Fiat Tribute Troubleshooting

Fiat Tribute 669 Guide

Your motorhome guide to keep you moving on the road

You will have received a comprehensive demonstration on how to operate the motorhome. However, we understand there is a lot to learn and remember so we have made this manual to help you along the way. We have a dedicated vehicle/accident support line which operates from 8am-5pm Monday to Sunday.

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This manual has been designed to help you on your onward journey providing useful tips and hints whilst you are on the road exploring the open roads. You have rented a 4 berth Motorhome with shower and toilet facilities, which is ideal for a couple or a small family and isn’t too bulky to get into a normal parking space. It has gas central heating and hot water facilities and a 240v hook-up point to connect to when you are parked at a campsite.


This motorhome can sleep up to 4 adults. It has a dining table with space for 4 people with an extendable section and seating for 4 people (the driver and passenger seats revolve). It has a fridge with freezer compartment which runs on the vehicle leisure battery (whilst driving), 240v hook up cable for mains charging and LPG Auto Gas supply whilst static without hook up. There is a hob with 3 gas burners, and full oven with grill. There is a shower and toilet. The van has a 68 litre fresh water tank providing cold running water in the kitchen and bathroom.

There is LPG (Liquid petroleum gas) for hot water and central heating for the vehicle. This can only be used when the vehicle is static. There are 12v LED lights all around the interior of the vehicle and also some on the exterior for when you are parked. There are several internal lockers and a wardrobe with a clothes rail. There is also storage under the seating. There is a mains hook up cable for electricity when on-site and a 25 litre under slung LPG tank.


Engine: Fiat Ducato 115bhp 2 litre engine
Transmission: 6 speed manual gear box PAS (Power Assisted Steering), ABS (Anti lock braking).
Equipment: AM/FM radio with multimedia connection. Bluetooth connectivity USB port 2 cab lighter
sockets (12v), Cab air conditioning.
Seating: Two in front on captains seats which swivel with 3 point inertia belts, two in rear with 3 point inertia belts.

Vehicle length: 5.99m excluding bike rack.
Vehicle width: 2.27m with mirrors are folded in.
Vehicle height: 2.68m

Vehicle inventory

• hook up cable
• first aid box
• hose pipe
• whistling kettle
• ignition lighter
• fire blanket
• fire extinguisher
• cutlery
• crockery

Helpful information for your rental


• Ensure all articles are stowed securely.
• Do not store tins, bottles or heavy items in the overhead lockers.
• Close and secure all lockers and cupboard doors.
• Secure all bunks.
• Close and secure all roof lights.
• Store the main table in the transit position.
• Ensure the fridge is on 12V operation and set the door lock.
• Close and latch all windows (never drive with windows on night settings).
• Leave all curtains and blinds open to aide visibility.
• Ensure all gas appliances are turned off.
• Ensure that seat swivels are locked in the forward facing position.


All models manufactured by Auto-Trail are of a well balanced design, the most common, causes of poor stability include:

1. Poor weight distribution of the weight inside the vehicle.
2. Incorrect tyre pressure.

Try to load heavy items down near the floor of the vehicle, between the axles and as evenly as possible side to side.


Fiat Tribute 669 Guide

If you have not driven a vehicle of this size and type before, don’t rush out into the traffic. Spend a few minutes getting to know your vehicle and get acquainted with the seat and mirror positions. Also, experiment with the vehicle controls. Get to know which side of the vehicle the water fill, LPG fill, grey water outlet, fuel fill (Diesel) and toilet cassette are located when needed.

You will notice that there is a reversing camera where the rear view mirror would be in a car, with your handbrake firmly on, select reverse gear and have a look at what range the camera will show you. It is important not to solely rely on this device when maneuvering in restricted areas, perhaps ask your co-pilot to guide you at the rear of the Motorhome.

Your handbrake is situated on the right hand side of the drivers seat.

When static and requiring to revolve the drivers seat, with the engine off, select any gear and release the clutch, you can now safely release the handbrake. This allows space for the drivers seat to revolve freely without catching the handbrake lever on the side of the seat.

You will be aware that the mirrors are fairly large and more space should be allowed when passing other vehicles. The mirrors are controlled on the drivers door handle, get to know how the small knob controls the mirrors. The mirrors are split into two, the large mirror and a smaller mirror beneath which can be adjusted to view the rear wheel and its position when manoeuvring. The mirrors can be folded in manually when parked.


Pulling Away

When pulling away in your Motorhome always operate the clutch smoothly, change gears smoothly and try not to jerk the clutch.

Motorhome Handling

Please remember that your Motorhome is much larger than a standard motor car when carrying out any manoeuvres.

– Allow longer to speed up when overtaking.
– Do not swing out suddenly and carry out all manoeuvres as smoothly as possible.
– Use the nearside wing mirror to check that the motorhome has cleared obstacles when overtaking.
– Do not bump the kerbs with the Motorhome wheels.
– Reduce speed accordingly in strong winds, going downhill or in poor visibility.
– Large high speed vehicles cause air buffeting, extra care must be taken when passing or being passed by a high sided vehicle.


