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Prolite Travel Trailer Manaul - English

Prolite Travel Trailer Manaul - English

Introduction*

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We!would!like!to!take!this!opportunity!to!thank!you!for!purchasing!a!Prolite!Travel!Trailer!!With!
over!10!years!of!experience!I!manufacturing!high!quality!lightweight!trailers,!we!are!constantly!
striving!to!offer!innovative!products!and!exceptional!customer!service!I!order!to!meet!and!
exceed!your!expectations.!!
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Working!closely!with!our!dealer!partners,!we!pledge!to!do!our!utmost!to!ensure!you!a!pleasant!
outdoor!experience!each!and!every!time!your!venture!out!with!your!new!Prolite!RV.!!
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About*this*Owner’s*Manual**
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This!owner’s!manual!describes!a!number!of!features!and!equipment!pertaining!to!your!trailer.!
Including!the!operation!and!maintenance.!This!is!intended!to!help!you!use,!maintain!and!keep!
your!RV!in!good!condition.!!
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The!information!in!this!manual,!including!images,!tables!and!illustrations,!are!based!on!latest!
information!available!at!time!of!publication!and!are!subject!to!change!without!notice.!!
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This!guide!may!not!reflect!the!exact!component,!the!equipment!shown,!the!current!accessory!
or!a!part!of!your!recreational!vehicle,!including!interior!and!exterior!appearance,!or!
manufacturing!options.!Some!components!may!not!apply!to!your!trailer!or!be!available!for!your!
specific!model.!!
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There!is!nothing!in!the!manual!which!creates!ambiguities!or!that!involves!an!attempt!to!
generate!false!expression!that!can!lead!to!implicit!actions.!The!information!contained!within!
this!manual!are!intended!as!a!guide!and!are!not!intended!in!any!way!to!supplement,!modify!or!
supersede!guarantees!by!Prolite!or!any!other!warranties!provided!by!manufacturers!of!
components!for!recreational!vehicles.!We!also!note!that!you!must!consider!that!the!
information!is!typical!for!normal!operation!of!your!RV.!!
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As!the!owner,!you!are!responsible!for!your!conduct!and!the!proper!use!of!your!trailer!and!we!
have!tried!to!include!as!much!information!as!possible!to!help!you!keep!your!purchase!as!long!as!
possible!under!acceptable!conditions!and!durability.!!
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There!are!tricks!and!tips!that!can!occasionally!help!you!enjoy!life!in!a!travel!trailer,!however,!
this!manual!is!not!intended!to!teach!you!how!to!go!camping,!or!where!you!should!go.!There!are!
many!consumer!publications!that!can!inform!you!on!everything!you!want!to!know!about!this!
subject.!!
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If!you!ever!have!questions!or!need!assistance!for!the!operation,!maintenance!or!service!of!your!
Prolite!unit,!please!contact!your!selling!dealer.!Our!customer!service!number!at!Prolite!is!(450)!
438P3112/tollPfree!at!(888)!438P3112.!!


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Owner*Information*Package**
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Your!new!Prolite!trailer!includes!an!information!package!for!the!owner!that!contains!valuable!
documents!on!your!RV!and!its!many!components.!The!registration!of!the!warranty!is!critical!and!
it!is!important!to!examine!all!the!information!contained!in!this!package!and!fill!out!the!
necessary!forms!as!soon!as!possible.!!
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Some!component!manufacturer’s!offer!warranty’s/guarantees!beyond!that!offered!by!Prolite!
and!some!components!are!excluded!from!the!guarantee!of!Prolite.!!
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Warning*Symbols*and*Risk*of*Injury*
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In!this!manual,!we!put!great!emphasis!on!points!that!need!particular!attention!to!inform!the!
user!to!be!very!careful!and!attentive.!Therefore,!it!is!imperative!to!consider!the!dangers,!
warnings!and!precautions!that!can!cause!damage!and!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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You!should!always!follow!these!guidelines!and!know!the!symbols!of!safety!at!all!times.!!
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DANGER,!this!symbol!indicates!an!imminently!hazardous!situation!which,!if!not!avoided,!will!
result!in!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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WARNING,!this!symbol!indicates!a!situation!that!could!be!dangerous!which,!if!not!avoided,!
could!result!in!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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CAUTION,!this!symbol!indicates!a!potentially!hazardous!situation!which,!if!not!avoided,!may!
result!in!minor!or!moderate!injury.!!
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NOTE,!this!symbol!indicates!helpful!information!about!maintaining!your!RV!or!possible!damage.!!
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Prolite*Cares*About*You*
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Prolite!is!a!leader!in!the!RV!industry!by!taking!care!of!their!travel!trailer!ownbers.!Your!
investment!in!Prolite!Travel!Trailer!is!established!by!corporate!values!in!six!points:!
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1.! The!design!of!quality!products!through!a!staff!of!craftsmen!and!designers!second!to!
none.!!

2.! A!construction!that!meets!or!exceeds!industry!standards!including!brand!name!
components.!!

3.! A!full!comprehensive!warranty!of!one!year!and!two!years!on!the!structure!that!
demonstrates!the!confidence!in!our!work!and!offers!a!durable!product.!!

4.! Our!after!sales!service!which!ensures!timely!resolution!of!problems!and!good!
organization!to!serve!you!better.!!

5.! The!financial!strength!of!Prolite!is!one!of!the!most!credible!in!North!America!in!its!field!
and!you!can!count!on!us!at!anytime.!!

6.! A!preferential!selection!of!dealers,!putting!forth!the!importance!of!excellent!customer!
service!to!present!and!preserve!our!products!according!to!high!quality!standards.!!
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And!to!Ensure!your!Satisfaction:!!
•! Your!RV!is!inspected!before!leaving!our!factory!and!again!by!your!dealer!before!it!is!
picked!up!by!you.!!
•! In!taking!delivery,!your!dealer!will!show!you!how!to!use!your!new!trailer,!components!
and!other!parts!function.!Feel!free!to!ask!if!you!have!any!doubts!about!something!you!
do!not!understand.!!
•! As!with!any!other!vehicle,!your!trailer!will!require!care!and!regular!maintenance.!!

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This!manual,!as!well!as!the!information!provided!by!the!manufacturers!of!various!components,!
has!a!maintenance!schedule!that!you!must!follow!to!ensure!the!safety!and!reliability!of!your!
trailer.!Study!it!carefully!to!guarantee!the!optimum!performance!of!your!trailer!so!you!may!
enjoy!it!for!many!years.!If!you!have!a!problem!that!is!not!resolved!to!your!satisfaction!by!your!
local!dealer,!call!or!write!to!the!service!department!at!our!manufacturing!facility!or!the!Prolite!
Distribution!Centre!nearest!you.!We!hope!you!enjoy!your!new!trailer!Prolite!!!
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Customer*Satisfaction**
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Customer!satisfaction!at!Prolite!is!more!than!a!promise.!We!believe!you!deserve!a!quality!
recreational!vehicle!in!all!aspects!with!friendly!service!at!al!times.!To!ensure!this!satisfaction!
continuously,!we!are!committed!to!providing!a!quality!product!with!the!best!service!available!in!
our!industry,!“For!Your!Travelling!Pleasure”.!!
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Your!comments!are!always!welcome!as!you!encourage!us!to!improve!our!products!and!
understand!your!concerns.!We!are!aware!that!a!great!deal!of!information!is!conveyed!on!the!
Internet!and!that!is!why!we!are!amongst!the!community!using!forums,!blog,!social!networks!
and!other!forms!of!media!communication.!We!want!to!participate!with!you!in!a!constructive!
way!and!know!the!pulse!of!our!customer!or!future!customers.!!
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Your!satisfaction!does!not!stop!when!you!pick!up!your!Prolite!Travel!Trailer,!but!it!begins!at!this!
point!and!our!goal!is!to!make!it!last!as!long!as!possible.!!
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Safety*First*

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First!and!foremost,!the!single!most!important!thing!with!your!new!RV!is!clearly!your!safety!and!
that!of!others.!This!includes!the!safety!of!all!passengers!and!effective!use!of!your!travel!trailer.!
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Your!Travel!Trailer!is!designed!with!Prolite!priority,!comfort!and!safety.!It!complies!with!
applicable!codes!or!regulations!and!the!safety!standards!in!force!at!the!time!it!was!built.!A!
number!of!security!features!required!are!installed!I!your!trailer!for!your!safety!and!that!of!other!
vehicle!occupants.!This!section!describes!several!of!these!important!functions!and!there!is!also,!
in!other!chapters!of!this!owner’s!manual,!issues!important!to!safety!that!are!specific!to!
particular!components!or!systems.!!
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Safety*is*a*Priority**
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It!is!essential!to!consider!the!safety!of!you!and!all!passengers!including!animals!as!a!priority!
when!you!use!your!RV.!This!priority!begins!by!understanding!your!R!and!the!various!security!
components!such!as!alarms!and!location!of!the!emergency!exit.!With!proper!precautions!and!
good!planning,!you!can!ensure!you!have!a!trip!or!outing!without!problems.!We!strongly!suggest!
to!develop!a!family!safety!plan!and!practice!it!personally!and!then!with!your!family,!both!during!
the!say!and!darkness.!!
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Here!are!important!elements!that!must!include!a!safety!plan:!
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•! Understand!the!various!alarms/detectors,!(CO,!LPG,!smoke),!what!they!are!and!what!
they!mean.!!

•! What!to!do!when!an!alarm!sounds.!!


•! Where!and!how!to!shut!off!all!gas!appliances!(water!heater,!stove,!furnace,!refrigerator,!
etc.).!!

•! Where!and!how!to!close!the!main!gas!valve!on!the!propane!cylinder.!!
•! How!to!use!the!emergency!windows!or!exit.!!
•! How!to!unlock!the!door!from!the!inside.!!
•! Practice!an!evacuation!of!the!RV.!!
•! What!to!do!in!case!of!fire!and!the!use!of!the!extinguisher.!!
•! Having!a!predetermined!meeting!place!outside!in!an!emergency.!!
•! Have!a!plan!for!pets.!!
•! Have!a!plan!for!the!weather!to!know!where!to!find!shelter.!!
•! Before!you!travel,!be!sure!to!communicate!your!plans!to!family!members!or!friends!and!

let!them!know!how!you!can!be!reached.!!

•! When!travelling!in!an!unfamiliar!area,!it!is!useful!to!know!the!local!emergency!services,!
including!hospitals.!!

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This!list!is!exemplary!and!should!not!be!used!as!an!official!source!in!developing!your!security!
plan.!Above!all,!be!aware!of!your!own!safety!at!all!times,!your!family,!guests,!and!pets!as!your!
first!priority.!All!occupants!of!the!trailer!should!be!familiar!with!the!alarms!on!carbon!
monoxide,!propane!gas!and!smoke!detectors.!If!an!alarm!sounds,!get!out!of!the!trailer!
immediately!and!do!not!come!back!until!everything!is!perfectly!safe.!Never!remove!or!
disconnect!a!detector!in!order!to!silence!the!alarm.!If!there!is!an!occupant!who!has!reduced!
hearing,!then!you!can!add!an!additional!sensor.!!
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Precautions*Against*Carbon*Monoxide**
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Carbon!Monoxide!(CO)!is!colorless,!odourless!and!tasteless.!The!generator!(if!equipped),!the!
furnace,!water!heater,!a!propane!refrigerator!and!stove!continuously!produce!the!gas!carbon!
monoxide!during!operation.!!
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CARBON!MONOXIDE!IS!A!DEADLY!GAS!!!
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To!protect!against!the!effects!of!carbon!monoxide!poisoning,!please!read!the!following!
precautions!carefully!and!fully!understand!them.!There!are!a!number!of!symptoms!of!carbon!
monoxide!poisoning!and!here!are!some:!!
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•! Dizziness!!
•! Headache!!
•! Aching!temples!!
•! Nausea!
•! Vomiting!!
•! Muscle!spasms!!
•! Weakness!!
•! Drowsiness!!


•! Inability!to!think!clearly!!
If!you!or!anyone!else!(including!animals),!have!any!of!thee!symptoms,!then!you!should!go!out!
immediately!and!consult!a!doctor!if!symptoms!persist.!If!there!is!a!combustion!device!that!is!
running,!you!must!stop!until!it!has!been!inspected!and!repaired.!!
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Exhaust!fumes!are!deadly.!It!is!important!to!obstruct!exhaust!outlets!or!to!place!the!trailer!or!
accessory!in!a!place!where!carbon!monoxide!gas!does!not!have!the!ability!to!accumulate!
outside,!below,!or!to!the!inside!of!your!vehicle!or!other!vehicles!nearby.!The!movement!of!the!
outside!air!can!carry!exhaust!gases!within!the!trailer!through!the!windows!or!other!openings!
close!to!the!exhaust!outlet.!Always!monitor!the!external!conditions!to!make!sure!that!the!
exhaust!gas!is!dispersed!safely.!!
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In!any!case,!you!should!not!run!the!engine!while!you!sleep!because!you!would!not!be!able!to!
monitor!outside!conditions!to!ensure!that!the!exhaust!of!the!engine!has!not!penetrated!the!
inside!of!your!trailer!and!therefore!you!would!not!be!on!the!lookout!to!discover!odours!or!
symptoms!of!carbon!monoxide!poisoning.!!
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Carbon*Monoxide*and*Propane*Detector**
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All!Prolite!trailers!are!equipped!with!a!carbon!monoxide!(CO)!and!propane!gas!detector!near!
the!floor.!In!your!kits,!a!guide!of!this!detector!is!provided!by!the!manufacturer!for!more!details!
on!its!operation!and!procedures.!!
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If!the!alarm!sounds,!it!means!that!carbon!monoxide!or!propane!gas!is!in!the!air!and!a!light!will!
indicate!the!type!of!leak.!This!does!not!mean!a!faulty!alarm,!but!a!warning!about!a!potential!
danger!of!carbon!monoxide!or!propane!gas:!!
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You!must!follow!these!guidelines:!!
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1.! Press!the!test!button!to!reset.!!
2.! Call!for!emergency!assistance!such!as!fire,!police!or!other!qualified!persons.!!
3.! Go!immediately!to!a!place!where!you!can!breathe!fresh!air!outside!or!near!an!open!

window.!Count!the!people!present!to!make!sure!no!one!is!missing.!Never!return!to!the!


flight!zone!and!stay!near!the!window!of!open!door!until!help!has!arrived!or!until!the!
location!is!well!ventilated!and!the!alarm!again!returns!to!normal.!!
4.! If!the!alarm!sounds!again!after!the!previous!steps!in!a!24!hour!period,!repeat!steps!and!
contact!a!qualified!technician!to!check!the!sources!of!emissions.!!
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Never!pray!paint!or!use!chemicals!on!the!carbon!monoxide!(CO)!or!propane!gas!detector.!Keep!
cleaners,!deodorants,!hair!products,!insecticides,!etc.,!away!from!the!detector!as!thee!will!
damage!the!detectors!and!will!require!replacement.!Keep!flames!or!other!heat!sources!away!
from!the!sensor.!!
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Smoke*Detector**
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A!smoke!detector!powered!by!a!battery!is!mounted!on!the!ceiling!in!the!living!room!or!kitchen!
of!the!trailer.!You!must!read!the!detailed!instructions!of!operation!and!maintenance!of!smoke!
detectors!that!are!included!in!the!owner’s!information!package!that!was!given!to!you!by!Prolite.!!
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Never!disable!a!smoke!alarm!because!of!a!noise!or!false!alarm.!Never!disconnect!or!remove!the!
battery!in!the!detector!for!any!reason.!!
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Replace!the!battery!at!least!once!a!year!or!immediately!when!the!signal!sounds!become!weak.!
If!the!smoke!detector!does!not!work!with!a!new!battery,!than!replace!it!with!a!new!detector.!!


