Explorer Group Autostratus Specification

Explorer Group Autostratus Specification
Owners Handbook
2005 Motorhomes
Contents
WELCOME &
INTRODUCTION
GENERAL SAFETY
PREPARING FOR THE ROAD
Loading
SITE ARRIVAL
MOTORHOME CODE
CONNECTING SERVICES
Water
Gas
Electricity
SAFETY
Ventilation
Fire Safety
SECURITY
Alarm System
EQUIPMENT USE
Control Panels
Truma Space Heater
Taps
CUSTOMER OBLIGATION
Refrigerator
Servicing
Oven, Hob & Grill
MOTORHOME CONSTRUCTION
Smoke Alarm
Main Components
Thetford Cassette Toilet
EQUIPMENT LISTS
Air Conditioning
ELECTRICAL WIRING
DIAGRAMS
Rooflights
Windows
Blinds & Flyscreens
Doors
Bed Make Up
TV & Radio Antenna
CARE & MAINTENANCE
Care of your Motorhome
Maintenance of you Motorhome
STORAGE
WARRANTY
CODE OF PRACTICE
Water Ingress
Contens
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TECHNICAL
SPECIFICATIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS
General Questions
Technical Related Questions
Parts Related Questions
Warranty Related Questions
Abbreviations Used
Glossary of Terms
INDEX
ANNUAL SERVICE RECORD
Individual Model Information
Vin No.
Truma Water Heater
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Welcome & Introduction
WELCOME &
INTRODUCTION
Thankyou for choosing an Explorer Group
motorhome.
Before you drive off, please familiarise
yourself with the motorhome and read this
owners manual. This will help you to
obtain the maximum pleasure from your
vehicle and avoid endangering yourself
and others
Additional information and detailed
appliance instruction manuals are also
contained in your Owner's Information
Pack.
Your new Explorer Group motorhome has
been designed as a luxury recreational
vehicle and is intended for recreational
use only. It is not intended for business
use or for permanent habitation. The
Explorer Group accepts no liability if the
motorhome is used for any purpose other
than recreational/holiday use.
NOTE:
All coach built motorhomes are classified
as Grade 2 which meet with the thermal
insulation and heat levels for specific
climatic conditions.
By following the instructions provided in
this handbook and maintaining your
motorhome in a first class roadworthy
condition, you are sure to have many
years of carefree use.
To ensure the very best quality
and reliability all motorhome designs
and new developments are rigorously
tested. Therefore the Explorer Group Ltd
will accept no liability or uphold the
warranty if the motorhome is altered or
modified in such a way that would
adversely affect the reliability.
Please Note: It is a condition of your
warranty that the motorhome is serviced
by an Approved Retailer or Service Centre
at regular 12 monthly intervals from the
date of first registration, and that the
service record in the back of this guide, is
maintained in accordance with the
instructions.
Approved Retailers will be able to supply
any replacement parts for your
motorhome, should the need arise, along
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with any accessories you may require.
Please note that it is not possible to
purchase replacement parts direct from
The Explorer Group Limited.
IMPORTANT:
The serial number of your motorhome
should be quoted in all correspondence, it
can be found stamped on a plate fixed
beneath the motorhome door.
There is also a serial number on the
chassis cab or pillar, which should also be
quoted.
Your motorhome serial number can also
be found on the NCC certificate which can
be found within your Owners Information
Pack.
Changing market and supply situations
may prevent us from maintaining the exact
specification details in this guide and we
therefore reserve the right to alter
specifications as materials and conditions
demand.
Enjoy your new motorhome.
MODEL YEAR
Motorhomes are designated by their
model year. The 2005 model year runs
from 1st January to 31st December 2005.
General Safety
In order for you to get the most out of your
new Explorer Group motorhome it is
necessary for you to be aware of the
following.
1. Do
not
obstruct
ventilators.
(See Safety Section - Ventilation)
2. Inspect the flexible gas hose regularly
for deterioration and renew as
necessary, with approved type, and in
any case no later than the expiry date
stated on the hose.
3. It is recommended that you provide a
dry
powder
fire
extinguisher
complying with ISO 7165 of at least
1KG capacity by the exit door and a
fire blanket next to the cooker. Ensure
you read the 'advice to occupier label'
fitted to your motorhome.
4. Never use portable cooking or heating
equipment inside your motorhome.
Do not use your fitted cooking
equipment as heating at any time.
5. Never allow modification to your gas
or electrical system unless qualified
persons carry them out. All
modification to the gas system should
be carried out by a CORGI registered
gas fitter. Any modifications carried
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out on the electrical system should be
carried out by an electrician on the roll
of the NICEIC or be a member of the
ECA.
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Never exceed your motorhomes
Maximum Technical Permissible
Laden Mass.
7. Please ensure extra care when young
children use high level bunks and
always use the safety net provided.
8. Turn off all gas appliances and turn off
the gas supply before driving your
motorhome.
9. Do not leave children under 14 years
of
age
unattended
in
your
motorhome.
PROPER AND SAFE USE OF
STORAGE AREAS IN MOTORHOMES
The storage areas provided in your
motorhome are designed solely for the
purpose
of
carrying
personal
possessions, these areas must not be
used;
• as a habitation area (e.g. living,
sleeping or cooking),
• to carry passengers, animals or
livestock,
• for the installation (or use) of any LPG
gas operated appliances, (unless
supplied fitted by the manufacturer),
• for carrying LPG gas bottle cylinders,
(unless
designated
by
the
manufacturer),
• to carry any flammable liquids, (unless
properly stored, sealed and secured),
• for the operation of an electrical
generator,
• in such a way that the loading
exceeds the payload limit, as defined
by the manufacturer,
• such that the weight distribution of the
vehicle means non compliance with
the vehicle axle loads.
Care must be taken to ensure that exterior
doors are closed, locked and that all
possessions are properly stored and
secured before setting off on any journey.
Preparing For The Road
PREPARING FOR THE ROAD
Before venturing out on to the road with
your motorhome, it is important that you
prepare correctly.
YOUR MOTORHOME
(WEIGHTS EXPLAINED)
MASS IN RUNNING ORDER
The weight of your motorhome as it
leaves the factory, as new with standard
fixtures and fittings, plus an allowance for
driver and 90% fuel.
LOADING
It should be noted that even weight
distribution is a major factor in making
your motorhome an easy and pleasant
vehicle to drive. Care should therefore be
taken in balancing the load, ensuring that
heavy items are well spaced and are in as
low a position as possible, for example,
low cupboards and bed boxes.
MAXIMUM TECHNICALLY
PERMISSIBLE LADEN MASS
The maximum weight of the vehicle when
fully laden for use on the road.
USER PAYLOAD
The load margin (payload), this
represents the difference between the
Mass in Running Order and the Maximum
Technically Permissible Laden Mass. It
shows the maximum weight which can be
loaded into your motorhome, covering
items such as food, crockery, cutlery,
clothing, bedding, gas cylinders, etc.
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Do not exceed recommended maximum
loading for your motorhome.
ROOF RACKS
Some models of motorhomes are fitted
with a roof rack and ladder as standard.
Care is needed when using this facility.
We recommend you exercise extreme
caution when loading and unloading.
DO NOT ALLOW CHILDREN TO CLIMB
ONTO THE ROOF. DO NOT EXCEED THE
STATED MAXIMUM LOAD. ITEMS FITTED
OTHER THAN STANDARD EQUIPMENT
WILL DEPLETE THE PAYLOAD STATED
IN THIS HANDBOOK.
ROOF LOADING
All motorhomes have a specially
designed roof rack system fitted or
available as an optional extra. The roof of
each motorhome is strengthened to
accommodate the roof rack, however, the
strengthened area only relates to that
contained within the roof rack area, and to
step beyond this area may cause damage
to the roof. The roof rack is capable of
withstanding the average persons weight
e.g. 12 stone/76 kgs.
Static roof loading or top box loading
should be limited to a maximum of 76 kgs
including contents, or the limit set by the
top box manufacturer, which ever is the
lower figure.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WALK
ON THE OVER CAB SECTION.
Roof loads should be evenly distributed
and securely fastened, but care must be
taken not to over-tighten straps or ropes
to the point where roof rails or brackets
may become distorted, particularly as
during braking and cornering, forces
exerted by straps or ropes are greatly
increased. It is also worth noting that
when carrying heavy or large objects on
the roof, the vehicles handling may
change due to the resultant displacement
of the centre of gravity and the increased
area exposed to the wind.
BEFORE MOVING OFF
Whenever making a journey with your
motorhome, either setting off on holiday
or returning home, it is good practice to
run through this simple checklist.
1. Close and secure all cupboards and
drawers and check any loose articles.
Do not store tins, bottles, etc. in
overhead lockers.
2. Close and secure all windows and
roof lights.
3. Leave all side curtains and blinds
open to aid rear visibility.
4. Check that gas cylinders are securely
fastened and turn off all gas
appliances, also ensure that the gas
locker door is securely fastened.
5. Switch off 240 volt supply at source,
disconnect mains cable and store in
an appropriate place.
6. Check that the battery is secure and
that the battery box lid is fastened.
7. Ensure the fridge is on 12V operation
and door lock is set. (Note: the
electrical relays will allow the fridge to
be run on the vehicle battery when the
engine is running.)
8. Remove any external fresh water
connections etc.
9. Make sure any heavy articles are
stored in accordance with the loading
procedure. Tables should also be
made secure.
10. Lock the motorhome exterior door
(remember to take out your keys).
11. Check your external rear view mirrors
and adjust if necessary.
12. Check that all corner steadies are
wound up and that, if a step is used, it
is put away before moving off.
13. Your new Explorer Group motorhome
has been designed to carry
passengers in designated passenger
seats only. The fitting of a 3-point seat
belt can identify these seats. Any seat
not fitted with a 3-point seat belt is
not designated as a passenger seat.
You are strongly recommended not
to carry passengers unless they are
seated in a designated passenger
seat.
PULLING OFF
Engage the clutch smoothly.
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Avoid wear and tear on clutch and
transmission by taking extra care.
Change gears smoothly.
Try not to jerk the clutch.
MOTORHOME HANDLING
Do not bump kerb with wheels.
When passing other vehicles allow more
than the normal clearance.
Allow longer to get up speed to pass. Do
not suddenly swing out.
Carry out all manoeuvres as smoothly as
possible.
Use nearside wing mirror to check
motorhome has cleared when overtaking.
Take care going over raised speed humps
or sleeping policemen.
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MOTORWAY DRIVING
Speed Limits
Be sure to observe all statutory speed
limits and adapt your speed to take
account of prevailing weather and road
conditions.
1. Reducing Speed:
i) In high or cross winds.
ii) Downhill.
iii) In poor visibility.
2. High sided vehicles cause air
buffeting so extra care must be taken
when passing or being passed. As
much space as possible should be
given.
CHANGING A WHEEL
1. Ensure handbrake is applied and
chock the wheel diagonally opposite
the wheel to be removed.
2. Remove the hub cap. (if applicable)
3. Use wheel brace to slacken off wheel
nuts on the wheel to be changed.
4. Position jack at the appropriate
jacking point (see vehicle handbook).
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5. Jack up the motorhome until the
wheel for removal is just off the
ground.
6. Remove the wheel nuts and remove
the wheel.
7. Fit spare wheel and reverse the above
procedure.
8. Tighten wheel nuts in the order and in
accordance
with
the
vehicle
handbook instructions.
WARNING:
Ensure the wheel is of the
same construction and size as the
one that has been removed.
BICYCLE RACKS
Following the recent trend toward the
fitting of bicycle racks to the rear panel of
motorhomes we should like to point out
the weight distribution problems
associated with such fitments.
We would advise you to carry a maximum
of 75 kgs on the bicycle rack provided this
does not exceed the bicycle racks own
weight limit. The motorhome must also be
balanced to take into account the new
weight distribution. Weight must be
distributed evenly.
Site Arrival
SITE ARRIVAL
CHECK SITE REGULATIONS
On arrival at a camp site, you should
always check the site regulations. This
will help avoid any unnecessary conflict
with site management and other site
users.
SELECTING A PITCH
Carefully select where you wish to place
your motorhome. The site should be as
level as possible, preferably not under or
near trees, well drained and away from
possible boggy areas. Consider how you
will move the motorhome when it is time
to leave the site. On sloping ground it is
better to pitch facing downhill, especially
during wet weather.
LATERAL LEVELLING (SIDE TO SIDE)
A quick glance at your pitch should tell
you if you are likely to need side to side
leveling i.e. leveling across the axle.
On uneven ground lateral levelling is
accomplished by the use of a leveller jack
or ramp and a spirit level placed 'across'
the motorhome floor.
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Leveller Jack - Place the leveller jack,
folded flat, in front of the wheel needed to
be raised to level the axle. Drive the
motorhome onto the leveller jack and
adjust the height until the spirit level
shows that the motorhome is laterally
level.
Ramp - Reverse onto your pitch about a
foot further back than you wish to end up.
Then place the leveling ramp in front of
the wheel that needs to be raised.
Place a spirit level parallel to the axle or
just inside the motorhome door. It helps to
have two people at this point. One should
drive the motorhome very slowly forward
moving the wheel up the ramp, and the
other should indicate when the spirit level
bubble is in the middle.
Whichever method you use, once level,
apply the motorhome handbrake and
chock the motorhome wheel if necessary.
AUTOSTRATUS AND
CASTAWAY ONLY
Next, wind down the corner steadies
preferably onto load spreaders (blocks of
wood a minimum of 15.25cm (6 inches)
until they are firmly set against the
ground. It is possible on very uneven
sites that when fully extended blocks may
be required under the corner steadies to
achieve this.
It is important that the motorhome is
correctly levelled to ensure the correct
working of the refrigerator, cooker etc.
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Now that your motorhome is level, extend
the motorhome step in front of the door
ensuring that it is stable and safe to use.
CAUTION: Corner steadies should
not be used as a jack. Take care
not to lift the motorhome wheels.
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Motorhome Code
The purpose of introducing a Code of
Conduct for motor caravaners is to be
seen to be doing all we can as an industry
to ensure that motorhomes are looked on
sympathetically by legislators and other
opinion formers.
The main elements should cover such
things as responsible camping, safe and
considerate driving, parking, and other
areas where a motor caravaner could
cause abuse or nuisance if he or she is
not careful.
• Awnings and tents should only be
used when permission has been
obtained.
• Dispose of all waste water where
instructed.
• On leaving, check out with the
reception paying the required dues.
• Empty effluent from chemical toilets
where instructed.
• Camping away from licensed sites,
without the land owners or his agents
permission, is not allowed in the
United Kingdom.
• Put all litter in containers marked for
the purpose.
Here is a brief outline of the main points:
• Do not make excessive noise.
ON SITE
• Keep to roadways unless otherwise
directed.
• Petrol generators, unless silenced,
should be used with consideration.
• Adhere to speed limits. Note that
these
are
generally
10mph.
(Remember that the stopping
distance on grass in considerably
greater than on Tarmac.)
• Ensure that all fresh water
taps/connections are turned off after
use.
• Have care and consideration when
using all facilities (toilets and showers
etc) and leave clean and tidy. Young
children should be escorted.
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• If the vehicle is not fitted with a waste
water tank a suitable receptacle
should be put below all waste water
pipes. Do not let these containers
overflow,
• All dogs and other pets should be
kept under control.
• Adhere and take note of all fire
precautions noting the whereabouts
of the fire points.
• Unless permission has been granted
barbecues should not be used. When
permission
has
been
given
consideration should be given to the
annoyance that can be caused to
other users of the site. Similarly, open
fires are not allowed.
• Leave the pitch clean and tidy.
ON THE ROAD
• Motorhomes should only be parked in
approved places.
• When using a motorhome on either
the public highway or private roads
the Highway Code should be
complied with and full consideration
given to other road users.
• In the event of a motorhome travelling
slowly and there being a queue of
traffic behind, the driver of the motor
motorhome should, where possible,
pull over in order to let the other traffic
pass.
• Before using a motorhome all aspects
of the handbooks produced by the
chassis manufacturer and the
converter must be read and adhered
to.
• Care and consideration should be
taken to protect the environment.
• Observe the Country and Coastal
Codes.
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• When ignition is on all 12V ceases
except fridge.
A full copy of the Motorhome Owners’
Code can be obtained from the SMMT
(Society of Motor Manufacturers and
Traders).
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WATER
FILLING YOUR ONBOARD WATER
TANK
Your onboard water tank can be filled in
two ways:
1. Direct connection via a hose pipe
Connect your hose pipe to a suitable
water source.
Unlock the water filler cap on the
motorhome and insert the open end of
the hose pipe.
Open the tap on the water source and
alow the water to flow into the tank.
2. Using a water container and pump
An external submersible pump is
provided with your motorhome.
The pump should be placed into the
water container, ensuring that it is fully
submersed, and then the power
connection made to the electrical outlet
point on the motorhome. Next, turn the
pump switch in the motorhome to
‘External’.
The external pump will then run and
pump water into the onboard water tank.
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WARNING: With either method used
there is no automatic switch off. Monitor
the water level as the tank fills using the
water level guage. Once full you must
shut off the supply of water.
DRAINING DOWN YOUR WATER
SYSTEM
1. It is essential that you drain down your
motorhome water system when it is
not in use. This is most important
during winter months to protect
against frost damage.
2. Disconnect the water pump and
switch off power supply.
3. Remove the water heater fuse from
the switch spur and store in a safe
place.
4. Open the safety drain valve on the
water heater located next to the water
heater.
5. Open all taps and remove all plugs
from sinks and showers. Lever
operated taps should have the lever
put into the up position.
6. Open the drain outlets on the outside
of your motorhome.
7. If an inboard water tank is fitted ensure
that the drain tap on the tank is open.
8. Adjust the level of the motorhome to
ensure that the drain outlet is at the
lowest point of the motorhome. This
will aid the flow of water to ensure all
water is drained off.
9. After 30 minutes level the motorhome
and prepare it for storage if necessary.
GAS
Your motorhome is designed to operate
using either propane or butane liquefied
petroleum gas at 30M/bar. Gas can be
obtained from your motorhome dealer.
Your motorhome is designed to accept a
maximum 2 x 7.5kg gas bottles.
TYPES OF GAS
BUTANE
Butane is supplied in the U.K. in Green or
Blue bottles.
All these have a male left hand thread
except for Camping Gaz, which has a
special female right hand, Calor 7.5 kg
bottles have a special clip-on connection.
Continental bottles usually have a male
left hand thread which is similar, but not
identical, to UK butane.
Butane is suitable for use at temperatures
down to 2°C but will not work below that.
