2008-2009 Astoria Diesel Damon Owners

2008-2009 Astoria Diesel Damon Owners
OWNERS MANUAL
Congratulations on your recent purchase of a Damon Motor Coach
Recreational Vehicle. We sincerely thank you for choosing and
putting your faith in Damon, and we would like you to know that
your satisfaction is of great importance to us. Our major goal is
to provide you with a quality recreational vehicle at a reasonable
price.
Your unit has been designed to provide you with many years of
carefree, comfortable travel and vacationing. We hope that it will
bring you that, along with many years of enjoyment and pleasant
memories.
This manual will help you better understand the features and
operating performances of your recreational vehicle. Please read
it and keep it in your vehicle for future reference.
Our customers are extremely important to us, and we want to
assure you that we will always strive to do everything possible to
continue to earn your trust and goodwill.
Welcome to the wonderful world of RVing and the Damon family.
Happy Travels!
Damon Motor Coach
The purchaser of a Damon Vehicle should complete and promptly return to Damon this registration
form. This form is not necessary in order to obtain warranty service. However, a purchase receipt
or other proof of date of original consumer purchase will be required before warranty service is
rendered. Federal law requires that Damon maintain records of the names and addresses of the
owners of its Vehicles and the respective identification numbers of such Vehicles. The information
contained in this and other forms will assist Damon in the prompt servicing of such Vehicles.
I have read, understand, and am fully aware of the terms, conditions and requirements of the
Damon Limited Warranty, and how to obtain warranty service under this Limited Warranty. I also
have received and read a copy of the Damon Owner’s Manual for this RV with a copy of the Limited
Warranty.
Last Name___________________________________First____________________ Mi ______
Address_____________________________________________________________________
City_______________________________________________State _________Zip _________
Telephone (
)_________________________ E-mail_______________________________ Damon Serial Number__________________________________________________________
Chassis VIN: _________________________________________________________________
Date of Purchase: _____________________________________________________________
Mileage or Kilometers (circle one) on Odometer______________________________________
Signature of Purchaser:_________________________________________________________
Signature of Purchaser:_________________________________________________________
Selling Dealer:________________________________________________________________
City___________________________________ Telephone: (
State _________
Zip_______________
)______________________________________________________________
DAMON MOTOR COACH
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 2888
ELKHART, IN. USA 46515-2888
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Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION
Introduction
How to use this manual
Reporting Safety Defects
WARRANTY - CHAPTER 1
Damon Limited Warranty
Owner Responsibility
Owner Responsibility Checklist
Major Equipment Suppliers
PLANNING AND PREPARATION - CHAPTER 2
License and Insurance
Inspect and Maintain
Loading and Weight
Controlling the Motorhome
Pre-travel Checklist
Opening Checklist
Weights
Federal Certification Label
Weight Ratings
Capacity
Weighing Your Motorhome
Trailer Hitches and Towing
Towing and GCWR
ON THE ROAD SAFETY - CHAPTER 3
Safety Belts
Fuel System
Parking
Changing Tires
Tire Care
Air Pressure
SAFETY PROVISIONS - CHAPTER 4
Smoke Detector
Fire Extinguisher
Propane Gas Detector
CO Detector
Carbon Monoxide Precautions
Propane Safety
Emergency Exit
Generator Safety
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING - CHAPTER 5
Chemical Sensitivity
Formaldehyde
Ventilation
Smoking
Medical Advice
Tips to Control Condensation
Mold
Prolonged Occupancy
PLUMBING SYSTEM - CHAPTER 6
Water Pump and Filter
Fresh Water Fill / Fresh Water Tank
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City Water Hook-up
Low Point Drains
Sanitizing the Fresh Water System
Heated Holding Tanks
Dumping Holding Tanks
Preventing Holding Tank Blockage
Termination Compartment Components
TECHNICAL SYSTEM - CHAPTER 7
Chassis Electrical
Coach Electrical
Converter/Inverter
GFCI
Battery Control Center (BCC)
Generator
Monitor Panel
Roof Air Conditioner
Propane System
Propane Tank
Propane Regulator
Home Theater Programming
Home Theater Operation
Home Theater Troubleshooting Tips
INTERIOR SYSTEM - CHAPTER 8
Automotive Dash
Gear Selector
Dash Board Controls Symbols of Switches
Steering Wheel
Backup Monitor
Temperature Control
Parking Brake
Leveling System
Storage
Living Room Television
Doors and Drawers
Extending the Slideroom
Retracting the Slideroom
Hide-a-bed Sofa
Sofa Bed
Bedroom Door Latch
Day/Night Shade
A/C & Furnace Thermostat
Water Heater Switch
Cabinets & Drawers
Range
Refrigerator
Microwave
Sink
Faucet
Dinette Conversion
Bath Vent
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Shower Head and Hose
Toilet
Washer/Dryer
EXTERIOR SYSTEMS - CHAPTER 9
Main Entrance
Assist Handle
Electric Entry Step
Compartment Doors
Rear Ladder
Awning
TV and Phone Jacks
120 Volt Outlet
Power Cord
Generator Compartment
Furnace Door
Water Heater Access
Refrigerator Panel
Automotive Fuse Block
Exterior TV Hook-up
CARE AND MAINTENANCE - CHAPTER 10
Batteries
Waste Water System
Fresh Water System
Electrical System
Generator Power System
Propane System
ABS Plastic Parts
Alignment
Awning
Chassis
Doors & Door Locks
Exterior Lights
Fiberglass
Wax
Graphics
Sidewalls
Roof
Roof Vents
Seals & Adhesives
Slideout
Tires
TV Antenna
Underbody
Windows
Hydraulic Fluid
Appliances
Bath Fixtures
Bathtub Seal
Bedspread & Drapes
Carpet
Countertops
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Kitchen Fixtures
Mini Blinds & Day/Night Shades
Sink
Solid Surface Countertop
Upholstery & Fabrics
Wall Coverings
Cabinets
Windows
WINTER USE AND STORAGE - CHAPTER 11
Water System
Food Storage
Propane System
Heating
Condensation
Winterization Procedure
Water Heater Bypass
Winterization Checklist
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
TRAVEL PREPARATION CHECKLIST
MAINTENANCE RECORD
FUEL / OIL RECORD
NOTES
TROUBLESHOOTING
Battery Control Center
Electrical Power
Furnace
Generator
Leveling Jacks
Propane Gas
Microwave / Oven
Monitor Panel
Outside Receptacle
Inverter
Refrigerator
Roof Air Conditioner
Slideouts
Termination Valve
TV Antenna
Waste Tank
Water Heater
Water Pump
Water System
ELECTRICAL DIAGRAMS
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Introduction
This manual describes many features of your motorhome and provides a guide to operating
procedures so that you can obtain the best performance from those features. Your motorhome
has been designed to conform with, or exceed, the American National Standards Institute A 119.2,
NFPA 1192, CANADIAN CAN/CSA-Z240 RV SERIES-99 (Canadian-built or units built for Canada),
and applicable motor vehicle safety standards. These standards establish the plumbing, heating,
electrical and other requirements for quality and safety. The seal attached just outside the entry
door indicates compliance with these standards. This seal is the outward sign of internal quality.
Like all automotive equipment, your motorhome will require care and regular maintenance in order
to retain its maximum performance characteristics. This manual, along with the specific instructions
provided by the leading appliance manufacturers, are in your Owner’s Information Kit. The Chassis
Operator’s Manual outlines important areas of service and provides a maintenance schedule.
Please follow them carefully to ensure a safe trouble-free service. Study these instructions carefully.
A good working knowledge of your unit and how to care for it will help you enjoy many miles and
years of recreational living.
If you have any questions regarding operation, maintenance, or service, please contact your dealer
immediately so they can assist you. Your dealer’s Service or Sales Department is equipped to
handle most any problem that may occur. Customer service is of the utmost importance to your
dealer and is just as important to the manufacturer. This manual contains a section outlining the
warranty and explaining your rights and obligations, as well as the rights and obligations of the
dealer and manufacturer, under the terms of the warranty. Please read this section carefully. You
will be better informed in case you have a warranty related problem and your dealer will be better
able to get you back on the road again in a timely manner.
We sincerely believe that your dealer and the factory representative will be able to solve any problem
which may arise. If their combined efforts are not satisfactory, please send a letter describing the
circumstances to:
Damon Motor Coach
Customer Service Department
PO Box 2888
Elkhart IN 46515-2888
You must include the dealer’s name, model and serial number of your motorhome. The Damon serial
number is located on the bottom of the federal sticker, which is located in the driver’s compartment
area. Thank you for choosing our product. Your dealer and we, the manufacturer, will continually
strive to merit your confidence.
Some equipment and features described or shown in this manual may be optional on your model. This instructional manual is of a general nature only. Because of the continuous process of product improvement conducted by Damon Motor Coach, it is possible that recent product changes may not be included in this manual. Specifications may change without notice. This manual
is accurate as of the date of publication. The instructions included in this manual are intended as a guide, and in no
respect extend the responsibilities of the manufacturing subsidiary, parent company or affiliates beyond the standard
written warranty as presented in this manual.
Photographs or illustrations in this manual are representative of function and may or may not be specific in their depiction of actual equipment, fabrics, interior or exterior decor, or design
options as installed on or in your motorhome.
This product is designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel. Use of this product for long term or permanent occupancy may lead to premature deterioration of interior finishes, fabrics, carpeting, drapes, or components. 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 or void certain warranty protection.
Introduction
How to Use This Manual
Your motorhome has been thoroughly inspected before shipment to the dealer. Your selling dealer
is responsible for performing a complete pre-delivery inspection of all motorhome components as
specified in the pre-delivery checklists supplied by the manufacturer. You should receive a copy of
these completed checklists from your dealer when the motorhome is delivered to you.
Should a problem arise, your first step is to contact your selling Damon dealer who will be glad to
handle your situation. This Owner’s Manual is not intended for use as a service manual, but rather
as a guide to help you become familiar with your motorhome.
This manual is not model specific, which means that it is used for a variety of different models that
Damon manufactures. It is of a general nature, so the illustrations and descriptions may not be
exactly as they are in your particular motorhome.
If you are unclear or unfamiliar with any procedure that is described in this manual, see your
Damon dealer for further clarification before proceeding.
Damon Corporation uses the following notations to warn the user of possible safety concerns and to
provide information that will prevent personal injury to the user and/or damage to the motorhome.
A WARNING INDICATES A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION THAT, IF NOT AVOIDED, MAY RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
A CAUTION INDICATES A POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION THAT, IF NOT AVOIDED, MAY RESULT IN MINOR OR MODERATE INJURY.
A NOTICE INDICATES AN INSTRUCTION OR PROCEDURE THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR PROPER SERVICE. A NOTICE CAN ALSO SUPPLY INFORMATION THAT WILL HELP TO MAKE YOUR CAMPING EXPERIENCE MORE PLEASANT.
A DANGER INDICATES AN IMMINENTLY HAZARDOUS SITUATION THAT, IF NOT AVOIDED, WILL RESULT IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect, which could cause an accident, injury, or death, you
should immediately inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition
to notifying Damon Motor Coach.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it finds that a safety
defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA
cannot become involved in individual problems between you and your dealer or Damon Motor
Coach.
To contact NHTSA, you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll free at 888-327-4236 (or 202366-0123 in the Washington DC area), TTY: 800-424-9153, or write to: Administrator, NHTSA,
400 Seventh Street SW, Washington DC, USA 20590. You can go to the NHTSA website, www.
safercar.gov. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline.
Chapter 1 - Warranty
LIMITED WARRANTY
Damon Corporation (“Damon”) warrants to the first retail purchaser of the recreation vehicle (“RV”), when purchased
from an authorized Damon dealer and used for its intended purpose of recreational camping, that Damon will repair
or replace, at its election, any substantial defects in material or workmanship: (1) relating to the “house portion” of the
RV, for a period of 12 months or 12,000 miles, whichever occurs first; and (2) relating to the steel or aluminum frame
structure of the roof, front and rear walls, and side walls (excluding slideouts), for a period of 24 months or 24,000
miles, whichever occurs first. The “house portion” of the RV consists solely of those exterior and interior materials,
components, and parts of the living area of the RV manufactured by Damon.
Damon’s Limited Warranty begins to run on the date the RV is sold to the first retail purchaser, or the date the RV is
placed in service by the dealer for personal use prior to sale at retail, whichever occurs first. Damon specifically does
not warrant the chassis and its components, which are subject to a separate limited warranty provided by the chassis
manufacturer. Damon’s Limited Warranty is not transferable, covers only materials, components, or parts of the RV
manufactured by Damon, and does not replace or extend the warranties provided by manufacturers that are attributable
to their products used in assembly of the RV. For additional limitations on this Limited Warranty, please refer to the
section entitled “What is not covered” below. Damon’s obligation to repair or replace defects in material or workmanship
is the sole obligation of Damon under its Limited Warranty.
LIMITATION AND DISCLAIMER OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
IN THE EVENT ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISE UNDER APPLICABLE STATE LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE,
THOSE IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED IN DURATION AND SCOPE TO THE DURATION AND SCOPE OF
THE LIMITED WARRANTY PROVIDED BY DAMON.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY WILL LAST, SO THE
ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
This Limited Warranty does not apply to and Damon will not be responsible for the following:
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Normal wear and usage
Items added or changed after the RV leaves the possession of Damon or any damage caused by these additions or changes
Defects discovered during or after the RV has been used for rental or other commercial purposes (a presumption that your RV has been used for commercial purposes arises if you have taken a business related tax deduction on any federal or state tax return, or the RV is titled or has been titled to a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation)
Minor imperfections, including paint cracks or chips, which do not affect the suitability of the RV for its intended purpose of recreational camping
Damage, even to otherwise warranted components or parts, due to accident, misuse, whether or not foreseeable (including failure to maintain and use the RV in accordance with the owner’s manual), abuse, hail, earthquake, water or flood, condensation, windstorm, lightning, hurricane, and other acts of nature, collision, fire, explosion, damage from foreign objects striking the RV, damage from air or fuel contamination or corrosion due to the environment, road salt, chemicals, or theft, vandalism or other intervening acts not attributable to Damon
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10. 11. 12. Scratches, dents, chips or defacing of any surface or fabric of this RV not caused by Damon or which constitute normal wear and tear
Wheel alignment, tire wear, or damage due to tire failure or battery failure
Periodic maintenance, including but not limited to re-caulking the body of the RV, tightening screws, lubricating, cleaning or polishing the RV, replacement or repair of items as a result of RV use, wear or exposure including corrosion and oxidation
Minor adjustments such as adjustments to the interior or exterior doors, drawers, latches etc. will be performed by the dealer for the first 90 days of warranty coverage. Thereafter, such adjustments are the owners’ responsibility as normal maintenance.
Items that are cosmetic in nature or that are working as designed but you are unhappy with because of the design
Damage or defects due to overloading the RV or any of its components, or improper load balancing.
Any material, component, or part of the RV that is warranted separately by its manufacturer, including but not limited to tires, batteries, microwave, generator, VCR, CD player, DVD player, radio, speakers, television, home theater, satellite system, dryer, washer, water pump, converter, inverter, refrigerator, range, hot water heater, stove, propane detector, carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector, furnace, roof air conditioner, dash air conditioner, leveling jack system, and the chassis and other items supplied by the chassis manufacturer. The chassis includes, but is not limited to, any components of the chassis frame, power train, brake systems, air cleaning system, cooling system, portions of the dash air system, chassis electrical system, gauges, exhaust systems, shocks, struts, and steering system. The written warranty provided by any component manufacturer is a direct responsibility of that manufacturer; please refer to that manufacturer’s warranty for any pertinent terms and conditions. Damon makes no warranty as to any of the components separately warranted by another manufacturer.
DISCLAIMER OF INCIDENTAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
DAMON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR AND HEREBY DISCLAIMS INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE RV, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOST WAGES, LOST TIME,
COMMERCIAL LOSS, LEGAL EXPENSE, LOAN PAYMENTS, TOWING, VEHICLE RENTAL, FUEL COST, MILEAGE
COSTS, AND TEMPORARY LIVING EXPENSES.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL
DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
OBTAINING WARRANTY ASSISTANCE
In the event a substantial defect in material or workmanship covered by Damon’s Limited Warranty is found to exist,
Damon, at its option, will provide for the repair or replacement of the defective material or workmanship at no charge to
the RV owner, in accordance with the terms of its Limited Warranty. To obtain warranty service, the RV owner must do
all of the following:
(a)
complete and return to Damon the Owner Registration Form in the Owner’s Manual within ten (10) days of purchase
(b)
notify in writing Damon or one of its authorized, independent dealers of the claimed defect within ten (10) days of the date that the claimed defect is or should have been discovered and
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promptly return the RV to Damon or an authorized dealer for such repairs. All costs incurred in transporting the RV for warranty service shall be the responsibility of the RV owner.
Damon’s obligation to repair or replace defective materials or workmanship is the sole obligation of Damon under this
Limited Warranty. Damon specifically makes no warranty as to the future performance of this RV or any of its materials,
components, or parts.
Please inspect your RV at the time of delivery and make sure you accept it as delivered to you. This RV has been sold
to an independent dealer, and not an agent of Damon, for resale in the ordinary course of the dealer’s business on terms
and conditions and equipped as the dealer and you determine, and your agreement is solely with the dealer, not Damon. Damon does not participate in the retail sales agreement.
The RV owner’s obligation to notify Damon or one of its authorized, independent dealers of a claimed defect does
not replace, alter, or modify the obligations, if any, placed on the RV owner to contact Damon directly when pursuing
remedies under applicable state or federal laws. If, after two attempts, any warranted item has not been addressed by the
authorized Damon dealer, it is the RV owner’s responsibility to contact Damon in writing so Damon can become directly
involved in performing the repair. Damon may, at its option, require that the vehicle be returned to Elkhart, Indiana for
repair. Refusal to return the RV to Damon for warranty repairs shall void the warranty with respect to those items.
Damon does not control the scheduling of service work at its authorized dealers. Delays in scheduling or completion
of work may be unavoidable. If you need assistance in obtaining the benefit of this Limited Warranty, please contact
Damon at 574.264.2900.
RV OWNER MAINTENANCE AND USE OBLIGATIONS
This RV requires proper care and maintenance by the owner. The accessories and appliances must be properly used. Failure to provide proper care and maintenance or to observe the proper handling and use of accessories and appliances
may result in damage to the RV or its components.
It is the responsibility of the owner to take such preventative measures as are necessary to maintain the exterior caulking
and sealer of the RV. It is also the responsibility of the owner to use reasonable, prudent care to prevent foreseeable
secondary damage from rainwater, plumbing leaks, condensation and the natural accumulation of moisture in the RV,
such as a delaminated floor; stained upholstery, carpeting, or drapes; mold formation and growth; furniture damage,
etc. Mold and mildew are natural growths given certain environmental conditions and are not covered by the terms and
conditions of this Limited Warranty.
Damon will not repair or replace items that are damaged as a result of lack of care, prevention or improper use, nor for
damage to other parts of the RV that result from such lack of care, prevention or improper use. By design, recreation vehicles are not intended or equipped to meet the needs of a permanent or semi-permanent
home; therefore, any such use shall void Damon’s Limited Warranty.
LIMITATIONS PERIOD
Any action to enforce the terms of Damon’s Limited Warranty shall be commenced not more than one year after expiration
of the applicable warranty period. Any performance of repairs shall not suspend this one year limitation from expiring.
Any performance of repairs after the warranty coverage period has expired, or performance of repairs regarding anything
excluded from coverage under this Limited Warranty, shall be considered “good will” repairs, and will not alter the terms
of this Limited Warranty, or extend the warranty coverage period or the one year limitation period.
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Damon Corporation participates in the Consumer Arbitration Program for Recreation Vehicles (CAP-RV). This thirdparty dispute resolution program is available, at no charge to you, to settle unresolved warranty disputes for recreation
vehicles. This dispute resolution program reviews eligible product and service related complaints involving warranty
covered components.
To find out more about the program, or to request an application/brochure, please call the Arbitration Administration office toll-free 800.279.5343.
For recreation vehicles purchased in the State of California: The CAP-RV program operates as a certified mechanism
under the review of the California Arbitration Certification Program. You must utilize the arbitration program before
claiming rights conferred by 15 USC section 2310 (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) or Civil Code section 1793.22(b)
(Song-Beverly Warranty Act). You are not required to use the program if you choose to seek redress by pursuing rights
and remedies not created by those laws.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS.
YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
DAMON CORPORATION
CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 2888
ELKHART IN USA, 46515-2888
(574) 264-2900
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Damon reserves the right to make changes in Vehicles built and/or sold by it at any
time without incurring any obligations to make the same or similar changes on Vehicles
previously built and/or sold by Damon.
As the proud owner of a Damon Motor Coach, you want to trust that your unit will
continue to perform at its peak. To ensure this Damon has provided you this checklist
of the responsibilities of the Damon owner. Please make sure that this list is carefully
observed and adhered to in order to maintain your Limited Warranty.
PRODUCTION
CHANGES
OWNER
RESPONSIBILITY
CHECKLIST
Please refer to the Maintenance Schedule (page 81) to determine when your inspections
should take place.
