Airstream Touring Coach Interstate 19 2023 Regular Maintenance User Manual
The Smoke/CO detector has been designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, but there are a few simple things you must do to keep it working properly. Use only listed replacement batteries. The unit may not operate properly with other batteries. Never use rechargeable batteries since they may not provide a constant charge.
The battery door will resist closing unless batteries are installed. This warns you that the unit will not operate without batteries.
Carbon Monoxide is poisonous and can cause confusion, unconsciousness, and death. Follow all instructions, cautions, and warnings in this section and the generator operator’s manual.
NEVER ignore any alarm. Failure to respond can result in injury or death. The Silence Features are for your convenience only and will not correct a problem. Always check your touring coach for a potential problem after any alarm. Failure to do so can result in injury or death.
Liquid Propane Gas (LPG)/Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector
This detector has a five-year life; see end-of-life notification in the detectors manual. Please read the entire detector manual before operating the unit. The LPG/CO detector is located in the galley area. LPG is a mixture of gases produced and sold commercially as a fuel for heating and cooking appliances. LPG is highly flammable and, as a result, can be explosive if ignited under certain circumstances. LPG is heavier than air and, if confined in a closed space, will accumulate close to the floor. The LPG/CO detector is designed to alarm when propane gas exceeds 10% of the lower-explosive-limit for more than 30 seconds or if CO gas reaches unsafe levels. When propane gas is detected the horn will sound with constant beeps and the red LED will be on. If CO gas is detected the horn will sound with 4 rapid chirps followed by a 4 second pause and the red LED will flash rapidly. Your LPG/CO detector is wired directly to your touring coach battery and incorporates a 1-amp, in-line fuse. It has no internal battery backup. In normal stand-by mode, the LED indicator will be green.
The operating voltage for the detector is 12 VDC. The actual voltage supplied to the detector in a recreational vehicle may drop below the minimum 8 VDC. The detector provides the user with a low voltage warning before reaching that level and will provide additional distinct, clear warnings and alarms after the 8 VDC level is reached. However, if available power supplied to the unit is below the operating voltage of 8 VDC, the detector will not detect gas or provide protection against dangerous levels of LPG.
If the low voltage warning sounds, the detector will need to be reset by disconnecting the battery, before normal operation will occur.
If the Silence/Test button is pressed while in normal operation, the alarm will perform a self test of the CO sensor, propane sensor and battery voltage. It is recommended to perform a self-test weekly, after powering up from storage, and before each trip. If the self test passes, the alarm will perform 2 cycles of the CO horn pattern (4 rapid chirps followed by a 4-second pause), followed by 2 cycles of the propane horn pattern (constantly beeping).
Activation of this detector indicates the possible presence of LPG, which can cause an explosion and/or fire, causing serious injury or death. This normally indicates a leak in the LPG installation or an LPG appliance. Extinguish all open flames, open your windows and door, and evacuate the unit immediately. Do not activate any electrical switch. Turn off the LPG using the remote shut off switch. Do not re-enter your unit until a qualified repair technician has corrected the problem and certified the system as safe.
It is not recommended that the detector be disconnected from the battery during periods of storage. There is a small heater on the sensor of the device that burns away impurities in the air during periods of normal use. During periods when power is interrupted, impurities can build up on the sensor. When power is returned to the detector, the detector alarm may activate until the impurities are burned off. This could take a number of hours, during which time the alarm will be constantly on.
Have a qualified technician check your LPG system annually or if you detect any signs of leaks or malfunctions.
Refer to Section 5 – Interior and Section 6 – Exterior for additional LPG warnings and safety information.
Basic LPG Safety Information
A warning label has been positioned in the cooking area to remind you to provide an adequate supply of fresh air for combustion. Unlike homes, the amount of oxygen supply is limited due to the size of the recreational vehicle, and proper ventilation when using the cooking appliances will avoid dangers of asphyxiation. It is especially important that cooking appliances not be used for comfort heating as the danger of asphyxiation is greater when the appliance is used for long periods of time. Portable fuel-burning equipment, including wood and charcoal grills and stoves, shall not be used inside the recreational vehicle. The use of this equipment inside the recreational vehicle may cause fires or asphyxiation. A Warning Label has been located near the LP gas container. This label reads: DO NOT FILL CONTAINER(S) TO MORE THAN 80% PERCENT OF CAPACITY. Overfilling the LP gas container can result in uncontrolled gas flow that can cause a fire or explosion. A properly filled container will contain approximately 80 percent of its volume as liquid LP gas.
