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Owner’s Manual
Tip: Always start your notes with the date.
Key Information .............................................................................6
Customer Information Update...........................................................8
Pre-Trip Check List ........................................................................10
Important Safety Information..........................................................11
Limited Warranty...........................................................................14
Hitching & Loading........................................................................18
Wheel Nut Torque .........................................................................22
Braking, Tires & Wheels..................................................................24
Power System...............................................................................26
Electrical System...........................................................................27
Plumbing System...........................................................................28
LP Gas System..............................................................................29
Effects of Prolonged Occupancy.......................................................34
Winter Storage, Care & Maintenance................................................35
Set-up and Take Down Instructions.................................................38
Closing the Unit............................................................................43
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 Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, 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 any individual problems
between you, your dealer, or Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
To contact NHTSA you may call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at (800) 424-9393
or (366-0123 in Washington DC area) or write to:
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street SW, (NSA-11)
Washington, DC 20590
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline
number listed above.
Dear Valued Customer,
CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you for your business. This owner’s manual outlines the
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. One Year Bumper-to-Hitch Limited Warranty.
We encourage you to follow the Product Delivery Inspection procedures with your selling
dealer. You should receive an extensive walk through and demonstration of your trailer, and
the warranty statement contained in this manual should be fully explained to you. The desired
result is that you have been informed of the warranty provided, the operation, the maintenance
required, and details of the responsibilities of the manufacturer, dealer, and retail partnership.
At Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc, we want you to be able to enjoy your new trailer. In the
following pages, you will learn about your warranty, the features of your Livin’ Lite trailer, and
the maintenance necessary to ensure years of enjoyable use. We encourage Livin’ Lite owners
to review and pay special attention to the following:
• Warranty Statement – please read the full warranty statement.
• Weight rating – please review the proper loading, hitching and towing instructions for your
safety and that of others.
• Care and Maintenance – review sealant maintenance requirements.
• Tire and Lug Nut – review inflation and lug nut torque specifications.
• Modifications/Deviations – review that changes or alterations can void the warranty.
• Condensation – review causes and advice on how to reduce and control.
Your unit has been inspected by the factory, and received a final inspection at the dealership.
Please allow your dealership to assist you in remedying any warranty issues, and should you
need to contact our Wakarusa, Indiana, service facility, please contact us at (574) 862-2228.
We wish you many seasons of happy camping with your Quicksilver, by Livin’ Lite Recreational
Vehicles, Inc.
Best Regards,
The “Livin’ Lite” Team
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
Warranty Department
1025 E. Waterford
Wakarusa, IN 46573-9304
Ph: (574) 862-2228
Fax: (574) 862-2202
NOTE: This manual is based on the
latest information available at the time
of publication. Due to continuous product
development and improvements, Livin’ Lite
Recreational Vehicles, Inc. reserves the right
to make changes in product specifications and
components without prior notice or obligation.
Important Facts:
If you are traveling or move, any authorized dealer may provide service. Keep your warranty
registration form with the vehicle at all times since it must be presented for warranty service.
This form is your proof of purchase and provides the date of retail sale, both of which are
necessary to determine warranty eligibility.
Important Facts:
Please inspect your recreational vehicle at the time of delivery and make sure you accept it as
delivered to you. This recreational vehicle has been sold to an independent dealer, and not an
agent of Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. for resale in the ordinary course of the dealer’s
business on terms and conditions and equipped as he and you determine and your agreement
is solely with the dealer, not Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. Livin’ Lite Recreational
Vehicles, Inc. does not participate in retail sales or retail contracts in any instance, other than
by terms of this Limited Warranty.
Important Facts:
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. reserves the unrestricted right at any time and from
time to time to make changes in the design of and/or improvements upon its product without
thereby imposing any obligation upon itself to make corresponding changes or improvements
in or upon its products already manufactured. Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. further
reserves the right to substitute parts or components of substantially equal quality in any
warranty service required by operation of this Limited Warranty.
Important Facts:
Like any other product, a recreational vehicle and the products installed in it will require care
and maintenance attention by the owner and occupants. Please read and follow all care and
maintenance manuals and instructions supplied with your recreational vehicle.
Key Information to have on hand (Livin’ Lite customer should fill out):
All warranty work needs to be completed during the term of the warranty.
Warranty beginning date: ______/______/_____ Warranty ending date: _____/_____/_____
VIN#: _________________________
Note: All service work performed after the expiration date will not be covered by Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
Original Owner: _______________________________ Phone Number: ___________________
Dealership Purchased from: _____________________ Phone Number: ___________________
Second Owner: _______________________________ Phone Number: ___________________
Person/Dealership Purchased from: ______________ Phone Number: __________________
If, for any reason, you have a problem obtaining satisfactory and timely warranty service
that may substantially impair the use, value or safety of your Livin’ Lite Recreational
Vehicles, Inc. product, please call us so that we may attempt to resolve your concerns.
Authorized dealers are independent contractors and independently owned businesses.
This is also true of the authorized service centers.
Please note, your Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. warranty covers warrantable
repairs that are performed by an authorized Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
dealer at their service center or facility only. It is important for the owner to know that
if you are unable to bring in your unit for repairs, Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
is not responsible for any costs incurred for the service call charge, or time accrued to
come out to your unit.
Can’t find a dealer? Have an emergency? Livin’ Lite customer service can be reached
at (574) 862-2228. We can help locate a dealer nearby or, in case of emergency or
special circumstances, provide authorization to a local repair facility.
Before using any non-authorized dealer for any warranty repair – call Livin’ Lite first!
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. strives to keep the most accurate and current customer
information in its files in order to maintain good customer relations.
If you bought this unit new, we have your information from the warranty registration form
which you have sent to us on file. If, however, you purchased this unit as used then we ask
that you complete the following information and mail it to us so that we can be sure that our
records are updated.
Please note that the date of purchase on the card will show the original date the vehicle was
first purchased and is the date applicable warranties originated. Note: the warranty on a Livin’
Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. product is non-transferable. This customer information update
form is for record keeping purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact a Livin’ Lite
Recreational Vehicles, Inc. service representative.
DATE: _________________________ UNIT VIN NO.: _____________________________
CUSTOMER FULL NAME: _____________________________________________________
CUSTOMER ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: _____________________________________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________
PURCHASED FROM: _____________________________________________________
ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
ATTN: Service Department
1025 E. Waterford, Wakarusa, IN 46573-9304
Ph: (574) 862-2228 • Fax: (574) 862-2202
In the event of theft, it is important to be able to properly identify your property. It is
recommended that you write your camper serial number inside a cabinet or behind a drawer.
You should also keep a copy of the following information at home. This information is also
useful to have when service is needed.
Your Name _________________________________________________________________
Address ___________________________________________________________________
Dealer Name _______________________ Purchase Date __________________________
Model _____________________________ Serial Number (S/N) ______________________
Entry Door Key Number: ______________ Insurance Policy: _________________________
Agent’s Name: ______________________ Agent’s Phone : __________________________
Air Conditioner
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Microwave Oven
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Water Heater
Manufacturer ___________________ Model _____________ S/N ______________________
Read and understand owner’s manual? _____
If not, please do so now.
Take out Stabilizer Bar in Roof _____
Unhook Hoses to Sink (when applicable) _____
Lower Galley Cabinet
Lower the Dinette Table
Take down Lights/Fan and Store _____
Turn off all LP Appliances _____
Disconnect all shore lines
(City water, electric)
Hook up tow vehicle
Remove wheel chocks
Retract step
Store camping equipment
All objects secure
All snaps locked
All objects secure
Tires at proper pressure (incl. spare) _____
(check for wear/damage)
All snaps locked
Wheel lug nuts tightened to proper torque _____
Tires at proper pressure (incl. spare) _____
(check for wear/damage)
Wheel lug nuts tightened to proper torque _____
Hitch secured properly
All exterior lights operational
All exterior lights operational
Battery fully charged, fluid level okay _____
Secure cargo and lock entry door
Battery fully charged, fluid level okay _____
Secure cargo and lock entry door
Hitch secured properly
This checklist may seem like it contains basic
items, but many are taken for granted and
can spoil a trip if not attended to prior to
moving the trailer.
You may want to use this list as a start for
your own Pre-Trip checklist, which may
include your personal camping gear and food
Tighten wheel bolts or nuts every 50 miles for the first 200 miles and after every change in
wheel mounting. (Torque to 75 ft.-lbs. for 12-inch wheels or 120 ft.-lbs. for 14-inch wheels.)
Pay close attention to the tires, checking them periodically for wear or damage.
This guide has been provided by Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. for the purpose of
providing instructions about the operation and maintenance of this vehicle and its components.
The only warranty offered by Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. is set forth in the written
One Year Limited Warranty that applies to this vehicle. Nothing in this manual creates any
other warranty, either expressed or implied.
Instructions are included in the manual for operating some of the components that are standard on
this vehicle. Instructions may also be given for components that are options and may not appear
on all vehicles. For more detailed information on the components installed, refer to the individual
component manufacturer’s operating instructions contained in the Owner’s Information Package.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. has attempted to compile the most current information
available at the time this guide was published. If the components in your unit vary significantly
from what is described within this manual, then consult the instructions provided by the
component manufacturer found in the Owner’s Information Package. If you have any questions
regarding operation, maintenance, or service, please contact your dealer immediately.
Throughout this guide, reference is made to the following terms: Warning, Caution, and Note. These
terms indicate important information that must be understood and followed. The definitions are:
I Warning
Personal injury or even death could result from failure to follow instructions
properly. Physical damage to the unit or equipment may also occur.
I Caution
Physical damage to the unit or equipment could result from failure to follow
instructions properly. Personal injury is possible but unlikely.
Please pay special attention to this important information regarding the topic.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. is required to furnish the following consumer information
as provided by the National Fire Protection Association and the American National Standards
Institute. The information and warnings found here might also be found in other chapters of
this Owner’s Manual. Please see chapters titled “LP GAS SYSTEM” and “APPLIANCES” for other
safety and operating information.
Unlike homes, the amount of oxygen supply is limited due to the size of the recreational vehicle,
and proper ventilation when using 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.