Check both house batteries and chassis battery and tighten connections if necessary. BATTERIES
Clean the terminals if necessary. Check to make sure that the batteries have the proper
water levels in them, and fill if necessary. Check the charge and recharge if necessary.
Keep connections clean and covered with a light coat of grease.
There is a certain danger involved when working with batteries. If you are unfamiliar with these dangers, contact a Damon dealer.
Just as in your home, it is the owner’s responsibility to periodically check the batteries in BATTERY
the smoke detector, propane detector and carbon monoxide detector when applicable. REPLACEMENT
We recommend that you change the batteries every six months to ensure proper working
order.
The owner is responsible for checking to ensure that the vehicle has as little CONDENSATION
condensation in it as possible. The condensation in a motorhome is much greater than
in most houses because the insulated walls of the vehicle are much thinner than house
walls, and the small size and tight construction of the vehicle allow a quick buildup of
high moisture levels in the inside air. This can be reduced by always keeping the bathroom door closed and the window or
vents open when bathing, and for a period of time when you have finished bathing or
cooking, to allow for dissipation of all the moisture. Use your vent hood and fan when
cooking. Don’t hang wet clothes in your unit to dry. When left for prolonged periods of
time, condensation can cause considerable damage to your vehicle.
Most exterior parts of your motorhome are made of fiberglass, which is a very durable
material, but not indestructible. Exposure to the elements can cause premature
deterioration without routine maintenance, especially in hotter climates. The effects may
be; fading, yellowing, or chalking, however these are surface cosmetic changes, which
do not affect the strength of your unit. Simple maintenance through cleaning by washing
and waxing will ensure lasting beauty.
EXTERIOR/INTERIOR
The same fading may occur to carpeting and upholstering. Be sure to keep your shades
down in extremely sunny locations and maintain proper cleaning techniques for both
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BATTERY
REPLACEMENT
The front suspension and steering system of this vehicle was factory aligned using
highly accurate equipment prior to delivery to the dealership. We recommend that the
alignment is checked after you have fully loaded the motorhome according to your
personal needs. If necessary, adjust alignment for the loaded motorhome. Thereafter,
the alignment should be inspected yearly to help prevent uneven tire wear.
POTABLE TANK
Sanitize the fresh water system at least once per year or whenever the motorhome is
unused for prolonged periods of time (see page 38). This will help keep your water system
fresh and discourage the growth of bacteria that can contaminate the water supply.
Make sure that the tanks are properly treated with the right chemicals for disinfection.
PROPER LOAD
BALANCE
Your motorhome is built to withstand a certain maximum load. Check the amount listed
on the Federal Certification Label in the driver’s area of your motorhome to determine
safe load limits. NEVER OVERLOAD THE MOTORHOME. Reference pages 17, 22,
and 23 for proper loading and weight distribution.
SEALANTS
Weatherproofing sealants are used around the doors, windows, vents, and joints during
construction of your motorhome. These sealants are subject to deterioration from
exposure, and must be checked periodically to assure the weatherproof integrity of your
unit. If evidence of cracking or voids in the sealants is apparent, have your dealer reseal
these areas. Proper sealant coverage should be checked and resealed at least once
every six months. Please see Chapter 10 - “Care and Maintenance” for instructions on
properly sealing the roof area. Failure or neglect of proper sealant maintenance could
result in leakage, and may reduce or void your warranty protection.
SERVICE CALLS
It is important that the owner realize that Damon’s Limited Warranty covers warrantable
repairs that are performed by an authorized Damon dealer at their service center or
facility only. If you are unable to bring your unit in for repairs, Damon is not responsible
for the cost of the actual service call charged to come out to your unit.
SLIDEOUT
LUBRICATION
If your slide-out system becomes squeaky or makes any noises while operating, it is
permissible to apply a coat of lightweight oil to the drive shaft and roller areas located
below the main floor. Remove any excess oil so dirt and debris cannot build up.
STEP LUBRICATION
To maintain the integrity of the retractable step in your motorhome, you must periodically inspect it for rust or damage, also see that it is lubricated to function safely
and to ensure proper working order.
TIRE PRESSURE
The owner is responsible for maintaining proper tire pressure in the vehicle’s tires. Check
the tire specifications on the Federal Certification Label located in the driver’s area for
the proper pressure. You will ensure optimum driving standards by keeping your vehicle
maintained.
TRAVEL BARS
Never forget to remove your travel bars from your slide-out prior to opening. Failure to
do so could result in severe damage to yourself and/or your motorhome, which will not
be covered under the Limited Warranty.
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Like most cars, your motorhome’s windshield is not covered under the Limited Warranty.
Items such as cracks, stone chips and holes are regarded as normal wear and tear, and
will not be considered as a manufacturing defect.
WINDSHIELDS
Please make sure that your vehicle is properly winterized before long periods of storage.
To find a complete listing of the winterization procedures, refer to this manual’s section
called “Winterization Procedures” (page 75). Failure to properly winterize your vehicle
may result in damage to your motorhome which would not be covered under the Limited
Warranty.
WINTERIZATION
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SUPPLIERS PROVIDING SEPARATE WARRANTIES
Please read your recreational vehicle warranty carefully. It is very important to know what Damon Motor Coach warrants, and
what is warranted by other suppliers’ warranties. Damon Motor Coach does not warrant some items within your vehicle. Below
you will find a list of manufacturers who can help you with these components. Please contact them should a need arise.
ACME / Dash Air Conditioning ASA / Audiovox / Backup Monitor & Bedroom Radio
Atwood / Water Heater & Furnace & Entry Door
Bob Gunn / Velvac / ADTH / Exterior Mirrors & Backup Monitor & Camera Bristol Laminating / Corian / Countertops
Carrier Transport / Roof Air Conditioning
Coachstep / Electric Step
Dometic / Awning & Central Vacuum
Fantastic Vent / Air Vent & Air Vent with Rain Sensor
Flair International / Furniture
Freightliner / Chassis
Flexsteel / Furniture
Hehr / Windows
Hoosier Wood / Freestanding Dinette / Buffet / Folding Chairs
Lippert Components / Slideouts & Leveling Systems
Magnedyne / Dash Radio
Midwest Sales / Microwave
Norco / Slideouts
Norcold / Refrigerators
Odyssey Group / TV’s
Onan / Generator
Putnam / Hitch
Sealand / Toilet
Shaw Industries / Carpet
Shurflo / Water Pump
Thetford / Toilet (Michigan Residents 313-769-6000)
Trico (Alta) / Wipers
Ventline / Monitor Panel
Westland Sales / Washer/Dryer
Winegard / TV Antenna & Satellite Dish
800-552-2263
800-688-3135
815-877-5700
574-262-2518
574-848-4461
800-450-2211
800-451-9245
574-294-2511
800-521-0298
574-295-5688
800-FTL-HELP(385-4357)
563-556-7730
517-845-3061
574-534-4474
574-537-8900
800-638-3600
574-287-3385
574-262-3400
800-752-8654
574-848-2277
800-888-6626
517-369-2165
800-321-9886
574-264-9687
800-762-8094
800-521-3032
888-421-5874
574-848-4491
800-356-0766
319-753-0121
This list may not be all inclusive. If you have any questions regarding other components, call Damon Customer Service at
574-264-2900. A complete listing of all your unit’s appliances along with their corresponding serial numbers is located on the
wall inside your wardrobe. Please refer to this list if you need to contact the manufacturer regarding the appliance.
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A thorough working knowledge of your motorhome is important if you are going to get the READ THE BOOK
most out of the convenience and safety items built into your unit. Be as familiar with it as
you are with your personal car or truck. Study all the booklets included in your Owner’s
Information Kit. These booklets cover details of operation for the major appliances and
equipment built into your motorhome for your comfort, convenience and safety. Your
selling dealer should provide you with a complete walk through of your vehicle at the
time of purchase. Any questions and concerns should be addressed at that time.
The vehicle licensing laws vary from state-to-state. Check with your state license bureau LICENSES
or nearest branch office for the requirements of your state. Be sure to renew your license
if it has expired or will expire during your trip. Your motorhome is considerably larger and
heavier than your car, therefore certain precautions should be exercised. A CDL license
may not be required to operate your motorhome, but Damon Motor Coach recommends
you attend a CDL class to better understand the motorhomes driving and handling
characteristics. Damon Motor Coach wants your driving experience to be pleasant and
enjoyable.
Talk to your insurance agent about the appropriate coverage for your motorhome. Always INSURANCE
carry your policy card.
Follow a consistent schedule of inspection and maintenance for your motorhome. INSPECT AND
Your continuing safety and comfort depend on it. This manual includes recommended MAINTAIN
maintenance intervals and instructions. Adherence to these schedules will minimize
the possibility of failure of any important system or part of your motorhome. The time
spent inspecting and maintaining your motorhome will provide you with many years
of recreational pleasure. Improper inspections or maintenance neglect may invalidate
your Limited Warranty.
Proper loading is one of the most important considerations when traveling in a LOADING
motorhome. Your motorhome is built to withstand a certain maximum load. Check the AND WEIGHT
Federal Certification Label located in the driver’s area to determine the safe load limits. DISTRIBUTION
For safety’s sake, NEVER OVERLOAD THE MOTORHOME. This chapter contains
information about proper loading and weighing of your motorhome.
Know how to control your motorhome on the highway. Be familiar with passing and CONTROL OF THE
stopping requirements, and problems that can develop. Know how to brake properly, MOTORHOME
how to back up and how to turn. Practice in a secluded place until you become familiar
with the handling characteristics and techniques of your motorhome. Don’t overlook the
laws of your state that govern driving a motorhome. Your state Motor Vehicle Department
office can provide you with the applicable vehicle codes that spell out your rights and
responsibilities as a motorhome owner.
Whenever you depart, be it from your home, rest area, or campsite. You should perform
these pre-travel checks:
PRE-TRAVEL
CHECK
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TIRES
Should be inspected before each trip for uneven wear, road damage, foreign objects,
peeling or bulging, and correct tire pressure. Heat generated by surface friction will
increase the tire’s air pressure, therefore do not bleed air out of a hot tire. Check
tire pressure after the vehicle has been parked for at least one hour. Inflate tires to
recommended pressure as indicated on the Federal Certification Label located above
the Drivers area. (See maintenance schedule on page 81.)
Proper tire inflation is extremely important.
When purchasing a new tire, be certain it is the same size and has the same ply rating and load range as the original tire. DO NOT mix radial ply with bias or bias-belted tires.
WHEEL LUGS
Must be tightened to the specifications in the Chassis Manufacturer’s Owner’s Manual.
WINDSHIELD
Should be clean, wiper blades inspected, and windshield washer reservoir filled.
LIGHTS
Should be tested, including brake lights, warning flashers, clearance lights, tail lights,
turn signals and headlights. Clean all lens covers.
REARVIEW MIRROR
Should be adjusted so the driver can see to the rear on both the right and left side of
the unit.
POWER CORD
(120 Volt shoreline) must be unplugged from the external source and properly stored for
transit, also making sure the cord hatch is secured.
WATER FILL
Hoses must be disconnected, properly drained and stored, and the caps and hatches
secured. Fill the fresh water tank as required prior to storing hoses.
SEWAGE
Should be emptied from the holding tanks before traveling. Termination valves must be
closed and locked. The sewer hose must be removed from the termination valve outlet
and stored. Termination cap must be securely fastened to the termination outlet.
ENTRY STEP
Must be returned to its travel position. Pay special attention to this every time you move
your unit. Severe damage may result if not retracted during transit.
PROPANE TANK
Levels at the monitor panel should be checked, and gas line connections should be
checked for leaks.
DOORS AND
DRAWERS
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Some states prohibit vehicles equipped with propane tanks from using tunnels. A few other states prohibit traveling with the service valve open and the pilot lights lit. Check the regulation of the states through which you intend to travel.
Should be closed and secured. Loose items should be secured or stored away.
Be sure all loose items are secured or properly stored while the vehicle is in motion. Possible overlooked items may include canned goods, small appliances (on countertop), cooking pans (on range), or free standing furniture. These items could become dangerous projectiles during a sudden stop.
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For storage and equipment should be closed and locked, also making sure that loose
items are secured or stored for transit.
COMPARTMENT
DOORS
Door should be secured with the travel latch, and the items inside made ready for REFRIGERATOR
transit.
DOOR
Should be closed and secured or adjusted as desired.
If the motorhome was properly and carefully prepared for storage, taking it out of storage
will not be difficult. The following checklist assumes that you stored your RV with care.
If you didn’t, and extensive freeze damage or other serious deterioration has occurred,
consult your dealer or an authorized service center for advice.
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Thoroughly inspect the outside of your RV. Look for animal’s nests in wheel wells,
in engine, air cleaner, or in other out of the way places. Clean all appliance exhaust
vents, ceiling vents and air conditioning covers.
•
Changing the wiper blades on your motorhome is similar to your car. Remove the
screw, take off the old blade, and replace with a similar style and length blade.
Lubricating pivot points with thin lubricating oil is also recommended.
•
Check that all furnace, water heater and refrigerator openings are free of debris,
insect nests, webs, etc.
•
Open all doors and compartments. Check for animal or insect intrusion, water
damage, or other deterioration.
•
Check charge level in batteries. Refill with distilled water and recharge if necessary.
Reinstall batteries if necessary. Be sure cable ends and terminals are clean and free
of corrosion. Turn the Battery Disconnect Switch off if applicable.
•
Check tire pressure. Inflate to the specified cold pressure.
•
Remove coverings from windows if necessary.
•
Open vents and windows for ventilation.
•
Drain, flush and sanitize the fresh water system. (See Chapter 6 - “Plumbing
Systems”) Inspect drain lines for leaks. Replace if necessary. Do not try to repair,
as this is usually ineffective.
•
Install a new water filter (if your unit is equipped with this).
•
Operate all faucets and fixtures in the fresh water system. Check for leaks at all
joints and fittings. Repair if necessary.
•
Check 12 Volt circuit breakers and inspect all fuses.
•
Operate all 12 Volt lights and accessories.
•
Install new batteries in battery operated devices.
WINDOWS AND
VENTS
OPENING
CHECKLIST
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•
Test propane, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace the batteries if
necessary.
•
Check the monitor panel operation.
•
Open and operate all vents and vent fans. Remove any outside coverings if
applicable.
•
Inspect 120 Volt electrical system which includes power cord, converter, all outlets
and exposed wiring. If defects are found, consult your servicing dealer or an
authorized service center.
•
Operate 120 Volt appliances and air conditioner (s). Be sure to uncover air conditioner shroud(s).
•
Inspect the propane system and check for leaks. If propane tank shows signs
of rust or corrosion, have it inspected by a qualified propane technician. Refill if
necessary.
•
Operate each propane appliance. Observe all burner/pilot flames for proper color
and size.
•
If necessary, have propane regulator adjusted for proper pressure by a qualified
technician.
•
Check sealants around all roof and body seams and windows. Reseal if
necessary.
•
Lubricate all exterior locks, hinges, and latches.
•
Wash and wax exterior. Inspect body for scratches or other damage. Touch up or
repair as necessary. Flush underside of the motorhome thoroughly.
•
Check all the chassis fluid levels including engine oil, coolant, power steering fluid,
brake fluid, transmission, rear axle oil and washer fluid. Top off if necessary.
•
Check all exterior lights; clearance, brake, turn, and reverse should be fully
functional.
Your motorhome should be ready for a new traveling season. Your dealer can check
your preparation and correct any defects or make any necessary adjustments.
These items are the absolute minimum requirements necessary for pre-travel.
WEIGHTS
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A motorhome chassis (springs, wheels, tires, axles, and frame) is designed to carry a
certain maximum load. This load includes everything; the weight of the empty motorhome
itself, occupants, your belongings, fuel, fresh water, waste water and anything else that
may be in or attached to the motorhome.
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The Federal Certification Label, found in the driver’s area, is installed in the vehicle as
required by federal standards. It contains information that will be helpful in determining
proper loading. The label will also list the date of manufacture, (GCWR), (GVWR),
(GAWR) (Front and Rear), tire size, rim size, tire pressure (PSI), Vehicle Identification
Number (VIN), and the type of unit.
FEDERAL
CERTIFICATION
LABEL
The RVIA Weight Label, found in the kitchen area, is installed in the vehicle as required
by RVIA standards. It contains information that will be helpful in determining proper
loading. The label will also list the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR), Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW), Sleeping Capacity Weight
Rating (SCWR), and the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC).
RVIA WEIGHT LABEL
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING (GVWR) is the maximum permissible weight of
this fully loaded motorhome.
WEIGHT RATINGS
UNLOADED VEHICLE WEIGHT (UVW) is the weight of this motorhome as manufactured
at the factory with full fuel, engine oil and coolants.
SLEEPING CAPACITY WEIGHT RATING (SCWR) is the manufacturer’s designated
number of sleeping positions multiplied by 154 lbs. (70 kilograms)
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY (CCC) is equal to GVWR minus each of the following:
UVW, full fresh (potable) water weight (including water heater), full propane weight and
the SCWR.
Dealer installed equipment and towed vehicle tongue weight will reduce CCC.
GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING (GAWR) is the maximum weight a specific axle is
designed to carry. Each axle has its own GAWR.
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These ratings are shown on the RVIA Weight Label. They are the MAXIMUMS for a fully
loaded vehicle. You must compare the GVWR and the GAWR to the actual loaded weight
of your motorhome and make adjustments if necessary. (See page 21) The GAWRs do
not necessarily add up to the GVWR.
Neither the axle loads nor the vehicle loads must ever exceed their respective maximum weight ratings.
A properly loaded vehicle is safer and easier to drive. Distribute your cargo evenly from
side-to-side and front-to-back. Heavier items should be stowed on or near the floor
and be as centrally located as possible. They should be secured so they cannot slide
during a panic stop causing damage. Lighter items can be stored in overhead cabinets.
Remember to leave space and weight allowance for souvenirs and other items you may
purchase during your travels. A properly loaded vehicle can help you conserve fuel and
prevent excessive wear on your vehicle’s automotive system.
CAPACITY
During the design and development of your motorhome, the number and size of storage
compartments, the liquid tank capacities and the number of Designated Seating Positions
are maximized for value and convenience. If the motorhome operator fills all liquid tanks
to capacity, fills all storage compartments and cupboards to maximum volume and fills
all available, assigned seating positions with passengers, the motorhome could be
overloaded. Please use the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s figures shown
below to help you to determine your weights.
• Average vehicle occupant
• One gallon gasoline fuel
• One gallon of water
• One gallon of propane
WEIGHING
YOUR LOADED
MOTORHOME
Reading 1
Reading 2
Reading 3
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=
=
=
=
154 pounds ( 70 kilograms)
7 lbs ( 3.2 kilograms)
8.3 lbs ( 3.8 kilograms)
4.5 lbs ( 2 kilograms)
The operator is responsible for analyzing the conditions in which the motorhome
will be utilized for each trip. The number of passengers and placement of cargo can
affect the amount of water capacity that you carry. A smaller passenger capacity for
camping provides reasonable cargo capacity for trips taking more than one day. A larger
passenger capacity for day use provides less cargo capacity for trips or activities not
involving overnight stays. It may be necessary to reduce the amount of water carried
and unload some cargo items normally carried for camping in order to provide carrying
capacity for the additional day use passengers.
1. Drive the front wheels onto the scale platform and take a reading. This is the front Gross Axle Weight. (Reading 1).
2. Drive the entire vehicle (all axles) onto the scale and take a reading. This is the Gross Vehicle Weight. (Reading 2).
3. Drive forward until only the rear axle is on the platform and take a reading. This reading is the rear Gross Axle Weight. (Reading 3).
4. Compare reading 2 with the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of your vehicle located on the Federal Certification Label. If the reading exceeds the GVWR rating, you will have to reduce the total vehicle load.
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5. Check readings 1 and 3 to verify that each is less than the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) on the certification label. If either exceeds the GAWR for the axle(s), redistribute enough of the load to ensure that loads on the front and rear axle(s) are within the required limit.
Do not exceed the gross axle weight ratings of any axle. Do not exceed the maximum hitch weight rating.
Do not exceed the gross vehicle weight rating of either the motorhome or the towed vehicle. Do not exceed the gross combined weight rating of the motorhome.
Exceeding any of these ratings may cause unstable driving and handling characteristics, damage
to your motorhome chassis or towed vehicle and may void your warranty protection.
GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING (GCWR): is the maximum loaded weight of
this motorhome and any towed trailer or towed vehicle. See the chart located on the
Federal Certification Label located in the driver’s area to determine the GCWR rate for
your vehicle.
GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT (GCW): is the total weight (including driver, passengers,
all cargo, fuels, and fluids) of the motorhome and the towed vehicle combined. Compare
the GCW with the GCWR. If the GCW is greater then the GCWR, then weight must be
eliminated until scale weights are equal to or less than the proper ratings.
The distribution of weight in your motorhome is a very important factor. Too much weight
either on one side of the vehicle or too much weight in the rear compared to the front can
adversely affect the handling characteristics of the vehicle, and in some cases can result
in overloading the tires or axle components. When loading, you should evenly distribute
the weight to ensure the axle weight is equal to or less than GAWR (Gross Axle Weight
Rating) indicated on your Federal Certification Label.
