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AIRSTREAM 390/395/396 XL OWNERS MANUAL
INTRODUCTION
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.
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 useful, 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 chassis, refrigerator, furnace, water heater and others
are explained in this manual. However, you will also find the manufacturer's information supplied in a
packet included with this manual.
All information, illustrations and specifications contained in the literature are based on the latest product
information available at the time of publication approval.
Throughout this manual CAUTION and WARNING notations are used. Failure to observe "caution" can
damage equipment. "Warning" notes the possibility of personal injury if not observed.
Note: If and when new materials and production techniques are developed which can improve the quality
of its product, or material substitutions are necessary due to availability, Airstream reserves the right to
make such changes.
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A.
WARRANTY AND SERVICE
F.
Warranty
Warranty Explanation
Service
Reporting Safety Defects
Maintenance Schedule
Lounges & Tables
Fabric Care
Features & Fixtures
G.
B.
LP (Liquid Petroleum) Gas
Water System
Water Pump
City Water Hookup
Storage and Winterizing
Faucets
Drainage System
Toilet
CHASSIS
Chassis-Body Product Definition
Engine
Air Brake System Drainage
Tire/Wheels
Air Conditioner/Heater
Electric Step
D.
H.
EXTERIOR
Maintenance
Roof Storage, Ladder
Main Door Locks
Keyless Entry
ELECTRICAL
12-volt system
Fuses
Monitor Panel
TV Antenna
Satellite and CB Hookups
Solar Panel
110-Volt Power
Generator
Solar Panel, 53 Watt
CAMPING
Camping Safety
Smoke Alarm
Carbon Monoxide Alarm
LP Gas Detector
Overnight Stop
Winter Traveling
Condensation
Extended Stay
Slide-out Room
Campground Setup
E.
PLUMBING
DRIVING
Wide Body Limitations
Loading
Safety, Pre-Travel Check List
Dash controls & Instruments
Trailer Towing & Driving Tips
C.
INTERIOR FURNISHINGS AND
ACCESSORIES
I.
APPLIANCES
Air Conditioner
Furnace
Refrigerator
Range/Oven
Microwave Oven
Water Heater
Power Roof Vent
SPECIFICATIONS
Coach Dimensions
Tank Capacities
Chassis Components
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INDEX
Adjustaboard, Monitor.......................... H-29
Aisle lights .............................................. B-4
Air Brake System Drainage .................... C-1
Air Conditioner .........................................I-1
Air Supply, Exterior................................ C-7
Antenna...................H-29, H-31, H-34, H-35
Appliances ................................................I-1
Automotive Fuses ................................... H-2
Auxiliary Start Switch ............................ B-4
Auxiliary Battery Switch ........................ H-1
Batteries ........................................ H-1, H-36
Battery Control Center............................ H-1
Battery Disconnect Switch...................... H-1
Bed, Rear ................................................F- 1
Black Tank Flush .................................. G-28
Body Armor .............................................E-1
Bottled Gas ............................................. G-1
By-Pass Valves ............................. G-5, G-25
Cab Seats ................................................ B-5
Capacities................................................. J-1
Camping.................................................. D-1
Campground Set-up ................................ D-9
Carbon Monoxide Alarm ........................ D-4
Carpet ...................................................F-2
Caution .....................................Introduction
Chairs, Recliners......................................F-1
Chassis ............................................C-1, J-1
Circuit Breakers ..................H-2, H-36, H-40
City Water Hookup ............................... G-11
Cleaning Codes ........................................F-2
Cleaning, Exterior ....................................E-1
Condensation .......................................... D-8
Counter Areas ..........................................F-3
Dash Air Conditioner.............................. C-4
Dash Instruments .................................... B-4
Defrost fans............................................. B-4
Dimensions .............................................. J-1
Docking Lights ....................................... B-4
Door Lock........................................B-4, E-2
Drain Hose ............................................ G-27
Drain Lines .............G-11, G-25, G-27, G-30
Drain Valves ............................... G-11, G-28
Drawers ...................................................F-3
Driving .................................................. B-1
Driving Lights......................................... B-4
Electrical System .................................... H-1
Electric Cord .................................D-9, H-36
Electric Step ............................................ C-7
Engine Access..................................C-1, F-1
Escape Window ...................................... D-1
Extended Stay ......................................... D-9
Exterior .................................................. E-1
Faucets ................................................ G-12
Fabrics, Cleaning .....................................F-1
Filter, Water .......................................... G-12
Floor Tile .................................................F-2
Front End Protective Film....................... E-1
Furnace ....................................................I-2
Fuses ..............................H-2, H-24, H-25
Gas Lines, LP.......................................... G-4
Gas, LP .................................................. G-1
Gauges .................................................. B-4
GCWR ................................... B-1, B-5, J-1
Generator ..............................B-4, D-9, H-36
Ground Fault Interrupter ....................... H-36
GVWR .................................................. B-1
Hitch Load ............................... B-1, B-5, J-1
Humidity ................................................. D-8
ICC Blink ................................................ B-4
Interior ...................................................F-1
Inverter ........................................H-2, H-37
Keyless Door Lock ................................. E-2
Lavatory, Cleaning...................................F-2
Leveling .................................. C-2, D-7, D-9
Leveling Jacks......................................... D-7
Lights .......................................... B-4, H-3
Loading .................................................. B-1
Locks .................................................. E-2
Lounge ...................................................F-1
LPG System ............................................ G-1
LP Leak Detector .................................... D-6
Maintenance Schedule ............................ A-7
Microwave Oven.......................................I-4
Map Lights .............................................. B-4
Monitor Panel..............................G-27, H-26
Mirrors, Remote Control......................... B-4
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Over night Stop....................................... D-7
Opens and Shorts .................................. H-41
Plastics, Cleaning.....................................F-3
Plumbing................................................. G 1
Power Cord ................................... D-9, H-36
Power Seats............................................. B-5
Range Exhaust Fan ................................. D-9
Range/Oven ..............................................I-4
Rear Camera ........................................... B-4
Reporting Safety Defects ........................ A-6
Refrigerator...............................................I-3
Roof Vent..................................................I-6
Roof Storage ............................................E-2
Tank Capacities........................................ J-1
Tank Drain ....................................D-7, G-27
Tank, Sewage........................................ G-27
Tank, Water............................................. G-5
Tank, LPG.......................................G-1, G-3
Telephone Hook-up, exterior .................. D-9
Tires, Pressure......................................... A-7
Tires, Support.......................................... C-2
Toilet ................................................ G-29
Towing .................................................. B-5
TV Antenna........................................... H-31
Upholstery................................................F-1
Utility Compartment ............................. G-11
Ventilation .............................................. D-8
Safety Defects, Reporting ....................... A-6
Safety ............B-2, B-3, C-9, D-1, G-2, I-5
Search Light.......................................... H-44
Seat Belts ................................................ B-3
Service .................................................. A-5
Sewer Hose ................................... D-9, G-27
Shades ...................................................F-2
Shorts and Opens .................................. H-41
Shower Stall.............................................F-3
Sinks
...................................................F-2
Slide-out................................................ D-10
Smoke Alarm .......................................... D-1
Sofa
...................................................F-1
Solar Power................................. H-36, H-43
Specifications........................................... J-1
Step, Electric........................................... C-7
Step Well Cover.................................... C-16
Storage ................................................ G-24
Switches, armrest, dash........................... B-4
Walls ...................................................F-3
Washing/Waxing..................................... E-1
Warning .....................................Introduction
Warranty ......................................... A-1, A-4
Warranty Transfer ................................... A-3
Warranty Exclusions ............................... A-4
Washer/Dryer (Optional) ...................... G-25
Water Filter .......................G-12, G-15, G-19
Water Heater .............................................I-5
Water Hookup....................................... G-11
Water Pump ............................................ G-6
Water System .......................................... G-5
Water Tank Fill .............................G-5, G-11
Water Tank Cleaning ....................G-6, G-28
Weighing Motorhome ............................. B-2
Windshield Wiper ................................... C-7
Winterizing ........................................... G-24
Winter Traveling ..................................... D-7
Wiring, 12 Volt ....................................... H-3
Wiring Diagrams, 12Volt........................ H-4
Wiring, 110 Volt ................................... H-36
Wiring Diagram, 110 Volt ...................... H-4
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AIRSTREAM INC.
LIMITED WARRANTY
AIRSTREAM 390 SERIES MOTORHOME
WARRANTY COVERAGE
When you buy a new Airstream Motorhome from an authorized Airstream dealer, Airstream, Inc., warrants
the motorhome from defects in material and workmanship as follows:
BASIC WARRANTY PERIOD
This warranty is for 30,000 miles (40,000 Kilometers) or two years, whichever comes first, beginning when
the vehicle is delivered to the first retail customer or first placed into demonstrator service. This warranty
must have started prior to the accumulation of 4,000 miles in order to be valid.
ITEMS COVERED
Any part of the motorhome or any component equipment installed by the factory is covered by the basic
warranty except the following items, which are not covered:
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House Batteries
Automotive Chassis
Generator
The above items will be handled by their respective service points and according to their written policy.
This limited warranty does not include failure caused by accident, abuse, normal wears, overload or any
cause not attributable to a defect in original material or workmanship of the motorhome or component
equipment as installed by the factory.
LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
All warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, whether written or oral, express or
implied, shall extend only for a period of two years from the date of original purchase, or 30,000 miles,
whichever comes first. There are no other warranties, which extend beyond those described on the face
hereof and which expressly excludes conditions resulting, from normal wear, accident, abuse, exposure or
overload. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above
limitations may not apply to you.
AIRSTREAM'S RESPONSIBILITY
The basic Airstream Limited Warranty applies for a period of two years from the date of original
purchase or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first, and the application date of all warranties is that indicated
on the owner's identification card. Defects in items covered under this Warranty will be corrected without
cost upon the return, at the owner's expense, of the motorhome or defective part to an authorized Airstream
dealer.
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
This warranty covers only defective material and/or workmanship; adjustments are made at the factory
prior to shipment, and rechecked by the dealer prior to delivery to the customer. Adjustments thereafter
become a customer responsibility.
The owner is also responsible for following all recommendations, instructions and precautions contained in
the Airstream Motorhome Owner's Manual and the individual manuals furnished by the chassis, appliance
and other manufacturers.
INSTALLATIONS NOT COVERED
Airstream Inc. does not accept any responsibility in connection with any of its motorhomes for additional
equipment or accessories installed at any dealership or other place of business, or by any other party. Such
installation of equipment or accessories by any other party will not be covered by the terms of this
warranty.
IF REPAIRS ARE NEEDED
If your motorhome needs repairs under the terms of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty, you should:
1.
Take your motorhome to your selling dealer or other Authorized Airstream Dealer.
2.
If the dealer is incapable of making the repair, request that he contact the Service Administration
Department at Airstream, Inc., for technical assistance.
3.
If repairs are still not made, the customer should contact:
AIRSTREAM, INC.
419 W. Pike Street - P.O. Box 629
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
Attention: Owner Relations Department
Furnish the following information:
• The complete serial number of the motorhome
• Mileage
• Date of original purchase
• Selling dealer
• Nature of service problem and steps or service, which have been performed. (The owner
may be directed to another dealer at the owner's expense.)
4.
If, after taking the above steps, repairs are still not complete, the Airstream owner may request the
motorhome be allowed to be brought to the Factory Service Center at the owner's expense.
DEALER REPRESENTATION EXCLUDED
The full extent of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty is set forth-in detail in the folder, and in the
explanation of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty covered in the Airstream Motorhome Owner's
Manual. Airstream Inc. will not be responsible for additional representations or implied warranties made by
any of its dealers to the extent those representations are not a part of, or are contrary to, the terms and
conditions of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty.
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CONSEQUENTIAL AND INCIDENTAL DAMAGES
Airstream, Inc., will not be responsible for any consequential or incidental expenses or damages
resulting from a defect. Incidental expenses include, but are not limited to: travel expenses, gasoline,
oil, lodging, meals, telephone tolls, and loss of work and loss of use of the motorhome. Some examples
of consequential damages would be: stained curtains due to rain leaks or delaminated floor caused by
a plumbing leak. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
WARRANTY TRANSFER
The basic Airstream Limited Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for the duration of the
warranty period. Warranty transfer application forms are available from your dealer or the Airstream Inc.
Service Administration Department.
CHANGES IN DESIGN
Airstream Inc. reserves the right to make changes in design and improvements upon its product without
imposing my obligation upon itself to install the same upon its products theretofore manufactured.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from
state to state.
Thor Industries
Airstream Inc.
419 West Pike Street
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334
937-596-6111
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WARRANTY EXPLANATION
Along with your new Airstream motorhome you have purchased the Airstream Limited Warranty. Read
your Limited Warranty carefully. It contains the entire agreement with respect to Airstream's obligation on
the Limited Warranty on your new vehicle. The terms of the Limited Warranty, and only those terms, will
define Airstream's responsibility. When you receive your Limited Warranty file it for safekeeping.
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 twenty four (24) months from the
original purchase date, or 30,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Written warranties of some component
manufacturers of the motorhome will be honored by Airstream for the duration on that manufacturer's
warranty.
Items such as motorhome chassis, engine, tires, batteries and generator are serviced by their respective
manufacturers 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.
Your motorhome chassis is pre-checked by its manufacturer before delivery to Airstream. All service to the
chassis must be performed by the chassis manufacturer according to the manufacturer's warranty and
service policies. Literature is supplied with each Airstream motorhome, which gives important information
concerning its warranty coverage; however, the Airstream Limited Warranty covers the chassis heater,
defrosters, windshield wiper blade, motor, washer, LP gas bottle and gas regulator.
Paint and appearance items, which show imperfections, should be brought to the attention of your dealer at
the time of delivery and during pre-delivery inspection. Normal deterioration by use and exposure is not
covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty.
Damage to enamel or porcelain surfaces resulting from abrasion, collision or impact, and broken window
glass are not covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty.
The Airstream Limited Warranty Excludes:
Normal Wear:
Items such as water purifier packs, curtains, upholstery, floor coverings, window, door and vent seals may
show wear within the one year Limited Warranty period depending upon the amount of usage, weather and
atmospheric conditions.
Accident
Damage caused by accident is usually visible, and we strongly urge our dealers and customers to inspect
the motorhome upon delivery for any damage caused by accident while being delivered to the dealer, or
while it is on the dealer's lot. Damage of this nature becomes the dealer's or your responsibility upon
acceptance of the motorhome. GLASS BREAKAGE, whether obviously struck or mysterious, is always
accidental and covered by most insurance policies.
Abuse
Lack of customer care and/or improper maintenance, including failure to comply with the terms of the
Owner’s Manual, or failure to heed proper vehicle operation shown by the dash instruments is not covered
by warranty.
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Exposure
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 corrosion, which is normal, and beyond the control and
responsibility of Airstream.
Overload
Overload Damage due to loading beyond capacity or to cause improper balance is not covered by the
Airstream Limited Warranty. The Airstream motorhome body is engineered to properly handle any normal
load. There are limits to the amount of load that can be safely transported depending upon speed and road
conditions. If these limits have been exceeded the Airstream Limited Warranty will not cover resulting
damage. For additional information on the load capacity of your motorhome consult your Owner's Manual
or gross vehicle weight rating plate. Each motorhome is aligned during the last quality inspection. These
tolerances will only change if the motorhome is subjected to abuse, such as dropping off a sharp berm,
striking a curb, or hitting a deep hole in the road. Such damage would be considered as resulting from an
accident which risks are not covered under the warranty. Abnormal tire wear and/or wheel alignment
resulting from such damage is not covered under the terms of the warranty.
SERVICE
The Airstream Silver Key Delivery Program is an exclusive Airstream program. Before leaving the factory
each and every vital part of the motorhome is tested for performance. Each test is signed and certified by an
inspector. After the motorhome arrives on your dealer's lot all of these vital parts and systems are again
tested. When you take delivery of your new motorhome you will receive a complete checkout.
Please contact your dealer if you need service. Major service under your Airstream Limited Warranty is
available through our nationwide network of Airstream Dealer Service Centers. An up-to-date list of Dealer
Service Centers has been provided with your new motorhome. This list is current as of the date of
publication.
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 local dealer from time to time and bring your list up to date. He can
also provide you with additional copies if you need them.
ALL CENTERS OPERATE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS FOR THE UTMOST EFFICIENCY.
When you require service from the Airstream Factory Service Center, or a Certified Dealer Service Center,
please contact the service manager for an appointment, and kindly inform him if you are unable to keep the
appointment date or wish to change it.
Service may be arranged at the Factory Service Center by contacting the Service Coordinator at
Airstream Factory
Service Center
419 W. Pike Street P.O. Box 629
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
Phone: 937-596-6111
Fax: 937-596-6802
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You Should Also be Aware of the Following:
Airstream is not responsible for any consequential or incidental damages incurred as a result of any defect.
Consequential damages include, but are not limited to, travel expenses, gasoline, oil, lodging, meals,
telephone tolls, loss of work and loss of use of the motorhome.
In the event of a defect, the owner must take all reasonable corrective action to lessen the damages, which
might result from such defect. Airstream will not be responsible for damages, which could have been
avoided.
Airstream's responsibility is defined solely by the Airstream Limited Warranty. Airstream is not
responsible for or bound by representations or warranties made by any of its dealers.
Your Airstream Limited Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners of the motorhome, but only for the
duration of the warranty period. Warranty transfer application forms are available from your dealer or the
Airstream factory.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
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, NHTSA cannot become
involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Airstream, Inc.
To contact NHTSA you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-424-9393 (or 366-0123
in Washington, D.C. area) or write to: NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C.
20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
WARNING: FAILURE TO MAINTAIN YOUR COACH CAN CAUSE PREMATURE AND
UNEXPECTED PARTS BREAKAGE AND/OR ERRATIC OPERATION THAT MAY BE
HAZARDOUS.
Note: See Freightliner and appliance manufacturer's literature for further information.
EVERY 1,000 MILES OR 60 DAYS
Escape Window
Check operation of latches and upper hinge.
Battery (Lead acid)
Check water level.
Smoke Alarm
Test and replace battery as required.
Tires
Check tire pressure (65 psi)
GFI Circuit Breaker
Test and record.
EVERY 5,000 MILES OR 90 DAYS
Exterior Door locks
Lubricate with dry graphite
Exterior Hinges
Lubricate with light household oil
LPG Regulator
Check bottom vent for obstructions
Main Door Striker Pocket
Coat with paraffin.
Range Exhaust Hood
Clean fan blades and wash filter.
Roof Vent Elevator Screws
Lubricate with light household oil
Main Door Step
Check and lubricate moving parts.
EVERY 10, 000 MILES OR 6 MONTHS
Exterior
Clean and wax.
Hitch
Check bolts and welds. (60 Ft. Lbs.)
EVERY YEAR or 12,000 miles
Battery
Clean, neutralize and coat terminals with petroleum jelly.
LP Tank
Have purged by an LP supplier.
Seams
Check and reseal exterior seams, windows, lights and vents if
necessary. Reseal with Bostik urethane sealant or equivalent
as needed.
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MAINTENANCE RECORDS
DATE
DEALER
SERVICE PERFORMED
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DRIVING
WIDE BODY LIMITATIONS
Vehicles with overall body width greater than 96" are known as "wide bodies. Wide body vehicles are
restricted to use on main highways in certain states. A vast majority of states allow 102" body width on all
highways, but wide body width is not allowed on all federal highways in the United States. Your dealer
may be able to furnish more specific information. If you are concerned about vehicle width, we invite you
to consider other fine Thor vehicles offered in the standard 96" width.
LOADING
Below is a sample of the weight information chart provided in all Airstream vehicles. This information can
be found in your vehicle on the back of the first wardrobe door on the curbside of the vehicle about 60" up
from the floor or in one of the galley overhead lockers.
The GROSS COMBINATION WEIGHT RATING on the 390/395/396 motorhome is 34,410 pounds.
*WARNING - Do not exceed the hitch capacity of 500 lbs. load (Tongue Weight) and 5000 lb. tow.
The motor homes have large fluid tanks and lots of storage 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
fluids will have to be reduced. Distribute your additional cargo as evenly as possible with the heaviest
objects located as low as possible.
Do you really want to carry 750 pounds of water to a RV park 1,000 miles away and then hook up to a city
water supply? Even if you're going to the "boondocks" you can usually fill your water tank shortly before
entering the area. Just reducing your load by 10 gallons of water lets you carry an awful lot of fishing and
camping gear.