I Warning
Please pay careful attention to the following
cautions and warnings:
Do not bring or store propane containers,
gasoline, or other flammable liquids inside
the camper. Fire or explosion result.
I Warning
Propane containers must not be placed
or stored inside the vehicle. Propane
containers are equipped with safety
devices, which relieve excessive pressure
by discharging gas to the atmosphere.
I Caution
Securely cap inlet when not connected for
use. After turning on gas, except after normal
cylinder replacement, test propane piping
and connections to appliance for leakage with
soapy water or bubble solution. Do not use
products that contain ammonia or chlorine.
I Warning
It is never safe to use cooking appliances
for comfort heating. Cooking appliances
need fresh air for safe operation. Before
operation, open overhead vent or turn on
1. Extinguish open flames, pilot lights and all
smoking materials.
2. Do not touch electrical switches.
3. Shut off the propane supply at the container
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.
Portable fuel-burning equipment, including
wood and charcoal grills and stoves shall
not be used inside the camper. The use
of this equipment inside the recreational
vehicle may cause fires or asphyxiation.
I Warning
All pilot lights, appliances and their ignitors
(see operating instructions) shall be turned
off before refueling of motor fuel tanks and/
or propane containers. Failure to comply
could result in death or serious injury.
Propane regulators must always be installed
with the regulator vent facing down to
minimize vent blockage which could result in
excessive pressure causing fire or explosion.
I Warning
A warning label has been located near the
LP gas container that reads: DO NOT FILL
OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the LP gas container
can result in uncontrolled gas flow which
can cause fire or explosion. A properly filled
container will contain approximately 80
percent of its volume as liquid LP gas. Safety
regulation prevents filling over 80 percent.
Your truck and your camper’s generator exhaust
contain carbon monoxide gas. To avoid danger,
maintain your truck and generator properly.
Have the exhaust system inspected for leaks
when the truck and camper is serviced, you
notice a change in the sound of the exhaust,
or the truck or camper was in an accident.
Dispute Resolution Procedures
Negotiation, Mediation, and Arbitration. Any dispute arising out of or relating to the sale
or use of this RV, including any disagreements regarding application of the Limited Warranty
(a “Dispute”) shall be resolved as follows:
a. Owner and Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. shall first attempt, in good faith, to
resolve the Dispute promptly by discussion and negotiation.
b. If the Dispute cannot be resolved by discussion and negotiation, then Owner and
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. shall attempt to resolve it through mediation
with the assistance of a qualified and independent mediator.
c. If the Warranty Dispute cannot be resolved through mediation, then the parties
shall finally settle the Warranty Dispute by binding arbitration conducted before a
single, neutral arbitrator. Such arbitrator shall be selected from a panel supplied
by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) from arbitrators who are members
of the National Academy of Arbitrators. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by
the parties, the AAA Commercial Dispute Resolution Procedures and Supplementary
Procedures for Consumer-Related Disputes shall apply to the arbitration process and
d. The parties shall conduct any mediation or arbitration proceedings pursuant to this
section in Elkhart County, Indiana.
Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
Exclusive jurisdiction for deciding any claims, demands or causes of action for defects or
representations of any nature or damages due from such defects or representations shall be
in the courts in the State of Indiana. The laws applicable to any litigation, dispute, mediation,
arbitration or any claim whatsoever arising, from the sale, purchase or use of the recreational
vehicle shall be those of the State of Indiana.
Limited Warranty
One Year Bumper-to-Hitch Limited Warranty – Three Year Structural Limited Warranty
Sold in the United States and Canada.
Your new trailer, including the plumbing and
electrical systems installed by the manufacturer,
is warranted under normal use to be free
from manufacturing defects in material and
workmanship for a period of one (1) year from
date of purchase by the original owner.
This warranty extends to the first retail
purchaser, is not transferable and begins on
the date of original retail delivery or the date
the trailer is first placed into service (whichever
occurs first). This warranty extends for a
period of one (1) year (Bumper to Hitch) and
three (3) years (structural) from such date.
Written notice of defects must be given to
the selling dealer or the manufacturer no
later than ten (10) days after the expiration
of the applicable warranty. Warranty repairs,
if required, will be made without charge and
within industry standards, after your camper
is taken to an authorized service center.
Your new trailer’s structure is warranted to be
free from manufacturing defects in material
and workmanship for a period of three (3)
years from date of purchase by the original
owner. The structure consists of the frame, wall
framing, floor framing and their attachment to
each other, but does not include attachments to
the structure such as but not limited to, axles,
tent, stabilizer jacks; steps, couplers, bimini
poles, doors, cabinets, vents, or lighting.
Many vendor supplied items installed in your
trailer by the factory have their own vendor
warranty statements offering coverage to
the original consumer purchaser and are not
VEHICLES, INC. and its dealer network will
assist in your processing the warranty resulting
from an appliance manufacturing defect through
its normal warranty policies and procedures.
This coverage includes the heater, grill, lights,
tent, fans and converter, depending on options
installed. It is strongly recommended that you
fill out each product’s warranty registration
information so that you will be eligible for
warranty claims should they arise.
The owner is responsible for normal
maintenance. However, minor adjustments
(such as adjustments to the interior or
exterior doors, cabinet latches, voids in
sealants, etc.) will be performed by the dealer
during the first ninety (90) days of warranty
coverage. Thereafter, such adjustments are
the responsibility of the owner as normal
maintenance, unless required as a direct
result of repair or replacement of a defective
part under this warranty.
If a problem occurs which the owner believes
is covered by this warranty, the owner shall
contact the selling dealer, or other authorized
dealer, giving them sufficient information to
resolve the matter.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. is not
liable for consequential or incidental damages.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion
may not apply to you.
The owner is also responsible for inspecting
and maintaining sealants or seals around
all attachments and seams related to the
structure, tent and tonneau, including preconditioning the tent in accordance with the
vendor’s provided recommendations.
makes no implied warranties.
I Caution
The owner’s failure to perform such
inspection and maintenance, which results
in water damage or any other damage,
shall void the warranty.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. Is not liable
for any implied warranty of merchantability or
fitness for a particular purpose.
The owner shall be responsible to deliver the
trailer to the dealer, authorized service center,
or factory for all warranty repairs. It is the
owner’s responsibility to return the vehicle to
an authorized service center for any repairs
that may be required.
Some states do not allow limitation of implied
warranties, so the above limitation may not
apply to you.
It is the owner’s responsibility to notify the
selling dealer of a defect in a timely manner.
Failure to notify in a timely manner will void all
or portions of this one year limited warranty.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights
and you may also have other rights, which
vary from state to state.
is not responsible for any representation or
warranty that is not herein stated. Dealers or
any other persons are not authorized to make
modifications to this warranty. Any additional
statements concerning this warranty, whether
oral or written, are not the responsibility of the
manufacturer and should not be relied upon.
INC. shall not be liable for any incidental or
consequential damages you might incur, such
as: expenses for transportation, lodging, loss
or damage to personal property, loss of use,
inconvenience or loss of income.
1. To assist in avoiding problems with your
coach, we recommend you do the following:
2. Read the warranty. Go over it thoroughly
with your dealer.
3. Inspect the vehicle. Do not accept delivery
until you have gone through the coach with
the dealer. The manufacturer has provided
a checklist to be used during retail delivery.
Check each item on the list and make sure
the dealer does the same. Do not sign this
checklist until you are satisfied with each
4. Ask questions about anything concerning
your coach you do not understand.
5. Be sure your tow vehicle has the capacity
to pull the coach you have selected.
The following items are NOT covered by
regarding the following items:
1. Tires and batteries, and other equipment,
which are covered by the separate
warranties of the respective manufacturers
of these components.
2. Damage caused by or related to:
A. Accidents, misuses or negligence.
B. Alteration or modification of the trailer or
damage incurred resulting from alteration
or modification.
C. Environmental conditions (salt, hail,
chemicals in atmosphere, etc.)
D. Failure to comply with instructions
contained in the Owner’s Manual.
3. Normal deterioration due to wear or
exposure, such as fading of fabrics or
drapes, carpet wear, etc.
4. Normal maintenance and service items such
as light bulbs, fuses, lubricants, sealant and
seals, door adjustments, etc. or damages
resulting from lack of maintenance.
5. Extra expenses such as transportation
to and from dealer or authorized service
center, loss of time, loss of pay, loss of use
of the trailer, inconvenience, commercial
loss, towing charges, bus fare, vehicle
rental, incidental charges such as telephone
calls or lodging bills, or other incidental or
consequential damages (other than injury
to the person).
6. Any unit used as a commercial unit,
residential unit or used as a rental unit.
7. Additional charges for transportation to
and from on-site service.
8. Condensation on any window or other
parts as a result of condensation including
any mold or related water damage.
Throughout the manufacturing process, your
trailer has been inspected by our quality
inspectors. However, our final inspection at the
factory is not the last one. The pre-delivery
inspections (including systems check) your
dealer performs are the final inspections due to
the unit prior to receiving your new coach. Your
dealer should assist you in understanding the
limited warranties and completing necessary
forms to activate them.
You are responsible for completing and
forwarding warranty forms for all components
and appliances installed in your RV. Failure to
do so may result in loss of warranty coverage
by the component or appliance manufacturer.
By agreement with the manufacturer, the
dealer is obligated to maintain the trailer prior
to retail sale, to perform a detailed pre-delivery
inspection and to make any repairs necessary
to correct defects in material or workmanship.
1. Maintain the trailer prior to retail sale.
2. Perform a detailed pre-delivery inspection
(including all systems check) and make
any repairs necessary to correct defects in
material and workmanship.
3. Provide a thorough customer walk through.
This is done to familiarize the customer
with the coach, its systems, components
and its operation. The manufacturer has
provided a checklist to be used during
retail delivery. Do not sign this checklist
until you are satisfied with each inspection.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. reserves
the right to cure all warranty claims. Service
work conducted by any party not specifically
VEHICLES, INC. to undertake such work
is specifically not covered by this Limited
The owner agrees to maintain all evidence of
any defect or damage through the ultimate
resolution of any claim and make such
evidence available to Manufacturer and
further agrees that the failure to preserve
evidence will result in loss of the claim.
