A MOTORHOME GUIDE 2006 MODEL RANGE AIRSTREAM OWNERS MANUAL INTERSTATE INTRODUCTION 2006 MODEL The Owners Manual for your new Airstream Motorhome 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 Interstate Motorhome is integrated into a Sprinter Van, designed and manufactured by Daimler/Chrysler. Operation of the Sprinter, its engine, power train, and other related components are dis- cussed in the Sprinter Operator 9s Manual and other literature provide by Daimler/Chrysler.
As a point of reference, those systems discussed in the Daimler/ Chrysler literature are warranted by Daimler/Chrysler or their suppliers. Airstream realizes our customers possess varying degrees of expertise in the area of repairing and main- taining the appliances in their motorhome. 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 Snd the information contained in it useful, however, should you ever feel you may be cgetting in ... more. less.
over your head d please see your dealer to have the repairs made.<br><br> The operation and care of component parts such as, refrigerator, furnace, water heater and others are brieTy explained in this manual. However, you will also Snd the complete manufacturer 9s information supplied in a packet included with this manual. Note: All information, illustrations and speciScations contained in the literature are based on the latest product information available at the time of publica- tion approval.<br><br> Airstream reserves the right to make changes if and when new materials and/or produc- tion techniques are developed that can improve the quality of its product, or when material substitutions are necessary due to availability. Throughout this manual CAUTION and WARNING notations are used. Failure to observe cCAUTION d can cause equipment damage if not observed..<br><br> Failure to observe c WARNING d can lead to damaged equipment, serious personal injury and/or death if not observed. Please read and follow all cautions and warnings. If any questions arise contact your dealer or the factory customer service department.<br><br> NOTE: Your Sprinter Van Operator 9s and Warranty Manuals contain important cautions, warnings, operational, and warranty informa- tion on the Sprinter and its components. All information in the Sprinter manual should be reviewed and followed for your safety. The Airstream Interstate Owner 9s Manual may provide addition in- formation and tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome, 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 9s manuals.<br><br> © Airstream, Inc. 2006 TABLE OF CONTENTS A. WARRANTY AND SERVICE Warranty Warranty Explanation Service Reporting Safety Defects Maintenance Schedule B.<br><br> DRIVING Loading Weighing Safety Check List Seat Belts Trailer Towing & Driving Tips Weighing the Motorhome C. SPRINTER VAN Component IdentiScation Tire/Wheels Changing a Tire Installing a Wheel D. CAMPING Camping Safety Smoke Alarm LP Gas Alarm Overnight Stop Winter Traveling Extended Stay E.<br><br> EXTERIOR Cleaning Roadside Exterior Features Curbside Exterior Features Awning F. INTERIOR FURNISHINGS AND ACCESSORIES Lounge, Dinette Vinyl Flooring Counters/Cabinets Wet Bath Interior Skin Fabric Drape/Shades G. PLUMBING LP (Liquid Petroleum) Gas Water System Water Pump City Water Hookup Exterior Water Service Faucets Drain Valve Locations Toilet Storage and Winterizing Drainage/Waste System H.<br><br> ELECTRICAL Battery Disconnect Power Center 12-volt Operation Interior Lights Monitor System TV Antenna Entertainment Center Satellite System Telephone Jack I. 110-Volt System 110-Volt Power Switch-over Box Shorts and Opens Solar Panel Pre-wire J. APPLIANCES Air Conditioner Furnace Refrigerator Range Microwave Oven Water Heater Power Roof Vent K.<br><br> SPECIFICATIONS Coach Chassis L. INDEX A WARRANTY AND SERVICE A - 1 AIRSTREAM INC. LIMITED WARRANTY WARRANTY COVERAGE When you buy a new Airstream Interstate Motorhome from an authorized Airstream dealer, Airstream, Inc., warrants the motorhome from defects in material and work- manship as follows: BASIC WARRANTY PERIOD This warranty is for 36,000 miles (53,937 Kilometers) or three years, whichever comes Srst, beginning when the vehicle is delivered to the Srst retail customer or Srst placed into demonstrator service.<br><br> This warranty must have started prior to the accumulation of 4,000 miles in order to be valid. ITEMS COVERED Any part of the motorhome or any component equipment installed by the factory is covered by the basic warranty except the following items, which are not covered: " House Battery " Generator The above items will be handled by their respective service points and according to their written policy. This limited warranty does not include failure caused by accident, abuse, normal wear, overload or any cause not attributable to a defect in original material or workmanship of the motorhome or component equipment as installed by the factory.<br><br> LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES All warranties of merchantability and Stness for a particular purpose, whether written or oral, express or implied, shall extend only for a period of three years from the date of original purchase, or 36,000 miles (53,937 Kilometers) , whichever comes Srst. There are no other warranties, which extend beyond those described on the face hereof and which expressly excludes conditions resulting, from normal wear, accident, abuse, exposure or overload. Some states do not allow limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.<br><br> AIRSTREAM 9S RESPONSIBILITY The basic Airstream Limited Warranty applies for a period of three years from the date of original purchase or 36,000 miles (53,937 Kilometers) , whichever comes Srst, and the application date of all warranties is that indicated on the owner 9s Limited Warranty. Defects in items covered under this Warranty will be corrected without cost upon the return, at the owner 9s expense, of the motorhome or defective part to an authorized Airstream dealer. A A - 2 WARRANTY AND SERVICE CARE AND MAINTENANCE This warranty covers only defective material and/or workmanship; adjustments are made at the factory prior to shipment, and rechecked by the dealer prior to delivery to the customer.<br><br> Adjustments thereafter become a customer responsibility. The owner is also responsible for following all recommendations, instructions and precautions contained in the Airstream Motorhome Owner 9s Manual and the individual manuals furnished by the chassis, appliance and other manufacturers. INSTALLATIONS NOT COVERED Airstream, Inc., does not accept any responsibility in connection with any of its mo- torhomes for additional equipment or accessories installed at any dealership or other place of business, or by any other party.<br><br> Such installation of equipment or accessories by any other party will not be covered by the terms of this warranty. IF REPAIRS ARE NEEDED If your motorhome needs repairs under the terms of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty, you should: 1. Take your motorhome to your selling dealer or other Authorized Airstream Dealer.<br><br> 2. If the dealer is incapable of making the repair, request that he contact the Service Administration Department at Airstream, Inc., for technical assistance. 3.<br><br> If repairs are still not made, the customer should contact: AIRSTREAM, INC. 419 W. Pike Street - P.O.<br><br> Box 629 Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629 Attention: Owner Relations Department Furnish the following information: " The complete serial number of the motorhome " Mileage " Date of original purchase " Selling dealer " Nature of service problem and steps or service, which have been pe- formed. (The owner may be directed to another dealer at the owner's expense.) 4. If, after taking the above steps, repairs are still not complete, the Airstream owner may request the motorhome be allowed to be brought to the Factory Service Center at the owner 9s expense.