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Old 02-12-2017, 06:33 AM   #1
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MH question

This question came to me last night during a mild nightmare.
We are looking to buy a MH and have been in quite a few. Almost all have a panel at eye level or lower that control the slides, awning, battery disconnect, generator etc etc. MY grandson is a lot like his grandpa was at his age with an exceptional ability to take stupid and make it an art form. Can any of those switches be activated while the MH is driving down the road? What would happen if the battery disconnect was switched to off? Is it possible to open slides and awnings while driving?
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:58 AM   #2
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The slides are deactivated with the ignition switch on and the levelers require the parking brake to be engaged. I believe this is common on all MH's. It is on FR's.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:02 AM   #3
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Now the awning, that's another story.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:14 AM   #4
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Personally it would be a lot easier to deal with your grandson. There are a lot of buttons in this world that shouldn't be pushed and he needs to learn that as soon as possible.

Turning the battery disconnect switch off will prevent virtually everything in the coach from responding to those buttons, but it will also prevent the house batteries from being charged by the alternator when driving down the road.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:30 AM   #5
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X2 what everyone else said. BTW how old is this grandchild?

On Berkshires at least, the awning controls are by the front door, so your grandson would be hard pressed to access them unless he is in the co-pilot's seat.

My bigger concern is WHY would he be walking around while you are underway? This is illegal in every state and if he is observed by a police officer, you will be pulled over and ticketed.
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Here's a suggestion: Find a picture frame of the appropriate size, put some velcro on the front of it and around the panel, and stick the frame to the panel "backwards." That will keep it "out of sight, out of mind." (At least until he watches you pull it off a couple of times! )
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Turning the battery disconnect switch off will prevent virtually everything in the coach from responding to those buttons.
Not quite. The awning is fused directly off the battery. Unlike the DP's, in the Georgetown the switch is right there in the step well which is mid coach. Probably doesn't matter anyway.
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