PROPANE
Propane is supplied in red, or partly red
bottles which have a female left hand
threaded connector.
Scandinavian countries use the same
connector.
Germany or Austria supply propane with
a male connection.
Propane will work at temperatures as low
as –40°C and is therefore suitable for all
winter use.
CONNECTION
Make sure that heating and cooking
appliances and gas cylinders are
switched off.
It is strongly recommended that only
CORGI approved gas fitters carry out any
work on your motorhome's gas
installation.
HOSES
You should only connect to this regulator
using an approved high-pressure hose of
length not exceeding 450mm from the
gas cylinder to the regulator. These
approved high pressure hoses are
available from your Explorer Group
Retailer. These hoses are connected
using screw thread fittings, which will
make a seal if connected and tightened
using a spanner.
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Your new Explorer Group Motorhome has
been fitted with a fully approved gas
regulator designed to operate at a gas
pressure of 30Mbar. Your regulator is
fitted with a test point, which is accessed
via the inlet at the side of the regulator.
This access point is only for carrying out
gas pressure tests and should not be
used for any other purpose.
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Each gas Appliance is connected to its
own gas isolation tap. These are identified
on the tap via a label. Below is a key to
identify each label. To operate the tap the
Arrow on the tap shows the direction of
flow for the gas. The arrow should be
pointing towards the appliance for the
appliance to operate. There will be a small
label next to the bank of taps under the
cooker which is also reproduced below:
Water Heater
GAS SAFETY ADVICE
In the event of a suspected gas leak the
gas must be turned off using the isolation
valve on the gas bottle. A Competent gas
Fitter should then check the system
before it is used/reused.
Regularly check flexible gas hose, joints
and connections for tightness. Finally,
make sure that each gas appliance is
working
efficiently
to
the
recommendations of the appliance
manufacturers.
See Index - Ventilation
Space Heater
FACTS ABOUT LPG
LPG is not poisonous.
Fridge
Bi-products are harmless.
Cooking Appliance
LPG is dangerous if all air and oxygen is
excluded.
(Ventilation holes must be clear at all
times).
Hob
LPG has been given a smell by the
manufacturers in order to identify leaks.
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The gas is heavier than air and therefore
sinks to the lowest point.
WARNING:
Aerosols and highly flammable
liquids must not be stored in the
compartment behind, or adjacent to,
any gas appliance.
Some industrial LPG appliances
operate at high pressure and require
a ‘high pressure’ regulator. This often
has an adjusting handle on it.
NEVER use such a regulator on a
motorhome.
AWNING SPACES AND LPG
APPLIANCE EXHAUST
There is no danger of pollution of an
enclosed awning space from the LPG
exhaust from a refrigerator venting into it.
Motorhome owners are advised to allow
some fresh air circulation in the awning
space when such appliances are in use.
LPG GAS SYSTEM
The Explorer Group does not recommend
the use of any external cylinders. All
cylinders in use should be within the gas
locker provided. If you wish to utilise a
larger cylinder and have this outside the
gas locker then the connecting hose must
not exceed 750mm.
It is recommended that no flammable
material is stored or placed with 300mm
of any open flame. Your attention is also
drawn to the fact that the surface of the
Space Heater in your motorhome will get
hot when in use.
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Please ensure that you have read the
operating instructions for each gas
appliance contained in your Owners
Information Pack.
Please ensure that any gas hose left
unconnected is protected from dirt or
other foreign bodies entering the hose.
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ELECTRICITY
MAINS SUPPLY
Your motorhome’s main electrical
installation is designed to run on a 230v
50hz a.c. supply.
4. Remove any cover from the socket
outlet provided at the site supply
point, and connect the plug at the
other end of the supply flexible cable
to this. Switch on the main switch at
the site supply point.
ON ARRIVAL AT SITE
1. Before connecting the motorhome
installation to the mains supply, check
that:
Note: If you wish to use any 12v
appliances, you must turn on the
battery charging unit on the control
panel.
IN CASE OF DIFFICULTY CONSULT
AN APPROVED ELECTRICAL
INSTALLATION CONTRACTOR
(WHO MAY BE THE LOCAL
ELECTRICITY BOARD). IT IS
DANGEROUS TO ATTEMPT
MODIFICATIONS AND ADDITIONS
YOURSELF.
(a) the mains supply is suitable for
your installation and appliances,
i.e. whether it is a.c. or d.c. and
whether it is at the correct voltage
and frequency.
(b) your installation will be properly
earthed. Never accept a supply
from a socket outlet or plug having
only two pins, or from a lighting
outlet.
(c) any residual current device (earth
leakage circuit breaker) in the
mains supply to the motorhome
has been tested within the last
month.
In case of doubt, consult the site owner or
his agent.
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2. MAKE SURE THAT THE SWITCH AT
THE SITE SUPPLY POINT IS OFF
AND THAT ALL ELECTRICAL
EQUIPMENT IN THE MOTORHOME
IS SWITCHED OFF.
3. Remove any cover from the electricity
inlet provided on the motorhome, and
insert the connector of the supply
flexible cable obtained from the site
owner.
LAMPHOLDER-PLUGS (BAYONETCAP ADAPTORS) SHOULD NOT IN
ANY CIRCUMSTANCES BE USED.
ON LEAVING CARAVAN SITE
5. Reverse the procedure described in
Paragraph 3 and 4 above.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE MAIN
SWITCH AT THE SITE SUPPLY
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 SOCKET OR
SUPPLY FLEXIBLE CABLE LIVE.
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PERIODICALLY
6. Preferably not less than once a year,
the motorhome electrical installation
should be inspected and tested and a
report on its condition obtained as
prescribed in the Regulations for
Electrical Installations, published by
the Institute of Electrical Engineers.
Note: Connection to a mains voltage
supply OVERSEAS requires particular
attention.
Care must be taken when connecting
supplies abroad since the supplies can
be of REVERSE POLARITY.
The significance of REVERSE POLARITY
is that when equipment is switched off it
may not be electrically isolated.
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The only certain way of
equipment safe is to unplug it.
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In the event of a fault the M.C.B. ‘trips’ i.e.
automatically moves to the OFF position.
A means of checking the polarity of the
mains supply when overseas is useful.
After elimination of the fault the M.C.B.
can be re-set by switching to the ON
position. (Against the spring pressure in
an upwards direction),
There are available several proprietary
makes of equipment for the purpose.
If it can be achieved, it is preferable to
connect live to live, and neutral to neutral
to maintain full electrical protection.
CHECK all motorhome equipment is setup to accept the site supply before
actually switching on.
MAINS UNIT
The Mains Unit replaces the conventional
fusebox. Similar, but larger ones are often
fitted in new houses.
If an earth fault develops, or a person was
to touch a live piece of equipment, the
leakage of current to earth should
immediately operate the RCD (Residual
Current Device) and ‘trip’ the main switch,
to the OFF position.
This switch is only re-settable after
elimination of the fault.
The unit gives overload and earth leakage
protection for the 230v electrical supply in
your motorhome.
For normal operation all switches on the
unit need to be in the ON position. The
switches on the left of the unit are known
as M.C.B’s (miniature circuit breakers).
These take the place of the conventional
fuse but are more convenient.
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To re-set, operate the switch as for
M.C.B’s.
Periodically the RCD should be checked
by operating the test button marked ‘T’.
The unit should immediately switch to the
OFF position. If the unit does not switch
off then a qualified electrician should be
consulted.
If the unit does switch off, the test is
complete and the switch can be re-set
restoring the supply back to normal.
Note:
It is possible that all of the 230V mains
electrical equipment may not be able to
be operated simultaneously. A typical
UK motorhome site mains hook up
point provides a maximum output of 10
amps and on some continental sites
the available output may be as low as 5
amps. If your loading exceeds the site
supply it may trip the site circuit
breaker. Please check the available
mains output with your site operator.
The following items need to be added
together if used simultaneously.
230V Mains equipment typical
consumption figures:
Fridge
0.50 amps
Charger
0.50 amps
Water heater
4.00 amps
Blown air heaters
4.80 amps
Colour TV
2.50 amps
Microwave
10.00 amps
Air conditioning
4.00 amps
12V ELECTRICAL SUPPLY
N.B. The information provided in this
Guide relating to fitted equipment is
only intended as a quick reference.
Comprehensive details of
maintenance and fault finding charts
where appropriate can be found by
referring to the accompanying
manufacturers’ literature. If any
doubts still exist about the operation
of the equipment qualified personnel
or your motorhome retailer should
be consulted.
It is recommended that you fit a sealedfor-life auxiliary leisure battery.
BATTERY INSTALLATION
If you wish to install a leisure battery
please ensure that it is placed on the
battery tray supplied in your kit box. Then
place the tray in the battery locker fitted to
the side of your motorhome and connect
the battery to the clamp fittings connected
to the connection leads within the battery
box. The Explorer Group recommends
that you use sealed for life leisure
batteries of a minimum rating off 40
ampere-hours at 20h discharge rate.
GENERATORS
All electrical equipment fitted in your new
Explorer Group motorhome can be run
from a controlled 230v generator. The
charger fitted in your motorhome will
automatically reduce the voltage to run
equipment that only requires a power
supply of between 11v and 14v.
BATTERY MAINTENANCE
Your leisure battery should be maintained
in accordance with the manufactures
instructions.
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POWER DRAIN
In order to reduce any drain on your
leisure battery while your motorhome is
being stored you should ensure that the
main control switch on the refrigerator is
set to the 0 position.
Please note that any drop in voltage
coming in will reduce the output.
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CAUTION!
• As with all types of transformer/power
supply a certain amount of heat is
generated, this will vary with the
charge rate, therefore adequate
space and ventilation must be
provided and maintained around the
unit to aid cooling.
•
•
Keep all flammable materials and
aerosols well away from this
appliance and other sources of heat,
as this could cause the pressure in
the aerosol to rise. Should a seal then
fail it is possible an explosion will
ensue.
N.B. Remember any work, replacing
parts or repairs, must only be carried
out when the mains supply has been
disconnected, and only by a qualified
electrician.
Please note:
The operation of the bed in the
Autostratus/ Castaway RG model is very
voltage sensitive. If you intend to operate
the bed several times without either the
vehicle connected to a mains supply or
moving the vehicle it is recommend that
you run the vehicles engine in order to
recharge your leisure battery.
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CONTROLS
The mains protection devices are located
to the right hand side of the unit, and
consists of a 25 amp RCD (Residual
Current Device) which will rapidly break
the mains circuit should a fault occur.
At the left hand side of the RCD are two
MCBs (Miniature Circuit Breakers) which
protect the individual mains circuits within
the motorhome against overloading.
Situated above the RCD is an illuminated
ON/OFF switch which turns the Battery
Charger/Power Supply ON or OFF.
The remaining item is the 12 volt fuse
assembly, the six blade type fuses protect
individual 12 volt circuits within the
motorhome, and are marked with their
function to the left hand side. To remove
the fuses simply pull forward away from
the P.C.II and push in to replace. The
fuses fitted in the P.C.II are a similar type
to fuses fitted to modern cars and can be
‘borrowed’ from the car in an emergency.
AUTOQUEST/AVANTGARDE
BATTERY CHARGER/POWER SUPPLY
The battery charger is an all electronic
switch mode power supply, capable of
providing 12 amps continuously at 13.8
volts DC. The unit is designed to be used
as a very efficient battery charger when a
battery is in situ and the motorhome is
connected to mains supply (it cannot
overcharge the battery even when left
connected for long periods of time) or as
a power supply when no battery is
connected providing the power to operate
the equipment within the motorhome.
R.C.D. TEST BUTTON
This should be operated at regular
intervals in order to check and ensure
effective operation of the facility. See label
fitted adjacent to the P.C.11 unit in your
motorhome and also the following RCD/
MCB section.
RCD/MCB PROTECTION
These components are designed to give
both overload and earth leakage
protection for the electrical supply in your
motorhome. The MCBs are better
described as mechanical fuses. In the
event of an overload situation, the circuit
they supply is automatically switched to
the OFF position. After elimination of the
fault the MCB should be reset by
manually switching the switch back on
again in an upward direction against the
spring pressure.
Normally these MCBs should be left in the
ON position.
The RCD is fitted to provide protection
against earth faults and possible electric
shock. In the event of an earth fault which
would cause a current leaking to earth,
either directly or via the human body, the
unit should immediately trip and switch
OFF the supply. After elimination of the
fault it will be possible to manually reset
the RCD to the ON position by switching
the switch in an upward direction against
the spring pressure, and so restore the
supply again.
Periodically it is necessary to test the
operation of the RCD. This is achieved by
ensuring that it is switched in the ON
position with an electricity supply
connected and by pressing the test
button marked ‘T’. The unit should
immediately switch to the OFF position.
Provided this happens all is correct and
the switch should be returned to the ON
position, upwards and against the spring
pressure, to restore the supply back to
normal. The RCD also acts as the main
switch for the unit and if it is required to
switch off all circuits in the motorhome
this can be achieved by switching the
RCD to OFF.
FUSES
Replacement fuses must be made only
with fuses of equivalent values, and of the
same type as the originals. Correct values
of each fuse are clearly marked on them.
CAUTION
NEVER USE A FUSE OF HIGHER
RATING THAN THAT STATED.
REVERSE POLARITY
When connecting mains supply abroad,
the supply can be of reverse polarity. The
significance of this is that when
equipment is switched OFF it may not be
electrically isolated. The only certain way
of making sure equipment is safe is to
unplug it.
GENERATORS
When using a generator to supply the P
C.II ensure that the actual output voltage
does not exceed the rated generator
output voltage, and the rated input
voltage of the P.C.il, otherwise internal
damage to the P.C.11 unit could occur.
N.B. Refer to the manufacturer’s
instruction book before use.
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CAUTION: Take care not to expose the
battery to sparks or naked flames as
explosive gases may be present.
N.B. As with mains supply, switch off all
appliances
and
lights
before
disconnecting the battery.
There are several proprietary makes of
equipment to check the polarity of mains
supply. This equipment is useful, mostly
for mains connection when overseas.
If reverse polarity occurs on site then
reverse the live & neutral connections
inside the plug on your mains cable.
Check before use.
If it can be achieved, it is preferable to
connect live to live, and neutral to neutral
to maintain full electrical protection.
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Safety
VENTILATION
LOW-LEVEL VENTILATION
All motorhomes manufactured by the
Explorer Group Limited are ventilated at
both high and low level in accordance
with BSEN 721 Safety Ventilation. The
fixed ventilation points fitted in your
motorhome must not be blocked under
any circumstances as your safety may
depend upon them.
It is advisable that the fixed ventilation
points are checked and cleaned (where
necessary) on a regular basis.
HIGH-LEVEL VENTILATION
This is always provided by fixed
ventilation within the fitted roof skylight.
All roof skylights fitted by Explorer Group
provide fixed free area ventilation. These
roof skylights should be cleaned annually
by use of a small brush to remove any
dust that may have accumulated around
the mesh fitted. On some roof skylights
the mesh can be easily removed to aid
cleaning. On fan-assisted roof skylights it
is essential that the roof skylight be
switched off prior to cleaning.
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All Explorer Group Motorhomes have the
low level ventilation provided by fixed
vents in the door step well. There is one
vent fitted in the Autoquest / Avantgarde
ranges. The Autocirrus / Calypso and
Autostratus / Castaway models have two
vents fitted.
These vents are fitted with a black plastic
vent cover and can be cleaned using a
small brush.
It is essential that these vents are not
obstructed.
VENTILATION IN SEPARATE
BEDROOMS
In motorhomes with sleeping areas
separated via a solid door, separate
ventilation is required and is provided via
a roof skylight at high level and a
ventilator at low level within a bed box.
GAS DISPERSAL HOLES
All appliances and gas unions have a gas
dispersal hole nearby. It is essential that
these are not blocked or made ineffective.
FIRE
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
It is recommended that a 1 kg (2lb)
minimum capacity dry powder fire
extinguisher be carried inside your
motorhome at all times. A fat pan fire must
not have an extinguisher aimed at it, but
must be smothered with a fire blanket.
IN CASE OF FIRE
1. Get everyone out of the motorhome as
quickly as possible using whichever
exit is quickest including windows. Do
not stop to collect any personal items.
FIRE RETARDANT FOAMS
Under the Condition of the Consumer
Protection Act 1987, the manufacturer has
a responsibility to ensure that their
product is as safe as possible.
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With this in mind all motorhomes are
equipped with either Combustion
Modified High Resilient (C.M.H.R.) foam
cushions or sprung mattresses. These
foams are very much safer from a fire
point of view than those previously used.
In addition all upholstery is made of fire
retardant fabric.
2. Raise the alarm. Call the fire brigade.
3. Turn off gas container valve if safe to
do so.
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THEFT DETERRANT, PREVENTION
AND SECURITY OF YOUR
MOTORHOME
Security of your motorhome is taken very
seriously at The Explorer Group. That is
why we have provided a combination of
standard features and optional extras
designed to deter and prevent thieves
from stealing your property. And in the
unlikely event that they should succeed,
aid the identification and speedy recovery
of your property and assist in the
prosecution of the thief.
MICROTAG© NEW
Supplied as standard with
every Explorer Group
Motorhome, MicroTag© is
an
innovative
and
technologically advanced
property tracing system
that can be easily applied
to all your valuables.
Marking your property with Microdots not
only deters theft, but will also help lead to
the successful prosecution of the thief
and the recovery of your stolen valuables.
microscope. Each MicroDot is laser
etched with a freephone helpline and your
own unique number which is registered
on the International Security Register
which is manned 24 hours a day, 365
days a year.
MOTORHOME THEFT
The theft of a motorhome can occur in the
most unlikely circumstances; from a
motorway service area, even from an
owner's driveway.
Why Use Microdots? - In order for the
Police to successfully prosecute, it is
necessary to identify the true owner of
stolen property. Marking your property
with Microdots is the easiest way to
ensure your valuables are quickly
identified.
During manufacture, an electronic tag is
concealed in the motorhome body
carrying
a
unique
Motorhome
Identification Number (MIN). This number
links to the vehicle identification number
so there is a double record matching
chassis to motorhome body.
You can Microdot all kinds of property
against theft including your motorhome,
motor vehicles, televisions, bicycles,
jewellery, in fact anything of value to you,
that will also be of value to a thief.
The MIN number is also recorded at other
parts of the vehicle as a further deterrent.
Secure all windows and doors when your
motorhome is unoccupied, even if only for
a short length of time.
In the event of theft the police can locate
the MicroDot by using an ultra violet light.
