Crusader Caravans D-Lite Operating instructions

CRUSADER CARAVANS
OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
Thank you for choosing a Crusader caravan. Welcome to
the Crusader family. We wish you safe, enjoyable and
trouble free caravanning.
To assist you with familiarizing yourself with your caravan and its’ components we have
prepared this basic handbook for your easy reference. We trust it is of benefit to you
Basic Cleaning
Just like your car, your caravan requires regular inspection, maintenance and cleaning. Clean
the outside to remove any dirt and apply a suitable polish to protect it from the elements. Clean
the inside surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaning solution and vacuum the floor. If you plan to
clean the upholstery and curtains, choose a warm day so you can leave the door and windows
open.
REMEMBER: DO NOT USE HIGH PRESSURE WATER SPRAY ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR VAN
Note: provisions of your caravan warranty coverage determine that you must have your caravan serviced and
inspected on a regular basis by a recognised Crusader Caravans service agent
Start at the front of the caravan
Check Couplings
Off road type couplings: Ensure coupling moves freely – oil or grease as necessary
Fixed Couplings: check the operation of spindle and screw nut.
NOTE: On all couplings, trigger lock on handle should be moving freely and in good
condition (oil regularly).
Check Handbrake
Check for corrosion where base plate affixes to the A frame.
Hand brake lever should move freely and lubricated regularly
Check condition of brake cable and pulleys.
Check Safety Chains
Inspect for signs of rust or cracks at fixing point on caravan draw bar
Chains must be long enough to reach towbar chain hooks (crossed over) allowing for
cornering.
Check Jockey Wheel
Handle and wheel should turn freely (if lubrication is needed, squirt oil under handle to
travel down shaft).
Wheel should spin on axle freely.
Check jockey wheel clamp and clamp bolt for easy operation.
If your caravan is being stored for extended periods and is not under cover it is
imperative that regular checks of the caravan be made to ensure that there is no
evidence of damage to the inside of the caravan particularly after heavy or prolonged
periods of rain.
The caravan door, windows and hatches should be opened on a regular basis to air the
caravan interior
Chassis frame
Should be checked regularly for rust and stress fractures, particularly outriggers and all
cross member fixing points, ‘A’ frame, springs and spring hangers and stabiliser legs.
Check for signs of movement around spring hangers, shackle plates and bushes, U-bolts
and fish plates.
Check corner stabilisers for ease of movement and ensure handle is in good condition.
Check pull out step for cracks, rust and ease of operation.
Check Wheels, Rims & Tyres
Check wheel rims for buckles, cracks or other damage after each trip.
Check tyres for signs of unusual or excessive wear from under/over inflation or wheel
alignment problems.
Bearings and oil seals should be inspected and repacked regularly.
Electric brake wiring should be checked regularly for damage or disconnect
Wheel nut tightness and tyre pressures should be checked regularly but should be
checked at least every 1500 kilometres
Check Water Tank
Check hoses for leaks, kinks, signs of damage
Check hose clamps for tightness.
Check tank straps for signs of cracking, rust or looseness.
Check water tank stone protector condition
Corner Moulds, windows & door
Inspect sealing around corner moulds, windows & doors etc. should be checked regularly
for cracks, holes or dislodgement which may allow water entry.
After heavy or prolonged rain check the inside of the van for water leaks.
Exterior Lighting
It is an important safety factor that all 12V brake indicator, tail and running lights should be
operative and lenses not faded. These should be checked before each departure
Check rubber seals around all exterior light bases to prevent intrusion of water.
Check 12V wiring and plug for any signs of breakage or insect nests in 12V plug.
Gas Fittings
Check gas connections by turning gas bottle on and spraying fittings with soapy water. If
bubbles occur it means there is a gas leak. Turn gas off at the gas bottle,
Check flexible hose for fraying or kinks.
Main Door
Lubricate door lock and hinges with light oil (CRC type) regularly
Check condition and operation of annex roller and cabin hooks.
Door lock tongue and striker plate should be regularly checked for signs of wear.
Interior of Van
Hatches and operating mechanisms should be cleaned regularly.
All flyscreens (pop tops only) should be intact and cleaned regularly
Check cupboard door hinges and stays ease of operation
Cupboard locks should be lubricated to avoid jamming which may strain and break lock.
