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Old 05-12-2008, 01:27 PM   #1
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Having gone through our new travel trailer for the first time this weekend, I would say that the Forest River owners manual is pretty worthless. Topics that should have schematics, locations, and explanations were treated with a vaguely worded paragraph that ended with "see the manual" for whatever you were working with. And you guessed it, the manual for the applicance (or whatever) was largely installation instructions with a few references to operation but then said "see the owners manual". Pretty frustrating.

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Old 05-12-2008, 01:51 PM   #2
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Yep they are a waste of paper imo


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Old 05-12-2008, 06:16 PM   #3
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Yes I decide to get one of those first time RV books at wal-mart. It actually had some good info in it. Our manuals sound like yours.... pretty useless. Schematics would be great but I guess the manufacturers don't include them for fear that some other company would copy them?? Seems far fetched to me though.
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:42 AM   #4
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I think that all manufacture wire there units pretty much the same, I just think it more work for them to supply the diagrams. The thing I look for is that there is only one wire coming off of each breaker in the panel, it's against code to piggyback breakers.
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The FR manual is basically a generic one that covers all of their products, making it a complete waste of a tree. I had a Terry and a Prowler before this one and at least Fleetwood would put in a manual for travel trailers and not everything else they made. It wasn't great but it was more useful than the FR manual.

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Old 05-17-2008, 10:46 AM   #7
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HokieHall, you are absolutely on the money. The manual for our brand new Wolfpack wouldn't even qualify as a general rv instruction book. I suppose hiring a technical writer is too expensive?
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You get better instruction manuals for small objects than big giant ones!
Something as large as an RV should be precise, and in depth. I got more information with my new Salem about installation...and systems I don't even have than useful stuff. It's too bad they can't step up and do it right.

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They make a great campfire starter though!!!
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GREAT IDEA!!!! I will remember this for the future.

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They make a great campfire starter though!!!

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