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WEIGHING
The UVW, unloading vehicle weight, given in the chart above is the weight of the motorhome with the
options as ordered, and installed at the factory. To determine the actual weight of your vehicle with
personal cargo, water and LP, it must be weighed on scales. The most common are those used by states to
weigh trucks used along the highway. In rural areas grain elevators are a good source and another would be
a gravel pit. If you have trouble locating scales, a call to your State Highway Patrol will usually find them
very cooperative in assisting you.
WARNING: Do not exceed the Gross Axle Weight Ratings or the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating when
loading your vehicle.
SAFETY CHECK LIST
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 the problem as soon as possible. The list is to help you and may not be all-inclusive.
Failure to heed many of the following items may cause damage to the vehicle or personal injury.
EXTERIOR CHECK LIST (BEFORE ENTERING VEHICLE)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Check condition of tires for proper inflation.
Turn off LPG valve on LPG tank.
Check that sewer connection, all external compartments and filler openings are properly stowed or
closed and/or locked.
Check that items stored on exterior of vehicle are securely tied down.
Would any items stored on exterior of vehicle present a clearance problem?
Lower and secure awnings/TV antenna.
INTERIOR CHECK LIST (BEFORE DRIVING OFF)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
It is important that the main door and cab door be completely closed and locked during travel. As
an added precaution we recommend the dead bolt also be locked on the main door.
Turn off living area water pump.
Check that refrigerator door is fastened.
Check that nothing heavy is stored in overhead or high cabinets that could fall out and cause
injury. Heavy items should be stored in low cabinets.
Stow folding and pedestal tables.
Check that counter tops, range top, credenza tops and shelves are clear of even small items that
could become projectiles in an accident.
Do not cook while under way. Hot food or liquid could scald due to a sudden stop or accident.
Check that any internal stowage is securely held in place
Check that lights and switches are set in positions safe for travel.
Adjust the driver's seat so that you can easily reach and operate all controls. Make sure seat is
locked in position. Do not adjust driver's seat swivel or fore and aft mechanism while vehicle is
moving. The seat could move unexpectedly causing loss of control.
Check that front passenger's seat is locked in position - both fore and aft adjustment and swivel
mechanism.
Check rear view mirror adjustment.
Fasten lap belts.
Check that step light goes out and that electric step has retracted.
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SAFETY SEAT BELTS
In the forward driver's area of the motorhome, safety seat belts are provided for the use of the driver and the
right front passenger. Safety belts are available for other seats. It is strongly recommended that all
occupants remain seated with their safety belts firmly attached while the motorhome is in motion. The
driver should adjust his seat so that he is able to reach all controls easily with the belt on, especially able to
use all the travel on the foot brake. The belt should be placed as low as possible around the hips to prevent
sliding out from under them in case of accident. This places the load of the body on the strong hipbone
structure instead of around the soft abdominal area. Two people should never try to use the same seat belt.
WARNING: Children must be secured in a Federally Approved Child Restraint Device. Failure to
use proper restraints can result in severe or fatal injuries in case of accidents.
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 their
safety. Make sure they are properly restrained.
CHILDREN HAVE LOVED ONES TOO.
IF YOU WON'T BUCKLE UP FOR YOURSELF, BUCKLE UP FOR THEM.
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NOTE: Switches will vary according to options on vehicle.
AIRSTREAM DASH CONTROLS
Most automotive gauges and controls are standard instruments provided by the chassis manufacturer. Their
function and use is described in your Drivers Manual. The exception on automotive controls is the
heater/air conditioner. Operating instructions on these components can be found in the chassis section of
this manual.
ARM REST SWITCHES:
• Door Lock - The main door can be locked or unlocked from the drivers seat. Remember to hide an extra
door key on the exterior in case of unexpected battery failure.
• Auxiliary Start - The auxiliary start switch is intended to be used if the engine battery becomes too
discharged to turn the engine over. To operate, hold the switch in the start position, and then use the
ignition switch in a normal fashion. Operating the auxiliary start switch closes the points on a large
solenoid, tying all three-vehicle batteries together for increased starting power.
• Generator Switch - The remote generator switch on the dash allows the driver to start or stop the
generator without leaving the driver's seat. It should be noted a built-in time delay allows the generator to
reach full operating speed before 120 volt current is provided to the coach.
• ICC Blink - With this switch it is possible to blink the clearance lights on the motorhome. It's most
commonly used as a way of indicating your thanks for a courtesy shown to you by another driver.
• Rear Camera - The rear view-monitoring camera has two positions. One will show the rear bumper and
operating the switch tilts the camera to view further back.
• Driving Lights - To operate the driving lights the regular headlights must be turned on first.
• Defrost Fans - In cool, damp weather these fans really help to clear the large windshields. This switch
turns them on and off and each fan has it's own switch to operate the oscillating feature.
• Map Light - If you leave the switch at the overhead map light in the on position the light can then be
controlled by this armrest switch.
• Mirror - Move center switch to R or L. The four perimeter switches will then move the right or left
mirror in the direction indicated. The paddle type switch marked heat is for defrosting the mirrors.
(Hopefully you won't need this unless you're a skier).
DASH SWITCHES:
•
•
Aisle Lights: Operates aisle light in motor home.
Docking lights: Used for exterior lights when parking motor home.
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POWER SEAT CONTROLS
Besides the normal power seat switch there are two additional finger levers. One allows the seat to recline
and the other will allow the seat to rotate.
WARNING: Never adjust drivers seat while vehicle is in motion.
CAUTION: Revolving the power seat completely around will pull the wiring apart. The seats should
only be swiveled toward the center of the vehicle. If the wires are loosened following the color code
can reconnect them: Red-to-red, green-to-green, etc. On some models the wires will be on a plug that
can be reattached.
TRAILER TOWING AND DRIVING TIPS
This vehicle is designed and intended to be used primarily as a load-carrying recreational vehicle, towing a
trailer will affect handling, durability and economy. Maximum safety and satisfaction depends upon proper
use of correct equipment and avoiding overloads and other abusive operation.
CAUTION: The maximum loaded trailer weight that you can pull with your vehicle is 5,000 lbs.
Vehicles should be properly equipped for towing trailers. Information on trailer hauling capabilities
and special equipment required may be obtained from your Airstream dealer.
CAUTION: The Gross Combination Weight Rating is the total allowable weight of the motorhome
combined with the weight of the vehicle or trailer being towed. Do not exceed this weight whenever
you are towing behind your motorhome. 34,410 lbs. is the GCWR.
To assist in attaining good handling of the vehicle/trailer combination it is important that the trailer tongue
load be maintained at approximately 10% of the loaded trailer weight, but not to exceed 500 lbs. Tongue
loads can be adjusted by proper distribution of the load in the trailer, and can be checked by weighing
separately the loaded trailer and then the tongue.
When towing trailers, tires should be inflated to the highest pressures shown on the information plate
attached to the driver’s doorjamb or dash of your motorhome. The allowable passenger and cargo load
(GVW) of this vehicle is reduced by an amount equal to the trailer tongue load on the trailer bitch.
Trailer brakes are required on axles of trailers over 1,000 lbs. loaded weight.
CAUTION: If your Freightliner chassis requires towing please refer to their manual for directions.
They may be called at 1-864-487-1700.
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CHASSIS
The Airstream motorhome is built on a Freightliner chassis. Operation of the engine and other related
components are discussed in the Freightliner Owners and Drivers Manual supplied with each coach.
If repairs are needed it can be difficult to determine which parts of the chassis are warranted by
Freightliner, and which are Airstream's responsibility. The following list shows the major components of
the chassis and the company responsible for their servicing.
FREIGHTLINER X LINE CHASSIS
Engine
Transmission
Brakes
Steering Assembly
Front Spindle, Bearings
Alternator
Turn Signals
Drive Axle and Hubs
Air Conditioner Compressor
Shocks
Automotive Fuse Panels
Parking Brake
Fuel Tank
Cruise Control
Wheels
AIRSTREAM
Auxiliary Heater
Dash Air Conditioner/Heater
Windshield Wipers
Isolator
The above list covers almost all of the chassis components. If you need further clarification or information
your dealer should be contacted with the details.
ENGINE ACCESS
Although most engine functions and maintenance can be preformed from outside the coach, occasionally
"top" engine service will be required.
To make this servicing easier the bed top can be raised with the assistance of gas props. Once the bed top is
raised the engine cover can be unlatched and raised to expose the engine.
WARNING - The lifting and supporting strength of the gas props vary according to temperature.
Props that support the bed top when hot may let the bed close rapidly when cold.
AIR BRAKE SYSTEM DRAINAGE
Your motorhome is equipped with an air brake system. When air is compressed some liquid is forced out
and collects in the bottom of the air ranks and must be drained.
Three drain valves are on your brake system. The valves can be opened for drainage by pulling on the
looped cables in your front wheel wells on each side. See your Freightliner operator’s manual under Pretrip Inspection for directions.
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TIRE SUPPORT (Leveling)
Since motorhomes may sit for long periods of time it is important to properly support the tires if blocks are
used for leveling.
The Michelin Technical Group provides the following information.
Extreme caution must be taken to ensure that the tires are fully supported when using blocks to level
motorhomes and/or RV's. 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.
The CORRECT methods are shown in Figure 1. Please note that the blocks are wider than the tread and
longer than the tire's footprint. This provides maximum support to the tires and assures that the load is
evenly distributed throughout the tire's footprint area.
FIGURE I
CORRECT
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INCORRECT
One tire or a portion of one tire is
supporting the full load.
Portion of two tires are
supporting the full load.
CAUTION: Tires incorrectly supported, as shown above, may be damaged which could lead to
casing failure resulting in serious injury or property damage. If, on previous occasions, the tires
have been incorrectly supported, a hidden damage may be present. Please contact your local
Michelin dealer and request an inspection and a determination of possible damage.
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DASH AIR CONDITIONER/HEATER
Acme Radiator Air Conditioning, Inc.
17103 St. Rd. 4E
Goshen, Indiana 46526
800-552-2263
OPERATION
The dash heater control is very similar to many automobiles
The center rotary switch marked "cold-hot" controls the amount of hot water flowing through the
heater core. When the maximum air conditioner is engaged, inside air is circulated through the
evaporator to obtain the utmost in cooling. The two positions marked vent and norm draw outside
air through the evaporator.
SERVICE
Acme has requested you to call them on the 800 number listed above should you experience any
service problems. They are usually able to help get any repairs needed at an air conditioner repair
facility close to your location.
The following pages include wiring diagrams and vacuum line diagrams.
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ELECTRIC STEP
Manufacturer:
Kwikee Products Company
Division of Ashton Corporation
P.O. Box 638
Drain, Oregon 97435
Phone: 503-836-2126
The step is easy and convenient to operate. Just inside the main door is a wall switch for the step.
When traveling, leave the switch in the "ON" position - the step will lower when the door is
opened and retract when the door is closed.
When parked, open the door so the step is lowered, then shut the switch off. The step will remain
in the lowered position and the "step" light on the dash will be extinguished. If left on it will run
your engine battery down in about a week.
If you forget and leave the switch off as you leave - No Problem! When the ignition is "ON" the
wall switch is by-passed and the step will retract when the door is closed.
WARNING: If the wall switch is turned off, and the step is in the retracted position when
the ignition is turned off, the step will not lower when the door is opened. Keep your
passengers informed.
Windshield Wiper
The wiper system is a made by Trico and uses a 28” blade. The washer bottle and motor is located in the
roadside front compartment.
Air Supply
There is an air supply chuck located in the roadside front compartment. A hose and fitting is included with
the tool kit for your convenience. The air is supplied by the chassis compressor and will be replenished
only with the ignition on.
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OPERATING THE STEP
1. After the installation is complete and with the entrance door open, turn the power switch on.
2. Close the door. The step should retract and lock in the "up" position.
3. Open the door. The step should extend and lock in the "down" position with the understep light on.
NOTE: The under step light is not available on all step models.
4. Turn the power switch off. The step should remain in the extended position with the understep light off
when the door is closed. Turning off the power with the step retracted will hold the step in a retracted
position as well.
5. With the power switch off, the step extended, and the entrance door closed, turn on the vehicle ignition.
The ignition override system will go into effect and the step will automatically retract. NOTE - If the
yellow wire from the four-way connector was not connected to an ignition power source during the
installation procedure, the ignition safety system will be inoperative and the step will remain in the
extended position. In this case, the power switch must be turned on for the step to retract.
WARNING: If the vehicle is driven with the step in the extended position, there is the possibility of
causing major damage to both the step and the vehicle.
6. Turn the vehicle ignition off and open the door. The step will extend and lock in the "down" position.
This is the "Last Out" feature.
WARNING: If the door is opened and closed without allowing the step to fully extend and lock in the
"down" position, the step will retract and lock in the "up" position. When the door is reopened, the step
will not extend. The power switch must be turned on for the step to extend.
7. The "Last Out" feature is only operative the first time the door is opened after the vehicle ignition is
turned off. NOTE: If the yellow wire from the four-way connector was not connected to the vehicle
fuse block during installation, the "Last Out" feature will not operate.
When the vehicle ignition is on, the step will always activate with the door movement, regardless of power
switch position. NOTE: This is not valid if the aforementioned yellow wire has not been connected.
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General Service Notes
If the power wire to the step is disconnected from its source and reconnected, a spark is common. This is
caused by the momentary charging of the control unit and does not necessarily indicate the system is
staying on, which would cause a drain on the battery. If battery drain is suspected, observe the understep
light (if so equipped) while the step is extending. The power switch must be on for the understep light to
operate. When the step locks into the down position, the understep light should become noticeably brighter.
If it does not, the control may not be shutting off. Turn the power switch off and unplug the four-way plug
between the control unit and the vehicle to prevent overheating the step motor.
To further determine that the control is not shutting off, remove the 2 screws from the connector on the step
motor leads between the step motor and the control unit. Remove the seal assembly. (See Figure 6 in the
Step Test Procedure). Place a voltmeter between the red and yellow motor leads than reconnect the fourway plug. Turn the power switch on. If any voltage registers on the meter, the control is not shutting off
and may be defective. When doing this test, switch the voltmeter leads back and forth between the red and
yellow motor leads to be sure no voltage registers. If any voltage does register, disconnect the four-way
plug to keep the motor from overheating. If zero voltage is present, the control has shut off and is normal.
If the step does not work or operates erratically, such as extending part way and shutting off, the first item
that should be checked is the vehicle's battery. The voltage supplied to the step should be at least 12.7 volts
DC for well-charged batteries. A battery that registers below 12.7 volts DC may drop as low as 8 volts DC
when a load is drawn, such as engaging the step motor. The control unit will shut off if the loaded voltage
falls below 9.5 volts DC. The control unit will remember which function it was performing. It will wait
between two and five seconds (time depends upon temperature) and will try again to complete the original
function. If the supply voltage is still below 9.5 volts DC, the control will go into another delay state. If the
supply voltage remains above 9.5 volts DC, the original function will be completed. Should the supply
voltage again fall below 9.5 volts DC the system will go into another delay state. It could take a couple of
minutes to complete the original function. Low supply voltage may cause erratic operation of the step. Poor
ground connections may also cause erratic operation of the step.
The step may also operate erratically if the step is being operated directly from a converter, and the output
from the converter is not adequate or properly filtered for clean DC voltage. The converter must be capable
of producing a minimum of 30 amps for proper step operation.
If the control unit is hooked up reverse polarity, the step will not operate. If the ground to the control unit is
lost, either between the step control unit and the vehicle chassis (the long 10 ga. green ground wire) or
between the vehicle battery and the ground (negative battery cable) the step will not function. Make sure
the battery terminals and all wire connections are clean and tight. Be sure all wires are of proper gauges or
heavier as specified in the wiring diagram.
These general service notes and the Step Test Procedure cover the most common problems associated with
Kwikee electric steps. Due to the number of variable conditions available, you may experience symptoms
other than those covered. Please feel free to contact the Customer Service Department at I (800) 736-9961
for further information or assistance.
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FIGURE 6
STEP TEST PROCEDURE
This Step Test Procedure has been provided as the easiest and quickest way to troubleshoot and test all of
the Kwikee automatic electric step functions. It is designed to initially check the step basic functions
separately from the RV wiring, thereby determining whether or not the step is malfunctioning. From that
initial determination, the procedure goes on to test the various components of the step until the source of
the malfunction is located. Using this procedure will shorten and reduce the time spent troubleshooting.
Some portions of this test require additional equipment. This equipment includes: a voltmeter, a well
charged 12 volt DC automotive battery, and a 4-way extended-wire pigtail (Part #909336, available from
Kwikee Products Company).
WARNING: 12-volt automotive batteries contain sulfuric acid that can cause severe burns. Avoid
contact with the skin, eyes and clothing. 12 volt automotive batteries produce hydrogen gas which is
explosive; keep cigarettes, open flames and sparks away from the battery at all times.
Reading this entire procedure prior to beginning the tests is recommended. Should you need assistance in
the course of performing this test procedure, feel free to contact Kwikee's toll free Service Line at 1 (800)
736-9961.
Testing the Step
NOTE: Prior to beginning the test procedure, check to be sure that all ground connections are
securely fastened with good metal-to-metal contact. A good ground is required for proper step
operation.
1.
Inspect the step for visible damage that might restrict the step's extension.
2.
Obtain a 4-way pigtail connector (part #909336) from Kwikee.
3.
Disconnect the 4-way plug on the underside of the step and connect the step-half of the plug with
the extended-wire pigtail connector (see Wiring- Schematic).
4. Set a fully charged 12-volt DC automotive battery beside the step. ATTENTION: Do not allow
battery terminals to come in contact with the step. Complete a ground for the step tests by connection a
10-gauge wire from the negative (-) post of the battery to the 10-gauge green ground wire from the
control unit.
5. For the power supply, attach the red wire from the extended-wire pigtail to the battery's positive
(+) post.
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6. With the power and ground connections complete, all functions of the control unit can be checked at the
leads to the 4-way extended-wire pigtail. The brown wire is the door switch, the white wire is the power
switch, and the yellow wire is the ignition override.
WARNING: Keep all fingers; arms and legs clear of the step mechanism while performing these
tests.
7. While holding the white wire to the battery's positive (+) post, touch the brown wire to the battery's
negative (-) post. The step should extend. Remove the brown wire and the step should retract.
8. As in Step 7 extend the step again. With the step extended, disconnect the white wire first and then
disconnect the brown wire. The step should remain extended.
9. With the step still extended, touch the yellow wire to the battery's positive (+) post. The step should
retract.
10. At this point, refer to the control unit. On step models with the numbers #909514, #909515 or #90959
1, all step functions have been tested. Proceed to step 11. On step models with the numbers #909513,
#909516, #909590 or #909592, test the "Last Out" feature by disconnecting the yellow wire and then
touching the brown wire to the battery's negative (-) post. The step should extend and remain extended.
11. If any of the step functions do not work, the source of the malfunction is either in the control unit and/or
the motor. Proceed to the testing the motor section. If all of the step functions do work, the malfunction is
either in the door switch, the power switch or the vehicle wiring. Proceed to testing the 4-way plug vehicle half section.
Testing the Motor
12. Steps equipped with the permanent magnet motor require disconnecting the motor leads from the
control unit before applying power to the motor leads (see Figure 6). To disconnect the motor leads,
disassemble the motor lead wire connector seal.
NOTE: Failure to disconnect the motor wire leads from the control unit prior to applying power to
the motor leads will damage the control unit and void warranty.
NOTE: Do not cut any motor or control unit wire leads. Any leads that have been cut will void the
warranty.
After the motor leads have been disconnected, connecting the
motor's red wire lead to the positive (+) post of the battery and
the motor's yellow wire lead to the negative (-) post of the battery
will extend the step. Reversing the lead connections will retract
the step. If the step extends and retracts during this test, the
condition of the step motor is good.
Testing the 4-way Plug - Vehicle Half
13.To check the main power source, connect the voltmeter
between the red wire from the four-way plug (vehicle half) and
the ground terminal at the end of the control unit's 10-gauge
green ground wire (See Figure 7). The reading should be a
minimum of 12 volts DC.
If the voltage reading is low, there may be a loose or corroded
connection at the battery, or a low level on the battery itself. If the
voltage reading is zero (0) volts, check the 25-amp fuse/circuit breaker, all connections, and the condition
of the wiring between the battery and the plug.
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14.To check the power switch, connect the voltmeter between the white wire from the four-way plug
(vehicle half) and the terminal at the end of the control unit's 10-gauge green ground wire (see Figure 8).
The reading should be a minimum of 12 volts DC (The same as in Step 13) when the switch is on, and zero
(0) volts when the switch is off.
If the voltmeter reads zero (0) volts when the power switch is on, there is
a problem in the power switch circuit.
Check the 5-amp in-line fuse, the Power Switch itself and the condition
of the circuit s wiring and terminal connections.
