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Your motorhome makes use of many complex
systems and services.
Please ensure that you have read all instruction
manuals carefully, and fully understand all aspects
of your vehicle, before driving it on the open road.
If you have any queries on the operation of any part
of your motorhome please contact your supplying dealer.
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Useful Information
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Complete the details below:
Model:
Name:
Telephone:
Date Purchased:
Supplying Dealer:
Sales Person:
Telephone Number:
Tyre Pressure:
Radio Code:
Exterior Door Key Number:
Water Filter Key Number:
Vehicle Build Number:
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Auto-Trail VR Limited.
Trigano House, Genesis Way, Europarc,
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN37 9TU.
Tel: +44(0) 1472 571000 Fax: +44(0) 1472 571001
e-mail: sales@auto-trail.co.uk
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Contents
Useful information ..................................................3-4
Spinflo S330 hob ....................................................26
Good neighbour guide........................................43-45
Introduction ............................................................6-7
Spinflo Duplex oven & grill......................................27
Annual checklist ................................................46-51
Preparing for the road ............................................8-9
Dometic RM7271 refrigerator ................................28
Guarantee............................................................51-53
External features ................................................10-11
Webasto dual top diesel heater..............................29
Vehicle specifications..............................................54
Driving your motorhome ....................................12-13
Flue covers ..............................................................30
Cable colour chart....................................................55
Selecting a pitch ......................................................13
Water services....................................................30-31
230v circuits ............................................................56
Gas services........................................................14-15
Thetford cassette toilet ......................................32-33
Road lighting circuits ..............................................57
Electrical services ..............................................16-18
Windows & skylights ........................................33-35
Power circuits ..........................................................58
Leisure battery ........................................................19
Wind out awning ......................................................35
Consumer circuits - roof ..........................................59
EC500 power supply unit ..................................20-21
Security & ventilation ........................................36-38
Consumer circuits - floor ........................................60
EC325 control panel ..........................................22-23
General care........................................................39-41
Notes....................................................................61-64
‘AVTEX’ LCD television & DVD player..............24-25
Winter laying up ................................................42-43
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Introduction
Auto-Trail welcomes you to the ranks of
Auto-Trail owners.
This handbook has been designed to enable
you to derive the maximum benefit and
enjoyment from your motorhome;
its information will be beneficial to
experienced and new motorhomers alike.
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This handbook is intended to give a brief overview
of your motorhome and its appliances.
You are advised to read all of the individual
appliance instructions which will be found in the
information wallet supplied with your vehicle.
Please note that every effort is made within this
handbook to accurately reflect and describe
our motorhomes.
However, our policy of continued improvements,
and change in market supply conditions means
that we reserve the right to alter specifications
without prior notice.
It is important that this handbook accompanies
the motorhome so that any future owner has the
benefit of the relevant information.
Your motorhome is designed to give many years
of use. Regular maintenance is however necessary
to ensure trouble free service.
Your supplying dealer is responsible for all aspects
of customer care.
All vehicles are supplied with a comprehensive
warranty, please ensure that the dealer has fully
explained all aspects of your motorhomes
operational systems and the necessary
servicing requirements.
Should you require assistance your supplying
dealer is fully conversant with the correct
procedures that you should follow to get any
issues dealt with in a timely manner.
Introduction
Modifications To Your Vehicle
Please check with your supplying dealer before
carrying out any modifications to your vehicle.
Any unauthorised modifications carried out by
a third party could affect the terms of your
warranty agreement.
We would always advise that you consult your
dealer before any additional equipment is fitted
to your vehicle to ensure the appropriate fixing
support is available.
Appliance Maintenance
In the interest of safety, replacement parts for
an appliance shall conform to the appliance
manufacturers specifications, and should be
fitted by him or his authorised agent.
Base Vehicle
Please make reference to the base vehicle
handbook for matters relating to the motorhome
as a road vehicle (e.g. tyre pressures, servicing
intervals etc).
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Preparing For The Road
Preparing For The Road
Loading Your Vehicle
All models manufactured by Auto-Trail are of
a well balanced design, the most common
causes of poor stability include:
• Poor weight distribution of the weight inside
the vehicle.
• Incorrect tyre pressure (always adhere to
the tyre pressures stated in the chassis
manufacturers handbook. Always inflate
to the ‘fully laden’ condition).
Try to load heavy items down near the floor of
the vehicle, between the axles and as evenly
as possible side to side.
We would recommend that the table is stored
on the floor between the beds if there is no
dedicated storage position.
Where a dedicated storage position is available,
the table should be retained in this position
whilst the vehicle is in motion.
Please be aware that in certain
conditions the fibreglass roof may
become very slippery, please take
extreme care should you choose
to walk on the vehicle roof.
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Bicycle Carrier (If Fitted)
Auto-Trail recommends that if a bicycle carrier
is fitted to your vehicle it should be capable of
carrying no more than two cycles.
Never exceed the maximum authorised weight
that should be specified on the carrier.
Tow Bars
Various suppliers manufacture tow bars that
can be fitted to your Auto-Trail vehicle.
Please check with your tow bar supplier that
the tow ball fitted to your vehicle fits your
requirements exactly and does not
contravene any road traffic regulations.
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Maximum Loading Of Your Vehicle
The weights of your vehicle are stated in the back
of this handbook and on the secondary weight
plate located in the engine bay of your vehicle.
The secondary weight plate gives the following
information.
• The maximum authorised weight of
your vehicle which must never be exceeded
when the vehicle is loaded and in use.
• The gross train weight of your vehicle.
This is the maximum combined weight of the
actual motorhome fully loaded to its maximum
authorised weight, plus the allowance for a
trailer. The weight of the loaded motorhome
and trailer must never exceed the gross train
weight quoted on the weight plate.
• ‘1’ is the maximum authorised weight for the
individual front axle
• ‘2’ is the maximum authorised weight for the
individual rear axle.
• ‘3’ is the maximum authorised weight of the
individual third axle (only used on twin rear
axle models).
Please note that if you add both maximum
authorised axle weights together it will
normally give you a larger figure than the
maximum authorised weight – please be
aware that the Maximum authorised
weight must never be exceeded.
Please take care to ensure that you have allowed
for the masses of all items you intend to carry in
the motorhome. e.g. passengers, optional
equipment, essential habitation equipment and
personal effects such as clothing, food, pets,
bicycles, sailboards, sports equipment, etc.
Preparing For The Road
• Close and latch all windows (never drive with
windows on night settings).
• Leave all curtains and blinds open to
aide visibility.
• Ensure leisure battery is secure.
• Ensure all gas appliances are turned off,
that the gas bottles are correctly positioned,
secured and turned off.
• Ensure that seat swivels (if fitted) are locked
in the forward facing position.
• Ensure entrance step is retracted.
Before You Set Off In Your Motorhome
• Ensure all articles are stowed securely.
Do not store tins, bottles or heavy items
in overhead lockers.
• Close and secure all lockers and
cupboard doors.
• Secure all bunks.
• Close and secure all roof lights.
• Store main table in transit position.
• Ensure fridge is on 12v operation and set
door lock.
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External features
A Fridge vents
C Status T.V. aerial
(omni-directional, where fitted)
B Front marker lights
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D Awning light (where fitted)
F Rear marker lights
H High level brake light (where fitted)
E Lockable external access door to toilet waste tank
G Lockable gas cylinder compartment
J Lockable fresh water filler
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Driving Your Motorhome
Driving Your Motorhome
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.
• Carry out all manoeuvres as smoothly
as possible.
• Use the nearside wing mirror to check
motorhome has cleared obstacle
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.
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Reversing
Proficiency at reversing can only be achieved
with practice and we would recommend that
you should first practice in a large open area.
As well as this courses are run by
many organisations.
Changing A Wheel (Where Applicable)
Most Auto-Trail vehicles are fitted with a ‘Fix
and Go’ kit that comprises of a compressor
and puncture repair fluid. Please follow the
instructions supplied with the kit that are
contained in the carrying case;
• 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.
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Selecting A Pitch
Selecting A Pitch
Alloy Wheels / Tyre Valves
It is vitally important that when you get
replacement tyres fitted to your vehicle the valves
that are used are capable of withstanding the high
pressures associated with motorhome tyres.
Usually only ‘bolt through’ steel type valves can
withstand the high pressures associated with
motorhome tyres.
Driving Abroad
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
complies with theses regulations and
that you drive within the law.
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 to try to steer as straight
as possible.
Levelling The Motorhome
Levelling of the motorhome on your chosen
pitch must be carried out in both directions
for the refrigerator and other equipment to
function correctly. Levelling the motorhome
should be carried out using proprietary
levelling ramps, or boards.
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Gas Services
Gas Services
The gas appliances in your vehicle are fed from
a gas cylinder that is housed in a sealed
cylinder compartment.
Gas flows from the gas bottles via a bulkhead
mounted gas regulator. This regulator provides
a working gas pressure of 30 m bar (1.5kg of
gas per hour).
All appliances installed by Auto-Trail are
designed to work within this pressure range.
Please ensure that any additional appliances,
not fitted by Auto-Trail, are capable of working
within this pressure.
Cylinder Compartment
Your vehicle is designed to accept 2 x 7kg gas
cylinders.
The compartment is accessed via a door on the
outside of the vehicle. This door is secured by
two locks.
The Compartment has low level ventilation to
ensure the safe operation of the cylinders
and should not be obstructed in any way.