<br><br> DEALER REPRESENTATION EXCLUDED The full extent of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty is set forth in detail in the folder and in the explanation of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty covered in the Airstream Motorhome Owner 9s Manual. Airstream Inc. will not be responsible for ad- ditional representations or implied warranties made by any of its dealers to the extent those representations are not a part of, or are contrary to, the terms and conditions of the basic Airstream Limited Warranty .<br><br> A WARRANTY AND SERVICE A - 3 EXPOSURE EXCLUDED It is the responsibility of the owner to take such preventative measures as are neces- sary to maintain the exterior caulking and sealer of your unit. It is the responsibility of the owner to use reasonable, prudent care to prevent foreseeable secondary damage from rain, plumbing leaks, and the natural accumulation of moisture in your unit, such as a delaminated Toor; stained upholstery, carpeting, or drapes; mold formation and growth; furniture damage, etc. Mold is a natural growth given certain environmental conditions and is not covered by the terms of the Limited Warranty.<br><br> CONSEQUENTIAL AND INCIDENTAL DAMAGES Airstream, Inc., will not be responsible for any consequential or incidental ex- penses or damages resulting from a defect. Incidental expenses include, but are not limited to: travel expenses, gasoline, oil, lodging, meals, telephone tolls, and loss of work and loss of use of the motorhome. Some examples of consequen- tial damages would be: stained curtains due to rain leaks or delaminated Ooor caused by a plumbing leak.<br><br> Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. WARRANTY TRANSFER The basic Airstream Limited Warranty is transferable to subsequent owners for the duration of the warranty period. Warranty transfer application forms are available from your dealer or the Airstream Inc.<br><br> Service Administration Department. CONSUMER ARBITRATION PROGRAM Airstream, Inc. participates in the consumer Arbitration Program for Recreational Vehicle (CAP-RV).<br><br> This third-party dispute resolution program is available, at no charge to you, to settle unresolved warranty disputes for recreational vehicles. This dispute resolution program reviews eligible product and service related complaints involving warranty covered components. To Snd out more about this program, or to request an application/brochure, please call the Arbitration Administration ofSce toll-free 800.279.5343.<br><br> For recreational vehicles purchased in the State of California: The CAP-RV program operates as a certiSed mechanism under the review of the California Arbitration CertiScation Program. You must utilize the arbitration program before claiming rights conferred by 15 USC section 2310 (Uniform Commercial Code) or Civil Code section 1793.22(b) (Son-Beverly Warranty Act). You are not required to use the program if you choose to seek redress by pursuing rights and remedies not created by those laws.<br><br> CHANGES IN DESIGN Airstream Inc. reserves the right to make changes in design and improvements upon its product without imposing any obligation upon itself to install the same upon its products theretofore manufactured. This warranty gives you speciNc legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to state.<br><br> A A - 4 WARRANTY AND SERVICE WARRANTY EXPLANATION Along with your new Airstream motorhome, you have purchased the Airstream Limited Warranty. Read your Limited Warranty carefully. It contains the entire agreement with respect to Airstream 9s obligation on the Limited Warranty on your new vehicle.<br><br> The terms of the Limited Warranty, and only those terms, will deSne Airstream 9s responsi- bility. When you receive your Limited Warranty Sle it for safekeeping. Upon proof of purchase date to any Airstream Dealer Service Center, defects in materi- als or workmanship will be repaired or replaced without cost to the owner for a period of thirty six (36) months from the original purchase date, or 36,000 miles (57,937 kilome- ters), whichever occurs Srst.<br><br> Written warranties of some manufacturers of components of the motorhome will be honored by Airstream for the duration on that manufacturer 9s warranty. The Airstream Limited Warranty Excludes: Normal Wear: Items such as water puriSer packs, curtains, upholstery, Toor coverings, window, and vent seals may show wear within the one year Limited Warranty period depending upon the amount of usage, weather and atmospheric conditions. Accident Damage caused by accident is usually visible, and we strongly urge our dealers and customers to inspect the motorhome upon delivery for any damage caused by ac- cident while being delivered to the dealer, or while it is on the dealer 9s lot.<br><br> Damage of this nature becomes the dealer 9s or your responsibility upon acceptance of the motorhome. GLASS BREAKAGE, whether obviously struck or mysterious, is always accidental and covered by most insurance policies. Abuse Lack of customer care and/or improper maintenance, including failure to comply with the terms of the Owner 9s Manual, or failure to heed proper vehicle operation shown by the dash instruments is not covered by warranty.<br><br> Exposure Deterioration by sunlight is possible to such items as tires, curtains or upholstery. Steel or metal surfaces are subject to the elements, causing rust and corrosion that is normal and beyond the control and responsibility of Airstream. Appearance Paint and appearance items that show imperfections, damage to interior and exterior surfaces resulting from abrasion, collision or impact, and broken window glass is not covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty and should be brought to the attention of your Airstream dealer at the time of delivery and during pre-delivery inspection.<br><br> Overload Overload Damage due to loading beyond capacity or to cause improper balance is not covered by the Airstream Limited Warranty. The Airstream motorhome is engineered to properly handle any normal load. There are limits to the amount of load that can be safely transported depending upon speed and road conditions.<br><br> If these limits have been exceeded the Airstream Limited Warranty will not cover resulting damage. For additional information on the load capacity of your motorhome, consult your Owner 9s Manual or gross vehicle weight rating plate. A WARRANTY AND SERVICE A - 5 SPRINTER VAN Airstream, Inc., does not accept any responsibility in connection with any of its mo- torhomes for the Sprinter Van or its components.<br><br> The Sprinter Van and its components are covered by DaimlerChrysler Warranties as explained by DaimlerChrysler literature provided with each motorhome. Your Sprinter Van and its components are pre- checked by its manufacturer before delivery to Airstream. All service to the Sprinter Van and its components must be performed by Daimler/Chrysler designated service points according to the manufacturer 9s warranty and service policies.<br><br> Daimler/Chrysler Literature is supplied with each Airstream motorhome. The literature gives important information concerning its warranty coverage, maintenance, and operation. WARNING : Your Sprinter Van Operator 9s and Warranty Manuals contain important cautions, warnings, operational, and warranty information on the Sprinter and its components.<br><br> All information in the Sprinter manual should be reviewed and fol- lowed for your safety. The Airstream Interstate Owner 9s Manual may provide addition information and tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome, 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 9s manuals. Other Exclusions Tires, battery and the Onan generator are serviced by their respective manufacturers and will be handled by their service centers according to the terms of their written policy.<br><br> Any warranty forms from these manufacturers should be completed promptly, preferably at time of purchase. SERVICE Before leaving the factory, each and every vital part of the motorhome is tested for performance. Each test is signed and certiSed by an inspector.<br><br> After the motorhome arrives on your dealer 9s lot all of these vital parts and systems are again tested. When you take delivery of your new motorhome you will receive a complete checkout. Please contact your dealer if you need service.