WEIGHT
DISTRIBUTION
This type of balance provides the best handling characteristics of the vehicle. Small
percentage differences will not make a great deal of difference. A unit that is too light on
the front axle and too heavy on the rear axle can result in steering difficulties.
By knowing what your vehicle weighs, you can determine the best location for your
belongings. Simply because you can fit everything in one compartment for easy access,
does not mean that this is the best place for an item. Your home is now moving down the
road, so the little things like location of heavy items become important from more than
an accessibility standpoint.
If you expect to pull a vehicle or trailer with your motorhome, please use these guidelines
when choosing a vehicle or trailer:
1.)
Do not load over the weight indicated on the label on the hitch.
2.)
Hitch Classification: Class III and IV = See the label on the hitch to find your maximum hitch weight and towing weight.
3.)
Vehicle/Trailer weight: Do not tow a vehicle/trailer weight more than recommended by the class rating of your hitch, or more than recommended by the chassis manufacturer, whichever is less. The TRAILER HITCHES
AND TOWING
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motorhomes braking system is rated for operation at the total GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of the motorhome.
For your safety, Damon Corporation recommends that a separate functional braking system be used on any towed trailer or vehicle, including those dolly towed or towbar towed.
If you plan to tow a vehicle or trailer with your motorhome, the tongue weight must not
exceed the maximum allowed hitch weight. The Gross Combined Vehicle Weight must
not exceed the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of your chassis. To determine
how much weight your motorhome can tow, have your vehicle weighed when it is properly
loaded, as you would have it when you are ready to depart for your trip. Subtract this
total weight from the GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) weight on your Federal
Weight Label. This difference is the total amount that you may safely tow behind your
motorhome.
This Combined Vehicle Weight cannot exceed your Motorhomes specific GCWR.
Example: If you have a GVWR of 24,000 lbs., and your unit weighs 19,535 lbs.:
GVWR=
24,000 lbs.
Subtract Unit weight= 19,535 lbs.
4,465 lbs.
Total of 4,465 lbs available for cargo in the motorhome providing you DO NOT overload
the individual GAWR’s.
Example: If you have a GCWR of 30,000 lbs., and your unit is fully loaded to its maximum
GVWR of 24,000 lbs.:
GCWR=
30,000 lbs.
GVWR=
24,000 lbs.
6,000 lbs.
Total of 6,000 lbs available to tow a vehicle or trailer behind the motorhome. This will be
the MAXIMUM weight your unit is certified by the chassis manufacturer to safely pull.
DO NOT exceed the ratings of the label on the hitch or the GCWR of the chassis.
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Seat belts are an important safety feature of your vehicle. Each designated seat is
designed to carry passengers while the vehicle is in motion. Each Designated Seating
Position is equipped with either a type 1 (lap belt) or a type 2. (shoulder and lap belt)
The number of seats equipped with seat belts is to provide a choice of seating locations.
This does not necessarily mean that you may safely carry that many passengers.
Refer to “Cargo Carrying Capacity” (page 21) in the loading section for proper loading
techniques.
SAFETY BELTS
To adjust your seat belt:
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•
•
Pivot the buckle at a right angle to the belt and pull to the desired length.
Make sure the belt is not twisted, and press the tongue end into the buckle end.
Be sure the two are latched together, and adjust the belt snugly around your
abdomen.
To release, simply depress the button on the buckle and remove the tongue.
Child restraint seats may be used with the lap belts provided. Check the restraint seat
instructions for proper installation and adjusting. Child restraint seats are required to
a certain age. Check with the states in which you will be traveling for the proper age
requirements.
While the motorhome is in motion, passengers should be seated with seat belts fastened. Do not allow passengers to occupy any position that is not equipped with a seat belt.
Use only recommended fuel as specified by the chassis manufacturer. Do not overfill the
fuel tank, but allow for expansion of fuel (caused by rising temperatures) by stopping the
filling process when the pump automatically shuts off.
FUEL SYSTEM
Modern fuel systems may build up vapor pressure within the tank as the fuel warms during use, or in hot weather. Under certain conditions, sudden release of this pressure when removing the filler cap can spray fuel from the opening, causing a possible hazard. When removing the filler cap, rotate it slowly,
only far enough to allow pressure to release. After any hissing sounds die down, complete the
removal of the cap. To protect the gasoline system from excessive pressure or vacuum, or from
sudden release of pressure, replace lost caps with caps of the same design available from your
motorhome dealer.
When driving your motorhome, you’re driving a large vehicle, and you should become
accustomed to the feel of the controls and the reference points from the driver’s seat.
Become familiar with the position of the motorhome in traffic, and be cautious while
maneuvering to allow for the length and width of the vehicle. Always allow extra room
to corner and to change lanes. Learn to use the side mirrors to view the road behind.
Check them often.
DRIVING
Drive with consideration on the highway, observing all speed and safety regulations. The
best cruising speed of your motorhome will vary with road and weather conditions.
Remember that your motorhome is heavier than a car, making it less maneuverable and
harder to stop. Brake pedal pressure and travel may vary significantly from that of a car.
Be prepared to brake earlier than you normally would a car. Also, because of its greater
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side surface area, it is more easily affected by cross winds. Allow extra distances for
passing and stopping, and drive at a moderate speed, particularly in traffic and in gusty
wind conditions.
Driving on winding or mountain roads is not difficult if done with reasonable care. Observe
proper vehicle speeds when ascending or descending hills and always operate in the
proper transmission range. Downshift on hills to avoid overheating or undue engine
loads. Downshift before descending grades.
Road conditions, terrain, weather, and other driving factors are sometimes unpredictable, and mountain driving or desert temperatures can put extreme demands
on drive train components, especially the transmission. Under extreme heat conditions
you may need to turn off the vehicle air conditioner to improve engine and transmission
cooling.
Allow for the extra height of your motorhome and avoid areas having low overhead
clearance. Check for low hanging tree branches or other obstructions wherever you
drive or park. Avoid low roof heights when pulling in for service. This may be particularly
important if you drive with the overhead vents open or if the motorhome is equipped
with a roof air conditioner, roof rack, or TV/radio antenna. Check the total height for your
particular motorhome and make sure that you are aware of it when driving under bridges
or underpasses.
PARKING
When parking parallel to a curb, be sure to allow for poles or obstructions as the front
and rear portions of the motorhome will swing wider than an automobile. Remember
that your motorhome is larger than your automobile and will require more space. Be
careful your unit does not occupy road space or block driveways while parking. When
parking on an incline, turn the front wheels into the curb in the direction of the roll to aid
the parking brake. Always set the parking brake when parking.
CHANGING TIRES
Changing a tire on a motorhome is more difficult than an ordinary automobile. Motorhome
tires are larger and heavier than ordinary tires. Whenever possible, call for roadside
assistance to help you in changing your tires. This task should not be done alone due to
the weight of the unit. Motorhomes are extremely heavy. Changing a flat tire is best left
to a professional mechanic with the proper equipment.
If absolutely necessary, change the tire on a level and firm surface. If you are on the
roadside, activate the vehicle’s hazard warning flashers. Apply the parking brake. Set
up flares and or warning lights. See the chassis manufacturer’s owner’s manual for
specific jacking and tire removal, and replacement instructions, which pertain to your
unit. Lug nuts vary from chassis to chassis, and the GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of
your motorhome. (See Chassis Owner’s Manual for specific instructions on tightening
lug nuts). After operating 50-100 miles, retighten to the same specification. If you don’t
have proper equipment, stop at the nearest service facility and have the torque of the
lug nuts checked.
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Never place the jack under a bumper or under the edge of the sidewall. Always place the jack as specified by the chassis owner’s manual. Never use the rear differential as a jacking point. Use the jack only for changing tires.
NEVER get underneath the vehicle when using the jack; never start or run the engine while the
vehicle is on the jack.
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The most important factor in maximizing the life of your tires is maintaining proper TIRE CARE
inflation pressure. An under inflated tire will build up excessive heat that may go beyond
the prescribed limits of endurance of the rubber and the radial cords. Over inflation
will reduce the tire’s footprint on the road, reducing the traction, braking capacity, and
handling of your vehicle. An over inflated tire will also cause a harsh ride and uneven
tire wear.
To determine the correct air pressure for your tires, load your motorhome as you would
normally for travel, including water and fuel. Determine the correct air pressure for the
weight on each axle and adjust the pressure according to the Federal Certification Label
when the tires are cool or have not been driven for more than one mile. Never reduce
the air pressure in a hot tire.
CHECK AIR
PRESSURE
Never let air out of a hot tire.
Now that you have found what the correct air pressure per axle needs to be for your
motorhome when loaded, you need to know when to check your air pressure. You
should check the air pressure every two weeks or at least once a month and before any
major trip. Your motorhome’s air pressure should be checked every morning on long
trips. On short trips of a day or less of driving each way, your tires should be checked
before you start your trip home. If your vehicle is stored for any length of time, the air
pressure should be checked prior to storage, but more importantly, when it comes out
of storage.
Check your tires when they are “cold” and have not been driven for more than one mile.
The stated load capacity for a given cold inflation pressure is based on ambient outside
temperature.
To maintain the inflation pressure in your tires you will need the proper equipment. It is
recommended that you purchase a quality truck tire air gauge, which has an angled dual
head. This type of gauge allows you to check inflation on the inner dual wheel which has
the valve stem pointed away from you. Nothing should restrict your ability to check your
tire’s air pressure daily when you are driving your motorhome. Pressure sealing valve
caps should always be used to prevent air from escaping from the valve stem. If you
use valve stem extension hoses, make sure they are good quality stainless steel braid
reinforced, and are securely anchored to the outer wheel. If your motorhome has wheel
covers which must be removed to check the inflation, then consider removing them as
the extra time and effort required may lead you to avoid checking your pressure.
When replacing your tires always make sure the proper size and rating is used. Check the federal certificate located in the drivers area for your model’s specific size and rating.
In a sudden stop or collision, loose equipment could strike someone. Storing a jack, a tire, or other equipment in the passenger compartment of the vehicle could cause injury. Store and secure all of these items in a proper place.
Damon does not provide jacks with our motorhomes.
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Chapter 4 - Safety Provisions
Your motorhome has been supplied with various safety features and equipment for your
convenience and for safe operation. As with all areas in life, the chance for accidents is
possible, and the recreational life-style is no exception. Please take the time to familiarize
yourself with the safety features of your motorhome now to prevent any question of how
they are used if an emergency should arise.
Please refer to the smoke detector manual in the Owner’s Information Kit for operating
instructions.
SMOKE DETECTOR
Test smoke detector operation after vehicle has been in storage, before each trip, and at least once per week during use. Replace battery every six months.
The motorhome should never be operated or occupied unless the smoke detector is present and functioning properly.
Each motorhome is equipped with a portable fire extinguisher mounted close to the FIRE EXTINGUISHER
main entry door. This fire extinguisher is rated for Class B (gasoline, grease, flammable
liquids) and Class C (electrical) fires. Test your extinguisher as recommended by the fire
extinguisher manufacturer, and replace after use. Be familiar with your fire extinguisher
location and its operation.
An propane detector, located near the floor in the galley area, will sense the presence PROPANE GAS
of propane leakage. The leak detector will sound an alarm if propane is detected. Test DETECTOR
the leak detector weekly. The propane detector gets its power from one of the circuits in the load center. Because
these circuits are on the load side of the battery-disconnect, the propane detector will
be disabled (along with all other 12 Volt house powered devices) when shore power is
removed and the battery disconnect is in the storage mode. While this is ideal when your
coach is in storage and the propane system is shutdown, there will be no warning if this
should happen while camping and an propane leak occurs. To warn you of this possible
hazard, a label is located near the propane leak detector.
The propane detector is operated by the 12 Volt house wiring and will be disabled when batteries are in the storage mode and shore power is removed.
The motorhome should never be operated or occupied unless the propane detector is present and functioning properly.
A carbon monoxide detector is installed in each vehicle. It is usually located on the CO DETECTOR
bedroom or hall wall about five feet from the floor. Test it before every trip to ensure that
it is functioning properly.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas. It is a by-product of combustion
in the engine, generator and propane appliances. The engines in your motorhome and
generator system produce it constantly while they are running. CARBON MONOXIDE IS
DEADLY. Please read and understand the following precautions to protect yourself and
others from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning.
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CO SAFETY
PRECAUTIONS
Exhaust gases are deadly. Do not block the tail pipe or situate your vehicle or propane appliance exhaust systems in a place where the
exhaust gases have any possibility of accumulating either outside, underneath, or inside your
vehicle or any nearby vehicles. Outside air movements can carry exhaust gases inside the vehicle
through windows or other openings remote from the exhaust outlet. Operate the engine only when
safe dispersion of exhaust gases can be assured.
The motorhome should never be operated or occupied unless the CO Detector is present and functioning properly. Do not under any circumstances operate the vehicle or generator engine while sleeping.
BATTERY
INSTALLATION
The carbon monoxide detector is installed without batteries. To install the batteries, press
the tab at the top of the CO detector and slide the detector upwards. Open the battery
compartment door by hinging the left lower side downward. This exposes the battery
compartment. Install the batteries as indicated. The detector should beep indicating
correct installation. Reverse the above procedure to reinstall the detector. Test the
detector before you start every trip.
PROPANE SAFETY
When lighting your propane appliances for the first time, or after refueling the propane
tank, trapped air will need to be purged from the system which could take a few seconds
or a few minutes, depending on the distance of the appliance from the tank. Follow
the appliance manufacturer’s lighting and operating instructions found in the Owner’s
Information Kit. Be sure that the water heater has water in it prior to igniting.
EXIT LOCATIONS
Every sleeping area in your recreational vehicle is provided with exits. These exits are
either in the form of an exit window (which will be labeled EXIT in red letters) or the main
entry door, which is not labeled, serves as an exit. The exit window handles will also be
red in color. Lift the handles and push the window open to exit. Make sure all occupants
are aware of the exit locations and their operation.
GENERATOR
The onboard generator makes your RV fully self-contained. It allows you access to 120
volts when there is no shore power available, but keep in mind that carbon monoxide
is deadly! Never sleep in the RV while the generator is running! Before you start and
use the generator inspect the exhaust system. Do not use it if the exhaust system is
damaged. Test the carbon monoxide detector every time you use the RV. Know what
the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:
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Make sure to read and understand the generator owner’s manual before operating the generator. Observe all operating instructions and warnings as well as all recommended maintenance schedules and procedures.
Dizziness
Vomiting
Nausea
Muscular twitching
Intense headache
Throbbing in the temples
Weakness and sleepiness
Inability to think coherently
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If you or anyone else experiences any of these symptoms get to fresh air immediately. Shut the generator down and do not operate it until it has been inspected and repaired
by a professional. If the symptoms persist seek medical attention.
Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause unconsciousness and death.
1. Do not operate the generator while sleeping. You would not be aware of exhaust
entering the RV, or alert to symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.
2. Never store anything in a generator compartment. Always keep the compartment
clean and dry.
3. Do not operate the generator in an enclosed building or in a partly enclosed area
such as a garage. It is also not recommended that you use the generator when
there are other vehicles nearby.
4. Review the safety precautions for fuel and exhaust fumes elsewhere in this
manual.
5. Do not operate the generator when the RV is parked in high grass or brush. Heat
from the exhaust could cause a fire in dry conditions.
6. Never operate your chassis or generator engine, or the engine of any vehicle, longer
than necessary when the vehicle is parked.
7. Do not simultaneously operate generator and a ventilator which could result in the
entry of exhaust gas. When exhaust ventilators are used, we recommend that a
window on the opposite side of the unit “upwind” of exhaust gases be opened to
provide cross ventilation.
8. When parked, orient the vehicle so that the wind will carry the exhaust away from
the vehicle. Do not open nearby windows, ventilators, or doors into the passenger
compartment, particularly those which can be “down wind”, even part of the time.
9. Do not operate the generator when parked in close proximity to vegetation, snow,
buildings, vehicles, or any other object that could deflect the exhaust under or into
the vehicle.
10. Do not touch the generator when running, or immediately after shutting off. Heat
from the generator can cause burns. Allow the generator to cool before attempting
maintenance or service.
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After you first purchase your new recreational vehicle and sometimes after it has been CHEMICAL
closed up for an extended period of time, you may notice a strong odor and chemical SENSITIVITY
sensitivity. This is not a defect in your recreational vehicle. Like your home, there
are many different products used in the construction of recreational vehicles, such
as carpet, linoleum, plywood, insulation, upholstery, etc. Formaldehyde is also the
by-product of combustion and numerous household products, such as some paints,
coatings and cosmetics. However, recreational vehicles are much smaller then your
home and therefore the exchange of air inside a recreational vehicle is significantly less
than a home. These products, when new or when exposed to elevated temperatures
and/or humidity, may “off-gas” different chemicals, including formaldehyde. This off
gassing, in combination with the minimal air exchange, may cause you to experience
irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and sometimes headache, nausea, and a variety of
asthma-like symptoms. Elderly persons and young children, as well as anyone with a
history of asthma, allergies, or lung problems, may be more susceptible to the effects
of off-gassing.
Most of the attention regarding chemical off-gassing surrounds formaldehyde. FORMALDEHYDE
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance. It is also a key industrial chemical used
in the manufacture of the numerous consumer products which were referred to above
and used in the construction of recreational vehicles. Trace levels of formaldehyde
are also released from smoking, cooking, use of soaps and detergents such as carpet
shampoos, cosmetics, and many other household products. Some people are very
sensitive to formaldehyde while others may not have any reaction to the same levels of
formaldehyde. Amounts released decrease over time.
To reduce or lessen exposure to chemicals from off-gassing it is of utmost importance
that you ventilate your recreational vehicle. Ventilation should occur frequently after
purchase and at times when the temperatures and humidity are elevated. Remember
off-gassing is accelerated by heat and humidity. Open windows, exhaust vents, and
doors. Operate ceiling and/or other fans, roof air conditioners, and furnaces and use a
fan to force stale air out and bring fresh air in. Please also follow the recommendations
and tips on how to avoid condensation problems. Many of the recommendations
mentioned there will assist in avoiding exposure to chemicals that off-gas.
VENTILATION
We recommend that you do not smoke inside your recreational vehicle. In addition to SMOKING
causing damage to your recreational vehicle, tobacco releases formaldehyde and other
toxic chemicals.
If you have any questions regarding the health effects of formaldehyde, please consult
your doctor or local health department.
MEDICAL ADVICE
To avoid condensation problems, try to follow these tips to help alleviate excess
moisture.
TIPS TO
CONTROLLING
CONDENSATION
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Allow excess moisture to escape to the outside when bathing, washing dishes, hair
drying, laundering, and using appliances and non-vented gas burners.
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Always use the vent hood when cooking.
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Keep the bathroom door closed and the vent or window open when bathing and for
a period of time after you have finished.
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Do not hang wet clothes in the vehicle to dry.
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In hot weather, start the air conditioner early as it removes excess humidity from the
air while lowering the temperature.
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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.
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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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The natural tendency would be to close the vehicle tightly during cold weather. This
will actually compound the problem. Simply put, you need to remove some of the
warm air, and allow some cool air to get inside the vehicle, so the furnace will not
recycle humid interior air.
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Use fluorescent ceiling lights and minimize prolonged use of the incandescent
lights, which produce heat and contribute to condensation in the roof above the
ceiling lights.
WHAT ARE MOLDS?
Molds are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in virtually every environment,
indoors and out. Outdoors mold growth is important in the decomposition of plants. Indoors, mold growth is unfavorable. Left unchecked, molds break down natural
materials, such as wood products and fabrics. Knowing the potential ricks is important
for any type of owner to protect their investment.
WHAT FACTORS
CONTRIBUTE TO
MOLD GROWTH?
For mold growth to occur, temperatures, indoors and 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. If using a dehumidifier, please read and follow all manufacturer instructions and
recommendations to the use and cleaning of the dehumidifier.
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Frequent use of your RV or regular cleaning is an important preventative 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 products. Check sealants regularly, and reseal when necessary to avoid water leaks. Proper
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preventative maintenance to the RV and its accessories, as described will provide the
best protection to the RV.
For more information, please see “Tips to Controlling Condensation” on page 33.
Your motorhome was designed primarily for recreational use and short-term occupancy. EFFECTS OF
If you expect to occupy the motorhome for an extended period, be prepared to deal with PROLONGED
condensation and the humid conditions that may be encountered. The relatively small OCCUPANCY
volume, and tight compact construction of modern recreational vehicles, mean that the
normal living activities of even a few occupants will lead to rapid moisture saturation of
the air contained in the motorhome, and the appearance of visible moisture, especially
in cold weather.
Just as moisture collects on the outside of a glass of cold water during humid weather,
moisture can condense on the inside surfaces of the motorhome during cold weather
when relative humidity of the interior air is high. This condition is increased because the
insulated walls of a recreational vehicle are much thinner than house walls. Estimates
indicated that a family of four can vaporize up to three gallons of water daily through
breathing, cooking, bathing, and washing. Unless the water vapor is carried outside by
ventilation, or condensed by a dehumidifier, it will condense on the inside of the windows
and walls as moisture, or in cold weather as frost or ice. It may also condense out of sight
within the walls or the ceiling where it will manifest itself as warped or stained panels. Appearance of these conditions may indicate a serious condensation problem. When
you recognize the signs of excessive moisture and condensation in the motorhome,
action should be taken to minimize their effects. For tips on controlling condensation
see “Tips to Controlling Condensation” section.