Also please ensure that any additional items
not specified by Auto-Trail that are stored in this
compartment are secured correctly and cannot
damage any pipe work or fittings, or block
the ventilation.
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Connecting / Changing A Gas Cylinder
Before you can connect a gas cylinder to your
vehicle you will have to obtain the correct type
of high pressure hose for the type of bottle you
have chosen (different European countries
have different connections). This hose should
be fitted to the bulkhead mounted gas regulator
fitted inside your gas compartment.
• Carefully position the gas cylinders into the
gas compartment locating the bottle into the
retaining devices taking care not to damage
any of the pipe work or fittings.
• Tighten the straps that will hold the cylinders
firmly into the compartment.
• Connect the high pressure hose to the gas
cylinder using a suitable tool. Please ensure
that the high pressure hose is connected
correctly before opening the cylinder valve.
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Gas Hoses
Your supplying dealer will advise on the correct
type of high pressure hose to connect your gas
cylinder to the pressure regulator.
This will depend on the type of gas cylinders
you have chosen to carry in your vehicle.
Inspect flexible hoses regularly for deterioration
and renew, as necessary with an approved type,
in any case not later than the expiry date shown
on the hose.
Any hose that shows signs of damage or splitting
should be replaced immediately irrespective of
its age.
Externally Sited Cylinders
You are advised that gas cylinders should not be
sited outside the vehicle and that gas hoses should
never be extended to accommodate this. Hose
lengths should be no more than 400mm
(+/- 50mm)
If gas bottles are to be removed for a long period of
time then care should be taken to ensure that
debris cannot enter the gas system via the open
pipe work.
Gas Safety Valves
Gas flows from the gas cylinder via a bulkhead
mounted regulator to a set of safety shut off valves
that supply each individual appliance in the vehicle.
The valves allow isolation of a single appliance
without affecting the operation of other equipment.
Each valve has a symbol fixed to it that indicates
which appliance it is supplying.
The location of the isolation valves varies from
model to model, and depending on the layout some
vehicles may have two individual sets of valves.
Please familiarise yourself with the location of
these valves before using your vehicle for the
first time.
Gas Services
• 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.
• Keep bottled gas containers outside and protect
against frost. If storage inside is the only option
then keep away from heat sources.
Precautions - If a gas leak is suspected
• Turn off the gas supply at the cylinder using
the isolation valve on top of the gas bottle.
• Never search using a match.
• Open all doors and windows to allow any gas
to escape.
• 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.
• Do not operate any electrical apparatus,
especially light switches.
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Electrical Services
Electrical Services
All Auto-Trail vehicles have both a 12v and 230v
electrical system.
The 12v electrical system is supplied by a
rechargeable leisure battery that is located
in a dedicated battery compartment within
the vehicle (locations of leisure batteries
varies from model to model so please
familiarise yourself with your battery location
prior to using the vehicle for the first time).
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.
Connection the mains supply also activates the
230v sockets and 230v lights (where fitted to
a vehicle), as well as various mains appliances.
All Auto-Trail vehicles utilise a combined
power supply unit (PSU) that contains the
battery charger, 12v fuses, mains RCD
(residual circuit breaker) and MCB’s
(miniature circuit breakers).
Please familiarise yourself with the location of
the PSU unit prior to using the vehicle for the
first time (individual specifications of PSU
units will be described in more detail later
in this section).
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Connecting The Vehicle To A Mains
Supply
Your Auto-Trail vehicle is supplied with an
orange mains hook-up cable that will connect
your motorhome to a suitable power supply
on site via the mains hook-up point on
your motorhome.
Mains hook-up points vary from model to model
so please familiarise yourself with your
particular location prior to using your
vehicle for the first time.
Your motorhome should only be connected to a
supply that meets the requirements of BS7671.
The site warden will hold information regarding
the suitability of supply.
• Locate the charger power switch on the PSU
unit and switch to the ‘OFF’ position before
connecting the mains supply.
• Connect the supplied hook-up cable
(orange cable with blue connectors)
to the motorhome and then connect
to the mains supply.
• Check the RCD operation by ensuring
that the RCD is switched ‘ON’ (lever in
up position). Press the ‘TEST’ button
and confirm that the RCD is turned off
(lever in ‘DOWN’ position).
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• Switch the RCD back into the ‘ON’ position
(lever in ‘UP’ position). If the button failed to
operate the RCD seek professional advice
from a qualified electrician.
• Check the polarity of the mains supply by
locating the Reverse Polarity indicator and
ensure that the indicator is not illuminated.
If the indicator is illuminated seek advice
from a professional electrician.
• Locate the MCB’s within the PSU (adjacent
to the RCD) and ensure they are all in the
‘ON/UP’ position. If any MCB’s cannot be
reset this could indicate a fault or an
overloaded circuit.
• Locate the power switch on the PSU and turn
to the ‘ON’ position. The switch will illuminate
when turned on.
It is now safe to check the operation of the 12v
and 230v equipment.
Overseas Connections
Connection to mains voltage overseas requires
particular attention. Electricity supplies abroad
may be of reverse polarity. The significance of
this is that when an appliance is switched off,
it may not be electrically isolated.
It is useful to check the polarity of the supply so
that the connection can be made neutral to neutral
and live to live as recommended. Your Auto-Trail,
however, is fitted with a double pole circuit breaker.
Check that all motorhome equipment is set to
accept the site supply prior to switching it on.
Electrical Services
Flexible wiring
Brown
Blue
Green/Yellow
Live
Neutral
Earth
Fixed wiring
Red
Black
Green/Yellow
Cable coupler
Please note that if too many appliances
are in operation at one time, the MCB
may trip. This is a safety measure.
On some sites, the power is not sufficient
to power all items. If in doubt, consult the
site manager or warden.
Wiring of connecting cable and
motorhome mains inlet:
Pitch outlet supply
Cable plug
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Electrical Services
Electrical Services
Motorhome mains inlet
The cable plug is connected to the cable
coupler by a 2.5mm flexible 3-core cable.
Warning:
It is essential that connections are
made exactly as shown. If the terminal
markings are not in accordance with
the diagram, they must be ignored. If in
doubt, consult a qualified electrician.
Generators
If a generator is fitted, the vehicle must be
regularly serviced to achieve the
optimum performance.
Engine speed is used to govern the output and
frequency of the unit in KW and Hz, and if this is
allowed to vary beyond a safe level, permanent
damage could be caused to certain electronic
equipment such as 12v chargers, etc.
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IMPORTANT
Periodically, preferably not less than
once a year, the motorhome electrical
installation should be inspected and
tested. A report on the condition
should be obtained as described in the
Regulations for Electrical Installations,
published by the Institute of Electrical
Engineers. It is important that
the main switch at the site point
should be switched off, the supply
flexible cable disconnected and any
cover replaced on the socket outlet at
the site supply point. It is dangerous
to leave the supply flexible
cable connected.
If a fault should develop with your
electrical system that is not described
in the ‘fault table’ and your supplying
dealer cannot resolve the problem,
Sargent Electrical Systems operate a
telephone help line that is available
during normal office hours.
Tel: 01482 678981
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Leisure Battery
Leisure Battery
Your vehicle is equipped with a rechargeable
leisure battery that is located in a dedicated
battery compartment within your vehicle.
Locations of leisure batteries vary from model
to model, so please familiarise yourself with your
battery location before using your vehicle for the
first time. The battery is charged via the on-board
charging unit when the vehicle is plugged into a
mains supply, or via the vehicle alternator whilst
your motorhome is being driven.
Connecting and disconnecting the battery
Please ensure that all cigarettes are extinguished
before working in the auxiliary battery compartment.
Switch off all appliances and lamps before
disconnecting the leisure battery.
• Release the battery securing bolts or
securing straps from the leisure battery.
• Carefully remove the battery from the battery
compartment (please take care – the leisure
battery is extremely heavy).
• Release the battery terminals using a
suitably sized spanner.
To refit the battery, simply reverse the above procedure.
Please ensure the battery is located safely and
securely before driving your motorhome.
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EC500 Power Supply Unit
EC500 PSU (Power Supply Unit)
Overview
The EC500 Power Supply Unit utilises a battery
charger that supplies 12 volt DC power to run the
leisure equipment and supply the leisure battery. It
also houses the 12 volt DC fuses that protect the
various 12 volt circuits, and the 230 volt RCD and
MCB’s that protect the various mains circuits.
Residual Current Device & Miniture
Circuit Breakers
The Residual Current Device is provided to protect
the user from a potentially lethal electric shock.
The RCD will turn off (trip) if a fault occurs on the
system. To ensure the RCD is working correctly,
the test button should be operated each time the
vehicle is connected to the mains supply.
The Miniature circuit breakers (MCB’s) operate
in a similar way to traditional fuses and are
provided to protect the wiring from an overload or
short circuit. If an overload occurs the MCB will
switch off the supply. If this occurs the cause of the
fault should be investigated before switching the
MCB back on. Details of the MCB ratings and the
circuits they protect are detailed in the back of
this handbook.
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12 Volt DC Fuses
These fuses are provided to protect the various
12 volt circuits from an overload or short circuit.
If a fuse does blow, the cause of the fault should be
investigated before a replacement is fitted. When
replacing a fuse, always replace a fuse with the
correct value. Never replace with a higher value as
this could damage the wiring harness. Details of
fuse ratings are in the back of this handbook.
