Thank you for choosing us for your self-drive adventure. This presentation is designed to help you get the most from your self-drive experience. Before we show you how your vehicle works there are a few essentials you should know about driving one of our vehicles. While our vehicles have been engineered for an easy driving experience, campervans and motorhomes are much larger than the average family car, and as such should be driven with extra care.
You will notice the driver’s cabin is set up a little different than a car. Various driver controls may be positioned differently. Take some time to familiarise yourself with these before leaving the branch
This vehicle is an automatic vehicle which can accommodate up to 4 adults. This vehicle does not accommodate baby or booster seats.
Your vehicle is packed with many features designed to make your touring holiday more enjoyable. This presentation will show you how to operate your vehicle.
Each vehicle is supplied with a complimentary Welcome Pack for the first night.
Before departing you should run through the following checklist to ensure a safe and trouble free journey.
Walk into the vehicle to check inside the vehicle before you drive anywhere. To gain easier access to the main living area of the vehicle you can use the exterior step. To operate push the button on the inside of the door. Be sure to always test the step is out completely by testing your weight on it.
Stow away kitchen utensils including the microwave plate. This will help prevent rattling and breakages.
Make sure the fridge door, cupboards and drawers have been securely fastened. Close and lock all windows and doors. Be sure to check roof vents are closed and secure.
Check all appliances are disconnected and stowed
Walk outside the vehicle to visually scout the area and plan your exit, remember to stow the step away. Look out for low lying tree limbs or obstacles on the ground which may interfere with you driving safely away
Ensure that the gas has been turned off at the bottle and close the compartment. Check that the compartment is locked. Also ensure that the grey water outlet is in the closed position, and all outdoor compartments are securely locked
Always make sure that the slide out and the awning are put away before driving.
Returning to the drivers cabin make sure you have adjusted all the mirrors, the seat position, the air conditioning and your stereo. It is important that you are not distracted when driving your camper.
Finally make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts.
The vehicle has a rear vision camera which is there to assist when you are reversing the vehicle.
If you are reversing have someone outside the vehicle directing you. Have them check for overhead and side clearance, as well as obstacles. Ensure the spotter is positioned so that you can see them in the side mirror.
Be sure to drive on the left side of the road. Remember to take into account the extra height and width of the vehicle, particularly when approaching undercover car parks, trees and so on, as well as considering your turning room and ground clearance. Always allow faster vehicles to overtake your camper, and allow extra space between your vehicle and other road users, especially when breaking. This will not only provide you with safe a distance, but will also help to avoid damage to the windscreen by stones thrown up by other vehicles.
All vehicles are non- smoking, and we ask that you observe this rule whilst the vehicle is in your care.
We encourage you to adopt safe and environmentally responsible habits while on your holiday- such as appropriate waste disposal. Please place rubbish from the vehicle in the bin.
Our vehicles operate on ancillary battery systems – which power internal appliances such as lights, and the fridge. For the 12volt system to work, the 12volt main switch must be in the on position. The control panel displays the batteries remaining charge. At full charge the reading should be approximately 14volts.
The battery system will provide power for between 12 and 20hours, when fully charged, depending on use. The batteries only recharge when you drive the vehicle or when you are connected to mains power. Idling the engine will not provide enough power to recharge the house battery. Try to reduce battery consumption by turning off appliances and unnecessary lights, and by connecting to mains power when stationary.
All vehicles can be connected to 240volt mains power by the supplied 15amp extension lead with large earth pin. All approved caravan park circuits are rated at 15amps.
When you are connected- all equipment automatically runs on mains power rather than the battery.
Appliances such as the microwave and power points only run on mains power. The mains power system is protected by a circuit breaker. Ensure that this switch is always in the “on” position. If the circuit breaker trips turn off all appliances and reset it by switching the circuit breaker on then turn on the appliances again.
If it trips again – repeat the process but turn on the appliances one at a time, until you identify the problem device. If this does not fix the issue contact our fleet service department on the number provided your Key tag.