Your motorhome 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 void certain warranty protections.
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Your motorhome is self contained, able to carry fresh water in the potable storage tank
and hold the wastewater in dual holding tanks for dumping when convenient. Water
connections are also available for a city water hose hookup to an external pressurized
water source.
FRESH WATER
SYSTEM
The fresh water storage tank supplies potable water to all fixtures within your motorhome FILTER / WATER
by means of a 12 Volt water pump. This pump is located close to the storage tank PUMP
and is equipped with a check valve that ensures directional flow away from the tank.
The pump has an on/off switch, which is located on the monitor panel, bathroom, or
termination compartment. The pump will automatically build up pressure and maintain
that pressure when turned on. The pump should be turned off when the fresh water tank
is empty or when the motorhome will not be in use. Continued operation with a dry tank
may damage the pump. Your pump has a filter on the inlet side. This filter should be
cleaned after each tankful of water for the first few uses. To remove the cover press in
firmly and twist counterclockwise about one eighth turn. Pull the screen out of the bowl
and rinse clean. Reassemble in the reverse fashion. For more information check your
water pump Owner’s Manual located in your Owner’s Information Kit.
Filter
Water Pump
The fresh water tank can be filled by an external hose through the potable water fill FRESH WATER FILL
located outside your unit. To fill, make sure that the tank and low point drains are closed.
Simply connect the external hose directly to the receptacle labeled “Potable Water” on
the outside of your motorhome. Turn on the external water source and the tank will fill
up. Check the monitor panel while filling the tank to determine how full the tank is. When
full, water may spill back out through the inlet or vent. There is no automatic shut-off for
the fresh water tank fill. When completely filling the tank to maximum water capacity, fill
all water lines and the water heater as well. When possible, traveling with an empty fresh
water tank will provide for more cargo carrying capacity and better gas mileage.
If you choose to use city water directly for your water source, simply attach the external CITY WATER HOOKhose to the inlet labeled “City Water” located on an exterior side of your motorhome. UP
Now you have a pressurized water supply from the motorhome park or city water supply
hookup. The same water lines are utilized as with the fresh water storage tank and
pump; however, the pump’s check valve bypasses both the pump and the fresh water
tank. Turn on the water supply and open faucets to purge any air trapped in the water
system.
Some water sources develop high water pressure, particularly in mountainous regions. These campgrounds or hookup locations may not have
regulated water pressure, which could be considered excessive. High pressure is anything over 55 psi.
Excessive pressure may cause leaks or damage to your water system. Water pressure regulators are
available to protect the water system against high pressures. Check with your dealer for recommendations
of water pressure regulators.
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LOW POINT DRAINS
Low point drains are located either in the holding tank compartment or in a rear storage
compartment on the driver’s side of the coach. These drains are used when the system
is to be completely cleared of water.
SANITIZING THE
SYSTEM
You should sanitize and disinfect the fresh water system upon delivery of the unit and
at least once per year or whenever the motorhome is unused for prolonged periods of
time. This will help keep your water system fresh and discourage the growth of viral and
bacterial contamination, which may be contained in your water supply. Use a chlorine
and fresh water rinse as follows:
1. Drain the fresh water tank by opening the drain valve. All of the faucets should be in the closed or off position.
2. Prepare a solution of 1/4 cup household liquid chlorine bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite) to one gallon of water for every 15 gallons of tank capacity. Do not
pour bleach straight into tank. Bleach must be diluted in water prior to filling.
Example: Add four 2/3 gallons solution to a 70 gallon tank.
Add five 1/3 gallons solution to a 80 gallon tank.
Add six 1 gallon solution to a 90 gallon tank.
Add six 2/3 gallons solution to a 100 gallon tank.
This mixture puts a 50 PPM (parts per million) residual chlorine concentration in the motorhome’s water tank. This will act as quick-kill dosage for some harmful bacteria, viruses, and slime-forming organisms. Concentrations higher than 50 PPM may damage water lines and/or tank.
3. Close all faucets and drains, and fill the fresh water tank with the rinse solution through the potable water fill.
4. Turn on the pump switch and circulate the rinse solution throughout the entire system.
5. Once the rinse solution has been circulated through the entire system, fill the fresh water tank until it is full.
6. Close all faucets and drains and let the system sit for approximately three (3) hours.
7. Drain the entire system.
8. Flush the complete system with fresh water until chlorine odor disappears.
9. Finally, close all drains and fill the fresh water tank as you normally would. Make sure the water heater has water in it prior to igniting.
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Chlorine is poisonous. Recap bottle and clean any appliances used with soap and water.
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The waste water system is comprised of dual holding tanks with individual termination
valves. The holding (solid waste) tank as indicated on your monitor panel, collects all the
waste material from the toilet. The gray water tank collects all of the liquid waste material
from the sinks, drains, and showers. Both tanks are joined together after the termination
valve to provide a single termination outlet for convenient dumping of waste materials. A
flexible sewer hose ( which is not provided) is required to make the connection between
your unit’s termination valve and the approved dump station inlet.
WASTE WATER
SYSTEM
The drainage system is very similar to that of your home. The system is trapped and
vented to prevent waste gases from entering your motorhome. The drain piping is made
of ABS material and is resistant to most chemicals. The “P” traps at the sinks, showers
and tubs are available for use as clean-outs if necessary.
Your vehicle’s holding tank compartments are heated by the furnace duct work. It will
heat the tanks when the furnace is operating.
HEATED HOLDING
TANKS
As mentioned previously, your holding tanks terminate together at one location for DUMPING THE
convenience in dumping your tanks. A twist-on cap is located at the terminal outlet to HOLDING TANKS
help prevent leakage of materials.
The holding tanks are enclosed sewer systems, and must be drained into an approved dump station. Tanks should be thoroughly drained and rinsed to prevent any accumulation on the interior of the tanks.
1. Twist off the termination cap counterclockwise. Some liquid may be trapped between the valves.
2. Connect the sewer hose by turning it clockwise, making sure that the connection
end levers are locked over the termination end.
3. Deposit the other end of the sewer hose into an approved dump station inlet.
4. Open the black termination valve first and drain.
5. Open the gray (smaller) tank valve to drain and flush out the hose.
6. Rinse the tanks and hose thoroughly with fresh water before disconnecting.
7. Close the termination valves.
8. Rinse the sewer hose with the faucet provided in the termination compartment.
9. Replace the sewer hose to the storage location.
10. Replace the termination cap on the outlet, making sure that it is secured and
locked.
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HOW TO PREVENT
BLOCKAGE OF
DRAIN LINES
TERMINATION
COMPARTMENT
COMPONENTS
Do not leave the termination valves in the open position or open them prior to having the sewer hose connected. Do not remove the termination cap with the termination valves in the open position.
The most common holding tank problem is blocking the drain lines, which can be
minimized by following a few simple suggestions:
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Prior to dumping, make sure your tank is at least 1/3 full.
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Keep the tank valves closed, and the termination cap on.
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Fill and cover the bottom of the tank with water after dumping is complete and leave the water in the tank.
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Use only approved, biodegradable, toilet tissue designed specifically for motorhome systems.
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Always use plenty of water when flushing.
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Do not put facial tissue, paper, or sanitary napkins into your holding tanks.
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Do not put solid objects into the tank which could puncture or scratch your tanks.
The termination compartment has many operations. Listed below are the fixture call
outs and functions:
1. Exterior shower head. For washing animals, hands, sewer hose, or any exterior
cleaning job.
2. Termination valve handle. To open, grab handle, and pull outward. Make sure that
the drain hose is connected.
3. Termination cap. Remove this to install the sewer hose. Be sure that the termination
valves are closed before removing this cap.
4. Termination valve handle. To open, grab handle, and pull outward. Make sure that
the drain hose is connected.
5. Sewer holding tank flush attachment. Attach the city pressure hose and allow the
water to flow for three minutes. Be sure to open the termination valves and have the
sewer hose attached and draining into an approved waste disposal system.
6. Hatch cover. Open this and pass your city pressure hose through. Close with hose
passing through small opening in the cover.
7. Exterior faucet. For mixing the water temperature for the exterior shower head.
8. Compartment light. This is controlled by the compartment light switch at the entry
door.
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9. Low point drains. Use these to drain your water tank and lines in preparation for winterization.
Chapter 7 - Technical Systems
The basic utility systems in your unit can be classified under two general titles, Electrical,
and Propane. This section outlines these systems, describing their function, operation,
and simple maintenance. This section is not intended as a service guide. Should a
problem arise, we recommend that you contact your Damon dealer.
The electrical system in your motorhome is designed and built in accordance with the
latest codes, standards, and regulations effective at the time of construction. It consists
of two types of systems, alternating current (AC) 120 Volt service and direct current (DC)
12 Volt service. Because of the many model variations and options, it is not possible
to provide wiring diagrams in this manual. We recommend that any electrical work be
done by a Damon dealer or a qualified RV electrician.
The chassis electrical system is separate from the coach electrical system, except for CHASSIS
the emergency start which may provide power from the auxiliary batteries to the chassis ELECTRICAL
battery. The chassis system gets its power from the automotive battery, providing power
to all of the dash controls and their functions. If any chassis electrical system should
fail, first check the fuses at the circuit panel under the interior dash on the drivers’ side.
These are automotive type fuses, which are available at many service stations. The
dash fuses will be located either under the dash on the drivers’ side, or in the Battery
Control Center (BCC) in the compartment in front of the drivers’ front tire.
Replace fuses or bulbs only with those of equivalent size and type as marked on the fuse or bulb. Incorrect sizing will not match component circuitry causing a possible electrical hazard.
The direct current (DC) system supplies all the power to operate the 12 Volt devices in
your vehicle. It is made up of four parts:
COACH ELECTRICAL
1. Auxiliary Coach Batteries
2. Chassis Batteries
3. Converter/Inverter
4. Battery Control Center (BCC)
The system has been designed to provide adequate power during travel, dry camping
or campground use.
When shore power is unavailable, the coach batteries power all house 12 Volt devices. The coach batteries are of the golf cart variety and are capable of being deeply
discharged. With a large reserve rating, the batteries are able to provide limited use for
several days before needing to be recharged. Because of the large power rating, the
batteries must be recharged for a minimum of 24 hours to reach a full charge.
Never expose batteries to open flame or electrical spark. Chemical action in the battery generates hydrogen gas which is flammable and explosive. Do not allow battery electrolyte (battery acid) to contact skin,
eyes, fabric, or painted surfaces. Wear eye protection when working with batteries.
Charging of the batteries comes from one of two sources, the engine alternator or the CONVERTER/
converter. When driving, circuitry in the BCC (Battery Control Center) directs charging INVERTER
current from the chassis electrical system to the coach battery bank. When power from
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either the campsite or generator is present, the converter charges the batteries while
also providing power for the house circuits. The converter is an electronic device with
an output rating of 80 amps DC (Direct Current) for units equipped with 50 amp AC
(Alternating Current) service. It is connected directly to the coach batteries through the
battery disconnect in the BCC. All of the converter’s output, minus the house power
needs, is available to charge the batteries. Units with 50 amp AC service are equipped
with a Charge Wizard to control the demand for charge directed to the batteries.
The inverter converts 12 Volt power from your house batteries to 120 Volt power for your
motorhome. The inverter will power the front and rear TV, Home Theater, the VCR, the
GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) circuit, the microwave and all 120 Volt receipts.
Be aware that batteries are a limited power source and will quickly discharge under high
loads.
ALTERNATING
CURRENT SYSTEM
The AC electrical system provides grounded electrical power to your 120 Volt electrical
appliances through the external shoreline or your power generator. The shoreline is a
one-piece molded cord that provides a weatherproof cable assembly. Included in this
cord is a grounding pin. If any adapter or extension cord is used, ensure the wire is
sufficiently sized for the amperage of the motorhome. Be sure the grounding pin is
maintained.
Electrical output devices, extension cords and adapters must be grounded and suitable for the electrical requirements of your
motorhome. Failure to provide sufficient electrical power can cause low voltage and/or damage to
your appliances and motorhome.
AC receptacles are located throughout your unit for your convenience. Certain circuits
are dedicated to individual appliances (i.e. air conditioners, microwave/ convection oven)
because of load requirements.
GFCI
Your motorhome is provided with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacle
located in the bathroom or galley which also provides protection to all outside receptacles.
The GFCI is designed to limit the time of exposure to an electrical shock caused by
current leakage to the ground.
The GFCI should be checked once a month to assure proper operation. To test the GFCI:
1. Press the TEST button.
2. The RESET button will pop up. If the RESET button does not pop up, a loss of ground fault protection is indicated. DO NOT USE that outlet or other outlets on the same circuit until a qualified RV electrician has checked out the electrical system. 3. To restore power, push the RESET button.
If the outside receptacles do not work, check the GFCI receptacle to make sure the reset button has not been tripped.
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The Battery Control Center (BCC) houses all the fuses for your auxiliary coach circuits. BATTERY CONTROL
The BCC is located in front of the drivers front tire inside the compartment of the CENTER
fenderskirt. To remove the BCC cover locate the tabs on each side of the box, pull
away slightly and remove. Inside you will find a series of fuses for the extra circuits not
available on the automotive or interior house 12 volt fuse boards. These style fuses are
available at any automotive or RV store. If it should become necessary to replace any
of these fuses, be sure to replace them with the same style and amperage rating. The
circuit wiring is sized for that particular amperage. The BCC will sense when to charge
either set of batteries. If the voltage falls below the minimum requirements, the BCC
will switch the charge to that set of batteries. Terminals inside the BCC are available for
testing its functionality. This testing should be performed by a qualified RV technician.
If your motorhome is equipped with a generator, it will provide independent AC power. GENERATOR
When the generator is in operation an automatic switch will change the AC appliances to
generator power from the previous AC source. A short delay occurs before the switching
process is complete to allow the generator to stabilize its output. The generator is
mounted to allow for easy access during service functions. Refer to the Generator
Owner’s Manual for necessary service requirements and operating instructions.
EXHAUST GASES ARE DEADLY. Do not block the tail pipe or situate the vehicle in a place where the exhaust gases have any possibility
of accumulating either outside, underneath, or inside your vehicle or any other nearby vehicles.
Outside air movements can carry exhaust gases inside the vehicle through windows or other
openings remote from the exhaust outlet. Operate the generator only when safe dispersion of
exhaust gases can be assured, and monitor outside conditions to be sure that exhaust gases
continue to be dispersed safety.
Do not under any circumstances operate the generator engine while sleeping.
The monitor panel allows you a convenient check of the approximate levels of all systems MONITOR PANEL
at the touch of a button. It is located above the entry door and includes:
The water pump switch
The level test button for:
Propane tank Fresh water tank
Holding tank 1 (black/toilet waste water)
Holding tank 2 (gray/sink and shower waste water)
Push and hold the button until the panel registers a reading.
The levels are registered as:
F (full)
2/3 full
1/3 full
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The monitor panel gives its readings of the water and waste tanks by means of an electrical signal between the tank probes. If there is an extremely
low mineral content in the water, or if there is buildup or coating on the sensor probes on the interior of the
tank(s), the readings on the monitor panel may be incorrect.
ROOF AIR
CONDITIONER
PROPANE SYSTEM
Avoid pouring grease, oils, or similar substances down your drain or the toilet. If this should occur, the holding tanks may need to be washed out with soap and water. Inaccurate monitor panel readings could occur.
Your Damon Motor Coach may be equipped with two roof mount air conditioners, one in
the front and one in the rear. Both air conditioners can be operated on either generator
power or by an external power source. Your motorhome may be equipped with an electric
heat pump. Using this for heat will reduce your furnace propane consumption. Use the
Remote to select your appliance and set the temperature. There is a timer available
for setting the heat or A/C operating times. You may notice some delays while changing
from heat to A/C and back. This prevents damage to the compressor. When changing
the batteries in the remote, be sure to press the Reset button with a pen or pencil. See
your Air Conditioner Owner’s Manual in the Damon Owner’s Information Kit for more
details.
This vehicle is designed with a propane system to provide a safe and reliable fuel
source for your range, furnace, water heater, and refrigerator. As with any flammable
and volatile material, proper handling and precautions should be exercised at all times.
The following warnings must be reviewed and adhered to for safe and trouble free
operation.
Propane containers should not be placed or stored inside the vehicle. Propane containers are equipped with safety devices that relieve
excessive pressure by discharging gas into the atmosphere.
It is not safe to use cooking appliances for comfort heating. Cooking appliances need fresh air for safe operation. Before operation:
• Open overhead vent or turn on exhaust fan, and
• Open window.
A warning label has been located in the cooking area to remind the user to provide an
adequate supply of fresh air for combustion. Use proper ventilation when using the
cooking appliances to avoid the dangers of asphyxiation.
Do not fill containers to more than 80 percent of capacity. Over filling the propane container can result in uncontrolled gas flow, which can
cause fire or explosion. A properly filled container will contain approximately 80 percent of its
volume as liquid propane.
Portable fuel burning equipment, including wood, charcoal grills, and propane stoves, should not be used inside the motorhome. The use of
this equipment inside the vehicle may cause fires and/or asphyxiation.
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Propane has a distinctive odor. If you are unaware of the nature of an odor contact a Damon dealer. If you smell propane:
• Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights, and all smoking materials.
• Do not touch any electrical switches.
• Shut off the gas supply at the tank valve or gas supply connection.
• Open doors and windows.
• Leave the area until the odor clears.
• Have the gas system checked immediately by a certified RV technician.
Annual maintenance should be conducted on the propane gas appliances and equipment
by an authorized dealer.
The propane tank is mounted to the chassis below the floor between the frame rails and
behind the lower compartment door of your motorhome. The tank needn’t be removed,
as it is accessible for filling through a remote fill under the lower compartment door in the
drivers side. The tank and fittings have been completely assembled; however, upon initial
filling, all connections should be checked for leakage by a certified RV technician.
PROPANE TANK
The propane is stored in the tank as a liquid under pressure and vaporizes under the
control of the pressure regulator for use with all of the propane appliances. The propane
in the tank is much colder than the air that surrounds the tank, but as the air temperature
drops closer to the temperature of the liquid in the tank, the liquid doesn’t vaporize as
easily. Consequently, the BTU value of the propane drops dramatically. The closer the
tank is to full during cold temperatures, the better the BTU value will be; however, do not
fill the tank to more than 80 percent (80%) of capacity.
Freezing of the propane system is a potential problem during cold temperatures because of moisture in the propane or supply system. Precautions should be taken to
keep your tank and system free of moisture. Check with your propane service station
about approved antifreeze or deicers, which may be available to reduce the possibility
of a freeze.
The tank has a gauge installed to show the level of propane in the tank. The tank level
can be remotely read from the monitor panel. The monitor panel is usually located in
the hallway.
The propane tank has a regulator installed adjacent to the main shut-off valve. The PROPANE
regulator controls the pressure to the appliances as required for proper operation. This REGULATOR
regulator has been preset by the regulator manufacturer and should not be adjusted
unless necessary, and then only by a qualified propane service technician.
The regulator has a vent to permit it to breath, allowing the diaphragm to move up and
down, and also allowing a release for excess pressure which may build up. This vent
must be facing downward and should be checked periodically to make sure that it is
clean and free from obstructions. Clogging from corrosion, dirt, insects and other debris
is the most common cause of regulator malfunction.
The propane regulator must always be installed with the diaphragm vent facing downward. Regulators that are not in compartments have
been equipped with a protective cover. Make sure that the regulator vent faces downward and that
the cover remains in place to minimize vent blockage that could result in excessive gas pressure,
causing fire or explosion.
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HOME THEATER
PROGRAMMING
PIONEER VSX-D515 PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS-1:
1. Turn the receiver power ON.
2. Press the RECEIVER button on the top left side of the remote.
3. Press the SYSTEM SETUP button located near the center of the remote.
4. Press the RIGHT ARROW button near the center of the remote until the display reads SP SETUP. Then press ENTER on the remote twice.
5. Press the DOWN ARROW button on the remote until the display reads F LARGE. Then press ENTER.
6. Press the DOWN ARROW button until the display reads C SMALL. Then press ENTER.
7. Press the DOWN ARROW button until the display reads S SMALL. Then press ENTER.
8. Press the DOWN ARROW button until the display reads SB NO. Then press ENTER.
9. Press the DOWN ARROW button until the display reads SW YES. Then press ENTER.
10. Press the RETURN button three times. This button is located just above and to the right of the arrow keys.
11. For more programming information please refer to the product’s owners manual in your motorhome.
PIONEER VSX-D515 PROGRAMMING INSTRUCTIONS-2:
1. Press the DVD/LD button on the receiver.
2. Press the SIGNAL select button on the receiver until the display reads DIGITAL.
3. Push the STANDARD button on the receiver until the display reads DOLBY PL.
4. Press the DVR/VCR button on the receiver.
5. Press the ADVANCED SURROUND button on the receiver until the display reads 5-STEREO.
6. Press the CD-R/TAPE button on the receiver.
7. Press the ADVANCED SURROUND mode button on the receiver until the display reads 5-STEREO.
8. Press the AM or FM button on the receiver.
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9. Press the ADVANCED SURROUND button on the receiver until the display reads 5-STEREO.