The MicroDots are then read using a
MicroDot reader, or a conventional
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Please consult the instructions provided
inside the Microtag box.
MINDER
Your motorhome is fitted with MINDER,
the security scheme operated by HPI
Limited.
All police forces in the UK can obtain
equipment which can read MINDER
electronic tags, aiding identification in the
event of theft and subsequent recovery.
All MIN numbers are recorded on the HPI
MINDER Enquiry Database for the police,
retailers and potential buyers to check the
correct ownership details.
SERIAL NUMBER
Record your motorhome serial number
(which can be found stamped on a plate
fixed beneath the motorhome door or
pillar), and your cab chassis serial no.
(which can be found on a plate under the
bonnet). Make a note of this number in
the space provided at the front of this
handbook and make a separate note of
the number to keep safe at home.
FREE CRIME PREVENTION
Advice about securing your motorhome,
protecting your valuables, property
marking, either at home or whilst on site,
can be obtained from the Crime
Prevention Officer through your local
Police Station.
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ADDITIONAL SECURITY
Consider fitting any device which might
deter or prevent intrusion by thieves. A
wheel lock prevents removal of the wheel.
Window etching of the chassis number is
a cost effective deterrent.
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ALARM SYSTEM (if fitted)
Your motorhome may have been fitted
with a CONCEPT K.E.L. alarm system.
This provides comprehensive protection
for your motorhome, when parked. As
well as protecting its contents. The alarm
system is controlled by a simple key fob
(your motorhome comes with two key
fobs as standard), which can also switch
the awning lights on and off. If you insure
through the Motorhome Club, K Drewe
(Insurance) or Motorhome Guard
Insurance you should be eligible for a
discount on your insurance premiums.
PREPARATION FOR USE
The motorhome must be fitted with a 12
volt leisure battery for the alarm system to
work. We recommend that you fit an
antitamper battery (PP3 or MN1604 type)
into the control unit. Locate the white
CONCEPT K.E.L. control box, inside one
of the bed boxes. Grasp firmly and slide
upwards (gently ‘waggling’ from side to
side) until it comes off its mounting plate.
Now remove the battery cover by
pressing in firmly and sliding out of its
case. Connect the flying lead to the
battery, fit it into the space provided and
replace the battery cover. Refit the control
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box onto its mounting plate and slide
down until it ‘clicks’ into position.
Finally check that the key switch on the
control box is turned clockwise, otherwise
the alarm will not work.
THE BATTERY SHOULD BE REPLACED
AT YEARLY INTERVALS. ONLY USE LEAKPROOF PP3 (MN1604) BATTERIES.
USING THE ALARM
Whenever you leave your motorhome,
switch on the alarm system by pressing
the ALARM button on your key fob for 2-3
seconds. The siren will then “cheep” so
you know the alarm has been activated.
Should a thief trigger the alarm the siren
will sound for 2 minutes and reset. On
your return, switch off the alarm by
pressing the ALARM button on your key
fob. The siren will again “cheep” so you
know that the alarm has been deactivated.
If you forget to switch the alarm off, the
siren will sound instantly when you
enter the living quarters or when you
use the foot brake.
When the battery in the key fob is
reaching the end of its life the red
indicator, on the fob, will flash when the
ALARM button is pressed.
The alarm can be switched off completely
by inserting the key into the control box
key switch and turning it anti-clockwise.
TESTING THE ALARM
Once you have switched the alarm on,
any one of the following actions will
instantly trigger the siren for 2 minutes or
until the alarm is switched off:
•
Opening the door to the living
quarters.
•
Using the foot-brake - ignition must
be on.
•
Entering the living quarters.
When the alarm has been triggered the
appropriate LED on the control box will
remain lit until you reset it with the key
switch. This is a useful indicator for
diagnostic and warning purposes.
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Alarm Sensors
Anti Theft Alarm Foot-brake operation
Intruder Alarm
Sensor
on
living
quarters door
Interior Alarm
PIR head(s)
Alarm Output
Audible Alarm
Siren
sounds
for
2 minutes producing
110dB
fluctuating
between 2.0KHz and
2.8KHz
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ANTI TAMPER FEATURES
Cutting wires to sensor on living quarters
door.
Cutting wires to PIR head(s).
Battery Life
12 volt leisure
over 4 months
battery
continuous usage
Key fob battery type GP23A - change if
LED flashes when
ALARM
button
is
pressed.
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CONTROL PANEL "PC-200 EX" AUTOCIRRUS/CALYPSO/AUTOSTRATUS/CASTAWAY
13 It shows the test or alarm batteries
together with the symbols 10 or 11.
14 It shows the connection to the 230v net.
15 It shows that the minimal voltage device
has switched on.
16 It shows the drink water test tank, the
blinking means empty tank alarm.
17 The blinking means full waste water tank
alarm.
18 It shows the unit of measure: U=Volt,
I=internal temperature, E=external
temperature.
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1
Test button to check both internal and
external temperature and to set the clock.
9
2
Test button to check the voltage of the
leisure battery (B2), car battery (B1) and
to set the clock.
10 It shows the car (B1) battery test, the
blinking means run down battery alarm.
3
Test button to check the level in % of the
drink water tank and to set the clock.
4
Awning light switch, it turns off when
ignition is on.
5
Main switch.
6
Water pump switch.
7
Lights main switch.
8
Digital displaying of the required test.
It shows the starting up of the battery
parallel when the engine is started.
Note: The clock is supplied from the leisure
battery (B2). Should B2 be disconnected, the
clock is able to keep working, without
visualisation, for about 2 weeks.
11 It shows the leisure (B2) battery test, the
blinking means run battery alarm.
DIP-SWITCH POSITION
12 It shows the battery recharging through
engine alternator.
Attention: Do not change the position as
shown in illustration below.
ON 1
2
3
4
COMPASS AVANTEGARDE ELDDIS AUTOQUEST / AVANTGARDE
CONTROL PANEL
The control panel consists of a gauge,
three switches and two indicator lights.
GAUGE
The gauge will normally show the voltage
in the vehicle or auxiliary battery
depending on the position of the
AUX/VEH change over switch. The gauge
can also show the water level in the
inboard water tank (see Water Switch).
SWITCHES
The three switches are;
WATER
Pressing and holding the ‘Water’ switch
will cause the gauge to show the water
level in the fresh water tank. Releasing the
switch causes the guage to return to
showing the voltage.
RUN
This is the green indicator light. When the
pump switch is on and the pump is
running this light should be on. When the
pump is not running the light should not
be on.
AUX/VEH
When the switch is in the ‘Veh’ position
the motorhome 12-volt system is powered
from the vehicle battery. When it is in the
‘Aux’ position it is powered from the
motorhome’s auxiliary battery or the 12volt charger/power supply if the
motorhome is connected to a 230-volt
supply.
Note: this indicator only works with the
internal pump.
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WASTE
This is the red indicator light. When the
onboard waste tank is becoming full and
requires emptying this light will come on.
Once the tank is empty the light will go
out.
PUMP
The ‘Pump’ switch acts as a master
switch for the internal water system. When
the switch is on the internal water pump
will provide water for the sink taps.
Should the pump keep cutting in and out
during the night, then turning the pump
switch off will disconnect the 12-volt
supply to the pump.
As
the
external
pump
works
independently of the pump switch, this
can still be used with the pump switch in
the off position.
It is recommended that the motorhome
be used in the ‘Veh’ position sparingly as
prolonged use without running the engine
can flatten the vehicle battery.
INDICATOR LIGHTS
There are two indicator lights on the
control panel;
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SPACE HEATER AND WATER HEATER
CONTROLS
This unit contains both the controls for the
Ultraheat space heater and the Ultrastore
water heater.
Full details on how to operate the
Ultraheat space heater and the Ultrastore
water heater are contained in the Truma
manuals supplied within your Owner's
Information Pack and under the relevant
section of this handbook.
PLEASE NOTE:
You must ensure all replacement
bulbs are of the correct rating - see
Index - Equipment Lists.
TRUMA SPACE HEATER
Your motorhome is fitted with a Truma
space heater.
Heater operation is basically possible with
gas only, electricity only or simultaneously
with electricity and gas.
LIGHT SWITCH MASTER
All internal lights can be switched off/on
from the main switch by the main
motorhome entrance door.
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When used simultaneously the electrical
unit will switch itself off before overheating
occurs as a result of the stronger gas
burner.
To ensure an even and rapid warm air
distribution as well as lower surface
temperatures on the heating unit, we do
recommend that you always operate the
heater with a running Trumavent warm air
system.
When using electrical only we
recommend to set the fan control on
position 3 (manual or auto), remembering
to set the output level to 2000W (ensure
that the fuse protection for the power
supply of the camp site is sufficient).
OPERATING IINSTRUCTIONS
Always observe the operating instructions
and important operating notes prior to
starting.
The motorhome owner is
responsible for correct operation of the
appliance.
If more than 2000W are required (heating
up/cold temperatures) you must refer
back to using gas operation, as the 230V
electric heater is for secondary use only.
GAS HEATER - IMPORTANT
OPERATING NOTES
1. Underfloor combustion air intakes
must be kept clear of dirt and snow
slush.
GAS HEATER OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS
2. Before switching on the heater in
winter, clear all snow from the cowl.
Refer to manufacturer's operating
instructions for winter use.
AUTOQUEST / AVANTGARDE GAS
HEATER - OPERATION WITH THE
PIEZO IGNITOR (S 3002 P ONLY)
1. Turn on gas cylinder and open quickacting valve in the gas supply line.
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3. Inspect the exhaust duct and all
connections at regular intervals, and
always in the event of blowback
(misfire). Never place any object on the
exhaust duct, since this could result in
damage.
4. Never allow the warm air outlet on
the heater to be obstructed in any
way.
For instance never hang washing on or
in front of the heater to dry. Misusing
your heater in this way could cause
serious damage from overheating. Do
not place flammable objects near the
heater. Please follow these guidelines
in the interest of your own safety.
5. Due to the design, the heater
cladding will become hot during
operation. The operator is obliged to
ensure that due care is taken to
protect third parties (small children
in particular).
a = Control knob Thermostat)
b = Integrated control switch for the
Trumavent fan TEB
c = Pressure igniter (model Trumatic S
3002 P)
d = Automatic ignition device with battery
compartment (model Trumatic S 3002/S
5002)
e = Remote ignition display (special
accessory)
f = Window to check flame
g = Thermostat sensor
h = Name plate (remove cover)
2. Turn control knob (a) to thermostat
setting 1 - 1 0 and press it down as far
as the stop. At the same time keep
operating the piezo ignitor rapidly until
the flame ignites.
3. Keep the control knob pressed down
for a further 10 seconds to allow the
safety pilot to operate.
4. Observe through the inspection
window for a further 10 seconds so as
to check that the flame has not been
extinguished due to air in the line
caused by a change of gas cylinder).
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Always wait at least 2 minutes
before at tempting to re-ignite,
otherwise there is a risk of blowback
(misfiring). This also applies if a working
heater goes out and has to be re-lit.
If air has got into the gas line, it may take
up to two minutes before gas is available
for combustion. During this period, the
operating handle should be kept pressed
down and the pressure igniter constantly
actuated until the flame appears.
5. To ensure even and rapid warm air
distribution as well as lower surface
temperatures on the heating unit we
recommend that you operate the
heater with a running T air system.
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AUTOCIRRUS / CALYPSO /
AUTOSTRATUS / CASTAWAY GAS
HEATER - OPERATION WITH THE
AUTOMATIC IGNITOR (S 3002/S 5002)
1. Turn on gas cylinder and open quickacting valve in the gas supply line.
2. Turn control knob (a) to thermostat
setting 1 - 10 and press it down as far
as the stop. Ignition takes place
automatically
(ignition
sparking
audible) until the flame ignites.
Keep the control knob pressed down
for a further 1 0 seconds to allow the
safety pilot to operate.
If there is air in the gas supply line, it
can take up to two minutes until there
is gas available for combustion. During
this time hold the control knob down
until the flame lights.
3. To ensure even end rapid warm air
distribution as wel as lower surface
temperatures on the heating unit, we
recommend that you operate the
heater with a running - Trumavent
warm air system.
In the event of a fault always
wait 2 minutes before attempting
to reignite.
GAS HEATER - ROOM THERMOSTAT
An average room temperature of about
22°C can be achieved without blower
operation with a thermostat setting of 3-5.
For operation with blower, we recommend
a thermostat setting of 4-8.
If the flame goes out again, re-ignition
occurs immediately during the closing
time of the safety pilot approximately
30 seconds).
The exact thermostat setting must be
determined in each case, depending on
how much heat is needed and the design
of your vehicle.
If there is no flame, the automatic
ignitor continues to operate until the
control knob (a) is switched to 'O'.
The thermostat probe is underneath the
heater.
Please note that the thermostat will be
adversely affected by cold draughts from
refrigerator vents, gaps below doors, etc.
or by a deep-piled carpet. Always be sure
to avoid problems of this kind, otherwise
satisfactory temperature control cannot
be guaranteed.
Gas Heater - Switching Off
4. When operating a brand new heater for
the first time (or after it has been idle for
a lengthy period) you may temporarily
notice a slight smoke and smell. We
advise running the heater at full power
and thoroughly ventilating the room.
ELECTRIC HEATER - SWITCHING ON
Before switching on, ensure that the fuse
protection for the power supply of the
camp site is sufficient for the selected
power setting (b) (see Technical Data
provided in the Owners Information Pack)
Turn the control switch to '0' (the
automatic ignition will switch off at the
same time).
CONTROL PANEL WITH
THERMOSTAT
Important: The electric supply cable for
the motorhome must be fully unwound
with any excess stored uncoiled to
prevent overheating.
If the unit is not used for a relatively long
period of time, close off the quick-action
gate valve on the gas pipe and gas bottle.
ELECTRIC HEATER - IMPORTANT
OPERATING NOTES
1. Due to the design, the heater front
case will become hot during operation.
The operator is obliged to ensure that
due care is taken to protect third
parties (small children in particular).
2. The heaters hot air outlet should under
no circumstances become blocked.
3. Never hang clothes or similar in front of
or on top of the heater to dry. This
could cause serious damage to the
heater as a result of overheating. Do
not place inflammable materials near
the heater. Please observe these
instructions for your own safety.
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1. To switch on, turn the rotary switch to
the desired output leveI (b).
2. Set rotary control knob (c) to the
desired room temperature.
The thermostat setting on the control
panel (1-9) must be determined
individually depending on the heating
requirement and the size of motorhome.
For an average room temperature of
about 23oC, we recommend a thermostat
setting of about 6 - 8.
ELECTRIC HEATER - SWITCHING OFF
Switch the heating system off at the rotary
switch (a).
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Please note:
Your Truma Space Heater front is
now attached using 2 screws. These
screws must be removed prior to
removal of the Space Heater front.
These screws can be seen when
looking into the fire through the air
vents.
TRUMA ULTRASTORE WATER
HEATER
This water heater features a dual source
system of water heating powered by
Liquid Petroleum Gas or 230V mains
electricity. For a faster heating up period
the appliance can be simultaneously
operated with gas and electricity. The
holding tank has a capacity of 10 litres.
WARNING:
Always fit the cowl cap when
the water heater is not being
operated. If there is any risk of frost
and preferably each time you leave
the site, the water heater should be
drained leaving all taps open. Frost
damage is not covered by the
warranty.
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The system may be fitted to a mains water
supply with special adaptors which
include a pressure reducer which does
not allow pressure to exceed 2.8 bar.
N.B. If only the cold water system is being
used the heater tank will still be filled with
water and to avoid frost damage it should
always be drained as described below.
During the initial operation of a brand new
appliance some fumes are normal. These
should soon disperse if the motorhome is
well ventilated.
DRAINING THE WATER HEATER
1. Disconnect the water pump and
switch off power supply where
appropriate.
FILLING THE TRUMA ULTRASTORE
1. Check the safety/drain valve in the
cold water intake is closed. The lever
should be
2. Open all hot and cold water taps.
in the horizontal position (e) Fig. C.
2. Set the hot tap in either the washroom
or kitchen in the open position.
3. Switch on the power for the water
pump.
4. Leave the tap open to let air escape
while the water heater is filling. The
heater is full when water flows freely
from the tap. (See Connection of
Water section.)
5. It may be necessary to adjust the
pressure switch on the water system.
3. Open safety/drain valve and leave in
vertical position (f).
4. The water heater will now drain
directly to the outside.
5. Ensure that if a water filter is fitted that
this is also drained as well as any
water left in the submersible pump.
WARNING:
Water may be hot enough
to scald.
TAPS
KITCHEN TAPS
Your new Explorer Group Motorhome will
be fitted with a Reich mixer tap.
OPERATION
For correct operation of the tap swivel the
spout to the desired position over the
sink. Lift the control lever to activate the
pump and allow water to flow
simultaneously.
To
adjust
the
temperature, swivel the lever to the left to
increase the temperature and to the right
to reduce the temperature.
BATHROOM TAPS AND SHOWERS
Your motorhome will be supplied with
either a vanity mixer tap and seperate
shower mixer, or with a combined mixer
tap with retractable shower head.
B. For winter storage and to prevent frost
damage the tap swivel must be left in
the centre up position.
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OPERATION
The mixer tap and shower mixer are
operated in the same manner as the
kitchen tap by lifting the control lever to
activate the pump and swivelling the lever
left or right to determine the temperature.
PLEASE NOTE
A. The water temperature could be very
high so do not lift the lever with the tap
turned to the full left position.
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CLEANING OF ALL TAPS
It is recommended that a non-abrasive
damp cloth be used for cleaning the
Elegance taps and showers.
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REFRIGERATOR
OVEN HOB & GRILL
SMOKE ALARM
For full operational instructions for your
particular fridge, refer to refrigerator
manufacturer's instructions supplied with
the appliance.
For full operational instructions, refer to
oven or hob & grill manufacturer's
instructions supplied with the appliance.
The smoke alarm fitted to your
motorhome is approved for use in
motorhomes.
When the motorhome is being driven, the
refrigerator should only be operated
electrically, i.e. from the 12v battery in the
vehicle and not by means of the bottled
gas.
The refrigerator can be run on 230v or LP
gas at any time.
Changing between these modes of
operation is carried out by means of the
controls shown on the relevant control
panel on the fridge.
CAUTION! - Only use one source of
energy at a time.
WARNINGS!
1. Caustic pastes, abrasive cleaning
powders, coarse wire wool and hard
implements will damage the surface.
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2. All pans should be mounted centrally
over the burners, even when cooling,
to protect adjacent walls.
3. Do not lower the glass cover until hob
has cooled down.