Shutdown Button
The shutdown button is used to turn off the system
electronics when they are not required to save
battery power. The unit should be turned ‘off’
(button out) when the vehicle is being put into
storage or not being used for long periods of time.
Before using the system please ensure that the
system shutdown button is in the ‘on’
position (button in).
Power Button
The Power button turns on the leisure power. Press
the button once to turn on the 12 volt power – the
LED will illuminate, press the button again to turn
off the 12 volt power - the LED will go out.
The power button must be in the ‘on’ position for
any of the 12 volt systems to operate.
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Pump Button
The pump button turns on the 12 volt water pump
circuit. Press the button once to turn on the water pump
- the LED will illuminate, press the button again to turn
off the pump – the LED will go out.
Light Button
The light button turns on the main internal 12 volt lights.
Press the button once to turn on the main lights – the
LED will illuminate, press the button again to turn the
lights off – LED will go out.
Battery Select Button
This button allows you to select which battery is used
as the power source for the vehicle, or which battery is
being charged by the on board charging system if
connected to the mains supply. The control panel will
automatically select the leisure battery when the 12
volt system is turned on.
Reverse Polarity Indicator
This light is designed to illuminate when the live and
neutral mains input supply has been reversed (crossed
over). If the light illuminates then there is a problem
with either the site supply or the cable connecting the
supply to your vehicle.
EC500 Power Supply Unit
Please note that if you choose to use your vehicle with
a generator this could also illuminate the reverse
polarity indicator. This is a normal side effect when
using some types of generator and does not
necessarily indicate a fault. Please refer to your
generator handbook for further information.
Charger Button
The charger button turns on the internal battery
charger that will charge the batteries and provide
12 volt power to the interior of the vehicle. The switch
will illuminate when the switch is pushed in and the
vehicle is connected to the mains supply.
the supply on – the button will stay in and the button
will illuminate, press the button again to turn the supply
off, the light will go out.
Cautionary Note
Apart from the changing of fuses and the
testing and resetting of the RCD and MCB’s no
maintenance is required on the PSU unit. If a
problem develops with your unit please contact
your supplying dealer or a qualified electrician.
The LED control panel (normally located over
the entrance door) controls all of the on board
12v systems.
Space Heater Switch
The space heater switch will isolate the mains supply to
the space heater when the vehicle is plugged into a
suitable 230 volt supply. Press the button once to turn
the supply on – the button will stay in and the button
will illuminate, press the button again to turn the supply
off, the light will go out.
Water Heater Switch
The water heater switch will isolate the mains supply to
the water heater when the vehicle is plugged into a
suitable 230 volt supply. Press the button once to turn
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EC325 Control Panel
EC325 Control Panel
The LCD control panel (normally located over the
entrance door) controls all of the on
board 12V systems.
Basic Controls On The Panel
Power ON / OFF
Use this switch to turn the main 12V power on and
off in the vehicle (press once and LED will
illuminate indicating power on, press again,
LED will go out indicating power ‘OFF’).
Battery Select
Use this button to select either the leisure battery or
the vehicle battery.
Pressing this button once will select the base
vehicle battery (LED will illuminate), pressing the
button again will select the leisure battery again.
The control unit will automatically select the leisure
battery when the control panel is first switched on.
When a battery is selected this battery will be used
as the power source and will also be charged by the
on-board charger.
Please note that the charger will only select an
individual battery as a power source or charging, it
cannot charge both batteries simultaneously.
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Pump ON / OFF
Use this switch to turn the on board water pump on
and off (LED next to switch will illuminate when
pump is switched ‘ON’).
We would always recommend that the pump is
switched off when leaving the Motorhome for any
period of time.
Aux. ON / OFF
On all Auto-Trail vehicles the Auxiliary switch is
used to turn on and off the exterior awning light.
Pressing the button once switches the light on (LED
will illuminate) pressing it again will switch the light
off (LED goes out).
Scroll Buttons
The buttons to the right of the LCD display are used
to scroll up or down the menu functions
of the control panel. The centre button is used
to select the required function.
Menu Functions
The main menu functions that are available on the
control panel areas follows (visible by using the
downward scroll button);
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Leisure Battery Condition
This gives the voltage reading and condition of
the on-board leisure battery.
As a general rule;
•If the battery shows less than 10.9 volts,
the battery indicates ‘POOR’.
•If the reading is between 10.9 volts and
11.8 volts, the battery condition is ‘FAIR’.
•If the reading is between 11.9 volts and
14.4 volts, the reading will indicate ‘GOOD’.
Vehicle Battery Condition
This is the voltage reading and battery condition of the
vehicle battery.
As a general rule;
•If the battery shows less than 10.9 volts,
the battery indicates ‘POOR’.
•If the reading is between 10.9 volts and
11.8 volts, the battery condition is ‘FAIR’.
•If the reading is between 11.9 volts and
14.4 volts, the reading will indicate ‘GOOD’.
Mains Supply ON
This indicates that the vehicle is plugged into the mains
supply and that the mains is switched ‘ON’.
Leisure Battery
This shows the type of battery that is fitted to
the vehicle (all Auto-Trail vehicles are fitted with
a Lead / Acid battery as standard fitment).
Fresh Water Level
This is the approximate level in your freshwater tank.
If the pump is turned on and the water level drops
below 25% a warning beep will be heard and the LCD
display will flash. To cancel this warning
press the central scroll button to the right of
the LCD display.
The display indicates;
0%
tank nearly empty
25%
tank more than 1/4 full
50%
tank more than 1/2 full
75%
tank more than 3/4 full
100% tank full
EC325 Control Panel
Battery Current
This display shows the current (in amps) being drawn
from or charged into the selected battery.
+ symbol indicates battery being charged
- symbol battery is being discharged
These are only the basic menu controls on the
panel that can be used during the basic
operation of the vehicle.
External Temperature
The external temperature (in degrees centigrade)
as measured by the outside temperature gauge.
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AVTEX LCD Digital TV and DVD Player
‘AVTEX’ LCD Digital Television and DVD Player
Your vehicle may be fitted with an AVTEX
combined digital television which has a
built-in DVD player (Sport model only).
Basic Operation
The unit can be switched from ‘Standby Mode’
(red LED indicator on facia panel) to the
‘Power On’ mode (green LED indicator on
facia panel) by pressing the ‘standby’ button
on the remote control or on the top panel of
the television.
Change Source Operation
You can change the input source from the
source menu, this allows you to select
terrestrial television (TV), DVD, AV,
digital television (DVB) and FM radio.
Press the ‘SOURCE’ button on the unit or on the
remote control to show this menu on screen.
The current source is highlighted.
Press the up and down arrows on the remote
control to select your desired signal source and
press the ‘OK’ button to confirm your choice.
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TV Operation (Terrestrial)
To tune in the television
• In TV mode press the ‘SETUP’ button on the
remote control to show the ‘PICTURE’,
‘TV SETTING’ and ‘SYSTEM’. Press the up
and down arrows on the remote control to
select ‘TV SETTING’ (illustrated by a
television symbol) and press ‘OK’ to select.
• Use the up and down arrows on the remote
control to select ‘AUTO SEARCH’ and press
‘OK’ to enter.
The unit will now search for all available
terrestrial channels.
Channel selection / volume control
• Channels can be selected by either pressing
the number of the desired channel or ‘CH+’
or ‘CH-’ on the remote control. The volume
can be adjusted by pressing the ‘VOL+’ or
‘VOL-’ on the remote control.
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DVD Operation
• Switch the unit on using the power button
(red LED will turn green to indicate power
is on).
• Switch the signal source to DVD.
• Insert the disk into the slot in the side of the
unit with the label towards you. The unit will
draw the disk in automatically.
• Press the ‘PLAY’ button to begin to play the
disc and adjust the volume using the ‘VOL+’
or ‘VOL-’ buttons.
• To stop or eject the disk simply press the
‘STOP’ or ‘EJECT’ buttons on the
remote control.
Digital (DVB) Operation
• Switch the unit on using the power button
(red LED will turn green to indicate power
is on).
• Switch the signal source to DVB.
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• Pressing the ‘SETUP’ button three times will
bring up the ‘DVB-T set up’ menu.
• Using the down arrow highlight the ‘Channel
set-up’ menu - press ‘OK’ to select.
• Using the down arrow highlight the ‘Auto Scan’
menu, press ‘OK’ to select.
• Continue to select ‘OK’ to the on-screen prompts
and the Auto Scan display will indicate the
status on the scan and the channels found.
When the scan is complete the channels will
be automatically stored in the units memory.
Please note that you will have to retune
the digital receiver every time the
vehicle moves into a new digital
transmission area.
These instructions are intended as a simple user
guide to illustrate the basic functions of the unit.
More detailed information can be found in the
operating instructions supplied with your vehicle.
Note; to view digital television you will
first have to set up various general items
that appear on screen when you select
the ‘SETUP’ button on the remote control.
These include the on-screen display
language, country and time, etc.
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Spinflo S330 Hob
Spinflo S330 Hob
The Spinflo S330 is a fully recessed electronic
ignition 3 burner hob. The three burners are
fully adjustable from full flame to simmer.
Using the hob
Ensure that the gas cylinder valve is open and
that the isolation valve supplying the oven is
in the ‘ON’ position.
Important - The hob will support
200mm diameter pans on the outer
burners, and 180mm diameter pans
on the central burner. Avoid old or
misshapen pans as these may
cause instability.