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Security*Against*Fire*
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Hazards!and!fire!hazards!exist!in!all!areas!of!life!and!outdoor!recreation!are!no!exception.!Your!
recreational!vehicle!is!a!complex!product!which!consists!of!many!materials!and!some!of!these!
materials!are!flammable.!Like!most!hazards,!fire!risks!can!be!minimized!if!not!totally!eliminated!
by!recognizing!the!danger!with!common!sense,!attention!on!safety!and!proper!maintenance.!!
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Some!components!with!padding!such!as!mattresses,!carpets!and!insulation!products!are!made!
with!urethane!foam.!This!foam!is!highly!flammable!and!burns!rapidly!releasing!a!large!amount!
of!heat!and!consuming!oxygen!very!quickly.!Lack!of!oxygen!is!a!choking!hazard!to!the!occupant!
of!the!trailer,!because!gases!released!by!the!combustion!of!this!foam!are!extremely!dangerous!
and!can!be!disabling,!even!fatal,!if!inhaled!in!sufficient!quantities.!!
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It!is!important!not!to!expose!urethane!foam!to!any!flame!directly!or!indirectly!or!to!sources!of!
high!temperature!such!as!welding!equipment,!burning!cigarettes,!near!radiators,!furnaces,!or!
simply!close!to!unprotected!light!bulbs.!!
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A!fire!extinguisher!is!located!in!the!trailer!entrance!and!you!should!read!the!instructions!on!this!
product!so!you!know!when!and!how!to!use!it.!The!fire!extinguisher!is!the!most!valuable!tool!
when!used!immediately!to!extinguish!small!fires.!It!has!a!limited!amount!of!contents!to!
extinguish!fires!and!must!be!used!properly.!!
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The!fire!extinguisher!is!a!mechanical!device!with!compressed!contents,!it!must!be!handled!with!
care,!treated!with!respect!and!must!be!checked!at!least!once!a!year.!Replace!the!extinguisher!
each!time!it!is!used!and!always!follow!the!instructions!printed!on!the!extinguisher.!!
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Safety*Precautions*Against*Fire**
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It!is!imperative!to!ask!all!occupants!of!the!trailer!to!know!the!instructions!in!case!of!fire!and!to!
hold!regular!fire!drills.!Pay!particular!attention!to!the!fact!that!gasoline!vapour!is!potentially!
explosive!and!can!be!pPresent!during!refuelling!at!service!stations.!Never!enter!a!service!station!
if!the!generator,!water!heater!or!propane!refrigerator!is!running.!The!flame!in!the!burners!of!
these!devices!is!a!great!source!of!ignition!and!could!cause!an!explosion.!These!devices!must!be!
turned!off!before!entering!a!gas!station!for!fuelling.!Close!the!main!valve!of!the!propane!tank.!!
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Before!fuelling!your!tow!vehicle,!make!sure!to!turn!off!all!pilot!flames!of!your!appliances!that!
are!in!your!trailer.!Turning!off!the!propane!cylinder!is!not!sufficient,!because!the!appliances!can!
still!make!sparks!or!flames!and!can!still!be!present!without!being!extinguished.!Failure!to!follow!
these!basic!guidelines!of!precaution!can!result!in!fire!or!explosion!causing!serious!personal!
injury.!!
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If!you!have!a!fire!during!a!trip,!remain!in!control!of!the!trailer!until!you!can!stop!safely.!
Evacuate!the!tow!vehicle!as!quickly!as!possible!and!count!all!occupants,!including!pets.!!
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Consider!the!cause!and!severity!of!the!fire!and!the!risks!before!attempting!to!extinguish!a!fire.!
Remain!at!a!safe!distance!from!the!vehicle!and!wait!for!help.!!
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If!the!trailer!is!damaged!by!fire,!then!do!not!use!it!before!having!a!thorough!inspection.!We!
suggest!that!you!report!all!fires!to!Prolite!!!
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Never!carry!containers!of!propane!or!other!flammable!liquids!inside!the!trailer.!!
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Window*Emergency*Evacuation**
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The!first!instruction!regarding!the!emergency!exit!window!is!to!never!cover!it!up.!This!window!
should!always!be!accessible!at!all!times!for!obvious!reasons.!!
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The!window!of!an!emergency!exit!in!all!of!our!models!of!Prolite!travel!trailers!is!usually!located!
in!a!spot!near!a!bedroom!or!near!the!living/dining!room.!When!you!park!your!travel!trailer,!you!
must!ensure!that!trees,!fences,!walls,!recreational!vehicles!or!other!obstructions!do!not!block!
the!operation!or!use!of!the!emergency!window.!Moreover,!it!can!be!nice!to!have!a!splendid!
view!from!this!window,!but!make!sure!it!is!not!near!a!lake,!cliff!or!other!environmental!hazards!
out!of!the!window!exit.!!
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Make!sure!you!have!an!open!means!of!access!directly!outside!of!the!emergency!window.!Show!
the!occupants!of!the!trailer!how!to!use!the!window!evacuation!plan!and!fire!procedures.!
Sometimes,!it!is!useful!to!open!the!window!to!keep!the!seals!from!sticking.!Decide!who!will!
come!out!first!during!an!emergency!evacuation!and!the!following!positions.!Do!not!forget!to!
place!a!blanket!or!heavy!coat!on!the!window!frame!to!cushion!the!exit.!If!there!is!a!fire,!the!first!
person!to!leave!the!trailer!should!be!ready!to!assist!those!still!inside!in!their!ability!to!exit!the!
unit.!Arrange!a!meeting!place!safely!away!from!the!trailer.!
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To!open!the!emergency!evacuation:!

•! Remove!the!red!bar!from!its!hook!and!put!it!in!an!upright!position!to!you.!!
•! Then!push!the!red!handle!on!the!glass!until!the!window!opens.!!


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Do!not!allow!passengers!to!ride!in!the!trailer!during!the!trip.!Although!in!some!areas!it!may!be!
legal!for!passengers!to!be!in!the!trailer!in!transit,!Prolite!does!not!approve!this!practice!because!
there!are!no!seat!belts!or!other!equipment!to!protect!people!against!the!movement!of!objects!
that!can!produce!serious!injury.!!
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The!activities!of!passengers,!especially!children!in!the!trailer,!are!difficult!to!monitor.!Appliances!
and!other!equipment!may!be!used!without!the!knowledge!of!the!driver!¥.!Some!of!these!
activities!can!cause!fire!or!malfunction!of!the!trailer,!electrical!equipment!or!appliances!that!
could!cause!a!dangerous!situation.!!
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Passenger*Safety**
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Transporting!passengers!or!animals!in!the!trailer!while!driving!is!a!dangerous!action.!Prolite!
travel!trailers!are!not!designed!for!occupants!while!the!vehicle!is!in!motion.!Provinces!and!
states!have!strict!laws!to!that!effect!and!require!seat!belts!to!hold!passengers!in!a!vehicle.!The!
trailer!cannot!be!modified!or!enhances!to!meet!these!requirements.!In!addition,!some!systems!
such!as!motorized!extensions!can!be!activated,!but!should!never!be!used!while!the!trailer!is!in!
motion.!In!certain!circumstances,!carbon!monoxide,!other!toxic!gases!and!exhaust!fumes!can!
enter!the!trailer!while!it!is!being!towed.!Thus,!people!who!are!in!the!trailer!while!it!is!motion!
may!be!exposed!to!these!fumes!and!gases,!causing!injury!to!the!respiratory!tract!or!other!body!
parts!and!become!fatal,!causing!poisoning!by!carbon!monoxide.!!
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As!the!driver!of!the!tow!vehicle!can!not!adequately!monitor!the!activities!of!all!occupants!of!the!
trailer!while!driving,!a!dangerous!situation!can!occur!without!the!knowledge!of!the!driver.!Even!
with!excellent!communication!by!radio,!telephone!or!intercom,!it!is!not!always!possible!to!
inform!the!driver!of!all!potential!hazards!in!the!trailer.!In!addition,!it!is!possible,!but!unlikely,!
that!the!trailer!becomes!detached!from!the!tow!vehicle,!or!having!a!serious!accident!that!the!
trailer!may!cause!serious!injury!or!even!kill!the!occupants!of!the!trailer.!!
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Towing*the*Travel*Trailer**
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Regarding!the!use!of!the!tow!vehicle!through!the!use!and!operation!of!the!travel!trailer!Prolite,!
Prolite!customers!and!owners!of!recreational!vehicles!are!solely!responsible!for!the!proper!use!
of!tow!vehicles.!All!customers!should!consult!your!owner’s!manual!to!pull!a!trailer!safely.!
!
Prolite!is!not!responsible!for!any!damage!which!may!be!incurred!by!a!customer!or!owner!of!RV!
brand,!Prolite!of!a!result!of!misuse!or!improper!operation!of!a!tow!vehicle.!It!is!essential!to!
understand!and!know!the!towing!capacity!of!the!vehicle’s!trailer.!As!such,!GVWR!of!your!trailer!


must!not!exceed!the!weight!rating!of!your!tow!vehicle.!If!you!buy!a!new!tow!vehicle,!make!sure!
to!inform!your!dealer!of!the!size,!type!and!GVWR!of!your!recreational!vehicle!to!confirm!proper!
towing!capacity.!Above!al,!you!should!see!written!evidence!in!the!owner’s!manual!or!a!sticker!
on!your!tow!vehicle.!!
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Reducing*the*Swing*(Sway)**
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The!effect!of!sway!is!an!action!on!the!side!of!a!trailer!that!is!caused!by!external!forces.!
Excessive!swinging!of!your!trailer!can!lead!to!reversal!of!the!trailer!and!tow!vehicle!resulting!in!
serious!injury!or!even!death.!!
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Please!follow!the!instructions!and!warnings!contained!in!the!chapter!on!safe!driving!and!
towing.!!
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Towing*Weight*Distribution*
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Weight!distribution!is!an!important!factor!when!loading!your!Prolite!travel!trailer.!Taking!care!
to!evenly!distribute!the!weight!load!on!your!trailer!will!improve!the!efficiency!of!towing!and!
reduce!the!likelihood!of!experiencing!problems!regarding!towing!a!load!too!high.!
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Please!see!our!section!on!loading!and!weight!to!obtain!more!information!about!this!and!so!
distribute!the!weight!effectively.!!
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Proper*Tire*Pressure*and*Maintenance**
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Regular!preventive!maintenance!and!proper!tire!inflation!significantly!improves!the!operation!
of!your!trailer!and!good!braking!during!the!routine!and!emergency!situations.!It!also!provides!
better!traction!and!greater!loading!capacity!of!the!trailer.!Having!underPinflated!tires!and!an!
excessive!load!in!the!trailer!may!be!the!cause!of!tire!failure.!!
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For!more!information!on!tire!safety,!please!go!to!the!section!on!tires!and!wheels.!!
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Tightening*of*Nuts*on*Tires**
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Having!inadequate!wheel!nuts!or!bo0lts!loose!on!a!wheel!of!your!trailer!are!major!reasons!why!
nuts!may!become!loose!during!the!operation!of!your!trailer.!Wheel!nuts!installed!incorrectly!
can!cause!the!loss!of!a!wheel!of!the!trailer!and!thus!produce!very!serious!consequences!for!
safety.!!
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You!must!understand!and!be!familiar!with!the!procedure!on!how!to!properly!tighten!the!lug!
nuts.!Please!read!the!chapter!on!tires!and!wheels.!!
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Equipment*of*Liquefied*Gas*(LPG)**
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Appliances!such!as!stove,!refrigerator,!barbeque,!etc.,!as!well!as!equipment!such!as!water!
heater,!generator,!or!others!generally!operate!on!propane!gas.!Propane!is!flammable!and!is!
contained!under!high!pressure.!Improper!use!of!propane!gas!can!cause!a!fire!or!even!explosion.!!
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Be!sure!to!follow!all!instructions!ad!warnings!in!this!owner’s!manual!and!also!in!textbooks!
provided!under!the!applicable!chapters!or!appliances!and!equipment!as!part!of!your!trailer.!!
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Security*of*the*Generator*or*Converter**
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It!is!important!not!to!operate!the!generator!in!a!closed!building!or!in!a!partly!enclosed!area!like!
a!garage.!Do!not!operate!the!generator!while!you!or!any!occupant!in!the!trailer!are!sleeping.!!
!
Please!follow!carefully!the!instructions!and!warnings!Contained!in!the!chapter!on!the!electrical!
system!voltage.!!
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Mold*and*Moisture*Infiltration**
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Mold!is!everywhere!in!the!environment!and!is!a!natural!phenomenon.!There!are!really!no!
practical!way!to!eliminate!the!mold!and!moisture!invasion!in!your!vehicle.!What!matters!is!to!
control!the!growth!or!the!presence!of!high!levels!of!mold,!making!sure!to!keep!an!ideal!
humidity!level!in!your!trailer.!!
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Please!read!the!information!about!the!quality!of!indoor!air!in!a!later!chapter!for!more!
clarification.!!
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Reporting*Safety*Defects*
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If!you!believe!your!trailer!has!a!security!flaw!that!can!cause!an!accident,!injury!or!death,!contact!
Prolite!and!the!Department!of!Transport!Canada.!Phone!numbers!to!call!1P800!333P0510!or!1P
819!994P3328,!or!visit!the!website!at!http://www.tc.gc.ca!!
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You!can!also!write!to:!!
Transport!Canada!!
Road!and!Motor!Vehicle!!
330!Sparks!Street,!Ottawa!(Ontario)!K1A!0N5!!
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Manufacturing*Certification**
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Prolite!trailers!are!built!to!the!standards!of!Motor!Vehicle!Safety!Canada’s!existing!Transport!
Canada.!!
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The!label!on!the!trailer!indicates!it!was!built!to!the!standard!required!for!the!sale!and!
transportation!in!Canada.!Prolite!Trailers!reserves!the!right!to!make!changes!in!design,!
construction!or!specification!at!any!time,!without!notice!and!without!incurring!obligation.!!
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In!addition,!Prolite!us!certified!according!to!QAI!and!is!manufactured!to!meet!CSA!Z!240!
Standards,!which!is!a!recognized!organization!throughout!the!United!States,!Canada!and!
beyond,!specializing!in!roofing,!doors,!windows,!building!materials,!electrical!components!and!
other!areas!for!recreational!vehicles.!This!label!is!prominently!displayed!near!the!door.!!
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Identification*Number*of*the*RV**
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An!identification!tag!of!the!recreational!vehicle!is!placed!on!the!front!left!corner!of!your!trailer!
and!contains!important!information!and!an!identification!number!of!17!digits.!You!will!find!the!
brand!and!type!of!trailer,!its!year!of!manufacture,!gross!vehicle!weight!(GVW),!gross!axle!weight!
rating!(GAWR),!the!tongue!weight,!tire!size,!the!size!of!the!wheel!rim,!tire!pressure!cold,!cargo!
capacity!calculated!with!freshwater!tanks!full!and!holding!tanks!empty.!You!can!see!our!loading!
ad!weight!for!more!detail!about!it.!!

