Originally Posted by 5456Mich
Seems like there is a strict sequence of how these coaches need to be started. Or not ? Should be picking ours up in a week or so. Doesn't sound though like you can just hop in like a regular car / truck and go.
Do the manuals that come with the coach spell it all out?
Joe it's not that big of a deal. You really need to do a walk around inspection immediately before pulling out; don't forget to look UP as well as down. Make sure all doors are secure; your electric cable is stowed (don't laugh; people HAVE driven off with it connected), etc. Just take it slow and use common sense.
As far as starting; you cannot retract the slides with the ignition on. So, pull them in.... Then start the coach and let it air up; either watch the gauges for listen for the air governor to "blow off". Last hit "retract all" on the jack panel.
We keep a small notepad stuck to the refrigerator of key items we're most likely to forget. For example, I pull the 12V plug that powers my Winegard antenna, so it's not searching continuously while I'm driving and burning up the motor. That could be easy to forget.
When I had my problem the other day, it was mostly due to my getting rattled and not thinking clearly.
Having said that, however, driving a coach is NOT the same as just jumping in a car and taking off. Everything should be slow, deliberate and thoughtful.