4. Glass lids may shatter when heated.
Turn off all burners and grill before
shutting the lid.
5. Accessible parts may be hot when the
grill and oven are in use.
Young
children should be kept away.
6. Do not use grill or oven as a space
heater.
The National Caravan Council (NCC)
requires that all new or used Motorhomes
sold by its members be fitted with a
smoke alarm featuring an alarm silence
facility.
WARNING!
Test smoke alarm operation
after motorhome has been in
storage, before each trip and at least
once per week during use.
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NOTE: A different smoke alarm to the one
illustrated may be fitted (subject to
availability) but it still meets the criteria
above.
For further information on use of the
alarm, battery replacement, testing, etc.,
refer to the manufacturer's literature
contained in the Owner's Information
Pack.
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THETFORD CASSETTE
TOILET
Your motorhome is fitted with a cassette
toilet.
For full operational instructions, refer
to the cassette toilet instruction manual
in your Owner's Information Pack.
EMPTYING THE TOILET
1. Open outer locker door and release
bottom or base catch securing
cassette.
2. Remove cassette, ensuring the flap is
in the closed position (it is useful to use
a trolley for taking waste tanks to the
disposal point).
3. Take the cassette to a chemical toilet
waste disposal point, remove cap and
place safely away from emptying point.
6. When you get back to your
motorhome, add chemical solution as
instructed. Replace cap and fold arm
away.
7. Slide back into locker until catch locks.
8. Close and lock door.
with large temperature differences and
changing heights during driving, over
pressure can start to build up in the
waste holding tank, causing contents
to splash upward upon opening the
valve blade if opened too fast.
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WARNING!
• Cold Weather Use - to prevent freezing
during cold weather use, add antifreeze to the toilet system fresh water
tank. Use a non-toxic (propyleneglycol) type of antifreeze. Refer to chart
on container to obtain level of
protection.
• Warmer weather or longer intervals
between emptying the waste tank may
require additional toilet fluid. Use only
Thetford toilet fluid to achieve the best
results.
4. Press air release button near handle
before you tilt the tank to empty
contents
Caution: Never add toilet fluid directly
into toilet bowl.
5. Rinse well and then leave some water
in and replace cap.
• Do not use strong household
detergents or cleaners that contain
chlorine, solvents or acid contents.
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AIR CONDITIONING
WARNING!
Never place your hands or
other objects within the air inlet
openings
BLIZZARD 1500 AIR CONDITIONING
UNIT (WHERE FITTED)
Starting and Function Selection
1. Internal
temperature
thermostat.
MAINTENANCE
To ensure trouble-free running it is
recommended that the unit be cleaned
once or twice a year by a qualified service
agent.
control
2. Two speed fan switch.
3. On button (push to ON position).
4. To increase the cooling from the unit,
turn the red/blue control knob to the
blue section. To reduce the cool air,
turn towards the red sector.
5. Push button '3' to switch OFF (release
to OFF position).
6. To adjust airflow direction pull down
the front brown vent from a small flap
located in its centre.
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.
ATTENTION!
Never obstruct the air inlets and outlets.
The air conditioning compressor runs
during the refrigerating phase, if switched
on and off at once it may get damaged.
Therefore it is very important to wait at
least 3 minutes before attempting to
switch it on again.
Demount the external cover and clean the
heat exchangers (evaporator and
condenser) with a brush or compressed
air. Remove any dirt. Check that water
trap holes are not clogged.
N.B.18°C is the minimum temperature
that the thermostat is set to for the air
conditioner to start its cycle.
ROOFLIGHTS
Your motorhome is fitted with at least one
type of the following rooflights.
Please note: Do not change the
direction of the fan unless it has
been switched off ‘O’ position and
the blades have stopped rotating.
c. Swivel the metal bar towards the glass
dome and snap into its holder.
d. To close the glass dome, proceed with
steps (a-c) in reverse order.
THE OMNIVENT (12V) ROOFLIGHT
The Omnivent is a double-glazed rooflight
constructed from a synthetic ultra-violet
screened material. Its side-operating
mechanism allows a completely free
central opening with built-in fixed
ventilation when closed.
2. To open in the intermediate position:
a) Open the toggle catches on either side
of the glass (see 1a).
b) Grasp the metal bar in the middle,
snap it out of its holder, swivel down
and press the glass dome outwards.
(Glass dome is opened automatically
after approx. 150mm by the two gas
springs.)
THE HEKI 2 & HEKI DUETTE LUXUS
ROOFLIGHT
1. To open to the tilted position:
It operates as an extractor fan and air
intake fan.
and press the glass dome upwards.
(Glass dome is held by the two gas
springs after approx. 150mm).
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c) Open both fasteners and swivel the
metal strap toward the intermediate
position and pull the glass dome down
until the metal strap is stopped by the
fasteners.
a. Press the knob in the toggle catches
on either side of the glass and turn
through approx. 90°.
d) To close, proceed with steps (a-d) in
reverse order.
b. Grasp the metal bar in the middle,
snap it out of its holder, swivel down
a) Open the toggle catches on either side
3. To open in the ventilation position:
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of the glass (see 1a).
b) Using both hands on the two toggle
catches, press the glass dome up
about 2cm and fasten the toggle
catches in the corresponding setting.
c) To close, proceed with steps (a-b) in
reverse order.
4. Closing the blinds:
a) Take hold of the end rod (without
rocker) in the recessed grip and
engage in the opposite end rod (with
rocker).
b) Select the required position (blackout/flyscreen) by moving both joined
end rods together.
Caution: In extremely bright sunshine,
the blackout blind must only be closed
two-thirds, and the pane must be set in
the continuous airing' position.
5. OPENING THE BLINDS:
a) Move blind (end rod with rocker) right
to the outside.
b) Hold the recessed grip with one hand;
with the other hand, press the rocker
and move the blind back (do not let it
recoil).
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• Do not stand on the acrylic glass
dome.
• Close HEKI 2 completely before
moving off.
• Do not leave your motorhome when
HEKI 2 is open.
• Please consult your supplying dealer if
you have any problems or defects.
• Remove any snow/ice or dirt before
opening the roof.
• Do not open when it rains or when
there is a strong wind.
CARE INSTRUCTIONS
Clean the acrylic glass pane with soap
suds and plenty of water, or use the Seitz
special cleaner.
MIDI HEKI ROOFLIGHT
To open, push the large central button.
Whilst depressed, slide the bar to the
desired position and locate into the stops
provided.
MINI HEKI
The Mini Heki rooflight will generally be
fitted in washroom areas. The operation is
identical to that of the Midi Heki Rooflight.
STANDARD MPK ROOFLIGHT
The MPK 400 x 400 rooflight is generally
fitted in washroom areas. Lowering the
flyscreen then pressing the black control
rod in towards the centre of the rooflight
then while the rods are depressed push
upwards, this opens the rooflight.
Use talcum to care for the rubber seals.
HEKI 3 ROOFLIGHT
Only use water and mild soap suds to
clean the blinds.
As the Heki 3 rooflight does not meet the
high ventilation requirments set down by
BSI for motorhomes, or our own high
specifications, the Explorer Group Limited
does not recomend its fitment.
The 12-month guarantee becomes null
and void if these instructions are not
followed.
Should you decide to retro fit this product
we would accecpt no liability for problems
that may arise from altering the vehicle
from its original specification.
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WINDOWS
Your motorhome will be fitted with either
Polyplastic, Seitz flush windows, or a
mixture of both.
POLYPLASTIC WINDOW OPENING
In order to open the Polyplastic window it
is only necessary to move the catch
upwards and release the catch from the
backing plate.
SEITZ WINDOW OPENING
In order to open the Seitz window you
must depress the button on the catch
before moving the catch. Failure to do so
will lead to the catch breaking.
BLINDS & FLYSCREENS
BLINDS
Pull blind down by its centre catch. Do not
pull down by one side of the blind. This
will inevitably lead to problems. Do not
allow blinds to spring back freely. Always
control them by hand.
FLYSCREENS
To operate the flyscreen, either pull the
screen fully down, fully up or across,
dependant on type of window fitted, and
clip into place on the blind/frame.
To release, unclip from the blind/frame.
If a cross bar is fitted, gently pull the
crossbar downwards towards you and
allow the tension of the spring to roll up
the flyscreen.
Where a cross bar is not fitted, disconnect
from the blind catch and release gently.
It is recommended that blinds are not in
the closed position whilst the motorhome
is moving.
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WINTERISATION/STORAGE
The blind/flyscreen should not be left in
the down position when the motorhome is
not in use or throughout the winter as the
memory of the mechanism may be lost.
DOOR FLYSCREEN (IF FITTED)
The exterior door flyscreen can be
opened or closed from both inside and
outside of the motorhome and does not
restrict door openings.
When opening or closing the door
flyscreen use the finger grip provided
which is near the centre, do not use the
top or bottom, as this will cause snagging
of the flyscreen fabric and uneven
running.
N.B. Again, as with the blind and
flyscreen cassettes, DO NOT allow the
flyscreen to be released uncontrollably, as
this will cause damage to the mechanism.
Also, take care not to trap your fingers.
NOTE
Your motorhome may be fitted with flat
fitting Seitz windows. The window catch is
fitted with a security button and to open
the window this button needs to be
pressed in before the catch can be
turned.
DOORS
EXTERIOR DOORS
The exterior door can be secured to the
side of the motorhome by pushing the the
door retainer into the spring clip.
To comply with European Standards, the
exterior door lock must not be replaced
with a double dead lock.
INTERNAL DOORS
The washroom door is fitted with a twoposition push button lock. From the
outside, push once to lock. Push again to
release.
From the inside of the washroom you will
need to pull the handle towards yourself
to lock the door. To release the lock from
inside the washroom, pull the catch
outwards again until the catch
disengages.
MAGNETIC CATCHES
Magnetic catches work on contact with
the metal plate on the rear of the door.
Simply close the door until the magnet
engages and holds the metal plate.
Pulling the door towards you with a
moderate force will be sufficient to
disengage the magnetic catch and open
the door.
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SPRUNG HINGES
Overhead lockers will use sprung hinges.
These are suitably strong enough when
closed to securely retain the door and
prevent it from opening in transit. Pulling
the handle towards you whith moderate
force is sufficient to open the locker door
and hold it in the open position.
Overhead lockers on some models are
fitted with push button catches which
secure the door in transit and act as the
door handle.
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BED MAKE UP
CASTAWAY AND AUTOSTRATUS
D
A
B
C
AUTOCIRRUS AND CALYPSO
Step 1 Lift up bed flaps located at the end
of B and C.
Step 2 Pull out the bed slats located
underneath F and fully extend
as shown.
Step 3 Place cushions as shown in
the diagram.
Step 6
Step 7
Place cushions on the bed as
shown in diagram
Push the side retainers in to achieve
a tight fit.
Cushion E stored in over head cab.
A
D
C
B
A
B
C
D
E
A
F
B
Step 1
Step 2
Lift and slide out the bed slats from
under (B+C)
Place cushions as shown.
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D
D
B
E
B
A
Bed flaps and slats fully extended
C
D
F
C
E
AVANTGARDE AND AUTOQUEST
100 - 300
Step 1 Remove all cushions from the front
and rear seats
Step 2 Slide out the retainers from front and
rear seats
Step 3 Slide out the centre bed slats
Step 4 Fit the fill in wooden slat
Step 5 Drop down the front seat back rest
C
E
AVANTGARDE AND AUTOQUEST
200 - 400
Step 1 Remove the centre cushion (E)
Step 2 Slide out the bed slats from under
the centre seat
Step 3 Place cushions on beds as shown.
A
D
E
B
C
A
B
C
D
AVANTGARDE AND AUTOQUEST
400RL
Step 1 Remove cushion (E)
Step 2 Slide out the bed slats from under
the rear seat (C)
Step 3 Place cushions on beds as shown.
E
AVANTGARDE AND AUTOQUEST 600
Step 1 Lift up bed flaps located at the end
of B and C.
Step 2 Pull out the bed slats located
between B and C and fully extend
as shown.
Step 3 Place cushions as shown in the
diagram.
Please note Cushion F is a plain make up
cushion supplied seperately. Cushion G can
be removed to create a longer bed or retained
as a head rest.
If you have any difficulties in making up your
bed matress then please contact the
customer services department at the Explorer
Group on 01207 699000.
Drawings are for illustration purposes only
and are not to scale.
D
A
C
B
A
E
A
G
B
OVERCAB DOUBLE BED
Step 1 Unlock the double bed shelf
retaining bolt and fully extend
Step 2 Place mattresses side by side.
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B
C
D
D
C
B
A
D
F
C
E
Compass Calypso
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MANU
Operating the System
1. Switch ON the Power Pack and the red LED will
illuminate.
2. Check the gain control switch is set to the
normal ‘NML’ position (switch UP). See
Interference 2 over the page for use.
3. Push the Antenna Dome into position, ensuring
it is properly seated in the Mounting Foot. Secure
by tightening the two grub screws with the Allen
Key.
9. Should the cable need to be lengthened, use
only RF100 specification cable and high quality
coaxial plugs and couplers which are available
from our Vision Plus Range through our dealers
or directly from ourselves.
Removing the Pinnacle
Dimensions:
Diameter - Antenna Dome
Diameter - Mounting Foot
Height - Overall
Height - No Pinnacle
Height - No Antenna Dome
Power Pack
*
315mm
185mm
280 mm
180 mm
50 mm
115 x 70 x 50mm
Gain figures must not be judged in isolation. A greater figure does
not mean a better picture. Status is designed for optimum
performance
Conforms to the European Directive
89/336/EEC
04-2064/5 Model
04-2064/10 Model
Frequency Range
Amplifier Gain
Gain Adjustment
Flatness
Noise Figure
Output Impedence
Output
Power Supply
Power Consumption
TV lead
5 metres Coaxial cable
10 metres Coaxial cable
UHF 470-860 MHz
VHF 40-230 MHz
FM 88-108 MHz
18 db*
15 db
±
2 db
3 db
75 ohms
98 dbuv
12-24 v DC
35 ma
2 metres
This may be necessary should you wish to reduce
the overall height of the antenna by 90 mm.
1. Simply unscrew the Pinnacle and remove. The
antenna is designed to remain watertight
without the Pinnacle.
2. To replace, simply screw in and tighten BY
HAND.
3. IMPORTANT - The Pinnacle is an integral part
of the antenna and critical to its performance.
When in use always ensure the Pinnacle is fitted.
Removing the Antenna
A permanently fitted Status may be removed if there
are severe height restrictions, leaving only the
Mounting Foot in place.
1. Unplug the antenna from the Power Pack. On
the Adapter loosen the two grub screws and lift
off whilst carefully feeding out the coaxial cable
with plug attached.
2. Push the Blanking Cap supplied into place to
cover the central hole.
Angle Adjustment
Only relevant if Status is mounted on a sloping
surface. Level fixing is very important to ensure
optimum performance.
1. To adjust the angle, remove the Antenna Dome
from the Mounting Foot and turn the Antenna
Dome upside down.
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2. With a screwdriver loosen the Central Bolt,
adjust the Adapter to the desired angle and
re-tighten the central bolt.
5. Screw ‘A’ and ‘D’ together to complete the
assembly.
8. Do not add excessive lengths of coaxial cable,
this will cause increased signal losses.
Should you experience problems please refer to the
information over the page.
OPERATION & GUIDELINES
6. Do not allow the cable to come into contact
with any hot surfaces as this could melt the
air-spaced insulation of the cable.
4. Push on item ‘C’ up to ‘B’ and secure the
central core by tightening the small grub
screw. Be careful not to over tighten, which
could sever the wire.
7. Keep away from fluorescent lighting.
3. Turn on your television set and tune in. This may
be necessary at all new locations.
OMNI DIRECTIONAL TV ANTENNA
5. Do not run coaxial cable next to mains cable,
leave a minimum distance of 120mm to
prevent interference.
FM Radio Connection
Status is designed to receive FM radio when connected
to a car-style radio.
1. This will require a coaxial car radio plug, a coaxial
plug and a length of coaxial cable, which are
available from our Vision Plus Range through our
dealers or directly from ourselves.
2. Assemble the cable and plugs, as described on
the Vision Plus packaging, and route the cable
from the Radio to the Power Pack. Please follow
the points carefully in Routing the Coaxial Cable
and Connecting the Coaxial Plug described
below.
3. Once the cable has been installed, plug into the
‘TV-FM’ socket of the Power Pack and into your
Radio.
Connecting the Coaxial TV Plug
Should the coaxial plug need to be removed, please
note how it comes apart and reassemble as
follows:1. Prepare the cable by removing 16mm of white
outer sheath to expose the braided copper
wire.
2. Next, remove 10mm of the exposed braided
copper wire and the central air-spaced
insulation to expose the single central core.
3. Feed the screw cap ‘A’ and the pronged clamp
‘B’ over the cable. Pull back evenly the copper
braiding over the pronged clamp as shown.
Routing the Coaxial Cable
IMPORTANT – IT IS CRITICAL THAT NONE OF
THE COPPER BRAIDING IS TOUCHING THE
CENTRAL CORE.
Coaxial Cable is quite fragile and must be handled
with care. Please comply with the following, as failure
to do so will severely affect performance.
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1. Should the coaxial plug be removed, it is very
important that it is refitted correctly as described
below.
2. Do not crush, kink or over-bend the coaxial cable
which has a minimum bend radius of 25mm.
3. Any excess cable should be removed and MUST
NOT be coiled.
4. Avoid increasing the number of connections or
breaks in the coaxial cable as they will reduce performance, especially in weak signal areas.
2 YEAR GUARANTEE
UPON PURCHASE, PLEASE CUT OUT THIS SECTION, COMPLETE THE
DETAILS ON THE REVERSE SIDE AND POST TO:
GRADE UK LIMITED
Finch Close
Lenton Lane Industrial Estate
NOTTINGHAM NG7 2NN
MWC
MANU
Travelling
Removing the Antenna
DO NOT TRAVEL:With the Antenna raised
With the Antenna set for vertical signals
With the Telescopics extended
When travelling adjust the antenna so that it points
to the rear of the vehicle to reduce the possibility of
damage when travelling.
The RED SPOT on the bottom of the mast
indicates the front of the Antenna.
A permanently fitted Status can be easily removed
leaving only the Mounting Foot and rubber gaiter.
1. Unplug the antenna from the Power Pack.
2. Loosen the Mast Locking Collar and Wall
Bracket* and lift off whilst feeding out the
mast and cable.
3. Push the Blanking Cap supplied into place.
IMPORTANT - The Blanking Cap is a temporary
seal and is not recommended for long term
use.
