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Motor Caravan
The Explorer Group Limited Delves Lane, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 7PE
Telephone: 01207 699000 • Facsimile: 01207 699001 • www.explorer-group.co.uk
All the illustrations and descriptive matter in this guide are intended to give a general idea of the
caravan. 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.
Model Year 2013
OWNERS
HANDBOOK
Issue 2
CONTENTS
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION ......... 1-1
End Of Life Vehicle Directive ............................. 1-1
Explorer Group Technical Approvals ................ 1-1
GENERAL SAFETY ................................ 2-1
Please read before using your new
motorhome. ................................................... 2-1
Proper And Safe Use Of Storage
Areas In Motorhomes ................................. 2-1
Ventilation .............................................................. 2-2
High-Level Ventilation .......................................... 2-2
Low-Level Ventilation ........................................... 2-2
Ventilation in Separate Bedrooms ..................... 2-2
Gas Dispersal Holes ............................................ 2-2
Fire Safety ............................................................... 2-2
Fire Extinguishers .................................................. 2-2
In Case Of Fire ...................................................... 2-2
Fire Retardant Foams .......................................... 2-2
PREPARING FOR THE ROAD .............. 3-1
Motorhome Weights Explained ......................... 3-1
Mass in Running Order ....................................... 3-1
Maximum Technically Permissible
Laden Mass ..................................................... 3-1
User Payload .......................................................... 3-1
Loading .................................................................... 3-1
Roof Racks ............................................................. 3-1
Roof Loading ......................................................... 3-1
Before moving off .................................................. 3-2
For Safety ............................................................... 3-2
Pulling Off ............................................................... 3-2
MOTORWAY HANDLING .................... 4-1
Best Practice .......................................................... 4-1
Speed Limits ........................................................... 4-1
Bicycle Racks ......................................................... 4-1
ARRIVING ON SITE .............................. 5-1
Check Site Regulations ........................................ 5-1
Selecting A Pitch ................................................... 5-1
Lateral Levelling (Side To Side) .......................... 5-1
Leveller Jack ........................................................... 5-1
Ramp ........................................................................ 5-1
GETTING STARTED ............................. 6-1
Electricity ................................................................ 6-1
Power Supply Charger ........................................ 6-1
12v Systems: .......................................................... 6-1
Generator/Charger ............................................... 6-1
Electricity Mains Supply ....................................... 6-1
Connecting To Mains Supply On
Arrival at Site ................................................. 6-1
Disconnecting Mains Supply When
Leaving Site .................................................... 6-2
Overseas Electrical Connection ......................... 6-2
Gas Supply .............................................................. 6-3
Connection ............................................................ 6-3
Gas Regulator ........................................................ 6-3
Road Safe Gas Regulator .................................... 6-4
High Pressure Gas Hoses ................................... 6-5
Water System ........................................................ 6-5
Filling your fresh water tank .............................. 6-5
Waste Water Tank ................................................. 6-5
Draining Down Your Water System ................. 6-5
GAS SAFETY ADVICE ........................... 7-1
Facts about LPG .................................................... 7-1
Awning Spaces, LPG and Appliance Exhaust ... 7-1
LPG Gas System ................................................... 7-1
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM .......................... 8-1
12v Power Supply .................................................. 8-1
Battery Installation ................................................ 8-1
Battery Maintenance ............................................ 8-1
Generators / Charger ......................................... 8-1
230v Power Supply ................................................ 8-1
Mains Unit .............................................................. 8-1
Resetting the RCD ................................................ 8-1
Automatic Charging System ............................... 8-2
Internal Lights ........................................................ 8-2
Maximum Bulb Ratings for Internal Lights ...... 8-2
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOMES
EQUIPMENT .................................... 9-1
How To Operate Your Motorhome
Entrance Door ............................................... 9-1
High Pressure Gas Hoses ................................... 9-1
Electrical Control Panel ...................................... 9-2
Cooking equipment .............................................. 9-8
Gas Hob ................................................................. 9-8
Electric Hotplate ................................................... 9-8
Gas Burners ........................................................... 9-9
Using the appliance ............................................... 9-9
LEAKS ..................................................................... 9-9
Gas Grill ............................................................... 9-10
Gas Oven ............................................................. 9-10
Refrigerator Model Thetford N3112E
(Aspire 215) ................................................. 9-11
Operating instructions ...................................... 9-12
Sources ................................................................. 9-12
Selecting cooling level ........................................ 9-12
Use of refrigerator compartment .................. 9-12
While driving ....................................................... 9-13
Winter Use .......................................................... 9-13
Cleaning ................................................................ 9-13
Defrosting ............................................................ 9-13
Storage .................................................................. 9-14
Troubleshooting .................................................. 9-14
Fridge Freezer Model Thetford N3175A
(Aspire 240/255/265) ................................. 9-15
Operating instructions ...................................... 9-16
Sources ................................................................. 9-16
Selecting cooling level ........................................ 9-16
Use of refrigerator compartment .................. 9-16
While driving ....................................................... 9-17
MY2013/Elddis Aspire
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CONTENTS
Winter Use .......................................................... 9-17
Cleaning ................................................................ 9-17
Defrosting ............................................................ 9-17
Storage .................................................................. 9-18
Troubleshooting .................................................. 9-18
Microwave ............................................................ 9-21
Battery Charger .................................................. 9-22
Smoke Detector ................................................. 9-22
Rooflights ............................................................. 9-22
The Heki 2 ........................................................... 9-22
To Open To The Tilted Position: ...................... 9-22
To Open In The Intermediate Position: ......... 9-22
To Open In The Ventilation Position: .............. 9-22
Closing The Blinds: ............................................. 9-22
Opening The Blinds: ........................................... 9-23
The Omnivent (12v) Rooflight ........................ 9-23
Door Flyscreen ................................................... 9-23
Windows .............................................................. 9-24
Taps ........................................................................ 9-24
Internal Doors .................................................... 9-25
Toilet / Washroom Doors ................................ 9-25
Other Internal Doors ........................................ 9-25
Magnetic Catches ............................................... 9-25
Sprung Hinges ..................................................... 9-25
Avtex LCD Flat Screen TV ............................... 9-26
Avtex Aerial ......................................................... 9-26
Entertainment System ....................................... 9-26
Radio/CD with MP3 Connectivity .................. 9-26
Dometic CT3050 Toilet .................................... 9-27
Description of parts ........................................... 9-27
Cleaning ................................................................ 9-28
Maintenance ......................................................... 9-28
Dismantling the cassette seal ........................... 9-28
Preparing cassette tank ..................................... 9-28
Filling fresh water tank ...................................... 9-29
Control panel ...................................................... 9-29
Using the toilet ................................................... 9-30
Emptying the cassette tank .............................. 9-30
Exchanging the fuse on the control panel ..... 9-31
Winter use ........................................................... 9-31
Decommissioning ............................................... 9-31
How To Make Up Your Beds ............................ 9-32
Enhanced Features Arming The System
In “At Home” Mode. ................................. 10-2
Arming the System in Test or Buzz Mode ..... 10-2
SECURITY ............................................. 10-1
Motorhome Theft ............................................... 10-1
Explorer Protect - Autowatch 650 Motorhome
Alarm System (Optional Extra) ............... 10-1
Explorer Protect Autowatch 650
Motorhome Alarm ..................................... 10-1
Basic Operation Arming the System .............. 10-1
Disarming the System ........................................ 10-1
Panic Alarm .......................................................... 10-1
Emergency Disarm ............................................. 10-1
Silent Arm and Disarm. ..................................... 10-1
Sensors .................................................................. 10-1
Passive Infra Red Sensor ................................... 10-1
INDEX ................................................... 21-1
CARE OF YOUR MOTORHOME ........ 11-1
Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GRP) ............. 11-1
Acrylic Windows ................................................ 11-1
Window Blinds & Flyscreens ........................... 11-1
ABS - Wheel Spats & Panels ............................. 11-1
Interior Walls ....................................................... 11-1
Furniture ............................................................... 11-1
Carpets, Upholstery And Curtains ................. 11-1
Washroom And Handbasin Fittings ................ 11-1
Shower Trays ........................................................ 11-2
Water Systems .................................................... 11-2
Water Containers .............................................. 11-2
Internal Water Systems ..................................... 11-2
Thetford Toilet ..................................................... 11-3
Changing A Wheel .............................................. 11-3
STORAGE .............................................. 12-1
Long Term & Winter Storage ........................... 12-1
Motorhome Covers ........................................... 12-1
Power Drain ........................................................ 12-1
CARAVAN/MOTORHOME WARRANTY
COVER (1ST OWNER ONLY) ..... 13-1
CODE OF PRACTICE .......................... 14-1
Mains Electrics ..................................................... 14-1
Spare Parts and non warranty work .............. 14-1
Remedial Work ................................................... 14-1
Body Shell ............................................................. 15-1
Windows .............................................................. 15-1
EQUIPMENT LIST ............................... 16-1
Aspire .................................................................... 16-1
ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS ................. 17-1
Aspire .................................................................... 17-1
GENERAL QUESTIONS ..................... 18-1
GLOSSARY ........................................... 19-1
ANNUAL HABITATION SERVICE
RECORDS ....................................... 20-1
CONTENTS-2
INTRODUCTION
specification details in this guide and we therefore
reserve the right to alter specifications as
materials and conditions demand and supply an
alternative.
WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Thank you for choosing a motorhome
manufactured by The Explorer Group.
Before you drive off, please familiarise yourself
with the motorhome and read this owners’
handbook. This will help you to obtain the
maximum pleasure from your vehicle and avoid
endangering yourself and others.
Enjoy your new motorhome.
End Of Life Vehicle Directive
Your new motorhome fully complies with the
European Directive on the End of Life Vehicles. In
order to obtain information on how to dispose of
your motorhome at the end of its life please visit
the Peugeot website. The Peugeot website
contains full details on all Peugeot products
together with details of their environmental and
recycling policies. The site address is
www.peugeot.co.uk.
Additional information and detailed appliance
instruction manuals are also contained in your
Owner’s Information Pack.
Your new Elddis motorhome has been designed
as a 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.
Explorer Group Technical Approvals
All Explorer Group Motorhomes have been
European Commission Whole Vehicle Type
approved via the Vehicle Certification Agency
(VCA). In order to ensure your new motorhome
is safe to use the Explorer Group are members
of and have been inspected by the following
bodies.
Please Note: All Explorer Group motorhomes
are classified as Grade 3 and therefore meet with
the thermal insulation and heat levels for specific
climatic conditions as specified within the British
and European Standard BS EN 1646 part 1.
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.
National Caravan Council (NCC) who operate a
certification scheme to ensure compliance with
the European safety standards for motorhomes.
National Inspection Council for Electrical
Installation and Contracting (NICEIC) who carry
out an annual inspection of the Explorer Group
electrical installations within motorhomes.
Gas Safe Register™ approved installers carry out
an annual inspection to ensure that the gas
installation installed by the Explorer Group fully
comply with all relevant regulations and
standards.
IMPORTANT
The Explorer Group serial number of your
motorhome should be quoted in all
correspondence, it can be found stamped on a
plate fixed next to the motorhome door. It is also
found within the engine compartment marked in
blue ink.Your Explorer Group motorhome serial
number can also be found on the NCC certificate
that can be found within your Owner’s
Information Pack.
The Explorer Group is an ISO 9001:2008
approved manufacturer certified by SGS Limited.
Please note: Explorer Group Motorcaravan
model year.
The Explorer Group model year starts on the 1st
September and runs to the 31st of August.
There is also a Peugeot serial number on the
chassis cab or pillar, which should be quoted in
any communications with Peugeot.
Changing market and supply situations may
prevent us from maintaining the exact
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INTRODUCTION
1-2
GENERAL SAFETY
GENERAL SAFETY
(xi)
Do not leave children under 14 years of
age unattended in your motorhome.
Please read before using your new
motorhome.
(xii)
Only those seats designated for travelling
should be occupied when the motorhome
is in motion.
(xiii)
Please note that motorhomes are covered
by the new seat belt regulations, which
came into force in October 2006. These
require children that are under 12 years
old and also under 135cm in height to be
seated in either child seats or on bolster
cushions.
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:
(i)
Do not obstruct ventilators (See Safety
Section - Ventilation)
(ii)
Inspect the flexible gas hose regularly for
deterioration and renew as necessary, with
approved type, as and in any case no later
than the expiry date stated on the hose.
(iii)
It is recommended that you provide a dry
powder fire extinguisher complying with
ISO 7165 of at least 1 KG 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.
(iv)
(v)
(vi)
(vii)
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:
Never use portable cooking or heating
equipment inside your motorhome. Do
not use your fitted cooking equipment as
heating at any time.
Never allow modification to your gas or
electrical system unless qualified persons
carry them out. A Gas Safe Register™
approved gas fitter should carry out all
modification to the gas system. Any
modifications carried 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.
Never exceed your motorhome’s
Maximum Technical Permissible Laden
Mass.
Never exceed the front or rear axle
maximum load as specified by the Peugeot
weight plate under the bonnet.
(viii)
Please ensure extra care when young
children use high level bunks and always
use the safety net provided.
(ix)
With the exception of the Alde heating
system ensure all the gas taps for the
appliances are turned off before travelling.
(x)
If you suspect there is a gas leak please
open all the windows then vacate the
motorhome. Then contact your nearest
Elddis Retailer to arrange for them to
check the gas system.
•
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.
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GENERAL SAFETY
VENTILATION
FIRE SAFETY
All motorhomes manufactured by The Explorer
Group are ventilated at both high and low level in
accordance with BS EN 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.
Fire Extinguishers
High-Level Ventilation
(i) 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.
It is recommended that a 1 kg (21b) minimum
capacity dry powder fire extinguisher be carried
inside your motorhome at all times. Fat pan fire
must not have an extinguisher aimed at it, but
must be smothered with a fire blanket.
In Case Of Fire
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 fan is
switched off prior to cleaning
(ii) Raise the alarm. Call the fire brigade.
(iii) Turn off gas container valve if safe to do so.
Fire Retardant Foams
All motorhomes are equipped with either
Combustion Modified High Resilient (CMHR)
foam cushions or sprung mattresses and fire
retardent fabric. 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.
Low-Level Ventilation
The vents built into the step by the main
entrance door provide lowlevel ventilation. These
vents should be kept clear and cleaned regularly
using soapy water.
Ventilation in Separate Bedrooms
In motorhomes with separated sleeping areas,
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.
2-2
PREPARING FOR THE ROAD
IMPORTANT: Do not exceed
recommended maximum loading for your
motorhome.
PREPARING FOR THE ROAD
Before venturing out on to the road with your
motorhome, it is important that you prepare
correctly.