DO NOT store LP containers within vehicle. LP containers are equipped with safety devices that vent gas should the pressure become excessive.
DO NOT use cooking appliances for comfort heating. Cooking appliances need fresh air for safe operation. Before operation, open overhead vent or turn on exhaust fan and open the window.
- If you smell gas
- Extinguish any open flames, pilot lights and all smoking materials.
- Do not touch electrical switches.
- Shut off the gas supply using the remote shut off switch.
- Open doors and other ventilating openings.
- Leave the area until odor clears.
- Have the gas system checked and leakage source corrected before using again.
LP gas regulators must always be installed with the diaphragm vent facing downward. Regulators that are not in compartments have been equipped with a protective cover. Make sure that regulator vent faces downward and that cover is kept in place to minimize vent blockage that could result in excessive gas pressure causing a fire or explosion. The regulator at the LP tank is under a gray, plastic cover. The protective cover helps to keep the vent on the regulator from being clogged by wasps or ice, but the regulator should be checked regularly to make sure the vent remains clear.
Do not attempt to seal regulator cover.
Check vent each time tank is filled to make sure it is clear of obstructions.
Have a qualified technician check your LP Gas system annually or if you have any signs of leaks or malfunctions.
Basic Generator Safety Information
- Never sleep in the vehicle with the generator running without ensuring the Carbon Monoxide detector is working. Primary protection against inhaling Carbon Monoxide is daily (every eight hour) inspection for visible and audible generator exhaust system leaks.
- DO NOT operate the generator in an enclosed building or in a partly enclosed area such as a garage.
- Review the safety precautions for fuel and exhaust fumes in the generator manual.
- DO NOT operate the generator when the recreation vehicle is parked in high grass or brush. Heat from the exhaust could cause a fire in dry conditions.
- DO NOT simultaneously operate generator and a ventilator which could result in the entry of exhaust gas. When exhaust ventilators are used, we recommend that a window on the opposite side of the unit “upwind” of exhaust gases be opened to provide cross ventilation.
- When parked, orient the vehicle so that the wind will carry the exhaust away from the vehicle. DO NOT open nearby windows, ventilators, or doors into the passenger compartment, particularly those which can be “down wind”, even part of the time.
- DO NOT operate the generator when parked in close proximity to vegetation, snow, buildings, vehicles, or any other object that could deflect the exhaust under or into the vehicle.
- DO NOT touch the generator when running, or immediately after shutting off. Heat from the generator can cause burns. Allow the generator to cool before attempting maintenance or service.
Your Touring Coach is equipped with an Automatic Generator Start System. Exposure to carbon monoxide, moving parts, and electricity hazards are possible due to unexpected automatic starting.
The generator is located under the touring coach between the rear axles.
The fire extinguisher should be checked for charge on a regular basis. Make sure your family knows how to release the extinguisher storage bracket and how to properly operate the extinguisher. Check with your local fire department for professional advice on its operation and use if you find the directions on the extinguisher unclear. They will be able and willing to assist you and your family.
Read the directions carefully on the fire extinguisher. If there is any doubt on the operation you and your family should practice, then replace or recharge the extinguisher. You will find your local fire department will be happy to assist you and answer any questions.
Do not smoke inside the touring coach. Keep matches out of reach of small children. Do not clean with flammable material. Keep flammable material away from open flame. We have all heard these warnings many times, but they are still among the leading causes of fires.
There are three avenues of escape from the touring coach in the event of an emergency, the driver’s door, the passenger door, and the rear doors. As always, safety should be one of your top priorities. Make sure you and everyone traveling with you can operate these doors and exit rapidly without light. A little planning and a quick practice session at each camping site is well worth the time it may take.
As always, safety should be a top priority. Ensure that you, and everyone traveling with you, can quickly operate the main door and rear doors in the dark. Plan for other means of escape in case these designated exits are blocked.
At each campsite, make sure you have not parked in such a manner as to block the operation of the doors or the escape avenues by being too close to trees, fences, or other impediments. Scenic views are one reason for traveling but do not park so the beautiful lake or steep cliff is just outside your doors. Do not block access to the doors from the inside or outside of the vehicle.
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