Proficiency at reversing can only be achieved with practice and we would recommend that you should first practice in a large open area.


REMEMBER that the vehicle uses Diesel fuel



Do not pitch in a position in which your vehicle will obstruct others coming in. Try to choose an area that is dry, reasonably level and preferably with a hard base. If you have no alternative but to pitch on a slope, ensure that when you leave you are driving down the slope. It is always good practice to chock the wheels of the Motorhome when parked on a slope or a slippery surface even when the brakes are applied. In poor site conditions you are advised to try to keep engine revs as low as possible to try to avoid wheel spin and try to steer as straight as possible.


Levelling on your chosen pitch must be carried out in both directions for the refrigerator and other
equipment to function correctly. Levelling should be carried out using proprietary levelling ramps, or boards. Also this will help when using the cooker hob and of course it will help when sleeping. Use the windscreen covers and blinds for security. When preparing to sleep, to secure the vehicle, make sure ALL doors are closed properly to enable the central locking to function, this button is located on the drivers door panel.


The Motorhome is equipped with a dual battery system, so when you are mobile the vehicles battery will charge the leisure battery. When parked without an electric hook-up you can use LPG to run the fridge, if you choose LPG, you must select GAS on the power panel located above the sliding door. If you are in a campsite and connected to the mains via the hook-up cable you can select EL 1.

Fixed LPG tank

Your vehicle has been fitted with a fixed LPG tank that is mounted underneath your vehicle. This tank allows your vehicle to be filled via a proprietary LPG pump at a suitable filling station. The free mobile phone App can be useful to locate LPG if required. The level of the gas tank is shown on the level indicator on the vehicle dashboard to the right of the steering wheel.

NOTE: It is important to ensure that when parking overnight your vehicle it is levelled both side to side and front to back. This will ensure that no liquid gas can enter the on board pipework.

LPG has been given a smell by the manufacturers to help with the detection of leaks. Check that the gas is not escaping from an unlit appliance.


To fill your tank, park within easy reach of the filler connection situated on the side of the vehicle. Check that the outer barrel of the filler gun will rotate through 90 degrees before attempting to put it on your filler point. DO NOT use a filler gun with a barrel that will not rotate. Now line up the grooves inside the filler nozzle to locate over the bayonet pins on your adapter. Slide the filler nozzle over the adaptor allowing the grooves to pass over the bayonet pins, then support the nozzle with one hand, reaching down to grasp the engagement handle with the other. Turn the outer part of the nozzle to your right to engage the bayonet pins in their locating spaces inside the nozzle (much like fitting a light bulb). When your tank is full the supply will stop automatically, making a higher pitched sound, this is a protection device which guards against the overfilling of your tank. Now you can switch off the pump by letting go of the switch or lever. Grasp the filler nozzle’s lever and release it from the adaptor by moving it forward. There will be a short hiss and escape of a small amount of gas left in the filler hose which is not dangerous or unusual.


Filling an LPG tank is no more difficult than filling your fuel tank, but there are some differences that you need to be aware of…

• LPG will change its size (density) when the ambient pressure and temperature changes. In brief, you will get much less LPG into a tank on a hot day with low ambient pressure than you will on a cold day with high ambient pressure.
• On top of that, there is the actual content (and therefore pressure) of the filling pump’s tank to consider, if that is nearly empty then you can not fill your tank as you would from a full filler tank and pump.
• To compound things further, different filling pumps have different cut off pressures and will stop at different fill amounts.
• Also make sure your Motorhome is standing on level ground, if it is leaning on a slope it will either not fill properly or over fill, both are undesirable.

You will soon understand and get used to fill amounts varying by a few litres from fill to fill.


• Never search using a match.
• Open all doors and windows to allow any gas to escape.
• Do not operate any electrical apparatus, especially light switches.
• If the leak is not obvious the motorhome should be evacuated and qualified personnel consulted.
• Remember that gas is heavier than air and therefore sinks to the lowest point.

The vehicle has both a 12V and 240V electrical system

The 12V electrical system is supplied by a rechargeable leisure battery that is located in a dedicated battery compartment within the vehicle.

The leisure battery is charged either by the vehicle alternator when the engine is running, or by the on board battery charger when the vehicle is connected to a suitable mains supply via the hook-up lead supplied with the vehicle. Connecting the mains supply activates the 240V sockets, as well as various mains appliances. Your vehicle is supplied with an orange mains hook-up cable that will connect your Motorhome to a suitable power supply on site.


Top Tips

• Remember to turn off electrics when exiting the vehicle to save the battery.
• Monitor your waste water level, it’s not good practice to leave waste water in the tank for too long.
Remove it from the vehicle when possible. This is known as Grey water.
• Monitor fresh water levels, keep at least 50% always to operate the motorhome functions effectively.
• Turn off the water pump when not in use to avoid it burning out or becoming faulty.
• If the frost protection valve trips it will empty all your water.



