We have friends who just bought a new motor home and had trouble with the air bags filling as they got ready to leave their campsite.
Has that ever happened to you? Pretty scary moment! What did YOU do?
All kinds of thoughts go through your mind (at least it did when this happened to us) including the worst:
- we have a dud! I knew it! This coach is a LEMON!;
- those guys SHOULD HAVE TOLD US what to do before we left the dealer...;
- what did I do wrong?!!,
- NOW WHAT?!!-- (as they say in the Air Force: "I am out of air speed and ideas..." ; it is Sunday and no one is out there to help...
- we're STUCK and I am going to be here for a FEW? days; I am going to miss work, miss my___?...
- this is going to COST us a bunch of $$$, I wonder if insurance will cover it?
- there MUST be someone I can call...;
- I wish we had a good INTERNET connection here!
- it sure is LONELY at the moment....
In hindsight some of these things NOW, they can help you next time:
- Call the factory service center or help desk. (unless it is after hours, the weekend, long holiday break, etc)
- Go through your factory books and reference manuals so you know where the 1-800 number is
- Compile (or find a list) of 1-800 numbers and remember where you put them
- Here's a link on Tiffin RV Network you may find useful: (Click Here) If so, print it out (Note: this list was compiled a while ago so confirm the numbers listed are accurate.)
- Search blogs and keep a mental note of who are experts and the technical type. Write down their cell phone if available. Most RVers are more than willing to help others in need....
- Have a couple of FRIENDS numbers handy so you can call them.
BTW - We have a Tiffin 40' Class A Allegro Bus motor home
Here is our DEPARTURE checklist:
- Turn off water heater
- Turn refrigerator to LP position if it doesn't switch automatically
- Secure all sliding doors (between bathroom, bedroom etc)
- Remove everything from counter tops
- Ensure all drawers, cupboards and cabinet doors are closed
- Roll up mats, rugs etc and store
- Move driver and passenger seats forward
- Ensure local TV antenna is collapsed and folded down on top roof outside of coach
- Store all outside hookups (water hose, electrical cord, sewer hose)
- Turn ignition key to ACC position (or as we prefer--START engine)
- Look at gauges to make sure air pressure gets up to correct inflation (depends on your coach but that may be anywhere from 110 psi to 125 psi)
- Close all slides. Watch from the outside (unless you are a solo) to make sure all close completely. If necessary, do it again.
- Start motor home (if you haven't already) and press "STORE" button once on HWH panel
- Check outside to see that all jacks are fully retracted
***NOTE*** This is where we had trouble one time and the airbags did fill correctly. Make sure you allow enough time [as in, DO IT SLOWLY for the airbags to go through their sequence and properly inflate ***NOTE***
(This is where we ran into trouble and our coach was still low to the ground after we completed the sequence. Our problem was that we went through the sequence too quickly. Another remedy may be to ***start the whole sequence over***)
Checklist - continued:
- you should be able to see the airbags
- Remove slats from under the jacks and stow
- Confirm the HWH system is operating correctly and continuing to blink (it may take a full 5 minutes and then will go to the STORE mode)
- Check underneath the motor home for any under neat the coach or laying on the ground
- Confirm all bay doors are completely closed and locked
- Pull out of campsite
- Line up toad
- Hook up tow bar and lights
- Set up toad for towing
- Check brake lights
- Set up auxiliary braking system (we have Blue Ox Patriot system)
- Confirm Tire Pressure Monitoring System is working (we have Pressure Pro)
- Confirm directions for the travel day
- Say a prayer (... no kidding, every day we ask for God's protection and safety)
Be alert, go slowly, relax, ENJOY YOURSELF and have the time of your life - WE ARE!!
So do YOU have a checklist? If not, why not?
What did I miss?
We find that we need it all the time so we don't get over confident or careless. After all, we have been at this as full-timers almost 11 months now :)....
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