Jayco Embark 2023 Emergency Stopping User Manual
Always carry road flares or reflective warning signs. Pull off the roadway as far as possible for emergency stopping. Turn ON your vehicle hazard warning flashers. If traveling at night, use three red warning indicators such as flares, reflectors or lanterns as required by the Uniform Vehicle Code and Model Traffic Ordinance as follows:
- Place the first warning indicator on the traffic side of the recreation vehicle, directed at the nearest approaching traffic.
- Place the second warning indicator 100 feet behind the recreation vehicle in the center of the lane and toward approaching traffic.
- Place the third warning indicator 100 feet in front of the recreation vehicle in the center of the lane and away from the traffic approaching from behind.
Curves and/or hills may affect the safe placement of warning indicators.
For personal safety, always stand off the road and out of the way of traffic.
If your motor home ever needs to be towed, refer to the instructions in your Chassis Guide. Please contact an emergency road service provider or a qualified service facility for assistance, Make sure the road service technician reads and is familiar with the information contained in your Chassis Guide regarding emergency towing.
Never allow anyone to go under the motor home while it is being lifted by the towing equipment. Be aware of the strap locations. Misplaced straps could result in damage to the exterior of your unit. Damage resulting from misplaced straps is the responsibility of the towing company and is not covered by the unit warranty.
Front Axle Tire Alignment
The term alignment refers to both the adjustment angles on the steering axle and suspension and tracking of the rear axle. Steering components, suspension, wheel bearings, and even proper loading will affect the alignment. We recommend you have the front suspension and steering alignment checked and adjusted after you have fully loaded the vehicle as part of the vehicle maintenance. Thereafter, it is your responsibility to have the alignment inspected periodically to maintain vehicle steering performance and prevent uneven tire wear as part of your normal maintenance.
Always have the alignment checked and adjusted by a qualified shop with the proper equipment to handle heavy vehicles.
A road test by the dealer should be included as part of the pre-delivery inspection. The dealer can check for and correct any steering problems before you take delivery.
After this road test has been completed, front-end alignment and/or vibrations will not be covered as part of the new vehicle’s limited warranty.
Follow the Chassis Guide maintenance instructions for the front and rear axle for wheel and suspension maintenance, including the brakes and wheel bearings. Contact your Chassis manufacturer for assistance.
Wheel Lug Nuts/Wheel Liners
Check and tighten the wheel lug nuts regularly to ensure they did not loosen during travel. Refer to your Chassis Guide for torque recommendations. Failure to tighten and maintain wheel lug nuts to the proper torque specification could allow the wheels to come off while driving, resulting in serious injury or property damage in the event of a collision or loss of vehicle control.
Torque is the amount of rotating force applied to a lug nut, and can only be achieved by using a properly calibrated torque wrench and socket. Do not use a 4-way socket or any other type of wrench that does not measure the actual pressure applied to the lug nut.
The proper method of tightening wheel lug nuts is with a torque wrench, not with an impact wrench or by hand. Because of the importance of having proper torque on the wheel lug nuts, you should always have the wheels mounted and properly torqued by a qualified technician using the proper tools.
After your first trip, check the wheel lug torque periodically for safety according to your Chassis Guide. If you suspect the wheel lug nuts have loosened at any time, have them checked and torqued to the proper limits immediately.
Lugs should be checked:
- After winter storage
- After a wheel removal
- Before starting a trip
- Following extensive braking.
- Check and re-torque after the first 10, 25, and 50 miles (16, 40, and 80 kilometers). Thereafter, check and maintain the torque according to the listed torque values.
Refer to the Chassis Guide for torque guidelines.
If you suspect or notice the wheel stud bolts are cracked or broken, they must be replaced, along with adjacent bolts that have probably also been weakened due to the additional stress placed on them.
Aluminum Wheels (if so equipped)
Clean the aluminum wheels with a cleaner that is designed for use on aluminum and apply an appropriate protection agent. Do not use abrasive cleaners. Wheels exposed to seawater or road chemicals should be cleaned as soon as possible. Be sure to use a sponge or chamois leather (brushes may damage the aluminum wheel surface).
If your motor home is equipped with aluminum wheels, only the outer dual wheels are aluminum, and the inner duals are steel wheels.
Read and understand the following before taking your first trip in your RV.
Routine maintenance on your RV is important. To ensure your tires are operating safely, regular inspection of the tires and checking tire pressures is absolutely mandatory. Alignment, balance, and bearing wear will affect tire wear. Make sure to look for cracking, bulging, uneven tread wear, etc.
Tire wear should be checked frequently. Once a wear pattern becomes firmly established in a tire it is difficult to stop, even if the underlying cause is corrected.
Failure to follow proper inflation guidelines may result in tire failure, which, under certain circumstances can cause loss of vehicle control or accidents that may result in property damage, bodily injury, and/or death. You must follow the manufacturer’s inflation guidelines for maximum load capacity; underinflation is just as dangerous as overinflation.
Proper inflation should be monitored closely. Failure to do so could result in the overheating of a tire causing a blowout. Inflation pressure should be as recommended by the tire manufacturer or as the federal label for the recreation vehicle indicates. When you are using your Recreation Vehicle, check the inflation pressure weekly. Pressure should be checked when the tires are cold. During travel, tires heat up, and pressure increases. Do not bleed air from hot tires or your tires may then be under-inflated.
Cold tire inflation pressure is defined as a tire that has not been used for three or more hours or has been driven less than one mile. The tire inflation pressure of a hot tire may show an increase of as much as 6 psi over a cold tire.
It is recommended that the tire pressure be checked at the beginning of each trip to obtain the maximum life of the tire. Follow the instructions listed on the Federal Certification label, to determine the correct tire pressure. Underinflation may cause tire failures and swaying resulting in loss of control, injury, death, or property damage.
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