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Old 08-07-2019, 04:42 PM   #1
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My Manual for our 2015 Berkshire 34QS

I have posted earlier versions of my manual on at thread at http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...ml#post1965748

However, that thread started with a title indicating that it was for 36QS manuals, and that is an older coach. I think it is worthwhile having my manual in a thread of its own rather than mixed with other manuals. The contents have some relevance to coaches and even trailers of similar vintages and Berkshire coaches of several vintages.

This is a pretty major revision. I'll probably make more revisions in the future, and I'll see if I can persuade the Forum Moderators to keep them together in this thread, so that you can find them by bookmarking this thread.

As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.

–Gordon
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Old 12-02-2019, 04:25 PM   #2
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Post December 2, 2019 Revision of my Berkshire 34QS Manual

Here is the December 2, 2019 revision of my personal Berkshire 34QS Owners Manual.

It is up to 73 pages now.

One update is a discussion of water filters. I have found lengthy threads discussing water filtration and they seem to generate more heat than light. I've provided links to the ANSI/NSF standards on water filtration for homes to help shed more light.

Another update involves chassis and engine maintenance. It discusses how to find the correct filter numbers and how to solve subtle problems with oil changes and fuel filter changes.

– Gordon
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:20 AM   #3
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Thanks Gordon! Great info.
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Old 02-18-2020, 10:15 PM   #4
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Best reading

Gordon,

After reading your manual I am realizing that my walk-through with the dealer was pathetic. I have learned more from this than I did from the dealer. One question on the roof AC filters. How do you pop off the covers to clean?
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Old 02-18-2020, 10:53 PM   #5
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My walk-thru was also pathetic. When I bought the coach, the salesman credibly explained that he always hired one of the technicians to do the walk thru. Sadly, he was no longer with the company when I took delivery. The sales manager did the walk through and was really pathetic.

After we agreed on a price for the coach, the dealers finance rep slipped in an extra $10k for a useless extended warranty and stuff that I had declined. The salesman supported me in the dispute, and I conjecture that this led to his being fired. I always thought that was the reason for my useless walk-thru, until I heard of many reports like yours that shoddy walk thrus are pretty common in the industry.

This was part of the motivation for writing my manual.

I should put in the cleaning of AC filters for the next version of the manual. I’ve got Dometic AC units, which are pretty common. When you are inside the coach, look up to the large grille on the unit. It is the input air grille. There are two tabs on one side. Push them aside and the grille comes down, with the filter. Wash the filters.

There is another smaller grille on the AC unit with a slider to open and close. When opened, the cold air comes out that grille. When closed, the cold air is forced into some roof ducts, from which it is released throughout the coach. I use the latter system, because it is quieter and spreads the cooling.
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Old 04-15-2020, 06:33 PM   #6
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April 15, 2020 Revision of my Berk 34QS Manual

Here is the latest version of my manual. It is up to 84 pages. I cleaned up some typos and tried to clarify a few things. Major additions:
• Towing a TOAD Dinghy
• Television and Sound Bar systems

The manual has a Table of Contents with hyperlinks to the text, so you don't have to scroll through everything to get what you want.

Although the manual is specific to my 2015 Berk 34QS and my modifications to it, there are many things that are relevant to other RVs, including trailers. The closer your RV is to my Berk in age, body style and feature list, the more relevant will be this manual.

Comments are welcome. If it is a major issue, please post on this thread. If it is minor, just message me and I'll work it into a future release.

–Gordon
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The Manual I wrote for our 34QS:
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Toad: 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4; Formerly: 2005 Acura EL (aka Honda Civic)
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Old 06-05-2020, 10:39 PM   #7
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June 5, 2020 Revision

I've had a bit of time to update the manual with Covid. It is now up to 87 pages.

I've added bits of information in various places, including a discussion of the Battery Isolation Manager, motivated by the information provided by GoneSouth in another thread.

–Gordon
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The Manual I wrote for our 34QS:
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Toad: 2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4; Formerly: 2005 Acura EL (aka Honda Civic)
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:37 PM   #8
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Thanks Gordon
I had your last copy saved on my phone for reference. Now I have your lastest version. Well-written with some good information.
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Old 08-05-2020, 07:29 PM   #9
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August 4, 2020 Revision

The manual is up to 92 pages now.
I've introduced a discussion of how to access the engine from the bedroom.
I updated my discussion of adding plugs to the power cords.
Discussed coolant change procedure.
Minor updates and typo fixes.
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