The hinged glass lid must be fully opened prior
to using the hob.
To light
• Push the control knob of the desired burner
and rotate to the fully ‘ON’ position.
The pushing action will activate the
electronic ignition and the burner should
light. Keep the control knob pressed for
approximately 10-15 seconds, then release.
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• If the burner has not lit within 15 seconds,
the control knob should be released and
the burner left for at least 1 minute before a
further attempt to ignite the burner is made.
• Adjust the control knob to the desired
cooking position.
To turn off
• Rotate the control knob until the line on the
knob is aligned with the ‘0’ on the hob facia.
Always make sure the control knob is in the
‘OFF’ position when you have finished using
the burner.
• Close the hinged glass lid.
Warning
The glass lid has a tendency to ‘snap’
shut towards the end of its lowering.
This is caused by the travel lock
action of the hinges as it is activated.
Make sure all fingers are removed
from the appliance when closing
the lid.
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Spinflo Duplex Oven and Grill
Spinflo Duplex Oven and Grill
The Spinflo Duplex oven is a combined oven with
built-in grill. Both the oven and grill are operated
from the same control knob on the oven facia.
Using the Grill
Ensure that the gas cylinder valve is open and
that the isolation valve supplying the oven
appliance is in the ‘ON’ position.
Important
The grill must used with the door open.
The heat deflector below the oven facia
should be pulled out prior to lighting
the grill. Never adjust the heat deflector
without using hand protection i.e. oven gloves.
• Open the door, push the control knob and
turn clockwise to the maximum position.
• Press the ignition button on the oven facia
and the burner should light, keep the
control knob pressed for 10-15 seconds
before releasing.
• If the burner has not lit within 15 seconds the
control knob should be released and the grill
left for at least 1 minute before a further
attempt to light the burner is made.
• Although the grill does heat up quickly, it is
recommended that a few minutes pre-heat
be allowed before cooking.
• To turn off, rotate the control knob until the
line is aligned with the ‘0’ on the oven facia.
Always make sure the control knob is in the
‘OFF’ position when you have finished grilling.
• To turn off the oven, rotate the control knob
until the line is aligned with the ‘0’ on the
oven facia. Always make sure the control
knob is in the off position when you have
finished using the oven.
Using the Oven
• Open the door, push and rotate the control
knob anti-clockwise to gas mark 9.
• Push the ignition button on the oven facia
and the burner should light, keep the
control knob pressed for 10-15 seconds
before release.
• If the burner is not lit within 15 seconds,
the control knob should be release and
the oven left for at least 1 minute before a
further attempt to light the burner is made.
• Set the control knob to the required
oven setting.
• Although the oven does heat up quickly, it is
recommended that a few minutes pre-heat
be allowed before cooking.
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Dometic RM7271 Refrigerator
Dometic RM7271 Refrigerator
The refrigerator is equipped to operate on 230v, 12v
or LPG.
The desired power option is selected by means of the
energy selector switch which has four settings; 230v,
12v (DC), LPG and OFF.
12v (DC) Operation
• Set the energy selector switch to 12v operating display 12v will illuminate green
to indicate appliance is operating on 12v.
• Use the rotary control knob to set the
temperature in the main refrigerator
compartment.
• If the operating display fails to light then
the appliance is not operating.
230v Mains Operation
• Set the energy selector switch to the 230v setting operating display 230v will illuminate green to
indicate the appliance is operating on 230v.
• Use the rotary control knob to set the
temperature in the main refrigerator
compartment.
• If the operating display fails to light then
the appliance is not operating.
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LPG Gas Operation
• Before operating the appliance on gas
ensure that the valve on the gas cylinder
is open and that the individual safety valve
for the fridge is open.
• Set the rotary control knob to the
‘MAX’ position.
• Set the energy selector switch to ‘GAS’.
• The ignition process is activated automatically,
accompanied by a ticking sound for
approximately 30 seconds.
• If ignition is successful the display ‘GAS’ will
illuminate yellow indicating that the unit is
operating on gas.
• In the event of a gas fault (e.g. gas cylinder
empty) then the display will flash.
• Use the rotary control knob to set the
temperature in the main refrigerator compartment.
Switching Off The Refrigerator
• Turn the energy selector switch to the ‘OFF’
position. The refrigerator is now switched off.
Please note, if leaving your vehicle for an extended
length of time, (e.g. greater than two weeks) the
energy selector switch should be switched to the
‘OFF’ position.
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Webasto Dual Top Diesel Heater
Webasto Dual Top Diesel Heater
The webasto Dual top heater provides blown air
heating and domestic hot water using diesel fuel
from the vehicle’s tank.
The heater is controlled by a single control panel
that is normally located over the entrance door.
Anti Freeze mode
This setting is ideal for winter camping. If the
temperature is below 6˚ centigrade the boiler is
maintained at 40˚ centigrade and warm air is
circulated around the vehicle to keep off the chill.
Summer Setting (providing domestic hot
water only)
On this setting you can choose a water
temperature of either 40˚ centigrade or 70˚
centigrade depending on your personal preference.
Temperature control
This dial is used to control the internal temperature
of your vehicle. The dial is not marked with any
temperature settings, once you have found your
ideal temperature the dial should be left in
this position.
As a rough guide leaving the dial at 12 o’clock is
approximately 22 ˚ centigrade which most people
feel comfortable with.
Heating only (providing warm air
heating only)
On this setting the heater can be run without any
water in the boiler to provide warm air heating
inside your vehicle.
Heating and hot water (providing warm air
heating and domestic hot water)
This setting provides warm air heating inside your
vehicle and domestic hot water to 70˚ centigrade.
Boiler Drain
To drain the boiler rotate the dial to this position
and hold for a minimum of ten seconds, this will
open the drain valve to empty the boiler.
Please note that when a space heater is used
for the first time, or after a period of prolonged
inactivity, it may smell slightly until any residual
dust inside the heater has dissipated.
Switching off the heater
Turn the control to the ‘off’ position to switch
off the heater.
Even when the unit is in this condition it is
constantly monitoring the water temperature
in the boiler.
If this temperature drops to a critical level then
the drain valve will open to prevent freezing.
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Flue Covers
Flue Covers
Water Services
The Refrigerator and Truma Ultrastore water
heater fitted to your vehicle are supplied with
flue covers that are designed to keep out water
and debris if the vehicle is to be stood unused
for any length of time.
The flue covers must be removed before the
appliances are used as the covers will stop
combustion air entering the appliance and
the flue gasses escaping if left in place.
Fresh Water Tank
Your vehicle has an on board fresh water tank
that allows you to carry fresh water with you on
your journey. This tank supplies all of the water
systems inside your vehicle. The volume of the
fresh water tank will vary depending on which
model you have chosen.
Water is pumped from the on board tank by a
self priming and cancelling automatic pump
throughout the vehicle.
The pump is fitted with an in-line filter to ensure
trouble free running. This must be cleaned
periodically to ensure that there is no
reduction in flow.
The pump automatically pressurises the water
system to a pre determined water pressure,
when a tap is opened water flows from it and
the pump switches on to maintain the
pre-determined pressure.
When the tap is switched off the pump will
continue running until the correct pressure in
the system is reached, it will then shut down.
The pump circuit is controlled by the isolation
switch on the control panel.
Always switch off the pump at the
control panel when leaving the vehicle.
Refrigerator Flue Covers
The type of refrigerator fitted to your vehicle
will determine the type of flue cover fitted.
There are two types of fastener; a 90˚ turn
button that is operated either with a coin or
screwdriver (fitted to Dometic appliances),
or simply a clip-off cover that has two tabs
that need to be released, again using a flat
screwdriver (fitted to Thetford appliances).
Replacing the cover is a reversal of the
above procedures.
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Please note that if the pump runs on for
more than 5-10 seconds after you have
closed all the taps, it is possible that
there could be a leak in the system.
This should be checked immediately.
• Fill the tank until either the water level gauge
reads 100%, or until the tank begins
to overflow.
• Remove the hose. Replace the cap, lock and
remove the key.
Filling The Fresh Water Tank
The tank is filled via a lockable water inlet on
the outside of your vehicle.
This inlet is identified by a blue tap symbol
adjacent to it (either a blue label or a blue
moulding on the filler itself).
The location of the water inlet will vary from vehicle
to vehicle so please familiarise yourself with its
location before using your vehicle for the first time.
Before attempting to fill your fresh water tank
please ensure that the cold water drain tap inside
the vehicle is in the closed position (see ‘draining
the water system’ section).
Please note, use only food or drug
quality pipe.
To Fill
• Remove the cap and insert a suitable length
of pipe.
• Connect the other end to a clean water supply.
Water Services
Waste Water Tank
All waste water (excluding the toilet) is piped into
an onboard waste water tank located underneath
your vehicle. The volume of the waste water tank
will vary depending on which model you
have chosen.
When the waste tank becomes full (which will be
indicated by a visible and audible signal on the
control panel), the tank should be emptied via the
drain valve on the outside of the vehicle over a
suitable drainage point.
When the ‘tank full’ indicator sounds there will still
be some capacity in the waste tank, but we would
advise that it is emptied as soon as possible.
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Thetford Cassette Toilet
Thetford Cassette Toilet
The toilet is made up of two parts:
a permanently fixed toilet and a waste holding
tank that is accessible from the outside.
The removable waste holding tank is located
under the toilet and can be removed via an
access door on the outside of the motorhome.
