Specifications | Airstream 2007 Safari Automobile User Manual

OWNERS
AIRSTREAM MANUAL
SAFARI
A TRAILERING GUIDE
2007 MODEL
INTRODUCTION
The Owners Manual for your new Airstream trailer is designed to respond to the most
frequent inquiries regarding the operation, function and care of the many systems that
make modern trailering a joy.
Airstream realizes our customers possess varying degrees of expertise in the area of
repairing and maintaining the appliances in their trailer. For this reason, the service
and trouble-shooting information found in this manual is directed toward those with
average mechanical skills. We also realize you may be more familiar in one area than
you are in another. Only you know your capabilities and limitations.
We want you to use this manual, and hope you will find the information contained in it
useful, however, should you ever feel you may be “getting in over your head” please
see your dealer to have the repairs made.
A brief explanation of the operation of the appliances such as refrigerator, furnace,
water heater and others are explained in this manual. However, you will also find the
manufacturer’s information supplied in a packet included with this manual.
All information, illustrations and specifications contained in the literature are based on
the latest product information available at the time of publication approval.
Throughout this manual CAUTION and
Failure to observe
WARNING notations are used.
WARNING notations can cause personal injury and/or
possible fatal injury if not observed.
Failure to observe CAUTION notations can damage equipment and/or
personal property.
©AIRSTREAM INC. 2006
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. WARRANTY AND SERVICE
D. EXTERIOR
G. ELECTRICAL
Warranty
Cleaning
12-Volt Distribution Panel
Warranty Explanation
Chassis
Battery
Service
Power Jack
Converter
Reporting Safety Defects
Tires
12-Volt System & Components
Maintenance Schedule
Axle and Running Gear
TV Antenna
Maintenance Parts & Supplies
Electric Brakes
Satellite Antenna
Solar Panel
110-Volt System & Components
B. TOWING
E. INTERIOR FURNISHINGS
110-Volt Diagrams
AND ACCESSORIES
Tow Vehicles
F. APPLIANCES
Brakes
Fabric Care
Loading
Lounges & Tables
Weighing
Bathroom Exhaust
Air Conditioner
Hitching Up
Features & Fixtures
Furnace
Towing Tips
Storage Areas
Range/Oven
Pre-Travel Check List
Smoke Alarm
Microwave
Gas Detector
Refrigerator
C. CAMPING
Fire Extinguisher
Water Heater
Exterior Windows
High Volume Fan
F. PLUMBING
I. SPECIFICATIONS
Camping Safety
Overnight Stop
Extended Stay
Leveling & Stabilizing
Hook Ups
Winter Traveling
LP (Liquid Petroleum) Gas
Water
Winterizing
Drain and Waste
Toilet
Faucet, Moen Puretouch
WARRANTY AND SERVICE
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WARRANTY COVERAGE
AIRSTREAM’S RESPONSIBILITY
When you buy a new Airstream Travel Trailer from an authorized Airstream dealer,
The basic Airstream Limited Warranty applies for a period of two years from the
Airstream, Inc., warrants the trailer from defects in material and workmanship as follows:
date of original purchase, and the application date of all warranties is that indicated
on the owner’s Limited Warranty. Defects in items covered under this Warranty will
BASIC WARRANTY PERIOD
be corrected without cost upon the return, at the owner’s expense, of the trailer or
defective part to an authorized Airstream dealer.
This warranty extends for a period of two years from the date of original retail purchase.
ITEMS COVERED
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Any part of the trailer or any component equipment installed by the factory is covered
This warranty covers only defective material and/or workmanship; adjustments are
by the basic warranty except the following items, which are not covered:
made at the factory prior to shipment, and rechecked by the dealer prior to delivery to
the customer. Adjustments thereafter become a customer responsibility.
•
Tires
•
Batteries
Each Airstream exterior (not including the underside) is clear coated to prevent oxidation. This application is covered by a two-year warranty against peeling. Prolonged
The tire and battery warranties will be handled by their respective service points and
exposure to salt air or industrial fall-out will permit penetration through the coating
according to their written policy. This limited warranty does not include failure caused
material, causing damage to the exterior finish. Since Airstream, Inc., has no control
by accident, abuse, normal wear, overload or any cause not attributable to a defect
over these conditions, it is necessary for the owner to wash and maintain their trailer
in original material or workmanship of the trailer or component equipment as installed
as instructed in the Owner’s Manual.
by the factory.
The owner is also responsible for following all recommendations, instructions and preLIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
cautions contained in the Airstream Trailer Owner’s Manual and the individual manuals
furnished by the chassis, appliance and other manufacturers.
All warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, whether written or
oral, expressed or implied, shall extend only for a period of two years from the date of
original purchase. There are no other warranties, which extend beyond those described
on the face hereof and which expressly excludes conditions resulting from normal wear,
accident, abuse, exposure or overload. Some states do not allow limitation on how long
an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
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INSTALLATIONS NOT COVERED
•
The complete serial number of the trailer
•
Date of original purchase
Airstream, Inc., does not accept any responsibility in connection with any of its trailers
•
Selling dealer
for additional equipment or accessories installed at any dealership or other place of
•
Nature of service problem and steps or service, which have been performed.
business, or by any other party. Such installation of equipment or accessories by any
(The owner may be directed to another dealer at the
other party will not be covered by the terms of this warranty.
owner's expense.)
IF REPAIRS ARE NEEDED
4. If, after taking the above steps, repairs are still not complete, the Airstream
owner may request the trailer to be brought to the Factory Service Center at the
If your trailer needs repairs under the terms of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty,
owner’s expense.
you should:
1. Take your trailer to your selling dealer or other Authorized Airstream Dealer.
2. If the dealer is incapable of making the repair, request that he contact the Service
Administration Department at Airstream, Inc., for technical assistance.
3. If repairs are still not made, the customer should contact:
AIRSTREAM, INC.
419 W. Pike Street - P.O. Box 629
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
Attention: Owner Relations Department
Furnish the following information:
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DEALER REPRESENTATION EXCLUDED
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights,
which vary from state to state.
The full extent of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty is set forth in detail in the
EXPLANATION OF AIRSTREAM LIMITED WARRANTY
folder, and in the explanation of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty covered in the
Airstream Trailer Owner’s Manual. Airstream Inc. will not be responsible for additional
representations or implied warranties made by any of its dealers to the extent those
The Airstream Limited Warranty is detailed on your warranty document.. It is filled out
representations are not a part of, or are contrary to, the terms and conditions of the
by the dealer and presented to the owner during delivery of a new unit. The Limited
basic Airstream Limited Warranty.
Warranty must be presented to a dealer to obtain warranty service. It should be kept in
the trailer during the warranty period.
CONSEQUENTIAL AND INCIDENTAL DAMAGES
EXCLUSIONS:
Airstream, Inc., will not be responsible for any consequential or incidental expenses or damages resulting from a defect. Incidental expenses include, but
Normal Wear
are not limited to: travel expenses, gasoline, oil, lodging, meals, telephone tolls,
and loss of work and loss of use of the trailer. Some examples of consequen-
Items such as tires, water purifier packs, curtains, upholstery, floor coverings, window,
tial damages would be: stained curtains due to rain leaks or delaminated floor
door and vent seals will show wear or may even wear out within the two year warranty
caused by a plumbing leak. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation
period depending upon the amount of usage, weather, and atmospheric conditions.
of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may
not apply to you.
Accident
WARRANTY TRANSFER
We strongly urge our dealers and customers to inspect the trailer upon receipt of
delivery for any damage caused by accident while being delivered to the dealer, or
The basic Airstream Limited Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for the
while it is on the dealer’s lot. Damage of this nature becomes the dealer or customer’s
duration of the warranty period. Warranty transfer application forms are available from
responsibility upon acceptance of delivery, unless Airstream is notified and the person
your dealer or the Airstream Inc. Service Administration Department.
making the delivery verifies the damage. Glass breakage, whether obviously struck or
mysterious, is always accidental and covered by most insurance policies.
CHANGES IN DESIGN
Airstream Inc. reserves the right to make changes in design and improvements upon
its product without imposing my obligation upon itself to install the same upon its
products theretofore manufactured.
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Abuse
factors have been exceeded could void the Airstream warranty. For additional information on the loading of your trailer, consult your Owner’s Manual or gross vehicle
Lack of customer care and/or improper maintenance will result in early failure for which
weight rating plate.
Airstream cannot be held responsible.
The Airstream axle is manufactured to a tolerance of 0-1½º camber and 0-1/8” toe-in.
Exposure
These tolerances will only change if the trailer is subjected to abuse, such as dropping
off a sharp berm, striking a curb, or hitting a deep hole in the road. Such damage could
Not unlike a car, the steel parts of a trailer can and will rust if subjected to prolonged
be considered as resulting from an accident which risks are not covered under the
exposure to moisture, salt, air, or corrosive air-borne pollutants without repainting.
warranty. Abnormal tire wear and/or wheel alignment resulting from such damage is
Aluminum oxidizes when unprotected under similar conditions, and refinery chemicals
not covered under the terms of the warranty.
of a sulfurous nature are harmful to finishes if not washed off periodically. Extremely hot
or direct sunlight will deteriorate rubber and fade curtains and upholstery. Conditions
of this nature, although they may be normal for the area, are beyond Airstream’s control
and become the responsibility of the owner.
It is the responsibility of the owner to take such preventative measures as are necessary to maintain the exterior caulking and sealer of your unit. It is the responsibility of
the owner to use reasonable, prudent care to prevent foreseeable secondary damage
from rain, plumbing leaks, and the natural accumulation of moisture in your unit, such
as a delaminated floor, stained upholstery, carpeting, or drapes, mold formation and
growth, furniture damage, etc. Mold is a natural growth given certain environmental
conditions and is not covered by the terms of the Limited Warranty.
Overload
Damage due to loading, either beyond capacity or to cause improper towing because
of improper balance, is beyond Airstream’s responsibility. The Airstream trailer is
engineered to properly handle the gross vehicle load rating on the certification label.
Load distribution has a definite effect upon the towing characteristics and attitudes
of the trailer. Level hitch installations are a necessity, and very important on a tandem
axle trailer. There are limits to the amount of load that can be safely transported
depending upon speed and road conditions, and reasonable cause to believe these
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SERVICE
Service may be arranged at the Factory Service Center by contacting the Service
Coordinator at
Before leaving the factory, each and every vital part of the trailer is tested for performance. Each test is signed and certified by an inspector. After the trailer arrives on
Airstream Factory Service Center
your dealer’s lot all of these vital parts and systems are again tested. When you take
P.O. Box 629
delivery of your new trailer you will receive a complete check out.
419 W. Pike Street
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
At that time a specified list of performance checks on your trailer equipment will be
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conducted and any deficiencies you have experienced since taking delivery will be
corrected.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
Please contact your dealer if you need service. Major service under your Airstream
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect, which could cause a crash or could cause
Limited Warranty is available through our nationwide network of Airstream Dealer
injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety
Service Centers. An up-to-date list of Dealer Service Centers has been provided with
Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Airstream, Inc.
your new trailer. This list is current as of the date of this publication.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a
Occasionally dealerships change, or new dealers are added who may not appear
safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign.
on this list. For this reason, it is suggested that you contact your local dealer from
However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your
time to time and bring your list up to date. He can also provide you with additional
dealer, or Airstream, Inc.
copies if you need them. An up to date list is also available on WWW.AIRSTREAM.
COM. ALL CENTERS OPERATE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS FOR THE UTMOST
To contact NHTSA you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-
EFFICIENCY.
4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or write to: NHTSA, 400 Seventh ST, S.W., Washington,
D.C. 20590.
When you require service from the Airstream Factory Service Center, or a Certified
Dealer Service Center, please contact the service manager for an appointment, and
You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline or
kindly inform him if you are unable to keep the appointment date or wish to change it.
view the NHTSA Website: www.safercar.gov
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MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
EVERY 5,000 MILES OR 90 DAYS
WARNING: FAILURE TO MAINTAIN YOUR COACH CAN CAUSE
Exterior Door locks
Lubricate with dry graphite
Exterior Hinges
Lubricate with light household oil
LPG Hold Down
Lubricate with light household oil
LPG Regulator
Check bottom vent for obstructions
Main Door Striker Pocket
Coat with paraffin.
Wheel Lug Nuts
Torque aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs
PRE-
MATURE AND UNEXPECTED PARTS BREAKAGE AND/OR ERRATIC OPERATION
THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS.
Note: See appliance manufacturer’s literature for further information.
EVERY 1,000 MILES OR 60 DAYS
Escape Window
Check operation of latches and upper hinge.
*Battery
Check water level , lead acid only
Smoke Alarm
Test and replace battery as required
Break Away Switch
Pull pin and lubricate with household oil
Tires
Check tire pressure (See Specifications)),
7-Way Plug
Spray with contact cleaner.
Hitch
Check for loose bolts or unusual wear.
Hitch Ball Latch
Lubricate with non-detergent motor oil
GFI Circuit Breaker
Test and record.
Hitch Ball
Lubricate with hitch ball lube or wheel
and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs.
bearing grease.
WARNING: WHEEL SEPARATION CAN OCCUR
1. On first trip, tighten wheel lugs at start and at 10, 25, and 50 miles.
Range Exhaust Hood
Clean fan blades and wash filter.
Roof Vent Elevator Screws
Lubricate with light household oil
Main Door Step
Lubricate moving parts and check.
2. Thereafter, check wheel lugs before each trip.
3. Following winter storage, check before beginning a trip.
4. Following excessive braking, inspect wheel lugs
* As a battery ages and becomes less efficient, the water level should be checked at
Torque aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs. and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs.
more frequent levels. Checking water level does not apply to Glass Mat Batteries.
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EVERY 10, 000 MILES OR 6 MONTHS
EVERY YEAR
Brakes
Inspect, adjust, or replace as necessary
Battery
Wheel Bearings
Clean and repack
Clean, neutralize, and coat terminals with petroleum
jelly
Tires
Inspect and rotate
Spare Tire Carrier
Lubricate moving parts.
Seals, Windows, & Door
Clean with mild detergent and coat with “Slipicone”.
TV Antenna
Lubricate all moving parts with silicone lubricant.
A-Frame, Step
Wire brush and paint frame at front and rear.
LP Bottles
Have purged by LP supplier.
Seams
Check and reseal exterior seams, windows, lights, and
vents as needed.
Hitch Coupler and Ball
Check for wear or damage. Assure all parts operate
freely. Replace any component if worn or damaged.
Exterior
Wax
Escape Window
Lubricate latches with WD-40 or light household oil.
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SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE PARTS AND LUBRICANTS
MISCELLANEOUS
BULBS, EXTERIOR
Water Hose Gaskets
License Plate
# 53
Clearance Light
#67
Door Light
#1003
Convenience Light (Dump Valve)
# 53
Wheel Bearing Grease
Extra Hair Pin Clips for Hitch
Trailers have an LED tail light system that uses no bulbs.
Grease Seals
BULBS, INTERIOR
Dry Graphite
Ceiling Light (Incandescent)
#1141
WD-40 or Equivalent Aerosol Lubricant
Wardrobe Light & Dinette Light
#561
Oil Can with 30 Weight Non-Detergent Oil
Wall Light
#1076
Silicone Lubricant
Reading Light
#TY-67
Light Household Type Oil
Spray Contact Cleaner
WARNING: Always replace the light bulb on an interior or exterior light
fixture with the correct bulb for that light. Failure to heed this warning could
Hitch Ball Lube (May use wheel bearing grease.)
cause fire, property damage, personal injury, or death.
Exterior Sealer
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MAINTENANCE RECORD
DATE
DEALER
SERVICE PERFORMED
DATE
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SERVICE PERFORMED
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NOTES
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TOWING YOUR AIRSTREAM
TOW VEHICLE EQUIPMENT
Inspect the tow vehicle’s hitch regularly for loose bolts or nuts, cracked welds, loose
ball mounts, worn parts, etc.
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If you plan to buy a new vehicle to tow your trailer we suggest that you include in
your purchase the towing options offered by most tow vehicle manufacturers. These
New trailerists often carry more food and other supplies than really needed. Remember
include such things as a heavy-duty alternator and radiator, heavy-duty springs (See
that every item you take along is one more thing to stow and adds weight to the total
Note:) and shock absorbers, transmission cooler, heavy-duty fan and flasher unit and
load you must pull. Consolidate items in shelves, lockers, and in the refrigerator. It is
others, depending upon the make of the vehicle.
better to have one full and one empty locker, than two half empty ones. Special care
must be taken not to overload the front and rear ends of the trailer.
Transmissions may be manual or automatic, but an automatic transmission may proNOTE: Be realistic when ordering heavy duty springs. Only springs heavy enough to
support your loaded vehicle (not including trailer) are necessary. Too harsh of spring
rate will only shorten the life of the tow vehicle and trailer, and will make your journeys
less enjoyable.
long your tow vehicle’s life and generally does a better job of controlling engine loads
than the average driver using a manual shift.
Having adequate power is very important when considering the purchase of a new
vehicle or the trailer towing capability of your present one. American manufacturers
WARNING:
realize more than 30% of the vehicles they sell will be used for towing some type of
equalizing hitch and prevent the transfer of weight to the front of the vehicle.
trailer. The dealers are provided with guidelines to use when helping a customer decide
on a tow vehicle. The guidelines are not just determined by the power output of the
engine. The gear ratio of the differential is also a very important part of the guideline.
7-way Plug Diagram
Black, 12V -
Clearance Lights,
Green
Blank
Brown, Right
Turn
Blue, Brake
Too stiff of springs can hinder the action of the weight
Left Turn, Red
12V, White
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ELECTRIC BRAKES
To prevent corrosion within the breakaway switch, pull the switch’s pin straight forward
and spray the inside of the switch through the hole with an electric contact cleaner
The brakes are operated by 12 volt current from your tow vehicle and MUST BE
(such as Spra- Kleen) and reinsert pin. A drop of light household oil on the groove
HOOKED UP SO THAT YOU HAVE AN INTEGRAL SYSTEM WITH YOUR TOW
near the base of the pin will allow the pin to operate freely. WHEN THE TRAILER IS
VEHICLE BRAKES. To prevent problems and insure satisfactory braking action, install
CONNECTED TO THE TOW VEHICLE, THE BREAKAWAY SWITCH LOOP SHOULD
an electronic controller in line with the brakes in your tow vehicle.
BE ATTACHED TO THE PERMANENT FRAME OF YOUR HITCH. When disconnecting
the trailer from the tow vehicle remove wire loop from the frame. DO NOT REMOVE
An electronic controller installed in your tow vehicle will synchronize the trailer brakes
THE PIN FROM THE SWITCH BECAUSE THIS WILL APPLY THE TRAILER BRAKES.
with your tow vehicle brakes. It is designed to apply the trailer brakes with your tow
CAUTION: Do not use breakaway switch for parking brake.
vehicle brakes.
Your brake controller should be adjusted to provide for a slight lead of the trailer brakes
over the tow vehicle brakes. Follow the directions provided with your controller and
keep the information for future reference. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you don’t
understand the directions, have the installer explain the procedures.
Due to normal brake lining wear, the brakes and the controller setting should be
checked and readjusted, if necessary, during the trailer manufacturer’s recommended
inspection intervals.
Note: Brake lining adjustment should be periodically checked (fully) to be sure trailer
brakes are in the same adjustment as the tow vehicles.
Properly set these adjustments will provide for safe comfortable stops. They will also
help assure optimum brake and tire life for both the tow vehicle and the trailer.
In THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENTAL SEPARATION of the tow vehicle and the trailer,
the BREAK-AWAY SWITCH will set and lock the trailer brakes for a sufficient length
of time to stop the trailer. The switch is activated when the wire attached to it and to
the tow vehicle pulls out the small pin in the front of the unit. THIS PIN SHOULD BE
PULLED OUT, LUBRICATED WITH LIGHT HOUSEHOLD OIL, AND REPLACED EVERY
90 DAYS.
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TOWING YOUR AIRSTREAM
LOADING
When loading heavy objects such as tools, skillets, irons, and boxes of canned goods,
etc. keep them as low as possible - preferably on the floor. Try to hold additional weight
B
The lable on this page is a sample of the weight information chart provided in all
behind the axle to a minimum.
Airstream vehicles. The lable lists weight and loading information specific to your
trailer. This information can be found in your vehicle on the back of the first wardrobe
door on the curbside of the vehicle about 60” up from the floor.
TRAILER WEIGHT INFORMATION
VIN OR SERIAL NUMBER
GVWR (GROSS VEHICULAR WEIGHT RATING) IS THE MAXIMUM WEIGHT OF THIS TRAILER
WHEN FULLY LOADED. IT INCLUDES ALL WEIGHT AT THE TRAILER AXLE(S), AND TOUGUE
OR PIN.
UVW (UNLOADED VEHICLE WEIGHT), IS THE WEIGHT OF THIS TRAILER AS MANUFACTURED
AT THE FACTORY. IT INCLUDES ALL WEIGHT AT THE TRAILER AXLE (S) AND TOUGUE OR PIN.
IF APPLICABLE, IT ALSO INCLUDES FULL GERNERATOR FLUIDS, INCLUDING FUEL, ENGINE
OIL, AND COOLANTS.
CCC (CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY) IS EQUAL TO GVWR MINUS EACH OF THE FOLLOWING:
UVW, FULL FRESH (POTABLE) WATER WEIGHT, (INCLUDING WATER HEATER, FULL PROPANE
WEIGHT.
POUNDS
KILOGRAMS
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY (CCC) COMPUTATION
GVWR.............................................................................................
MINUS UVW..................................................................................
MINUS FRESH WATER WEIGHT OF GALLONS @ 8.3 LB/GAL
MINUS PROPANE WEIGHT OF GALLONS @ 4.2 LB/GAL
*CCC FOR THIS TRAILER...........................................................
*DEALER INSTALLED EQUIPMENT WILL REDUCE CCC
CONSULT OWNER MANUAL (S) FOR SPECIFIC WEIGHING INSTRUCTIONS
AND TOWING GUIDELINES
CD-133
See specification section in this manual for definition and weight pertaining to this
label.
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WEIGHING YOUR TRAILER
Use a scale, such as a bathroom scale, that has a lower weight limit than your tongue
The diagrams show how to weigh the trailer on scales.
load, to check the tongue weight by using the following method (see illustration).