Roof Racks
Some models of motorhomes have, available as an
option, a roof rack and ladder. Care is needed
when using this facility. We recommend you
exercise extreme caution when loading and
unloading.
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 the driver of 75kgs and the
mass of the fuel when the tank is full, 90% of the
water carried in the water tank and an allowance
for the gas bottles.
CAUTION
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.
Maximum Technically Permissible Laden
Mass
The maximum mass the vehicle can be when fully
laden for use on the road.
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.
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 that can be
loaded into your motorhome, covering items
such as food, crockery, cutlery, clothing, bedding,
etc.
Please Note: The roof rack is capable of
withstanding a maximum weight of 12 stone/
76kgs. Static roof loading or top box loading
should be limited to a maximum of 76kgs
including contents, or the limit set by the top box
manufacturer, whichever is the lower figure.
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.
WARNING: Under NO circumstances walk
on the over cab roof section
Before venturing out on to the road with your
motorhome, it is important that you prepare
correctly.
SENSIBLE LOADING
HOW TO APPORTION WEIGHT
Roof loads should be evenly distributed and
securely fastened, but care must be taken not to
overtighten 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.
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PREPARING FOR THE ROAD
BEFORE MOVING OFF
(xvi)
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.
You are strongly recommended not to
carry passengers unless they are seated in
a designated passenger seat.
For Safety
(i)
Ensure all the tables have been stored in
their designated table storage position.
(i)
Close and secure all cupboards and
drawers and check for any loose articles.
(ii)
Do not store tins, bottles, etc. in overhead
lockers.
Pulling Off
•
Engage the clutch smoothly.
(iii)
Close and secure all windows and roof
lights.
•
Avoid wear and tear on clutch and
transmission by taking extra care.
(iv)
Leave all curtains and blinds open to aid
visibility.
•
Change gears smoothly.
•
Try not to jerk the clutch.
(v)
Check that gas cylinders are securely
fastened and that the valve on the gas
cylinder is turned off. Also ensure that the
gas locker door is securely fastened.
(vii)
Switch off 240volt supply at source;
disconnect mains cable and store in an
appropriate place.
(viii)
Check that the battery is secure and that
the battery box lid is fastened.
(ix)
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.)
(x)
Remove any external fresh water
connections etc.
(xi)
Make sure any heavy articles are stored in
accordance with the loading procedure.
Tables should also be made secure.
(xii)
Lock the motorhome exterior door
(remember to take out your keys).
(xiii)
Check your external rear view mirrors
and adjust if necessary.
(xiv)
If a step is used, ensure it is put away
before moving off.
(xv)
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 3point
seat belt is not designated as a passenger
seat.
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MOTORWAY HANDLING
Bicycle Racks
MOTORWAY HANDLING
Fitting a bicycle rack to the rear panel of a
motorhome will affect how weight is distributed.
There are restraints to be aware of with such
fitments.
Best Practice
To gain the most enjoyment and ensure a long life
for your motorhome, the following should be
observed:
•
Do not bump kerbs 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 manoeuvers as smoothly as
possible.
•
Use the nearside wing mirror to check your
motorhome has cleared when overtaking.
•
Slow down and take care when driving over
raised speed bumps, ‘sleeping policemen’ or
when embarking/ disembarking ferries.
•
In high or cross winds, travelling downhill or
in conditions of poor visibility reduce your
speed.
•
High-sided vehicles can cause air buffeting so
extra care must be taken when passing or
being passed. Leave as much space as possible
when overtaking these types of vehicles
We would advise you to carry a maximum of
75kgs 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.
Bicycle racks are not standard fit or supplied as
an optional extra by The Explorer Group.
Explorer cannot be held responsible for problems
related to a bicycle rack fitted by a third party. A
copy of the rear panel drawing must be obtained
from The Explorer Group to ensure correct
fixing points are located.
Speed Limits
Be sure to observe all statutory speed limits and
adapt your speed to take account of prevailing
weather and road conditions.
WARNING
Ensure the wheel is of the same
construction and size as the one that has
been removed.
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MOTORWAY HANDLING
4-2
ARRIVING ON SITE
RAMP
ARRIVING ON SITE
CHECK SITE REGULATIONS
On arrival at a campsite, 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)
Reverse onto your pitch about a foot further
back than you wish to end up. Then place the
levelling ramp in front of the wheel that needs to
be raised.
A quick glance at your pitch should tell you if you
are likely to need side to side leveling i.e. levelling
across the axle. On uneven ground lateral
levelling is accomplished by the use of a leveler
jack or ramp and a spirit level placed ‘across’ the
motorhome floor.
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.
LEVELLER JACK
Whichever method you use, once level, apply the
motorhome handbrake and chock the
motorhome wheel if necessary.
Place the leveller jack, folded flat, in front of the
wheel that is to be raised to level the axle. Drive
the motorhome onto the leveler jack and adjust
the height until the spirit level shows that the
motorhome is laterally level.
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ARRIVING ON SITE
5-2
GETTING STARTED
accept a supply from a socket outlet or plug
having only two pins, or from a lighting
outlet.
GETTING STARTED
You have arrived at your destination and now
want to start to enjoy your new Explorer Group
motorhome. The following is a step by step guide
to connecting your services and getting
everything in your motorhome working.
(iii) 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 their agent.
ELECTRICITY
(iv) Make sure that the switch at the site supply
point is off and that all electrical equipment
in the motorhome is switched off by
ensuring your motorhome mains isolating
switch on the MCB is in the ‘OFF’ position.
Power Supply Charger
Your motorhome is fitted with a power supply/
charger. This will charge the motorhome leisure
battery when fitted and also power the 12V
systems in your motorhome.
Once the above checks have been made:
It is recommended that you always carry a leisure
battery.
(v)
The Charger is fully automatic and will not
overcharge the leisure battery.
Remove any cover to the electricity inlet
provided on the motorhome, and insert the
female connector of the flexible orange
supply cable as shown.
12v Systems:
Your motorhome is fitted with an automatic
system for selection of power.
When connected to the 230V site supply the
automatic Power Supply/Charger will charge the
leisure battery and the 12V systems.
When the ignition is switched on the 12V system
in the motorhome is automatically switched off,
car power is supplied to the refrigerator and
battery charging is in operation.
GENERATOR/CHARGER
When connecting to a generator, always switch
off the RCD, start the generator and allow
running for a few minutes to stabilize. When this
has happened, switch the RCD to the ON
position.
(vi) Locate the site supply and remove any cover
from the socket outlet provided at the
supply point. Insert the male plug at the
other end of the flexible orange supply
cable. Switch on the main switch at the site
supply point (if appropriate).
ELECTRICITY MAINS SUPPLY
Your motorhome’s main electrical installation is
designed to run on 230V at 50 hertz AC supply.
(vii) Place any surplus cable under the
motorhome. Ensure that the surplus cable is
not coiled up as it could overheat.
(viii) The MCB main electricity supply switch
should be put in the ‘ON’ position.
(ix) Check the RCD is working by pressing the
test button. Once pressed all electrical lights
and appliances should cease to operate.
Reset, and then check the electrical system
is operational.
CONNECTING TO MAINS SUPPLY ON
ARRIVAL AT SITE
Before connecting the motorhome installation to
the mains supply, check that:
(i)
The mains supply is suitable for your
installation and appliances, i.e. whether it is
AC or DC and whether it is at the correct
voltage and frequency.
(ii)
Your motorhome is properly earthed. Never
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GETTING STARTED
WIRING OF CONNECTING CABLE AND MOTORHOME MAINS INLET
WARNING: It is essential that connections are made exactly as shown. If terminal
markings are not in accordance with the above diagram they must be ignored.
(x) Finally in order to get your 12V system
operational, ensure the master 12V switch is
in the ‘ON’ position.
OVERSEAS ELECTRICAL CONNECTION
DISCONNECTING MAINS SUPPLY
WHEN LEAVING SITE
(i) Switch ‘OFF’ at the motorway mains
isolating switch.
(ii) Remove the male plug from the site supply.
(iii) Disconnect the female plug from the
motorhome and store the cable in an
appropriate locker.
Care must be taken when connecting supplies
abroad since the supplies can be of REVERSE
POLARITY.
Please Note: Connection to a mains voltage
supply OVERSEAS requires particular attention.
The significance of REVERSE POLARITY is that
when equipment is switched off, it may not be
electrically isolated. The only certain way of
making equipment safe is to unplug it.
A means of checking the polarity of the mains
supply when overseas is recommended. 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 set-up to
accept the site supply before actually switching
on.
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GETTING STARTED
GAS SUPPLY
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 6kg Calor Lite propane
cylinders available from motorhome dealers and
Calor gas retailers. For further information please
visit www.calorlite.co.uk.
Gas Regulator
Connection
Make sure that heating and cooking appliances
and gas cylinders are switched off.
Each gas appliance is connected to its own gas
isolation tap under the cooker. 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
Cooking Appliance
Space Heater
Hob
Your 2010 Motorhome is fitted with a Road
safe gas regulator.
The operating instructions are given below.
Intended use
The Truma SecuMotion gas-pressure regulator is
a device that ensures uniform gas pressure (30
mbar) with a permissible inlet pressure range of
0.3 - 16 bar.
SecuMotion regulates and monitors the
consumption of liquid gas. If the specified
consumption is exceeded or if the pressure at
the regulator outlet falls below 27 mbar (due to
gas pipe break, for example), the integrated gas
flow monitor will shut off the flow of gas. A high
pressure hose with a hose-break safety device is
essential for connecting the SecuMotion gas
pressure regulator to the gas cylinder.
Truma offers hoses with common connection
fittings to enable use of gas cylinders with various
valve connection sizes.
Your Motorhome has been supplied with a
hose for connection to a propane gas
bottle.
Refrigerator
The integrated overpressure safety device
complies with the requirements for a commercial
safety device against impermissible pressure
increases throughout Europe, a type tested
liquefied-gas heating system may be used while
driving (according to the EU directive 2001/56/
EC) if the system includes a regulator with an
appropriately configured gas installation.
Gas On/Off
Pressure regulating devices and hoses must be
replaced with new ones no more than 10 years
after their date of manufacture (every 8 years if
used commercially). This is the responsibility of
the operator.
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GETTING STARTED
ROAD SAFE GAS REGULATOR
Anytime after making changes, check the hose
connection to the cylinder valve for leaks (see
“Checking for leaks in the high pressure area”).
Operating instructions
The use of upright gas cylinders from which gas is
taken in the gas phase is mandatory for the
operation of gas regulators, gas equipment and
gas systems. Gas cylinders from which gas is
taken in the liquid phase (e.g. for fork lifts) must
not be used, since they would result in damage to
the gas system.
Exchanging hoses.
Please use the included screwing tool to attach
and remove the high pressure hoses. It will help
you generate the necessary tightening torque and
will prevent damage to the screw fittings, which
may otherwise result from using an improper
tool.
Taking into operation
Open gas remote switch if present.
Residual gas: No smoking! No open flames!
1.
Open the cylinder’s valve.
- Close the gas cylinder’s valve.
2.
Firmly press the green reset button on the
high pressure hose.
3.
Press gas flow monitor reset button (green
button) on gas pressure regulator slowly.
- Remove the high pressure hose from the gas
cylinder (or from the slip-on adapter) and from
the regulator inlet.
4.
Release gas flow monitor reset button
(green button) on gas pressure regulator
slowly (3 seconds). If no pressure point is
felt when the button is pressed again, the
regulator is ready for operation (repeat
procedure if necessary). Start the gasburning devices if desired. If the gas
cylinders are closed, SecuMotion may switch
off after an extended period of no usage.
When performing a hose change, please ensure
that the white gasket provided with the hose
(hose outlet - regulator inlet) is correctly
installed and not damaged.
We recommend that the gasket (part no. 5002076300) be replaced with every hose change.
- Screw country-specific high pressure hose to
SecuMotion inlet and cylinder (or to adapter).
Open the gas cylinder’s valve.
- Press the hose-break safety device and, if
necessary, the gas-flow monitor (see “Taking
into operation”).
Changing a gas cylinder
Please use the included screwing tool to attach
and remove the high pressure hoses. It will help
you generate the necessary tightening torque and
will prevent damage to the screw fittings, which
may otherwise result from using an improper
tool.
Anytime after making changes, check the hose
connections to the cylinder valve and to the inlet
of the SecuMotion gas-pressure regulator for
leaks.
When the cylinder is connected please ensure
that the high pressure hose is not placed under
any strain.
Residual gas: No smoking! No open flames!
- Close the empty gas cylinder’s valve.
- Remove the high pressure hose from the gas
cylinder and remove the clip-on adapter, if
present.
- Attach the high pressure hose to the full gas
cylinder and apply the clip-on adapter, if
present.
- Open the full cylinder’s valve.
- Press the hose-break safety device and the gasflow monitor (see “Taking into operation”).
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GETTING STARTED
High Pressure Gas Hoses
WATER SYSTEM
You should only connect to this regulator using a
length of approved high-pressure hose not
exceeding 450mm from the gas cylinder to the
regulator. These approved high-pressure hoses
are available from your Elddis Retailer. These
hoses are connected using screw thread fittings,
which will make a seal if connected and tightened
using a spanner. Once the hose is securely
connected turn on the gas tap above the
regulator, then turn on the gas bottle to allow gas
to flow into the caravan.
Filling your fresh water tank
In order to make all your caravan gas appliances
operational it is necessary to open each appliance
gas tap as detailed in previous column. All your
gas appliances should now be operational.
Instructions on how to use each appliance are
detailed later in your handbook.
Waste Water Tank
Your new Elddis motorhome is fitted with a
Whale Autofill water system. In order to fill up
and automatically top up your water tank from
either a fixed water supply or a water container
please follow the instruction given on the next
page.
Please take care not to over fill your tank it is
advised that someone monitors the water level in
the tank while filling is in progress.
Your new Explorer Group motorhome is also
fitted with a 601itre waste water tank. All waste
water excluding the toilet waste will run into the
waste water tank. The level of water in the tank
can be monitored using the control panel.
Opening the grey waste outlet provided on the
outside of the motorhome empties the tank.
Open the tap when the outlet is over a drain and
the water will run out of the tank.
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 caravan.
Draining Down Your Water System
(i)
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
(ii)
Disconnect the water pump and switch off
power supply.
Ventilation holes must be clear at all times.
(iii) Remove the water heater fuse from the
switch spur and store in a safe place.
(iv) Open the safety drain valve on the water
heater located next to the water heater.
(v)
Open all taps and remove all plugs from
sinks and showers. Lever operated taps
should have the lever put into the up and
central position.
(vi) Open both the blue and grey drain outlets
on the outside of your motorhome.
(vii) 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.
After 30 minutes level the motorhome and
prepare it for storage if necessary.