Operating the System
DIRECTIONAL
TELEVISION & FM RADIO ANTENNA
Dimensions:
Antenna Dome Length
530mm
Width-telescopics in 340mm
width-telescopics out 1045mm
Mounting Foot Diameter
122mm
Height
Overall
150 mm
Height
No Antenna Dome 50 mm
Power Pack
115 x 70 x 50mm
*
Gain figures must not be judged in isolation. A greater figure does
not mean a better picture. Status is designed for optimum
performance
Conforms to the European Directive
89/336/EEC
*
Frequency Range
Antenna Forward Gain
Amplifier Gain
Gain Adjustment
Flatness
Noise Figure
Output Impedence
Output
Power Supply
Power Consumption
TV lead
UHF 470-860 MHz
VHF 40 -230 MHz
FM 88 -108 MHz
7db
18 db*
15 db
±
1.5 db
3 db
75 ohms
98 dbuv
12-24 v DC
35 ma
2 metres
Firstly determine the approximate location of the
nearest transmitter and whether the signals are
horizontally or vertically polarised. For assistance ask
your site operator or check other antennas in the
vicinity.
1. Loosen the Mast Locking Collar and Wall Bracket*
and raise the antenna. Turn the mast to direct
the Antenna towards the TV transmitter.
The RED SPOT on the bottom of the mast
indicates the front of the Antenna.
2. When receiving vertically polarised signals,
rotate the Winder anti-clockwise to cant the
antenna through 900. DO NOT over tighten or
use undue force on the winder.
DO NOT cant for vertically polarised signals with
the TELESCOPICS EXTENDED
3. Switch ON the Power Pack and the red LED will
illuminate.
4. Check the gain control switch is set to normal ‘NML’. See Problem 2, over the page for use.
5. Tune your Television into the strongest signal.
You may need to adjust the direction of the
mast to achieve the best picture quality.
6. Secure by tightening the Mast Locking Collar
and Wall Bracket*.
VHF Television Reception (Overseas Only)
12 - 24vDC
1. Extend the two telescopic antennas.
2. Tune your Television into the strongest signal.
You may need to adjust the direction of the
Antenna to achieve the best picture quality.
3. For fine tuning of VHF you may also need to
adjust the length of the telescopics.
IMPORTANT – VHF TV transmissions are ONLY
horizontally polarised.
FM Radio Connection
Status is designed to receive FM radio when
connected to a car-style radio.
1. This will require a coaxial car radio plug, a
coaxial plug and a length of coaxial cable,
which are available from our Vision Plus Range.
2. Once the cable has been installed, plug into
the ‘TV-FM’ socket of the Power Pack and into
your Radio.
IMPORTANT – You DO NOT need to extend the
telescopics for FM radio reception.
Routing the Coaxial cable
Coaxial Cable is quite fragile and must be handled
with care. Please comply with the following as
failure to do so will severely affect performance.
1. Should the coaxial plug be removed, it is very
important that it is refitted correctly as described
below.
2. Do not crush, kink or over-bend the coaxial cable
which has a minimum bend radius of 25mm.
3. Any excess cable should be removed and MUST
NOT be coiled.
4. Avoid increasing the number of connections or
breaks in the coaxial cable as they will reduce
performance, especially in weak signal areas.
5. Do not run coaxial cable next to mains cable,
leave a minimum distance of 120mm to prevent
interference.
6. Do not allow the cable to come into contact with
any hot surfaces as this could melt the air-spaced
insulation of the cable.
7. Keep away from fluorescent lighting.
8. When installing the coaxial cable, Do not feed
through by pulling on the coaxial plug.
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9. Do not add excessive lengths of coaxial
cable.This will result in increased signal losses
and a reduction in picture quality.
10. Should the cable need to be lengthened, use
only RF100 specification cable and high
quality coaxial plugs and couplers which are
available from our Vision Plus range through
our dealers or directly from ourselves.
Connecting the Coaxial TV Plug
Should the coaxial plug need to be removed,
please note how it comes apart and reassemble
as follows:1. Prepare the cable by removing 16mm of
white outer sheath to expose the braided
copper wire.
2. Next, remove 10mm of the exposed braided
copper wire and the central air-spaced
insulation to expose the single central core.
3. Feed the screw cap ‘A’ and the pronged clamp
‘B’ over the cable. Pull back evenly the copper
braiding over the pronged clamp as shown
below.
IMPORTANT – IT IS CRITICAL THAT NONE OF
THE COPPER BRAIDING IS TOUCHING THE
CENTRAL CORE.
4. Push on item ‘C’ up to ‘B’ and secure the
central core by tightening the small grub
screw. Be careful not to over tighten, which
could sever the wire.
5. Screw ‘A’ and ‘D’ together to complete the
assembly wire.
* Wall Bracket is only supplied
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with the long mast model
2 YEAR GUARANTEE
UPON PURCHASE, PLEASE CUT OUT THIS SECTION, COMPLETE THE
DETAILS ON THE REVERSE SIDE AND POST TO:
GRADE UK LIMITED
Finch Close
Lenton Lane Industrial Estate
NOTTINGHAM NG7 2NN
530
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FAULT
FAULTFINDING
FINDING
The following are some of the key areas we suggest
you check which generally solve the most common
problems encountered with the operation of the
Status antenna.
Coaxial Plugs
It is critical that all coaxial plugs in the system are fitted
correctly. Using the diagram and procedure described
over the page, please check each individual plug
ensuring it is wired correctly. Secondly please ensure
only quality plugs have been used.
Coaxial Cable
COMMON INTERFERENCE PROBLEMS & POSSIBLE REMEDIES
illuminates the fault lies with either the coaxial plug or
the coaxial cable, please refer to these areas described
earlier.
If the LED is still not lit, contact our office for further
assistance.
Short Hook Up Test
This test isolates parts of your system leaving only the
TV and the Status antenna linked directly together.
Firstly, unplug the coaxial plugs from the ‘TV-FM’
sockets of the Power Pack which will be connected to
a TV outlet socket.
Sharp bends, kinks and hot surfaces can easily damage
coaxial cable and should be avoided. An inspection of
the cable routing is recommended to ensure all is correct.
Coaxial cable, if placed in close proximity to electrical
cables, transformers or other pieces of electrical
equipment, may pick up electrical interference causing
picture quality to deteriorate, especially in poor
reception areas. Excess cable should be removed and
NOT coiled as this may cause picture distortion.
With your TV fly lead, connect your TV direct to the
Power Pack, plugging into one of the ‘TV-FM’ sockets.
Gain Control Switch
Antenna Dome Coaxial Cable
This switch should be set to the normal ‘NML’ position
for general use. The Low setting may be used when
situated close to TV transmitters where strong signals
may be affecting the quality of the picture. (see
Interference 2).
Red LED Light
Should the red LED on the Power Pack not light, first
try unplugging the cable connected to the Antenna
Dome from the ‘ANT-IN’ socket. If the LED then
Ensure the antenna dome is plugged directly into the
‘ANT-IN’ socket of the Power Pack and switch on.
Tune in your TV for the strongest signal.
If the picture quality is improved the fault lies with
the wiring of the system between the Power Pack and
the TV outlet socket.
Check the routing of the coaxial cable from the
Antenna Dome to the Power Pack. Check to ensure
there are no kinks or trapped cable or if there are
loops of surplus cable which could be affecting
performance.
This is the type of picture you will see when the TV signal is reflected from something in your
locality. The ‘something’ may be a local building or landmark. Your antenna is receiving both the
direct signal and the reflected signal from the same transmitter.
Remedy
This produces a ‘Snowy’ picture which can be caused if you are too far away from the TV
transmitter, such as in a remote area, positioned in a valley, or if there is a building, hill or other
obstruction blocking the signal.
Each TV transmitter has a defined service area where reception will be good. Beyond that
boundary is a ‘fringe’ area where the TV signal will be weaker and the reception quality poorer.
2. TV Signal too strong
The above pictures demonstrate a typical example of electrical interference. This type of
interference is commonly caused by electrical appliances, such as fans, electric shavers,
fluorescent lights. Other forms of interference can produce a zig-zag pattern similar to that
described in Interference 2 which may be caused by inverters, charging units etc.
Should you still be experiencing difficulties and require
assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Purchase Date
Dealer Name
Your Name
Address
Address
Remedy
Check the points covered in Fault Finding. In some instances, this type of interference can be
overcome by switching off the relevant appliances.
This can produce severe picture distortion like a zig-zag style pattern. This can be caused when
you are too close to a transmitter or picking up strong radio transmissions from another source
such as CB radio. Also electrical interference can cause similar effects (see Interference 4 below).
Remedy
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Turn the Gain Control Switch on the Power Pack to ‘LO’. Secondly check the points covered in
Fault Finding.
Postcode
4. Electrical Interference
Firstly determine whether you are in a poor reception area. Secondly check the points covered in
Fault Finding .
Customer Help Line
Serial Number
Adjust the direction of the Antenna or try to move to a better position away from the
obstruction. Unfortunately it may not always be possible to isolate Directional antennas from the
cause of the problem.
Remedy
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(Located on reverse of Power Pack)
3. Ghosting
1. Weak TV Signal
GRADE UK LIMITED
Finch Close, Lenton Lane Industrial Estate,
NOTTINGHAM NG7 2NN
Tel: 0115 986 7151. Fax: 0115 986 7011
email: [email protected]
www.gradeuk.co.uk
Care & Maintenance
CARE OF YOUR
MOTORHOME
This section of the guide is devoted to the
care, cleaning and general preservation
of your motorhome in order to retain its
showroom condition.
CLEANING
Under no circumstances should an
abrasive or harsh cleaner be used. Do not
use a pressure wash as this can disturb
mastic seals.
Exterior Painted Body Part of the exterior
of your motorhome, usually the side walls,
is acrylic finished aluminium, which is
extremely durable and easy to clean. It is
recommended that a proprietary brand
wash and wax shampoo with plenty of
cold water is used.
GLASS FIBRE REINFORCED PLASTIC
GRP is a light, durable and astonishingly
tough constructional material which can
be fabricated into all manner of products.
It may be translucent, opaque or
coloured, flat or shaped, thin or thick.
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The exposed surface of a GRP
component on a motorhome is always a
gel coat surface. This gives the laminate
its colour and surface finish. The gel coats
used are made to the highest standards
to give optimum performance in gloss
retention and UV stability. GRP
components need to be washed, waxed
and taken care of like a car. Chemicals
and dirt can collect during storage, and
the gel coat can be stained or marked
when chemicals combine with rain or
dew. Most stains or marks can be
removed
with
mild
dishwashing
detergent, but more stubborn marks may
require a (fine grit) rubbing compound
such as T-cut.
To help keep your GRP components
looking almost like new, it is wise to wash
the parts monthly (or more frequently)
using mild dishwashing detergent, but
avoid using strong alkaline (e.g. trisodium phosphate) or acidic cleaners or
abrasives. Waxing the components once
or twice a year with a good grade paste
wax will help to maintain the colour and
finish.
A significant benefit of using GRP
components is the ability to repair most
scratches or damage that may be inflicted
upon the panel. GRP components are
tough, but like any other products they
can be damaged. Excessive pressure or
impact to the face or reverse of the
component can cause the gel coat to
crack. This does not mean the entire
panel is
damaged and the standard
industry method of dealing with such a
crack is to apply a minor repair.
Any scratches or nicks that occur in
normal use can usually be removed with
rubbing compound. If the scratch is too
deep, then (fine grade) wet sandpaper
may be used followed by rubbing
compound and finally wax.
One of the characteristics of GRP is the
way light may be transmitted through the
component. If the component is viewed
from the gel coat side it will appear
opaque and of a solid colour. However, if
viewed from the reverse side with a strong
light source behind the laminate, some
light will be transmitted. This is normal for
components of this thickness.
ACRYLIC WINDOWS
Your motorhome is fitted with shatter
resistant acrylic windows. To preserve
their
clarity
and
unblemished
transparency it is essential that the
following cleaning instructions are strictly
adhered to:
Road grit, dust, sand, flies, lime tree
secretions, bird droppings etc., should be
washed off using plenty of cold water. Any
remaining dirt should be washed off using
a soft cloth and warm water. Under NO
circumstances should any abrasive
cleaning agents, household detergents or
proprietary cleaning fluids be used.
Wash the window again using only cold
water and dry off with a chamois leather.
PLEASE NOTE:
Should scratches appear on the
acrylic windows these can often be
removed with an acrylic polish, i.e. ICI
perspex polish. Gentle polishing with
a liquid metal polish, i.e. Brasso may
also have the desired effect – consult
your retailer BEFORE attempting to
remove any but the slightest scratch.
ABS - WHEEL SPATS & PANELS
To preserve the appearance of all ABS
panels and fittings road grit, dust, sand,
flies, lime tree secretions, bird droppings
etc., should be washed off using plenty of
cold water. Any remaining dirt should be
washed off using a soft cloth and warm
water. Under NO circumstances should
any abrasive cleaning agents, household
detergents or proprietary cleaning fluids
be used.
Wash the ABS material again using only
cold water and dry off
PLEASE NOTE:
Under no circumstances should
alcohol, spirit or solvent-based liquids
be used on GRP or ABS plastic panels
as these substances may react with
the material and cause visible
damage.
INTERIOR WALLS
Your motorhome interior walls will only
require a wipe over with a damp cloth,
using a mild detergent, to keep them in a
‘showroom’ condition.
FURNITURE
Treat your motorhome furniture as you
would the furniture in your home. Polish
wood surfaces sparingly with a good
quality wax or spray polish. Use a damp
cloth to clean melanate laminated
surfaces.
CARPETS, UPHOLSTERY AND
CURTAINS
Vacuum clean carpets and upholstery to
ensure a long life. Marks on cushions can
be removed using a mild upholstery
shampoo with the
minimum of water.
Curtains should be dry cleaned only.
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SHOWER ROOM AND WASH BASIN
FITTINGS
These should be cleaned using a non
abrasive household cleaner.
Always put the cold water into the hand
basin before adding the hot in order to
preserve the finish of the thermoplastic
formed basin.
WATER SYSTEMS
The water systems, and in particular
storage tanks, in motorhomes are
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susceptible to contamination by bacteria
if care is not taken with their use and
cleaning. The symptoms caused by
bacterial contamination are not purely
limited to gastro-intestinal diseases, but
may also manifest themselves as ear,
nose, throat, eye or skin infections. It is
therefore important that you carry out the
following procedure prior to using the
motorhome each time, even if you boil or
filter all water you use for drinking.
WATER CONTAINERS
1. All water remaining in any water
container should be disposed of so
that the container is empty.
2. The outside of external water containes
should be thoroughly cleansed and
washed down to remove any dirt, dust
or other contaminant. Water at a
suitably hot temperature containing an
appropriate
detergent
is
recommended for this purpose. Water
should then be put into the container,
swirled round, then emptied out.
3. All containers should then be totally
filled with water containing an
appropriate disinfectant / sterilant
solution and allowed to stand for the
recommended contact time (e.g.
Milton for 15 minutes).
4. The solution should be emptied from
the container.
5. The opening of the any container
should be cleaned thoroughly with an
appropriate
pre-prepared
wipe
impregnated with a disinfectant /
sterilant.
6. External containers should be inverted
whilst stored overnight (if possible).
7. Containers must be filled with mains
water only and mains water only
should be used for the above cleaning
procedure.
8. On no account should garden hoses
be used to fill water tanks.
WATER SYSTEMS
1. Drain down the system. (Open all taps
to allow air in, enabling the system to
drain quickly.) See Index - Draining
Down The Water System.
2. Remove any water filters fitted, and
replace with a short length of hose or
empty filter cartridge (this will ensure
the filter is not affected by the
disinfectant/sterilant solution).
3. Fill the system by using the pump with
a disinfectant/sterilant solution. (Check
that the solution at full strength
appears at all taps/showers). Allow to
stand for the recommended period of
time.
4. Drain the system down completely.
5. Thoroughly clean the outside of all
taps/connectors with a cloth soaked in
the disinfectant/sterilant.
6. Flush the system through with clean
drinking water until no traces of
disinfectant/sterilant can be detected
at any tap.
7. Replace the filter.
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Suitable sterilising chemicals are available
from your Explorer Group Retailer,
accessory shop, chemists, or home-brew
shops. It is not, however, recommended
to use bleach or sodium metabisulphide.
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Storage
STORAGE
If the motorhome is to be stored for any
length of time, especially over the winter
period, the following operations are
recommended:
Remove all linens, blankets, cushions,
clothes, mattresses, etc. which could be
affected by damp conditions. Clean the
motorhome inside and out as detailed in
the previous section.
Drain the water system (see index).
Ensure all windows, roof lights and doors
are correctly fastened. Check fixed
ventilation apertures are not obstructed.
Check that the site you have chosen to
store the motorhome is open, fairly high
and dry and if possible not exposed to
gales etc. If this proves impossible it is
recommended that the motorhome
chassis is anchored to the ground.
Jack up the motorhome (use bottle or
screw jack, do NOT use the corner
steadies) so that the wheels are clear of
the ground. Support the motorhome axle
with wooden blocks, axle stands or similar
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so that when the jacks are removed the
wheels remain clear of the ground. Lower
the corner steadies to 'just' site the
motorhome. Cover the tyres to prevent
deterioration. Release the handbrake
Security: Lowering and locking the corner
steadies and removing the wheels
reduces the risk of motorhome theft.
MOTORHOME COVERS
Motorhome covers may be used to
protect your new Explorer Group
Motorhome provided that the cover used
is of a breathable type. Ensure that the
point of the status aerial is removed and
that the cover is well tied down. Your
motorhome must be ventilated every 4 to
6 weeks if it is to be stored with a cover in
place.
POWER DRAIN
"In order to reduce any drain on your
Leisure Battery while your motorhome is
being stored you should ensure that the
Main control switch on the Refrigerator is
set to the 0 position
Note: Do not work under the motorhome
unless the corner steadies are down
and/or the axle is fully supported.
Warranty
WARRANTY
3-YEAR MANUFACTURER'S
WARRANTY
Subject to the following conditions, your
motorhome is supplied with a
manufacturer's warranty for 3 years from
the original date of purchase, at no
additional cost to you the customer.
We sincerely hope you will never have
cause to complain about your
motorhome. However, if you do have a
problem then please contact your retailer
so they can report this through our
warranty system. We are confident they
will do their utmost to resolve any
problems to your complete satisfaction.
The retailer from whom the motorhome is
purchased is liable for warranty repairs.
