Sport Utility Fifth Wheel Owner`s Manual

Sport Utility Fifth Wheel Owner`s Manual
Sport Utility
Fifth Wheel
Owner’s Manual
Model Year 2009
www.jayco.com
WARNING: Read all instructions in this manual and component
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manufacturer supplied information before using your RV.
This manual has been provided by Jayco, Inc. for the sole purpose of providing instructions
concerning the operation and maintenance of this vehicle and its components. Nothing in
this manual creates any warranty, either expressed or implied. The only warranty offered by
Jayco, Inc. is as set forth in the limited warranty applicable to this vehicle.
The owner’s failure to provide required service and/or maintenance could result in the loss
of warranty. The owner should review Jayco’s limited warranty and the limited warranties
that apply to specific components that are offered with this vehicle.
Instructions are included in the manual for operating various components which are
optional on some vehicles. In addition, the owner should refer to individual manufacturer’s
operating instructions contained in the owner’s packet.
©2008 Jayco, Inc. LITHO USA
05/08**09-1
Part #0188484.2009
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WARRANTY & SERVICE
ABOUT THIS MANUAL .................................1
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/OWNERSHIP FORM..5
CUSTOMER RELATIONS ..............................3
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY ......................2
DEALER RESPONSIBILITY ...........................2
JAYCO CUSTOMER FIRST EMERGENCY
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE ..........................6
JAYPLUS™ EXTENDED SERVICE
CONTRACT .............................................4
MANUFACTURING PROCESS .......................2
OBTAINING EMERGENCY WARRANTY
REPAIR ...................................................6
OBTAINING SERVICE AT JAYCO ..................7
OBTAINING SERVICE FOR SEPARATELY
WARRANTED ITEMS.................................7
REPLACEMENT PARTS ...............................7
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS ...................1
SAFETY ALERTS ........................................1
SUGGESTIONS FOR OBTAINING SERVICE ....3
THE GOODIE BAG ......................................1
THE JAYCO TRAVEL CLUB ..........................4
TOWABLE LIMITED WARRANTY ...................8
UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION ......4
OCCUPANT SAFETY
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM .....................14
EMERGENCY EGRESS WINDOW ................12
EMERGENCY WEATHER PLANNING ...........11
FIRE EXTINGUISHER .................................12
FIRE SAFETY ...........................................12
PROPANE ALARM .....................................15
SMOKE ALARM.........................................13
PRE-TRAVEL INFORMATION
FIRST SHORT TRIP ...................................21
5TH WHEEL HITCH (CUSTOMER SUPPLIED) 18
LOADING YOUR RV ..................................20
MOR/RYDE® HITCH & SUSPENSION (IF SO
EQUIPPED) ...........................................19
RV BRAKE SYSTEM .................................19
TOW VEHICLE ..........................................17
VEHICLE IDENFICATION NUMBER (VIN)
EXPLAINED ...........................................17
VEHICLE LABELS ......................................17
WEIGHING YOUR TOW VEHICLE & RV.......20
WEIGHT LABELS ......................................18
TOWING & HANDLING
BREAKAWAY SWITCH ...............................26
DRIVING & ALCOHOL ................................26
EMERGENCY STOPPING ...........................29
EMERGENCY TOWING ..............................30
FIFTH WHEEL HITCHING PROCEDURE .......27
FIFTH WHEEL LANDING GEAR ..................27
RV DRIVING SCHOOLS & SEMINARS .........26
STABILIZER JACKS ...................................27
TOWING ..................................................27
WIRE HARNESS/CONNECTOR PLUG .........26
RV TIRES
CHANGING THE TIRE................................32
SPARE TIRE CARRIER (IF SO EQUIPPED) ..31
WHEEL LUGS...........................................32
ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS – 50 AMP
120-VOLT CIRCUIT BREAKERS..................36
12-VOLT BATTERY DISCONNECT ..............39
12-VOLT DC OUTLET (IF SO EQUIPPED) ...40
12-VOLT DC SYSTEM...............................39
12-VOLT FUSE PANEL ..............................40
240/120-VOLT AC SYSTEM ......................35
50 AMP POWER CORD .............................36
AUXILIARY BATTERY (CUSTOMER
SUPPLIED)............................................39
BATTERY ISOLATOR FOR YOUR TOW
VEHICLE (CUSTOMER SUPPLIED)...........40
CALCULATING ELECTRICAL LOAD .............38
COMMAND CENTER .................................35
CONVERTER ............................................37
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS ........35
GENERATOR (IF SO EQUIPPED)................38
GENERATOR PREP WITH GAS TANK..........38
GFCI RECEPTACLE OUTLET ....................37
IN CASE OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE ............35
INVERTER ................................................40
FUEL SYSTEM
EXHAUST GAS FUMES .............................43
FUEL GAUGE ...........................................43
FUEL SAFETY ..........................................41
FUEL STATION (IF SO EQUIPPED) .............41
FUEL TANK(S)..........................................42
PLUMBING SYSTEM
12-VOLT WATER PUMP & SWITCH ............47
BATHROOM TUB/SHOWER ........................49
BLACK & GREY TANK DRAINS ..................54
BLACK TANK FLUSH .................................55
BLACK/GREY WATER HOLDING TANKS .....53
BLACK/GREY WATER SYSTEM..................53
DRAINING THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM ....50
FAUCETS .................................................49
FRESH WATER CONNECTIONS .................46
FRESH WATER HOLDING TANK .................45
MONITOR PANEL......................................45
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PLUMBING SYSTEM, CONT.
OUTSIDE SHOWER (IF SO EQUIPPED) .......48
POWER PACKAGE (IF SO EQUIPPED) ........50
SANITIZING THE PLUMBING SYSTEM .........51
THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM ....................45
TOILET ....................................................55
WATER HEATER ......................................47
WATER PRESSURE REGULATOR
(CUSTOMER SUPPLIED) ........................47
WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM
(IF SO EQUIPPED).................................50
WINTERIZING THE PLUMBING SYSTEM ......52
PROPANE SYSTEM
CALCULATING PROPANE USAGE ...............62
DOT PROPANE CYLINDER........................58
HOSES, PIPES, TUBES & FITTING .............62
HOW TO LEAK TEST THE PROPANE
SYSTEM ...............................................58
INSTALLING PROPANE CYLINDER(S) .........60
PROPANE REGULATOR.............................61
PROPANE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS .............57
TRAVELING WITH PROPANE .....................63
USING THE PROPANE SYSTEM .................62
SLIDEOUT SYSTEMS
OPERATING THE SLIDEOUT ......................65
TROUBLESHOOTING THE SLIDEOUT ..........66
CAMPING & OPERATING
AIR CONDITIONER (IF SO EQUIPPED)........73
AIR VENTS...............................................75
ATTIC FAN (IF SO EQUIPPED) ...................73
BBQ GRILL (IF SO EQUIPPED)..................73
BOOTH DINETTE ......................................69
CARGO RAMP DOOR ................................74
COLD WEATHER USAGE...........................67
CONDENSATION .......................................68
COOKING WITH PROPANE ........................71
DEPARTING CAMP CHECKLIST ..................77
DUCTING & RETURN AIR ..........................73
ENTRANCE DOOR WITH SCREEN DOOR ....69
EXTENDED DRY CAMPING ........................67
FURNACE (IF SO EQUIPPED) ....................74
HIDE-A-BED (IF SO EQUIPPED) ................69
IN CASE OF A GREASE FIRE ....................72
INSTALLING THE SCREEN ROOM &
REAR AWNING (IF SO EQUIPPED) ..........76
KEYS .......................................................69
KITCHEN RANGE & OVEN
(IF SO EQUIPPED).................................72
MICROWAVE (IF SO EQUIPPED) ................71
PANTRY (IF SO EQUIPPED).......................72
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PATIO AWNING (IF SO EQUIPPED) ............ 75
POWER BUNK WITH ROLLOVER SOFA
(IF SO EQUIPPED)................................. 70
REFRIGERATOR ....................................... 71
RETRACTABLE SCREEN WALL
(IF SO EQUIPPED)................................. 75
SETTING UP YOUR CAMPSITE .................. 68
THERMOSTAT .......................................... 73
TV ANTENNA & CABLE TV ....................... 70
TV POWER SUPPLY ................................. 70
STORAGE & MAINTENANCE
ABS PLASTICS ........................................ 80
CABINETRY & TABLES .............................. 81
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR ........................ 82
CLEANING THE INTERIOR ......................... 79
COUNTERTOPS ........................................ 81
DÉCOR ITEMS .......................................... 80
DOORS & LOCKS ..................................... 84
E-Z LUBE AXLE ....................................... 84
FLOORING ............................................... 81
FORMALDEHYDE ...................................... 79
FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY ........................ 80
HARDWARE & SINK OR SHOWER
FIXTURES ............................................. 80
MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST ....................... 86
PANELING ............................................... 80
REAR BUMPER ........................................ 84
REPLACING LIGHT BULBS......................... 81
ROOF RACK & LADDER (IF SO EQUIPPED) 84
RUBBER ROOF ........................................ 84
SEALANTS ............................................... 84
STORAGE CHECKLIST .............................. 86
TRAILER FRAME ...................................... 84
WINDOWS ............................................... 83
SPECIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
APPROXIMATE ELECTRICAL LOAD
RATINGS .............................................. 92
CIRCUIT BREAKERS ................................. 91
DC FUSE PANEL LAYOUT ......................... 91
GLOSSARY OF TERMS ............................. 93
OEM LIST ............................................... 89
OEM WHEEL LUG TORQUE CHART .......... 90
PROPANE CONSUMPTION CHART ............. 91
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Congratulations!
Thank you for selecting a
Jayco RV. We are excited to welcome you to
our growing RV family. Jayco is the largest
privately held manufacturer of recreation
vehicles in the world. We are committed to
being the most respected name in RVs. We
invite you to drop by our Visitors Center
located in Middlebury, Indiana. To book a
group tour or check our scheduled factory
tour times (free admission, closed holidays)
please call 1-800-RV-JAYCO.
labels affixed to your RV and in this manual.
Please call your dealer or Jayco Customer
Service if you are unsure how to proceed.
Always use the appropriate safety gear when
servicing or maintaining your RV.
This is the safety alert symbol. It is
used to alert you to potential personal
injury hazards. Obey all safety
messages that follow this symbol to avoid
possible injury or death.
ABOUT THIS MANUAL
This manual is a guide to the operation and
maintenance of your RV. Jayco RVs are
available in several sizes and models, so
accessories and components may differ.
Some equipment described in this manual
may not apply to your RV. If you find the
components vary significantly from what is
described, contact your dealer to ensure you
have the correct information. Nothing in this
manual creates any warranty, either
expressed or implied, nor does it cover every
possible detail of equipment, standard or
option, installed on or in your RV.
This indicates an imminently hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in
death or serious injury.
Information, illustrations and specifications in
this manual reflect the most current available
at the time of publication approval, are subject
to change and not intended to indicate actual
size.
This indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in
minor or moderate injury.
THE GOODIE BAG
This indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, may result
in property damage.
The Goodie Bag contains original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) operator manuals,
warranty cards and/or registrations. It is
important you complete and mail the warranty
cards and registrations within the prescribed
time limits to avoid loss of warranty coverage.
This manual and the Goodie Bag should be
considered a permanent part of the RV. If the
RV is sold, they should remain with the RV for
the next owner.
SAFETY ALERTS
Your safety, and the safety of others, is very
important. To help you make informed
decisions, we have provided operating
procedures and other information on safety
This indicates a potentially hazardous
situation which, if not avoided, will result in
death or serious injury.
REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS
In the United States
If you believe that your RV has an alleged
defect that could cause a crash or cause
injury or death, you should immediately inform
the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) and Jayco.
If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may
open an investigation, and if it finds that a
safety defect exists in a group of vehicles it
may order a recall and remedy campaign.
However, NHTSA cannot become involved in
individual problems between you, your dealer
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or Jayco. For additional information, please
refer
to
the
NHTSA
website
at
www.safercar.gov.
To contact NHTSA by phone:
Call the Department of Transportation (DOT)
Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888- 327-4236
and a NHTSA representative will record your
complaint information (TTY: 1-800-424-9153
or 1-202-484-5238).
To contact NHTSA by mail:
Office of Defects Investigations/CRD
NVS-216
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC 20590
In Canada
If you believe your RV has an alleged safety
defect, you should contact Transport Canada
and Jayco. Transport Canada prefers to be
called instead of posted mail or email as it
enables their investigators to confirm that
your information is correct, and to answer
your questions accurately. For additional
information, please refer to the Transport
Canada website at www.tc.gc.ca.
To contact Transport Canada by phone:
Call 1-800-333-0510 (or 1-613-993-9851 if
you are calling from the Ottawa region) and
ask to speak to a defect investigator.
To contact Transport Canada by mail:
Road Safety and Motor Vehicle
Regulation Directorate
Transport Canada
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5
MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Jayco recreation vehicles are
manufactured for use as
temporary living quarters for
recreation, camping and travel
uses, all as defined by the
bylaws of the Recreation
Vehicle Industry Association
(RVIA).
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This recreation vehicle is not intended for use
as a full-time residence or for commercial use.
Commercial use means using the RV as a
business asset such as a mobile office or
using the RV for lease or rental purposes.
Jayco reserves the right to discontinue or
change specifications or design at any time
without notice and without incurring any
obligation whatsoever. RV’s built for sale in
Canada may differ to conform to Canadian
Codes.
CUSTOMER RESPONSIBILITY
It is important you read and understand the
information in this manual and your Goodie
Bag before using your RV.
Familiarize yourself with the applicable
warranties. You are responsible for ensuring
the procedures for obtaining warranty repair
are followed properly. It is your responsibility
and obligation to return your RV to your
dealer for warranty service repair.
As the owner of the RV, you are responsible
for regular and proper maintenance
performed in accordance with this manual
and the OEM manuals. Regular and proper
maintenance will help prevent conditions
arising from neglect that are not covered by
warranty.
As with your other personal belongings, it is
important to protect yourself and others with
insurance coverage. Your insurance agent
can assist you in obtaining the appropriate
insurance coverage for personal liability, theft,
collision, property damage, etc.
DEALER RESPONSIBILITY
At the time of sale of the new RV, your dealer
is expected to:
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Deliver your RV in the best condition
possible. Your RV must pass the dealer’s
pre-delivery inspection (PDI), including all
systems tests.
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Provide orientation of the RV, its systems,
components and operation.
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Request that you read all warranty
information and explain any provision not
clearly understood.
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Ensure you receive the Goodie Bag. Your
dealer can assist you in completing the
OEM warranty cards or registrations, and
locate any required component model or
serial numbers.
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Complete and return the “Warranty
Registration and Customer Delivery Form”
to Jayco within 10 days of delivery to
activate the applicable warranty coverage.
The Towable Limited Warranty is activated
only after Jayco receives a signed and dated
“Warranty Registration and Customer Delivery
Form” from your dealer. If it has been more
than 60 days since the purchase of your new
RV and you have not received a confirmation
letter from Jayco, please contact Jayco
Customer Service.
SUGGESTIONS
FOR OBTAINING SERVICE
The independent dealers authorized to sell
Jayco RVs are also there to provide service
after the sale. We work closely with them in
an effort to keep you satisfied. To help ensure
your dealer provides the level of service you
expect, here are some suggestions we would
like to make:
Contact your dealer at once… Do not wait
until you are ready to use your RV. Your
dealer may not be able to service it
immediately and/or the repair may require
parts be ordered. The dealer’s service
department is busiest on Mondays, Fridays
and before the holidays.
Prepare for the appointment… If you are
having warranty work performed, be sure to
have the right papers with you. Take your
warranty folder and have your vehicle
information available. Not all the work to be
performed may be covered by the warranty;
discuss additional charges with the dealer’s
service management.
Prepare a list… Provide your dealer with a
written list of specific repairs needed. It is
important that you provide any vehicle repair
history to the dealer’s service manager. Keep
a maintenance log of your RV service history.
This can often provide a clue to the current
issue.
Be reasonable with your requests… If you
leave a list with several items and you need
your RV returned back by a specific time,
discuss the situation with the dealer’s service
management and list your items in order of
priority. This may include making a second
appointment for work not completed or parts
that the dealer may need to order.
Don’t expect to look over the technician’s
shoulder… Please do not be offended if you
are told you cannot watch the work being
done. Some insurance requirements forbid
admission of customers to the service area.
Inspect the work performed… Finally, check
out the service or repair job when you pick up
your RV. Notify the dealer’s service
management
immediately
of
any
dissatisfaction. If you cannot return your RV
immediately for repair, make an appointment
as soon as possible.
Please be aware that all repair businesses
require notification of any issues with their
repairs within a specified time limit. Make sure
you are familiar with your dealer or RV repair
center’s repair policies.
CUSTOMER RELATIONS
Jayco, has empowered its dealers to make
warranty and repair decisions. If a special
circumstance occurs that requires information
from Jayco, we have asked your dealer’s
service management to make the contact on
your behalf. This is why you should always
talk to your dealer’s service management
first.
Most issues arise from misunderstandings
about warranty or service needs. We
recognize that, on some occasions, you will
not be totally satisfied with a dealer’s decision
or actions. If this is the case, you should write
or call Jayco Customer Service. Our hours
are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
EST (closed holidays).
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Please provide the following information:
UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION
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Your name, location and phone number.
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Your RV 17-digit vehicle identification
number (VIN).
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Your date of purchase.
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The name of your selling dealer.
Help keep your contact information current so
that, in the event of a recall or customer
notification letter, you are notified. Please
copy and mail your completed “Change of
Address or Ownership, Stolen, Totaled or
Destroyed” form to Jayco.
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If different from above, the contact
information for the RV repair facility
you are contacting Jayco to discuss.
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A detailed description of the concern.
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If applicable, the component description,
serial number and model number.
Mailing address
Jayco, Inc.
Customer Service
P.O. Box 460
903 S. Main Street
Middlebury IN 46540
Shipping address
Jayco, Inc.
Customer Service
100 Bontrager Drive
Bldg 42 Door 4220
Middlebury IN 46540
Phone (toll-free)
Phone (local)
Fax (toll-free)
(800) 283-8267
(574) 825-0608
(866) 709-9139
Brochure request
Parts email
Service email
Website
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.jayco.com
An important note
about alterations and warranties
Installations or alterations to the original
equipment vehicle as distributed by Jayco are
not covered by the Towable Limited Warranty.
The special body company, assembler,
equipment installer or upfitter is solely
responsible for warranties on the body or
equipment and any alterations (or any effect
of the alterations) to any of the parts,
components, systems or assemblies installed
by Jayco. Jayco is not responsible for the
safety or quality of design features, materials
or workmanship of any alterations by such
suppliers.
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If you purchased your RV as “used,” include
proof of ownership (i.e., a copy of your bill of
sale, insurance policy, etc.).
THE JAYCO TRAVEL CLUB
All owners of Jayco RVs are
eligible for membership in the
Jayco Travel Club. The club
promotes family camping and
the active use of your RV
with others who have similar
interests in the RV lifestyle.
One "International Rally" is held each year in
various locations around the United States
and Canada. In addition, the club offers a
variety of local and regional activities
throughout the year.
By belonging to the Jayco Travel Club, you
will find new ways to enjoy your RV and make
friends all across the country. For more
information please visit www.jaycorvclub.com,
or call 1-800-262-5178.
JAYPLUS™
EXTENDED SERVICE CONTRACT
Don’t let unexpected
repair costs keep you
from traveling toward
your dreams.
Protect yourself with a JayPlus™ Extended
Service Agreement. For more information,
contact your dealer or call 1-800-527-3426.
Your dealer can help you obtain a JayPlus™
insurance quote from GMAC Insurance or call
1-877-484-2261 (Savings Code: GL 2A).
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JAYCO CUSTOMER FIRST
EMERGENCY ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
Jayco has teamed up with Coach-Net to offer
24/7 motorist assistance. We are offering this
free of charge for the first year of ownership
(certain restrictions apply*). You may continue
your emergency roadside assistance benefits
in the following years by contacting CoachNet to discuss terms and rates for this
independently continued coverage.
For details on accessing your emergency
roadside assistance benefits, please refer to
your Member Benefit Guide that is sent out 68 weeks after your completed “Warranty
Registration and Customer Delivery Form” is
received by Jayco, or contact Coach-Net
(www.coach-net.com) at 1-877-801-0333.
*To qualify for coverage, your RV must be
eligible as set forth under the terms of the
Towable Limited Warranty.
OBTAINING
EMERGENCY WARRANTY REPAIR
A roadside emergency can happen at any
time, whether your RV is new or old. If you
are traveling, using the following guidelines
can help get you back on the road faster.
1. Call 1-800-RV-JAYCO or use our website
dealer locator to find an authorized Jayco
dealer in your area. Contact them for an
appointment; they will handle all warranty
repair billing and returned parts for you.
2. If you cannot locate an authorized Jayco
dealer near you, ask the campground staff
for referrals or check the local telephone
yellow pages. Or contact Jayco Customer
Service or your selling dealer for
assistance in locating a repair facility.
a. Contact the RV repair facility to
discuss your situation and make an
appointment. Ask how their billing will
be handled. They may choose to bill
Jayco directly; otherwise, you are
expected to pay them.
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b. Have the RV repair facility inspect
your RV. Either they or you must call
Jayco Customer Service to discuss
applicable warranty coverage prior to
any repair work being performed.
c. Jayco Customer Service will issue an
authorization number upon warranty
repair approval and advise if any
original parts need to be returned.
d. Once Jayco Customer Service has
issued an authorization number, the
RV repair facility may begin actual
repair to your RV.
e. Inspect the completed repair work
thoroughly. If you are not satisfied,
communicate that immediately to the
RV repair facility management. Make
sure you are satisfied with the repair
before you pay or leave the premises.
f.
For reimbursement, either you or the
RV repair facility must send a copy of
your itemized repair bill and all
requested return parts by UPS
(regular ground, freight pre-paid)
within 60 days of the completed repair
date.
To expedite processing your warranty claim,
include your name, address, phone number,
RV 17-digit VIN and authorization number. If
returning parts, include a copy of your return
freight bill.
Obtaining weekend or
after business hours repair assistance
If an authorized Jayco dealer is not located
nearby, contact your selling dealer for
assistance. If your dealer is closed, check
with the campground staff or telephone yellow
pages for an RV repair facility. Have the item
repaired and contact Jayco Customer Service
immediately the following business day.
Failure to contact Jayco Customer Service,
unauthorized or improper warranty repairs, or
failure to return requested original parts may
result in loss of reimbursements and/or loss of
warranty.
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OBTAINING SERVICE FOR
SEPARATELY WARRANTED ITEMS
Your selling dealer is responsible for servicing
your RV before delivery, and has an interest
in
your
continued
satisfaction.
We
recommend
your
dealer
perform
all
inspection, warranty and maintenance
services. Some dealers may be authorized
service centers for those OEMs whose
products are warranted separately and
excluded from the Towable Limited
Warranty.
*Jayco Customer Service occasionally utilizes
local independent repair facilities. Your RV
may be referred to or repaired by one of these
local repair facilities.
REPLACEMENT PARTS
Parts for Jayco RVs are distributed
exclusively by authorized Jayco dealers.
Jayco does not sell parts retail direct or to
non-authorized dealers. If an original part is
no longer available, Jayco will try to provide
an appropriate substitute.
OBTAINING SERVICE AT JAYCO
Should your RV be in need of service, and
your dealer recommend that the repairs be
made at the Jayco Factory Service Center,
your RV may be returned to us with the
following guidelines*:
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You or your dealer must make a
confirmed appointment a minimum of 60
days prior to dropping off your RV at the
Jayco Factory Service Center.
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The holding tanks must be emptied and
rinsed. We have a dumping station
available for customer use.
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The propane system and all electrical
systems must be shut down and turned
off. We are not responsible for discharged
batteries or propane tanks.
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During the appropriate season, please
ensure your RV is winterized.
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Unless prior approval has been obtained
from the Jayco Factory Service Center, all
personal items must be removed from the
area where you are requesting service
repair and the refrigerator emptied. We
are not responsible for loss of food items.
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You are responsible for all transportation
costs. You may need to arrange for
alternative accommodations for some
types of repairs. Please be prepared
accordingly.
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OCCUPANT SAFETY
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors
with your family and friends. By following the
proper precautions and planning, you can
help insure a safe, enjoyable and trouble-free
trip. We encourage you to develop a family
safety plan in case of an emergency or
severe weather condition, and practice it with
your entire family, especially children.
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Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to
serve as the "family contact." Make sure
everyone knows the name, address,
phone number and email of the contact
person.
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Draw a floor plan of your RV and find two
ways to exit. There should be one way to
get out of your RV without opening the
door.
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Teach everyone what the RV safety alarm
signals mean and how to be prepared to
leave the RV by themselves if necessary.
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Teach how to check doors and not to
open the them if the doors are hot. Also
teach everyone to stay low to try to avoid
breathing smoke, fumes or gases.
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In case family members are separated
from one another, have a plan for getting
back together. Decide on a meeting place
a safe distance from your RV and make
sure everyone understands to wait there.
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Make sure everyone knows where to go to
call the fire department or 911 from
outside the RV.
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Conduct safety drills at least every six
months to make sure everyone, including
guests, knows what to do to escape
safely. Practice evacuating the RV
blindfolded; in a real fire situation, the
amount of smoke generated may make it
impossible to see.
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Consult your local fire department for
additional safety precautions.
Pets may not be allowed into shelters for
health and space reasons. Prepare an
emergency plan for pets that includes at least
a 3-day supply of dry food and a large
container of water. The survival of a beloved
pet or valuable livestock will often depend on
the plans that its owner has made in advance.
Familiarize yourself with the following
weather terms:
Warning - Indicates that a particular
weather hazard is either imminent or has
been reported. A warning indicates the
need to take action to protect life and
property. Move to a safe location
immediately. The type of hazard is
reflected in the type of warning (i.e.,
tornado warning, blizzard warning, etc.).
Watch - Indicates a particular hazard is
possible and that conditions are more
favorable than usual for its occurrence. A
watch is a recommendation for planning,
preparation and increased awareness (i.e.,
to be alert for changing weather, listen for
further information and think about what to
do if the danger materializes).
EMERGENCY WEATHER PLANNING
One of the more serious conditions you need
to take into account when camping is that of
the weather, which is subject to change with
little or no warning. Earthquakes, hail,
flooding,
hurricanes,
wintry
weather,
tornadoes — these and other extreme
weather conditions can threaten your safety
and damage your tow vehicle or RV.
Local radio and TV stations normally
broadcast weather conditions and warnings
as they occur. Research other methods of
learning about severe weather conditions and
how to deal with them. You may want to
consider investing in a weather radio.
Weather radios offer 24 hour-a-day VHF
broadcasts of weather observations and
forecasts directly from the US National
Weather Service. The frequencies used by
the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) weather radio stations
are 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475,
162.500, 162.525 or 162.550 megahertz or
visit their website at www.noaa.gov.
Repairing severe weather damage
If your tow vehicle or RV becomes an unlucky
victim of severe weather damage, you will
most likely need repair work. Call your
insurance company as soon as you can to
report your claim.
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knows to stop, drop to the ground and roll
back and forth, shielding their face from the
fire with their hands, if their clothes catch fire.
During severe weather conditions move
indoors to a place of safety or shelter as
directed by the campground or appropriate
authorities. Avoid trees or power lines that
could fall on your vehicle. The safest place
during severe weather conditions is inside
a basement or storm shelter, not an RV or
tow vehicle.
Be aware of the heat index if camping during
hot weather. Keep yourself hydrated, and try
to stay indoors in an air-conditioned area
during a high heat index warning.