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Warranties*and*Services:*Safety*First*
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As!the!owner!of!a!new!recreational!vehicle,!you!are!responsible!for!the!care!and!periodic!
maintenance.!A!good!preventive!maintenance!program!will!help!avoid!situations!where!
Prolite’s!full!onePyear!warranty!does!not!cover!due!to!negligence.!Maintenance!services!shall!be!
performed!in!accordance!with!this!owner’s!manual,!and!the!vendor!guarantees!for!equipment!
or!components!included!in!your!trailer.!!
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Note:!As!part!of!the!use!and!operation!of!the!Prolite!travel!trailer,!customers!and!owners!of!
Prolite!are!solely!responsible!for!the!appropriate!use!for!the!selection!of!their!tow!vehicle.!All!
customers!should!consult!the!vehicle!manual!for!the!car!manufacturer!or!dealer!when!buying!
to!determine!if!their!vehicle!is!suitable!to!tow!a!trailer!of!a!specific!model.!Prolite!disclaims!any!
liability!for!any!damage!which!may!be!incurred!by!a!customer!or!owner!of!a!Prolite!unit!by!
misuse!of!a!tow!vehicle.!!
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Prolite!warranty!does!not!cover!damage!to!the!RV!or!tow!vehicle!which!results!from!misuse!or!
improper!choicer!of!a!tow!vehicle.!Please!make!sure!that!your!tow!vehicle!can!pull!a!Prolite!
trailer!according!to!the!manufacturer’s!manual!for!your!towing!vehicle.!!
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Owner*Responsibilities*
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It!is!the!responsibility!of!the!owner!to!maintain!the!recreational!vehicle!as!described!in!the!
chapter!on!the!“care!and!maintenance”!in!the!owner’s!manual,!including!taking!all!
precautionary!measures!necessary!to!maintain!the!“outer!sealing”!to!avoid!damage,!
foreseeable!secondary!moisture!caused!by!rain,!plumbing!leaks,!condensation!and!other!
natural!ways!that!water!enters!the!unit.!Examples!of!secondary!damage!include,!but!are!not!
limited!to!carpets!or!curtains,!mold!growth!to!furniture,!cabinets!or!the!floor.!!
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Mold!is!a!natural!occurrence!under!certain!environmental!conditions!ad!it!is!not!covered!by!the!
terms!of!the!warranty.!See!chapter!on!indoor!air!quality!for!more!information!about!it.!!
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Here!are!some!useful!facts!for!your!responsibility!as!an!owner!of!a!Prolite!trailer:!!

•! Care!and!maintenance!as!described!in!this!manual!and!other!manuals!of!the!equipment!
or!corresponding!components.!!

•! Return!your!trailer!to!an!authorized!dealer!or!point!of!scale!for!repairs!or!service.!!
•! Read!and!reread!the!information!contained!in!this!manual!regarding!all!equipment!or!

components!provided.!!
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Dealer*Responsibilities**
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When!you!buy!a!Prolite!travel!trailer,!the!dealer’s!liability!is!to!offer!you!the!product!according!
to!the!best!possible!conditions!and!to!ensure!that!the!trailer!is!not!damaged.!The!recreational!
vehicle!must!be!in!immaculate!condition,!having!has!a!prePdelivery!inspection,!(PDI)!and!having!
performed!various!tests!on!systems!or!equipment!that!are!part!of!the!trailer.!!
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In!addition,!the!dealer!will!give!you!information!on!how!your!trailer!works,!care!and!
maintenance!to!be!done!and!an!explanation!regarding!safeguards,!to!avoid!any!
misunderstandings.!He!will!offer!you!the!assurance!of!quality,!service!and!maintenance!when!
you!need!it.!!
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Prolite*Responsibilities**
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We!want!to!make!you!aware!of!the!distinctions!between!“defects”!or!“damages”!as!stated!on!
our!limited!warranty.!Defects!are!covered!by!Prolite!and!are!responsible!as!stated!in!this!
manual.!On!the!other!hand,!Prolite!can!not!be!held!responsible!for!damage!to!the!recreational!
vehicle!when!there!were!collisions,!abuse!or!lack!of!maintenance!after!the!trailer!has!been!
given!to!the!owner!because!the!manufacturer!has!no!control!during!that!time.!!
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Therefore,!damage!to!the!trailer!that!occurs!once!it!is!delivered!to!the!owner!is!not!covered!by!
our!limited!warranty!for!any!reason!beyond!our!control.!Maintenance!services!are!also!
excluded!in!this!limited!warranty,!because!it!is!the!responsibility!of!the!owner!to!maintain!the!
recreational!vehicle!in!good!condition.!Prolite!assumes!no!liability!for!an!initial!cost!charged!to!
the!owner!through!a!broker,!dealer!or!other!representation!to!provide!an!additional!warranty!
to!the!trailer.!!
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The*Limited*Warranty*for*Prolite**
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The!manufacturer!Prolite!offers!a!limited!warranty!on!all!their!models!of!trailers.!Manufacturing!
defects!reported!to!Prolite!less!than!a!year!after!delivery!by!the!customer!and!an!authorized!
dealer!will!correct!the!damage!free!of!charge!and!within!a!reasonable!time.!Manufacturing!
defects!in!the!structure!and!chassis!reported!the!Prolite!less!than!two!years!after!delivery!to!the!
customer!and!an!authorized!dealer!will!correct!the!damage!free!of!charge!and!within!a!
reasonable!time.!!
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Excluded!in!this!limited!warranty!are,!abuse!(including!lack!of!reasonable!maintenance),!minor!
imperfections,!alterations,!transportation,!installation!or!improper!connection!to!the!tow!
vehicle!by!a!dealer!or!owner.!This!warranty!gives!you!specific!legal!rights.!You!may!have!other!
rights!which!vary!from!one!jurisdiction!to!another.!!
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Prolite!offers!additional!warranties!on!their!equipment!or!components!that!warrants!beyond!
those!of!Prolite.!Ask!your!dealer!for!all!the!details!and!documents!of!these!guarantees.!!
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WHAT!IS!NOT!COVERED!BY!WARRANTY:!!
Our!limited!warranty!does!not!cover!the!following:!!
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•! Equipment,!accessories!and!components!not!manufactured!by!Prolite.!!
•! Use!of!the!trailer!for!business,!rental,!first!aid,!commercial,!residential,!for!a!disaster,!or!

any!purpose!other!than!leisure!travel!and!family!camping.!

•! A!trailer!that!was!not!purchased!from!an!authorized!reseller.!!
•! Routine!maintenance!and!adjustments.!
•! Damage!caused!by!misuse,!abuse!by,!for!modifications,!alterations,!neglect,!lack!of!

maintenance!or!a!third!party.!!

•! The!unauthorized!repairs!and!modifications!or!alterations!to!any!system,!component!or!
part!of!the!trailer.!!

•! The!damage,!wear!and!deterioration!due!to!exposure!to!the!elements.!!
•! Damage!to!the!furniture!and!other!products!by!puncture!discoloration,!wear!and!spills.!!
•! Damage!caused!a!result!of!overloading!on!improper!weight!distribution!or!loading.!!
•! The!damage!from!condensation,!including!water!damage!and!mold!growth!or!fungi.!!
•! Environmental!damage!due!to!exposure!to!acid!rain,!salt!(air!and!road),!high!winds,!

lightning,!floods,!prolonged!exposure!to!sunlight,!etc.!!

•! Damage!by!gases!from!chemical!materials!used!in!the!construction!of!your!RV.!!


•! Corrosion,!rust,!grayPglass!or!other!natural!deterioration!is!not!covered!by!our!warranty.!!
•! Electrical!problems!with!unprotected!connections,!overvoltage,!overloading!the!circuits!

by!lightning,!or!modifications.!

•! Damage!caused!by!rodents!or!other!animals!and!insects.!!
•! Damage!caused!in!whole!or!in!part!by!the!towing!vehicle,!by!improper!use!of!the!owner!

or!misuse!of!the!tow!vehicle,!improper!coupling!system!(stabilizer!bars!and!equalizers),!
or!by!misuse!of!the!brake!control!system.!

•! Damage!or!loss!by!the!tow!vehicle’s!owner,!including!wilful!acts!or!negligence!of!the!
driver!or!accidents!involving!!!recreational!vehicles.!!

•! Representations!made!by!any!person!(including!your!dealer)!beyond!those!specified!in!
the!applicable!limited!warranty.!

•! Indirect!damage!to!accessories,!including!transportation,!duel,!food,!accommodation,!
service!calls,!etc.!!
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Note:!Please!note!that!the!warranty!covers!repairs!that!are!made!by!an!authorized!Prolite!
dealer!or!our!factory.!It!is!important!for!the!owner!to!know!that!if!you!are!unable!to!bring!your!
trailer!in!for!repair,!then!Prolite!is!not!responsible!for!costs!incurred!for!service!calls!and!travel!
expenses!to!come!to!your!trailer!or!any!towing!charges,!lodging!and!travel.!Your!trailer!is!an!RV!
and!is!not!intended!or!manufactured!as!a!permanent!residence.!The!longPterm!occupation!or!
full!time!living!can!lead!to!premature!deterioration!and!may,!under!the!terms!of!the!warranty,!
constitute!a!misuse!and!reduce!your!warranty!protection!period.!!
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Obtaining*Service*During*the*Warranty*
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Your!satisfaction!with!Prolite!does!not!stop!when!you!purchase!your!trailer,!but!it!continues!
with!our!limited!warranty.!!
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Please,!follow!these!steps!to!obtain!a!fast!and!efficient!service!when!you!are!under!our!
warranty:!!

•! Inspect!the!trailer!carefully!to!determine!the!service.!!
•! Make!a!list!of!problems!or!services!required.!!
•! Call,!write!or!visit!your!local!authorized!Prolite!dealer.!If!your!service!request!is!not!

resolved!to!your!satisfaction,!make!sure!it!is!brought!to!the!attention!of!the!owner!or!
general!manager!at!the!dealership.!They!will!get!help!from!Prolite,!if!necessary.!!

•! If!your!claim!has!not!bee!resolved!and!within!a!reasonable!time,!please!write,!email!or!
call!Prolite!(include!complete!serial!number!of!your!trailer,!your!telephone!number!and!
a!copy!of!your!service!request!to!the!dealer).!!

•! All!Prolite!warranty!servicing!is!tot!be!made!without!charge!for!parts!or!labor.!The!
service!is!provided!by!the!dealer,!factory!or!other!and!Prolite!accepts!the!ultimate!
responsibility!for!fulfilling!all!its!obligations!to!its!guarantees.!Prolite!will!attempt!to!
provide!you!with!impeccable!service!to!get!the!job!done!as!quickly!as!possible.!!
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Requests!for!service!during!the!warranty!periods!should!be!reported!to!your!dealer!or!the!
reseller.!!
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Note:!Before!making!a!service!request!for!guarantees,!please!have!the!following!information!
when!calling:!!

•! Vehicle!Identification!Number!(17!digit!number)!!
•! The!model!of!the!trailer!!
•! The!date!of!purchase!!
•! The!description!of!the!problem!!
•! Repair!history!(if!applicable)!!
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Knowing*your*Trailer*before*a*Long*Journey**
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Throughout!the!manufacturing!process,!your!recreational!vehicle!has!been!inspected!by!
qualified!people!at!the!factory,!then!again!by!the!dealer.!As!the!owner,!however,!you!will!be!
the!first!to!use!your!trailer!and!all!equipment!or!systems!that!are!included.!Prolite!wants!your!
outdoor!experience!to!be!“happy!times”!and!highly!recommend!you!do!a!test!by!taking!a!
weekend!near!you!before!heading!off!on!an!adventure!to!familiarize!yourself!a!little!more!with!
the!trailer.!!
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By!traveling!in!the!outdoors,!for!a!few!days!with!your!unit,!you!will!have!the!opportunity!to!use!
it,!get!used!to!the!systems!in!your!unit!and!find!out!what!fundamentals!are!necessary!for!you.!
Note!any!issues,!difficulties!or!problems!that!arise.!Getting!to!know!your!trailer!before!leaving!
for!a!long!journey!can!save!a!lot!of!frustration!and!thus!have!more!time!for!fun!!!
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Indoor*Air*Quality*

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A!good!quality!of!indoor!air!is!essential!to!maintain!the!pleasure!of!travelling!with!your!Prolite!
travel!trailer.!To!maintain!air!quality!at!a!high!level,!you!must!be!attentive!to!the!breakdown!of!
the!recreational!vehicle!by!keeping!it!clean!and!avoiding!unnecessary!pollutants.!There!are!
common!sources!of!pollution!such!as!mold,!pollen,!pet!hair,!second!hand!smoke,!propane,!
other!fuelPburning!pollutants,!charcoal!and!cleaning!products.!!
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Inadequate!ventilation!can!increase!the!level!of!pollutants!inside!and!therefore!for!do!not!
provide!enough!fresh!air!from!outside!to!dilute!emissions!inside.!High!temperatures!and!
humidity!levels!can!also!increase!the!concentration!of!certain!air!pollutants.!People!most!at!risk!
for!poor!indoor!air!quality!include!asthmatics,!people!with!allergies,!chronic!lung!diseases!like!
bronchitis!and!emphysema,!people!with!heart!disease,!children!and!the!elderly.!
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Improving*the*Quality*of*Indoor*Air**
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To!improve!air!quality!inside!your!camper,!we!recommend!the!following!preventive!measures:!
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1.! Breath!of!fresh!air!!