10. Press the CD button on the receiver.
11. Press the SIGNAL select button on the receiver until the display reads DIGITAL. Press the ADVANCED SURROUND mode button on the receiver until the display reads 5-STEREO.
12. Press the TV/SAT button on the receiver.
13. Hit the ADVANCED SURROUND button on the receiver until the display reads 5-
STEREO.
On the home theater system the DVD 5.1 button is unusable.
Playing a DVD:
1. Make sure the receiver, TV and DVD/CD player are ON.
OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
2. Press the TV/VIDEO button on the TV remote until the TV screen reads VIDEO 1.
3. Press the DVD/LD button on the receiver.
4. Press the OPEN/CLOSE button on the DVD/CD player.
5. Place DVD disc in the player.
6. Press the PLAY button on the DVD/CD player.
7. Follow instructions on screen using the DVD remote.
8. Adjust volume on the receiver as desired.
Playing a VCR Tape:
1. Make sure the VCR, TV and the receiver are turned ON.
2. Press the DVD/VCR button on the receiver.
3. Press the TV/VIDEO button on the TV remote until the TV screen reads VIDEO 1.
4. Insert the tape and press PLAY on the VCR.
5. Adjust the volume on the receiver as desired.
Watching TV:
1. Make sure the TV and the receiver are turned ON.
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2. Tune the TV to the desired channel.
3. Press the CD-R/TAPE button on the receiver.
4. Adjust the volume on the receiver as desired.
Watching a Satellite Station:
1. Make sure the TV, receiver and the satellite receiver are turned ON.
2. Press the TV/VIDEO button on the TV remote until the TV screen reads VIDEO-1.
3. Select the desired channel on the satellite system.
4. Press the TV/SAT button on the receiver.
5. Adjust the volume on the receiver as desired.
Playing CD’s:
1. Make sure the receiver and DVD/CD player are turned ON.
2. Press the CD button on the receiver.
3. Press the OPEN/CLOSE button on the DVD/CD player.
4. Place the CD disc and press the PLAY button on the DVD/CD player.
5. Adjust the volume on the receiver as desired.
Listening to the Radio:
1. Make sure the receiver is turned ON.
2. Use the band button on the receiver to switch between AM or FM.
3. Adjust the volume on the pioneer receiver as desired.
On the home theater system the DVD 5.1 button is unusable.
Playing the Rear TV:
1. Make sure the TV is ON and on channel 4.
2. Make sure the DVD/CD is ON.
3. Press the DVD button for the TV 2 on the amplified video distributor switch box.
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5. Press the PLAY button on the DVD/CD player.
6. Follow instructions on screen using the DVD remote.
7. Adjust volume on TV as desired.
When playing the DVD and the dts mode is set up in the DVD, the rear TV will not play sound.
Watching from the Roof TV Antenna or Cable TV:
1. Turn the exterior TV, exterior receiver and amplified video distribution box ON.
2. Select the button for the desired component on the video distribution box.
3 Press the V.AUX button on the exterior receiver.
4 Tune the exterior TV to your desired channel.
5. Adjust the volume on the TV and/or exterior receiver as desired.
If there is no sound:
1. Be sure that the receiver is programmed according to the instructions starting on page 46.
TROUBLESHOOTING
TIPS
The rear speakers in the system are producing special effects sounds to give the system a fuller sound. They will not sound the same as the front speakers,
and might in some situations not play at all.
These instructions are to be used only as a guide for the set up of the various systems. Please refer to the individual component Owner’s Manuals
included in the Damon Owner’s Information Kit.
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Driving a motorhome is similar to driving a car. You have an ignition switch, gearshift AUTOMOTIVE DASH
controls, turn signals, and dash components. As you sit in the driver’s seat the center
of the cluster includes tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, oil gauge, temperature
gauge, and amp meter. Switches may have symbols to describe their function. See
pages 51 and 52 for more detailed information on the function of each switch. Switch
locations may be different from model to model.
The dash radio can be played without turning the ignition key “on” provided that the
battery disconnect is in the “use” position. For units with the home theater, the dash
radio can only be played if the ignition is in the “accessory” or “run” position. The cruise
controls are on the turn signal lever. You can set, resume, and disengage the cruise
control from this location.
The gear selector is located on the right side of the steering wheel. Some models have GEAR SELECTOR
an overdrive switch on the end. Press the button to engage/disengage to overdrive
function. Pull the lever toward you to place into the desired gear. Be sure the service
brake is applied when making this selection. See the Chassis Owner’s Manual for more
information.
Below are descriptions of the various controls on your dashboard. Please keep in mind
that these controls may be located in different positions depending on the model of your
particular vehicle.
DASH CONTROLS
SUNVISORS: These switches control the sunvisors. Each shade works separately, with
each assigned switch. Lower the sunshade to desired level.
HEATED MIRRORS: Use this switch to defrost your mirrors.
ICC: Courtesy Flasher (DOT-Lights): Flash after a semi-truck passes you or as a thankyou flasher when you are passing.
WIPERS: This switch is for HIGH, LOW or intermittent operation.
WASHER: This switch located on to the wiper switch provides washer fluid to the
windshield. Check the washer fluid level prior to trips. Some washer fluid can freeze, so
be aware of the temperature conditions where you will be traveling in order to add the
proper type of fluid to your washer reservoir.
REMOTE MIRRORS: This switch allows you to set the viewing angle of your mirrors
from the convenience of the driver’s seat. To adjust the driver’s side mirror, move the
lever to the left. For the passenger’s side, move the lever to the right and adjust as
needed.
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FOG LIGHTS/DRIVING LIGHTS: Are offered to provide more visibility. Fog lights will
function with low beams, Driving lights will function with high beams.
SIDE DOCK LIGHT: This switch enables the side lights to turn on when the vehicle is
in reverse.
NIGHT LIGHTS: Provide lighting in the aisle of the motorhome.
HEADLIGHTS: Operates like the one in your automobile. Turning the knob to the first
position turns on the parking lights. Turning the knob to the second position turns on the
headlights. Pulling up on the knob turns on the fog lights. Rotating the knob controls the
brightness of the dash lights. (Set this according to your preference.)
SERVICE-LIGHTS: Provide under the hood lighting.
AUXILIARY START SYSTEM: Permits using the auxiliary battery power to aid in starting
the motorhome engine if the vehicle battery has become discharged. When the ignition
key is turned to the start position and one or more clicking sounds are heard, it may be
necessary to use the auxiliary start system as follows:
Always set the parking brake prior to using the auxiliary start system.
1. Press and hold the AUX START switch located on the dash.
2. Turn the key and start the engine in the normal manner.
3. Release the AUX START switch and operate motorhome in a normal manner.
Do not hold the ignition key in the start position for more than 30 seconds. Be careful not to run down the auxiliary RV battery as this could leave you without any 12 Volt power.
DASH FANS: Provide air flow in the cockpit area. They can be of assistance to the
defroster system during cold temperatures, or circulate cool air from your air conditioner
during hot weather. This is a two speed switch for low and high speed operation.
GENERATOR START: A switch on the dash, in the bedroom or on the generator allows
remote starting or shutdown of your power generator. When the generator is running, a
light on the dash switch will be illuminated. An hour meter shows the total amount of time
the generator has been in operation.
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The steering wheel can be moved to allow additional room for entering and exiting the STEERING WHEEL
driver’s seat, as well as for selected driving positions. Operate the tilt mechanism by
lifting the smaller lever on the left side of the steering column just below the directional
signal lever. Move the steering wheel to the desired position and release the lever to
secure.
Never attempt to adjust the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion. Loss of vehicle control could result.
The monitor for the back up camera is located in or on the dash. It will turn on when the BACK UP MONITOR
gear selector is placed in reverse, or when you engage its power button. It will allow you
to see behind your vehicle as you back up or park. The camera is located on the rear
cap of the coach.
The climate controls in your motorhome are similar to the controls in many cars. You TEMERATURE
can adjust the fan speed, cool/warm air mixture, and climate settings, with the turn of a CONTROL
knob. Your climate control console includes settings for maximum A/C, normal A/C, vent,
floor heat, a mixture of floor and dash heat, and defrost. Setting controls to maximum
A/C circulates and cools interior air. Setting controls to normal A/C conditions outdoor
air. This chassis climate control is not intended to heat or cool the entire motorhome.
The parking brake is engaged when the shift selector is placed into the N position and PARKING BRAKE
the yellow parking brake knob is pulled. To release, press in on the yellow parking brake
knob.
Be sure the service brakes are engaged whenever applying or releasing the parking brakes.
The leveling jack control pad is located on the drivers left side panel. The parking brake LEVELING SYSTEM
must be applied and the ignition system must be on before engaging the leveling jacks.
Be sure that the motor coach is on level ground before beginning to level the coach.
Using the control pad, push the ON/OFF switch pad. The system is now operational and
the electronic level lights will become active. Push the AUTO switch pad to begin the
automatic leveling cycle. To retract the jacks in automatic mode, press the RETRACT ALL
JACKS button. The jacks will then start to retract and return to the full retract position.
In automatic mode, the RETRACT ALL JACKS button needs only to be pressed once and released for the jacks to fully retract.
If further adjustment is necessary, simply push and hold the MAN switch pad for
approximately five seconds until the light under this button is illuminated. Push
the appropriate leg pad to override the system and level the motorhome to your
satisfaction. When leveling your motorcoach, the coach should be leveled FRONT to REAR, then LEFT to RIGHT.
To retract the jacks the motorhome ignition should be on. Push the ON/OFF switch pad
on the control panel. Push and release the RETRACT ALL JACKS switch pad. All jacks
will start to retract and return to their full upright position.
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In manual mode, the RETRACT ALL JACKS button will only retract the jacks as long as the RETRACT ALL JACKS button is depressed.
When this is complete, the JACKS DOWN light will go out. Read your leveling jack
Owner’s Manual in the Damon Owner’s Information Kit for more details.
•
Be sure to park the coach on solid, level ground.
•
Clear all jack landing locations of debris and obstructions. Locations should be also
free of depressions.
•
When parking the coach on extremely soft surfaces, utilize load distribution pads
under each jack.
•
People and pets should be clear of the coach while operating leveling system.
•
Be sure to keep hands and other body parts clear of fluid leaks.
Never lift all the wheels off the ground to level the coach.
STORAGE ABOVE
COCKPIT
Above the dash are storage compartments for the VCR, DVD, Global Positioning System,
Video Center, CD Changer and Digital Broadcast System. The TV antenna hookup with
power booster switch is located here. The light is illuminated when the booster is on. The
120 Volt outlet for the TV is also located here. The video center will allow you to switch
the signal from the antenna/VCR to the front or rear television sets.
LIVING ROOM
TELEVISION
The front television will only operate when the vehicle ignition switch is turned off. Once
the engine ignition switch is on, the television will automatically shut off. This is a safety
requirement.
DOORS & DRAWERS
Interior doors and drawers have travel latches to keep them closed while you are in
transit. To open drawers lift slightly to clear the catch, then pull open.
When storing articles:
UNDER BED
STORAGE
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Always keep tools and equipment stored in areas where they will not shift while
traveling.
•
Whenever possible, place heavy articles in storage compartments which are low
and near the axles for better weight distribution. Pack articles carefully in the storage
compartments to minimize shifting. If necessary, use straps to prevent movement.
•
Be sure liquid containers are capped and cannot tip or spill. Secure all glass
containers and dishes before traveling.
Additional storage is accessible directly beneath the bed. Simply unlatch and lift the foot
of the bed. The device is equipped with gas struts to assist with opening, holding, and
closing the bed storage lid.
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1. Before operating the system, verify your coach batteries are fully charged.
2. Before extending slide room, verify the following:
•
Turn chassis ignition off. This system will not function with your key on. Level your
motorhome by utilizing the hydraulic leveling jacks.
•
Before extending the slide room, remove the travel locks from the slide room by
rotating and removing, and move the driver’s seat to the furthest forward position,
and place the seat back in the vertical position.
•
Verify that there are no objects (trees, electrical box, people, etc.) in the way of the
slide room before extending it.
3.
After the above steps have been verified, locate the switch for the slide room in the
hallway, or bedroom of the motorhome. Turn the key to the ON position. As you press the switch to the OUT position, the room will begin to travel outward. (As a safety feature, if you let up on the switch, the room will stop moving).
EXTENDING SLIDE
ROOM
4. As this slide room is designed to roll across the carpet, it may be necessary to vacuum the floor after each extension of the room.
5. It may be necessary to re-level your motorhome after the room is extended.
1. Before operating the system, verify that your coach batteries are fully charged.
2. Before retracting the room, verify the following:
•
The driver’s seat in a motorhome is in the most forward position, and the seat back
is in the vertical position.
•
No debris is caught between the slide room roof and awning. Verify that any cargo
inside the motorhome during the retraction mode will not restrict the slide room.
RETRACTING SLIDE
ROOM
3. Turn the key to the ON position. Press the slide room switch to the IN position. (As a safety feature, if you let up on the switch, the room will stop moving).
4. Turn the key to the OFF position. Insert the travel lock into the wall socket, two if provided. (The tension on the travel lock may be tightened by rotating the center portion of the travel lock clockwise, counter clockwise to loosen).
5. Retract leveling jacks before moving the motorhome.
6. Return driver seat to the driver’s preferred position.
Your slideout requires very little maintenance. To ensure the long life of the system, read
and follow these few simple procedures:
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When the room is out, visually inspect the inner slide tube assemblies. Check for
excess build up of dirt or other foreign material; remove any debris that may be
present.
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If the system squeaks or makes any noises, it is permissible to apply a think coat of
lightweight oil to the drive shaft and roller areas. Remove any excess oil so that dirt
and debris cannot build up.
HIDE-A-BED SOFA
The hide-a-bed sofa is very similar to the one that you would find in a home. To open
into a bed, and pull off all cushions, pull the handle located on the top of the mattress up
and out. The bed will pull out to reach a full bed size, so check to make sure that there
is adequate room before opening the bed. Use the bed as you would a normal bed. To
replace the bed back to the sofa position, reverse the procedure and push the bed both
in and away from the front of the sofa.
SOFA BED
Some Damon models may have a sofa bed. To convert the sofa into a bed, pull bench
out and up. To convert back into a sofa, reverse procedure.
BEDROOM DOOR &
LATCH
Some Damon bedroom doors slide conveniently out of the way beside the wall. Damon
provides a vinyl travel strap or a slide latch to secure the door while the motorhome is in
motion. The door latch is a bayonet type, which is engaged by turning the handle. Some
models have an accordion type door which latches to the wall when the door is closed.
DAY/NIGHT SHADE
Your motorhome may have day/night shades, which are designed to serve a dual
purpose. For daytime use, pull down the bottom half of the light colored shade which
allows light to enter the motorhome while affording some privacy. For night use, or to
shut light out and increase your privacy, pull the top, darker part of the shade down.
A/C & FURNACE
THERMOSTAT
For your comfort we have 13,500 BTU Carrier air conditioners some with heat pumps.
There is a remote control for the air conditioners for your convenience. This remote also
controls the furnace. Simply point to the A/C, press heat on the remote and set your
degree of comfort level.
WATER HEATER
SWITCH
The hot water heater start switch is located on the wall in the galley, bathroom, or monitor
panel area. The light illuminates when the switch is turned on. The light goes off when
the burner is on and the water is heating. If the light comes back on, the burner is not yet
lit. It may take several tries to light the water heater burner. When the element is turned
on the red light will glow. Be sure the tank is full of water before using.
KITCHEN CABINETS
For your convenience, there is plenty of storage above and around the range area
for canned goods, kitchen utensils, etc. Please ensure that the doors are closed and
latched before traveling to prevent the contents from falling out.
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Drawers are designed to ensure that they do not open inadvertently during travel. To KITCHEN DRAWERS
open the drawers, pull out until catch releases. Until you get used to the operation of the
drawers, you may think that they are stuck.
Some Damon models have a wire framed pull out pantry. To extend this pantry, remove KITCHEN PANTRY
the travel lock pin at the bottom track and pull the pantry rack outward. To prepare for
travel, push the pantry rack in and reinsert the travel lock pin.
The range cover provides extra counter space and covers the burners when not in use.
When opened, it acts as a grease and splash guard. To raise the range cover, lift and
push back until it snaps into place. To return the cover to its counter flush position, lift
straight up to disengage the holding mechanism, and return it to the original position. The
range has a piezo lighter. To operate, turn the burner valve on, then turn the piezo lighter.
At that point, the pilot light will remain on for the oven until it is manually turned off. The
oven is not self cleaning, and will need routine cleansing. Please do not store anything in
your oven, and do not cook while the vehicle is in motion. For further instructions, please
refer to the Range Instruction Manual in your Owner’s Information Kit.
RANGE
The refrigerator in your motorhome runs on either propane gas or electric power. The REFRIGERATOR
controls are at the top of the unit. If you use the auto mode on your refrigerator, the
refrigerator will operate on 120 Volt power when available, and automatically switch to
propane when shoreline is removed. You can control how cold you want your refrigerator
to be with the thermostat control. Your refrigerator is equipped for large capacities with
plenty of storage shelves and a crisper. The refrigerator requires normal cleaning and
care. Please refer to the Refrigerator Owner’s Manual in your Owner’s Information Kit
for more information.
The microwave operates on 120 Volt power provided by the generator or shoreline. It will
de-program when the power is discontinued and must be reprogrammed when power is
restored. For usage instructions, please refer to the Microwave Owner’s Manual in your
Owner’s Information Kit.
MICROWAVE
The kitchen sink is much like the one in your home. It comes equipped with a sink KITCHEN SINK
cover board which, when in place, increases counter space. Only waste water should
be disposed of down the drain. Never put grease, food, or other obstructions down the
drain because you may plug the holding tank.
The faucet in your motor coach is a single lever faucet with sprayer. To use the sprayer, KITCHEN FAUCET
pull out on the head of the faucet. Press the button on top to release the water. To
reinsert the hose, gently guide it back to the original position. If you are not hooked up
to a pressurized water system at the city water fill, you must turn the water pump switch
on. You can find the water pump switch on a bathroom wall or on the monitor panel in the
hall. The water pump is a demand pump, so it will only operate when a faucet is opened
to release the pressure.
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DINETTE
CONVERSION
To convert the dinette table into a bed:
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Release the locking mechanism located at the front of the tabletop by turning
clockwise. The lever is pointing to the right in the locked position.
•
Remove the back cushions from the dinette and place aside. Lift up on the bench
seats. •
Press down on the tabletop until flush with the booth seats.
•
Replace dinette cushions on top of the table as fits best.
Under seat storage may be reached by lifting up the bench seats.
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BATH VENT
There is a power roof vent in the bathroom ceiling for use during shower and hot water
use. By opening the vent and turning the fan on, hot moist air will escape, reducing
condensation in the motorhome. It is extremely important that you use the fans and vent
every time you use the shower or tub to eliminate excess condensation.
SHOWER HEAD &
HOSE
The shower hose has a bracket that keeps the shower head from dropping and
contaminating the fresh water system. It also has a vacuum breaker to prevent the head
from siphoning water back into the fresh water system. The shower operates just like
the shower at your home with two knobs that control the mix and flow of water, and a
center valve to divert water into the shower head. A stopper is provided so that you can
fill the tub.
TOILET
The toilet in your motorhome is a marine type toilet. It can be flushed by depressing the
foot pedal at the front of the toilet. Make sure that you use only biodegradable toilet paper. Also use plenty of water to flush to prevent backups or blockages in the system.
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When locking and unlocking the main door, there is a dead bolt and a latch bolt which MAIN ENTRANCE
are keyed separately. Unlock both, pull the latch open, and pull out on the door handle. The main entry door is a two piece door. You can use the screen door separately from
the main door by unlatching it. Slide the screen handle cover closed to keep insects out
of your motorhome. If the door needs adjustment, see a Damon dealer for service.
Adjacent to each entry door is an entry assist handle for convenience and safety in ASSIST HANDLE
entering and exiting your unit.
The electric step is automatic. When the ignition switch is activated, the step will ELECTRIC STEP
automatically retract. When the door is opened, the step will extend automatically even
if the engine is running. If the switch for the step is in the OFF position, the step will fail to
operate automatically. If the step malfunctions, check the battery voltage, fuses, switch
alignment, and verify that the step switch is in the ON position.
The lower compartment doors have a pocket latch. To open, simply insert your fingers COMPARTMENT
under the flap and pull up. The door will continue to rise on the gas assisted struts until DOORS
fully open. Push down to close the compartment, and the latch will close automatically.
The doors under the slide-out and doors that are mounted below gas fired appliances
with exhaust may have a prop rod so the exhaust does not damage the door. Most
models have pass-through compartments for storing longer items. Always keep the
doors locked when traveling to prevent accidental opening or theft.
Damon motor coaches have plywood reinforced roofs which are strong enough to walk REAR LADDER
on. Use the two piece ladder to climb up on the roof for inspecting the roofing seal and
components. Remember to store and secure the lower section before traveling. Take the
ladder into consideration when backing up or parking your motorhome. Your motorhome is equipped with a side or door awning. These awnings may be electric AWNING
with an operating switch on the key fob. The operating switch is in the passengers area.