EMERGENCY EGRESS WINDOW
The emergency egress window is designed to
allow quick exit from the RV during an
emergency if access to the main entrance
door is not available. Practice opening the
egress window before an emergency occurs,
and make sure all occupants know how to
operate it.
When pulling into your campsite, make sure
your egress is not blocked by trees or other
obstacles. Verify the area below the window
is over solid ground that can be used as an
escape path. Do not remove the following
label from your RV:
Learn and teach safe fire practices. Build
campfires away from nearby trees or bushes.
Maintain at least a three-foot clear area free
of leaves, dry grass, pine needles, etc.,
around grills, campfires and/or tents.
Supervise children at all times when
campfires are burning or grills are in use.
Always have a way to extinguish the campfire
quickly and completely. Never leave a fire —
even a cigarette — burning unattended.
Teach family members how to use the fire
extinguisher and replace it as recommended.
Do not store combustible materials in closed
areas or near a heat source. Do not attempt
to use water to put out a grease fire. Water
can spread some types of fire and create an
electrocution hazard during an electrical fire.
Always call the Fire Department, no matter
how small the fire. However, be aware that if
a fire threatens your RV, you should not place
the call to your emergency services from
inside the RV. It is better to get out first and
place the call from somewhere else.
More information on fire fighting can be found
at the National Fire Protection Association
website (www.nfpa.org).
If you feel a fire was caused by product
failure, contact Jayco Customer Service at 1800-283-8267 for approval before you clean
any debris, enter, move or repair your RV
(failure to notify Jayco may result in loss of
coverage).
FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Fig. 2.1 Emergency egress window label
FIRE SAFETY
At best, a fire in your RV can delay or ruin a
vacation; at worst, it can mean injury, financial
loss, and even death. If a fire starts, execute
your family safety plan. Make sure everyone
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A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and
property by putting out a small fire or
containing it until the fire department arrives;
but portable extinguishers have limitations. It
is important to recognize when to leave the
RV. Because fire grows and spreads so
rapidly, the number one priority is to get out
safely. The Underwriter Laboratories (UL)
classify household fire extinguishers into four
types:
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Rating
Type A
Intended use
For use on fires involving combustible
materials such as wood, cloth and
paper.
department to find out what your local laws
stipulate before disposing of your used (nonrefillable) factory-installed dry chemical fire
extinguisher.
Type B
For use on flammable liquid fires,
including kitchen grease. Never use
water on this type of fire!
SMOKE ALARM
For use in fires involving energized
electrical equipment.
Type ABC Works on all three types of fires listed
above.
Type C
The factory-installed dry chemical fire
extinguisher, suitable for extinguishing small
fires of the Class B and Class C type, is
located near the entry door.
Operation
Avoid inhaling the dry chemical agent in
the fire extinguisher. It is not toxic, but may
cause skin irritation. In case of contact,
flush the affected area with clean, cool
water. If irritation persists, contact a
physician immediately.
Three of the most common fire safety issues
are smoking in bed, leaving children
unattended and cleaning with flammable
fluids. There is no way to guarantee against
injury or loss of life in a fire; however, the
smoke alarm is intended to help reduce those
risks. Individuals with medical problems, or
who are hard of hearing, should consider
using warning devices that provide both
audible and visual signals.
Proper use and care of your smoke alarm
may save your life. Smoke alarms can only
work if they are properly located, installed,
operational and maintained and if smoke
reaches them. They are not foolproof. Do not
remove the following label from your RV:
Keep your back to a clear exit when you use
the fire extinguisher so you can make an easy
escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the
room fills with smoke, leave immediately.
Know when to leave. Fire extinguishers are
one element of a fire response plan, but the
primary element is safe escape.
There are different types and sizes of fire
extinguishers, but for the most part they all
work the same way. To operate a fire
extinguisher, remember the word PASS.
Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the
nozzle pointing away from you, and release
the locking mechanism.
Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of
the fire.
Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side until the
fire is out.
Disposal
Contact your local fire department, sanitation
department or environmental protection
Fig. 2.2 Smoke alarm label
Operation
The factory-installed ceiling mounted smoke
alarm is operational once the 9-volt battery is
correctly connected. The LED will flash to
show the battery is supplying power to the
alarm. When the product of combustion is
sensed, the smoke alarm sounds a loud
alarm that continues until the air is cleared.
How to test
Stand at arm's length from the smoke alarm
when testing. The alarm horn is loud and may
be harmful to your hearing. The test button
will accurately test all functions. Never use an
open flame from a match or lighter to test the
smoke alarm; you may ignite and set fire to
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the smoke alarm and your RV. If the smoke
alarm does not test properly, replace it
immediately.
Battery
The smoke alarm will not function if the
battery is missing, disconnected, dead, the
wrong type of battery is used or the battery is
installed incorrectly. When the battery
becomes weak, the smoke alarm will "beep"
(the low battery warning). If the low battery
warning sounds, the battery MUST be
replaced. Never disconnect the battery to
silence the smoke alarm.
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM
If you are in a RV with either a nearby tow
vehicle engine running or the generator (if
so equipped) running there is a potential
for exhaust fumes to filter back into the
RV. Avoid inhaling exhaust gases as they
contain carbon monoxide, which is a
potentially toxic gas that is colorless and
odorless.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an insidious poison.
It is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas.
Many cases of reported carbon monoxide
poisoning indicate while victims are aware
they are not well, they become so disoriented
they are unable to save themselves by either
exiting the RV or calling for assistance. Young
children and household pets may be the first
affected.
The following symptoms are related to
carbon monoxide poisoning and should be
discussed with all members of the
household:
Mild exposure - Slight headache, nausea,
vomiting, fatigue (often described as "flulike" symptoms).
Medium exposure - Throbbing headaches,
drowsiness, confusion, fast heart rate.
Extreme
exposure
Convulsions,
unconsciousness, heart and lung failure.
Exposure to carbon monoxide can cause
brain damage, death.
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The CO alarm is designed to detect the toxic
carbon monoxide fumes that result from
incomplete combustion, such as those
emitted from appliances, furnaces, fireplaces
and auto exhaust. A CO alarm is NOT A
SUBSTITUTE for other combustible gas, fire
or smoke alarms.
There are hazards against which carbon
monoxide detection may not be effective,
such as natural gas leaks or explosions.
Individuals with medical problems, or who are
hard of hearing, should consider using
warning devices that provide both audible and
visual signals.
What you should do if the alarm sounds
Actuation of this alarm may indicate the
presence of carbon monoxide that can
KILL YOU. This alarm will only indicate the
presence of carbon monoxide gas at the
sensor. Carbon monoxide gas may be
present in other areas.
The CO alarm will automatically sense when
the level of carbon monoxide in the air
reaches dangerous levels. You should stay
outside the RV in fresh air until the CO alarm
is silenced. When the CO alarm sounds, do
not stand too close to it. The sound produced
by the CO alarm is loud because it is
designed to wake a person in an emergency.
Prolonged exposure to the CO alarm at a
close distance may be harmful to your
hearing.
1. Operate the RESET/SILENCE button.
2. Immediately move to fresh air (outdoors or
by an open door or window) and execute
your family safety plan.
3. Do not re-enter the premises. If you are
unable to exit the premises do not move
away from the open door or window until
the emergency service responders have
arrived, the premises have been aired out
and your CO alarm remains in its normal
condition.
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If your CO alarm reactivates within a 24-hour
period, repeat steps 1-3 and call a qualified
appliance technician to investigate for
sources of carbon monoxide from fuel burning
equipment and appliances, and inspect for
proper operation of this equipment (if
problems are identified during this inspection,
have the CO alarm replaced immediately).
Note any combustion equipment not
inspected by the technician. Make sure that
any motor vehicle is not and has not been
operating in an attached garage or adjacent
to your RV.
Batteries
The CO alarm will not function if the batteries
are missing, disconnected, dead, the wrong
type of battery is used or the batteries are
installed incorrectly. When the batteries
become weak, the CO alarm will "beep" (the
low battery warning). If the low battery
warning sounds, the batteries MUST be
replaced. Never disconnect the batteries to
silence the CO alarm.
Testing the CO alarm
Press and hold the test/reset button on the
front of the CO alarm for several seconds. If
the CO alarm does not test properly, replace it
immediately. Do not remove the following
label from your RV:
Fig. 2.3 CO alarm testing label
Maintenance
The CO alarm is pre-calibrated at the OEM
factory and requires no maintenance other
than to clean the outside casing occasionally
with a cloth. Ensure that the holes on the front
of the CO alarm are not blocked with dirt and
dust. DO NOT USE CLEANING AGENTS,
BLEACH OR POLISH.
If the CO alarm is not maintained and
functioning properly according to OEM
supplied instructions, you will not be
warned if carbon monoxide is present in
the air. Death or serious illness could
result from asphyxiation (inability to
breathe) if carbon monoxide is present.
PROPANE ALARM
The alarm cannot detect propane or sound
a warning for two minutes after it has been
turned on. The propane leak alarm is not a
smoke or fire alarm. The alarm will only
indicate the presence of propane gas at
the sensor. Explosive gas may be present
in other areas.
For your safety protection, a new RV that
contains a propane gas system with propane
consuming appliances must have a propane
leak detection device. Because the chemical
composition of propane is heavier than air,
the propane alarm is located near the floor of
the RV (leaking propane tends to flow to and
pocket in low areas). A lit green LED indicates
when the factory-installed alarm is active.
Individuals with medical problems, or who are
hard of hearing, should consider using
warning devices that provide both audible and
visual signals.
This alarm is designed to sense the presence
of propane gas; however, there are other
combustible fumes or vapors that may be
detected by the sensor including (but not
limited to) acetone, alcohol, butane and
gasoline. These chemicals can be found in
commonly used items such as deodorants,
colognes, perfumes, adhesives, lacquer,
kerosene, glues, wine, liquor, most cleaning
agents and the propellants of aerosol cans.
High temperatures can activate glue and
adhesive vapors. If you close up your RV on a
hot day, the chemicals used in its construction
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may be detected for months after the vehicle
was constructed (see Formaldehyde).
If the alarm sounds
1. Turn off all propane gas appliances (i.e.,
stove, water heater, furnace, etc.).
2. Open all windows and roof vents and
execute your family safety plan.
3. Turn OFF the propane tank valve.
4. Do not touch any electrical switch or use
any phone or radio in the RV.
5. Do not start any vehicle engine or
generator.
6. Determine and repair the source of the
leak.
7. Do not re-enter the RV until the problem is
corrected.
If the propane alarm keeps sounding at
regular intervals, a propane leak may be
present. Contact your dealer or propane gas
service to have the problem corrected before
using the propane system again.
Testing the propane leak alarm
If the propane alarm does not test properly,
replace it immediately. Do not remove the
following label from your RV:
Fig. 2.4 Propane alarm testing label
Battery or converter power source
The propane alarm should never be
disabled because of nuisance or low
battery alarms. If the auxiliary battery cable
is disconnected, and other 12-volt power is
not available, the propane alarm will not
work and you will not be warned if leaking
propane is present.
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The propane alarm is powered by 12-volt DC
through the converter or from an auxiliary
battery. This propane alarm is continuously
drawing a small amount of 12-volt current;
although this current draw is slight, it could
drain your auxiliary battery during extended
storage periods. If the auxiliary battery
becomes extremely drained, the LED light on
the face of the alarm will not light or the alarm
may begin to sound on its own. This condition
is not likely to occur except during storage
situations.
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To help ensure your traveling enjoyment, call
ahead for tourist information in each area that
you will be visiting or traveling through. To
help eliminate frustration, make sure you
obtain the most current road maps. Research
and make sure there are no federal, state or
local regulations that may prohibit you from
fully enjoying your camping adventure.
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Arrange for someone to check your house
periodically while you are away. Stop mail
or newspaper delivery.
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If you intend to be away for more then two
weeks, you may want to consider
requesting police surveillance for your
house.
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Carry an extra set of vehicle and house
keys with you on a separate key ring.
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Be sure to renew your license if it has
expired, or will expire during your trip.
If you are planning to visit other countries,
contact the consulate nearest the point at
which you plan to enter that country for the
specific and most current information
(including rules for re-entering the United
States).
Always carry your vehicle registration,
insurance policy card(s) and warranty
registration.
TOW VEHICLE
If you plan to tow your RV with a tow vehicle
you already own, contact your automotive
dealer to find out your vehicle towing
capacity. If you plan to purchase a new tow
vehicle, be certain to tell your automotive
dealer the GVWR, size and type of RV that
you will be towing (some tow vehicles can be
purchased with an optional tow package). As
a minimum requirement, the Gross Vehicle
Weight Rating (GVWR) of your RV must not
exceed your tow vehicle’s towing rating.
Some automotive manufacturers publish
brochures that discuss towing considerations.
Ask your automotive dealer how to obtain a
copy of this information. If applicable, verify if
the brochure ratings are listed “with” or
“without” an optional tow package.
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
(VIN) EXPLAINED
The 17-digit VIN is the legal identification of
the completed RV and provides information
unique to your camper. It is located on an
exterior frame cross member (usually on the
third or fourth cross member under the
camper, forward of the bumper).
Fig. 3.1 VIN example
A serial number is needed whenever making
an appointment or ordering replacement parts
from your dealer. The serial number is the last
8-digits of the VIN (in the example shown, the
serial number is 81J70060).
VEHICLE LABELS
Decals and data plates used throughout the
RV aid in its safe and efficient operation;
others give service instructions. Read all
decals, data and instruction plates before
operating your RV. If any decal, data or
instruction plate is painted over, damaged or
removed, it should be replaced.
Keep a record of the 17-digit vehicle
identification number (VIN) and your license
number in the event theft or vandalism
requires you to supply this information to the
authorities.
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WEIGHT LABELS
The factory-installed weight labels are
specific to the recreation vehicle for which
they
are
supplied and
are
not
interchangeable.
Vehicle weight labels are posted on Jayco
manufactured RVs so you can make an
informed decision before your purchase. Do
not remove these labels from the exterior of
your RV. If the labels are missing, contact
your dealer or Jayco Customer Service for
replacements.
You may question the total weight capacity of
the tires on your RV being less than the
GVWR; this is correct. In order to calculate
the actual weight on the RV tires, it is
necessary to include the pin box weight. The
pin box weight is actually being carried by
your tow vehicle, not the RV tires.
For example: If the tires are rated at
2,000 lbs. each x 4 tires = 8,000 lbs.
and the RV has a GVWR of 9,000 lbs.
with a pin box weight of 2,000 lbs. The
actual weight on the RV tires is 7,000
lbs. which is within the weight rating of
the tires.
If you have further questions, please contact
your dealer or Jayco Customer Service.
5TH WHEEL HITCH
(CUSTOMER SUPPLIED)
Fig. 3.2 Federal Certification label
Fig 3.3 Trailer Weight Information label (RV
does not have a fuel station)
Fig. 3.4 Trailer Weight Information label (RV
has a fuel station)
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Using an oversized or undersized hitch
can cause damage to the RV frame. Jayco
cannot be responsible for the tow vehicle
suspension system. The final pin box
height after the tow vehicle/ RV
combination is completely hooked up is a
factor that must be considered. To avoid
overloading your trailer axles and minimize
possible handling difficulties, your trailer
should be level when hooked to your tow
vehicle. Do not overload your tow vehicle.
Hitch selection is important because it affects
the towing and handling characteristics of
your RV. There are many kinds of hitches
available for various uses and assuring that
you have the correct hitch installed is critical
to a safe towing experience.
Ask your dealer about the proper class and
type of hitch you need to purchase for your
individual tow vehicle/RV combination (a fifth
wheel requires a pin box hitch bolted directly
to the floor of the truck box through the
frame). Jayco fifth wheels have a factoryinstalled standard pin box that is not
interchangeable.
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The hitch manufacturer assigns a hitch class
rating based on the capacity that hitch has for
towing and a weight classification. The weight
classification is determined from the hitch’s
weight carrying capacity (also known as the
pin box weight on a fifth wheel).
Before selecting a hitch, you must know your
GVWR and pin box rating. Maintain the
proper pin box weight; fifth-wheels typically
maintain 25% of their overall gross weight
(trailer weight and contents) on the hitch.
Equipment that sometimes gives autos, trucks
and sport utility vehicles a softer ride can
accentuate swaying when pulling a RV;
conversely, suspension that is too stiff will
increase vibration, bounce and accelerate
wear of your tow vehicle and trailer. Educate
yourself to protect you, your family and other
motorists.
The rating of the hitch package purchased
should be equal to or greater than the RV’s
GVWR and the hitch weight (or pin box
rating).
Pin Box Height
Adjust the hitch assembly so that the tow
vehicle and the trailer are essentially level. A
high hitch will transfer weight behind the axles
and cause the vehicle to fishtail. A low hitch
will transfer additional weight to the hitch.
Refer to the hitch manufacturer instructions to
adjust the weight-distributing hitch to the
proper height. If you have additional
questions, consult with your dealer.
Jayco cannot be responsible for the
suspension system of any tow vehicle. There
are a variety of tow vehicle suspension
systems available that will affect the ball
height, stability and levelness of a hooked up
RV. Make certain your dealer is aware of the
tow vehicle you are using so a compatible
hookup is achieved.
There is no recommended hitch height for
fifth-wheels; usually the fifth wheel pin box is
adjustable for variance in trucks and truck
suspension systems.
MOR/RYDE® HITCH & SUSPENSION
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
Your RV may be equipped with an optional
MOR/ryde® hitch and suspension package.
The MOR/ryde® pin box utilizes a unique
rubber shear spring that works to absorb
shock for more comfortable, stress-free travel.
If you have further questions, contact your
dealer or Jayco Customer Service.
RV BRAKE SYSTEM
Failure to maintain the brakes in proper
working condition as specified in the
operator’s manual supplied by the axle
OEM will cause property damage,
personal injury and possibly death. Consult
with your dealer for assistance.
The electric brakes are designed to work with
the tow vehicle brakes. To maintain proper
braking performance, both the RV and tow
vehicle brakes must be used together.
Separate use of the braking systems will
cause accelerated wear and damage.
When your RV is new, it is impossible to
adjust the brake shoes precisely. It takes
approximately 1,000 miles and/or 50
medium to heavy stops to “burnish” fit or
“seat” the shoes to the brake drum. After
the initial break-in period your brake shoes
must be adjusted accurately for best
performance and increased durability.
Braking system components include:
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Tow vehicle battery
‰
Brake controller
‰
Wire harness/connector plug
‰
Auxiliary batteries (customer supplied)
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Breakaway switch
Tow vehicle battery
The tow vehicle battery is the primary source
of power for your RV’s electric brake
operation. To ensure available power when
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needed, keep your tow vehicle battery and
charging system working properly.
Brake controller (customer supplied)
The brake controller should be installed in the
tow vehicle to work in conjunction with the RV
electric brakes. Consult with your dealer or
the brake controller OEM to decide what is
right for your towing combination.
LOADING YOUR RV
Never load the RV in excess of the GAWR
for either axle. Overloading your RV may
result in adverse handling characteristics
and damage to the chassis.
DO NOT EXCEED YOUR GVWR! This
means you should weigh your RV as
loaded for your normal travel to determine
the actual weight. If you exceed the
GVWR, you MUST remove items from the
RV, or drain liquids, then re-weigh the
vehicle to ensure you have achieved a
safe weight. Do not travel with full
grey/black holding tanks. This not only
wastes gas but, depending upon the
location of the grey or black holding tanks,
can affect handling characteristics.
Decide on the various items of food, clothing,
equipment and other supplies you will need
for the length and destination of your trip.
Store and secure all loose items inside the
RV before traveling. Overlooked items such
as canned goods, or small appliances on the
countertop, cooking pans on the range or
free-standing furniture items can become
dangerous projectiles during a sudden stop.
Distribute cargo side-to-side so the weight on
each tire does not exceed one-half of the
GAWR for either axle. For traveling safety, it
is important to make sure any tie down straps
(if so equipped) on appliances or furniture are
secured.
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WEIGHING YOUR TOW VEHICLE & RV
Store items in areas designated for
storage. Do not store anything in the areas
reserved for the converter, electrical
panels or the furnace or water heater, etc.
Now that your RV is loaded you should have
it weighed. The actual weight of the RV,
passengers, all options, liquids, the hitch
weight of your towed vehicle and your
personal cargo is important for you to know
so you do not exceed the GVWR.
There are two important factors when loading
your RV, total weight and balance. It is
imperative that you verify compliance within
all applicable weight ratings. Overloading your
RV will void the Towable Limited Warranty
and the warranties of many component part
manufacturers.
Have your RV weighed periodically at a
public scale to determine the proper load
distribution. Keep in mind that individual
scales
will
operate
differently.
The
surroundings of the scale need to be
adequate to accommodate weighing each
side of your RV.
To weigh your tow vehicle and RV
Total weight of your tow vehicle and RV
must not exceed the GCWR. Do not
assume that you can tow a RV that
happens to be within the capacity of the
tow vehicle hitch. By doing so, you may
exceed the total GCWR of your tow vehicle
and RV towing combination.
It is important to redistribute the load to
avoid component failure as well as to
improve the handling characteristics of the
vehicle.
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Read through all the weighing instructions
before you begin. If you have further
questions, consult with your dealer or the
scale operator. Your RV must be weighed
fully loaded (that is with food, clothing, fuel,
water, propane, supplies, etc).
1. Weigh the RV including the tongue
weight, while detached from the tow
vehicle. This actual overall weight must be
less than or equal to the GVWR for safe
operation. If the overall weight is greater
than the GVWR, some contents must be
removed until the actual overall weight is
less than or equal to GVWR.
2. Hitch the RV to your tow vehicle. Weigh
the RV and the tow vehicle to determine
the GCW. Make sure that this rating is
less than or equal to the GCWR as
specified by the manufacturer of your tow
vehicle. If this overall weight is greater
than the GCWR, some contents must be
removed to bring the combination into
compliance with the listed ratings.
3. Weigh the RV while attached to but
excluding the tow vehicle. This will result
in the actual weight that is exerted on all
of the RV tires. This weight may be
subtracted from the overall RV GVWR to
determine the actual “tongue” weight.
4. With the RV still attached to the tow
vehicle, weigh each wheel position
separately to ensure each tire is not
overloaded.
To determine the wheel position weight:
5. Pull the RV onto the scale so only one tire
is on the scale. Record the weight. Your
RV must remain as level as possible on
the scale (even though an axle or side is
not physically on the scale). Obviously, to
obtain the side-to-side weights, there must
be enough space on either side of the
scale to accommodate the RV being
partially off the scale.
6. To calculate the opposite side of the RV
wheel position weight, subtract the first
side’s weight from the weight determined
in step #3.
If there is a difference in the weights on one
side of the vehicle as compared to weights on
the other side, components (tires, wheels,
brakes, springs, etc.) on the heavier side
could be overloaded, even though the total
axle load is within the GAWR. It is important
to redistribute the load to avoid component
failure, improve the handling characteristics of
the tow vehicle and not void the Towable
Limited Warranty.
With these actual weights, it is now possible
to compare them against the Trailer Weight
Information label weight ratings to ensure you
are below the posted minimum ratings.
FIRST SHORT TRIP
After familiarizing yourself with the RV,
including going through test runs on the
systems and having the RV weighed, it is time
to take one or two short trips. The experience
gained can be priceless.
We recommend an overnight stay at a nearby
campground. That way it is more convenient if
you need to go back to get an item you forgot
or didn't know you would need. Otherwise,
you may end up spending time or money
needlessly by bringing along unused items
that take up space or trying to locate and
purchase items you hadn't counted on
needing prior to leaving your home on an
extended trip in unfamiliar territory.
Not all RVers will need the same equipment
or supplies. For example, individual needs
and personal tastes differ, as does the
various climates and terrains you will be
traveling through with your RV.
Remember if most of your trips are planned
for the summer and your shake down trip is
made during some other season, there will be
adjustments that you will need to take into
consideration.
Be sure to have a pen and notebook available
to write down items that you feel may be
needed in future travels, as well as noting the
equipment you feel you need to become more
comfortable using or learning how to operate
safely.
RV Departure Checklist
Following is a preliminary list of items that
need to be checked on your RV before
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leaving your home or campsite. As you camp,
you may want to develop your own list
tailored to your individual camping style in
addition to the checklist provided:
‰
Check the area under the RV after
overnight parking and look for water or
other fluid leaks. If leaks are detected, find
the cause and have it repaired
immediately.
‰
Have someone observe the operation of
all exterior lights while you activate the
controls.
‰
Check wheel lug nuts for tightness and
tires for proper air inflation pressure.
‰
Examine the tires for excessive tread
wear or uneven wear patterns. Check for
stones, nails, glass or other objects
lodged in the tread. Inspect for tread cuts
or sidewall cracks.
‰
Check the propane cylinder gauge to
make sure there is propane available.
‰
Retract any awning(s) and secure them
for transport.
‰
Close all the roof vents.
‰
If so equipped, disconnect the cable or
satellite TV, and lower the TV antenna.
‰
Turn off the interior lights and appliances.
‰
Secure any loose, heavy or sharp objects
in the RV or exterior compartments.
‰
Disconnect the shore line power cord and
ensure it is stored correctly.
‰
Fasten all interior and exterior doors
securely. Lock them (if applicable).
‰
Make sure the fifth wheel landing gears,
stabilizer jacks and entry step are
retracted to the travel position.
‰
Walk around your RV one last time to
make sure everything is stored away and
the baggage compartments are closed
and locked.
‰
Pull forward, clean the site (if applicable)
and check for forgotten items.
‰
Secure and lock the entrance door.
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Pre-travel Checklist
In order to enjoy your travel, having all the
right tools and supplies will help. A checklist
may be beneficial to avoid forgetting
something essential. This list is meant to be a
starting point, while realizing that personal
preference will also play a large role in your
packing. There are items here that may not
apply for you and items that could trigger
other ideas. As you expand your camping
experience, you may wish to develop your
own list of needs.
Before leaving home
_ All list items packed in tow vehicle/RV
_ Arrange for pet care, mail and/or
newspaper pickup
_ Disposable rubber gloves
_ Lock refrigerator door (if so equipped)
_ Leave itinerary with a neighbor, family
member or friend
_ Map/road atlas/campground directory
_ Membership cards
_ Owner Manual and Goodie Bag
_ Proof of insurance
_ Road flares
_ Roadside assistance membership card
and/or policy
_ RV keys
_ Secure loose items
_ Security watch for house
(neighbor/family/friend)
_ Vehicle registration
_ Weigh fully loaded trailer (people, cargo
and liquids included) and maintain proper
weight distribution (redistribute as
necessary)
Bedding
_ Blankets
_ Comforters
_ Pillows
_ Sheets
_ Sleeping bags
Kitchen
_ Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, etc.
_ Charcoal and lighter fluid
_ Cooking utensils
_ Dish soap
_ Dish towels and rags
_ Food supplies
_ Paper plates, towels, napkins, coffee
filters, etc.
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_ Pots & pans
_ Trash bags and/or paper sacks
Personal Supplies
_ Clothing
_ Laundry detergent
_ Toiletries
_ Towels - beach and bath
Recreation
_ Campfire supplies
_ fire grate for cooking
_ firewood, newspapers and/or kindling
_ matches in waterproof container and/or
utility lighter
_ skewers, pie irons, etc.
_ Games - cards, board, dice
_ Lawn chairs
_ Outdoor activity equipment (fishing poles,
tennis rackets, etc.)
_ fuses and light bulbs (compatible with
your RV)
_ jack
_ jumper cables
_ rope, cord, bungee cord(s) or wire
_ saw (bow or folding)
_ shovel (small folding)
_ tire pressure gauge
_ tool kit (screws, hammer, pliers, etc.)