If the dealer is not able to resolve a problem
covered by this warranty, the owner should
provide the manufacturer, at the address
listed below, a written description of the
problem and attempts made to resolve it.
The owner, at his expense, will deliver the
recreational vehicle to the dealer or authorized
repair location or manufacturing plant for
warranty service as designated.
Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
1025 E. Waterford
Wakarusa, IN 46573-9304
Ph: (574) 862-2228
Your warranty is activated when Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. has received your
signed warranty registration card from your selling dealer where it should have been
signed. If you never signed this card or wish to make sure your warranty is activated, please
contact your dealer or the Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. Warranty Department at
(574) 862-2228 or you may inquire in writing to Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc,
1025 E. Waterford, Wakarusa, IN 46573-9304.
Hitching & Loading
You should become comfortable hooking up
your trailer with practice.
There are several types of trailer hitches
available. Be certain to use the one
manufacturer and that meets the weight
requirements of your trailer. Quicksilver
trailers require a 2-inch hitch ball. Use only the
ball diameter indicated. Use of any other ball
diameter will create an extremely dangerous
condition which can result in separation of
the coupler and ball or ball failure.
Check that trailer safety chains are properly
connected. Check that all trailer lighting is
hooked up and working correctly.
Electrical Connection
Plug the pigtail on the trailer into the electrical
harness on the tow vehicle. Quicksilver trailers
come standard with a 4-prong plug. Be sure
there is enough slack to allow the vehicle to
turn without disconnecting the pigtail. Make
sure all lights and the brakes work prior to
moving the trailer.
The hitching procedure described here is
typical, but have your dealer demonstrate and
explain the proper hitching and unhitching
procedure for your vehicle.
I Caution
Make sure your trailer hitch is installed
in a location that allows proper turning
clearance of the trailer and the tow vehicle!
Safety Breakaway Chains and Switch
Attach the safety chains to the tow vehicle,
as well as the breakaway tether extending
from the electric brake (SUT models only).
DO NOT attach the cable to the plate handle,
hitch plate base or plate mounting brackets.
Adjust the cable so both vehicles may turn
freely without pulling the pin from the switch.
Lubricate the breakaway pin periodically to
ensure good operation
To hitch the trailer, raise or lower the height of
the trailer’s coupler by cranking the handle on
the tongue jack. If the tongue jack is in the “up”
or horizontal position, you will need to pull the
release pin and snap it to the vertical position so
the wheel can touch the ground. In instances of
uneven ground, it may be necessary to raise the
trailer by lifting the A-frame by hand in order to
get the crank handle bar and wheel locked in the
vertical position. To assist in this, you may wish
to have one person or more press down on the
rear bumper to relieve the weight on the tongue
or A-frame. Once the tongue jack is locked into
the vertical position, you can raise or lower the
tongue of the trailer by cranking the handle.
I Caution
Do not use the breakaway switch as
a parking brake, as it is intended for
emergency use only and such use will
drain your rv battery.
Maneuver the coupler over the top of the tow
vehicle’s hitch ball. Crank the tongue down
until the coupler nestles firmly over the ball.
Depress the lock lever and insert pin to secure.
Dangers of Overloading
During the design and development of our
trailers, the number and size of storage
compartments and the liquid tank capacities
are maximized for value and convenience.
However, be mindful that if the holding
tank is filled to capacity, and all storage
compartments and cupboards are filled to the
maximum volume, the trailer could exceed
safe towing weights for smaller vehicles
causing an unsafe condition. Refer to the
manufacturer’s labels posted on the tongue
of the unit for unit weight information.
To avoid overloading, you must be aware of
your vehicle weight situation at all times.
Know where you stand when it comes to the
GVWR, GAWR and your current GVW and
UVW. The following is a key to understanding
these terms:
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR):
is the maximum permissible weight of this
trailer when fully loaded. It includes all weight
at the trailer axle(s) and tongue or pin.
Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW): is the
weight of this trailer as manufactured at the
factory. It includes all weight at the trailer
axle(s) and tongue or pin. If applicable it also
includes full generator fluids, including fuel,
engine oil and coolants.
Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC): is equal to
GVWR minus each of the following: UVW, full
fresh (potable) water weight (including water
heater), and full LP-gas weight.
Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR): is the
value specified as the load carrying capacity
of a single axle system, as measured at the
tire-ground interfaces.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): is the weight
of the coach with all the items and supplies that
are loaded into the unit at any point in time.
I Caution
Under no circumstances should the engine
of your tow vehicle be allowed to “lug” or
pull hard for extended periods of time.
Such misuse can cause engine failure.
In addition to causing premature wear,
overloading can cause problems in the area
of handling characteristics. An overloaded
vehicle will take longer (time and distance)
to stop in an emergency. Overloading can
also cause added wear to components such
as tires and wheel bearings. Overloading can
also cause overheating of the tow vehicle in
some instances.
Weight Rating
Located on the unit’s tongue is a Federal
Certification Label. This label gives the
maximum weight carrying capacities of your
unit and for each axle designated by the
letters “GVWR” and “GAWR” respectively. The
serial number of your unit is located on this
label also.
I Warning
Never overload your trailer. Do not exceed
the rated load of the rv or the rated load
of any axle!
Overloading can cause loss of control
of the unit, which can result in severe
personal injury or death.
Under no circumstances should the respective
loads ever exceed these ratings. Dealer
installed equipment will reduce CCC. IF THE
Overloading can also cause property
damage to the unit, its contents, and the
tow vehicle.
Loading Instructions
Whether you start out for a weekend jaunt
or a longer trip, the first thing you are going
to do is load such items as food, clothing,
bedding and recreational equipment. As you
become experienced in trailer living, you will
learn what is necessary and what merely
takes up storage space.
damage in the case of a sudden stop or an
accident. Periodically reweigh your unit.
Different traveling configurations may change
your loading and weight pattern.
I Warning
Do not tow anything behind your trailer.
You could cause unstable handling and loss
of control of the unit, which could cause
serious personal injury or death. Towing
anything behind your trailer could also
cause damage to the trailer frame and your
structure warranty coverage will be voided.
Loading Tips
After you have determined how much weight
you can safely carry and selected those
items to make up that weight, make a list
and keep it for future reference. Load the RV
and distribute the load so that you get proper
weight on the axles and hitch. Secure and
brace items so they won’t move during travel,
thereby shifting the load in the RV. Do not
load heavy items near either end of the RV or
on the rear bumper. Adjust cargo storage to
keep the side to side wheel loads as equal as
possible. Carry only as much water as needed
for travel use or to balance the load.
Towing - A good way to practice towing is to choose
a large parking lot (where it is permissible).
Easing to a stop and starting smoothly saves
wear and tear on your tow vehicle, saves gas,
and prevents damage to the hitch and items
stowed in the trailer. Remember, when towing
the trailer. Always maintain at least three
cars and a trailer (approximately 65 ft) length
space between you and the car in front of
you for every 10 miles of speed that you are
traveling. This should give you ample time to
stop in case of an emergency.
Make a loading diagram of your properly
loaded RV. It will help you locate where
specific items are stored and will help speed
the loading process. Store emergency items
in a readily accessible location. Include tools,
first-aid kit, rain gear, flashlight, highway
warning devices, and an electric cord or light.
As you drive, try to anticipate problems that
may occur and prepare for them, even though
they may never happen. Anticipate dips,
gutters and depressions in the street, slowing
down well in advance, as these are the hardest
jolts of any kind on your car, your hitch, your
trailer and items stored in your trailer. Take
dips and bumps slowly and be certain that the
trailer wheels have passed the point before
accelerating. Cross railroad tracks slowly.
Always release your brakes before crossing.
All items must be considered for their weight
and stored according to how heavy they
are. Heavy items should be placed close to
the floor and in the center of the vehicle.
On long grades, you may want to shift into a
lower gear (or lower range, if you have automatic
transmission) before your engine labors.
Luggage and similar cargo carried inside the
vehicle must be secured to prevent possible
When going downhill, use the same procedure as
going uphill; the compression of your car’s engine
will help to slow your whole rig safely. Avoid
conditions that require excessive and prolonged
use of your brakes. Apply and release brakes at
short intervals to give them a chance to cool.
Do not overcrowd or cross the center line. All
sharp turns should be taken at low speeds.
Professional drivers, when rounding turns, slow
down well in advance of the turn, enter it at
reduced speed, and then accelerate smoothly
as they come out again onto the straightaway.
I Warning
Overtaking and Passing
When you pass another vehicle, remember
that it takes longer to accelerate and you
must allow for the length of the trailer to
pass before returning to your lane. Use your
signals freely. On freeways and expressways,
try to pick the lane in which you want to move
and stay in it, preferably the slow lane to the
right. Remember, always pass very carefully.
Improper braking can result in serious
personal injury or death. When being
overtaken, passing or meeting an
oncoming bus, tow vehicle or other large
vehicle, air turbulence may be encountered
and may cause you to feel the trailer sway.
When this occurs a slight acceleration and/
or applying the trailer brakes only will help
overcome the sway sensation: however,
application of the tow vehicle brakes at
the beginning of the sway situation will
accentuate the sway and may cause you to
lose control of your vehicle.
Slippery Pavement
On slippery and icy pavement, drive slowly,
and if you feel you are skidding, gently apply
the trailer brakes only.
Turning Corners
Here’s where you find the first basic difference
with a trailer. The trailer wheels do not follow
the path of your car’s wheels. The trailer
will make a closer turn than the tow vehicle.
Compensating for this action when making
turns, you will put the tow vehicle out further
into the intersection than you would normally,
so that the trailer will clear the curb or clear
any parked vehicles along the curb.
Backing and Parking
After arriving at your destination, your next
task is to choose a good level parking space
and back into it. A recommended procedure
for backing into a space is:
1. Stop near the site, get out and look it over.
(Check the site for low hanging limbs, posts,
large rocks, etc. which are to be avoided)
2. Try to place the site to your left. Then you
can see what the trailer is doing while you
are backing. If the site is on your right,
you will be backing into your blind side.