Preparing For Use
• Remove the waste holding tank by pulling
the safety catch upwards.
• Pull the waste holding tank outwards
towards the stop. Tip it slightly and take
out the tank completely.
• Place the tank upright and turn the
emptying spout upwards.
• Remove the cap (which has a measuring
cup inside) and pour into the tank the
required quantity of Thetford toilet fluid.
Add approximately 2 litres of water
(enough to cover the bottom of the tank).
Screw the measuring cap back onto the
emptying spout and turn the spout back
to its original position.
• Slide the holding tank back into its original
position via the access door.
• Make sure that the waste holding tank is
secured with the safety catch. Shut the
access door and lock it.
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In Use
• Rotate the toilet bowl to the desired position.
• The toilet may be used with the blade valve
open or closed. To open the valve pull the
valve handle under the bowl towards you.
If the toilet is being used with the blade
valve closed run some water into the
bowl by pressing the ‘FLUSH’ button once.
The toilet is now ready for use.
• After use, open the blade valve (if it was
closed) and press the ‘FLUSH’ button.
Close the blade valve after flushing.
Emptying The Waste Holding Tank
The waste holding tank must be emptied, at
the latest, when the warning lamp is lit but it is
advisable to empty the tank earlier if possible.
Do not allow the holding tank to
become too full.
• Ensure that the valve blade is closed.
Open the access door outside the vehicle.
Pull the safety catch upwards and remove
the waste holding tank.
• Carry the tank by the handles to a normal
toilet or to a legal waste disposal site.
Place the waste holding tank upright
and turn the emptying spout upwards.
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Windows & Skylights
• Remove the emptying spout cap. Hold the
waste holding tank by the upper handle
nearest to the emptying spout. Hold the rear
handle with your other hand so that you can
operate the vent plunger with your thumb.
Keep the vent plunger pressed to ensure
that the tank is emptied without splashing.
Please note that the vent plunger should
only be pressed when the emptying spout
is pointing downwards.
After emptying, flush the tank and clean
the blade valve thoroughly with water.
Replace the spout cap and slide the
waste holding tank back into the
toilet and close the door.
Your vehicle is fitted with side windows and
sky lights to provide light and ventilation to
your vehicle.
The number of windows and skylights fitted to
your vehicle will depend on the particular model
that you have chosen.
Pulling the recessed aluminium extrusion
downwards from the top will close the night blinds.
With the night blind closed, pulling the plastic
handle downwards from the top will close the
flyscreen. Opening the blinds / flyscreens is
the reversal of the above procedure.
Windows & Blinds
All windows fitted to the habitation area of your
motorhome are of acrylic construction and open
either by means of a top hinge or a slide,
depending on the location in the vehicle.
Main Habitation Windows
Top Hung Windows
The main habitation windows are opened by
pressing the release buttons on the opening
catches and rotating 90˚. This will release the
catches from the locking plates and the
window can be hinged open.
The window stays are of a ratchet type and will
hold the window open at any angle up to 80˚.
To close the window it must be opened to 90˚
(that will disengage the ratchet mechanism)
and lower the window to the closed position.
Rotate window catches 90˚ until they ‘click’
back into the locking plates and the release
buttons will spring out of the catches.
Luton Windows
The Luton windows are opened by rotating the
two catches 90˚ to release from the locking plate,
the window will then hinge outwards on the
top hinge.
The window can be held in the open position
by means of the locking collar on the
telescopic arm.
Luton Blinds
The Luton window is fitted with a combined blind
and flyscreen.
Sliding Windows
To open a sliding window simply release the
central catch and slide the window open to the
desired amount.
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Windows & Skylights
Window Blinds
The habitation widows are fitted with night
blinds that pull upwards from the bottom of
the window and a flyscreen blind that pulls
downwards from the top of the window.
The night blind and flyscreen will clip together
and can be positioned at any point within the
blind frame.
Skylights
Your vehicle is fitted with skylights in the ceiling
to allow light and ventilation into the vehicle.
Opening The Skylights
The clear transparent skylights are opened by
folding out the winding handle in the inner
frame and rotating anti- clockwise to
release the locking clamps.
Continue winding anti-clockwise and the glazed
dome will hinge upwards to the desired amount.
Closing Skylights
Rotate the winding handle clockwise until the
glazed dome is fully closed.
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Continue winding the handle clockwise until
the ratchet makes a ‘clicking’ noise (this is
the noise of the ratchet clutch slipping).
Line up the handle with the recess in the
inner frame and fold the handle away.
Omnivent
The omnivent is opened by rotating the
opening handle in a clockwise direction,
the glazed dome will hinge open.
Winding the opening handle anti-clockwise
will close the glazed dome.
Blinds & Flyscreens
The omnivent is fitted with a night blind only.
This is closed by squeezing the catch together
and drawing the blind across the skylight.
The clear skylights are fitted with night blinds
and flyscreens.
The blinds and flyscreens work independently
of each other by pulling them across from the
ends of the inner frame and clipping
them together.
The desired night blind or flyscreen can then
be fully drawn across the whole aperture.
Opening the blinds and flyscreens is a
reversal of the procedure.
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Wind Out Awning
Please note - do not leave pleated night
blinds in the ‘closed’ position if the vehicle
is being left in storage for any extended
period of time.
Your vehicle may be fitted with a wind out awning
which, when extended, will provide a shaded area
next to your motorhome.
Operation
Winding Out The Awning
• Locate the winding handle into the socket on the
left hand side of the awning.
• Turn the winding handle clockwise – the awning
will start to open after approximately two turns.
• Continue winding. When the awning has
extended to approximately 1 metre stop winding
and lower the supporting legs from the awning
and adjust the length of the legs until they
come into contact with the ground.
• Continue unrolling the blind until it is
fully extended.
• Adjust the height / position of the supporting
legs to ensure that the blind fabric is taught and
allowing water to run off in the event of rain –
remove the winding handle.
We would recommend that the support legs
are pegged into the ground.
Winding In The Awning
• Remove the central support rafter if fitted.
• Insert the winding handle into the socket and
turn anti-clockwise – the awning will start
to retract (the legs, if pegged into the ground,
may have to be released).
• When the awing is retracted to within 1 metre
of the vehicle the supporting legs can be folded
back into the awning facia.
• Continue winding anti clockwise until the awning
snaps back fully into the awning box – continue
winding slowly until the handle stops as this
engages the locking mechanism of the awning.
• Remove the winding handle.
Please note that the awning is designed to
be a sun shade and not as rain protection.
The awning should be closed in the
likelihood of high winds, storm,
snow or heavy rain.
Awning Space LPG Appliance Exhaust
No danger is caused if the LPG exhaust from the
refrigerator vents into an enclosed awning.
If totally enclosed, space heaters may produce
enough exhaust fumes to pollute an enclosed
awing to levels of discomfort.
In extreme cases carbon monoxide could build
up to reach dangerous levels. You are advised
to allow some additional ventilation when such
appliances are in use.
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Security & Ventilation
Low level ventilation is provided via the
entrance step well. High level ventilation is
provided by skylights located in the roof of
your vehicle.
All ventilation complies with European
Standards and vents should not be obstructed
in any way as this could lead to insufficient
fresh air.
If this occurs then the confined atmosphere
can become deficient in oxygen which can
lead to a build up of the highly dangerous
gas carbon monoxide (Co).
Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and
tasteless and if allowed to build up will rapidly
cause unconsciousness, and even death.
There is no danger providing all ventilation is
not blocked in any way and all meshes are
regularly cleaned using a vacuum cleaner.
Roof Mounted Flue Installations
All flue installations should be inspected for
corrosion once a year throughout their length.
If any sign of perforation is detected, the flue
should be replaced. Ensure the replacement
flue is of the correct type and that it is
installed by an approved engineer.
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Combustible Materials
Care should be taken when storing any
combustible materials near any heat source
(e.g. space heater).
Portable Heaters
Never use portable cooking or heating
appliances other than electric heaters that
are not of the direct radiant type, to heat
your vehicle as it can be a fire and
asphyxiation hazard.
Under no circumstances should a cooking
appliance be used for heating the vehicle.
Warning
Please note that internal socket
outlets should only be used with
dedicated appliances.
No appliance should be used outside
the motorhome whilst connected to
an internal socket.
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Fire And Safety Precautions
In Case Of Fire
Please read all warning notices inside your
motorhome advising you on fire prevention,
ventilation and what to do in the event of a fire.
If a fire should develop in your vehicle please
observe the following;
• Get everybody out of the motorhome as
quickly as possible.
• Call the fire brigade.
• Turn off the gas bottle isolation valve if safe
to do so.
• If possible and safe to do so, remove the gas
cylinders and place some distance away
from the vehicle.
• If it is an electrical fire , always turn off the
supply as quickly as possible.
• Only tackle the fire if you deem it safe to do so.
Fire Extinguisher
Your vehicle is fitted with a fire extinguisher for
use in the event of an emergency.
The location of the fire extinguisher will vary
from model to model so it is important that you
familiarise yourself with its location before using
your vehicle for the first time.
Please refer to the instructions printed on the
actual extinguisher for guidance as to the correct
use of the unit, and the maintenance schedule
that should be adhered to.
Please ensure that you are confident as to the
location and operation of the fire extinguisher
before using the vehicle for the first time.
Smoke detectors
Your vehicle is fitted with a battery operated smoke
alarm that will emit a loud pulsating tone should
smoke be detected in your vehicle.