Any other approved retailer or Service
Centre may carry out work at his own
convenience and/or discretion, but is not
obliged to do so.
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PARTS COVERED BY THIS
WARRANTY FOR YEARS 1 - 3
Subject to the specific exclusions in years
2 and 3 set out below all original
components of the motorhome, including
permanently fitted equipment, forming
part of the manufacturer's original
specification.
SPECIFIC EXCLUSIONS FOR
YEARS 2 & 3
Tyres, batteries, plastic windows, glass,
exterior paint work, bright work and all
similar trim and finish, soft furnishings,
carpets and floor coverings.
Entertainment/communication systems
and connected equipment. Adjustment of
blinds, hinges, catches, stays and doors.
Replacement bulbs, fluorescent tubes,
fuses and electrical connections; GRP,
ABS and PVC products including wheel
spats and shower trays.
Natural movement of internal doors and
furniture. Normal wear and tear/servicing
items and other components subject to
routine maintenance.
EXPLORER GROUP 3-YEAR
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY IS
SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING
CONDITIONS:
1. The duration of the warranty is 36
months from the original date of
purchase.
2. That the original construction of the
motorhome has not been tampered
with or repaired other than by Explorer
Group or an approved retailer or
Service Centre.
3. That an "annual" service, damp and
safety check has been carried out by
an approved retailer or Service
Centre. The first service is due 60
days either side of the anniversary of
the original date of purchase. The
interval between services must not
exceed 14 months.
4. That original VAT service invoices are
retained as proof that annual service
and inspections have been carried
out.
5. No work should be commenced
under the terms of the warranty unless
prior authorisation is obtained from
Explorer Group.
6. Explorer Group reserves the right to
inspect the motorhome before any
work commences.
7. No liability will be accepted for
damage caused by fair wear and tear,
wilful damage, negligence, abnormal
working conditions, intrusion of
foreign or harmful matter, overheating, freezing, failure to follow
Explorer Group instructions, misuse
or alteration or repair of the
motorhome without Explorer Group
prior approval.
8. Motorhomes covered by this warranty
shall not be put out to hire, reward, or
any other commercial use or used in
any timed race.
9. That the motorhome shall be used
only for its ordinary and intended
purpose and shall not be subjected to
any condition which could reasonably
be foreseen to cause or result in
damage or excessive wear and tear.
10. That no liability arises from this
warranty for transport costs to and
from the place of remedial work or
consequential cost relating to
transportation. No liability arises out
of this warranty for any indirect,
special or consequential loss or
damage (whether for loss of profit,
use, contract, goodwill, or otherwise),
costs, expenses or other claims for
compensation howsoever arising.
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11. No liability will be accepted for any
accidental or fire damage or any loss
incurred by accident or fire.
12. The unexpired period of the 3-year
warranty is assignable to second and
subsequent owners during the 3-year
period.
The new owner should
contact Explorer Group with proof of
ownership, service history and their
payment of £25 to have their details
recorded in our database.
This warranty does not affect the
purchaser's statutory rights.
This warranty shall be governed and
construed in accordance with the laws of
England and the parties irrevocably
submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the
courts of England.
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Code of Practice - Water Ingress
CODE OF PRACTICE WATER INGRESS
At Explorer we want our customers to be
sure that, in buying one of our
motorhomes, you are buying the very
best. We would like you to continue to
believe this for a long time after you have
made your purchase.
We are confident that our new
motorhomes, built with innovative
manufacturing techniques and tested
materials, make water ingress concerns
unnecessary.
We are so confident of our new
motorhomes that we follow a 'Code of
Practice' which gives certain guarantees
to our customers, both consumers and
retailers, of financial reimbursement for
remedial work costs should problems
occur.
THE CODE
The code applies to all new Explorer
Group products manufactured after 1st
September 1998.
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All customers with documentary proof of
annual services by an approved Explorer
Group retailer or Service Centre, will be
paid in full for the costs of remedial work
due to water ingress. This is valid for up to
5 years from the original date of purchase
of a new product.
Customers without a full service history
may receive up to 100% of the costs of
remedial work for water ingress damage
in year 2 of ownership, up to 75% in year
3, up to 50% in year 4 and up to 25% in
year 5. Each case will be examined on its
own merit. Explorer will decide the
amount of contribution towards the
remedial work costs.
Customers exchanging their current
Explorer Group model for a new Explorer
Group model will not have the value of
their part exchange reduced due to
potential water ingress issues, providing
that there is documentary evidence that
the motorhome has been annually
serviced and that it is less than 5 years
old.
CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THE CODE
• Work may only be undertaken after
approval by Explorer (depending upon
individual circumstances).
• Explorer will pay the costs of remedial
work, only after approved work has
been carried out.
• The Code is not retrospective.
Motorhomes traded-in prior to
implementation of the Code are not
covered.
• In the case of dispute, The Caravan
Club will agree with Explorer, the
appointment of an independent
arbitrator. Explorer Group will pay for
the costs of arbitration subject to the
consumer paying a £100 deposit.
• If the arbitrator finds in favour of the
customer, then the deposit will be
returned. If the arbitrator finds in favour
of Explorer, the customer will lose their
deposit.
• Where the arbitrator awards a sum of
money less than an offer made by
Explorer Group, which has already
been rejected by the customer, then
their deposit is forfeited.
• The arbitrator's decision is final and
both parties must agree to abide by the
decision.
Customer Obligation - Servicing
SERVICING
It is a condition of your warranty that your
motorhome must have an annual
habitation service, damp and safety
check and this should be carried out by
an Explorer Group approved retailer or
Service Centre, in accordance with NCC
guidelines. Proof of this will be required in
the event of a warranty claim.
Failure to do so will invalidate your
warranty.
The first service is due 60 days either side
of the anniversary of the original date of
purchase. The interval from purchase
date to the first service and the intervals
between services must not exceed 14
months.
Your motorhome requires servicing for
safety, efficiency and to protect the
investment you have made. Whether the
motorhome is used for short trips or
continental long range touring, regular
servicing is necessary and will ensure
continued enjoyment of your motorhome.
Your retailer will carry out your service
using the latest techniques and
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equipment (a list of the items to be
inspected, tested and adjusted appears
on the Service Vouchers at the rear of this
handbook), and should provide you with
the service document as proof of regular
maintenance.
As with motor vehicle service documents,
not only will the proof of regular servicing
enhance your motorhome resale value,
but in the unlikely event of any defect
appearing at some later date - a properly
serviced and documented motorhome
history will enable your retailer to rapidly
assess and, where appropriate, carry out
the necessary remedial work.
PLEASE NOTE:
It is recommended that the base
vehicle is serviced in accordance with
the manufacturer’s instructions as
contained in the vehicle handbook.
MAINS ELECTRICS
It is recommended that you have your
Mains Electrics System inspected by an
NICEIC approved contractor every
3 years.
SPARE PARTS
Should you require any replacement parts
for your motorhome it is necessary that
you contact the retailer from whom you
purchased the motorhome or any
Explorer Group approved retailer and give
the following information which will help in
identifying the required component:
a) Model and make of motorhome
b) VIN number
c) Description of required part
ALL PARTS MUST BE ORDERED AND
SUPPLIED THROUGH AN APPROVED
RETAILER.
REMEDIAL WORK
Explorer together with its suppliers, are
continually
undertaking
extensive
research into testing, remedial work
procedures and materials such as
sealants, adhesives, gaskets and tapes.
Therefore if for any reason your new
motorhome is damaged or requires
remedial work then only an approved
Explorer Group Retailer or Service Centre
should undertake such work.
All such work should be undertaken using
only approved Explorer Group genuine
parts recommended sealant and
following Explorer Group procedures.
Explorer will also undertake to supply
certain specialist repairers with the
necessary spare parts. In this case, your
selected repairer must contact the PARTS
DEPARTMENT with all enquiries.
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Motorhome Construction - Main Components
MAIN COMPONENTS
The following is a brief description of the
main components used in your
motorhome.
More
comprehensive
descriptions can be found in the
equipment manufacturers literature held
in the Owner's Information Pack.
BODY SHELL
Motorhome bodies are constructed from
the highest quality materials. The floor is
constructed from a W B P plywood
sandwich, impregnated with anti- damp
and rot compounds and adhesives.
The walls comprise an insulated foam
sandwich having pre-coated aluminium
exterior surface and vinyl coated plywood
interior finish. Wooden framing is
positioned within the sandwich to add
strength.
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The very latest 'state of the art' presses are
employed to produce the extremely well
insulated, robust, yet lightweight sections.
Windows are all of a double glazed acrylic
construction and the door frames are
extruded aluminium. The gas bottle locker
is an integral moulded glass fibre or
acrylic capped ABS
construction for
strength and lightness.
Awnings which employ rubber sucker
attachments rather than screw fixings are
recommended.
On NO account should screw threads
longer than 5/8th inch (15mm) be
permitted to enter the shell sandwich
(from inside). Ensure that all screws are of
the self tapping type.
No screw or any other object should be
permitted to enter the ceiling of your new
motorhome.
THERMAL INSULATION AND
HEATING CLASSIFICATION
All motorhomes manufactured by the
Explorer Group Limited are classified as
Grade 2, in accordance with BSEN 1645
part 1, for thermal Insulation and heating.
This will allow the Interior temperature to
be maintained at 20°C when the exterior
ambient temperature is 0°C.
Equipment Lists
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AUTOQUEST/AVANTGARDE
AUTOCIRRUS/CALYPSO
FRIDGE
RM7270
FRIDGE
RM7271
HEATER
TRUMA S 3002P PIEZO
HEATER
TRUMA S 3002A AUTO
INTERNAL BLOWN AIR SYST
(OPTION ONLY) TRUMA ULTRAHEAT
INTERNAL BLOWN AIR SYST
TRUMA ULTRAHEAT
WATER HEATER
TRUMA ULTRASTORE 10LTR
WATER HEATER
TRUMA ULTRASTORE 10LTR
SINK & DRAINER
SPINFLO TOP FIX
SINK & DRAINER
SPINFLO ARGENT
OVEN UNIT
(OPTION ONLY) CAPRICE 20 20
OVEN UNIT
MIDI PRIMA
HOB UNIT
20 20 MINI GRILL
HOB UNIT
SPINFLO ARGENT
TAPS KITCHEN
REICH PELIKAN
TAPS KITCHEN
REICH TREND
SHOWER EQUIPMENT
REICH AT MIXER
SHOWER EQUIPMENT
REICH AT MIXER
TAPS VANITY
REICH KAMA (RETRACTABLE)
TAPS VANITY
REICH TREND
WATER FILTER/PUMP
SUBMERSIBLE / COMET
WATER FILTER/PUMP
UNIVERSAL
LIGHTS 12V CEILING/LOCKER
CROWN / LUMO
LIGHTS 12V CEILING/LOCKER
CROWN / LUMO / NOVA
LIGHTS 12V READING
EYEBALL
LIGHTS 12V READING
ZOE EYEBALL
CONTROL PANELS
BCA
CONTROL PANELS
CBE PC-200
ELECTRIC FITTINGS
CLIPSAL BEIGE
ELECTRIC FITTINGS
CBE / CLIPSAL
CASSETTE BLINDS
SEITZ
CASSETTE BLINDS
SEITZ
TOILET
STD ROTATABLE / CASSETTE
TOILET
ROTATABLE C200 CWE
BATTERY CHARGER
BCA
BATTTERY CHARGER
CBE
(AVANTGARDE)
BLACK
(AUTOQUEST)
AUTOSTRATUS/CASTAWAY
FRIDGE
RM7291
HEATER
TRUMA S 3002A AUTO
INTERNAL BLOWN AIR SYST
TRUMA ULTRAHEAT
WATER HEATER
TRUMA ULTRASTORE 10LTR
SINK & DRAINER
SPINFLO ARGENT
OVEN UNIT
MIDI PRIMA
HOB UNIT
SPINFLO ARGENT
TAPS KITCHEN
REICH TREND
SHOWER EQUIPMENT
REICH AT MIXER
TAPS VANITY
REICH TREND
WATER FILTER/PUMP
UNIVERSAL
LIGHTS 12V CEILING/LOCKER
CROWN / LUMO / NOVA
LIGHTS 12V READING
MICRO LIGHTS
CONTROL PANELS
CBE PC-200
ELECTRIC FITTINGS
CBE / CLIPSAL
CASSETTE BLINDS
SEITZ
TOILET
ROTATABLE C200 CWE
BATTTERY CHARGER
CBE
Equipment Lists
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
AUTOQUEST
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
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AVANTGARDE
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
AUTOCIRRUS
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
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CALYPSO
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
AUTOSTRATUS
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Electrical Wiring Diagrams 12V & 230V
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Technical Specifications
AUTOQUEST/AVANTGARDE TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 2005
STANDARD ENGINE SIZE
100
200
Base Vehicle
No. of Berths/Designated Passenger Seats
Overall Exterior Length
Overall Width incl. Wing Mirrors
Overall Body Width
Overall Height
Maximum Internal Headroom
Maximum Interior Width
Tyre Size: Standard Tyre
Tyre Pressure
Front/Rear
Bed Sizes
PEUGEOT (290SWB) 2.0HDi
4/3
5490mm (18’0”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
195/70/ R 15C
44psi/44psi
O/Cab Double
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
1860 x 1190mm
(6’1” x 3’10”)
PEUGEOT (290 SWB) 2.0HDi
4/1
5490mm (18’0”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
195/70/ R 15C
44psi/44psi
O/Cab Double
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
2070 x 1420mm
(6’9.5” x 4’8”)
300
PEUGEOT (290 MWB) 2.0HDi
5/3
5910mm (19’5”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
O/Cab Double
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
1860 x 1190mm
(6’1” x 3’11”)
1 x Single
1830 x 680mm
(6’ x 2’3”)
400
400RL
PEUGEOT (290 MWB) 2.0HDi
4/1
5910mm (19’5”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
O/Cab Double
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
2070 x 1240mm
(6’9.5” x 4’1”)
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
2900kgs (56.9cwt)
2421kgs (47.55cwt)
103kgs (2.02cwt)
479kgs (9.4cwt)
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
1650kgs (32.41cwt)
3200kgs (62.9cwt)
2533kgs (49.8cwt)
103kgs (2.02cwt)
667kgs (13.1cwt)
PEUGEOT (290 MWB) 2.0HDi
4/1
5910mm (19’5”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
O/Cab Double plus
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
2070 x 1800mm
(6’9.5” x 5’11”) or
1 x Single
1800 x 700mm
(5’11” x 2’3.5”)
1 x Single
1880 x 700mm
(6’2” x 2’3.5”)
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
1650kgs (32.41cwt)
3200kgs (62.9cwt)
2600kgs (51.2cwt)
103kgs (2.02cwt)
600kgs (11.8cwt)
Maximum Front Axle Weight
Maximum Rear Axle Weight
M.T.P.L.M.
Mass in Running Order
Essential Habitation Equipment
Maximum User Payload
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
1600kgs (31.4cwt)
2900kgs (56.9cwt)
2421kgs (47.55cwt)
103kgs (2.02cwt)
479kgs (9.4cwt)
OPTIONAL INCREASED ENGINE SIZE
Tyre Size: Optional Specification Tyre
Tyre Pressure
Front/Rear
Maximum Front Axle Weight
Maximum Rear Axle Weight
M.T.P.L.M.
Mass in Running Order
Maximum User Payload
PEUGEOT (330SWB) 2.2HDi
PEUGEOT (330SWB) 2.2HDi
PEUGEOT (330MWB) 2.2HDi PEUGEOT (330MWB) 2.2HDi
PEUGEOT (330MWB) 2.2HDi
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2483kgs (48.77cwt)
917kgs (18.01cwt)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2483kgs (48.77cwt)
917kgs (18.01cwt)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2595kgs (50.97cwt)
805kgs (15.81cwt)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2662kgs (52.28cwt)
738kgs (14.49cwt)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2662kgs (52.28cwt)
738kgs (14.49cwt)
3 % has been added to Mass in Running Order to calculate the Maximum User Payload.
Maximum User Payload includes Essential Habitation Equipment, Personal Effects, Optional Equipment and the Conventional Load.
Note 1: Please take care to ensure that you have allowed for the masses of all items you intend to carry in the motorcaravan.
Note 2: Warning under no circumstances must the the Maximum Technical Permissable Laden Mass of the motorcaravan be exceeded.
All data is calculated using metric weights and measurements. The imperial figures quoted are conversions thereof.
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1600kgs (31.4cwt)
1650kgs (32.41cwt)
3200kgs (62.9cwt)
2600kgs (51.2cwt)
103kgs (2.02cwt)
600kgs (11.8cwt)
600
PEUGEOT (330 MWB) 2.2HDi
6/5
6215m (20’5”)
2530mm (8’3.5”)
2200mm (7’2.5”)
2895mm (9’6”)
2145mm (7’.5”)
2074mm (6’9.5”)
215/70/ R 15C
66psi/66psi
O/Cab Double
2085 x 1200mm
(6’10” x 4’)
1 x Double
1972 x 1215mm
(6’5.5” x 4’)
1 x Single
1830 x 610mm
(6’ x 2’)
1 x Single
1830 x 610mm
(6’ x 2’)
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2617kgs (52.46cwt)
144kgs (2.82cwt)
783kgs (15.38cwt)
CALYPSO/CASTAWAY TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 2005
CALYPSO
Base Vehicle
Base Vehicle Spec.
Chassis Convertion
Extra Suspension
Upgraded Tyres
No. of Berths/Designated Passenger Seats
Exterior Length
Overall Width incl. Wing Mirrors
Overall Width
Overall Height
Maximum Headroom
Interior Width
Tyre Size
Tyre Pressure
Front
Rear
Bed Sizes
Maximum Front Axle Weight
Maximum Rear Axle Weight
M.T.P.L.M.