3. With everything clear, maneuver the trailer
into position for backing into the site.
4. Grasp the steering wheel at the bottom (never
the top) and back up. Turn the steering wheel
in the direction you wish the trailer to go. If
the site is on your left, turn your steering
wheel to the left and back slowly, watching
the trailer. When the trailer starts into the
turn, follow it by easing up on the steering
wheel. The trailer will move into position.
Making a left turn requires technique similar
to a right turn, with a wider than normal
swing into the new lane of traffic to keep the
trailer from edging into the opposing lane.
On sharply winding and narrow roads, keep
to the center of your lane, equally away from
both the center line and pavement edge. This
allows the trailer to clear the edge of the
pavement without likelihood of the wheels
dropping off onto the shoulder, which could
cause dangerous trailer sway.
Wheel Nut Torque
The wheel nut torque is 50 – 75 ft-lbs. on 12-inch
wheels and 90 – 120 ft-lbs. on 14-inch wheels.
TO TIGHTEN WHEEL NUTS. A torque wrench
with adequate accuracy is available at most
automotive tool stores. Considering the overall
investment in the trailer, this is a very reasonable
cost. Use of a torque wrench can also reduce the
effort required to tighten the wheel nuts.
Proper wheel nut torque is essential to safe
and dependable towing. The wheel and axle
systems used in trailers are similar in many
ways to those used in cars and tow vehicles,
but they differ in several important ways.
These differences require special attention to
wheel nut torque both while the trailer is new
and throughout the trailer’s life.
Any time a wheel is replaced, be sure to tighten
the wheel nuts, following the sequence shown
in the diagram to the specified torque. If the
wheel was replaced, check the torque again at
every 50 miles for the first 200 miles and prior
to each trip thereafter. If you notice wheel
wobbling or hear a rattling sound coming from
a wheel, especially at low speeds, a wheel
lug nut may have come loose. This problem
is usually caused by improper tightening or
by faulty or damaged lug bolt threads. If you
have reason to believe a lug nut has come
Put up warning devices. Remove the lug caps
and check the tightness of all the lug nuts.
Furthermore, wheels on tandem axle trailers
do not steer, and are subjected to very high
side load stress whenever the trailer makes
a tight turn. When you go around corners –
especially slow, tight ones – the wheels on
your trailer are subjected to these strong
side loads. This tends to flex the wheel and
gradually loosen the wheel nuts. Although the
materials and manufacturing methods are
maximized for this kind of service, these extra
load stresses and flexing can cause loosening.
I Warning
It is important to maintain proper torque
to provide safe and secure attachment
of the wheel to the hub/drum. Be sure to
use wheel nuts that are compatible with
the coin in the wheel. Improperly torqued
wheel nuts can cause the wheel to
separate from the wheel mounting surface
during operation. This could result in
property damage, serious personal injury,
or loss of life.
Tighten all lug nuts to the specified torque.
If lug bolt threads are damaged or faulty, get
professional service help. Do NOT tow the
trailer with missing lug nuts or faulty lug bolts.
I Warning
Do not use a size and type of tire and wheel
other than that originally provided by Livin’
Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc. because
it can affect the safety and performance
of your vehicle, which could result in an
increased rise of loss of vehicle control,
vehicle rollover and/or serious personal
injury or death. The installation of incorrect
wheels could cause wheel separation which
could result in property damage, serious
personal injury, or loss of life.
It is critical that the wheels be properly
torqued at the start of the trip and every 50
miles for the first 500 miles of road operation.
Although the wheels have been properly
torqued before leaving the manufacturing
plant, settling and wearing in of components
during the first few miles of operation may
cause some loosening of the wheel nuts.
Torque Stages
12-inch wheel
1 Stage
20-25 ft/lbs
Stage 35-40 ft/lbs
3 Stage 50-75 ft/lbs
Check &
When Cold
Inside &
Check &
When Cold
Loss of
Camber or
Check &
Across The
Axle not
Square to
Frame or
or Wheel
Wheel &
tire balance
Flat Spots
Torque to: 75 ft/lbs
Note: Use a torque
wench to tighten
lug nuts. Tightening
by hand or with an
impact wrench is not
1. Start all lug nuts by hand to prevent cross
2. Wheel nut torque requirements vary
depending on the size and manufacturer
of the wheel. Always use the wheel
do not exceed recommended ft/lbs.
Unless otherwise specified by the wheel
manufacturer, 50–75 ft/lbs on 12-inch
wheels and 90–120 ft/lbs on 14-inch
wheels. Complete information is found in
your Dexter Axle manual. Never exceed
wheel manufacturer’s recommendations.
3. Tighten each lug nut in the order shown to
the torque shown in the chart.
I Warning
When replacing tires consult the wheel and tire
manufacturers’ specifications for compatibility.
Improperly matched wheels and tires may fail
and cause property damage, serious personal
injury, or loss of life.
I Warning
Road test before utilizing electric brake
controls. Be sure area is clear of traffic
and pedestrians. Do not exceed 30 mph.
Follow procedures outlined by the controller
manufacturer. Failure to do so could result
in property damage, serious personal
injury, or loss of life.
Wheel Bearing Lubrication
There is no need to lift the trailer before
greasing axles equipped with today’s modern
“easy-lube” technologies:
1. Remove the rubber plug from grease cap.
2. Insert grease gun on the grease zerk.
3. Pump until new grease begins to appear.
4. Replace rubber plug.
Tire Inspection
The following chart is meant to be helpful in
determining the condition and maintenance
of your tires.
Hubs and components should also be
disassembled yearly and inspected for worn
or otherwise damaged parts.
Braking, Tires & Wheels
front of the construction type. Example – MR
tires are rated for use up to 81 mph. SR tires
up to 112 mph. ZR tires carry the highest
speed rating, and are safe for speeds over
150 mph. However, ZR tires should never be
installed on any motor home or travel trailer.
If no speed rating is listed on the sidewall, the
maximum speed for light tow vehicle tires is
87 mph, and for passenger cars 105 mph.
• 12 is the rim size. This is the only
measurement made in inches.
• E is the load range.
The tires should be checked before starting
on every trip. Check them regularly and keep
inflated to recommended pressures. The
recommended tire pressure is on the side of
the tire. Rotate tires at least once every
5,000 miles or as recommended by the tire
manufacturer. All models have a spare tire
available in case of an emergency.
All trailers are equipped with tubeless tires. They
are designed for today’s turnpike speeds and
are rated to carry the weight of the trailer plus
your family’s personal needs for an extended
vacation. If you should require an adjustment
on a faulty or defective tire, secure the name
of your nearest tire dealer or distributor and
request an adjustment according to the
conditions and terms of the warranty.
Tire Load Ratings
Load ratings for tires go up as the corresponding
letter changes. For example, load range “E” tires
have a heavier rating than load range “D” tires.
Load capabilities of tires change as the psi (air
pressure) is lowered. As much as 220 lbs. of load
carrying capacity is lost per tire for each 5 psi
below the recommended inflation. This decreased
load amount varies from one tire manufacturer
to the next; therefore it is recommended that
you contact your tire manufacturer for further
information in this regard.
Tire Changing
1. Use emergency flares when near a road or
2. Block wheels on the opposite side from
the tire you wish to change to prevent
accidental movement.
3. Position a hydraulic jack on the frame close
to the spring hanger.
4. Raise trailer until the tire clears the ground.
Tire Air Pressure
When checking air pressures, if the tire has
been driven more than 6 miles, you can add 4
to 6 psi to the rated maximum “cold” inflation
recommendations. For example, if the tire has a
maximum rating of 90 psi cold, you can inflate
the tire to 96 psi after being driven on. Under
inflation generates excessive heat (a tire’s worst
enemy!), increases tread wear in the shoulder
area, and reduces your vehicle’s fuel economy.
Tire Markings
Sample tire size: LT145/85 R 12 E (Your tire
may be different)
• LT reflects the “Light Tow vehicle” usage.
Light tow vehicle tires are used on anything
from compact pickups to class A motor
• 145 indicates the “contact patch” width. The
contact patch is the amount of tire surface
that actually comes into contact with the
pavement. In this case the width is 145
millimeters wide.
• 85 indicates the height to width ratio of the tire.
• R identifies the construction type of the tire R–
Radial, B–Bias Belted, D–Diagonal Bias. Some
tires may have a speed designation label in
I Warning
Failure to follow tire pressure recommendations
can adversely affect the way your vehicle
handles. Do not exceed the Livin’ Lite
Recreational Vehicles, Inc. recommended
pressure even if it is less than the maximum
pressure allowed for the tire. Doing so can
cause serious injury or loss of life.
Never mix radial, bias belted or bias type
tires. Never mix brands. This can adversely
affect vehicle handling and stability. Use
only the tire size that is listed on the Safety
Compliance Certification Label. If you have
a question about the label, please call Livin’
Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
But even in 3/4 of a second, a vehicle such
as a tow vehicle, moving at 60 mph (100
km/h) travels 66 feet (20 m). That is without
a trailer behind it. That could be a lot of
distance in an emergency, so keeping enough
space between your vehicle and others is very
important. Especially when considering that it
takes even longer to stop when you have a
heavy trailer attached to your tow vehicle.
Tire Maintenance
When cleaning tires, try to use a tire cleaning
agent. Never use any cleaner that contains
solvents. Solvents will draw oil from tires and
cause them to prematurely crack. Inspect
your tires prior to each trip, looking for bulges
or cracks in the sidewalls.
Of course, actual stopping distances vary
greatly with the surface of the road (wither
it’s gravel or pavement); the condition of the
road (wet, dry, icy); tire tread; the condition
of your brakes; the weight of the vehicle and
the amount of brake force applied.