Operating the smoke alarm
Once the battery is connected a small indicator
light (LED) positioned near the test button should
flash approximately once every minute.
This indicates that the alarm is operating normally.
Security and Ventilation
Testing your smoke alarm
It is recommended that you test your smoke
alarm once a week to ensure the detector is
working correctly.
• Push and hold the ‘TEST’ button for
approximately 3 seconds.
• A loud pulsating alarm should sound to
indicate the detector is functioning correctly.
• During the alarm condition the LED indicator
will flash quickly.
Maintaining your smoke alarm
If the smoke detector emits a short beep once a
minute the battery is at the end of its life and
should be replaced immediately, this low voltage
warning will sound for approximately 7 days.
We would always recommend that the battery is
replaced at least every 12 months to ensure
correct operation.
If the LED indicator does not flash every minute
then the battery should be replaced immediately
as this will indicate that the battery is
completely flat.
Clean your smoke alarm regularly to prevent dust
build up. This can be done using a vacuum cleaner
with a brush attachment.
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Escape Paths
It is important that you do not block any escape
paths or emergency exits with any obstructions
that could hinder your escape in an emergency.
Please familiarise yourself with the designated
emergency exits in your vehicle before using it
for the first time
Children & Pets
Do not leave children or pets in an unattended
motorhome as they could be exposed to
hazards that could cause an accident.
Upper Bunks
Care should be taken against the risk of falling
out when this bunk is used by children.
We would advise that the upper bunks are not
suitable for children under six years of age
without supervision.
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Security
At Auto-Trail we have tried to go further than
any other motorhome manufacturer to protect
your investment. Make it difficult for the thief
by protecting your motorhome and its contents.
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period of time.
Motorhome Theft
The theft of a motorhome can occur in the
most unlikely circumstances; from a motorway
service area, or even from an owners drive.
Make sure all windows and doors are secured
even if only leaving the vehicle for a short time
and we would advise that you do not leave
valuables in easily visible positions inside
the vehicle.
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General Care
General Care
Motorhome Exterior
The exterior of Auto-Trail motorhomes are finished
with a highly polished fibreglass skin.
This is a very durable surface and is very easy to
clean due to its high gloss finish.
To maintain a showroom finish, wash the
motorhome regularly with a mild detergent, rinse
off with cold water and leather off. A good quality
car wax may be applied which will make washing
even easier in the future.
Abrasive cleaning agents must never be used to
clean the exterior of Auto-Trail motorhomes.
Within the first twelve months cracks and blisters
can appear in the surface of moulded GRP
components. These are cosmetic only and
have no effect on the vehicles structure.
These components can be readily repaired using
the correct procedure (please refer this to your
supplying dealer).
Mouldings
All mouldings are powder coated aluminium and
will retain their colour and finish for a long time if
no abrasive materials are used to clean them.
Care Of Windows
The windows in your vehicles are fully double
glazed and with care will remain sparkling and
scratch free.
Clean your windows as you would your car.
Do not use a sponge on dirty windows.
When all dirt has been removed, dry with a
leather or ‘Vyleda’ type cloth.
The catches and stays do not need lubricating.
Tar can be removed using a proprietary tar
remover which is available from most car
accessory shops.
Do not use petrol or other chemicals without
approval.
It is a popular misconception that acrylic
motorhome windows are vacuum sealed.
This is not so. The windows in a motorhome
can, as with domestic glazing, be susceptible
to temporary condensation if the temperature
difference between inside and outside changes
quickly and / or dramatically i.e. if a cold
motorhome is heated quickly using the
heater or by the sun.
These drastic changes of temperature and the
moisture in the air both contribute towards the
temporary condensation that will normally
disappear as quickly as it appears.
This whole phenomenon is purely related to
ambient temperature changes of the motorhome
compared to the window cavities.
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Condensation
Condensation occurs when warm moist air
meets a cold surface. The risk of condensation
therefore depends upon how moist the air is
and how cold the internal surfaces of the
vehicle are. Condensation is normally more
noticeable during the winter months as the
motorhome is cold and because skylights,
windows and doors are opened less meaning
that the moist internal air cannot escape.
How to try to minimise the likelihood of
condensation occurring
To try to minimise the risk of condensation
occurring it is important to try to maintain some
level of ventilation. Your vehicle complies with
EN721:1988 which states the minimum
requirements for high and low level ventilation,
it is very important that these are not blocked
or reduced in any way.
Try to provide reasonable heating
If possible use the electric element of the space
heater when washing, cooking or drying damp
clothes, particularly if the windows show signs
of misting up.
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Try to make sure all areas are at least partially
heated, condensation most often occurs in
unheated areas.
To prevent condensation the heat has to keep
the room surfaces reasonably warm.
It can take a long time for a cold motorhome to
warm up so it is better to have a small amount
of heat for a long period rather than a lot of
heat for a short time.
A motorhome that has been left unoccupied for
long periods of time can become very cold.
Whenever possible it is best to put the heating
on at a low level before setting off on a journey
in the winter to pre heat the vehicle.
Even in a well insulated motorhome with
correct ventilation it is likely during cold
weather if the temperature is less than 10˚c
that condensation will occur. Ideally the
temperature should be kept at about 20˚c
although this is not always possible.
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Motorhome Interior
Side Walls, Roof Lining And Furniture
A simple wash with a damp cloth and a mild
detergent is all that is necessary.
Soft Furnishings
Carpets should be vacuumed occasionally to
remove grit and sand. This helps maintain good
appearance and ensure long life.
The upholstery can be cleaned with a mild
reputable upholstery cleaner.
It is recommended that curtains be dry cleaned.
Cupboard Catches
It is advisable to lightly oil cupboard catches,
sliding bolts and hinges from time to time.
Vanity Unit / Shower Cubicle
Your vehicle is fitted with a plastic vanity bowl.
Do not pour very hot water into it as it is made
from a moulded polymer that may deform,
always put cold water in first.
General Care
Care Of Plastic Components
The cleaning of any plastic components in
the vehicle, e.g shower tray, should only be
undertaken with mild soapy water.
General household cleaning products should
not be used as they may cause the plastic to
go brittle and crack.
Auto-Trail will not be held responsible for any
replacement if it suspected that this was the case.
Plated Fittings
These should never be cleaned using abrasive
cleaners. Clean with a damp cloth and polish with
a dry cloth only.
Natural Wood Worktop Edges
Should your vehicle worktop edges show signs
of the lacquer breaking down, they should be
re-sealed using a proprietary yacht varnish
(or equivalent).
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Winter Laying Up
Whether you use your motorhome all year
round or lay it up for the winter, care should
always be taken to ensure your investment
is receiving the very best attention.
The following tips will be helpful for the periods
when your motorhome is not regularly used.
It applies if you store in a compound away
from home, or in your own drive.
Tyres
Care should be taken to ensure that your
vehicle is not stored with slightly deflated
tyres as this could cause damage to the
side walls that could lead to an accident
when driving at speed.
Ideally you should rotate your wheels every
couple of weeks to try to eliminate flat
spots developing.
Water System
It is important that the water system is drained
off during the winter months to avoid freezing
when the motorhome is not in use or after the
last trip of the season. Failure to do this could
result in serious damage to components.
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To Drain Off
• Open the drain valve on the fresh water tank
to ensure it is fully empty.
• Open the drain valve on the waste tank to
ensure it is fully empty (only drain into a
suitable container).
• Open all taps inside the vehicle and
leave open.
• Open the drain valve inside the vehicle to
empty the water heater and empty the
pipe work inside the vehicle.
• Allow the vehicle to drain in this way for
five minutes, then run the pump to ensure
it is free of water.
• Empty cassette toilet (see manufacturers
instructions).
Soft Furnishings / Furniture
It is recommended that the upholstery is
removed from the vehicle if at all possible
during winter storage to avoid damp. If this is
not possible then it should be stood on its end
to allow as much air as possible to circulate.
Leave all cupboard doors open to allow the
maximum amount of air to circulate around
the vehicle.
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Window Blinds
Window night blinds should not be left in the
‘closed’ position for long periods as this may affect
their folding back into the ‘open’ position.
Bringing Your Vehicle Out Of Storage
Before starting to use your motorhome after a long
storage period we would recommend that you have
all gas and 230v electrical services checked by a
competent person.
We would recommend that the water system is
flushed through with a sterilising solution prior to
the first use of the motorhome.
At A Camp Site
On Arrival
Park as close to the reception area as possible and
report your arrival.
Do not drive to a pitch and park unless directed by
reception staff.
Vehicle Movement Around The Site
Always keep to the site roads unless directed
otherwise. Obey the speed limits, these are
generally 10 mph.
Please note that stopping distances on
grass are greater than on a normal road.
You must have a current valid driving
license to drive a vehicle on site roads.
Park where directed on your pitch.
Where possible you should leave
approximately 6m of free space
around your vehicle.
Using Site Appliances
• Connect all mains hook-ups correctly
and carefully.
• Turn off all fresh water taps completely.
• Use facilities such as toilets and showers with
care and consideration, leaving them in a
tidy condition.
• Young children should be escorted
and supervised.
Disposing Of Waste
If your vehicle is not fitted with a waste water tank,
place a suitable container under all waste
water outlets.
• Do not allow these to overflow.
• Make sure you empty the containers at
appropriate waste water points.
• Empty chemical toilets only where directed.
