Originally Posted by The Ermal
I am impressed with your looking up Ermal. It is a family name and no one is quite sure why it is. But it’s part of family heritage! Do you have any helpful advice for a new motor home owner? Any you wish you had known when you were starting out?
I believe this forum is a great resource, and so too is the site-search box at the top. I would recommend that you look through your Owner's Manual
. Sometimes, something that seems to be broken is just because a required safety interlock is not in-place. For example, my awning will not deploy unless I have the parking brake set. I like a Departure Checklist (here is my example
.) Obviously, this list needs to be customized for each individual, and kept brief; sort of like a pre-flight checklist. Another thing is when I'm using the Eagle5 for a quick day trip, I might just have it plugged into 120 VAC, so I put a "Remove Before Flight
" Key Chain on the transmission selector handle; just so I don't forget to unplug the power before I drive off (loop it back through the key chain holder into a circle to keep it on the selector handle.) With a smaller motorhome, it is sometimes easy to forget it isn't the family wagon, and the thing is plugged-in! I will never admit that I ever did this!!!
You can also check the posts of other owners of your motorhome to see what threads they have started. Using mine as an example, you would click on <Eagle5> then <Statistics> and finally <Find all threads started by Eagle5>.
You should have a surge protector for your shore power, and a pressure regulator for your water. If your tires are the original tires, you might consider having a tire shop check them for safety. Because your vehicle is approaching eighteen years old, the original rubber may no longer be safe. Finally, I would use two of the new generation battery maintainers
; one for the coach and another for the house. I am pretty sure that in 2006, the automatic charger installed in the Winnebagos isn't designed for house battery long-term maintenance.