<br><br> Major service under your Airstream Limited Warranty is available through our nationwide network of Airstream Dealer Service Centers. An up-to-date list of Dealer Service Centers has been provided with your new motorhome. This list is current as of the date of publication.<br><br> Occasionally dealerships change, or new dealers are added who may not appear on this list. For this reason, it is suggested that you contact your local dealer from time to time and bring your list up to date. He can also provide you with additional copies if you need them.<br><br> ALL SERVICE CENTERS OPERATE ON AN APPOINTMENT BASIS FOR THE UTMOST EFFICIENCY. When you require service from the Airstream Factory Service Center, or a CertiSed Dealer Service Center, please contact the service manager for an appointment, and kindly inform him if you are unable to keep the appointment date or wish to change it. Service may be arranged at the Airstream Factory Service Center by contacting the Service Coordinator at Airstream Factory Service Center P.O.<br><br> Box 629 419 W. Pike Street Jackson Center, Ohio 45334-0629 Phone: 937-596-6111 Fax: 937-596-6802 A A - 6 WARRANTY AND SERVICE CONSUMER ARBITRATION PROGRAM Airstream, Inc. participates in the consumer Arbitration Program for Recreational Vehicle (CAP-RV).<br><br> This third-party dispute resolution program is available, at no charge to you, to settle unresolved warranty disputes for recreational vehicles. This dispute resolution program reviews eligible product and service related complaints involving warranty covered components. To Snd out more about this program, or to request an application/brochure, please call the Arbitration Administration ofSce toll-free 800.279.5343.<br><br> For recreational vehicles purchased in the State of California: The CAP-RV program operates as a certiSed mechanism under the review of the California Arbitration CertiScation Program. You must utilize the arbitration program before claiming rights conferred by 15 USC section 2310 (Uniform Commercial Code) or Civil Code section 1793.22(b) (Son-Beverly Warranty Act). You are not required to use the program if you choose to seek redress by pursuing rights and remedies not created by those laws.<br><br> REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS If you believe that your vehicle has a defect, which could cause a crash or could cause injury or death, you should immediately inform the National Highway TrafSc Safety Administration (NHTSA) in addition to notifying Airstream, Inc. If NHTSA receives similar complaints, it may open an investigation, and if it Snds that a safety defect exists in a group of vehicles, it may order a recall and remedy campaign. However, NHTSA cannot become involved in individual problems between you, your dealer, or Airstream, Inc.<br><br> To contact NHTSA you may either call the Auto Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-800-327- 4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or write to: NHTSA, 400Seventh ST, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590. You can also obtain other information about motor vehicle safety from the Hotline or view the NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov A WARRANTY AND SERVICE A - 7 MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE Living Area WARNING : FAILURE TO MAINTAIN YOUR COACH CAN CAUSE PREMATURE AND UNEXPECTED PARTS BREAKAGE AND/OR ERRATIC OPERATION THAT MAY BE HAZARDOUS.<br><br> SERIOUS INJURY COULD RESULT FROM FAILURE TO HEED THIS WARNING. EVERY 1,000 MILES OR 60 DAYS Smoke Alarm Test and replace battery as required. GFI Circuit Breaker Test and record.<br><br> EVERY 5,000 MILES OR 90 DAYS LPG Regulator Check bottom vent for obstructions Roof Vent Elevator Screws Lubricate with light household oil Living Area Windows Lubricate with light household oil EVERY 10, 000 MILES OR 6 MONTHS Carbon monoxide alarm Vacuum exterior only. EVERY YEAR or 12,000 miles LP Tank Clean, neutralize and coat terminals with petroleum jelly. Seams Check and reseal, windows, lights and vents if necessary.<br><br> Reseal with Bostik urethane sealant or equivalent as needed. APPLIANCES Appliances have maintenance schedules and advice in their respective Owners/ Operation Manuals. These manuals are included in the owner 9s packet given to you by your dealer.<br><br> Please become familiar with and follow all information in these manuals. AUTOMOTIVE See the Sprinter Operators Manual and Maintenance Logbook for Automotive Maintenance schedules and pre-trip inspections. A A - 8 WARRANTY AND SERVICE MAINTENANCE RECORDS DATE DEALER SERVICE PERFORMED DATE DEALER SERVICE PERFORMED B DRIVING B - 1 LOADING Below is a sample of the weight information chart provided in all Airstream vehicles.<br><br> This information can be found in your vehicle on the back of a wardrobe door about 60 d up from the Toor. See speciScation section in this manual for weights and term deSnitions. WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION The motorhomes have fresh water, a wastewater tank, and storage areas.<br><br> It gives you great Texibility in loading. With Texibility comes responsibility. If you want to load down all the storage compartments, the amount of Tuids will have to be reduced.<br><br> Distribute your additional cargo as evenly as possible with the heaviest objects located as low as possible. Do you really want to carry 300 pounds of water to a RV park 1,000 miles away and then hook up to a city water supply? Even if you 9re going to the cboondocks d, you can usually Sll your water tank shortly before entering the area.<br><br> Just reducing your load by 10 gallons of water lets you carry an awful lot of Sshing and camping gear. The Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW), listed on the chart in your coach, is the weight of this motorhome as manufactured at the factory with full fuel, engine oil, and cool- ants. Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) is equal to the GVWR minus each of the following: UVW, full fresh (potable) water weight (including water heater), full propane weight, and SCWR.<br><br> WEIGHING The unloaded vehicle weight (UVW), listed on the chart in your coach is the weight of the motorhome with the options as ordered and installed at the factory. It includes all weight at the axles with full generator Tuids, including fuel, engine oil, and coolants. To determine the actual weight of your vehicle with personal cargo, water and LP, it must be weighed on scales.<br><br> The most common scales are those used by states to weigh trucks used along the highway. In rural areas, grain elevators are a good source and another would be a gravel pit. Note: Weighing instructions for this motorhome are explained later in this section.<br><br> If you have trouble locating scales, a call to your State Highway Patrol will usually Snd them very cooperative in assisting you. B B - 2 DRIVING SAFETY CHECK LIST Your Airstream motorhome should be given a thorough safety check before a trip. Regular use of the following list will provide safe operation of your motorhome and will help you spot any malfunctioning equipment and correct the problem as soon as possible.<br><br> The list is to help you and may not be all-inclusive. Failure to heed the following items may cause damage to the vehicle or per- sonal injury. EXTERIOR CHECK LIST (BEFORE ENTERING VEHICLE) 1.<br><br> Check condition of tires for proper inTation. 2. Turn off LPG valve on LPG tank.<br><br> 3. Check that sewer connections, city water hookup, TV cable/satellite, and all exterior components are unhooked and properly stowed away. 4.<br><br> Check that all external compartments and Sller openings are properly closed, latched, and/or locked. 5. Check that items stored on exterior of vehicle are securely tied down.<br><br> 6. Would any items stored on exterior of vehicle present a clearance problem? 7.<br><br> Lower and secure TV antenna, (stow satellite dish). 8. Follow all automotive manufacturers recommendations on checking and Slling Tuid levels.<br><br> 9. Check exterior lights and general condition of vehicle. 