_ torque wrench
_ work gloves
_ Trailer is level
_ Trailer safety chains connected (if
applicable)
_ Wheel blocks removed
Supplies
_ Bug spray
_ First aid kit
_ Flashlight(s)
_ Sun screen
_ Toilet paper
RV
_ All cargo is secured in the cargo bay
_ Cargo bay ramp is closed and secured
_ Check lights
_ brake lights
_ clearance lights
_ turn signals
_ Check tire pressure (including spare tire)
_ Check tire wear (uneven wear pattern)
_ Check wheel lug torque
_ Fuel station equipment stored properly, the
compartment door is securely closed, and
the master fuel pump disconnect switch is
pushed in (if applicable)
_ Proper pin box weight maintained (25% of
gross weight – fifth wheel and contents)
_ Safety pin or locking lever on the pin box
hitch assembly must be seated.
_ Secure the shore line power cord
_ Surge protector
_ Cable or satellite wire (if applicable)
_ Test brakes for proper operation
_ Tools
_ AC voltage tester
_ axe
_ duct tape
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Driving
safety and protection against injury
cannot be fully ensured. However, we
recommend you pay special attention to the
following:
‰
‰
‰
‰
The use of daytime running lights can
increase other motorists' awareness of the
RV to all traffic.
Keep the tires inflated to the specified
levels. Replace the tires before they are
excessively worn.
Before changing lanes, check the outside
rearview mirrors for other vehicles and
activate the appropriate turn signal to alert
other drivers.
While driving, watch the behavior of other
drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Always
follow all traffic laws and regulations. Pay
attention to traffic and road conditions. Be
a courteous and alert driver. Always leave
room for unexpected events, such as
sudden braking.
‰
Never drive when you are sleepy or tired.
Never drive when alcohol, drugs or
medication have affected your judgment,
reflexes or alertness.
‰
Obey all traffic laws and use your
seatbelts at all times. Many states have
lower speed limit requirements for tow
vehicle/RV combinations. We recommend
that you do not exceed the posted speed
limit when towing an RV.
‰
Driving with the propane system on can
add to the danger if you are involved in an
accident or have a fire. Most refrigerators
will keep food cold or frozen for eight
hours without running while you travel.
Shut the propane system off at the
propane cylinder.
‰
Adverse weather conditions and extremes
in terrain may affect the performance and
handling of your tow vehicle. Do not
operate the tow vehicle cruise control on
icy or extremely wet roads, winding roads,
in heavy traffic or in any other traffic
situation where a constant speed cannot
be maintained.
Do not leave children or pets unsupervised
in the vehicle (even if children are secured
by a child restraint system). They could:
□
Injure themselves on parts of the
vehicle.
□
Unlock and open the entry door, or
open the emergency exit window, and
then possibly injure other persons or
damage property.
□
Get out of the vehicle and either injure
themselves when doing so or they
could be injured by passing vehicles.
□
Be seriously or even fatally injured by
prolonged exposure to extreme heat or
cold.
Do not expose child restraint systems to
direct sunlight. Metallic parts of the child
restraint system could heat up, for
example, and the child could be burned or
injured.
You must observe the law if you are
driving when operating a cell phone in your
tow vehicle. If it is permitted to operate a
cell phone while the tow vehicle is in
motion, you must only operate it when
road and traffic conditions permit. You may
otherwise be distracted from the traffic
conditions, cause an accident and injure
yourself and others.
Some cell phones may interfere with your
tow vehicle electronics and thereby
jeopardize the operational safety of your
tow vehicle (to research this further,
contact your tow vehicle dealer or
manufacturer for additional information).
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RV DRIVING SCHOOLS & SEMINARS
If you have any concerns about driving while
towing a RV, consult an expert for specific RV
driver education. There are private RV
schools and some RV owner's organizations
that offer driving seminars. The schedules
and locations of the various RV driver
education seminars and schools can be
researched through RV-related publications
and internet sites.
Use caution when using the internet as a
resource tool. Verify the information is from a
credited and reliable source in the RV
industry, and it pertains to your RV. If in
doubt, contact your dealer or Jayco Customer
Service.
DRIVING & ALCOHOL
Driving after drinking or taking drugs
(including some prescriptions and/or overthe-counter medications) can lead to an
accident. Studies have shown perceptions
are less sharp, reflexes are slower,
drowsiness may be experienced and/or
judgment may be impaired.
The presence of alcohol in significant levels in
the blood increases the probability that the
driver will be involved in an accident. Exercise
your good judgment and encourage others to
do the same. Know the legal alcohol limits
and do not exceed them. Be aware of your
personal limits, which may be lower than the
legal limits. Should you ever exceed your
limits or find your driving is impaired, find
alternative transportation. NEVER DRINK
AND THEN DRIVE.
BREAKAWAY SWITCH
NEVER use the breakaway switch and
trailer brake system as a parking brake.
Doing so would create a high amp draw on
the battery and converter. This can cause
damage to wiring, connectors and the
breakaway switch.
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The breakaway switch is a crucial part of the
RV braking system. Located by the fifth wheel
pin box, this switch will apply the trailer brakes
if the trailer becomes detached from the tow
vehicle. Attach the breakaway switch lanyard
to a permanent part of the tow vehicle when
hitching to the RV. If the RV becomes
detached from the tow vehicle, the pull pin will
be pulled from the switch. This automatically
causes the switch to “close” and activates the
RV brakes.
A battery (customer supplied) must be
installed to activate the breakaway switch.
WIRE HARNESS/CONNECTOR PLUG
A 7-way wire harness/connector plug is wired
into your trailer to connect electrical power
from the tow vehicle for travel. This supplies
power to the RV brakes, tail lights, clearance
lights, turn signals, brake lights, etc. Wiring to
operate your brakes must be the same size in
both the tow vehicle and RV (the RV brake
wiring is 12-gauge wire). When attaching
wires to your tow vehicle, carefully and tightly
tape all the connections for moisture
protection.
White
Blue
Green
Black
Red
Brown
Yellow
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Ground
Brakes
Running lights
Auxiliary battery charge line
Stop & left turn
Stop & right turn
Back up
Fig. 4.1
7-way trailer plug
Car end, rear view
The connector plug may build up corrosion
with extended use and should be cleaned
periodically to insure good electrical contact.
Make sure the connector plug is kept clean
and protected from road elements as you
travel.
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STABILIZER JACKS
FIFTH WHEEL HITCHING PROCEDURE
Hooking up a fifth wheel will become easier
with practice. The following procedure will
help until you become more experienced.
DO NOT USE THE STABILIZER JACKS
TO LEVEL THE RV. It is important to
remember that the stabilizer jacks are to
be used only for support while occupying
and moving around the RV. They are not
designed to bear the weight of the RV.
1. Make sure the trailer wheels are blocked.
1. Each stabilizer jack can be individually
adjusted to stabilize the trailer for use.
3. Back the truck so the hitch encircles the
pin. A gentle contact of the hitch saddle
against the pin will cause the mechanism
to close.
2. When setting your RV up on soft ground,
you may wish to place a wood pad or the
equivalent under each stabilizer jack foot.
This will help keep the stabilizer jack from
sinking into the ground.
3. To lower each jack, insert the jack crank
onto the applicable stabilizer jack shaft.
4. Turn the crank clockwise to lower each
leg until it contacts the ground and
stabilizes the trailer.
To raise each jack, insert the jack crank onto
the applicable stabilizer jack shaft and turn
the crank counter-clockwise.
The stabilizer jacks must be fully retracted
before moving or towing the RV to prevent
stabilizer jack damage.
FIFTH WHEEL LANDING GEAR
2. Make sure the hitch lever is in its open or
“cocked” position unless it has been
designed to open automatically. Adjust the
hitch assembly to the proper height.
Lower the tailgate, if applicable.
4. Secure the hitch lever as specified by the
manufacturer.
5. Put the truck in drive (DO NOT press on
the accelerator) and ‘bump’ the hitch to
make sure it is locked.
6. Be sure to raise the fifth-wheel landing
gear all the way up.
7. Attach the breakaway switch cable to the
tow vehicle.
8. Plug the wire harness/connector plug from
the tow vehicle to the fifth wheel.
9. Raise the tailgate of the tow vehicle, if
applicable.
10. Remove the wheel chocks from the trailer
wheels
TOWING
DO NOT USE THE FIFTH WHEEL
LANDING GEAR TO SUPPORT THE
TOW VEHICLE WEIGHT. The fifth wheel
landing gear is designed to bear the front
loaded weight of the RV only.
Your RV braking system is rated for
operation at GVWR not GCWR.
The fifth wheel landing gear can be operated
manually. The fifth wheel landing gear must
be fully retracted before moving or towing the
RV to prevent damage.
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on a slippery surface. Abrupt speed changes
can cause skidding and loss of control.
Whenever possible, do not travel with
waste in the holding tanks. Liquid or debris
in the holding tank(s) may affect the towing
characteristics and may result in property
damage or personal injury.
You will find that your RV will travel safely and
comfortably at most posted trailer highway
speed limits. However, it will take longer than
a passenger automobile to reach that speed.
Keep this in mind when overtaking and
passing another vehicle. Allow more time to
go around the vehicle you are passing. You
cannot cut back into the traffic lane as quickly
due to the longer length of your tow
vehicle/RV combination. Drive with caution to
avoid situations that might require quick
momentum changes.
Even though your RV is equipped with brakes
designed for GVWR, we suggest practicing
stopping away from traffic until you become
accustomed to your RV’s stopping distance. A
good way to practice is at a large parking lot
(where it is permissible). Easing to a stop and
starting smoothly saves wear and tear on
your tow vehicle/RV combination.
Drive defensively, try to anticipate problems
that may occur and prepare for them (even if
they may never happen). Be aware of road
surface conditions. Slow down well in
advance of dips and bumps to reduce the
jolting to your tow vehicle/RV combination.
Drive over them slowly and let the trailer tires
pass over them before accelerating. Cross
railroad tracks slowly (always release your
brakes before crossing).
When descending a long hill, drop down into
a lower gear (or lower range if you have
automatic transmission). Avoid conditions that
require excessive and prolonged use of your
brakes. Apply and release brakes at short
intervals to give them a chance to cool. The
tow vehicle transmission and engine will help
in controlling downhill speed and can
lengthen brake life. The distance required to
stop the RV is greater than an automobile’s.
Use care when accelerating or decelerating
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Driving through water deep enough to wet the
brakes may affect stopping distance or cause
the vehicle to pull to one side. Check the RV’s
brake operation in a safe area to be sure they
have not been affected. Never operate any
vehicle if a difference in braking efficiency
is noticeable.
Towing behind your RV
Towing items behind your Jayco trailer, or
overloading the rear, will void the warranty
and may result in: damage to the trailer or
add-on items, towing difficulties, property
damage and/or personal injury.
DO NOT tow anything behind your RV. The
RV frame and bumper are not designed for
towing.
Vehicle Clearance
Remember some bridges, older ones in
particular, may not support the weight of your
tow vehicle/RV combination. Know the weight
and size of your towing combination and
observe any posted weight and clearance
limits. The added height of roof air
conditioners, TV antennas or floodlights may
cause clearance problems around some
tunnels, canopies and hanging signs.
Turning Corners
When turning, the tires do not follow the path
of your tow vehicle tires. The RV will make a
tighter turn than the tow vehicle. You must
compensate for this action by carefully pulling
the tow vehicle out into the intersection further
than you would normally so that the RV clears
the curb (or any parked vehicles along the
curb). When making a turn, check the road
clearance and be aware of others. Have
someone help guide you out of a difficult
parking space or traffic pattern. Swerves and
sharp turns, especially at high speeds, could
result in loss of control of the RV.
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Here are some tips to keep in mind when
parking in unfamiliar surroundings:
Have a pre-determined plan of action…
Develop response plans for all situations.
Dry-run typical situations as a way of making
your responses to each simulation second
nature. A cellular phone is a good
investment to protect yourself, especially
when traveling alone.
Be alert to all situations… Assess your
surroundings to help anticipate possible
problems and responses. If someone
unfamiliar knocks on the door, do not open it
until you are certain the request is legitimate
and represents no possible harm to you or
your RV.
Parking
After the RV is in the desired location, set the
tow vehicle parking brake and place the
transmission in park. Turn OFF the ignition
switch. Go outside the RV and block all
wheels securely with wheel chocks. The
wheel chocks can be wood blocks or
purchased items as long as they prevent the
RV from rolling. Be aware of your
surroundings. If parking at night at a rest stop,
truck stop or parking lot chose a well-lighted
area.
EMERGENCY STOPPING
Trust your intuition… This is a natural tool
at your disposal. If something does not
seem to be right, you may want to evacuate
the vicinity immediately or call 911.
Always carry road flares or reflective warning
signs to display if necessary. Pull off the
roadway as far as possible for emergency
stopping or tire changing. Turn ON your RV
hazard warning flashers. If traveling at night,
use three red warning indicators such as
flares, reflectors or lanterns, as follows:
Remember, nothing is 100 percent
effective… Do not rely on your dog or an
alarm system, etc. Always remain wary.
1. Place the first warning indictor on the
traffic side of the RV, directed at the
nearest approaching traffic.
Developing these habits may help prevent
loss to you or your property as you travel
and enjoy your RV.
2. Place the second warning indicator 100
feet behind the RV in the center of the
lane and toward approaching traffic.
Backing up
If your camping destination does not have pull
through sites, pick a level site and back in
carefully. We suggest you stop near the site,
get out of the RV and observe the
surrounding area. Check to ensure there are
no obstacles in your path and that you have
plenty of vehicle clearance. Check for lowhanging tree limbs, posts, large rocks or other
obstacles. Try to choose a site that is on the
driver’s side, so you can see what the rear of
the RV is doing. With the site on the
passenger side, you would be backing into
the site on your blind side, which is more
difficult. When you determine the site
conditions are satisfactory, maneuver the RV
into position for backing up into the site
space. Back the RV up slowly using your tow
vehicle mirrors as a guide. Have another
person outside the RV assist you until the RV
is parked in the desired position.
3. Place the third warning indicator 100 feet
in front of the RV in the center of the lane
and away from the traffic approaching
from behind.
The
hazard-warning
flasher
provides
additional safety if the RV is stopped on the
side of the roadway and presents a possible
hazard to other motorists. When the flasher is
on, it serves as a warning to others to
approach and overtake your vehicle with
caution.
For personal safety, always stand off the
road and out of the way of traffic. Curves
and/or hills may affect the safe placement
of warning indicators
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EMERGENCY TOWING
Never allow anyone to go under the RV
while it is being lifted and/or being
towed.
If your RV needs to be towed, please contact
an emergency road service provider or a
qualified service facility for assistance.
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from the tires when they are hot (or after
having driven a mile or more).
Failure to follow proper inflation
guidelines may result in tire failure,
which, under certain circumstances can
cause loss of vehicle control or
accidents that may result in property
damage, bodily injury and/or death.
It is recommended that the tire pressure be
checked at the beginning of each journey
to obtain the maximum life of the tire.
Follow the instructions listed on the
Federal Certification label, affixed to the
roadside front corner of your trailer, to
determine the correct tire pressure. Underinflation may cause tire failures and
swaying; this may result in loss of control,
injury, death or property damage.
Read and understand the following before
taking your first trip in your RV!
Proper care and maintenance of your tires is
essential to ensure your safety, as well as the
safety of others, as you travel. Taking time to
become educated on the special qualities of
RV tires and care they require will enhance
your travel enjoyment.
Routine maintenance on your RV is
important, but it cannot be overstated just
how critical proper tire maintenance is to the
safety, operation and durability of your new
RV. You must follow the manufacturer’s
inflation guidelines for maximum load
capacity; under-inflation is just as dangerous
as over-inflation. To insure your tires are
operating safely, regular inspection of your
tires and checking tire pressures is absolutely
mandatory.
Examine your tires frequently for unusual
wear. Alignment, balance and bearing wear
will affect tire wear. Make sure to look for
cracking, bulging, uneven tread wear, etc.
Check and adjust tire pressures before and
after each trip. Always check and adjust with
the tires cold. Never add or release pressure
Replacement
Be sure to use only tires that are rated for
RV use. The use of passenger tires should
be avoided. The load rating/range
embossed on the sidewall of passenger
tires must be de-rated accordingly; they do
not have the same load capability as tires
that are specifically identified for RV use.
Failure to use tires that are properly
matched to your recreation vehicle could
lead to premature tire wear or less than
optimum trailer handling.
When replacing a tire make sure to replace
it with a tire of the same size and
specifications (refer to the Federal
Certification label.)
If you experience a flat tire on your RV while
driving, gradually decrease your vehicle
speed (if possible). Hold the steering wheel
firmly and move the RV to a safe place on the
side of the road.
Any service or warranty coverage on tires is
to be handled by the tire store representing
the brand installed on your RV; they are not to
be returned to your dealer or Jayco. If you
have questions regarding your tires,
contact the tire OEM or Jayco Customer
Service.
SPARE TIRE CARRIER (IF SO
EQUIPPED)
When replacing a tire make sure to replace
it with a tire of the same size and
specifications (refer to the Federal
Certification label information.)
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The following diagram illustrates the travel
position of the spare tire (the spare tire must
contact the brackets as shown).
CHANGING THE TIRE
Never raise the RV by placing the jack
under the axle, springs or any attachment
parts. Failure to comply could result in
property damage, personal injury or death.
Fig. 5.1 Spare tire travel position
To secure the spare tire in the travel position:
Fig. 5.2
Fig. 5.3
1. Put the steel hoist lift support loaded on
the end of the cable through the rim of the
tire. The hoist lift support clips need to
seat inside the center hole of the tire rim.
The valve stem of the tire MUST be
pointed in the up position or toward the
bottom of the trailer.
2. Insert the crank handle into the hole
located in the center of the rear “bumper.”
Turn the crank handle to lift the tire to the
travel position. Two crisp breaks must be
heard and felt to insure proper seating of
the tire for travel.
Reverse this process to release the spare tire
for usage.
DO NOT exceed the maximum load
capacities of 100 lbs. for the hoist. DO
NOT use air driven guns or impact
wrenches to lift the spare tire to the travel
position.
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1. Keep the RV attached to the tow vehicle.
Block the tire on the opposite side of the
RV from the tire you are changing.
2. Loosen the wheel lug on the tire you are
changing before jacking up the RV. DO
NOT remove the lug nuts; only loosen
them for ease of removal when the tire is
off the ground.
3. Locate the main frame rail of the trailer (it
spans from front-to-back just inside the
tires).
4. To raise the RV, place the jack (hydraulic
or screw) under the main frame rail. It
must be just ahead of the front tire or just
behind the rear tire.
WHEEL LUGS
Torque is the amount of rotating force applied
to a fastener, such as a lug nut. Proper torque
of lug nuts can only be achieved by using a
properly calibrated torque wrench and socket.
Do not use a 4-way socket or any other type
of wrench that does not measure the actual
pressure applied to the lug nut.
After your first trip, check the wheel lug torque
periodically for safety. Check the wheel lugs
after winter storage, after a wheel removal,
before starting a trip or following extensive
braking. Use the correct star pattern
sequence to attach the RV wheels (see
Wheel Lug Torque Chart.)
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Wheel lug nuts must be applied and
maintained at the proper torque levels to
prevent loose wheels, broken studs and
possible separation of the wheel(s) from
your trailer. The lug nuts on the wheels of
your RV must be maintained according to
listed torque values (see Wheel Lug
Torque Chart.) Over-torqued and/or
under-torqued wheels may result in
component failure.
1. Start all nuts by hand to prevent cross
threading.
2. Tighten the nuts in the sequence shown.
3. Tighten the lug nuts equally in stages as
indicated for your trailer's wheels (see
Wheel Lug Torque Chart).
Check and re-torque after the first 10, 25
and 50 miles (16, 40 and 80 kilometers).
Thereafter, check and maintain the torque
according to the listed torque values (see
Wheel Lug Torque Chart.)
Failure to maintain proper torque of the
wheel lug nuts could lead to separation of
the tire and wheel while driving, possibly
resulting in property damage or personal
injury.
For more information
Tires are warranted by the tire manufacturer
and are to be serviced and warranted by an
appropriate service center. They are not to be
returned to your dealer or Jayco. If you have
questions regarding your tires, contact the
tire manufacturer or Jayco Customer
Service.
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Your
RV contains separate low voltage (12volt DC) and high voltage (120-volt AC)
electrical systems. All installations have been
made in compliance with the safety
requirements of ANSI standard A.1192,
National Electric Code and Canadian
Standards Association Code. Because the
wiring and circuitry is engineered into a
dedicated system specific to your RV, we
recommend you do not make unauthorized
changes or add fixed appliances yourself.
IN CASE OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE
Only a qualified RV technician should attempt
to make changes or additions to the electrical
system. Approved materials, components and
methods of installation must be used to meet
safety and code requirements. Changes or
additions made to your RV may create a
hazardous condition.
2. After everyone is clear and accounted for,
if possible:
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS
Careless handling of electrical components
can be fatal. Always take the appropriate
safety precautions when working around the
RV electrical system.
□
Use caution when using metal tools
around the RV electrical system. If a tool
contacts a battery terminal or metal
connected to it, a short circuit could occur
which could cause personal injury,
explosion or fire.
Do not attempt to use water to put out an
electrical fire. Water can spread some
types of fire, and electrocution is possible
with an electrical fire.
1. Execute your family safety plan.
a. Disconnect the shore line power cord
from the external power source.
b. Disconnect the auxiliary battery cables
(if applicable).
c. Turn OFF the generator (if applicable).
3. Check the fire to see if you can attempt to
put it out with the fire extinguisher. If there
is any doubt, call the local Fire
Department for emergency assistance.
4. Do not touch any electrical wires or
appliances.
If you feel the fire was caused by a product
failure you must contact Jayco Customer
Service for approval before you clean any
debris, enter, move or repair the RV (failure to
notify Jayco may result in loss of coverage).
□
Remove your rings, metal watchbands
and any other metal jewelry before
working around the RV electrical system.
Always have faulty or damaged wiring and
electrical components repaired before using
your RV again.
□
Never touch or use electrical components
with bare feet, wet hands or while
standing in water or on wet ground.
COMMAND CENTER
□
NEVER allow children to play with the
electrical system or components.
Always make sure the electrical components
are turned OFF before disconnecting the
auxiliary battery (customer supplied). Always
disconnect the power cord and auxiliary
battery negative cable from the battery before
working around the RV electrical systems.
Your RV is equipped with a Command Center
that allows you to monitor several systems
from one location. For your convenience, the
Command Center is located near the kitchen
area. More information on the controls located
in the Command Center will be discussed
throughout this manual.
240/120-VOLT AC SYSTEM
Your RV is equipped with a 240/120-volt AC /
50-amp power cord and load center. A
maximum of 50-amps (or 6000 watts) of
power can be consumed at any given time. It
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may be necessary to stagger usage of some
appliances to maintain your power usage at
50-amps or lower. The 120-volt AC system
provides power to most of the appliances and
all of the electrical outlets.
120-VOLT CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The circuit breaker panel protects the 120-volt
electrical system from overloads, shorts in the
wiring and shorts in the connected
components. When an overload or short
occurs, the circuit breaker will open (or “trip”)
preventing any further flow of electricity and
damage to the RV.
If a circuit breaker has been tripped, shut OFF
the connected appliance (i.e., air conditioner,
microwave, etc.) and allow a brief cooling
period. Then reset the circuit breaker by
moving the appropriate switch OFF and back
ON. If the circuit breaker is continually tripped
and no overload is evident, contact your
dealer to have the electrical system tested
and repaired.
A circuit breaker identification label is
permanently attached to the inside surface of
the 120-volt load center. Circuit breakers will
not offer complete protection of the RV
electrical system in the event of a power
surge or voltage spike.
50 AMP POWER CORD
The 50 amp power cord is also commonly
referred to as the “shore line power cord.”
This power cord is designed to ground the RV
electrical system through the external power
source receptacle. It is also designed to carry
the voltage and amperage output of 50-amp
campground outlets.
Occasionally the electrical service provided by
a campground may experience low or high
voltage (i.e., surges or spikes). Any prolonged
exposure will shorten the life of the electrical
system and appliances. Consult your dealer
for recommendations on power surge
protection.
Connecting the power cord
Always test the 50 amp external power source
(i.e., the campsite power box or electrical box)
with a ground monitor, before connecting your
power cord to it. If the ground monitor
indicates 'reverse polarity' or an 'open ground'
DO NOT connect the power cord.
1. Turn OFF the load center main 240/120volt circuit breaker.
2. Carefully extend the entire length of the
power cord (approximately 25’-35’) from
the electric cable hatch to the external
power source.
Maintenance
At the beginning of camping season, inspect
all the breakers. Turn each breaker OFF and
back ON. Have the circuit breakers replaced
as needed.
3. Plug the power cord into the receptacle.
Be sure all the power cord prongs are
properly plugged into the receptacle.
Replacement
5. To help prevent power surges from
damaging the connected loads, please
follow these instructions when hooking up
to the external power source:
Replacement circuit breakers must be of
the same voltage, amperage rating and
type. Never use a higher rated
replacement circuit breaker; doing so may
cause a fire by overheating the RV wiring.
Please contact your dealer for repair
assistance when replacing circuit breakers.
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4. Return to your RV and turn ON the load
center main circuit breaker.
The shore line power cord should be
unplugged when the RV is left unattended.
If something would happen to the
electrical system, this may help limit
potential damage.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - 50 AMP
PLUG INTO 50-AMP SERVICE ONLY.
‰
Do not hook up the 50-amp power cord
to any receptacle until you have
verified proper polarity and grounding.
Polarity indicators can be purchased in
most electrical and hardware stores.
‰
Do not use any cheater plug, adapter
or extension cord to reduce incoming
AC power or break the continuity of the
circuit connected to the grounding pin.
‰
Do not connect the power cord into an
outlet that is not grounded, or adapt
the 50-amp power cord plug to connect
it to a receptacle for which it is not
designed.
‰
Do not remove the grounding pin to
connect to a non-grounded receptacle.
Removal of the ground pin disables an
important safety feature designed to
prevent shock and electrocution
hazards.
‰
Do not connect the power cord to an
extension cord. Use of an improper
extension cord will cause overheating
of the cord as well as potentially
causing premature failure of the AC
equipment.
It is the responsibility of the owner of the
electrical receptacle to ensure that the
receptacle is properly wired and grounded.
Reverse
polarity
and/or
improper
grounding of your RV can cause personal
injury or death.
When you are ready to leave, reverse the
power cord connection process. Use care to
prevent damaging the power cord electrical
connection pins when connecting or
disconnecting the shore line power cord.
Grasp the plug to remove from the outlet; do
not unplug by pulling on the cord. Be sure to
close the electric cable hatch to prevent water
leaks.
Maintenance
Inspect the power cord for cuts, cracks and
worn insulation. Have the power cord
replaced immediately if these symptoms are
noticed.
CONVERTER
The converter converts 120-volt AC power to
useable 12-volt DC power when the power
cord is connected to campground power. The
converter has a built-in protective thermal
breaker that will shut down the converter if it
becomes overheated. Overheating can be
caused by operating the converter above its
maximum limit for an extended period of time
or by an obstruction to its ventilation. A
portion of the RV 12-volt load (lights or motors
or both), should be turned OFF to reduce the
total load. Remove any obstructions to the
converter cooling fins or fan.
Inspection and maintenance
If the converter is not working (or the auxiliary
battery is not charging, if so equipped), check
the reverse polarity fuse(s) located in the 12volt fuse panel. There are no customer
serviceable parts in the converter. If the
converter box is opened, it will void the OEM
warranty. If you have further concerns contact
your dealer.