6-5
GETTING STARTED
How to fill your motorhome’s water tank
Your new Elddis motorhome is fitted with a Whale Autofill water system. In order to fill up and
automatically top up your water tank from either a fixed water supply or a water container please follow
the instruction given below.
Auto filling and top up using mains water stand pipe
Auto filling and top up from water container using submersible pump
6-6
GAS SAFETY ADVICE
GAS SAFETY ADVICE
LPG GAS SYSTEM
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.
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.
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.
It is recommended that no flammable material is
stored or placed within 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. You are
advised not to use any additional gas appliances
outside your motorhome unless it is a Gas
Barbecue connected via the Barbecue point
supplied with your motorhome.
See Index - Ventilation
FACTS ABOUT LPG
•
LPG is not poisonous.
•
Bi-products are harmless.
•
LPG is dangerous if all air and oxygen is
excluded.
•
LPG has been given a smell by the
manufacturers in order to identify leaks.
•
The gas is heavier than air and therefore
sinks to the lowest point.
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.
AWNING SPACES, LPG AND
APPLIANCE EXHAUST
There is no danger of pollution of an enclosed
awning space from the LPG exhaust from a
refrigerator venting into it. Space heaters may
produce sufficient exhaust to pollute the awning
space, if it is totally enclosed, from a general
comfort, smell and hygiene point of view. In
extreme cases there could be a build up of
carbon dioxide to a dangerous level. Motorhome
owners are advised to allow some fresh air
circulation in the awning space when such
appliances are in use.
Please Note: Ventilation holes must be clear at
all times.
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GAS SAFETY ADVICE
7-2
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
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 MCB’s
(miniature circuit breakers). These take the place
of the conventional fuse but are more convenient.
In the event of a fault the MCB ‘trips’ i.e.
automatically moves to the OFF position. After
elimination of the fault the MCB can be re-set by
switching to the ON position (against the spring
pressure in an upwards direction). 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 can only be re-set after
elimination of the fault.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
12v POWER SUPPLY
Battery Installation
Your motorhome will be fitted with a BCA
Leisure charging and power distribution unit.
If you wish to install a leisure battery please
ensure that it is placed on the battery tray
supplied with your motorhome. Then place the
tray in the battery locker fitted to the side of
your motorhome. 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 20 hours discharge
rate.
Please Note: 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.
Battery Maintenance
Your leisure battery should be maintained in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
For information on the automatic charging
system in your motorhome please refer to
‘Automatic Charging System’ in the index.
Caution: Lamp holder-plugs (bayonet- cap
adaptors) should not be used under any
circumstances.
Do not charge your leisure battery with any
charger other than that supplied. Failure to
comply may cause damage to your battery. If you
remove your leisure battery, ensure that it is not
placed on a cold surface as the battery will
deteriorate more rapidly than if stored at a
suitable temperature
To re-set, operate the switch as for MCB’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.
Resetting the RCD
Generators / Charger
Please Note: Simultaneous operation of all of
the 230V mains electrical equipment may not be
possible. A typical UK site mains hook-up point
provides a maximum output of 16 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.
All electrical equipment fitted in your new
motorhome can be run from either a controlled
generator or charger whose output is maintained
between 11volts and 14volts.
At least once every 3 years, the motorhome
electrical installation should be inspected and
tested, and a report on its condition obtained, as
prescribed in British Standard BS7671.
230v POWER SUPPLY
230V mains equipment typical consumption
figures:
• Refrigerator ............................................ 0.50 amps
• Charger .................................................... 0.50 amps
• Water heater ............................................ 3.9 amps
• Blown air heaters .................................... 8.5 amps
• Colour TV ............................................... 3.33 amps
Mains Unit
The Mains Unit replaces the conventional fuse
box. Similar, but larger ones are often fitted in
new houses. The unit, normally located in the
wardrobe, gives overloads and earth leakage
protection for the 230V electrical supply in your
motorhome.
8-1
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
AUTOMATIC CHARGING SYSTEM
The battery charger will operate automatically
when the motorhome is connected to the mains
outlet on a motorhome site. The 12V system,
with the exception of the 12V refrigerator and
battery charging, will not operate when the
motorhome is connected to the towing vehicle.
CHECK all motorhome equipment is set-up to
accept the site supply before actually switching
on.
INTERNAL LIGHTS
Your new Aspire motorhome is fitted with all
LED lighting.
You should not need to replace these long life
lights, however should the need arrive please only
replace these lights with identical lights which are
available from your Elddis retailer.
MAXIMUM BULB RATINGS FOR
INTERNAL LIGHTS
Type of Light
Maximum Bulb Rating
Front locker light ......................................... 20 watts
Downlighters ............................................... 1.2 watts
Reading lights ............................................... 1.2 watts
Floor LED .................................................. 0.36 watts
Under locker strip lights 300mm ............ 1.2 watts
Under locker strip lights 600mm ............ 2.2 watts
Awning lights ................................................ 10 watts
Please Note: Ensure that you only replace a
blown bulb with one of the same rating. Never
replace a bulb with one with a higher rating.You
should ensure that when fitted, no bulb is in
contact with the surface of the lamp or shade.
8-2
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
HOW TO USE YOUR
MOTORHOMES EQUIPMENT
Within this section of your motorhomes
handbook we will give you brief details on how
to operate all of the motorhomes equipment
from the gas cooking equipment to the window
blinds. For further details on the major
equipment within your motorhome please read
the individual appliance instructions contained
with your user information pack.
Please Note: Before attempting to use any gas
equipment please ensure that the gas bottle is
connected securely to the motorhomes regulator
via a high pressure gas hose and the bottle valve
is in the on position. Also ensure the appliance
isolation valves are in the on position as shown in
the gas system section.
Figure 1
Please Note: Before attempting to use any
electrical appliance please ensure that you have
connected the mains connection cable to a mains
hook up and that the mains isolation switch is in
the on position. Ensure the 12V master switch is
in the ON position. This is found in the side of
the unit next to the entrance door.
From the inside
To open the door
Ensure the locking pins on the inside of the door
are in the position shown in figure 1 and then
close the door using a reasonable force.
Note. The door fitted is of a burst proof type and
therefore requires more force to close than a
normal motorhome door.
HOW TO OPERATE YOUR
MOTORHOME ENTRANCE DOOR
Turn the inside door knob clockwise while
simultaneously pushing the door open. The knob
will return to its original position once you
release it.
From the Outside
To Unlock
Insert the key and turn key anti clockwise until it
is in a vertical position, then return it to a
horizontal position. This will unlock the door.
To close and lock the door
Turn the knob anti clockwise the knob will click
into a position and remain there. The door is now
locked. Please note that due to British Safety
standards this door cannot be locked using a key
from the inside.
Now pull the handle toward you and the door
should open.
To lock the door.
Ensure the locking pins on the inside of the door
are in the position shown in figure 1 and then
close the door using a reasonable force.
CAUTION It is strongly recommended that
only Gas Safe Register™ approved gas fitters
carry out any work on your motorhomes gas
installation.
Note. The door fitted is of a burst proof type and
therefore requires more force to close than a
normal motorhome door.
High Pressure Gas Hoses
Once the door is closed insert the key and turn
the key clockwise until it is in the vertical
position then returning it to the horizontal
position. Remove the key then pull the handle to
ensure the door is locked.
You should only connect to this regulator using a
length of approved high-pressure hose not
exceeding 450mm from the gas cylinder to the
regulator. These approved high-pressure hoses
are available from your Explorer Group Retailer.
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HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
These hoses are connected using screw thread
fittings, which will make a seal if connected and
tightened using a spanner. Once the hose is
securely connected turn on the gas tap above the
regulator, then turn on the gas bottle to allow gas
to flow into the motorhome.
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.
In order to make all your motorhome gas
appliances operational it is necessary to open
each appliance gas tap as detailed in previous
column. All your gas appliances should now be
operational. Instructions on how to use each
appliance are detailed later in your handbook.
Ventilation holes must be clear at all times.
ELECTRICAL CONTROL PANEL
1 Button for control of car and leisure batteries
voltage (in Volt) and for the regolation of the
programmable parameters’ setting (see SETTING).
2 Button for the control of drink water tank (in %),
for drinking water refilling function operation (see
“DRINK WATER TANK REFILLING” function) and
for the regolation of the programmable parameters’
setting (see SETTING).
3 “PROG” button for system setting (see SETTING).
4 On/off main button (to turn on/off press for 2
seconds): at the start-up the display carries out a
functioning test and shows all symbols (including
unused symbols). If the relevant LED is green the
control panel is on, if it is red an alarm is on
(batteries, tanks, etc.).
5 Button to switch the lights on and off.
6 Button to switch the pump on and off.
7 Awning light button; this ext. light switches
automatically off when you start up the engine,
depends on the button rif.5.
NOTE: The watch is supplied from the leisure battery
(B2).
Should B2 be disconnected, the watch is able to keep
working, without visualization, for about 2 weeks.
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HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
MAIN DISPLAYS
1
It indicates that the 230V net is connected.
10 It displays that alarm clock is set.
2
It displays that the car battery recharging unit is
on.
11 Drinking water tank status display.
3
It displays that the battery parallel is on when
engine is on.
13 It displays that the drinking water tank is empty.
4
It indicates that the engine is on.
5
External temperature digital indicator.
6
Internal temperature digital indicator.
7
Clock digital display.
8
It displays the setting menu.
9
It displays that the tones are off.
12 “B2” leisure battery status display.
14 It displays that the waste water tank is full.
15 It displays the minimum voltage device is on.
16
It displays that the car battery (B1) has run
down.,
17 It displays that the leisure battery (B2) has run
down.
FUNCTIONS
on, the symbol ref. 17 starts blinking, you hear a
short beep. When the leisure battery voltage
reaches 10.5V, the Leisure Battery Discharge
alarm goes automatically on, the symbol ref. 17
starts blinking, you hear two short beeps. Alarms
go off when the voltage goes above 12.5V.
CAR BATTERY ALARM (B1)
When car battery voltage goes below 12V, Car
Battery Discharge alarm goes on and the symbol
ref. 16 starts blinking. Alarm goes off when the
voltage goes above 12.5V
LEISURE BATTERY RECHARGE (B2)
CAR BATTERY RECHARGE (B1)
a) Through engine alternator: through spreader
relays while engine is running. The ignition
controls the relays electronically: parallel, fridge,
awning light, etc.
With battery charger: an electronic device allows
the recharge (max 2A) of car battery (B1).
Priority is given to leisure battery (B2) charge.
LEISURE BATTERY ALARM (B2)
b) trough 230V net: pad system through battery
charger.
When leisure battery voltage reaches 11.5V the
leisure battery reserve alarm goes automatically
c) trough solar panel: through solar charge
regulator.
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HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
FUNCTIONS (continued)
AWNING LIGHT AUTOMATIC TURN OFF
MINIMUM VOLTAGE CONTROL (BATTERY
PROTECTION)
An electronic device switches off the awning light
when engine is turned on
The electronic battery protection device
disconnects the 12V users when leisure battery
reaches 10V and disables: pump, lights, awning
light, stove, 12V sockets, Omniventfans, motorized
bed and TV antenna. Symbol ref. 15 is the visual
alarm signal.
DIGITAL CLOCK
To set clock see “SETTING”.
ALARM CLOCK
To set and activate/deactivate the alarm clock see
“SETTING”. To reset alarm press any test button;
there is no delayed alarm!
It is possible to connect all users for one more
minute by pressing the on/off button (ref. 4 on
control panel).
TEMPERATURE
- Both int. and ext. temperatures have a sensor,
which is placed inside or outside of the vehicle.
The control panel automatically turns off with a
voltage lower than 9.5V.
- The precision of the temperature value is ±1
°C.
Users are automatically reconnected with a
voltage higher than 13.5V.
ELECTRONIC BATTERY SEPARATOR
This device doesn’t control the the 12V users
connected directly to the leisure battery 132.
An electronic device controlled by the ignition
switches on the batteries parallel when the car
battery voltage is over 13,5V and switches off
when engine is off or voltage is lower than 12.2V.
This device operates only if the B2 leisure battery
is connected.
TANKS
a) Drinking water tank with electronic probe:
visualization in % (steps of 5%). b) Waste water
tank with screw probe.
This device controls the relays of the users
depending from exit simulating +OUT D+ (3 way
function fridge, awning light, antenna motion, etc.).
DRINKING WATER TANKALARM
Alarm turns on when drinking water level goes
below 15% of the tank capacity and automatically
turns off when level exceeds 25%. Alarm is
acoustic (when engine is off), visual (symbol ref.
13 blinking).
WASTE WATER TANK ALARM
Alarm turns on when the waste water level
exceeds the screw sensor level.
Alarm is shown acoustically (when engine is off)
and visually with the symbol ref. 14 blinking.
DRINKING WATER TANK REFILLING
This function is used during the drinking water
refilling and indicates the water level during
refilling.
To activate this function press the “test tank”
button ref.2 for more than 2 seconds, until the
“water refilling” is displayed on the screen.
The control panel beeps in order to warn that
tank is getting filled: one short beep at 75%, two
short beep at 85% and a long beep at 95%.
To exit this function press buttons ref. 1 or 2.
9-4
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
USER’S SETTING
•
•
To enter the set mode, press the “PROG”
button (ref. 3) for more than 2 seconds from
the main clock screen.
Select, by pushing the arrow keys ref. 1 and 2,
the setting menu you want to operate and
then confirm by pushing the “PROG” button
ref. 3;
- by selecting “CLOCK” you operate the
menu to set only the parameters clock and
alarm clock
- by selecting “SYSTEM” you operate the
menu to set all parameters.
•
By using the arrow keys ref. 1 and 2 you can
modify the setting of the parameters.
•
Confirm the setting by pushing the “PROG”
button (ref. 3), you then go automatically to
next parameter.
•
Press the “PROG” button (ref. 3) more than
once to save the settings and exit the setting
mode.
•
To exit without saving wait 30 seconds
without pressing any key.
•
Clock setting
- HOURS (blinking)
- MINUTES (blinking)
•
Activation of alarm clock
- ON (activation)
- OFF (deactivation)
•
Set alarm clock time (only if alarm clock
has been previously activated)
- ON (activation)
- OFF (deactivation)
CLOCK SETTING
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SYSTEM SETTING
9-6
•
Clock setting
- HOURS (blinking)
- MINUTES (blinking)
•
Activation of alarm clock
- ON (activation)
- OFF (deactivation)
•
Set alarm clock time (only if alarm clock
has been previously activated)
- ON (activation)
- OFF (deactivation)
•
Backlight colour selection
•
Display’s backlight setting when control
panel is in stand-by
•
Activation/Deactivation of acoustic
alarms
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
SYSTEM SETTING (continued)
9-7
•
Setting internal temperature,
step 0.5ºC
•
Setting external temperature,
step 0.5ºC
•
Setting of the leisure battery
“B2” voltmeter.
