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Old 12-23-2015, 09:02 PM   #1
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Newbie questions re:345

Ok, thanks for following me through the pick up phase and most of all for the info and offers of help. Truly appreciate it.

I'm starting this thread to ask questions, some may be incredibly stupid, but hey, I'm too old to worry about that.

#1 - there's a switch on the lower dash to the right of the steering column labeled "Jump" - I am presuming this ties the coach and chassis batteries together. Let me know if I'm right or not, but more importantly what does it do and other than if your chassis battery was dead, when would you use it?

#2 - Do these have a black tank washout connection (not the dump, got that down)? If so where is it, and if not, what's you're favorite way of clearing all the ickky-poo?

Enough for now
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:54 PM   #2
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To my knowledge, AS used at least three different battery tie systems in their Motorhomes over the years.

One was a switch which simply tied both the battery sets together via a large relay controlled by a rocker switch on the dash.

The second was similar but the rocker switch was spring loaded, so you pushed it and held it when you wanted to connect the batteries together. I don't recall what label they put on it.

The third, and the one my '83, 310 had was automatic. When the starter was engaged, the relay was automatically activated, every time the rig was started. So, mine had no switch at all.


The black tank on my '83 was tall and projected above the floor, with the low profile toilet on the top and the dump valve on the bottom. It needed no wash out, it was the fastest emptying black tank I ever saw, and nothing stayed in it.

I don't think black water wash out connections were used in any motorhomes up to the 90's at least.
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:06 PM   #3
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I have the first, the switch is either on or off. My assumption is that this would normally be in the off position.

That's good news on the black tank, I am sure I have the same setup you describe. As long as it boogies on out I'm happy.
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The trick is the dump the black first, then the grey to "Clean the pipes".
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Old 12-23-2015, 11:23 PM   #5
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Ok, a couple more:

Switch near door labeled "Step - On" does not seem to do a thing. My step goes in an out fine when door opened or shut with ign key on. Is this switch supposed to operate the step?

What switch operates the clear light half way up the side behind the door? I know I had it on once, can't find it since, or the bulb went...
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Ok, a couple more:
...What switch operates the clear light half way up the side behind the door? I know I had it on once, can't find it since, or the bulb went...
Kurt, its labeled Flood in some cases, typically in the group of switches as you enter the MH. I would replace those with LED's asap, since they will melt the plastic if left on.
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The trick is the dump the black first, then the grey to "Clean the pipes".
And ideally drive a few blocks before dumping the BW tank first.
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My winter plan is to get as much converted to LED as I can for all the good reasons. I am sure the bulb went or that the socket needs a good clean.
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The step switch should keep the step out when the ignition is off regardless of door position. When the key is on it pulls in the step when the door is closed. The reason being the step operates off the truck battery and when camped it keeps it out so as not to run down the battery. If the magnetic sensor is dislodged or incorrectly located it won't work...,


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