GFCI RECEPTACLE OUTLET
The power cord must be fully extended
when in use and not left coiled in the
electrical compartment or on the ground. If
the power cord is left coiled, it may
potentially create enough heat to melt its
protective casing.
Grounding is your personal protection from
electrical shock. Your RV has a ground fault
current interrupter (GFCI) receptacle outlet
engineered into the 120-volt AC electrical
system. It may have additional outlets wired
through, and protected by, the GFCI. Its
function is to reduce possible injury caused by
electric shock. The GFCI will not protect
against short circuits or overloads.
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Test all GFCI receptacles monthly
The 120-volt AC electrical system must be on
in order to test the GFCI.
1. Plug a 120-volt AC electrical device into
the GFCI receptacle outlet.
2. Push and release the RESET button (the
120-volt AC electrical device should
operate normally).
3. Push in the TEST button.
4. The RESET button should pop out
indicating the GFCI receptacle has been
“tripped” and the 120-volt AC electrical
device should cease to operate.
5. Push in the RESET button again and it
should hold. If the GFCI did not trip, do not
use the GFCI receptacle outlet or those
wired to it. Call your dealer for repair
assistance if it does not hold and pops
back out. Any faulty equipment must be
repaired before your RV is used again.
Although your RV’s exterior power receptacle
(if so equipped) is not a GFCI receptacle
outlet, it is wired through and protected by the
interior GFCI.
CALCULATING ELECTRICAL LOAD
When you purchase and use 120-volt
appliances, remember your RV is limited to a
maximum load of 50 amps. When camping
and traveling, remember each appliance and
120-volt accessory places a load on the RV
electrical system. You may periodically trip a
circuit breaker if the combined load of these
appliances and accessories exceeds your 50
amp rating.
You can determine the amperage rating of an
appliance by dividing the watts used (usually
found on a label or plate affixed to the
appliance) by your RV’s supply voltage.
For example: 1200-watts divided by
120-volts AC equals 10-amps.
GENERATOR PREP WITH GAS TANK
Generator prep means the RV has the basic
wiring necessary for installation of an
aftermarket generator (customer supplied).
RV generators are built in compliance with
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specific codes and standards. Your RV is not
designed to use generators other than those
built specifically for RVs. When you are ready
to purchase this aftermarket generator,
consult your dealer for purchasing and
installation assistance.
GENERATOR (IF SO EQUIPPED)
The optional factory-installed generator will
produce 120-volt AC power for use when
camping in areas where shore power is
unavailable. 120-volt power from the
generator is output to the AC distribution
center by way of a factory-installed automatic
transfer switch. In the default mode, the
automatic transfer switch connects the
generator to the AC distribution center when
the generator is operating and shore power is
disconnected from the trailer.
The power to start the generator comes from
the auxiliary batteries (customer supplied). A
remote start/stop switch is located on the
generator. Be aware the generator runs on
gasoline and gives off carbon monoxide.
Exhaust gas fumes
Avoid inhaling exhaust gases as they contain
carbon monoxide, which is a potentially toxic
gas that is colorless and odorless.
□
Do not run the tow vehicle engine,
generator engine (if applicable), etc., in
confined areas, such as a closed garage,
any longer than needed to move your RV
in or out of the area.
□
Windows should be closed while driving or
running the generator (if so equipped) to
avoid drawing dangerous exhaust gases
into the RV.
□
If you suspect that exhaust fumes are
entering the RV have the cause
determined and corrected as soon as
possible.
The best protection against carbon monoxide
entry into the RV is a properly maintained
ventilation system and an active carbon
monoxide detector. To allow for proper
operation of the RV ventilation system, keep
the ventilation inlet grill(s) clear of snow,
leaves or other obstructions at all times.
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - 50 AMP
12-VOLT DC SYSTEM
The majority of your RV lighting is powered by
12-volt electricity. The 12-volt DC system is
composed of components that will operate
when the following conditions are met:
□
Power is supplied by the tow vehicle
alternator when the engine is running and
the 7-way trailer plug is connected. This
powers the RV’s running lights, brake
lights, turn signals and brakes.
In addition, the 7-way trailer plug provides
a common ground and a 12-volt charge
line to charge the auxiliary battery.
□
The converter will supply interior 12-volt
DC power when the power cord is plugged
into campground power. The converter will
also charge the auxiliary battery in most
situations.
□
The auxiliary battery powers many interior
12-volt components including the lighting
fixtures, water pump, 12-volt motors, 12volt appliances, etc. It also powers the
breakaway switch.
12-VOLT BATTERY DISCONNECT
Your RV has a battery
disconnect switch. To avoid
draining the battery power, turn
this switch off when the RV is
not being used for a period of
time.
Dry camping
Consider the charge condition of the auxiliary
battery when dry camping. If the auxiliary
battery is not being recharged and power is
being drawn from it, it will eventually
discharge. A battery will discharge at a faster
rate as its energy level becomes depleted. It
is recommended you plan your electrical
usage accordingly. For accuracy, test the
auxiliary battery voltage using a volt-ohm
meter (customer supplied).
A fully charged auxiliary battery will read 12.7
volts DC and 1.265 specific gravity at 80°F
(32°C). The auxiliary battery is considered
discharged at 11.8 volts DC by electronic
standards; when voltage drops below those
levels, permanent damage may occur.
Typically, a deep cycle battery has an amphour rating of 75-100 amps. If you run the
furnace and refrigerator simultaneously, you
will be using approximately (12.0 + 3.0) 15.0
amps per hour. This does not include any 12volt lights, water pump or any other 12-volt
component.
If the furnace and refrigerator in the
above example operated constantly, a
75 amp-hour battery would become
fully discharged in 5 hours (75ah / 15a
= 5h).
AUXILIARY BATTERY
(CUSTOMER SUPPLIED)
The auxiliary battery should be installed in
parallel with the battery in your tow vehicle.
When the 7-way trailer plug is connected,
both batteries power the RV so it is important
not to discharge your tow vehicle battery
below the level required to start the engine.
To prevent this from occurring, disconnect the
7-way trailer plug or install a battery isolator.
When the tow vehicle engine is operating with
the RV connected, the tow vehicle charging
system will charge both batteries.
Battery storage instructions
Your RV has many 12-volt DC loads. When
combined, their total is more than the
converter can produce. High demands for 12volt power can be met by an auxiliary battery
for limited periods of time. The 12-volt DC
electrical system is designed for usage with a
Group 24 or Group 27 deep cycle battery.
(Before purchasing, measure your battery tray
to determine which size battery will fit.)
Replacement and maintenance
Some equipment in your RV will draw small
amounts of current even when turned OFF.
To prevent the auxiliary battery from being
discharged when your RV is not connected to
shore line power, disconnect the auxiliary
battery negative cable at the battery. During
storage, it is important to check the voltage
monthly and recharge the auxiliary battery as
Fig. 6.1
The LP leak detector must be connected to a
constant power source. If the 12-volt battery
disconnect is in the OFF position it WILL NOT
PROVIDE power to the LP leak detector.
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needed. If you remove the auxiliary battery
from your RV, store it in a dry, cool area per
the OEM instructions.
When it is time to replace the auxiliary battery,
replace it with a Group 27 deep cycle battery
only. Contact the battery OEM for further
information. Do not reverse the positive and
negative battery cables (doing so will blow the
reverse polarity fuse(s) that protect the
converter).
BATTERY ISOLATOR FOR YOUR TOW
VEHICLE (CUSTOMER SUPPLIED)
You may want to consider the installation of a
battery isolator on your tow vehicle as a
convenience feature:
□
It receives current from the tow vehicle
alternator and controls distribution of
energy to both the auxiliary battery and
the tow vehicle battery.
□
It serves as a check valve to prevent
energy from being drawn from your tow
vehicle chassis battery (so you can start
your tow vehicle engine).
Your dealer can assist you with the selection,
purchase and installation of this aftermarket
part.
12-VOLT FUSE PANEL
The 12-volt fuse panel is labeled to indicate
the fuse sizes, positions and components
powered. At the beginning of camping
season, inspect all the 12-volt fuses and
replace as needed.
Replacing a fuse
Replacement fuses must be of the same
voltage, amperage rating and type. Never
use a higher rated replacement fuse; doing
so may cause a fire by overheating the RV
wiring.
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Before replacing a fuse, always turn OFF the
electrical component(s) protected by it.
1. Disconnect the power cord.
2. If so equipped, disconnect the auxiliary
battery negative cable at the battery.
3. Remove the fuse panel cover to check
fuses.
4. Pull the fuse straight out of the fuse block.
If the fuse is not blown, something else
must be causing the problem. Please
contact your dealer for further assistance.
5. Insert a new fuse of the same specified
voltage, amperage rating and type in the
original location. Never use a higher
rated replacement fuse.
The fuse panel label should
permanently affixed to your RV. The
not offer complete protection of
electrical system in the event of
surge or spike.
be kept
fuses will
the RV
a power
INVERTER
Your RV is equipped with a factory-installed
inverter that converts 12-volt DC current to
120-volt AC current to operate the television,
home theater system and one electrical
receptacle in the cargo bay area. It is
important that you familiarize yourself with the
inverter function and operation. The inverter
should be OFF when not in use.
The factory-installed inverter is not
intended for use with medical device(s).
12-VOLT DC OUTLET
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
There may be a 12-volt DC outlet (not
applicable on all models) in your RV. When
the 12-volt DC outlet socket is used as a
power source for an electric appliance, make
sure that the electric appliance operates at
12-volts and has an electric capacity of 60 (5
amps) watts or less. Cap the 12-volt DC outlet
when it is not in use as the socket might
become clogged by foreign material and
become short-circuited.
SECTION 7
FUEL SYSTEM
FUEL SAFETY
Your RV may be equipped with a single
factory-installed fuel tank that supplies fuel to
the optional fuel station and/or optional
generator. For your protection and others, it is
critical to understand the danger associated
with fuel. Take time to become educated
about the property of fuel and use it safely.
The following label should
permanently affixed to your RV:
be
kept
Automotive fuels can cause serious injury
or death if misused or mishandled. If you
have further questions, consult your
dealer, the OEM or Jayco Customer
Service for assistance.
□
Always shut OFF the tow vehicle
engine while refueling.
□
Do not bring or store fuel or other
flammable liquids inside the RV
because a fire or explosion may result.
□
Before refueling, extinguish all smoking
materials and any open flames.
□
Before refueling, always turn OFF all
spark producing appliances (i.e., water
heaters, furnaces, etc.).
□
Do not overfill the fuel tank(s). The
pressure in an overfilled fuel tank may
cause leakage and lead to fuel spray
and/or fire.
□
Fuel spills represent a serious fire
hazard, and should be cleaned up
immediately.
□
Never restart an engine or re-light any
pilot lights while raw fuel is present.
FAILURE TO COMPLY COULD RESULT
IN FIRE, DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.
If you spill fuel on the RV, clean it up
immediately. Fuel can dull or soften paint and
damage other surfaces. Use care when
fueling your RV.
Fig. 7.1 Flammable liquid
FUEL STATION (IF SO EQUIPPED)
MAKE SURE THE FUEL PUMP IS
PROPERLY GROUNDED. Make sure the
fuel nozzle grounding clip is always
attached to the component or vehicle
receiving fuel.
Make sure the pump is properly
maintained as instructed by the fuel pump
OEM operator’s manual. Make any
necessary repairs prior to operation.
Failure to comply could result in fire,
death or serious injury.
Read, understand and follow all safety
information in the fuel station OEM manual
before operating the fuel station. If you need
further assistance, consult with your dealer or
Jayco Customer Service.:
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FUEL SYSTEM
The label listed below should be kept
permanently affixed to your RV:
6. Turn "OFF" the fuel pump with the lever
located on the pump.
7. Push in the master fuel pump disconnect
switch to turn it "OFF".
The following warning label should be kept
permanently affixed inside the fuel station
compartment.
Fig. 7.2 Re-fueling warning label
The RV is equipped with
a master fuel pump
disconnect
switch
located on the exterior of
the fuel station. Make
sure this switch is turned
"OFF" when the fuel
station is not in use.
A grounding clip is
attached to the fuel
nozzle. This clip MUST be attached to the
component or vehicle being fueled in order to
ground it to the RV. Do not continue adding
fuel after the fuel pump’s automatic shut off
stops dispensing fuel.
Fig. 7.5 Before dispensing fuel label
Fuel filler cap
Fig. 7.3
To dispense fuel
Be sure the fuel tank has fuel in it prior to
operating the fuel pump. Ensure the fuel is not
contaminated with debris.
1. Attach the grounding
clip to the item or
vehicle being fueled.
2. Pull on the master
fuel
pump
disconnect
switch
located
on
the
exterior of the fuel
station to turn it
"ON".
Remove the fuel filler cap by slowly turning it
counterclockwise and waiting for any "hiss"
noise to stop. Then unscrew the cap all the
way. To close the fuel filler cap, securely turn
the cap clockwise until you hear clicking
sounds. If you need to replace the fuel tank
filler cap, use only a cap specified for your
RV.
FUEL TANKS(S)
Fig. 7.4
Grounding clip
3. Turn "ON" the fuel pump with the lever
located on the pump.
4. Insert the nozzle into the receiving tank
and squeeze the nozzle handle.
5. When done, release the nozzle handle to
stop the flow of fuel.
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Do not replace the fuel fill cap with one of
a different type. Use of a substitute cap
may create excessive fuel system
pressure, resulting in fuel station damage
and improper operation in a collision.
DO NOT over fill the factory-installed fuel
tank(s). Follow all safety information in this
manual and the OEM operator’s manual.
Failure to comply could result in death or
serious injury.
SECTION 7
FUEL SYSTEM
Working with fuel can be dangerous.
Serious injury or death could result from
improper handling of the generator, fuel
station and fuel.
Fuel selection
The factory-installed fuel tank must be filled
with the fuel type recommended by the
generator OEM (if so equipped) or with the
fuel type recommended by your aftermarket
vehicle and/or equipment OEM (if no
generator is installed).
If you are in a RV with either a nearby tow
vehicle engine running or the generator (if
so equipped) running there is a potential
for exhaust fumes to filter back into the
RV.
The best protection against carbon monoxide
entry into the RV is a properly maintained
ventilation system and an active carbon
monoxide detector. To allow for proper
operation of the RV ventilation system, keep
the ventilation inlet grill(s) clear of snow,
leaves or other obstructions at all times.
FUEL GAUGE
Your trailer is equipped with an interior fuel
gauge to monitor the amount of fuel available
for use. The switch adjacent to the fuel gauge
must be turned "ON" for the gauge to operate.
If the fuel gauge is not turned off after
checking the fuel level, it will continue to drain
energy from the battery. To avoid running the
battery down, always make sure that the fuel
gauge switch is turned off when not in use.
EXHAUST GAS FUMES
Avoid inhaling exhaust gases as they contain
carbon monoxide, which is a potentially toxic
gas that is colorless and odorless.
□
Always shut OFF the tow vehicle engine,
generator engine (if applicable), etc., while
refueling.
□
Do not run the tow vehicle engine,
generator engine (if applicable), etc., in
confined areas, such as a closed garage,
any longer than needed to move your RV
in or out of the area.
□
Windows should be closed while driving or
running the generator (if so equipped) to
avoid drawing dangerous exhaust gases
into the RV.
□
If you suspect that exhaust fumes are
entering the RV have the cause
determined and corrected as soon as
possible.
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SECTION 8
PLUMBING SYSTEM
There are two different water systems in your
RV: the fresh water system and the waste
water system. The fresh water system
consists of the fresh water holding tank, fresh
water connections, water pump, outside
shower assembly (if so equipped), water
heater, faucets, tub/shower, and water
purification system (if so equipped). The
waste water system consists of the waste
water holding tank, sewage holding tank,
drains and toilet.
Recreation vehicles shake and vibrate while
going down the road. It is possible for
plumbing fittings to come loose. Check all
fittings, pressure and waste, for leaks before
each trip or before vehicle storage as part of
your normal maintenance:
□
Inspect all faucets, the water purification
system (optional) and sink connections
(including drain baskets or filters).
□
Remove the access panels. Inspect the
shower faucet fittings and shower drain
lines.
□
Inspect connections at the water pump
and water heater.
□
At the end of every trip, you should drain
any unused water from the fresh water
system.
There are labels affixed to the exterior of the
RV’s sidewall that indicate the locations of the
water system drains and fills. Be aware some
drains may be located inside the RV (once the
exterior label is found, go inside to find the
drain corresponding location).
THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM
All water contains contaminant and mineral
particles that can cause fresh water system
odors. Untreated well water is a major source
of water system odors. The fresh water (or
potable water) system needs periodic
sanitization and winterization to take care of
all the components within the plumbing
system and help discourage the growth of
bacteria and other organisms that can
contaminate the water supply.
DO
NOT
drink
water
deemed
microbiologically unsafe or of unknown
quality.
MONITOR PANEL
The monitor panel located in the command
center allows you to monitor the fresh water,
grey water, black water and auxiliary battery
levels. These functions are controlled using
the “tact” switches located on the command
center faceplate. The monitor panel operates
on 12-volt DC power supplied by either the
converter or auxiliary battery. Sensors
installed in the holding tanks connect to a
resistor assembly (relaying an electronic
message to the display board). No power is
drawn from the auxiliary batteries (customer
supplied) unless a switch is pushed or turned
ON. Fuses for the monitor panel are located
in the fuse panel.
Operation
Press only one “tact” switch at a time. As you
push either the “FRESH”, “BLACK”, “GREY1”
or “GREY2 (optional)” switch, one or more
LED lights will illuminate indicating that
holding tank content level. When pushing the
“BATT” switch, the highest LED light
illuminated indicates the estimated auxiliary
battery condition.
C
G
F
L
=
=
=
=
charge at 12.7 volts or above
good at 12.1 volts or above
fair at 11.6 volts or above
low at 6.0 volts or above
FRESH WATER HOLDING TANK
The fresh water tank can be gravity filled or
pressure filled using the fresh water inlet
(called city water). Plastic overflow tubes are
plumbed into the fresh water holding tank to
allow water to flow out of the water tank.
Occasionally, you may see water coming from
the overflow tubes (located underneath the
RV) when the fresh water holding tank is
filled. This is normal, and is caused by
external circumstances, including the RV
being parked on an incline, or the motion
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caused by starting or stopping the RV during
travel.
Do not cap, block or modify the fresh
water tank overflow tubes in any way.
Enough water pressure can build up
during the filling process to damage the
plumbing system if the overflow tubes are
obstructed.
FRESH WATER CONNECTIONS
Never leave the RV unattended while filling
the fresh water system.
The fresh water connection should be
unplugged
(i.e.,
the
garden
hose
disconnected) when the RV is unattended
for any amount of time. If something would
happen to the water system, this may help
limit water damage to a smaller area.
To disconnect the city water fill
7. Shut OFF the water at the water source.
8. Disconnect the garden hose and reinstall
the connection cap.
To reduce the chance of contamination,
prevent the garden hose from coming into
contact with the ground. Reinstall the
connection cap when the fresh water
connection is not being used. Do not remove
the following label from your RV:
There are two types of direct exterior fresh
water connections in your RV: city water and
gravity fill.
City Water
Gravity Fill
Fig. 8.1 Fresh water connections
Fig. 8.2 Potable water only label
To use the city water fill
1. If needed, sanitize the water system.
Dry camping (generator)
Turn on the generator, follow the steps listed
prior; however, at step 3 put the other end of
the garden hose into a container of fresh
water, and at step 4 turn ON the water pump
(instead of turning ON the water at the water
source.) When the fresh water tank is full,
shut OFF the water pump and disconnect the
garden hose as discussed in step 8.
2. Move the “water heater bypass valve” to
the NORMAL position.
3. Remove the connection cap and attach a
garden hose to the inlet.
4. Turn ON the water at the water source.
5. Enter the RV and open the cold water
supply faucets to bleed air from the water
lines.
6. The water heater will fill first, followed by
the supply lines and faucets.
When the water lines are nearly full, you
may experience some "air pockets." Allow
them to escape before closing the cold
water supply faucets.
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Dry camping (no generator)
You can gravity fill the fresh water system if
you do not have access to city water;
however, allow extra time to fill the fresh
water system if you are using this method.
Follow the steps listed above; however, at
step 3 put the non-toxic drinking water hose
end into the gravity fill. Turn on the clean
(potable) water and when the fresh water tank
is full, shut OFF the water pump and remove
the non-toxic drinking water hose.
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WATER PRESSURE REGULATOR
(CUSTOMER SUPPLIED)
Not using a water pressure regulator when
using city water may cause the o-rings to
blow. To prevent damage to the plumbing
system or components when using the city
water connection, a 45 lb. (315 Kpa) rated
water pressure regulator is recommended.
Excessive pressure from water supply
systems may be encountered in some parks,
especially in mountain regions. Water
pressure regulators are available to protect
the RV water system against such high
pressure.
Water
pressure
regulators
(customer supplied) are available from your
RV dealer to protect the RV plumbing system
against such high pressure.
12-VOLT WATER PUMP & SWITCH
Once activated, the
water pump (also
known
as
the
demand pump) will
self-prime,
and
provide water. The
water
pump
continues to run until
approximately 45 lbs. Fig 8.3 Water pump
of
pressure
is
achieved then shut off. The water pump will
automatically re-start when pressure drops.
Some cycling may occur, depending on the
volume of water being released. The water
pump has a built-in check valve to prevent
water from back flowing.
The water pump switch should be in the
OFF position when the RV is unattended
for any amount of time. If something would
happen to the water system, this may help
limit water damage to a smaller area.
Dry camping
When you want to use water in your RV and
the RV is not hooked up to city water, you will
need sufficient 12-volt DC power to run the
water pump.
Fig. 8.4 Water pump strainer
Periodically check the in-line water pump
strainer for accumulated debris. To clean,
shut off the water pump, unscrew the clear
cap, remove the re-useable metal strainer and
clear any debris, then reinstall.
WATER HEATER
Do not replace any component part with an
accessory part that is not authorized by the
water heater OEM (i.e., an “add-on”
electric heating element, etc.). Such items
are not approved to be installed and could
create an unsafe condition and will void all
warranties.
The water heater is designed to heat water
quickly and efficiently. The water heater OEM
has preset the sensing limit to maintain the
water temperature when the water heater is
activated. If you have not used the water
heater for two weeks or more it may result in
hydrogen gas in the water lines. To reduce
the risk of injury under these conditions, open
the hot water faucet for several minutes at the
kitchen sink before you use any electrical
appliance connected to the hot water system.
If hydrogen is present, you probably will hear
an unusual sound such as air escaping
through the pipe as the water begins to flow.
Hydrogen gas may be present even after
water has been drained from the tank. Open
faucet at the sink and allow the water system
to vent for five to ten minutes (or as needed).
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or a service agency authorized by the water
heater manufacturer.
HYDROGEN GAS IS EXTREMELY
FLAMMABLE. Do not smoke or have any
open flame near the open faucet. On DSI
water heater models make sure the interior
control switch is OFF during the above
listed procedure.
Odor from the hot water system
Many water supplies contain sufficient
amounts of sulfur to produce an odor, often
called “sulfur water.” Sulfur water can be
caused by a chemical action or by bacteria.
Generally, sulfur water is not harmful, only
unpleasant to smell. To eliminate sulfur water
sanitize the water heater. Odor from sulfur
water is not a service problem.
High altitude deration
Operation of the water heater at high altitudes
may require derating. Consult with your local
propane gas company, RV dealer or the water
heater manufacturer for proper derating of the
water heater. Change out of the orifice
(derating) should be done by your RV dealer
or a service agency authorized by the water
heater manufacturer. It is important that once
the RV has returned to lower elevation any
high altitude deration or other adjustments be
reversed for proper operation of the water
heater.
Pressure & temperature relief valve
When cold water is heated in the water heater
tank, the water pressure will rise. For this
reason, a pressure and temperature (P&T)
relief valve is required for safety in all water
heaters. It is normal for the P&T relief valve to
release a small quantity of water during the
heating cycle and does not indicate a
defective P&T relief valve.
One way to reduce the frequency of the water
weeping or dripping from the P&T relief valve
is to maintain an air pocket at the top of the
water heater. This air pocket will form in the
tank by design; however, it will be reduced
over time by the everyday use of your water
heater (refer to the OEM operator’s manual);
If the weeping persists consult your RV dealer
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Water heater control switches
The water heater control rocker switches are
located in the command center. The "propane
GAS" water heater switch enables propane
operation of the water heater. The
"ELECTRIC" water heater switch enables
electric operation of the water heater.
Operating instructions
If you smell propane gas then STOP! and
follow the procedures listed in Sec. 3
Propane System before attempting to
operate the water heater.
STOP! Read the safety and operating
information provided in the OEM operator’s
manual before attempting to activate the
water heater. Make sure the water heater is
filled with water before using the water heater;
momentary operation of the water heater
without water in it can be detrimental.
Draining and winterization
If the RV is to be stored over the winter
months, the water heater must be drained to
prevent damage from freezing. It is
recommended the water heater be drained
and bypassed during the winterization
process particularly if introducing RV
antifreeze into the plumbing system.
Water heater bypass
To bypass Atwood XLT water heaters: turn
the yellow handle, located at the back of the
water heater, to the “bypass” position.
OUTSIDE SHOWER (IF SO EQUIPPED)
A handheld shower assembly with both hot
and cold water is available for washing or
rinsing outside the RV. Be sure the water
heater is ON and had sufficient time to heat
the water.
1. Open the door with the key and allow it to
hinge down.
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2. If dry camping, be sure the 12-volt water
pump is ON.
faucets when a sufficient amount of water is
released.
3. Remove the hand held
showerhead and hose
from its holder and
turn ON the sprayer
head valve.
The tub/shower faucet requires a vacuum
breaker when the shower hose and head are
used. There are two purposes for this
breaker:
4. Open the faucet knobs
and adjust them to the
desired temperature.
To cease operation, close
the faucet knobs and the
showerhead valve. After Fig. 8.5 Outside
the water has been Shower
allowed to drain from the
showerhead, replace it in the outside shower
compartment. Any remaining water in the
shower hose will drip or run out of the vacuum
breaker; this is not a leak but performs as
intended. Water will drain out along outer
edge of the ABS plastic box.
□
To prevent siphoning water through the
hose from another fixture.
□
To prevent water from being contained in
the hose.
The showerhead DOES NOT have a
complete shut-off valve (the complete shut-off
is at the faucet). The showerhead may drip
slightly in the OFF position after use; this is
normal and does not indicate a leak or defect.
There may be air in the plumbing lines that
will need to be bled out before a steady
stream of water comes from the faucet.
BATHROOM TUB / SHOWER
The showerhead can be removed to drain the
hose faster. If you choose to remove the
showerhead to drain the hose, reassemble it
for storage. Coil the hose and arrange it with
the showerhead inside the faucet assembly.
Make sure that the hose is not being pinched
and the showerhead is not being damaged
when the door is closed. For sanitary reasons,
keep the exterior shower compartment door
closed when not in use.
Your bathing facilities in the RV function
similar to those in your home. Keep the water
heater and holding tank capacities in mind
when using the fresh water system. Long
showers are not suggested due to the limited
amount of water available. The used water
will drain through the plumbing pipes into the
grey water holding tank.
FAUCETS
2. If dry camping, be sure your 12-volt water
pump is ON.
1. Be sure the water heater is ON and had
sufficient time to heat the water.
3. Adjust the hot and cold faucets to the
desired temperature before bathing.