Max. value +/- 0.5V, step 0.1V
•
Setting of the car battery “B1”
voltmeter.
Max. value +/- 0.5V,, step 0.1V
•
Activation/Deactivation visualisation in
bars of the leisure battery and fresh
water status in the starting page.
- ON (activation)
- OFF (deactivation)
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
shut towards the end of lowering.This
is caused by the travel lock action of
the hinges as it is activated. Make sure
all fingers are removed from appliance
when closing the lid.
COOKING EQUIPMENT
WARNINGS
(i) All pans should be mounted centrally
over the burners, even when cooling, to
protect adjacent walls.
(ii) Do not lower the glass cover until hob
has cooled down.
(iii) Glass lids may shatter when heated.
Turn off all burners and grill before
shutting the lid.The glass cover should
be raised when operating the grill.
(iv) Accessible parts may be hot when the
grill and oven are in use.Young children
should be kept away.
(v) Do not use grill or oven as a space
heater.
(vi) When you are cooking it is essential to
provide additional ventilation, such as
opening windows near grill, cooker and
oven.
•
The glass lid has a tendency to snap
•
Young children should be supervised to
ensure that they do not play with the
appliance.
Control panel
Ensure the electricity is switched on.
USING THE APPLIANCE
CAUTIONS
• Glass lids may shatter when heated.
Turn off all hotplates and allow to cool
before closing the glass lid.
Remove all spillage from the surface of
the glass lid before opening.
The appliance is not intended for use
by young children or infirm persons
without supervision.
Electric Hotplate
Gas Hob
•
•
The hotplate control is numbered from 1 to 6. To
turn it on, rotate the knob either clockwise or
anti-clockwise to the required position. Position 1
is the coolest setting.
To turn the hotplate off, rotate the knob until the
line or pointer on the knob lines up with the zero
on the control panel.
The hotplate is a sealed
construction and transfers heat
through conduction. For
maximum efficiency a correctly
sized pan with a flat heavy gauge
base should be used. Pan size
should be the same or slightly
larger (up to 1”/2.5cm oversize).
Before using your hotplate for
the first time, we recommend
that you prime and then season
it.
To prime it, switch on the
hotplate for a short period,
without a pan, to harden and
burn off the coating. Use a
medium to high setting for 3-5
minutes. A non toxic smoke may
occur during this process. Allow
it to cool, then season.
4 burner hob
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To season, first heat the hotplate for 30 seconds
on a medium setting, then switch off. Pour a
minimal amount of unsalted vegetable oil onto a
clean dry cloth or paper towel, and apply a thin
coat of oil to the hotplate surface. Wipe off any
excess oil, then heat the hotplate on a medium
setting for one minute. Occasional seasoning will
help to maintain its appearance.
burner is the rear left, and for the left hand
control units this burner is the front right.
In all cases, care should be taken not to overload
the appliance as reduced performance may result.
When using small pans, the flame should not
spread beyond the base of the pan as this will
reduce the efficiency of the burner.
Do’s and Don’ts
Gas Burners
DO read the user instructions carefully before
using the appliance for the first time.
Ensure the gas cylinder is turned on.
In the event of a gas smell turn off at the cylinder
and contact supplier.
DO allow the burners to heat before using the
first time, in order to expel any smells before
the introduction of food.
Burners - Each burner is controlled individually
and is monitored by a flame supervision device. In
the event of the burner flames being accidentally
extinguished, turn off the burner control and do
not attempt to re-ignite the burner for at least
one minute.
DO clean the appliance regularly.
DO remove spills as soon as they occur.
DO check that controls are in the off position
when finished.
To light the burner, press in and turn the knob
anti-clockwise to the full rate position and apply a
light to the burner or press the ignition button if
fitted. It is necessary to hold the knob depressed
during ignition and for approximately fifteen
seconds after the burner has lit to allow the
probe to reach temperature. Should the flame go
out when the knob is released, the procedure
should be repeated holding the knob depressed
for slightly longer.
DO NOT allow children near the appliance when
in use. Turn pan handles away from the front
so that they cannot be caught accidentally.
Using the appliance
LEAKS
For simmering, turn the knob further anticlockwise to the low rate position.
If a smell of gas becomes apparent, turn off supply
IMMEDIATELY at the cylinder. Extinguish naked
lights including cigarettes and pipes. Do not
operate electrical switches. Open all doors and
windows to disperse any gas escape. Butane/
Propane gas is heavier than air; any gas escaping
will therefore collect at low level. The strong
unpleasant smell of gas will enable the general
area of the leak to be detected. Check that the
gas is not escaping from an unlit appliance. Never
check for leaks with a naked flame; leak
investigation should be carried out using a leak
detector spray or soapy solution.
DO NOT allow fats or oils to build up in the
base of the hotplate.
DO NOT use abrasive cleaners or powders that
will scratch the surfaces of the hotplate.
DO NOT under any circumstances use the
appliance as a space heater.
To turn the burner off, rotate knob fully
clockwise until the line on the knob lines up with
the dot on the control panel.
The burners on this appliance have fixed aeration
and no adjustment is required. Depending on the
gas being used, the burners should flame as
follows:
Propane - the flames should burn quietly
with a blue/green colour with no sign of
yellow tips.
Butane - Normally on initial lighting, as small
amount of yellow tipping will occur and then
slightly increases as the burner heats up.
Each burner will accommodate pans from 10 to
20cm apart from one burner which will accept a
22cm pan. For right hand control units this
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Gas Grill
Gas Oven
(i) Turn the grill control knob to the high flame
position and with the knob depressed press
the electronic ignitor button. If the grill does
not light within 20 seconds then turn off the
grill control knob for at least 30 seconds
before trying again.
(i) Turn the gas oven control knob to
maximum then depress the knob while
pressing the electronic ignitor button. If the
oven does not light within 20 seconds turn
off the control knob and wait for 30
seconds before trying again.
(ii) Once the grill lights it will be necessary to
keep the grill control knob depressed for 5
to 10 seconds to ensure the flame failure
device is heated enough to operate.
(ii) Once the oven is lit it will be necessary to
keep the control knob depressed for 5 to
10 seconds to ensure the flame failure
device is heated up enough to operate.
Grill control knob
Oven control knob
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REFRIGERATOR MODEL THETFORD N3112E (Aspire 215)
1 Refrigerator door
2 Freezer door
3 Door lock
4 Security lock (dependent on model)
5 Control panel LED
6 Freezer compartment
7 Ice cube tray
8 Refrigerator compartment
9 Cooling fins
10 Storage shelves
11 Vegetable bin
12 Serial label
13 Door bins
14 Bottle retainer
LED Control Panel
5
5a
5b
5c
Control Panel LED
On/Off Switch
Confirmation Button
Arrow buttons
5d
5e
5f
5g
Before operating and using this refrigerator we
advise you to read the manual.
Symbol Sources
Cooling LevelIndicators
Symbol ‘anti-condensation’ (only for fridge freezer)
Symbol ‘batteries empty’ (optional extra)
Use of gas
•
For correct and safe use of this refrigerator, you
need to observe several precautions and general
recommendations. If these instructions have not
been followed, warranty claims will not be
accepted.
•
•
What to do if you smell gas:
Directly close the valve of the gas bottle,
extinguish any naked flames, do not switch on any
electrical devices or lighting, open the windows
and leave the room. Then contact the Customer
Service Department in your country or holiday
location.
•
•
•
What to do if you smell a pungent odour
from the cooling system:
Switch off the refrigerator, extinguish any naked
flames, provide sufficient ventilation through
vents, windows and doors. Then contact the
Customer Service Department in your country
or holiday location.
•
•
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The refrigerator only runs on liquid gas
(propane, butane or a mixture of these). It
does not run on natural gas or coal gas.
Only use gas which is mentioned on the
serial label inside the refrigerator.
It is recommended to use an additional filter
when operating on Liquefied Petroleum Gas
(LPG).
Make sure the type and position of the gas
bottle meets the latest technical regulations.
Change the gas bottle in open air and out of
reach of any possible source of ignition.
Never obstruct the ventilation openings in
the gas bottle storage location.
Keep flammable material away from the
refrigerator.
Do not use gas to power your refrigerator in
the vicinity of petrol stations.
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
When selecting gas, the flame should be ignited
within 30 seconds. If the system fails, restart the
refrigerator and select the gas source again.
To secure optimal performance, level your vehicle
before operating the refrigerator.
From about 1000m above sea level problems of a
physical nature can occur when lighting the gas.
This does not mean that the refrigerator is not
working properly.
We advise to clean the inside of the refrigerator
properly before using your refrigerator.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
To switch on the refrigerator, push the on/off
switch and hold it for 1 second. A light in the
on/off switch will turn green.
After 10 seconds the settings will dim. The
green light indicates the refrigerator is still in
function.
To check the settings push the confirmation
button. The last selected settings will light up.
For optimal performance, switch on the
refrigerator 8 hours before placing food.
After switching on the refrigerator, push the
confirmation button and hold it for 2
seconds. The symbols for the sources light up
and start to blink.
Choose the desired source by pushing the
arrow buttons.
Confirm your choice with the confirmation
button.
Selecting cooling level
After switching on the refrigerator, push the
confirmation button and hold it for 2 seconds.
The symbols for the sources start to blink. Push
the confirmation button again.
The cooling level indicators start to blink. Use the
arrow button to choose the desired cooling level.
Confirm your choice with the confirmation
button.
Your refrigerator meets the climate class SN
requirements according to EN/ISO 7371 at a
temperature of 10ºC to 32ºC.
We advise to set the refrigerator on cooling level
3, with an ambient temperature between 15ºC
and 25ºC. A higher temperature needs a higher
cooling level, a lower temperature a lower level.
Sources
To improve the cooling performance of your
refrigerator in high temperatures, Thetford
advises to install the Ventilator Kit. It helps to
detract the warm air quicker to the vents. The
ventilator kit is suitable for all Thetford
refrigerators.
220V- The refrigerator is powered
240V by the mains.
-
+
12V
The refrigerator is powered by the
battery of your vehicle.
Gas
The refrigerator is powered by the
gas connection of a gas bottle.
Use of refrigerator compartment
The refrigerator is only operated, when the
control panel is powered. A stand-alone model
(installed by your dealer) is operational using AA
batteries in the event of no mains or battery.
Storage shelves and door bins can be moved to
different heights, make sure the door can still be
closed after reorganising shelves and bins.
Moving storage shelves
Open the small cover
underneath the control panel,
place 6 new 1.5V AA/LR6
batteries as shown.
Turn the plastic clamp on the
right side of the storage shelf
upwards, as shown. Lift the right
side a bit, and move the storage
shelf to the desired position. First
place the left side of the storage
shelf in the refrigerator wall, then the right side in
the corresponding groove. Turn the plastic clamp
downwards.Your storage shelf is fixated again.
Always use the gas connection or mains voltage
to start up and cool. Operating on 12V is only
effective while the engine of the vehicle is
running.
The performance of the refrigerator, by operation
on 12V, is dependent on the thickness and length
of the wiring and the overall installation of the
vehicle.
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HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
Moving door bins
Cleaning
Push a door bin out of the
locking with both hands, as
shown. Place this door bin back
in the desired position and push
it back on the locking. The door
bin is fixated again.
It is important to regularly clean the refrigerator
for optimal performance. Clean the inside with a
soft cloth and a a mild household cleaner. Use a
wet, soft cloth for the outside of the refrigerator.
Make sure the vents on the outside of the vehicle
are always dust-tight.
While driving
Never clean your refrigerator with soap or
agressive, caustic or soda-based cleaning
agents.
In Europe it is only allowed to run your
refrigerator on gas while driving, if a gas system
with break protection is installed and local
regulations are respected.
The loose parts of the refrigerator are not
suitable for the dishwasher.
Because of varying outside conditions during
driving, good performance on gas can’t be
guaranteed. Therefore Thetford does not advise
to run your refrigerator on gas while driving.
Water through the vents may damage your
refrigerator.Therefore install winter covers
before washing your vehicle.
Defrosting
Make sure all products in your
refrigerator can’t move while
driving. Secure the bottles in the
door with the bottle retainer
and fixate all food on the
storage shelves.
Before defrosting the refrigerator or storing your
vehicle, switch off the refrigerator. Push the on/off
switch and hold it for 2 seconds to switch off the
refrigerator. All lights will go out.
A layer of ice on the cooling fins will decrease the
cooling capacity and durability of your
refrigerator. Therefore your refrigerator is
provided with an automatic system, which
prevents ice formation.
When you close and press the door of the
refrigerator, the door locks automatically. While
driving, this door lock also secures the door.
Some models have an extra
security lock on the bottom of
the refrigerator. To be sure the
door will not open while
driving, push the black security
lock over the pin on the door.
Despite this system, it is also possible to manually
defrost your refrigerator on occasion. Remove all
food, wrap it tightly in newspaper and put it on a
cold place or in a insulated bag. Then open the
doors. Put dry towels in the refrigerator to catch
the remaining water. When the refrigerator is
defrosted, thoroughly dry the inside.
Never let children play or hide in the refrigerator.
Children can be trapped and possibly suffocate.
Do not speed up the defrosting process by
removing the ice layer with force or sharp
objects or by using a hairdryer.
Winter Use
When you are going to use the refrigerator with
an outside temperature below 10ºC, install a
suitable winter cover.
The cover will protect your refrigerator against
too cold air and makes sure the refrigerator will
still perform optimally.
Make sure you remove the winter cover again
once the temperature is above 10ºC.
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Rotate the hook at door lock
45 degrees and lock it in place
by using the strike plate.
Storage
If you do not expect to use your refrigerator for
a longer period, it is important to thoroughly
empty, defrost and clean the complete
refrigerator. Then install the winter cover over
the vents, to protect your refrigerator during
storage.
•
To prevent odours and mould in the refrigerator,
keep all doors open during storage.
•
Make sure the gas taps of the gas bottle are
closed during storage.
Water through the vents may damage your
refrigerator. Therefore install winter covers
before washing your vehicle.
Troubleshooting
Some problems are indicated through blinking lights on your control panel. First read the instructions
below. If this will not solve the problem, contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.
The refrigerator does not work on 230V
•
Check if the mains is available.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
The refrigerator does not work on 12V
•
Check if the 12V fuse in the fuse box of your motorhome or car is still operational.
•
Make sure the engine is running.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
The refrigerator does not work on gas
•
Check if the gas bottle is not empty.
•
Check if the valve of the gas bottle and all shut-off valves are open.
•
Switch the refrigerator off and on again.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
What can I do, when the refrigerator does not start?