• Avoid damage to sewerage treatment works
by using only approve chemicals.
Phenols, coal tar or caustic based fluids
must never be used under any circumstances.
• Solid bulky items such as disposable nappies,
etc. must not be put into the chemical closet
emptying point or site rubbish bins.
Wrap them in a polythene bag and place in
designated containers.
• Household rubbish should be put into the
private rubbish collection bins.
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At A Camp Site
Noise Pollution
Please show consideration by thinking how the
noise you create will affect those around you.
Open and close doors quietly.
Control noise made by your children: do not
allow them to play with kites, model aircraft,
catapults or airguns close to vehicles.
Do not allow them to play loud, boisterous
ballgames.
Keep volume turned down on CD players,
personal stereos radios and TVs. Do not play
musical instruments so loudly that they will
upset your neighbours.
If you have a power generator, make sure it is
adequately silenced and use it with
consideration, especially after dark.
Pets
Most site operators do not object to well
behaved pets but they should be kept
under control.
• No animal should be allowed to run loose
on the site.
• Leads must be no longer than 3m.
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• Animals are not allowed in the shower or
toilet blocks.
• Dogs must not be allowed to foul sites,
roads or green areas.
• Carry a small spade and a supply of plastic
bags in your motorhome in order to clean
up any mess made by your dog. It is
then possible to dispose of it in an
appropriate manner.
Fire Precautions
Read all fire precaution notices and make sure
that you and your family are familiar with the
locations of hoses, extinguishers and
assembly points.
A fire blanket is a good idea for the kitchen.
Barbecues should not be used unless
permission has been given. If you are allowed
to use a barbecue, use it with care and
consideration for those around you.
Open fires are not allowed on campsites.
Tents And Awnings
It is polite to ask permission before erecting a
tent or awning. Permission will normally be
granted if the tent is of a recognised standard,
make and in good condition.
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If the stay is longer than a day or two the
groundsheet and/or side flaps of the awning
should be lifted to avoid unsightly patches or
damage to the grass.
Leaving The Site
Always tidy your pitch and make sure you do not
leave bags of rubbish lying about. Check out at
reception, pay your site fees and thank them for
an enjoyable stay.
Wild Camping
Camping on a non-licensed site without the
permission of the landowner is illegal in the UK.
If you do have permission to camp on an
unlicensed site, always follow the advice in
the code.
Pay particular attention to the following points:
• Dispose of litter only in receptacles provided for
the purpose. If there are none, put litter in plastic
bags and take it away with you to dispose of in
an appropriate manner.
• Control the water waste from your motorhome,
do not let it run onto the ground.
• Chemical toilets must only be emptied in an
appropriate waste point.
• Do not hang washing or similar items outside
your vehicle.
• Do not allow children to climb on fences or walls.
Damage to these may allow farm animals to
stray into the wrong field.
Parking
You should only park your vehicle in an approved
place and during the permitted times. Do not use
any of your facilities such as cooking or washing
in a way that may cause annoyance or
inconvenience to those around you.
Good Neighbour Guide
After many years of use you may decide that your
vehicle has reached the end of its useful life and
should be disposed of.
Please ensure that you comply with the end of life
vehicle legislation and take it to an authorised
treatment facility who will deal with it properly
to minimise any environmental impact.
User Manuals
Before using your motorhome for the first time,
and at the beginning of each season, read and
follow the advice given by the manufacturer and
appliance manufacturers in their user handbooks.
Protecting The Environment
Always behave and, encourage children to behave,
in a manner that protects the environment and
other people's property.
Please read and follow the advice contained in the
country code and the coastal code.
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Introduction
It makes good sense to check over your
motorhome at least every year.
If you tend not to use it much during the winter
months, check it over before storing it.
Any defect, repairs or adjustments can then be
made without rushing. At the start of the new
season, check and clean the motorhome inside
and out, lubricate and top up any systems that
may have been missed in the autumn and get
ready to enjoy another year of fantastic
holidays and weekends away.
1. Body Mounting
Body to Chassis
Examine all fixings holding the body to the
chassis. These may be direct connections or
via sub frame. Check that all fixings are
present and tight.
Body to Cab
Examine the joint between the body and the
cab for any signs of movement. Check that
the sealing media are sound.
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Body Retention (de-mountables)
Check that the body retaining gear is
serviceable and tight. Check that the body
support struts are serviceable and tight.
2. Windows
Window Fitments and Operation
Check that the window glazing rubber or seal is
in good condition and that there is no sign of
deterioration or cracking. Check that the
windows open and close easily and smoothly.
On top hung windows ensure that the fixing
of the top hinge rail is satisfactory. Check that
there is a good weather seal when the window
is closed and latched. Ensure all catches and
stays operate satisfactorily. Repair or replace
any defective parts.
3. External Doors
Security
Check hinges and catches for satisfactory
operation and ensure that the doors are held
securely shut when latched. Check that keys
and internal latches lock the doors properly.
Check that any device designed to hold the
door in an open position is fitted correctly
and operates positively.
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Ensure that the door seals are in good general
condition and are free from cracking and other
signs of deterioration. Check that when the door
is closed it provides a weather tight seal.
4. Internal Doors
Security
Check that the hinges and catches are in good
condition and operate properly. Ensure that the
doors are securely shut when latched.
Safety
Check that any device to hold door closed can be
operated from both sides of the door to enable it
to be opened in an emergency.
5. Chassis or Under-body Attachments
Corner steadies
Check that the attachments to the chassis are
reliable. Make sure that the steadies work
smoothly and do not wobble when in
extended position. Lubricate the screws.
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Folding Step
Check the step pivots for satisfactory operation
or signs of wear. Check that the retaining
mechanisms holds the step securely when closed.
If a warning light is fitted, check that the switch
is working.
Under-floor Water Tank Mountings
Check that the mounting frames are fixed securely
to the body. Check that any tank release fastenings
are free from rust and corrosion and they operate
smoothly. If necessary, remove rust with a wire
brush, treat with a rust inhibiting solution and
lubricate joints.
6. Attachments to Body Exterior
Skylights
Check the general condition, security and that the
sealing has not deteriorated.
Roof Racks and Ladders
Check general condition and that they are securely
attached to the body. Check roof for signs of
damage around the rack.
Mouldings and Trims
Check the security of fixings. Check the seals have
not deteriorated.
Spare Wheel
Remove spare wheel and check for damage.
Check tyre pressure. Check that the mounting
is securely attached to the body. Check for
satisfactory spare wheel retention.
Wheelboxes
Check for damage, corrosion, water seepage,
or signs of tyre rubbing.
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Flue Terminals and Air Vents
Make sure that these are not blocked.
Check the security of the fixings. Check the
seals have not deteriorated.
7. Internal
Body Seepage
Examine for signs of moisture staining in areas
under windows, sides of roof and in corners
which might indicate water seepage. Use a
moisture meter if unsure.
Furniture
Check that all furniture is securely fixed.
Make sure that the door hinges, catches and
stays operate smoothly.
Dinette Seat and Beds
Check seat bases for signs of damage and
ensure fixings are secure. Make up the beds
according to the manufacturer’s instructions
and check for rigidity and safety.
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Curtains, Blinds and Nets
Check that the tracks are secure and without
movement. Check that the curtains draw freely
without snagging. Check the operation of the
blinds and/or nets. Check the fly screens in
the skylights and air vents.
Cab Seats
Where cab seats form part of the living area
and/or bed layout, check that they are
attached securely. Make sure that the seat
slides, swivels and seat backs operate
smoothly and easily.
Fire Extinguisher
Check the condition and the expiry date.
If the date has expired or the extinguisher
is partly exhausted, replace.
Warning Notice
Portable or open flame heating
equipment should not be used.
If you have such equipment on board,
consider very carefully whether the
risks are worth it.
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Cylinders and Regulators
Check the compatibility of cylinders and regulators.
Ensure that your regulator controls the gas to the
correct pressure for the type of cylinder in use.
Check that the air vents and gas drain hole in the
floor of the cylinder compartment are free from
obstruction. Check that the seals on all the internal
doors are in good condition and fit properly.
Hosing and Piping
Check flexible hoses for cracking and condition.
Check the date stamped on them has not passed.
If the expiry date is close or passed, have the hoses
replaced. Check all rigid piping for adequate
support and any damage.
Appliances
As a guide checking the gas appliances can be
summarised as follows:
• Cleaning: Where appropriate, remove cover(s)
to gain access to exchanger. Remove any build
up of fluff or other foreign matter. Re-assemble
and test operation. Clean flame-viewing window.
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• Operation of controls: Check all knobs etc
are secure on their spindles and that they
work smoothly. Check that the appliance
works properly by using normal controls
without forcing. If the gas taps are stiff to
operate, ease them open with an approved
LPG grease.
• Flues: Check security of fixings, attachments to
appliances and flue terminals. Check for
damage and corrosion. Check for gas
leakage into the vehicle.
Flame Structure
• Pilot flames should burn quietly and cleanly.
• Refrigerator: When the fridge gas control is
turned to maximum the flame colour should
be predominantly blue.
• Water heater: The main burner should burn
blue and of even height.
• Ovens: Flames should be of even height and
burn quietly. The colour should be mainly
blue/green but there will be yellow tips to
the flames as the burner heats up.
• Grill burners: Flames may develop yellow tips as
they heat up, especially when using butane.
• General comments: A flame lifting away from
the burner indicates that the pressure is too high.