The allowable personal cargo must be distributed in your trailer in such a manner that
Place a piece of wood of approxi-
the Gross Axle Weight Rating is not exceeded.
mately the same thickness as the
bathroom scales on the ground in
To determine this, it is necessary to load all of your allowable personal cargo and
line with the trailer hitch jack as
variable weights. Then hitch the trailer to the tow vehicle with load equalizing hitch
shown. It should be so spaced
properly adjusted as shown on the following pages.
that a short piece of pipe or other
2 FT.
1 Ft.
round piece will lay exactly one
Place the trailer on a scale with both axles only on the scale (see illustration). If the
foot from the centerline of the
weight on the axles exceeds the axle system G.A.W.R. then some of the personal cargo
jack extension.
Pipe
Bathroom Scale
Pipe
Wood Support
must be redistributed forward in order to place some of this weight on the tongue.
Place the scales so that another round piece can be exactly two feet from the centerThe tongue weight should be in between 10% - 15% of the trailer’s total weight, and
line of the jack extension in the other direction. Place a 4 x 4 on the two round pieces
must not exceed the tow vehicle’s or the hitch’s maximum weight rating. To determine
and screw the jack extension down on the top of the 4 x 4 until the tongue of the trailer
tongue load, unhitch tow vehicle and place the tongue hitch post on a scale. The trailer
is supported by it. Multiply the scale reading by three. This will be the tongue weight of
must be properly loaded as determined above, with your allowable personal cargo and
your trailer. If you exceed the capacity of the bathroom scales, increase the two-foot
variable weights.
dimension to three or four more feet, but always multiply the scale reading by the total
number of feet between the wood and scales.
CAUTION: Be sure trailer is level when you read scales.
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TOWING YOUR AIRSTREAM
HITCHING UP
or other qualified personnel for instruction on the proper hitching of your trailer.
Percentage of Tongue Load
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Equalizing Hitch Load Distribution
distributed to car and or trailer wheels
When a trailer is hitched up properly to a tow vehicle with a load equalizing hitch,
approximately 1/3 of the trailer’s tongue weight will be on the trailer’s axles and 2/3 will
be transferred to the tow vehicle, 1/3 of this weight transfer will be carried by the front
wheels and 1/3 by the rear wheels of the tow vehicle (See diagram), Thus, the tire load
of each wheel on the tow vehicle will be increased by 1/6 of the trailer’s tongue weight.
The tire air pressure of the tow vehicle should be increased to compensate for this
additional weight. Refer to the vehicle’s owner’s manual for this information.
WARNING: The tongue weight should he approximately 10% of the
trailer’s total weight, but MUST NOT EXCEED 1,000 lbs. And, under no condition
should it exceed the hitch rating. Your hitch installer should provide your hitch
rating information.
Sway Control Device
Although Airstream has not intruded into the hitch manufacturers field of expertise
and performed formal testing, we find the vast majority of Airstream owner’s purchases sway-control devices.
When passed by large trucks or when exposed to sudden crosswinds the trailer will be
“pushed” and this action will be felt in the tow vehicle. It’s our understanding the sway
control devices will reduce the amount of movement and make towing more comfortable and add some safety. Follow the directions of the sway control manufacturer
when having it installed and using it.
Hitching up your trailer is something that will become almost second nature with
practice. The following section includes proper hitch load distribution. Proper training
on connecting your trailer to a tow vehicle is essential for safety. Please see your dealer
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TOWING TIPS
brake. Don’t turn off the engine. Increase the engine idle speed. Lift the engine hood
and check for fluid leaks at the radiator overflow outlet. Check to see that all drive belts
We want every owner to be a safe and courteous driver. A few hours of towing practice
are intact and the radiator fan is turning. If you have a problem have it fixed at the next
in a large empty supermarket lot will make pulling your trailer over the road much
opportunity. If there is no problem the light should go off or temperature should come
easier. Line out two corners for left and right turns. You may also use these corners to
down within one minute. Proceed on the highway a little slower. Ten minutes later
practice backing and parking.
resume normal driving.
OBSERVE THAT THE TRACKS MADE BY THE TRAILER WHEELS ARE DISTINCTLY
WARNING: Never open a radiator cap when the tow vehicle is hot. Check
DIFFERENT FROM THOSE MADE BY THE TOW VEHICLE. Studying this will make it
the coolant level when the vehicle is cool.
easier for you to correct mistakes. Truck or trailer type fender or door grip rear view
mirrors are a must for maximum visibility and in most states the law requires them.
When going downhill in dry weather, down shift so that engine compression will slow
After thoroughly inspecting your hitch, brakes, and tires you should be ready to tow.
the whole rig down. Take dips and depressions in the road slowly and do not resume
Check traffic, signal that you are about to pull away, and start slowly. Look often in your
normal driving speeds until you are sure that the trailer wheels are clear of the dip.
mirrors, and observe the action of the trailer, then carefully move into the proper lane
of traffic. Remember that the trailer wheels will not follow the path of the tow vehicle
WARNING: On slippery pavement do not use engine drag to help slow
wheels; therefore, WIDER TURNS ARE NECESSARY WHEN TURNING TO THE LEFT
down as this may cause the rear wheels of the tow vehicle to skid. On icy pave-
OR TO THE RIGHT.
ment drive slowly and if you feel the tow vehicle skidding gently apply the trailer
The BRAKE CONTROLLER is activated when you apply the brakes of the tow vehicle.
brakes only. This will bring the tow vehicle and trailer back into a single line.
Your tow vehicle brakes will automatically apply the trailer brakes first when properly
Chains do not help trailer wheels.
adjusted. This will help keep your tow vehicle and trailer in a straight line and make you
stop as if you were driving the tow vehicle alone. If swaying or swerving should occur,
When driving in mud and sand let the momentum carry the rig through. Apply power
briefly operating the controller separate from the vehicle brakes may help correct the
gently and use as little as possible. Stay in the tracks of the vehicle ahead and keep the
situation. Practice this maneuver on a clear highway or deserted parking lot. Don’t wait
tow vehicle in the highest possible gear. If you get stuck it is best to tow out the entire
for an emergency then grope for the controller.
rig together without unhitching.
When trailering you might encounter a temporary cooling system overload during
Despite the best hitch you will notice that whenever a large bus or truck overtakes your
severe conditions, such as hot days when pulling on a long grade, when slowing down
rig the displaced air first pushes the trailer rear slightly to the right and then affects the
after higher speed driving, or driving long idle periods in traffic jams. If the hot indicator
front. It may be necessary to steer very slightly, momentarily, toward the bus or truck to
light comes on, or the temperature gauge indicates overheating and you have your air
help compensate for the sway induced by the passing-vehicle. Do not apply the vehicle
conditioner turned on, turn it off. Pull over in a safe place and put on your emergency
brakes, as this can tend to exaggerate the situation. You may find, however, that briefly
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Passing
applying the trailer brakes with your manual control will help eliminate sway.
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ON FREEWAYS OR EXPRESSWAYS try to pick the lane you want and stay in it. Always
WARNING: CHOCK THE TRAILER WHEELS when stopping on a hill or
maintain plenty of space between you and the car ahead, at least the length of the tow
slope. Leaving your tow vehicle in gear is not enough for standstill safety. Do not
vehicle plus trailer for every ten miles per hour. Remember that in order to pass another
use trailer brakes as parking brakes.
vehicle you will need longer to accelerate. You must also allow for the length of the
trailer when returning to the right hand lane.
Tracking
On a two-lane road cars will be lining up behind you because you travel at a lower
speed. It is both courteous and sensible to signal, pull onto the shoulder, and let them
pass. Your trailer is designed to be towed easily at any legal speed, so if you are not
careful you may be inclined to forget it is there.
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Backing Up
forward to your original position and start over.
In BACKING UP the important thing to remember is to DO EVERYTHING SLOWLY and
If your spouse or traveling companion normally directs you when backing they should
to correct immediately if you see the trailer turning the wrong way. Concentrate on the
position themselves forward of the tow vehicle so the driver can easily see them. Their
rear of the trailer. With your tow vehicle and trailer in a straight line back up slowly and
directions should always indicate to the driver the direction the rear of the trailer should
turn the bottom of the steering wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go. Watch
go. A little practice in a parking lot with the person giving directions can save a lot of
out the window or in the mirror until the rear of the trailer is pointing in the desired
frustration when backing into a campsite.
direction. Your tow vehicle will be following the trailer in an arc. Straighten the tow
vehicle and trailer by turning the steering wheel more sharply, and then when they are
in line, straighten the steering wheel.
ALWAYS TRY TO BACK TO YOUR LEFT BECAUSE THE VISIBILITY IS MUCH BETTER.
(See Illustration) When you don’t make it on the first try it is usually much easier to pull
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SUGGESTED PRE-TRAVEL CHECK LIST
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11.
Adjust tow vehicle mirrors.
12.
Pull forward some 50 ft., test brakes, and check site for forgotten objects
Interior
and cleanliness.
1.
Turn off water pump switch
NOTICE!
2.
Check battery water level
On first trip, tighten wheel lugs at start and at 10, 25, and 100 miles. Torque
3.
Close windows and vents
aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs. and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs. There after,
4,
Lock all interior cabinet doors.
check wheel lugs before each trip, after excessive braking, and following winter
5.
Latch refrigerator door. (Seal containers first.)
storage.
6.
Hold down or stack securely all loose, hard and sharp objects
7.
Fasten sliding and foldette doors
8.
Drain toilet bowl,
9.
Turn off interior lights.
1.
Leave house key with your neighbors
10.
Set table in upright position
2,
Valuables and important papers should be stored in a safe place.
11.
Pull up or retract step.
3,
Newspaper, milk and other deliveries should be discontinued.
12.
Lower blinds.
4,
Ask the Post Office to hold your mail for you
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Secure and lock main door
5.
Arrange with the telephone company for discontinued or “vacation service”
6.
Arrange care for your pets
7.
Your lawn, garden and houseplants should be cared for.
8.
Lock all windows and doors securely. Keep shades open for a lived in look
Disconnect and slow the electrical hookup cord, the sewer hookup hose
9.
Cover all food to keep out mice and insects
(flush out), and the water hookup hose.
10.
Eliminate all fire hazards Place matches in a tin box or glass jar
2.
Turn off gas at LP tanks.
11.
Store oil, gasoline and other flammables properly.
3.
Retract stabilizing jacks.
12.
Destroy all newspapers, magazines and oily rags.
4.
Check Hitch: It must be properly attached.
13.
Notify police.
5.
Check safety chains and breakaway switch cable.
6.
Fully retract jack. Remove and stow jack stand or wood block.
7.
Check clearance and stoplights.
8.
Check lug nuts.
9.
Check tires for correct pressure.
10.
Check that TV antenna is properly stowed.
Home
Exterior
1.
CHECK WHEEL LUGS
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Trailer Equipment and Accessories
Motoring Essentials
1.
Water hose, 5/8 in. high pressure, tasteless, odorless, non-toxic,
1.
Display the tow vehicle and trailer registration properly.
(2 -- 25 ft. sections).
2.
Carry drivers license.
2.
“Y” connection -- water hose.
3.
In Canada you’ll need a non-residence liability insurance card and your
3.
The sewer hose with clamp.
4.
Drain cap with hose drain.
4.
In Mexico you must have special auto insurance.
5.
Holding tank cleaner and deodorizer.
5.
Carry an extra set of the ignition and truck keys in a separate pocket, or
6.
Power cord adapter 30 --amp Capacity.
7.
50 ft. electric cord, 12-3 wire, 30-ampere capacity.
6.
Keep an operating flashlight with fresh batteries in the glove compartment.
8.
25 ft. electric cord, 10-3, 30-ampere capacity.
7.
Pack the trunk so that you can reach the tools and spare tire
9.
Woodblocks for leveling.
10.
Wheel chocks.
8.
Keep sharp or hard articles securely packed wherever they may be.
11.
Hydraulic jacks.
9.
Do not packed things in the passenger seating area. You need the
12.
Cross type lug wrench and a torque wrench.
13.
Quality tire gauge.
10.
WEAR easy wash, drip-dry traveling clothes.
14.
Emergency road warning triangle.
11.
Do not make your vacation trips a mileage marathon. Stop and
birth certificate.
in your wallet.
without completely unpacking.
maximum space for comfort.
relax frequently.
Personal
1.
Tow vehicle insurance to cover you and your family fully.
2.
Avoiding cash. Use Travelers Checks and credit cards.
3.
Confirmed reservations.
4.
Have sunglasses, sun block, and insect repellent for everyone.
5.
Pack camera and film.
6.
Make a checklist of clothing for everyone, and toilet articles.
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12.
Carry a first-aid kit.
13.
Carry your pets dish, food, leash, and health and registration papers.
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SAFETY
WARNING:
As always, safety should be one of your top priorities. Make sure you, and everyone
traveling with you, can operate the main door and exit window rapidly without light.
Don’t smoke in bed.
Contemplate other means of escape in case the designated exits are blocked.
Keep matches out of reach of small children!
WARNING: The escape windows(s) are identified by their red release
handles. Lift up both latches to release the escape window. Push out on the glass
Don’t clean with flammable material!
and it will swing clear. The window operation should be checked each trip and
the latches lubricated with WD-40 or equivalent every six months.
Keep flammable material away from open flame!
WARNING: At each campsite make sure you have not parked in such
We have all heard these warnings many times, but they are still among the leading
a manner as to block the operation of the escape window by being too close to
causes of fires.
trees, fences or other impediments. Scenic views are one reason for traveling, but
don’t park so the beautiful lake or steep cliff is just outside your escape window.
Other safety information on the LPG system of your trailer is located in the plumbing
section of this manual.
WARNING: Read the directions carefully on the fire extinguisher. If
there is any doubt on the operation, you and your family should practice, then
replace or recharge the extinguisher. You will find your local fire department will
be happy to assist you and answer any questions.
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OVERNIGHT STOP
off the tow vehicle’s springs it will provide some stability. If you must parked on a
slope, PARK FACING DOWNHILL. It is easier to level the trailer this way.
Airstream owners have parked virtually every placing imaginable from filling stations to
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farmlands. In time you’ll develop a knack for spying wonderful little roadside locations
All you need to do to enjoy the self-contained luxury of your Airstream is to turn on the
by turning off the main highway and exploring.
LP gas and light any appliances with pilots.
There are many modern parks including State, County and Federal parks with good
Before moving on, check your campsite both for cleanliness and also to be sure you
facilities where you might obtain hookups of electrical, water and sewer connections.
haven’t left anything behind. Turn off the gas supply and make sure everything is
Directories are published which described in detail these parks and tell what is avail-
properly stowed. Use your PRE-TRAVEL CHECK LIST and you are ready for more
able in the way of services and hookups.
travel adventure.
On overnight or weekend trips chances are you will not use up the capacity of the
sewage holding tank, deplete the water supply, or rundown the batteries which supplies the 12 volt current.
On a longer trip, when you have stayed where sewer connections and utility hookups
were not available, it will be necessary for you to stop from time to time to dispose of
the waste in the holding tank and replenish the water supply. Many gas stations (chain
and individually owned) have installed sanitary dumping stations for just this purpose.
Booklets are available which lists these dumping stations.
When stopping for the night, your Airstream is built to be safely parked in any spot that
is relatively level and where the ground his firm. Your facilities are with you. You are
self-contained. Unless the tow vehicle is needed for transportation, it is not necessary
to unhitch.
WARNING: Do not parked in a manner that would prevent the escape
windows from opening.
Try to pick as level a parking spot as possible. Stabilizing jacks or blocks probably
won’t be required for an overnight stay unless you extend a slide out room. However,
if you put the jack pad on the hitch jack and run the hitch jack down to take the weight
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EXTENDED STAY
LEVEL FROM FRONT TO REAR by disconnecting the hitch from the tow vehicle, putting the jack pad under the hitch jack and adjusting the jack up or down until you are
Making a long trip in your Airstream is not very different from making a weekend
level. Block or chock the wheels to keep the trailer from rolling. Use STABILIZING
excursion. Since everything you need is right at hand, you are at home wherever
JACKS at all four corners as shown in the diagram to eliminate the natural spring
you go. When packing for an extended trip, take everything you need, but only what
action of the axles.
you need.
Optional STABILIZING JACKS, whether manual or power, should only be used to
When you plan to stay in the same place for several days, weeks or months, you will
stabilize trailer.
want your trailer to be as level and steady as possible. Check the attitude with a small
spirit level set on the inside work counter or the trailer hitch “A-Frame”. (See Diagram
Below) If a correction is necessary then YOU MUST LEVEL FROM SIDE TO SIDE
WARNING: Whenever the trailer must be lifted with a jack, as when
FIRST This can he done easily by backing the trailer up one or more 2” x 6” boards.
changing a tire or leveling on very rough terrain, ALWAYS PLACE THE LIFTING
(See Diagram) We do not recommend placing tires in a hole for leveling.
JACK UNDER THE MAIN FRAME RAIL. A label is provided to indicate the proper
position for the jack. NEVER USE STABILIZING JACKS TO LIFT THE TRAILER.
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CITY WATER HOOK-UP
THINGS NOT TO PUT INTO TOILET OR DRAINS
1. Facial tissues (they do not dissolve like toilet paper).
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City
Water
2. Detergents or bleach. Use a sewage tank deodorizer, available from dealer.
3. Automotive antifreeze, ammonia, alcohols, or acetone.
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4. Table scraps or other solids that may clog the drains.
SHORELINE POWER SUPPLY
Simply connect hose to source, open the valve and you have pressurized faucets,
toilet and water heater. Open faucets to purge trapped air from the water system. Allow
the water heater to fill before lighting.
WASTE WATER SYSTEM
The main parts of the waste water system are the toilet, dual holding tanks, and tank
dump valves. The system is designed to provide complete self-contained toilet facili-
The Power Cord hook-up is on the side of the trailer. The cord may be stored in the
ties, while on the road or parked, without being connected to a sewage line. It may also
rear exterior compartment. The power cord is plugged into the trailer receptacle and
be used in the stationary position while connected to a sewage hose.
the City Power Service.
Keep the dump valves closed with either method and empty the tanks when they are
Many campgrounds provide less than 30 amp service. It is possible to blow their
nearly full. The idea is to send a large volume of water through the tanks and hose at
fuse or circuit breaker. If this happens, reduce the load and replace the fuse or reset
the same time to float solids away.
the breaker.
After the sewage tank has been emptied, close the gate valves and put approximately
TELEPHONE/CABLE TV
five gallons of water in the sewage holding tank. This will help prevent solids from
building up in the sewage holding tank. The addition of a deodorizing agent like AquaKem will help prevent odors.
Should you ever have a build-up of solids, close the valves fill the tanks about 3/4 full
with fresh water, drive a distance to agitate the solids, and drain the tanks.
Located on the side of your trailer is a gray electrical inlet with dual covers. Lifting
these covers reveals the receptacles to connect cable TV and telephone lines to your
trailer.
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WINTER TRAVELING
states you must use your common sense. How cold is it? How long will it be before you
can turn the heat back on? Is the temperature dropping or raising? Remember, when
Traveling in sub-freezing temperatures will require certain precautions to protect the
towing at 50 MPH the wind chill factor will cause the interior of the trailer to cool much
plumbing system and your personal belongings from being damaged by freezing.
faster than a trailer that is parked.
Whenever possible the heat should be kept on at a constant temperature. It is easier for
When parked in sub-freezing temperatures make sure you keep a full supply of LP
the furnace to keep a constant room temperature than for the trailer temperature to be
gas and plug into a 110 volt power source whenever possible. A fully charged battery
allowed to drop to 50 degrees Fahrenheit then attempt to raise it to room temperature.
will not last more than 8 to 10 hours if the furnace is running almost constantly and
110-volt power is not available.
The furnace on Safari models except for the 22 ft. and 23 ft, models is ducted to
provide heat to tanks and plumbing to prevent freezing.
Leave cabinet doors, wardrobes and bed doors partially open to allow warm air to
circulate around plumbing lines and fixtures. Insulate and/or wrap your exterior water
The 22 ft. and 23 ft. models has 12-Volt heat pads installed with the fresh, gray, and
lines with heat tape.
black water tanks. These pads are individually switched. This feature allows the saving
EFFECTS OF PROLONGED OCCUPANCY
of battery power in a dry camping situation. To conserve battery power, RV antifreeze
may be used to protect the gray and black tank. Battery power will last about 3 hours
using all three heat pads.
Your trailer was designed primarily for recreational use and short-term occupancy.
If you expect to occupy the trailer for an extended period, be prepared to deal with
The Bambi fresh water tank is above floor in the heated area of the trailer. The gray
condensation and the humid conditions that may be encountered. The relatively small
holding tank is below floor, insulated and a 2” duct from the furnace supplies heat to
volume and tight compact construction of modern recreation vehicles mean that the
it. The black tank is insulated, however no heat is ducted to it. Use RV approved anti-
normal living activities of even a few occupants will lead to rapid moisture saturation
freeze in the black holding tank to prevent damage to it and below floor drain plumbing
of the air contained in the trailer and the appearance of visible moisture, especially in
if used in temperatures below the freezing point.
cold weather.
CAUTION: Drain and winterize all models if the water systems are not being
Just as moisture collects on the outside of a glass of cold water during humid weather,
used during winter traveling. See winterizing section in this manual for instruc-
moisture can condense on the inside surfaces of the trailer during cold weather when
tions.
relative humidity of the interior air is high. This condition is increased because the insulated walls of a recreation vehicle are much thinner than house walls. Estimates indicate
WARNING: Always shut off the LP gas at the bottles when fueling a tow
that a family of four can vaporize up to three gallons of water daily through breathing,
vehicle.
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
Some states do not allow LPG to be turned on while moving. While traveling in these
as moisture, or in cold weather as frost or ice. It may also condense out of sight within
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The natural tendency would be to close the vehicle tightly during cold weather. This
the walls or the ceiling where it will manifest itself as warped or stained panels.
will actually compound the problem. Simply put, you need to remove some of the
Appearance of these conditions may indicate a serious 1 problem. When you recog-
warm air, and allow some cool outside air to get inside the vehicle, so the furnace will
nize the signs of excessive moisture and condensation in the trailer, action should be
not recycle the humid interior air.
taken to minimize their effects.
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Note: Your trailer is not designed, nor intended, for permanent housing. Use of this
product for long term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration
of structure, interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting, and drapes. Damage or deterioration
due to long-term occupancy may not be considered normal, and may under the terms
of the warranty constitute misuse, abuse, or neglect, and may therefore reduce the
warranty protection.
TIPS TO CONTROLLING CONDENSATION
To avoid condensation problems, try to follow these tips to help alleviate
excess moisture.