10.<br><br> Keep tires at recommended inTation pressure. INTERIOR CHECK LIST (BEFORE DRIVING OFF) 1. It is important that all doors be completely closed during travel.<br><br> 2. Turn off living area water pump. 3.<br><br> Check that refrigerator door is fastened. 4. Check that nothing heavy is stored in overhead or high cabinets, which could fall out and cause injury.<br><br> Heavy items should be stored in lower cabinets. 5. Stow folding and pedestal tables.<br><br> 6. Check that counter tops, range top, and shelves are clear of even small items that could become projectiles in an accident. 7.<br><br> Do not cook while under way. Hot food or liquid could scald due to a sudden stop or accident. 8.<br><br> Be sure all LPG controls on the furnace, range and gas/electric refrigerator are turned Off. 9. Check that any internal stowage is securely held in place 10.<br><br> Check that lights and switches are set in positions safe for travel. 11. Adjust the driver 9s seat so that you can easily reach and operate all controls.<br><br> Make sure seat is locked in position. Do not adjust driver 9s seat 9 swivel, fore or aft mechanism while vehicle is moving. The seat could move unexpectedly causing loss of control.<br><br> B DRIVING B - 3 12. Check that front passenger 9s seat is locked in position - both fore and aft adjustment and swivel mechanism. 13.<br><br> The freedom of movement of the brake and accelerator pedals must not be impaired in any way 14. Check rear view mirrors adjustment, inside and outside. Adjust curtains if necessary for maximum visibility.<br><br> 15. Secure children in a Federally Approved Child Restraint Device. 16.<br><br> Fasten your lap belts. SAFETY SEAT BELTS In the forward driver 9s area of the motorhome, safety seat belts are provided for the use of the driver and the right front passenger. Safety belts are available for other seats.<br><br> It is strongly recommended that all occupants remain seated with their safety belts Srmly attached while the motorhome is in transit. The driver should adjust his seat so that he is able to reach all controls easily with the belt on, especially able to use all the travel on the foot brake. The belt should be placed as low as possible around the hips to prevent sliding out from under them in case of accident.<br><br> This places the load of the body on the strong hipbone structure instead of around the soft abdominal area. Two people should never try to use the same seat belt. WARNING : Become familiar with and follow all directions, advice, and warnings pertaining to seats, seat belt operation, and restraint systems, provided in the Sprinter Operator 9s Manual.<br><br> WARNING : Children must be secured in a Federally Approved Child Restraint Device. Failure to use proper restraints while in transit can result in severe or fatal injuries. Never place an infant seat that faces to the rear on the front passenger seat.<br><br> Never place an unbelted infant seat on the front pas- senger seat. Child restraint devices are designed to be secured with lap or lap/shoulder belts. All instructions supplied by the restraint manufacturer must be followed.<br><br> Statistics have shown children are safer when properly restrained in a rear seating position than in a front seating position. Often the children traveling in motorhomes are grandchildren. There are times when our love for grandchildren makes us hesitate to properly supervise their actions.<br><br> Don 9t hesitate when it comes to their safety. Make sure they are properly restrained. CHILDREN HAVE LOVED ONES TOO.<br><br> IF YOU WON 9T BUCKLE UP FOR YOURSELF, BUCKLE UP FOR THEM. WARNING : Drinking or taking drugs and driving can be a very dangerous combination. Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can affect your reOexes, perception, and judgment.<br><br> The possibility of a serious or even fatal accident is sharply increased when you drink or take drugs and drive. Never drink or take drugs and drive or allow anyone to drive after drinking or taking drugs. B B - 4 DRIVING TRAILER TOWING AND DRIVING TIPS (partial excerpts from Sprinter Operators Manual) WARNING : Failure to use proper equipment and driving technique can result in a loss of vehicle control when towing a trailer.<br><br> Improper towing or failure to follow the instructions contained in this section can result in serious injury. Follow the guidelines below carefully to assure safe trailer operation. Ask your authorized sprinter or Airstream dealer if you require an explanation of informa- tion contained in the sky.<br><br> Trailer Hitches Units have hitches installed from the Sprinter manufacturer. The Sprinter 7- way con- nector is used for lights and charge line on a trailer. For further information, please see your authorized Sprinter or Airstream Dealer.<br><br> The bumpers on your vehicle are not designed for use with clamp type hitches. Do not attach rental hitches or other bumper type hitches to them. To reduce the possibility of damage, remove the hitch ball adapter from the receiver when not in use.<br><br> Vehicle and Trailer Weights and Ratings Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum permissible weight of the mo- torhome. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW): comprises weight of vehicle including fuel, tools, spare tire, installed accessories, passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue. It must never exceed the GVWR.<br><br> Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) is a maximum permissible axle weight. Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) is a maximum permissible trailer weight to be towed. Trailer Tongue Weight Rating (TWR) is the maximum permissible weight of the trailer tongue.<br><br> These and other weights are located in the speciScation section of this manual. B DRIVING B - 5 Since this vehicle is designed and intended primarily as a load-carrying vehicle, towing a trailer will affect handling, durability and economy. Maximum safety and satisfaction depends upon proper use of correct equipment and avoiding overloads and other abusive operation.<br><br> WARNING : The total weight of the motorhome and trailer must not ex- ceed the GCWR listed in the speciNcation section of this manual. The maximum towing capacity varies according to the size of the motorhome and its GCWR. Vehicles should be properly equipped for towing trailers.<br><br> Information on trailer hauling capabilities and special equipment required may be obtained from your Airstream dealer. Loading a Trailer When loading a trailer, you should observe that neither the permissible GTW, nor the GVWR are exceeded. Maximum permissible values are listed on the safety compliance certiScation labels for the vehicle and for the trailer to be towed.<br><br> For their location, see the Sprinter Operators Manual. The lowest value listed must be selected when determining how the vehicle and trailer are loaded. To assist in attaining good handling of the vehicle/trailer combination it is important that the tongue weight be maintained at approximately 10%-15% of the loaded trailer weight, but not to exceed the hitch rating.<br><br> Tongue loads can be adjusted by proper distribution of the load in the trailer, and can be checked by weighing separately the loaded trailer and then the tongue. The tongue weight (TW) at the hitch ball must be added to the GVW to prevent exceed- ing your Sprinter towed vehicles or rear GAWR. When towing trailers, motorhome tires should be inTated to the highest pressures shown on the information plate on the side of the driver 9s seal mounting plate.<br><br> The Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) of this vehicle is reduced by the amount that equals the trailer tongue load on the trailer hitch. Checking Weights of Vehicle and Trailer To assure that the tow vehicle and trailer comply with the maximum permissible weight limits, and to know the actual weights, have the loaded vehicle-trailer combination (tow vehicle including driver, passengers and cargo, trailer fully loaded) weight on commercial scale. Check the vehicles front and rear Gross Axle Weight (GAW), the GTW and TW.