Water temperatures over 125°F (49°C)
can cause severe burns instantly or death
from scalds; therefore, be careful when
using hot water. Always test the water
temperature before showering or washing.
4. To conserve water while showering, wet
down and turn the water OFF while you
use soap, then rinse.
The faucets operate much the same way as
the faucets in your home. Make sure there is
sufficient water available and, if dry camping,
the 12-volt water pump is turned ON before
operating. To open the faucets, turn the hot
and cold knobs ON and adjust the
temperature to your comfort level. Close the
Unlike your home, the RV does not contain a
water pressure balance valve. If someone is
using the shower, it is recommended that the
fresh water system NOT BE USED until he or
she is finished.
5. When you are finished, shut the water
faucets OFF.
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Maintenance
Read the OEM operator’s manual or label
instructions. The tub/shower walls (if
applicable) in your RV are made of ABS
plastic material. Use a mild detergent soap
and warm water to clean. Contact your RV
dealer for repair or replacement.
Do not use gritty or abrasive particle soaps or
scouring compound to clean ABS plastic.
Avoid using “Citrus” or biodegradable
cleaners which contain “D-Limonene.” They
will damage plastic materials.
WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
The water purification system is located under
the kitchen sink. If the water supply has not
been used for some time, allow the water to
flow for several minutes to flush the system.
When not in use, the water filter cartridge
should be stored out of freezing temperatures.
RV antifreeze will damage the water filter
cartridge. The OEM has supplied a clear
plastic bypass hose with fittings on either end
to replace the water filter cartridge when the
RV is being winterized. This clear plastic
bypass hose is re-usable; store it when it is
not in use.
Each new RV is winterized with RV
antifreeze before it leaves Jayco, Inc. To
use the water purification system the clear
plastic bypass hose must be removed and
the water filter cartridge installed.
Replacing the water filter cartridge
Replace the water filter cartridge when water
flow from the kitchen faucet is too slow for
convenience, or at least once a year.
1. Drain the fresh water system.
For more information
Refer to the OEM operator’s manual and the
label on the water filter cartridge.
POWER PACKAGE (IF SO EQUIPPED)
If your RV came with the factory-installed
power package option you have the
convenience and added benefit of an air
compressor, water pressure washer and
battery jumper pack. Read the individual
component OEM operator’s manuals. If you
have further questions, consult with your
dealer, the OEM or Jayco Customer Service.
To utilize the exterior water connection
The RV is equipped with a quick coupler
water connection on the exterior sidewall.
Water can be used from this connection when
the RV is attached to a city water source (or
from the on-board fresh water tank with the
use of the 12-volt on-demand water pump).
Use this connection to access water through
the fresh water system to spray off
equipment, vehicles, etc.
Fig. 8.6
Fig. 8.7
Fig. 8.8
1. Locate the quick coupler connection
2. Attach the coupler to the trailer by:
a. Pushing back on the sleeve on the
trailer socket.
b. Inserting the quick coupler plug that
and release the sleeve.
2. Place a container beneath the water
cartridge filter to catch any spillage.
c. Pushing the plug until the sleeve
snaps forward, locking the plug into
the trailer socket.
3. Unscrew the fittings at the top and bottom
of the water filter cartridge. Pull the water
filter cartridge down and out of the fittings.
3. Connect a garden hose to the quick
coupler to access the water.
4. Insert the new water filter cartridge and
tighten the fittings securely by hand.
Dispose of the used water cartridge filter.
DRAINING THE FRESH WATER SYSTEM
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To drain the fresh water holding tank and
supply lines:
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PLUMBING SYSTEM
1. Open all faucets, including the outside
shower faucet.
SANITIZING THE PLUMBING SYSTEM
2. Open the “fresh tank drain” valve.
All permanent fresh
water tanks can be
drained by one of two
types of drain valve: a
white plastic drain is
attached to the exterior
Fig. 8.9
wall (open valve to
Exterior fresh
drain) or a valve located
water drain
inside the RV adjacent
to the water tank (this knob turns 45° to
open or close).
3. Open the “low point
drains” by turning,
then
pulling
the
handles up. As their
name indicates, they
will be at the lowest
point of water lines.
A label is placed on Fig. 8.10 Low
the outside of the RV point drains
to indicate where the drains are located.
The drains will typically need to be opened
from inside the trailer. Once the label is
found on the exterior sidewall, go inside
the RV to find the corresponding location
of the drains.
4. Turn ON the water pump and allow it to
run as needed.
5. Operate the toilet flush lever until water
stops flowing.
6. Open all faucets, including the outside
shower faucet.
7. Make sure your “water heater bypass”
valve is open.
8. Relieve the water pressure using the P&T
valve BEFORE removing the water heater
drain plug. Otherwise, if there is any water
pressure present the water will spray out
of the opening when the drain plug is
removed.
When you are finished draining the fresh
water system, reverse these steps and dump
the grey and black water holding tanks at an
appropriate facility or according to local public
codes.
Failure to sanitize the potable water
system could result in death or serious
illness.
Potable water systems require periodic
maintenance to deliver a consistent flow of
fresh water. For your personal safety, the
plumbing system should be sanitized when
your RV is new, at the beginning and end of
each season and when the water system
becomes contaminated (or approximately
every three months of use).
Chlorine is poisonous. Always recap the
household bleach bottle and clean utensils
and containers after use.
How to sanitize
1. Level the RV and drain the fresh water
system.
2. Prepare a chlorine solution using 1/4 cup
of household bleach (sodium hypochlorite
solution) to one gallon (3.785 liters) of
water in a container. Prepare one gallon of
solution for every 15 gallons of tank
capacity. This will result in a residual
chlorine concentration of 50 ppm in the
water system.
If a 100-ppm concentration is required as
discussed in step 10, use ½ cup of
household bleach with one gallon of water
to prepare the chlorine solution. One
gallon of the solution should be used for
each 15 gallons of tank capacity.
3. Turn the “water heater bypass” valves to
the BYPASS position.
4. At the gravity fill connection, place a hose
into the container with the chlorine
solution.
If filling from a container of potable
water: to ensure the water pump
primes correctly, sit the container at
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least two feet off the ground on a
ladder. Turn ON the water pump
WINTERIZING THE PLUMBING SYSTEM
5. Turn the water pump ON.
6. After the recommended amount of
solution is in the tank, turn OFF the water
pump.
7. Turn the “water heater bypass” valve to
the NORMAL position.
8. Continue filling the fresh water tank with
clean (potable) water until it is full.
9. Open the hot water line on all the faucets
(kitchen, lavatory, shower and outside
shower) until water begins to flow
continuously and a chlorine smell is
noticeable.
10. Close the hot water lines and repeat with
the cold water lines on the faucets.
11. Let the solution remain in the system for at
least four hours when disinfecting with 50PPM residual chlorine.
If a shorter time period is desired, then a
100-PPM chlorine concentration should be
permitted to sit in the system for at least
one hour.
12. After the required period, drain the
chlorine solution from the fresh water
system (see Draining the fresh water
system).
Some solution may remain in the water
heater and will be flushed in the following
steps:
13. Fill the fresh water system using clean
(potable) water completely full.
14. Then, drain the fresh water system (see
Draining the fresh water system).
If a chlorine taste lingers in the water, flush
the water system with a solution consisting of
one-quart vinegar to five gallons of clean
water. Re-flush as necessary.
Automotive antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
and
windshield
washer
antifreeze
(methanol) are poisonous. Never use
these products in your fresh water system.
These products are harmful and may be
fatal if swallowed.
Preparing your RV for colder weather or
storage is very important for most states and
Canada. Failure to prepare your RV may
cause water supply lines and the water heater
to freeze. No commodity or product should be
added to the fresh water system to ensure
freeze protection other than RV antifreeze.
The RV should be winterized at the end of the
camping season or when the RV will be
exposed to temperatures that will fall at or
below 32°F (0°C). Repairs due to freezing are
not covered under the terms of the Towable
Limited Warranty.
There are two methods of winterizing your
trailer based upon your model. Please read,
understand and follow all instructions before
beginning.
Air pressure (all models)
This method will utilize an air hose to blow
excess water from the water lines.
1. Make sure all holding tanks are empty and
drain valves OPEN.
2. Run the water pump until it is dry, this will
take approximately 15-20 seconds.
3. OPEN all faucets and drains, and the
toilet.
4. Using an air hose and adapter (customer
supplied), blow air through the city water
connection. Any remaining water will blow
out in five to ten minutes.
5. Pour one cup of non-toxic RV antifreeze
into all drain P-traps.
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Water heater bypass (most models)
It may be easier to winterize the RV with
another person to assist you.
1. Level the RV and drain the fresh water
plumbing system.
2. If so equipped, replace the water filter
cartridge with the clear plastic bypass
hose.
3. Make sure the water heater 12-volt and
120-volt interior control switches are OFF.
4. Turn the water heater bypass valve to the
BYPASS position.
5. Make sure the “fresh tank drain” and “low
point drains” are closed.
6. Insert the garden hose into a container of
RV antifreeze solution (this quantity
should be enough to winterize the RV);
attach the other end to the Gravity Fill.
If filling from a container of potable
water: to ensure the water pump
primes correctly, sit the container at
least two feet off the ground on a
ladder. Turn ON the water pump
7. Open the low point drains and turn the
water pump ON.
8. When antifreeze begins to continuously
flow from the low point drains, close them.
BLACK/GREY WATER SYSTEM
Water from the sinks and shower (or tub) flow
into the gray water (or waste water) holding
tank. Water from the toilet will flow into the
sewage (or black water) holding tank. Certain
floor plans may also have the lavatory
draining into the waste (black) tank.
Drain pipes
The drain pipes have a “P-trap” installed to
help prevent odors from escaping into the RV.
During travel, water from the P-traps may spill
and permit odors into the RV. These odors
come from food particles decomposing in the
tank. By adding water and using a RV
approved deodorizing agent you will dissolve
the contents faster and will keep the drain
lines and tanks clean and free flowing. These
chemicals are available at an RV supply store
or your Jayco independent dealer.
Vents
Another important part of this system is the
vent pipes and vents that release air from the
grey and black water holding tanks. The
exterior vent cap is attached to the roof and
must be kept clear of obstructions to perform
as intended. On some models, the vent pipe
may be part of the drainage system referred
to as a "wet vent" (water flows downward as
air flows upward in the same pipe).
9. Open the hot water line on all the faucets
(kitchen, lavatory, shower and outside
shower) until RV antifreeze begins to flow
continuously.
BLACK/GREY WATER HOLDING TANKS
10. Close the faucet hot water lines and
repeat with the cold water lines on all the
faucets. Do not forget to run RV antifreeze
through the toilet.
Never travel with full black or grey water
holding tanks. This not only wastes your
fuel but depending on the location of the
tank(s), it can affect your tow vehicle
handling characteristics.
When you are done adding RV antifreeze
11. Remove the garden hose from the
container of RV antifreeze.
12. To prevent staining, wipe the RV
antifreeze out of the sinks, shower (or tub)
and toilet using a soft, dry cloth.
To reduce the chance of contamination,
prevent the garden hose from coming into
contact with the ground. If needed, contact
your RV dealer for assistance.
The weight of the holding tank contents is not
calculated into the RV cargo carrying capacity
(this extra weight would reduce your available
cargo capacity). Traveling with full holding
tank(s) could possibly cause you to exceed
the individual tire ratings and/or the RV
GAWR or RV GVWR. Potential damage to
suspension components, such as springs,
tires and axles, could result. If your RV
holding tank(s) are located behind the axles,
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the weight of the full tank(s) will reduce the
hitch weight. Trailer sway and other handling
difficulties can be the result of the hitch weight
being too light.
Dump the gray and black water holding tanks
before traveling to avoid carrying unnecessary
weight. If you are dry camping and cannot
immediately empty your holding tanks, reduce
your vehicle speed until you reach a dumping
station. When connected to the sewer drain
line at a campground, keep the “black tank
drain” valve closed until the holding tank is at
least ¾ full. This should provide sufficient
water to assist in complete draining of the
black water holding tank. Repeat as needed.
Before using the RV or after dumping the grey
and black water holding tanks, always add the
proper amount of deodorant to the black
water tank to prevent malodors and help
break down holding tank contents (unless
winterizing). Follow the deodorant bottle or
package instructions. Driving to a disposal
site will normally loosen any accumulated
waste debris or solids from the sides of the
holding tanks.
Fig. 8.11 Black & Grey tank dump valves
1. To make drainage easier, level the RV.
2. Remove the sewer hose housing dust
cap, and attach the sewer hose (customer
supplied).
3. Place the end of the sewer hose into the
approved dump station.
4. Open the black tank dump valve (close
the dump valve when the black water
holding tank is emptied).
5. Open the grey tank dump valve (close the
dump valve when the grey holding tank is
emptied).
6. Remove, clean and store the sewer hose.
7. Close the sewer hose housing dust cap.
Do not add automotive antifreeze or
caustic chemicals such as laundry
detergents into the holding tanks. Although
these products may have a deodorizing
effect, they may damage the plastic and
rubber parts of the plumbing system or the
components.
Never leave the black tank drain in the open
position continuously when connected to the
campground sewer system.
BLACK & GREY TANK DRAINS
There are labels on the exterior of the RV
indicating the location of the grey tank drain
and black tank drain (also called dump
valves). Always drain the black water holding
tank first so the following grey tank waste
water can help rinse any solids or debris from
the dump outlet and sewer hose.
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Most states and parks have strict laws and
regulations to prohibit dumping of wastes into
any kind into anything other than proper
disposal facilities or sewer systems. Almost all
privately owned parks offer a campsite
hookup for sewage. You can locate many
dump stations throughout the United States
and Canada in Woodall’s, Rand McNally
Camp Guide, Good Sam Camp Guide, KOA
Kampgrounds Camp Guide and various other
publications. Some fuel stations also have
dump stations.
Please contact your RV dealer for assistance
in the purchase and installation of a sewer
hose or sewer hose extension (if needed).
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BLACK TANK FLUSH
Do not use the same hose to fill your fresh
(potable) water tank that is used for the
black tank flush.
The black tank flush is also called a “no fuss
flush.” The fresh water from the garden hose
goes directly into the black water holding tank
where there is a “sprayer” connection located.
This allows you to clean the black water
holding tank by removing debris and
preventing accumulation. There is a check
valve incorporated in the plumbing lines to
prevent back flow. Flush the black water tank
each time the grey and black water holding
tanks are dumped or as needed:
1. Dump the black water tank and leave the
black tank drain valve open.
2. Connect a garden hose from the water
supply source to the “black tank flush.”
3. With the water source turned ON, flush
the black water holding tank until the
water running out of the black tank drain
valve is clear (not discolored or cloudy).
4. Disconnect the garden hose and close the
“black tank drain” valve. Fasten the sewer
hose housing dust cap back on the “black
tank flush.”
It is important to prevent solid waste
buildup. Follow the toilet manufacturer’s
recommended instructions each time after
emptying the black water holding tank.
TOILET
It is important to prevent solid waste
buildup. Follow the toilet manufacturer’s
recommended instructions each time after
emptying the black water holding tank.
The toilet is efficient and easy to operate.
Generally, more water is required only when
flushing solids. Prior to using the sanitation
system, it is strongly recommended to flush
the toilet several times to release sufficient
water into the holding tank. If there is not a
sufficient amount of water used during
flushing, the waste materials may not
evacuate properly from the drain line to the
tank. Clogged tanks and pipes could
eventually occur.
The toilet system will perform better when
water is run for ten to fifteen seconds after
flushing to ensure that the waste will proceed
to the bottom of the tank. Unlike a toilet in a
home, which uses four to seven gallons (18 32 liters) of water per flush, the average
recreation vehicle system uses one to three
quarts (1 - 3 liters). For added convenience
and better sanitation system performance, it is
advisable to always have four to six inches
(10 - 15 cm) of water in the toilet.
To prevent help toilet blockage, always use
RV grade single-ply toilet paper. Do not flush
paper towels, diapers, sanitary napkins or
other foreign objects down the RV toilet.
Sewage (black) tank preparation
Do not leave any hose (water supply)
connected to the black tank flush when it is
not in use.
The black tank drain valve must be OPEN
any time there is a hose (water supply)
connected to the black tank flush.
1. Release one to two quarts (1 or 2 liters) of
water into the toilet bowl.
2. Follow the directions on your toilet
chemical bottle (customer supplied), by
placing the recommended quantity of
holding tank chemical into the toilet bowl.
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3. Flush the toilet and allow at least two
gallons (8 liters) of water to flow into the
holding tank.
Waste (grey) holding tank preparation
No special preparation is required, however,
placing a small quantity of chemicals into this
tank, such as baking soda or an approved RV
chemical, will reduce odors from food
particles in the system.
Cleaning & Maintenance
The toilet should be cleaned regularly for
maximum
sanitation
and
operational
efficiency. Do not use chlorine (undiluted) or
caustic chemicals, such as laundry bleach or
drain opening types, in the toilet system.
These products damage the seals in toilets
and dump valves.
For more information
Refer to the OEM operator’s manual located
in the Goodie Bag.
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SECTION 9
PROPANE SYSTEM
LP (liquefied petroleum) gas is a clean and
efficient form of energy when proper handling
and safety precautions are observed. It
enables you to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle
when other forms of energy are not easily
accessible. LP-gas includes propane, butane
and/or a mixture of both. Regulatory codes
require you use propane only in your RV.
Propane is used as a fuel source for the
majority of your appliances. The propane
system is comprised of a propane container
or cylinder, a two-stage regulator, hoses,
piping and tubing to deliver propane to each
appropriate appliance. If you have further
questions about the operation of the
appliances or the propane system after
reading this Owner’s Manual and the OEM
operator’s manuals, contact your dealer or a
qualified propane service technician.
Testing the propane system
Never use an open flame to test for a
propane leak. Do not check for leaks
using products that contain ammonia or
chlorine; these products can cause cracks
to form on the metal tubing and brass
fittings.
If you do not smell the propane odorant (for
example, when filling the propane cylinder),
notify your dealer or propane service provider
immediately.
The propane cylinder is equipped with a
safety valve that relieves excessive
pressure by discharging gas to the
atmosphere. Do not bring or store portable
propane containers(s) or other flammable
liquids inside the RV because a fire or
explosion may result.
Propane is flammable, is always contained
under pressure, and the liquid can freeze
skin. Always wear protective clothing such as
gloves and eye protection when the potential
for contact with liquid propane is present. If
you smell propane gas within the RV, quickly
and carefully perform the procedure listed on
the label below. This label should be kept
permanently affixed to your RV.
Although both Jayco and your selling dealer
test carefully for leakage, travel vibrations can
loosen fittings. Continued maintenance is
necessary for safe operation. The propane
system should be checked every 30 days of
RV use or 5,000 miles of travel (or at least
once a year) as part of your normal
maintenance. The propane system testing
should only be performed by your dealer or a
qualified propane service technician.
PROPANE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Propane is a colorless and odorless gas that
in the liquefied state resembles water. An
odorant (ethyl mercaptan) with a scent similar
to rotten eggs is added as a warning agent. It
is possible some individuals may be less
sensitive to the odorant used and not notice
the smell of propane.
Fig. 9.1 “If you smell propane” label
It is important that everyone knows where
to find the propane cylinder manual shut
off valve, and understands to operate it.
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PROPANE SYSTEM
HOW TO LEAK TEST THE PROPANE
SYSTEM
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
THAT YOU HAVE A PROFESSIONAL
TEST THE RV PROPANE SYSTEM FOR
LEAKS ONE TIME EACH YEAR AS
PART OF NORMAL MAINTENANCE.
Propane will not run through the appliances in
the liquid state. The volume of liquid propane
increases approximately 1-½% for every 10°F
(5.5°C) it is warmed. Heat the propane 100°F
(55°C) and the container liquid volume will
increase 15%. That is why it is imperative to
leave sufficient space inside the cylinder to
allow for natural expansion of gas during
warmer weather.
The following label should
permanently affixed to your RV.
be
kept
Use an appropriate propane leak detector
solution or create a soapy water solution. The
propane leak detector solution can be
purchased at most dealerships (if soapy water
is used, make sure that the soap used does
not contain ammonia or chlorine). Apply the
propane leak detector solution to all propane
piping connections. If a leak is present, the
solution will bubble at the connections.
If a leak is detected
1. Execute your family safety plan.
2. Turn off the propane at the cylinder(s).
3. Turn off all appliances that utilize propane.
4. Unplug the shore line power cord.
5. Disconnect the 12-volt auxiliary battery (if
so equipped).
6. Contact
your dealer for a service
appointment. Have the propane system
repaired before using it again.
DOT PROPANE CYLINDER
DOT
propane
cylinders
must
be
transported and stored in an upright
position so the pressure relief device will
function properly. Laying a DOT propane
cylinder on its side may potentially create a
very dangerous situation.
Propane is stored in pressurized containers in
a liquid state. As the propane is released from
the container, it changes to vapor that is then
used for the operation of the appliances.
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Fig. 9.2 “Do not fill to more than 80%” label
The main shut off valve must be kept closed
at all times unless you are using the propane
system or filling the propane cylinder. When
the cylinder is disconnected from the hose,
install the valve cover that is attached so the
container. This is required by the National Fire
Protection Agency (NFPA), other applicable
local codes and for your own safety.
Close the propane cylinder main shut off
valve by hand tightening only. Use of tools
creates a potential to over tighten the valve
(damaging the interior seals on the cylinder
valve seat). If this type of damage occurs, the
cylinder will not close properly and create a
false sense of security.
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PROPANE SYSTEM
The following label should
permanently affixed to your RV.
be
kept
Have the RV checked for leaks at the
connections on the propane system soon
after the purchase and the initial filling of each
propane cylinder. When you have a new
cylinder filled for the first time, make sure your
propane supplier purges your new cylinder of
trapped air. Otherwise, an improper mixture of
gas and air will make it impossible to light
your propane appliances.
When a propane container is low,
occasionally there may be a concentration of
an onion or garlic-like odor, which can be
mistaken for a propane leak. After a propane
cylinder has been refueled, the odor will
usually disappear. If not, turn OFF each
propane cylinder shut off valve and have the
propane system inspected by your dealer or a
qualified propane service representative.
No one should be inside and only the qualified
propane service technician should be near the
RV while the propane tank is being filled. The
new propane container must be carefully
purged for best performance and must
NEVER BE OVERFILLED. The following
label should be kept permanently affixed to
your RV.
Fig. 9.3 “Use propane only” label
Servicing or filling
Before entering a propane or fuel service
station make sure all pilot lights are
extinguished. Shut off gas to all appliances
by closing the propane gas main shut off
valve. Always shut OFF any engine before
refueling. Do not smoke and do not
operate other ignition sources while
refueling.
Fig. 9.4 “Shut off during re-fueling” label
Before filling your propane cylinder, make
sure that the propane technician is qualified
(knows and understands proper inspection
and safety procedures.)
The position of the propane container(s) and
the hoses are critical to proper operation and
propane flow. Follow these instructions to
make sure your propane container(s) are
connected properly.
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PROPANE SYSTEM
The pigtail hose must be installed to avoid
tension or pulling stress at either end of
the hose. Keep the pigtail hose away from
sharp edges of the cylinder collar, rigid
corners, walls, doors or other compartment
structures including the cover.
INSTALLING PROPANE CYLINDER(S)
4. Attach the 1/4” inverted flare x 18” Type-1
pigtail hose to the regulator inlet and the
right hand swivel nut to the cylinder valve.
Main Supply Hose – Low Pressure
Attach the main supply hose from the
regulator to the brass manifold fitting in the
frame of the trailer. The swivel brass nut on
the main hose will be your final attachment.
Several things to remember each time the
propane container is removed:
Fig. 9.7 Main supply hose
Ensure that all fasteners are secured
before traveling.
Located in a recessed compartment or
housing:
1. Check that ALL fittings are tight.
2. Check that ALL connections are tested
with a propane leak detector (or soapy
water) solution.
3. Open the main valve slowly to avoid a fast
rush of propane to the excess flow valve
causing propane freeze up. If you
experience a propane “freeze-up,” close
the main valve and wait at least fifteen
(15) minutes before trying again. Refer to
the regulator OEM operator’s manual.
4. Listen carefully - a “hissing” sound longer
than one second may indicate a propane
leak. If you feel there may be a leak
present, close the valve and contact your
dealer or qualified propane technician for
repair assistance.
Fig. 9.6 Two propane cylinders
1. Connect the 3/8” low-pressure hose to the
outlet of the two-stage regulator.
2. Place the cylinder on the bracket in the
recess compartment or housing and
secure them so the outlets of the cylinder
valves are facing the “sidewalls” of the
compartment or housing (opposite of each
other).
3. Mount the regulator on the center back
wall of the compartment or housing so the
vent is pointed downward.
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Replace all protective covers and caps on the
propane system after filling. Make sure the
valve is closed and the compartment door is
securely latched.
Propane container overfill
Never overfill your propane container above
the liquid capacity indicated on the container.
If a container is overfilled, liquid gas may flow
through the gas regulator, causing it to freeze
and/or introduce dangerous excessive gas
pressure into the lines. In addition, an
overfilled container placed in hot sunlight may
expel excessive gas through the relief valve
and be susceptible to ignition by any nearby
open flame or spark.
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PROPANE SYSTEM
If you do overfill the propane container,
contact your dealer or a qualified propane
technician for assistance immediately. Do not
attempt to service a propane container overfill
yourself.
Maintenance
Propane gas is normally non-corrosive - you
need not worry about the inside of your
container. However, the outside should be
kept free from rust by a periodic coat of paint
in a light reflective color. Rust, scratches
and/or dents can affect the safety of the
cylinder. Inspect the cylinder at regular
intervals. If there is a problem, have it
evaluated by a qualified technician and
discard it. DOT requires that a visual
inspection be made prior to each filling.
Any cylinder that has been exposed to fire,
leaks or seems damaged should not be
refilled. Do not attempt to repair any
containers, container valves, regulator or
appliances by yourself. Use only trained
certified propane gas service technicians to
perform repairs.
Propane cylinder recertification
If you have an older RV you should know that,
according to Federal law, DOT cylinders may
only be used for 12 years after their
manufacture date (the number of years for
certification may vary in your area). After that,
the cylinders must be "recertified" which
provides another five years of use. The
cylinders can be recertified every five years
thereafter. Federal DOT (Department of
Transportation) regulations require periodic
inspections and re-qualifications of the
propane cylinders. DO NOT USE damaged or
rusted containers.
Verify with your local propane dealer that all
required inspections and certifications have
been completed on the propane cylinder
within the correct time period before refilling
the cylinder.
PROPANE REGULATOR
Have the LP system checked for leakage
each time a cylinder is refilled or after any part
of
the
propane
system
has
been
disconnected.
Propane regulators must always be
installed with the regulator vent facing
downward. Regulators that are not located
in baggage compartments have been
equipped with a protective cover. Make
sure the regulator vent faces downward
and (if applicable) the cover is in place to
minimize vent blockage that could result in
excessive gas pressure causing fire or
explosion.
The two-stage regulator has the only moving
components in the propane system. Its sole
function is to reduce the pressure from the
propane containers to a safe and consistent
low operating pressure. The first stage
reduces the container pressure to 10-13 lbs.
The second stage reduces the 10-13 lbs. of
pressure further to an operating pressure of
11” W.C. (water column) or 6.35 oz. of outlet
pressure to your appliances.
The second stage is adjustable and will need
to be adjusted by your dealer or qualified
propane service technician for optimum
performance (this adjustment should always
be made with a properly calibrated
manometer). If the pressure is too high, it
affects performance and safety; if the
pressure is too low, your appliances will not
operate correctly.