When storing your recreational vehicle for
long periods you should completely unload
the vehicle so that a minimum weight will
be placed on the tires. Make sure the tires
are inflated to the recommended operating
inflation pressure. Avoid moving the vehicle
during extremely cold weather. Move the
vehicle at least every two months to prevent
ozone cracking in the tire bulge area as
well as “flat spotting” from prolonged strain
of sidewall and tread deflection. Make sure
you check the inflation and adjust to the
recommended operating pressure before
putting the vehicle back into service.
The distance required to properly stop when
towing a trailer is often underestimated. As a
good rule of thumb, when towing the trailer,
always maintain at least three cars and a
trailer (approximately 65 ft) length space
between you and the car in front of you for
every 10 miles of speed you are traveling.
This should give you ample time to stop in
case of an emergency.
I Warning
Failure to maintain adequate braking distance
between your vehicle and the vehicle or items
in front of you can cause property damage,
serious injury or loss of life.
Maintain Safe Braking Distance
Braking action involves perception time and
reaction time. First, a person has to decide to
push on the brake pedal. That is perception
time. Then that person has to bring up their
foot and do it. That is reaction time.
Average reaction time is about 3/4 of a
second. But that is only an average. It will
be less with one drive and more (up to two
or three seconds) with another. Age, physical
eyesight all will play a part in the perception
time and reaction time. So do alcohol, drugs
and frustration.
I Caution
Power System
Do not use an extension cord with a
current rating less than the amperage
your rv requires. Extra extension cords
reduce the amperage and voltage being
supplied to the rv and may cause damage
to electrical components, including the
shoreline cord.
Shown here is the
connection on your
I Caution
Power Converter
Your vehicle is equipped with an electrical power
converter that changes 110-volt power to 12volt power to run 12-volt powered appliances. It
gets the 110-volt power by way of the electrical
cord (shown left). Shown here is the circuit
breaker/fuse box for the 110V electrical system.
Circuit breakers and fuses protect the circuits in
the vehicle. Locate the converter and see where
the fuses are located. If you blow a fuse, turn off
and unplug any appliances in use. Unplug the
fuse. Check the fuse for breakage and replace it
with a new fuse of the proper rating.
Make sure your power supply is properly
grounded! If your power supply to the
trailer is not grounded you will experience
a dangerous shock when standing on the
ground and touching a metal portion of
your trailer! Use a continuity tester to
ensure proper power supply!
30-Amp and 110-Volt Service
30-amp service is 110-volt service, but it is
capable of running up to 30-amps of draw.
Listed below are components that might be
used in Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
vehicles and the typical maximum amperage
draw each one has. This chart may help you
decide which components you can safely use
for an extended period without damage.
Air conditioners (each)
Hair dryer
Vacuum 5
VCR 1.0
Charger 14
Refrigerator 3.5
110-volt lamp 1.0
If the fuse continues to fail, contact your nearest
If you travel to an RV park that offers only 50amp service you will have to use an adapter to
hook up to shore power. Use of an adapter is
not recommended, but may not be avoidable.
I Warning
Electrical System
Do not smoke or use an open flame
around batteries. Avoid making electrical
sparks near batteries. Fumes from the
batteries are combustible.
Your electrical system is a combination 12volt and 110-volt system, every facet carefully
engineered and installed to comply with the
“National Electric Code”.
The combination system consists of:
1. 12-volt automotive system – DC.
2. 110-volt outside power source – AC.
Auxiliary 12V DC
Electrical Connection
Auxiliary 12V electrical outlets are located
inside the trailer in order to attach the
overhead lights/fans. These outlets are NOT
to be used for anything except the provided
110-Volt System
This is supplied by plugging the power cord into
an outside 110-volt receptacle. It furnishes
current to all internal 110-volt receptacles.
It also supplies power for the 12-volt trailer
system through the converter.
Fire Safety
The possibility of fire exists in all areas of life,
and the recreational vehicle life-style is no
exception. Recreational vehicles are complex
machines. They are made up of many
materials, some of which are flammable. Like
many hazards, the possibility of fire can be
minimized. This is done by recognizing the
danger and practicing common sense safety
and maintenance habits. For safety reasons,
Livin’ Lite suggests that you keep a fire
extinguisher in your unit at all times.
The 110-volt circuits are protected by circuit
breakers and will handle up to 30 rated
amps. The most common cause of a circuit
breaker to open is an overloaded circuit. If
this happens, reduce the load and reset the
Your kitchen and exterior receptacles are
protected by a highly sensitive device known
as a “Ground Fault Interrupter,” which is
designed to sense the slightest electrical
“short” at those receptacles and instantly
disconnect the current before a person can
be injured.
If you optioned the battery box and use a
battery in your camper, batteries should be
removed and stored in a warm place when not
used in your trailer for an extended period of
time (i.e. more than 60 days). Mark the cables,
positive and negative, for easy identification.
Batteries are not to be stored on the concrete
floors. The batteries require periodic charging
during storage. If the trailer is to be stored for
a long period of time, it is recommended that
all of the batteries inside the unit be removed
from clocks, radios, smoke alarms, etc. This
will prevent unnecessary drain and corrosion
of the batteries.
Plumbing System
Fresh Water
When your Quicksilver gets a kitchen base,
you will have plumbing lines to run water to
the sink from either
the blue jug located
in the base of the
kitchen, or from the
outside water hookup (where a hose will
be utilized).
the base is set up,
simply go to the back
side of the camper
where you can easily
access the plumbing
line hook-ups from
outside the camper.
If you are going to
be dry camping and
using the blue jug, hook up that line to the
hand-pump sink. If you are going to be using
an outside water hook-up (hose), simply hook
the line running from that connection to the
City Water
Connect a hose to a city
pressurized water faucet to
the connection in this photo.
LP Gas System
Each tank has an automatic eighty percent
stop-fill valve that allows space in the tank
for vapor expansion. The high pressure of the
vapor in the tank is reduced in two stages
as it makes its way to your appliance. The
tank pressure will vary with temperature
and altitude, but it may be in the range of
100 to 250 pounds per square inch (psi) or
more. It is reduced by a pressure regulator
to about 12 psi in the first stage and then to
about 6.25 ounces in the second stage. The
6.25 ounces psi can also be expressed as 11
inches of water column.
The Liquid Propane (LP) gas system is designed
and built to rigid standards and tested before
leaving the factory. Your dealer also tests the
system prior to customer delivery.
LP gas, when properly handled, is a clean
burning, dependable fuel for all your LP gas
appliances. The LP tank or tanks mounted on
your unit contain liquid under high pressure.
The liquid vaporizes into a gas and passes
through the regulator which automatically
reduces the gas pressure. The low pressure
gas is then distributed to the appliances.
When the red flag appears in the inspection
glass this indicates that the bottle is empty.
The arrow should be turned toward other
bottle and the empty bottle should be filled
as soon as possible.
I Warning
A warning label has been located near the
LP gas container that reads: DO NOT FILL
OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the LP gas container
can result in uncontrolled gas flow which
can cause fire or explosion. A properly filled
container will contain approximately 80
percent of its volume as liquid LP gas. Safety
regulation prevents filling over 80 percent.
----Portable fuel-burning equipment, including
wood and charcoal grills and stoves, must not
be used inside the recreational vehicle. The
use of this equipment inside the recreational
vehicle may cause fires or asphyxiation.
----Storage of LP gas containers, gasoline or other
flammable liquids inside your vehicle – even
for short periods of time – presents a risk of
fire and/or explosion. All flammable liquids
should be stored safely in a well-ventilated area
outside your vehicle and in proper containers.
----LP gas containers must not be placed
or stored inside the vehicle. LP gas
containers are equipped with safety
devices which relieve excessive pressure
by discharging gas to the atmosphere.
I 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. O p e n d o o r s a n d o t h e r v e n t i l a t i o n
5. Leave the area until odor clears.
6. Have the gas system checked and leakage
source corrected before using again.
I Warning
LP gas regulators must always be
installed with the diaphragm bent facing
downward. Regulators that are not in
compartments have been equipped with
a protective cover. Make sure that the
regulator vent faces downward and that
cover is kept in place to minimize vent
blockage which could result in excessive
gas pressure causing fire or explosion.
Filling LP Gas Bottles
When your LP gas tank is empty, have it
refilled as soon as possible. There are many
LP refueling stations available. Many RV
parks also have LP gas available. Caution
your supplier not to over-fill your tank. Room
is required to let the liquid vaporize.
Your dealer is responsible for a thorough
LP gas system check prior to delivery. Do
not accept the unit until this check has
been completed .
occasionally lighting a connection, you should
take your unit to an authorized dealer for
LP gas problems. An authorized LP supplier
should always fill the LP gas tank.
There are approximately 11,000 BTUs of heat
produced from each gallon of LP gas. Your
furnace and range will require the most LP gas.
During extreme cold temperatures, check fuel
tanks frequently to avoid running out of fuel.
I Warning
Make sure that all burners and pilot lights
are turned OFF prior to having a gas supplier
refill your LP tank.
LP gas cylinders shall not be placed or
stored inside the vehicle. LP gas cylinders
are equipped with safety devices that
relieve excessive pressure by discharging
gas to the atmosphere. Failure to comply
could result in death or serious injury.
1. Close the valve on the empty cylinder and
remove the hose from the valve. (NOTE:
left hand thread).
2. Loosen clamp that holds cylinder in place.
3. Remove the cylinder and have it refilled.
4. Slide cylinder back in place and tighten clamp.
5. Connect the left-hand hose and tighten
Your unit’s manufacturer is not responsible
for personal injury or property damage
resulting from improperly maintained LP
gas appliances and systems.
The 80 percent STOP FILL VALVE may close the
valve before liquid appears at the 20 percent liquid
level gauge, but if liquid does appear, stop filling
immediately: the tank is filled to LP capacity.
I Caution
This gas piping system is designed for
use with LP gas only. Do not connect
natural gas to this system. Securely cap
this inlet when not connected for use.
After turning on gas, except after normal
cylinder replacement, test gas piping and
connections to appliance for leakage with
soapy water or bubble solution. Do not use
products that contain ammonia or chlorine.