•
Check if you switched on the refrigerator according to the instructions, if the vehicle stands level or
if there is an available energy source to start the refrigerator with. If unsuccessful, please contact your
dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.
The refrigerator does not cool sufficiently, what can I do?
•
Check if the vents aren’t covered or blocked from the outside, if the refrigerator stands level, if the
highest cooling level of the refrigerator is selected, if the door of the refrigerator still closes properly
or if there is not too much ice on the fooling fins. If not successful, contact your dealer or Thetford.
All lights on the control panel are blinking, what should I do?
•
Contact your dealer or Thetford Service Centre.
I just replaced the batteries, but the batteries empty symbol is already blinking?
•
Check if you have used only new 1.5V AA/LR6 batteries. Rechargeable batteries for this function do
not work.
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FRIDGE FREEZER MODEL THETFORD N3175A (Aspire 240/255/265)
1 Refrigerator door
2 Freezer door
3 Door lock
4 Security lock (dependent on model)
5 Control panel LED
6 Freezer compartment
7 Ice cube tray
8 Refrigerator compartment
9 Cooling fins
10 Storage shelves
11 Vegetable bin
12 Serial label
13 Door bins
14 Bottle retainer
LED Control Panel
5
5a
5b
5c
Control Panel LED
On/Off Switch
Confirmation Button
Arrow buttons
5d
5e
5f
5g
Before operating and using this refrigerator we
advise you to read the manual.
Symbol Sources
Cooling LevelIndicators
Symbol ‘anti-condensation’
Symbol ‘batteries empty’ (optional extra)
Use of gas
•
For correct and safe use of this refrigerator, you
need to observe several precautions and general
recommendations. If these instructions have not
been followed, warranty claims will not be
accepted.
•
•
What to do if you smell gas:
Directly close the valve of the gas bottle,
extinguish any naked flames, do not switch on any
electrical devices or lighting, open the windows
and leave the room. Then contact the Customer
Service Department in your country or holiday
location.
•
•
•
What to do if you smell a pungent odour
from the cooling system:
Switch off the refrigerator, extinguish any naked
flames, provide sufficient ventilation through
vents, windows and doors. Then contact the
Customer Service Department in your country
or holiday location.
•
•
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The refrigerator only runs on liquid gas
(propane, butane or a mixture of these). It
does not run on natural gas or coal gas.
Only use gas which is mentioned on the
serial label inside the refrigerator.
It is recommended to use an additional filter
when operating on Liquefied Petroleum Gas
(LPG).
Make sure the type and position of the gas
bottle meets the latest technical regulations.
Change the gas bottle in open air and out of
reach of any possible source of ignition.
Never obstruct the ventilation openings in
the gas bottle storage location.
Keep flammable material away from the
refrigerator.
Do not use gas to power your refrigerator in
the vicinity of petrol stations.
HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS
When selecting gas, the flame should be ignited
within 30 seconds. If the system fails, restart the
refrigerator and select the gas source again.
To secure optimal performance, level your vehicle
before operating the refrigerator.
From about 1000m above sea level problems of a
physical nature can occur when lighting the gas.
This does not mean that the refrigerator is not
working properly.
We advise to clean the inside of the refrigerator
properly before using your refrigerator.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
To switch on the refrigerator, push the on/off
switch and hold it for 1 second. A light in the
on/off switch will turn green.
After 10 seconds the settings will dim. The
green light indicates the refrigerator is still in
function.
To check the settings push the confirmation
button. The last selected settings will light up.
For optimal performance, switch on the
refrigerator 8 hours before placing food.
After switching on the refrigerator, push the
confirmation button and hold it for 2
seconds. The symbols for the sources light up
and start to blink.
Choose the desired source by pushing the
arrow buttons.
Confirm your choice with the confirmation
button.
Selecting cooling level
After switching on the refrigerator, push the
confirmation button and hold it for 2 seconds.
The symbols for the sources start to blink. Push
the confirmation button again.
The cooling level indicators start to blink. Use the
arrow button to choose the desired cooling level.
Confirm your choice with the confirmation
button.
Your refrigerator meets the climate class SN
requirements according to EN/ISO 7371 at a
temperature of 10ºC to 32ºC.
We advise to set the refrigerator on cooling level
3, with an ambient temperature between 15ºC
and 25ºC. A higher temperature needs a higher
cooling level, a lower temperature a lower level.
Sources
To improve the cooling performance of your
refrigerator in high temperatures, Thetford
advises to install the Ventilator Kit. It helps to
detract the warm air quicker to the vents. The
ventilator kit is suitable for all Thetford
refrigerators.
220V- The refrigerator is powered
240V by the mains.
-
+
12V
The refrigerator is powered by the
battery of your vehicle.
Gas
The refrigerator is powered by the
gas connection of a gas bottle.
Use of refrigerator compartment
The refrigerator is only operated, when the
control panel is powered. A stand-alone model
(installed by your dealer) is operational using AA
batteries in the event of no mains or battery.
Storage shelves and door bins can be moved to
different heights, make sure the door can still be
closed after reorganising shelves and bins.
Moving storage shelves
Open the small cover
underneath the control panel,
place 6 new 1.5V AA/LR6
batteries as shown.
Turn the plastic clamp on the
right side of the storage shelf
upwards, as shown. Lift the right
side a bit, and move the storage
shelf to the desired position. First
place the left side of the storage
shelf in the refrigerator wall, then the right side in
the corresponding groove. Turn the plastic clamp
downwards.Your storage shelf is fixated again.
Always use the gas connection or mains voltage
to start up and cool. Operating on 12V is only
effective while the engine of the vehicle is
running.
The performance of the refrigerator, by operation
on 12V, is dependent on the thickness and length
of the wiring and the overall installation of the
vehicle.
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HOW TO USE YOUR MOTORHOME’S EQUIPMENT
Moving door bins
Cleaning
Push a door bin out of the
locking with both hands, as
shown. Place this door bin back
in the desired position and push
it back on the locking. The door
bin is fixated again.
It is important to regularly clean the refrigerator
for optimal performance. Clean the inside with a
soft cloth and a a mild household cleaner. Use a
wet, soft cloth for the outside of the refrigerator.
Make sure the vents on the outside of the vehicle
are always dust-tight.
While driving
Never clean your refrigerator with soap or
agressive, caustic or soda-based cleaning
agents.
In Europe it is only allowed to run your
refrigerator on gas while driving, if a gas system
with break protection is installed and local
regulations are respected.
The loose parts of the refrigerator are not
suitable for the dishwasher.
Because of varying outside conditions during
driving, good performance on gas can’t be
guaranteed. Therefore Thetford does not advise
to run your refrigerator on gas while driving.
Water through the vents may damage your
refrigerator.Therefore install winter covers
before washing your vehicle.
Defrosting
Make sure all products in your
refrigerator can’t move while
driving. Secure the bottles in the
door with the bottle retainer
and fixate all food on the
storage shelves.
Before defrosting the refrigerator or storing your
vehicle, switch off the refrigerator. Push the on/off
switch and hold it for 2 seconds to switch off the
refrigerator. All lights will go out.
A layer of ice on the cooling fins will decrease the
cooling capacity and durability of your
refrigerator. Therefore your refrigerator is
provided with an automatic system, which
prevents ice formation.
When you close and press the door of the
refrigerator, the door locks automatically. While
driving, this door lock also secures the door.
Some models have an extra
security lock on the bottom of
the refrigerator. To be sure the
door will not open while
driving, push the black security
lock over the pin on the door.
Despite this system, it is also possible to manually
defrost your refrigerator on occasion. Remove all
food, wrap it tightly in newspaper and put it on a
cold place or in a insulated bag. Then open the
doors. Put dry towels in the refrigerator to catch
the remaining water. When the refrigerator is
defrosted, thoroughly dry the inside.
Never let children play or hide in the refrigerator.
Children can be trapped and possibly suffocate.
Do not speed up the defrosting process by
removing the ice layer with force or sharp
objects or by using a hairdryer.
Winter Use
When you are going to use the refrigerator with
an outside temperature below 10ºC, install a
suitable winter cover.
The cover will protect your refrigerator against
too cold air and makes sure the refrigerator will
still perform optimally.
Make sure you remove the winter cover again
once the temperature is above 10ºC.
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Rotate the hook at door lock
45 degrees and lock it in place
by using the strike plate.
Storage
If you do not expect to use your refrigerator for
a longer period, it is important to thoroughly
empty, defrost and clean the complete
refrigerator. Then install the winter cover over
the vents, to protect your refrigerator during
storage.
•
To prevent odours and mould in the refrigerator,
keep all doors open during storage.
•
Make sure the gas taps of the gas bottle are
closed during storage.
Water through the vents may damage your
refrigerator. Therefore install winter covers
before washing your vehicle.
Troubleshooting
Some problems are indicated through blinking lights on your control panel. First read the instructions
below. If this will not solve the problem, contact your dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.
The refrigerator does not work on 230V
•
Check if the mains is available.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
The refrigerator does not work on 12V
•
Check if the 12V fuse in the fuse box of your motorhome or car is still operational.
•
Make sure the engine is running.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
The refrigerator does not work on gas
•
Check if the gas bottle is not empty.
•
Check if the valve of the gas bottle and all shut-off valves are open.
•
Switch the refrigerator off and on again.
•
Try to run the refrigerator on another power source.
What can I do, when the refrigerator does not start?
•
Check if you switched on the refrigerator according to the instructions, if the vehicle stands level or
if there is an available energy source to start the refrigerator with. If unsuccessful, please contact your
dealer or a Thetford Service Centre.
The refrigerator does not cool sufficiently, what can I do?
•
Check if the vents aren’t covered or blocked from the outside, if the refrigerator stands level, if the
highest cooling level of the refrigerator is selected, if the door of the refrigerator still closes properly
or if there is not too much ice on the fooling fins. If not successful, contact your dealer or Thetford.
All lights on the control panel are blinking, what should I do?
•
Contact your dealer or Thetford Service Centre.
I just replaced the batteries, but the batteries empty symbol is already blinking?
•
Check if you have used only new 1.5V AA/LR6 batteries. Rechargeable batteries for this function do
not work.
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ALDE HEATING
Alde Compact 3010 Control Panel
Pre-operational Check List
Fault Finding
•
Check LPG - Sufficient supply? Is the main tap
fully open?
•
•
•
•
•
Check the level of antifreeze in the header
tank. When cold the fluid should be 10mm
above the minimum mark. If you need to top
up your system via the header tank use a 60/
40 mix of water and ethylene glycol, this can
be purchased at car accessory outlets
nationwide.
Ensure glycol mixture is at recommended
strength. It not only prevents freezing but also
stops corrosion and bacteria within the system.
Blue antifreeze has a two year life.
Propane gas is recommended as it works at
lower ambient temperatures. Butane loses
functionality below 10 degrees centigrade. Total
failure occurs at -2 degrees centigrade when
using Butane, this applies to all LPG appliances.
The heating system can be operated with the
domestic water drained down.
If the vehicle is not in use and there is a risk of
freezing the domestic water should be drained
down. Frost damage is not covered under
warranty.
If leaving the caravan for very long periods of
time without 230V supply disconnect 12V
supply. The boiler draws a small 0.01 amp in
standby mode. The circulation pump draws
0.18 amp when operating.
If the boiler has not been used for a long period
or gas supply has been changed it may take more
than one attempt to start.
Check that the boiler has 12V supply or if using
electric elements that you have 230V supply.
The boiler is sensitive to current and needs a full
12V supply - check battery level.
Check all electrical connections are pushed firmly
home and wires attached.
Tip: Use gas 6kW and electric 3kW combined
for extra heat and hot water performance.
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Quick Start Operating Instructions
Further information can be found in the appliance handbook.
1.
Use the Left < and Right > arrow keys to select the symbol you want.
2.
Use the +/On and -/Off keys to turn the function on and off.
OFF
Turn boiler
off
With “OFF” displayed the boiler is shut down
ON
Turn boiler
on
With “ON” displayed the boiler is in “standby”
Shows
desired
temperature
Select your room temperature
Hot water
boost
30 mins increased hot water performance - also shuts
down circulation pump
Turn gas
on
With this symbol shown the boiler will operate using LPG
1kW or
2kW
When on 230V hook up, 1kW or 2kW can be selected
Circulation
pump
230V
Supply
This symbol shows that the circulation pump is operating
This symbol shows that the boiler is receiving 230V
power
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Systems Test
MICROWAVE
Notes:
1 - Your microwave is connected to your 230V
electricity supply via a non customer useable
plug.
2 - Switch on Omnivent to extract when using
microwave in cold ambient temperatures.
To ensure a fully operational system follow these
steps:
1.
Never operate the Alde boiler without
ensuring the heating system has antifreeze in
it. Check the header tank - 1cm above “Min”
mark when cold.
2.
Ensure LPG and 230V connections are in
place - the 230V supply symbol should show.
3.
Turn the boiler “ON” via the control panel.
4.
Select a room temperature of 29 degrees on
the control panel.
5.
Select 3kW - the circulation pump symbol
should now show.
6.
Allow the boiler to operate until both flow
and return pipes are warm.
7.
Select 3kW and turn it off, circulation pump
symbol should disappear.
8.
Select gas and turn it on. Check the flue
outside to ensure boiler is operational,
circulation pump symbol should now be on.
9.
Your Alde heating is set at 2kW (electric) at
the factory, however should you wish to
boost your heating system you can increase
this to 3kW. This should then be reduced to
2kW once the desired temperature has been
reached.
Controls:
1. Display - Cooking time, power level,
indicators and the current time are displayed
2. Auto Cook - Used to cook or reheat many
of your favourite foods.
3. Defrost - Used to defrost foods for time and
weight.
4. Power - Used to set power level
5. Clock - Used to set clock
6. One Touch Cook - Used to cook or reheat
specific quantities of food.
7. Time Set Pad - Used to set the cooking time
and the current time.
8. Stop/Clear - Used to stop the oven
operation or to delete the cooking data.
9. Start/+30 Sec - Used to start the oven and
also used to set a reheat time.
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BATTERY CHARGER
ROOFLIGHTS
The battery charger for the motorhome battery
will automatically switch on when the
motorhome is connected to a mains supply. The
battery charger will also provide a 12V supply to
the motorhome when a battery is not connected.
Please note that the battery charger fitted is
designed to keep your battery charged and is not
designed for charging up a flat battery.
Your motorhome is fitted with at least one type
of the following roof lights:
SMOKE DETECTOR
(ii)
The Heki 2
To Open To The Tilted Position:
(i)
The motorhome smoke detector will become
active once the 9V battery that should be
(iii)
(iv)
Press the knob in the toggle catches on
either side of the rooflight and turn
through approx. 90°.