If your RV is equipped with the “automatic”
two-stage regulator, with both cylinders full of
propane, turn the lever on the regulator
towards the cylinder you wish to use first. This
will now be the “supply” cylinder and the other
the “reserve.” Slowly open both cylinder
valves. The indicator on top of the regulator
will turn bright green. When the cylinder
becomes empty, the indicator will change to
bright orange. Now turn the regulator lever to
the side of the “reserve” cylinder and the
green signal should return. You may now
remove the empty cylinder to have it refilled
without interrupting the flow from the full
bottle. After filling the cylinder, connect the
pigtail hose and slowly open the bottle valve.
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PROPANE SYSTEM
HOSES, PIPES, TUBES & FITTINGS
The hoses, pipes, tubes and fittings used in
your propane system are designed to
withstand pressures exceeding those of the
propane
system.
However,
because
environment and time can both contribute to
the deterioration of these components, they
must be inspected for wear at regular
intervals.
Be sure to inspect the hose before each
season and when having the tank refilled.
Look for signs of deterioration such as cracks
or loss of flexibility. When replacing the hose
or other propane components, make sure to
always replace them with components of the
same type and rating (check with your
dealer).
Fittings are used to connect the various
system components to each other. The P.O.L.
fitting at the end of the propane supply hose is
made of brass so that pipe sealants are not
necessary to prevent leaking. It also has a
left-handed thread, which means that it is
turned clockwise to remove, and counterclockwise to tighten. The P.O.L. fitting has
been designed to help restrict the flow of LP
gas in the event of a regulator failure or hose
malfunction.
USING THE PROPANE SYSTEM
Do not use portable fuel-burning
equipment, including wood and charcoal
grills and stoves, inside the RV. The use of
these items inside a RV may cause fires or
asphyxiation (inability to breathe).
After the RV is completely set up and you are
prepared for camping enjoyment, use the
following steps for propane operation:
1. Close ALL burner valves, controls and
pilot light valves.
2. Open the main valve in the propane
container slowly to avoid a fast rush of
propane vapor through the excess flow
valve causing propane “freeze-up.” Should
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you experience propane “freeze-up,” close
the main valve and wait 15 minutes before
trying again.
3. Listen carefully as propane begins to flow.
If a hissing noise is heard for more than
one or two seconds, close the main valve
and contact your dealer to have the
propane system tested.
4. Light the appliances as needed and
directed in the appropriate appliance
manufacturer’s owner manual located in
the Goodie Bag.
Make sure that you read and fully understand
ALL safety requirements for handling and
operation of the propane system. The Goodie
Bag contains OEM operator’s manuals for the
various appliances hooked to your propane
system. The propane system provides added
benefits to your camping enjoyment; however,
it must be handled with care. If you have any
questions or concerns, consult with your
dealer and/or the specific OEM.
If you have double cylinders on your RV, use
only one at a time. Otherwise, the propane
supply will be drawn equally from both
cylinders until the supply has been totally
exhausted. Using one cylinder until it is
empty, then using the second cylinder will
allow you to fill the empty cylinder at your
convenience without running totally out of
propane.
If flooding is predicted for your area, shut OFF
each propane cylinder valve before the water
rises. If the propane system has been
flooded, do not turn it back ON until it has
been checked by your dealer or a qualified
propane service technician.
CALCULATING PROPANE USAGE
It is important to remember that (if applicable)
your furnace, refrigerator, water heater and
range all may use propane to operate. Each
has a different BTU rating, and you will need
to consider them to determine how long your
propane supply will last. Most RV gas
appliances are operated intermittently.
Propane consumption depends on individual
use of appliances and the length of time
operated. Unless there is heavy use of hot
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PROPANE SYSTEM
water, the water heater consumption of
propane is minimal. During cool temperature
or high wind conditions, furnace consumption
can be extremely high.
To calculate your propane supply, take the
BTU ratings for your propane appliances and
divide that into the BTU availability. Each
gallon of propane (3.86 liters) produces about
91,500 BTU’s (46,514 kilojoules) of heat
energy.
TRAVELING WITH PROPANE
Use care when fueling your tow vehicle. Make
certain your propane container is properly
fastened in place. The label listed below
should be kept permanently affixed to your
RV:
Fig. 9.8 Refueling warning label
Some states prohibit propane appliances to
be operated during travel, especially in
underground tunnels. Make sure you know
the laws for the areas where you travel.
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SECTION 10
SLIDEOUT SYTEMS
OPERATING THE SLIDEOUT
Ensure that the trailer is level before
operating the slideout room. Water leaks
and other problems could result if the
slideout is operated without leveling the
trailer.
Ensure there are no people or obstructions
blocking the path of the room when it is
moving. Keep away from the slide rails
when the room is in motion. The gear
assembly may pinch or catch on loose
clothing causing personal injury.
Ensure the slideout is in the closed
position prior to hooking the unit to the tow
vehicle.
FAILURE
TO
FOLLOW
THESE
INSTRUCTIONS COULD RESULT IN
SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
Do not place excessive weight in the
slideout room. It can cause the slideout
room to malfunction and cause damage to
the slideout.
The slideout room system is designed for
additional floor space and comfort. The
mechanical components are gear driven.
Electric powered slideout room systems have
a manual override to allow you to extend or
retract the slideout room(s) in case of a power
loss. Make sure you have sufficient power
available before operating your slideout
system.
Additional support jacks are not needed
under the slideout. Damage can occur to
your slideout room from improper use of
aftermarket support jacks.
1. The
auxiliary
batteries
(customer
supplied) must be fully charged and
connected. If possible, the RV should be
hooked up to 120-volt AC power so that
the converter operates.
2. The RV must be level and the stabilizer
jacks in the extended position.
3. Locate the slideout room
control switch. The main
slideout switch (if so
equipped) is located in
the command center.
The bedroom slideout
switch (if so equipped) is
located on an bedroom
interior wall.
Fig. 10.1
4. To move the room out,
Bedroom
press the OUT section
slide out
of the switch and hold it
control
until the motor stops
switch
(travel time is approx. 25
seconds). Operating the switch after the
room is fully extended will damage the
switch and motor.
After the slideout is
extended, verify that
the corners of the
black rubber seal are
set up correctly. The
corners of this seal are
cut at a 45° angle. The
top of the seal must
overlap the side of the
seal to avoid the
possibility of water
penetration.
Fig. 10.2 Exterior
slideout room
corner
Retracting slideout room
Press the IN section of the slideout room
control switch and hold it until the motor
stops. Operating the switch after the room is
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SLIDEOUT SYSTEMS
fully retracted will damage the switch and
motor.
‰
Maintenance
Your slideout system has been designed to
require very little maintenance. To ensure a
long life of your slideout system, read,
understand and follow these simple
instructions. This system contains a pre-lubed
bearing that is lubricated when the room is
moved in and out. Do not spray oil or grease
on the rails while the room is extended.
V-tech slideout override
If the RV has an
underbelly, locate and
remove
the
access
panel to access the
slideout
motor
(this
panel is typically under
the RV on the opposite
side of the slideout
Fig. 10.3 Vroom). Use a 3/4 socket
tech slide hex
and ratchet on the hex
head located on the end of the drive shaft.
Turn the drive shaft until the slideout is in the
position you desire. Contact your RV dealer
for service.
Do not work on your system unless the 12volt DC (auxiliary battery, customer
supplied) and 120-volt AC electrical
systems (shore line power cord) have
been disconnected.
TROUBLESHOOTING THE SLIDEOUT
If the slideout does not move when the
slideout switch is depressed, follow these
steps.
‰
Check the auxiliary battery (customer
supplied) for a full charge and good wire
connections.
‰
Check the 12-volt fuse or circuit breaker.
‰
Check for loose connections at the
slideout motor.
If the slideout still will not operate, follow
these steps.
‰
If the slideout is extended, refer to the
following section on overriding the specific
slideout system installed on your RV.
‰
If the slideout is retracted, leave it in that
position.
‰
Contact your dealer or Jayco Customer
Service for repair assistance.
Contact your dealer or Jayco Customer
Service for repair assistance.
Dexter Chassis Group (DCG) center drive
slideout override
To manually advance the slide room:
□
Disconnect the slideout motor brake wires
from the power wires
□
Connect a 9-13.4 volt DC power supply to
the motor brake wires.
□
Locate the manual advance crank nut on
the backside of the slideout motor.
□
Crank the nut on the slideout motor with a
5/8” socket
□
With DC power supply connected to the
motor brake crank the nut on the motor
until the room is sealed.
Once the room is in a closed position remove
the DC power supply and go to the closest
dealer.
If the slideout extends crooked or only one
side moves, follow these steps.
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Follow steps on overriding the specific
slideout system installed on your RV.
You may need to push the side that is not
sliding to get it to retract all the way.
Fig. 10.4 DCG manual advance crank nut
SECTION 11
CAMPING & OPERATING
By purchasing your RV you have entered into
a lifestyle that encourages long-lasting
friendships. People who camp next to one
another for a few days are allowed the unique
opportunity to cultivate new acquaintances
and neighbors. Camping is a great way to
relax and enjoy the great outdoors with your
family and friends. Please remember to tread
lightly on our beautiful land and leave only
your footprints so that others may enjoy
nature as much as you did.
Searching for the right campground prior to
traveling might be the first step in selecting
your site. Some campgrounds accept
advance
reservations
(recommended
depending on your travel destination and the
season of the year, especially holidays). With
time, you will know what you are looking for
and what best fits your needs. A few items to
keep in mind when selecting your campsite
are:
‰
Arrive before dark, if possible, to make the
site selection easier.
‰
Is the ground level? This will help with
leveling your RV and making your stay
more comfortable.
‰
Is there plenty of space?
‰
Will it accommodate slideout, awnings,
etc.?
‰
Is there room for picnic tables, lawn
chairs, campfire, etc.?
‰
Is it void of hanging limbs that may
damage your unit?
‰
Is it located in a convenient area?
‰
Will you be able to park close enough to
hookups (water, sewer, electric)?
‰
Are you away from noisy areas or things
that might detract from a positive
experience?
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occupied campsites. Remember to keep your
campsite tidy. Put refuse in containers
provided for that purpose, and please avoid
contaminating any lake or stream. If you are
traveling with pets, we encourage you to
research the campground policy regarding
pets.
EXTENDED DRY CAMPING
Continuous living in your RV could cause
accelerated wear and damage to
component parts. Use of the RV other than
for its intended purpose of recreational
travel and camping may affect your
warranty coverage.
Your RV has been built for enjoyment in a
recreational manner. It is not intended to be
used as full-time living quarters.
COLD WEATHER USAGE
Proper care should be taken when planning to
use your RV in cold weather. Please keep in
mind that your RV was not designed for use
during sub-freezing weather. When used in
freezing or below freezing temperatures, the
following precautions need to be taken:
□
More protection will be needed to protect
the fresh water and drainage systems to
avoid freezing problems (see Winterizing
the Plumbing System).
□
Propane and sufficient power is needed
for protection from possible freeze-ups on
the propane regulator. Keep in mind that
more frequent furnace operation will
substantially increase battery draw and
propane use.
□
During cool weather usage, ventilation or
the addition of a dehumidifier may be
required to reduce condensation (see
Condensation).
□
Check outside extrusions on compartment
doors, locks, slide outs, windows, vents,
etc., for frozen moisture before operating
to avoid damage to parts.
Is there plenty of shade? Is there good
drainage in case of bad weather?
Some campgrounds will post a set of rules for
you to see when you check in, but your fellow
campers will count on your basic good
manners and courtesy. Show respect to
others, don’t make shortcuts through
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CONDENSATION
equalize the temperature and provide
ventilation.
SETTING UP YOUR CAMPSITE
Condensation needs to be taken seriously.
Ignoring it can damage the RV (damage
caused
by
condensation
is
not
warrantable), and more importantly could
lead to mold or mildew issues which could
be a health hazard.
Condensation is a natural phenomenon. The
amount of condensation will vary with climate
conditions, particularly the relative humidity.
Condensation occurs because there is water
vapor present in the air, which each of us
adds to by breathing, bathing or cooking. The
water vapor usually collects on the coolest
surfaces. When the temperature reaches the
“dew point,” the water vapor in the air
condenses and changes to a liquid form. If
moisture is unable to escape the RV, you will
experience condensation.
Most
people
have
experienced
this
phenomenon when a moisture forms on their
windows. Outside air is cooling the window on
the outside while inside air is warming the
window on the inside; the resulting moisture is
attracted to that surface and the windows
begin to sweat.
To reduce condensation
Proper ventilation and, if needed, the use of a
dehumidifier (customer supplied) will assist in
controlling condensation. Many RV and
marine dealers carry small dehumidifiers
sized for RV use. Other suggestions are:
‰
Crack open windows and roof vents to
allow warm moist air to escape.
‰
When taking a shower open the bath roof
vent (if so equipped) approximately ½”
allowing the moisture to escape.
‰
Use the range hood fan (if so equipped)
when cooking or washing dishes.
‰
Avoid hanging wet towels (or clothes)
inside the RV to dry.
‰
If condensation is found in cabinets or
closets, open those doors slightly to
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Fig. 11.1 Blocking the wheels
Un-hitching your fifth wheel
1. Pull into the site, and park the RV where
you want it.
2. Block the wheels securely to prevent the
RV from moving.
3. Drop the fifth wheel landing gear
(important!) Refer to the OEM operator’s
manual for proper operation.
4. Disconnect the wire harness/connector
plug and breakaway switch lanyard.
5. Drop the truck tailgate (unless you have a
tailgate
specially
designed
to
accommodate a fifth-wheel hitch).
6. Gently put your truck into reverse (don’t
give it any fuel/acceleration). This
effectively moves the kingpin off the
locking bar that will allow you to
disengage it.
7. Step on the tow vehicle brake and apply
parking brake.
8. Disengage the locking bar and unhitch.
9. Drive away.
10. If applicable, raise truck tailgate.
11. Adjust the fifth-wheel height for proper
front to back leveling of the RV.
Leveling the RV
Now that you have parked your RV, you need
to ensure it is level. Leveling is very important.
A level RV is more comfortable for sleeping
and walking. The refrigerator is designed to
operate when level for best performance due
to the absorption system. The water drainage
systems are designed with proper slope and
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must be level for proper operation. The
appliances perform best when level.
KEYS
Several keys are provided when you
purchase your RV. Most keys have an
individual key number stamped on the plate.
Record these key numbers and keep the
information in safe place. You can order a key
blank from your RV dealer to have duplicate
keys made. If you lose the keys, contact your
RV dealer or a locksmith for assistance.
Make sure the keys are not inside the RV
before you close and lock the entrance
door.
BOOTH DINETTE
The dinette is designed to seat up to four
adults. You can access the dinette bench
storage by removing all the cushions and
lifting the bottom seat supports.
If the dinette bottom seat support is screwed
shut, it is to protect factory-installed
equipment (do not use that area for storage).
To convert the booth dinette into a sleeping
area:
□
Remove all the cushions from the booth
dinette.
□
Lift the tabletop, remove the detachable
table legs and place the tabletop on the
ledges provided between the booth
dinette benches.
□
Lay the seat back cushions against the
back of the booth dinette bench.
□
Lay the dinette seat bottom cushions in
between the seat back cushions. The area
where the cushions meet should be
slightly raised.
□
Push the raised cushion ends down
gently. The cushions are designed to fit
snugly.
ENTRANCE DOOR WITH SCREEN DOOR
Make sure the entrance door is completely
closed and locked when traveling. Locking
the door helps prevent it from opening
unintentionally.
The entrance door is located on the curbside
of the RV. Always hold onto the entrance door
when opening or closing it as damage caused
because you failed to do so is not
warrantable.
BE SAFE, LOOK BEFORE ENTERING OR
EXITING YOUR RV!
Reverse this process when converting back to
the booth dinette.
U-shaped dinette (if so equipped)
HIDE-A-BED (IF SO EQUIPPED)
The hide-a-bed sofa functions much the same
as a regular residential hide-a-bed sofa. To
make the hide-a-bed sofa into a bed, remove
the seat cushions and pull the strap located at
the front of the sofa seat bottom out towards
you firmly and gently.
To convert the hide-a-bed back into the
upright sofa position, reverse the process
(make sure to pull the seat belts out into their
usable positions). Be sure to hold the sofa
strap firmly to ensure the hide-a-bed sofa
does not suddenly drop shut. Refer to the
furniture manufacturer’s care instructions for
this product.
Fig. 11.2
U-shaped
Dinette bed
insert
The dinette ends pull out to provide storage.
To convert the u-shaped dinette into a
sleeping area, install and secure the bed
insert.
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POWER BUNK BED WITH ROLLOVER
SOFA (IF SO EQUIPPED)
RAISE THE REAR
HIGHEST POSITION
YOUR RV. Damage to
result from traveling
lowered positions.
BED TO THE
WHEN TOWING
the rear bed may
with the bed in
DO NOT LOAD MORE THAN 600# ON
THE BED. Damage to the bed lift
mechanism and personal injury may result
from overloading.
Fig. 11.3
Rollover Sofa
Rollover sofa
To change the bottom bed to the rollover sofa
position, the bed must fully lowered. Grasp
the back section of the bed (closest to the
ramp door area), and pull it upwards towards
you. This section will roll over to form the sofa
back cushion.
TV POWER SUPPLY
The electric bed lift operates on 12-volt DC
power supplied by the tow vehicle charge line,
auxiliary batteries, or power converter. The
RV should be hooked up to 120-volt AC
power and have the power converter
operating, if possible.
There are two separate switches used to
operate the bed lift: a backlit master shutoff
switch located near the entry door and a bed
lift “Up/Down” switch located elsewhere in the
trailer.
‰
The master switch must be in the “ON”
position for the “Up/Down” switch to be
operational.
‰
To lower the bed lift, press the “DOWN”
section of the “Up/Down” switch. Lower
the bed to the desired position or until it
automatically stops at its lower limit.
To store the bed, remove any obstacles
laying on the bunk. Press the “UP” section of
the “Up/Down” switch. Raise the bed to the
desired position or until it automatically stops
at its upper limit.
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Fig. 11.4
TV Power
Supply
For good station reception, the
TV power supply must be
turned ON to view local
television stations. Turning the
TV power supply ON sends 12volt DC through the cable to the
TV roof antenna. The voltage
energizes the transistors in the
antenna head amplifier. The TV
signal then comes down the
cable to the outlets.
Turn the TV power supply OFF
to view cable television or to use a VCR or
DVD (if your RV is so equipped).
TV ANTENNA & CABLE TV
RG-6 coax runs from the TV antenna and
exterior cable TV connector to a wall plate
near the dedicated television space. The
television entertainment system will not run
cable television on one television set and
local stations off the other set without
customer modification. You can either view
local stations or you can view cable television.
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TV antenna
To raise the TV antenna
to the operating position
turn the antenna elevating
crank clockwise in the UP
direction
until
some
resistance to turning is
noted.
MICROWAVE (IF SO EQUIPPED)
Make sure there is sufficient 120-volt power
available before operating the microwave.
Ensure the microwave turntable (if so
equipped) is secured prior to traveling.
Fig. 11.5
On amplified models, 12-volt DC power is
required (refer to the OEM manual). After the
antenna is in the full UP position, pull down
on the round knob with both hands until it
disengages from the ceiling plate. Rotate the
knob for best picture.
COOKING WITH PROPANE
Do not turn gas range burner controls ON
and allow propane gas to escape before
lighting.
Fig. 11.6
Lowering the antenna
Rotate the antenna until the pointer on the
directional handle aligns with the pointer on
the ceiling plate. Turn the elevating crank
counterclockwise in the DOWN direction until
resistance is noted. The antenna is now
locked in the travel position.
REFRIGERATOR
Do not use portable fuel burning
equipment (i.e., wood and charcoal grills or
stoves) inside the RV.
Unlike large homes, the oxygen supply inside
a RV is limited. The following warning labels
are located in the kitchen area to remind you
to provide an adequate amount of fresh air for
combustion. To avoid danger of asphyxiation,
provide proper ventilation when using the gas
range top or gas oven. Do not remove the
following labels from your RV:
If you smell propane gas STOP! Follow the
directions located in your OEM operator’s
manuals and in this manual.
The refrigerator is not intended for quick
freezing or cooling. We recommend stocking
it with pre-frozen or pre-cooled food when
possible. The shelves should not be covered
with paper or plastic and the food items
should be arranged so air can circulate freely.
Keep the area at the back of the refrigerator
clean and free of debris. Check for
obstructions in the exterior refrigerator vent
area (i.e., spider webs, bird nests, etc). Use a
soft cloth to dust off the debris.
Fig. 11.7 Cooking / comfort heating label
For optimum efficiency and performance, it is
recommended the refrigerator be checked at
least twice a year as part of the routine
maintenance.
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burner at a time. This will create excessive
heat that may cause melting, sooting or
discoloration.
In addition, the use of undersized pans could
expose a portion of the heating element to
direct contact and may result in ignition of
clothing. Proper relationship of pans to burner
will improve efficiency.
IN CASE OF A GREASE FIRE
Do not attempt to use water to put out the
fire. Water can spread some types of fire,
and electrocution is possible with an
electrical fire.
Fig. 11.8 Ensure a supply of fresh air label
KITCHEN RANGE & OVEN
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
During and after use, do not touch or let
clothing or other flammable material come
in contact with the top burners (or heating
elements), burner grates or other areas
near the top burners or oven until they
have had sufficient time to cool. These
areas can get hot enough to cause burns.
Never leave cooking food unattended.
Turn pan handles inward, but not over the
tops of the other range burners. Ensure
that pans used are large enough to contain
the food and avoid boil-overs. Heavy
splattering or spills left on the cook top can
ignite and cause burns.
If using glass, glass/ceramic, ceramic,
earthenware or other glazed utensils (or
cookware) verify it is safe for use on the
top burners. Only certain types of utensils
(or cookware) are suitable for surface or
top burner use.
To prevent damage, always use the OEM
recommended size flat bottom pan(s).
Generally, the pan should be large enough to
cover the burner, but not be more than one
inch larger than the burner grate.
Do not use a broiler pan, griddle or any other
large utensil that covers more than one
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Grease is flammable. Never allow grease to
collect around top burners or on the cook top
surface. Wipe spills immediately. If a fire does
start, follow these basic safety rules:
‰
Have everyone
immediately.
evacuate
the
RV
‰
After everyone is clear and accounted for,
check the fire to see if you can attempt to
put it out. If it is large or the fire is fuel-fed,
get clear of the RV. Have the Fire
Department handle the emergency.
‰
Try to smother a flaming pan with a tightfitting lid or cookie sheet.
‰
Never pick up a flaming pan.
‰
Flaming grease outside of the pan can be
extinguished with baking soda or a
multipurpose dry chemical or foam-type
fire extinguisher.
PANTRY (IF SO EQUIPPED)
Depending on the kitchen layout of your RV,
you may have a pantry that you can use to
store items you wish to take with you as you
travel and camp. Ensure items stored in the
pantry are secured so they do not shift during
travel. The cabinetry has been designed to
accommodate the normal camping items (i.e.,
paper plates, flatware, cookware, etc.) which
are bulky but not necessarily heavy.
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Remember your RV’s load capacity is
designed by weight, not volume, so you
cannot necessarily use all available space.
3. Push the plug until the sleeve snaps
forward, locking the plug into the socket.
4. Turn the handle ON to allow propane to
BBQ GRILL (IF SO EQUIPPED)
Make sure that you read, understand and
follow all information supplied with your RV
about propane before operating the BBQ
grill. The propane hose must be correctly
connected before lighting the grill. Failure
to follow instructions supplied by the grill
manufacturer with your RV or to use any
other components than those originally
supplied with the grill could lead to death
or serious injury from fire or explosion.
The maximum weight limit for the bracket
on the side of your trailer is 50 lbs. This
limit includes the weight placed on the
BBQ gill. Exceeding this weight limit could
cause damage to the unit and possibly
cause personal injury from hot equipment.
The BBQ grill is for use outside of the RV.
Never use this grill inside a compartment or
the RV. Before operating the BBQ grill, make
sure that it is securely placed on the support
bracket.
The
BBQ
grill
must
be
COMPLETELY cooled before storing to avoid
damaging the carrying case (if so equipped)
and causing injury from handling the grill
when it is hot. Wait until the grill is completely
cooled, then store it.
Attaching the “quick coupler” connection
The “quick coupler” is directly connected to
the RV propane system. The “quick-coupler”
connection has a positive shut-off valve as
required by code and standards.
1. Place the “quick coupler handle in the
OFF position and push back the sleeve.
The valve handle must be OFF to make
the connection.
2. Insert the plug and release the sleeve.
flow to the drop in stove.
Fig. 11.9 Quick connect coupler
BBQ Grill Prep (if so equipped)
Your RV is equipped with a propane “quickcoupler” connection and support bracket for
easy installation of the BBQ grill.
DUCTING & RETURN AIR
All heat discharges, registers and return air
grills must be free and clear of obstructions.
This includes all closeable registers that are
intended to reduce airflow, not shut it off
completely.
ATTIC FAN (IF SO EQUIPPED)
The 12-volt DC attic fan (or powered roof
vent) allows fresh air to circulate through the
RV. Do not leave the attic fan open when the
RV is stored or unattended for long periods.
High winds, other unusual conditions or
obstructions may prevent the dome from
closing; the resulting leakage could cause
non-warrantable damage.
THERMOSTAT
There are may be up to two 12-volt DC
thermostats in your RV. Use the controls to
set the temperature to your comfort setting.
AIR CONDITIONER (IF SO EQUIPPED)
Your RV has a roof mounted air conditioning
system that is controlled by a thermostat.
Cooled air enters the RV through the
adjustable “chill grill.” Make sure you have
sufficient power available before operating the
air conditioner. Do not operate the air
conditioner without the return air filter.
Operating the system without the filter allows
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the lint and dirt that is normally stopped by the
filter to accumulate on the cooling coil of the
air conditioner. This also will lead to a loss of
air volume, possible equipment damage and
an expensive cleaning process.
A special foam gasket is placed between the
roof material and the subframe of the air
conditioner to guard against water leakage.
The air conditioner is subjected to wind
pressures along with motor vibration during
normal operation. Inspect the mounting bolts
for tightness to ensure there is no leakage or
looseness at least annually. Re-tighten bolts
when they are loose. DO NOT over tighten
these bolts as it may damage this gasket. The
air conditioner gasket is a wearable part that
eventually will need to be replaced s
maintenance. To gain access to the bolts,
remove the filtered panel cover on central air
systems or the entire air box on non-central
air conditioners.
The RV furnace installed in the RV is
controlled by a thermostat. The furnace
requires both 12-volt power and propane gas
for full operation. Make sure you have
sufficient power available before operating
your furnace If you have any questions
contact your dealer or Jayco Customer
Service.
A qualified RV technician should perform all
furnace maintenance at least once a year
(more often depending on furnace usage).
Never attempt to repair the furnace yourself.
CARGO RAMP DOOR
The cargo ramp has a maximum weight
capacity of 2500# in the vehicle loading
mode, which is not necessarily the capacity of
the cargo bay. Do not exceed this maximum
weight rating at any time. The cargo ramp
door is spring assisted to aid in opening and
closing the ramp door.
FURNACE (IF SO EQUIPPED)
The furnace should be inspected
periodically (monthly during the heating
season) for presence of soot on the vent.
Soot is formed whenever combustion is
incomplete. This is a visual warning that
the furnace is operating in an unsafe
manner. If soot is observed on the vent,
immediately shut the furnace OFF and
contact a qualified service agency.
Operating the furnace under this condition
could lead to serious property damage,
personal injury or loss of life.
