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Old 06-07-2015, 06:08 PM   #31
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Good test. But what I get upset with is the instructions don't have the information for your specific model. They could at least list the differences in brackets which would still save having to write instructions for each and every model.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:33 PM   #32
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I use the thread search on some questions and still enjoy reading the newer posts on the same subject because there is occasionally a new gem offered by some of our esteemed owners that was not covered in the older thread. As so many others have commented here, I find many of the RV manuals to contain very general information that is not specific to my camper. You will notice this on many threads where folks cannot find the various breakers and obscure reset buttons on their units because the manuals do not provide that information. The other thing that really irritates me with these manuals is that the lawyers have filled them with all of the safety and product liability warnings to the point that reading them is a real chore and usually results in an early nap for me.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:42 PM   #33
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I guess I'm also a nerd...I read the owner's manual from cover to cover on just about everything we have. (I, also, save them as I can't count the number of times we needed a small replacement part for something and found the exact part number in the owners manual...usually along with a website that stocks it.)

Since we have SO many with the RV, I keep them all in a plastic binder...very convenient.

We, also, have a plastic binder with tabs and as we visit new campsties/parks, we'll make a new entry and keep in there brochures and maps and if it's a new place we'll drive around and write notes on the map of the "best" spots and the "worst" spots and that's VERY handy a year or two later when we want to revisit but can't remember the best spots to reserve.

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Old 06-07-2015, 08:48 PM   #34
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I get upset more that people don't use the Search feature before asking questions that are asked all the time.

They would find answers much quicker than reading through a manual or having to wait for others to post answers.
First the manuals are usually so generic, and don't contain pictures for the poster's specific model.

I have been on various forums for way too many years. The problem with search is way too many acronyms and the lack of full questions in the subject line.

Today, I had a really hard time looking for miles per gallon specific to what I was looking for. Posts from 2010 are useless.

You cannot search for 3 letter acronyms in forums.

Sorry for the rant...but yes, that is what the forums are for.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:50 PM   #35
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The manuals that came with my unit are so generic and in some cases do not cover my unit or appliance. I guess the manufacturer does not want to have unit specific documentation. Just the basic stuff. Questions and people willing to answer is what makes this forum so good.
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:55 PM   #36
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I did receive manuals but some items are not covered. Exp. how to retract slides manually. Some items are just not in the documents supplied.
What's a slide... like on a play ground? That's got me thinking... does seem strange that windows would be inside the trailer
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:57 PM   #37
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ColoradoRick,

I am also a nerd, big time. My entire career was as a programmer.

On the job, the difference between me and a colleague, reading the same chapter of a manual, my colleague will remember most of it for a month or so. I will remember it for 20+ years.

Once I read a technical manual I rarely ever open it up again.

I was pretty good at reviewing new documentation. I could spot inconsistencies between pages in the front versus 300+ pages later.

I would have thought that the technical writing team would want to hire me to proofread their stuff. Nope. They just continued to crank out technical manuals with, to me, known inconsistencies.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:09 PM   #38
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It is my observation that a goodly number of questions asked in RV forums are covered in the manuals issued with new trailers. Operation of appliances and emergency overrides of things automatic pop up all the time.
I realize a lot of them come from folks buying used, but many begin with, "I just bought a new ...." Am I missing something? Do folks not read their manuals?
If you saw my owners manual you would die laughing. It's so generic it could apply to all campers. Maybe others are finding the same thing
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:11 PM   #39
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I bought my camper new. And I have ran in to several things that the owners manual never covered. I still have a lot of questions I can't find answers to. I have had it for 9 months
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:11 PM   #40
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The manuals that came with my unit are so generic and in some cases do not cover my unit or appliance. I guess the manufacturer does not want to have unit specific documentation. Just the basic stuff. Questions and people willing to answer is what makes this forum so good.

Wow without reading others responses, ours were quite similar. I know on our Holiday Rambler toy hauler it had way more info. It was a 2007 My 2016 FR cardinal Generic info. One example it doesn't even tell the gallons of the black and gray tanks. Just one thing that I would think would be important. We have that question for FR and waiting a reply.
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