To extend a manual awning you first have to loosen the round knob and lever at the
bottom of the side rails. Using the provided awning rod, unlatch the lever at the top right
side of the awning. Using the same awning rod, pull on the loop in the center of the
awning. To retract, have the rod in the loop and release the lever at the top right side.
Be careful, the awning is under spring pressure and will start to retract immediately.
The awning is a convenient way to extend your campsite to include a patio within your
location. When using the awning, always set one side lower than the other to allow for
water runoff. For complete instructions on the use of your awning, please refer to the
instructional guide in your Owner’s Information Kit. When used properly, your awning
provides a comfortable atmosphere during your camping excursions.
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CABLE HOOKUP/
PHONE JACKS
Many RV parks have cable television and telephone jack connections available. This will
enable you to watch cable television in either the bedroom or the living area by utilizing
the video selector box in the dash overhead. It will also allow you to access a telephone
jack hookup. Simply plug in the TV cable or telephone cord into the outside cable and
telephone receptacle.
120- VOLT OUTLET
Plug in 120 Volt AC devices here. The kitchen, bathroom, and outside receptacles are
protected by a ground fault current interrupter. If the appliance does not operate, check
the circuit breaker located in the 120 Volt breaker box. (See page 42)
POWER CORD
The 120 Volt power cord is stored in one of the rear compartments on the driver’s side of
the motorhome. Connect the coach end (large yellow) of the cord into the receptacle on
the side wall of the motorhome. Turn the locking collar to hold into place. Plug the shore
end (black end) into a suitable 50 amp power receptacle to provide external power to the
motorhome and converter/charging system.
GENERATOR
COMPARTMENT
The generator compartment is located in a storage compartment on the side of the
motorhome. You can start/stop the generator from outside the unit by pushing the start
button in and holding it until you hear the generator start/stop. Refer to the Generator
Owner’s Manual for operating and maintenance information.
FURNACE DOOR
Damon furnaces have electronic ignition, and there is no need to access this panel
except for service. As with all appliances, service is best left for your dealer. To remove
the panel to check for insect nests, you will need a Square or a Phillips head screwdriver.
For further information, reference the furnace manufacturer’s manual provided with your
vehicle.
WATER HEATER
DOOR
You can gain access to the water heater control panel to check for insect nests by
turning the tab at the top and allowing the door to hinge down. Due to the electronic
ignition, it is no longer necessary to access this compartment for lighting the pilot. It
has an electronic module board, electronic ignition lighter, and a safety pop-off valve to
relieve the pressure, should it be necessary.
REFRIGERATOR
DOOR
The refrigerator is an electronic ignition appliance and there is no need to access this
panel except for service or checking for insect nests. If a problem is encountered, follow
the guidelines for use as outlined in the Refrigerator Owner’s Manual located in the
Owner’s Information Kit. If the problem is not resolved, contact an authorized Damon
dealer.
FUSE BLOCK
The fuse block is located in the battery control center compartment in front of the drivers
front tire. These fuses control the automotive ignition and dash systems. To check the
fuse, pull straight out and remove from the fuse block. The fuse can then be checked
either visually or with an electrical tester.
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Your motorhome may have an exterior TV hook-up located in a storage compartment.
There is a coax cable located in this area to hook your satellite or TV antenna up to.
There is also an electrical outlet. You may use this as an exterior entertainment center.
TV HOOK-UP AREA
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Periodic maintenance and cleaning of your recreational vehicle is necessary to retain the
dependability, safety, and appearance that will provide you with many miles of trouble
free operation, as well as protecting your investment.
GENERAL
INFORMATION
Make sure you read and follow all the maintenance tips and schedules that appear not
only in this manual, which for your convenience we have provided for you; (reference
pages 81-88), but also in the manuals provided by the chassis manufacturer and various
component manufacturers. Keep good records of maintenance functions performed,
and make sure you perform all owner obligations as may be required to keep your
warranty in force.
It is also important to note that operating conditions will affect service timetables. Driving
in extreme conditions such as heavy dust, continuous short trips, or start and stop heavy
traffic means that service durations will be shortened. Discuss service timetables with
both your dealer and chassis service representative. Preventative maintenance will pay
for itself many times over by catching or preventing problems before they occur. Many
repair costs are greatly increased due to the fact that a small problem can begin to affect
other parts and systems of the motorhome if left unattended.
If a situation arises involving maintenance or cleaning activity for which you are not
sure of the proper procedure, do not hesitate to contact your dealer, or chassis service
representative for information.
The chassis batteries are 12 Volt automotive batteries, which provide power for all vehicle
requirements. Have these batteries serviced when servicing other vehicle systems.
BATTERIES
Auxiliary batteries (house batteries) for motorhomes are dual auxiliary 6 Volt batteries to
provide living area power requirements. Have these batteries serviced when servicing
other vehicle systems.
When operating properly, the motorhome alternator will be able to handle normal vehicle
driving requirements and also recharge the batteries in a reasonable time when on the Chassis Battery
road.
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Every 30 days check battery mounting. Tighten battery cables and clean terminals
if necessary.
Check and recharge as necessary. Keep connections clean and covered with a light
coat of grease.
Check the water level weekly and add distilled water if necessary.
Vehicles left in storage for extended periods of time require further provisions to maintain a proper state of charge of the vehicle batteries. Parasitic loads
(drains) from the radio, clock, powertrain control module, courtesy lights or other accessories will discharge
a battery if the vehicle is not used for an extended period of time. A discharged battery can actually freeze
in temperatures of 32 degrees F (32°F), resulting in permanent damage to the battery. Batteries may also
be permanently damaged if allowed to stand for long periods of time in a state of discharge.
To alleviate battery discharge, during periods of storage of two weeks or less, disconnect
the battery by pressing the battery disconnect switch located by the entry steps to
the store mode. For extended periods of time the battery should be disconnected by
removing the negative cable from the battery.
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A disconnected battery may also self-discharge, especially in high ambient temperatures, therefore every disconnected battery should be checked periodically and
recharged if necessary.
WASTE WATER
SYSTEM
The drainage system, including the tanks and associated drain piping should be
periodically inspected for loose fittings from vibrations. Any deterioration of the sealant
around joints and fittings should be repaired immediately.
Check the operation of the termination valves. If they pull or close with effort, lubricate
the shaft and slide valve with spray silicone. Termination valves that leak should be
repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Sometimes, a buildup of paper or other material in the inside groove of the termination
valve can obstruct the valve and cause it to seat improperly. If you suspect that this is
occurring, the valve can be removed from the drainage line by removing the four screws
that hold it in place and sliding it out. The valve groove may then be cleaned out with
a screwdriver or similar tool. Replace the valve in the line and reinstall the screws to
secure it in place.
FRESH WATER
SYSTEM
It is recommended that fresh water not be left in the storage tank for long periods of
time. The water should be drained when the unit is being stored or not in use. Drains
are located in a variety of compartments. To drain the tank and lines, simply open the
low point drains and allow water to run out. After water has drained, close the valves to
prevent pests from entering the system. See also “Sanitizing the System” in Chapter
6 - “Plumbing Systems” (page 38) for more information. Check all hoses, fittings,
and connections regularly for leaks and signs of wear. Make sure to keep the system
sanitized, and take care to winterize during cold weather.
ELECTRICAL
SYSTEM
The electrical system requires minimal maintenance under normal circumstances. Most
electrical maintenance in the recreational vehicle involves the chassis and auxiliary
batteries. Keeping the batteries properly maintained will help to eliminate many frustrating
electrical problems. For example, 12 Volt power is needed for the furnace, refrigerator,
water heater, and some air conditioner functions.
GENERATOR POWER
SYSTEM
The generator is another area in which simple preventive maintenance can head off
problems before they happen. Read the manual supplied with the generator in the
Owner’s Information Kit for the care and maintenance required on a regular basis.
If you experience electrical problems with your recreational vehicle, make sure to have
it checked by an authorized Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician.
Generator power plant service, recommended by the generator manufacturer, should
be performed at an authorized service center. Routine or emergency service, such as
adding oil, changing filters, or replacing spark plugs, could be accomplished at an auto
service center, but must be done in accordance with the service instructions specified
by the generator manufacturer. Refer to the Generator Owner’s Manual for further
information.
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The propane system should be checked regularly for leaks and road damage. Follow PROPANE SYSTEM
the lines, looking for kinks or flattened spots that may have occurred during travel or
maintenance on the recreational vehicle. A qualified propane service technician using
proper equipment should check the entire system annually or whenever you suspect a
problem.
The line pressure for propane appliances should be checked at least every six months.
Most propane suppliers have this equipment to do the test for you.
All service procedures should be performed only by a certified propane service technician.
Insects can build nests in the burners of the various appliances and equipment. The
burner and burner orifice of the propane appliances should be cleaned out by an
authorized dealer or repair facility anytime circumstances or conditions warrant, but no
less frequently than on an annual basis.
Some components of the recreational vehicle are constructed of strong, lightweight ABS ABS PLASTIC PARTS
plastic. Sometimes, it may be necessary to remove stains, or generally clean. A mild
solution of soap and water will clean many stains, and should be used initially. Tougher
stains may require stronger cleaners, but be sure to read the label to determine if the
product is recommended for use on plastics. Avoid abrasive cleansers (even the liquid
and cream types), alcohol based products, and solvents such as acetone and MEK.
Gasoline and kerosene should not be used because of the damaging effect they have
on the plastic surface, as well as the fire hazard they present. Often the damage caused
by solvents, alcohol, and oil based products may not be immediately noticeable, but the
plastic is made weaker, and thus more prone to stress cracking.
The front suspension and steering system of this vehicle was factory aligned using ALIGNMENT
highly accurate equipment prior to delivery to the dealership. However, we recommend
that alignment be checked and if necessary, adjusted after you have fully loaded the
motorhome according to your personal needs. Thereafter, the alignment should be
inspected annually to help prevent uneven tire wear. All alignments and incurred costs
are the responsibility of the retail owner.
Check that the top and bottom bracket screws are tight at the start of each camping AWNING
season.
1. Lubricate the rafter arms and support arms using paraffin wax or silicone spray. Also lubricate the threads on the knobs.
2.
Periodically clean the awning fabric as follows: For a vinyl material use a mixture of 1/4 cup of dish soap and 1/4 cup of bleach mixed with 5 gallons of warm water. Liberally apply this mixture on the top of the fabric, then roll the awning up for 5 minutes. This will apply the mixture to the bottom as well. Roll the awning back out and hose off with fresh water. Repeat if necessary. Allow to dry before rolling back up. Avoid the use of caustic household cleaners, mildew removers or hard bristle brushes. Do not scrub!
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For an acrylic material, periodically hose off the fabric with water then let dry completely
before rolling it back up. The acrylic material is water repellent, not water proof. The
fabric is pretreated with a water retardant finish. Mildew cannot form on the fabric, but
rather will form on dirt or dust on the fabric. The key is to keep the fabric clean. Do not
scrub!
Whenever the awning is wet while rolled up, as soon as conditions allow, roll it out, hose
it off and let it dry completely before rolling it back up again.
If you get water streaking or seeping behind the awning rail, inspect the rail for loose
screws or peeled sealant. Always make sure the awning is extended high enough before
opening the entry door.
Lower one end of the awning for proper water run off and to avoid water pooling and
possible damage to the awning.
Refer to your awning users guide for complete instructions on the care and maintenance
of your awning.
CHASSIS
Failure to lower one side of the awning could result in damage to the awning fabric and/or hardware due to the weight of water pooling.
Refer to your Chassis Operator’s Manual for information on chassis service recommendations.
Have the engine coolant and engine oil level checked each time when refueling.
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Proper engine servicing and record of servicing may be mandatory to ensure chassis warranty protection. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on periodic maintenance checks.
DOORS & DOOR
LOCKS
Moving parts of the entrance door and lock should be adjusted and lubricated at least
once a year or as needed depending on use. Screws and fasteners should be checked
and tightened periodically. Check weather-stripping seals to assure proper fit and seal.
Refer to the Owner’s Manual from the door manufacturer for more in-depth instructions
for care and maintenance of the entrance door.
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
Make sure to check the operation of all exterior lights often. Check headlights, clearance, turn signal, brake, and backup lights to make sure they are working correctly.
Remember to check any towed vehicle or trailer lights also. Replace burned out bulbs
as soon as possible.
FIBERGLASS
The care of fiberglass siding is essentially the same as any automotive finish. Take care
to avoid spraying water directly into any vents when washing the motorhome.
It is important to note that any finish will deteriorate with time. Dulling, fading and
yellowing will be increased by exposure to extreme sunlight, air pollutants, and excessive
moisture. Motorhomes located in warmer weather climates are more prone to this type
of premature fading. Surface weathering of fiberglass does not change the strength of
the fiberglass. Regular washing and waxing of exterior surfaces is the best insurance
against surface deterioration. If deterioration has occurred, check with your dealer for
the steps required to restore the finish. Buffing or even painting may be necessary in
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extreme cases. Small cracks known as gel coat crazing are a common characteristic of
the gel coat finish (not warrantable defects).
Wax fiberglass surfaces at least once a year with a standard liquid or nonabrasive paste
wax. Make sure to follow the directions for use as outlined by the product manufacturer.
Make sure to wash and wax your unit out of the hot sun when the exterior surfaces are
cool.
WAX
Clean and wax all trim extrusions when waxing the recreational vehicle sidewalls, to help
avoid surface pitting. Special aluminum cleaners are available to restore the original
luster to aluminum surfaces. Make sure to follow the instructions for use as outlined on
the product package.
Storage of the recreational vehicle out of direct sun is also a primary way to help preserve fiberglass finishes.
Physical damage to fiberglass should be taken care of immediately to avoid moisture
from entering through breaks or cracks, causing problems with interior walls and
components. Cover breaks in the fiberglass with plastic, sealing the edges with tape
until the proper repairs can be made.
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Wash your RV with liquid detergents.
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Wax the sidewalls using nonabrasive automotive waxes or cleaner/polishes
developed for use on fiberglass boats, showers, and tubs. Follow the directions on
the package.
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Use abrasive cleaners.
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Use rubbing compounds.
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Dry wipe surface; clean only with water and liquid detergent.
Proper care and maintenance of vinyl graphics or paint is critical in maintaining its GRAPHICS
appearance. The following cleaning and maintenance recommendations should be
followed to ensure the maximum appearance and performance of your vehicle’s custom
designed finish:
When washing, flush the surface with water to loosen large particles of dirt and grime.
SIDEWALLS
Fill a bucket with warm water (not to exceed 120 degrees F. (120°F)) and use a
mild detergent or a liquid car wash mixture. Follow manufacturer instructions on the
container.
Using a clean soft cloth or sponge and the liquid car wash mixture, wipe the entire surface, using horizontal motions until it is clean. Rinse off the detergent with clean
water starting from the top and rinse downward until it is clean.
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Dry your vehicle with a clean soft cloth or let the vehicle air dry.
When waxing, ALWAYS use an automotive grade nonabrasive wax and cleaner. Use
EXTREME care when waxing your vehicle and ALWAYS rub in horizontal motions.
DO NOT use a pressure washer.
It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT use a rotating brush car wash as it can lift
the ends of your vinyl graphic or scratch your paint finish.
DO NOT use alcohol, strong solvents, bug remover, or tar remover on your painted or
vinyl surface as it may leave a foggy appearance in that area.
Minimize any fuel contact with your paint finish or vinyl graphics. Prolonged contact can
damage the finish.
Power buffers ARE NOT recommended.
ROOF
Do not use petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citric based cleaners.
Inspect the roof components at least twice a year to make sure that all the seals are
not cracked or worn. Proper maintenance of seals is necessary to keep moisture from
entering and causing severe damage such as rot, mold, or mildew. If you encounter
drying, cracked, or weathered seals, make sure to reseal as necessary. Remove the old
worn seals first before reapplying the new seals. Check with your dealer for the type of
caulking required for thermoplastic polyolefins (TPO) roofs and the correct methods of
resealing. Silicones and synthetic sealers cannot be used on the rubber roofs. Special
sealers are also required for the skylights. Your Damon dealer may perform the periodic
roof seals for you if desired.
It is especially important to check the seals before and after periods of extended storage
or non-use. Fall and spring inspections are recommended. Check the membrane for
possible damage and check all accessories and fasteners. The roof may be cut or
punctured by sharp objects so care must be taken when parking and driving. If damage
does occur, the roof may be patched. Check with your dealer for additional information.
Parking in areas where fruits, nuts or tree sap may stay on the roof for extended periods
of time may result in irremovable stains.
For Normal Cleaning:
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Use a mild laundry detergent.
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Rinse the complete roof with clean water to remove any loose dirt or debris.
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Use a medium nylon bristle brush along with your selected cleanser mixed with
water and scrub the entire roof. Rinse thoroughly with clean water to avoid residue
buildup on the roof or sidewall of the unit.
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For more difficult stains contact your Damon dealer for the correct heavy duty
cleansers. Do not use general-purpose cleaners containing petroleum solvents,
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harsh abrasives, or citric based cleaners.
If your roof should somehow be punctured, cover the puncture to seal out moisture, and
have it repaired as soon as possible (check with your dealer).
The membranes used on the roof may have an extended warranty that is covered by the
membrane manufacturer. This is for manufacturing defects only and does not include
leaks or punctures due to improper sealing, normal wear and tear, or owner damage.
See membrane manufacturer’s warranty for details.
Check roof vents regularly for debris that may block air flow or jam the cranking ROOF VENTS
mechanism. Lubricate the cranking mechanism with light oil.
It is important to maintain the seals and adhesives of your recreational vehicle to prevent SEALS & ADHESIVES
moisture from entering and destroying the components. When washing your recreational
vehicle, inspect the seals for signs of drying out, cracking and wear. You should inspect
and reseal, if necessary, every six months.
Check seals around doors, windows, vents and external seams. If a seal is cracked or
dried out, it should be replaced to prevent leakage.
Check roof seals every six months to see if they are cracked or peeling.
Check engine covers and firewall every six months to see if they are cracked or
peeled.
Be aware that weather, sun, and road vibration will affect seals, causing them to dry,
crack, or separate. If you are unsure what to look for, have your dealer instruct you, and
also show you the correct method for renewing the seals. If you prefer, they will be able
to perform seal maintenance for your convenience.
The exterior of your motorhome is made of pre-finished aluminum and fiberglass. Wash
it frequently with a mild soap and soft rag in lukewarm water. If you travel roads that
have been salted for ice, wash your motorhome as soon as possible. The most common
causes of corrosion are accumulation of road salt, dirt, and moisture in hard to reach
areas under the motorhome. Make sure you wash the undercarriage and wheel wells
as well as the exterior of the motorhome. A good automotive cleaner should be used
occasionally to remove tree sap, road tar, insects and industrial pollution that may
damage surfaces. Do not use naphtha or turpentine. We recommend that you wash
your motorhome about every three weeks.
Your motorhome may be equipped with a slide-out room for added space and comfort. SLIDEOUT
Proper care and maintenance is required to achieve the maximum performance. Follow
the guidelines listed below for your slide-out.
It may be necessary to lubricate the slide assembly (rollers, slide tubes, lever assembly)
once a month with light oil to prevent rust buildup. This may be required more frequently
due to road spray (salt, sand, dirt, etc.).
If you park your unit for long periods of time, run the room in and out 2–3 times to keep
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the moving parts lubricated and the seals moving more freely.
Keep the slide room away from tree branches. Visually inspect the room and awning before retracting. Branches rubbing against the room while retracting could cause
damage to the seals.
Whenever possible, wipe down the exterior walls before retracting the room to prevent
water from draining onto the carpet.
The rollers under the slide room are not sealed rollers, therefore, some residue
may appear on your carpet. This is a normal function, so be aware and take proper
precautions. Vacuum the carpet after each extension of the slide out room.
Verify that your house batteries are fully charged before operating the room.
TIRES
In areas where the hot sun constantly beats down on the motorhome, shading the tires
by covering can reduce tire sidewall cracks from forming. Tire covers can be purchased
at any motorhome supply store. Check your Chassis Owner’s Manual for the tire rotation
requirements. Due to the weight of the motorhome you should have a qualified service
center rotate the tires if recommended by your chassis manufacturer.
TV ANTENNA
To lubricate the elevating gear, apply a liberal amount of silicone spray lubricant to the
elevating gear with the lift in the down position. Run the lift up and down a few times to
distribute the lubricant over the gears.
If rotating the antenna becomes difficult, lubricating the bearing surface between the
rotating gear housing and the base plate can restore operation. Any spray type silicone
lubricant may be used.
Elevate the antenna and remove the set screw from the rotating gear housing. Spray
lubricant into the hole and around the edges of the gear housing. Rotate the gear
housing until the lubricant coats the bearing surfaces and the antenna rotates freely.
Replace set screw.
UNDERBODY
Buildup of mud under the body can cause rust, and can add unnecessary weight, which
contributes to the gross weight of the vehicle. This effectively reduces the amount of
cargo you can still carry and remain within your GVWR and GAWR limits.
Check the condition of the frame regularly. Keep it clean, and repaint as necessary
to help avoid rust. Corrosive materials such as those used for ice and snow removal
accumulate on the underside of the motorhome. These materials should be removed by
flushing the underbody regularly with water, especially in areas where mud and other
foreign materials collect.