1 = Display
2 = Status line
3 = Menu line (above)
4 = Menu line (below)
5 = Display of mains voltage 230 V (shore power)
6 = Display timer
7 = Settings / values
8 = Control knob / push

The control knob / push button (8) is used to select menus in the lines (3 + 4) and configure the settings. These are shown via a display (1) with a lighted background.

Pressing the Back button (9) takes the user back out of the menu again.

Control knob / push button
The control knob / push button (8) is used to select and change set values and parameters; these can be saved by clicking the control knob /push button. Selected menu items will flash.


As previously noted the fridge can be either gas operated, battery or electric. The refrigerator will start with the last selected power source.


– Press the ignitor button. The ignition process is activated automatically by means of an automatic igniter.
– Select the desired cooling compartment temperature by turning the dial.
– 12V DC operation (vehicle battery)
– Select ‘battery voltage’ on the Truma main control panel.
– Electrical operation
– 240V operation – select EL1 on the Truma Control panel.


The Truma Combi Gas Heater is a warm air heater with an integrated hot water boiler. The unit can operate on liquid gas (LPG) or 240V mains electricity. The heater can be used in ‘Winter’ mode that will produce warm air heating and hot water, and ‘summer’ mode that will produce hot water only. Before operating the heater for the first time ensure that the 12V system is turned ‘ON’ on the control panel over the doorway. To use the heater on 240V the Motorhome must be plugged into the mains supply, via the hook – up cable.


Toilet cassettes must be returned clean and empty! We do not have facilities at the branch to empty the toilet cassette. There will be a charge of £100 for any toilet cassette returned without being cleaned.


• To remove push the handle up at the bottom and pull the cassette out.
• Unscrew the cap (Make sure that you keep this safe as you will not be able to seal the cassette without it).
• Empty the contents at a specified chemical toilet point.
• Rinse the cassette with fish water until clean.
• Leave about 1 litre of clean water and Loo Blue chemical in the clean, sealed cassette before returning it securely to the motorhome.

Top Tips

• For best practice, empty your cassette every day.
• Insert a toilet sachet or laundry liquid pod daily to keep your toilet as fresh as possible.
• Ensure the vent is closed before attempting to remove the cassette.
• To operate the flush, the water pump will need to be switched on.
• For full / heavy cassettes ensure you use both carry handles on the top and front to avoid the cassette hitting the floor when removing.
• The orange / red light will illuminate on the indicator to inform you that the cassette needs to emptied.


Fresh clean drinkable water can be obtained from campsites and most garages. There is a hosepipe supplied in the motorhome to enable connection to a freshwater tap. Ensure the cap is replaced securely at completion of filling.

Grey water emptying

Your waste water needs to be emptied frequently and campsites have suitable disposal drains.


• Return on time to the pre-booked return location.
• Return the toilet cassette clean and empty.
• Ensure the grey water is empty.
• The Motorhome must be returned clean.
• Fill the diesel to the required level as agreed on collection.
• Remember to collect all your belongings before having the motorhome back (If anything is left behind we will inform you as soon as possible.)


In the unlikely event of a puncture please give us a call on our helpline above

Changing A Wheel

– Ensure the handbrake is fully applied and use wheel chocks if necessary to ensure the vehicle cannot move.
– Remove the wheel trims (if fitted). Use the wheel-brace to slacken off wheel nuts on the wheel to be changed.
– Position the jack under the axle or at the appropriate jacking point.
– Jack up the vehicle until the wheel to be changed is just off the ground.
– Remove the wheel nuts and wheel.
– Fit the spare wheel and reverse the above procedure.
– Tighten all nuts equally.


Please ensure that you are familiar with the relevant laws and regulations that apply in the countries in which you choose to travel.

Different mainland European countries have different laws and regulations and it is your responsibility to ensure that your vehicle and insurance comply with these regulations and that you drive within the law. Please discuss electricity connections with your provider on collection of your motorhome.



There is no water coming from the taps?

• Do you have water? check the water levels
• Have you activated the water pump on the control panel?
• Is the frost protection valve in the set position?
• Check fuses

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There is no electricity in the vehicle?

• Are you hooked up to the campsite power point?
• Are the battery levels showing above 12.5volts?
• Check fuses
• Check the isolation switch under the drivers seat

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The plug sockets are not working?

• Are you hooked up to the campsite power point?
• Do you have mains electric in the van?
• The sockets only work when hooked up to the campsite power point
• Check fuses
• The cooker does not work?
• Do you have sufficient gas?
• Check the gas isolation switch under the oven in the cupboard below

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The fridge is not working?

• Is the fridge switched on?
• What power supply option is it on?
• Have you selected the correct power supply on the panel?
• Use electric / battery only when driving
• Do you have sufficient gas?

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The boiler is not working?

• Is there sufficient water in the tank?
• Has the frost protection valve tripped?
• Have you selected the correct power source on the panel?
• Have you got the main control panel on?
• Is there an error code displayed?