15. To check the door switch, connect the voltmeter between the red wire
from the four-way plug (vehicle half) and the brown wire in the same
plug (see Figure 9). The voltage should be about 12 volts DC (the same
as in step 13) when the door is open and zero (0) when the door is
closed.
If the readings vary (either zero (0) volts when the door is opened or 12
volts continuously) there is a problem in the door switch. Check the door
switch and the condition of the circuit's wiring and terminal connections.
16. To check the ignition override system, connect the voltmeter between
the yellow wire from the four- way plug (vehicle half) and the ground
terminal on the end of the control unit's 10 gauge green ground wire (see
Figure 10). The voltage reading should be approximately 12 volts DC
when the ignition is on and zero (0) volts when the ignition is off.
If the reading is zero when the ignition is on, check
the terminal connections in the vehicle's fuse/circuit
breaker and the condition of the circuit's wiring and
terminal connections. NOTE -The step wiring
circuit must be independent. No other device (i.e.
alarm systems, step well lights, etc.) can be
connected to the step wiring circuit. Any device
connected to the steps wiring can cause the step to
malfunction and will void the warranty.
This concludes the Step Test Procedure. At this point,
the source of a steps malfunction should be known. If
you have additional questions or need more
assistance, contact Kwikee's Service Representative at
1 (800) 736-9961.
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STEP MOTOR ASSEMBLY DIAGRAM
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LUBRICATION AND MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Clean all mud, salt, and road grime from step before lubricating. Lubricate all moving parts
(bearings, pivot points, slides, clevis pin, and drive linkage ball) every 30 days with a good
quality moisture and heat resistant penetrating grease. Kwik-Lube Spray Grease is specially
formulated to lubricate Kwikee Electric Steps and is recommended for lubricating all moving
parts. Refer to the figures below for lubrication locations.
NOTE: Figures are to be used as a general reference only. Some may not pertain to your
particular step model. Views are typical to both ends of the steps.
1. Figures 1 & 3 - square shaft bearing - lubricate around outside and under head of bearing.
2. Figure 4 - on step models equipped with plastic cover, this cover will have to be removed to
lubricate center bearings. Lubricate bearings under cover every 90 days.
3. Figure 4 - 1" O.D. tube bearing - lubricate around drive tube and between head of bearing and
drive leg.
NOTE: We recommend that penetrating oils and silicone lubricants not be used on the step
as they do not last.
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STEP WELL COVER
Your motorhome is equipped with a pneumatically powered step well cover.
The switch (valve) is a black lever located in the front of the passenger right hand armrest. The
air pressure is supplied by the chassis air ride system. It is normal for the air system to leak down
so you may find the cover to be inoperable if the engine has been shut off for a period of time.
The intent of the step cover is to provide the passenger with a "floor" while traveling and then be
retracted so the steps can be used when stopped. With this in mind you can see where the loss of
air after the motorhome has been shut off for a time is not a problem. When you park the
motorhome you’ll normally retract the step cover so you can at least get out and stretch your legs.
If you happen to lose air pressure before retracting the step cover just starting the engine for a few
minutes will replenish the air supply.
! WARNING: Do not operate the pneumatic cover while standing in the step well.
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CAMPING
SAFETY
As always, safety should be one of your top priorities. Make sure you, and everyone traveling with you, can
operate the main door and exit window rapidly without light.
WARNING:
The escape window (which is the rear, roadside windows) is opened by rotating the red latch handle
down then pushing the sash out. The pleated shade is opened by sliding it straight up. The window
operation should be checked each trip.
WARNING:
At each campsite make sure you have not parked in such a manner as to block the operation of the
escape window 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 escape window.
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.
WARNING:
DON'T SMOKE IN BED!
KEEP MATCHES OUT OF REACH OF SMALL CHILDREN! DON'T CLEAN
WITH FLAMMABLE MATERIAL!
KEEP FLAMMABLE MATERIAL AWAY FROM OPEN FLAME!
We have all heard these warnings many times, but they are still among the leading causes of fires.
Other safety information on the LPG system of your motorhome is located in the Plumbing Section of this
manual.
SMOKE ALARM
OPERATION, TESTING
OPERATION: The smoke detector is operating once a fresh battery is installed and testing is complete.
When products of combustion are sensed, the unit sounds a loud 85 db pulsating alarm until the air is
cleared.
HUSH CONTROL: The "HUSH” feature has the capability of temporarily desensitizing the alarm circuit
for approximately 7 minutes. This feature is to be used only when a known alarm condition, such as smoke
from cooking, activates the alarm. The smoke detector is desensitized by pushing the "HUSH" button on
the smoke detector cover. If the smoke is not too dense, the alarm will silence immediately and "Chirp"
every 30-40 seconds for approximately 7 minutes. This indicates that the alarm is in a temporarily
desensitized condition. The smoke alarm will automatically reset after approximately 7 minutes and sound
the alarm if particles of combustion are still present. The "HUSH” feature can be used repeatedly until the
air has been cleared of the condition causing the alarm.
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NOTE: DENSE SMOKE WILL OVERRIDE THE HUSH CONTROL FEATURE AND SOUND A
CONTINUOUS ALARM.
CAUTION: BEFORE USING THE ALARM HUSH FEATURE, IDENTIFY THE SOURCE OF
THE SMOKE AND BE CERTAIN A SAFE CONDITION EXISTS.
FLASHING L.E.D. LIGHT: This smoke detector is equipped with a flashing red indicator light. The light
is located under the test button and will flash every 30-40 seconds to indicate that the smoke detector is
receiving power.
TESTING: Test by pushing the test button on the cover and holding it down for a minimum of 2 seconds.
This will sound the alarm if all the electronic circuitry, horn and battery are working. If no alarm sounds the
unit has defective batteries or other failure. You can also test the alarm by blowing smoke into it.
TEST THE ALARM WEEKLY TO ENSURE PROPER OPERATION. Erratic or low sound coming
from your alarm may indicate a defective detector, and it should be returned for service.
FALSE ALARMS
Smoke detectors are designed to minimize false alarms. Cigarette smoke will not normally set off the
alarm, unless the smoke is blown directly into the detector. Combustion particles from cooking may set off
the alarm if the detector is located close to the cooking area. Large quantities of combustible particles are
generated from spills or when broiling. Using the fan on a range hood which vents to the outside (nonrecirculating type) will also help remove these combustible products from the kitchen.
MODEL 0916 HAS A "HUSH" CONTROL that is extremely useful in a kitchen area or other areas
prone to nuisance alarms. For more information refer to OPERATION AND TESTING.
If the detector does alarm, check for fires first. If a fire is discovered, get out and call the fire department. If
no fire is present, check to see if other reasons may have caused the alarm.
MAINTENANCE
BATTERY REPLACEMENT
To replace-the battery remove the detector from the mounting plate by rotating the detector in the direction
of the "OFF" arrow on the cover.
The Model 0916 Smoke Detector uses one (1) 9-volt battery. The SMOKE DETECTOR is powered by a
9V carbon zinc battery (alkaline battery may also be used). A fresh battery should last for one year under
normal operating condition. This detector has a low battery monitor circuit that will cause the detector to
"chirp" approximately every 30-40 seconds for a minimum of seven (7) days when the battery gets low.
Replace the battery when this condition occurs. USE ONLY THE FOLLOWING 9 VOLT BATTERIES
FOR SMOKE DETECTOR REPLACEMENT
Carbon-zinc type:
EVEREADY 216 OR 1222, GOLD PEAK 1604P OR 1604S
Alkaline type:
EVEREADY 522; DURACELL MN 1604, Gold Peak 1604A
Lithium type:
ULTRALIFE U9VL. NOTE:
REGULAR TESTING IS RECOMMENDED.
WARNING!! USE ONLY THE BATTERIES SPECIFIED. USE OF DIFFERENT BATTERIES MAY
HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE SMOKE DETECTOR.
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NOTE: IF AFTER BATTERY REPLACEMENT, THE UNIT CONTINUES TO CHIRP, WAIT FOR
APPROXIMATELY 7 MINUTES. THE "HUSH" FEATURE MAY HAVE BEEN ACTIVATED
ACCIDENTALLY WHILE CHANGING THE BATTERIES AND WILL RESET AUTOMATICALLY
CLEANING YOUR DETECTOR:
To clean your detector remove it from the mounting bracket as outlined in the beginning of this section.
You can clean the interior of your detector (sensing chamber) by using your vacuum cleaner hose and
vacuuming through the openings around the perimeter of the detector.
The outside of the detector can be wiped with a damp cloth.
AFTER CLEANING, REINSTALL YOUR DETECTOR. TEST YOUR DETECTOR BY USING
THE TEST BUTTON.
LIMITATIONS OF SMOKE ALARMS:
WARNING!! Smoke detectors are devices that can provide early warning of possible fires at a reasonable
cost; however, detectors have sensing limitations. Ionization type detectors offer a broad range of fire
sensing capability but are better at detecting fast flaming fires than slow smoldering fires. Photoelectric
detectors sense smoldering fires better than flaming fires. Home fires develop in different ways and are
often unpredictable. Neither type of detector (photoelectric or ionization) is always best, and a given
detector may not always provide warning of a fire. Also, smoke detectors do have limitations. For a battery
powered detector the battery must be of the specified type, in good condition, and installed properly. AC
powered detectors will not operate if AC power has been cut off such as by an electrical fire or an open
fuse. Smoke detectors must be tested regularly to make sure the batteries and the detector circuits are in
good operating condition.
Smoke detectors cannot provide an alarm if smoke does not reach the detector. Therefore, smoke detectors
may not sense fires starting in chimneys, walls, on roofs, on the other side of a closed door or on a different
floor. If the detector is located outside the bedroom or on a different floor, it may not wake up a sound
sleeper. The use of alcohol or drugs may also impair ones ability to hear the smoke alarm. For maximum
protection a smoke detector should be installed in each sleeping area on every level of a home.
Although smoke detectors can help save lives by providing an early warning of a fire, they are not a
substitute for an insurance policy. Homeowners and renters should have adequate insurance to protect their
lives and property.
GOOD SAFETY HABITS
DEVELOP AND PRACTICE A PLAN OF ESCAPE:
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Make a floor plan indicating all doors and windows and at least two (2) escape routes from each
room. Second story windows may need a rope or chain ladder.
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Have a family meeting and discuss your escape plan, showing everyone what to do in case of fire.
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Determine a place outside your home where you all can meet if a fire occurs.
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Familiarize everyone with the sound of the Smoke Alarm and train him or her to leave your home
when they hear it.
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Practice a fire drill at least every six months. Practice allows you to test your plan before an
emergency; you may not be able to reach your children. It is important they know what to do.
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WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS:
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Leave immediately by your escape plan. Every second counts, so don't waste time getting dressed
or picking up valuables.
In leaving, don't open any inside door without first feeling its surface. If hot, or if you see smoke
seeping through cracks, don't open that door! Instead use your alternate exit. If the inside of the
door is cool, place your shoulder against it, open it slightly and be ready to slam it shut if heat and
smoke rush in.
Stay close to the floor if the air is smoky. Breathe shallowly through a cloth, wet if possible.
Once outside go to your selected meeting place and make sure everyone is there.
Call the fire department from your neighbor’s home - not from yours!
Don't return to your home until the fire officials say that it is all right to do so.
There are situations where a smoke detector may not be effective to protect against fire as stated in the
NFPA standards 72.
For instance:
a) Smoking in bed;
b) Leaving children home alone;
c) Cleaning with flammable liquids, such as gasoline.
Further information on fire safety can be obtained in a pamphlet titled "IN A FIRE SECONDS COUNT"
published by the NFPA, Batterymarch Park, Quincy, Mass. 02269.
SERVICE AND WARRANTY
If after reviewing this manual you feel that your smoke alarm is defective in any way, do not tamper with
the unit. Return it for servicing to: FYRNETICS, INC., 1055 STEVENSON CT./STE 102W, ROSELLE,
IL 60172. (See Warranty for in-warranty returns).
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM
The following information is highlights from the folder provided by the alarm manufacturer. The folder,
with more detailed information, is contained in your Owners' Packet.
Test detector immediately following installation and weekly for proper operation by pushing the test
button until the YELLOW L.E.D. lights and a short beep is heard (approximately three seconds). Release
the button. The detector will then test itself for proper operation. At completion of the self-test, the alarm
will sound and both L.E.D.s will light for 3/4 of a second. The detector then resumes normal operation.
NORMAL OPERATION
In normal operation the detector will flash the RED L.E.D. once every 30 seconds.
WARNING CONDITION
If the COSTAR senses a low level of CO The YELLOW L.E.D. will light and the detector will beep every
three seconds warning that CO is present. The area should immediately be ventilated. A concentration of 60
PPM within 67 minutes will cause the warning condition. Pushing the test button will silence the warning
signal but the YELLOW L.E.D. will stay on. After two hours the warning signal will sound again if the CO
source has not been eliminated. If the condition persists there is a possibility that it may cause the unit to
enter alarm condition (below). If this occurs pushing the reset button will silence the alarm for 30 minutes.
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ALARM CONDITION
If the COSTAR senses unsafe levels of CO, the RED L.E.D. will light up and the alarm will sound. The
alarm condition will be signified by a repetitive alarm-sounding pattern of approximately 4.5 seconds on
1.5 second off. Immediate evacuation is required. Pushing the test button will silence the alarm once for
approximately 4 minutes.
After approximately 4 minutes the alarm will once again sound until the unsafe CO concentration is
removed.
FAULT CONDITION
Periodically the detector's measurement circuit is tested. If an error is detected, the detector will sound
twice and the YELLOW L.E.D. will flash twice every 30 seconds. This is an indication of circuit
malfunction and that the detector requires immediate servicing.
MAINTENANCE
Battery Replacement:
If tamper resistant pin has been used, refer to "tamper resistant locking pin" for removal
instructions.
To replace the battery remove the detector from the mounting plate by rotating the detector in the direction
of the "OFF" arrow on the cover.
The Model 9L-i CO Detector uses one (1) 9-volt battery. The CO DETECTOR is powered by a 9V
alkaline battery. A fresh battery should last for one year under normal operating conditions. This detector
has a low battery monitor circuit which will cause the detector to "chirp" and the red LED to flash
approximately every 30-40 seconds for a minimum of seven (7) days when the battery gets low. Replace
the battery when this condition occurs. USE ONLY THE FOLLOWING 9 VOLT BATTERIES FOR
CO DETECTOR REPLACEMENT.
Alkaline type: EVEREADY522; DURACELL MN1604; GOLD PEAK 1604A
Lithium type: ULTRALIFE U9VL
NOTE: REGULAR TESTING IS RECOMMENDED.
WARNING!! USE ONLY THE BATTERIES SPECIFIED. USE OF DIFFERENT BATTERIES
MAY HAVE A DETRIMENTAL EFFECT ON THE CO DETECTOR.
CLEANING YOUR DETECTOR:
To clean your detector remove it from the mounting bracket as outlined in the beginning of this section.
You can clean the interior of your detector by using your vacuum cleaner hose and vacuuming through the
openings around the perimeter of the detector. The outside can be wiped with a damp cloth.
AFTER CLEANING, REINSTALL YOUR DETECTOR. TEST YOUR DETECTOR BY USING
THE TEST BUTTON.
Test detector weekly for proper operation by pushing the test button until the YELLOW L.E.D. lights and a
short beep is heard (approximately three seconds). Release the button. The detector will then test itself for
proper operation. At completion of the self-test, the alarm will sound and both L.E.D.s will light for 3/4 of
a second. The detector then resumes normal operation.
SERVICE AND WARRANTY
If after reviewing this manual you feel that your CO Detector is defective in any way, do not tamper with
the unit. Return it for servicing to: Quantum Group, Inc., 11211 Sorrento Valley Road, Suite Valley
Road, Suite V. San Diego, CA 92121.
Or call us toll free (800) 432-5599
E-mail address: mktsls@qginc.com
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LP GAS DETECTOR
In the kitchen area of your unit, approximately six inches above the floor, is the 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, as a result, can be explosive if ignited under certain circumstances. LP gas is heavier
than air and, if confined in a closed space, will accumulate close to the floor. When the LP gas
concentration in your unit exceeds 2000 PPM the detector will provide a visual and audible alarm by
sounding a buzzer and flashing the red LED two times per second.
WARNING:
Activation of this detector indicates the presence of LP gas, which can cause an explosion and/or fire.
This normally indicates a leak in the LP gas installation or a LP gas appliance. Extinguish all open
flames, open your windows and door and evacuate the unit immediately. Do not activate any
electrical switch. Turn off the LP at your gas bottle(s). DO NOT RE-ENTER YOUR UNIT UNTIL A
QUALIFIED REPAIR TECHNICIAN HAS CORRECTED THE PROBLEM.
OPERATION
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 be lit.
WARNING:
It is not recommended that the detector be disconnected from the battery during periods of storage.
There is a small heater on the sensor of the device, which "burns" away impurities in the air during
periods of normal use. During periods when power is interrupted, impurities can build up on the
sensor. When power is returned to the detector the detector alarm may activate until the impurities
are "burned" off. This could take a number of hours, during which time the alarm will be constantly
"on".
DETECTOR TEST
Press the test button for 5 to 6 seconds until the alarm sounds then release the test button. The red LED
should flash and the alarm sound for approximately 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.
LOW VOLTAGE
Below 10 VDC the detector will continue to operate but will blink alternately green and orange. Below 8
VDC the unit will behave erratically and will eventually shut off. To ensure proper operation, do not
operate the unit below 10 VDC.
COMPONENT FAILURE
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, immediately contact your dealer or Airstream Customer
Service for the name of the nearest detector service center.
Please read the operating instructions for your detector, which have been supplied with the paper work of
your unit.
WARNING: Have a professional check your system if you have any doubts.
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OVERNIGHT STOP
In time you will develop a knack for spotting wonderful little roadside locations by turning off the main
highway and exploring. There are many modern recreational vehicle parks, including State, County and
Federal parks with good facilities, where you may obtain hookups of electrical, water and sewer
connections. Directories are published which describe in detail these parks and tell what is available in the
way of services and hookups.
Overnight or Weekend Trips
On overnight or weekend trips, chances are you will not use up the capacity of the sewage holding tank,
deplete the water supply, or run down the batteries which supply the living area 12 volt current.
Longer Trip
On a longer trip, when you have stayed where sewer connections and utility 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 supply. Many gas stations (chain and individually owned) have installed sanitary dumping
stations for just this purpose. Booklets are available which list these dumping stations.
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 facilities are with you. You are self- contained. Try to
pick as level a parking spot as possible.
Hydraulic Leveling Jacks
Some models are equipped with hydraulic leveling jacks that can be deployed. Complete instructions are
included with the Owners Packet. Be sure to read the directions completely prior to operating the jacks. The
jacks will be able to level your unit in most modern campgrounds. However, their capabilities are limited,
and in some situations you will have to use planks to level the coach.
All you need to do to enjoy self-contained luxury is to:
1. Turn on the LP Gas supply and light the appliance pilots if required.
2. Turn on the water pump and open the faucets until the air is expelled from the system.
3. Deploy the slide out if so equipped and you desire the extra space.
Before moving on, turn off the LP gas and the water pump, check you campsite, both for cleanliness and
also to be sure you haven’t left anything behind. Make sure everything is properly stowed.
WINTER TRAVELING
Traveling in your motorhome during the cold winter months can be a most exhilarating experience. There
are, of course, certain precautions that must be taken as you would in your home in low temperatures.
WARNING: Always shut off the LP gas when gasoline is added to the fuel tank.
Some states do not allow LPG to be turned on while moving. While traveling in these states you must use
your common sense. How cold is it? How long will it 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.
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1. You must have a plentiful supply of propane gas.
2. If your stay is longer than overnight, you should endeavor to have 120-volt electricity available. The
batteries, fully charged, will not last more than about 15 hours in freezing weather. Of course, you can run
your generator to recharge the batteries, or even use the generator continually. Since the generator starts off
the same battery as the engine, it is recommended to start the generator prior to shutting off the engine. This
will prevent running the engine battery down should there be a difficulty in starting the generator in the
cold temperatures.
3. Minimize use of electricity if 120-volt power source is not available.
4. Leave cabinet doors, bed doors and wardrobe doors slightly open at flight to allow circulation of air in
and around all furniture components
5. Use propylene glycol type antifreeze in waste and drain water tanks to prevent freezing. Quantity of
antifreeze needed will vary with ambient temperature and the amount of liquids in tank.
6. For extended stays in cold weather, insulate the water line outside the motorhome. You should remember
that low temperatures in combination with high winds cause an equivalent chill temperature much below
what your thermometer is reading. For instance, with an outside temperature of zero degrees, and the wind
velocity of 10 miles per hour, the equivalent chill temperature is minus 20' F. The exterior water faucet has
an in-line valve inside the motorhome. In below freezing temperatures, shut off the valve inside and open
the exterior brass valve so it will drain.