Mass in Running Order
Essential Habitation Equipment
Maximum User Payload
PEUGEOT (330) 2.2HDI
3300kg MWB Camping Car 3400kg
N/A
Yes (Camping Car)
Yes (Camping Car)
4/3
6180mm (20’3.5”)
2690mm (8’10”)
2360mm (7’9”)
2990mm (9’10”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/70R/15C
60psi
66psi
1 x Double
1872mm x 1215mm
(6’1.5” x 4’)
1 x Luton Double
2200 x 1290mm
(7’2.5” x 4’3”)
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2870kgs (56.37cwt)
136kgs (2.67cwt)
540kgs (10.6cwt)
CASTAWAY RG
PEUGEOT (350LWB) 2.8HDi
3850kg MWB with Alko Extention
Alko
No
No
4/1
7350mm (24’1.5”)
2680mm (8’9”)
2400mm (7’10.5”)
2850mm (9’4”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/75R/16C
66psi
66psi
1 x Double
2136 x 1142mm
(7’0” x 3’9”)
1 x Fixed Double
2110 x 1330mm
(6’11” x 4’4.5”)
1850kgs (36.33cwt)
2120kgs (41.64cwt)
3850kgs (75.62cwt)
3300kgs (64.82cwt)
132kgs (2.59cwt)
550kgs (10.8cwt)
CASTAWAY FB
PEUGEOT (350LWB) 2.8HDi
3850kg MWB with Alko Extention
Alko
No
No
4/1
7350mm (24’1.5”)
2680mm (8’9”)
2400mm (7’10.5”)
2850mm (9’4”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/75R/16C
66psi
66psi
1 x Double
2136 x 1447mm
(7’0” x 4’9”)
1 x Fixed Double
1860 x 1300mm
(6’1” x 4’3”)
1850kgs (36.33cwt)
2120kgs (41.64cwt)
3850kgs (75.62cwt)
3292kgs (64.66cwt)
132kgs (2.59cwt)
558kgs (10.96cwt)
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Explorer Group 2005 Motorhome Handbook
With a High-Line option please add 48kgs to the Mass In Running Order, reduce the Maximum User Payload by 28kgs and reduce the Optional Payload by 68kg.
3 % has been added to Mass in Running Order to calculate the Maximum User Payload.
Maximum User Payload includes Essential Habitation Equipment, Personal Effects, Optional Equipment and the Conventional Load.
Note 1: Please take care to ensure that you have allowed for the masses of all items you intend to carry in the motorcaravan.
Note 2: Warning under no circumstances must the the Maximum Technical Permissable Laden Mass of the motorcaravan be exceeded.
All data is calculated using metric weights and measurements. The imperial figures quoted are conversions thereof.
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Technical Specifications
AUTOCIRRUS/AUTOSTRATUS TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS 2005
AUTOCIRRUS
Base Vehicle
Base Vehicle Spec.
Chassis Convertion
Extra Suspension
Upgraded Tyres
No. of Berths/Designated Passenger Seats
Exterior Length
Overall Width incl. Wing Mirrors
Overall Width
Overall Height
Maximum Headroom
Interior Width
Tyre Size
Tyre Pressure
Front
Rear
Bed Sizes
Maximum Front Axle Weight
Maximum Rear Axle Weight
M.T.P.L.M.
Mass in Running Order
Essential Habitation Equipment
Maximum User Payload
PEUGEOT (330) 2.2HDI
3300kg MWB Camping Car 3400kg
N/A
Yes (Camping Car)
Yes (Camping Car)
4/3
6180mm (20’3.5”)
2690mm (8’10”)
2360mm (7’9”)
2990mm (9’10”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/70R/15C
60psi
66psi
1 x Double
1872mm x 1215mm
(6’1.5” x 4’)
1 x Luton Double
2200 x 1290mm
(7’2.5” x 4’3”)
1750kgs (34.4cwt)
1900kgs (37.4cwt)
3400kgs (66.9cwt)
2870kgs (56.37cwt)
136kgs (2.67cwt)
540kgs (10.6cwt)
AUTOSTRATUS RG
PEUGEOT (350LWB) 2.8HDi
3850kg MWB with Alko Extention
Alko
No
No
4/1
7350mm (24’1.5”)
2680mm (8’9”)
2400mm (7’10.5”)
2850mm (9’4”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/75R/16C
66psi
66psi
1 x Double
2136 x 1142mm
(7’0” x 3’9”)
1 x Fixed Double
2110 x 1330mm
(6’11” x 4’4.5”)
1850kgs (36.33cwt)
2120kgs (41.64cwt)
3850kgs (75.62cwt)
3300kgs (64.82cwt)
132kgs (2.59cwt)
550kgs (10.8cwt)
AUTOSTRATUS FB
PEUGEOT (350LWB) 2.8HDi
3850kg MWB with Alko Extention
Alko
No
No
4/1
7350mm (24’1.5”)
2680mm (8’9”)
2400mm (7’10.5”)
2850mm (9’4”)
1975mm (6’5.5”)
2224mm (7’3.5”)
215/75R/16C
66psi
66psi
1 x Double
2136 x 1447mm
(7’0” x 4’9”)
1 x Fixed Double
1860 x 1300mm
(6’1” x 4’3”)
1850kgs (36.33cwt)
2120kgs (41.64cwt)
3850kgs (75.62cwt)
3292kgs (64.66cwt)
132kgs (2.59cwt)
558kgs (10.96cwt)
With a High-Line option please add 48kgs to the Mass In Running Order, reduce the Maximum User Payload by 28kgs and reduce the Optional Payload by 68kg.
3 % has been added to Mass in Running Order to calculate the Maximum User Payload.
Maximum User Payload includes Essential Habitation Equipment, Personal Effects, Optional Equipment and the Conventional Load.
Note 1: Please take care to ensure that you have allowed for the masses of all items you intend to carry in the motorcaravan.
Note 2: Warning under no circumstances must the the Maximum Technical Permissable Laden Mass of the motorcaravan be exceeded.
All data is calculated using metric weights and measurements. The imperial figures quoted are conversions thereof.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q: WHERE IS MY NEAREST
RETAILER?
Q: WHERE CAN I OBTAIN YOUR
LATEST BROCHURE?
A: Our latest brochures are available from
Approved Retailers or can be viewed and
printed from the downloads section on
our website www.explorer-group.co.uk.
A: Please refer to our Find A Retailer
section on our website- www.explorergroup.co.uk, or telephone 01207 699 000
and ask for Customer Services.
A request form can also be completed
should you wish to receive a printured
copy of our latest brochures.
Q: CAN I PURCHASE INSURANCE
FOR MY MOTORHOME THROUGH
THE EXPLORER GROUP?
A: Not directly, but we offer an online
vehicle insurance quotation request
service through Bakers of Cheltenham via
our website at www.explorer-group.co.uk
Q: CAN I COME TO THE FACTORY TO
PURCHASE MOTORHOMES DIRECT?
A: Our motorhomes are only available
through our Approved Retailer network.
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Q: AT WHICH RETAILER CAN I VIEW
THE LATEST MODELS?
A: The Find A Retailer section on our
website will show which brands and
model types each Retailer sells. You will
need to contact the Retailer directly to find
out if they have a particular model in
stock, or on order.
Q: CAN I PURCHASE A HANDBOOK
AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
A: Some of the most recent handbooks
are available to view in the Downloads
section on our website. Printed copies
can also be purchased at a cost of
£15.00.
We can accept payment by credit or debit
card and you should contact us by
telephoning 01207 699 000 and ask for
Customer Services.
Alternatively please send a cheque made
payable to "The Explorer Group Ltd" to
Customer Services, The Explorer Group,
Explorer House, Delves Lane, Consett,
Co Durham, DH8 7PE.
Your covering letter should give details
of your motorhome including the
VIN/Conversion number and your
name/address to which we will post your
handbook. Please be advised that original
handbooks are not always available and
you may receive a photocopy.
Q: WHY IS THE HANDBOOK NOT
SPECIFIC TO MY MODEL?
A: Many of the components used in the
manufacture of our motorhomes are
identical throughout our model ranges, so
we produce a generic handbook, which
covers all models manufactured for that
season. If the literature supplied with your
motorhome does not answer your
question then please contact your Retailer
for further assistance.
Q: I REQUIRE TECHNICAL OR OTHER
INFORMATION, WHO CAN HELP ME?
A: The majority of information you require
is available through your Explorer Group
Retailer. Should you need to contact
Explorer Group Customer Services, then
please quote the serial number of your
motorhome, along with your full name
and address if a written reply is required.
Q: CAN YOU TELL ME THE SECOND
HAND PRICE OF MY MOTORHOME?
A: Unfortunately as a manufacture we are
not involved in the second hand market.
You should try to contact a Retailer,
Camping and Caravanning Club and/or
The Caravan Club. They should be able to
give some indication of market value.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
TECHNICAL RELATED
QUESTIONS
Q: WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIED
WEIGHTS FOR MY MOTORHOME?
A: Your motorhome, MTPLM, MIRO,
Essential
Habitation
Equipment,
Maximum User Payload, Maximum Hitch
Weight and Optional Equipment Payload
can all be found by looking in the latest
model section, or the 'Product Archives'
on our website or referring to the relevant
Technical Specification section of this
handbook.
Q: WHAT ARE THE CORRECT TYRE
SIZES/PRESSURES FOR MY
MOTORHOME?
A: Tyre pressures for Explorer Group
motorhome can be found by looking in
the latest model section, or the Product
Archive section on our website or by
referring to the relevant Technical
Specification section of this handbook.
Q: CAN I FIT A BICYCLE RACK/TOP
BOX/AIR CONDITIONING TO MY
MOTORHOME?
A: It may be possible to fit accessories to
your motorhome but this will depend
upon the internal construction of the
roof/walls and whether they can support
the weight of the accessory. If it is
possible your Retailer will be able to
advise you, or alternatively they will obtain
confirmation and a drawing where
necessary, from The Explorer Group.
Please note that the weight of any
accessories will reduce your User
Payload allowance.
Q: HOW DOES MY CONTROL PANEL
WORK?
A: Please consult the literature supplied
with your motorhome, as it is a
sophisticated electronic component. If
you have any problems with the control
panel then please inform your Retailer. If
they are unable to resolve your problems
then they will consult with us, or our
supplier for further advice.
Q: HOW DOES MY LEISURE BATTERY
AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEM WORK?
A: The battery charger will operate when
connected to the mains outlet on a
Caravan Site. The 12V system, with the
exception of the 12V fridge and battery
charging, will not operate when your
motorhome ignition is switched on. If you
encounter problems please ensure that
you have checked your leisure battery is
fully charged and that all fuses are OK.
Are other electrical appliances working?
Please note that when driving, your
leisure battery will receive a trickle charge
from your vehicle charging system, but
this is not sufficient to fully charge a
discharged leisure battery.
Q: HOW MUCH POWER WILL I NEED
IN A TYPICAL NIGHT WITHOUT
MAINS HOOKUP?
A: Battery capacity is measured in
amphours (Ah), which is the amount of
energy an appliance drawing 1A will use
up in an hour. So consumption at the rate
of 5A for two hours will use up 10 of your
leisure battery’s amphours.
The formula ‘watts divided by volts equals
amps’ will give you the rate of
consumption for any appliance. So from
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the 12v supply of your battery, a 10W bulb
will use just over 0.8A (though probably
nearer to 0.9A due to losses in the wiring
etc), a 60W portable TV around 5A; and a
30W circulation fan on a heating system
around 2.5A Your water pump will also
use a little, but it is not on for long.
A night might go like this: 3 x 10W lamps
for 5 hours = 13.5Ah; heater fan in use for
10 hours = 25Ah; TV on for 3 hours =
15Ah. So the total usage would be 53.Ah.
As you can see, a night like this will zap
your battery fairly hard, though a few
hours driving the next day will soon put
matters right.
Q: MY INTERIOR LIGHTS ARE NOT
WORKING, WHAT DO I DO?
A: It is possible that all of the 230V mains
electrical equipment may not be operated
simultaneously. A typical UK Caravan Site
mains hook-up point provides a maximum
output of 10 amps and on some
continental sites, this may be as low as 5
amps. So, for example if you operate a
colour TV (2.50 amps), Blown air heater
(8.6 amps), water heater (4 amps) and
interior lights, you may overload your
system by using too many appliances at
the same time. Switching off other
appliances should allow your lights to
work.
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Clearly a 100Ah battery has greater
reserves than a smaller one, and some
seasoned travellers fit a second leisure
battery. If you do this, be sure that the
batteries are wired so that both get
charged at once, whether by the vehicle
alternator or by a solar panel. (Extract
courtesy of journalist, David Serpell)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
PARTS RELATED
QUESTIONS
Q: WHERE CAN I GET SPARE PARTS
FOR MY MOTORHOME?
A: We do not supply spare parts direct to
the public at present, but our network of
Retailers will be able to source most parts
you require. For details of your nearest
Explorer Group Retailer please refer to
our Find A Retailer section on our website
or call 01207 699 000 for assistance.
In addition there are companies that buy
up old stock and they may be able to
assist you. Their details can usually be
found in the advertiser sections of the
popular motorhome press.
Q: HOW MANY YEARS WILL SPARE
PARTS BE AVAILABLE FOR MY
MOTORHOME?
A: In accordance with NCC guidelines,
introduced in September 2003, The
Explorer Group will endeavour to supply
spare parts for a motorhome, for up to 8
years before current motorhome
production. However, this is dependent
upon parts availability from our suppliers.
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Q: WHY DON'T YOU STOCK PARTS AT
THE EXPLORER GROUP FACTORY?
A: Due to the volume of models we
produce it is not possible for us to
maintain stock levels of every individual
component used in our manufacturing
process. We do stock commonly
requested items, but some items must be
made to order to ensure their pristine
condition on delivery.
Q: WHAT IF THE PARTS ARE NO
LONGER AVAILABLE?
A: Where an original part is no longer
available, we will advise a suitable
alternative if it is available.
Q: THERE HAS BEEN A DELAY IN
RECEIVING PARTS, WHO CAN
HELP ME?
A: We do not advise customers to contact
The Explorer Group directly, as you will
not have the unique sales order
identification number that will be required
to trace your order. Your Explorer Group
Retailer has a dedicated account handler
who they can consult about any aspect of
their parts order. Please ask your Retailer
to consult our Parts Department for this
information.
WARRANTY RELATED
QUESTIONS
Q: DOES MY MOTORHOME HAVE A
WARRANTY?
A: Yes. Our warranty arrangements are as
follows:
If the original date of purchase is on or
after 1 September 02, your motorhome
conversion is supplied with a 3 year
manufacturer's warranty, details of which
can be found in your owner's handbook.
In addition, there is also a 5-year water
ingress Code of Practice.
All warranties are dependant upon
compliance with the relevant terms and
conditions, particularly regarding annual
servicing. Full details are supplied in the
owners' literature pack.
Q: CAN I EXTEND THE EXPLORER
GROUP WARRANTY OF MY
MOTORHOME?
A: No. The 3 year Explorer Group
warranty cannot be extended, but most
retailers offer comprehensive packages
and these are sold as an insurance based
policy. Please consult your nearest
retailer.
Q: DOES MY MOTORHOME NEED TO
BE SERVICED EVERY YEAR?
Q: IS THE WARRANTY
TRANSFERABLE TO
SUBSEQUENT OWNERS?
A: The warranty can be transferred to
subsequent owners for a payment of £25.
Your cheque should be forwarded to The
Explorer Group quoting the serial number
of your motorhome. However, in order
for the warranty to be transfered the
relevant terms and conditions, particularly
regarding annual servicing must be
adhered to.
Q: CAN I TAKE MY MOTORHOME FOR
AN ANNUAL SERVICE AT A RETAILER
OR SERVICE CENTER, OTHER THAN
WHERE I PURCHASED IT?
A: Customers can take their motorhome
to any approved Explorer Group Retailer
or Service Centre, providing that the
Retailer or Service Centre agrees to do
this work.
A: In order to protect your investment and
to comply with the warranty conditions,
you must have your motorhome serviced
annually. We strongly recommend that
you continue to have your motorhome
professionally serviced, even after the
warranty has expired.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: WHO CAN SERVICE MY
MOTORHOME?
A: We would always recommend that an
approved Explorer Group Retailer, or
Service Centre undertakes the annual
service. However, we will accept services
completed by a Jones Vening approved
company.
Q: I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY
MOTORHOME, WHO CAN HELP ME?
A: We would always recommend that you
contact your supplying Retailer, or if this is
not convenient, your local Explorer Group
retailer or Explorer Group Approved
Service Centre, so that an inspection can
take place, and the necessary course of
action agreed.
Q: WHO CAN CARRY OUT
WARRANTY WORK ON MY
MOTORHOME?
A: Your supplying Retailer is not obliged
to undertake your warranty work.
However, any approved Explorer Group
Retailer or Service Centre can undertake
the work, but this is at their discretion.
Q: I AM UNHAPPY WITH THE
SERVICE I HAVE RECEIVED FROM MY
RETAILER, WHERE DO I GO FROM
HERE?
A: We would recommend that you write to
your Retailer, detailing your problems and
requirements, requesting a response
explaining how they will resolve your
complaint. A copy of your letter can be
forwarded to Customer Services at The
Explorer Group, quoting the serial
number of your motorhome.
Q: I AM HAVING TROUBLE BOOKING
MY MOTORHOME FOR ITS SERVICE,
IN LINE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS.
WHAT TIMESCALE IS ACCEPTABLE?
A: We will allow a delay of 60 days after
your 1st service is due, but subsequent
annual services should still be undertaken
as close as possible to the anniversary of
the original date of registration except for
years 3 and 5 which must be on or before.
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Please be assured that we will assist your
Retailer in resolving any problems.
ABBREVIATIONS USED
ISO
International Standards
Organisation
KG
Kilogram
KPH
Kilometres per hours
LI
Load Index
LPG
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
LTRS
Litres
Mbar
Milibar
ABS
Description
AC
Alternating Current
BS
British Standards
CC
Motorhome Club
CCC
Camping and
Motorhomening Club
CM
Centimetres
MCB
Miniature Circuit Breaker
CMHR
Combustion Modified
High Resilient
MIN
Motorhome Identification
Number (MINDER)
CORGI
Confederation of
Gas Installers
MIRO
Mass In Running Order
MM
Millimetres
DC
Direct Current
MPH
Miles per Hour
ECA
Electrical Contractors
Association
MTPLM
Maximum Technical
Permissible Laden Mass
EHEP
Essential Habitation
Equipment Payload
NCC
National Caravan Council
EN
European Norms
NICEIC
GRP
Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic
National Inspection Council
for Electrical Installation
Contracting
HZ
Hertz I cycle per second
NM
Newton Meters
OEP
Optional Equipment Payload
PEP
Personal Effects Payload
PSI
Pounds per square inch.
RCD
Residual Current Device
V
Volt
VIN
Vehicle Identification Number
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GLOSSARY
out through a number of outlets.
ABS
An acronym for anti-lock braking system
BUNK BED
A sleeping place, usually higher up than a
conventional bed. Often (but not always)
this can be folded or removed to provide
additional living space.
ACTUAL LADEN WEIGHT
The total weight of the motorhome when
loaded ready for use by the end user.
AQUAROLL
Brand name used generically for a water
container that rolls so you don’t need to
lift it.