A yellow flame causes sooting and indicates the
pressure is too low. If these faults occur, recheck
the regulator, cylinders and pipes, adjust as
necessary.
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Flame Structure
• Flame failure device (FFD): Check for
satisfactory operation by the following
method: after the appliance has been
checked, allow time for the thermocouple
to cool. Try to relight the appliance by
turning it on without pushing the gas
control knob in. If the appliance does not
light the FFD is working.
• Security: Check that all appliances are
securely fixed to the vehicle/ furniture and
that no ‘play’ is present. Where applicable
check that the gas pipes are properly
attached and there are no signs of leaks.
9. Water System
Before operating the water system, check the
following items visually for signs of leakage.
Fresh Water Tank/Container
Check condition. Fill tank and check for leaks.
Check external filler and filler pipe to tank.
Check venting. Check presence and
condition of filler cap.
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Waste Water Tank
Check that the drain tap is clear and working
properly. Make sure that the drain hose is
present and in good condition.
Pump Filter
When applicable, remove filter, clean and
replace. Check the in-line pump for security
of fixing and condition. Check that the pump
inlets and outlets are clear and not obstructed.
Check security of fixing and condition of
delivery hose and electric cable.
System Check
Operate the pump and check all piping
for leaks. Operate all taps and shower. If a
hot water system is fitted, it can be checked
for leaks using cold water.
Please note aerated water from a tap
could be caused by a leak on the
suction side of the pump.
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Guarantee
Guarantee
Waste Water System
• Allow water to run through drain pipes: check for
leaks and satisfactory draining from sinks etc.
• Couplings and fluids: Avoid confusion by making
sure proper markings are used: Blue for fresh
water and red for waste water. Check that the
filler positions are correctly designated: 'Petrol',
'Diesel' and 'Water' as appropriate.
10. Electrical System
Extra Low Voltage 12v (Excluding vehicle electrics).
• Batteries: Check the condition of any battery
including connections, wire, fuses and relays
connected with domestic electric's.
• Wiring: Examine all visible wiring for damage
or wear. Check that all connections are safe.
• Fuses and Holders: Check that all fuses and fuse
holders protecting the domestic electric's are
satisfactory. Check that fuse ratings are
compatible with the appliances being protected.
• Appliances: Inspect all appliances for signs of
damage, overheating or wear. Check the
security of the fixings. Test the operation of
each appliance.
• Mains System 230v: Inspection and certification
of the 230v system should only be carried out
by a suitably qualified electrician.
Guarantee for first 12 months
Your Auto-Trail motorhome is guaranteed for a
period of twelve months from the delivery of
the motorhome by the Supplying Dealer to the first
purchaser. The habitation area of the vehicle must
be serviced at 12 monthly intervals from this date
as failure to do so could invalidate the terms of
your warranty. Auto-Trail VR Limited will through its
supplying dealer network, at it’s option, repair or
exchange free of charge (including labour charges)
any part of the second or third stage conversion of
the vehicle (with the exception of those parts listed
in 2C) which need(s) repair or replacement due to
defective parts or workmanship.
In addition, the base vehicle of your Auto-Trail VR
Ltd. motorhome is covered by the individual
manufacturer’s warranty terms and conditions,
details of which are included with your
information folder.
Extended Guarantee
Auto-Trail have extended their normal 12 month
Guarantee, with an extended manufacturer’s
warranty to include cover for major items
giving piece of mind for 36 months.
Full details of this policy are provided in the
extended policy booklet that should be
supplied with your vehicle.
1. Guarantee for First 12 Months
Auto-Trail VR Ltd. hereby guarantees, subject to
the following limitations and conditions, that for
a period of 12 months from the date of delivery
of an Auto-Trail VR Ltd. motorhome to the first
purchaser, Auto-Trail VR Ltd. will, through its
supplying dealer network, at it’s option, repair
or exchange free of charge (including labour
charges) any part of the second or third stage
conversion of the vehicle (with exception of
those parts listed in paragraph 2C.)
which need(s) repair or replacement due
to defective parts or workmanship.
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Guarantee
Guarantee
2. Limitations and Conditions
A. This guarantee is limited to the first
purchaser and applies only where the vehicle
is used for private use by the purchaser and
excludes any use for hiring out purposes.
B. This guarantee shall not apply to any parts
damaged through accident, fair wear and
tear, improper use of the vehicle, if the
vehicle has been altered in any way or if
repairs have been attempted other than by
service staff of Auto-Trail VR Ltd. or its
supplying dealers or other agents approved
by Auto-Trail VR Ltd. Improper use includes
but is not limited to overloading, neglect,
use for time trials or use on unsuitable
roads or surfaces.
C. This guarantee does not apply to light bulbs,
tubes or globes, adjustment to door catches
and locks other than routine maintenance
and lubrication or paintwork generally.
Without prejudice to the terms of this
guarantee, complaints concerning paintwork
during the first twelve months will be dealt
with on their merits if notified to
Auto-Trail VR Ltd. immediately.
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D. Subject to paragraph 3 below and except for
liability for death or personal injury resulting
from negligence, Auto-Trail VR Ltd. will not
be liable in any manner whatsoever whether
in contract, tort, misrepresentation or
otherwise, for any consequential loss,
damage or injury in connection with the
supply of any motorhome to or execution
of work for the purchaser.
E. For work under this guarantee you should
return your motorhome to the supplying
dealer from which it was purchased.
F. Auto-Trail VR Ltd’s agents, representatives or
supplying dealers have no authority to vary
the terms of this guarantee.
G. Full particulars of the serial number, date of
purchase and supplying dealer from whom
the vehicle was purchased must accompany
any part or parts returned directly to
Auto-Trail VR Ltd.
3. Statutory Rights
Nothing in this guarantee shall affect or
derogate from the statutory rights of
the consumer.
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Please note if your vehicle is offered with
extended warranty, ensure your dealer
registers it at the time of collection and
supplies you with a copy of the
warranty policy.
Please note Auto-Trail VR Ltd. will not be
liable for any costs incurred by the
customer as a result of taking the vehicle
back to the selling dealer or manufacturer
for warranty work.
Please note, in certain circumstances it
may be necessary to remove furniture or
fitted carpets to facilitate repairs to
Auto-Trail vehicles.
Guarantee
You can call from any European country, 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week to get immediate help.
The best specialists will assist you in the event of
an accident, a breakdown, lack of fuel, loss of
keys, partial theft, etc.
Auto-Trail Aftercare Centre
Auto-Trail can now provide insurance approved
accident and repair work in our Aftercare centre.
For further information please contact
us on:
Tel. 01472 571059
Or visit our website:
http://www.auto-trail.co.uk/
Fiat Camper Assist
The Fiat Ducato of your new Auto-Trail motorhome
is covered by Fiat Camper Assistance for a period
of 24 months.
A new call centre reserved for motorhome drivers
is now available. All you have to do is call
0800 3428 1111 and a knowledgeable operator
speaking your language will give you the
comprehensive information on the products and
services offered, and will transfer your call to a
specialist technician, or to Fiat Camper Assistance,
the on the road assistance team for the service of
motorhome customers.
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Vehicle Specifications
MODEL
OVERALL
LENGTH
OVERALL
WIDTH
(Mirrors Folded)
Excel 590
Excel 600
Excel 640
Excel 670
5.88m
5.99m
6.40m
6.72m
2.23m
2.23m
2.23m
2.23m
OVERALL WHEELBASE MAX.
HEIGHT
GROSS
WEIGHT
2.79m
2.79m
2.79m
2.79m
3000
3450
3450
3800
3300kg
3300kg
3300kg
3300kg
MASS IN
RUNNING
ORDER
MAX.
TOWABLE
WEIGHT
GROSS
TRAIN
WEIGHT
PASSENGER
SEATS
2760kg
2790kg
2880kg
2925kg
1240kg
1240kg
1240kg
1240kg
4540kg
4540kg
4540kg
4540kg
1
1
1
1
(Std. Vehicles)
TYRE PRESSURES – COLD (BARS)
MODEL
EXCEL 590 EK
EXCEL 600B
EXCEL 640G
EXCEL 670B
TYRE SIZE
COLD (BARS)
215/70R15CP
215/70R15CP
215/70R15CP
215/70R15CP
FRONT
AXLE
5.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
REAR
AXLE
5.5
5.5
5.5
5.5
Please Note: The Mass in Running Order includes a 75kg allowance for the driver and 90% full fuel tank, gas bottles and water tank. Please take care to ensure that you have allowed for the
masses of all items you intend to carry in the motorcaravan. e.g: Passengers, optional equipment and personal effects such as clothing, food, pets, bicycles etc.
WARNING: Under no circumstances should the maximum gross weight of the vehicle be exceeded.
MAX.GARAGE DIMENSIONS: Length: 2170mm, Width: 1265mm, Height: 1185mm.
GARAGE DOOR APERTURE: Width: 745mm, Height: 1094mm
MAX. ALLOWABLE WEIGHTS IN GARAGE: Excel 640: 150kg
HEATING GRADE
All Auto-Trail vehicles have a minimum heating classification of grade 2. This means that your vehicle can maintain an average temperature of at least 20 degrees centigrade when the
outside temperature is zero.
GAS INPUT OF APPLIANCES Fire = 3.9kw. Water Heater = 1.7kw. Cooker (3 gas burners) = 8.3kw. Fridge = 0.19kw.
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