Condensation
It is also important to guard against excessive humidity inside your motorhome during winter campouts.
When windows and window frames fog up or "sweat," it means that there is too much moisture in the air.
Moisture comes from water vapor and water vapor is the direct result of water evaporating.
Many things such as baths and showers, boiling foods, washing dishes, washing clothes, even breathing,
contribute to evaporation. The inside air can only absorb so much of this moisture before it becomes
saturated. At this point it can hold no more, and any additional water vapor condenses back to liquid water
in the form of droplets on any available cool, solid surface. Temperature has a direct effect on the airs
saturation point. Cold air holds less moisture than warm air. For this reason, the air immediately adjacent to
cold outside walls and windows cools down and causes water vapor to condense and form moisture
droplets, even though warmer inside surfaces are still dry.
The best way to keep condensation under control is to reduce moisture producing activities. It is important
to provide adequate ventilation and keep the air circulating as much as possible.
Use your exhaust fans to remove moisture before water vapor mixes with the air. Open windows slightly
once in a while, while operating fans, to bring in drier outside air and aid in overall air circulation. In
extremely cold weather, when outside ventilation is not practical, it may be necessary .to use a small
dehumidifier to aid in reducing condensation.
There is no substitute for common sense in cold weather.
Note: The Airstream motorhome is built as a recreational vehicle and is not intended as a permanent
dwelling or for more than temporary use in sub-freezing temperatures.
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EXTENDED STAY
Making a long trip is not very different from making a weekend excursion. Since everything you need is
right at hand, you are at home wherever you go. When packing for an extended trip, take everything you
need, but only what you need. Some models are equipped with Hydraulic Leveling Jacks that can be
deployed. Complete instructions are included with the Owners Packet. Be sure to read the directions
completely prior to operating the jacks.
When you plan to stay in the same place for several days, weeks or months, you will want your motorhome
to be as level as possible. Check the attitude 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 driving
up a small ramp consisting of 2" x 6" boards tapered at both ends. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND
PLACING TIRES IN A HOLE FOR LEVELING.
CAMPGROUND SETUP
Hook Up to Water by attaching a ½” minimum high-pressure water hose to the city water service, or the
hose from the water reel if so equipped.
The 110-volt power cord is an electrically operated cord reel in the first compartment located behind the
roadside rear wheels. Turning the switch to “out” will extend the power cord so it can be plugged into City
Power Service.
WARNING: If adapters are required make sure the polarity is correct and the “ground” function is
not lost.
A Cable TV and Telephone Hookup is located on the roadside power cord compartment of the
motorhome. It is already wired into the existing system, so the exterior connection is all that is required.
To use the Generator you simply start it. All switching is done automatically. The generator can be started
either from your interior monitor panel, armrest switch, bedroom switch, or the switch on the generator
itself.
It is easier on your generator and appliances if you'll allow the generator to reach its normal operating
speed (about a minute) prior to applying heavy current loads.
Hook your Waste Drain Hose into the Sewer Disposal Facility and attach to the drain outlet in your
motorhome. For details on this procedure see Drain and Waste System Section.
Turn on the gas supply and light the oven pilot. Lighting a top range burner to bleed any air from the
system will make it easier to start other appliances.
The range exhaust fan has an exterior door that must be unlatched to be effective. You will see the two
small twist latches if you look at the fan from outside the motor home. In most circumstances you can leave
the door unlatched. During storage and adverse weather conditions, latching the door is recommended.
When you stay for extended periods where electric or water hookups are not available, you must make
regular checks on the condition of your 12-volt battery and the contents of your water tank. Carry drinking
water in a clean bucket to refill your tank. When your waste tank nears capacity, move your motorhome to
a dumping location.
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CAUTION: Read and follow all warning labels in the coach and safety instructions in the Power
Gear owner manual.
To operate the SLIDE-OUT rooms you MUST first remove the interior travel locks. These are located on
the top of the room on the interior of the coach and are out of your normal sight. There are two and they
provide pressure between the exterior wall of the coach and the top facer board on the room. They have
caming action and the tension is adjustable. The first time you remove them you'll probably need to stand
on a stable step stool to see how the cam is released. After seeing their simple operation you may able to
operate them from the floor according to your height and strength. Also make sure the driver’s seat is
forward enough to clear the room. Push and hold the rocker switch located at the top of the control panel in
the hallway. You'll easily be able to tell by the sound of the mechanism when the room is fully extended or
retracted. Instructions for manual retraction and extension of the room during a power failure are in the
Power gear owner’s manual.
NOTE: Before a slide-out room can be deployed the ignition switch must be off. We also recommend
leveling the coach prior to deploying the slide-out.
To operate the SLIDE OUT ROOM, push and hold the rocker switch located at the top of the control panel
in the hallway. You’ll easily be able to tell by the sound of the mechanism when the room is fully extended
or retracted.
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EXTERIOR
The roof of your Airstream Land Yacht motorhome is a fiberglass compound. If it is damaged contact the
Airstream customer service department and ask for the Service Bulletin on roof repairs.
The walls, front, and rear end are fiberglass that is custom painted by Carrera Designs with an automotive
finish. As a general rule of thumb, we recommend the motorhome be washed about every four weeks and
waxed in the spring and fall.
ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR MOTORHOME IN THE SHADE OR ON A CLOUDY DAY WHEN THE
SKIN IS COOL. Oil, grease, dust and dirt may be removed by washing with any mild non- abrasive soap or
detergent. Do not use hot water. Cleaning should be followed by a thorough clean water rinse. Drying the
unit with a chamois or a soft cloth can prevent spots and streaks.
After cleaning and drying, a good grade of nonabrasive automotive paste or liquid wax will increase the life
of the finish, especially in coastal areas where the finish is exposed to salt air, or in polluted industrial
areas. It will also protect the shell from minor scratches and make subsequent cleaning easier.
If your vehicle is exposed to pollen, bird droppings, tree sap, or the like, especially in hot and sunny
weather, wash it as often as necessary to keep it clean. If you do not, your paint will be damaged. Take
similar precautions if you vehicle is exposed to chemical industrial fallout. If asphalt remains on the
motorhome after washing, use a small amount of 100% mineral spirits on a rag and wipe the spots
individually, being careful not to scratch the finish.
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., be checked regularly. If this material has dried out and
becomes cracked or 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 your motorhome dealer.
Caution: Do not use high-pressure vehicle washes with harsh detergents or automatic truck washes.
FRONT END PROTECTIVE FILM
Your vehicle has a 3M protective film on the front end. Wash this with mild soap. Do not use
abrasive cleaners or damage may occur. For any questions please call Coach Guard at 1-800-2624100.
BODY ARMOR (NOSESHIELD, optional)
Cleaning Instructions
1. Clean the Body Armor with warm soapy water. Never use solvents such as gasoline, straight alcohol, or
ammonia. To remove tar, crease, or paint, use a 10-15% diluted isopropyl alcohol solution.
2. Use a soft cotton cloth to clean the plastic (polycarbonate) shield. Do not use paper towels: Paper towels
will scratch the plastic.
3. Once the Body Armor is clean, seal and protect the plastic with a plastic cleaner such as Plexus. Plastic
cleaners can be purchased from plastic retailers or automotive stores.
4. Small scratches can be removed or reduced by carefully polishing the area with a plastic scratch
remover compound such as Novus 2. Novus 2 can usually be purchased from a plastic retailer.
5. A light-buffing compound as used on automotive paint can also be used on the Body Armor shield. Use
light pressure and a slow speed when buffing out scratches.
If you have any questions regarding your Body Armor shield, please call Summit Products, Inc. at (515)
778-8958.
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Roof Ladder and Storage
For traveling, the lower section of the ladder should be removed and stored in one of your lower
compartments.
To remove, pull out the cross pins in the lower sockets then pull the bottom of the ladder out of the sockets.
This will allow the top of the ladder to be unhooked freeing it for storage.
CAUTION. Roof storage is limited to 250 pounds evenly distributed.
MAIN DOOR LOCK
LOCK ASSEMBLY, MAIN DOOR
1. Outside housing assembly
2. Inside plate
3. Striker bolt
4. Caged nut
5. Rotary latch
KEYLESS DOOR LOCK
Operation
The dead bolt portion of your motorhome may be controlled by radio signals produced by the key fob
shown below. One characteristic of this system is the one second delay after a pad has been depressed.
NOTE: When you use the keypad to turn the patio lights ON you must also use the keypad to turn
them OFF. The same goes for the switch inside the door ... if you turn the lights on with this switch,
you must use the same switch to turn them off. You cannot turn the lights on with the keypad and
off with the switch.
SERVICE
There are four major components operating the door locks; control module/receiver, dash switch, relay, and
drive motors. The control module is mounted on the inside wall just behind the main door. The relay
operates in conjunction with the dash switch and is located up under the left hand side of the dash. The
drive motors, located at each lock, are polarity sensitive. When testing you'll find the wires at the drive
motors will switch from positive to negative and vice versus as the key fob or dash switch is being
operated. When using the dash switch the relay under the dash performs the polarity switching functions
and the control module/receiver serves the same function when the key fob is used. A detailed wire layout
is provided in the electrical section of this manual.
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INTERIOR
The luxurious interior of your Airstream motorhome has been designed for comfort, convenience,
durability and appearance. An understanding of the operational procedures and maintenance techniques of
the interior appointments will add to your pleasures, as well as to the long life of your motorhome.
Lounges
To convert the Deluxe Sofa into a bed, pull the armrest straight up and out of their bracket, grasp the front
edge of the seat, raise and pull it toward the aisle of the motorhome. The backrest will slide down into place
automatically.
Rear Bed
On diesel models the bed top raises to reveal the engine cover for access to top of the engine. Gas rod props
assist the bed top raising. The engine cover latches to the bottom of the bed top.
WARNING - The lifting and supporting strength of the gas props vary according to temperature.
Props that support the bed top when hot may let the bed close rapidly when cold.
Cocktail Chairs and Recliners
The cocktail chairs have four adjustments. As you sit in the chair, two levers will protrude on the left side.
Releasing one lever allows the chair to rotate. The other lever allows the chair to slide forward and back.
The recliners supplied with the motorhome have side levers that can swivel, lock, or recline the chair
according to which chair was ordered with your coach.
CAUTION: Rotating the chair when it's slid back against the wall can damage the upholstery.
Position the chair so it isn't chafing when in transit.
Fabric Cleaning
All material should be professionally dry cleaned to remove any overall soiled condition. These materials
may be spot cleaned, however, using the cleanability code instructions as listed. Sample swatches are
furnished to our dealers. The dealer will be able to give you the cleaning code and part number for the
fabrics used in your particular motorhome.
Floor Tile
The tile is standard ceramic tile and grout and should be cleaned and cared for with products designed for
tile floors.
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The following are the cleanability code instructions for the various fabrics used in the Airstream
motorhomes:
Cleanability Codes
CODE W-S
Fabric care. Spot clean this fabric either with a mild solvent or a water-based cleaning agent. When using a
solvent or dry cleaning product, follow instructions carefully and clean only in a well-ventilated room.
Avoid any product that contains highly toxic carbon tetrachloride. You may also use an upholstery
shampoo product or the foam from a mild detergent. With either method, pretest a small area before
proceeding. Use professional furniture cleaner when an overall soiled condition is reached.
CODE S
Fabric care. Spot clean, using a mild, water-free solvent or dry-cleaning product. Carefully follow
instructions on such product. Clean only in a well-ventilated room. Avoid any product containing carbon
tetrachloride, which is highly toxic. Pretest small area before proceeding. Use professional furniture cleaner
when an overall soiled condition is reached.
CODE W
Fabric care. Spot clean, using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent, such as mild detergent or
non-solvent upholstery shampoo product. Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when
dry. Pretest small area before proceeding. Use professional furniture cleaner when an overall soiled
condition is reached. The manufacturer of the fabric designed the above code.
CAUTION:
Never remove cushion cover for separate cleaning or washing. Any tumble cleaning method can
destroy the backing, shrink or otherwise damage upholstery.
SMOKING WARNING
Keep your furniture and family safe from fires caused by careless smoking. Do not smoke when
drowsy. Remove immediately any flowing ash or a lighted cigarette that falls on furniture.
Smoldering smoking material can cause upholstered furniture fires.
SHADES
The day/night shades are opened and closed by grasping both knobs and sliding the shade straight up and
down. Your choice of blind density is instantly available by using the appropriate set of knobs.
CARPET
The carpet can be cleaned with any good commercial carpet cleaner, or with a detergent and water.
HOWEVER, BE CAREFUL NOT TO SOAK THE CARPET WITH WATER.
LAVATORY SINK
The lavatory sink is a very dense material called KARRAN. In the unlikely event of it ever being stained,
powdered cleansers such as Ajax or Comet may be used or even Scotch-Brite® pads. The color is constant
through the thickness of the material.
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COUNTER AREAS
The counter areas around the sink are Corian and can be cleaned with soap and water, or you can use a
common solvent on tough spots. Be sure no abrasive cleaner is used, as there is the possibility it could
scratch the surface. A protective pad should always be placed under hot utensils.
WALL CLEANING
Guilford of Main wall fabrics are color fast to the standard wet and dry cleaning procedures and are also
highly resistant to most spot cleaning solvents. The finished fabric would be identified by Standard Care
Level S-W. Avoid excessive brushing or rubbing during cleaning practices to prevent fuzzing of the fabric
surface.
Because of the very low absorption properties of polyester, soil will tend to remain on the fiber surface and,
therefore, is usually removed without need of vigorous treatment. To prevent overall soiling, frequent
vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is recommended. Oil or grease type spots will
respond to mild solvent or dry cleaning agents. The blotting technique, without rubbing, should be
sufficient to remove most spots.
Solvent Cleaner: Spot clean, using a water-free solvent or dry cleaning products. Clean only in a wellventilated room and avoid any product containing carbon tetrachloride or other toxic materials. Pretest
small area before proceeding.
Water-Based Cleaner: Spot clean, using the foam only from a water-based cleaning agent such as a mild
detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo products Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion.
Vacuum when dry. Pretest small area before proceeding.
When an overall soiled condition has been reached, use a professional furniture cleaning service for
recommendations in cleaning the fabric.
DRAWERS
Drawer removal - pull drawer out to stop then raise front of drawer to clear rollers.
CAUTION: Do not use any abrasive material on the vinyl-covered walls.
BATHROOM
CAUTION: The lavatory bowl and countertop in your bathroom should be cleaned with soap or
detergent. NEVER USE SCOURING POWDER.
SHOWER STALL
To clean your ULTRA/GLAS shower stall unit, use warm water and one of the stronger liquid detergents.
Do not use abrasive cleaners; they may scratch and dull the surface of your ULTRA/GLAS unit. Stubborn
stains can be removed with solvents such as turpentine, paint thinner or acetone. Restore dulled areas by
rubbing with an automotive-type liquid cleaner, and then put the soft glow back into your ULTRA/GLAS
unit with a light application of liquid wax.
WARNING: Do not wax the floor of the stall without using a bath mat afterward to prevent a
dangerous slippery floor condition.
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PLUMBING
LPG SYSTEM
Your motorhome is equipped with a permanently mounted tank for LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas). LPG
burns with a clean blue flame. There are two basic types of LPG in common usage: Butane and Propane.
Butane is widely used where temperatures are normally above freezing the year round, and Propane is used
where subfreezing temperatures are common, since Butane freezes at 32°F as compared to -40°F for
Propane. ALL OF THE ORIFICES IN THE LPG APPLIANCES ARE OF THE UNIVERSAL TYPE
THAT WILL BURN EITHER FUEL. How long a full tank of gas will last is dependent on usage. In cold
weather, when you are using the furnace, large amounts of hot water, and cooking extensively, you will
naturally use more than you will in warm weather, when you may do limited cooking. On the average, with
normal cooking and other appliance use, you can probably count on one month of usage from the tank.
If you have allowed the tank to run out, air may have gotten into the lines. In this event the air must be
forced out through the lines by gas pressure before you can light the pilots. Hold a match to the pilot of the
appliance closest to the tanks until it lights and stays lit. Then move to the next closest, etc.
WARNING:
All pilot lights and appliances must be turned off during refueling of motorhome fuel tank and
permanently mounted LPG tank. Gas lines should be checked periodically for leaks with ammonia
free soapy water. Do not use open flame.
CAUTION:
Moisture in the LPG tank will cause a malfunction of the regulator in controlling proper pressure.
This may result in the flame lifting off the burner, or the flame may go out frequently. Many
refueling stations will add approximately 1/4 to 1/2 gallon of alcohol to lower the moisture
temperature. Moisture will then pass through the regulator without the formation of ice crystals.
WARNING:
If gas can be smelled, appliance pilots fail to stay on, or any other abnormal situation occurs, shut off
tank valve immediately and call on a qualified LPG service center or Airstream Service Center.
LPG Regulator
The LPG regulators used on Airstream motorhomes are designed for low-pressure service, with a normal
outlet pressure setting of 11.5 water column. Only personnel trained in the proper procedures, codes,
standards, etc., should service regulators.
Have the regulator inspected each time the tank is refilled. Make sure the regulator vent opening on both
first and second stage regulators does not become plugged by mud, insects, snow, ice, paint, etc. Vents
must remain open.
Replace any regulator that has had water in the spring case, or shows evidence of external corrosion, or
corrosion inside the spring case. Closely examine regulators directly connected to the container valve by
means of a solid POL adapter (horizontal mounting) for signs of corrosion. (An Airstream Service Center is
recommended for this service.)
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BASIC RULES FOR SAFETY
WARNING: DO NOT store LP containers within vehicle. LP containers are equipped with safety
devices that vent gas should the pressure become excessive.
WARNING: DO NOT use cooking appliances for comfort heating. Cooking appliances need fresh air
for safe operation. Before operation open overhead vent or turn on exhaust fan and open window.
A warning label has been located in the cooking area to remind you to provide an adequate supply of
fresh air for combustion. Unlike homes, the amount of oxygen supply is limited due to the size of the
recreational vehicle, and proper ventilation when using the cooking appliances will avoid dangers of
asphyxiation. It is especially important that cooking appliances not be used for comfort heating as
the danger of asphyxiation is greater when the appliance is used for long periods of time.
WARNING: Portable fuel burning equipment, including wood and charcoal grills and stoves, shall
not be used inside the recreational vehicle. The use of this equipment inside the recreational vehicle
may cause fires or asphyxiation.
WARNING: A Warning Label has been located near the LP gas container. This label reads: DO
NOT FILL CONTAINER (S) TO MORE THAN 80% PERCENT OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the
LP gas container can result in uncontrolled gas flow that can cause fire or explosion. A properly
filled container will contain approximately 80 percent of its volume as liquid LP gas.
WARNING: Do not bring or store LP gas containers, gasoline or other flammable liquids inside the
vehicle because a fire or explosion may result.
WARNING:
If you smell gas:
1. Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking materials.
2. Do not touch electrical switches.
3. Shut off the gas supply at the tank valve(s) or gas supply connection.
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.
WARNING:
LP gas regulators must always be installed with the diaphragm vent facing downward. Regulators
that are not in compartments have been equipped with a protective cover. Make sure that regulator
vent faces downward and that cover is kept in place to minimize vent blockage that could result in
excessive gas pressure causing fire or explosion.
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LP TANK INSTALLATION
The regulator at the L.P. tank is
under a black plastic cover. The
protective cover certainly helps
to keep the vent on the regulator
from getting clogged by wasps
or ice, but should still be
checked regularly to make sure
the vent remains clear.
WARNING: Do not attempt
to seal regulator cover.
WARNING:
Check vent each time tank is filled to make sure it is clear of obstructions.
Gas Regulator Removal/Replacement
1. Shut off main gas supply at the tank.
2. Remove the plastic protective cover from the regulator assembly
3. Using two wrenches, one to hold the line fitting and one to turn the flare nut, disconnect
the regulator from the flexible rubber line.
4. Disconnect the regulator from the tank fitting. Remove regulator.
5. To replace, reverse the removal procedures.
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WATER SYSTEM - SELF-CONTAINED
Most plumbing functions are accomplished in the plumbing utility compartment on the roadside of your
motorhome. To fill your water tank, hook up a garden hose to the city water inlet then open the water tank
fill valve in the upper right corner of the compartment. The water level can be monitored on your control
panel above the range or the tank can be filled until water is expelled out of the tank overflow and is seen
running on the ground under the vehicle.
NOTE: Once the water level has reached the height of the overflow, water will continue to be
expelled for a few minutes after the fill valve is closed.