Allow excess moisture to escape to the outside when bathing, washing dishes, hair
drying, laundering, and using appliances and non-vented gas burners.
Always use the vent hood when cooking.
Keep the bathroom door closed and the vent or window open when bathing and for a
period of time after you have finished.
Do not hang wet clothes in the trailer to dry.
In hot weather, start the air conditioner early as it removes excess humidity from the air
while lowering the temperature.
Keep the temperature as reasonably cool during cold weather as possible. The warmer
the vehicle, the more cold exterior temperatures and warm interior temperatures will
collide on wall surfaces, thus creating condensation.
Use a fan to keep air circulating inside the vehicle so condensation and mildew cannot
form in dead air spaces. Allow air to circulate inside closets and cabinets (leave doors
partially open). Please keep in mind that a closed cabinet full of stored goods prevents
circulation and allows the exterior temperature to cause condensation.
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What are molds ?
For more information of controlling moisture in the RV, please read, “Tips to Controlling
Condensation,” located in this manual.
Molds are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in virtually every environment,
indoors and out. Outdoors, mold growth is important in the decomposition of plants.
*If using a dehumidifier, please read and follow all manufacturer instructions and
Indoors, mold growth is unfavorable. Left unchecked, molds break down natural ma-
recommendations to the use and cleaning of the dehumidifier.
terials, such as wood products and fabrics. Knowing the potential risks is important
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for any type of homeowner to protect their investment.
What factors contribute to mold growth?
For mold growth to occur, temperatures, indoor or outdoors, must be between 40
degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit and also have a source of moisture, such as
humidity, standing water, damp materials, etc. Indoors, the most rapid growth occurs
with warm and humid conditions.
How can mold growth be inhibited?
By controlling relative humidity, the growth of mold and mildew can be inhibited. In
warm climates, use of the air conditioner will reduce the relative humidity. Vents are
located in the bathing and cooking areas and constant use is advised during food
preparation and bathing, even during colder weather. Additionally, opening a window
during these activities will assist in ventilation. In extremely humid conditions, the use
of a dehumidifier can be helpful.*
Frequent use of your RV or cleaning regularly is an important preventive measure.
Further, any spills should be wiped up quickly and dried as soon as possible. Avoid
leaving damp items lying about. On safe surfaces, use mold or mildew killing cleaning
products. Check sealants regularly, and reseal when necessary to avoid water leaks.
Proper preventive maintenance to the RV and its accessories, as described both in this
manual and in accompanying literature, will provide the best protection to the RV.
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and located on the interior wall just forward of the room. The left switch, marked lock
SLIDE OUT ROOM
downs, must be used first. The lock downs are the large paddle latches on each end
of the room. Depress the switch to the unlock position and hold. You will see the
The trailer should be level prior to extending the slide out room.
paddle latch on the forward end of the room retracting. Hold the switch down until
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CAUTION: The stabilizing jacks MUST be deployed and trailer level before
the panels are completely retracted and you hear the operating motors just start to
extending room. Failure to deploy the jacks and level the trailer may cause slide
strain. The motors are thermal protected so you won’t have to worry about damag-
out room to lose its proper adjustment for extending, retracting, and sealing.
ing them. All models also have magnetic travel blocks that need to be removed from
the travel latches.
WARNING PLEASE READ
Now hold the slide out switch in the out position. Hold the switch until the motor stops
LEVEL AND STABILIZE UNIT USING HITCH JACK
AND STABILIZER JACKS PRIOR TO OPERATING
SLIDE-OUT ROOM. FAILURE TO LEVEL UNIT MAY
CAUSE THE ROOM TO OPERATE IMPROPERLY OR
CAUSE DAMAGE.
indicating the room is fully extended.
Retracting is the same procedures in reverse order.
MAKE SURE THERE IS ADEQUATE CLEARANCE
TO OUTSIDE OBJECTS BEFORE SLIDE-OUT ROOM
IS EXTENDED.
CAUTION: Make sure the room is retracted and the lock down paddle latches
are firmly engaged PRIOR to storing the stabilizing jacks.
TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL INJURY, STAND CLEAR
OF SLIDE-OUT ROOM WHILE ROOM IS IN MOTION.
REMOVE TRAVEL LOCKS BEFORE ATTEMPTING
TO OPEN SLIDE-OUT ROOM.
FAILURE TO RETRACT
NEVER ATTEMPT TO MOVE TRAILER WITH
ROOM EXTENDED.
In the unlikely event the room won’t retract, the first place to check is the lock down
paddle latches. If curious fingers have hit the lock down switch and the latches aren’t
INSTALL TRAVEL LOCKS PRIOR TO TRAVEL.
fully closed, power is automatically cut to the slide out switch. To correct this situation
TRAVEL LOCKS ARE TO BE POSITIONED AND
ADJUSTED PROPERLY TO HOLD ROOM FIRMLY IN
POSITION BEFORE TRAVEL.
depress the unlock position on the lock down switch until you’re sure they are fully
retracted then try the slide out room switch again.
Check your 12-volt distribution panel for blown fuses. It is located on the right side of
the cabinet under the front window.
If the front jacks aren’t down when the room is extended the side to side imbalance
will twist the body of the trailer if it’s only supported by the front hitch jack. Please
read the complete leveling and stabilizing instructions in the Extended Stay part of
The next option is to manually close the room. Under your trailer, where the room is
this section.
located, there’s a large hinged access panel attached to the underside of the trailer.
It’s rectangular and about a foot wide and six feet long. On the side opposite the
hinge, three or four stainless steel screws hold the panel closed. Opening the access
Once leveled and stabilized, locate the switches to operate the room. They are black
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panel reveals the motor and main drive shaft extending from the motor to the two
gear driven slides.
On one end of the motor is a short lever. Swinging the lever up releases a brake that
prevents the shaft from turning when the motor is shut off. With the brake released,
it’s now possible to turn the drive shaft with a 3/4-inch wrench. The octagon stub for
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emergency use of a wrench is located on the end of the drive shaft towards the back
of the trailer.
Slide out Mechanism Manufacturer:
Power Gear
1-800-334-4712
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EXTERIOR
CLEANING
individually, being careful not to scratch the finish.
Exterior Skin
If a substance is found on the coating that cannot be removed by normal washing procedures, Airstream recommends using DX 330 Acryli-Clean made by PPG Industries.
As a general rule of thumb we recommend the trailer be washed about every four
Follow all directions and warnings on the product container. Acryli-Clean should be
weeks and waxed in the spring and fall. In industrial areas cleaning and waxing should
used by trained personnel only, using the proper equipment under controlled condi-
be done on a more frequent schedule.
tions. Use the Acryli-Clean as sparingly as possible to remove glue, tar, and other
similar substance.
CAUTION: ABRASIVE POLISHES OR CLEANING SOLVENTS SUCH AS
AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER OR ACID ETCH CLEANERS ARE TOO STRONG
To keep your trailer looking new, paint the “A’ frame, LPG tanks, and rear frame
AND SHOULD NEVER BE USED. RINSE ALL GRIT FROM SURFACE PRIOR TO
periodically.
WASHING. Use soft rags or wash mitts always moving lengthwise with the trailer.
NEVER rub hard on the coating. Even the softest rag will damage the coating if
It is recommended that the caulking and sealant used in external seams and joints
excessive pressure is applied.
such as end shell segments and around window frames, light bezels, beltline and
rub rail molding, etc. be checked regularly. If this material has dried out and become
ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR TRAILER IN THE SHADE OR ON A CLOUDY DAY WHEN
cracked or checked, or if a portion has fallen out, it should be replaced with fresh
THE ALUMINUM SKIN IS COOL. Oil, grease, dust and dirt may be removed by wash-
material to prevent possible rain leaks. Caulking and sealing material is available from
ing with any mild non-abrasive soap or detergent. Cleaning should be followed by a
your Airstream dealer.
thorough clean water rinse. Drying the unit with a chamois or a soft cloth may prevent
spots and streaks. WHEN WASHING OR POLISHING YOUR TRAILER, ALWAYS WIPE
Aluminum Wheels
“WITH” THE GRAIN OF THE METAL.
The aluminum wheels and axle end cover come clear-coated. They keep their good
After cleaning and drying, a good grade of nonabrasive automotive paste or liquid
looks simply by washing with soap and water. Do not use abrasive cleaners or polishes
wax will increase the life of the finish, especially in coastal areas where the finish is
on coated aluminum wheels.
exposed to salt air or in polluted industrial areas. It will also protect the shell from minor
scratches and make subsequent cleaning easier.
Exterior Shower
It is important to remove sap, gum, resin, asphalt, etc. as soon as possible after they
Certain units are equipped with a exterior shower. This shower consists of a shower
appear by washing and waxing. Sunlight and time will bake-harden these materials
hose, shower head, and water valve inside of a lockable exterior door. Water is sup-
making them almost impossible to remove without heavy buffing. If asphalt remains on
plied by the pump or city water hookup.
the trailer after washing, use a small amount of kerosene on a rag and wipe the spots
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Main Door
Clean your trailer windows the same way you clean the windows in your home. Clean
the seals with a damp cloth or mild detergent every three to six months, taking care
CAUTION: When towing, the door lock and dead bolt must be secured. If it is
not to use strong solvents, as they will damage the seals. A coat of natural silicone
not locked, the constant vibration of travel may cause the door to open with
lubricant applied after the seal has dried will keep it flexible. Spread the lubricant
possible damage.
evenly with a brush or finger, working it into the surface.
Screen Door
This is a good practice for all rubber seals in your trailer. For replacement of a damaged
window contact an Airstream Service Center.
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The screen door secures to the main door by means of a slide bolt type latch. It can
be operated independently by releasing the slide bolt and swinging the screen door
Window Stoneguard
away from the main door.
Stone guards are provided for added protection on the front windows. To open the
Step
guard, unhook the two rubber T-handles on the bottom of the guard, raise the stoneguard to the desired height, and tighten the thumb screws on each support arm. Be
To operate the step, lift up on the front of the step and pull straight out until step locks
sure to lower and fasten the guard when high winds may be approaching and before
into place. Some units will be equipped with a double step. After extending step, the
travel.
second portion folds out. To store the step fold it back into position, lift the front slightly
and push the step back into its storage area.
Wrap Protectors
WARNING: Once the steps are lowered, press down on them to make
The front end of the trailer is equipped with stainless steel protectors covering the
sure they are secure in their notches.
lower corner wraps. The protectors provided added protection from road damage.
The protector can moved out of the way for cleaning by unbolting and swinging the
CAUTION: Never travel with step lowered or extended
protector forward on the hinge.
Exterior Windows
Awnings
Lifting two red vertical latches up past vertical opens the escape windows of your
Complete instructions have been provided with your awning. You should make sure
trailer. This releases the sash from the window frame and allows it to be swung clear
your traveling companion is familiar with the operation of the awning. If a sudden
of the trailer.
wind should come up, or if high wind is forecast, the awning should be retracted
and stowed.
Turning the large operating knob counter clockwise opens the standard windows.
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To Open
Chassis
Coupler Operating Instructions
Hitch Ball Height
1. To open - slide forward and pull up to open latch before
inserting ball.
The standard RECOMMENDED HITCH BALL HEIGHT for the Airstream Safari and
2. Place coupler on ball of same diameter as coupler and
Bambi is 17 ¾ ” except for the 22 ft. model which is 18”. If you plan long trips with
of same or greater capacity.
the trailer heavily loaded you should check your trailer, after loading, to determine the
Open Position
Figure 1
optimum height. To check, park the trailer on a level surface and crank the front jack up
or down until the measurement from the frame to the ground is the same front and rear.
3. When ball is completely nested in socket, push top of
Measure from the ground to the upper surface of the hitch ball coupler. Add one inch
latch handle rearward until handle snaps into closed
to this figure when setting the ball height on the tow vehicle to allow for the suspension
position. (Figure 2)
To Close
settling under the added weight.
4. Extend jack to ground and lift tow vehicle/trailer combination 2-4” to insure coupler is securely attached to
tow ball. Retract jack before
towing.
Closed Position
Figure 2
5. Insert padlock through hole in handle for theft prevention.
WARNING: ALWAYS OPEN LATCH HANDLE BEFORE INSERTING
BALL INTO COUPLER.
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TIRES
WARNING: Never attempt to change any tire without securely chocking
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Your trailer is equipped at the factory with name brand trailer tires. Airstream dealers
remaining wheels. Never position yourself in a manner where a raised trailer can come
cannot make adjustments to tires. A dealer who handles that particular brand must do
down on you if it should become dislodged from a jack or ramp.
this. If you ever have tire problems check the local telephone directory for the nearest
All tire and wheel assemblies are balanced at the factory. Be sure to rebalance the tire
dealer.
and wheel assemblies each time a tire is changed.
To get the maximum performance from your tires check the air pressure often, but only
WARNING: When removing aluminum-forged wheels from spindle, it is
when the tires are cool. Never bleed out air immediately after driving. Recommended
very important to mark them to assure the wheel is placed in the same position
tire pressures vary with tire type and size. For pressures refer to the SPECIFICATION
of the drum when reinstalling. If the aluminum-forged wheel is to be mounted
TABLE.
on a different drum it is important to sand all loose corrosion from the mating
surfaces.
Try to park out of the sun whenever possible when in warm climates. In desert regions
use tire covers to prevent ultra-violet deterioration to tires.
WARNING: WHEEL SEPARATION CAN OCCUR
To CHANGE A TIRE with a jack see the label affixed to the underbelly to the rear of
1. On first trip, tighten wheel lugs at start and at 10, 25, and 50 miles.
the wheels. This label, says JACK with an arrow and points to a plate riveted to the
2. Thereafter, check wheel lugs before each trip.
mainframe rail where the jack head must be placed. A flat tire may also be changed
3. Following winter storage, check before beginning a trip.
without the aid of a jack. Drive the unit up on a ramp 8’ wide, 6” high, and about 3 feet
4. Following excessive braking, inspect wheel lugs
long at its base. Position the good tire on the ramp. This will raise the flat tire clear of
Torque aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs. and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs.
the ground.
DO NOT over torque.
WARNING: The maximum speed rating on the tires installed on your
There after, check wheel lugs before each trip, after excessive braking, and following
winter storage.
trailer is 65 MPH. DO NOT EXCEED THIS RATING. Failure to heed this warning could cause catastrophic tire failure resulting in property damage, personal
injury and/or death.
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TIRES
5. Make every effort to avoid running over objects that may damage the tire through
In an emergency, remove the flat tire. The independent suspension of the rubber tor-
impact or cutting, such as chuckholes, glass, metal, etc.
sion axle allows four or six wheeled units to be safely towed on three or five wheels for
a short distance (100 miles maximum) and only at a low speed (30 MPH).
6. Never drive on smooth tires. Tires should be removed when 2/32nds inch of tread
Be especially cautious in crossing holes or dips in the road. Under these circumstances
depth remains. In most states it is illegal to drive with less than 2/32nds inch remain-
it is good practice to set your rear view mirrors so that you can observe your tires at
ing tread depth.
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all time.
Tips on Tire Care
Any tire, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a result of punctures,
impact damage, improper inflation or other conditions resulting from use. Tire failures
may create a risk of property damage or personal injury. To reduce the risk of tire failure
we strongly recommend the following:
1. Check the pressure in your tires, including your spare, at least monthly when the
tires are cool (after the vehicle has stopped three hours and then driven less than
one mile.) Do not reduce pressure when tires are hot. Use a tire gauge to check
pressure and maintain it at the recommended level.
2. Never overload your tires. The maximum load carrying capability of your tires is
molded on the sidewall of the tire.
3. Check your tires frequently for scrapes, bulges, separations, cuts or snags resulting
from use. See your tire dealer immediately if any such condition is discovered.
4. Never operate your vehicle in excess of lawful speeds or the maximum speeds
justified by driving conditions, or in excess of speeds recommended for the tire you
are using.
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TIRE ROTATION
(10,000-mile intervals)
Radial Tires
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SPARE TIRE
The spare tire for Airstreams is stored under the front of the trailer. The front handle
of the tire carrier is a one-inch tube protruding out from under the front A-frame on
the curbside. It is secured by a bracket and bolt along the inside of the A frame rail.
Removing the bolts allows the front on the tire carrier to be lowered and the spare
tire removed.
Tire Inflation (PSI) Cold
ST 215-75 R14 - 50 psi
ST 225-75 R15 - 65 psi
NOTE: Torque aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs. Check
at 10, 25 and rechecked at 50 miles. DO NOT over torque.
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AXLE AND RUNNING GEAR ASSEMBLY
Wheel Bearing Maintenance
1. Jack trailer at marked jack location pad behind axle on mainframe,
Each RUBBER TORSION axle is aligned during manufacturing, and double-checked
on a random basis. Alignment after delivery is the customer’s responsibility.
2. Remove hubcap or spindle cover, wheel and tire.
Hitting chuck holes or rough railroad tracks while going straight will only cause
3. Remove cotter pin.
misalignment after the tire has been struck many repetitive times. Of course, a deep
enough hole can affect the alignment immediately.
4. Remove dust cap.
The worse culprit is a curb because they are normally struck at an angle. Surprisingly
5. Remove spindle nut and washer.
rear axles are occasionally damaged when people are attempting to park beside a
curb and are backing up their trailer.
6. Remove bearings, hub and rotor.
As you look under your trailer is it normal for the axle to be bent up in the middle. This
7. Lay down hub and rotor with inside grease seal down. Knock out inner bearing and
bend is how the camber is obtained.
grease seal using wood or plastic dowel and hammer.
Toe-in is built into the axle by very slight bends in the axle tube on each end.
8. Clean all parts thoroughly with kerosene.
If tire wear ever indicate misalignment check with your dealer for the nearest location
9. Check all bearings and races for chips or roughness of any kind. Any damaged
having the proper equipment.
component must be replaced.
CAUTION: Never allow heat to he applied to the axle tube since the rubber
10. Pack bearing with a good grease (No 2 grade-265 ASTM penetration or equivalent).
providing the spring torsion action will he severely damaged.
11. Install inner bearing.
Rubber torsion Axle Alignment Specifications
12. Install new grease seal in hub or rotor using wooden or rawhide mallet.
Toe-In each side 1/16”
Tolerance 1/16” + or -
Camber each side ¾ degrees positive
Tolerance ¾ degrees + or –
13. Install hub and drum on spindle.
14. Install outer bearing.
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15. Install washer and spindle nut.
16. While rotating the wheel, tighten the spindle nut with a 12” wrench until there is a
slight tension. Then back off one notch and install cotter pin. There should now be
from .001” to .010” end play in hub. If not, back off one notch.
17. Check the lug nuts at 10, 25 miles and recheck at 50 miles of travel. Torque
aluminum wheels to 110-120 ft. lbs and steel wheels to 95 ft. lbs.
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When greasing bearings by hand, place a glob of grease in the palm of one hand and
push the large end of the bearing down into the grease (see illustration). Keep turning
the bearing around and forcing it down through the grease until the grease is extruded
up through the opposite end. Wipe the extra grease in your hand around the outside of
the bearing. It’s not necessary to fill the hub and dust cap with grease.
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ELECTRIC BRAKES
HOW TO USE YOUR ELECTRIC BRAKES PROPERLY
A CONTROLLER installed in your tow vehicle will synchronize the trailer brakes with
Your trailer brakes are designed to work in synchronization with your tow vehicle
your tow vehicle brakes. It is designed to apply the trailer brakes whenever the tow
brakes. Never use your tow vehicle or trailer brakes alone to stop the combined load.
vehicle brakes are applied.
Your trailer and tow vehicle will seldom have the right amperage flow to the brake
TYPICAL ELECTRONIC CONTROLLER
magnets to give you comfortable, safe braking unless you make proper brake system
adjustments. Changing trailer load and driving conditions as well as uneven alternator
ELECTRONIC CONTROLLERS are inertially activated. The controller senses decelera-
and battery output can mean unstable current flow to your brake magnets. It is there-
tion and generates an output, which reflects the inertia sensed. When you are station-
fore imperative that you maintain and adjust your brakes as set forth in this manual,
ary, the controller does not apply the brakes unless the manual slide bar is activated.
use a properly modulated brake controller, and perform the synchronization procedure
noted below
NOTE: Study all material provided with your particular brake control. If you don’t
understand the information, have the installer explain the information to you or call the
manufacturer of the controller.
In addition to the synchronization adjustment detailed below, electric brake controllers
provide a modulation function that varies the current to the electric brakes with the
pressure on the brake pedal. It is important that your brake controller provide ap-
In THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENTAL SEPARATION of the tow vehicle and trailer, the
proximately 2 volts to the braking system when the brake pedal is first depressed and
BREAKAWAY SWITCH will set and lock the trailer brakes for a sufficient length of time
gradually increase the voltage to 12 volts as brake pedal pressure is increased. If the
to stop the trailer. The switch is activated when the wire attached to it and to the tow
controller “jumps” immediately to a high voltage output, even during a gradual stop,
vehicle pulls out the small pin in the front of the unit. THIS PIN SHOULD BE PULLED
then the electric brakes will always be fully energized and will result in harsh brakes
OUT, LUBRICATED WITH LIGHT HOUSEHOLD OIL AND REPLACED EVERY 90 DAYS.
and potential brake lockup.
To prevent corrosion within the breakaway switch, pull the switch’s pin straight forward
Proper synchronization of tow vehicle to trailer braking can only be accomplished by
and spray the inside of the switch through the hole with an electric contact cleaner
road testing. Brake “lockup, grabbiness, or harshness” is quite often lack of synchro-
(such as Spra-Kleen) and reinsert the pin. A drop of light household oil on the groove
nization between the tow vehicle and the trailer being towed, too high of a threshold
near the base of the pin will allow the pin to operate freely. WHEN THE TRAILER IS
voltage (over 2 volts), or under adjusted brakes.
CONNECTED TO THE TOW VEHICLE, THE BREAKAWAY SWITCH LOOP SHOULD
BE ATTACHED TO THE PERMANENT FRAME OF YOUR HITCH. When disconnecting
trailer from tow vehicle remove wire loop from the frame. DO NOT REMOVE PIN FROM
WARNING:
SWITCH BECAUSE THIS WILL APPLY THE TRAILER BRAKES.
The braking system should be checked and serviced by
qualified, certified technicians only. Failure to do so could result in loss of control
of your vehicle or the trailer causing damage to property, injury, and/or death.
WARNING: Do not use breakaway switch for parking brake.