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Make sure that all windows remain operative by adjusting and lubricating latches and
moving parts annually. Use powdered graphite or light oil to lubricate moving parts on
windows.
Vinyl seals around windows should be checked every six months, cleaned regularly
and kept pliable by use of a silicone spray (make sure to follow the directions of the
product).
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Keep screens and window slides clean and free of debris to maintain proper operation
and to avoid component damage. Test the operation of all windows occasionally to make
sure they are working properly, making sure that they close flush and that the locks hold
tight.
Check with your dealer if you are unsure about the correct methods of lubrication and
adjustment.
Be aware that moisture can accumulate in locks and hinges of windows and doors, causing damage or faulty operation. Do not force the operation of these
components in subfreezing weather.
Check fluid levels. If levels are low, take to your dealer to have the motorhome serviced
by a qualified RV technician.
HYDRAULIC FLUID
The following instructions are guidelines for the care and maintenance of your motorhome.
Please refer back to the products Owner’s Manual for more information on the care and
maintenance of that product.
Be sure to remove all food and ice from the refrigerator at the end of each trip. Prop the
doors open slightly to keep the interior dry and free of mold, mildew, and odors.
APPLIANCES
Make sure to read all literature provided with each of the appliances and follow the
maintenance instructions included. Pay particular attention to any cautions or warnings
included.
Clean your tub/shower, sinks, and toilets as you would at home. A nonabrasive cleaner BATH FIXTURES
is recommended. When cleaning mirrors or shower doors, a vinegar and water solution
works very well to remove hard water spots and stains.
Inspect every 90 days and reseal as necessary. Use a clear silicone sealant.
BATHTUB SEAL
We recommend dry cleaning for your bedspread and draperies just as you would for BEDSPREAD &
your draperies and comforters at home. Although this is more expensive, proper care of DRAPERIES
material will help ensure a longer life. Care of headboard and bedroom valance fabric
should be done with same instructions given for upholstery fabrics. Laundering and
improper cleaning may result in fabric shrinking, fading or deteriorating prematurely.
Read the label on the bedspread for proper cleaning.
Professional cleaning is recommended for major cleaning. Frequent vacuuming is CARPET
recommended to remove daily accumulations.
Test the detector operation after vehicle has been in storage, before each trip, and at CO DETECTOR
least once a week during use. Push the test button until a short beep (about 2 seconds)
is heard. Release the button. The detector then resumes normal operation. In normal
operation, the detector will flash the red LED once every thirty seconds.
High-pressure laminate counter tops are quite easy to keep clean. Waxing is not HIGH PRESSURE
necessary. Glass rings, food spills, water spots and smudges usually wipe off with a LAMINATE
damp cloth or sponge. Stubborn stains can be removed with a spray cleaner. Laminated COUNTERTOP
surfaces resist alcohol, fruit acids, cosmetics and most household chemicals. It is better
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to avoid contact with dyes, strong laundry bleaches and bluing solutions. Indelible inks
used on food packages may leave a stain so take care when unpacking groceries on a
damp counter top.
Sharp knives can damage the finish so confine slicing to a good cutting board. The
counter top resists moderate heat and boiling water. Pots and pans straight from the
oven or broiler should be placed on hot pads. Keep irons on an ironing board and
lighted cigarettes in an ashtray. For lasting beauty, avoid using harsh abrasives, scouring
powders, peroxides or bleaches. These can dull surfaces, making the counter top more
likely to accept stains.
HARDWARE
Wipe clean as you would for daily cleaning. Use a nonabrasive cleaner to avoid damaging
the finish.
KITCHEN FIXTURES
To clean, wipe with a soft damp cloth. Warm water will remove dry water spots. Do not
use cleansers which contain abrasive or harsh chemicals. Never use alcohol or other
organic solvents.
MINI BLINDS & DAY/
NIGHT SHADES
Keep your blinds looking new by wiping with a soft cloth. Vacuum shades regularly. Use
a mild detergent to spot clean if necessary. Close the blinds and shades all the way to
properly clean inside and out.
SINKS
Clean with hot soapy water or a good liquid cleaner. Avoid using abrasive cleaners.
Never use steel wool on stainless steel, since the steel particles left in the sink can rust
and become unsightly. Also, when cleaning stainless steel with a mild cleanser, rub
gently with the grain, and rinse well. Rinse after each use and wipe dry.
SOLID SURFACE
COUNTERTOP
Preserve the luster by cleaning with a damp cloth and any household detergent designed for that purpose. To remove most stains, hard water deposits, cigarette
burns and minor scratches use an abrasive cleanser or an abrasive pad such as 3M
ScotchBrite brand green “Kitchen Scrub” pads. To remove deep stains and scratches
use fine sandpaper (120 - 220 grit), then sand using (in the following order) 320, 400,
and 600 grit sandpaper to restore the standard finish. A satin sheen or high polish can
be obtained with polishing compounds.
Certain chemical substances can seriously mar surfaces even during brief periods of
contact. If spilling occurs, wipe area off immediately, and then rinse with water. Potentially
harmful compositions include: Toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, contact adhesive
solvent, ceramic cook top cleaners, paint or varnish removers, drain cleaners, metal
cleaners, tile cleaners, lacquer thinners, or oven cleaners. Contact the manufacturer
should you need further assistance.
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FABRICS
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Your RV is a small living area so soiling may occur more frequently and items will need
more attention than your furniture at home. Please follow these guidelines for cleaning
your upholstered fabrics:
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Do not use water based cleaners.
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If a spill does occur, blot up the spot, but do not rub it in. Some solvents are not
recommended since they may have an adverse reaction on specific backings of
your upholstery fabric. Chapter 10 - Care and Maintenance
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To prevent overall soiling, vacuuming or light brushing to remove dust and grime is
recommended.
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Spot clean, using a mild water-free solvent or dry cleaning product.
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Clean only in a well-ventilated area and avoid any product containing carbon tetrachloride or other toxic materials.
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Pretest a small area before proceeding.
•
Use a professional furniture cleaning service for an overall cleaning.
Your upholstery fabrics have been manufactured with the same quality you would
expect to find in a furniture store. However, they are not completely resistant to possible
damage. Special care is needed when your motorhome is exposed to very humid, or
very hot climates or if it is closed up for an extended period of time. If you know you
are going to be away, cover upholstery and make sure window coverings are closed to
protect upholstery from any sun damage.
Your decorative wall coverings are not much different from wallpaper that you may have
in your home. They should be cleaned with mild soap and water. They can easily be
maintained with proper care.
WALL COVERINGS
Any glass will develop water spots if glass is not cleaned properly. This spotting effect is WINDOWS
magnified when glass has a reflective finish. Use a squeegee immediately after washing
to reduce water spotting. To remove stubborn water stains from reflective glass, there
are several aftermarket specialty glass cleaners. The inside window track must be kept
free of debris to keep the drain holes clear.
These products should be cared for as you would any fine piece of wood furniture. Apply WOOD CABINETRY
a furniture polish when you clean to maintain the natural beauty and luster of wood. This
will keep your cabinets looking new and keep wood from drying out. Murphy’s Oil Soap
is a good choice for wood cabinets.
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Chapter 11 - Winter Use and Storage
Many people choose to use their motorhomes throughout the entire year. Extensive TIPS FOR WINTER
usage is not recommended in severe cold weather. However, winter traveling can be USE
safe for you and your motorhome if you follow the precautions outlined in this chapter.
For those who choose to use their motorhomes only during the warmer months, winter
storage is necessary. This section will guide you through the proper steps to winterize
your motorhome, which is critical to maintain maximum durability over the life of your
vehicle.
The fresh water storage tank is located inside a lower storage compartment. The WATER SYSTEM
furnace will heat the fresh and waste water compartments. In severe cold however, it is
wise to monitor the water temperature in the tank, and take appropriate steps to drain
and winterize if necessary. In severe cold weather, it may also be necessary to open
the lower cabinet doors at night in both the bath and kitchen areas to keep warmer air
circulating around the water fixtures.
If you are going to leave the coach unheated for any length of time in severe cold
conditions, it is best not to keep water in the fresh water system. It may work best to
carry cooking and drinking water with you in plastic jugs instead.
If you will be using your motorhome when conditions fall below the freezing level, it
may be necessary to protect the drainage system components from damage by the
addition of an approved antifreeze solution as outlined on the product directions. Any
drain lines exposed to external air temperatures are especially susceptible to freezing
and precautions should be taken to protect them from damage.
In the event that the motorhome is left for a period of time without the furnace in FOOD STORAGE
operation, canned goods and other foods packed in water should be stored as high as
possible, since heat rises. They might also be stored in the refrigerator as insulation
against the cold. Store dry foods, and other items that are not damaged by freezing
temperatures in the lower storage areas.
Make sure to use an propane that will vaporize properly in the colder temperatures.
Check with your propane representative for the proper fuel.
PROPANE SYSTEM
Use only the furnace to heat the recreational vehicle. It is properly vented to the HEATING
outside.
Never use the range for heating as carbon monoxide may build up inside the unit and asphyxiation could result.
Cooking produces large amounts of moisture, not just as steam from pots and pans, CONDENSATION
but also as a product of combustion. Make sure to use the exhaust vents and open
a window slightly to control the humidity. At night, leave a roof vent and/or a window
slightly open.
When a motorhome is exposes to freezing temperatures, it could be severely damaged
by ice expansion. This is especially true of the water heaters, washer/dryer, ice maker,
holding tanks, and faucets, which are at risk for damage if not properly drained during
the winter. All water must be drained from the motorhome. The procedure to do so is as
follows:
WINTERIZATION
PROCEDURE
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Drain the fresh water tank by opening the low point drain valve. Let the water drain
out until the tank is empty.
•
Drain both the black (waste) water tank and the gray (sink) water tanks and flush out
completely. (See complete instructions located in Chapter 6 - “Plumbing Systems”).
Drain the black tank first and allow the gray water tank to rinse out the flexible hose
drain line. You may now add a commercial holding tank chemical cleaner. Driving
the unit around for a few miles will allow the cleanser to circulate within the tanks
and drains. Drain and flush once more with fresh water.
•
After all the tanks have been drained, make sure that any water remaining in the
lines is either blown out, or replaced with a nontoxic RV antifreeze solution which will
prevent any water that remains from freezing. To blow out the water lines, proceed
as follows:
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Open all faucets including the toilet flushing device and the shower head sprayer. Open any other water lines that are closed. You will need access to an air compressor along with an adapter that will connect the air to your unit. These adapters can be purchased at an RV supply store. Do not exceed 55 psi when hooked up to the water lines to avoid damage. If your vehicle is equipped with a water filter, remove and drain it before proceeding. Replace it with a diverter tube, which will come with the unit. This will create a bypass in the water line so that the antifreeze will not go into the filter assembly.
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Turn on the water pump and allow it to run to clear all water from lines. Turn off the water pump.
•
Open all low point and water tank drains.
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Open the water heater cover and remove the water heater drain plug located on the lower front side of the water heater (see photo).
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Hook an air hose to the city water connection located in the termination compartment. Blow out the water lines (do not exceed 55 P.S.I.) until no more water can be seen coming out of the lines. Pause for several seconds and repeat until clear.
•
Put nontoxic RV antifreeze in the drains, p-traps, and water tanks.
•
If you do not have access to an air compressor, you may use the “wet” method of
winterization:
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After you have completely drained all the tanks, water heater and lines by opening the low point drains and switching the water heater bypass valves to the bypass position (if equipped-see page 77), close the low point, water tank and the water heater drains.
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Pour 4-6 gallons of RV antifreeze into the fresh water tank and let the water pump circulate the mixture. Do not dilute.
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• Open the furthest faucet or water valve from the pump and work your way through the entire system. Turn on one (hot and cold) at a time until the antifreeze solution is observed, then close the valve. Allow at least 2 cups to pass through for complete protection. Make sure to include all water lines such as showers and tubs, toilet, washing machines, dishwashers, ice makers and outside shower faucets. The antifreeze should be left in the sink, washer and shower p-traps and toilets during storage to protect those lines. Open all faucets one half way to relieve pressure on the valve seats during storage. Wipe all fixtures clean to prevent staining.
Antifreeze must be nontoxic in nature and must be flushed from the fresh water system before human use. Automotive antifreeze is poisonous and SHOULD NOT be used in drinking water systems.
Draining the tanks and water lines in your motorhome is half the battle of winterization.
Complete the Storage and Winterization Checklist (page 78) to ensure protection of
your motorhome. An authorized Damon service dealer can help you in the winterization
process for your convenience.
A water heater bypass valve system is located inside your motorhome usually behind WATER HEATER
the water heater. When the system is closed, water is shut off to the water heater. This BYPASS
will eliminate circulating an additional six to ten gallons of antifreeze through the water
heater system when winterizing the system. Be sure to remove the drain plug from the
outside of the water heater to drain the water heater tank.
When storing your motorhome for the winter (or other extreme conditions), certain precautions need to be made to protect it until you open it up again for use. Make sure
to talk with your local dealer concerning any special requirements for storage in your
particular geographic area. The following steps are general, and your dealer can help
you choose those that are most appropriate for your needs.
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WINTERIZATION
CHECKLIST
Chassis – Run engine for 30 minutes once a month if possible. Prepare as outlined in
the Chassis Owner’s Manual.
Generator – Prepare as outlined in the Generator Owner’s Manual.
Plumbing Lines – Drain and protect by filling with approved RV antifreeze. (See pages
76-77)
Water Heater – Drain. (Pages 76-77)
Toilet – Drain. Hold pedal down and pour RV antifreeze into bowl.
Fresh Water Tank – Drain, pour RV antifreeze solution and run through the fresh water
system, or use the dry method (pages 76-77).
Water Filter – Remove and discard the filter. Install diverter tube in place of filter
assembly.
Body – Clean and wax. Oil locks and hinges. Seal roof trim as needed.
Tires – Block up motorhome with wooden blocks or manufactured jack-stands on a hard
level surface to relieve the constant pressure on one area of the tires. Partially deflate
the tires. Cover to protect against sunlight with burlap, plywood or specially designed tire
covers which are available at RV dealerships.
Countertops and Cabinets – Wash with mild soap and water.
Curtains and Blinds – Close all the drapes and curtains, and protect the curtains from
sun fading by placing foil or paper between the windows and the curtains/blinds.
Windows – Close and lock. Inspect and reseal if necessary.
Holding Tanks – Drain and rinse. Close valves. Add a small amount of RV antifreeze to
keep valves and gaskets lubricated.
Drain Traps – Pour a cup of RV antifreeze down all drains. Wipe all fixtures clean.
Refrigerator – Clean. Leave both doors propped open. Cover exterior panels and roof
vents. Leave an opened box of baking soda inside the refrigerator to prevent any musty
odors from accumulating.
Ice Maker – Refer to your refrigerator owner’s manual for proper winterization
procedures.
Air Conditioner – Remove air filters and clean or replace. Cover shroud.
Roof – Must be kept clear of significant snow accumulation or damage may occur.
Inspect and reseal if necessary.
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Vents – Check all furnace, refrigerator, range hood, A/C, etc. vents and close securely.
Cover or tape up to prevent mice or insects from building nests that can disturb the air
flow and keep the appliances from functioning properly.
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Sinks and Showers – Clean and then pour one cup of nontoxic RV antifreeze into the
drains to prevent freezing. Wipe all fixtures clean.
Batteries – Add distilled water and recharge if necessary. If possible, remove batteries
and store them in a cool dry place (approximately 50 – 60° F). Check them periodically
and recharge as needed. Be sure that both the chassis and auxiliary (house) batteries
have the proper electrolyte level and that they are fully charged. A discharged battery will
freeze and may crack the case, causing severe damage to the battery and surrounding
area. In storage, a battery will lose charge gradually over a 30 to 45 day period, even
when disconnected by the use of the Battery Disconnect Switch. We recommend that the
batteries be checked for charge at least monthly. You may wish to remove the batteries
from the motorhome and store them in a heated area. However, even when warm, the
battery charge level must still be maintained. A warm battery accepts charge much more
readily than a cold one.
Keep the battery vent caps in place during storage and prohibit smoking, welding, and other work involving the use of flames in the area.
Fuel – Store with the tank full to prevent condensation buildup.
Dash Air Conditioner – Run for a short period of time to assure the compressor seal
is lubricated.
Interior – Check the interior of the motorhome monthly while in storage to make sure
leaks have not developed, or condensation has not formed that can cause damage
to interior components. Condensation can most readily be observed as moisture
accumulation on windows and mirrors. To reduce condensation, make sure to air out the
motorhome occasionally during storage.
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AS REQUIRED
Roof & Components
PRIOR TO
STORAGE
ITEM
EVERY YEAR
EVERY 6
MONTHS
EVERY 3
MONTHS
EVERY
MONTH
EVERY TRIP
Maintenance Schedule
x
x
x
x
x
Check vinyl seals when washing exterior.
x
Check seals for damage & repair as needed.
x
Lubricate door hinges & step components w/spray grease.
x
Adjust & lube w/ graphite or light oil.
x
Lubricate door locks & strike pockets, exterior components.
x
Inspect and reseal if necessary.
Propane System
x
x
x
Water System
Check hoses, fittings & connections for leaks.
x
Check drainage system for leaks.
x
x
x
x
Safety Equipment
Carpet
Check for leaks and damage.
Check line pressure; should be checked by technician.
x
Electrical System
Lubricate roof vent mechanism w/ light oil. Clean as
needed.
Wax w/ liquid or nonabrasive wax.
x
Seals & Adhesives
Inspect & reseal roof & exterior attachment areas.
Wash w/ warm water & mild detergent.
x
Windows & Doors
Maintenance schedules are minimum requirements. Heavy
use, unusual temperatures or humidity, or other extreme
conditions may require more frequent maintenance.
Clean roof.
x
Fiberglass Exterior
PROCEDURE TO BE PREFORMED:
Sanitize & flush system.
Winterize system if necessary.
x
Check GFCI circuits.
x
Perform maintenance procedures per generator manual.
x
Check & service batteries.
x
Add distilled water to batteries if necessary.
x
Test propane, smoke, CO detectors.
x
Test & check fire extinguisher.
x
Vacuum after every trip.
x
Shampoo as needed.
Front Wheel Alignment
x
Inspect and align as needed.
Seats
x
Lubricate mechanisms & inspect for proper operation.
x
Check all seat belt buckles, webbing & releases.
x
Per chassis manufacturer manual.
Chassis & Components
x
Power Step
Weight & Distribution
x
Appliances
Clean & lubricate with spray lithium grease.
x
Fabrics & Upholstrey
Tires
Check fluid levels including: oil, brake, washer, engine coolant, transmission, battery water, etc.
Check for proper weight distribution per specifications.
x
Clean per manufacturer’s specifications.
x
Inspect for wear & proper inflation.
x
Check all wheel lug nuts and tighten per chassis
specifications
x
As required by appliance manufacturer.
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Travel Preparation Checklist
CLOTHING
SLEEPING GEAR
MISCELLANEOUS
Dresses
Blankets
Alarm Clock
Gloves
Pillows, Pillow Cases
Batteries
Hat or Cap
Sheets
Bucket
Jackets, Coats
Sleeping Bags
Clothes Hangers
Jeans, Dress Pants
Clothes Line, Clothes Pins
Pajamas
Electronics Chargers
Shirts, Blouses
PERSONAL COMFORT
Fresh Water Hose
Shoes, Sandals
Anti-Bacterial Wet Wipes
Fuses
Shorts
Ash Tray
Ground Extension Wire
Socks
Personal Medications
Umbrella
Sweaters
Personal Toiletries
Wheel Chocks
Swimsuits
Sewing Kit, Scissors
Y-Type Water Hose Fitting
Undergarments
Soap
Sunscreen
Toilet Paper
CAMPFIRE COMFORT
Toothbrush, Toothpaste
Bug Repellent
TOOL CHEST
Towels, Wash Cloths
Bug Zapper
Electrical Tape
Charcoal
Step Ladder
Enclosed Screen Tent
Furnace Duct Tape
Firewood
Hatchet
MEAL PREPARATION
Grill
Masking Tape
Baking Pans
Matches
Saw
Bottle Opener, Can Opener
Picnic Table Cloth w/ Clips
Shovel, Rake
Coffee Maker
Yard Chairs
Small Level
Foil, Plastic Wrap
Tire Pressure Gauge
Glasses, Cups
Various Tools
Plastic Containers
PET COMFORT
Plates, Bowls
Food & Water Dish
Portable Grill
Leash
Pots, Pans, Skillets
Litter
HOUSEKEEPING
Salt & Pepper
Litter Box
Dish Cloths, Dish Towels
Seasonings, Spices
Pet Food
Dish washing Soap
Silverware, Spatulas, etc.