Your fridge operates on 12volt power and 240 volt mains power. Your fridge will automatically switch over to mains power once the vehicle is connected. To operate your fridge make sure the main switch is on and adjust your thermostat switch to the desired temperature.
To operate the microwave your vehicle must be connect to mains power.
This vehicle has a slide out. To operate the vehicle must not be moving. You need to be parked on level ground with the hand brake on. Check the side of the vehicle and make sure the area is clear of any obstructions. Ensure that the accessories switch is on and press the activator button labelled “OUT”. Release the button when the slide out comes to a complete stop. Operation may be stopped at any time by releasing the button.
To close the slide out check that the area inside and out is clear of obstructions and ensure no one is sitting in the slide out compartment. Press the button on the main switchboard labelled “IN” until the slide out is completely in and the outside vehicle wall is flush. Operation may be stopped at any time by releasing the button. Be sure to check the slide out is completely in before travelling.
The stove operates on Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG. When handling the gas it is essential that you take some basic safety precautions. Gas bottles should always be stored in a designated compartment in a upright position so they are readily accessible in case of emergency. Never use a wrench to tighten gas lines onto a bottle as they are designed to be finger tight only. Only use LPG intended for gas appliances, and always have gas refilled at authorized LPG refilling stations. When not in use or when travelling the entire system must be turned off at the bottle. Always open windows and vents before operating gas appliances, but beware of drafts extinguishing the flame. Familiarise yourself with emergency procedures and the location of the fire extinguisher. Make sure you know what to do encase of a gas leak or fire. The stove should never be used for internal heating or while the vehicle is in motion.
When cooking open the stove lid before turning the gas on at the bottle. Always use the range hood when cooking, this needs to be turned on at the main switchboard. Make sure the main gas valve underneath the sink is switched on, and turn on the ignitor at the main switchboard. Push and turn the hotplate dial to maximum and push the ignitor button. When the hotplate ignites continue to push the dial for 10-15 seconds to ensure the stove stays alight. Then release the dial and turn off the ignitor at the main switchboard.
When cooking is finished allow time for the stove to cool before returning the stove lid back to its original position. Make sure the stove lid is done and the gas has been turned off at the bottle before travelling.
To operate your oven, push and turn the oven dial to maximum and push the ignitor button. Once the oven is lit, turn the dial to the desired temperature.
To use the air conditioner in the main cabin you must be connected to mains power. To ensure maximum efficiency when using the air conditioning be sure that the thermostat is no lower than 23degrees.
TV and DVD player operates on 12 volt electricity or 240 volt mains power. Television reception will depend on your location.
This vehicle has one fixed double bed and a double bed over the top of the driver’s cabin. To access the bed above the drivers cabin take the ladder and attach it to the side of the bed. Safety netting can be used on the top bed.
The kitchen tap, and both the internal and external shower use fresh water. Your motorhome is fitted with a fresh water tank level monitor. Hold down the monitor switch to indicate remaining capacity. To fill your fresh water tank insert the supplied hose into the fill up point on the side wall of your camper. Be careful not leave the hose running unattended or you may overfill the tank which can cause damage to the fresh water system. Remember to disconnect all hoses before moving the vehicle. We recommend you boil water from the water tank before consuming it.
To use water from the water tap- simply turn on the water pump at the main switchboard.
The water heating system is ignited by electricity and fuled by LPG. To heat water first make sure that nothing is covering the water heater exhaust located on the side of the vehicle, then check that the water tank is full. Turn on the main gas valve, followed by the water pump on the main switchboard. Turn on the kitchen tap until no air comes out. It is very important to take this step to avoid damage to the hot water system. Then turn on the water heater at the main switchboard to start heating water.
Your motorhome features a separate shower compartment. The shower uses hot and cold water from the fresh water tank. Ensure you have enough water in the fresh water tank and that the water heating system process has been completed- this takes approximately 20-25minutes.
