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Old 11-15-2014, 10:33 AM   #1
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Just wondering.....I'm a wonderer!

Owners and Accessories Manuals do you read them? Or do you use them to light the campfire?

The rest is optional reading

When I acquire a vehicle, equipment or tools, I read the manual over and over again till it is stored in the chip under my hair (still have lots of it).
I am organized and put my RV manuals in a binder with sheet protectors.
Model#, SN# and other information from all accessories I have an instant access to in case something fails and or need to order parts.
I'm fortuned to be technical inclined (engineering has been my trade) and do all maintenance, repairs or remodelling myself (darn..the neighbours know that too).
I am one of those boys with lots of toys (tools) that what the DW says.
It always did fascinate me how things work and how they are put together, and always search deeper in to a particular subject. And I always say for everything is a solution and everything can be fixed. Sometimes cost wise it might not make sense to repair.
We might complain how RVís are put together because we are paying a lot of $$$ for them.
Distribution and transport cost a lot of money. But figure it this way; if a custom RV shop would built your RV it would be double of that your paying now. Jayco has looked after their customers pretty good and their product is far better than I have seen of other manufactures. There are always people who are never happy and will present it in an angry way to a service representative, which is the wrong way to go about it. If you have concerns about products you buy, do it in a kind way. In a gentle but firm negotiating, problems usual solve quicker and many times you will gain more.
I rather have a generous discount than warranty, because I enjoy doing all the repairs myself. It also gives me the advantage that I know the condition of my vehicles and be safe on the road for long trips. But remember anything can break down no matter if it is mechanical or electronic. Add extreme heat or cold to that factor which will make things more vulnerable. And yes I recommend to read the manuals...........it might come in handy in the nowhere.
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
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I thumb through them to catch the new stuff, but do keep them in the portfolio they came in. After 41 years many things are redundant.

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Old 11-15-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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I read mine,my wife also reads them, when i worked for ford owners would bring in a truck and say hey ( this does not work right) My first question have you looked at the owners manuel , most have not, They are there for a reason ...
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Old 11-15-2014, 02:45 PM   #4
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Never...but I keep them safe as the next buyer will ask for them...then never read them...
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Old 11-15-2014, 03:00 PM   #5
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When I bought my trailer I set it up in the driveway, ran the awning out, got a comfy chair and a cold beer and read them all.

Most are of little value. Little useful information.
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Old 11-15-2014, 04:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Paulx213 View Post
When I bought my trailer I set it up in the driveway, ran the awning out, got a comfy chair and a cold beer and read them all.

Most are of little value. Little useful information.
Almost the same thing I did but I walked in, under, around & over the trailer with manual in one hand a screwdriver in my back pocket because in my other hand was a cold IPA. I carry all the manuals with me and I have the best tech support I could ever ask for and that's my " jaycoowners fourm" , your with me 24/7 and that gives me peace of mind whenever I travel.
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Old 11-15-2014, 05:50 PM   #7
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I keep them all in a folder that travels with us. I have scanned them and read in detail most of them as needed. The Dexter manual is particularly helpful with specs and details on brakes, hubs etc.

Most of the owners manual is generic and need more rig specific detail but don't hold your breath waiting on it, That has been a complaint since the first one was written.

There are many knowledgeable folks on forums, mostly owners that have seen a lot of problems and know how to zero in on the problem quickly. Only problem is filtering all the other info you get.

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Old 11-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #8
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Called each manufacturer to my surprise many already had me registered by dealer. Btw I would be tempted to pay double if what I bought was absolutely perfect. But you know the Greyhawk feels pretty good. OK it's new but still for the time being I believe I have received real value for my dollars. Plus...the experiences the rig affords us would be hard to measure in dollars
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Old 11-15-2014, 11:41 PM   #9
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I can't say that I have read the entire owner's manual but I have looked it over a couple of times and read up on sections that related to things I was doing. I do keep it in a folder with all of the other documents for the trailer and bring it with me when camping.
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The owners manual per say is written to cover several years i think - pretty much vague information. What I do like however is the appliances sheets on everything installed on your particular trailer. I definitely keep those handy and add to them when I find other pertinent info about them.

I think I got all of mine technical info stored in one of those large snap plastic boxes.. Comes in handy when looking for replacement parts...

Was just looking at my POPUP P55000 Power Winch sheets discussing some points on another thread this morning.

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