Fridge and stove should be firmly fixed to surrounds - loose bolts could result in appliance
jarring loose in travel. (Grasp appliance and attempt to move back and forth).
Check mattresses regularly for signs of moisture retention - causes premature wear.
Any discolouration of ply lining around hatch, windows, ceiling, or wall corners indicates the
ingress of water. Rectification of this problem should be attended to without delay
Running Operation
Connect the caravan tow plug to your vehicle and ensure all the caravan’s lights, indicators
and brake lights work correctly. This procedure should be done prior to each departure
Repairs
Any suspected fault or damage to your caravan must be reported and attended to without
delay by an authorised Crusader Caravans repair agent for warranty to be valid. Failure to notify
and have corrected any known or suspected fault or damage to your caravan by an authorised
representative of Crusader Caravans could void your warranty
IMPORTANT NOTE: Any suspected problems with gas lines, gas appliances or any electrical
fault should be referred to a qualified gas fitter or qualified electrician respectively and should
not be tampered with by an unqualified person.
Caravan awning
Awnings are a valuable part of a caravan. They effectively double the amount of space
available.
It is advisable after every trip to wash the awning down and leave extended to dry. If stored for a
long period of time it should be extended every 6 months or so to check for mould, etc.
Do not use ordinary household detergents when washing the awning as it may destroy the
water resistant coating. Washing with a mild truck wash should keep most of the mould and
mildew at bay or a product such as "Tricleanium". Which is 100% alkaline salts not acid like
CLR or Sulfuric acid. Reapply a water resistant spray if necessary. For particularly stubborn
stains use CHUX Magic Eraser from the laundry aisle of your supermarket. Keep an eye on
any repairs that may need attention with your awning, as catching them early can mean the
difference between a simple repair or a costly replacement.
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DO NOT OPERATE 240 VOLT SWITCH AND GAS
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Disclaimer:
Please note: Every effort has been put into ensuring the accuracy of this booklet
however Crusader Caravans do not take responsibility for any discrepancy that may exist.
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WATER PUMP OPERATION:
The water pump is operated by an isolation switch located inside the
van (as seen below)
IMPORTANT.
When connected to mains water pressure, ensure that this isolation
switch is turned off – OTHERWISE you will continue to pump water from
your water tanks and NOT mains water.
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The water pump is normally located under the fridge or in a separate
cupboard nearby.
See picture below.
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The water tanks are controlled by two separate isolation valves. It is
ideal to close off one of these valves to ensure that water is only
pumped from one tank at a time. This will prevent the pump drawing
air from an empty tank if both valves are open. Then once this tank
has emptied shut off and open the other valve to the water tank with
water. This will then enable water to be pumped from the second
tank without experiencing any difficulty or damage to the pump.
(Pumping dry and burning out)
Isolating either valve restricts the flow of water from either tank. (See
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FILLING TANKS
There are two methods in filling your water tanks.
Firstly manually through the water fillers....
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Secondly through the main pressure connection and via the switch
valves underneath the caravan, by simply opening them to allow water
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to fill the tanks. Once completed, you will notice two clear pipes also
underneath the caravan. These clear pipes are your overflow
indicators. You can now switch the valves off and continue to use main
pressure once the tanks are full.
Ensure that these valves are switched off when operating the water
pump otherwise the pump may draw air into the system.
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Main Pressure Connection
Switch valves
IMPORTANT.
When connected to mains water pressure, ensure that the pump
isolation switch is turned off – OTHERWISE you will continue to pump
water from your water tanks and NOT mains water.
BLEEDING THE WATER SYSTEM
If you discover that there is minimal water flow when operating under
the water pump or there is obvious indicating that air is in your water
pipes. You need to bleed the system.
Procedure: Open all taps (Ensuite – vanity – shower – kitchen – A frame
tap)
Turn on water pump. Proceed to A frame tap....once water is flowing
normally turn tap off....follow same procedure with kitchen tap –
vanity and shower.
The system has now been bled of any air pockets.
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HOT WATER OPERATION:
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SUBURBAN HOT WATER UNIT
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Before you proceed to operate the Hot Water Unit ensure that there is
water in the water tank of the hot water unit.
You can check this by releasing the pressure release valve to ascertain
that there is continuous water flow out from the unit. See picture 1.