•! Open!windows.!!
•! Spend!as!much!time!outdoors!as!you!can.!!
2.! Control!of!mold!!

•! Clean!your!bathroom!and!kitchen!on!a!regular!basis.!!
•! Repair!any!water!leaks.!!
•! Clean!any!visible!mold!with!a!mixture!of!one!cup!of!bleach!per!gallon!of!water.!!
•! Close!windows!and!run!your!air!conditioner!or!dehumidifier.!!
3.! Other!ways!to!improve!air!quality!!

•! Clean!frequently!to!get!rid!of!dust!and!pet!hair!that!can!irritate!the!nose!and!throat/!!
•! Do!not!use!insecticide!inside!your!trailer!!
•! Do!not!smoke!inside!your!trailer.!!
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Effects*of*Prolonged*Occupation**
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Your!Prolite!trailer!was!manufactured!primarily!for!a!recreational!use!and!for!a!shortPterm!
occupancy.!If!you!occupy!your!RV!for!a!long!time,!be!prepared!to!deal!with!condensation!and!
damp!conditions!that!may!be!encountered.!The!relatively!small!space!in!a!Recreational!Vehicle!
means!that!the!normal!activities!will!increase!the!moisture!in!the!air!and!the!trailer!will!show!
visible!signs!of!this,!especially!in!cold!weather,!As!moisture!collects!on!the!outside!of!a!glass!of!
cold!water!in!wet!weather,!moisture!can!condense!on!the!surface!inside!the!trailer!during!the!
cold!season,!when!the!relative!humidity!of!indoor!air!is!high.!!
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This!condition!is!increased!because!the!walls!of!a!recreational!vehicle!are!much!thinner!than!
the!walls!of!houses.!Estimates!indicate!that!a!family!of!four!can!vaporize!up!to!three!gallons!of!
water!a!day!through!breathing,!cooking,!showering!and!washing.!Unless!the!steam!is!sent!out!
by!ventilation,!or!condensed!by!a!dehumidifier,!the!moisture!condenses!inside!the!walls!and!
windows!and!in!cold!weather,!creates!frost!or!ice.!!
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Note:!Your!trailer!is!not!designed!or!intended!for!permanent!housing.!The!use!of!this!product!
for!a!longPterm!occupation!or!permanent!residency!can!lead!to!premature!deterioration!of!the!
structure,!interior!finishes,!fabrics,!carpets!an!curtains.!Damages!and!deterioration!that!may!
result!are!not!considered!normal!and!may!under!the!terms!of!warranty,!constitute!misuse,!
abuse!or!neglect,!thus!voiding!the!warranty!protection!in!some!cases.!!
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Sensitivity*to*Chemicals**
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After!purchasing!your!new!recreational!vehicle!and!sometimes!after!it!is!stored!for!an!extended!
period!of!time,!you!may!notice!a!strong!chemical!odour.!This!is!not!a!manufacturing!defect!in!


your!RV!because!there!are!many!different!products!used!in!the!construction!of!the!trailer!such!
as!plywood,!textiles,!insulation,!furniture,!etc.!!
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In!addition,!there!is!a!product!called!formaldehyde!that!is!contained!in!many!household!
products,!some!paints,!coatings!and!cosmetics.!However,!RVs!are!much!smaller!than!a!house,!
so!the!exchange!of!indoor!air!is!lower.!These!products,!when!new,!if!exposed!to!high!
temperatures!or!humidity!may!produce!and!release!gases!or!a!chemical!smelling!like!
formaldehyde.!!
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These!emissions,!in!combination!with!air,!can!cause!you!to!suffer!from!eye!irritation,!nose,!
throat,!sometimes!headaches,!nausea!and!a!variety!of!asthma!symptoms.!The!elderly,!young!
children!and!anyone!with!a!history!of!asthma,!allergies!or!lung!problems,!may!be!more!sensitive!
to!the!effects!of!these!odours.!!
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Formaldehyde!is!a!natural!substance.!It!is!a!key!industrial!chemical!used!in!the!manufacturing!of!
many!consumer!products!and!a!construction!of!recreational!vehicles.!Traces!of!formaldehyde!
are!also!released!by!cooking,!the!use!of!soaps,!detergents!such!as!carpet!shampoos,!cosmetics!
and!many!other!household!products.!!
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Note:!The!fumes!of!formaldehyde!are!not!defects!in!your!RV!and!are!not!covered!by!limited!
warranties!of!Prolite,!so!please!take!note!of!the!recommendations!in!this!chapter!that!will!
address!your!concerns.!!
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Controlling*Relative*Humidity**
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Controlling!relative!humidity!in!an!RV!is!important!to!minimize!the!risk!and!damage!due!to!
moisture.!Ideally,!the!relative!humidity!should!be!60%!or!less.!Humidity!can!be!controlled!using!
a!“humidity!sensor”,!which!is!a!small!device!that!measures!temperature!and!relative!humidity!
at!60%!and!less!in!your!trailer,!you!can!us!a!fan,!air!conditioning!or!a!portable!dehumidifier.!In!a!
cold!climate,!relative!humidity!requires!a!rate!less!than!35%!to!avoid!condensation!problems.!!
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If!the!RV!is!used!mostly!in!a!hot!and!humid!climate,!it!may!be!difficult!to!maintain!relative!
humidity!below!60%.!A!dehumidifier!will!help,!but!it!is!important!to!check!that!water!
condensation!is!directly!discharged!through!a!drain.!!
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Care*of*the*Carpet*and*Floor*Against*Moisture**
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To!keep!your!carpet!lasting!longer!and!in!good!condition,!you!must!clean!it!when!it!shows!signs!
of!fading.!A!system!of!steam!cleaning!can!be!used!to!clean!the!carpet.!To!control!moisture!after!
cleaning,!the!cleaning!system!must!be!able!to!remove!excess!water!on!the!carpet!immediately!
after.!It!is!important!to!check!that!the!carpet!is!completely!dry!before!closing!the!trailer!for!
storage.!Water!can!cause!extensive!damage!to!your!trailer!if!the!carpet!is!not!completely!dry.!!
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The!floor!tile!or!wood!installed!in!your!RV!requires!only!a!mild!detergent!with!warm!water!for!
cleaning.!Too!much!water!is!not!recommended!to!clean!your!floor.!Use!a!damp!cloth!and!do!a!
cleaning!on!a!regular!basis,!rather!than!a!wet!mop!every!time.!Be!careful!and!remove!all!the!
water!to!avoid!prolonged!exposure!that!can!cause!discoloration!or!swelling.!!
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Control*Condensation*on*Windows**
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Window!condensation!can!be!observed!by!the!presence!of!water!or!ice!buildPup,!generally!at!
the!base!of!the!window.!The!majority!of!these!problems!can!be!solved!by!controlling!the!
humidity!inside!the!trailer.!!
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Minor!Problems!of!condensation!are!not!unusual,!especially!for!recreational!vehicles!that!are!
used!in!cold!climates.!The!solution!is!to!control!the!small!amount!of!moisture!by!wiping!the!
surface!and!maintain!a!good!level!of!relative!humidity!within!the!unit.!!
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The!windows!are!used!to!help!control!condensation!in!a!trailer,!but!it!is!essential!not!to!cover!
the!emergency!exit!windows.!Emergency!windows!must!be!accessible!at!all!times.!!
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To!help!reduce!condensation!on!windows,!use!a!fan!and!avoid!drastic!changes!in!thermostat!
settings.!Also,!be!sure!to!open!the!curtains!and!blinds!during!the!day!to!allow!air!to!circulate!
and!warm!the!surface!of!the!window.!!
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Use*of*Combustion*Equipment**
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The!unvented!combustion!of!appliances,!such!as!a!propane!stove,!are!a!source!of!moisture!in!
an!RV.!For!every!gallon!of!fuel!consumed,!about!one!gallon!of!water!vapour!is!evaporated!into!
the!air.!!
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Whenever!possible,!you!need!to!run!an!exhaust!fan!in!combination!with!the!use!of!any!
unvented!combustion!appliances!in!the!travel!trailer.!!
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Water!vapour!and!combustion!byPproducts!must!be!vented!out!of!the!trailer.!The!owner!of!an!
RV!must!follow!the!instructions!for!use!and!maintenance!for!safe!operation!of!any!combustion!
appliances.!!
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In!addition!to!the!dangers!of!toxic!smoke!and!oxygen!depletion!which!make!the!use!of!an!oven!
very!dangerous,!open!flames!add!moisture!to!indoor!air,!creating!increased!condensation.!!
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Mold*and*Fungi**
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Mold!is!a!fungus!that!occurs!naturally!in!the!environment!and!it!is!necessary!for!the!
decomposition!of!plants!and!other!organic!matter.!It!is!spread!by!microscopic!spores!carried!by!
the!wind!and!is!found!everywhere!life!can!be!supported.!!


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The!construction!of!a!recreational!vehicle!can!not!exclude!mold!spores.!If!growing!conditions!
are!right,!mold!can!grow!in!your!RV.!Most!people!are!familiar!with!mild!growth!in!bread!and!
cheese,!and!on!the!tiles!in!the!bathroom.!!
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To!grow,!mold!needs!a!food!source.!These!food!sources!can!be!provided!by!the!elements!found!
in!the!recreational!vehicle,!such!as!fabric,!carpet,!wallpaper,!and!building!materials!like!wood!
and!insulation.!Best!growth!occurs!at!temperatures!between!5!and!40!degrees!Celsius.!!
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The!mold!growth!requires!moisture!and!is!the!only!growth!factor!that!can!be!controlled.!By!
reducing!the!moisture!content,!a!trailer!owner!can!prevent!mold!growth.!Moisture!can!come!
from!various!sources!such!as!spills,!leaks,!overflows,!condensation,!water!or!human!activities!
such!as!showering!and!coking.!!
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Measures*Against*Mold** *
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Take!steps!to!reduce!mold!growth!and!to!provide!satisfactory!results!and!minimize!any!adverse!
effects!that!can!be!caused!by!mold.!!These!measures!are:!!
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1.! Before!placing!objects!in!the!recreational!vehicle,!you!should!look!for!signs!of!mold.!
Potted!plants!(root!and!soil),!furnishings!or!equipment!stored!as!clothing!and!bedding,!
and!many!other!household!goods!that!may!already!contain!mold.!

2.! Vacuum!regularly!to!reduce!the!level!of!mold!spores.!Most!tile!cleaners!are!effective!in!
controlling!the!growth!of!mold.!

3.! Keep!humidity!levels!below!35%!or!60%.!Do!not!hang!clothes!inside!the!trailers!to!dry.!
Ventilate!kitchens!and!bathrooms!by!opening!windows,!fans!or!air!conditioning.!In!
general,!windows!or!doors!should!be!opened!regularly!to!ensure!adequate!ventilation.!

4.! Clean!up!spills,!condensation!and!other!moisture.!Dry!wet!surfaces.!Promptly!replace!
any!material!that!can!not!be!completely!dried.!

5.! Inspect!for!leaks!on!a!regular!basis.!Look!for!discolorations!or!wet!spots.!Repair!all!leaks!
quickly.!Take!notice!of!musty!odours!and!visible!signs!of!mold.!!

6.! In!many!cases,!the!growth!of!mold!grows!on!surfaces!that!can!be!cleaned!thoroughly!
with!a!mild!solution,!but!must!be!handled!carefully!and!completely!dried.!!