To ensure your personal safety, do not
obstruct or alter the furnace in any
manner. Do not install screens over the
vent for any reason. Screens will become
restricted and cause unsafe furnace
operation. For your safety, only OEM
factory authorized parts are to be used on
your furnace.
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Do not load or unload your RV without first
blocking all wheels to prevent trailer
movement. Movement during loading or
unloading may cause the cargo ramp door
to shift and tongue jack to bend. Failure to
properly block wheels may result in the
loss of control, property damage, injury or
death.
To open the ramp door
Select a site for unloading that will provide a
level/flat surface for the ramp door to rest on.
Make sure the RV wheels are blocked to
prevent the trailer from moving. Make sure
there are no people, pets or equipment in the
way when opening the ramp door.
1. Lessen the transition angle between the
rear of the cargo floor and the cargo door
ramp by using the tongue jack to raise the
front of the trailer. To prevent damage to
the ramp door and extension ramp this
should be done prior to lowering the cargo
ramp door.
2. Unlock the exterior vise latches securing
the bar latch handles.
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3. Push up on the bar latch handles that hold
the ramp door in place.
4. Move the bar latch handles to the outside
of the trailer to avoid contact when
opening the ramp door.
5. Using caution, pull the ramp door open.
Support the ramp door at all times and do
not let it drop to the ground.
Do not sleep in the cargo bay area while
internal combustion engines are being
operated, stored or transported in the RV.
Failure to comply may result in death or
serious injury.
The
following
label
should
remain
permanently attached to the transition ramp
plate:
present in the cargo bay. These air vents
must remain open any time equipment is
loaded on the trailer, including during travel.
PATIO AWNING (IF SO EQUIPPED)
Awnings must be closed (and locked if
applicable) while the RV is in transit.
Please refer to the awning OEM operator’s
manual. Keep your awning in good condition
to prevent costly repairs. It is very important to
keep the awning clean. If weather conditions
are windy or stormy, close the awning into the
travel mode position. Shut the awning in the
travel position if you will be away from the RV
for an extended period of time.
RETRACTABLE SCREEN WALL
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
Fig. 11.10 Cargo ramp transition label
To close the ramp door
As the trailer is being loaded, make sure that
stored vehicle(s) and/or equipment do not
damage the ramp door seals. Remove any
debris (sand, snow, etc.) from around the
ramp door before closing it. To close the ramp
door, reverse the above listed process.
Secure the ramp door by locking the vice
latches.
Do not move the RV until the cargo ramp door
is secured. Inspect all ramp door components
each trip for wear or damage. For safety,
contact your RV dealer for a service
appointment if repairs are needed.
Make sure that all obstacles are removed
from the path of the screen wall. Grip the
strap attached to the screen wall pull bar and
pull down. Grasp the pull bar and continue
pulling the screen wall until it is completely
extended. The screen wall has a grabber
catch to secure it at the floor of the trailer. To
store the screen wall, pull up on the pull bar
handle to release it from the grabber catch
and push the screen up until it is fully
retracted.
To avoid damage to the screen wall and
possible injury, make sure it is fully
extended and snapped in place at the floor
when in use and fully retracted when not
in use.
AIR VENTS
Your RV is equipped
sidewall of the cargo
vents are designed for
when there is fuel
with air vents in the
bay area. These air
airflow and ventilation
powered equipment
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INSTALLING THE SCREEN ROOM &
REAR AWNING (IF SO EQUIPPED)
In windy, gusty or stormy conditions, take
down your canopy and screen room to
avoid damage. Wind and rain damage are
not covered under the Towable Limited
Warranty
If your RV is
factory-equipped
with the rear patio
canopy and screen
room option, refer
to the instructions Fig. 11.11 Rear
supplied by Jayco ramp label
in your Goodie Bag.
DO NOT use the instructions or lift cables
supplied by the Carefree of Colorado. The
rear ramp label should be kept permanently
affixed to your RV.
The factory-installed awning rail is standard
equipment above the ramp door on most
models. Jayco has made OEM approved
changes; to ensure correct installation of the
rear screen room use the following steps (it
may be easier with at least two people).
Setting up the ramp door
1. Unlock and lower the ramp door. Make
sure the transition ramp is folded back on
to the ramp door.
The screen room installer must use care
and not puncture or tear the screen room
on the transition ramp during this
installation procedure.
2. Lift the ramp door parallel to the ground
and install the Jayco supplied cables (do
not use the OEM cables). The Jayco
added center cable support must be
attached to the ramp door to keep the
ramp door from flexing and being put
under stress.
There are two holes on the cable fastener
located on the ramp door. This allows you
to make minor height adjustments.
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Fig. 11.12
The ramp door flexes noticeably and has
additional stress when the OEM support
cables are used. Damage caused by using
the OEM support cables is not covered under
the terms of the Towable Limited Warranty.
3. Unfasten and raise the awning side arms
parallel to the ramp door. The awning side
arms must be high enough to allow the
valco buttons to snap into place.
Add the awning
There are 4 curved tubes and 2 straight tubes
that complete the support arms for the
awning.
4. Install the 2 small curved tubes into the
straight bar; insert this crowning bar into
the top “T” connectors which are
designated by the circles in the image, on
the awning side arms.
Fig. 11.13
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Insert a straight tube through the sleeve on
the front edge of the awning. Then connect
the 2 curved tubes to each end of the straight
tube. Then connect all 3 pieces (referred to as
the 3 piece crowning bar) plus awning fabric
to the side arms.
Fig. 11.14
5. Unzip the zipper insert from the awning
and slide it through the awning rail located
above the ramp door, the zipper teeth
should be facing downwards. Then pull
the awning up over the awning poles and
zip the awning to the zipper insert.
You may need to center and adjust the
awning once it is attached to the insert.
The
information,
illustrations
and
specifications in this addendum reflect the
most current available at the time of
publication approval, are subject to change
and not intended to indicate actual size. Jayco
reserves the right to make changes and to
discontinue models without notice or obligation.
RVs built for sale in Canada may differ to conform
to Canadian codes.
DEPARTING CAMP CHECKLIST
When the time arrives to return home, it is
again critical that you complete the necessary
procedures to ensure a safe trip. As you
develop a routine, it is possible that a
checklist will be helpful. This is a general list,
which you may want to customize as you
determine your own needs. In addition, make
sure you follow the hitching procedures listed
in the “Before You Travel...” section of this
manual.
Safety
_ Make sure you follow all safety precautions
noted in this owner’s manual and in any
OEM operator’s manual when preparing to
travel home.
Interior
_ Close roof vents
_ Close windows & latch blinds
_ Counter items put away or tied down
_ Furnace turned off
_ Latch drawers, cabinets & doors
_ Lights turned off
_ Lower antenna & satellite dish (if
applicable)
_ Move slideout in and lock it in place (if
applicable)
_ Fasten and secure the furniture for travel
(if so equipped)
_ Refrigerator door locked
_ Set refrigerator to 12-volt (if applicable)
_ Water heater turned off
_ Water pump turned off
Exterior
_ Empty black holding tank
_ Empty gray holding tank
_ Lock all exterior compartments
_ Pack equipment into compartments and
secure it
_ Propane turned off
_ Retract awning and secure in place (if
applicable)
_ Retract slideout (if applicable)
_ Retract step
_ Rinse black holding tank, if necessary
_ Visually look under RV for items missed
_ Water hose & electric cord unhooked and
stored
RV
_ Check lights
_ brake lights
_ clearance lights
_ turn signals
_ Breakaway switch and lanyard connected
_ Check tire pressure (include inner wheel
and spare, if applicable)
_ Check tire wear (uneven wear pattern)
_ Check wheel lugs
_ Proper tongue weight maintained (25% of
gross weight – fifth wheel and contents)
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_ Retract stabilizer jacks
_ Safety pin or locking lever must be seated
(if applicable)
_ Test brakes for proper operation
_ Trailer electric cable secure
_ Trailer is level.
_ Trailer safety chains connected (if
applicable)
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STORAGE & MAINTENANCE
Depending
upon your area and where your
RV is stored, your vehicle may be a target for
damage from rodents and insects. To protect
your RV, never leave food inside and ensure
that all surfaces are clean. Place rodent
control products in the unit during periods of
storage. Mice and other rodents can do a
tremendous amount of damage to the drapes,
cushions, etc., particularly during the winter
months. Storing your RV in a field can make it
particularly inviting. Periodically inspect it
during storage and seal off any areas that can
offer an entry point to rodents or insects.
Remember to remove any screens or tape
used to seal openings before using the RV
again. Damage from rodents or insects is not
covered by the Towable Limited Warranty.
When storing your RV, it is recommended that
the auxiliary battery (customer supplied) be
disconnected to avoid battery discharge.
FORMALDEHYDE
The RV industry uses many products
including carpeting, paneling, shelving,
plywood, draperies, and fabrics that may have
used formaldehyde in the process of making
those products. Other airborne pollutants
including campfires, cigarettes and cigarette
byproducts, cooking and carbon monoxide
often have a higher concentration of
formaldehyde than an RV. Air pollutants can
be an irritant.
When an RV is closed up for a period of time,
it is possible for a process of outgassing to
occur which can draw irritants into the air. So
it is very important to properly ventilate your
RV to remove the outgassing. This is more
prevalent in new RV’s as they release
moisture from construction materials. It may
take several heating and cooling sessions of
ventilation until fully dissipated.
Areas of high heat and humidity will increase
the outgassing process. Ventilate by opening
all the windows, and circulate the air with an
oscillating fan. Remember ventilation is
imperative at all times in close quarters, not
only for indoor air quality, but also for proper
function of appliances and elimination of
condensation (see Condensation).
The following label should be left permanently
affixed to the RV:
Fig. 12.1 Formaldehyde warning label
CLEANING THE INTERIOR
To keep the value of your RV, perform regular
maintenance using the proper materials and
procedures. Use only those materials and
procedures that comply with all local
environmental pollution control regulations.
Carefully select the materials to be sure that
they do not contain corrosives.
Make sure you have selected the right
cleaning agent before you begin the cleaning
process. If in doubt, check to see if the
cleaner will cause damage by testing a small
area out of sight or contact your dealer for
assistance. Follow the instructions provided
by the cleaning product manufacturer. Never
use the following chemicals to clean your RV;
these can all be dangerous, and can damage
your RV:
‰
Acetone
‰
Benzine
‰
Carbon tetrachloride
‰
Gasoline
‰
Lacquer thinner
‰
Nail polish remover
‰
Naphtha
‰
Paint thinner
‰
Turpentine
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those listed may produce undesired results
and possibly damage the upholstery. This
type of damage is not warrantable.
Cleaning materials can be dangerous.
Some are poisonous. Others are highly
flammable. Some are dangerous if you
breathe their fumes in a closed space.
Always open your RV doors and windows
when you are cleaning inside.
Always use the appropriate safety
equipment.
Never
mix
cleaning
products. They may interact with
damaging or hazardous results.
FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY
To retain the value of your RV, maintain the
furniture upholstery carefully and keep the
interior clean. Vacuum the furniture regularly
using a soft brush attachment to remove any
loose dirt or debris.
Fabric (if so equipped)
It is recommended the fabric be professionally
cleaned if it becomes stained or soiled. The
professional cleaner should be made aware
the fabrics have been treated to be fire
resistant. After the cleaning process, please
remember to have the fabric re-treated to help
ensure your personal safety.
Suede Upholstery (if so equipped)
It
is
recommended
the
suede
be
professionally cleaned if it becomes stained
or soiled.
Vinyl Upholstery (if so equipped)
Do not dry clean vinyl components. If they are
dry cleaned, the vinyl on the reverse side will
shrink, become hard and crack. If a spill does
occur water base cleaners are recommended
(solvents are not recommended as they may
have an adverse reaction to the specific
backing of your upholstery fabric). Blot up the
spot, but do not rub it in or saturate the area.
Clean it in a well ventilated area and avoid
products containing toxic materials. Use a
professional furniture cleaning service for an
overall cleaning.
Clean the suede or vinyl upholstery only as
recommended. Using other processes than
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DÉCOR ITEMS
Décor items such as window treatments, night
pleated shades, mini blinds and décor glass
should be cared for as follows:
Window treatments and curtains
Dust occasionally with a vacuum and soft
brush attachment. Due to fire retardant
chemicals, they should be professionally
cleaned only. The professional cleaner should
be made aware that these items have been
treated with a fire retardant.
Shower Curtain (if so equipped)
To help prevent mildew or mold, clean the
shower curtain.
Décor Glass (if so equipped)
Use a glass cleaner to remove smudges,
smears and spots. If there is any decorative
etching on the décor glass, use care when
cleaning around that area.
ABS PLASTICS
ABS plastic components will retain their
original beauty with reasonable care. Dust
and wipe clean with soft, damp cloth or
chamois, wiping gently. Do not use gritty or
abrasive particle soaps or scouring compound
to clean ABS plastic. Avoid using “Citrus” or
biodegradable cleaners which contain “DLimonene” as they may damage plastic
materials.
HARDWARE &
SINK OR SHOWER FIXTURES
Use mild dish soap and water to clean these
fixtures. Do not use harsh chemicals or
sprays. A mild solution of vinegar and water
works well to remove hard water spots and
stains from the sink or shower fixtures.
PANELING
To clean, use a mild solution of soap and
lukewarm water with a soft sponge or cloth.
Do not use abrasive cleaners as they could
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cause the vinyl to scratch and turn dull.
Grease spots and stubborn dirt can be
cleaned off with an all-purpose spray cleaner.
Harsh cleaners and organic solvents can
attack the printed vinyl; they are not
recommended.
CABINETRY & TABLES
To keep hardwood doors, cabinet fronts and
hardwood tables looking like new regularly
dust with a soft cloth dampened with a
cleaning polish or mild detergent solution.
Avoid using ammonia based products or
silicone oils as they may cause damage if
used over a long period of time. The finish is
durable and resistant to most household
spills. However, spills should be wiped up
promptly to avoid potential problems.
Excessive prolonged exposure to direct
sunlight, high temperatures and high humidity
can cause damage to both the finish and the
wood itself. These should be avoided.
COUNTERTOPS
Glass rings, food spills, water spots and
smudges usually wipe off with a damp
sponge. Stubborn stains can be removed with
a general-purpose spray cleaner. Some
stains can be removed by squeezing fresh
lemon juice over the stain and allowing the
juice to soak for approximately forty-five
minutes. After 45 minutes, sprinkle baking
soda over the lemon juice and rub with a soft
cloth
To prevent permanent damage
‰ Always use hot pads or trivets under hot
pans, dishes, or heat producing
appliances such as frying pans.
‰
Always use a cutting board; never use a
knife on the countertop.
‰
Avoid harsh chemicals such as drain
cleaners, oven cleaners, etc.
‰
Do not let cleaners with bleach set on the
top. Wipe them off promptly.
FLOORING
Remember to wear rubber gloves to protect
your hands when cleaning. Always test a
cleaning agent in an inconspicuous area for
colorfastness.
Carpet (if so equipped)
Vacuum regularly with a vacuum cleaner with
a revolving brush or beater bar. Be sure the
vacuum does not have teeth, combs or rough
edges as they may damage the carpet. It is
important to remove loose soil and debris
while it is on the surface. Heavily traveled
areas (i.e., walkways, areas in front of the
furniture) may be protected with small throw
rugs to prolong the life of the carpet. Some
spills contain chemicals that will destroy
carpet fibers and dyes. If you have doubts
about what caused the spot, contact a
professional carpet cleaner.
Because of the additional dirt typically
associated with camping, we recommend that
you vacuum the carpet frequently. Have
tough and deep stains professionally steam
cleaned. Use spot removers for minor spills.
Always test the carpet for color fastness in an
inconspicuous area before using any
product..
Vinyl flooring (if so equipped)
Periodically vacuum or sweep to remove dirt
and gritty particles. Although most common
spills will not permanently stain the vinyl
floors, they are usually easier to remove if
wiped up before they set. Simply blot with a
paper towel and wipe clean with a damp
cloth. As part of a regular maintenance
program, sponge mop the entire floor. Do not
use dish detergents or vinegar and water
because they will dull your floor.
To care for the vinyl floor covering, use a
damp mop with water and a mild cleaner. DO
NOT SOAK THE FLOORING. Use care to
avoid wetting the carpet edges. To avoid
problems of “yellowing” linoleum, the flooring
OEM recommends avoiding cleaners that
contain oil based solvents (i.e. cleaners
containing lemon oil, Murphy’s Oil Soap, etc.).
REPLACING LIGHT BULBS
Before replacing a bulb, be sure the light is
off. Do not touch the glass part of the new
bulb with your bare fingers. The skin oil left on
the glass will evaporate when the bulb gets
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hot, the vapor will condense on the reflector
and it will dim the surface. Replace a bulb
only with a new bulb of the same rating and
type.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR
To protect your RV's exterior finish, wash it
often and thoroughly. The exterior can be
affected by ultra-violet exposure; yellowing or
fading may occur. Regular cleaning and
waxing will help protect the exterior. If
chalking occurs, wash and try to wax a small
area to see if the luster returns. If the exterior
becomes scratched, nicked or cracked have
your dealer inspect the RV; check with your
insurance agent to see if this damage is
covered under your policy (if applicable).
The sidewalls of your unit are constructed of
fiberglass. Refer to the general instructions
that follow for care information. We
recommend that you do not take your RV
through automatic car washes. Extreme
caution should be used if utilizing any type of
pressure sprayer around all attachments,
doors, windows, appliance vents, etc. Avoid
forcing water inside the RV, which could
possibly damage component parts.
Foreign material
Industrial fall out, road tar, bird droppings,
tree sap, insect remains, seawater and other
foreign materials can damage the finish of
your RV. Generally, the longer the foreign
material remains in contact with the exterior
finish, the more extensive the damage. Wash
your RV as soon as possible if it becomes
contaminated with foreign material.
Washing
Chemicals contained in dirt and dust picked
up from the road surface can cause damage if
left on the RV for a long time. Frequent
washing and waxing is the best way to protect
your RV from this damage. Frequent
washings also protect your RV from
environmental elements, such as rain, snow
and salt air.
Do not wash the RV when it is in direct
sunlight. Park the RV in the shade and spray
it with water to remove dust. Next, using an
ample amount of clean water and a car-
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washing mitt or sponge, wash the RV from top
to bottom. Use a mild car-washing soap if
necessary. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry
with a chamois or soft cloth. Carefully clean
the joints and flanges of the slideout (if so
equipped), doors, hood, etc., where dirt is
likely to remain.
When washing the RV, wear a pair of
rubber gloves to protect your hands. Avoid
spraying or splashing water on the
electrical components. Avoid using car
washers that use rotating brushes. This
type of washer may cause scratches on
the RV exterior.
Some types of hot water washing equipment
apply high pressure and heat to the RV. They
may cause heat distortion and damage to the
resin parts and may flood the RV's interior.
Therefore, be sure to observe the following:
1. Keep the washing nozzle about 16 inches
(40 cm) or more away from the RV body.
2. When washing around the glass areas,
hold the nozzle at right angles to the glass
surface.
During cold weather
Salt and other chemicals that are spread on
winter roads in some geographical areas can
have a detrimental effect on the RV's
underbody. If your RV is exposed to these
conditions, spray the underbody with a highpressure hose every time you wash the
exterior of your RV. Take special care to
remove mud or other debris that could trap
and hold salt or moisture. After washing your
RV, wipe off all water drops from the rubber
parts around the slideout and doors.
If the slideout or door is frozen, opening it by
force may tear off or crack the rubber gasket
that is installed around the slideout or door.
Pour warm water on the gasket to melt the ice
(wipe off the water thoroughly after opening
the slideout or door). To prevent the weather
stripping from freezing, treat it with a silicone
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Waxing your RV
Wax your RV once or twice a year, or when
painted surfaces do not shed water well. Use
a soft cloth to apply a small amount of wax to
the painted surfaces. After the wax has dried,
polish the RV with a dry, soft cloth.
possible with touch-up film or paint. Carefully
check the body areas facing the road and the
tires for damage to the paint coat caused by
flying stones, etc. To purchase touch-up
paint, use the closest automotive paint
(available locally) match possible.
Do not wax your RV in direct sunlight. Wax it
after the surfaces have cooled. Do not apply
wax to any area having a flat black finish as it
can cause discoloration. If the finish has been
stained with wax, wipe off the area with a soft
cloth and warm water. When waxing the area
around the various openings, do not apply
any wax on the weatherstrip. If it is stained
with wax, the weatherstrip cannot maintain a
weatherproof seal around the opening.
Cleaning plastic parts
Use a sponge or chamois to clean plastic
parts. Use warm water and a soft cloth or
chamois to remove any white residue from
dark colored plastic surfaces. Do not use a
scrubbing brush or other hard tools as they
may damage the plastic surface. Do not use
wax containing abrasives that may damage
the plastic surface.
Do not use waxes containing high-abrasive
compounds. Such waxes remove rust and
stains effectively, but they are also harmful
to the luster of the surface, since they may
scrape off the coating. Further, they are
detrimental to glossy surfaces, such as the
grille, garnish, moldings, etc. Do not use
gasoline or paint thinners to remove road
tar or other contamination to the painted
surface.
Polishing your RV
If painted surfaces have been severely
damaged and have lost their original luster
and color tone, polish the surface lightly with
a fine polishing compound. Avoid limiting your
polishing to the damaged surface only; polish
a somewhat wider area, moving the polishing
cloth in one direction. After polishing, flush the
compound from the surface and apply a coat
of wax to regain a beautiful luster.
Do not allow plastic to come into contact
with brake fluid, engine oil, grease, paint
thinner, or battery acid. These will damage
plastic. Use a soft cloth and a mild
detergent solution to wipe away any such
contact.
Chrome parts (if so equipped)
To prevent chrome parts from spotting or
corroding, wash with water, dry thoroughly,
and apply a non-abrasive automotive wax. If
the chrome is severely damaged or pitted,
use a commercially available chrome polish
product.
Stone Guard (if so equipped)
Wash the stone guard with mild liquid
dishwashing soap or liquid car washing soap
and water. Do not use powdered detergent,
powdered soap, liquid and spray cleaners or
pressure washing. Wax frequently to protect
the surface and make cleaning easier.
WINDOWS
Do not use a buffer and a buffing
compound as it may damage the exterior
surface. Please contact a professional
paint body shop for assistance.
Damaged paint
To prevent corrosion, touch up small cracks
and scratches in the paint coat as soon as
Any ventilating window may permit water
inside, especially during heavy rainstorms.
Condensation will also cause water to
accumulate on windows and in the tracks.
The window “glass” can normally be cleaned
with a sponge and water. Use glass cleaner
to remove wax, oil, grease, dead insects, etc.
After washing the glass, wipe it dry with a
clean, soft cloth.
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DOORS & LOCKS
Locks on entrance and baggage doors need
biannual lubrication using a light coat of
silicone spray. Do not permit the spray to
come into contact with the tent. Conditions
such as rain, salt, dust and pollution may
increase the maintenance needs.
TRAILER FRAME
Sand, pebbles, objects on the highway,
climate (salt air exposure) or ice inhibiting
chemicals used during the winter months will
damage the paint, inviting rust and other
deterioration. Periodically inspect the exterior
exposed areas, clean and repaint the steel
members occasionally and whenever you
notice rust or paint chipped away, to insure
protection.
E-Z LUBE AXLE
The E-Z lube feature on your axles provides
the ability for the bearings to be periodically
lubricated without removing the hubs from the
axle. This feature consists of axle spindles
that have been specially drilled and fitted with
grease zerks in their ends. When grease is
pumped into the zerk, it is channeled to the
inner bearing and then flows back to the outer
bearing and eventually back out the grease
cap hole. If you have further questions,
consult with your dealer.
The convenient lubrication provisions of the
E-Z lube must not replace periodic inspection
and maintenance of the bearings. Use a
hand-operated grease gun; improper use of a
commercial grease gun may damage the
seals.
REAR BUMPER
The rear bumper of your RV is not designed
to carry cargo. Items that extend beyond the
bumper OR weigh over 100 lbs. (45kg) will
place undo strain on the bumper. The 100 lb.
bumper capacity includes the weight of the
spare tire that may have been attached at the
factory.
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Do not add items to the RV rear bumper.
Add-on items will eventually damage your
bumper. Damage caused by such
aftermarket equipment installation or
improper loading voids the Towable
Limited Warranty.
Some items may fall within the given weight
range, however, can still cause damage. Over
time, weight added to the bumper will cause
damage from the motion created while
traveling. In addition, extra weight behind the
axle may reduce the hitch weight (leading to
adverse handling conditions from wind gusts
and/or passing traffic).
RUBBER ROOF
The rubber roof on your RV is manufactured
by Alpha Systems. Read and follow the OEM
operator’s manual when cleaning the rubber
roof. If you have questions, contact your
dealer.
ROOF RACK & LADDER
(IF SO EQUIPPED)
Your RV may be equipped with an optional
roof rack and ladder. The RV roof has
decking under the rubber roof membrane to
allow you to walk on the roof (with caution) to
do maintenance.
If your RV is equipped with a roof ladder,
do not leave items attached to it while
traveling. The ladder has a weight limit of
350# when using it to access the roof. DO
NOT exceed this weight limit.
SEALANTS
Water is a recreation vehicle’s worst enemy
when it is allowed to enter where it is not
intended. Sealants perform a very important
function, must be inspected closely and
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regularly maintained. We incorporate many
different types of sealants, including
butyl/putty, black butyl-encapsulated foam,
silicone (clear and colored), roof sealant and
foam.
In general, sealants do not have “set”
lifetimes. Varying environmental factors affect
the pliability and adhesiveness of sealants.
Sealants can be affected by ultraviolet
exposure, air pollution, extreme temperatures
and exposure to other elements. Conditions
such as rain, salt, dust and pollution may
increase the need to maintain your RV’s
sealants. Checking the sealants is considered
customer maintenance. It is recommended
that you or your RV dealer:
Inspect all sealants, a minimum of every six
months. Make sure to check the roof and all
four sides of the RV including all moldings,
windows,
doors,
vents
and
exterior
attachments. Reseal as necessary and at
least one time each year as preventative
maintenance.
‰
‰
Cap seal (if applicable) or replace the
sealant if you notice any cracks, gaps,
lifting, looseness, peeling, shrinkage,
voids or any sign of physical deterioration.
Complete repairs immediately to prevent
damage to your RV.
‰
If you notice water inside the unit,
immediately have the RV dealership
check for the source of the leak. Failure to
correct the leak may result in serious
damage to your RV. This damage will not
be covered under the Towable Limited
Warranty.
Although the diagrams below may not
accurately reflect the exact model of your RV,
make sure you inspect all sealants as
indicated in the text. If you have questions
and/or need assistance with sealing your RV,
consult with your dealer.
Failure to properly maintain or reseal your
RV may result in serious water damage to
the roof and other parts of the unit. This
damage is not be covered by the Towable
Limited Warranty.
To check the exterior sidewall sealants,
use a stepladder placed safely beside the
RV. Do not prop a ladder against the body
of the RV as it may damage the finish.
Always use the same type of sealant
originally used to build your RV. Consult
with your RV dealer for the proper
sealant(s) to use on your RV.
1. Moldings
2. Vents/Attachments to Roof
3. Slideout Trim/Moldings
4. Windows/Doors
5. Exterior Attachments
6. Marker & Tail Lights
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STORAGE CHECKLIST
Prior to Storage
If storing for the winter, be sure the RV is
winterized (refer to Sec. 5 Plumbing System,
Winterizing the plumbing system).
_ Check your roof and other surfaces to
ensure there is no damage and potential
leakage that might otherwise go unnoticed
until it is too late.
_ Close all windows and roof vents.