Grasp the metal bar in the middle, snap it
out of its holder, swivel down and press
the rooflight upwards. (The rooflight is
held by the two gas springs after approx.
150mm).
Swivel the metal bar towards the rooflight
and snap into its holder.
To close the rooflight, proceed with steps
(i to iii) in reverse order.
To Open In The Intermediate Position:
(i)
Open the toggle catches on either side of
the rooflight.
(ii)
Grasp the metal bar in the middle; snap it
out of its holder, swivel down and press
the rooflight outwards. Rooflight is opened
automatically after approx. 150mm by the
two gas springs).
(iii)
Open both fasteners and swivel the metal
strap towards the intermediate position
and pull the rooflight down until the metal
strap is stopped by the fasteners.
(iv)
To close, proceed with steps (i to iii) in
reverse order.
supplied with the smoke detector is connected.
The smoke detector fitted to your motorhome
has an alarm pause mode that will reduce the
sensitivity of the alarm for a short period to
allow for cooking within the motorhome. The
alarm pause mode is activated by pressing the
button marked HUSH on the smoke detector.
While the detector is in the pause mode the
detector will beep once per minute to alert that
the alarm pause mode is activated.
To Open In The Ventilation Position:
(i)
Open the toggle catches on either side of
the rooflight.
(ii)
Using both hands on the two toggle
catches, press the rooflight up about 2cm
and fasten the toggle catches in the
corresponding setting.
(iii)
To close, proceed with steps (i-ii) in
reverse order.
Closing The Blinds:
(i)
Take hold of the end rod (without rocker)
in the recessed grip and engage in the
opposite end rod (with rocker).
(ii)
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Select the required position (blackout/
flyscreen) by moving both joined end rods
together.
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CAUTION: In extremely bright sunshine, the
blackout blind must only be closed two-thirds,
and the rooflight must be set in the continuous
airing position.
The Omnivent (12v) Rooflight
Opening The Blinds:
(i)
Move blind (end rod with rocker) right to
the outside.
(ii)
Hold the recessed grip with one hand;
with the other hand, press the rocker and
move the blind back (do not let it recoil).
CAUTIONS:
•
Do not stand on the acrylic rooflight.
•
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.
The Omnivent is a double-glazed roof light
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. It operates
as an extractor fan and air intake fan.
Please note: Do not change the direction of the
fan unless it has been switched off ‘O’ position
and the blades have stopped rotating.
Door Flyscreen
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.
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Windows
Bathroom and shower tap operation
Your new Aspire Motorhome will be fitted with
Polyplastic opening windows.
The bathroom and shower taps are operated by
lifting the lever and turning the lever right for
cold and left for hot water. In order for the taps
to work, the pump switch on the control panel
needs to be in the ON position. For caravans
with fixed water tanks the taps need to be in the
TAPS position.
Polyplastic Window Opening
(i) In order to open the Polyplastic window it is
only necessary to move the catch upwards
and release the catch from the backing plate.
(ii) The Polyplastic window should remain in the
open position once opened, however if it
does not then tighten the friction control on
the window stays to increase the holding
force.
WARNING: The water temperature could
be very high so do not lift the lever with
the tap turned to the full left position.
(iii) The Polyplastic window is also fitted with a
night ventilation position where the catch is
set to the centre position on the backing
plate; in this position it may be possible for
rain to enter the motorhome in adverse
conditions.
It is recommended that a non-abrasive damp
cloth is used to clean the taps.
Cleaning
TAPS
Kitchen tap operation
Swivel the tap spout (a) to the desired position
over the sink, lift the control lever (b) to activate
the pump and allow water to flow simultaneously.
To adjust the temperature swivel the lever (c) to
the left or right as shown.
Bathroom Tap
Shower Mixer Tap
Kitchen tap
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INTERNAL DOORS
Magnetic Catches
Toilet / Washroom Doors
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.
Sprung Hinges
Toilet / washroom doors are fitted with a level
lock, which is operated by pushing the lever
down. The level is spring-loaded and will return
to the closed position upon release. It is
recommend that the lever is always used when
the closing the door.
Other Internal Doors
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
with moderate force is sufficient to open the
locker door and hold it in the open position.
Other internal doors such as the wardrobe and
table storage locker are fitted with a 2-position
button lock. Push the button to lock the door
and the button should remain flush with the door.
Push the button again to release and the button
should then protrude from the door surface.
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AVTEX LCD FLAT SCREEN TV
Your caravan is provided with a Avtex LCD flat
screen TV and full details of its operation can be
found in the User Information Pack.
AVTEX AERIAL
A omnidirectional high gain TV aerial is provided
and can receive Digital TV signal, AM and FM
radio signals and can run up to 3 TV outlet at any
one time.
ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM
Radio/CD with MP3 Connectivity
Details on how to set up and use the Radio/CD
will be contained in your document wallet.
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DOMETIC CT3050 TOILET
Description of parts
Introduction
1.
Removable cover and seat.
These instructions provide you with the
necessary guidance for the proper use of the
toilet. Observe the safety instructions in
particular. Observing the instructions and
handling recommendations is important for
dealing with the toilet safely and for protecting
you from injury and the toilet from damage.
2.
Toilet bowl.
3.
Emptying blade for the toilet bowl.
4.
Fresh water tank (capacity depends on the
model).
5.
Level indicator / flush (control panel).
6.
Cassette tank (capacity 19L).
The CT3050 cassette toilet consists of a fixed
toilet and a removable waste holding, mobile
cassette tank. The cassette can be accessed from
the outside through a door.
7.
Pour out spout.
8.
Vent button for emptying.
9.
Service door.
10. Pull-out handle (cassette tank movable on
wheels).
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Cleaning
Before using the toilet for the first time, we
recommend cleaning the toilet on the inside and
outside. Use a soft cloth and lukewarm water
with a mild detergent. Then rinse the surfaces
with clear water.
Maintenance
Regularly clean all seals on the toilet and cassette
tank. Carry out this cleaning every month for
frequest usage.
Step 4
Dismantling the cassette seal
Remove the cassette tank and place it on a solid
surface. Dismantle the entire blade, as illustrated
in the following five steps. A seal can now be
removed, cleaned or replaced.
Step 5
Preparing cassette tank
Before you use the toilet for the first time:
1.
Open the service door.
Step 1
Fig 1
2.
Unlock the cassette tank by pushing the lock
upwards (fig 1).
Step 2
Fig 2
3.
Step 3
Pull the cassette out to the stop and remove
it completely (fig 2).
(continued overleaf)
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Note: Ensure that the tank can be smoothly
inserted. Do not use force!
7.
The cassette tank locks shut automatically
when inserted. But check that the cassette
tank is firmly attached.
8.
Close and lock the service door.
Filling fresh water tank
Fig 3
4.
Place the cassette tank in an upright position
and turn the pour out spout upwards by
approximately 90 deg (fig 3).
Fig 6
Fill the fresh water tank via the filling piece on
the outside of the vehicle (fig 6). The quantity
depends on the tank used (on-board tank or
integrated toilet tank, option).
Control panel
Fig 4
Caution: Avoid turning the spout by more than
90 deg. as it may otherwise come loose (fig 4).
Fig 7
1 = “Flush” button
2 = “Cassette tank removed” display
3 = “Fill fresh water tank” display•
Fig 5
5.
Fill a small amount of sanitary additive into
the cassette tank via the spout.
6.
Put the cassette back in and push it in until it
stops.
4 = “Cassette tank 3/4 full” display
5 = “Cassette tank full” display
* not connected as a rule when using the on-board tank.
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Emptying the cassette tank
Using the toilet
Empty the cassette tank when the level indicator
LED lights up.
The cassette tank has a capacity of 19L. When
LED 4 lights up, the tank is approximately 80%
full. This means that it can be used only a couple
of times.
1.
Remove the cassette tank (see fig 1).
2.
Carry or wheel the holding tank to the
nearest authorised waste disposal point.
3.
The cassette tank is provided with wheels
and a pull-out handle. To unlock the handle,
push in the button in middle of the handle.
Pull out the handle until it stops.
Fig 8
1.
Run some water into the bowl by pressing
the flush button (Fig 8, 1).
Fig 10
Fig 9
2.
4.
Open the blade (fig 9, 2) and flush the toilet
after usage.
To bring the handle back into its original
position, press the handle’s unlock key and
push the handle back into the cassette (fig 10)
Fig 11
5.
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Place the cassette tank in an upright position
and turn the emptying spout upwards.
Remove the cap from the spout (fig 11).
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Exchanging the fuse on the control panel
Fig 12
Caution: Avoid turning the spout by more than
90 deg. as it may otherwise come loose (fig 12).
Fig 14
Lift the control panel with a suitable tool and pull
it out of the tank case or the wall (fig 14). The
fuse (automotive fuse 7.5A) is located on the
bottom side of the control panel.
Winter use
You can continue to use the cassette also in
winter, as long as the toilet and the cassette are
situated in a frost-protected location.
Fig 13
6.
7.
8.
Hold the cassette tank with one hand by the
handle (fig 13, 2). With the other hand hold it
at the blade handle (fig 13, 3) so that you can
operate the vent button (fig 13, 1) during
emptying.
If this is not the case, empty the fresh water tank,
the cassette tank and the water pipes of fresh
water supply. This prevent damage due to frost.
WARNING: Do not use anti-freeze agents.
Such agents can damage the sanitation
system.
The vent button should only be pressed once
the emptying spout is pointing downwards.
The tank empties evenly and without
squirting.
Decommissioning
If you wish to decommission the toilet for long
periods of time, empty the fresh water tank and
the water supply system fully.
After emptying, flush the cassette tank
thoroughly with water. Then make the tank
operational again as described in section
“Preparing cassette tank” before inserting it
in the toilet.
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•
Clean the toilet.
•
Press the flush button until there is no
remaining water left in the pipes.
•
Then empty the cassette tank and rinse it
thoroughly.
•
To allow the tank to dry, do not place the
cap back on the emptying spout of the waste
tank.
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HOW TO MAKE UP YOUR BEDS
ASPIRE 215 and 240
The front double bed in the 215 and the rear double bed in the 240 is made up by lifting the two side
beds up and pulling them together to meet in the centre.
A B
C D
B A D C
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SECURITY
Explorer Protect Autowatch 650
Motorhome Alarm
SECURITY
Theft deterrent, prevention and 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, speedy recovery of your property
and assist in the prosecution of the thief.
Basic Operation Arming the System
(i) Briefly press (large) arm/disarm button.
(ii) Single chirp.
(iii) Awning light illuminates for 30 seconds.
(iv) Settling time of 15 seconds before
responding to triggers.
(v) Single intermittent flash of status LED (every
2 seconds).
Motorhome Theft
(vi) All sensors triggered will result in siren
sounding for 30 seconds, or until reset by
pressing the arm/disarm button.
The theft of a motorhome can occur in the most
unlikely circumstances; from a motorway service
area, even from an owner’s driveway. Secure all
windows and doors when your motorhome is
unoccupied, even if only for a short length of
time.
Disarming the System
(i) Briefly press the (large) arm/disarm button.
(ii) Double chirp.
Explorer Protect - Autowatch 650
Motorhome Alarm System (Optional
Extra)
(iii) Awning light illuminates briefly on and off and
then on again for 30 seconds.
(iv) LED off.
Manufactured by Autowatch, The Explorer
Protect system is designed to give years of
trouble free operation. Made with only the
highest quality components and using state of the
art technology you can be assured that your
motorhome has the best electronic protection
available.
Panic Alarm
(i) Press and hold the small panic button on the
transmitter for two seconds.
(ii) The siren will sound for thirty seconds,
unless reset by pressing any of the
transmitter buttons.
Each motorhome alarm is installed with a Passive
Infrared Detector (PIR), a wireless sensor that
detects movement in the motorhome and
transmits a radio signal to the alarm module. If the
alarm is on the siren will sound. Additional sensors
can be purchased from your retailer to enhance
security. See following section for operation or
consult the manufacturers instructions provided in
the Owners Information Pack.
Emergency Disarm
(i) Insert the touch-key briefly into the socket.
The alarm will turn off.
Silent Arm and Disarm.
(i) Press the small button briefly followed by a
press on the arm/disarm button.
(ii) The alarm will arm/disarm without chirps.
Additional Security
Sensors
Consider fitting any device which might deter or
prevent intrusion by thieves. For example: A
wheel lock will prevent driving of the
motorhome and removal of the wheel.
Each motorhome alarm is installed with a Passive
Infrared Detector (PIR). Additional sensors can
be purchased from your dealer to enhance
security.
Free Crime Prevention
Passive Infra Red Sensor
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.
The wireless PIR sensor will detect movement in
the motorhome and transmit a radio signal to the
alarm module, if the alarm is on the siren will
sound.
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SECURITY
Enhanced Features Arming The System In
“At Home” Mode.
In the ‘at home’ mode, any sensor that is
programmed to be isolated, such as the PIR
sensor will not trigger the alarm. Arm as normal
followed by a second press on the arm/disarm
button within 2 seconds. Normal “on” tone
followed by “at home” tone indicating isolation is
active. There will then be a Settling time of 15
seconds before the alarm responds to any
triggers. Armed in the isolation mode will be
indicated by a double flash intermittently of the
LED. The “at home” sensors will be isolated;
other sensors will trigger the siren for 30
seconds.
Arming the System in Test or Buzz Mode
In the buzz mode the siren will sound a short
tone when a sensor is triggered instead of
sounding for 30 seconds. It is advisable to test all
the sensors.
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CARE OF YOUR MOTORHOME
Please Note: Should scratches appear on the
acrylic windows these can often be removed with
an acrylic polish. E.g. 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.
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.
Exterior Body Shell
The exterior painted body shell of your
motorhome, usually the side walls, is acrylic
finished aluminium, which is extremely durable
and easy to clean. It is recommended you first
wash off any caked dirt and mud with cold water
then use a proprietary brand wash and wax
shampoo and rinse with plenty of cold water.
Window Blinds & Flyscreens
CAUTION: Under no circumstances should an
abrasive or harsh cleaner be used. Do not use a
pressure washer as this can disturb mastic seals.
ABS - Wheel Spats & Panels
To clean the blinds and flyscreens, moisten a soft
cloth or sponge with a small amount of water
and mild soap suds and gently wipe dirt off. Allow
to dry before retracting, failure to due this could
result in mildew forming.
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.
Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
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.
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.
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 do not use a
sponge to clean off heavy dirt deposits. 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 chamois leather.
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.
Washroom And Handbasin 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.
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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.
pre-prepared wipe impregnated with a
disinfectant / sterilizing solution.
(vi)
External containers should be inverted
whilst stored overnight (if possible).
(vii)
Only clean your shower tray using soap and
water. Do not use chemical based cleaning agents
as this may attack the material of the tray.