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The!information!provided!here!is!just!a!general!guide!to!mold!and!are!not!intended!to!be!an!
authority!on!this!issue.!If!you!suspect!mold!is!present!and!in!excess!in!your!RV,!you!should!
immediately!consult!a!qualified!expert!who!will!advise!you!on!the!steps!appropriate!to!your!
situation.!!
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Note:!If!you!use!a!dehumidifier,!please!read!and!follow!all!manufacturer!instructions!and!
recommendations!for!use!and!cleaning.!!
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The!use!of!kerosene!or!other!heaters!replacement!is!not!recommended!and!is!at!your!own!risk.!
These!heaters!can!produce!moisture!and!gas!combustion!in!your!trailer!or!cause!excessive!
indoor!humidity.!These!devices!can!also!cause!fire,!deplete!oxygen,!produce!carbon!monoxide!
or!other!harmful!gases!that!can!cause!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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Towing*and*Equipment*
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There!are!several!things!you!should!know!about!towing!your!trailer!because!you!will!have!new!
challenges!on!the!road.!!An!accident!with!a!car!towing!a!trailer!can!have!consequences!far!more!
serious!than!an!accident!with!a!vehicle!by!itself.!You!must!take!your!responsibilities!very!
seriously!as!a!driver!towing!a!trailer!and!know!everything!you!can!about!safety!and!a!
responsible!behaviour.!It!is!essential!to!know!how!to!balance!the!load!and!the!trailer!properly!
to!avoid!incurring!any!unnecessary!dangers.!Please!see!chapter!on!“loading!and!weight”!to!
understand!in!detail,!the!specifications!and!limitations!on!this.!!
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The!combined!weight!of!your!trailer!and!tow!vehicle!should!never!exceed!the!Gross!Combined!
Weight!Rating!(GCWR)!as!specified!by!the!manufacturer!of!the!tow!vehicle.!A!heavier!burden!
than!this!limit!exceeding!the!capacity!of!the!tow!vehicle!could!result!in!damages!to!the!
structure!of!the!tow!vehicle,!chassis,!or!cause!of!an!accident.!!
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Remember,!you!cannot!increase!the!towing!capacity!of!the!tow!vehicle!by!changing!the!hitch.!A!
weight!heavier!than!the!specified!limit!may!change!the!manner!in!which!you!tow!and!could!
limit!or!void!your!warranty!coverage!and!could!even!lead!to!an!accident.!Remember,!you!must!
stop!the!trailer!with!the!assistance!of!the!trailer!brakes!(if!applicable).!This!is!extremely!critical!
when!driving!in!the!hills,!mountains,!winding!roads!and!highways.!!
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Another!critical!aspect!of!the!safe!use!of!the!trailer!is!the!one!to!know!the!weight!involved!and!
how!to!load!the!trailer.!You!must!determine!how!much!the!load!you!intend!to!tow!and!the!
capabilities!of!the!equipment!you!use.!The!location!of!the!load!in!the!trailer!is!also!an!essential!
element!in!the!way!that!your!vehicle!will!handle!on!the!road.!Weight!distribution,!(torsion!
bars),!are!available!and!can!greatly!help!you!by!distributing!the!tongue!weight,!but!they!cannot!
compensate!the!towing!capacity!or!overloading!!
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The*Effect*of*Sway**
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There!are!basic!towing!rules!that!you!must!follow!for!the!safe!towing!of!your!trailer.!If!a!trailer!
has!problems!while!being!towed!and!al!the!basic!rules!were!followed,!then!the!solution!may!be!
very!complex.!!
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A!swaying!effect!is!usually!caused!by!a!trailer!that!is!heavy!in!the!tail.!Putting!more!weight!on!
the!tongue!will!usually!solve!this!problem.!Whenever!your!trailer!sways,!you!must!slow!down!
and!stop!to!determine!the!cause.!The!sway!can!be!a!very!complex!problem.!Because!everything!
must!be!working!properly!together.!!
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Speed!and!wind!are!tow!of!these!components,!so!you!should!never!try!to!drive!faster!to!try!to!
eliminate!the!effect!of!saying!or!any!other!problem.!!
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You!cannot!always!fix!a!balancing!problem!by!moving!the!load!in!the!trailer!forward,!especially!
if!the!tow!vehicle!is!not!capable!of!supporting!the!tongue!weight!required.!In!fact,!it!could!
create!a!very!unstable!and!dangerous!situation.!Too!much!weight!on!the!tongue!can!also!cause!
a!dangerous!situation!where!the!tow!vehicle!does!not!have!enough!weight!on!the!front!wheels!
to!keep!the!vehicle!under!control.!When!you!press!the!brakes,!the!trailer!might!tend!to!dive!
down!and!thus!push!the!tow!vehicle!even!more!forward,!so!you!lose!good!braking!and!driving!
control.!!
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Note:!As!part!of!the!use!and!operation!of!recreational!vehicles,!customers!and!owners!of!Prolite!
trailers!are!solely!responsible!for!the!choice!of!a!tow!vehicle.!Consult!your!owner’s!manual!to!
ensure!that!the!vehicle!is!capable!of!towing!your!trailer!and!its!contents.!Prolite!denies!liability!
for!any!damage!that!may!be!caused!by!the!owner!of!the!Prolite!trailer!as!a!result!of!improper!
operation!or!misuse!of!a!tow!vehicle.!!
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PLEASE!NOTE!THE!THE!PROLITE!GURANTEES!DO!NOT!COVER!DAMAGE!TO!THE!TRAILER!CAUSE!
BY!IMPROPER!OPERATION!AND!USE!OF!A!TOW!VEHICLE!!!
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Your*Tow*Vehicle**
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You!probably!already!have!the!vehicle!you!will!use!to!tow!your!Prolite!trailer!and!it!is!your!
responsibility!to!determine!if!the!vehicle!has!brakes!and!suspension!suitable!for!towing!your!
trailer!safely.!The!best!way!to!have!a!vehicle!that!can!tow!a!bit!larger!load.!Adding!larger!tires!or!
bigger!springs!will!not!help!you.!If!the!suspension!is!not!strong!enough,!the!brakes!are!probably!
insufficient!for!the!load!that!you!intend!to!tow.!!
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For!example,!a!truck!may!be!able!to!carry!500kg!in!its!box,!but!it!probably!can!not!take!500kg!at!
the!hitch!without!special!modifications.!!
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There!is!a!difference!between!the!actual!weight!and!the!maximum!weight!rating!of!the!
manufacturer.!The!Gross!Vehicle!Weight!(GVW)!is!determined!by!the!manufacturer!in!the!
construction!of!the!trailer.!The!GVWR!cannot!be!changed.!The!addition!of!heavier!components!
does!not!change!the!GVWR!of!your!trailer.!Any!load!exceeding!the!nominal!value!is!both!
dangerous!and!illegal.!!
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Brake*of*the*Vehicle*and*Trailer**
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You!cannot!have!to!much!braking!power!and!you!should!be!able!to!stop!your!RV!on!a!hill!
without!using!the!brakes!of!the!trailer.!When!you’re!practicing,!look!for!a!road!without!traffic!
and!practice!sudden!stops.!!
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You!should!try!to!slowly!shorten!your!stopping!distance!by!applying!more!pressure.!Do!not!do!
this!to!the!point!where!you!lose!control,!but!just!enough!ton!reach!an!acceptable!sense!to!
make!a!quick!stop!and!reduce!the!stopping!distance.!Do!not!ride!the!brakes!down!a!hill!because!
it!will!cause!overheating!of!the!brakes!and!thus!they!will!lose!their!effectiveness.!!
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Using!the!lower!gears!of!your!tow!vehicle!will!help!you!control!your!descent!and!speed!in!
mountainous!terrains.!Learn!how!to!use!electric!brakes!and!how!to!adjust!the!brake!controller!
that!operates!them.!Remember!that!the!slightest!pressure!on!the!brake!pedal!of!your!vehicle!is!
also!applying!pressure!on!the!electric!brakes!of!the!trailer.!DO!not!touch!the!brake!pedal!unless!
you!intend!to!use!them.!!
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Follow!the!hitch!manufacturer’s!instructions!for!adjusting!the!weight!distribution!at!the!hitch.!
Excessive!tightness!of!the!torsion!bars!could!reduce!the!ability!to!turn!and!affect!the!towing!
performance.!!
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The*Hitch*of*the*Trailer**
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Before!towing!anything,!you!have!to!have!your!hitch!installation!inspected!by!a!qualified!
person.!Ask!them!to!determine!what!the!maximum!tongue!weight!and!towing!capacities!are!if!
they!are!not!clearly!indicated!on!the!hitch.!!
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Note!that!this!is!the!ability!to!hitch!(towing!and!tongue),!not!the!ability!of!the!ball.!A!ball!is!
evaluated!by!its!towing!capacity.!A!hitch!is!evaluated!not!only!by!its!towing!capacity,!but!also!by!
the!tongue!weight.!!
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Note:!Make!sure!the!tow!vehicle!is!large!enough!for!your!trailer!and!has!the!power!to!tow!it.!It!
must!be!identified!by!the!vehicle!manufacturer!to!take!a!nominal!gross!weight!and!a!tongue!
weight!at!full!load!capacity.!!
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Security*to*Hitch**
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The!tow!vehicle!must!be!able!to!accept!the!tongue!weight!of!the!loaded!trailer!without!major!
changes.!The!plate!with!the!ball!should!be!lightly!greased!so!that!it!turns!smoothly!in!its!cradle.!!
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Safety!Chains!!
These!devices!are!required!on!all!trailers,!except!fifth!wheels!and!they!should!be!long!enough!
for!tight!turns!and!be!free!under!the!ball!to!the!movement!from!the!right!to!left!and!left!to!
right.!Never!let!the!chains!drag!on!the!pavement!(at!lest!4!inches!off!ground),!because!they!can!
get!worn!or!broken,!thereby!creating!a!potentially!dangerous!situation.!Always!inspect!the!
chains!for!cracks!at!each!connection!of!the!trailer.!!
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Rust!is!the!worst!enemy!and!can!cause!premature!failure!of!the!light!son!your!trailer.!Check!the!
lights!and!brakes!every!time!the!trailer!is!hitched.!!
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Never!attach!safety!chains!to!the!tow!ball!or!nay!removable!part!of!the!hitch.!!
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Do!not!plug!the!cord!from!the!switch!to!the!emergency!break!or!any!removable!part!of!the!
hitch.!!
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Unplug!the!7!pronged!connection!of!the!tow!vehicle!before!testing!the!emergency!break!switch!
to!avoid!damage!to!the!brake!controller.!!
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Try!to!do!things!in!the!same!order!each!time!and!use!a!checklist.!Do!not!start!this!if!you!cannot!
finish!it.!Never!leave!the!pin!out!the!the!receiver!or!forget!to!lock!the!ball!and!coupler.!!
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The!emergency!break!switch!is!another!safety!device!which!is!useful!because!it!provides!a!way!
to!automatically!slow!down!and!stop!the!recreational!vehicle!is!it!comes!detached!when!
travelling.!The!breakaway!cable!must!be!attached!to!the!tow!vehicle.!The!break!switch!is!
powered!by!a!12!volt!battery.!If!separation!occurs,!then!a!rod!is!pulled!out!of!the!switch!and!the!
battery!power!of!the!recreational!vehicle!is!applied!to!the!trailer!brakes.!!
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The*Steps*of*Trailer*Towing**
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Before!hitching!up!your!trailer,!you!should!read!the!instructions!provided!by!the!manufacturer!
of!the!hitch.!All!Prolite!trailers!require!a!ball!two!inches!in!diameter.!The!following!guidelines!


apply!in!most!cases,!but!if!they!are!different!from!those!provided!by!the!manufacturer!of!the!
hitch,!use!them!and!ignore!the!following!information:!!
!

1.! Place!blocks!behind!the!wheels!of!the!trailer.!!
2.! Crank!the!jack!to!an!appropriate!level!so!that!the!ball!of!the!vehicle!can!pass!below!the!

hitch.!!
3.! Back!the!tow!vehicle!until!the!tow!ball!is!under!the!hitch!and!set!the!parking!brakes.!!
4.! The!hitch!ball!handle!must!be!opened!completely!and!then!lower!the!trailer!with!the!

jack!until!the!ball!is!properly!inserted!into!the!cradle.!Close!the!latch!of!the!hitch!and!
secure!with!the!locking!device.!!
5.! Life!the!tow!vehicle!and!trailer!with!the!jack!high!enough!to!allow!room!to!install!the!
torsion!bras,!is!applicable.!!
6.! Set!the!torsion!bars!according!to!the!manufacturer’s!instructions,!if!applicable.!!
7.! After!attaching!the!torsion!bars,!raise!the!jack!to!the!drawbar!at!its!highest!level.!The!
trailer!must!be!level.!Having!the!front!lower!than!the!rear!of!the!trailer!reduces!the!
stability!of!the!axles.!!
8.! Install!sway!bars!according!to!the!manufacturer’s!instructions,!is!applicable.!!
9.! Attach!all!safety!chains!as!they!are!of!great!importance!to!protect!your!trailer!and!the!
lives!of!others.!As!a!trailer!owner,!it!is!your!responsibility!to!familiarize!yourself!with!
these!devices!and!their!proper!use.!The!hitch!for!your!tow!vehicle!must!be!equipped!
with!two!eyelets!for!attaching!chains!at!each!side!of!the!centerline!of!the!vehicle.!Install!
the!chains!by!threading!through!each!eye.!Adjust!chain!length,!so!they!are!as!short!as!
possible!but!still!allow!some!movement!without!being!too!tight.!Both!chains!should!be!
the!same!length!and!cross!under!the!tongue!while!being!off!the!ground!if!the!trailer!
comes!off!accidentally.!!
10.!Hook!up!the!breakaway!emergency!cable!to!the!tow!vehicle.!!
11.!Connect!the!7!pronged!electrical!connector!to!the!plug!on!the!tow!vehicle.!!
12.!Check!the!turn!signals,!brake!lights!and!4!way!emergency!lights!before!setting!out!on!a!
trip.!!
13.!Remove!and!store!the!blocks!behind!the!tires.!!
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Always!double!check!your!towing!system!when!you!return!from!shopping!centers!or!others¥!
places!where!you!left!your!trailer!unattended.!!
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Tires*and*Wheels*

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Tires!are!the!only!contact!that!the!trailer!has!with!the!road!surface!and!therefore,!you!must!
maintain!proper!tire!pressure!to!ensure!that!the!tires!will!last!a!long!time.!Driving!with!a!tire!


that!does!not!have!the!correct!tire!pressure!is!dangerous!and!can!cause!premature!wear,!tire!
damage,!or!loss!of!control!of!the!trailer!and!even!the!tow!vehicle.!!
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Check!the!tire!pressure!when!travelling!and!when!they!are!cold.!Never!exceed!the!maximum!
recommended!pressure.!!
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Always!keep!the!tires!properly!inflated,!because!travelling!a!long!distance!at!high!speeds!ca!
cause!overheating!to!the!point!where!the!tire!can!lose!air!very!quickly,!which!could!affect!the!
handling!of!the!vehicle!and!may!cause!damage!or!serious!injuries.!!
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An!under!inflated!tire!can!create!excessive!heat!buildPup!that!ca!go!beyond!the!acceptable!
limits!of!the!tire!manufacturer!and!this!could!lead!to!sudden!failure.!!
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An!under!inflated!tire!may!also!result!in!poor!vehicle!handling!and!wear!and!increase!rolling!
resistance!resulting!in!decreased!fuel!economy.!!
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The!maximum!tire!pressure!is!indicated!on!the!sides!and!on!the!certification!label!on!the!trailer.!
Keep!your!tires!inflated!to!the!maximum!pressure!to!reduce!the!risk!of!a!problem!and!improve!
the!stability!of!towing!your!trailer.!Maintaining!proper!tire!inflation!is!of!great!importance!and!
should!be!part!of!the!regular!maintenance!of!your!trailer.!!
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Importance*of*Proper*Tire*Inflation**
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Prolite!suggests!that!you!check!the!tires!of!the!trailer!frequently,!because!they!can!lose!air!over!
time.!In!fact,!tires!can!lose!1!to!3!pounds!per!month.!The!reason!is!because!of!the!molecules!of!
the!air!pressure!passing!through!the!rubber!from!the!inside!to!the!outside.!A!drop!in!tire!
pressure!can!cause!an!overload!and!create!excessive!heat.!!
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If!a!trailer!tire!is!deflated,!even!for!a!short!period!of!time,!the!tire!may!be!damaged!internally.!!
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A!flat!tire!can!go!undetected!on!a!trailer!with!multiple!axles!when!it!is!moving.!It!is!something!
difficult!to!see!a!flat!tire!when!the!other!tires!support!the!weight!of!the!trailer.!Thus,!a!quick!
check!can!be!made!for!each!tire!with!a!steel!rod!to!make!sure!they!all!have!have!the!same!
“sound”.!!
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Each!time!you!fill!up!your!gas!tank,!you!can!touch!each!tire!to!observe!the!presence!of!
excessive!heat!with!your!hands,!indicating!a!leak!or!a!flat!tire.!Obviously,!the!best!way!to!
measure!tire!pressure!is!with!a!tire!gauge.!!
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You!should!always!check!the!tire!pressure!when!the!tires!are!cold,!before!each!trip!and!at!least!
once!a!week!during!your!trip.!The!most!common!causes!of!tire!failure!are!overloading!of!the!
trailer!and!underPinflated!tires.!Both!result!in!a!greater!bending!of!the!side!walls!that!causes!
accumulation!of!heat!and!then!possible!tire!failure.!!
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Continued!driving!with!a!flat!tire!may!cause!a!fire.!!
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The!most!important!things!to!avoid!tire!problems!are:!!