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If not – ensure that the mains water is connected to the caravan or
ensure that your water pump switch is operating (Picture 2) and there
is sufficient water in the water tanks fitted to the van.
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240 Volt operation:
IMPORTANT: There are three 240volt switches associated in using the
hot water unit.
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Step 1. Inside the van, as pictured below (picture ‘A’) you will find a
Hot Water isolation switch. This switch is used to turn on the 240 volt
power point where the HWU is plugged into to operate the unit.
Picture ‘A’!
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Step 2. This ‘On / Off’ switch (picture ‘B’) is located on the unit and
accessed from the external hatch opening. This is the main 240 volt
switch to the unit and must be left on at all times as the isolation
switch (picture ‘A’) works in conjunction with this switch (picture ‘B’)
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Step 3.
The hot water unit is connected to a 240 volt power (on/off) wall
switch located inside a cupboard near the unit. Ensure that this is
plugged in and switched on.
See below:
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If either one of these three switches is in the ‘OFF’ position then the
hot water unit will not operate under 240 volt power.
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Gas Operation:
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For gas operation, please ensure the gas bottles are full and the gas
line is open. Also ensure that the gas cock valve is open to allow gas
to flow to the unit. By turning the ‘Water Heater’ button (picture
‘C’) on the ‘reset’ red light will alight and automatically operate the
unit.
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Valve is now open
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Red light will alight
when gas unit is
operating or
reheating
Picture ‘C’
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WARNING: DO NOT HAVE
THE 240 VOLT AND GAS SWITCH
OPERATING AT THE SAME TIME.
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TRUMA HOT WATER UNIT
Before you proceed to operate the Hot Water Unit ensure that there is
water in the water tank of the hot water unit. Also ensure that the
cover is removed before turning the hot water unit on.
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COVER TO VENT
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Remove cover before
turning hot water unit on…
otherwise unit will not
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240 volt isolation
switch to wall
power point plug
inside cupboard for
hot water unit
Gas switch
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TRUMA GAS HEATER.
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Gas exhaust vent
with cover on
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Gas cover MUST be
removed before you
start heater….otherwise
UNIT will not operate
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Heating outlet
vent and return
air vent
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Grey outer switch
operates gas heater or fan
only.
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MAINS POWER SWITCH
The Mains switch allows 12 volt power to the caravan via the caravan
battery
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THE MAINS 12VOLT SWITCH IS NORMALLY LOCATED JUST INSIDE THE
DOOR ENTRANCE ABOVE HEAD HEIGHT.
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12 Volt power is drawn from the battery via the ‘Battery Protector’
switch which is located in the front boot of the caravan. (in most
caravans).....The battery protector switch must remain in the OFF
positions, because the 12 volt power supply has bypass this switch
(NOT bypassed the battery protector unit)
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ON / OFF
SWITCH TO
BATTERY
PROTECTOR
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The ‘CUT OUT VOLTAGE’ switch is located under the ON/Off switch on
the ‘Battery Protector’ this should be left on 11.0 Volts to ensure that
the battery does not exceed the voltage output.
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IMPORTANT: If the caravan is being used for lengthy periods under
‘House Power’ only. This may result in loss of power due to the
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battery losing charge. This will be noticeable when lighting inside the
van fails to operate sufficiently or 12 volt power is no longer available.
If this occurs YOU MAY lower the voltage output switch to 10.5 or 10
volts to reduce power. But always ensure that you return this switch
back to 11.0 volts when battery is fully charged.
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This battery protector is governed by a 50amp fuse. The amber
lights needs to be ‘on’ to ensure there is a 12 volt supply to the
caravan.
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BATTERY CHARGER
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The battery charger is a devise designed to charge the battery when it
is plugged into 240volt mains power or a generator.
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If your van is fitted with Solar Panels then the battery is charged via
the Solar Controller (Regulator)
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Battery Charger
When the charger is operating correctly the ‘On Charge’ light will
activate. If this fails then check that the lead is correctly plugged in
to the power point and the back of the unit. The battery charger also
has an ‘on/off’ switch on the unit this should remain ‘ON’ at all times.
A fuse is located at the rear of the unit which needs to be unscrewed
from the unit.
What will accompany the “On Charge Light” will be one of the three
other lights.....”Bulk”....Absorption”......”Float”.....if this doesn’t
occur check unit.
