alliance RV paradigm 2021 Extended Recreational Use User Manual

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alliance RV paradigm 2021 EXTENDED RECREATIONAL USE OF THE RV User Manual

EXTENDED RECREATIONAL USE OF THE RV

In some cases you may find yourself in the RV for extended periods of time. Whether that be full time living, a long weekend or an extended stay, you may run into some challenges. We have put together some helpful tips for battling some of these challenges.

Condensation & Mold

The normal living activities of even a few people in an RV can lead to rapid moisture saturation of the air inside the RV as well as accelerated wear and tear. This condensation, if left unaddressed, can lead to mold. A more aggressive maintenance schedule may need to be adopted. Below are some pointers to assist with some of the problems you may face while using the RV for extended periods of time.

  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Use exhaust fans when showering and cooking.
  • In warmer temperatures, use your air conditioner.
  • Crack windows.
  • Don’t air-dry clothes in the RV.
  • Implement proper preventative maintenance and overall RV cleanliness.

WARNING
CONDENSATION MAY CAUSE DAMPNESS, MILDEW AND MOLD. IF NOT ADDRESSED IMMEDIATELY, CAN RESULT IN DAMAGE AND POSSIBLY LEAD TO ADDITIONAL MOLD OR MILDEW ISSUES WHICH CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.

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Exterior Plumbing

Alliance RVs are equipped with heating pads for the holding tanks and a dedicated heat vent to drop air down into the underbelly. Depending on your needs, it may be necessary for you to take additional protection steps. Keeping your water running and the additional use of heat tape on pipes, hoses, fresh water and sewer lines will all assist in keeping your RV safe from damage during use in freezing temperatures. If your RV will not be used in cold weather, ALWAYS have your RV winterized (covered in the plumbing section of this manual).

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is used in many products such as glues, fabrics, paint coatings, and even paper products. Formaldehyde is also released from many smoking, cooking, soaps and many other household products. While most of the formaldehyde used in products in construction is consumed during the manufacturing process, a very small amount remains. This leftover formaldehyde dissipates over time as it works its way out of the product. Proper ventilation by way of the available vents, fans and air conditioning units in your RV is key. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Alliance RV.

PROPANE SAFETY

About the Propane System

The propane system provides heat, hot water, fuel for cooking, refrigeration and can be used for other small appliances. The propane supply for an RV is stored in a DOT cylinder that is positioned vertically upright and mounted outside the living space of an RV. Repair and/or replacement should always be done by certified service technicians. Make sure your propane system is inspected at least annually by a certified service technician. They are trained to detect incorrect tank pressure, leaks, or other potential hazards and address them properly. Do not connect your propane system to another gas source or attempt to repair any propane related component yourself.

WARNING

IF YOU SMELL PROPANE:

  • EXTINGUISH ANY OPEN FLAMES INCLUDING PILOT LIGHTS AND ALL SMOKING MATERIALS.
  • SHUT OFF THE PROPANE SUPPLY AT THE LP CONTAINERS.
  • DO NOT TOUCH ELECTRICAL SWITCHES.
  • OPEN DOORS AND OTHER VENTS.
  • LEAVE THE AREA UNTIL THE ODOR CLEARS.
  • THE PROPANE SYSTEM SHOULD BE CHECKED FOR LEAKS AND THE SOURCE DETECTED AND REPAIRED BEFORE USING THE RV AGAIN.
  • FAILURE TO COMPLY COULD RESULT IN AN EXPLOSION RESULTING IN DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY.

WARNING
NEVER USE AN OPEN FLAME TO TEST FOR A PROPANE LEAK. DO NOT CHECK FOR LEAKS USING PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN AMMONIA OR CHLORINE, THESE PRODUCTS CAN CAUSE CRACKS TO FORM ON METAL COMPONENTS IN THE PROPANE SYSTEM. A SOLUTION OF WATER AN MILD SOAP SHOULD BE USED BY SPRAYING THE FITTINGS AND CONNECTION POINTS DOWN AND WATCHING FOR BUBBLES.

WARNING

  • DOT PROPANE TANKS MUST BE TRANSPORTED AND STORED IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION SO THE PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE CAN FUNCTION PROPERLY. LAYING A TANK ON ITS SIDE MAY CREATE A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
  • THE LP PIGTAIL HOSE MUST BE INSTALLED IN A MANNER TO AVOID TENSION OR STRESS AT EITHER END OF THE HOSE. KEEP THE PIGTAIL AWAY FROM SHARP EDGES, RIGID CORNERS, WALLS, AND DOORS. BEFORE ENTERING A PROPANE FUEL SERVICE STATION MAKE SURE ALL PILOT LIGHTS ARE EXTINGUISHED. SHUT THE GAS TO ALL APPLIANCES OFF BY TURNING OFF THE PROPANE AT THE GAS SHUT OFF VALVE(S).
  • ALWAYS SHUT OFF ANY ENGINE BEFORE REFUELING.
  • DO NOT SMOKE AND NEVER OPERATE IGNITION SOURCES WHILE REFUELING.

Traveling with Propane

Turning the propane off when traveling is always safer, it reduces the risk of a gas leak from a line or connection working loose. Some states have laws against traveling with propane on. Make sure you are familiar with those laws and regulations in the area you are traveling.

WARNING
MAKE SURE ALL PROPANE TANK FASTENERS ARE SECURED BEFORE TRAVELING.

LP Regulator
To regulate the propane pressure, an RV is equipped with a two‐stage regulator with automatic changeover. With the first stage of the regulator, the fuel coming from the tank is reduced by venting from the high pressure the LP is compressed under for storage and takes it down to 10 to 15 psi. In the second stage, the pressure is reduced again by further venting down to 11” water column which is the pressure safe for the appliances that the propane system powers. Always make sure that the vents are clean and unobstructed.

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This regulator allows for removal of empty cylinders for refill without interrupting propane supply and will automatically switch from the supplying tank to the reserve tank when empty.

WARNING
PROPANE CONNECTIONS SHOULD BE CHECKED PERIODICALLY AS VIBRATIONS FROM TRAVEL MAY CAUSE THEM TO LOOSEN. FAILURE TO CHECK THESE CONNECTIONS COULD LEAD TO A PROPANE LEAK. A LEAK CAN CAUSE A FIRE OR EXPLOSION.

Propane System Maintenance

Routinely visually inspect your propane cylinders, mounting hardware, supply lines and connection points for wear, rust, kinks or damage. The propane system should be serviced by a qualified technician immediately upon an issue being identified. Never paint propane cylinders, valves or mounting hardware. Your RVs propane system should be inspected by a certified professional at least once a year. Never attempt to repair any propane related component yourself. Always make sure your RVs fire extinguisher, CO, gas and smoke detectors are in working order. Do this by regularly testing your alarms and safety items. An alarm or extinguisher that is not working should be replaced immediately.

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