•! Maintain!proper!tire!pressure!at!all!times.!!
•! Avoid!road!hazards!if!possible.!!
•! Inspect!tires!for!cuts,!slashes!and!other!irregularities.!!
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Properly!maintained!tires!improve!the!handling!braking!ability,!traction!and!cargo!capacity!of!
your!vehicle.!Be!sure!to!make!a!routine!tire!safety!check,!this!will!give!you!a!greater!peace!of!
mind!while!travelling.!!
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Note:!The!recommended!air!pressure!on!the!tire!information!label!is!for!the!original!tires!on!
your!trailer.!Your!trailer!may!be!equipped!with!a!different!size!option.!Then!follow!the!pressure!
recommendations!that!are!stamped!into!the!sidewall.!!
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Tire*Pressure*and*Load*Limits*
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The!inflation!of!tires!of!the!trailer!is!the!level!of!air!in!the!tire!that!provides!maximum!
permissible!loading!and!affects!the!overall!performance!of!the!vehicle.!!
!
The!tire!inflation!pressure!is!a!number!that!indicates!the!amount!of!air!pressure!that!a!tire!
needs!to!be!properly!inflated.!!
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It!is!difficult!to!obtain!the!recommended!tire!pressure!if!they!are!not!in!a!cold!condition.!The!
reason!is!that!the!tires!are!manufactured!for!use!on!more!than!one!type!of!vehicle.!Tire!
manufacturers!then!enter!the!maximum!permissible!inflation!pressure!on!the!tire!sidewall.!!
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This!number!is!the!largest!amount!of!air!pressure!that!should!ever!be!put!in!the!tire!according!
to!normal!driving!conditions.!!
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The!load!capacities!of!tires!depend!on!tire!pressure.!UnderPinflated!tires!can!damage!tires!and!
cause!a!loss!of!pressure.!!
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Check*and*Adjust*Tire*Pressure**
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It!is!important!to!check!tire!pressure!for!you!Prolite!travel!trailer!at!least!once!a!month!or!every!
week!during!a!road!trip.!Not!only!do!the!tires!naturally!lose!air!over!time,!but!they!can!also!lose!
air!suddenly!if!you!hit!a!pothole,!an!object!or!if!you!hit!the!edge!of!a!sidewalk.!!
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It!is!difficult!to!determine!the!inflation!pressure!of!tires!by!looking!at!the!tire.!You!should!have!a!
tire!gauge!in!your!tow!vehicle.!!
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The!recommended!tire!pressure!should!be!checked!when!the!tires!are!cold.!When!driving,!your!
tires!get!warmer,!causing!an!increase!in!tire!pressure.!!
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Therefore,!to!get!an!accurate!reading,!you!must!measure!tire!pressure!when!cold.!Refer!to!the!
tire!sidewall!for!the!recommended!pressure,!especially!if!you!have!changed!the!original!tires.!!
!
Check!and!record!the!pressure!in!all!tires.!If!tire!pressure!is!too!high!in!one!of!the!tires,!slowly!
release!air!by!gently!pressing!on!the!valve!stem!with!air!gauge!of!pressure!gauge!until!you!get!
the!right!pressure.!If!tire!pressure!is!too!low,!you!will!need!to!add!air!to!reach!the!right!
pressure,!recheck!the!tire!again!to!ensure!they!have!the!same!and!the!proper!air!pressure.!!
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Tire*Inspection**
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The!tread!of!a!tire!provides!the!gripping!action!and!traction!that!prevents!your!trailer!from!the!
slipping!or!sliding,!especially!when!the!road!is!wet!or!icy.!Generally,!tires!that!are!unsafe!must!
be!replaced!when!the!tread!is!worn!to!a!depth!of!1/16!inch!or!1.6mm.!!
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The!tires!have!wear!indicators!that!let!you!know!when!it’s!time!to!replace!them.!These!
indicators!are!raised!sections!intermittently!spaced!in!the!bottom!of!the!grooves!of!the!tread.!
When!they!appear!smooth!with!the!outside!of!the!tread,!then!it!is!time!to!replace!your!tires.!!
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The!following!table!is!a!useful!guide!for!the!inspection!of!tires!on!your!Prolite!travel!trailer.!!
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Table&of&Wear&of&the&Tread&of&Tires&
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Wear%indicators Cause Solution

Central!wear Too!bloated Check!and!adjust!tire!pressure!when!tires!are!cold.

Wear!to! Under!inflated Check!and!adjust!tire!pressure!when!tires!are!cold.
edges

Wear!on! Possible!overloading Make!sure!not!to!exceed!the!axle!weight!and!check!the!alignment!of!
edge the!tires.

Toe!wear Incorrect!toeAin Have!an!alignment!done!by!a!certified!mechanic.

Cupping Unbalanced Check!the!bearings!and!balance!tires.

Flat!spots Wheel!lockup!and!tire! Avoid!sudden!stops!if!possible!and!adjust!brakes.
skidding

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Maintenance*and*Replacement*of*Tires**
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Properly!maintained!tires!improve!handling,!braking!ability,!traction!and!cargo!capacity!of!your!
trailer.!UnderPinflated!tires!and!a!trailer!overloaded!are!the!major!causes!of!tire!failure.!!
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Therefore,!to!avoid!punctures!and!other!problems!with!the!tires,!it!is!important!to!maintain!
proper!air!pressure!in!tires,!observe!the!load!limits!of!the!tires!and!the!trailer!and!inspect!your!
tires!regularly.!!
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The!tires!of!the!trailer!can!be!worn,!although!they!still!have!plenty!of!tread.!It!is!actually!better!
to!ride!on!the!road!than!being!inactive.!During!use,!the!tire!releases!lubricants!that!are!
beneficial!to!the!life!of!the!tire.!!
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The!average!lifespan!of!a!trailer!is!about!five!years!with!normal!use!and!regular!maintenance.!
After!five!years,!the!tires!of!the!trailer!can!be!degraded!to!the!point!they!need!to!be!replaced,!
even!if!they!haven’t!been!used!much.!!
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Exposure!to!the!sun,!driving!at!high!speeds!and!towing!also!reduces!tire!life.!As!heat!builds!up!
during!the!driving,!the!internal!structure!of!the!tire!starts!to!decompose,!which!compromises!
the!strength!of!the!tire.!!
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Have!a!certified!mechanic!check!your!tires!for!wear.!!
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All!tires!on!your!trailer!must!be!of!the!same!type,!same!size,!same!manufacturer!and!same!
capacity.!It!is!essential!to!never!have!different!tires!such!as!radial!tires!and!steel!belted.!!
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There!is!a!danger!of!serious!injury!or!death!if!a!tire!with!a!diameter!of!14!inches!is!installed!on!a!
wheel!rim!with!a!diameter!other!than!14!inches.!You!should!always!replace!a!tire!with!another!
tire!having!the!same!diameter!and!the!same!letter!suffix.!!
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Tire*Specifications**
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An!information!label!on!the!tires!and!the!certification!of!the!tailer!is!placed!on!the!left!side!in!
the!front.!There,!you!will!find!important!information!about!tires!and!load!limits.!!
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This!label!indicates!the!manufacturer’s!information!from!the!trailer,!including!the!size!and!air!
pressure!of!tires,!recommended!gross!vehicle!weight!rating!of!the!vehicle,!the!tongue!weight,!
gross!vehicle!weight!and!axle!load!capacity.!!
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The!tires!have!a!unique!identification!system!that!lets!you!know!in!detail!the!manufacturing!
specifications!to!ensure!you!select!the!right!tires,!the!load!and!the!recommended!pressure.!!
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For!example,!a!tire!identified!as!ST!205/75R14!means:!!

•! ST:!small!trailer!!
•! 205:!width!of!the!tire!in!millimeters!!
•! 75:!the!ratio!between!the!height!and!width!!
•! R:!radial!!
•! 14:!rim!diameter!!
The!speed!of!a!tire!is!only!applicable!to!passenger!vehicles!and!trailers!that!have!the!
designation!of!ST,!having!a!maximum!speed!of!65!mph!or!104k/h.!You!will!also!find!on!the!
sidewall,!the!information!on!the!acceptable!load!and!recommend!¥ed!cold!tire!pressure.!!
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Note:!Your!trailer!is!equipped!with!tires!designated!at!“ST”.!This!designation!means!that!the!
tires!are!specially!made!for!trailers.!The!industry!standard!requires!tires!with!the!“ST”!
designation!and!are!limited!to!a!speed!of!65!mph!or!104k/h!under!a!normally!inflated!and!
under!normal!load!conditions.!Except!with!different!speed!limits,!which!is!indicated!on!the!
sidewall,!it!is!best!to!drive!your!trailer!at!speeds!below!65!miles!per!hour!or!104k/h.!!
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Procedure*for*Changing*a*Flat*Tire**
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If!you!have!a!flat!tire,!Prolite!recommends!calling!road!service,!as!they!have!the!tools!to!change!
your!tire!quickly!and!safely.!Prolite!does!not!provide!a!jack!and!wrench!with!your!trailer.!The!
size!of!the!nuts!is!13/16!inch.!The!jack!must!support!at!least!2000!pounds!or!909!kg.!!
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If!you!need!to!change!a!flat!tire!by!yourself,!here!is!the!procedure!to!follow:!!


1.! Make!sure!the!tow!vehicle!and!trailer!are!co0mpletely!off!the!road!and!placed!on!a!solid!
ground!or!pavement.!Do!not!attempt!to!change!a!flat!tire!on!a!surface!that!is!too!
smooth,!wet!or!uneven.!Turn!on!four!way!flashers!and!set!up!flares,!warnings!lights!or!
other!warning!signs.!!

2.! Put!up!the!spare!tire!on!the!ground!near!the!flat!tire.!Make!sure!the!spare!tire!has!the!
correct!tire!pressure.!This!way!you!can!quickly!change!the!tire.!!

3.! Place!chocks!in!front!and!behind!the!tire!diagonally!opposite!to!the!flat!to!prevent!the!
trailer!from!moving.!If!you!are!connected!to!the!towing!vehicle,!put!your!transmission!in!
the!“park!position”,!out!the!handbrake!on!and!loosen!the!drawbars,!if!applicable.!Turn!
off!the!engine!of!the!tow!vehicle.!

4.! Place!the!jack!directly!under!the!chassis!of!the!trailer!to!the!flat!tire!on!the!leaf!spring!of!
the!axle!directly!below!the!point!of!attachment!of!the!axle.!Do!not!put!the!jack!
somewhere!else,!because!you!can!severely!damage!your!trailer.!!

5.! Raise!the!trailer!just!a!little,!leaving!the!flat!tire!in!contact!with!the!ground!and!loosen!
the!wheel!nuts!on!the!flat!tire.!!

6.! Raise!the!trailer!high!enough!to!remove!the!flat!tire!and!remove!the!wheel!nuts!and!
then!finally!remove!the!wheel!and!tire.!!

7.! Place!the!spare!tire!in!place!on!the!axle!and!secure!the!wheel!nuts.!Tighten!the!nuts!
until!the!wheel!is!securely!attached!to!the!axle.!!

8.! Lower!the!trailer!on!the!ground!and!tighten!the!wheel!nuts!in!the!order!shown!in!the!
illustration!following!the!steps!in!this!procedure.!It!is!desirable!but!not!required,!to!use!a!
torque!wrench!to!tighten!the!wheel!nuts.!The!acceptable!tolerance!for!14Pinch!wheel!is!
between!90!and!120!foot!pounds.!!

9.! Place!the!wheel!removed!on!the!spare!tire!carrier!is!available.!!
10.!After!a!few!kilometers!of!travelling,!check!the!wheel!to!ensure!that!the!nuts!are!tight.!!
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Overloading*Affects*your*Tires*
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Excess!weight!can!have!serious!consequences!for!the!safety!of!the!trailer!and!tow!vehicle.!Too!
much!weight!on!the!suspension!can!cause!it!to!create!problems!for!springs,!shock!absorbers,!
brakes!and!may!cause!uneven!tire!wear!or!other!damage.!!
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An!overloaded!vehicle!is!hard!to!drive!and!difficult!to!stop.!In!case!of!serious!overloading,!
brakes!can!even!be!unusable,!especially!on!slopes.!Overloading!can!cause!flat!tires!and!as!a!
result,!abnormal!tire!flexing.!This!may!generate!excessive!heat!inside!the!tire.!!
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Excessive!heat!can!cause!tire!failure.!This!is!the!air!pressure!that!allows!a!tire!to!support!the!
load,!so!proper!tire!inflation!is!essential.!The!air!pressure!in!the!tires!on!your!trailer!must!meet!
the!specifications!of!the!tire!manufacturer.!!
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These!air!pressures!may!differ!from!those!on!the!certification!labels.!However,!they!must!never!
exceed!the!acceptable!limit.!If!you!discover!that!your!tires!cannot!support!the!actual!weights,!
the!load!must!be!lightened.!!
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Safety*Tips*for*the*Tires*of*the*Trailer**
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We!offer!important!tips!for!towing!your!trailer:!!
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•! Slow!down!if!you!see!a!pothole!or!other!object!on!the!road!!
•! Do!not!run!over!curbs!or!hit!the!curb!while!parking!!
•! Check!tire!pressure!(including!spare)!at!lest!once!a!month!and!before!going!on!a!trip!
•! Inspect!tires!for!uneven!patterns!on!the!tread,!cracks,!foreign!objects!or!other!signs!of!

wear!
•! Remove!bits!of!glass!and!foreign!objects!that!are!stuck!in!the!tread!!
•! Make!sure!your!tire!valves!have!caps!
•! Do!not!overload!your!trailer!!
•! Check!the!label!information!of!the!trailer!or!your!owner’s!manual!to!know!the!maximum!

recommended!load!for!the!vehicle!!
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The!wheel!nuts!must!be!secured!at!all!times.!Loose!wheel!nuts!can!cause!a!tire!to!become!
disengaged!while!driving,!causing!property!damage,!injury!or!even!death.!!
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Do!not!tow!the!trailer!with!missing!nuts!or!bolts.!!
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The!installation!of!wheels!that!are!not!compatible!with!the!manufacturer!may!result!in!wheel!
separation!that!can!create!damage,!personal!injury!or!loss!of!life.!!
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Loose!wheel!nuts!can!damage!the!wheel.!If!you!drive!in!this!state!for!an!extended!period,!
significant!damage!to!the!wheels!could!occur!and!significantly!affect!the!handling!of!your!
trailer.!!
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Do!not!attempt!to!repair!or!modify!a!damaged!wheel.!Very!minor!changes!can!cause!a!
dangerous!failure!of!the!wheel!and!cause!injury!or!even!death.!!
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Tightening!wheel!nuts!too!tight!can!cause!separation!of!the!wheel!with!the!axle!and!lead!to!
property!damage,!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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Loading*and*Weight*for*Trailer*