To use the toilet check that the toilet cavity is open by pulling the lever straight out. Make sure the water pump is switched on prior to use. To flush simply press the button on the toilet system. Always close the toilet cavity after use.
The waste from the toilet is collected in the toilet cassette which is accessed through an exterior hatch. To empty firstly ensure that the cavity is closed, by checking from the inside of the vehicle, release the brake and slide the cassette out. Handles are conveniently located on the cassette to help carry the tank. Use the spout to expel the contents that should be dumped in a toilet or an approved waste disposal point. Rinse the interior and the exterior of the cassette prior to recharging the toilet cassette with the chemicals that deodorise and break down solids.
Please return the vehicle with a clean and empty cassette as a fee will apply if it is returned full.
Water from the shower and the sink is collected and drained from the grey water pipe on the outside of the vehicle. Your motorhome is fitted with a grey water tank level monitor. Hold down the monitor switch to indicate the tank level capacity. To empty the grey water tank connect the grey water hose to the grey water pipe. Make sure the other end is securely in the dump station. Open the large drain valve so that it is parallel with the pipe.
Always remember to disconnect after emptying the Grey water tank.
Your vehicle comes with a side shade awning. To use the awning- place the hook of the awning winder arm into the socket and unwind until the awning is accessible. Pull the awning arm towards the elbow so that it creates a 90 degree angle and swing the arm down. Place the base into the socket and close it.
You will need to do the same for the other side of the awning
Pull the awning to the desired height and lock all of the tabs. Make sure you stow away your awning when you leave the campsite and each night before bed to avoid weather damage. This is a sun shade only. Be sure to withdraw the awning in the rain or high wind.
Your vehicle has an outdoor entertainment unit which runs off the 12volt power supply. To use this you will need to make sure the TV switch on the main switchboard is turned on, and then press the power button on the outside unit. You can adjust the frequency on the unit. There is also a 12volt external TV port and ariel jack that can be used to connect your own external portable TV. These TV’s are not available for hire at our branches. Before you hook up your own device be sure to check with our branch that the device is compatible.
While enjoying your self-drive holiday be sure to always check your fuel. Your vehicle’s fuel gauge displays approximately how much fuel is ion the tank when the key is in the on position. A warning light will appear when your camper has reached a critical fuel level. The ignition should be turned to the off position when the vehicle is being fuelled. Please ensure you only fill your vehicle with the correct fuel type listed on the fuel door.
Regularly check your engine oil, brake fluids, transmission oil and tyre pressure. If you think your transmission oil or brake fluids need attention please contact our fleet services department on the number found on your key tag.
If you are involved in an accident please call our fleet service department immediately. This number is located on your vehicle key tag. You will need to provide all the details including location, police report, injuries and any other information requested by the representative. You will also need to complete the collision report form given to you at check out.
If you experience tyre damage a spare tyre is located at the rear of the vehicle. Before you change the tyre please contact the Fleet service department for instruction. The Fleet service number is located on your vehicle key tag.
While on your holiday you may pass through toll roads. These will incur a fee to drive on. All toll infringements received after your hire do incur an admin fee being charged. Our friendly branch staff can assist with how to set up an account to pay these tolls whilst on hire.
After you have enjoyed your self-drive adventure please return the vehicle on the contracted date and time. If you wish to amend your drop off time or date contact our reservations department on our free call number.
Before you return the vehicle remember to remove all food items from the fridge. The vehicle must be returned in the same condition as when it left. So please make sure all cutlery crockery, cooking utensils and equipment are clean and packed away, and your toilet cassette is clean and empty.
Remove all contaminants and food from storage cupboards and vents. Shut off the LPG bottles and the mains power supply. Lastly ensure the vehicle has been returned with a full tank of fuel.
Above all, take a little extra care and you will enjoy a safe and happy self-drive holiday.
You are entitled to discounts at various campgrounds, caravan parks, and activities throughout the country. Check your Apollo Magazine and the Apollo Club online for more information.