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POWER JACK (Option)
Maintenance
A switch located on the bottom of the housing operates the power jack. When the jack
1. Every two years remove screws and cover and check grease condition. Use HMP
is fully extended or retracted internal limit switches automatically shut off the motor.
grease similar to lubricate 630AA and spread on gear teeth, Grease is not required
on the nylon timing gears. No internal lubrication of the post is required, but an
Should an electrical failure occur, remove the power head by loosening the two Allen
occasional external application of a silicone or WD-40 spray lubricant on the inner
set screws. The jack post may now be operated manually by inserting the emergency
tube of the post when extended is permissible.
handle into the coupling on top of the post.
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2. Before replacing the cover ensure that the plate and limit switch unit are located
The jack is wired directly to the battery and has an inline fuse between the battery and
correctly.
the power head.
3. Apply a little sealing compound around the mating surface of the gear cover and
Should an electrical failure occur, remove the power head by loosening the two Allen
replace screws tightening them diagonally. Check synchronization if head has been
set screws. The jack post may now be operated manually by inserting the emergency
removed from the post.
handle into the coupling on top of the post.
4. A little penetrating oil on the Allen setscrews occasionally will help prevent corrosion
Replacing Power Head
and difficult removal.
Note: Leave tow vehicle transmission in neutral when lifting both units. Dolly wheels
are not recommended. Always retract stabilizing jacks before using your Super Jack
under load.
It is essential that the following procedure be used before the power head is replaced
on the post.
1. With 12 volts connected, ground the power head to trailer “A” frame. Operate main
switch in “post retracting direction” until the motor stops automatically.
2. Using emergency handle, crank post clockwise by hand until fully retracted, then
turn crank one turn counterclockwise.
3. Replace head on post and make sure that drive pin is engaged with post coupler.
Tighten Allen set screws.
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TIRES
under inflation brings about an increased risk of tread separation, handling difficulties,
and possibly tires failure, caused by overheating.
Load and Inflation Information for Your Tires
IMPORTANT: Lowering tire pressure in the search for a smoother ride is not only
Maintaining proper tire inflation pressure is essential for both tire safety and
dangerous, it’s relatively ineffective, and as the difference in the ride quality is
performance.
not significant. When minimum inflation pressure requirements are not met, tire
durability and optimum operating conditions are compromised. Tire inflation
Proper Tire Inflation
pressure should always meet the guidelines for vehicle weight.
The level of air in your tires affects your vehicle’s overall performance. Not even the
• It may be necessary to inflate your tires at a truck stop or truck service center
highest quality tire will perform well if it’s not inflated properly. The correct pressure
in order to achieve adequate air pressure for your coach’s needs
varies from vehicle to vehicle and depends in part upon driver preference. Each vehicle
• Only permanent air seal metal valve caps should be used.
has a maximum inflation pressure, usually found on a metal tag riveted to the outside
• Be safe - if a tire has been run 20% under inflated, it must be dismounted
of the vehicle as well as on the original equipment tires.
and inspected by a trained professional. It should not be aired up without a
full inspection or without using a safety cage. Use a calibrated gauge. If your
Correct tire inflation is a key component in tire care. The recommended inflation
tire is rated for higher inflation pressures, a special gauge will be required
pressures for your tires are indicated on the certification label or in your owner’s
designed for larger tires.
manual. Since RVs can be loaded with many different configurations, the load on each
• Don’t bleed air from warm tires to reduce pressure buildup
tire will vary. For this reason, air pressure should be checked based on the load on
• Don’t inflate tires to cold PSI rating beyond rim specifications
each individual tire. Cold Inflation Pressure should be adjusted to handle the maximum
HOW OVERLOADING AFFECTS YOUR TIRES
tire load, and all tires on the axle should carry the same inflation pressure. COLD TIRE
INFLATION PRESSURE is the tire pressure checked in the morning before you drive
more than a few miles or before rising ambient temperatures or the sun’s radiant heat
Tire pressure is what enables your RV tire to support loads. Overloading your tires
affects it. Check your tires’ air pressures at least once a month, before each trip and
can have serious consequences for passengers and your RV. Too much weight can
each morning you drive during a trip. Tire pressure should be checked cold, as tire
cause stress on your RV’s suspension system, brake failure, shock absorber damage,
pressure ratings have been designed with typical running heat/pressure build-up in
handling and steering problems, irregular tire wear and possible tire failure. Excessive
mind. Make sure the valves and caps are free of dirt and moisture.
loads or under inflation can lead to an excessive amount of heat and tire failure. If
you discover that your tires cannot handle the load, lighten the weight of the load on
Under Inflation
your tires. Tire pressure should never be reduced below the vehicle manufacturer’s
recommended levels to support load conditions in order to improve the ride quality
Under inflation brings a higher risk of damage due to road hazards, reduces casing
of a vehicle. The difference in ride quality is not significant. When inflation pressure
durability, causes a loss in fuel economy, and uneven or irregular tire wear. Severe
requirements are not met, tire durability and optimum operation can be affected.
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WEIGHING YOUR TRAVEL TRAILER OR TOWED VEHICLE
tire load, and all tires on the axle should carry the same inflation pressure. than a few
miles or before rising ambient temperatures or the sun’s radiant heat affects it.
Since a trailer or towed vehicle adds to the load on your RV’s tires, it is crucial to
Tips on Tire Care
properly weigh towed vehicles. A travel trailer should first be weighed with the tongue,
while detached from the pulling vehicle. The actual weight of the trailer must be less
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than or equal to the GVWR for safe operation, otherwise contents must be removed
Any tire, no matter how well constructed, may fail in use as a result of punctures,
until the weight is within maximum GVWR limitations. The weight of the complete,
impact damage, improper inflation or other conditions resulting from use. Tire failures
attached trailer, excluding the towing vehicle, must also be taken. Each wheel should
may create a risk of property damage or personal injury. To reduce the risk of tire failure
be weighed while still attached to the towing vehicle, and the individual wheel positions
we strongly recommend the following:
on the towing vehicle should be weighed and checked for overload as well.
1. Check the pressure in your tires, including your spare, at least monthly when the
If you determine that the loading of your vehicle’s tires are uneven, the actual weight of
tires are cool (after the vehicle has stopped three hours and then driven less than
the trailer on each tire must be less than or equal to its maximum load capacity for safe
one mile.) Do not reduce pressure when tires are hot. Use a tire gauge to check
operation, otherwise contents must be removed until the weight is within maximum
pressure and maintain it at the recommended level.
load limitations.
2. Never overload your tires. The maximum load carrying capability of your tires is
TIRE CARE
molded on the sidewall of the tire.
Tires are a very precisely engineered product designed for specific applications and
3. Check your tires frequently for scrapes, bulges, separations, cuts or snags resulting
use. The tire functions as the sole contact between the vehicle and the road. Therefore,
from use. See your tire dealer immediately if any such condition is discovered.
it must provide several different functions in order for your recreational vehicle to
4. Never operate your vehicle in excess of lawful speeds or the maximum speeds
handle properly. Most important are traction while moving, grip when
steering or stopping, and a comfortable ride for you and your passengers. The Tires on
justified by driving conditions, or in excess of speeds recommended for the tire you
your recreational vehicle are designed for highway use and must be properly maintained
are using.
in order to maximize tire life, as well to provide a safe mode of transportation. Always
5. Make every effort to avoid running over objects that may damage the tire through
keep your tires clean and properly inflated.
impact or cutting, such as chuckholes, glass, metal, etc.
Correct tire inflation is a key component in tire care. The recommended inflation
pressures for your tires are indicated on the certification label or in your owner’s
6. Never drive on smooth tires. Tires should be removed when 2/32nds inch of tread
manual. Since RVs can be loaded with many different configurations, the load on each
depth remains. In most states it is illegal to drive with less than 2/32nds inch
tire will vary. For this reason, air pressure should be checked based on the load on
remaining tread depth.
each individual tire. Cold Inflation Pressure should be adjusted to handle the maximum
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Proper Inspection and Storage of Tires
Tires used on most RVs are driven at or near maximum loads during hot weather and
then are left idle for months. In normal use oils in the tire come to the surface during
Before taking your RV on a trip or when removing from an extended storage period,
flexing and protect the rubber from ultraviolet light. But when left idle natural aging may
make it a practice to inspect the overall condition of your tires. Check for any type of
cause the rubber to crack prematurely, especially in the sidewall area.
condition or damage that might result in failure. A thorough check should include both
inside and outside sidewalls, tread area and the condition of hardware such as valve
Any tire on an RV that is over five years old should be inspected by a competent tire
stems, valve caps, and wheels. The tread should be checked for any unusual wear,
professional for cracking and replaced, even if it has no apparent tread wear. This is
cracking, penetrations and/or cuts. An uneven wear pattern can indicate misalignment
because a tire on a car or truck might last 80,000 to 120,000 miles before it needs to
or worn suspension parts.
be replaced, but an RV tire that only travels 5,000 miles per year will not approach that
mileage for 20 years. It will need to be replaced much before that.
Since many RVs are used seasonally and sometimes stored for extended times, it is
possible that tires will take many years to wear out. Tires, as any rubber product, will
The first step is choosing a tire adequate for the load. The load rating printed on the
age over time. If tires show cracking in the sidewall or tread surfaces that are more than
sidewall will show the maximum load that can be carried at a defined pressure. As the
2/32nds deep, they should be replaced before your next trip or vacation. Store your RV
inflation pressure drops, the load that can be carried is less. As speed increases, the
in a cool dry area away from major heat sources and extreme cold. An enclosed area is
amount of load that can be carried also drops. The load rating is also affected by how
best with no exposure to electromagnetic sources such as generators or transformers.
the tire is used, as a single or as a dual.
If you must keep your RV outside, cover your tires from direct sunlight. Take your RV to
your Tire dealer for service to check or correct any of these conditions.
A Goodyear ST225/75 R15 tire inflated to 65 PSI has load capacity of 2540 Lbs.
Replacing Your Tires
A Goodyear ST215/75 R14 tire inflated to 50 PSI has load capacity of 1850 Lbs.
It is possible to replace your tires with a different size in some instances to increase
An ST225/75R15 tire is a special trailer tire with a section width of 225 mm, a height
your load capacity with a different inflation pressure. If there is a reason to replace
to width ratio of 75%, radial construction with a diameter of 15 inches. As the width to
your tires with a different size, make sure the following checks are made before the
height ratio becomes smaller, the tire has a lower profile. LT stands for Light Truck and
purchase.
P for Passenger service.
• Does the replacement tire have the load capacity that is needed for my RV and
will it fit properly inside the wheel well?
• Will the overall diameter difference affect the speedometer or antilock braking
system?
• Is the increase in air pressure compatible with the maximum rated pressure
stamped on the rim?
• Is there enough dual spacing offset for the rear wheel positions?
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The interior of all Airstream trailers has been designed for comfort, convenience, du-
condition is reached.
rability and appearance. How you use it and how you take care of it naturally depends
on you. However, if you learn to operate the interior components and take care of them
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and the trailer properly, this knowledge will add to your pleasure as well as the long
life of your trailer.
Fabric Care: Spot clean, using the foam only from water based cleaning agent such as
mild detergent or non-solvent upholstery shampoo product.
Upholstery
Apply foam with a soft brush in a circular motion. Vacuum when dry. Pretest small area
All materials should be professionally dry cleaned to remove any overall soiled condi-
before proceeding. Use professional furniture cleaner when an overall soiled condition
tion. However, these materials may be spot cleaned using the cleaning code instruc-
is reached. The manufacturer of the fabric designed the above code.
tions as listed. Sample swatches are furnished to our dealers. The dealer will be able to
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CAUTION: Never remove cushion cover for separate dry cleaning or wash-
give you the name of the fabrics used in your particular trailer. Each swatch will show
ing. Any tumble cleaning method can destroy the backing, shrink or otherwise
the cleaning code in parenthesis.
damage upholstery fabric.
The following are the cleaning code instructions for the various fabrics used in the
Airstream trailers:
WARNING: Keep your furniture and family safe from fires caused by
careless smoking. Do not smoke when drowsy. Remove immediately any flowing
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ash or a lighted cigarette, which falls on furniture. Smoldering smoking material
can cause upholstered furniture fires.
Fabric Care: Spot clean this fabric either with a mild solvent or water based cleaning
agent. When using a solvent or dry cleaning product follow instructions carefully and
clean only in a well-ventilated room. Avoid any product, which contains highly toxic
Interior Skin
carbon tetrachloride. You may also use an upholstery shampoo product or the foam
from a mild detergent. With either method pretest a small area before proceeding. Use
The interior skin on your trailer is covered with an upholstery that can be cleaned with
professional furniture cleaner when an overall soiled condition is reached.
a vacuum cleaner. For stubborn spots follow Code W instructions above.
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Trailers with aluminum interior skin (Upgrade package) should follow the same cleaning
instructions detailed in the Exterior section of this manual for the exterior skin.
Fabric Care: Spot clean, using a mild water free solvent or dry cleaning product.
Carefully follow instructions on such product. Clean only in a well-ventilated room.
Avoid any product containing carbon tetrachloride, which is highly toxic. Pretest small
area before proceeding. Use professional furniture cleaner when an overall soiled
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Draperies
Shower Stall
CAUTION: All drapery materials and mattress covers must be professionally
To clean your fiberglass shower stall unit use warm water and one of the stronger liquid
dry-cleaned.
detergents. Do not use abrasive cleaners, they may scratch and dull the surface of your
unit. Stubborn stains can be removed with solvents such as turpentine, paint thinner or
For Safari models remove the draperies by unsnapping them from the wall, removing
acetone. Restore dulled areas by rubbing with an automotive type liquid cleaner then
a screw or pop rivet from the end of the curtain track, and sliding them out. The pop
put the soft slow back into your unit with a light application of liquid wax.
rivets are removed by drilling through the head with a 1/8” drill bit.
Lounges
Carpet
On certain models the sofa converts to a bed,. Lift up the front of the seat and pull out.
The carpet can be cleaned with any good commercial carpet cleaner, or with a deter-
Below the bed is a large upholstered, horizontal door that is opened by pulling straight
gent and water. BE CAREFUL NOT TO SOAK THE CARPET WITH WATER.
out and hinging down. This exposes large plastic trays. This is a great place to store
heavy items since it is low to the floor and in front the trailer.
Counter Area
The counter areas around the sink are of a high-pressure laminate and can be cleaned
WARNING: To prevent possible injury, these legs must be lowered and
with soap and water, or you can use a common solvent on tough spots. Be sure no
locked into place after the top is pulled out and before putting weight on the bed.
abrasive cleaner is used, as there is the possibility it could scratch the surface. A
protective pad should always be placed under hot utensils.
Dinette
Vinyl Covering
The dinette is made into a bed by rising up on the front of the table and folding the
table leg up against the bottom of the leaf. As the table is raised it will unhook from the
Damp wiping with mild detergent does routine cleaning. Using any of the automotive
upper wall brackets. Once it is unhooked it can be pulled out and the wall hinge will
cleaners designed for vinyl car seats and dashes can perform a more thorough clean-
let it be lowered on the supports of the dinette seats. The backrests of the seats are
ing.
placed over the table to complete the conversion.
Sinks
BUNK BED
Cleaning can be accomplished using mild liquid detergent with a soft cloth. A complete
The bunk bed is rated at 150 lbs. Do not overload the bed.
Home Owners Guide for your sinks is supplied in your Owner’s Folder. Please read
these instructions before use.
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Aquajet water pump (Optional Equipment)
To open the folding table, lift into a horizontal position and pull the table leg down
Water pressure at some campgrounds may be low. The water pump can be turned
toward the vertical position until it snaps into place, The leg is hinged at the front edge
on to assist the city water hookup pressure. Be sure there is some water in the fresh
of the table and is held against the bottom of the table with Velcro. To extend into the
water tank. The pump will only use the water that is needed out of the tank to bring
double leaf position, lift the table slightly so the leg clears the carpet, and slide the leg
the pressure up to the usual standard. The water pump should be turned off when the
and center support out toward the center of the trailer. The leaf then unfolds and rests
trailer is left unattended.
against the leg support.
Exhaust Fans
Airstream recommends that during travel the table be left in the upright position.
The Safari trailers are equipped with roof ventilators either in the center of the ceiling,
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Monitor Panel
in the bathroom, or both locations.
The monitor panel allows you to check the amount of fluid in your fresh water tank,
The square fans are cranked opened. Round ventilators, used in some bathrooms, are
black tank, and the gray tank.
opened by pushing straight up on the crossbar handle. The round switch can then be
turned to engage the fan motor.
The LP gas and battery status are also shown.
Note: The range exhaust cover on the outside the trailer has a swinging door that can
be latched during inclement weather and should be latched in travel. When operating
the exhaust fan, the latches should be turned so the door swings open when the fan
is on.
Water Pump Switch
The water pump switch operates the pump. Once the switch is turned on the pump
Telephone Shower Head
will run until the water pressure reaches about 35 psi. At this point an internal pressure switch will shut it off. When a faucet is opened the water pressure will drop and
the pump will start to run again.
The telephone shower head is designed to give maximum flexibility in usage, and
provides for water saving techniques when using your trailer on self-containment. It
The standard equipment Sureflo water pump should be turned off when you are on
can be held in the hand and moved about the body. Normally the best water conserva-
city water or when the trailer is left unattended.
tion procedure is to wet the entire body and then turn the water off. Apply soap, lather
thoroughly, and then rinse the soap off. The telephone shower head is also used to fill
the tub for taking a bath. When you have finished using the shower be sure to shut the
water off at the faucet.
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Linoleum
Clothes hung in wardrobes should be kept on hangers that snap over the clothes rods
to keep them from “jumping” off on rough roads. Evening dresses should be kept in
Clean with any standard linoleum floor cleaner
the plastic bags like dry cleaning businesses use. No matter how hard you try, if you
travel a long dusty section of road the dust will work its way into the trailer and soil
Bath Area Remote Switches
clothes. Try to avoid large bulky coats. Layers of lighter clothing will usually keep you
warmer, are more versatile and easier to store. There are several areas in the trailer
Two remote switches for appliances are located on the bathroom wall. One is for the
to store your belongings. Remember to distribute the load as outlined in the Loading
water pump, and duplicates the pump switch on the central control panel. Either pump
section of this manual.
switch may be used to turn the pump on or off at any time.
WARNING: Keep flammable material away from the furnace.
The second remote switch, with a red indicator, is for lighting the water heater.
Ceiling Light/Directional Lighting
Remember, heavy items should be stored low and toward the front, lighter items in the
rear and overhead cabinets.
The ceiling light fixture has a push button switch located in on the fixture. Gently
SMOKE ALARM - FIREX MODEL B
squeezing in the middle and pulling down will remove the LENS. During cold weather
it is a good idea to leave the light on a few minutes prior to removing the lens. The bed
WARNING: Alarm battery is shipped deactivated. Check your alarm for
and lounge area has individually switched directional lighting.
proper battery installation.
A wall switch just inside the door control ceiling, step, and patio lights. The individual
ceiling lights must be on for the wall switch to work.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION
SMOKE ALARM SAFETY CHECKLIST
Information on the optional high volume roof vent may be found in the appliance section of this book.
1. Test your smoke alarm every week. To test the electronics, firmly depress the button.
To test that smoke reaches the sensor, blow smoke in a careful fire-safe manner into
Storage
your smoke alarm.
The kitchen cabinet should have the heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items
2. Your smoke alarm will not work without power. Never shut off its power or remove
overhead. After loading you should have the skillets and can goods on the floor or
the battery to quiet the alarm.
bottom shelf, and the cereals and crackers in the overhead roof locker. Use the unbreakable type plates and saucers, and consider storing your dish towels around them.
FOR BATTERY-POWERED UNITS: When your smoke alarm “beeps” about once a
Better yet, use paper plates. Who wants to wash dishes when on a trip or vacation?
minute, the battery is weak. Immediately install a new battery correctly. Be sure to
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WEEKLY TESTING OF YOUR SMOKE ALARM
use only batteries specified in Owner’s Manual or on unit. Test unit after installing a
new battery.
1. FOR A COMPLETE WEEKLY TEST OF THE ELECTRONICS AND THE SENSOR
OPERATION, FIRMLY DEPRESS THE TEST BUTTON ON THE COVER OF THE
3. Clean and vacuum the openings on your smoke alarm once a month.
SMOKE ALARM FOR A FEW SECONDS. The smoke LED (light emitting diode),
which is the indicator light under the clear Push-to-Test button, will blink once per
4. Do not open the smoke alarm or try to repair it. For replacement information see the
second while the button is being pushed and the alarm is sounding. The smoke
WARRANTY in the Owner’s Manual.
alarm will stop sounding when you release the button.
5. Verify you have the proper number of smoke alarms in your home and the correct
2. If your smoke alarm has the False Alarm Control or Safety Light feature see “SPECIAL
location for each one. A smoke alarm will not respond well in an incorrect location.
SMOKE ALARM FEATURES” for further testing information.
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6. If your smoke alarm has one or more of these special features, please note:
3. IMPORTANT: Always test your smoke alarm upon returning from vacation, or any
other time when no one has been in your household or residence for several days.
• FALSE ALARM CONTROL (Model C): Pushing test/hush button reduces sensitivity for up to 15 minutes, minimizing nuisance alarms,
4. If a smoke alarm is installed in a mobile home, test the smoke alarm after you
• FLASHING LIGHT (Model E): Pushing test button turns flashing safety light on.
remove the vehicle from storage and before each trip.
Very thick smoke may obscure light.
WARNING: If your smoke alarm does not respond as described in any
7. Smoke alarms have technical limitations and may not respond in all situations. FIRE
of the above tests, check that a good battery is properly installed. If a good bat-
PREVENTION is your best safeguard.
tery is properly installed, promptly remove the unit, repack it and return it for
repair or replacement.
8. For a replacement Owner’s Manual or Safety Checklist, please indicate your unit
model, include a self-addressed stamped envelope and send to:
Maple Chase Company
2820 Thatcher Road
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515-4040
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TAKING CARE OF YOUR SMOKE ALARM
2. Remove the smoke alarm from the mounting bracket by twisting counterclockwise
Your smoke alarm has been designed and manufactured to be as maintenance-free
3. Replace old battery with a fresh one. If your smoke alarm has a safety light, the
as possible. Here are a few simple steps you must perform, in addition to the weekly
miniature lamp operates on two AA batteries. (See recommended batteries below.)
tests described in the section “WEEKLY TESTING OF YOUR SMOKE ALARM,” to keep
your unit in good working order.