If it is more convenient for you, a water fill is also located on the side of the vehicle. Open the small access
door, unscrew the cap, pull the air plug, insert water hose and fill. As noted above, water will be expelled
from an overflow valve for a short time once the tank is full and the fill hose has been removed.
Open the hot side of the galley or lavatory faucet and turn on the water pump switch located on the monitor
panel. 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 the lines. Be sure water heater by-pass valves are in normal flow position
and water is in the water heater before lighting beginning operation of the water heater on gas or 110-volt.
See the figure below. Once the water heater is full a steady stream of water will come from the faucet. 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.
Once the system is filled with water and the faucets closed, the water pump will shut off. When a faucet is
opened the pump will come back on automatically. If the faucet is just barely open it is normal for the
pump to cycle on and off rapidly.
CAUTION: The water pump must be turned off when hooked up to city water supply and when you
leave your Airstream unattended.
Water heater by-pass valves are located under the galley. The
shelf system under the sink has to be removed to access the
valves that are on top of the heater. Remove the several screws
anchoring the shelf assembly and take shelf assembly completely
out.
Open valves “A” and “B” for normal usage. Close Valves “A”
and “B”, then open valve “C” for winterizing.
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WATER PUMP AND STRAINER
Water pump access is in the lower exterior compartment on the curbside just in front of the rear wheels.
Once the exterior door is raised, the pump can be found behind the small access door in the upper right
corner of the storage area.
To clean strainer screen, first remove
inlet connection from pump side of
strainer. This will allow the intake side
of the strainer to be rotated about 1/8
turn counter clockwise and removed.
The screen part of the strainer will now
be accessible for cleaning.
When reassembling, only rotate the inlet
side of the strainer until the stops are
felt. The “O” ring performs sealing and
too much pressure will only break the
strainer.
Cleaning Water Storage Tank
1. Prepare sodium hypochlorite solution using potable water and household bleach (5 1/4 to 6%) in the ratio
of 1/4-cup bleach to 1 gallon of water. (Common household bleaches are Purex and Chlorox.)
2. Pour 1 gallon of hypochlorite solution for each 15 gallons of capacity into the empty water tank.
3. Add enough potable water to completely fill the water system.
4. Allow closed system to stand for three hours.
5. Drain the hypochlorite solution from the system and refill with potable water.
6. Excessive hypochlorite taste or odor remaining in the water system is removed by rinsing the system
with a vinegar solution mixed in the ratio of 1 quart of vinegar to 5 gallons of water.
7. Drain the system and flush with potable water.
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WATER PUMP
Manufacturer:
Shur-Flo
1740 Markle Street
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
Phone: 219-294-7581
088-404-144 PUMP REPAIR KITS
1. Switch/check valve and upper housing kit (replaces all previous switch designs)
2. Valve plate assembly
3. Diaphragm/drive assembly
4. Motor
5. Complete Pump Head assembly (includes 1,2,3) (replaces all previous switch designs)
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Switch and Check Valve Repair
The check valve, hydraulic switch mechanism and micro switch are accessible by removing the switch
cover.
CAUTION: Care should be taken in removing the switch cover screws. Within the mechanism is a
spring under compression.
Replacement of Micro Switch
Occasionally the micro switch fails or an electrode is broken off. Proceed as follows: Remove the two
screws holding the cap to the main body. Remember, this cap retains a spring under compression. With
both screws out, allow the spring to extend fully. Then carefully lift off cap and spring. If only the micro
switch is at fault, avoid disturbing the hydraulic elements remaining in the head. If examination of the
hydraulic parts is required, remove them carefully by pulling. Be sure to note the order of removal.
To replace the micro switch, remove the spring and pull out the black retaining ring. This will allow the
micro switch to fall free. Replace parts in the reverse sequence: Micro switch, black retainer, and the
spring.
Reassemble cover to the main body. Switch cap may be pointed up or down as desired, providing wire has
not been shorted.
After replacing the micro switch, carefully rewire correctly.
Note: If the positive wire from the battery is connected to the "B" terminal, the switch is bypassed and the
pump cannot shut off, Pressure will build up until the motor stalls. If the proper fuse has been used, it will
blow. If a larger fuse than recommended has been used the motor will stall and may burn out.
Check Valve Problems
Due to contamination from debris or lime build-up, the check valve may fail to properly seat. To correct,
clean out the area and replace the check valve element. If checking the check valve with air, be certain to
moisten the check valve to get an accurate check. The rubber seals more effectively when wet.
Properly installed, the Pump will:
PRIME: The pump will automatically prime itself.
AIR-LOCK- Pump will not airlock, as the compression stroke is powerful enough to pressurize the
entrapped air and force the check valve open.
RUN DRY: Pump will run dry for extended periods without damage.
BATTERY DRAIN: At free flow, the pump draws a mere 7 to 7 1/2 amps.
CHECK VALVE: Built-in check valve prevents back flow and can protect the pump from the dangers of
high city water pressure (up to 200 PSI).
FULLY AUTOMATIC: The pump will automatically come on when the faucet or valve is opened. It
delivers a smooth, steady flow of water and shuts off automatically when the faucet is closed.
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Trouble Shooting
MOTOR DOES NOT OPERATE.
- Is battery discharged?
- Are any wires disconnected?
- Are terminals corroded'?
- Is switch in "ON" position?
- Is fuse good?
- Is water frozen in pump head?
MOTOR RUNS BUT NO WATER FLOWS.
-
Is water tank empty?
Are there kinks in the inlet hose?
Is air leaking into inlet hose fittings?
Is inlet line or iii-line filter plugged?
If using a filter, check the line just before the filter.
Is outlet hose kinked?
MOTOR RUNS BUT WATER "SPUTTERS"
Check to be certain that air has been bled off the lines and water heater. Also check for air leaks in the input
side of the pump.
PUMP CYCLES ON AND OFF WHEN ALL OUTLETS ARE CLOSED.
The pump will normally cycle (go on and off) when a faucet is partially opened. If, however, it cycles when
all valves are closed, check for a leak in the lines. It may be a leaky toilet valve or a dripping faucet. Do not
forget to check the outside city water entry valve. It may be leaking.
If no leak can be detected, shut pump off. Remove the output hose where it joins the system (not at the
pump). Insert a plug in the hose and clamp it. (You can make a perfect plug from a barb fitting: ½ " size
with a cap tightly screwed on the threads.) Turn the pump switch on. The pump should come on, run a few
seconds, and then shut off. If it remains off, the problem is NOT the pump. The problem is in the system.
If, however, the pump goes on and off, there may be a problem in the pump.
There may be an internal leak in the pump that allows water to escape from the high-pressure area back into
the low-pressure area. Look for a pump valve held open or a crack in the plastic parts.
PUMP DOES NOT ACHIEVE SHUT OFF
The wall switch may be used for temporary control of the pump. A low battery charge may be the cause. Or
the pump switch mechanism may be stuck. Try tapping the switch cap on the end of the pump with the
handle of a screwdriver. If the pump appears in all other respects to run normally, but fails to shut off, you
may have to replace the switch mechanism.
PUMP HEAD LEAKS
If the pump head leaks, first try to tighten the screws in the pump head assembly until they are snug.
CAUTION:
then replace.
Do not over tighten. The leak may be from a crack in the pump head assembly. If so,
One cause of the pump head cracking may be water freezing inside the pump head. If the leaking water is
escaping back near the motor, check for a leaking or broken piston.
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Pump Repair
•
•
•
•
Screws (A) hold the entire pump head assembly to the
motor.
Screws (B) hold the pump head face to the pump head
main body. Screws (C) hold the switch assembly to the
front of the pump head.
Screws (A) would be removed to correct a problem in
the "drive train" between the motor and pump head.
Screws (A) and (B) would be removed to correct a
problem in the pump head valves or pumping chambers.
Screws (C) would be removed to correct a problem in the automatic switch or check valve.
PUMP HEAD REPAIR
Motor and drive train.
Rarely does a problem occur in this area of the pump head. If a part does fail, it is quite easily replaced. Just
be certain to follow closely the sequence of parts as shown in the figure. Also be careful to align the flat
surface in the drive adapter with the flat surface on the motor shaft.
LUBRICATION
If the lubricant appears dried out it should be wiped off the bearing assemblies. A small amount of
automotive wheel bearing grease should be applied to both sides of each bearing.
FAILURE TO PRIME
Failure to prime can be caused by the presence of some foreign matter lodged in the valve preventing it
from seating. To correct, remove any such foreign bodies.
CAUTION: Do not remove the stainless steel screens. These filter screens should be cleaned without
removing them from the plastic housing.
PUMP CHAMBER REPAIR
Replacement of broken piston.
To remove a piston, back out the screw holding the defective piston.
Now lift the corner of the diaphragm and remove the broken piston. Insert the new piston through the
diaphragm and slide the retaining ring on. Rotate the piston until it drops into place in the drive plate.
Replace the screw and tighten until snug.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to re-use a piston once it has been removed. The plastic stem, if used a
second time, may not hold securely. The second thread path removes additional material and there is
then no real bite.
REPLACE A DIAPHRAGM
To replace a diaphragm follow the procedure used in removing the pistons. After removing the three
pistons the diaphragm is loose and easily removed.
Screws (A) hold the piston.
Screws (B) hold the drive mechanism and should not be removed when replacing piston.
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CITY WATER HOOKUP
In your utility compartment on the roadside of the motorhome is the city water hose connection and various
other valves. They are clearly marked and your dealer should have explained the functions of each at time
of purchase.
NOTE: When you use the "fresh water tank fill" valve and fill the tank it will expel any overflow
under the coach. When you turn the fill valve off, the overflow will not cease immediately, but will
slowly taper off.
Use a high-pressure hose of at least ½” diameter. It should be one that is tasteless, odorless and non-toxic
designed for RV use. The city water inlet is a standard garden hose thread. We suggest you carry two
lengths of hose. This way you have the ability to reach hookups further away than normal, plus you have a
spare hose should one fail or become damaged unexpectedly. Turn the water heater bypass to the normal
flow position as described under self-contained.
After hooking up the hose and turning on the city water valve provided in the park, slowly open a faucet.
There will be a lot of spurts and sputtering until all the air is expelled from the motorhome system. If the
water heater is empty it will take some time before all the air is expelled and 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 lines going to them.
During city water operation the water pump switch should be in the off position. A check valve built into
the pump protects it from city water pressure.
Your plumbing system has a built in pressure regulator to protect your lines and faucets from extremely
high pressures on some city water systems.
Information on dump valve and black tank flush use can be found under DRAIN AND WASTE SYSTEM
further back in this section
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GALLEY FAUCET, MOEN PURETOUCH®
1-800-374-6542
WATER FILTRATION SAFEGUARDS
Your Moen PureTouch® Filtering Faucet System integrates carbon block filtration technology designed by
Culligan International into a faucet spout. This technology is fast and effective at reducing contaminants
commonly found in water and is certified by NSF International. The PureTouch Filtering Faucet System
and installation must comply with State and Local laws and regulations. To ensure optimal operation of
your new Moen faucet, please read the following safeguards carefully.
MicroTech™ Filter Cartridges
• MicroTech filter cartridges will reduce:
Chlorine, Taste and Odor (MicroTech 5000, 3000, 1000)
Lead (MicroTech 5000,3000)
Cysts (Cryptosporidium, Giardia) (MicroTech 5000)*
*The contaminants removed or reduced by this filter are not necessarily in your water.
• Do not use with water that is microbiologically unsafe or of unknown quality without adequate
disinfections before or after the system. Systems certified for cyst reduction may be used on
disinfected waters that may contain filterable cysts.
•
MicroTech filter cartridges are designed for replacement after dispensing 200 gallons of filtered
water (approximately 3 months). Water conditions and usage may affect filter life and water taste.
•
The electronic indicator will signal when filter replacement is necessary
•
Use only MicroTech filter cartridges with the PureTouch Filtering Faucet System.
•
Filter flow rate = .4-.5 gpm at rated pressure (20 p.s.i. min. – 125 p.s.i. max.).
Water Temperature
• Minimum/Maximum faucet operating temperature = 40 degrees – 150 degrees F
• CAUTION: Do not filter water above 100 degrees F.
MicroTech™ Filter Flushing Instructions
•
New MicroTech Filter Cartridge: Allow cold water to run through a new filter for 5 minutes to
flush out any loose carbon particles. Once these small black specks are washed out the filter is
ready for use.
•
Daily Use: Allow cold water to run through the filter for 10-15 seconds prior to first use. If the
filter has not been used for two days, run cold water through the filter for 60 seconds prior to use.
Questions
• If you have any questions please call our toll-free help line:
1-800-BUY-MOEN
Monday through Friday
Saturday
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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PARTS DESCRIPTION
1. Solid Handle Body
2. Set Screw
3. Plug Button
4. Dome
5. Cartridge Screw
6. Handle Adapter
7. Handle Connector
8. Pivot Retainer
9. Wave Spring Washer
10. Pivot Stop
11. Retainer Nut
12. Bearing Washer
13. Retainer Clip
14. 1225 Cartridge
15. Spout Receptor
16. Hose Connection
17. Screen Washer
18.Quarter Turn Connector
19. Pull-out Spout
20. Upper Housing Unit
21. Filter Outlet Nut
22. Aerator
23. Filter Cover
24. Threaded Discharge Tube
25. Bottom Bearing Washer
26. Supply Tubes (2)
27. Deck Plate
28. Deck Ring
29. Ring Gasket
30. Deck Plate Studs (2)
31. Clamp Bar (2)
32. Spacer (2)
33. Small Mounting Nut (2)
34. 1/2" Threaded Fitting (2)
35. Mounting Bracket
36. Medium Mounting Nut
37. Adapter
38. Spout Hose
39. Counter Weight
40. Mounting Tool
41. Filter (not shown)
42. Large Mounting Nut (2) (not shown)
43. Washer
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Controlling The Water
The PureTouch System has three options for water
delivery; unfiltered stream, unfiltered spray and filtered
water.
The spray and stream actuating buttons are on the sides
of the pullout spout; the filtered water button is located
on the front of the spout.
Stream/Spray flow rate =
2.2gpm maximum at 60psi
2.5 gpm maximum at 80 psi.
STREAM MODE: Unfiltered water in regular stream
flow.
When the water is turned on at the faucet, the spout will
always begin operating in the regular stream mode.
SPRAY MODE: Unfiltered water in a wide pattern. If a
wide spray mode is desired, push the spray button while
the water is on. To return to stream mode, push the
stream button.
FILTERED WATER MODE: Filtered water dispensed
through the separate filtered water outlet. Pressing the
front filtered water button will divert water through the
filter and dispense filtered water from a separate outlet.
The only way to exit the filter mode is to shut the faucet
off.
CAUTION: Only filter cold water. Do not filter water
above 100 degrees F.
Electronic Indicator
The electronic indicator provides the following visual and audible feedback on the filtering system
•
Successful installation of a new filter (audible & visual)
•
Percent of filter life remaining (visual)
•
Filter is actively filtering water (visual)
•
Low filter warning (audible & visual)
•
Depleted filter warning (audible & visual)
•
Low battery warning (audible & visual)
The electronic indicator is powered by a replaceable standard 3V lithium watch battery (2032) designed to
last several years.
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MICROTECH™ FILTER INSTALLATION
NOTE: Faucet will not operate in any mode without filter. Filter should be left in protective bag until ready
for installation, The MicroTech™ filter is a high
performance carbon block filter developed specially for
the PureTouch Filtering Faucet System. Once the filter is
installed in the pullout spout, it should not be removed
until it is to be replaced. The electronic module keeps
track of the amount of filter life remaining and will
signal you when the filter change is necessary. If a
partially used filter is removed and reinstalled, the
electronic indicator will automatically reset and will
not accurately reflect filter life remaining.
Use only Microtech filter cartridges with the PureTouch
Filtering Faucet System.
1. Remove the filter cover by lifting it up and away from
the pullout spout body.
2. Insert the new filter by aligning the outlet tubes on the
filter with the inlet ports of the spout body and gently
pressing in and down. Upon successful installation of the
filter cartridge, the filter life indicator will beep three
times and reset automatically. (Do not remove the filter
until it is to be replaced.)
3. Re-install the filter cover by positioning the alignment
tab with the corresponding notch in the main pullout
spout body and gently pushing in and down.
4. Attach the pullout spout to the hose by aligning the
dots on the quarter turn connector (18) and the spout.
Push the quarter turn connector onto the spout assembly
and turn it clockwise, locking it in place.
5. Allow cold water to run through the new filter for 5
minutes to flush out any loose carbon particles. Once
these small black particles are washed out the filter is
ready for use.
The PureTouch System installation is now complete. Please read carefully the operation instructions to
ensure optimal performance.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
All that is needed to clean your faucet is a soft damp cloth. Moen does not recommend the use of scour
pads, cleansers or chemicals. The abrasive nature of these substances could damage the faucet's finish. A
nonabrasive car wax will help to protect the finish. DO NOT PLACE WAND APPLIANCE IN A
DISHWASHER.
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Successful Installation of a new Filter
When the depleted filter is replaced with a new
filter three beeps are sounded and the 100% filter
life is displayed momentarily. The new filter has
been successfully installed and the electronic
indicator has reset.
Percent of Filter Life Remaining
As the filter is used the indicator counts down to
zero from 100%. The percentage remaining is
displayed when water is being filtered.
Additionally, the filter status can be checked
without the faucet being turned on by
momentarily pressing the filter button.
Filter is Actively Filtering Water
The water drop icon cycles when water is being
filtered.
Low Filter Warning
There are two low filter warnings, one at 5%
remaining filter life and 1% remaining life. When
the remaining filter life reaches 5% the low filter
icon blinks and three beeps are sounded when the
filter button is depressed. At 1% or less the low
filter icon blinks and beeps are sounded every 5
seconds while water is being filtered indicating it
is time to change the filter.
Depleted Filter Warning
When the filter life remaining reaches 0%, the depleted filter icon blinks and beeps are continuously
sounded while water is being filtered. The filter mode should not be used until a new filter is installed.
Low Battery Warning
A standard 3V lithium watch battery designed to last several years under normal usage powers the
electronic indicator. When a low battery condition is detected the low battery icon blinks and beeps are
sounded while water is being filtered indicating it is time to change the battery.
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Helpful Tools: large flat tip screwdriver, small Phillips screwdriver
(#I).
Battery and Upper Housing Replacement
1. With faucet off, push filtered water button and record percentage
of remaining usable filter life. When battery is changed, filter life
indicator
automatically
resets
to
100%.
Record
here_______________________________.
2. Remove pullout spout (19) from receptor (15) and tie a dishtowel
around the hose to keep it from slipping back into the spout receptor.
3. Disconnect the quarter turn connector (I 8) from spout by turning
it counterclockwise one-quarter turn. The quarter turn connector will
remain attached to the hose.
4. Remove filter cover by lifting up and away from main spout
assembly. Remove filter cartridge from main spout assembly by
lifting from the inlet tube, using same up and away motion. NOTE:
Excess water may dribble from cartridge and valving. Dry
pullout spout with towel to prevent electronics from becoming
wet.
5. With large flat screwdriver or dime, unscrew (counterclockwise)
and remove filter outlet nut (21).
6. With Phillips screwdriver unscrew (counterclockwise) and
remove two short lower housing screws. Carefully remove lower
housing cover.
7. Unscrew (counterclockwise) and remove three upper housing
screws. Carefully lift upper housing cover off of wand appliance
leaving rubber button covers in place.
8. Battery should now be exposed on upper side of spout. Remove
old battery from battery compartment and dispose of properly.
9. Install new 2032 battery with positive side up. When battery is properly installed, filter life indicator
will light momentarily. Activate electronic indicator by pressing filtered water button to ensure proper
battery installation. Display should be visible.
10. Reinstall upper housing cover by carefully aligning over button covers.
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NOTE: When reinstalling screws and filter outlet nut, insert
into hole, turn counter clockwise with screwdriver until a
click is felt then turn clockwise until snug. DO NOT OVER
TIGHTEN!
11. Reinstall 2 short and 1 long upper housing screws until snug. Refer to picture (7 & 11) on previous
page for placement of long screw. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN!
NOTE: To assist in aligning lower housing, press side buttons slightly while sliding housing in place.
12. Reinstall lower housing by carefully aligning over button covers.
13. Reinstall two short housing screws until snug. DO NOT OVER
TIGHTEN!
14. Reinstall filter outlet nut (21) with flat screwdriver. DO NOT
OVER TIGHTEN!
15. Insert filter by aligning outlet tubes with inlet ports on main
pullout spout assembly and gently pushing in and down. Upon
successful installation of filter cartridge, pullout spout will emit a
series of three beeps and filter life indicator will reset automatically.
