Failure to heed any part of
this warning could result in loss of control of the motorhome and towed
vehicle or trailer and may cause an accident and serious injury.
carrying capacity of a single axle system, as measured at the tireground interfaces
• Sleeping Capacity Weight Rating (SCWR) is the manufacturer’s
designated number of sleeping positions multiplied by 150 pounds
(70 kilograms).
• Seating Capacity (Traveling); is the maximum number and
Warning: NEVER exceed the weight ratings of the trailer hitch
maximum total weight of passengers allowed to ride in the vehicle
installed on a motorhome. Failure to heed any part of this warning could
while in transit as determined by the availability of seat belts and
result in loss of control of the motorhome and towed vehicle or trailer and
may cause an accident, serious and/or fatal injury. For specified towed
• Net Carrying Capacity (NCC) is equal to GVWR minus UBW.
vehicle braking requirements, consult the Sprinter owner’s manual.
• Unit Base Weight (UBW) is the dry weight of the base unit with full
fuel and w/o options or fluids.
Abbreviation Definations
• Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum permissible
NOTE: The Unit Base Weight (UBW) and the Net Carrying Capacity (NCC) is
weight of the motorhome.
not the same as the Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW) and the Cargo Carrying
• Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) means the maximum
Capacity (CCC) shown on the Motorhome Weight Information tag in your
allowable loaded weight of this motorhome and any towed trailer or
vehicle. The UBW and NCC weights are for the base unit with no options and
towed vehicle.
fluids except for fuel on motorhomes.
• Tongue Weight Rating (TWR) is the maximum permissible weight
of the trailer tongue on the hitch.
The UVW and CCC on the Cargo Carrying Capacity tag are weights for the
• Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is a maximum permissible trailer weight
individual vehicle as built with its options and certain water capacities.
to be towed on the hitch.
• Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): is the value specified as the load
Air Conditioner..................................................... I-1
Component Identification................................... C-1
Fuses...................................................... H-15, H-17
Alignment,.......................................................... C-3
Condensation................................................... D-17
Gas, LP............................................................... G-1
Antenna............................................................ H-18
Coffee maker........................................................ I-7
Generator........................................................... H-8
Appliances............................................................ I-1
Cook Top.............................................................. I-4
Ground Fault Interrupter..................................... H-4
Counter Areas..................................................... F-5
GVWR................................................... B-1, J-1, J-2
Curtain, Front Privacy.......................................... F-9
GCWR................................................. B-5, J-1, J-2
Battery Box..............................................B-14, H-11
Dimensions.......................................................... J-1
Hitch Load...........................................................B-6
Battery Disconnect........................................... H-12
Dinette................................................................. F-2
Holding Tanks................................................... G-14
Black Tank Flush.......................................E-5, G-17
Drain/Shutoff Valves................................. G-8, G-11
Humidity........................................................... D-17
Body Kit.............................................................. H-3
Bathroom........................................................... F-14
Breaker Panel, 120-volt...................................... H-3
Bulbs, Interior...................................................... F-8
Interior................................................................. F-1
Electrical System................................................ H-1
Entertainment System...................................... H-18
Jack.................................................................. C-10
Cab Seats.................................................... C-2, F-1
Extended Stay.................................................. D-16
Cabinets.............................................................. F-2
Leveling.................................................. C-14, D-16
Camping............................................................. D-1
Exterior Shower.................................................. G-7
Lights, Interior........................................... F-7, H-15
Capacities............................................................ J-1
Carbon Monoxide............................................... D-9
Faucets................................................................ F-3
Lounge/Bed......................................................... F-1
Chassis, Sprinter Van.................................. C-1, J-1
Fabrics, Cleaning................................................. F-4
LP Gas Detector............................................... D-14
Circuit Breakers........................................ H-2, H-10
Fire Safety.......................................................... D-8
LPG System....................................................... G-1
City Water Hook-Up........................................... G-6
Flooring............................................................... F-2
Cleaning, Aluminum Skin............................ E-1, F-4
Furnace................................................................ I-2
Maintenance Schedule........................................A-9
Smoke/CO Alarm............................................... D-2
Towing A Trailer...................................................B-6
Macerator Pump............................................... G-14
Solar Panel Pre-Wire........................................ H-20
Towing Your Motorhome...................................B-14
Microwave Ovens................................................. I-5
SpareTire............................................................ C-9
TV Antenna....................................................... H-18
Mold................................................................. D-18
Specifications...................................................... J-1
Monitor Panel................................................... H-17
Vent, Power......................................................... F-6
Switch Over Box............................................... H-10
Ventilation......................................................... D-17
Overloading.................................................B-1, B-6
Overnight Stop................................................. D-15
Tank Capacities................................................... J-1
Tank Drain, Fresh Water..................................... G-8
Water Heater........................................................ I-6
Tank, Holding.................................................... G-14
Water Heater By Pass...................................... G-13
Tank, Water......................................................... G-4
Water Hookup.................................................... G-6
Refrigerator........................................................... I-3
Tank, LPG........................................................... G-1
Water Pump & Strainer....................................... G-5
Roof Vent............................................................. F-6
Tires.................................................................... C-3
Water System..................................................... G-4
Air Pressure................................................. C-3
Water Valves............................................. G-8, G-11
Safety Defects, Reporting...................................A-8
Alignment..................................................... C-3
Safety........................................................B-4, B-15
Changing..................................................... C-7
Weight Distribution..............................................B-4
Inflation........................................................ C-4
Wheels.................................................... C-12, C-15
Seats................................................................... F-1
Overloading................................................. C-5
Wheel Simulator............................................... C-10
Seat Belts............................................................B-4
Torque................................................ C-6, C-13
Wet Bath.............................................................. F-3
Rotation..................................................... C-14
Winterizing........................................................ G-11
Shades................................................................ F-5
Spare........................................................... C-9
Winter Traveling................................................ D-19
Shower/Wet Bath................................................ F-3
Support...................................................... C-14
Airstream Interstate Owner’s Manual
Sinks.................................................................... F-3
Toilet......................................................... G-8, G-10
Plumbing............................................................ G-1
Sanitizing, Fresh Water Tank.............................. G-7
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