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An!important!aspect!in!the!safe!operation!of!a!travel!trailer!is!certainly!one!of!the!load!and!
weight!considerations.!This!section!will!provide!information!on!how!to!properly!load!and!weigh!
your!trailer!and!see!the!relationship!between!loading,!weighing,!good!tires,!chassis!
components,!vehicle!towing!and!equipment!towing.!We!also!provide!some!safe!driving,!towing!
guidelines,!concepts!about!weight!and!loading!that!you!have!to!understand.!!
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We!urge!you!to!carefully!review!this!section!and!refer!to!it!often!while!you!prepare!your!travel!
trailer!for!a!trip.!Pulling!a!trailer!presents!different!challenges!that!you!may!not!have!known!
before!and!you!should!always!be!careful!in!thinking!safety!first.!An!accident!with!a!vehicle!
towing!a!trailer!may!have!consequences!far!greater!than!those!with!only!one!car.!Take!
responsibility!for!your!driving!very!seriously!and!learn!everything!you!can!about!the!tasks!to!
drive!safely.!Keeping!a!well!balances!load,!preparing!the!trailer!and!tow!vehicle!are!essential!for!
safe!use.!!
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A!critical!aspect!for!the!safe!use!of!a!trailer!is!obviously!one,!to!know!the!weight!involved!and!
the!locations!involved.!You!must!determine!how!much!you’re!towing!and!you!should!ensure!
that!you!are!still!within!the!limits!or!capabilities!applicable.!!
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The!location!of!the!load!in!the!trailer!is!essential!for!the!management!and!safe!operation!of!the!
trailer.!There!is!a!certain!base!load!and!towing!rules!you!must!follow!to!the!letter!for!a!safe!
towing.!Prolite!offers!safe!towing!rules!to!reduce!the!possibility!of!serious!problems!such!as!
towing!sway!or!instability.!!
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Determine*you*Towing*Capacity**
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It!is!essential!that!you!understand!fully!the!towing!capacity!of!your!vehicle!to!start!towing!a!
trailer.!If!you!exceed!the!manufacturer’s!ability,!then!you!create!a!dangerous!driving!situation!
and!you’re!probably!damaging!your!vehicle’s!engine,!transmission,!rear!axle,!brakes,!and!wheel!
bearings.!This!will!also!be!void!manufacturer’s!warranty.!!
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The!first!thing!to!do!is!determine!the!towing!capacity!of!your!car!or!truck!looking!in!your!
owner’s!manual!of!your!tow!vehicle!and!on!the!certification!plate!which!is!located!on!the!
threshold!of!the!door!on!the!driver’s!side.!The!owner’s!manual!will!give!you!detailed!
instructions!and!appropriate!boundaries.!!
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For!example,!in!the!owner’s!manual!to!a!Chrysler!300!in!2006,!with!a!3.5Pliter!engine,!the!
following!specifications!are!listen!on!the!towing!capabilities:!!

•! Maximum!tow!weight!of!a!trailer:!2000!pounds!!
•! Maximum!weight!on!the!hitch:!200!pounds!!
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Therefore,!you!must!make!sure,!before!buying!or!pulling!a!trailer,!the!weight,!including!the!
load,!should!not!be!above!2000!pounds!and!200!pounds!at!the!hitch,!because!you!could!not!
pull!it!with!your!Chrysler!300.!!
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Weight*on*the*Outer*Label**
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Important!information!about!the!weight!of!your!Prolite!trailer!are!located!on!the!left!side!on!a!
label!that!contains!the!vehicle!identification!number!(VIN),!the!vehicle!type!and!manufacturer’s!
name.!!
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You!will!find!the!gross!vehicle!weight!rating!(GVWR),!gross!vehicle!weight!on!the!axle!(GAWR),!
cargo!capacity,!the!tongue!weight!without!load,!tire!pressure!cold,!the!maximum!weight!of!
waste!water!and!the!tire!size.!!!
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Do!not!under!any!circumstances,!exceed!the!GVWR!and!GAWR!of!the!trailer.!To!calculate!the!
GVWR,!you!have!to!add!the!tongue!weight!plus!the!weight!of!the!axle!(GAWR).!If!this!total!
exceeds!the!GVWR,!you!must!remove!the!contents!of!the!trailer!until!the!weight!of!the!vehicle!
is!inside!this!limit.!You!can!also!check!that!the!weight!on!the!axle!or!axles!of!the!trailer!so!they!
are!not!overburdened!by!comparing!this!weight!with!the!GAWR.!If!the!reading!is!higher!than!
this!limit,!then!you!need!to!redistribute!the!weight!in!the!trailer.!!
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Nameplate*Load**
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An!MSDS!is!located!inside!the!trailer!in!a!compartment!door!to!identify!the!loading!capacity!of!
the!trailer,!once!the!manufacturer!has!installed!all!the!standard!equipment!(without!options)!
and!tanks!propane.!This!is!the!maximum!amount!of!load!you!can!add!to!your!trailer.!!
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The!label!also!indicates!the!maximum!weight!of!fresh!water!that!the!trailer!can!carry!in!its!
freshwater!system.!The!weight!of!water!added!to!the!fresh!water!system!must!be!included!in!
the!weight!of!the!load!or!cargo.!!
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We!strongly!recommend!that!you!weigh!your!trailer!loaded!before!travelling.!Usually,!the!
trailers!require!a!class!2!hitch!for!a!capacity!of!3500!pounds!GVWR!and!a!tongue!weight!of!350!
lbs.!!!
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You!should!also!never!exceed!the!GAWR,!GVWR!or!the!maximum!load!capacity!for!your!trailer!
and!the!maximum!weight!at!the!hitch.!!
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An!overloaded!or!imbalance!of!weight!in!your!travel!trailer!may!affect!the!handling!or!cause!an!
accident!that!could!result!in!serious!injury!or!death.!!
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Exceeding!the!limits!of!the!GVWR!and!GAWR!of!your!trailer!can!cause!extensive!damage!to!
suspension!components,!chassis!or!other!important!things!such!as!a!wheel!loss.!!
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Note:!In!the!loading!capacity!of!Prolite!trailers,!please!note!that!optional!equipment!is!not!
included!in!the!data!sheet.!Similarly,!neither!are!coupling!devices!such!as!torsion!bars,!stabilizer!
bars,!etc.!!
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Specifications*and*Weight*Limits**
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The!chassis!of!the!trailer!was!manufactured!to!carry!a!specific,!maximum!weight.!This!weight!
includes!all!chassis!components,!the!entire!structure!completed!in!the!factory,!fuel,!fresh!water,!
wastewater,!propane,!and!anything!that!could!be!transported!in!the!trailer.!You!must!respect!
the!maximum!weight!limits.!!
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If!you!exceed!this!weight,!you!will!change!how!your!trailer!will!handle!and!may!risk!serious!
consequences.!Tires!and!suspension!components!can!be!overloaded!and!this!can!lead!to!unsafe!
conditions,!loss!of!control!and!problems!on!the!trailer!or!tow!vehicle.!!
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Weight!specifications!of!the!chassis!include!terms!that!require!some!explanation!that!define!
certain!standards!in!the!RV!industry.!!
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UVW!(Unloaded!Vehicle!Weight)!!
This!is!the!weight!of!the!trailer!with!standard!equipment,!but!without!liquids,!without!cargo!
and!without!full!propane!bottles,!no!passengers!and!without!optional!equipment.!Often!the!
battery!is!an!option,!thus!not!part!of!the!dry!weight.!The!unloaded!vehicle!weight!is!what!you!
need!to!consider!first!to!calculate!the!weight!of!your!trailer!that!you!want!to!tow.!!
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The!Curb!Weight!(or!Wet!Weight)!!
This!is!the!weight!of!the!trailer!with!standard!equipment,!all!liquids,!full!tanks,!propane!bottles!
full,!but!not!including!occupants!or!their!belongings.!!
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GVWR!(Gross!Vehicle!Weight!Rating)!!
This!is!the!maximum!permitted!weight!of!the!trailer!fully!loaded.!It!is!the!absolute!total!weight!
allowed!on!the!wheels!and!the!hitch.!!
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GAWR!(Gross!Axel!Weight!Rating)!!
This!is!the!maximum!permissible!weight!on!the!axle!or!axles!of!the!trailer.!Each!has!its!own!axle!
GAWR.!The!GAWR!is!prescribed!by!the!manufacturer!of!the!axle!for!each!axle.!It!is!the!nominal!
number!of!the!lowest!axle!system.!Including!the!wheels!and!tires.!
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TWR!(tongue!Weight!Rating)!!
This!is!the!maximum!weight!of!your!trailer!to!the!hitch!or!the!hitch!load!capacity!and!this!is!
indicated!on!the!MSDS.!Prolite!also!gives!you!information!about!the!tongue!weight!to!the!
output!of!the!manufacturing!plant!on!the!identification!label!from!the!trailer.!!
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TW!(Tongue!Weight)!!
This!is!the!actual!weight!that!is!based!on!the!trailer!hitch!and!is!usually!10%!to!155!of!the!gross!
vehicle!weight!rating!(GVWR).!!
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CCC!(Cargo!Carrying!Capacity)!!
The!maximum!weight!of!all!personal!belongings!such!as!food,!tools,!accessories,!and!options!
installed,!etc.,!that!can!be!carried!in!your!trailer.!The!CCC!is!equal!to!the!GVWR!minus!curb!
weight!(not!dry!weight).!!
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GTW!(Gross!Towing!Weight)!!
The!maximum!permitted!weight!your!tow!vehicle!can!pull!and!is!specified!in!the!owner’s!
manual!of!the!manufacturer!of!the!tow!vehicle.!You!cannot!increase!this!by!changing!the!trailer!
hitch.!!
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GCWR!(Gross!Combined!Weight!Rating)!!
This!is!the!maximum!combined!total!weight!specified!by!the!manufacturer!of!the!tow!vehicle.!It!
is!the!total!weight!that!the!tow!vehicle!is!designed!to!stop!and!pull!a!trailer!and!tow!vehicle.!!
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Weight*Distribution*and*Loading**
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Proper!loading!of!your!trailer!begins!with!a!weight!distribution!that!is!essential!for!the!smooth!
running!and!safe!towing!of!your!RV.!Be!sure!that!everything!that!you!carry!are!within!the!
weight!limits!of!your!RV!and!tow!vehicle.!!
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You!should!always!verify!that!you!are!within!the!gross!vehicle!weight!rating!(GVWR)!and!your!
load!is!balanced!on!one!side!or!the!other!as!well!as!forward!and!rear.!!
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You!should!also!make!sure!that!you!are!within!the!limits!on!the!maximum!tongue!weight!part!
of!the!hitch!or!MSDS!as!well!as!the!limits!of!your!tires.!!
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To!determine!the!actual!allowable!weight!on!the!tires,!you!must!take!the!GVWR!minus!the!
tongue!weight!to!determine!the!actual!weight!on!the!tires!and!so!you!make!sure!you!do!not!
exceed!the!weight!rating!of!the!tires.!!
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The*Loading*Capacity**
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There!are!many!considerations!of!weight!that!are!important!for!your!trailer.!However,!the!one!
you!have!to!check!on!a!daily!basis!is!the!CCC,!(Cargo!Carrying!Capacity).!!
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If!you!fill!all!the!tanks,!compartments,!cabinets!and!other!storage!spaces,!the!trailer!will!
probably!overload.!!
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Always!remember!that!the!compartments!and!the!storage!spaces!were!designed!and!
positioned!for!convenience!and!not!to!place!as!much!equipment!as!possible.!!
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Carefully!plan!your!load!and!the!items!you!bring!in!the!trailer.!Be!aware!of!the!weight!of!
everything.!Cargo!carrying!capacity!is!listed!on!the!MSDS!in!the!trailer.!!
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The!water!and!propane!must!also!be!taken!into!account!when!calculating!the!load.!The!weight!
of!propane!tank(s)!completely!filled!is!considered!part!of!the!weight!of!the!trailer!before!it!is!
loaded!and!is!not!considered!when!calculating!the!usable!load.!!
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Water,!however,!is!a!part!of!the!weight!load!capacity!and!is!treated!as!such.!If!there!is!a!
freshwater!tank!of!30!gallons!or!100!L,!this!tank!when!filled!would!weigh!over!250!lbs.!You!must!
consider!this,!if!your!travel!plans!require!you!to!carry!water!or!not.!!
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You!must!carefully!plan!how!to!distribute!the!things!you!carry!so!you!can!load!the!correct!
amounts!of!weight!by!dividing!them!from!front!to!back!and!side!to!side.!!
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By!distributing!the!weight!evenly,!this!will!help!you!meet!the!weight!limits!on!the!tires!and!
axles.!When!you!load!correctly,!you!opt!for!greater!safety!while!travelling!down!the!road.!If!you!
load!improperly,!then!you!may!expose!yourself!and!your!passengers!to!an!unsafe!situation.!!
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If!the!trailer!is!too!heavy!or!not!properly!loaded,!then!it!could!overturn!on!a!sharp!curve!or!
during!an!emergency!manoeuver.!Weight!distribution!is!vey!important!to!the!overall!stability!
and!towing!characteristics.!Poor!distribution!of!weight,!especially!at!the!rear!of!the!trailer,!can!
cause!an!imbalance!or!unsafe!handling!of!the!travel!trailer.!!
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The*Calculation*of*the*Weight*of*the*Liquids**
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To!determine!the!weight!of!your!load,!it!should!have!a!table!on!the!weight!of!liquid!in!a!given!
volume.!As!you!already!know,!the!dry!weight!if!your!trailer!and!the!capacity!of!your!tanks,!then!
you!can!easily!calculate!the!additional!weight!you!have!when!filling.!!
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Use!the!table!below!to!calculate!the!weight!of!your!liquids!in!a!selected!volume.!!
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Liquids Volume Weight%(lbs) Weight%(kg)

Diesel 1!gallon!US 7,3!lbs 3,3!kg
10!liters 19,3!lbs 8,7!kg

Gasoline 1!gallon!US 6,1!lbs 2,8!kg
10!liters 16,1!lbs 7,3!kg

Propane 1!gallon!US 4,2!lbs 1,9!kg
10!liters 11,2!lbs 5,1!kg

Water 1!gallon!US 8,3!lbs 3,8!kg
10!liters 22,0!lbs 10,0!kg

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Provisions*of*Loading*the*Trailer**
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It!would!be!simple!to!say!put!heavy!items!on!the!axles,!but!sometimes!a!large!number!of!small!
objects!can!far!exceed!one!big!one.!Thus,!the!weight!of!your!items!must!be!one!of!the!first!
considerations!of!where!to!place!them!in!a!trailer.!You!must!arrange!for!the!load!so!that!the!
items!are!safely!stowed.!DO!not!put!heavy!objects!or!large!items!in!a!place!where!they!cannot!
be!secured.!!
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You!must!start!with!the!heavy!items,!if!you!have!any.!This!is!usually!a!good!way!to!start!because!
you!have!lots!of!space!available.!By!tying!them!down,!this!does!not!necessarily!guarantee!
maximum!security.!You!need!plenty!of!room!to!get!there!and!the!organize!the!disposal!of!small!
objects!using!the!empty!spaces!around!the!largest.!!
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Once!you!have!placed!the!heavy!objects,!you!must!check!the!tongue!weight.!If!the!load!is!out!of!
the!load!limit!capacity!listed!on!MSDS,!then!you!need!to!make!changes!to!be!within!this!limit.!!
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Small!items!may!be!moved!to!better!balance!the!load.!They!must!be!located!so!that!they!
remain!in!place.!Your!main!concern!should!be!not!to!lose!control!of!the!trailer!Remember!that!
if!you!have!one!side!of!the!trailer!heavier!than!the!other!side!and!this!can!cause!a!very!serious!
problem!in!the!turns.!!
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Overloading!can!cause!problems!not!only!in!the!corners,!but!also!in!hard!braking.!The!trailer!
will!also!tend!to!dive!during!hard!braking.!This!increases!suddenly!and!the!tongue!weight!can!
reduce!the!load!on!the!front!axle!of!the!towing!vehicle.!Never!place!heavy!objects!on!the!rear!
bumper!because!it!can!also!reduce!the!stability!of!the!trailer.!!

