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Old 01-03-2014, 11:44 PM   #15
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Once the coach is where I want it. The first thing I do is connect to shore power. The wife demands HVAC at all times. The order of all the other steps depends on my mood.


This is pretty much what I do.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:56 PM   #16
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1. Set Parking Brake.
2. Check Position on lot and adjust if needed.
3. Level with engine running per '14 Itasca instructions.
4. While running the leveling program, I set up in order, power, water, cable if needed then finish utilities with sewer hook-up.
5. Extend slides, with engine running, again per Itasca instructions.
6. Shut down engine.

7. Open much needed Bud Light.
I agree with everything but the Bud Light, I prefer a beer at that time.

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Old 01-04-2014, 02:22 PM   #17
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We're newbies and will be picking up our new 35 ft Palazzo 33.3 next month. This was the first time I've started up and shut down a vehicle with air brakes and suspension. I got the startup sequence during the test drive on video but the sales guy actually parked it and shut it down and we didn't capture it.

What sequence do you experienced DP owners use when you park in your campsite? I think it starts like:

1) Put coach in neutral
2) Set parking brake
3) Lower air
4) Level coach with jacks
5) Chock wheels
6) Turn off coach
7) Plug in shore power
8) Hook up water/sewer/cable
9) Put out slides

etc...

What am I missing or have sequenced incorrectly? Or if there's a thread that already has this in it just point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!
1st for me after i find the site is to walk around it and make sure i know of any obstructions or soft areas, check the power pedestal for power

but our coach label also states, to level first then run out the slides
sort of makes sens for me since we have six and the coach doing the wiggle left right would imo tend to add extra momentum to the event if they were all out
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:24 PM   #18
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I do the inverse. I grab a beer,sit at the picnic table and ask my wife to let me know when she's done.
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You guys are great! I like the last post best - let the DW get it the way she wants it!

Unfortunately the Thor manual is not very explicit except to say slides should be extended and retracted with the coach as level as possible. Guess I will ask the tech when we stay overnight up in Alvarado.
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- Set parking brake, then check placement in case I have to move in any direction to clear obstacles or place coach to better get to utilities.
- Press auto level (air bag leveling)
- While coach is leveling, check electric with meter, then hook up electric.
- Once coach has leveled itself, put front slides, then rear slides out. Coach will re-level itself about 1/2 hour after slides are out.
- Shut off engine (this could be done after electric is hooked up, and prior to slides if I wish)
- Hook up water and switch over from bypass (can re-fill tank at this time)
- Hook up sewer and cable
- Double check everything
- Install front window UV screens
- Install all tire screens (do not have covers, have screens made from same material as windows screens. This allows UV protection but still allows air circulation around tires.
- ensure satellite is locked. Do a channel search for cable channels. Perhaps raise digital antenna and include this in channel search.

Sit and watch DW finish inside setup.

The rest of the setup (screen room, chairs, grill, etc may come later today or tomorrow)

This is plenty for one day! Time for the aforementioned brewski and TV watching!
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Scope the campsite - where do I want the coach positioned for slide clearance, etc. does the space rise or drop making it had to level if pulled in to far, etc.

Put the coach there.

Connect power.

Level. Slides out.

Set out my easy chair to rest in occasionally while I do the rest of the outside stuff. No particular order to doing the stuff.

DW handles most of the inside stuff.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:20 AM   #22
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First things first, THANKS cavedr for the YouTube link on the 50 amp receptacle test. That's very useful and something a lot of folks don't know including campground maintenance guys. If is sounds like I'm talking from experience I am. We hooked up to a 50 amp circuit where the ground wire was attached to the plug and not the ground wire itself fortunately nothing smoked and haven't had any problems, but we also had no power at site. Maintenance guy insisted it must be my coach. Long story short we changed sites and voila very thing worked fine.

Just my 2 cents and I realize I have a gasser not a diesel but I prefer to hook up utilities before slides go out so I don't have to work under the slide and (usually) hit my head. Rest of the order probably doesn't pertain except the beer!

One quick question. I am fairly new to the forum and I can pick up on most of the acronyms BUT is there a link or an FAQ out there that lists the ones you guys use? Must admit I've been stumped on a few on them.
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1. Plug in the Progressive Industries EMS to see if the pedestal power is okay.

2. Other stuff.
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1. Plug in the Progressive Industries EMS to see if the pedestal power is okay. 2. Other stuff.
#1. A good one. A important detail I left out of my sequence. One of the reason to connect power before doing much else.
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1. Plug in the Progressive Industries EMS to see if the pedestal power is okay.

2. Other stuff.
That's good advice! Mine is permanently installed so I can skip that step!
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That's good advice! Mine is permanently installed so I can skip that step!
But plugging in is the first step, whether it is inside or on the pedestal, right? Otherwise ya gotta move if the power is bad.
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I suspect if you have a small slide it may not make a difference. Many of the newer MHs have slides that are approx 20' long or longer. Chassis flex when leveled. I'm no expert but I suspect some of slide problems that are encountered in RVs is because owners don't follow manufacturer instructions. Once the chassis is flexed I can understand why slides don't move in and out smoothly. Old time RVers only had to deal with approx 8' slides. Flex in the chassis didn't make much difference. The best advise is follow what your manufacturer recommends no matter what the RVer next door tells you. Their manufacturer may have different instructions.
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For safety be sure you turn the breaker off at post before you plug your unit in and turn it off before you unplug it.
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