<br><br> The val- ues as measured must not be exceeded, according to the weight listed under cVehicle and trailer weight and ratings d in this section. B B - 6 DRIVING Attaching a Trailer Please observe maximum permitted trailer dimensions (weight and length). Most states and all Canadian provinces require safety chains between your tow vehicle and trailer.<br><br> The chains should be crisscrossed under the trailer tongue. It must be attached to the hitch receiver, and not to the vehicles bumper or axle. Be sure to leave enough slack in the chains to permit turning corners.<br><br> Most states and all Canadian provinces required a separate brake system for tow- ing trailers. WARNING : The towing vehicle 9s braking system is rated for opera- tion at GVWR (GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING), NOT at the GCWR (GROSS COMBINED WEIGHT RATING). A separate functioning brake system is required for any towed vehicles or trailers weighing more than 1000 lbs.<br><br> (450 kg) when fully loaded. NEVER exceed the GVWR (GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING), or the GAWR (GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING) speciNed on a motorhome certiNca- tion label. Also NEVER, exceed the weight ratings of trailer hitch installed on a motorhome.<br><br> Failure to heed any part of this warning could result in loss of control of the motorhome and towed vehicle or trailer and may cause an accident and serious injury. For speciNed towed vehicle braking requirements, consult the Sprinter Operator 9s manual that comes with this vehicle. WARNING : Do not connect a trailer brake system (if trailer is so equipped) directly to the vehicles hydraulic brake system as your vehicle is equipped with antilock brakes.<br><br> If you do, neither the vehicles brakes nor the trailers brakes will function properly. Property damage, injury or death to you or others may be the result. The provided vehicle electrical wiring harness for a trailer towing has a brake signal wire for hookup to a brake controller.<br><br> Most states and all Canadian provinces require a brake away switch on trailers with a separate brake system. The switch activates the trailer brakes in the possible event that the trailer might separate from the tow vehicle. Please consider us- ing a trailer sway control system.<br><br> For further information, see your authorized Sprinter or Airstream dealer. Towing a Trailer There are many different laws, including speed limit restrictions, having to do with trailer towing. Make sure that your vehicle -- trailer combination will be legal; not only for where you reside, but also for where you 9ll be driving.<br><br> A good source for this information can be the State Attorney General, State Police, or local authorities. Before you start driving with a trailer, check the trailer 9s hitch, brake away switch, safety chains, electrical connections, lighting and tires. Also, adjust the mirrors to permit unobstructed view beyond rear of trailer.<br><br> B DRIVING B - 7 If the trailer has electric brakes, start your vehicle and trailer moving slowly, and then ap- ply only the trailer brake controller by hand to be sure the brakes are working properly. When towing a trailer, check occasionally to be sure that the load is secure, and that lighting and trailer brakes (if so equipped) are functioning properly. Always secure items in the trailer to prevent load shifts while driving.<br><br> Take into consideration that when towing a trailer, the handling characteristics are different and less stable from those when operating the vehicle without a trailer. It is important to avoid sudden maneuvers. The vehicle and trailer combination is heavier, and therefore is limited in acceleration inclining ability, and requires longer stopping distances.<br><br> It is more prone to reacting to side wind gusts, and requires more sensitive steering input. In order to gain skill and an understanding of the vehicles behavior, you should practice turning, stopping and backing up in an area which is free from trafSc. If possible, do not brake abruptly, but rather engage the brake slightly at Srst to permit trailer to activate its brake.<br><br> Then increase the braking force. We want every owner to be a safe and courteous driver. A few hours of towing practice in a large empty supermarket lot will make pulling your trailer over the road much easier.<br><br> Line out two corners for left and right turns. You may also use these corners to practice backing and parking. OBSERVE THAT THE TRACKS MADE BY THE TRAILER WHEELS ARE DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE MADE BY THE TOW VEHICLE.<br><br> Studying this will make it easier for you to correct mistakes. Truck or trailer type fender or door grip rear view mir- rors are necessary for maximum visibility and in most states the law requires them. After thoroughly inspecting your hitch, brakes, and tires you should be ready to tow.<br><br> Check trafSc, signal that you are about to pull away, and start slowly. Look often in your mirrors, and observe the action of the trailer, then carefully move into the proper lane of trafSc. Remember that the trailer wheels will not follow the path of the tow vehicle wheels; therefore, WIDER TURNS ARE NECESSARY WHEN TURNING TO THE LEFT OR TO THE RIGHT.<br><br> ON FREEWAYS OR EXPRESSWAYS try to pick the lane you want and stay in it. Always maintain plenty of space between you and the car ahead, at least the length of the tow vehicle plus trailer for every ten miles per hour. Remember that in order to pass another vehicle you will need longer to accelerate.<br><br> You must also allow for the length of the trailer when returning to the right hand lane. B B - 8 DRIVING Tracking On a two-lane road cars will be lining up behind you because you travel at a lower speed. It is both courte- ous and sensible to signal, pull onto the shoulder, and let them pass.<br><br> The BRAKE CONTROLLER (if so equipped) is activated when you apply the brakes of the tow vehicle. Your tow vehicle brakes will automatically apply the trailer brakes Srst when properly adjusted. This will help keep your tow vehicle and trailer in a straight line and make you stop as if you were driving the tow vehicle alone.<br><br> If swaying or swerving should occur, brieTy operating the controller separate from the vehicle brakes may help correct the situation. Practice this maneuver on a clear highway. Don 9t wait for an emergency then grope for the controller.<br><br> When trailering you might encounter a temporary cool- ing system overload during severe conditions such as hot days when pulling on a long grade, when slowing down after higher speed driving, or driving long idle periods in trafSc jams. If the hot indicator light comes on, or the temperature gauge indicates overheating and you have your air conditioner turned on, turn it off. Pull over in a safe place and put on your emergency brake.<br><br> Don 9t turn off the engine. Increase the engine idle speed. Lift the engine hood and check for Tuid leaks at the radiator overTow outlet.<br><br> Check to see that all drive belts are intact and the fan is turning. If you have a problem have it Sxed at the next opportunity. If there is no problem the light should go off or tempera- ture should come down within one minute.<br><br> Proceed on the highway a little slower. Ten minutes later resume normal driving. WARNING : Never open a radiator cap when the tow vehicle is hot.<br><br> Check the coolant level when the vehicle is cool. When going downhill in dry weather, down shift so that engine compression will slow the whole rig clown. Take dips and depressions in the road slowly and do not resume normal driving speeds until you are sure that the trailer wheels are clear of the dip.<br><br> WARNING : On slippery pavement do not use engine drag to help slow down as this may cause the rear wheels of the tow vehicle to skid. On icy pavement drive slowly and if you feel the tow vehicle skidding gently apply the trailer brakes only. This will bring the tow vehicle and trailer back into a single line.