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Old 10-18-2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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We just took delivery of our 2015 Coachman Clipper 17bh. The owners' manual we received isn't specific for this model. Any idea where a manual for this model might be available? We did have orientation with the dealer, but some things are not making sense to us, and I know some things were skipped.

The most pressing question was upon arrival last night the overhead lights inside the trailer would not run on our battery, (the radio light was on, so we know we were getting power) but did work on the plugged in power. What's with that? The fuses are under the table, and not easy to find or read for the over 50s. Is there a simple way to fix that?

There is an Intelli-system monitor thing inside the door, which we kind of understand, but the manuals don't cover that either. We do know how to check the levels on the darn thing, and now know the hot water heater is turned on by flipping the propane switch.
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Old 10-18-2015, 09:08 AM   #2
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Don't think any of any mfgs manuals are of any use--most are so generic as to be a waste of paper.
Overhead lights--12volt or 120volt? Possibly the lights are 120volt only, and only work when plugged into campground power. The lights in our Suites are all 12volt, so they always work unless batteries run down.
No way to move the fuse block, but a one-time lookover by a younger person with good eyesight could possibly make a diagram of what is there. Get a pair of long-nosed needle-nosed pliers to grasp the fuses so you can take a look at them. Also, there may be a small red light next to each fuse that would be on if the fuse is bad, and you can buy replacement fuses that have a light in them when they blow.
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:29 PM   #3
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Generic manuals seem to be the norm. What you really need are manuals for all of the extras that weren't made by the rv manufacturer but installed by them. Everything else is fairly generic, you just have to find where they put it, or ask about them places like here or the folks that sold the rv to you.
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Old 10-18-2015, 05:50 PM   #4
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are your lights double switched ? we have a couple of them that are in our TT.
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Old 10-18-2015, 06:42 PM   #5
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IRV2 is your manual. Yes the manufacturer's manual are too general to be of much use. Your inside lights should be 12 Volts and work on the battery. The inverter will drop the 110 volt shore power to 12 Volts to the lights. Make sure that there is not a master switch to the lights on by the doorway.
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I am 99% sure that your TT uses only 12 volt lighting this is TT standard design so you can use all the lights when dry camping. Did you use any of the lights at the pre delivery walk thru and did they work then?
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My overhead lites have a master switch by the door. If that switch is off of the overhead lights will not work

Also I found with hard to read items i use my phone to take a picture and then I Zoom in on the picture to see what it says
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don't know what double switched is...

thanks everyone. next time I go out, will try everything you suggested.
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Old 10-19-2015, 12:25 AM   #9
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Buying a trailer

While we have only bought just one trailer - a bright yellow2013 1805FB Minnie - i had the uncharacteristic brilliance to do two things that I steongly recommend to anyone buying a new unit:

1. Insist on a demonstration and test of every, EVERY, system on the unit during the acceptance walk through - hot water, radio, TV, awning, all taps, all drains, does oven work? Does fridge get cold? On and on... Do NOT let the dealer put you off because it takes too much time. We found several things that didn't work. By the sound of many of the comments on these fora, many people find problems once they get their unit home - or worse yet, on their first trip. These trailers are built by humans, in a hurry, with very light materials. Expect some things not to work. Expect to have to make repairs. (I have also made many modifications, but that is another post).
2. Video the entire walk through. Break this up into the different systems. Hooking up, propane system, awning, roof top, etc, etc. We reviewed this video many times until we got enough experience to remember things. Even now after 20,000 km we occassionally look back to check to see how things were when we first took delivery of the trailer.

Have fun out there.

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