If charger is ON, but still no charge is taking place then check nearby
fuse.
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TOILET CASSETTE
Read manual for individual toilet system operation.
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Before operating any toilet system please ensure that the drainage cap
is fitted to the external cassette unit.
Dometic Toilet
system
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Cap
Thetford
toilet
system
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Release
Latch
To remove the cassette simply lift the green or yellow release latches
(depending on the model) and pull out.
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GAS APPLICANCE SHUT OFF VALVE:
Every gas appliances in the caravan has a safety gas shut off valve (also
known as a ‘gas cock’). This valve enables for the gas to be shut off
to the appliance (Cook top – Oven – Hot water unit – Fridge) during
maintenance, repairs or cleaning.
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If there is no gas flow, to the appliance ensure that the valve is in the
‘open’ position as shown below and check that the valve of the
regulator at the gas bottles is in the appropriate position to the gas
bottle that is being used.
Valve is now open
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One way valve – turn
left for left gas bottle –
turn right for right gas
Twin gas regulator
fitted to most
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Manual
changeover
valve
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BRAKE SAFE SYSTEM:
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The brake safe device is designed to automatically apply the electric
brakes to the caravan in the event of an accidental separation from
the towing vehicle.
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Breakaway
switch
Cable to be
affixed to the
towing vehicle
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The metal cable is attached to a permanent anchor point on the
towing vehicle with minimal amount of slack in the cable to allow the
pin in the brake safe switch to be pulled out of its housing to activate
the emergency braking system.
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IMPORTANT:
Do not use the brake safe system as a hand brake. This will cause the
battery powering the brake safe system to lose power and became
inoperative. (Flat battery)
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The brake safe system is powered by the battery which is housed in a
container located in the front boot (All models except Tourline model)
The battery is charged from the car via the number 2 pin on the trailer
plug.
By pressing the ‘press’ button you can check the power level of the
battery (either Normal charge or Low charge will be displayed)
Normal light
indicates
battery
charged
Low light
indicator.
Battery Needs
attention
‘Press’ button
to check
battery level
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The red charge light will activate once connected to the
car via the number 2 PIN on the caravan plug and the
power dial is turned to the number 2 position inside the
caravan
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Refer to wiring options
sheet.....................car to caravan
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Shower head storage
Travellers are advised to ensure that the shower head is stored by
placing it in a wrapped clothe and placed on the shower floor.
The shower head is not designed to remain in the cradle whilst
travelling, because it likely to dislodge and thus damage.
Correct storage
position
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Do not leave
shower head in
cradle
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Entrance door
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Customers are advised NOT to cover or restrict air flow to the door
vent. This vent is designed as a safety measurement under the
Standard Manufacturing Regulations.
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DO NOT COVER
OR
RESTRICT AIR
FLOW TO THIS
VENT
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Fridge Fan Operation (On Selected Caravan Models)
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Fridge Fan fitted
to the rear of
the fridge.
Thermostatically
Controlled. I.E.
when the fridge
gets too hot the
fan activates to
create an air
flow to cool the
fridge coils.
Fridge Fan
isolation switch.
Giving you the option to
switch the fan off when in
storage or during the
night.
WARNING by turning it off
at night defeats the
purpose of cooling the
fridge whilst in use thus
causing the fridge to work
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WINEGARD ANTENNA:
Raising the antenna to operating position turn the elevating crank
(clockwise) in ‘UP’ direction about 13 turns or until resistance is
reached.
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Rotating Antenna for Best Picture,
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Make sure antenna is in “UP” position. Pull down on the rotating plate
to disengage ceiling plate and rotate. By Rotating this plate you are
now rotating the antenna.
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Lowering antenna to travel position,
Rotate antenna until pointer on directional handle aligns with the
pointer on the ceiling plate. Turn level crank (counter clockwise) in
“DOWN” direction about 13 turns or until resistance is noted. Antenna
is now locked in travel position.
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TV and DVD connection
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12 volt
connection port
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Black button:
DVD Connection Port
(Yellow RCA lead to
connect to yellow
port on TV
Digital booster for Winegard
Antenna.
If connected to caravan park
satellite connection DO NOT TURN
ON otherwise you will receive no
reception
Aerial
Connection
Port
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