4. Check that battery connections are secure and the battery is secured in its
compartment
• The smoke alarm should be vacuumed monthly or more often if there is dust,
dirt or kitchen grease that can accumulate. Use a soft brush or wand attach-
5. Test smoke alarm for proper operation (see “WEEKLY TESTING OF YOUR SMOKE
ment and vacuum all slots in the cover and side. FOR YOUR SAFETY, you must
ALARM” section). The smoke alarm operates on a 9-volt battery. The normal battery
properly clean and maintain your smoke alarm, since a dirty or malfunctioning
operating life will be one (1) year. The life of some batteries may be less.
unit may fail to alarm or cause unwanted nuisance alarms.
6. Firex smoke alarms sold with Ultralife long-life lithium batteries require replacement
• If the unit is damaged or fails to operate properly, and you have checked that a
approximately every ten (10) years or when the low battery signal sounds.
good battery is installed correctly, follow the directions in the section "WHERE
TO SEND YOUR SMOKE ALARM IF IT NEEDS SERVICE" for return. FOR
CAUTION: You should only use the batteries specified here or on the label of
YOUR SAFETY, DO NOT OPEN THE SMOKE ALARM AND TRY TO REPAIR IT
the unit.
YOURSELF. While smoke alarms are economical devices, they contain precision electronic components that are precisely calibrated. The manufacturer
For Models A, B, C, E and PB use: Eveready 216, 522 or 1222; Mallory MN1604;
must do repairs.
Duracell MN1604; or Ultralife U9VL-J.
REPLACING THE BATTERY
For Model E also use AA Heavy Duty for light power. The miniature lamp operates
on two (2) AA batteries. For replacement, use heavy-duty or alkaline AA batteries:
The smoke alarm will “beep” once a minute for at least 30 days when the battery is
Eveready 1215, E91, or Duracell M15HD, MN1500.
weak. The battery must immediately be replaced with a fresh one.
CAUTION: Do not use any type of rechargeable batteries.
The battery should also be changed if it does not sound an alarm when tested. TO
REPLACE THE BATTERY:
1. Check if the tamper resist locking pin is installed in the smoke alarm (see “USING
THE TAMPER RESIST LOCKING MECHANISM” section). If so, pull the pin completely out of the smoke alarm using long-nose pliers.
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USING THE TAMPER RESIST LOCKING MECHANISM
SPECIAL SMOKE ALARM FEATURES
To make the smoke alarm somewhat tamper resistant, a “locking pin” has been provided
If your smoke alarm has one or more of these special features, read the following:
in the base of the unit. It will help deter a child or other individual from removing the
smoke alarm from the bracket. See Figure 7. The following directions can install this.
• BLINKING LED LIGHT (Models B, C, E and PB): The indicator light under the
Push-to Test button blinks about once per minute to indicate the smoke alarm
LOCKING PIN
is receiving power.
WARNING: Very thick smoke may obscure the light.
INSERT
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Figure 7
BASE OF
UNIT
Figure 8
WARNING: Detector Battery is shipped deactivated: To activate battery,
1. Remove the breakaway locking pin from the unit by rocking pin back and forth.
new Airstream owner must install included battery to proper orientation.
2. Put the smoke alarm back on the mounting bracket. (See section “HOW TO INSTALL
LP GAS DETECTOR
YOUR SMOKE ALARM.”)
In the kitchen area of your unit, approximately six inches above the floor, is the LP
3. Using long-nose pliers grab the head of the locking pin and insert into hole located
gas detector. LP gas is a mixture of gases produced and sold commercially as a fuel
on the side of the smoke alarm. See Figure 8.
for heating and cooking appliances. LP gas is highly flammable and, as a result, can
be explosive if ignited under certain circumstances. LP gas is heavier than air and,
4. The Tamper Resist feature is now installed and complete.
if confined in a closed space, will accumulate close to the floor. When the LP gas
concentration in your unit exceeds 2000 PPM the detector will provide a visual and
To Remove:
audible alarm by sounding a buzzer and flashing the red LED two times per second.
WARNING: Activation of this detector indicates the presence of LP gas,
5. Using long-nose pliers grasp the head of the locking pin and pull the pin completely
which can cause an explosion and/or fire. This normally indicates a leak in the
out of the smoke alarm.
LP gas installation or a LP gas appliance. Extinguish all open flames, open your
windows and door and evacuate the unit immediately. Do not activate any electri-
6. The smoke alarm can now be removed from the mounting bracket with a counter-
cal switch. Turn off the LP at your gas bottle(s). DO NOT RE-ENTER YOUR UNIT
clockwise twist.
UNTIL A QUALIFIED REPAIR TECHNICIAN HAS CORRECTED THE PROBLEM.
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OPERATION
Please read the operating instructions for your detector, which have been supplied
Your LP gas detector is wired directly to your vehicle batteries and incorporates a
with the paper work of your unit.
1-amp in-line fuse. When the device is operating normally the green LED will be lit.
WARNING: Have a professional check your system if you have any
WARNING: It is not recommended that the detector be disconnected
doubts.
from the battery during periods of storage. There is a small heater on the sensor
of the device, which “burns” away impurities in the air during periods of normal
FIRE EXTINGUISHER
use. During periods when power is interrupted, impurities can build up on the
sensor. When power is returned to the detector the detector alarm may activate
The fire extinguisher just inside your forward door should have the charge checked
until the impurities are “burned” off. This could take a number of hours, during
on a regular basis. Make sure your family, especially the cook, knows how to release
which time the alarm will be constantly “on”.
the extinguisher storage bracket, and how to properly operate the extinguisher. Check
with your local fire department for professional advice on its operation and use if you
DETECTOR TEST
find the directions on the extinguisher unclear. We’re sure they will be happy to assist
you and your family.
Press the test button for 5 to 6 seconds until the alarm sounds then release the test
SAFETY:
button. The red LED should flash and the alarm sound for approximately 4 minutes.
This test should be performed at least once a week during normal vehicle operation,
Many things can be construed as safety related, but the most important is your
and after periods of storage, and before each trip.
common sense. If you are careless with matches, cigarettes, flammable material
LOW VOLTAGE
or any other hazardous material, we are sure you realize your potential for accidents is greatly increased.
Below 10 VDC the detector will continue to operate but will blink alternately green and
orange. Below 8 VDC the unit will behave erratically and will eventually shut off. To
ensure proper operation, do not operate the unit below 10 VDC.
COMPONENT FAILURE
The failure of any circuit component will cause the detector to display a continuous
orange LED fault light and a short beep indicating failure. If this occurs, immediately
contact your dealer or Airstream Customer Service for the name of the nearest detector service center.
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CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM
CAUTION: This carbon monoxide alarm is designed for indoor use only. Do not
The following information is highlights from the folder provided by the alarm manufac-
expose to rain or moisture. Do not knock or drop the alarm. Do not open or
turer. The folder, with more detailed information, is contained in your Owners’ Packet.
tamper with the alarm as this could cause malfunction. The alarm will not protect
against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when the batteries are dead or
CAREFULLY READ AND UNDERSTAND THE COMPLETE CONTENTS OF THE
missing. The alarm will only indicate the presence of carbon monoxide gas at the
INSTRUCTION MANUAL BEFORE USING THE ALARM. STORE THE MANUAL IN A
sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may be present in other areas.
SAFE PLACE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THE
SAFETY WARNINGS. PASS THE MANUAL ONTO ANY SUBSEQUENT USERS OF
IMPORTANT
THE ALARM
1. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels such as wood,
charcoal, coal, heating oil, paraffin, gasoline, natural gas, propane, butane, etc.
WARNING: Activation of your CO alarm’s audible horn indicates
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2. Ideally, it is recommended that a carbon monoxide alarm should be installed in or
the presence of carbon monoxide (CO) which can KILL YOU. lEAVE THE AREA
near every room that has a fuel burning appliance such as any room heaters, water
IMMEDIATELY!
heaters, cookers, grills, etc.
3. Ensure that the alarm horn can be heard by all those who are intended to hear it.
WARNING: Alarm battery is shipped deactivated. Check your alarm
Seek medical help if it is suspected that a user of the RV is suffering from carbon
for proper battery installation.
monoxide poisoning.
4. If the alarm sounds, make sure to investigate the problem. Ignoring the alarm may
WARNING: THIS PRODUCT IS INTENDED FOR USE IN ORDINARY
INDOOR
result in sickness, injury or death. (CO may be present even if nothing is seen or
LOCATIONS OF FAMILY LIVING UNITS. IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO
smelled by the user).
MEASURE COMPLIANCE WITH OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
5. Room spaces should be well ventilated when household cleaning supplies are used
ADMINISTRATION (OSHA) COMMERCIAL OR INDUSTRIAL STANDARDS.
as these may cause a false alarm.
INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE AT SPECIAL RISK FROM CARBON MONOXIDE
6. Alarm should be tested once per week. If further details are required which do not
EXPOSURE BY REASON OF AGE, PREGNANCY OR MEDICAL CONDITION MAY
appear in this manual contact BRK Brands Inc. First Alert.
CONSIDER USING WARNING DEVICES WHICH PROVIDE AUDIBLE AND VISUAL
Introduction
SIGNALS FOR CARBON MONOXIDE CONCENTRATION UNDER 30 PPM. IF IN
DOUBT CONSULT YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER.
This alarm which is designed to detect the presence of carbon monoxide. This manual
contains information on operation of the CO alarm. The green light flashes at approxi-
THIS CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM IS NOT
mately 60-second intervals to indicate the alarm is operating correctly. The red light
1. Designed to detect smoke, fire or any gas other than carbon monoxide.
will flash continuously and the horn will sound if carbon monoxide is detected. The
2. To be seen as a substitute for the proper servicing of fuel-burning appliances.
alarm is suitable for use in areas where cooking and heating appliances burn fuels
3. To be used on an intermittent basis, or as a portable alarm for spillage of combustion
such as wood, charcoal, coal, oil, gas, etc. This carbon monoxide alarm is designed to
products from fuel-burning appliances.
detect carbon monoxide gas from any source of combustion.
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WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE
Medium Exposure - Throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas which is released when fuels are
Extreme Exposure - Convulsions, unconsciousness, heart and lung failure,
burnt. It is invisible, has no smell and is therefore very difficult to detect with the human
Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause brain damage, death.
senses. Under normal conditions, in a room where fuel burning appliances are well
WARNING: Many causes of reported CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
maintained and correctly ventilated, the amount of carbon monoxide released into the
indicate that while victims are aware that they are not well, they become so dis-
room by appliances is not dangerous.
oriented that they are unable to save themselves by either exiting the building
These fuels include: Wood, coal, charcoal, oil, natural gas, gasoline, kerosene, and
or calling for assistance. Also young children and pets may be the first to be
propane. Common appliances are often sources of CO. If they are not properly
affected.
maintained, are improperly ventilated, or malfunction, CO levels can rise quickly. CO
WARNING: Test units used in RVs after the vehicle has been in stor-
is a real danger in “Air-tight” RVs with added insulation, sealed windows, and other
age, before each trip and once a week while in use. Failure to test units used in
weatherproofing can “trap” CO inside.
RV’s as described may remove your protection.
The following conditions can result in potentially dangerous CO situations.
1. Excessive spillage or reverse venting of fuel burning appliances caused by outdoor
CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF ALARM
conditions, such as:
The alarm should be tested weekly by pressing and holding the test/reset button on
A. Wind direction and/or velocity: including high gusts of wind. Heavy air in
the front of the alarm for several seconds. The alarm is pre-calibrated at the factory
the vent pipes (cold/humid air with extended periods between cycles).
and requires no maintenance other than to clean the outside casing occasionally with
B. Negative pressure differential resulting from sue of exhaust fans.
a cloth. Ensure that the holes on the front of the alarm are not blocked with dirt and
C. Simultaneous operation of several fuel burning appliances competing
dust. D0 NOT USE CLEANING AGENTS, BLEACH OR POLISH: The unit requires 3 x
for limited internal air.
1.5V alkaline batteries. The following are suitable replacements. Gold Peak 24A LR03,
D. Vent pipe connections vibrating loose from clothes dryers, furnaces or
Energizer E92 LR03. Use only the batteries listed. Use of batteries not listed may affect
water heaters.
performance of the unit.
E. Obstructions in or unconventional vent pipe designs which can amplify
USING THE ALARM
the above situations.
2. Extended use of un-vented fuel burning devices.
To activate the alarm, insert the 3 batteries which are included, fit the battery compart-
3. Temperature increase that can trap exhaust gases near the ground.
ment cover and close the detector lid (battery compartment cover cannot be fitted
SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING.
rect - ie. positive end of battery (+) align with the (+) symbol in the battery housing. The
The following symptoms are related to CO POISONING and should be discussed with
green and red lights will flash briefly and the horn will sound a short chirp. Press the
users of the RV.
test/reset button and check that the red light flashes and the horn sounds. The alarm
Mild Exposure - Slight headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, (“flu-like” symptoms),
is now operating and ready for use.
unless batteries are inserted.) When inserting the batteries, ensure the polarity is cor-
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LIQUID PETROLEUM GAS (LPG)
would be appliances that light but have lower than normal flame or starve out from
lack of gas, a substantial reduction in the flame when another appliance is operating,
FILL VALVE
or pilots that are difficult to light. If this should happen, the following steps should
eliminate the condition:
Your trailer is equipped with LP tank fill valves called “RV Type I Acme” connection.
The large, green, nylon swivel nut is a right hand thread and is designed for hand
1. Close LP cylinder valve.
operation only.
2. Extinguish all flames and smoking materials
3. Be sure all gas appliances, including their pilot lights, are off.
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The valve features an internal spring-loaded module that will not allow gas to flow from
4. Open LP cylinder valve slowly. DO NOT SNAP OPEN.
the cylinder until a positive seal has been made at the connection. The valve outlet
5. Wait at least 15 seconds before lighting appliances.
has 1-5/16” Acme threads on the outlet exterior and female POL, left-handed threads
6. If operational difficulties continue, there may be a leak in the system. Immediately
on its interior. This feature allows for connection of the new wrenchless, right-handed,
close the LP cylinder valve and have the system inspected by a qualified RV
Acme RV connection and still accommodates the standard left-handed POL fittings
service technician.
used for filling propane cylinders.
Again, make sure all appliances are off before opening propane cylinder valves.
The mating, green swivel nut and brass nipple also incorporates new features: the
Exception: when reconnecting a full cylinder to an auto changeover regulator
green nylon nut swivels on a black bushing that is heat sensitive. Between 240 degrees
it is not necessary to shut off the appliances or close the valve of the cylinder
F. and 300 degrees F. the bushing will yield (melt) allowing the spring-loaded module in
already in service.
the valve to push the brass nipple back (approximately 1/4”) closing the module and
stopping the flow of gas from the cylinder. Inside the brass nipple is a flow-limiting
WARNING: LEAKING LP GAS MAY IGNITE CAUSING A FIRE OR
device designed to sense excessive gas flow. If an excessive flow is sensed, the flow-
EXPLOSION WHICH COULD RESULT IN SERIOUS BODILY INJURY,
limiting device shuts the flow down to a maximum of 10 SCFH (Standard Cubic Feet
PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND/OR DEATH.
per Hour) or less. This is also referred to as the by-pass flow.
By-pass flow is extremely important in the proper operation of this connection. The
How long a full tank of gas will last is dependent on usage. In cold weather, when you
flow-limiting device may activate if the cylinder valve is opened quickly. When all
are using the furnace, large amounts of hot water, and are doing extensive cooking,
appliances are off, the by-pass flow allows the pressure downstream from the flow-
you will naturally use more than you will in warm weather when you may do limited
limiting device to equalize. When pressure is equalized, the flow-limiting device will
cooking. On the average, with normal cooking and other appliance use you can prob-
supply normal flow to the system. Equalization occurs in approximately 5 seconds
ably count on two to three weeks of service from each tank.
and in most cases goes completely unnoticed. If, however, an appliance is left on or
there is a leak or open flow in the system, the by-pass pressure will not be able to
equalize and allow the flow-limiting device to re-open. Symptoms of this condition
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AUTOMATIC GAS REGULATOR
LPG BOTTLES
All models are equipped with a two stage automatic change over gas regulator that
The following step-by-step procedure gives you the proper method of removing and
offers the convenience of automatic changeover from empty to full gas cylinders. Both
installing these bottles:
tanks are connected to this regulator.
1. Turn the knob on your automatic regulator so the arrow points to the tank opposite
the one to be removed. Shut off the gas valve on the bottle to be removed.
Make sure there is propane in both tanks before you start. Rotate the black lever on
the top front side of the regulator toward the cylinder you want to use first. This will be
2. Disconnect the rubber gas line at the bottle to be removed. (The green plastic fitting
the “service” cylinder and the other will be the “Reserve” cylinder. Slowly open both
is a right hand thread and no tools should be used.)
cylinders valves. Open both cylinder valves completely, then close about 1/4 turn. This
will allow you to easily check to see if valves are open or closed. The indicator on top of
the regulator will turn bright green. The indicator will stay bright green as long as there
3. Turn the large clamping “T”’ handle counterclockwise until the hold down bracket
is fuel coming from the service cylinder. When the service cylinder empties, the regula-
is loose enough to remove the bottle. If your trailer is equipped with a gas bottle
tor will draw fuel automatically from the reserve cylinder providing an uninterrupted
cover the “T”’ handle must be removed, and then remove the cover before remov-
fuel flow to the system. When it switches over, the indicator will change from green to
ing the bottle.
DO NOT REMOVE THE CENTER HOLD DOWN ROD.
red. This red color indicates the service cylinder is empty and needs to be filled.
To Install
WARNING: LP gas regulators must always be installed with the diaphragm vent facing downward. Regulators that are not in compartments have
1. Place the bottle in position on the “A” frame and bottle cross member so that it
been equipped with a protective cover. Make sure that regulator vent faces
rests on the upper collar of both bottles with the collar rims engaged in the grooves
downward and that cover is kept in place to minimize vent blockage, which could
on the underside of the bracket. If your trailer is equipped with a gas bottle cover it
result in excessive gas pressure causing fire or explosion.
should be positioned over the bottles next. Make sure the hold down rod projects
up through the hole in the shroud center bracket.
2. Replace the “T” handle and tighten down until the bottles are held firmly in place.
WARNING: The LPG bottles are securely mounted on the front “A”
3. Turn on gas shut off valves and test all fittings with a soap suds or detergent solution
frame of your trailer. If these bottles must be removed for service or replacement
and watch for bubbles.
it is important that they be reinstalled correctly in order to prevent any possibility
of their falling off or becoming dislodged during travel.
If you have allowed both tanks to run out, air may have gotten into the lines. In this
event, the air must be forced out through the lines by gas pressure before you will be
able to light the pilots. Hold a match to the pilot of the appliance closest to the tanks
until it lights and stays lit. Then move to the next closest, etc.
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A warning label has been located in the cooking area to remind you to provide
WARNING: Your LP tanks must be filled as directed by the tank manu-
an adequate supply of fresh air for combustion. Unlike homes, the amount of
facturer. Instructions are located on a decal near the fill valve. The decal must
oxygen supply is limited due to the size of the recreational vehicle; and, proper
not be defaced.
ventilation when using the cooking appliances will avoid dangers of asphyxiation. It is especially important that cooking appliances not be used for comfort
WARNING: Your LP tank must be, and can only be, placed in the
heating as the danger of asphyxiation is greater when the appliance is used for
long periods of time.
proper position when remounting on the front of the trailer. In any other position
the base of the tank will not fit into the recess.
WARNING: Portable fuel burning equipment, including wood and
WARNING: Use only the gas bottles furnished with your trailer. If
charcoal grills and stoves, shall not be used inside the recreational vehicle. The
replacement is required it must be a bottle of the same size and design.
use of this equipment inside the recreational vehicle may cause fires or asphyxi-
WARNING: The vent at the bottom of the regulator must be kept free
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ation.
of any obstructions and must be pointed downward. A good habit is to check the
WARNING: A warning label has been located near the LP gas container.
vent each time a bottle is removed for filling. It is especially important to check
the vent if the trailer has not been used regularly.
This label reads: DO NOT FILL CONTAINER (S) TO MORE THAN 80 PERCENT
Twice a year, or after a long storage period, we suggest you take your unit in for a
OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the LP gas container can result in uncontrolled gas
checkup and cleaning of the gas operated appliances.
flow, which can cause fire or explosion. A properly filled container will contain
approximately 80 percent of its volume as liquid LP gas.
BASIC RULES FOR SAFETY
WARNING: Do not bring or store LP gas containers, gasoline or other
WARNING: Do not store LP containers within a vehicle. LP con-
flammable liquids inside the vehicle because a fire or explosion may result.
tainers are equipped with safety devices that vent gas should the pressure
WARNING: IF YOU SMELL GAS:
become excessive.
1. Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking materials.
WARNING: Do not use cooking appliances for comfort heating.
2. Do not touch electrical switches.
Cooking appliances need fresh air for safe operation. Before operation open an
3. Shut off the gas supply at the tank valve(s) or gas supply connection
overhead vent or turn on an exhaust fan and open a window.
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.
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WATER SYSTEM-SELF CONTAINED
needed to sanitize the tank.
B) Multiply “Liters of tank capacity” by 1.0; the result is the milliliters of bleach
Fill the water tank by opening the exterior access door and remove screw cap. A
needed to sanitize the tank.
garden hose can now be inserted. It’s a good idea to let the water run through the hose
2. Mix into solution the proper amount of bleach within a container of water.
for a short time to flush it out. Experienced RVers usually fill their tanks with “home”
3. Pour the solution (water/bleach) into the tank and fill the tank with potable water.
water to avoid strange water that may be distasteful to them.
4. Open all faucets (Hot & Cold) allowing the water to run until the distinct odor of
chlorine is detected.
The amount of water in the tank may be checked on the Monitor Panel, or you may fill
5. The standard solution must have four (4) hours of contact time to disinfect com-
the tank until water overflows out of the fill.
pletely. If you double the solution, this concentration allows for contact time of one
(1) hour.
Open the hot side of the galley or lavatory faucet and turn on the water pump switch
6. When the contact time is completed, drain the tank. Refill with potable water and
located on the monitor panel. For some time the open faucet will only sputter. This is
purge the plumbing of all sanitizing solution.
because the water heater is being filled and air is being pushed out through the lines.
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NOTE: The sanitizing procedure outlined above is in conformance with the approved
procedures of RVIA ANSI Al19.2 and the U.S. Public Health Service.
Once the water heater is full a steady stream of water will come from the faucet. Now
open a cold faucet. It will sputter for a short time, but will soon expel a steady stream.