<br><br> Chains do not help trailer wheels. When driving in mud and sand let the momentum carry the rig through. Apply power gently and use as little as possible.<br><br> Stay in the tracks of the vehicle ahead and keep the tow vehicle in the highest possible gear. If you are stuck it is best to tow out the entire rig together without unhitching. Despite the best hitch you will notice that whenever a large bus or truck overtakes your rig the displaced air Srst pushes the trailer rear slightly to the right and then affects the front.<br><br> It may be necessary to steer very slightly, momentarily, toward the bus or truck to help compensate for the sway induced by the passing-ve- hicle. Do not apply the vehicle brakes, as this can tend to exaggerate the situation. You may Snd, however, that brieTy applying the trailer brakes with your manual B DRIVING B - 9 control will help eliminate sway.<br><br> WARNING : When stopping on a hill or slope, leaving your tow vehicle in gear is not enough for standstill safety. CHOCK THE TRAILER WHEELS to he double sure. Do not use trailer brakes as parking brakes.<br><br> Backing Up In BACKING UP the important thing to remember is to DO EVERYTHING SLOWLY and to correct immediately if you see the trailer turning the wrong way. Concentrate on the rear of the trailer. With your tow vehicle and trailer in a straight line, back up slowly and turn the bottom of the steering wheel in the direction you want the trailer to go.<br><br> Watch out the window or in the mirror until the rear of the trailer is pointing in the desired direction. Your tow vehicle will be following the trailer in an arc. Straighten the tow vehicle and trailer by turning the steering wheel more sharply, and then when they are in line, straighten the steering wheel.<br><br> ALWAYS TRY TO BACK TO YOUR LEFT BECAUSE THE VISIBILITY IS MUCH BETTER. (See Illustration) When you don 9t make it on the Srst try it is usually much easier to pull forward to your original position and start over. If your spouse or traveling companion normally directs you when backing they should position themselves forward of the tow vehicle so the driver can easily see them.<br><br> Their directions should always indicate to the driver the direction the rear of the trailer should go. A little practice in a parking lot with the person giving directions can save a lot of frustration when backing into a campsite. WARNING : take into consideration that when towing a trailer, the han- dling characteristics are different and less stable from those with operating the vehicle without a trailer.<br><br> It is important to avoid sudden maneuvers. Sudden maneuvers may lead to loss of control over the vehicle -- trailer combination. CAUTION : If the transmission hunts between gears on inclines, manually shift to a lower gear (select c4 d, c3 d, cto c2 d or c1 d).<br><br> A lower gear and reduction of speed reduces the chances of engine overloading and/or overheating. When going down a long hill, shift into a lower gear and use the engines braking effect. Avoid riding the brakes, thus overheating the vehicle and trailer brakes.<br><br> If the engine coolant rises to an extremely high temperature (coolant temperature needle approaching the red zone) when the air conditioner is on, turn off the air conditioner. Engine coolant heat can be additionally vented by opening the windows, switching the climate control fan speed to high and setting the temperature control to the maximum hot position. Extreme care must be exercised censure vehicle with a trailer will require additional passing distance ahead that when driving without a trailer.<br><br> Because your vehicle and trailer is longer then your vehicle alone, you will also need to go much further ahead of the passed vehicle before you can return to your lane. Parking WARNING : to reduce the risk of personal injury, or damage to the ve- hicle power train, as a result of vehicle/trailer movement, always: " Keep right foot on the brake pedal. " Shift tear selector lever to position "N".<br><br> " Have a second person place wheel chocks on downhill side of left and right trailer wheels. " Slowly release brake pedal cannot vehicle and trailer roll into chocks until stopped. " Firmly depress parking brake pedal.<br><br> " Move gear selector lever to position "P". " On inclines, turn from wheels towards the road curb. B B - 10 DRIVING TOWING YOUR MOTORHOME The most common equipment is called creach under hooks d.<br><br> These allow the tow operator to lift on the front suspension of your motorhome without damaging the bumper or other body parts. Another choice is a wheeled dolly. In these, the front tires sit in a cradle supported by its own wheels.<br><br> The tow operator should be told the weight of your vehicle on the front suspension so they can be properly prepared when they reach you. CAUTION : Considerable damage will occur if the motorhome is improperly lifted for towing purposes. Only qualiNed professional wrecker service compa- nies with proper equipment should be used.<br><br> Observe all cautions and warnings in the Sprinter Operator 9s manual before towing your motorhome. WARNING : Do not tow the vehicle if the key cannot be turned in the ignition lock. If the key cannot be turned, the ignition lock remains locked and the vehicle can- not be steered.<br><br> With the engine not running there is no power assistance for the braking and steering systems. In this case, it is important to keep in mind that a considerably higher degree of effort is necessary to brake and steer the vehicle. The vehicle must not be towed with the front axle raised and key in position two in the ignition lock as the drive wheels could then lock due to the acceleration skid control (ASR).<br><br> See the Sprinter Operators Manual for information on the ASR. B DRIVING B - 11 Procedure for Weighing A RV Vehicle should be weigh loaded as you normally travel. 1.<br><br> Fill in Srst row from SpeciScation Section of this manual. 2. Weigh vehicle as shown in row 2 (Scale Weight) and Sll in blanks.<br><br> 3. Weigh one side of vehicle as shown In Individual Wheel Position Weight. 4.<br><br> Calculate other side as shown in Last Information for line 1 is located in the speciScation section in this manual. Front Axle GAWR GVWR Rear Axle GAWR GCWR - GVW SCALE WEIGHT Optional Tow Weight ___________ STEP 1 Front Axle GAW ___________ STEP 2 GVW ___________ STEP 3 Rear Axle GAW ___________ STEP 3a Tow Weight minus Weight of Trailer or Vehicle Towed INDIVIDUAL WHEEL POSITION WEIGHT ___________ STEP 4 Left Front Wheel Position ___________ STEP 5 Left Side (Total LF + LR) ___________ STEP 6 Left Rear Wheel Position Calculated Calculated Calculated ___________ Right Front Wheel Position Step 1 minus Step 4 ___________ Right Front (Total RF + RR) Step 2 minus Step 5 ___________ Right Rear Wheel Position Step 3 minus Step 6 GAWR = Gross Axle Weight Rating GVWR = Gross Vehicle Weight Rating GCWR = Gross Combination Weight Rating C C - 1 SPRINTER VAN Component IdentiNcation The Airstream Interstate Motorhome is integrated into a Sprinter Van, designed and manufactured by Daimler/Chrysler. Operation of the Sprinter, its engine, power train, and other related components are discussed in the Sprinter Operator 9s Manual and other literature provide by Daimler/Chrysler.<br><br> As a point of reference, those systems discussed in this literature are warranted by Daimler/Chrysler or their suppliers. If repairs are needed, it may be difScult to determine which parts are the Sprinter manufacturer 9s, and which are Airstream 9s responsibility. The following partial lists show the major components of the van and the company responsible for their servicing.<br><br> Sprinter Van Serviced by Daimler/Chrysler. See Sprinter Warranty Information Manual for complete instructions. Engine Exterior Automotive lights Transmission Suspension Brakes Drive Axle and Hubs Steering Assembly Rear Shocks Front Spindle, Bearings Automotive Fuse Panel Wheels Parking Brake Alternator Electric Fuel Pump Cruise Control Engine Battery Instrument Panel Cluster Engine Cooling System Tires (see tire manufacturer service center) Doors, cab, side and rear cargo Cab door windows and windshield Automotive electrical system Dash AC/Heater/Defroster Driver 9s and Passenger 9s Seats and Restraint systems, does not include optional swivel pedestal for passenger seat or seat decorative skirting that is installed by Airstream Inc.