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March 2013

Get Ready For Spring

Out and AboutSpring is upon us and that means it’s time to get your American Coach ready for the road if you’ve had it in long-term storage. There’s much more to it than putting the key in the ignition and heading out on your next journey. While your motorcoach may have been sitting idle during the winter months, its components and systems continued to age.

Before you set out on your first trip of the season, be sure to check:

  • Fluid levels
    • Oil
    • Power steering
    • Engine coolant
    • Windshield washer fluid
    • Transmission
    • Brake fluids
    • House batteries
    • Check your chassis manufacturer's requirements for any further needed inspections and fluid changes
  • Air conditioner
  • Furnace
    • Clean air conditioner filter and check both appliances for proper operation
  • Awning
    • Extend to air out
    • Lubricate moving parts if necessary
    • Re-stow before travel
  • House and chassis batteries
    • Clean terminals following safety procedures
    • Test all systems for proper operation
  • Brakes
    • Check for proper operation (take to your nearest chassis RV service center if service is required)
  • Generator
    • Check oil and coolant levels, air inlet and exhaust for obstructions
    • Check compartment for debris
    • Start generator and test for proper operation
    • Ensure your generator is current on maintenance items
  • Leveling jacks
    • Extend and retract to ensure proper operation
    • Remember to have your engine running to assure adequate power from the alternator
    • For hydraulic jacks, use a silicone spray to lubricate the cylinder surface and operate the system a few times to lubricate the seal edges
    • Inspect for hydraulic fluid leaks
    • Check hydraulic fluid level if you are getting a "jacks down" signal on the touchpad when the jacks are fully retracted
  • Lighting
    • Turn on all lighting systems
    • Check for burned-out bulbs or non-functioning fixtures
    • Replace or repair as needed
    • Be sure to replace with the same number bulb that was originally installed
  • Roof
    • Check roof and sealants for cracks and repair as necessary (this procedure should be followed every three months)
  • Slide rooms
    • Check bulb and wiper seals (lubricate or have them replaced if the seals have lost their flexibility and are not properly sealing)
    • Lubricate rams and gears under the slide rooms if needed
  • Tires
    • Check tires for cracks or embedded objects
    • Check tire pressure and adjust to the tire manufacturer's load specifications
  • Towing system
    • Examine the hitch system for wear, loose bolts or cracks
    • Check wiring socket for corrosion and clean or repair as necessary
  • Underbelly
    • Check for rust, corrosion, leaks or other damages that may require repair
    • Do not undercoat near brake lines, fuel lines or exhaust systems
  • Vents
    • Clean and check for proper operation and ventilation
  • Appliances
    • Check for proper operation, including checking for nests, spider webs and debris at the burners and exhausts of the appliances
  • Propane
    • Have your local Fleetwood dealer perform a pressure drop test on the propane system to ensure you do not have any leaks
  • Fire extinguisher
    • Reinstall if removed and verify that the fire extinguisher is fully charged
  • Safety equipment/ appliance batteries
    • Install new batteries in clocks, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
    • Test all items for proper operation
  • Water system
    • Flush antifreeze from system (if winterized) then sanitize and add fresh water

Expert American Coach Service Technicians are available to help, should you find any issues that need resolved before you travel. Just call Owner Relations at 800-322-8216 or or visit the American Coach dealer locator to find the dealer nearest you.

Enjoy your spring and the many journeys ahead!

Steve Heim
Vice President, Customer Experience