16. Reinstall filter cover by positioning alignment tab over
corresponding notch in main pullout spout assembly and gently
pushing in and down.
17. Reattach quarter turn connector (18) to pullout spout (19) aligning
the dots on the quarter turn connector and the spout. Push the quarter
turn connector onto the spout assembly and turn it clockwise, locking it in place. Return spout to the
receptor.
18. If new filter was not installed at battery change, refer to remaining filter life previously recorded at
beginning of battery replacement. Subtract recorded number in step I from the 100% displayed. The
difference represents the display setting at which the current filter will need replacement. Filter may not
perform as desired after this calculation percentage.
Example: Remaining filter life prior to battery change equals 30%.
Subtract 30% from 100% (100-30=70)
Filter will need to be changed when indicator reads 70%
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FILTER REPLACEMENT
MicroTech™ replacement filter cartridges may be purchased
at the same location as the faucet. For the dealer nearest you,
call 1-800-BUY-MOEN. Use only MicroTech filter cartridges
with the PureTouch® Filtering Faucet System.
Do not remove the filter until it is to be replaced.
1. Remove pullout spout (19) from receptor (15) and tie a
dishtowel around the hose to keep it from slipping back into
the spout receptor.
2. Disconnect the quarter turn, connector (18) from pullout
spout by turning it counterclockwise one-quarter turn. Quarter
turn connector will remain on the hose.
3. Remove the filter cover by lifting up and away from
pullout spout assembly. Remove the filter by lifting up and
away from the pullout spout assemble. NOTE: Excess water
may dribble from cartridge and valving.
4. Using soft towel or cloth, wipe excess water from wand
appliance.
5. Insert the new filter by aligning the two outlet tubes on the
filter with the two inlet ports on the spout body and gently
pressing in and down. Upon successful installation of the
filter cartridge, the pullout spout will beep three times and the
filter life indicator will reset automatically.
6. Reinstall the filter cover by positioning the alignment tab
with the corresponding notch in the main pullout spout body
and gently pushing in and down.
7. Reattach the filtering pullout spout to the hose by aligning
the dots on the quarter turn connector (I 8) to the pullout
spout (19). Push the quarter turn connector onto the spout
assembly and turn it clockwise locking it in place.
8. Allow water to run through the new filter for 5 minutes to flush out any loose carbon particles. After
these small black particles are washed out the filter is ready to be used.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
PROBLEM: Water drips from hose and quarter turn connection
SOLUTION: Make sure screen washer (17) is in place.
PROBLEM: Slow or uneven water flow in unfiltered modes.
SOLUTION: The screen washer has become clogged. Ensure faucet handle is in a closed position. Remove
pullout spout from receptor and tie a rag around the hose to keep it from slipping back into the spout
receptor. Disconnect the quarter turn connector (18) from hose connection (16). Remove screen washer
(17) from hose connection. Clean screen washer with a toothbrush and rinse.
PROBLEM: Reversed Hot & Cold positions.
SOLUTION: HELPFUL HINTS: IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO SHUT OFF WATER SUPPLIES.
HANDLE SCREW REQUIRES A 7/16" HEX KEY WRENCH.
1. Remove plug button (3) from the handle by prying the button upwards from the
bottom center. If a tool is required, use some thing, which will not scratch the
handle. Remove setscrew (2), handle body (1), dome (4), cartridge screw (5),
handle adapter (6) and handle connector (7).
2. Turn cartridge stem around so that the notch is turned one half turn or 180
degrees.
3. Reinstall as follows: Be sure retainer clip (13) is present on cartridge stem and
raised edge of pivot stop (10) faces front. Note orientation of handle adapter &
connector assembly (6 & 7) in the exploded view. Completely turn cartridge screw
(5) to prevent unwanted closure of faucet. Thread on dome clockwise until hand
tight. Reinstall handle body (1), set screw (2) and plug button (3).
PROBLEM: Pullout hose does not move freely.
SOLUTION: Gently bend supply tubes away from the hose. DO NOT KINK SUPPLY TUBES
PROBLEM: Slow or uneven water flow in filtered mode.
SOLUTION: Filter outlet nut (21) may be clogged
1. Remove filter outlet nut, flush out carbon particles.
2. Filter cartridge may be clogged with captured contaminants Replace filter cartridge. If
problem persists call Moen Help line at 1-800-BUY-MOEN.
PROBLEM: Water drains from sides of pullout spout when water is on
SOLUTION: Filter may be cracked. Replace filter.
PROBLEM: Electronic display doesn't function.
SOLUTION: Replace battery.
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MOEN FAUCET CARTRIDGE REPLACEMENT
CAUTION: Always turn water OFF before removing existing faucet or disassembling the valve.
Open faucet handle to relieve water pressure and ensure that complete water shut-off has been
accomplished.
1. Remove plug button (3) from the handle by prying the button upwards from the bottom center. Be
careful not to scratch the handle. Lift the handle up and using a 7/64" hex wrench, remove set screw (2).
Remove handle (1), unscrew dome and pivot retainer (4 & 8), cartridge screw (5), handle adapter &
connector assembly (6 & 7), and pivot stop (9). Remove DD washer (IO) and retainer nut (II).
2. Using a flathead screwdriver, remove the retainer clip (14).
3. Grasp cartridge stem with pliers and pull cartridge (15) straight up and out of valve body.
4. Reinstall as follows: Install cartridge (15) into valve body with notched flat on stem facing forward. Be
sure to position the ears of the cartridge in the front and back. Reinstall the retainer clip (14), which
straddles the ears on the cartridge. Reinstall the retainer nut (11) and pivot stop (9) with the stop in front as
shown in Step 4 above. Reinstall DD washer (10) and reassemble handle connector and handle adapter (6
& 7). Note orientation of this sub-assembly as shown in Step 4. Install cartridge screw (5). Be sure to install
completely to prevent unwanted closure of faucet. Thread on dome and pivot retainer (4 & 8) clockwise
until hand tight. Reinstall handle (1), set screw (2), and plug button (3).
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LAVATORY FAUCET, MOEN
DISASSEMBLY:
CAUTION: Turn OFF BOTH water
supplies and open BOTH faucet
handles to relieve water pressure and
to insure that COMPLETE water
shut off has been accomplished.
1. Remove handle cap or plug button
(for Concentric handle models unscrew
handle cap), handle screw, handle hub
(insert handle adapter for Concentric
models).
2. Loosen the cartridge nut with an
adjustable wrench and remove it and the
stem guide as a unit together with the
upper handle adapter.
3. Set aside the cartridge nut and stem
guide and with the handle adapter
installed, reassemble handle hub (insert
handle adapter for Concentric models)
and handle screw and tighten.
4. Grasp the handle hub (insert handle
adapter for Concentric models) and pull
the cartridge STRAIGHT UP; and out
of the valve body.
REASSEMBLY:
CAUTION: Failure to follow these instructions can cause personal injury or water damage to the
premises, or could result in a faulty installation or damage the new cartridge.
1. Assemble upper and lower handle adapter and the handle hub (insert handle adapter for Concentric
models) to new cartridge with the handle screw. Turn stem to the ON position, waterway holes in cartridge
are lined up.
2. Insert the cartridge straight into the valve body, press firmly while
rotating the handle hub (insert handle adapter for Concentric models)
counterclockwise until you feel the key enter notch in the valve body.
This will correctly position the cartridge. Turn handle knob in both
directions to insure a stop in each direction.
3. Note handle rotation and orientation if adjustment is required.
4. Remove handle screw and handle hub (insert handle adapter for
Concentric models), install cartridge nut with stem guide over the upper
handle adapter, start by hand DO NOT CROSS THREAD. Firmly tighten
cartridge nut and stem guide using adjustable wrench.
5. Replace handle parts. Turn on water supplies.
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MOEN SHOWER MIXING VALVE
ASSEMBLY
1. Handle Cover
2. Handle
3. Cartridge
4. Handle Screw
5.Valve Body
6. Stop Tube
7. Retainer Clip
SHOWER MIXING VALVE CARTRIDGE
REMOVAL
Shut off water pressure for entire system.
Disassemble: Remove handle cover. Take out handle screw and remove handle and stop tube. Lift out
retaining clip and pull the cartridge out of the body by the stem.
CAUTION: Reinsert cartridge by pushing it all the way into the body and until the front of the ears
on the cartridge shell are flush and aligned with the body. Replace the retainer clip so that the legs
straddle the cartridge ears and slide down into the bottom slot in the body. This prevents the
cartridge from rotating and locks it in the body. Reinstall stop tube and handle. Tighten handle
screw securely, and replace the handle cover. The red flat on the stem must point UP when mounting
the knob handle (down for lever handle).
If cold water is on left side and hot water is on right side (red flat pointed down), remove cartridge and
reinstall 180°.
Removal and Replacement
1.
Cover carpet and cover bottom of shower pan to protect them from damage.
2.
Disconnect city water. Shut off water pump.
3.
Open drain valves
4.
Open galley, lavatory and shower faucets and allow water to drain from lines.
5.
Remove screws from top of faucet inspection cover in wardrobe. Tip back and remove
water lines from faucet.
6. Pop out metal insert in control valve handle. Remove screw and pull knob off.
7. Remove screws in escutcheon plate.
8. Disconnect shower hose.
9. Wrap masking tape on chrome fitting so as not to scratch chrome.
10. Using wrench, remove fitting.
11. Mixing valve, shower outlet, tube and hot and cold feed line assemblies may then be
removed through wardrobe inspection hole.
12. Replace by reversing above procedure.
NOTE:
If existing hose clamps were destroyed in removal, they should be replaced with
screw type clamps.
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STORAGE
When storing your motorhome for a short or long period, use the same precautions as you would in your
own home in regard to perishables, ventilation and rain protection. In addition, for a prolonged storage
period, flush out all the drain lines and the holding tanks. Also, drain the entire water system, including the
water heater and the water storage tank. Instructions for draining the water system are explained in the
following paragraphs on winterizing.
Twice a year, or after a long storage period, we suggest you take your unit into your Airstream dealer for a
check-up and cleaning of the gas operated appliances
WINTERIZING
The main consideration in winterizing is to guard against freezing damage to the hot and cold water
systems, the waste drain system (including the traps), the waste holding tanks, the water heater and the
batteries. To completely winterize your motorhome follow this procedure:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Level the motorhome from side to side and front to rear. Open all faucets.
Turn the water pump switch to the OFF position.
*Open the two drain line valves in your utility compartment as well as the exterior water
faucet. Open the water tank drain valve also located in the utility compartment. Remove plug
or open petcock on the exterior face of the water heater.
The toilet water valve should be left in open position while draining water. It is located in the
lavatory cabinet.
While the water is draining from the system, depress the button on all hand spray heads and
drain all water. Unscrew the head on spray unit and store.
After the water has stopped running from the drain lines, apply at least 60 lbs. of air pressure
at the city water inlet. Be sure the toilet valve and all drain valves and faucets are open and
pump outlet hose is disconnected. This can be accomplished at a service station and will force
any remaining water from the water heater and remove any water which may be trapped in
low areas.
Pour a cup of non-toxic antifreeze into the lavatory, sink, and tub drains to prevent freezing
water in traps.
Be sure to open the waste holding tank drain valves, and drain and flush the tanks thoroughly.
(This is very important, as the sewage in the tank, if frozen, could seriously damage the tank.)
Remove the batteries from your motorhome and store in a cool dry place where there is no
danger of freezing. It is very important for optimum 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 "kill" switch rather than remove the batteries,
Remove any items (food, cosmetics, etc.) from the interior that might be damaged by
freezing, or might damage the motorhome if containers break.
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For additional winterizing protection, add non-toxic antifreeze (approved for drinking water systems) to
your water lines using the following procedure:
1. Reconnect all lines except the hose to the pump inlet port.
Close all drain valves (See Step 3)
*2. Turn bypass valves to bypass position
3. Attach a length of hose to the pump inlet port. This piece
of hose should be long enough for the free end to be inserted
into and reach the bottom of the antifreeze container.
4. Dilute the antifreeze solution in accordance with the
manufacturer's instructions.
5. Open all water faucets.
6. Insert hose length into the antifreeze container, turn the
pump switch on, and run the water pump until the antifreeze
solution fills all water lines. Flush toilet. Work shower hand
spray while holding down in tub.
7. Shut off the pump and close all faucets.
8. Disconnect the hose length from pump inlet fitting and reconnect water system inlet line.
*To by-pass the water heater for winterizing, close valves A and C and open valve B
C, (See illustration).
WINTERIZING YOUR OPTIONAL SPLENDIDE WASHER/DRYER
1.
Turn off the hot and cold-water source to machine.
2.
Set machine to fill with warm water in regular wash cycle, turn machine on for a few minutes so
machine can take on any water left in inlet hoses. Make sure no water is left in inlet hoses.
3.
Turn unit off and advance the wash timer to spin cycle and turn on. This will activate the water
pump and will evacuate as much water as possible.
4.
Turn unit off and remove wash filter. This will drain any water left in the bottom of unit. Make
sure you get the drain filter put back in correctly or it may allow water to leak.
5.
Turn valves to washer off and proceed with winterizing instructions on previous page.
Winterize Your Optional Icemaker
1.
2.
Remove the Airstream installed supply hose and the small clear Dometic supply water line
from the solenoid located in the exterior refrigerated compartment. The solenoid is mounted
to back of the refrigerator.
Drain the small clear hose and blow out and drain the solenoid and large water supply line.
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DRAIN AND WASTE SYSTEM
The drain and waste system of your motorhome includes waste holding tanks made from molded plastic.
The MAIN HOLDING TANK enables you to use the toilet for several days away from disposal facilities.
The wastewater from the sink, shower, and bath and lavatory drain into the AUXILIARY HOLDING
TANK. Each tank has its own dump valve; however, both tanks drain through a common outlet. Therefore,
you need to make only one connection when hooking up in a trailer park with sewer facilities.
Monitor Panel
Check your monitor panel frequently. When the MAIN HOLDING TANK (Tank1) is completely full,
sewage cannot be emptied from the toilet bowl. If the AUXILIARY HOLDING TANK (Tank2) is
overfilled, drain water will "backup" into the tub and cause an unpleasant cleaning job. Tank one on the
monitor panel is the "black" tank and tank two is the auxiliary or "gray" tank. Never drain the tanks at any
place other than an approved dumping station.
To empty both tanks, attach the sewer hose by pressing the bayonet fitting onto the outlet adapter and rotate
clockwise until it feels solid and secure. Attach the outlet end of the hose to the sewage outlet; making sure
that the hose is placed so that it will drain completely. The dump valves are located in the utility
compartment on the roadside. Pull the dump valve handle out as far as it will go and wait until the tank is
drained. If the auxiliary tank is drained after the waste tank, the soapy water will help keep the sewer hose
and outlet clean.
When Parked and Connected to Sewer Outlet
When you are in a park and connected to a sewer outlet, keep the main holding tank dump valve closed and
empty the tank every few days or whenever it becomes almost full. ONLY BY SENDING A LARGE
VOLUME OF LIQUID THROUGH THE MAIN HOLDING TANK AT A TIME WILL TOILET PAPER
AND OTHER SOLIDS COMPLETELY WASH AWAY.
This practice will avoid the accumulation of solids in the main holding tank, which could lead to an
unpleasant cleaning job. Should solids accumulate, close the dump valve, fill the tank about half full with
water, then drive the motorhome for a few miles. The turbulence and surging of the water will usually
dissolve the solids into suspension so the tank can be drained. Keep the auxiliary tank valve open when
connected to a sewer outlet.
Draining the tanks as described will protect them from freezing during storage. When traveling in subfreezing temperatures, use a winterizing solution designed for RV use. Follow the directions on the
container. As this is being written, heated tanks are being considered and may be on your motorhome.
CAUTION: Never put wet strength paper towels or tissues in your holding tank, since they won't
dissolve and can "catch" in the mechanism of the dump valve. Colored toilet tissue is slower to
dissolve than white. Most RV accessory stores offer tissue, designed for RVs that will completely
dissolve.
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BLACK TANK FLUSH
The main holding tank must be flushed out until
all paper and waste material is removed. Close
the dump valve and refill the tank with 5 to 10
gallons of clean water and repeat until clean.
In the utility compartment on the left side is a
water hose connector marked "black tank flush."
To use, hook-up hose and turn on full force.
Within the tank a spray head with a multipleholed head will spray the interior surface of the
tank.
The gate valve should be closed for the first
couple of minutes, and then opened to let the
water out in a rush. Repeat as needed.
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 ease 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 valve. Also, do not use any dish detergent
or abrasive cleaners. All products should be marked approved for ABS drainage systems.
When winterizing drains use only recreational vehicle plumbing type antifreeze. These are sold through
your dealer.
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TOILET
Manufacturer:
Thetford Corporation
7101 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
313-769-6000
The RV toilet in your Airstream is a design that has been used for many years. There are two pedals. The
large pedal opens and closes the slide mechanism, and the smaller pedal opens and closes a water valve.
In normal use, when you are hooked up to city water, both pedals are depressed together. This dumps the
sewage and fresh water and flushes down the side of the bowl. Water will continue to run into the bowl for
a short time after the pedals are released.
When you wish to conserve water hold the hand-spray head over the bowl and hold down the thumboperated lever. Now when you depress the pedal all the water is routed through the hand-spray.
CAUTION: 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. Failure to do so can cause the groove for the slide to
become jammed and the slide will no longer close completely.
If the problem should occur a small nail or bent clothes hanger can be used to "pick" the material out of the
groove.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
12-VOLT SYSTEM
BATTERIES
Your motorhome is equipped with six batteries. Two batteries will be for the engine and the other 4
batteries for the interior 12-volt circuits on a rollout tray.
(390)
Engine Battery
The engine batteries are used for starting the engine and operating the headlights, taillights, running lights,
instrument panel lighting, automotive air conditioning and other accessories. The engine batteries are
charged by the alternator while driving and are located in the curbside rear lower compartment.
Coach Batteries
The coach batteries are used for interior lighting; exhaust fans, generator, water pump, central control
panel, entertainment center, optional 12-volt convenience outlets, and the refrigerator when it is switched to
12-volt power. These batteries are charged by the engine's alternator when driving, or by the converter
when plugged into 120-volt city power. They are also charged by the generator, when it is running, through
the 120-volt city power system. They are located in a lower rear compartment on the curbside.
Auxiliary Battery Switch
The switch marked aux. batt. on the panel just inside the main door acts as a master switch. When turned
off it opens the circuit between the coach batteries and the twelve-volt distribution panel. The component
that actually makes and breaks the circuit is a large continuous duty rated solenoid located in the front
compartment next to the batteries.
The switch is not intended for everyday use. But if you're going to be away from your coach for more than
3 or 4 days and it's not plugged into 110-volt current just flip the switch off on the way out and your
assured of fresh batteries when you return.
(395/396)
BATTERY CONTROL CENTER
The Intellitec Battery Control Center is a centralized power switching, fusing, and distribution center.
Power from both the chassis and the coach batteries are feed into the control center box. All servicing
with-in this box should be done only by a qualified Service Technician.
BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH (CHASSIS –COACH 395/396)
The BATTERY DISCONNECT switch on the panel just inside the main door acts as a master switch.
When the coach switch is turned to use it opens the circuit between the coach batteries and the twelve-volt
distribution panel. The chassis disconnect switch does not disconnect the chassis battery from the chassis
systems. It only cuts off power from the inverter/charger charging system to the chassis battery. You must
have the chassis battery disconnect switch on (use) for the inverter/converter to charge the engine batteries.
The coach batteries are charged by the inverter/converter whether the coach battery disconnect switch is in
the use or store position.
The engine batteries are used for starting the engine and operating the headlights, taillights, running lights,
instrument panel lighting, automotive air conditioning and other accessories. The alternator charges all six
batteries while the engine is running. The inverter/converter charges all six the batteries when the unit is
plugged into shoreline as long as the chassis battery disconnect switch is on (USE).
The coach batteries are used for interior lighting; exhaust fans, generator, water pump, central control
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panel, entertainment center, optional 12-volt convenience outlets, and the refrigerator when it is switched to
12-volt power. The generator also charges all batteries when it is running, through the 120-volt city power
system that powers the inverter/converter. The Intellitec Battery Control Center manual is also in your
packet. It has trouble-shooting and wiring information.
The battery disconnect switch is not intended for everyday use. But if you're going to be away from your
coach for more than 3 or 4 days and it's not plugged into 110-volt current just flip the switch off on the way
out and your assured of fresh batteries when you return.
Inverter
With the inverter is the standard package of four batteries for the interior coach circuits. The inverter is
located in the second lower compartment back of the main door. An inverter uses 12-volt battery power and
changes it to 120 volt AC current. More information on the 120 volt operation is in the II 0 volt section of
this manual.