_ Close the propane cylinder valve(s). If your
cylinders do not already have a cover,
purchase at least a vinyl propane cylinder
cover and make sure the regulator is
covered.
_ Cover all external outlets, such as furnace,
exhaust, etc. to prevent mice or other
rodents from entering.
_ Cover the roof air conditioner.
_ Disconnect 120-volt AC power to the RV.
_ Do not use the stabilizing jacks during
storage.
_ Drain all water lines.
_ Drain and flush all holding tanks (fresh
water, gray water, black water and/or hot
water tanks).
_ Inspect the sealant and reseal as needed.
_ Remove all batteries from the RV and
store in a place where they won’t freeze.
Batteries that have been frozen will never
hold a proper charge.
_ Remove all perishable items from the
interior. If storing during the winter months,
include any items that are susceptible to
freezing.
_ Store your RV indoors, under a roof or
purchase a tarp to cover your RV during
storage. Make sure you invest in a good
tarp that can “breathe.
_ Thoroughly wash the interior and the
exterior of your RV.
_ To prevent weather checking and other UV
damage, cover tires that are exposed to
sunlight.
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_ Turn all cushions on edge to prevent the
moisture/mildew buildup during storage.
_ Turn off 12-volt DC/120-volt AC/propane to
the refrigerator; defrost and clean. Use
crumpled newspaper or open boxes of
baking soda in the refrigerator to eliminate
odors during storage.
During Storage Period
_ Remove snow loads from the top of your
RV to prevent damage to the unit’s
structure.
Excessive snow, 8" or more, or ice, 2" or
more, places excessive weight on the RV
roof. Remove excessive snow or ice as
needed. Care MUST be exercised to not
damage the roof material when removing
snow & ice. Excessive weight can damage
the roof, seals, etc. Water leaks and poor
fit or operation are the results of this
damage.
MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
This list is a quick reference sheet for
suggested areas of regular maintenance.
Review all OEM operator’s manuals supplied
with your RV to perform these listed
maintenance items.
Prior to First Trip
_ Check propane lines for leaks.
_ Check wheel lug nuts at specified intervals
to listed torque specifications, re-torque as
needed (refer to the axle OEM operator’s
manual).
_ Open all windows and the entry door, start
the furnace. Leave the windows and door
open and the furnace ON until the odor
from the initial use of the furnace is fully
dissipated.
_ Sanitize fresh water system.
_ Test propane, smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors.
First Two-Hundred Miles
_ Check wheel nuts at specified intervals to
listed torque values. Re-torque as needed.
Refer to the axle manufacturer’s manual.
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_ Have brakes adjusted by a qualified
service technician.
Each Trip
_ Check battery water level. (If equipped with
battery.)
_ Check propane lines for leaks.
_ Check running lights.
_ Check tire pressure and wear. Make sure
the tires are cold when checking the tire
pressure.
_ Flush out water heater tank.
_ Inspect safety chains for signs of wear. (if
applicable)
_ Test brakes.
_ Test propane, smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors.
After Every Tire Change
_ Tighten wheel nuts to specified torque
values at 10, 25 and 50 miles (16, 40, and
80 kilometers) to assure that they are
correctly “seated” after the tire change.
Refer to the axle OEM operator’s manual.
Daily
_ Ensure propane detector operation light is
green in color.
_ Recharge battery after each use.
Weekly
_ Check propane lines for leaks.
_ Check tire pressure and wear. Make sure
tires are cold when checking the tire
pressure.
_ Test propane, smoke and carbon
monoxide detectors.
Monthly
_ Check fire extinguisher pressure. Refer to
the fire extinguisher label for specific
instructions.
_ Clean and lubricate the coupler. (if
applicable)
_ Test the ground fault circuit interrupter
(GFCI)
Every Three Months or 3,000 Miles
_ Check propane lines for leaks.
_ Check wheel nuts at specified intervals to
listed torque values. Re-torque as needed.
Refer to the axle manufacturer’s manual.
_ Check, clean, tighten and lubricate battery
cables.
_ Compare refrigerator pilot flame with ideal
flame. Refer to the refrigerator OEM
operator’s manual for ideal flame. Have
cleaned and adjusted as necessary by a
qualified technician. (RV type refrigerator
only)
_ Compare water heater pilot flame with
ideal flame. Refer to the water heater OEM
operator’s manual for ideal flame. Have
cleaned and adjusted as necessary by a
qualified technician.
_ Drain and sanitize fresh water system.
_ Examine the tires for unusual wear,
sidewall defects from possible cuts,
bulging and abrasions.
_ Have brakes adjusted by a qualified
service technician.
_ Inspect propane cylinders for rust, pits,
gouges, scrapes or sharp dents. Repaint
cylinders if rust is present.
_ Inspect refrigerator combustion seals.
Have cleaned and adjusted as necessary
by a qualified technician. (RV type
refrigerator only)
_ Inspect refrigerator door seals.
_ Lubricate hitch ball. (if applicable)
_ Lubricate tongue jack. (if applicable)
Every Six Months or 6,000 Miles
_ Check pipe connections for tightness.
Tighten if necessary. Lubricate all moving
parts on the entrance steps.
_ Clean and lubricate stabilizer jacks.
_ Clean drains with approved drain cleaners.
_ Have suspension system serviced by a
qualified service technician.
_ Inspect and reseal as defined earlier in this
chapter.
_ Inspect wheels for cracks, dents or
distortion.
_ Lubricate entrance and baggage door
locks.
_ Lubricate the bearing surface between the
rotating gear housing and the base plate
on the television antenna.
_ Lubricate the elevating gear on the
television antenna.
_ Lubricate the rubber quad ring on the
elevating shaft located on the television
antenna.
_ Perform routine preventative maintenance
on entire trailer and all component parts.
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Every Year or 12,000 Miles
_ Apply silicone spray to the fifth-wheel
landing gear inner tube and pad and the
inside of the handle alignment tube (if
applicable)
_ Check demand tank vent for obstructions.
_ Check water pump connections and
mountings for tightness.
_ Clean city water entry strainer.
_ Grease gears in the gear box and at the
top of each leg of the fifth-wheel landing
gear with extreme pressure grease. (if
applicable)
_ Have brakes inspected and serviced by a
qualified technician.
_ Have furnace inspected and serviced by a
qualified technician.
_ Have propane system inspected and
serviced by a qualified technician.
_ Have the refrigerator inspected and
serviced by a qualified technician.
_ Inspect and reseal as defined earlier in this
chapter.
_ Lubricate moving parts on the awning
hardware. (Awning option only.)
_ Manually
operate
the
pressuretemperature control lever on the water
heater.
_ Oil the shaft bushings of the fifth-wheel
landing gear with SAE 30 oil (if applicable)
_ Perform routine preventative maintenance
on entire trailer and all component parts.
_ Repack wheel bearings.
_ Replace battery on the carbon monoxide
detector.
_ Rotate Fluorescent tubes in the light
fixtures.
Every Five Years
_ Replace propane and carbon monoxide
detectors.
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SPECIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
OEM LIST
The following chart provides information to contact some of the individual original equipment
manufacturers (OEM) of appliances/component parts that may be installed on your RV. The
information listed in this chart is the latest available at the time of publication of this manual. If you
have questions or concerns on component parts not listed here, contact your RV dealer for further
assistance.
Component part
Air conditioner
Attic fan (power)
Awning
Axle
Bed lift (electric)
Carbon monoxide alarm
Converter
DVD/CD
Entrance Step
Exhaust fan
Fifth wheel landing gear
Fuel pump station
Furnace
Generator
Holding tank sprayer
Inverter
Microwave
Monitor Panel
Outside shower
Propane alarm
Propane cylinder
Propane regulator
Range
Rangehood
Refrigerator
RV frame
Screen Room
Slideout Systems
Smoke alarm
Speakers
Stabilizer jacks (electric)
Television
Thermostat
Tires
Toilet
TV antenna
Water filter
Water heater
Water pump
OEM
Coleman
Ventline
Carefree of Colorado
Dexter Axle
Happijac
Quantum
Progressive Dynamics
Website
Phone #
www.rvcomfort.com/rvp
(316) 832-4357
www.ventline.com
(574) 848-4491
www.carefreeofcolorado.com (800) 622-3230
www.dexteraxle.com
(574) 295-7888
www.happijac.com
(800) 231-7440
www.qginc.com
(800) 432-5599
www.progressivedyn.com
(269) 781-4241
Contact your RV dealer
Hickory Springs
www.hickorysprings.com
(800) 438-5341
Ventline
www.ventline.com
(574) 848-4491
Atwood
www.atwoodmobile.com
(815) 877-5700
Great Plains
www.greatplainsindustries.com (800) 835-0113
Atwood/Hydroflame
www.atwoodmobile.com
(815) 877-5700
Onan
www.onan.com
(800) 888-6626
B & B Molders
www.bandbmolders.com
(574) 259-7838
Xantrex
www.xantrex.com
(800) 670-0707
Contact your RV dealer
KIB
www.kibenterprises.com
(800) 250-7051
B & B Molders
www.bandbmolders.com
(574) 259-7838
MTI
www.mtiindustries.com
(800) 383-0269
Manchester Tank
www.manchestertank.com
(800) 877-8265
Marshall Brass
www.marshallbrass.com
(800) 447-9513
Atwood
www.atwoodmobile.com
(815) 877-5700
Ventline
www.ventline.com
(574) 848-4491
Norcold
www.norcold.com
(800) 543-1219
Dexter Chassis Group
www.dexterchassisgroup.com (269) 483-7681
Carefree of Colorado
www.carefreeofcolorado.com (800) 622-3230
Dexter Chassis Group
www.dexterchassisgroup.com (269) 483-7681
MTI
www.mtiindustries.com
(800) 383-0266
Contact your RV dealer
BAL
www.norcoind.com/bal
(800) 347-2232
Contact your RV dealer
Coleman
www.rvcomfort.com/rvp
(316) 832-4357
Tires Contact your local tire distributor for assistance
Thetford
www.thetford.com
(800) 521-3032
Winegard
www.winegard.com
(800) 788-4417
Flowmatic
www.flowmatic.com
(800) 461-4406
Atwood
www.atwoodmobile.com
(815) 877-5700
Shurflo
www.shurflo.com
(800) 854-3218
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SPECIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
OEM WHEEL LUG TORQUE CHART
Wheel Lug Nut Diagrams:
Wheel Torque Instructions:
* All torque wrenches mentioned below must have settings visible for auditing purposes.
1.
2.
3.
Start lug nuts with fingers on studs to avoid cross threading.
Stage 1, Torque: Impact lug nuts in a star pattern* until snug to rim. -- See Wheel Lug Nut Diagram
Stage 2, Torque: Use calibrated torque wrench to torque each lug nut, in a star pattern, to the values indicated.
Wheels must remain stationary during torquing process for control purposes. --See Wheel Lug Nut Torque Chart and
4.
Stage 3, Torque: Use calibrated torque wrench to torque each lug nut, in a star pattern, to the values indicated.
Wheels must remain stationary during torquing process for control purposes. --See Wheel Lug Nut Torque Chart and
5.
Confirmation Torque checks: Every 10th unit produced must be verified for torque using a calibrated torque wrench
Wheel Lug Nut Diagram
Wheel Lug Nut Diagram
Wheel Lug Nut Torque Chart:
Lug Nut
Rim
Type
Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Recommended Final
Torque Range
4-Lug Nuts
5-Lug Nuts
5-Lug Nuts
5-Lug Nuts
6-Lug Nuts
6-Lug Nuts
8-Lug Nuts
12"
13"
14"
15"
15"
16"
16"
Steel
Chrm/Steel
Chrm/Steel/Alum
Chrm/Steel
Chrm/Steel/Alum
Chrm/Steel
Steel/Aluminum
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
20-25 ft/lbs
30-50 ft/lbs
30-50 ft/lbs
70-90 ft/lbs
70-90 ft/lbs
70-90 ft/lbs
70-90 ft/lbs
70-90 ft/lbs
65-75 ft/lbs
65-75 ft/lbs
110-120 ft/lbs
110-120 ft/lbs
110-120 ft/lbs
110-120 ft/lbs
120-130 ft/lbs
Acceptable
Torque
Range
50-75 ft/lbs
50-75 ft/lbs
90-120 ft/lbs
90-120 ft/lbs
90-120 ft/lbs
90-120 ft/lbs
110-130 ft/lbs
Transportation Instructions:
1.
Prior to travel and after excessive braking, all wheel lug nuts must be checked for torque.
2.
3.
Torque readings must fall within the Acceptable Torque Range. --See Wheel Lug Nut Torque Chart
Torque specifications, must be checked by using a torque wrench.
*Digital or Dial Torque Wrenches are recommended
If Torque falls below the Acceptable Torque Range, additional torque is required.
-- See Wheel Torque Instructions and Wheel Lug Nut Diagram for the correct pattern and recommended final torque value.
During travel, wheel lug nuts must be checked and re-torqued, as required, after the first, 10 miles, 25 miles, 50
miles, then periodically during travel (16 kilometers, 40 kilometers, 80 kilometers, then periodically during travel).
-- See Wheel Torque Instructions and Wheel Lug Nut Diagram for the correct pattern and recommended final torque value.
Failure to follow these instructions may result in wheel loss, an accident, or loss of control, resulting in death or
serious injury.
*This also applies to any service involving wheel or lug removal, during the life of the recreational vehicle.
4.
5.
6.
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DC FUSE PANEL LAYOUT
Below is a typical wiring layout. Your individual trailer may be different.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
12.5 reset
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
15 amp
20 amp
20A reset
20A reset
20A reset
20A reset
Bed slideout motor
Bath area
Monitor panel, sink light, range hood
nd
Refrigerator, 2 furnace, rear power fan
Bed area
Propane detector, 12V outlets, rear cargo lights
Living area, porch lights
Trunk lights, hitch lights
Main slideout lights, sofa lights, dinette lights
Security lights, front power fan
Furnace
Main slideout motor
Third slideout motor
Fuel station option
Bed lift
CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The following table provides generic circuit breaker alignment information. Your RV may not be
exactly the same as shown depending on model, floor plan and options.
LEG 1
MAIN
LEG 2
MAIN
LEG 1
A
LEG 1
B
LEG 2
C
LEG 2
D
LEG 1
E
LEG 1
F
LEG 2
G
LEG 2
H
LEG 1
I
LEG 1
J
LEG 2
K
LEG 2
L
UNSTABLE
M
UNSTABLE
N
LEG 3
O
LEG 3
P
UNSTABLE
Q
UNSTABLE
R
LEG 3
S
LEG 3
T
50A
50A
15A
20A
15A
20A
15A
20A
15A
20A
-------20A
--15A
20A
TWIN
TWIN
TWIN
TWIN
TWIN
6/3
6/3
14/2
12/2
14/2
12/2
14/2
14/2
14/2
12/2
---SGL
12/2
-TWIN
14/2
12/2
N/A
N/A
BLUE
NON
GREEN
BLACK
RED
ORANGE
BROWN
WHITE
BLK/WHT
RED/GRN
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
YELLOW
N/A
N/A
RED/BLU
RED/YEL
MAIN BREAKER LEG #1
MAIN BREAKER LEG #2
UTILITY CIRCUIT #1 (MISC. OUTLETS)
AIR CONDITIONER #1 (CENTRAL)
GFCI CIRCUIT (KITCHEN/BATHROOM/EXTERIOR OUTLETS)
AIR CONDITIONER #2 (FRONT)
UTILITY CIRCUIT #2 (REFRIGERATOR, CEILING FAN & MISC. OUTLETS)
POWER CONVERTER (SINGLE 80 AMP)
WATER HEATER
TO INVERTER (TRANSFER SWITCH)
VACANT (RESERVED FOR WASHER)
VACANT (RESERVED FOR DRYER)
VACANT (RESERVED FOR CENTRAL VACUUM)
VACANT
STAB REMOVED – UNSTABLE
STAB REMOVED – UNSTABLE
VACANT (RESERVED FOR COFFEE MAKER)
MICROWAVE (INVERTER OUTPUT)
STAB REMOVED – UNSTABLE
STAB REMOVED – UNSTABLE
MAIN TV & CARGO BAY TV (INVERTER OUTPUT)
FROM INVERTER (SUB-PANEL MAIN BREAKER)
PROPANE CONSUMPTION CHART
The following chart provides an average propane consumption information.
Appliance
Water Heater
Refrigerator
Slide-in Cooktop – 3 burner
Range w/Oven
Furnace
Approximate BTU
Consumption Per Hour
12,000
1,500
22,000
29,100
25,000
Approximate
Kilojoules Per Hour
12,660
1,585
23,200
30,700
26,375
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APPROXIMATE ELECTRICAL LOAD RATINGS
Use actual amperage (or wattage divided by 120) of appliance being used whenever possible.
120 VOLT SYSTEM
AIR CONDITIONER - COLEMAN MACH 13,500 BTU (RUN)
13.50-16.25 AMPS
AIR CONDITIONER - COLEMAN MACH 13,500 BTU (START UP)
15.75-16.25 AMPS*
AIR CONDITIONER - COLEMAN MACH 15,000 BTU (RUN)
14.75-17.75 AMPS
AIR CONDITIONER - COLEMAN MACH 15,000 BTU (START UP)
17.00-20.50 AMPS*
BLENDER (ESTIMATED 300-400W)
2.50-3.50 AMPS
COFFEE MAKER (ESTIMATED 1000-1300W)
7.00-11.00 AMPS
CONVERTER - SINGLE 80 AMPS PROGRESSIVE DYNAMICS
CURLING IRON (ESTIMATED 50-100W)
.50-1.00 AMPS
ELECTRIC BLANKET (ESTIMATED 150-200W)
1.25-1.75 AMPS
ELECTRIC FAN - PORTABLE (ESTIMATED 125-175W)
1.00-1.50 AMPS
ELECTRIC FRYING PAN (ESTIMATED 1000-1200W)
8.50-10.00 AMPS
HAIR DRYER (ESTIMATED 1000-1900W)
8.50-16.00 AMPS
HOME THEATER SYSTEM (EXECUTIVE 128W, MEMOREX 133W)
1.25-1.75 AMPS
LAPTOP COMPUTER CHARGER (ESTIMATED 25-75W)
.25-75 AMPS
MICROWAVE OVEN (900-1500W)
7.5-12.50 AMPS
RADIO (ESTIMATED 10-35W)
.10-.30 AMPS
REFRIGERATOR - RV GAS/ELECTRIC (NORCOLD #611 300W, #821 300W) (ESTIMATED 250-350W
2.00-3.00 AMPS
SATELLITE RECEIVER (ESTIMATED 50-150W)
.50-1.25 AMPS
STEAM IRON (ESTIMATED 1000-1500W)
8.50-12.50 AMPS
TELEVISION (ESTIMATED 65-2100W)
.50-2.00 AMPS
TOASTER (ESTIMATED 1000-1500W)
8.50-12.50 AMPS
TOASTER OVEN (ESTIMATED 1100-1600W)
9.25-13.50 AMPS
VCR (ESTIMATED 25-75W)
.25-75 AMPS
WATER HEATER - RV GAS / ELECTRIC (ATWOOD 11.66 AMPS)
11.75-12.25 AMPS
12 VOLT SYSTEM
AISLE LIGHTS
AMPLIFIER (SOUND SYSTEM)
BAGGAGE COMPARTMENT LIGHTS
BEDROOM RADIO
DECORATIVE WALL LIGHTS
EXTERIOR ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
FANTASTIC FAN
FLUORESCENT DOUBLE 12"
FLUORESCENT DOUBLE 18"
FURNACE
HALOGEN LIGHT
ILLUMINATED SWITCH
LP DETECTOR ALARM
PORCH LIGHT
POWER VENT
REFRIGERATOR
TV PLATE/ ANTENNA BOOSTER
WATER HEATER
WATER PUMP
*MOMENTARY LOAD
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1.0 AMPS
5.0-20 AMPS
1.4 AMPS
1.5 AMPS
1.5 AMPS
5.0 AMPS
5.0 AMPS
2.0 AMPS
2.5 AMPS
12.0 AMPS
1.5 AMPS
.50 AMPS
1.0 AMP
1.50 AMPS
2.0 AMPS
3.0 AMPS
1.0 AMP
6.0 AMPS
7.0 AMPS
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SPECIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
AC ELECTRICITY – Alternating current also
known as shoreline power. For purposes of
this manual, it refers to 120-volt AC
(abbreviated 120 VAC).
AUXILIARY BATTERY – For purposes of this
manual, the term refers to the 12-volt DC
group 27 deep cycle battery (customer
purchased) that should be installed in your
camper.
BLACK WATER – Term associated with the
sewage holding tank. The toilet drains directly
into this tank.
BRITISH
THERMAL
UNIT
(BTU)
Measurement of heat that is the quantity
required to raise the temperature of one
pound of water 1°F. RV air-conditioners and
furnaces are BTU-rated.
CAMP STORE – A store that usually has
bread, milk and other essentials but not fresh
meats, fruits or vegetables.
CITY WATER – Term associated with the
water supply you hook up to at the campsite.
It is called city water because water is pulled
from a central outside source (like a city) and
not the fresh water tank.
CURBSIDE – This refers to the side of the
camper that faces the curb when parked. Also
referred to as the door side.
DC ELECTRICITY – Direct current also
known as auxiliary battery power. For
purposes of this owner’s manual, it refers to
12-volt DC (abbreviated 12 VDC).
DEALER – For purposes of this manual, this
refers to the independent dealer authorized to
sell and/or service your camper by Jayco, Inc.
This term will be used in this context unless
specified otherwise.
DRAIN TRAP – This is the curve that is in all
drains. Water is trapped in the curve and
creates a barrier so tank odors cannot escape
through the drain.
CAMPER – For purposes of this manual, this
term refers to your conventional travel trailer
or fifth wheel travel trailer.
DRY CAMPING – Camping when there is no
city water hookup or shore power (i.e., using
only the water and power available in the
camper and not from any other source).
CAMPING - An outdoor recreational activity
involving the spending of one or more nights
in a tent, primitive structure or recreation
vehicle at a campsite with the purpose of
getting away from civilization and enjoying
nature.
DUMP STATION – Site where you drain your
gray water (waste) and your black water
(sewage) tanks. In most states, it is illegal to
drain your tanks anywhere except dump
stations.
CAMPSITE - The term usually means an area
where an individual or family might go
camping.
DUMP VALVE – Another name for the Thandle valve used to release and drain the
black tank (sewage) and gray tank (waste).
CARBON MONOXIDE – A colorless, odorless
and poisonous gas.
EGRESS WINDOW – The formal name for
the emergency escape window. Egress
windows are identified by their labeling.
CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY (CCC) Equal to GVWR minus each of the following:
UVW, full fresh (potable) water weight
(including water heater), full propane weight
and SCWR.
FRESH WATER – The fresh water system
provides potable water to the fresh water
tank, kitchen sink, shower, bathroom lavatory,
toilet, water heater and outside shower.
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FULL HOOK-UP SITE – A campsite that has
city water, shore power and sewer hook-ups
or connections available.
GRAY WATER – Term associated with the
waste water holding tank. Water from the sink
drains, shower and washer/dryer (if so
equipped) go into this tank.
GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING (GAWR) –
The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE WEIGHT each
axle assembly is designed to carry, as
measured at the tires, therefore including the
weight of the axle assembly itself. GAWR is
established by considering the rating of each
of its components (tires, wheels, springs,
axle), and rating the axle on its weakest link.
The GAWR assumes that the LOAD IS
EQUAL ON EACH SIDE.
GROSS CARRYING CAPACITY (GCC) Means the maximum carrying capacity of your
camper. The GCC is equal to the GVWR
minus UVW. The GCC will be reduced by the
weight of fresh water or other tanks, propane,
occupants, personal items or dealer installed
accessories.
GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING
(GCWR) – The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE
COMBINED WEIGHT of the tow vehicle and
the attached towed vehicle. GCWR assumes
that both vehicles have functioning brakes,
with exceptions in some cases for very light
towed vehicles, normally less than 1,500
pounds. (Check your tow vehicle’s towing
guide.)
GROSS TRAILER WEIGHT RATIING
(GTWR) - The MAXIMUM TOWED VEHICLE
WEIGHT.
Each
component
(receiver,
drawbar, ball) of a ball-type hitch has its own
rating. Some ball-type hitches have separate
ratings when used with a weight distributing
system.
GROSS
VEHICLE
WEIGHT
RATING
(GVWR) – The MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE
WEIGHT of the fully loaded vehicle, including
liquids, passengers, cargo, and the tongue
weight of any towed vehicle.
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HITCH WEIGHT – The amount of the
camper's weight that rests on the tow vehicle.
It should be approximately 10% - 15% with
conventional trailers; approximately 15% 20% for fifth wheels.
LOW POINT – The lowest point in the
plumbing. Drains are placed here so that
water will drain out of the lower end of the
camper when flushing or winterizing the water
system. These drains must be closed when
you fill the water tank.
NET CARRYING CAPACITY (NCC) - The
MAXIMUM WEIGHT of all personal
belongings, food, fresh water, propane, tools,
dealer installed accessories, etc., that can be
carried by the RV.
OEM – This refers to the original equipment
manufacturer of the individual appliances or
components.
PRIMITIVE SITE – A campsite that may have
city water, shore power or sewer hook-ups but
not all of them; primitive sites may have no
hook-ups or connections at all.
PULL-THROUGH SITES – Campsites you
can drive through and park (without having to
back up into the site).
ROADSIDE – This refers to the side of the
camper that faces the road when it is parked.
Often called the off-door side.
SANITIZATION – Refers to the camper’s
fresh water system that has been sanitized
with chlorine bleach before use or after
storage.
POWER SOURCE – Also referred to as shore
power, this refers to the receptacle outlet you
are using to plug in your shoreline power
cord. This can be a campsite power box or
electrical box, a residential receptacle outlet
specifically wired for your camper or a
generator (customer supplied).
SHORELINE POWER CORD – This is the
electrical power cord that runs from the
camper to the campsite shore power outlet.
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SPECIFICATIONS & GLOSSARY
SLEEPING CAPACITY WEIGHT RATING
(SCWR) –The manufacturer’s designated
number of sleeping positions multiplied by
154 pounds (70 kilograms).
TIRE RATINGS - The MAXIMUM LOAD that
a tire may carry is engraved on the sidewall,
along with a corresponding COLD inflation
pressure. A reduction in inflation pressure
requires a reduction in load rating. Tire
manufacturers publish charts that establish
the load capacity at various inflation
pressures.
TONGUE
WEIGHT,
TONGUE
LOAD,
VERTICAL LOAD (TWR/TLR/VLR) - Tongue
Weight, Tongue Load, Vertical Load Rating
Different terms for the MAXIMUM VERTICAL
LOAD that can be carried by the hitch
UNLOADED.
UNLOADED VEHICLE WEIGHT (UVW) - The
WEIGHT of a vehicle as built at the factory
with full fuel, engine (generator) oil and
coolants. It does not include cargo, fresh
water, propane, occupants, or dealer installed
accessories.
WEIGHT & LOAD - These terms are
generally used interchangeably. For the
purposes of understanding RV applications,
vehicles have WEIGHT, which impart LOADS
to
tires, axles
and
hitches.
Scale
measurements taken when weighing are
LOADS carried by the tires. These measured
loads are used to calculate Gross Vehicle
Weight (GVW), Gross Axle Weight (GAW),
Gross Combination Weight (GCW) and hitch
loads.
WINTERIZED – Refers to a camper that has
been prepared for storage. The water
systems have been drained and RV
antifreeze has been added to protect the
water lines and drains. The low point drains
should be in the open position.
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