Airstream Touring Coach Interstate 19 2023 INTRODUCTION Safety Precautions User Manual
The Owner’s Manual for your new Airstream Touring Coach is designed to respond to the most frequent inquiries regarding the operation, function, and care of the many systems that make modern motor homing a joy.
The Airstream Touring Coach is integrated into a Sprinter Van, designed and manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. Operation of the Sprinter, its engine, power train, and other related components are discussed in the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Operator’s Manual and other literature provided by Mercedes-Benz. Those systems discussed in the Sprinter literature are warranted by Mercedes-Benz or their suppliers.
Airstream realizes our customers possess varying degrees of expertise in the area of maintaining and repairing the appliances in their touring coach. For this reason, the service and trouble-shooting information found in this manual is directed toward those with average mechanical skills. We also realize you may be more familiar in one area than you are in another. Only you know your capabilities and limitations. We want you to use this manual, and hope you will find the information contained in it helpful; however, should you ever feel you may be “getting in over your head,” please see your dealer to have the repairs made.
The operation and care of component parts such as refrigerators, furnaces, water heaters and others are briefly explained in this manual.
All information, illustrations, and specifications contained in this manual are based on the latest product information available at the time of publication approval. Airstream reserves the right to make changes if and when new materials and/or production techniques are developed that can improve the quality of its product, or when material substitutions are necessary due to availability. We have provided many important safety messages in this manual. Always read and obey all safety messages.
A warning is used for a hazardous situation that, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury to persons.
Caution is used to advise caution when performing actions that could result in minor or moderate injury to persons and/or damage to equipment.
A note is used to address practices not related to personal injury. This applies to hazardous situations involving property damage only.
Optional items may be available on all, or particular models. Additionally, some optional items can only be included during the manufacturing phase and cannot later be added to the touring coach. The inclusion of optional items information in this manual does not imply or suggest the availability, application, suitability, or inclusion for any specific unit.
Your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van Operator’s and Warranty Manuals contain important cautions, warnings, and operational, and warranty information on the Sprinter and its components. All information in the Sprinter manual should be reviewed and followed for your safety. The Airstream Owner’s Manual may provide additional information and tips on the use of the van as a touring coach; however, no information in the Airstream manual should be interpreted as advice or directions to disregard or void the warnings, cautions, or other information contained in the Sprinter’s manuals.
Many things can be construed as safety-related, but the most important is your common sense. If you are careless with matches, cigarettes, flammable material, or any other hazardous material, you surely realize your potential for accidents is greatly increased. You will find many safety recommendations in this section and throughout the manual. The following recommendations are the ones we consider to be the most important.
The touring coach has fresh water and waste water tanks, a water heater, and storage areas. It gives
you great flexibility in loading. With flexibility comes responsibility. If you want to load down all the storage compartments, the amount of fluids may have to be reduced. It is a trade so plan wisely. Distribute your additional cargo as evenly as possible with the heaviest objects located as low as possible.
Do you really want to carry a full freshwater tank to an RV park 1,000 miles away and then hook up to a city water supply? Even if you’re going to a remote area, you can usually fill your water tank shortly before entering the area. Just reducing your load by 10 gallons of water lets you carry an additional 83.5 pounds of cargo.
Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction, and load-carrying capability of your vehicle. Refer to Section 9 – Maintenance for tire care and safety information.
Appliances and Equipment
The appliances (stove) and equipment (hot water heater/furnace, generator, etc.) typically operate on liquefied petroleum (LP) gas. LP gas is flammable and is contained under high pressure. Improper use may result in a fire and/or explosion. Make sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual as well as those in the specific owner’s manuals of the appliances and equipment.
Do not operate the generator in an enclosed building or in a partly enclosed area, such as a garage. Be sure to follow all instructions and warnings in this manual and the generator manufacturer’s manual. Refer to Section 5 – Interior for generator information.
Mold and mold spores exist throughout indoor and outdoor environments. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; however, the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture. Refer to Section 3 – General Information for information on controlling condensation and molds.
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