All other faucets can now be opened until all air is expelled. Once the system is filled
WATER PUMP AND FILTER
with water and the faucets closed, the water pump will shut off. When a faucet is
opened the pump will come back on automatically. If the faucet is just barely open it is
The 19 ft. model has the water pump located under the roadside front dinette seat.
normal for the pump to cycle on and off rapidly.
Access is gained by removing the wood panel under the seat cushion.
SANITIZING
The 20 ft. model has the water pump located under the galley. Remove the drawer
under the cook top for access.
Potable water systems require periodic maintenance to deliver a consistent flow of
fresh water. Depending on use and the environment the system is subject to, sanitizing
The 23 ft. model has the lower section of the roadside wardrobe face panel hinged to
is recommended prior to storing and before using the water system after a period of
open expose the pump and filter.
storage. Systems with new components, or ones that have been subjected to contamination, should also be disinfected as follows:
The 25 ft. double, twin, and sleep six models all have the lower section of the curbside
wardrobe face panel hinged to open and expose the pump and filter.
1. Use one of the following methods to determine the amount of common household
bleach needed to sanitize the tank.
The 25 ft. Front Bed is under the under the roadside wardrobe. The bottom cabinet
panel pulls off for access.
A) Multiply “gallons of tank capacity” by 0.13; the result is the ounces of bleach
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The 28 ft. W is under the refrigerator. The bottom cabinet panel pulls off for access.
Your plumbing system has a built in pressure regulator to protect your lines and faucets
from extremely high pressures on some city water systems.
The 27 ft. Front Bed is under the under the roadside wardrobe. The bottom two
CAUTION: Turn the Sureflo water pump off when hooked to city water. A check
cabinet panels pulls off for access.
valve inside the pump protects water flowing back to the fresh water tank. See
To clean the strainer screen, first remove the inlet connection from the pump side
optional pump directions below. The optional Aquatec pump can be turned on
of the strainer. This will allow the intake side of the strainer to be rotated about 1/8
while hooked to city water.
turn counterclockwise and be removed. The screen part of the strainer will now be
accessible for cleaning.
Aquajet Pump (Optional)
To reassemble, rotate the inlet side of the strainer until stops are felt. The “O” ring
Water pressure at some campgrounds may be low. The water pump can be turned
performs the sealing and too much pressure will only break the strainer.
on to assist the city water hookup pressure. Be sure there is some water in the fresh
water tank. The pump will only use the water that is needed out of the tank to bring
CITY WATER HOOK-UP
the pressure up to the usual standard. The water pump should be turned off when the
trailer is left unattended.
The city water hook-up is located on the side of the trailer.
DRAIN VALVES SAFARI
Use a high-pressure hose of at least ½” diameter. It
et
Inl
City
Water
should be one that is tasteless, odorless and non-
19 foot Bambi has low point water line drain valves are located in two different
toxic designed for RV use. The city water inlet is a
places. Two are located under the rear bed and access has been provided in the bed
standard garden hose thread. We suggest you carry
top under the mattress. (If you are long and lanky, they can be reached through the
two lengths of hose. This way you have the ability
exterior storage compartment.) The other two line drain valves are located under
to reach hookups further away than normal, plus
the roadside dinette seat. The water tank drain valve is also located under the same
you have a spare hose should one fail or become
roadside dinette seat.
damaged unexpectedly.
The 20 foot model has a pair of hot and cold water line drain valves located under the
After hooking up the hose and turning on the city water valve provided in the park,
front dinette seat and another pair accessed through the rear exterior access door.
slowly open a faucet. There will be a lot of spurts and sputtering until all the air is
Remove the foam cushion and there are two access holes cut in the seat. It has the
expelled from the trailer system. If the water heater is empty it will take some time
fresh water tank drain, a white petcock on the tank pan, located under the trailer on
before all the air is expelled and you get a steady flow of water at the faucet. Once
the roadside rear.
a steady flow is achieved at one faucet the others should be opened long enough to
expel the air in the lines going to them.
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WINTERIZING AND STORAGE
The 23 foot model have a white petcock under the trailer on the tank pan between the
roadside tires to drain the water tank. The 23 foot model also has two valves located
under the bed for draining the hot and cold water lines. They can be reached through a
When storing your trailer for short or long periods use the same precautions as you
hole in the bed top of through the exterior access door in the rear of the trailer.
would in your own home in regard to perishables, ventilation and rain protection. In
addition, for prolonged storage periods flush out all the drain lines and the holding
tanks. Also drain the entire water system including the water heater and the water
The 25 foot sleep six - through curbside rear exterior access door - look to left.
storage tank. Instructions for draining the water system are explained in the following
The 25 foot front bed model has an access door on the bed top.
paragraphs on winterizing.
The 25 foot twin and double bed models has access through the exterior roadside rear
THE MAIN CONSIDERATION IN WINTERIZING IS TO GUARD AGAINST FREEZING
access door - look to right.
DAMAGE TO THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM LINES, TANK, AND PUMP; THE WASTE
DRAIN SYSTEM INCLUDING THE TRAPS AND TANKS, THE WATER HEATER AND
THE BATTERIES.
The 25 foot front bed, 28 foot rear bed and the 27 foot front bed has exterior water line
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drain valves. If you look between your tires you can see a “box” that is a few inches
To completely winterize your trailer follow this procedure.
lower than the trailer frame. This “box” or tank pan supports the water tank. The line
drains will be the two brass pet cocks extending from the bottom of the pan. The white
plastic petcock located on the same pan is to drain the water tank.
1. Level the trailer from side to side and front to rear. Open all faucets.
To Empty Fresh Water Tank
2. Turn the water pump switch to the ON position to expel water from the storage
tank
Pumping the water out with the self-contained water pump can empty the fresh water
3. Open all drain valves including drain plug or valve on water heater and exterior water
tank. Simply turn on the pump switch and open a couple of faucets until the water will
service valve. (See drain valves on previous page)
no longer come out. Or on all models except the 20 foot, use the petcock type drain
valve located in the wheel well, which extends out through the tank support pan.
4. While the water is draining from the system, open and flush the toilet-flushing valve.
Water Heater Draining
Depress hand spray lever while holding the spray head down inside the bowl.
Depress hand spray thumb button on the telephone shower head while holding
down inside the tub and drain all water from the flexible hose. Unscrew the heads
All models have a drain plug or petcock on the water heater. Access is from the exte-
on both spray units and store.
rior. The plug or valve is usually located in the lower left corner, viewed as you face the
5. Turn the pump switch OFF after all water has been removed from the storage tank.
exterior of the water heater.
6. Remove exhaust hose from water pump.
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water system) to the water lines using the following procedure.
7. Disconnect the water pump inlet connection and turn the pump on until all the water
is expelled. This water, about 1/2 cup, can be caught in a towel or rag.
1. Reconnect all lines except the hose to the pump inlet port. Close all drain valves.
8. Lower the front of the trailer as far as the jack will allow until water ceases to drain,
2. Turn by-pass valve to by-pass position. To by-pass the water heater for winterizing,
then crank the jack up as high as it will go and let any remaining water drain out.
close valves A and C and open valve B (See illustration on next page).
9. After the water has stopped running from the drain lines, apply at least 60 lbs, of
air pressure at the city water inlet. An air to city water adapter is available from your
3. Attach a length of hose to the pump inlet port. This piece of hose should be long
dealer’s RV accessory store. Be sure the toilet valve and all drain valves and faucets
enough for the free end to be inserted into and reach the bottom of the antifreeze
are open and pump outlet hose is disconnected. This can be accomplished at a
container.
service station and will force any remaining water from the water heater and remove
4. Dilute the antifreeze solution in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
any water which may be trapped in low areas.
5. Open all water faucets.
10. Pour a cup of *approved non-toxic RV antifreeze into the lavatory, sink and tub
drains to prevent trap freeze-up.
6. Insert hose length into the antifreeze container, turn the pump switch on, and run the
water pump until the antifreeze solution fills all water lines. Flush toilet. Work hand
*Approved and listed by a recognized testing authority such as UL (Underwriter Lab).
shower spray while holding down in tub.
11. Be sure to open the waste holding tank drain valves and drain and flush the
7. Shut off the pump and close all faucets.
tanks thoroughly (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS THE SEWAGE IN THE TANKS, IF
FROZEN, COULD SERIOUSLY DAMAGE THE TANKS.)
8. Disconnect the hose length from pump inlet fitting and reconnect water system
inlet line.
12 Remove the cartridge of the water purifier and leave the purifier valve in the open
position. (If so equipped.)
13. Remove the batteries from your trailer and store in a cool dry place where there is
no danger of freezing. It is very important for optimum life of a battery to check it
periodically and to keep it fully charged.
14. Remove any items (food, cosmetics, etc.) from trailer interior that might be damaged by freezing - or might damage the trailer if containers break.
For additional winterizing protection add a non-toxic antifreeze (approved for drinking
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Water Heater Bypass
25 ft A & B models are accessed through the roadside rear access door.
For Normal Operation
28 Ft. rear bed model is under the front lounge on the roadside. An access hole is
provided in the lounge top.
Turn water heater by-pass valves to normal flow position. Shut off valve B - open
27 Ft. front bed model is under bathroom lavatory. Open the lavatory cabinet door to
valves A and C.
access a drop down door. Open the drop down door to access the valves on the water
heater.
For Winterizing (bypass position) close valves A and C, open valve B.
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Hot
A
B
C
Cold
Valve access is:
19 Ft. Bambi and the 23 Ft.- under the corner bed, accessible from holes in the bed
top under the mattress.
20 Ft. is under roadside front dinette seat, remove the seat cushion and there are
holes in the seat base for access.
25 Ft. Sleep Six and 30 ft. models are assessed through the curbside rear exterior
access door.
25 Ft. F B is through the curbside front exterior access door.
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DRAIN AND WASTE SYSTEM
Emptying Tanks
Your trailer has a drain and waste system that includes waste-holding tanks made from
Almost all campgrounds will have dumping facilities. Park directories such as Woodalls
molded plastic, free from corrosion problems, with trouble-free dump valves.
and Rand McNally also list dumping stations.
The MAIN HOLDING TANK enables you to use the toilet for several days away from
To empty one or both tanks attach the sewer hose by pressing the bayonet fitting onto
disposal facilities.
the dump valve outlet and rotate clockwise until it feels solid and secure. Attach the
outlet end of the hose to the sewage outlet; making sure that the hose is placed so it
The wastewater from the sink, shower, bath and lavatory drains in the AUXILIARY
will drain completely.
HOLDING TANK. Each tank has its own dump valve, however, both tanks drain through
a common outlet. Therefore, you need to make only one connection when hooking up
Pull the dump valve handle as far as it will go and wait until the tank is drained. When
in a trailer park with sewer facilities.
dumping, the main holding tank should be dumped first; then the auxiliary holding
tank. This will help to rinse out the sewer line with auxiliary holding tank water.
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CAUTION: Never put wet strength paper towels or tissues in your holding tank
since they won’t dissolve and can “catch” in the mechanism of the dump valve.
The main holding tank must be flushed out until all paper and waste material is re-
Colored toilet tissue is slower to dissolve than white. Most RV accessory stores
moved. Close the dump valve and refill the tank with clean water and repeat until
offer tissue designed for RVs that will completely dissolve.
clean. Replace the cap prior to traveling.
Deodorizers
There are many deodorizers on the market in tablet, liquid and powder form. These
not only combat odor, but also stimulate the bacteria that works to dissolve the solids
in your tank.
Monitor Panel
Check your monitor panel frequently. When the BLACK WATER HOLDING TANK is
completely full, sewage cannot be emptied from the toilet bowl. If the GRAY WATER
HOLDING TANK is overfilled, drain water will “backup” into the tub and cause an
unpleasant cleaning job. Never drain the tanks at any place other than an approved
dumping station.
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BLACK TANK FLUSH (Optional)
Drain Systems Cleaning
The trailer has a water hose connector marked “black tank flush”. To use, hook up a
The only cleaning agents that can be used without causing harm to the system are
hose and turn on full force. Within the tank a spray head with a multiple holed head
household ammonia and tri-sodium phosphate in small quantities. Do not use any
will spray the interior surface of the tank. The vacuum breaker and check valve will be
product that contains any portion of petroleum distillates. This attacks the rubber seals
located inside the trailer above the exterior connection. In most models this will place
of your toilet and dump valve. Also, do not use any dish detergent or abrasive cleaners.
them under the lavatory.
All products should be marked approved for ABS drainage systems.
The gate valve should be closed for the first couple of minutes, and then opened to let
Use only RV type antifreeze, approved for plumbing systems, when winterizing drains.
the water out in a rush. Repeat as needed.
These are sold through your dealer.
When Parked and Connected to Sewer Outlet
When you are in a park and connected to a sewer outlet keep the main holding tank
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dump valve closed, and empty the tank every few days or whenever it becomes
almost full. ONLY BY SENDING A LARGE VOLUME OF LIQUID THROUGH THE MAIN
HOLDING TANK AT A TIME WILL TOILET PAPER AND OTHER SOLIDS COMPLETELY
WASH AWAY.
This practice will avoid the accumulation of solids in the main holding tank, which
could lead to an unpleasant cleaning job. Should solids accumulate, close the dump
valve; fill the tank about half full with water, then tow the trailer for a few miles. The
turbulence and surging of the water will usually dissolve the solids into suspension
so the tank can be drained. Keep the auxiliary tank valve open when connected to a
sewer outlet.
Draining the tanks as described will protect them from freezing during storage. When
traveling in sub-freezing temperatures use a winterizing solution designed for RV use.
Follow the directions on the container.
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TOILET
Manufacturer:
Thetford Corporation
7101 Jackson Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
313-769-6000
The RV toilet in your Airstream is a design that has been used for many years. There are
two pedals. The large pedal opens and closes the slide mechanism, and the smaller
pedal opens and closes a water valve.
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In normal use, when you are hooked up to city water, both pedals are depressed
together. This dumps the sewage and fresh water and flushes down the side of the
bowl. Water will continue to run into the bowl for a short time after the pedals are
released.
When you wish to conserve water hold the hand-spray head over the bowl and hold
down the thumb-operated lever. Now when you depress the pedal all the water is
routed through the hand-spray.
CAUTION: When you dump the bowl of the toilet make sure all paper and solids
have cleared the slide mechanism before you allow it to close. Failure to do so can
cause the groove for the slide to become jammed and the slide will no longer close
completely.
If the problem should occur a small nail or bent clothes hanger can be used to “pick”
the material out of the groove.
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Water Temperature
GALLEY FAUCET, MOEN PURETOUCH® CLASSIC (Option Safari)
• Minimum/Maximum faucet operating temperature = 40 degrees –
1-800-374-6542
150 degrees F
• CAUTION: Do not filter water above 100 degrees F.
WATER FILTRATION SAFEGUARDS
MicroTech Filter Flushing Instructions
Your Moen PureTouch® Classic Filtering Faucet System integrates carbon block filtration technology designed by Culligan International into a faucet spout. This technology
• New MicroTech Filter Cartridge: Allow cold water to run through a new filter for 5
is fast and effective at reducing contaminants commonly found in water and is certified
minutes to flush out any loose carbon particles. Once these small black specks
by NSF® International. The PureTouch Filtering Faucet System and installation must
are washed out the filter is ready for use.
• Daily Use: Allow cold water to run through the filter for 10-15 seconds prior to
comply with State and Local laws and regulations. To ensure optimal operation of your
first use. If the filter has not been used for two days, run cold water through the
new Moen faucet, please read the following safeguards carefully.
filter for 60 seconds prior to use.
MicroTech™ Filter Cartridges
Questions
• MicroTech filter cartridges will reduce:
• If you have any questions please call our toll-free help lines:
Chlorine, Taste and Odor (MicroTech 400, 600)
Lead (MicroTech 400,600)
1-877-DRINK-H20
Cysts (Cryptosporidium, Giardia) (MicroTech 600)*
*The contaminants removed or reduced by this filter are not necessarily in your
Monday through Friday
water.
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 P.M.
• Do not use with water that is micro biologically unsafe or of unknown quality
1-877-374-6542
without adequate disinfections before or after the system. Systems certified
for cyst reduction may be used on disinfected waters that may contain filter-
Saturday
able cysts.
• MicroTech filter cartridges are designed for replacement after dispensing 200
gallons of filtered water. Water conditions and usage may affect filter life and
water taste.
• The electronic indicator will signal when filter replacement is necessary
• Use only MicroTech 400 or 600 filter cartridges with the PureTouch Classic
Filtering Faucet System.
• Filter flow rate = .4-.5 gpm at rated pressure (20 psi min. – 125 psi max.).
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8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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MICROTECH™ FILTER
INSTALLATION/REPLACEMENT
1. Install a new filter by wetting the outlet ports with
Filtering Appliance
To replace filter:
Faucet Head
O-Ring Seal
water and then inserting into the round filter ports
on the faucet head and pushing the filter and head
1. Turn off the faucet. Remove the faucet head by twist-
together. Both outlet ports must be fully inserted into
ing it approximately 1/4 turn counter clockwise to
the filter ports.
unlock it. Gently pull the faucet head away from the
spout and twist it approximately another 1/4 turn to
2. Install the filter and faucet head assembly on to the
get the faucet head past the safety catch. The faucet
spout by wetting the faucet head O-ring seal and
head and depleted filter (if one is installed) can now
then carefully sliding the free end of the filter into
be pulled completely out of the spout.
the spout. The head will need to be initially turned
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approximately 1/2 turn counter clockwise from its
2. The filter is held to the faucet head by two outlet
normal position to slip past the safety catch. Lock
ports, which connect into the head. Remove the old
the head into place by simultaneously pushing and
filter by simply pulling it straight off. Discard the old
twisting the head clockwise. When properly installed
filter and install a new MicroTech 400 or 600 filter.
the head will feel secure, and will be correctly oriented on the spout.
3. Reset the filter life indicator by pushing the filter
button 3 times. Wait 10 seconds. You should not be
running water while resetting the filter life indicator
Note: The faucet will function correctly in unfiltered
stream mode with or without a filter installed. The
faucet will not function correctly in filter mode without
a filter. If a filter is not installed and the filter button
in depressed, unfiltered water will flow from both the
filtered water outlet and the stream outlet aerator, and
the filter button will not automatically stay depressed.
because the filter button will remain depressed, with
the first push as it switches to filter mode. The filter
Use only Microtech 400 or 600 filter cartridges with
life indicator has been correctly reset if a short series
the PureTouch Classic Filtering Faucet system. The
of rapidly flashing green light occurs, indicating that
Microtech filters are high performance carbon block fil-
the new filter-flushing period has begun.
ters developed specifically for the PureTouch system.
4. Flush the filter for 5 minutes before initial use.
Your new Moen faucet is now ready for normal use.
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Outlet
Ports
Filter
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OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
Indicate Color
Performance
Amber & Green
A new filter must be flushed with cold water for 5 minutes
after it is installed.
This procedure helps clean the filter of loose carbon
particles.
Green
Filter performing at optimum efficiency.
STREAM MODE: Unfiltered water in regular stream flow
Amber
Warning: Filter is ready for replacement.
(Approximately 16 gallons left.)
When the water is turned on at the faucet, the spout will always begin operating in the
Red
Warning: Filter life is deleted, discard old filter and replace
with a new Microtech 400 or 600 filter.
Controlling The Water
The PureTouch system has two options for water delivery, unfiltered stream and
filtered water.
regular stream mode.
Battery Replacement
FILTERED WATER MODE: Filtered water dispensed though the separate filtered
water outlet.
Follow filter replacement instructions to remove
filter appliance. Locate battery compartment
Pressing the front filtered water button will divert water through the filter and dispense
drawer, pull out and replace battery, positive side
filtered water from a separate outlet. To exit the filter mode, shut off the faucet.
up.
CAUTION: Only filter cold water. Do not filter water above 100 degrees F.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Electronic Indicator
All that is needed to clean your faucet is a soft damp cloth. Moen does not recommend the use of scour pads, cleansers or chemicals. The abrasive nature of these
The flashing light on the electronic filter life indicator provides information regarding
substances could damage the faucet’s finish. A non-abrasive car wax will help to
the performance of the filter. The indicator provides you with information throughout
protect the finish.
the life of the filter to help communicate the level at which it is performing.
DO NOT SUBMERGE OR PLACE FAUCET HEAD IN DISHWASHER.
*If fast red doesn’t change to slow amber/green after memory has been reset, the reset
was not complete and needs to be redone. Follow step 3 on the previous page.
A standard replaceable 3V lithium watch battery (2032) designed to last several years
powers the electronic indicator.
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LAVATORY FAUCET, STANDARD
Moen, Chateau Single handled Kitchen Faucet w/Protégé Side Spray
Model 7460
For parts and local warranty service contact Moen at 1-800-Buy Moen
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
All that is needed to clean your faucet is a soft damp cloth. Moen does not recommend the use of scour pads, cleansers or chemicals. The abrasive nature of these
substances could damage the faucet’s finish. A non-abrasive car wax will help to
protect the finish.
DO NOT SUBMERGE OR PLACE FAUCET HEAD IN DISHWASHER.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
OPERATION
BATTERY DISCONNECT SWITCH
The major portion of electrical power in your Airstream is 12-volt. The 12-volt current
The disconnect switch is used to separate the batteries from the 12-volt distribution
powers the fans, furnaces, water pump, and water heater ignition. The exceptions
panel and converter charging system.
would be the air conditioner and microwave oven.
When the switch is turned “use” (on) and the trailer is plugged into a 110-volt shoreline,
All 12-volt current comes through the battery system in the front of your trailer. The
the 12-volt distribution panel will receive power from the converter and the batteries
batteries are accessible in the battery box on the A-frame of your trailer. Power from
will be charged through the converter charging system.
the batteries goes to a set of four Type 2 thermal breakers located under the front bed
and riveted to the inside skin front plate. The breakers are ties together by a brass bus
When the switch is turned to “store” (off) and the trailer is plugged into a 110-volt
bar. One breaker (30 Amp.) protects the 12-volt tow vehicle charge line coming from
shoreline, the 12-volt distribution panel will still receive power from the converter, but
the 7-way cord. Another breaker (20 Amp.) feeds the trailer brakes breakaway switch
the batteries are disconnected from the system. The batteries will not be drained with
located near the hitch coupler. A 50-amp breaker feeds the Battery Disconnect relay.
the switch in the store position. The converter will not charge the batteries with the
The current leaves the relay and goes to the 12-volt distribution panel located in the
switch in this position.
converter and then to the rest of the trailer. Open the brown decorative door on the
front of the converter under the dinette to access the panel and its fuses. A 12-volt
The charge in the 12-volt batteries is replenished when towing from the tow vehicle
layout diagram is shown later in this section.
alternator through the 7-way cord. This charge will go to the batteries no matter which
position the Battery Disconnect Switch is in.
