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Old 06-07-2015, 09:23 AM   #1
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Observations on forum questions

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?
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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I don't think it is just RV's that people don't read the owners manual. I bet if you talked to people about their cars they have not read that manual fully either.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:43 AM   #3
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When ALL else fails, read the instructions!

My wife makes fun of me when I sit down and read the owners manual on our new cars (including hers). But guess who she asked when she couldn't turn on her dome lights???
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:44 AM   #4
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I think the technical blah blah is too much for a lot of folks. And besides, that's what forums are for.
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The one thing I noticed is the owners manuals received with new units are very generic and don't cover specific controls or appliances. I have went on the equipment manufacturers web sites and downloaded the proper manuals. Sometimes it is easier too ask a question and get an answer from knowledgable people rather than shift through manuals which may or may not provide the answer. Just my thoughts.
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:53 AM   #6
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I learned this piece of information many many many moons ago. One of my first design project was using an over center parking brake control lever for the parking brake system on an off-highway tractor.


On the inside of the packaging box was a statement: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS READ THE DIRECTIONS. Even back in the early 1970s people did not read directions then. And you expect them now to read books? If it is not on the phone app than it does not exist!
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The one thing I noticed is the owners manuals received with new units are very generic and don't cover specific controls or appliances. .... Sometimes it is easier too ask a question and get an answer from knowledgable people rather than shift through manuals which may or may not provide the answer. Just my thoughts.
This, and either a poor PDI walk through or the buyer gets information overload on a good walk through.
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The one thing I noticed is the owners manuals received with new units are very generic and don't cover specific controls or appliances. I have went on the equipment manufacturers web sites and downloaded the proper manuals. Sometimes it is easier too ask a question and get an answer from knowledgable people rather than shift through manuals which may or may not provide the answer. Just my thoughts.
My Silverback came with manuals for all the appliances in my fifth wheel and also the generic Forest River manual. The 2008 Wildcat I previously owned came with those manuals too.
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The combination of appliances and systems involved in a trailer or motorhome is going to generate repetitious simple questions. I spent 3 rainy days camping in maine with the volumes of manuals to read and checkout and I still have questions. You never know what you dont know unless you ask
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I would be happy if the subject line contained the question.

When the subject line says:

I need help

it is not very descriptive.
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