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Old 06-10-2012, 08:59 AM   #1
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The woes of learning a coach

Got to pass on this funny story of how I can be an idiot. We bought a 2005 DS a few months back. It's a great coach and I'm loving more each day, but certain things I guess you have to figure out yourself. So, there's a switch outside the shower that's marked "heat pads". Since we have ceramic tile floors, I thought "man this is nice, heated floor outside the shower". Well I turned on the switch one day and the floor never heated up. Couple of days later I checked the circuit breaker, (it was on), and hit the switch again. I waited about an hour and then got on my hands and knees to feel if the floor heated up, it didn't. All day I kept thinking about it and wondering if it was worth trying to fix it. So I went on Newmar's website and found out that the "heating pads" were to keep the tanks warm, not the floor outside the shower. Every time I had it on the only thing I did was warm up my poop. Who knows one day I might need to heat up the tanks.
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Charlie, I can sure relate!

The very first thing I learned was that you have to check and make sure your basement lights are off when you are done.

I remember driving away after our first purchase. I almost wished I had video'd the walkthrough with the previous owner. It was daunting to say the least. I learned as much about every sytem I could. Learned tons from this website and a lot from trial and error and self diagnosis.

Then I sold that unit and bought one a few years newer.

Man, technology changes so fast, I'm having to learn all over again cause with a different brand of coach, a few years newer, nothing is the same except the concept!
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Old 06-21-2012, 08:56 AM   #3
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Living in the north I put my coach away for the winter mid November, and take it out beginning of April. That said, every year it's like starting all over again, having to relearn all the systems, trying to remember all the tricks from previous years. I just chalk the experience up to helping keep my mind active and young. I've even tried writing it all down....NAH I'll remember it.
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Not to worry, most folks don't know what that switch means. In our coach, I have labled the switches "DO NOT USE" as some guests thought they heated something......
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Living in the north I put my coach away for the winter mid November, and take it out beginning of April. That said, every year it's like starting all over again, having to relearn all the systems, trying to remember all the tricks from previous years. I just chalk the experience up to helping keep my mind active and young. I've even tried writing it all down....NAH I'll remember it.
I hate to say this but you doing it wrong. November is the time to flash it up and point it south, and drive till the people you talk to don't know the meaning of the word " frost" or a least till the local golf course has no posted closing dates.
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