If you replace a blown fuse and it immediately blows again, do not replace the fuse
again until a qualified service technician can correct the problem.
If the replacement fuse holds for a week or more and the gap in the fusible metal is
barely melted apart it usually indicates an overload condition. Reducing the number of
lights or appliances used on that particular circuit at the same time could prevent any
further fuse failure.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
BATTERY (Lead Acid)
To insure maximum battery capacity on the charge and the discharge, the battery terminals and the inside portion of the cable connector should be scraped
CAUTION: A normal battery can discharge by itself in 30 to 40 days when not in
or brushed until both of these surfaces are shiny bright. The cable connectors
use, therefore, IT IS NECESSARY TO PERIODICALLY CHECK THE BATTERY AND
should then be reconnected to the battery and tightened. The complete assem-
CHARGE IT AS IS NECESSARY.
bly, battery post and cable connector should be coated with heavy body mineral
grease, petroleum grease or petroleum jell.
We suggest checking the batteries at least every two weeks in freezing weather. The
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temperature at which a battery will freeze depends on the condition of its charge. As
CAUTION: RECONNECT THE BATTERY CABLES TO THE CORRECT BATTERY
an example: a fully charged battery with a specific gravity of 1.265 will not freeze until
POSTS. The black cable should be connected to the negative (-) post and the
the electrolyte temperature drops to - 71.3 degrees F, while a discharged battery will
red cable to the (+) post. The polarity of your tow vehicle must also be negative
freeze at +19 degrees F. The following table shows the freezing points of batteries at
(-) ground since it must always match the trailer. Most tow vehicles are negative
various specific gravity readings, temperature corrected 80 degrees F.
grounded, but always check your vehicle owner’s manual to be sure.
ADD WATER TO CELLS AS NECESSARY. Check the electrolyte level at least once a
1.265
-71.3 F
1.250
-62 F
1.200
-16 F
1.100
+5 F
CAUTION: Do not fill battery above the split ring in filler opening. DO NOT
1.150
+19 F
MEASURE SPECIFIC GRAVITY IMMEDIATELY after adding water. The water must
month. When you are traveling steadily and for an extended period of time, or if you are
in climates above 90 degrees F, check the electrolyte level about every two weeks.
mix with the electrolyte by charging or by driving a few miles.
Do not add water to a battery in freezing temperatures unless the vehicle will be put to
use at once, otherwise the added water may freeze. Neglect is expensive. Care costs
WARNING: The gases generated within a storage battery cell may be
little. Check your batteries regularly.
ignited by an open flame or spark in the vicinity of the battery. Do not use a match
or flame to provide light for checking the level of the water.
MAINTAIN A CLEAN BATTERY TOP AND CHECK TERMINALS AND CABLES FOR
TIGHTNESS AND CLEANLINESS. A dirty battery will dissipate its charge through
During the winter the batteries should be removed from the trailer and stored in a cool,
surface contamination. Clean battery top with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly.
dry place, where there is no danger of freezing. It should be kept full of water, cleaned
The terminals should be tight and free of corrosion. To clean terminals, neutralize with
and charged monthly. A battery that is allowed to completely lose its charge will never
a solution of baking soda, rinse in clear water, and dry.
regain its original power or a full charge.
Note: Care must be used to make sure soda is not allowed to enter battery cells.
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For battery service or replacement, go to any service station or dealer who sells and
charge. Disconnect the negative battery cable. This will prevent inadvertent discharg-
services the make battery installed in your trailer.
ing of the battery that may lead to a complete discharge.
When being towed, the 12-volt batteries in your trailer are receiving a constant charge
Fully charge the battery before putting it in storage and store in a cool place.
from the tow vehicle’s generator or alternator through the seven-way connector.
· Boost charge the battery every 2 to 3 months to ensure maximum battery life.
Your tow vehicle’s voltage regulator controls the charge rate. It is important to keep the
POWER CENTER (Converter, 12-Volt Distribution, 110 Volt Distribution)
seven-way connector clean. One method is to use “Spra-Kleen”.
MagneTec 7300
MagneTec
Whenever possible use the automatic built in charge of the converter system for charg-
102 North Main Street
ing. The charging circuit automatically controls the current, reducing it as the batteries
Goodland, Indiana 47948
increases in charge.
Phone: (800) 443 4859
Fax: (219) 297 2305
At service stations make certain they give your batteries a slow charge because quick
charges will drastically shorten the life of the batteries, as will allowing repeated com-
The converter/charging system is the interior low voltage electrical system that enables
plete discharges.
you to use the interior lights, fans, pumps and 12-volt appliances whether operating
on self-contained battery power or 120-volt city power. The 12-volt light bulbs give off
GLASS MATT BATTERIES (Optional w/Solar Panel Charging System)
the same light as regular household bulbs, so that when operating on self-contained
battery power, everything works normally except the 110-volt convenience outlets and
In AGM sealed batteries, the acid is absorbed between the plates and immobilized
110-volt appliances. The converter system is designed to maintain constant output
by a very fine fiberglass mat. No silica gel is necessary. This glass mat absorbs and
voltages regardless of the variances that occur in city power systems.
immobilizes the acid while still keeping the acid available to the plates. This allows a
fast reaction between acid and plate material.
12V POWER CIRCUITS
Battery Maintenance is an important issue. The battery should be cleaned using a
The current in the converter system is 12 volts direct current (12VDC) negative
baking soda and water mix; a couple of table spoons to a pint of water. Cable connec-
grounded. Power sources that supply 12VDC current to the system are as follows:
tion needs to be clean and tightened regularly.
A.
Main charge line from tow vehicle
B.
Trailer Batteries
C.
Converter
Battery Storage:
The following recommendations may be helpful if the battery is to be stored:
· When storing the battery in a vehicle or vessel, it is not necessary to leave it on
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
120-VOLT AC PANEL BOARD
The power sources above are all electrically connected to the 12-volt distribution fuse
panel that distributes current to interior branch circuits. The circuits provide power to
The AC panel board section of the series 7300 is located behind the decorative door
operate all 12-volt DC lights, pumps, motors and appliances.
in the upper left-hand corner. This panel contains the 120 Vac branch circuit breakers
The 7300 series power converter is a solid-state electronic power supply and is
for your RV. One of the breakers controls the 120-volt power to the 12-volt converter
maintenance free. It is so self-sufficient and quiet that you will probably not know it
section located in the lower half of the 7300. This breaker may also control another
is working except for the fact that your batteries are always charged, and your 12-volt
branch circuit. Check the label next to each breaker for what each branch circuit
lights and appliances always work. If any 12-volt appliance fails to operate, first check
breaker controls.
your recreational vehicles 12-volt distribution fuse block located behind the decorative
front door in the front right hand corner of the converter and inspect all fuses. If a fuse
The 120 volt circuits may be turned “on” my putting their breaker handle up to the on
is opened or blown replace it with the same size fuse (never install a larger use). If
position or “off” by flipping the handle down to the off position. To reset the tripped
the fuse opens again, have an electrician or certified RV technician locate the circuit
breaker move handle to off then on.
trouble. Replace blown fuses with Littefuse type 257 fuses only.
CONVERTER COOLING SYSTEM
If the 7300 series power converter is not working, first confirm the RV supply or shore-
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line cord is plugged into a live circuit. Then check all the 120-volt breakers in your
The 7300 electronic fan cooling system is the key to long life and trouble-free operation.
RV distribution panel to make sure they are on. If the breaker is tripped, follow the
The fan is never on more than required to cool electronic components in the converter.
instructions to reset the breakers. If the breaker trips again, consult an electrician or
You may never hear the fan operate.
certified RV technician.
Converter
CONVERTER OPERATION
The converter transforms 120-volt alternating current (AC) into 12-volt direct current
The MagneTec 7300 series electronic power converter is designed to supply the
(DC). This provides power to charge the trailer battery and to operate the 12 volt interior
nominal 12-volt filtered D.C. power for all 12 volt operated devices encountered in RV
lighting, fans, and appliances.
service. Although the converter is an excellent battery charger, the converter does not
require a battery to be connected to it for proper operation.
The converter is energized only when the trailer is hooked up to 120-volt city power.
CAUTION: When installing a battery (s) always observe polarity. Connecting a bat-
Converter Testing
tery reverse polarity will blow the power converter main fuses located on the 12 volt
A. Confirm 120 volt power is going into converter.
D.C. distribution fuse block.
B. Disconnect the 12+ wire from the master switch.
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C. Using a voltmeter check voltage output between heavy positive and negative
wires coming out of converter.
D. The voltage must be within 13.8 and 14.0 volts. (The meter of the tester should
be calibrated periodically.)
E. If converter is not within these voltages, have it serviced by a qualified technician or replace it.
Note: The 7 way wire is spliced to the main harness in the area of the 12-volt distribution panel in front of the trailer.
One of these wires is not spliced onto a wire of the same color. It is the back up wire
that is yellow in the cable and black in the harness.
BACK UP CAMERA PRE-WIRE
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Your trailer has a 2-pin power connector pre-wired into the running light 12-volt system
for the installation of a Power Line Vision System made by Power Linx. For more information on this system contact PowerLinx at their website or call http://rvenjoyment.
com/rearview.htm.
INVERTOR (option)
The Inverter powers the TV and one additional labeled 110 volt receptacle. The inverter
converts 12 volt electricity from your batteries into 110 volt power. The switch for
the inverter is located under the monitor panel. Overloading the inverter will cause a
automatic shut off to activate. Removing the load will allow the inverter to reset.
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12-Volt Circuit Diagram
1 2 3
4 5 6
20
20
20
20
20
20
*
Circuit 1 - Bedroom, Bath fan, Storage compartment lights
Circuit 2 - Living Area, Galley, Radio
Circuit 3 - Water pump, range, Vents/Lights, Refrigerator
* - 12 Volt feed from battery disconnect
Circuit 4 - TV Jacks
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Circuit 5 - Ceiling fan, Bath Lights
Circuit 6 - Hitch jack & light, Furnace
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
TV ANTENNA
Checking Operation:
Manufacturer:
Winegard Company
3000 Kirkwood Street
Burlington, Iowa 52601
1. Tune TV receiver to nearest station and rotate an-
Raising Antenna
Phone: 800-843-4741
tenna for best picture and sound.
2. Turn off switch on power supply. Picture on TV
receiver should be considerably degraded with the
power off.
Raising Antenna to Operating Position
DO’S
Turn elevating crank in “UP” direction until some resistance to turning is noted. Antenna is now in operating
1. Do check parking location for obstructions before
position. Check to make sure switch on front TV jack
raising antenna.
Rotating Antenna
is on.
2. Do carefully raise, lower and rotate - if difficult, check
for cause.
Rotating Antenna
3. Do rotate slowly when selecting station and check
fine-tuning on TV set to make sure it is properly
Make sure antenna is in “UP” position. Pull down on
adjusted.
directional handle with both hands until it disengages
4. Do lower antenna before moving vehicle.
ceiling plate and rotate for best picture and sound on
television set.
Lowering Antenna to Travel Position
DON’TS
Lowering Antenna
1. Don’t force elevating crank up or down. Check for
cause of trouble.
Rotate antenna until pointer on directional handle
2. Don’t rotate directional handle hard against stops.
aligns with pointer on ceiling plate.
3. Don’t travel with lift in up position.
4. Don’t leave lift part way up or down.
WARNING: Antenna must be in “down”
5. Don’t apply sealing compound or paint over top of
position while traveling to prevent damage.
base plate or anywhere on lift.
Turn elevating crank in the “Down” direction until
resistance is noted. Antenna is now locked in travel
position.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Maintenance
TV Booster/12 Volt Outlet
Lubrication
The TV booster amplifies the signal from the TV antenna. Pushing the small button
activates and deactivates the booster. A green light comes on when the booster
To lubricate the elevating gear apply a liberal amount of silicone spray lubricant to the
is activated. For viewing while hooked up to an exterior cable TV source, turn the
elevating gear with the lift in the down position, then run the lift up and down a few
booster off.
times to distribute lubricant over gears.
NOTE: The TV Booster must be on to receive antenna signals and off for cable TV
operation.
Lubricating Rotating Gear Housing
Please review the antenna and booster manuals include in your owner’s packet
In the event that rotating the antenna becomes difficult, lubricating the bearing surface
before operating the system.
between the rotating gear housing and the base plate can restore normal operation.
Any spray type silicone lubricant may be used.
TV Outlet
w/Booster &
12 Outlet
Elevate antenna and remove setscrew from rotating gear housing as shown. Spray lubricant into hole and around edges of gear housing. Rotate gear housing until lubricant
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coats bearing surfaces and antenna rotates freely.
12 V
Outlet
LUBRICATE HERE
TV Cable
Hook Up
Light
Booster
Switch
Wireless Speakers (Optional)
SPRAY AROUND EDGES REMOVE SET SCREW
Your trailer may have wireless speakers which is included in the optional upgrade
package. An operating guide is included with each kit.
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SATELLITE ANTENNA WIRING
If you compare the two previous drawings you’ll see wiring for a satellite dish
antenna is relatively simple.
COAXIAL CABLE WITH CABLE HOOK UP
TV Antenna
credenza on all models except the slide-out model with the overhead TV,
Antenna Lead in
TV
Front TV Jack
W/Booster
which is located in the cabinet to the roadside of the TV. The faceplate has
TV
cable TV circuit when in use. To install a satellite system use the following
Jumper
Cable
Exterior Cable TV Hook Up
Units have a faceplate with two coax cable hook-ups. It is located in the TV
a small coax cable jumper running between the hook-ups to complete the
procedure:
Dual Coax
Faceplate
1. Remove the jumper wire from the coax faceplate.
2. Hook a portable dish into the Cable TV receptacle in the roadside rear
underbelly compartment. This feeds the dish signal to the input side of the
COAXIAL CABLE WITH SATELLITE HOOK UP
faceplate.
TV Antenna
3. Install the satellite receiver input and output into the dual coax faceplate.
Antenna Lead in
To return to a cable TV system, remove the satellite receiver from the face-
Front TV Jack
W/Booster
TV
TV
Satellite
Reciever
Exterior Cable TV Hook Up
plate and reinstall the jumper cable.
Dual Coax
Faceplate
Satellite Antenna
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SOLAR PANEL PRE-WIRE
Airstream
Travel
Trailers
are
pre-wired
for
by routing the proper size hole. The Cat 5 wire is
The following drawing is the way Airstream wires the
plugged into the display panel.
system on factory installed units and is the recom-
an
mended wiring for use of the pre-wire system.
Intermountain Solar Technology Solar Panel/Charge
CAUTION: The Yellow wire must be fused with a
Controller/Display System. This system may be in-
10-amp in-line fuse at the 12-volt positive.
stalled on your trailer as an option. A manual on the use
of the system is included with the Airstream Owner’s
NOTE: All wires are identified with labels at all loca-
Blue Delivery Case.
tions.
Intermountain Solar Technologies
The Intermountain solar panel has charge controller
10288 South Jordan Gateway #D
that should be mounted close to the battery buss bars
South Jordan, UT 84095
as the battery leads are hooked into it to sense the
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actual battery charge. The Cat 5 wire plugs into it also.
1. YELLOW (like the sun) positive and GREEN (like the
earth) negative leads runs from battery breaker buss bar
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area to a harness inside the exterior refrigerator access
door. The battery buss bar is located behind the sofa
on front lounge models or behind the front cabinets on
10. Ga. Yellow
10 Ga. Green
10. Ga. Yellow
10 Ga. Green
Ground Buss
10 amp Fuse
slide outs, and next to the battery compartment. Front
6 Ga. Red
6 Ga. Black
bed models have the bar located under the front bed.
6 Ga. Black
GRD.
Battery cables will run to this bar. Roof mounted panels
Battery
Battery
12 Ga. Black
require dropping the panel wires down through the
6 Ga. Red
refrigerator vent to the inside of the exterior refrigerator
access door. Portable solar panels can be set outside
Red/White
close to the access door. The wires from the solar
Battery Breaker
Buss bar
12 Ga. Red
50 Amp Breaker
panel are connected to the positive and negative wires
(yellow and green) of the pre-wire system.
Solar Panel
2. A Cat 5 patch cord for the solar panel display runs
Solar Panel
Display
Yellow
from the battery buss bar to an area just below the
CatCon seven display. The solar panel display panel
Cat Five Patch Cable
can be mounted just below the CatCon monitor panel
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10 Amp Inline Fuse within
12” of battery
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Wireless Speakers (Optional)
Your trailer may have wireless speakers which is included in the optional upgrade
package. An operating guide is included with each kit. The selector is located in the
front roof locker. A port is located in the selector switch to plug the speaker sending
unit.
Operating Guide
-Turn Master Volume to 10.
-Turn speaker selection to outdoor or both.
-Select mono on speaker (if one speaker being used).
-Adjust volume on speaker to desired level.
-To optimize speaker reception adjust tuning on speaker.
-Red “tuning light” should be solid.
APPLE I POD / MP3 INPUT. 12 V POWER PORT & RCA JACK CONNECTOR PANEL
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(option)
A 12 volt port, two RCA jack cords, and a plug in is provided with Audio/Video Upgrade
option. These are used to for an Apple Ipod or MP3 player input. Use the SOURCE
button on the radio to access the auxilary port that the Ipod or MP3 player is plugged
into.
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110-VOLT ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
or to a cold water pipe. When no water pipe is available drive a metal rod two
City Power
feet into the ground and attach the ground lug to it, thus providing the unit with
proper grounding.
The Airstream converter system enables you to use the lights and appliances whether
operating on self-contained battery power or hooked up to 110-volt city power. The
To operate self-contained, simply disconnect the power supply cable.
12-volt light bulbs give off the same light as regular household bulbs, so that when
operating on self-contained battery power, everything works normally except the 110-
When your trailer is hooked up to 110 volt AC, the converter system automatically
volt convenience outlets and 110-volt appliances.
charges the trailer batteries with the battery disconnect switch in the “use” (on) position and, if the 7-way cord is hooked up, your tow vehicle battery as well. The speed
Exterior outlets for 110 volts are located on the curbside exterior wall between the
and degree of charge depends on how much power is used for lights and appliances,
wheels and above the wheel well.
as only the surplus goes to charging the battery. If you are making an extended stay,
then you should keep your trailer hooked up to a 110 volt current if it is available.
CAUTION: When operating with city power make very certain that the service is
110 volt and not 220 volt.
While you are connected to the 110-volt receptacle the wiring is protected by circuit
breakers in the breaker panel. The circuit breaker panel for the 110-volt system is
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The converter system is a transformer designed to maintain constant output voltages
located in the converter. Open the brown decorative converter door under the dinette.
regardless of the variances that occur in city power systems. The design eliminates the
In the event of a failure of a 110-volt circuit, first check your trailer circuit break-
need for complex electronic sensing systems to charge the batteries, minimizing the
ers and the breaker for the outlet your trailer shoreline cord is plugged into. If
possibility of failures and greatly increasing its overall reliability.
a breaker continues to trip after you have reset it several times, your circuit may be
overloaded with appliances or there may be a short in the circuit. Try lessening the load
on the circuit. Perhaps an electric griddle, hair dryer, or an electric heater can be turned
WARNING: When the three-pronged plug can be used there will be no
off. If that does not solve the problem consult an Airstream Service Center.
problems with proper polarity or grounding.
The 110-volt electrical system provides power to operate the air conditioner, converter
In some older parks and other locations where three pronged outlets are not available,
and 110-volt receptacles for portable appliances. The power is carded through the
certain precautions to insure proper grounding and polarity must be taken. These
110-volt city power flexible cord to the 110-volt distribution panel, and then is distrib-
precautions are listed below:
uted to each appliance or receptacle.
1. Attach the three-pronged plug to a two-pronged adapter. The third conductor line of
All wire, components, and wiring methods conform to federal and state requirements.
this adapter has a short wire lead, which must be grounded.
2. For proper grounding connect the short ground lead to a grounded outlet box
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
GROUND FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTER (GFCI)
Many states require trailers which are sold in their state, and which have exterior 110
volt receptacles, to have a ground fault circuit interrupter.
Trailers manufactured for sale in these states have type THQL IS amp GFCI breakers
installed on the general circuit, since the exterior breaker is on this circuit. The breaker
replaced the standard TQL-15 amp breaker.
When properly installed, the GFCI circuit breaker provides reliable overload and short
circuit protection PLUS protection from Ground Faults that might result from contact
with a “HOT”’ load wire and ground.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The GFCI circuit breaker will NOT reduce shock hazard if contact is
made between a “HOT” load wire and a neutral wire or 2 “HOT” load wires.
Each GFCI circuit breaker is calibrated to trip with a ground current of 5 milliamperes
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or more. Since most persons can feel as little as 2 milliamperes, a distinct shock may
be felt if the need for protection exists. However, the shock should be of such short
duration that the effects would be reduced to less than the normally dangerous level.
However, persons with acute heart problems or other conditions that can make a
Difference in
current
when ground
fault exists
person particularly susceptible to electric shock may still be seriously injured.
While the GFCI circuit breaker affords a high degree of protection, there is no substitute
for the knowledge that electricity can be dangerous when carelessly handled or used
without reasonable caution.
Positive Buss Bar
ON
TRIP
OFF
PUSH
TO
TEST
Neutral
Buss Bar
WARNING: The GFCI circuit breaker provides protection only to the
circuit to which it is connected. It does NOT provide protection to any other
Black-Hot Lead
White-Neutral to load
circuit.
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OCCUPANT:
Perform this test on the GFI Breaker each month and record the date on the chart.
1. With handle B in “ON” position, press PUSH TO TEST button A.
2. Handle B should move to TRIP position, indicating that GFCI breaker has opened
the circuit.
3. To restore power move handle B to “OFF” and the to “ON
Important: If handle B does not move to TRIP position when test button is pressed,
the GFCI breaker protection is not complete. If this happens, replace GFCI breaker.