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How*to*Weigh*your*Trailer**
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It!is!important!to!verify!that!you!have!a!good!balance!of!weight!in!your!trailer!without!
exceeding!the!maximum!weight!ratings!of!Prolite!and!provided!by!the!manufacturer!of!your!
tow!vehicle.!Find!a!way!of!weighing!your!vehicle!through!your!telephone!directory!or!internet!
depending!on!your!location.!!
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There!are!weighing!stations!for!trucks!on!the!road!that!may!be!utilized!for!this!purpose.!Be!sure!
your!trailer!is!loaded!as!you!intend!to!travel!with!it.!!
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Generally,!the!procedure!is!as!follows:!!
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1.! Place!the!trailer!on!the!scaled,!so!that!the!axle!is!centered!on!the!platform!without!the!
rear!wheels!of!the!tow!vehicle!on!the!scale.!Leave!the!trailer!hitched!to!the!tow!vehicle!
and!take!a!reading!of!this!weight!that!is!on!the!axle.!This!weight!must!not!exceed!the!
gross!vehicle!weight!on!the!axle!(GAWR)!shown!on!the!identification!label.!!

2.! Back!the!trailer!so!that!only!the!hitch!is!above!the!scale.!Remove!the!vehicle!towing!the!
trailer,!and!make!sure!that!only!the!hitch!is!on!the!scale.!Level!the!trailer!(approximately!
15P16!inches!off!the!ground)!and!move!the!tow!vehicle!off!the!scales.!Take!a!reading!of!
this!weight.!This!weight!should!never!exceed!that!indicated!on!the!MSDS.!Furthermore,!
by!adding!this!tongue!weight!with!the!weight!rating!Gross!Axle!(GAWR),!take!some!time!
before!you!get!the!gross!vehicle!weight!rating!(GVWR)!and!this!weight!should!never!be!
exceeded!as!shown!in!the!label!of!the!trailer.!!

3.! If!you!have!a!reading!higher!than!the!acceptable!capacity,!then!you!must!correct!or!
delete!the!excess!weight.!!

4.! To!determine!if!you!have!the!same!weight!on!each!side!of!the!trailer,!you!need!a!single!
wheel!(or!one!side)!on!the!scale,!take!a!reading!and!make!a!difference!through!the!
GAWR.!Move!objects!in!the!trailer!if!necessary!to!equalize!the!weight.!!

5.! To!determine!the!Gross!Combined!Weight!Rating!(GCWR),!you!must!place!your!trailer!
and!your!tow!vehicle!on!the!scale!and!take!a!reading.!Then!you!compare!this!weight!
with!the!specification!written!by!the!tow!vehicle.!!
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Safe*Driving*

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Towing!a!trailer!is!almost!like!a!responsibility!to!driving!a!car!well.!It!is!a!skill!that!must!be!
developed!and!a!responsibility!that!should!be!taken!very!seriously.!If!this!is!your!first!time!
towing!a!trailer,!then!practice!on!roads!with!little!traffic.!!
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You!may!also!get!help!from!a!friend!who!has!the!experience!to!help!you!in!leaning.!DO!not!be!
shy!to!ask!questions!or!just!stop!to!relax!when!the!need!arises.!!
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Laws!in!Canada!by!provinces!as!in!the!United!States!by!States!and!Mexico!are!different!on!the!
requirements!and!limitations!of!towing.!Always!check!applicable!laws!before!going!out!on!the!
road.!!
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Towing*a*Travel*Trailer**
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Towing!a!travel!trailer!is!different!than!driving!a!car!even!if!the!responsibilities!are!basically!the!
same.!Your!trailer,!combined!with!your!tow!vehicle!is!heavier,!longer,!wider!and!higher!than!a!
typical!car!or!truck!that!you!are!accustomed!to!driving.!!
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You!have!to!learn!new!driving!techniques!to!safely!drive!your!RV.!Keep!this!in!mind!when!
becoming!familiar!with!your!travel!trailer.!!
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New!trailer!owners!should!take!special!care!to!learn!driving!characteristics!and!handling!of!their!
vehicle!in!a!safe!and!familiar!fashion.!Drive!safely!at!all!times!and!do!not!drive!if!you!are!tired,!if!
you!have!taken!alcohol!or!if!you!are!under!the!influence!of!illegal!substances!or!taking!
medications!that!can!affect!your!sight,!hearing,!your!judgement!or!coordination.!!
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Safe*Driving*Techniques**
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We!hope!that!every!owner!of!a!Prolite!trailer!is!a!safe!and!courteous!driver.!To!do!so,!please!
follow!some!rules!and!techniques!that!will!help!you!develop!your!skills!to!safely!tow!our!
trailers:!!

•! Drive!slow!if!you!are!new!to!towing!a!trailer!until!you!have!mastered!the!techniques!of!
stopping!the!trailer!with!your!tow!vehicle.!Practice!turning,!stopping!and!backing!up!in!a!
n!area!away!from!traffic.!!

•! Never!allow!a!novice!driver!to!use!your!trailer!and!your!tow!vehicle!without!your!
supervision!and!remember!that!beginners!should!drive!slowly.!!

•! Drive!at!moderate!speeds!on!highways!and!even!in!the!best!conditions,!do!not!exceed!
the!posted!speed!limit.!As!speed!increases,!the!stability!of!the!trailer!and!the!braking!
capacity!and!the!ability!to!make!emergency!manoeuvers!are!greatly!reduced.!!

•! Reduce!speed!before!starting!down!a!hill!!
•! Slow!down!before!entering!curves!and!avoid!heavy!braking.!Stability!of!the!trailer!is!

reduced!during!cornering!and!the!weight!of!the!trailer!tends!to!push!the!rear!of!the!tow!
vehicle!to!the!outside,!which!can!cause!loss!of!control.!!
•! Control!and!monitor!wind!conditions!in!the!area!where!you!are!going!to!travel.!Swinging!
of!the!trailer!can!occur!when!there!are!crosswinds!or!passing!vehicles,!especially!trucks!
and!buses.!By!reducing!speeds,!you!have!better!stability!and!control!of!the!trailer.!!
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Driving*on*Urban*Roads**
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A!few!hours!of!practice!in!a!large!parking!lot!will!help!you!learn!to!better!control!your!trailer.!
You!can!utilize!safety!cones!to!practice!your!turns,!backing!up!and!parking.!Make!sure!you!have!
side!mirrors!because!they!are!necessary!in!some!areas!and!for!maximum!visibility.!!
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Be!careful!when!you’re!driving!to!allow!the!length!and!width!of!your!trailer!to!change!lanes.!
You!must!always!leave!a!gap!to!change!lanes.!With!the!mirrors!on!your!tow!vehicle,!you!will!see!
your!position!as!well!as!other!vehicles.!Learn!to!use!your!mirrors!to!locate!objects!around!you!
and!on!the!road.!!
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Remember!that!your!travel!trailer!and!your!vehicle!are!much!heavier!than!a!car!or!truck,!which!
makes!this!combination!less!manoeuvrable!and!harder!to!stop.!In!addition,!due!to!the!larger!
surface!of!area!of!a!trailer,!you!are!easily!affected!by!crosswinds.!Use!a!greater!distance!to!stop!
and!to!go!forward!and!keep!a!moderate!speed,!particularly!in!traffic!and!when!encountering!
wind!gusts.!!
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Be!careful!about!the!extra!height!of!your!trailer!and!check!trees!which!may!be!low!or!obstacles!
when!driving!in!a!park!or!campground.!You!should!always!check!the!overpasses!and!bridges.!
This!is!particularly!important!if!you!drive!with!vents!open,!an!A/C!and!antennas!mounted!on!the!
roof!of!the!trailer.!!
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When!approaching!traffic!lights,!release!the!accelerator!pedal!and!let!the!car!slow!itself.!Avoid!
pressing!on!the!brakes!abruptly.!When!approaching!hazards!on!the!road,!slow!down!and!return!
to!your!normal!speed!once!the!trailer!has!passed!these!hazards.!!
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When!travelling!on!bumpy!roads,!you!should!slow!down!and!try!to!avoid!potholes.!Fast!driving!
may!cause!unpredictable!reactions!of!the!trailer!and!move!or!damage!furniture!and!items!
inside!it.!!
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Driving*on*Highways**
On!highways!or!expressways,!choose!your!path!and!stay!there!!You!should!always!keep!enough!
space!between!you!and!the!vehicle!ahead.!A!simple!rule!for!each!15km/h!speed,!keep!at!least!
the!length!of!the!tow!vehicle!and!trailer.!For!example,!if!you!are!driving!at!90km/h,!you!must!
keep!six!times!the!length!between!you!and!the!vehicle!ahead!of!you.!Be!careful!when!you’re!
driving!to!allow!the!length!and!width!of!your!trailer!to!change!lanes.!You!must!always!leave!a!
gap!to!change!lanes.!With!the!mirrors!on!your!tow!vehicle,!you!will!see!your!position!as!well!as!
other!vehicles.!Learn!to!use!your!mirrors!to!locate!objects!around!you!and!on!the!road.!!
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This!may!seem!far!away!but!at!90km/h,!you!travel!25m!or!82ft!per!second.!You’ll!need!all!the!
distance!to!stop.!For!example,!if!your!tow!vehicle!and!your!trailer!has!a!total!length!of!50ft,!you!
have!about!four!seconds!to!react!and!stop.!You!cannot!stop!that!quickly.!You!should!test!your!
brakes!and!know!the!braking!capacity!of!your!trailer.!There!are!many!things!to!consider!such!as!
your!brake!control!parameters,!loading!and!towing!of!your!vehicle.!You!need!to!learn!how!they!


work!together.!And!remember,!you’ll!need!more!time!and!distance!to!pass!another!vehicle.!
Despite!the!best!hitch!set!up,!when!a!large!bus!or!a!big!truck!passes!you,!you!will!feel!some!
instability!created!by!the!movement!of!air.!You!may!even!feel!movement!of!your!tow!vehicle!
and!trailer.!You!will!have!the!reflex!to!stop!or!correct!direction,!but!do!nothing.!The!slight!sway!
of!your!trailer!will!last!a!very!short!time!an!correction!by!sudden!braking!or!a!change!in!
behaviour!can!cause!real!problems!of!imbalance.,!which!will!be!more!difficult!to!handle.!There!
is!no!need!to!panic,!you!just!look!in!your!mirrors!and!adjust!your!positions.!The!effects!of!
“sway”!are!reduced!if!there!is!a!greater!distance!between!the!two!vehicles.!!
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On!twoPlane!roads!(oncoming!traffic),!other!vehicles!may!line!up!behind!you.!It!is!both!
courteous!and!helpful!to!let!them!pass.!In!some!places,!the!law!requires!you!to!stop!and!let!
other!vehicles!pass.!Look!often!in!your!mirrors!to!see!the!traffic!behind!you.!!
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Driving*Under*Certain*Conditions**
On!slippery!pavement,!avoid!using!the!engine!to!help!slow!down!as!this!may!cause!the!tow!
vehicle!wheels!to!skid.!On!icy!pavement,!drive!slowly.!If!you!feel!the!tow!vehicle!skidding,!
gently!apply!the!trailer!brakes!only!with!the!controller.!This!will!bring!the!tow!vehicle!and!trailer!
back!into!a!straight!line.!And!remember!that!chains!on!the!tow!vehicle!do!not!help!the!trailer!
wheels.!If!you!get!into!mud!or!sand,!let!the!momentum!carry!the!RV!through.!Apply!power!very!
gently,!and!us!as!little!as!possible.!Stay!in!any!tracks!of!any!vehicle(s)!ahead!of!you.!Keep!the!
tow!vehicle!in!the!highest!possible!gear.!If!you!do!get!stuck,!tow!the!RV!out!without!unhitching.!
Disconnect!the!weightPdistribution!spring!bars!before!towing!in!this!situation.!!
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Backing*up*a*Trailer**
Backing!up!a!trailer!can!be!difficult,!even!for!highly!experienced!drivers,!It!takes!practice!to!
perfect!skills.!Carelessness!can!result!in!possible!injury!or,!more!likely,!costly!damage.!!
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Remember!to!take!your!time!when!you!are!parking!and!be!patient.!This!is!not!as!easy!as!it!
sounds!even!for!an!older,!experienced!driver.!!
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When!entering!a!campground,!you’ll!see!that!the!trailer!park!may!be!more!tricky!than!expected!
because!there!may!be!many!situations!that!require!a!great!deal!of!attention.!!
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The!most!important!factors!for!safe!parking!are!the!ones!to!be!careful,!be!patient,!watch!and!
listen!for!unexpected!things.!Avoid!backing!up!in!commercial!or!industrial!areas,!if!you!are!not!
yet!familiar!with!the!area.!!
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Tips!for!backing!up!and!parking:!!

1.! Align!the!trailer!and!the!tow!vehicle!in!a!straight!line,!if!possible.!Parking!on!the!left!is!
easier!than!the!right!because!your!visibility!is!further!back.!Set!your!parking!place!in!
your!side!mirror!so!that!it!is!visible.!!

2.! Back!up!slowly!by!placing!your!hand!on!the!bottom!of!the!steering!wheel,!turn!the!
wheel!in!the!direction!you!want!your!trailer!to!go!in.!Look!in!the!mirror!or!the!window!
until!the!rear!of!the!trailer!is!pointing!in!the!desired!direction.!Note!that!the!rear!of!the!


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