Portable Cages
Disposable Gloves
Toaster
Scoop w/ bags
Garbage/ Trash Bag
Screw Stake for tie out
Mop, Broom, Dust Pan
Tick Repellent
Paper Towels
ENTERTAINMENT
Tie Out Cable
Surface Cleaner, Degreaser
Binoculars
Toys
Throw Rug
Books, Magazines
Trash Cans
Camcorder
Vacuum Cleaner
Camera, Film, Memory Card
OTHER
Movies
______________________________
Music/Cd’s
______________________________
Toys, Games, Playing Cards
______________________________
SAFETY
VHS Player, DVD Player
______________________________
Compass
Yard Games
______________________________
First-Aid Kit
______________________________
Flares
______________________________
Flashlights
______________________________
Reflectors
______________________________
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Maintenance Schedule
Date
Service Preformed
Mileage
Date
Service Preformed
Mileage
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Date
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Service Preformed
Mileage
Date
Service Preformed
Mileage
Fuel / Oil Record
Date
Mileage
Fuel
(Gallon)
Oil
(Quarts)
MPG
Date
Mileage
Fuel
(Gallon)
Oil
(Quarts)
MPG
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Fuel / Oil Record
Date
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Mileage
Fuel
(Gallon)
Oil
(Quarts)
MPG
Date
Mileage
Fuel
(Gallon)
Oil
(Quarts)
MPG
Notes
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Troubleshooting
Checking the fuses.
• The Battery Control Center is built in two layers, the printed circuit board and the
relays. The box has been designed so that nearly all troubleshooting can be done
without the removal of the printed circuit board. Have a Damon dealer remove the
circuit board if necessary.
•
Remove the outer cover.
•
Check fuses visually or with an electrical tester.
•
Check for power on both sides of the fuse.
•
Replace the fuse with a new one of the same ampere.
BATTERY CONTROL
CENTER
Battery boiling.
• Water low in battery. Refill water to correct level in battery, using distilled water.
•
Bad battery. Replace the battery with new.
•
Defective converter. Have converter checked by a qualified RV technician.
Continuous use of converter can cause evaporation of electrolyte in battery.
No AC power to unit.
• Check circuit breakers at power center. The 120 Volt circuit breaker may be off or
tripped.
•
ELECTRICAL POWER
Have a dealer check that there is power to the shoreline receptacle.
Electric step does not operate.
• Verify that step switch is in OFF position.
•
Check battery voltage. Recharge or replace as needed.
•
Check door switch alignment. Realign or repair if necessary.
•
Check 25 Amp fuse in the battery control center.
•
Check step frame for damage or misalignment. Replace if necessary.
•
Lubricate step assembly with a lithium spray grease if necessary.
ELECTRICAL STEP
Step operates intermittently.
• Check door switch alignment. Realign if necessary.
•
Check step frame for damage or insufficient lubrication. Replace or lubricate if
necessary.
Furnace does not ignite and/or cycles frequently.
• Check that propane tank is full.
•
Remove any obstruction over furnace exhaust.
•
Inspect exhaust tube for any obstructions.
•
Check fuse in fuse panel and replace if necessary.
•
Make sure that return air grill is unobstructed.
•
Remove anything that is stored in furnace compartment that could block air flow.
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Check that heat outlet registers are open and that register openings are
unobstructed.
•
Contact a Damon dealer if the problem persists.
•
Make sure that 12 Volt power is present.
•
Point the remote at the air conditioner to ignite the furnace.
•
Furnace does not light and fan does not run.
•
Replace fuse with one of the same ampere rating.
GENERATOR
Turn thermostat and furnace gas control valve off and contact
your dealer or an authorized service center. DO NOT attempt to repair or adjust the furnace yourself.
Starter engages while holding the start button down, but generator does not
start.
• Generator may be out of fuel. Check the chassis fuel level. (Generator will not
operate when the chassis fuel tank is less than 1/4 full).
•
Generator may be low on oil. Check the oil level.
Nothing happens when the generator start button is pushed.
• Check that the battery disconnect switch is in the USE position.
•
Check 12 Volt fuse on generator.
•
Reset circuit breaker if necessary.
•
Contact a Damon dealer or qualified RV technician if problem is not resolved.
Generator starts, but lacks electrical power.
• Breaker switches may be off or tripped at generator. Reset breaker if necessary.
•
Breaker may be off or tripped inside power center. Reset main breaker If
necessary.
Generator makes clicking sound when trying to start.
• Battery condition may be low. Recharge if necessary.
•
INTERIOR LIGHTS
Check for poor ground or battery connection.
Lights flicker.
• Loose or defective bulb. Tighten or replace as needed.
•
Converter is overheating. Open the cover to cool down and reduce the load by turning off some 12 Volt lights.
Lights dim or are half bright.
• Low battery condition. Check battery condition and recharge if necessary.
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Possible converter malfunction. Have converter checked by an authorized service
center.
•
Possible loss of ground. Check for loose wire connection.
Troubleshooting
Jack retracts after coach is level.
• Check tank reservoir for the proper fluid levels.
•
Hose or jack may have an external leak.
•
Fluid is leaking back to reservoir through the control valve.
LEVELING JACKS
Jacks will not retract completely.
• Jack may be clogged with ice or mud.
•
Main rod is bent or scored. Have replaced or repaired if necessary.
•
Valve plunger is not completely depressed by the valve handle.
•
Spring is weak or broken.
•
Hydraulic line is pinched.
Ignition switch is on, but no power to pump and/or control panel.
• Parking brake is not set.
•
12 Volt from power source is not available. Check the in-line fuse under the dash by
the O.E.M. fuse panel.
•
Faulty wire or electrical connection. Have checked by a qualified service
technician.
Pump will not activate.
• Grounding switch on valve is not working.
•
Pump relay not functioning.
•
Pump not grounded.
Hydraulic pump activates without use of control valve pad.
• Grounding switch at valve may have shorted.
•
Pump relay may be stuck.
•
Relay control wire shorted to ground.
•
Oil supply is low in reservoir.
•
Store levers not in the operate position.
•
Pump is not developing pressure.
•
Broken hydraulic line.
Yellow leveling lights are not functioning properly.
• Yellow lights will not go out when vehicle is level. Adjust the sensing unit located
under the main body floor in a center storage compartment. See your manufacturers
manual.
Red warning lights are not functioning properly.
• Lights will not come on: check for broken wire at warning switch on the jack.
•
Lights will not go out: faulty warning switch or wires are shorted to the ground.
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PROPANE GAS
Smell gas in or around unit.
• Propane tanks may be overfilled.
Working with propane can be dangerous.
Follow these instructions:
• Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking material.
MICROWAVE
MONITOR PANEL
•
Do not touch electrical switches.
•
Shut off gas supply at the tank valve or gas supply connection.
•
Open doors and other non-powered venting openings.
•
Leave the area until odors clear.
•
Have the gas system checked immediately and leakage source corrected by a
Damon dealer or qualified service center before using again.
Will not operate.
• Door open or timer OFF. Close door and turn timer ON.
• No power to oven. Check power supply and circuit breaker.
No lights on panel when switch is pressed.
• Check battery voltage and condition.
•
Check fuse in the Battery Control Center labeled BD RELAY; if fuse is good have a
Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician check the condition of panel.
Holding tank lights deliver false readings (i.e., 1/3 or 2/3 indication).
• Verify tank is empty.
•
Debris may be built up across probes. Clean and flush tank using four parts vinegar
mixed to two parts water.
Propane indicator display indicates E or F all the time.
• Ensure propane gas tank is full.
OUTSIDE
RECEPTACLE
OVEN
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If display is F, check the wiring or sending unit for malfunction.
•
Have it inspected by a certified technician.
No power to outside receptacle.
• Make sure you have power to the shoreline.
•
Check breaker on generator.
•
GFCI receptacle switch may be off or tripped. Reset GFCI at receptacle in bathroom
or kitchen.
•
Check the breaker in the power center or panel box.
•
Contact a Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician if problem is not resolved.
Oven slow to heat up.
Poor baking.
Poor ignition of burners.
Pilots won’t stay lit.
Troubleshooting
Popping sound from top burners.
Carbon on pilot shield.
Burner flame too low or too high.
• A defective gas pressure regulator may cause these conditions. Have the regulator
tested by your gas dealer or a certified RV technician.
Top burner or oven burner won’t light or won’t stay lit.
• Check position of top burners and flash tubing.
•
Clean clogged burner ports with a toothpick.
•
See Oven Owner’s Manual for proper care and maintenance.
Gas smell.
• Check all connections with leak detector solution.
Never Use a match or flame to check for leaks.
All propane connections should be checked periodically as vibrations from travel may cause them to loosen.
Food burns on the bottom.
• Oven too full for proper circulation. Use smaller pans or put less food in the oven.
Inverter does not work.
• Be sure the batteries are properly charged. If the batteries are low, they will trip the
breakers on the inverter or force the inverter into low voltage drop out.
•
Reset the breakers on the inverter or reset inverter control.
•
The 2000 watt operates the GFCI circuit, the front TV entertainment center, rear TV and the microwave and general outlets.
The control panel lights are not illuminated.
• Check coach circuit breakers and GFCI receptacle.
•
Verify that refrigerator is plugged into the 120 Volt outlet.
•
If using propane gas, verify house batteries have adequate charge.
POWER INVERTER
REFRIGERATOR
Lights are illuminating, but no cooling.
• Use a proper power source that is available and cooling operation to specification.
•
Make sure the refrigerator unit is level.
•
Allow sufficient time for proper cool down and try to load with precooled food.
•
Have a qualified RV technician check that the vents and chimney at the rear of the
refrigerator are clear and unobstructed.
•
Have a qualified RV technician make sure the burner jets or burners are not dirty or
damaged.
•
Have a qualified RV technician check the fuses in the black electrical box on the
rear of the refrigerator.
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Extinguish all flames. Never use a match or flame to check for leaks.
Heavy frost build up on evaporator fins.
• Defrost the freezer and refrigerator.
•
ROOF AIR
CONDITIONER
Have the refrigerator checked by your Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician.
Will not operate.
• Make sure unit is turned on.
•
Check circuit breakers in coach.
•
Have a Damon dealer check to see if there is proper voltage from shoreline or generator.
Unit runs, but coil freezes and compressor cycles too soon.
• Control setting may be too low, cycles too soon.
•
Make sure the filter is clean and unobstructed.
•
Have the coolant level checked by a qualified service facility.
Does not get cold enough.
• Start unit before the day gets too hot.
•
Close all windows and blinds.
•
Keep entrance doors closed.
•
Use awnings
•
Avoid using heat-producing appliances.
Make sure the outside coil is not blocked or damaged.
•
Have a Damon dealer check to make sure you have the proper voltage.
•
Should your A/C still not work after the above checks have been made, contact a
qualified service facility to perform more extensive testing.
Working with electrical appliances can be extremely dangerous.
Running lights not working.
• Blown fuse. Replace fuse with one of the same ampere rating.
•
SATELLITE DISH
•
•
RUNNING LIGHTS
To offset heat gain:
Bad bulbs. Replace the bulbs with new.
Dish does not rotate or is hard to rotate.
• Check antenna on roof, make sure that the mount has not been damaged.
•
Check for caulking between gear housing and base plate.
•
Be sure cables are not binding.
Dish does not raise or is hard to rise.
• Check antenna on roof, make sure that the mount has not been damaged.
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•
Check for caulking on elevating shaft.
Troubleshooting
Poor Reception.
• Have you entered your correct current location zip code?
•
Do you have the TV tuned to channel 3 or 4? (Same channel as the output of the
receiver)
•
Be sure there are no trees, buildings, mountains, etc. in the line of sight to the
satellite.
•
Check connections at the receiver, TV and antenna.
•
Fine tune reception by slowly moving the antenna left, then right until you find
the position that gives the highest signal strength. It is important that you turn the
antenna slowly. The signal is digital and it takes a few seconds to lock on.
Room moves in and out very slowly, binds or squeaks.
• Grease the slide-out tubes and rollers.
SLIDEOUT
Grease marks appear on the carpet where the rollers are located.
• The rollers are not a true sealed roller, so this may happen over time. Take precautions
when lubricating.
Water is getting in at the bottom corners of the room.
• Verify the exterior seals are against the room at the top corners and not turned in
when room is out. Also, check for voids in the seal on the roof.
Room will not move in or out.
•
Ensure ignition switch is in the OFF position.
•
Check the auto-resetting fuse located by the slide out motor. (See the manufacturers
manual)
•
Check battery condition and state of charge. Recharge if necessary.
Rollers leave tracks in the carpet as the room extends.
•
This is normal. There are many pounds of weight pressing these rollers down on
the carpet and rollers will compress the nap of the carpet down. Raking the nap or
vacuuming will solve the problem.
Termination valve leaks.
• Debris keeps valve from seating. Clear debris from and around valve O-ring set.
•
TERMINATION VALVE
Bad gasket. Have a Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician replace gasket with
new.
Poor TV reception.
• Power jack is not turned on. Turn power jack switch to ON.
•
Bad connections at TV or wall plate. Make sure the connections are good at both TV and wall plate.
•
Antenna not pointed in direction of sending station. Point antenna in proper
direction.
TV ANTENNA
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Troubleshooting
•
Cut or torn cable. Have a Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician replace bad
cable where needed at TV and antenna.
Elevation handle turns, but antenna does not raise or lower.
• Handle may be loose. Tighten screws.
•
Gears may be stripped. Have a Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician replace
the gears.
Antenna will not rotate.
• The rotate handle is engaged to the ceiling plate. Pull down on handle to disengage
from the ceiling plate.
WASTE TANK
WATER HEATER
•
Possible obstruction (tree branch, etc.). Remove obstruction.
•
Friction adjustment. Adjust center lock nut.
•
Design of antenna limits rotation to 350°. Adjust as necessary.
Waste tank (black) will not drain.
• Buildup or debris in tank. Check for buildup in tank at stool.
•
Always use a minimum amount of biodegradable toilet paper.
•
Always use plenty of water when flushing.
•
Check termination valve for proper operation.
Temperature-pressure relief valve weeping.
• Weeping or dripping of relief valve while water heater is running does NOT mean it is faulty.
There is an odor that smells like rotten eggs.
• If your fresh water source has a rotten egg odor, you will need to find another source
of fresh water before flushing and refilling the entire RV water storage system. To
remove the hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg) odor:
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•
Turn off your main water supply; that is your pump or your water hookup source.
•
Drain your water heater tank by removing the drain plug. Approximately two quarts
of water will remain in the bottom of the tank. If you notice during the draining that
the water is flowing sporadically or slowly, instead of flowing freely, you should open
your relief valve to allow air into the tank.
•
If the water does not flow freely, take a small gauge wire or coat hanger and push
through the drain opening to eliminate any obstructions.
•
After thoroughly draining the tank, flush the entire system from the water inlet all
the way to the holding tank. To flush, use four parts of vinegar mixed with two parts
of water. If you decide to use air pressure ( 55 PSI max.), it may be applied either
through the inlet or outlet on the rear of the tank. It may also be applied through the
relief valve port. In this case, it will be necessary to first remove the relief valve. You
may then insert your air pressure through the relief valve support flange. In either
case, with the drain valve open, the air pressure will force the remaining water out
of the tank. If air pressure is unavailable, you may flush your tank with fresh water. Troubleshooting
Fresh water should be pumped into the tank with the assistance of the on board
water pump or with the assistance of external water pressure. Once again, external
pressure may be pumped into the unit either through the inlet or outlet found on the
rear of the water tank, or using the relief valve inlet located on the front of the unit.
•
Continue this flushing process for approximately five (5) minutes allowing ample
time for the fresh water to agitate the stagnant water on the bottom of the tank and
force the deposits through the drain opening.
•
Upon completion of the steps above, close the drain plug as well as the relief valve.
Refill with fresh water, circulate and rinse.
•
If you use your vehicle frequently or for long periods of time, flushing the water
heater several times a year will prolong the life of the water heater storage tank.
Pump will not start.
•
Check that house battery disconnect switch is on.
•
Check pump switch at monitor panel.
•
Check fuse in power center.
•
Check to see if water is frozen.
WATER PUMP
Will not prime, sputters. (No discharge, but the motor runs.).
• Check to see if there is water in the tank, or if air collected in the hot water heater.
•
Check for frozen water lines or water tank.
Pump will not shut off. Runs when faucet is closed.
• Turn off pump or city water supply.
•
Check for damp areas around plumbing appliances.
•
Check plumbing for leaks and inspect for leaky valves on toilet.
•
Have the pump checked by your Damon dealer or a qualified RV technician.
Wet areas near water connections, pump runs while the faucets are closed, and WATER SYSTEM
no other fresh water fixtures are being used.
•
There is a possible leak.
•
Close all low point water drains and tank drains.
•
Turn off all fixtures.
•
Check all fixtures and connections for tightness. Do not over tighten fittings as this
may cause additional leakage.
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Troubleshooting
98
Electrical Diagrams
99
Electrical Diagrams
100
Electrical Diagrams
101
Electrical Diagrams
102
Electrical Diagrams
103
Electrical Diagrams
104
Electrical Diagrams
105
Electrical Diagrams
106
Electrical Diagrams
107
Electrical Diagrams
108
Electrical Diagrams
109
Electrical Diagrams
110
Electrical Diagrams
111
Electrical Diagrams
112
Electrical Diagrams
113
Electrical Diagrams
114
Electrical Diagrams
115
Electrical Diagrams
116
Index
120 Volt Outlet
2-Way Radio Charging System
A/C & Furnace Thermostat
ABS Plastic Parts
Air Pressure
Alignment
Appliances
Assist Handle
Automotive Dash
Automotive Fuse Block
Awning
Backup Monitor
Bath Fixtures
Bath Vent
Bathtub Seal
Batteries
Battery Control Center (BCC)
Bedroom Door Latch
Bedspread & Drapes
Cabinets & Drawers
Capacity
Carbon Monoxide Precautions
Carpet
Changing Tires
Chassis
Chassis Electrical
Chemical Sensitivity
City Water Hook-up
CO Detector
Coach Electrical
Compartment Doors
Condensation
Controlling the Motorhome
Converter/Inverter
Countertops
Damon Limited Warranty
Dash Board Controls Day/Night Shade
Dinette Conversion
Doors & Door Locks
Dumping Holding Tanks
Electrical System
Electric Entry Step
ELECTRICAL DIAGRAMS
Electrical Power
Emergency Exit
Extending the Slideroom
60
56
56
65
27
65
71
59
51
60
59,65
53
71
58
71
63
43,89
56
71
54,56,73
22
30
71
26
66
41
33
37
29
41
59
75
17
41,93
71
9
51
56
58
66
39
64
59
99
89
30
55
Exterior Lights
Exterior TV Hook-up
Faucet
Federal Certification Label
Fiberglass
Fire Extinguisher
Food Storage
Formaldehyde
Fresh Water Fill / Fresh Water Tank
Fresh Water System
FUEL / OIL RECORD
Fuel System
Furnace
Gear Selector
Generator
GFCI
Graphics
Hardware
Heated Holding Tanks
Heating
Hide-a-bed Sofa
Home Theater Operation
Home Theater Programming
Home Theater Troubleshooting Tips
How to use this manual
Hydraulic Fluid
INDEX
Inspect and Maintain
Introduction
Kitchen Fixtures
Leveling Jacks
License and Insurance
Living Room Television
Loading and Weight
Low Point Drains
Main Entrance
MAINTENANCE RECORD
MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
Major Equipment Suppliers
Medical Advice
Microwave
Mini Blinds & Day/Night Shades
Mold
Monitor Panel
NOTES
Opening Checklist
Outside Receptacle
66
61
57
21
66
29
75
33
37
64
85
25
60,89
51
30,43,60,64,90
42
67
72
39
75
56
47
46
49
8
71
117
17
7
72
53,91
17
54
17
38
59
83
81
16
33
57,92
72
34
43,92
87
19
92
117
117
Index
Owner Responsibility
Owner Responsibility Checklist
Parking
Parking Brake
Power Cord
Pre-travel Checklist
Preventing Holding Tank Blockage
Prolonged Occupancy
Propane Gas
Propane Regulator
Propane Safety
Propane System
Range
Rear Ladder
Refrigerator
Refrigerator Panel
Reporting Safety Defects
Retracting the Slideroom
Roof
Roof Air Conditioner
Safety Belts
Sanitizing the Fresh Water System
Seals & Adhesives
Shower Head and Hose
Sidewalls
Sink
Slideout
Smoke Detector
Smoking
Sofa Bed
Solid Surface Countertop
Steering Wheel
Storage
Symbols of Switches
Temperature Control
Termination Compartment Components
Tips to Control Condensation
Tire Care
Tires
Toilet
Towing and GCWR
Trailer Hitches and Towing
TRAVEL PREPARATION CHECKLIST
TV and Phone Jacks
TV Antenna
Underbody
Upholstery & Fabrics
118
118
11
13
26
53
60
17
40
35
29,92
45
30
44,45,65,75
57
59
57,93
60
8
55
68,69
44,94
25
38
69
58
67
57,72
69,95
29
33
56
72
53
54
51
53
40,95
33
27
70
58
23
23
82
60
70,95
70
72
Ventilation
Wall Coverings
Waste Tank
Waste Water System
Water Heater
Water Pump
Water System
Wax
Weighing Your Motorhome
Weight Ratings
Windows
Windows
Winterization Checklist
Winterization Procedure
33
73
96
64
56,60,77,96
37,97
75,97
67
22
20,21
70
70,73
78
75
Damon Motor Coach
P.O. Box 2888
Elkhart, IN. USA 46515-2888
(574) 264-2900
Revised 7/07
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