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APPLIANCES
All appliances are delivered to Airstream Inc. with in depth Owner’s Manuals. Those
maintenance instructions. If the literature is misplaced please contact the air condi-
manuals are included in the delivery case supplied by your dealer. The manuals may
tioner manufacturer or your Airstream dealer for replacement.
contain warnings, cautions, and operating instruction that should be read and followed
before operating the appliances. The information contained in the appliances manuals
The voltage to the air conditioner is critical. We commonly refer to 110 or 120 volts,
supersedes any information contained in the Airstream Trailer Owner’s Manual on
but a check with a voltmeter may find voltage much lower. Your air conditioner will
appliances. If you believe contradictory information on appliances is contained in this
probably not function if the current drops below 105 volts. Low voltage is usually as-
manual, please contact the Airstream Customer Service Department at 937-596-6111
sociated with older or poorly maintained trailer parks, but many people have found
or write:
their homes, built only twenty or thirty years ago, may not be capable of operating
the air conditioner on some receptacles, Parking your trailer so the power cord can
Airstream Factory Service Center
be plugged into a receptacle close to the fuse or circuit breaker box can alleviate the
P.O. Box 629
problem. Avoid extension cords and adapters whenever possible. If an extension cord
419 W. Pike Street
must be used it should be as short and heavy as possible to provide the most current
Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629
to the air conditioner.
937-596-6111
If high temperatures are expected, make an effort to park in a shaded area. Starting
If any appliance manuals have not been provided with your trailer, contact your dealer,
the air conditioner early in the morning also helps. It is much easier to hold a comfort-
the respective appliance manufacturer or Airstream Customer Service. A manual will
able temperature than it is to lower the temperature after the interior of the trailer is
be provided to you.
already hot.
AIR CONDITIONER
FURNACE
Manufacturer:
Manufacturer:
Dometic Sales Corporation
Hydro Flame Corporation 1874
2320 Industrial Parkway P.O. Box 490
South Pioneer Road
Elkhart, IN 46515
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
Phone: 219-295-5228
Phone: 801-972-4621
Note: Review the air conditioning literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet before
proceeding,
The manufacturer of the furnace in your trailer has been well known in the RV industry
for many years. The furnace burns LP gas, and is powered by 12 volt current from the
batteries or power converter when plugged into city power. Operating instructions are
The roof air conditioner used on Airstream trailers is one of the most popular on the
located in your Owners Packet. If they should become misplaced new literature can be
market today. In your Owner’s Packet is a set of literature covering all operating and
ordered direct from the manufacturer or your Airstream dealer. The manufacturer also
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APPLIANCES
MICROWAVE OVENS
offers a detailed service guide for your furnace.
Manufacturer:
Dometic Sales Corporation
WARNING: Carefully read all the manufacturer’s instructions prior to
2320 Industrial Parkway
operating. NEVER store flammable material next to the furnace.
NOTE: If warranty service is required use only a service location recommended by the
furnace manufacturer or your Airstream dealer.
OR
Sharp Electronics Corporation
10 Sharp Plaza
P.O. Box 490
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
Elkhart, IN 46515
201-5112-0055
219-295-5228
Only federally certified technicians are permitted to service microwave ovens. For
RANGE
this reason the only service instructions contained in this manual are for removal of
Manufacturer:
the complete oven. If you have a microwave problem please contact the appropriate
Magic Chef
manufacturer.
28812 Phillips Street
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
Both microwave ovens can be removed for service by removing the screws in the
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vented trim ring. The trim rings are fastened to microwave oven. After removing the
screws, pull straight out on the oven until the 110-volt plug can be unplugged.
People using gas ranges in their home will find little difference in the operation of the
range in the trailer. Other customers, used to electric ranges may be a little apprehensive at first; but will quickly gain confidence. The basic operation of the gas ranges
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have been the same for many years, but please be sure to read all the directions
furnished by the manufacturer and located in the Owner’ s Packet. Excellent service
and parts manuals are available from the manufacturer.
WARNING: The operation manual for the range is titled “Maytag RV Cooking
Appliances”. If this has not been provided with your trailer, contact the manufacturer
listed at the top of the page to obtain. Their manual contains specialized warnings and
cautions that should be reviewed prior to operating the appliance.
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APPLIANCES
REFRIGERATOR
OPERATION
Manufacturer:
The refrigerator requires 12-volt current to operate even if running on LP or 110 volt
Dometic Sales Corporation 2320
modes. The 12-volt is used to power the circuit board that directs the refrigerator
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functions. When running in a mode such as LP, it means the heat source, by far the
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largest power requirement; to evaporate the ammonia is being provided by an LP
Phone: 1-800-544-4881
Gas burner.
Review all refrigerator literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet or stored in the
Safari 19, 20, & 23 ft. Models are equipped with a fan inside the exterior refrigerator
refrigerator prior to operating.
compartment. This fan pulls ambient temperature air across the condensation coils on
the backside of the refrigerator to aid in the cooling. A “Fan Switch” is located inside
In absorption refrigerant system ammonia is liquefied in the finned condenser coil at
the main door on the panel in front of the refrigerator. You may desire to turn the fan
the top rear of the refrigerator. The liquid ammonia then flows into the evaporator
off when using you patio due to its noise. The fan is thermostatically controlled when
(inside the freezer section) and is exposed to a circulating flow of hydrogen gas, which
the switch is on.
causes the ammonia to evaporate, creating a cold condition in the freezer.
The fan does increase the cooling efficiency of the refrigerator; therefore Airstream
The tubing in the evaporator section is specifically sloped to provide a continuous
recommends leaving the switch on whenever the patio is not in use. Please note that
movement of liquid ammonia, flowing downward by gravity, through this section. If the
turning the fan off during hot, humid weather conditions may substantially affect the
refrigerator is operated out-of-level when the vehicle is not moving, liquid ammonia
cooling capacity of the refrigerator.
will accumulate in portions of the evaporator tubing. This will slow the circulation of
hydrogen and ammonia gas, or in severe cases, completely block it, resulting in a loss
WARNING: Most LP gas appliances used in recreational vehicles are
of cooling.
vented to the outside of the vehicle. When parked close to a gasoline pump, it
Any time the vehicle is parked for several hours with the refrigerator operating the
is possible that gasoline fumes could enter this type of appliance and ignite the
vehicle should be leveled to prevent this loss of cooling. The vehicle needs to be
burner flame, CAUSING A FIRE OR AN EXPLOSION.
leveled only so it is comfortable to live in (no noticeable sloping of floor or walls).
When the vehicle is moving the leveling is not critical, as the rolling and pitching movement of the vehicle will pass to either side of level, keeping the liquid ammonia from
accumulating in the evaporator tubing.
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APPLIANCES
WATER HEATER
SAFETY
Manufacturer
If your water system is full and cold and the water heater is ignited the system can
Atwood Mobile Products 4750
see pressures as high as 120 psi before the relief valve starts to open. Since the water
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system normally operates in the 40-psi range the water expanding does put unusual
Rockford, Illinois 61105
stress on the system. This normally does not cause any problems, but the stress is
Phone: 815-877-7461
easily alleviated. As the water is heating just open any faucet and run as little as a
cup of water. Just removing this small amount of water reduces the pressure build
Note: Review the water heater literature supplied in your Owner’s Packet before
proceeding,
up significantly.
For fun, watch the sequence of events your family goes through when you park the
CAUTION: Hydrogen gas can be produced in a hot water system served by this
trailer and ignite the water heater. More than likely someone will run water and relieve
heater that has not been used for a long period of time (generally two weeks or more).
the pressure without even realizing it.
Hydrogen gas is extremely flammable. To reduce the risk of injury under these conditions, it is recommended that the hot water faucet he opened for several minutes at the
kitchen sink before using any electrical appliance connected to the hot water system.
If hydrogen is present there will probably be an unusual sound such as air escaping
through the pipe as the water begins to flow. There should be no smoking or open
flame near the faucet at the time it is open.
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Electronic Ignition
The switch used to light your electronic ignition water heater is located in the bathroom
above the lavatory top. When the switch is turned on, the red light will come on indicating the “try” mode is in effect. Normally the burner will ignite in just a few seconds, and
the light will go out. If your LP system hasn’t been used for some time, the system may
go into safety lockout (about 20 seconds) before the air is all expelled from the lines.
Turning the switch off for 30 seconds, then back on, reinstates the “try” mode.
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APPLIANCES
HIGH VOLUME ROOF VENT (OPTIONAL)
WHEN EQUIPPED WITH REVERSE SWITCH
Manufacturer:
1) Turn fan motor off by:
FAN-TASTIC VENT CORP. 4349 S. Dort Hwy.
a) Setting 3-speed switch to “O” - OFF.
Burton, MI 48529
b) Closing Dome.
1-313-742-0330
c) Selecting center position on IN/OUT rocker switch
1-800-521-0298
2) Wait for fan blade to stop.
3) Select IN position, brings air from the roof area into your coach (pressurizes
The optional High-volume roof vent system is designed to quickly exhaust stale, hot air
inside).
and draw in fresh air. It’s great to use when the outside temperature really doesn’t call
4) Or select OUT position, brings air in through any or all openings in coach and
for air conditioning, but heat has built up in your coach.
exhausts through the roof. 5) Turn fan motor On.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS:
WHEN EQUIPPED WITH THERMOSTAT:
1) Open dome approximately 3” or more (ceiling fan has a built in safety switch
1) Follow “Operating Instructions: 1 thru 4
that will not allow motor to operate unless dome is partially open).
5) Select desired temperature or comfort level on thermostat. Fan motor will now
2) Turn 3- speed knob to desired performance lever (3-Low, 2-Medium, 1-High,
start & stop automatically as interior temperature of coach exceeds or drops
O-Off)
below selected level.
3) Open a window or door for airflow,
NOTE: Fan motor will not start if temperature selected is warmer than interior temperature of coach.
4) Source of airflow is determined by the window(s) or door(s) opened. For best
CLEANING INSTRUCTIONS:
results, close all roof vents and open 1 (one) window the greatest distance from
your Fan-Tastic Vent ceiling fan,
1) Turn fan motor Off.
CAUTION: Never place Lindeen™ or a like cover over ceiling fan. Greatly re-
2) Remove 8 painted flat head Phillips screws around perimeter of screen insert
stricted airflow & increased sound levels will occur.
only.
3) Clean screen with soap & water solution and reinstall.
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APPLIANCES
MONITOR PANEL
The monitor system has been calibrated at the factory and should never need another
calibration. If you feel the system is not operating correctly, please contact CATCON
Micropulse Systems Monitor
Products or a local Airstream dealer. The following instructions are provided for quali-
CATCON PRODUCTS INC.
fied service technicians.
817-921-2188
sales@catconproducts.com
MONITOR WIRE CONNECTIONS
techsupport@catconproducts.com
Red
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The MicroPulse System makes use of a single solid-state sensor per tank. The
MicroPulse sensor measures the static (head) pressure at the bottom of the tank and
transmits this information to the MicroPulse System Monitor. Knowing this pressure
value, after a one-time calibration has been performed, the MicroPulse System will
calculate and accurately display the tank level in 1/8 increment.
A single sensor is installed on the sidewall of each tank, near the bottom, via a 3/4”
female NPT spin-in thread. The sensor is solid state, there are no moving parts to wear
or maintain. Because the principle of operation does not involve any electrical current
flow through the tanks contents (conducted or induced), the nature of the fluid in the
tank is unimportant.
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12VDC, Battery Only
Black
Ground, Battery Only
Purple
Water pump, 15A, 12VDC
White
LPG Sensor, 90 ohm
Fresh
Fresh Tank Sensor
Gray 1
Gray 1 Sensor
Gray 2
Gray 2 Sensor
Black
Black Sensor
APPLIANCES
MICROPULSE SYSTEMS MONITOR OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS
TO OBTAIN EXACT READING
This example shows the monitor reporting the following:
To obtain an exact reading of all systems press and release the status button one
time. The monitor will flash the LED beside the system it is about to report. It will than
Monitor Display
R Fresh Water
G Gray Water 1
Y Gray Water 2
G Black Water
G Battery
display the exact condition of that system by lighting the bar graph from Empty to Full.
Fresh Water = 7/8 to Full
The monitor will display the exact condition of each system and then return to normal
Gray Water 1 = Empty to 5/8
operation mode.
Gray Water 2 = 3/4
Black Water = Empty to 5/8
To obtain an exact reading of an individual system press and release the status button
Battery = 3/8 to Full.
until the LED beside the system that you want the condition of is lit. Release the status
button and the monitor will display the exact condition of that system by lighting the
bar graph from Empty.
On the diagram the Letters R=Red, Y=Yellow, G=Green, Blank=no LED lit.
NOTE: The steel LP tanks on the Safari Models do have a level sensor. The monitor
system does not read LP Gas levels.
NORMAL OPERATION
The MicroPulse Monitor will display the condition of each system at all times. The
tri-color LED beside the system will indicate the condition of the system using the
following color code.
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Fresh Water & Battery are as follows:
Green LED = 3/8 to Full
Yellow LED = 1/4
Red LED = 1/8 to Empty
Gray Water & Black Water are as follows:
Green LED = Empty to 5/8
Yellow LED = 3/4
Red LED = 7/8 to Full
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SPECIFICATIONS
Note: All weights were made on prototype vehicles. Your production trailer may vary slightly. More information on weighing and loading your trailer can be found under “Weight
Rating” in the forward section of this manual. Information pertaining to your trailer can be found in your vehicle on the back of the wardrobe door about 60” up from the floor. The
Unit Base Weight (UBW) and the Net Carrying Capacity (NCC) is not the same as the Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW) and the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) shown on the Trailer
Weight Information tag in your vehicle. The UBW and NCC weights are for the base unit with no options and fluids. The UVW and CCC on the Trailer Weight Information tag are
weights for the individual vehicle as built with its options and certain water capacities.
SPECIFICATIONS
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19’
20’
23’
25’ AB
25’ SS
25’ FB
27’
28’
Length - Exterior
19’ 2”
20’ 10”
23’
25’11”
25’ 11”
25’ 11”
28’
27’11”
Width - Exterior
8’
8’
8’
8’ 5 ½”
8’ 5 ½
8’ 5 ½”
8’ 5 ½”
8’ 5 ½”
Width-Interior
7’ 7”
7’ 7”
7’ 7”
8’ 1”
8’ 1”
8’ 1”
8’ 1”
8’ 1”
Height-Ext. w/ A/C
9 ’5”
9’ 5”
9’ 5”
9’ 7”
9’ 7”
9’ 7”
9’ 7”
9’ 7”
Height-Int. w/ A/C
6’ 4½”
6’ 4½”
6’ 5”
6’ 5”
6’ 5”
6’ 5”
6’ 5”
6’ 5”
*Hitch ball Height
17 ¼”
17 ¼”
17 ¾”
17 ¾”
17 ¾”
17 ¾”
17 ¾”
17 ¾”
Hitch Wt. (Dry, no options)
480
600
600
860
750
720
790
830
GVWR (lbs.)
4500
5000
6000
7000
7300
7300
7600
7300
UBW (lbs.)
3680
3965
4460
5065
5380
5210
5399
5495
NCC (lbs.)
820
1035
1540
1935
1920
2090
2201
1805
Fresh Water (Gal)
23
23
30
39
39
39
39
39
Gray Water (Gal)
21
21
21
39
39
37
37
37
Black Water (Gal.)
18
18
18
33
18
33
39
35
* Measuring Hitch Ball Height
The proper height will vary according to the weight you carry and the tires you use. However, checking the height on your trailer is relatively easy:
1. With trailer on fairly level ground measure from ground to bottom of frame, front and rear.
2. Adjust front jack until measurements are equal.
3. Now measure from ground to the inside top of ball coupler. This figure is the hitch height. The hitch ball is then usually set ½” to 1” higher, according to the spring rate of your tow
vehicle, to allow for it to settle when the trailer is hitched up.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Gross Vehicular 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.
Unit Base Vehicle Weight (UBW): is the dry weight of the base unit with bedroom
group and w/o options or fluids.
Net Carrying Capacity (NCC): is equal to GVWR minus UBW.
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.
GAWR Gross Axle Weight Ratings are located on the manufacturing tag that is positioned on the roadside side sheet of your travel trailer.
Tire Size with Maximum Inflation Pressure Cold
ST 215-75 R14 - 50 psi
ST 225-75 R15 - 65 psi
PSI = Pounds per square inch.
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INDEX
Accessories ........................................................ B-10
Cleaning ............................................................... D-1
Emergency Escape Window......................... C-1, D-2
Air Conditioner ..................................................... H-1
Circuit Breakers ..................................G-1, G-4, G-13
Exhaust Fans ........................................................ E-3
Antenna TV ........................................................... G-7
Condensation ....................................................... C-6
Extended Stay ...................................................... C-3
Appliances ............................................................ H-1
Converter ....................................................G-3, G-12
Exterior Maintenance ........................................... D-1
Axles ..................................................................... D-7
Connector
External Speaker Jacks ...................................... G-11
Awning .................................................................. D-2
7-Way ....................................................G-1, G-12
110 volt .......................................................... G-12
Factory Service .................................................... A-5
Backup Camera Pre-wire ..................................... G-5
Couch ................................................................... E-2
Fans .............................................................. E-3, H-5
Backing .............................................................. B-10
Counter top .......................................................... E-2
Faucets ........................................................ F-6, F-32
Battery .................................................................. G-2
Coupler ................................................................. D-3
Fill Valves, LP ........................................................F-1
Battery Disconnect Switch ................................... G-1
Curtains ................................................................ E-2
Fire Extinguisher ................................................... E-8
Bath Exhaust ........................................................ E-3
Control Panel ........................................................ E-3
Flat Tire ......................................................... C-3, D-4
Bathroom Switches .............................................. E-4
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Furnace ................................................................ H-1
Bearing ................................................................ D-7
Dimensions .............................................................I-1
Beds ..................................................................... E-2
Dinette .................................................................. E-2
Black Tank ................................................... E-3, F-11
Doors:
Fuses .................................................................... G-1
Galley.................................................................... E-2
Black Tank Flush .................................................F-12
Main ................................................................. D-2
Gas, LP .................................................. C-5, E-7, F-1
Bottles, LP .............................................................F-2
Screen ............................................................. D-2
Grey Tank (Aux) .....................................E-3, F-11, I-1
Brake Controller ........................................... B-9, D-9
Drain Valves ...........................................................F-6
Ground Fault Interrupter ..................................... G-13
Brakes .................................................. B-2, B-9, D-9
Drain System .......................................................F-11
Grounding........................................................... G-12
Break-Away Switch ...................................... B-2, D-9
Drapes .................................................................. E-2
GVWR .............................................................B-3, I-1
Bulbs .................................................................... A-8
Dump Valves........................................................F-11
GAWR .............................................................B-3, I-1
Camping ............................................................... C-1
Electrical ............................................................... G-1
High Volume fan ................................................... H-7
Carbon Monoxide Alarm ...................................... E-9
12 Volt Fuse ........................................................ G-6
Hitch ...............................................................B-6, I-2
Carpet................................................................... E-2
110-volt ............................................................ C-12
Hitching Up .......................................................... B-6
Capacities...............................................................I-1
Circuit Breakers ..............................G-1, G-12, G-13
Hitch operation ..................................................... D-3
Cargo .................................................................... B-3
Caution ....................................................Introduction
Holding Tanks .............................................. F-11, 1-1
Diagrams
Chassis ................................................................. D-3
Cable TV ........................................................... G-11
Check List .......................................................... B-12
Satellite Pre-Wire ................................................ G-9
City Water Hook-Up ......................................C-4, F-6
Solar Panel Pre-Wire ........................................ G-10
Hitch Ball Height.....................................................I-1
Humidity ............................................................... C-5
INDEX
Interior .................................................................. E-1
Safety .................................... A-5, C-1, E-8, F-3, H-4
Upholstery ............................................................ E-1
Safety Chains ....................................................... B-7
Jacks .................................. B-6, C-2, C-8, D-3, D-10
Sanitizing ...............................................................F-5
Valves, Drain ..........................................................F-6
Satellite Hookup ................................................... G-9
Vents ..................................................................... E-3
Leveling ................................................................ C-3
Screens ................................................................ D-2
Lights .................................................................... E-4
Service.................................................................. A-5
Warning ...................................................Introduction
Loading..........................................................B-3, E-4
Seven Way Connector .......................... B-2, G-3, G-5
Warranty ............................................................... A-1
Lounge ................................................................. E-2
Sewer Hose .........................................................F-11
Washing ................................................................ D-1
LP Gas ................................................... C-5, E-7, F-1
Shower ................................................................. E-2
Waste System .....................................................F-11
LP Gas Detector ................................................... E-7
Sink....................................................................... E-2
Water System ........................................................F-5
Slide Out Room ................................................... C-8
Heater .................................................. E-4, F-9, H-4
Maintenance Parts ............................................... A-8
Smoke Alarm ........................................................ E-4
Filter.....................................................................F-5
Maintenance Record ............................................ A-9
Sofa ...................................................................... E-2
Tank .......................................................F-5, F-7, I-1
Maintenance Schedule ......................................... A-6
Solar Panel ......................................................... G-10
Pump ....................................................E-3, F-5, F-6
Microwave ............................................................ H-2
Spare Tire Carrier ................................................. D-6
Inlet Connection ..................................................F-6
Mold Prevention ................................................... C-7
Specifications .........................................................I-1
Drainage ............................................................F-11
Monitor Panel ...............................E-3, F-5, F-11, H-6
Stabilizing ............................................................. C-3
Strainer ................................................................F-6
Step ...................................................................... D-2
Waxing .................................................................. D-1
Oven ..................................................................... H-2
Storage ................................................................. E-4
Weight ........................................................ B-3, D-12
Overnight Stop ..................................................... C-2
Stove .................................................................... H-2
Weight Distribution ............................................... B-5
Wheel
Parking ................................................................. C-2
Table ..................................................................... E-3
Torque................................................................. D-4
Passing ................................................................. B-9
Tires ......................................................D-4, D-11, I-1
Alignment .....................................................D-7, I-1
Plumbing ...............................................................F-1
Tire Changing ............................................... C-3, D-4
Bearing ............................................................... D-7
Power Cord ................................................ C-4, G-12
Tongue Latch ........................................................ D-3
Windows ............................................................... D-2
Power Jack ......................................................... D-10
Tongue Weight ...................................................... B-5
Winter Traveling .................................................... C-5
Toilet ....................................................................F-13
Winterizing .............................................................F-7
Range ................................................................... H-2
Towing .......................................................... B-1, B-9
Refrigerator........................................................... H-3
Tow Vehicle ................................................... B-1, B-7
Regulator, LP .........................................................F-2
TV Hookup............................................................ C-4
Airstream Safari Travel Trailer Owners Manual
Roof Vents ............................................................ E-3
TV Antenna ........................................................... G-7
©AIRSTREAM INC. 2006
Rotation, Tire ........................................................ D-6
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