Containers must be filled with mains
water only and mains water only should
be used for the above cleaning procedure.
(viii)
On no account should garden hoses be
used to fill water tanks.
Water Systems
Internal Water Systems
The water systems, and in particular storage
tanks, in motorhomes are 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, and 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.
(i)
Drain down the system. (Open all taps to
allow air in, enabling the system to drain
quickly.) See Index - Draining Down The
Water System.
(ii)
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 /
sterilizing solution).
(iii)
Fill the system by using the pump with a
disinfectant / sterilizing solution. (Check
that the solution at full strength appears at
all taps/showers). Allow to stand for the
recommended period of time.
Shower Trays
Please Note: If your motorhome is not going
to be used for an extended period of time it is
recommend that you disconnect the vehicle
battery to prevent the battery from discharging.
Water Containers
(i)
All water remaining in any water container
should be disposed of so that the
container is empty.
(ii)
The outside of external water containers
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, and then
emptied out.
(iii)
All containers should then be totally filled
with water containing an appropriate
disinfectant /sterilizing solution and
allowed to stand for the recommended
contact time (e.g. Milton for 15 minutes).
(iv)
The solution should be emptied from the
container.
(v)
The opening of the any container should
be cleaned thoroughly with an appropriate
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(iv)
Drain the system down completely.
(v)
Thoroughly clean the outside of all taps/
connectors with a cloth soaked in the
disinfectant / sterilizing solution.
(vi)
Flush the system through with clean
drinking water until no traces of
disinfectant / sterilizing solution can be
detected at any tap.
(vii)
Replace the filter. Suitable sterilizing
chemicals are available from your Explorer
Group Retailer, accessory shop, chemists,
or homebrew shops. It is not, however,
recommended to use bleach or sodium
metabisulphide.
CARE OF YOUR MOTORHOME
Thetford Toilet
WARNINGS
Cold Weather Use - To prevent freezing
during cold weather use, add antifreeze to
the toilet system fresh water tank. Use a
non-toxic (propylene glycol) type of
antifreeze. Refer to chart on container to
obtain level of protection.
Warmer Weather Use - In warmer
weather or longer intervals between
emptying the waste tank you may require
additional toilet fluid. Use only Thetford
toilet fluid to achieve the best results.
CAUTIONS
•
Never add toilet fluid directly into toilet
bowl.
•
Do not use strong household detergents or
cleaners that contain chlorine, solvents or
acid contents.
•
High Altitude and Hot Weather Use - with
large temperature differences and changing
heights during driving, 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.
Changing A Wheel
(i)
Ensure handbrake is applied and chock the
wheel diagonally opposite the wheel to be
removed.
(ii)
Remove the hub cap. (If applicable)
(iii)
Use wheel brace to slacken off wheel nuts
on the wheel to be changed.
(iv)
Position jack at the appropriate jacking
point (see Peugeot vehicle handbook).
(v)
Jack up the motorhome until the wheel
for removal is just off the ground.
(vi)
Remove the wheel nuts and remove the
wheel.
(vii)
Fit spare wheel and reverse the above
procedure.
(viii)
Tighten wheel nuts in accordance with the
Peugeot handbook instructions.
WARNING
Ensure the wheel is of the same
construction and size as the one that has
been removed.
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CARE OF YOUR MOTORHOME
11-4
STORAGE
Power Drain
STORAGE
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
LONG TERM & WINTER STORAGE
If your motorhome is to be stored for any length
of time, especially over the winter period, the
following operations are recommended:
Please Note: If you have the Explorer Protect
alarm fitted and you disconnect the leisure
battery the alarm will run off the back-up battery
for approximately 2 weeks.
(i) Remove all linens, blankets, cushions, clothes,
mattresses, etc. that could be affected by
damp conditions
(ii) Clean the motorhome inside and out as
detailed in the previous section.
Should the motorhome be stored for a
prolonged period of time it is strongly
recommended that the motorhome is fully
serviced before the commencement of use. Your
retailer will ensure that your motorhome is safe,
secure and ready for your enjoyment.
(iii) Drain the water system (see index).
(iv) Ensure all windows, roof lights and doors are
correctly fastened. Check fixed ventilation
apertures are not obstructed.
(v) 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.
(vi) Jack up the motorhome (use bottle or screw
jack), so that the wheels are clear of the
ground. Support the motorhome axle with
wooden blocks, axle stands or similar so that
when the jacks are removed the wheels
remain clear of the ground. Cover the tyres
to prevent deterioration.
(vii) Release the handbrake.
(viii)Removing the wheels reduces the risk of
motorhome theft.
Motorhome Covers
Covers may be used to protect your new
Explorer Group motorhome provided that the
cover used is of a breathable type. Ensure that
any sharp objects are removed e.g. the point of a
status omni-directional aerial, 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.
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STORAGE
12-2
WARRANTY
Ten year body integrity warranty
CARAVAN/MOTORHOME
WARRANTY COVER
(1st Owner only)
Elddis products are covered against water ingress
damage for 10 years from the original date of
purchase of a new product. (6 years for
subsequent owners from the 1st owners original
date of purchase). This applies to water ingress
through any permanently sealed seam joints.
Introduction
At The Explorer Group Ltd we are confident
that our new motorhomes are engineered using
the latest manufacturing techniques and
advanced materials technology ensuring that,
when buying one of our products, you are
buying the very best. We extend this philosophy
to our customers by offering long term peace of
mind and reassurance through our extensive
warranty cover.
In order to comply with the terms of the above
cover the following conditions must be met:
Reporting a fault
In the unlikely event that you experience a
problem with your motorhome please contact
your retailer.
It is with the retailer that your contract of sale
exists and consequently they have the
responsibility to ensure any complaints and
warranty issues are addressed. Any approved
Elddis Retailer or Service Centre may carry out
work at their convenience or discretion, but are
not obliged to do so.
Your warranty cover commences on the day
your new motorhome is purchased and
comprises two key elements:
1.
Three year manufacturer’s warranty
2.
Ten year body integrity warranty
Scope
All Elddis products are classed as portable and
therefore all work under warranty requires the
motorhome to be delivered and collected from
the selling retailer.
This applies to all new Elddis products
manufactured from 2012 model year onwards.
Three year manufacturer’s warranty
Year 1 warranty - Covers all original
components, including permanently fitted
equipment forming part of the original product
specification.
Conditions attached to the warranty cover
All warranty work must be undertaken by a
current Elddis approved retailer or Service centre.
•
Year 2 and 3 warranty – Covers all original
components, including permanently fitted
equipment forming part of the original product
specification, with the exception of the following
items:
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Microwave
TV
Tyres
Batteries
Windows and glass
Deterioration of exterior paint work
Soft furnishings, carpets and floor coverings
Entertainment equipment
Fluorescent tubes, bulbs, LEDs and fuses
Plastic and GRP exterior panels
Plastic products including A-frame covers,
wheel spats and shower trays
Minor adjustment of blinds, hinges, catches,
stays and doors
•
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You must retain the original sale invoice for
the motorhome.
All new motorhomes must be registered with
The Explorer Group Ltd within 6 weeks of
purchase as new. Your retailer can forward
this information to us. Please keep us
informed of any name or address changes by
using the Notification of Change to Name and
Address form.
The motorhome must have an annual service
and damp check carried out by an Approved
Elddis Retailer or Service Centre. Original
invoices and damp reports must be retained
as proof that the annual services have been
carried out in accordance with our warranty
terms.
WARRANTY
•
Service intervals:
a)
b) In Years 3 and 10 the service must be
completed no more than 60 days before
the anniversary of the date of purchase.
c)
•
•
•
In the case of a dispute The Explorer Group
Limited will appoint an independent
arbitrator. The Explorer Group Limited will
pay for the costs of arbitration, subject to the
owner paying a £250 deposit.
•
If the arbitrator finds in favour of the
customer, then the deposit will be returned.
If the arbitrator finds in favour of The
Explorer Group Limited, the customer will
lose their deposit.
•
Where the arbitrator awards a sum of
money less than an offer made by The
Explorer Group Limited, which has already
been rejected by the customer, then their
deposit is forfeited.
•
In all cases the arbitrator’s decision is final
and both parties must agree to abide by the
decision.
In years 1, 2, and 4 through to 9 the
service must be completed no more
than 60 days either side of the
anniversary of the date of purchase.
No service interval should exceed 14
months. Failure to service the vehicle
within the specified time limits will
invalidate the warranty.
Where an annual service identifies that
repairs are necessary the motorhome must
be made available for repair within six weeks
of the date of inspection for the purpose of
carrying out the repair work. The Explorer
Group Ltd reserves the right to inspect the
vehicle before work commences.
Exclusions
Work may only be undertaken by an
Approved Elddis Retailer or Service Centre
and only after approval by The Explorer
Group Limited (depending upon individual
circumstances).
Warranty cover is not given for motorhomes if
they have been used under any of the following
circumstances:
The Explorer Group Limited will pay the
costs of remedial work to the repairer, only
after approved work has been carried out.
The cost of transporting, towing or moving
the caravan by any means to or from the
place of repair is the responsibility of the
owner.
•
Used as a permanent residence
•
Towed behind a commercial vehicle
•
Used for racing or time trials
•
Damage resulting from freezing, accident or
fire damage
•
The Policy is not retrospective and is
applicable to 2012 model year motorhomes
onwards.
It is recommended that you have your mains
electrics system inspected by a NICEIC approved
contractor every 3 years.
•
No liability will be accepted for any
consequential loss, damage, costs, expenses
or other claims for compensation arising
which were not reasonably foreseeable by
both parties when the caravan was originally
purchased.
•
No liability will be accepted for damage
caused by fair wear and tear, willful damage,
negligence or abnormal working conditions.
•
No alteration may be made to the original
construction.
•
•
Used for hire.
Mains electrics
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WARRANTY
Transfer of ownership
If you purchase this vehicle as a used vehicle it
may be possible to transfer the unexpired term
of the warranty cover (up to a maximum of six
years commencing at the original date of
purchase from new). The warranty cover for a
used vehicle commences from the original date of
purchase from new and is as follows:
1.
Three year manufacturer’s warranty
2.
A maximum of six years’ body integrity
warranty
The warranty is subject to the usual terms and
conditions’ set out in the handbook and is only
transferable on payment of a £75 administration
fee. Full documentary evidence that the caravan
has been serviced annually should be provided at
the time of transfer, in accordance with the terms
and conditions of the warranty stated in the
handbook. Transfer of ownership must be
completed within three months of change of legal
ownership. Please complete the Notification of
Change of Ownership form in your handbook.
This warranty does not affect the purchaser’s
statutory rights. The 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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WARRANTY
13-4
CODE OF PRACTICE
CODE OF PRACTICE
MAINS ELECTRICS
It is recommended that you have your Mains
Electrics System inspected by an NICEIC
approved contractor every 3 years.
SPARE PARTS AND NON WARRANTY
WORK
Should you require any replacement parts for
your caravan it is necessary that you contact the
Retailer from whom you purchased the caravan
or any Explorer Group Limited approved Retailer
and give the following information, which will help
in identifying the required component:
(i) Model and make of caravan
(ii) VIN number
(iii) Description of required part
(iv) Photograph, size or diagram of required part
Please Note: All parts must be ordered and
supplied through an approved retailer.
REMEDIAL WORK
The Explorer Group Limited together with its
suppliers is 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
caravan is damaged or requires remedial work
then only an approved Explorer Group Limited
Retailer or Service Centre should undertake such
work.
All such work should be undertaken using only
approved Explorer Group Limited genuine parts,
recommended sealant and following Explorer
Group Limited procedures. The Explorer Group
Limited 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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CODE OF PRACTICE
14-2
MOTORHOME CONSTRUCTION
MOTORHOME CONSTRUCTION
- 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 fully insulated floor
is constructed from a timber frame with plywood
and insulation laminated together for strength.
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. The very latest ‘state of the art’ presses
are employed to produce the extremely well
insulated, robust, yet lightweight sections.
Windows
Windows are all of a double glazed acrylic
construction and the door frames are extruded
aluminium.
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MOTORHOME CONSTRUCTION
15-2
EQUIPMENT LIST
EQUIPMENT LIST
ASPIRE
REFRIGERATOR
THETFORD N3112A ASPIRE 215 / THETFORD N3175A
FRIDGE FREEZER ASPIRE 240/255/265
CENTRAL HEATING
ALDE COMPLETE SYSTEM
SINK AND DRAINER
SPINFLO CIRCULAR BLACK GLOSS
OVEN
SPINFLO MIDI PRIMA 500
MICROWAVE
DAEWOO KOR 6L6BDBK
HOB
TAPS KITCHEN
SPINFLO DUAL FUEL 3 BURNER GAS WITH 1 ELECTRICAL HOT PLATE
WHALE SINGLE LEVER GOOSE NECK DOMESTIC MIXER
SHOWER EQUIPMENT
WHALE MIXER
TAPS VANITY
WHALE SINGLE BAR MIXER
WATER FILTER / PUMP
AUTOFILL SMARTFLO PUMP & STRAINER
READING DOWN LIGHTS
BCA SOA LED READING LIGHT
LED STRIP LIGHTS
ADVANCE LED STRIP LIGHTING
RECESSED LED LIGHTS
SQUARE LED SCS
CONTROL PANELS
CBE
ELECTRICAL FITTINGS
BERKER
TOILET
DOMETIC CT3050 WITH CERAMIC BOWL
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EQUIPMENT LIST
16-2
17-1
Blk
L/H Marker lights
Roof fan
Combi boiler
Circulation pump
Oven
Fridge
Alarm
R/H Marker lights
Brn
Yel/Blk
Or/Blk
Wh
Blu/Red
Wh
Bl
Wh
Or
Wh
Blk
Red/Or
Wh
Gr
Wh
Red/
Brn
D
Awning light
Note:
All white negatives are linked therefore cable sizes and
locations may vary.