AWNING
A tent-like structure of fabric over a
supporting framework, which can be
attached to the side of motorhome.
BATTERY CHARGER
Required to keep a leisure battery
charged. Most motorhomes include a
charging facility which operates via the
mains hook-up, and also has the ability to
recharge from the towcar’s alternator
while travelling.
BERTH(S)
Sleeping place - Refers to the number of
people a motorhome can accommodate
for sleeping.
BLOWN AIR HEATING
A method of heating the living quarters of
a motorhome by use of a fan pushing air
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BUTANE
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) which
usually comes in blue cylinders. Most
commonly used in the UK, although a
switch to propane is advised in severely
cold weather conditions.
CHEMICAL TOILET
Most modern motorhomes have them,
with more upmarket models having a fully
plumbed-in flushing version.
CONTROL PANEL
Used as the description for the panel of
electrical switches and gauges governing
12V and mains electricity systems.
CORNER STEADIES
The winding device built into each corner
of a motorhome chassis that is used to
stabilise the body once set up on a pitch.
CALOR
The main supplier of propane (red) gas
cylinders and significant seller of butane
(blue) gas.
DINETTE
A popular style of seating arrangement
where two seats or settees face each
other across a table.
CAMPINGAZ
Trade name of Butane gas.
EARTH LEAKAGE CIRCUIT BREAKER
ELCB Earth leakage circuit breaker – see
residual current device (RCD)
CASSETTE BLIND
A roller blind which is fitted as part of the
window assembly, often along with a
flyscreen, thus giving a neat installation.
CASSETTE TOILET
(CHEMICAL TOILET)
A form of chemical toilet found in modern
motorhomes, where the waste holding
tank can be accessed and emptied from,
outside.
ELCB
Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker. More
normally termed RCD.
END KITCHEN
A common term used to describe
floorplans which put the kitchen across
the rear, usually adjacent to a motorhome
door on one side and washroom on the
other.
ESSENTIAL HABITATION EQUIPMENT
Those items and fluids required for the
safe and proper functioning of the
equipment for habitation as defined by
the manufacturer of the motorhome.
This includes items such as the leisure
battery and gas cylinders, plus water
contained in the water heater etc.
FLYSCREENS
Mesh fittings for windows doors and
roofvents, to keep out insects etc.
FREE-STANDING TABLE
A table which, because of its leg design,
can be used inside or outside.
FULL SERVICE PITCH
A pitch which has individual provision for
fresh water supply and waste water
disposal, in addition to mains electricity
and in some cases TV aerial connection.
GAS CYLINDER
A portable, pressurised container for the
storage at LPG.
GAS CYLINDER LOCKER
Compartment on the motorhome for the
storage of gas cylinders.
gas-powered appliances allow any
leakage of gas to exit the habitation area.
GREY WATER
Waste water from sink/shower.
GROSS TRAIN WEIGHT
Also known as Combined Weight. The
maximum permitted weight of an outfit as
speciifed by the towcar manaufacturer.
GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT (GVW)
The weight ol the vehicle laden to its
maximum,
as
defined
by
the
manufacturer. See also MTPLM.
GRP
Glass-reinforced plastic, but more
commonly known as glass fibre (not
fibreglass, which is a trade name).
HANDBOOK
Owners manual, a guide to the workings
of your motorhome.
HARDSTANDING
A pitch which has a hard surface made of
gravel, asphalt, concrete etc, instead of
grass.
HOOK-UP
A facility on a pitch for connection to
mains electricity.
INGRESS
Usually meaning water ingress, a
possible problem where water seeps in at
the joins, usually as a result of worn
sealant.
JACK
A device for raising the vehicle so that a
wheel can be changed, for instance. Not
to be confused with corner steadies,
which although they are sometimes
referred to as ‘corner jacks’ are steadying,
not lifting devices.
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KERB WEIGHT
The empty weight of a motor vehicle as
defined by the manufacturer.
LAYOUT
Interior design. Where furniture units are
placed in relation to each other.
LEISURE BATTERY
Sometimes termed auxiliary battery.
Supplies the power for the motorhome
electrical systems.
GAS DROP OUT HOLES
Part of the ventilation. LPG is heavier
than air, so holes through the floor below
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LEVEL
The process of ensuring that a
motorhome is level when sited on a pitch.
Important for comfort and also to ensure
the correct functioning of the fridge and
water systems.
LPG
Liquid Petroleum Gas, i.e. butane or
propane.
L-SHAPED
A term where the seating area of a
motorhome is indeed L-shaped.
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any part of the user payload, including the
essential habitation equipment.
MTPLM - MAXIMUM TECHNICALLY
PERMISSIBLE LADEN MASS
The techical maximum permissable laden
weight of the motorhome which must not
be exceeded..
NATIONAL CARAVAN COUNCIL
The only trade association representing
manufacturers, retailers and suppliers
within the motorhome industry.
MAINS HOOK-UP
A campsite facility where you can plug
into a mains electricity supply.
NUMBER PLATE
Motorhomes must display a legal number
plate showing the same registration
number of their vehicle.
MAXIMUM USER PAYLOAD
The maximium payload available for the
user inculding essential habitional
equipment.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT PAYLOAD
The payload required for equipiment to
enabkle the motorhome to be used for
habitation purposes.
MINDER
Your motorhome is fitted with MINDER
the security scheme operated by HPI
Limited
OWNERS’ CLUB
A group of people who usually own the
same brand of motorhome and enjoy
meeting up for rallies.
MIRO - MASS IN RUNNING ORDER
Weight of the motorhome equipped to the
manufacturer’s standard specification.
i.e. the condition in which it leaves the
factory. Note that this does not include
PAYLOAD
The amount you can put into a
motorhome. Specifically the difference
between the Maximum Technical
Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM) and
the Mass In Running Order (MIRO).
PDI
Pre-Delivery Inspection.
PITCH
A designated area of a Caravan Site
allocated for the use of one outfit. Most
sites will be arranged with defined
pitches.
PROPANE
Gas used in colder conditions. Usually
supplied in red cylinders.
RCD
Residual Current Device. Part of the
electrical system which will ‘trip’ if there is
an electrical fault.
REGULATOR
Safety device fitted between the gas
cylinder and the gas system of a
motorhome, which controls the pressure
of gas being released from the cylinder.
ROAD LIGHTS
The external lights used while the vehicle
is travelling.
ROOF LIGHTS
See Roof Vent.
ROOF VENT
An opening unit in the ceiling which lets in
light and air. These vary in size, but the
best ones will have integral blinds and
flyscreens. Also called rooflights.
SEMI-RIGID PIPEWORK
Usually, a reference to the water system;
infinitely preferable to cheaper convoluted
piping which can act as a trap for germs
and smells..
SLATS
Sometimes used for beds. Improves
ventilation to mattress cushions.
SPACE HEATER
Type of heating equipment for the living
quarters. Modern units fitted offer gas and
mains-operation.
SPEED RATING
The maximum speed at which a tyre may
be used, as marked on its sidewall.
STEADY WINDER
A handle for operating the corner
steadies.
TORQUE WRENCH
A form of spanner used to set nuts and
bolts to a specified degree of tightness.
Recommended for adjustment of wheel
fixings on motorhomes.
TRAIN WEIGHT
The maximum permissable combined
weight of vehcle and trailer.
USER PAYLOAD
The weight of all items carried in the
motorhome.
U-SHAPED SETTEE
Usually a reference to seating that literally
is ‘U’ shaped.
VEHICLE KERBWEIGHT
The weight of the towcar often indicated in
the manufacturers specifications..
VIN - VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION
NUMBER
The manufacturer’s unique serial number
for an individual vehicle. Cars and
Motorhomes should carry a VIN.
Motorhomes are not obliged to, but most
of those sold in recent years in the UK do
as a result of the CRiS voluntary
registration scheme.
WILD CAMPING
Term used for staying overnight away
from a campsite. Illegal in many countries,
but permission may be granted by
individual landowners.
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WARRANTY
Terms and conditions that spell out your
rights with regard to servicing, repair or
replacement of parts as provided by the
manufacturer.
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Index
A
Abbreviations Used
ABS Panels Cleaning
ABS Wheel Spats Cleaning
Acrylic Window Cleaning
Additional Security
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning Fitting
Alarm - Anti Tamper Features
Alarm - Preparation for Use
Alarm - Product Specifications
Alarm - Testing
Alarm - Using
Alarm System
Annual Service
Annual Service Record
Automatic Igniter - Gas Heater
Autocirrus/Calypso
Automatic Igniter - Gas Heater
Autostratus/Castaway
Awning Spaces/Ventilation
92
87
55
55
55
27
42
82
29
28
29
28
28
28
85
96
34
34
17
B
Bathroom Taps
Battery Installation
Battery Maintenance
Bed Make Up
Bicycle Rack Fitting
Bicycle Racks
Body Shell
Brochures
Butane
37
21
21
48
82
8
66
80
15
C
Care Of Rooflights
Carpet Cleaning
Cassette Toilet
Changing A Wheel
Charger
Cleaning
Cleaning Taps
Code Of Practice - Water Ingress
Connecting Services - Electric
Connecting Services - Gas
Connecting Services - Water
Contents
Control Panel
Control Panel - Autocirrus
Control Panel - Autoquest
Control Panel - Autostratus
Control Panel - Avantgarde
Control Panel - Calypso
44
55
41
8
22
54
38
62
18
15
14
1
82
30
31
30
31
30
Control Panel - Castaway
Corner Steadies
Curtain Cleaning
30
11
55
D
Dip Switch Position
Door Flyscreen
Doors
Double Bed
Draining Down Your Water System
30
46
47
48
14
E
Electric Heater Operation
Electrical Connection - Overseas
Electrical Connection - Overseas
Electrical Control Panels
Electrical System
Electrical Wiring Diagrams
Electricity
Electricity Controls
Electricity Mains Supply
Equipment Lists
Exterior Doors
35
19
23
30
82
70
18
22
18
68
47
F
Filling Your Onboard Water Tank
Fire Extinguishers
Fire Retardant Foams
Fire Safety
Fitting Accessories
Flyscreens
Frequently Asked Questions
Furniture Cleaning
Fuses
14
25
25
25
82
46
80
55
23
G
Gas
Gas Connection
Gas Dispersal Holes
Gas Heater Operation
Gas Heater Operation
Gas Hoses
Gas Safety Advice
General Safety
Generators
Generators
Glossary Of Terms
Grill
GRP Cleaning
15
15
24
32
35
15
16
4
21
23
88
39
54
H
Handbook Purchase
Heki 2 Rooflight
Heki 3 Rooflight
Heki Duette Luxus Rooflight
Hob
80
43
44
43
39
I
Interior Light Fault
Interior Wall Cleaning
Internal Doors
83
55
47
K
Kitchen Taps
37
L
Latest Models
Leisure Battery
Leveller Jack
Levelling Ramps
Levelling Your Motorhome
Light Switch Master
Loading
LPG
LPG Exhaust
LPG Gas System
80
82
10
10
10
32
6
16
17
17
M
Magnetic Catches
47
Main Components
66
Mains Electrics - Servicing
64
Mains Unit
20
Maintenance
54
Maintenance Of Air Conditioning
42
Mass In Running Order
6
Maximum Technically Permissible Laden
Mass
6
Microtag
26
Midi-Heki Rooflight
44
MINDER
26
Mini-Heki Rooflight
44
Model Year
2
Motorhome Code
12
Motorhome Handling
7
Motorhome Insurance
80
Motorhome Servicing
86
Motorhome Theft
26
Motorhome Warranty
85
Motorway Driving
8
MPK Rooflight
44
N
Nearest Retailer
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Index
O
Omnivent
Oven
Overcab Double Bed
P
Parts - Warranty Cover
Payload
Piezo Ignition - Gas Heater
Autoquest/Avantgarde
Polyplastic Windows Operation
Power Drain
Power Drain
Power Needs
Prepare Your Water System
For Winter Use
Preparing For The Road
Propane
R
RCD - Resetting & Test Button
RCD/MCB Protection
Refrigerator
Remedial Work and Vehicle Servicing
Retailer - Find
Retailer Special Editions
Reverse Polarity
Roof Blinds
Roof Loading
94
43
39
49
60
6
33
46
21
58
82
14
6
15
22
22
39
64
80
99
23
46
6
Roof Racks
Rooflights
Room Thermostat - Gas Heater
S
Second Hand Values
Seitz Window Operation
Selecting A Pitch
Serial Number
Service Record
Servicing
Servicing
Servicing
Shower Room Cleaning
Shower Tap
Site Arrival
Site Arrival - Electrical Connection
Site Departure Electrical Disconnection
Sky Light Blinds
Smoke Alarm
Space Heater Controls
Spare Parts
Spare Parts And Availability
Speed Limits
Sprung Hinges
Status Aerial 315
Status Aerial 530
Storage
Storage - Blinds & Flyscreens
6
43
34
81
46
10
27
96
64
85
86
55
37
10
18
18
44
39
32
64
84
8
47
50
51
58
46
Storage - Motorhome Covers
Storage Areas - Safe Use Of
T
Taps
Technical Specifications
Thermal Insulation And Heating
Classification
Thermostat
Thetford Cassette Toilet
Toilet - Emptying
Top Box Fitting
Transferring The Warranty
Truma Space Heater Operation
Truma Ultrastore Water Heater
Truma Ultrastore Water Heater Draining
Truma Ultrastore Water Heater Filling
TV Aerial
Tyre Pressures
Tyre Sizes
U
Upholstery Cleaning
User Payload
58
4
37
76
66
35
41
41
82
85
32
36
36
36
50
82
82
55
6
V
Ventilation - Bedrooms
Ventilation - High Level
Ventilation - Low Level
VIN Number
W
Warranty
Warranty Extension
Warranty Terms And Conditions
Wash Basin Cleaning
Water
Water Container Cleaning
Water Heater - Draining
Water Heater - Filling
Water Heater Controls
Water Ingress
Water Pump Connection
Water Pump Switch Avantgarde/Autoquest
Water Pump Switch Mid/Premium Range
Water System Cleaning
Weights
Weights Explained
Welcome & Introduction
Window Blinds
Windows
Winterisation - Motorhome Covers
24
24
24
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Winterising - see Draining
Down Your Water System
Winterisation - Blinds & Flyscreens
14
46
12v Electrical Supply
3 Year Manufacturers Warranty
5 Year Water Ingress Warranty
21
60
62
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85
60
55
14
56
36
36
32
62
14
31
30
55
82
6
2
46
46
58
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Annual Service Record
MOTORHOME ANNUAL SERVICE RECORD
Your motorhome needs servicing at least once a year.
Whether you use your motorhome for short journeys or for touring at
home or abroad, regular servicing will help to ensure that you can enjoy
it to the full.
The Annual Service offered by your Retailer will include the following
work and it is our recommendation you have your motorhome serviced
to this standard annually.
Your Retailer will complete the record in this handbook to show the work
has been carried out.
Section (A) Chassis
Section (B) Exterior
Section (C) Exterior
Section (D) Electrical
Section (E) Gas equipment
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
1.
2.
4.
5.
6.
1.
2.
3.
4
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Tyres and pressures
Corner steadies
Under floor tanks
Spare wheel
Wheel boxes
Body to chassis fixing
Body to cab fixing
7.
8.
9.
Exterior panels
Windows 3. Rooflights
Entrance door/door locks
Mouldings and trim
Gas locker, cylinders and
regulator
Ventilators/flue terminals
Paintwork and striping
Roof racks and ladders
Wall panels
Furniture
Curtains/blinds/bunk nets
Dinette seats/beds
Over cab bed
Carpets
Swivel seat base
Doors and drawers
Hinges and catches
Ventilators
Water pumps
Hoses and connections
Hot water system
Cold water system
Window hinges & stays
Cassette toilet
Shower
Shower tray
Central heating
Damp test
Inboard tanks
Interior lights
Water pump & switches
Refrigerator
Distribution unit
Charging unit
Junction box/strip
Wiring & supports
Battery/ies
Fuses/Fuse holders
Awning light
Electronic ignition (hob)
230V system, earth
continuity
13. System check
Hotplate
Oven
Refrigerator
Space heater
Water heater
Operation of appliances
Leak tested
CARE WARRANTY
Your motorhome is covered by the 3 year warranty, it is a condition of this Policy that a service and safety check is carried out by your motorhome
retailer at least once a year (12 months from the date of purchase) in accordance with the National Caravan Council recommendations For further
information please read your policy documents.
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ANNUAL SERVICE RECORD
MOTORHOME MODEL ...............................................................................................................................................................................
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ................................................................................................................... YEAR ..........................
1st SERVICE
2nd SERVICE
3rd SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
4th SERVICE
5th SERVICE
6th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
Annual Service Record
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Annual Service Record
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7th SERVICE
8th SERVICE
9th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
10th SERVICE
11th SERVICE
12th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
13th SERVICE
14th SERVICE
15th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
RETAILER’S STAMP
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been carried
out in accordance with the manufacturer’s and
National Caravan Council recommendations.
2005 EXPLORER GROUP RETAILER SPECIAL EDITIONS
PARENT MODEL
RETAILER SPECIAL
PARENT MODEL
RETAILER SPECIAL
AVANTGARDE
XPEDITION
AMAZON GT
SUNTOR
CLASSIQUE
SUNSEEKER
AUTOQUEST
FIRESTORM
SUNTOR
Retailer Special Editions
Explorer Group 2005 Motorhome Handbook
ALL EXPLORER GROUP MOTORHOME RETAILER SPECIALS ARE BASED ON OUR
CURRENT BASE MODELS. FOR DETAILS ON THE EQUIPMENT FITTED AND HOW TO
OPERATE THEM PLEASE CHECK UNDER THE BASE MODEL DETAILS IN THE MAIN
PART OF THIS HANDBOOK, FOR EXAMPLE IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A FIRESTORM
THEN THE SPACE HEATER FITTED WILL BE OPERATED IN THE SAME MANNER AS
THE SPACE HEATER FITTED IN THE STANDARD AUTOQUEST.
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All the illustrations and descriptive matter in this guide are intended to give a general idea of
the motorhome. Changing market and supply situations may prevent the manufacturer from
maintaining the exact specifications and details in this handbook and we therefore reserve the
right to alter specifications and materials as conditions demand.
Retailers are independent of the manufacturer and have absolutely no authority to bind the
manufacturer by any express or implied undertaking or representation.
Explorer House, Delves Lane, Consett, Co Durham. DH8 7PE
Tel : 01207 699000 Fax : 01207 699001 Web : www.explorer-group.co.uk
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