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Old 11-20-2020, 07:15 AM   #1
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Just joined this forum, have enjoyed reading as we settle in with our 1996 National Tropical 235....
We have had some issues, most of which we have figured out...We were advised to obtain an owners manual but the links in this thread only point to 2005 manuals, the National RV club has no manuals and we cannot find any either online or for sale...can anyone help us please?
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Your best bet is to go to each individual equipment website and see if they have the manuals. Water heater, furnace, frig, airconditioners....etc. Even the chassis, Ford, Chevy, etc.

You may now know that most if not all of the 'owners' manuals are generic in nature. Even some I've owned used different coach pictures for things like holding tank draining and winterization.

Hopefully someone who has one like you and has the manuals will help out. IF not, you'll need to start your own compilation.

Also, your 1996 Tropical probably has a 1995 chassis. Most are like that...they buy a lot of chassis and use them as they build. OUr 2019 has a 2018 chassis and engine.


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Old 11-20-2020, 09:40 AM   #3
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Here's a link to a 1996 National Dolphin manual and the models are near identical. The Tropical is a bit more upscale but otherwise very much alike.


https://www.scribd.com/doc/98993195/...-Manual-1-of-2

Depending on what you want to know, the owner manual may be little or no help. The National RV manuals weren't totally generic - they usually covered dashboard switches and such - but they were very light on other aspects.
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Welcome to the forum, congrats on your new rv.
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:25 AM   #5
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Just as CC38EL stated. Start compiling manuals for the systems in your motorhome. Most parts are off the shelf or automotive.
Not sure what chassis is on your coach but there are forums for alot of different chassis here along with powertrain groups to help with getting what you may need.

Enjoy the Coach,
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Old 11-20-2020, 11:41 AM   #6
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Found this link in an old thread the guy had a trade winds and downloaded a bunch of manual for systems in his motorhome said owners manuals will not be the same but maybe some of the systems are the same:


https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=AE67F...2766057%212101

Someplace to start maybe. Copy what you need,
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Check out https://goodoldrvs.ning.com/page/rv-repair-manuals and https://myrvworks.com/manuals/ and http://bryantrv.com/sitemap.html
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Thanks to all for your thoughtful replies...I will check out the links...the compilation is a good idea...right now it is specifically the hot water heater I need to know about & have nooo idea what brand it is; I can tell previous little from the part I Can see from the access panel on the outside of the RV...
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Did you know about the National RV owners forum?

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f105/

And here's the 1997 Tropical brochure...not the same but close.

https://www.rvroundtable.com/wp-cont...alBrochure.pdf
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Many owner's manuals are too generic to be much use. I would write down the make and model numbers of all the individual systems and Google for manuals! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Sandy,
Good bet the water heater is an Atwood
Click on te link I posted in #6 then click on the Atwood folder then on water heater and down load the PDF

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For more help you can try in the rv systems and appliance forum on this site:
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f54/

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