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Old 06-05-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Class A Essentials?

Hello All:
We are "graduating" from a Class C motorhome to our first Class A.

Are there any specific items, tools, etc. that are needed for normal operations? I am guessing I need a small ladder to clean windows, reach the awnings, and check the slide tops as needed, but are there any other items specific to a Class A (Berkshire)? I have all of the equipment we needed for the Class C and would like to ensure we have any additional necessities or 'home improvements'.
Any tools or equipment specific to the diesel engine?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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we did the same. went from a jayco greyhawk 31ss class c to the berkshire. huge difference in space and power. build quality was nicer on the jayco, but we won't go back, that's for sure. i just realized the jayco was better outfitted than most other class c's and took for granted what it came with as standard (ie: inverter, onan 4000 generator, whole coach water filter, etc).

depending on how well you were outfitted in the class c would determine what you would need with the berkshire. the only thing we really needed were the dog bone power converters in case we were stuck at a camp ground with only 30amp service.

yes, the ladder is a good idea.


in terms of maintenance, you are going to be doing alot more:
- oil, oil filter, and 2 fuel filters at the same time
- generator is alot more complicated now too and has more filters to change as well.
- tire air pressures are more critical as you are carrying alot more weight and depending on the model unit, you may be very close to max weight when empty.
- batteries are getting charged by a much more powerful charger so watch for boil overs and refill the water when necessary.
- you got more slides now. more moving parts need to stay clean and lubricated.

lots of things are obvious to us but not top of mind, so just ask...
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info himcules. I'm also planning on attending the Freightliner class later this year as I have a LOT to learn!
I really like this forum and especially the willingness of all of the owners to provide generous and helpful advice. Hopefully I will be able to do the same as I gain experience.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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i inquired about the freightliner class too. for 2013 it's only in SC. I was hoping for one on the west coast so I can make it.

oh i forgot on the maintenance: you have air tanks that need to be purged as well. the manual states daily purging. in real practice, it's more like once a week/month deal...
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This is from Freightliners 'Knowing your chassis' write up:

'FACT: FCCC provides automatic moisture ejectors this eliminates the need
to drain tanks drain cables provided which allow tanks to be drained from
above every 6 MONTHS'

http://freightlinerchassis.com/docum...4504000000.pdf

This is on page 30.

Take a look through this write up. It has a lot of good info.
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We have a 6' ladder that fits in the basement storage area. Normal set of tools to include volt meter, wrench to take out the anode rod, wrench to take out the water heater element (can get one at a plumbing supply store) can't think of anything else that's other than the regular set of tools. I have taken to when something breaks, buy two providing they don't cost much then we have one that we will never need (LOL) HAPPY CAMPING

Added: air hose, 50' and attachments to air tires
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Consider an air hose with the adapter to allow you to add air to your tires removing the need to go to the service station, it just increases the stand alone capabilities of the unit.

I have the hose, this weekend task is to get the remaining fittings & assemble the parts.

Enjoy your Class A Bershire, we really enjoy our 2011 390RB-60.

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This is the ladder I carry. Folds up nice and neat and it's easy to store.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...p-ladder/20318
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Consider an air hose with the adapter to allow you to add air to your tires removing the need to go to the service station, it just increases the stand alone capabilities of the unit.

I have the hose, this weekend task is to get the remaining fittings & assemble the parts.

Enjoy your Class A Bershire, we really enjoy our 2011 390RB-60.

George & Diana
you need to time your inflation with the tank refill cycle and to stop when its dropping low... otherwise, you may deflate your tires if the pressure in the tanks is lower than what is in your tires. not very intuitive nor quick to do... much easier to do this from a service station (or external compressor capable of 110+ psi) that has much higher pressure than what the onboard compressor holds in the tanks.
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RK-

This is from Freightliners 'Knowing your chassis' write up:

'FACT: FCCC provides automatic moisture ejectors this eliminates the need
to drain tanks drain cables provided which allow tanks to be drained from
above every 6 MONTHS'

http://freightlinerchassis.com/docum...4504000000.pdf

This is on page 30.

Take a look through this write up. It has a lot of good info.
EXCELLENT!!!! i knew the original manual was asking for a bit too much with the daily draining of the tanks!
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