Your LP tanks must be kept free of rust at all
times. If rust does develop, the tank should be
cleaned completely free of the rust, primed,
and painted white (or some other highly
reflective color) which will help to reduce
expansion of the LP gas because of heat.
I Warning
Do not use a wrench to tighten the service valve
or the 20 percent gauge. They are both designed
to be closed leak-tight by hand. If you cannot
hand-tighten the valve, the valve may need
repair or replacement. Consult your gas dealer.
Never adjust the regulator yourself. Have
your dealer or an authorized service
technician make any require adjustment.
Precautions and Recommendations
• Inspect LP fill valve for foreign material
before refueling.
• Shut off tow vehicle and pilot lights when
refueling gas tanks.
• Never check for gas leaks with an open
flame match, etc.
• Visually inspect gas lines for any problem
• Have dealer inspect gas system yearly and
before and after long trips. Always have
qualified technician check and make any
repairs in your gas system.
LP Gas Lines
The primary manifold
is located under the
unit. Copper tubing
with flare fittings are
used as secondary
lines running to the
gas appliances. Should any lines ever rupture,
NEVER attempt to splice them. A new line
should always be installed. We recommend
any LP gas line services be performed by
your dealer or an authorized service person.
Always close main valve at LP tank when
servicing any gas appliance. This prevents
any gas leakage which could result in an
explosion or cause serious bodily injury.
This gas piping system is designed for
use of liquefied propane gas only. Do not
connect natural gas to this system. Do not
fill container(s) to more than 80 percent of
capacity. Securely cap inlet(s) when not
connected for use. After turning on gas,
except after normal container replacement,
test gas piping and connections to appliances
for leakage with soapy water or bubble
solution. Do not use products that contain
ammonia or chlorine.
I Warning
Never check gas lines for leaks with an
open flame. Do not check for leaks using
ammoniated or chlorinated household
type detergents. These detergents can
cause cracks to form on the metal tubing
and brass fittings. Take the unit to a
qualified LP gas service technician to find
and repair the leak. Keep the tank valve
closed and all of the appliances turned
off when the unit is stored. If any of the
LP gas valves do not close leak-tight by
hand, consult a service technician.
I Warning
All pilot lights, appliances and their
igniters (see operating instructions) must
be turned off during refueling of motor
fuel tanks and/or LP gas containers.
Although your LP gas system was thoroughly
inspected for leaks before delivery, gas fittings
can loosen from vibration during travel. Your
LP gas system should be inspected at least
every three months and before every trip. If
leak is suspected, check immediately!
Climate Differences
The appliances in your vehicle will not function
if the LP gas does not vaporize. Propane will
continue to vaporize down to -44 degrees F.
Exterior LP Hookup
An optional exterior
quick connect socket
is available on some
Propane has become the main type of LP gas
used in RV’s in recent years. Butane should
not be used. The LP gas dealer will have the
correct type or blend for his locale. If you
plan on traveling from a warm climate to a
cold climate, check with your local gas dealer
to see if the blend he supplies is appropriate
for the part of the county you plan on visiting.
To operate any LP gas appliance, the LP gas
tank’s service valve must be OPEN. When
first used, or after a refill, there may be some
air in the gas lines that will escape when the
range burner or similar gas valve is opened.
The air may extinguish the match or igniter
the first time or two you attempt to light a
stove burner.
until the bubbles stop. If this does not take
care of the leak, contact your gas dealer. DO
Gas Tank and Regulator Freeze-Up
LP gas regulator freeze-up can be prevented
if owners are aware of the causes. Freezeup may be caused by one of the following:
moisture in the tank, an overfilled tank or a
greater vapor withdrawal demand than the
tank can deliver at a particular temperature.
Also remember that when you close the
tank’s service valve, some gas will remain
in the lines. To completely bleed the lines of
gas, close the tank valve and light the range
burner. When the flame burns out, turn off
the appliance.
Freeze-up occurs more frequently in cold
weather since liquid gas does not vaporize
as quickly. This, along with a higher demand,
can cause frosting of the tank and regulator.
Be sure to have your LP gas supplier add
ANHYDROUS METHANOL before filling the
tank in cold weather.
Moisture may enter the tank in the LP gas
through condensation if air is allowed to
enter the tank through an open valve. This
can be avoided by using moisture-free gas
and keeping all tank valves CLOSED during
storage. If moisture is present, have the tank
purged by an authorized dealer and have
him add the proper amount of ANHYDROUS
METHANOL for your tank. An overfilled tank
can allow liquid gas, rather than the needed
vapor, to flow through the regulator. This can
result in erratic regulator delivery pressure,
improper appliance operation and possible
frosting of the regulator and gas line. This
can be avoided by following the procedures
outlined in the Filling LP Gas Bottles section.
Always contact your local gas supplier for
current procedures.
Regulator Pressure
Have the gas regulator checked at the
beginning of each season and whenever a
problem occurs. Proper line pressure is 11
inches of water column. Your RV dealer or gas
supplier can perform this needed check.
Gas Line Check
Check the gas line connectors and all other
connections regularly. To check, turn OFF all
burners and pilot lights. Open all doors and
windows. OPEN the LP gas tanks service
valve and use soapy water or an approved
leak detector fluid to test all line connections.
Do not use products that contain AMMONIA or
CHLORINE. The appearance of bubbles in the
soapy solution indicates a leak. Tighten the
connections with two (2) open-end wrenches
Hose Replacement
The flexible LP gas hoses connected to your
LP tank should be checked frequently for
signs of deterioration and may need to be
replaced every two to three years. Be sure to
replace the hoses with approved and properly
rated products.
Regulator Vent Maintenance
Since the LP gas regulator is equipped with a
vent that allows the system to “breathe,” you
must check it on a frequent basis to see that
it does not become clogged. If dirt, sealant
or corrosion clogs the vent, clean it with a
toothbrush or similar device. At least once a
year have your LP service provider check the
regulator adjustment and operation.
The detector is equipped with a “sensor
activation strip”. This strip must be removed
for the detector to operate properly. This
should have been done during the dealer’s
pre-delivery inspection. Please check the
detector to verify that the activation strip has
been removed. Please consult your LP detector
User’s Guide for more detailed information.
LP Gas Detector
Liquid Propane (LP) gas is heavier than air
and will settle to the lowest point of the room,
which is generally on the floor of your coach.
Because of this, the LP detector installed
in your coach is located near the floor. The
detector is also sensitive to other fumes, such
as hair spray, which contain butane as the
propellant. Butane, like propane, is heavier
than air and will settle to the floor level where
it may be detected.
A warning label located in the cooking
area reminds you to provide an adequate
supply of fresh air for combustion. Unlike
homes, the amount of oxygen supplied is
limited due to the size of the recreational
vehicle; proper ventilation when using the
cooking appliance(s) will avoid danger of
asphyxiation. It is especially important
to ensure a flow of fresh air when the
appliance is used for long periods of time.
Effects of Prolonged Occupancy
condense out of sight within the walls or the
ceiling where it will manifest itself as warped or
stained panels. Appearance of these conditions
may indicate a serious condensation problem.
When you recognize the signs of excessive
moisture and condensation in your trailer, you
should take action to minimize their effects.
Your trailer was designed primarily for
recreational use and short-term occupancy and
has not been designed for full time living. If you
expect to occupy the trailer for an extended
period, despite our efforts, be prepared to deal
with condensation and the humid conditions
that may be encountered. The relatively small
volume and tight compact construction of a
recreational vehicle means that the normal
living activities of even a few occupants will
lead to rapid moisture saturation of the air
contained in the trailer and the appearance
of visible moisture, especially in cold weather.
This is also not covered under warranty.
Ventilation and Moisture Control
You can reduce interior moisture condensation
by taking the following steps:
1. Ventilate with outside air. Partially open one
or more windows (at least the corners) to
provide circulation of outside air into the
interior. While this ventilation may increase
the heating load during cold weather, it will
greatly reduce water condensation. Even
when it is raining or snowing, ventilation air
from outside will be far drier than interior
air and will effectively reduce condensation
inside the trailer.
2. Minimize moisture released inside the
trailer. Avoid making steam from excessive
boiling or use of hot water. Remove water
or snow from shoes before entering to
avoid soaking the carpet. Avoid drying
overcoats or other clothes inside the
trailer. In addition to the hazards of
toxic fumes and oxygen depletion, open
flames add moisture to the interior air,
increasing condensation. Do not use an
air humidifier inside the trailer. Water put
into the air by the humidifier will greatly
increase condensation.
3. Install a dehumidifier. During prolonged,
appliance may be more comfortable and
effective in removing excess moisture
from the interior air. While use of a
dehumidifier is not a “cure-all,” and
ventilation, storm windows and moisture
reduction continue to be important,
operation of the dehumidifier will reduce
the amount of outside air needed for
ventilation. Heating load on the furnace
will be reduced and the interior will be
less drafty.
Your trailer is not designed to be used as
permanent housing. Use of this product
for long term or permanent occupancy
will lead to premature deterioration
of structure, interior finishes, fabrics,
and drapes. Damage or deterioration
due to long-term occupancy will not be
considered normal, and will under the
terms of the warranty constitute misuse,
abuse or neglect, and will therefore
reduce your warranty protection.
Just as moisture collects on the outside of
a glass of cold water during humid weather,
moisture can condense on the inside surfaces
of your trailer during use in cold weather
when the relative humidity of the interior air is
high. This condition is increased because the
insulated walls of the trailer are much thinner
than house walls. Estimates indicate that a
family of four can vaporize up to three gallons
of water daily through breathing, cooking,
bathing and washing. Unless the water vapor
is carried outside by ventilation, or condensed
by a dehumidifier, it will condense on the
inside of the windows and walls as moisture,
or in cold weather as frost or ice. It may also
Care and Maintenance
and fasten snaps. Going inside the unit, raise
the remaining biminis and attach to Velcro.
Adjust until canvas hangs evenly. Re-attach
the long straps that run between the bimini
bars and install the center support pole.
Go outside and fasten exterior snaps and
bungees. Your unit should be ready for a
summer of fun!
