Welcome to your holiday home!
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 will have received a comprehensive demonstration of 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.
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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 and plenty of seating with a revolving passenger seat. When not in use the table is stored conveniently alongside the fridge.
The fridge has a freezer compartment which runs on the vehicle 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.
The vehicle also has a shower and toilet, also there is a 135 litre fresh water tank providing cold running water in the kitchen and bathroom. Hot water and central heating for the vehicle is powered by LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas). LPG can only be used when the vehicle is static.
All around the interior of the vehicle there is 12v LED lights with some extra lights on the exterior for when you are parked. Several internal lockers and a wardrobe with a clothes rail are available for your convenience. Need plenty of storage? No problem! Under the seating you will find storage space (some which can be accessed from outside the van) and can be securely locked from the outside. There is a mains hook up cable for electricity when on-site and a compartment to store your LPG bottle. A roll out awning for external cover and a step at the rear door.
This step must be retracted before the ignition is turned on or an audible alarm sounds.
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.
Vehicle length: 6.34m excluding bike rack.
Vehicle width: 2.35m with mirrors are folded in.
Vehicle height: 3.10m
Seating: Two in front on captains seats which swivel with 3 point inertia belts, two in rear with 3 point inertia belts.
• Pan set including frying pan
• Whistling kettle
• 4 x plates, bowls and mugs
• Cooking utensils (including knives, ladle, tin opener, bottle opener)
• Salt / Pepper
• Chopping Board
• Fire extinguisher / fire blanket
• Cleaning products (including washing up liquid and spray cleaner)
• Toilet Roll
• Blue chemical for the toilet
• Hook up Cable / Hose pipe/ Spare Tyre tools/ wheel blocks
• Front Window blinds (suction cup)
• Small bin
Helpful information about your Rental Before You Set Off In Your Motorhome
• 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.
Loading Your Vehicle
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.
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.
Your handbrake is situated on the right hand side of the drivers 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.
Driving Your Motorhome
When pulling away in your Motorhome always operate the clutch smoothly, change gears smoothly and try not to jerk the clutch.
Please remember that your Motorhome is much larger and heavier 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!
Selecting A Pitch
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 The Motorhome
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, boards or kerbs. A glass with liquid in is a good indicator of how level the van is. 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, secure the vehicle, make sure ALL doors are closed properly to enable the central locking to function, this button is located on the front dashboard. The rear door should be locked with the key from the outside or the lock on the inside of the rear door.
Use of Energy
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 fridge.
If you are in a campsite and connected to the mains via the hook-up cable you must select EL 1 for mains electricity.
Your vehicle has a lockable compartment which stores your LPG bottle which is accessed from outside the
Motorhome. It is straight forward to find a LPG bottle supplier via google, plus most campsites & some garages sell them too.
Gas bottle change
There is a spanner in the compartment where the gas bottle is stored:
Turn off the gas bottle off by screwing the brass coloured knob in a clockwise direction until tight. Then using the spanner tool, undo the nut turning it ANTICLOCKWISE until the connection comes away. Replace with a full LPG bottle and reverse the above procedure.
Precautions – If a gas leak is suspected
• 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 Electrical System
The vehicle has both a 12V and 240V electrical system
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.
Connecting The Vehicle To A Mains Supply
Your vehicle is supplied with an orange mains hook-up cable that will connect your Motorhome to a suitable power supply on site.
• 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.
HABITATION CONTROL PANEL
HEATING AND HOT WATER: TRUMA ULTRA HEAT CONTROL PANEL AUTO TRAIL T615
This control panel is to operate the heating system by 230/240v Electrical supply.
1. Turn the outer knob to 2000 kw.
2. Turn the internal dial to selected heat temperature. 5 is recommended.
a = Rotary switch “Off”
b = Rotary switch “On” power settings: 500 – 1000 – 2000 W
c = Rotary control knob for room temperature (illuminated by green indicator lamp ‘operation”
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.
TO USE THE HEATING VIA GAS
1. Turn the gas bottle on
2. Press the knob down on the heater and turn to positions 1-3 slowly.
3. The igniting sound will stop once the heater has lit.
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.
240V operation – select EL1 on the Truma Control panel.
Toilet operation and cassette
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.
• 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.
Filling the fresh water tank
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.
Returning your vehicle at the end of your holiday
• 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
For further assistance please call the contact numbers at the top of page
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
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
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
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?
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?