<br><br> In the United States: In Canada: Daimler/Chrysler Motors Company LLC Daimler/Chrysler Canada, Inc. Customer Center Customer Center PO Box 21-8004 PO Box 1621 Auburn Hills, MI. 48321-8004 Windsor, Ontario N9A-4H6 Ph.: 800-992-1997 Ph.: 800 465-2001 C SPRINTER VAN C - 2 Component IdentiNcation (continued) Airstream Components serviced by Airstream Authorized Service Centers Cab Area: Driving light system including lights, switch and harness Driver 9s and passenger 9s seat skirting Floor Mats Finish on the center console switch base.<br><br> Airstream removes, send out for Snish and reinstalls. Living Quarters: Interior furniture, wall panels to the rear of the cab seats. Privacy curtain Shades Floor covering Appliances in the lounge/lavy area Fresh water and waste water system components.<br><br> Non-automotive electrical components includin g: Monitor panel and its system Converter Automatic switchover box 110-volt system 12 Volt living area system Roof AC Power vent Living area entertainment center Exterior patio light Exterior Roof rack Entertainment center 9s Radio and TV antenna Exterior windows excluding windshield, drivers and passenger door Paint (Carrera Designs) Access doors and other living area electrical and plumbing components If you need further clariScation or information, contact the Airstream Customer Relations Department at 937-596-6111 before contacting a service center for an appointment. If you wish to write, the address is: Airstream Inc. Attn: Customer Service 419 W.<br><br> Pike Street P.O. Box 629 Jackson Center, Ohio 45334 C C - 3 SPRINTER VAN IMPORTANT INFORMATION Your Sprinter Van Operator 9s and Warranty Manuals contain important cautions, warnings, operational, and warranty information on the Sprinter and its compo- nents. All information in the Sprinter manual should be reviewed and followed for your safety.<br><br> The Airstream Interstate Owner 9s Manual may provide addition information and tips on the use of the Van as a motorhome, however, no informa- tion 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 9s manuals. TIRES Don 9t let anyone tell you that underinTation or over inTation is all right. It 9s not.<br><br> If you 9re tires don 9t have enough air (underinTation) you can get tire Texing, heat build-up, tire overloading, bad handling, bad fuel economy, and bad wear. Too high an air pressure (over inTation) can result in abnormal wear, bad handling, harsh ride, and increase the chance of damage from road hazards. Tire inTation pressures should be checked at least monthly and when signiScantly changing the load you plan to carry in your motorhome.<br><br> Always check tire inTation pressures when the tires are ccold d. Standard inTation pressures for tires are listed on a decal mounted on the driver 9s seat pedestal. Front and rear pressures are shown for each model and GVWR, and are based on the GVWR and front and rear axle ratings (GAWRs) printed on your vehicle VIN plate and CertiScation label.<br><br> Tires must be inTated to these pressures when the vehicle is fully loaded or an axle GAWR is reached. Proper FRONT END ALIGNMENT improves tire tread mileage. Your front-end suspen- sion parts should be inspected periodically and aligned when needed.<br><br> Improper align- ment may or may not cause the vehicle to vibrate. However, improper toe alignment will cause front tires to roll at an angle, which will result in faster tire wear. Incorrect caster or camber alignment will cause your front tires to wear unevenly and can cause the vehicle to cpull d to the left or right.<br><br> Vehicle Placard and Tire InOation Pressure Label The TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION placard supplies information on the size and the cold tire inTation pressure for the original equipment tires supplied with your vehicle. It also deSnes the GVWR as 8,550 pounds. It is located on the side of the driver 9s seat pedestal in your vehicle.<br><br> C SPRINTER VAN C - 4 PROPER TIRE INFLATION The level of air in your tires affects your vehicle 9s overall performance. Not even the highest quality tire will perform well if it 9s not inTated properly. The correct pressure varies from vehicle to vehicle and depends in part upon driver preference.<br><br> Each vehicle has a recommended inTation pressure, usually found on a placard on the door section, doorpost, glove door, or fuel door. On the Interstate Motorhome, it is located on the Driver 9s seat pedestal. Correct tire inTation is a key component in tire care.<br><br> The recommended inTation pres- sures for your tires are indicated on the certiScation label or in your owner 9s manual. Since RVs can be loaded with many different conSgurations, the load on each tire will vary. For this reason, air pressure should be checked based on the load on each individual tire.<br><br> Cold InTation Pressure should be adjusted to handle the maximum tire load, and all tires on the axle should carry the same inTation pressure. COLD TIRE INFLATION PRESSURE is the tire pressure checked in the morning before you drive more than a few miles or before rising ambient temperatures or the sun 9s radiant heat affects it. Check your tires 9 air pressures at least once a month, before each trip and each morning you drive during a trip.<br><br> Tire pressure should be checked cold, as tire pressure ratings have been designed with typical running heat/pressure build-up in mind. Make sure the valves and caps are free of dirt and moisture. Under InOation UnderinTation brings a higher risk of susceptibility to damage due to road hazards, reduces casing durability, and causes a loss in fuel economy, plus uneven or irregular tire wear.<br><br> Severe underinTation brings about an increased risk of tread separation, handling difSculties, and possibly tire failure, which is caused by overheating. IMPORTANT : It 9s a common practice for RV owners to lower tire pressure in their search for a smoother ride. This is not only dangerous, it 9s relatively ineffective, and as the difference in ride quality is not signiScant.<br><br> When minimum inTation pressure requirements are not met, tire durability and optimum operating conditions are com- promised. Tire inTation pressure should always meet at least the minimum guidelines for vehicle weight. " It may be necessary to inTate your tires at a truck stop or truck service center in order to achieve adequate air pressure for your coach's needs " Only permanent air seal metal valve caps should be used.<br><br> " Be safe - if a tire has been run 20% under inTated, it must be dismounted and inspected by a trained professional. It should not be aired up without a full inspection or without using a safety cage. Use a calibrated gauge.<br><br> If your tire is rated for higher inTation pressures, a special gauge will be required designed for larger tires. " Don't bleed air from warm tires to reduce pressure buildup " Don't inTate tires to cold PSI rating beyond rim speciScations HOW OVERLOADING AFFECTS YOUR TIRES Tire pressure is what enables your RV tire to support loads. Overloading your tires can have serious consequences for passengers and your RV.<br><br> Too much weight can cause stress on your RV 9s suspension system, brake failure, shock absorber dam- age, handling and steering problems, irregular tire wear and possible tire failure. Excessive loads or underinTation can lead to an excessive amount of heat and tire failure. If you discover that your tires cannot handle the load, lighten the weight of the load on your tires.<br><br> Tire pressure should never be reduced below the vehicle manufacturer 9s recommended levels to support load conditions in order to improve the ride quality of a vehicle. The difference in ride quality is not signiScant. When minimum inTation pressure require- ments are not met, tire durability and optimum operation can be affected.