One of the chief complaints from owners of
pop-up campers is the molding and mildewing
of the canvas material during winter months
while the unit is in storage. To solve this
troublesome issue, the Quicksilver has been
designed to allow you to remove all canvas
material and store it away in a dry place,
extending the life of your canvas and saving
you a few headaches.
Cleaning Cabinets & sidewalls:
Clean the molded plastics and aluminum
surfaces in the Quicksilver with a soft rag
Simple Green or other mild detergent.
To remove the tent material for storage, set
up your unit and unfasten the Velcro tabs
holding the tent material to the four central
bimini bars. Leave the tabs on the bunk ends
fastened. Unsnap and un-Velcro the long
straps that run between the bimini support
poles. Fold down the four center biminis,
leaving the bunk ends upright. Now, exit
your unit and unsnap all the exterior snaps
along the sides of the unit and the bunk ends.
Standing beside the bunk ends, you should
be able to lift the canvas and unfasten the
remaining Velcro from the bunk end bimini.
Do both sides. The canvas should now be free
from the supports. Fold it and store in a large
plastic tote in a dry place. You may also wish
to remove the mattresses and seat cushions if
you are able to store them elsewhere. Empty
water lines and 5-gallon tank. Close up your
camper and store.
Cleaning Counter Tops:
Your counter tops are made of a high pressure
composite material and are highly resistant to
normal spills and scuffs. Wash with a soft rag
or sponge and mild detergent like Fantastik or
409. Avoid regular use of abrasive pads and
scouring powders which will dull the surface
and make it more stain-prone. Confine knife
blades and slicing to a chopping block (not
supplied). Pots and pans straight from the
oven or burner and irons should be placed on
lined hot pads, not the counter top.
Cleaning Floors:
Use a broom to sweep dirt and debris from
the Quicksilver’s alumi-plank floor. Wipe with
a damp cloth or with Simple Green if a mild
detergent is needed. When you wipe down
the flooring, you will find that your rag picks
up aluminum residue and turns gray. This is
normal. If your flooring begins to look scuffed
or marred, you can revitalize the look of the
aluminum by scouring it with a Scotch Brite
pad, ultra-fine grade. After scouring, wipe
with a damp rag and Simple Green.
In the spring when you are ready to re-attach
the tent, open your camper so the bunk ends
are unfolded. Draw each bunk end bimini
across the bunk end and let it rest on the
mattress. Unfold the tent and lay it atop the
camper, aligning the zipper with the doorway.
Standing near a bunk end, fold the canvas
back until you find the first set of Velcro
tabs. Attach them to the bimini resting on
the bunk end, making an effort to get the
canvas centered from right to left. Move to
the other bunk end and repeat the process.
Now, pull the material under the bunk ends
Cleaning Dinette cushions:
Spills, spots or stains should be treated as
soon as possible to avoid permanent damage.
If a spill occurs, blot the fluid with a dry towel.
Do not rub the spill. Rubbing may cause the
liquid to “set’ in the fabric. When attempting
to clean a spot or stain, always start from
the outside and work inward to avoid spreading
it further. Some stains or soils are extremely
difficult or impossible to remove completely.
These should receive immediate, professional
attention. Spills, spots, stains or soils are the
responsibility of the owner and are not covered
by the Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, Inc.
Limited Warranty. Wipe the marine grade vinyl
with warm water and a mild soap. If a stronger
cleanser is needed, try Fantastik or other product
deemed safe for cleaning vinyl surfaces.
Avoid opening and closing tent in
extreme cold temperatures. Vinyl may
become less pliable and more prone to
damage in extreme cold.
See enclosed warranty sheet from the
tent manufacturer for more information
on tent care, cleaning and warranty.
Cleaning Awnings:
Be sure to clean off all debris as you roll up
your awnings. Periodically wash off the awning
fabric with a soapy water solution. Long-term
exposure to the sun may cause some fading
over time, which is normal. Lower awning poles
during rain to allow run-off. Water accumulating
in the awning during rains may cause undo
stress on the seams, zippers and fasteners.
Preconditioning Tents:
To prevent leaking on camping trips, your
tent must be preconditioned. Set up your
tent at home to become familiar with the
parts and method of setup. Spray the tent
with water until thoroughly wet. This causes
cotton fabric to shrink and helps to close up
fibers and seams which may cause leakage.
Allow the tent to dry completely. To prevent
mildew, always ventilate and dry the tent with
bows and braces in place as soon as possible
after exposure to moisture.
Cleaning Exterior Walls and Diamond Plate:
When washing and waxing the exterior
of your RV, be sure to inspect all seams
and trim for damaged or missing sealants.
Occasionally during washing some sealants
may be washed away, and harsh climates
can accelerate the deterioration of sealants.
As a guideline, inspect these areas twice a
year or whenever the RV is washed or waxed,
whichever is more frequent. Unsealed areas
can lead to expensive structure repairs in the
future. Wash with water and a mild detergent.
Use a soft cloth or sponge. Avoid abrasive
materials or cleaners that will scratch and
dull your exterior’s finish.
Cleaning Tents:
You will find a care and cleaning tag attached
to your tent. Please follow the instructions
printed on that tag for best results. The tent
material manufacturer suggests the following
cleaning products:
• Starbrite Vinyl Shampoo #80216
• Meguiar’s 57 Vinyl & Rubber Cleaner/
Conditioner #5716
• Fantastik
• 3M Citrus Base Cleaner/Conditioner #5716
• West Marine Vinyl Cleaner #128860
Cleaning Tires:
Tighten wheel bolts or nuts every 50 miles
for the first 200 miles and after every change
in wheel mounting. Pay close attention to the
tires, checking them periodically for wear or
damage. An occasional application of Black
Magic Tire Wet Foam (or a similar product)
will keep your radials clean and protected.
• Mild Liquid Detergent
• Fantastik
• Resolve Carpet Cleaner
• West Marine Vinyl Cleaner #128860
Cleaning Tonneau:
If the tonneau cover becomes dirty, wipe
down with a sponge and mild soapy water.
Follow up with an application of Armor All
Ultra Shine Protectant for a shiny black finish.
Cleaning Undercarriage:
Corrosive materials, such as those used for ice, snow
and dust control accumulate on the underside of
the vehicle. These materials should be removed
by flushing the underbelly regularly with water,
especially areas where mud and other foreign
materials collect. The change of corrosion can be
minimized by frequent washings of the vehicle.
Set-Up and Take-Down Instructions
you will benefit from all the features and
comfort built into your trailer.
As of the printing of this informative brochure,
Livin’ Lite has produced a number of different
models, each with its own unique tent and
set up. The following tent set-up instructions
are common to the 8.0 and 10.0 Quicksilver
campers. The Truck Camper, 5.0, 6.0, and 2.0
are all slightly different and you should go over
their set-up thoroughly with the selling dealer
prior to leaving the sales lot. We strongly
recommend that you watch our Video Owner’s
Manual(s), at www.LivinLite.com. These
informative videos are very helpful to users
in learning the proper operation of their tent.
During storage or after your trailer has been
set-up, you may notice slight rippling or
waviness of the aluminum exterior sidewall
panels if your trailer is sitting in the sun.
This is caused by the normal expansion
of the materials as they warm up. As the
temperature goes down these panels will tend
to return to their original shape. This condition
is typical and not covered under the Livin’ Lite
Recreational Vehicles, Inc. warranty.
Leveling and Stabilization
Leveling of your trailer at the site is essential.
A level trailer is not only necessary for comfort
but stabilization is recommended to keep the
trailer from bouncing while unhitched when
people are moving inside the trailer.
While it is possible for one person to set up
the Quicksilver tent camper, we strongly
suggest you utilize two people in the set-up
of your unit. Designed with ease of use and
functionality in mind, we are confident that
after setting up your unit a few times you will
find it simple and easy.
Stabilizer jacks are intended to stabilize the
trailer body while the trailer’s full weight is
supported by the tongue jack and running
gear. Stabilizer jacks are not designed to lift
or support its entire weight.
I Warning
Attempting to set up your camper with just
one person is not recommended. It is always
recommended that you use two people when
setting up a Quicksilver camper. Attempting
to set up the camper with only one person
may cause personal injury.
Conventional Trailer Leveling Procedures
1. If the site is not an asphalt pad, concrete
slab or other prepared surface, be sure it
is as level as possible. Be sure the ground
surface is not soft and will support the
weight of the trailer on the stabilizing jacks
or other support devices.
2. Before uncoupling, level the trailer from
side to side with suitable lengths of 2” x
6” wood blocks under the trailer wheels.
Place the 2” x 6” wood blocks on the
ground surface forward of the trailer
wheels, and tow the trailer onto the 2” x
6” blocks. Block the trailer wheels so the
trailer cannot roll.
3. Uncouple the trailer from the tow vehicle
and level the trailer front to rear. It may be
necessary to place a sturdy 2” x 6” wood
block under the jack post to support the
jack post on soft ground surfaces.
The following pages give you step-by-step
instructions, which we encourage you to
carefully follow during set-up in order to
make the most of your camping experience.
8.0 and 10.0 Set-Up Procedures
Before attempting to set up the trailer, carefully
read and understand these instructions. Setting
up your trailer requires forethought and care.
Your trailer is designed to be efficient
and comfortable. Attention to detail and
thoroughness during set up will ensure that
4. Check the level of the trailer with a
carpenter’s level both crosswise and
lengthwise on the trailer floor. Acceptable
level is when the bubble is within the
marked area of the bubble level.
5. After stabilizing the trailer, be sure the
trailer frame is not twisted, buckled, or
stressed. Check that the door operates
freely and does not bind.
6. Before resuming travel, be sure all
stabilizers are removed or fully retracted.
loaded and are released when pulled opposite
the floor attachment. They will then swing into a
locked down position. You will see a trigger-like
mechanism on the side of the jack. When depressed
it will release to extend the jack pad to the ground.
Release jack trigger, locking stabilizer in place.
After you have locked the rear jacks into place go
back to the tongue jack and crank up until it is a
little higher than the rear. Repeat jack procedure
on front jacks (if you optioned the front jacks).