The internal water pump has a pressure switch incorperated
Wh/Gr - White/Green
Wh/Blu - White/Blue
Yel/Blk - Yellow/Black
Red/Or - Red/Orange
Or/Wh - Orange/White
Blk/Wh - Black/White
Gr/Blu - Green/Blue
Blu/Red - Blue/Red
Blu/Brn - Blue/Brown
Gr/Blk - Green/Black
Wh/Blu - White/Blue
Gr/Red - Green/Red
Gr/Brn - Green/Brown
Pnk/Blu - Pink/Blue
Brn/Blu - Brown/Blue
Brn/Red - Brown/Red
Pur - Purple
Blk - Black
Pnk - Pink
Blu - Blue
Or - Orange
Red - Red
Gr - Green
Wh - White
Yel - Yellow
Colour Key
Wh
Auxillary
Battery
Blk
Wh/Brn
R
Red/Brn
Toilet
Wh
Float switch For waste tank
Fresh water probe
Pur
19
5A
20
10A
4
10A
29
Aerial
Wh
1234
12
3A
-B1
16
8
6
30
21
5A
8
7
30A
5A
Red
Brn
22
12
15A
4
6
10
11
3A
31
TV outlet
1 2
24
3A
16
+B2
1 2
28
32
1 2 3 4 5 6
15
13
27
20A
5A
10A
14
20A
12
Yel
+B1
26
23
25A
AUX
Wh
9
17
9
15A
AUX
4
6
B Pillar relays
4
6
9 8 7
12 11 10
Yel
USB Charging
Wh
18
20
4
6
9 8 7
12V Inputs
Lights
Wh
Gr/Blk
Lights
Wh
Blu/Brn
Grn/Brn
Wh
Wh
Red
Bl
Wh
Pur
3 core flex blk (6A)
PROG
Wh
Gr/Blk
Electric step
Whale
A A2 A3 A4
Blu/Wh
Wh
Pnk
Pnk/Blu
12V
12.00
3 core flex
White (16A)
3 core flex
White (16A)
Hob
spur
ALDE
spur
Ambient
Lights
Blu/Wh
Wh
Worktop
Lights
Blk
Brn
External water
socket
Whale
Or
Wh
High level
Lights
Wh/Brn
Soleniod
Microwave
Microwave
spur
10A
Fridge
Charger
230V Mains
intake
Low level
Lights
Electric hot
plate Hob
10A
10A
3 core flex
White (16A)
13A Sockets
ALDE
Compact
3010
Grey
Fresh water
Float switch
3 core flex blk (6A)
Internal Pump
6A
16A 25A
MCB MCB RCD
3 core flex Or
230V Mains Intake
ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS
ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS
ASPIRE
ELECTRICAL DRAWINGS
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
and power supply (master light switch). Refer to
your Retailer for further assistance.
GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q: Where Can I Obtain Your Latest
Brochure?
PLEASE NOTE: The internal lights in your
motorhome will not operate whilst the
motorhome engine is running.
A: Our latest brochures are available from
Approved Retailers or can be viewed and printed
from the download section on our website
www.explorer-group.co.uk. A request form can
also be completed should you wish to receive a
printed copy of our latest brochures.
Q: Where Can I Get Spare Parts For My
Motorhome?
A: 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.
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. How Many Years Will Spare Parts Be
Available For My Motorhome?
A. The Explorer Group will endeavour to supply
spare parts for a motorhome, for at least 8 years
from new.
Q. Why Don’t You Stock Parts At The
Explorer Group Factory?
Q. I Require Technical Or Other
Information, Who Can Help Me?
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
A. The majority of information you require is
available through your Explorer Group Retailer.
Q - Can You Tell Me The Second Hand Price
Of My Motorhome?
A - As a manufacturer we are not involved in the
second hand market.You should contact a
Retailer, The Camping and Caravanning Club and/
or The Caravan Club. They should be able to give
some indication of market value.
Q. What If The Parts Are No Longer
Available?
Q: Can I Fit A Bicycle Rack/Top Box/Air
Conditioning To My motorhome?
Q: Who Can Service My Motorhome?
A.Where an original part is no longer available,
whenever possible we will suggest a suitable
alternative if it is available.
A:Your supplying Retailer is 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.
We will also accept services completed by a
NCC approved company, but they will not be
able to undertake warranty work if they are not
approved by Explorer Group.
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 weight of any accessories will reduce your
User Payload allowance.
Q. I Am Having Trouble Booking My
Motorhome in For Its Service, In Line With
The Requirements. What Timescale Is
Acceptable?
Q: My Interior Lights Are Not Working,
What Do I Do?
A. Please refer to the warranty section for the
terms and conditions of servicing. We would
recommend that you plan your services in
advance in order to meet the requirements.
A: It is possible that all of the 230V mains
electrical equipment may not be operated
simultaneously. Check fuses, battery connections
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GENERAL QUESTIONS
Q. I Have A Problem With My motorhome,
Who Can Help Me?
A. We would always recommend that you contact
your supplying Retailer. Your local Explorer Group
Retailer or Explorer Group Approved Service
Centre may be able to assist. An inspection can
then take place and the necessary course of
action agreed.
Q. I Am Unhappy With The Service I Have
Received From My Retailer/Service Centre,
Where Do I Go From Here?
A. We would recommend that you write to your
Retailer/Service Centre, detailing your problems
and requirements, requesting a response
explaining how they will resolve your complaint.
A copy of your letter can also be forwarded to
The Explorer Group Customer Services
Department, quoting the serial number of your
motorhome and the name of the Retailer/Service
Centre. Please be assured that we will assist your
Retailer/Service Centre in resolving any
problems.
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GLOSSARY
GLOSSARY
Control Panel
ABS - plastic
Used as the description for the panel of electrical
switches and gauges governing 12V and mains
electricity systems.
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Plastic the
material used for most of the large plastic
components within your motorhome.
Dinette
This is a popular style of seating arrangement
where two seats or settees face each other
across a table.
Actual Laden Weight
This is the total weight of the motorhome when
loaded ready for use by the end user.
Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB)
Aquaroll
ELCB Earth leakage circuit breaker - see residual
current device (RCD)
Brand name used generically for a water
container that rolls so you don’t need to lift it.
End Kitchen
Battery Charger
A common term used to describe floor plans
that put the kitchen across the rear, usually
adjacent to a motorhome door on one side and
washroom on the other.
This is required to keep a leisure battery charged.
Most motorhomes include a charging facility that
operates via the mains hook-up, and also has the
ability to recharge from the tow car’s alternator
while travelling.
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.
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 out
through a number of outlets.
Flyscreens
Mesh fittings for windows doors and roof vents,
to keep out insects etc.
Bunk Bed
This is 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.
Free-Standing Table
This is a table that, because of its leg design, can
be used inside or outside.
Full Service Pitch
Butane
This is a pitch that has individual provision for
fresh water supply and waste water disposal, in
addition to mains electricity and in some cases TV
aerial connection.
Is a form of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) that
normally comes in blue cylinders. This type of gas
is most commonly used in the UK, although a
switch to propane is advised in severely cold
weather conditions.
Gas Cylinder
This is a portable, pressurized container for the
storage of LPG.
Campingaz
This is the trade name of Butane gas.
Gas Cylinder Locker
Cassette Blind
Is the compartment on the motorhome for the
storage of gas cylinders.
This is a roller blind that is fitted as part of the
window assembly, often along with a flyscreen,
thus giving a neat installation.
Gas Drop out Holes
These are not part of the ventilation. LPG is
heavier than air, so holes through the floor below
gaspowered appliances allow any leakage of gas to
exit the habitation area.
Cassette Toilet
A form of chemical toilet found in modern
motorhomes, where the waste holding tank can
be accessed and emptied from outside.
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GLOSSARY
Grey Water
LPG
This is the waste water from sink/shower.
Liquid Petroleum Gas, i.e. butane or propane.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)
L-Shaped
This is the weight of the vehicle laden to its
maximum, as defined by the manufacturer. See
also MTPLM.
This is a term where the seating area of a
motorhome is indeed Lshaped.
GRP
This is a site facility where you can plug into a
mains electricity supply.
Mains Hook-Up
Is Glass-reinforced plastic, but more commonly
known as glass fibre (not fibre glass, which is a
trade name
Maximum User Payload
Handbook
This is the maximum payload available for the
user including essential habitational equipment.
This is an owner’s manual, a guide to the
workings of your motorhome.
MIRO - Mass In Running Order
Weight of the motorhome equipped to the
manufacturer’s standard specification. Therefore
the condition in which it leaves the factory. Note
that this does not include any part of the user
payload, including the essential habitation
equipment.
Hardstanding
This is a pitch which has a hard surface made of
gravel, asphalt, concrete etc, instead of grass.
Hook-Up
This is a facility on a pitch for connection to
mains electricity.
MTPLM - Maximum Technically
Permissible Laden Mass
Ingress
The technical maximum permissible laden weight
of the motorhome, this must not be exceeded.
Usually meaning water ingress, a possible problem
where water seeps in at the joins, usually as a
result of worn sealant.
National Caravan Council
The only trade association representing
manufacturers, retailers and suppliers within the
caravan and motorhome industry.
Jack
This is a device for raising the vehicle so that a
wheel can be changed.
Optional Equipment Payload
Kerb Weight
The payload provided by the Explorer Group for
any factory fitted options that may be available.
This is the empty weight of a motor vehicle as
defined by the manufacturer.
Owners’ Club
Layout
This is a group of people who usually own the
same brand of caravan or motorhome and enjoy
meeting up for rallies.
This is the Interior design and details where
furniture units are placed in relation to each
other.
Payload
Leisure Battery
This supplies the power for the motorhome
electrical systems and is sometimes called an
auxiliary battery.
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).
Levelling
PDI
The process of ensuring that a motorhome is
level when sited on a pitch. It is important for
comfort and also to ensure the correct
functioning of the fridge and water systems.
This is an inspection undertaken by the Retailer
prior to handover to the customer.
Pitch
A designated area of a caravan site allocated for
the use of one outfit. Most sites will be arranged
with defined pitches.
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GLOSSARY
Propane
U-Shaped Settee
Gas used in colder conditions and is usually
supplied in red cylinders.
Usually a reference to seating that literally is ‘U’
shaped.
RCD
Vehicle Kerb weight
This is a residual current device and is part of the
electrical system that will ‘trip’ if there is an
electrical fault.
The weight of the tow car often indicated in the
manufacturers specifications.
Gas Regulator
This is a unique serial identification number for a
vehicle. All cars and motorhomes should carry a
VIN. Motorhomes are not obliged to, but most of
those sold in recent years in the UK do.
VIN - Vehicle Identification Number
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.
Warranty
Road Lights
Roof Lights - See Roof Vent.
Are the terms and conditions that spell out your
rights with regard to servicing, repair or
replacement of parts as provided by the
manufacturer.
Roof Vent
Wild Camping
Is an opening unit in the ceiling that lets in
ventilation and light, these vary in size, but the
best ones will have integral blinds and flyscreens
and are also called rooflights.
Term used for staying overnight away from a site.
Illegal in many countries, but permission may be
granted by individual landowners.
The external lights used while the vehicle is
traveling.
Semi-Rigid Pipe work
Is water pipes made of a semi rigid plastic and are
infinitely preferable to cheaper convoluted piping
which can act as a trap for germs and smells.
Slats
Sometimes used for beds and can improve
ventilation to mattress cushions.
Space Heater
This is a type of heating equipment for the living
quarters. Modern units fitted offer gas and
mains-operation.
Speed Rating
This is the maximum speed at which a tyre may
be used, as marked on its sidewall.
SMMT
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
Torque Wrench
A form of spanner used to set nuts and bolts to a
specified degree of tightness. It is recommended
for adjustment of wheel fixings on motorhomes.
User Payload
The weight of all items carried in the
motorhome.
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GLOSSARY
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SERVICE DOCUMENTS
ANNUAL HABITATION SERVICE RECORDS
ANNUAL SERVICE RECORD
MOTORHOME MODEL .........................................................................................................................................
VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER ...................................................................... YEAR ...........................
1st SERVICE
2nd SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
3rd SERVICE
4th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
5th SERVICE
6th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
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7th SERVICE
8th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
9th SERVICE
10th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
11th SERVICE
12th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
13th SERVICE
14th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
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15th SERVICE
16th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
17th SERVICE
18th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
19th SERVICE
20th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
21th SERVICE
22th SERVICE
DATE:
DATE:
RETAILERS STAMP:
RETAILERS STAMP:
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
I/We certify that an annual service has been
carried out in accordance with the
manufacturers’ and National Caravan
Council recommendations.
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20-4
INDEX
INDEX
A
F
Aerial
Avtex ................................................ 9-26
Alarm system ...................................... 10-1
Automatic Charging System ............... 8-2
Fire safety ............................................... 2-2
G
Gas ........................................................... 6-3
Connection ........................................ 6-3
Hoses ........................................ 6-5, 9-1
Regulator............................................ 6-3
Gas Regulator ........................................ 6-4
Gas Safety Advice ................................. 7-1
Generators / Charger .......................... 8-1
Glossary ............................................... 19-1
B
Battery charger .................................. 9-22
Battery Installation ............................... 8-1
Battery Maintenance ............................ 8-1
Bed make up ....................................... 9-32
Bicycle racks .......................................... 4-1
Bulb Ratings ........................................... 8-2
H
C
Heating System
Alde .................................................. 9-19
Care of your Motorhome ................ 11-1
Charging System ................................... 8-2
Code of Practice ................................ 14-1
Mains Electrics ............................... 14-1
Remedial Work .............................. 14-1
Spare Parts and non
Warranty Work ......................... 14-1
Control Panel ........................................ 9-2
L
Levelling .................................................. 5-1
Loading .................................................... 3-1
M
Mains Unit .............................................. 8-1
Microwave ........................................... 9-21
D
R
Door flyscreen ................................... 9-23
Door operation .................................... 9-1
Doors ................................................... 9-25
Radio/CD with MP3 .......................... 9-26
RCD ......................................................... 8-1
Refrigerator
Thetford N3112E .......................... 9-11
Rooflights ............................................. 9-22
E
Electrical System ................................... 8-1
Electricity ................................................ 6-1
12v Systems ....................................... 6-1
Connecting To Mains Supply .......... 6-1
Disconnecting Mains Supply .......... 6-2
Generator/Charger ......................... 6-1
Mains Supply ...................................... 6-1
Overseas Electrical Connection ... 6-2
Power Supply Charger .................... 6-1
Entertainment System ...................... 9-26
Equipment list ..................................... 16-1
S
Safety, general ........................................ 2-1
Security ................................................ 10-1
Service records .................................. 20-1
Site Regulations ..................................... 5-1
Smoke detector ................................. 9-22
Storage
Long Term & Winter ..................... 12-1
21-1
INDEX
T
Taps ....................................................... 9-23
Television
Avtex LCD Flat Screen ................ 9-26
Toilet
Dometic CT3050 .......................... 9-27
V
Ventilation .............................................. 2-2
W
Water System ........................................ 6-5
Wheel changing .................................. 11-3
Windows ............................................. 9-24
Wiring diagram .................................. 17-1
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Motor Caravan
The Explorer Group Limited Delves Lane, Consett, Co. Durham DH8 7PE
Telephone: 01207 699000 • Facsimile: 01207 699001 • www.explorer-group.co.uk
All the illustrations and descriptive matter in this guide are intended to give a general idea of the
caravan. 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.
Model Year 2013
OWNERS
HANDBOOK
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