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Old 09-22-2015, 11:31 AM   #1
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Canyon Star minor questions from first overnight use

We took our first overnight weekend "test run" trip to the local lake in our new Canyon Star this past weekend. No issues at all and great weather equals a 100% satisfied so far buyer!


I do have a couple of minor questions that I have not easily found in searches here (sorry if it's been covered and I missed it in my search, and if the questions are minor and dumb)



1. Adding a some bleach to water tank? In years past my RV's had the separate fill opening that you just put a garden hose in and filled it up, so could easily add a small bit of bleach there when I wanted. With the single water fill access point being a twist on hose connection (which i love) to both have campground pressure and to fill tank, how do you add some bleach easiest?


2. I didn't expect to have the engine braking feature on a V10 gas engine (I guess that is what is going on), when not being in tow/haul mode. Coming down some small hills in the Ozarks, it would really shift down on its own one or more gears, and stay shifted down longer than I might have wanted. Is there a system or procedure to get it to shift when and how you want?



3. I know the tech told me during our delivery walk thru, but I can't remember. On the drivers left side, right next to the controls for the levelers, there is one small rocker switch that I don't remember what it does?

4. Is there anyway to adjust the rear view camera? I dont tow so would like to see farther behind me

Thanks for any replies in advance and for all the great information I have found reading back months and months here!!!!
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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Being a fellow Arkansan (Bentonville), let me try to answer a couple of these.

1. I have always used a filter that has a small, bendable extension. I have put the bleach in this and then added the hose behind it to force it in.

2. If you have an engine brake, you should have a switch or device to disable it. Mine is labeled in Ventana LE.

4. A ladder and tools is what you need to adjust it. Keep in mind that you may lose sight of what is immediately behind you if you adjust it.

We may see you around while traveling the Ozarks.
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Old 09-22-2015, 11:44 AM   #3
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Hi ArkTerry,
I might be able to help with a couple of your questions.
1. Add bleach or any sanitizer to the water hose and let the flow of water take it into the tank. Before doing this remove the whole coach water filter.
4. There should be a way to adjust the viewing angle of the camera. One will need to remove the outer fašade. I am not familiar with the brand of camera installed in your coach. Consider calling Newmar CS for the correct instructions.
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Do they put the intake for winterizing on the Canyon Stars? We've had two Dutch Stars and both had an intake that was put in to winterize the system but could also be used to put bleach in.
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3. If it is a red switch it is the defroster for the side view mirrors.
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We took our first overnight weekend "test run" trip to the local lake in our new Canyon Star this past weekend. No issues at all and great weather equals a 100% satisfied so far buyer!
Congratulations on your new coach!

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I do have a couple of minor questions that I have not easily found in searches here (sorry if it's been covered and I missed it in my search, and if the questions are minor and dumb)
I'll answer these from experience with the Bay Star, though I think the answers all apply to your Canyon Star.

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1. Adding a some bleach to water tank? In years past my RV's had the separate fill opening that you just put a garden hose in and filled it up, so could easily add a small bit of bleach there when I wanted. With the single water fill access point being a twist on hose connection (which i love) to both have campground pressure and to fill tank, how do you add some bleach easiest?
I used the winterizing kit. Fill the tank mostly full, then sucked a lightly-diluted solution of bleach. Using this procedure: How To Sanitize An RV Fresh Water Tank - TheRVgeeks

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2. I didn't expect to have the engine braking feature on a V10 gas engine (I guess that is what is going on), when not being in tow/haul mode. Coming down some small hills in the Ozarks, it would really shift down on its own one or more gears, and stay shifted down longer than I might have wanted. Is there a system or procedure to get it to shift when and how you want?
Oh you HAVE an engine brake. Gas engines are naturally a compression brake I have found tow/haul mode to be the perfect way to descend hills. If it stays too low for too long, I just turn tow/haul OFF, then back on again shortly after.

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3. I know the tech told me during our delivery walk thru, but I can't remember. On the drivers left side, right next to the controls for the levelers, there is one small rocker switch that I don't remember what it does?
Mirror heater.
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Congrats!!!! Post some Pics. Vacay above covered all your questions. Just to add.....
Another way I add Bleach to my tank. I take a empty hose and pour 2oz. or less of Bleach into the hose. then I connect it to the coach and turn the water on.

I carry a squirt bottle with a bleach / water mixture in the water compartment. I try to always the water connection before connecting. You never know what dog who may have down the water spigot pole!
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#2. Believe it is the mirror heater switch as others have said.
#4. I asked the dealer if there was an inside aiming button for the camera because I wanted to see a little further back as well. However, they said there is no control mechanism for it. It would seem that you should somehow be able to remove the cover plate outside and make some adjustment to the mount. I've never tried it personally but if you do and you find out it can be adjusted please let us all know.
Good luck with your Canyon Star. We have absolutely loved ours since buying it as a new coach. Safe travels.
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Sorry... missed the Camera.............. Probably the last 3 coaches I had readjust the cameras.
On the CS I adjusted within the first 200 miles. Was not even home yet from pickup. It did not take much pressure to raise about 1/4" up.

I can now see my Towbar, my Toad and also see when the Toad has cleared a car when changing or moving in the lanes.
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Congrats!

Glad to hear your maiden voyage went well.

As I recall your CS is a 3921 which we have also been investigating. We did look at some Forest River XLR Thunderbolt 5ers today just to do our due diligence. They have some nice features and a bigger garage, but we've quickly turned our attention back to the CS.

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Thanks everyone for your replies. Here is a pic from delivery day!
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SHARP!!!!! I am envious on the Paint Scheme!
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Very nice looking coach!!!

Congrats and safe travels.
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Here is a pic from delivery day!
Wow!! That's a sharp looking coach! Congratualations
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