Unsnap Tonneau Cover
Once your Quicksilver
is stabilized, you may
begin to open the unit.
Start by unsnapping
the tonneau cover all
the way around the
unit. After all of the
snaps are undone,
roll the tonneau cover
towards the front of the unit.
I Warning
Do not attempt to raise or otherwise
place all of the weight of the trailer on the
stabilizer jacks.
I Caution
Aftermarket stabilizer stands must be
placed only under chassis frame rails.
Hint: Lift your rear corners up, putting them on
the top of unit, then move to the front corners.
Position Stabilizer Jacks
After unhitching your unit and positioning it in
the campsite, begin setting up your Quicksilver
by putting down your
stabilizer jacks. The
jacks are not leveling
jacks, just stabilizers
that stop the unit from
rocking back and forth.
If you try to make
them levelers, the door
may stick or become
jammed due to the
flex you have caused
in the unit. (Level front
to back by raising or
lowering tongue jack. Level side to side by
putting blocks under your wheels as needed.)
Be sure not to rip the snaps off carelessly as
you may pull a snap right out of the vinyl.
Use both hands with your thumbs placed on
either side of the snap for best results.
Tuck Side Material:
cover forward a few
inches then tuck the
front corner material
underneath the main
body of the cover.
Continue down the
side of the unit tucking
the tonneau material
under. Repeat process
on the rear and other
side. This procedure
squares the cover for
a good roll forward.
For best results, crank the tongue jack down to
a lower position than the rear of the unit. In this
position drop the rear jacks. The jacks are spring-
Be careful as you
lower the bunk past its
vertical position as the
weight of the bunk will
begin to pull it down
quickly. Do not let go
of the bunk before
the support poles are placed in the aluminum
support brackets on the underside of the bunk.
Place the cotter pins through the holes in the
aluminum support brackets. Once the first
bunk end is secure, you’re ready to repeat the
process with the other bunk.
Roll: Then proceed to
roll the cover forward,
keeping it as straight
as possible.
Store: After rolling
the tonneau cover,
attach it to the front
of the unit with the
two straps provided.
They hold the cover in
place while camping.
Hint: Balance the bunk on your shoulder when
attempting to insert the cotter pin through the
bracket and pole. Also, use just your thumb to
gently align the pole with the holes on the brackets.
After you do this a couple times, you will become a
“pro”. Once the bunk ends are secure, you’re ready
for the next step, which is putting the tent up.
Attach Support Poles to Bottom Brackets
Once the tonneau cover is removed, you
will find four (4)
poles with cotter pins,
secured in a black
tube under the coach.
Remove these poles,
placing the ends in
the support brackets.
We suggest you place them in the lower
brackets first and put the cotter pins through
the holes.
Raising the Canvas Tent
Once the bunk bases
are set in place and
the support poles are
attached, look inside
the unit where you will
see a folded tent on
bimini poles. Around
the edges of the tent
overlapped. Pull this extra material over the
sidewall, outside the camper box. Next, grab
the bimini poles for that half of the camper
and pull them up a little, making sure they
are not stuck or bound up in the box.
the cotter pin goes
through the bracket
completely. On most
models, support poles
and both ends are the
same, making them
very versatile. This is
not true on the 8.1 and rear deck models.
When all four poles are in place and the cotter
pins are completely through (bracket, pole,
bracket), you’re ready to open the unit.
Sometimes during travel, the bimini poles
can settle further down in the camper box.
Before attempting to raise the tent you need
to be sure the bimini poles are free of the
box and able to come up with the tent.
Position one person on either side of a bunk
and lift it towards vertical. As the bunk comes
over, the mattress will typically come with it.
Hint: You want your tent tight, so at the bunk
ends you may feel like you can’t possibly
wrap the outer edge
around the bunk to
get it snapped. The
trick is to reach up
and grab the bimini
pole from outside the
tent. If you are not
tall enough, grab the
outside window flap
and pull down. This
will provide the slack needed to fasten snaps
around the bunk end.
Once you are certain
that the bimini poles
are clear of the box,
grasp the very top
bimini pole, along
with the tent, pull
up and walk slowly
toward that bunk
The bimini
poles will swivel upward and travel with you
as you walk the tent to the end of the bunk.
Now wrap the tent
around the bottom of
the bunk end corner
and snap just one
snap on the corner for
Fold the edges of the bunk side tent under
the bunk where the Velcro will adhere and
gently pull the bungee cord over the small
posts located on the underside of the bunk.
Next, go back to the
middle of the unit and
repeat the process for
the other half of the
tent. Find the very top
of the bimini pole of
the other side and pull
it up, walking slowly
to that bunk end
snapping just one snap for now.
Position The Swing Galley
Once the outside work is done, go inside.
In the 8’, 10’ and 6.1 models there is a two
section galley. To put the galley up, place one
hand at the back of the sink top and the other
on the support bar.
NOTE: Before you snap the tent into place,
go to the door where you will find a center
separation pole. Snap
it on between the two
center bimini poles.
and support in the
center of the tent.
Once this is done, you
can proceed outside
again, snapping the tent to the perimeter of
the camper and attaching the Velcro bunk
ends and bungees around the unit.
As you use the bar
to lift the top galley
section up, use your
other hand (on the
back of the counter)
to steady it. The sink
top should move right
into position on top
of the lower kitchen
cabinet. Once the sink base is in place, you
can attach the water and drain lines.
Hook-Up the Water Lines
Your kitchen base will have plumbing lines to
run water to the sink from either the blue jug
located in the base of
the kitchen, or from
the outside water
hook-up (where a
hose will be utilized).
When the base is
set up, simply go to
the back side of the
camper where you
can easily access the
plumbing line hookups
the camper. If you
are going to be dry
camping and using
the blue jug, hook up
that line to the hand-pump sink. If you are
going to be using an outside water hook-up
(hose), simply hook the line running from
that connection to the faucet.
Windows and Shades
tent has zippered
windows with some
shade. Each of these
windows and shades
can be unzipped for
ventilation. The side windows with shades
have velcro straps that allow them to be
rolled up when open, keeping them in place.
Set-Up the Dinette
The dinette cushions are typically stowed
atop the dinette table in the bed position
during travel. Remove the cushions, sliding
them into place on the dinette seat bases.
Lift the dinette table off the notches in dinette
base and set aside for a moment. Remove
the dinette cushions from their travel position
beneath the table and position them on the
dinette seat bases. Unfold table legs and
place table between seats.
You can easily remove the dinette bases and
table from the unit and utilize them outside
of your camper at the campsite.
Closing The Unit:
the second side upright while you collapse
the first set of poles. When both sides are
collapsed you will notice a lot of tent material
hanging over the sides. Simply fold it over
the top of the biminis, inside the box and
push down.
Zip Up Windows
Be sure to zip all windows and shades closed
prior to closing the unit. Closing the unit is
much easier without extra material causing
unnecessary bulk.
Next, be sure to push
the tent sides up and
over the corner bend
in the bimini poles.
This will ensure that
the tent does not
catch up or become
bound against the
sides of the box when lowered.
Break Down the Dinette
Remove the dinette table and fold the legs into
their storage position. Set the table on the
dinette seat base supports. Put the cushions
in the bed position across the dinette table
and bases.
Lower Swing Galley
After detaching the water and drain lines, use
the handle to lift and swing the top section of
the galley to the floor.
IMPORTANT! - Be sure to pull the tent away
from the bimini poles so that it does not get
stuck between the biminis as it is going back
into the box!
I Caution
Next, while lowering that end of the camper,
take any excess tent and pull it away from the
camper and the biminis on the sides. Once
that half of the tent has been lowered into the
camper box, repeat the same process with
the end opposite the galley.
You must remember to remove the center
support pole from between the center
bimini poles before folding the tent down.
Failure to do this will likely cause damage
to your camper.
Once both sides of the tent have been lowed
into the box, and you are certain that the tent
is not bound between the bimini poles, take
the excess tent, which should be hanging
out over the sides, and flip it over into the
camper box. Double check that the tent is
entirely inside the camper box and that it is
not hanging out any where.
Close Door
Be sure to close the door firmly and zip the
tent door closed.
Lowering the Tent
Prior to lowering your tent, be sure that both the
galley and the dinette is in the down, or travel
position. When lowering your tent, always start
by taking out the center support bar(s).
Hint: You will need to
push the bimini poles
down and inside the
unit. Don’t be afraid
to move the biminis
around a little to
accomplish this.
Once that is done, you will be putting the
galley side of the tent down first (8’ and
10’ models). Begin by detaching the snaps,
Velcro and bungees at that end of the tent.
Hint: When folding your tent, the opposite
side will want to close at the same time. Leave
one snap fastened on one bunk end to hold
Fold Bunk Ends
With the tent inside the box, you can now go
to one of the bunk ends (it doesn’t matter
which one first) and unhook the support poles
from the bottom of the bunk. Then, with a
partner, carefully lift bunk base up towards
vertical, keeping your hands on it at all times,
then slowly lowering it toward the center of
the camper box. Set this bunk base on top
of the camper box, double checking that the
tent is not sticking out anywhere, then move
to the other bunk and repeat the process.
Once both bunks are in the closed position,
undo the support poles from the unit and
store them in the black PVC tube located
under the camper.
Hint: Put the four support poles back to back
with their hardware/clips facing out (not
towards each other). This will allow the four
poles to quickly and easily slide into the tube.
Replace Tonneau Cover
Unfasten the Velcro that holds the tonneau
cover in its storage position on the end of the
camper and begin to roll it back into place.
A helpful hint here is to do the first snap on
either side of the camper before you attempt
to stretch the entire tonneau over the camper,
snapping it into place as you go along.
Release Stabilizer Jacks
To disengage the jacks, crank the tongue
jack down to a lower position than the rear.
Collapse the stabilizer jacks and fold them
back into travel position. Crank tongue jack
up and release front jacks.
Retract Step Into Travel Position
Hitch Unit
Hitch camper securely to your vehicle (see
hitching instructions) and you’re ready to go!
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