What is important on the 12-volt side is the amount of power required from the batteries for the inverter.
This is probably best shown by a little ninth grade science.
120-volt (Plugged in)
1500 Watt = 12.5 amp
120 Volt
12-volt (Battery power)
1500 Watt = 125 amp
12 Volt
Pulling 125 amps from your batteries is a tremendous load. Luckily there would probably be few times
where you need this kind of power. If you do need 1500 watts for an extended period of time start your
generator --- 1500 watts would be a light load for it.
A little common sense will make the inverter system useful. But, if you try to overdo it you'll have dead
batteries.
12-Volt Operation
The only thing you have to do is make sure the coach batteries don't run down. In normal usage there isn't
any problem, since you would normally drive part of the day and be plugged into a campground at night.
The alternator charges the batteries when you drive and when you're plugged into city power the converter
charges the batteries and carries much of the load.
Some nights you may not find a place to plug into city power. No problem, the standard battery system
gives you about 400 amp-hours so you can comfortably run your lights and vents in a normal fashion
without depleting the batteries.
If you are not plugged into city power and you're not driving, you'll want to conserve your batteries by
using as few lights and appliances as possible. If you notice the lights becoming dim, it's much easier on the
batteries if you go ahead and start the engine or generator before the batteries run down.
Your motorhome is equipped with a 10-watt solar panel. There is an indicator light to the left of the
microwave that is on when there is enough sunlight to have a charging condition.
There are two sets of 12-volt fuses and breakers in your motorhome. The main interior circuits are in the
foot of the bed behind an access door. The brightly colored fuses pull straight out from the face of the
panel. Replacement fuses are available at automotive stores and most service stations. On the panel
covering the fuses is a diagram showing the function of each fuse or circuit breaker.
The second set of fuses are the ones provided by the chassis manufacturer. Freightliner fuses are located in
the lower compartment forward of the roadside front wheel.
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Many interior lights have been included in your motorhome to give you almost infinite variable light
intensity.
Just inside the main door are switches for the step, patio light, aux. Batt (390 only), and forward ceiling
lights. The forward ceiling lights must have their switches on before the remote switch on the panel will
control them.
The reading lamps above the sofa, dinette, recliners, galley indirect lighting, are operated by the two gang
switches located on the wall above the deluxe sofa and on the wall forward of the dinette. The wall and
hanging lamps are operated by the dimmer switches on the wall.
The two-gang switch on the galley slide-out panel below the monitor system operates the china cabinet
light above the galley and the ceiling lights.
In the bathroom the water heater switch supplies power to the igniter and gas valve. When turned on, it will
flash red until flame is sensed, then the red light will be extinguished. The other switches above the
lavatory operate the shower, lower medicine cabinet, bath mirror lights and water pump.
The switch in front of the bed wardrobe and a switch above the bed headboard on the curbside operate the
bedroom ceiling lights. The switch besides the ceiling light switch operates beds reading lights. Individual
switches located on the wall lamps are used for these lights.
The bulbs in the interior lights are all easily replaced if they burn out. Round, exposed bulbs, such as those
around the bathroom mirror and reading lights, are replaced by depressing them into their base, then
turning to the left about 1/4 turn. This will allow them to "pop" out part way, so they can be removed.
Twelve-volt bulbs with flat bases pull straight out of their socket.
To gain access to the bulbs in the round reading lights recessed in the bottom of the overhead lockers you
must remove the lens. The lenses are removed by turning counterclockwise about half a turn. The bulb, like
other flat base bulbs, pulls straight out of the socket.
WARNING: If they are difficult to turn, use a folded rag to protect your hand when grasping the
bulb in case it should unexpectedly shatter.
The ceiling and wardrobe light lenses are removed by squeezing the sides of the lens in until they clear the
frame. In cold weather it is helpful to leave the light on for a while to soften the plastic and avoid cracking.
Incandescent bulbs are removed by depressing and turning to the left about 1/4 turn. Fluorescent bulbs are
removed by turning in either direction.
Basic 12V Wiring
On the following pages are 12-volt wiring diagrams. The first drawing simply labeled "12V Wiring" will
probably be the most useful. It shows how the power from the batteries reaches the main components.
All the batteries are located in a lower compartment behind the curbside rear wheels.
12-Volt wiring main
Harness, headlight
Harness, firewall
Harness, chassis components
Harness, body, chassis – A
Harness, body, chassis – B
12V WIRING DIAGRAMS
Harness, A pillar
Harness, switches, armrest
Harness, clearance lights
Harness, body, interior – A
Harness, body, interior – B
Harness, body, upper
Wiring, slide-out room relays
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Harness, ceiling - A
Harness, ceiling - B
Harness, tail light extension
Harness, taillight
Harness, rear clearance lights
Wiring, exterior mirrors
Wiring, keyless entry
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Located in roadside power cord compartment
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Located in Roadside front compartment.
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MONITOR PANEL
Ventline
P.O. Box 629
Bristol, Indiana 46507
Phone: 219-848-4491
Operation
To check tank capacities or battery condition, depress the corresponding button on the panel. In order to
obtain a true reading on the batteries, you must be unplugged from city power and disconnected from your
tow vehicle. Black is sewer and Gray is lavatory sink and kitchen water.
The range exhaust fan has an exterior door that must be unlatched to be effective. You'll see the two small
twist latches if you look at the fan from outside the motorhome. In most circumstances you can leave the
door unlatched. During storage or adverse weather conditions, latching the door is recommended.
Trouble Shooting Guide
Be sure the wiring to the panel is correct and that the house battery is well charged. All electrical
connections must be correct.
NOTE: RV's are subjected to a lot of vibration from traveling on the highways, so always look for broken
wires and loose or broken connections.
NOTE: If a RV has exposed holding tanks under the vehicle and the vehicle is operated in the rain, sleet or
snow, the panel may show incorrect tank levels due to electrical conductivity on the outside of the tanks.
Washing the tanks and sealing the connections on the outside of the well nuts with silicon sealer should
correct this condition.
When troubleshooting a problem with a Ventline monitor system, always remember that there are four
basic system components to consider.
1) The monitor panel assembly, which includes the circuit board, lights, and switching.
2) The wiring harness, which includes the wires and connectors that connect the monitor panel to 12-volt
DC power, ground, tank resistor harnesses, LP sensors and switching.
3) The tank resistor harness, which includes the wires, connectors, and encapsulated electronic components.
4) The holding tank sensors and fresh water probes.
In many cases a malfunction of one of the above components will be reflected in another, which can result
in misdiagnosis of the actual problem. Ventline recommends a consistent, methodical approach to
troubleshooting in order to diagnose and correct the problem with the minimum investment in time and
resources.
COMMON FIELD PROBLEMS
- Inaccurate Holding Tank Level Readings
- Some Or All Holding Tank Level Lights Not Coming On
- Some Or All Holding Tank Level Lights Continuously On - LP Gas Levels Not Reading Properly
INACCURATE HOLDING TANK LEVEL READINGS
The accuracy of two wire holding tank monitoring systems can be adversely affected by dirty tanks,
unusual mineral content in the water, or improper holding tank probe location. These conditions can cause
the monitoring system to have oversensitive (reads higher than actual level) or under sensitive (reads lower
than actual level) readings.
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Oversensitive readings: Oversensitive readings can occur as a result of scum buildup on the tank walls,
abnormally high mineral content in the water, or incorrectly located holding tank probes. In these
situations, the monitoring system indicates higher levels than are actually present in the holding tank.
Certain cleaning products and food by-products can build up on the inside walls of the holding tanks
producing a layer of scum that can cause the monitoring system to read higher than the actual level. To
correct this problem, the holding tanks should be cleaned periodically (consult dealer or tank manufacturer
for cleaning instructions). If the problem persists after cleaning the holding tank, the ground probe can be
moved farther away from the other tank probes. The increased distance between the ground probe and the
other probes will decrease the sensitivity of the monitoring system.
Under sensitive readings: Under sensitive readings can occur if the mineral content of the water is
abnormally low or if the holding tank probes are located incorrectly. In this case, the monitoring system
indicates lower levels than are actually present in the holding tank. This problem can be corrected by
moving the ground probe closer to the other probes. Moving the ground probe closer increases the
sensitivity of the monitoring system.
The Ventline Adjustaboard™: In response to requests from the field for a means to adjust monitor
sensitivity without relocating holding tank probes, Ventline has developed the Ventline Adjustaboard™
(patent pending). This adjustable circuit board allows for field adjustments to monitor sensitivity. As tank
conditions or water mineral content changes, the monitor circuitry may be made more or less sensitive as
required. Pleas see Appendix A for adjustment instructions.
SOME OR ALL HOLDING TANK LEVEL LIGHTS NOT COMING ON
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
Verify 12 volt DC power is available from the
battery or from the filtered side of the power
converter. Verify 12 volt DC power is present at
the circuit board.
No power
Poor ground at monitor panel or at holding tank
ground probe.
Verify ground at panel and ground probe with a
continuity tester.
Verify wire is connected and free of damage.
Replace if necessary. With the tank resistor
harness correctly installed and free from damage,
a jumper wire containing a 47Kohm resistor
placed between the holding tank ground probe
and any tank level probe should cause the
respective tank level lights to illuminate,
Wire to tank resistor harness disconnected or
damaged.
If the above test fails to illuminate the level
lights, repeat the test at the monitor panel. Refer
to the wiring diagram for the correct wires to
jump together. If lights illuminate, replace the
wiring between the panel and the tank resistor
harness. If lights do not illuminate, replace the
circuit board.
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SOME OR ALL HOLDING TANK LEVEL LIGHTS ON CONTINUOUSLY
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
Foreign substances on interior of holding tank
causing false readings
See inaccurate holding tank readings above.
Clean holding tanks per manufacturers
recommendations.
Tank sensor wire from panel to tank resistor
harness shorted to ground.
Disconnect wire from panel and tank resistor
harness. Verify wire is not shorted to ground
with a continuity tester. Replace wire if shorted.
Tank resistor harness shorted internally
Disconnect the tank resistor harness from the
tank sensors and from the wire connected to the
monitor panel. Check resistance between tank
sensor wires with an Ohmmeter. Typical
resistance will be 68k ohm between Full and 2/3
levels, 68k ohm between 2/3 and 1/3 levels, and
136 k ohm between Full and 1/3 levels. Specific
resistance will vary based on resistor harness
model, but at no time should you detect a dead
short or an open circuit. For resistor values
specific to your application, please determine the
model number of the resistor harness in question
and contact Ventline for assistance. If a short or
an open is detected, replace the tank resistor
harness.
Short circuit on circuit board
If the above steps fail to pinpoint the specific
problem, replace circuit board and re-test.
Possible Cause
LP GAS LEVELS NOT READING ACCURATELY
Corrective Action
Open circuit between panel and LP sensor causes
tank to incorrectly read full. Short circuit
between panel and LP sensor causes tank to
incorrectly read empty.
Disconnect the wire running from the monitor
panel to the LP sensor. Check the wire for
damage and with continuity tester to verify the
wire is OK. If OK, reconnect and check
operation, if circuit is open or shorted replace the
wire and re-test.
Defective LP sensor provides incorrect signal to
monitor panel causing incorrect readings.
Consult the RV manufacturer for information on
troubleshooting the LP sensor. Replace the LP
sensor and re-test.
Short circuit in circuit board.
If the above steps fail to pinpoint the specific
problem, replace circuit board and re-test.
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ADJUSTMENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR VENTLINE ADJUST-A-BOARDS™
Ventline's latest printed circuit boards (PCB's) are equipped with potentiometers (pots) that allow the
holding tank sensitivity to be adjusted. This adjustment is sometimes necessary to compensate for the
difference in conductivity between liquids in the holding tanks. The intent of this feature is to compensate
for minor fluctuations in the mineral content of the water, not to be used in place of regular maintenance of
the holding tanks. The pots should not be adjusted to compensate for dirty holding tanks. A buildup of
grease, soap by-products, etc. will cause a path of least resistance in the holding tank and cause the system
to be oversensitive. The holding tanks should be cleaned regularly as recommended by the tank
manufacturer. See section G of this manual.
The PCB's have one pot installed for each holding tank; they are located towards the top of the PCB. Each
pot is identified on the back of the PCB with PI, P2, or P3 (i.e., PI = corresponds to the pot for holding tank
1). The monitor panel pots are initially set with the wiper blade fully clockwise. If a holding tank reading is
oversensitive (the LED's are reading higher than the actual tank water level), the pot should be adjusted
counterclockwise until the LED's read the correct level. Care should be taken not to force the pot past its
wiper blade limits. It is not necessary to remove the PCB from the monitor panel chassis to make these
adjustments.
If you have any further questions regarding this subject, please contact Ventline Engineering at (219) 8484491.
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TV ANTENNA
Manufacturer:
Winegard Company
3000 Kirkwood Street
Burlington, Iowa 52601
Phone: 800-843-4741
Raising Antenna to Operating Position
Turn elevating crank in "UP" direction until some resistance to
turning is noted. Antenna is now in operating position. Check to
make sure switch on front TV jack is on.
Rotating Antenna
Make sure antenna is in "UP" position. Pull down on directional
handle with both hands until it disengages ceiling plate and rotate for
best picture and sound on television set.
Lowering Antenna to Travel Position
Rotate antenna until pointer on directional handle aligns with pointer
on ceiling plate.
WARNING: Antenna must be in "down" position while traveling
to prevent damage.
Turn elevating crank in the "Down" direction until resistance is
noted. Antenna is now locked in travel position.
Checking Operation
1. Tune TV receiver to nearest station and rotate antenna for best
picture and sound.
2. Turn off switch on power supply. Picture on TV receiver should be
considerably degraded with the power off.
DO'S
1. Do check parking location for obstructions before raising antenna.
2. Do carefully raise, lower and rotate - if difficult, check for cause.
3. Do rotate slowly when selecting station and check fine-tuning on TV set to make sure it is properly
adjusted.
4. Do lower antenna before moving vehicle.
DON'TS
1. Don't force elevating crank up or down. Check for cause of trouble.
2. Don't rotate directional handle hard against stops.
3. Don't travel with lift in up position.
4. Don't leave lift part way up or down.
5. Don't apply sealing compound or paint over top of base plate or anywhere on lift.
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Maintenance
Lubrication
To lubricate the elevating gear
apply a liberal amount of silicone
spray lubricant to the elevating
gear with the lift in the down
position, then run the lift up and
down a few times to distribute
lubricant over gears.
Lubricating Rotating Gear Housing
In the event that rotating the antenna becomes difficult,
lubricating the bearing surface between the rotating gear housing
and the base plate can restore normal operation. Any spray type
silicone lubricant may be used.
Elevate antenna and remove setscrew from rotating gear housing
as shown. Spray lubricant into hole and around edges of gear
housing. Rotate gear housing until lubricant coats bearing
surfaces and antenna rotates freely.
Elevating Shaft Worm Gear Assembly Replacement
Procedure
NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the rotating gear housing
(11) from the base plate (14) or remove the antenna from the
roof to replace the shaft and gear assembly.
STEP 1: Lower antenna to travel position. Loosen set -screw on
elevating crank (23); remove crank, spring (20), and directional
handle (19).
STEP 2: Remove top retaining ring (5) from top pin (4) holding
top elevating tube in rotating gear housing and remove pin.
STEP 3: Remove plug from top of rotating gear housing
elevating gear (8) and remove elevating shaft assembly (10).
STEP 4: Cut new shaft to same length as one removed.
STEP 5: Lubricate worm gear on new elevating shaft assembly
with spray silicone lubricant, make sure wave washer, flat
washer and quad ring are on lower bearing and insert assembly
in housing.
STEP 6: Install plastic plug in top of housing, re-engage elevating gear in worm gear, replace pin and
retaining ring.
STEP 7: Replace directional handle, spring and elevating crank. Make sure setscrew contacts flat on shaft
before tightening.
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PARTS DESCRIPTION
1. Antenna Head
2. LM-300 Leveling Mount
3. Boot, Coax Cable
4. Pin, Headed/Grooved
5. Ring, Retaining Snap
6. Spacer, Plastic
7. Grommet, Plastic
8. EG-87 Elevating Gear
9. Tube, Square Elevator
10. Elevating Shaft Assy
11. Housing, Rotating Gear
12. Ring Quad Seal
13. Bearing, Nylon
14. Housing, Base Plate
15. Bearing, Nylon
17. Plate, Ceiling
18. Screw
19. Handle, Directional
20. Spring, Handle
21. Decal, Crank Cover
22. Bearing, Nylon
23. Elevating Crank/Set Screw
27. Boot, Gear Housing
30. Bumper, Rubber
31. Screw
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SATELLITE, RADIO, AND CB ANTENNA
Not including the TV antenna, your motorhome may have as many as two other antennas.
The AM/FM radio antenna is a solid whip type with a flexible coil base. The coil base certainly helps
extend the life of the antenna but hitting low branches and other objects at high speed can lead to severe
damage.
The CB antenna lead-in wire is located up under the dash left of the steering column. It will be coiled along
with ground and 12-volt positive wires for CB radio hook-up.
SATELLITE ANTENNA PREP
In order to facilitate the installation of either roof mount or portable satellite dish antennas Airstream has
pre-wired your motorhome. On the drawing on the following page please note the two coaxial cables drawn
with heavy double lines. One is labeled PREP WIRE, CEILING and the other is PREP WIRE,
PORTABLE.
PREP WIRE, CEILING is used for roof mounted antenna. The end of the cable for the antenna is located in
the roof, centered side to side and about four inches behind the front roof cross member. Under the outer
roof sheet, in this same area, is a stiffener plate about a foot square to help support the antenna and it's
attachments.
The other end of the cable is located in the roof locker next to the television and is labeled.
PREP WIRE, PORTABLE is used for the satellite dish antenna that is portable and set next to your vehicle
when you pack. The end of the cable for the antenna connection is under the front hood on the curbside.
You'll need to bend down and look up to see the coiled coax cable.
The other end of the cable is located in the roof locker next to the television and is labeled.
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SOLAR POWER
The 10-watt solar power system primarily functions as a battery maintainer. Memory functions in radios,
locks and many circuit boards each draw power in the milliamp range. If a charge source is not available,
even these miniscule power drains will run batteries down in seven to twelve days unless the "kill" switch
is turned off. Barring an unusual number of cloudy days the 10-watt system will prevent battery discharge
even with the kill switch on. A small red light below the monitor panel shows the solar panel is charging
when lit. It goes dim and eventually completely dark as the batteries reach full charge capacity. Detailed
information provided by the solar panel manufacturer can be found in this notebook.
110-VOLT POWER
The 110-volt system works very much like your home. The circuit breakers, located behind access door in
the foot of the rear bed, supply the power to the receptacles and appliances. If a circuit is over loaded or a
short circuit occurs, the breakers will "kick" out. To reactivate the circuits, turn the breaker to off, reduce
the load or correct the short, and tam the breaker back to on. One of the breakers is a GFI (Ground Fault
Interrupter) breaker. The intent of this breaker is to sense any loss of ground before a harmful shock could
occur, and kick the breaker out. These sensitive breakers are installed in the circuit feeding the bathroom,
outside receptacle, and galley area. These are the areas where the use of water or the wet ground could put
a person in danger of shock. Since the GFI breaker is so sensitive, it is not unusual to have it kick out for no
apparent reason.
GENERATOR
Using the generator is very much like plugging into an external power source. The generator has start
switches located on the driver side armrest, monitor control panel, under the roadside bed wardrobe, and on
the generator located in the front nose slide-out compartment. When you start the generator there is a built
in delay of about 20-30 seconds before the circuits are switched and the generator is providing all the 110volt power to your coach. The electrical device that has the delay and switching feature is called the
generator switch over relay. The time delay feature allows the generator to reach full operating speed
before it takes the "load". The switching device has two sets of points. It is normally closed so city power
coming in goes through the switch and on to the main circuit breakers. When the generator is started and
the delay feature is satisfied the switching device goes to the second set of points. This cuts the contact
between the city power and the breaker box and makes the contact between the generator and the breaker
box.
NOTE: The generator manufacturer provides an operators manual that should be reviewed prior to
use.
POWER CORD
The power cord is located on an electrically powered reel in the first compartment behind the roadside rear
wheels. A switch marked “in and out” controls the reel. You'll find this feature especially helpful in cool
weather when the heavy power cord becomes less flexible.
If adapters are required when you plug into city Power You'll be losing some power capabilities and won't
be able to operate all the appliances at the same time. The washer/dryer, air conditioners, microwave and
110-volt mode on the refrigerator are all heavy load items. The easiest way to cope with the problem is to
set the refrigerator on gas then avoid operating the other appliances at the same time.
