Reading the Owner's Manual
Handle Issues Easier By Learning About Your Vehicle
Rewritten by Joseph Garnett, Jr. - From the Archives
Sep 24, 2015
For some people, the giant stack of RV manuals the dealer gives you when buying a new towable RV or motorhome can be daunting. It may even bring back memories of when they were a kid staring at an intimidating stack of encyclopedias. And, yes, these manuals do contain very useful information, the thought of reading them causes procrastination. They’ll get around to it eventually…right?
Unfortunately, most RVers don’t consider picking up the manual until something goes wrong. Often, when they figure out what is wrong, they discover that if they had read the manual earlier, the problem could have been avoided or repaired for minimal expense or inconvenience. Instead, they become more frustrated and confused and find themselves trying to describe funny-sound noises to a service expert.
Most manuals don’t need to be read cover-to-cover. And certainly not before leaving the dealership. However, just tossing them on the shelf, using them as a paper weight or to prop open the RV door, or in the booster seat for the toddler in your family, you will likely have a feeling of panic and making strange noises at the service department when a problem arises.
Some people may think that “the manual looks like it’s written in Greek and that the diagrams and drawing look like rocket-science engineering.” So, yes, not everyone enjoys cuddling up on the sofa to enjoy reading a boring manual.
However, getting to know what’s in the RV manual will be able to know what part goes with a specific system and how each system functions together to get you safely to your next destination.
So, whenever you have another issue with your RV, and you will – whether it’s a power loss, brakes, a bumpy ride or the motorhome just won’t start - the manual can aid you in figuring out if something is definitely wrong to maybe that can become a problem. Suddenly, by knowing what’s in the manual, the tension that arises when you hear a strange noise may dissipate somewhat as the manual would have provided an idea. Nonetheless, at least you will be able to tell the service expert which part actually went “kerplunk.”
If you misplace the manual to your RV or Luxury motorhome, contact the manufacturer with the year, make and model. Some of the manufacturers now have the manuals posted online in a PDF form ready to be downloaded to your computer. Also, if you have put any third-party appliances or devices in your RV, it is also best to keep those manuals, too.
Our Experienced Service Experts Can Help
Regardless if you have read the manual or not, when there is an issue with your RV or motorhome, please visit our service experts at our Lazydays Tampa or Tucson locations. They are very patient and can help you discover and repair what’s causing that strange sound.
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