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Old 10-01-2012, 11:10 AM   #15
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Kris,

Ley my wife and I be one of many to welcome you to this site... Well you have come to the right polace for help as we do the same time to time in time you will thru all I had some what of a slimar deal but not to the extent you had my friend I alrady learned alot from my parents and family growing up and with this site you will get what you need in the long run good hunting best to come
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:22 AM   #16
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Welcome to the forum Kris, like everyone says. Take a deep breath and then start writing down a list of things you don't understand, or that don't work. Then take each item by itself and ask questions on the forum. We've all been there and some with the same rig you have. We've lived in ours full time for 4 1/2 years now and still find things we aren't sure of. Have fun and enjoy the adventure. Steve
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #17
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Hey Kris! We could be sisters! I used my inheiritance to buy my RV, never having been in one. I quit my job and took off and thanks to the kind, patient and knowledgeable folks here, I have LOVED the full-time RV life for 18 months. Oh and I have a bad back, also.

I will send you my cell phone number in a private message. Call anytime you need help. For now -- look at your entry steps. If there is anything that can be unscrewed, mine has 2 black quarter sized rubber knobs, your batteries are under the step. Propane refills require that they shut off the supply at the above mentioned valve. Most fillers forget to turn it back on. My battery disconnect is on the left side of the steps. And you should NOT have to get under the rig to empty the holding tanks. Open the storage doors on the drivers side. One should have connections and valves inside.

My best suggestion is read the forums here. Most of what you need to know has been asked and answered. But never hestitake to ask for help.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #18
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Hi Kris and welcome! I like what Tom had to say regarding "life's little curve ball". Well put! You are in the right spot. There are many ways to help assist one with grey and black tank disposal. Get involved withe the Class C forum ASAP many answers and directions will straighten out that curve ball!

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:49 PM   #19
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Welcome, Kris. At least you did one thing right that will save you a lot of grief compared to what I did. We also started out with a short(ish) Class C and it was a Fleetwood Jamboree. It was a sub-model they only made for one year (1985) and it had a Ford 460 engine. It was pre-electronic fuel injection and had a carburator, with enough smog gear to keep an ocean liner's emissions down.

As a friend said, "Carburator is French irregular verb that means leave well enough alone". We had so many engine-related problems, and we got to hate the floorplan with a passion, we ended up selling it after two seasons for less than half what we originally paid for it, and didn't recover any of the additional $2000 in repairs.

We love the RV lifestyle and have finally made it to a 32' Class A. It gets better gas mileage than the Class C (7.5 mpg consistently compared to 6 on a good day and less than 5 in the mountains).

You will become familiar with all the various systems in a relatively short time-span. Learning by doing is a good way to get the knowledge. Keep asking questions on here, where the members are the most helpful I've found of the three RV newsgroups I read.
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #20
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Welcome and Greetings from Northern California. To eat an elephant you just take one bite at a time. Learning how a complex RV works can take a long time. I am surprised sometimes how little some folks know about them. They can be basic or extremely complex. Learning one system and having confidence how that works will just move you along. Your new home has many of the same things you have at home but these shake rattle and roll. Even after 30 years and 6 rvs our current RV took me at least a year to be comfortable with all the systems and I still am learning.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:33 AM   #21
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Welcome to our family (forum) and as others have said…one step at a time. When I joined I quickly became amazed at how friendly and knowledgeable all the folks were and their willingness to assist or to get me assistance.

I hope by now you have started to post on the Class “C” area of our forum and/or other specialized areas based on your particular question. This is the quickest way to get the best advice, instructions, help, etc. Adding to this, there have been thousands of posts so I would use the search function first to see if your particular issue has already been discussed.

I am not familiar with the Black and Gray hookups on your coach but one would think that they could be extended out to the edge of your rig for ease of hookup.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #22
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This site will help you out tons. Just be patient and read everything. I will give a little important advice. Make sure that your rig is level before you use the fridge, or you will ruin it. Also be sure to check water levels in your batteries when you find them. I have a class a and cannot tell you where they are. I had an old 82 class c at one time and the battery was in a side panel. Good luck.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:03 PM   #23
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Hi Kris! Welcome to IRV2! We're really glad you chose to join the bunch here! Congrats on the new rig! Sure wish you were close enough for me to attempt to help with your problems, but I'm sure someone in that part of the country will volunteer! Just don't be overwhelmed, take it one step at a time and you'll get there! I would suggest that you post questions over in the appropriate areas of the forum for better responses. Not too many folks hang out here. You'll probably want to post in the Class C motorhome section and RV Systems and Appliances area.
Is there a local Good Sam club anywhere around you? That would be a good place to get some help. Good luck & God bless!

Thanks so much for the wonderful welcome. Will definitely post questions where I can get the most help !!!!
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:05 PM   #24
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I want so much to thank all of you individually for your kindness...but I am overwhelmed today with responsibilities and just can't do you all justice. Thank each and every one of you for your suggestions...be sure I will try them ALL !!! (Until something works, of course!!!)

See ya !!!
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Here's a link to your unit's manual. These tend to answer a lot of your questions.

http://fleetwoodrv.com/partsandservi...E_SEARCHER.pdf
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Hi Kris!

I googled your make and model and this is what i found:

http://fleetwoodrv.com/partsandservi...E_SEARCHER.pdf

It will not have all of the info you need. But, It's a place to start.

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I googled your make and model and this is what i found:

http://fleetwoodrv.com/partsandservi...E_SEARCHER.pdf

It will not have all of the info you need. But, It's a place to start.

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You guys are awesome!!!!!

Fortunately, the previous owner kept ALL the manuals for EVERYTHING ! I was really impressed by that.

My SIL and I checked it out as best we could figure, and there are references to switches and such that we simply could not find. Primarily the battery switch over...since there is no power to the LP leak detector. No propane flows to any appliance, and I just had the tank filled.

May go ahead and take her in next week. I am wanting to go on a week or better trip, possibly boondocking in the mountains, so need to get it done. Who needs to pay bills when adventure awaits !!!!
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