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WARNING-. If adapters are required to obtain 110-volt city power it's extremely important that the
polarity (ground function) is not lost. With your motorhome a circuit analyzer was provided. It is
usually yellow and triangular shaped with prongs shaped to fit a standard receptacle. Plug this into
any receptacle in your coach and it will indicate any polarity or grounding problem.
Loss of ground can be extremely hazardous. You might touch the motorhome and feel a slight tingle
(your body has become the ground circuit) or you can receive a severe shock.
INVERTER
The inverter in your motorhome is located in the lower compartment furthest back on the curbside. When
disconnected from 110 volt city power and the inverter is turned on 12 volt DC power from the batteries is
inverted to 120 volt AC. The circuits supplied from the inverter are the microwave, front air conditioner
and all receptacles on the GFI breaker. Because of the heavy load and long operating times associated with
air conditioning it is not recommended the air conditioner be used with the inverter.
OPERATION OF THE INVERTER
Before attempting to operate the inverter you should review the separate Owner's Manual provided by
Trace. Start the unit by depressing the Start/Stop switch. It will return to a neutral position once released.
Note: The Lamp will momentarily Hash as the unit runs through its normal diagnostic sequence.
The Lamp indicates when power is being supplied to the receptacles. If no load is sensed the inverter will
not turn on.
INVERTER OPERATING TIMES
Your Airstream motorhome is equipped with a TRACE model V2512 Inverter. This inverter will supply
you with quiet AC power to operate your electrical appliances. Inverters convert 12-volt direct current
(DC) into 120-volt alternating current (AC).
There are three factors to consider when you select the appliances that you would like to operate with the
inverter. Those considerations are: battery reserve capacity, maximum wattage and typical operating times
of appliances. Good estimating of these factors will assure you have plenty of resources to operator your
appliances.
BATTERY RESERVE CAPACITY
Batteries store the energy necessary for the inverter to convert DC to AC power. Your Airstream
motorhome has two 4-D batteries dedicated to the inverter's use. Battery performance is affected by
temperature and age. Batteries operate best when the temperature is about 77° F. If the batteries are hotter
than, or colder than this temperature, performance is reduced. As batteries age, they lose some of their
performance, or ability to store energy.
MAXIMUM WATTAGE
Your inverter can provide a surge of *8000 watts of power for one minute and 2500 watts continuously.
This means that your use of 120-volt appliances from inverter power can total up to 2500 watts
simultaneously depending on the usage time.
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ESTIMATING YOUR OPERATING TIMES
With your Airstream inverter installation using two 4-D batteries in good condition and fully charged you
will find that the total capacity (running times) will depend on the total wattage load of the devices you are
powering. In general, the running time is proportionate to the wattage.
Using the following tables, you can estimate which combinations of appliances you may operate. Table 1
indicates the typical wattage of various appliances.
*Largest bank of incandescent light bulbs that the inverter can start simultaneously and operate for at least
one minute.
Notes: If the current draw at 120 VAC is known, then the battery amperage at 12VDC will be 10
times the AC amperage divided by the efficiency (90% in this table).
Motors are normally marked with their running rather than their starting current. Starting current
can be five times running current.
*Refrigerators and icemakers typically run about 1/3 of the time. Therefore, their average battery
current draw is 1/3 what their amp rating would indicate.
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TROUBLE SHOOTING GUIDE
SYMPTOMS
PROBLEM
Battery voltage at the inverter's
terminals is too high or low
REMEDY
Check the battery condition
Battery over discharge protection
circuit set too high
Lower cutout voltage an/or battery bank
size setting
Load too small for Search Mode
circuit to detect
Reduce search threshold setting or defeat
the Search Mode
ComPort Accessories are improperly
installed
Re-install or remove options from the
ComPort
High or Low Battery LED "ON"
Check the battery voltage at the inverter
terminals
Overload LED in "ON"
Remove loads from the inverter and restart
High Temp Led in "ON"
Remove loads and let the inverter cool
down before restarting
Low battery
Check charge and condition of batteries
Loose or corroded battery
connections
Check and clean all connections
Loose AC output connections
Check all AC output connections
Inverter clicks every
10 to 15 seconds
interrupting power
Output of inverter wired back to the
input (standby model only)
Check for proper AC input and
Out put wiring
Charger is
inoperative or
intermittent
AC input voltage does not match
inverter Spec
Check AC input for proper voltage and
frequency of your model
Charger controls improperly set
Refer to Owners Manual for proper setting
of battery charger parameters
Low peak AC input voltage (164
volts peak required for full charger
output)
Use larger generator, speed up generator,
check AC input wiring size, adjust charge
rate, cable too small or too long
AC current too small to handle load
Reduce charge amps setting and/or shed
pass through loads
Low AC output
voltage
Measuring with the wrong type
voltmeter
Voltmeter must be a true RMS reading
meter (most are not)
Low surge power
Weak batteries, battery cables too
small or too long
Refer to cable and battery
recommendations in owner's manual
No power output
and no LED’s
No power output
and warning LED/s
"ON"
Power output is low
and inverter turns
loads on and off
Low charge rate
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Locating Shorts and Opens
The key in locating shorts and opens is isolation. The first step is to isolate the circuit with the short or
open. The second step is to then isolate the section of the circuit with the fault. Once the section is
identified, the specific problem can be located. The cause may be a loose or corroded connection, cut wire,
worn insulation, or defective component. The following procedure is one method for isolating shorts and
opens.
SHORTS
1. Isolate the circuit that has the short by noting which circuit has tripped.
2 Disconnect the power inlet cord from the power source.
3. Using the 120V schematic as a reference, disconnect outlet boxes one it a time starting at the box furthest
from the distribution panel. After disconnecting each box, check for continuity between the black wire and
ground or common (white) wire on the distribution panel side of the circuit. When a continuity light or
ohmmeter indicates no continuity, the short is either in the receptacle just removed or the section of Romex
wire between this receptacle and the previous receptacle removed.
4. Examples of a short are:
A) The black wire of the 120V system contacting the white wire, bare wire, or grounded surface.
B) An internal short in a 120V appliance.
Any damaged wire must be replaced. The National Electric Code does not permit splicing 120V wiring
outside an outlet box or junction box. Also, the wire must not be exposed to an area such as a sharp metal
edge that may damage the wire.
OPENS
1. Check all receptacles and components for voltage on the circuit that has the open.
2. If all receptacles and components of the circuit are without power, begin to look for the open in the
distribution panel.
3. Inspect for loose or corroded connections and a faulty circuit breaker,
4. Check for power on both ends of circuit breaker. If there is no power on the inlet side of the circuit
breaker, the open is between the power cord's male connector and the distribution panel.
5. Isolate the open by noting the outlets that do not have power. Example: If the bath outlet in the rear bath
model has power and the converter has no power, the open is between the bath outlet and converter outlet.
6. Examples of an open are:
A)
B)
C)
D)
Loose or corroded connections.
A wire disconnected from a terminal.
Contacts in the circuit breaker that do not like contact.
A broken wire.
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SOLAR PANEL, 53 WATT (Optional)
Manufacturer:
SOLAREX
630 Solarex Court
Frederick, Maryland 21703
Customer Service 1-800-521-7652
WARNING:
Electrical Shocks and Burn Hazards
Photovoltaic (PV) modules generate direct current (DC) when exposed to sunlight or other light
sources. Even though a single module generates low voltage and current, shocks and burns can result
from contact with module output wiring. These hazards are increased when multiple modules are
inter-connected to increase array output current or voltage.
PV modules do not have to be "connected' (i.e. powering a load) to generate electricity. Since
modules produce electricity whenever light is present, the module front surfaces should be
completely covered by an opaque cloth or other material before electrical connections to the modules
or other system components are handled.
System Components
If the PV power system includes other components (batteries, charge controllers, inverters, etc.) be one to
follow the safety recommendations of the manufacturers of these devices.
General Handling and Use
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The module is rugged, but it should be handled carefully. In particular, impact on the front or rear
surface can damage it.
For protection against electrical shock, use properly insulated tools and follow appropriate safety
procedures. This may involve the use of additional approved safety equipment (such as insulating
gloves, mats etc.)
Do not bend the module.
Do not disassemble the module.
Do not attempt to increase module output by concentrating fight on its surface.
Maintenance
• Inspect the module as necessary for mechanical integrity.
• Ensure that electrical connections are tight and free from corrosion.
• If the module surface is dirty, gently clean it with a soft cloth or sponge using water and mild
detergent Do not use a scrub brush; it may damage the module surface. Wear appropriate rubber
gloves for protection against electric shock.
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Remote Control Search Light
Manufacturer
Jabsco
1485 Dale Way, Po Box 2158
Costa Mesa, Ca. 92628-2158
714-545-8251
Model 60020-Series, 135SL
CONTROL UNIT OPERATION
SWITCH FUNCTIONS
(A) Light Switch - On/Off switch positions.
(B) Directional Switch - Lever has eight contact positions and will operate in horizontal, vertical, and in
four intermediate directions.
CLEANING OF EXTERIOR PLASTIC SURFACES
Recommendation for cleaning "Exterior Surfaces" is a solution of warm water and a mild "Dish washing"
Detergent soap.
CAUTION Do not use cleaners that contain esters, halogenated solvents, aromatic solvents, ketones
and strong acids or bases.
CIRCUIT PROTECTION
A 10-amp fuse is located in the On/Off toggle on control. To replace fuse grasp On/Off toggle and push in
while turning to left facing control. Pull out fuse and replace. The proper fuse has been included in the fuse
holder. Should this fuse blow, replace with the same size fuse after determining reason for blown fuse.
BULB REPLACEMENT
Remove four (4) screws and retaining bezel. Pull bulb assembly
forward and disconnect spade connectors from back of bulb.
Reconnect spade terminals to new bulb. Install bulb and fasten with
bezel and four (4) screws.
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APPLIANCES
AIR CONDITIONER
Manufacturer:
Dometic Sales Corporation
2320 Industrial Parkway
P.O. Box 490
Elkhart, IN 46515
Phone: 219-295-5228
Note: Review the air conditioning literature supplied in your Owner's Packet before proceeding.
The roof air conditioner used on Airstream motorhomes is one of the most popular on the market today. In
your Owner's Packet is a set of literature covering all operating and maintenance instructions. If the
literature is misplaced, please contact the air conditioner manufacturer or your Airstream dealer for
replacement. A detailed service guide may be ordered from the manufacturer.
The voltage to the air conditioner is critical. We commonly refer to 110 or 120 volts, but a check with a
voltmeter may find voltage much lower. Your air conditioner will probably not function if the current drops
below 105 volts. Low voltage is usually associated with older or poorly maintained trailer parks, but many
people have found their homes, built only twenty or thirty years ago, may not be capable of operating the
air conditioner on some receptacles. Parking your motorhome so the power cord can be plunged 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 to the air conditioner.
If high temperatures are expected, you should 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 interior of the motorhome is already hot.
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FURNACE
Manufacturer:
Hydro Flame Corporation
1874 South Pioneer Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: 801-972-4621
The manufacturer of the furnace in your motorhome has been well known in the RV industry for many
years. The furnace burns LP gas, and is powered by 12-volt current from the battery or power converter
when plugged into city power. 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.
If warranty service is required use only a service location recommended by the furnace
manufacturer or your Airstream dealer.
The furnace is located under the refrigerator. Remove the louvered panel by pulling it off the cabinet to
access it and the furnace ducts. It held on by four pressure catches. The furnace is removed from the
exterior, but you must remove all heat ducts and wiring from the inside before pulling the furnace.
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REFRIGERATOR
Manufacturer:
Dometic Sales Corporation 2320
Industrial Parkway P.O. Box 490
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
Phone: 219-295-5228
Review all Dometic Literature supplied in your Owner's Packet or stored in the refrigerator prior to
operating.
In the absorption refrigerant system, ammonia is liquefied in the finned condenser coil at the top rear of the
refrigerator. The liquid ammonia then flows into the evaporator (inside the freezer section) and is exposed
to a circulating flow of hydrogen gas, which causes the ammonia to evaporate, creating a cold condition in
the freezer.
The tubing in the evaporator section is specifically sloped to provide a continuous movement of liquid
ammonia, flowing downward by gravity, through this section. If the refrigerator is operated out-of-level
when the vehicle is not moving, liquid ammonia will accumulate in portions of the evaporator tubing. This
will slow the circulation of hydrogen and ammonia gas, or in severe cases, completely block it, resulting in
a loss of cooling.
Any time the vehicle is parked for several hours with the refrigerator operating the vehicle should be
leveled to prevent this loss of cooling. The vehicle needs to be leveled only so it is comfortable to live in
(no noticeable sloping of floor or walls).
When the vehicle is moving the leveling is not critical, as the rolling and pitching movement of the vehicle
will pass to either side of level, keeping the liquid ammonia from accumulating in the evaporator tubing.
OPERATION
The refrigerator requires 12-volt current to operate even if running on LP or 110 volt modes. The 12-volt is
used to power the circuit board that directs the refrigerator functions. When running in a mode such as LP,
it means the heat source, by far the largest power requirement; to evaporate the ammonia is being provided
by an LP Gas burner.
WARNING: Most LP gas appliances used in recreational vehicles are vented to the outside of the
vehicle. When parked close to a gasoline pump, it is possible that gasoline fumes could enter this type
of appliance and ignite the burner flame, CAUSING A FIRE OR AN EXPLOSION.
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RANGE
Manufacturer:
Magic Chef
28812 Phillips Street
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
219-264-9578
People using gas ranges in their home will find little difference in the operation of the range in the
motorhome. Other customers, used to electric ranges may be a little apprehensive at first; but will quickly
gain confidence. The basic operation of the gas ranges have been the same for many years, but please be
sure to read all the directions furnished by the manufacturer and located in the Owner' s Packet. Excellent
service and parts manuals are available from the manufacturer.
WARNING: The operation manual for the range is titled "Maytag RV Cooking Appliances". If this
has not been provided with your trailer, contact the manufacturer listed at the top of the page to
obtain. Their manual contains specialized warnings and cautions that should be reviewed prior to
operating the appliance.
MICROWAVE OVENS
Only federally certified technicians are permitted to service microwave ovens. For this reason the only
service instructions contained in this manual are for removal of the complete oven. If you have a
microwave problem please contact the appropriate manufacturer.
Dometic Sales Corporation
2320 Industrial Parkway
P.O. Box 490
Elkhart, IN 46515
219-295-5228
Sharp Electronics Corporation
10 Sharp Plaza
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
201-5112-0055
The following steps will remove the microwave:
1.
Remove the long crown-molding running along the top of the rooflocker assembly. This will
expose the screws holding the panel above the microwave.
2.
Remove the panel above the microwave by taking out these screws plus one on each side that
are accessible by opening the cabinet doors on each side of the microwave.
3.
Removing the wood panel exposes two screws holding the top of the microwave. There are
also two brackets on the bottom of the microwave that are accessible by removing the two
lower panels. Removing the screws and loosening the brackets will allow the microwave to be
removed.
Range Exhaust
The range exhaust is incorporated into the microwave oven and the switch is located on the front. The
exhaust fan has an exterior door that must be unlatched for the fan to be effective. You will see two small
twist latches on the vent door on the outside of the motorhome. In most circumstance you can leave the
door unlatched. During storage or adverse weather conditions, latching the door is recommended.
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WATER HEATER
Manufacturer:
Atwood Mobile Products 4750
Hiawatha Drive P.O. Box 1205
Rockford, Illinois 61105
Phone: 815-877-7461
Note: Review the water heater literature supplied in your Owner's Packet before proceeding,
CAUTION: Hydrogen gas can be produced in a hot water system 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 reduce the risk of injury under these conditions, it is recommended that the hot water
faucet he opened for several minutes at the kitchen sink 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 escaping through the pipe as the water begins to flow. There should be no smoking or
open flame near the faucet at the time it is open.
Electronic Ignition
The switch used to light your electronic ignition water heater is located in the bathroom above the lavatory
top. When the switch is turned on, the red light will come on indicating the "try" mode is in effect.
Normally the burner will ignite in just a few seconds, and the light will go out. If your LP system hasn't
been used for some time, the system may go into safety lockout (about 20 seconds) before the air is all
expelled from the lines. Turning the switch off for 30 seconds, then back on, reinstates the "try" mode.
110-Volt Operation
In the bathroom you'll see a 110-volt switch for the water heater. This provides power to the heating
element. DO NOT use unless you are sure the water heater is full. (Open a faucet and see if there is a full
stream of water on the hot side)
The 110-volt element may be operated at the same time as the gas burner. To operate the 110-volt by itself
simply turn the electronic gas igniter switch off.
The heating element is 1500 watts so if breakers start to kick out when the air conditioner cycles you may
want to turn the switch off to the heating element.
SAFETY
If your water system is full and cold and the water heater is ignited the system can see pressures as high as
120 psi before the relief valve starts to open. Since the water system normally operates in the 40-psi range
the water expanding does put unusual stress on the system. This normally does not cause any problems, but
the stress is easily alleviated. As the water is heating just open any faucet and run as little as a cup of water.
Just removing this small amount of water reduces the pressure build up significantly.
For fun, watch the sequence of events your family goes through when you park the trailer and ignite the
water heater. More than likely someone will run water and relieve the pressure without even
realizing it.
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HIGH VOLUME ROOF VENT (OPTIONAL)
Manufacturer:
FAN-TASTIC VENT CORP.
4349 S. Dort Hwy.
Burton, MI 48529
1-313-742-0330
1-800-521-0298
The optional high-volume roof vent system is designed to quickly exhaust stale, hot air and draw in fresh
air. It's great to use when the outside temperature really doesn't call for air conditioning, but heat has built
up in your coach.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Rotate 3-speed switch to desired position, 0-off, 1, 2, and 3. The 3-speed switch must be set at 1, 2 or 3
to activate appliance.
2. Rotate thermostat knob toward 40° (cooler) until dome begins operating.
3. When equipped with reverse switch, there is a neutral (off) position. Fan motor will not operate when
in/out switch is in its center "off' position. The dome will, however, operate up and down automatically as
long as the 3-speed switch remains on.
4. To determine desired temperature setting:
a. Use the wall thermometer on furnace thermostat, or any interior temperature indicator.
b. Operate fan until interior comfort level is achieved. Rotate thermostat knob toward 110' symbol
on label until dome begins closing. You now have the location for normal setting.
The thermostat sensor is calibrated approximately 4°. This minimizes rapid recycling of the unit, once
desired temperature level is achieved.
5. The rain sensor built into your fan will prevent excessive rain from entering coach through the open
dome. Maintain a setting above (to the right of) "rain override" zone and the dome will close when the
sensor becomes wet.
WARNING: Do not leave coach unattended with thermostat knob set in the "rain override" zone.
6. A rain sensor override is built into this system so you can operate your fan during light to moderate rains.
When sensor is wet, rotate fan thermostat knob to coolest position to override sensor. Dome will open and
fan motor will start. When sensor has completely dried, rotate thermostat knob back to desired setting for
automatic operation.
7. To close dome in extremely hot conditions, rotate thermostat knob right, past 110' symbol to off. Dome
will come down.
8. Always allow dome to completely cycle up and down. If dome "hangs up" in partially open/close
position, rotate thermostat knob to extreme right and then left position allowing complete cycles down and
up. Now reset to original comfort level.
9. When vehicle is in storage, rotate thermostat knob to right (off), after dome closes, turn 3 speed switch
to "O" (off).
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Turn fan motor OFF.
2) Remove 8 painted flathead Philips screws around perimeter of screen insert only.
3) Clean screen with soap & water solution and reinstall.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Airstream constantly strives to improve its product. All specifications are subject to change without notice.
Note: all weights and measurements were made on prototype vehicles. Your production motorhome may
vary slightly.
DIMENSIONS
390/395/396
Exterior Height with Penquin A/C
11’10”
Exterior Height with Brisk-air A/C
12’ 1”
Interior Head Room
78 ½”
Interior Width
95”
Exterior Length
39'
Exterior Width
101”
Exterior Volume
154 CU. FT.
CAPACITIES
LPG Tank
182 Lbs.
Fresh Water Tank
105 Gal.
Grey Water Holding Tank
79 Gal.
Black Water Holding Tank
55 Gal.
Fuel Tank, Freightliner
150 Gal.
CHASSIS COMPONENTS
Trailer Hitch
5,000 lb. tow - 500 lb. tongue weight
GAWR Front
10,410 lbs.
GAWR Rear
19,000 lbs.
Tire Size
255/80 R 22.5 XRV
*GCWR
34,410 LBS.
*Gross Combination Weight Rating. This is the total allowable weight of the motorhome combined
with the weight of vehicle or trailer being towed.
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