<br><br> C C - 5 SPRINTER VAN TIRES and WHEELS (partially excerpted from the Sprinter Van Operator 9s Manual) Check tires regularly for even tread wear; tread depth (note legal requirements) and signs of external damage. Use only wheels and tires of the same size, make and pattern. Do not install tires that are not approved for the size and type of wheel installed on the vehicle itself.<br><br> Only use those wheel sizes that were delivered to you buy your authorized Sprinter dealer. Use only wheels and tires that have been tested and approved by the vehicle manufacturer. Break in the tires at moderate speeds for distance of about 65 miles.<br><br> WARNING : always replace wheel bolts that are damage or rusted. Never apply oil or grease to wheel bolts. Damaged wheel hub threads should be repaired immediately.<br><br> Incorrect mounting bolts or improperly tighten mounting bolts can cause the wheel to come off. This could cause an accident. Be sure to use the correct mounting bolts.<br><br> Checked tightness of wheel bolts or nuts regularly and retighten if necessary. After changing a wheel, the wheel bolts or nuts must be tightened once the ve- hicle has been driven for about 30 miles. If new or repainted wheels are Ntted, the wheel bolts or nuts must be retighten again after about 600 to 3000 miles.<br><br> Fitting other wheel sizes to the vehicle will change the Sprinter 9s handling char- acteristics and may lead to an accident resulting in severe personal injuries, death and property damage. Do not use remolded tires. Tighten the wheel bolts or nuts in a cross pattern sequence.<br><br> Tighten the wheel bolts or nuts to the speciNed torque with a torque wrench. Tightening Torque for 8,550 lbs. (vehicle type 2500 C/HC/SHC): Steel Wheel 177 Lbf/ Ft.<br><br> + or - 7 Lbf. /Ft. Light Alloy Wheel 138 Lbf/ Ft.<br><br> + or - 14 Lbf. /Ft (optional) Tire Grip Tire grip is greatly reduced on a wet or icy road. Speed and driving style must therefore be adapted to suit road conditions.<br><br> In winter, install M + S radial tires. Below a tread depth of 1/8 in., tire grip begins to decrease rapidly on wet roads. Hydroplaning Depending on the depth of the water layer on the road, hydroplaning may occur, even at low speeds and with new tires.<br><br> Reduce vehicle speed, avoid grooves in the road, and apply brakes cautiously in the rain. C SPRINTER VAN C - 6 Changing the Tire (partially excerpted from the Sprinter Van Operator 9s Manual) If you get a Tat tire while driving, gradually decrease your speed. Hold the steering wheel Srmly and slowly move to a safe place on the side of the road.<br><br> The pressure of the spare wheel always has to be checked regularly (at least after every tenth time at the Slling station). The vehicle tool kit and the jack are located under the hatch in the front passenger foot well. WARNING : The jack is designed exclusively for jacking up the vehicle at the jack take-up brackets built into either side of the vehicle.<br><br> To help avoid personal injury, use the jack only to lift the vehicle during a wheel change. Never get beneath the vehicle while it is supported by the jack. " Keep hands and feet away from the area under the lifted the vehicle.<br><br> " Always Nrmly set parking brake and block wheels before raising vehicle with jack. " Do not disengage parking brake while vehicle is raised. " Always use the jack on a level surface.<br><br> " Do not jack the vehicle up more than 1.2 inches between the tire and the surface. Otherwise, the vehicle may tip over and may cause seri- ous injury or death to you or others. " Be sure that the jack arm and is fully seated in the jack take-up bracket.<br><br> " Always lower the vehicle onto sufNcient capacity jack stands before working under the vehicle. " Precautions when changing a wheel: Tire pressure: See Sprinter Van Operator 9s Manual. Wheel bolt torque Tighten the wheel bolts in a crosswise pattern to the speciSed torque with torque wrench.<br><br> Tightening Torque for 8,550 lbs. (vehicle type 2500 C/HC/SHC): Steel Wheel 177 Lbf/ Ft. + or - 7 Lbf.<br><br> /Ft. Light Alloy Wheel 138 Lbf/ Ft. + or - 14 Lbf.<br><br> /Ft (optional) " Do not damage, grease or oil wheel bolts or their threads. Procedure: " Park the vehicle on a Srm, level, non-slippery surface. " Switch on the hazard warning Tasher switch, apply the parking brake, and place the transmission selector in cP d.<br><br> " Everyone must leave the vehicle before you jack it up. " Everyone must leave the danger zone, before jacking the vehicle. " The vehicle must be safeguarded in accordance with legal regulations (such as using a warning triangle).<br><br> " Prevent vehicle for rolling away by blocking wheels with wheel chocks (not supplied with vehicle) or sizable woodblocks or stone. On a level road place one chalk in front of and one behind the wheel that is diagonally op- posite to the wheel being changed. When changing a wheel on mild uphill or downhill grade, place chocks on the downhill side blocking both wheels of the other axle.<br><br> C C - 7 SPRINTER VAN Changing the Tire (continued) WARNING : do not change wheels on either a steep uphill or downhill grade. The vehicle may begin to move and fall from the jack, which could cause personal injury and property damage. SPARE WHEEL LOCATION : The spare tire on the Mid Bath models is located as expalined in the Dodge Sprinter Manual.<br><br> On the Rear Bath model the spare tire has been moved from its original location be- neath the end of the frame to just inside the rear doors of the motorhome. It is secured by straps. A lug wrench and jack is located in the vehicle tool kit.<br><br> The vehicle tool kit and jack is located in the front passenger foot well. JACK WARNING : The jack is intended only for raising the vehicle brieOy, for instance when changing a wheel. The jack must be placed on a Nrm, Oat surface only.<br><br> Do not change wheels on either uphill or downhill grades. Do not crawl under the jack that vehicle. Do not start the engine while the vehicle is jack up.<br><br> Do not jack the vehicle up more than 1.2 inches between the tire and the surface. Otherwise, the vehicle may tip over and may cause serious injury or death to you or others. Jack stands must always be used while working beneath the vehicle.<br><br> Failure to follow these precautions could result in property damage, personal injury or death. USING THE JACK The jack is located together with vehicle tool kit under the hatch in the front passenger foot well. " Loosen the wheel bolts before raising the vehicle.<br><br> " Close the release valve on the jack. " Assemble the pump lever provided and insert it into the socket on the jack. " Secure lever by turning it clockwise in the socket.<br><br> " Position the jack under the appropriate jack point and raise the vehicle by pumping the lever. Note: see the Sprinter operator's manual for jack point locations. Removing a Wheel " Loosen the wheel bolts.<br><br> " Jack up the vehicle until the wheel is clear of the ground. " Unscrew the wheel bolts and remove the wheel (keep the wheel bolts clean). NOTE: If the vehicle moves forwards or backwards while it is being jacked up, lower it again and repositioned the jack.<br><br> When the vehicle is jacked up, the jack must stand vertically (plumb-line). C SPRINTER VAN C - 8 INSTALLING A WHEEL WARNING : different wheel bolts are required for pressed steel and light alloy wheels. Using incorrect wheel lug bolts for the wheels may result in dam- age to the vehicle or loosening of the wheels.<br><br> This could cause an accident and personal injury. NOTE: the optional light alloy wheels are supplied with Sve short wheel lug bolts en- closed for the steel spare wheel in the vehicle tool kit. " Before Stting the spare wheel, clean rust and dirt off the contact services of the wheel and the wheel hub, and from the wheel bolts.<br><br> " Note the speciSed wheel and tire size, tire load capacity and speed code. " Do not change the tire's direction of rotation. " Do not damage, grease or oil wheel bolts or their threads.<br><br> Centering wheels with wheel bolts " If dual assemblies are used, before placement, the inner wheel should be inspected to ensure that all ball bearing ri