Explore the open road in a Trailfinder Camper

Apollo Trailfinder Camper Show Through

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 has a manual transmission and can accommodate up to 2 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.

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.

Stow away kitchen utensils, this will help prevent rattling and breakages.

Check that all appliances are disconnected and stowed.

Make sure the fridge door, cupboards and doors have been securely fastened

Close and lock all windows and doors.

Make sure that the roof is down and the latches are securely fastened.

Walk outside the vehicle to visually scout the area and plan your exit. Look out for low lying tree limbs or obstacles on the ground.

Ensure that the gas has been turned off at the bottle and close the compartment. Check that the compartment is locked

Returning to the drivers cabin make sure you have adjusted all the mirrors, the seat position, the air conditioning and your stereo.

Finally make sure you and your passengers are wearing their seatbelts

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.

Remember to drive on the left side of the road. Be sure 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 Apollo 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 Direct Current (DC) switch on the mains switch board 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 to 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 won’t provide enough power to recharge the house battery. Try to reduce battery consumption by turning off unnecessary lights and appliances, 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 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 however this time 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 on 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.

All campers come equipped with a fire extinguisher. Be sure to familiarise yourself with its location in the event of a fire.

This camper has an exterior stove and sink. 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 an 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.

To access the outdoor cooking facilities push the lock and lower the compartment door. Unlock the catch and push the yellow button to release – then slide out. This can be slide half way or all the way out. Once all the way out the stove and sink will lock into place. To push back in you need to press the yellow button again and slide in.

There is a table located underneath the stove and sink- simply slide this out and connect onto the end of the stove. Dismantle the table and store away after use.

Retrieve the gas pipe from the cavity under the stove. Remove the bung of the gas outlet and insert the gas pipe, turn and lock into place.

Push and turn the dial to maximum and push the ignitor button. When the burner ignites continue to push the dial for 10-15 seconds to ensure the stove stays alight.

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 down and the gas pipe has been stowed away. Replace the bung into the gas outlet and turn the gas off at the bottle. Slide the stove in and close the compartment.

To use the sink make sure the water pump switch on the mains switch board is on. Then open the sink lid. Remove the water inlet pipe and the water hose from the cavity under the sink. Place the water inlet into the top part and turn to lock. Place the water hose facing away from the camper underneath on the ground. The contents of the sink will be expelled through this hose, so be sure to be environmentally conscious by putting the hose into a bucket or drain. Turn the tap down and lift the handle for water to flow.

Once you are finished with the sink disconnect the water inlet pipe for the side of the camper and stow away with the water hose in the cavity underneath again. Close the lid.

Your 4WD camper comes with a 50 litre water tank.

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. To use water from the water tank simply turn on the water pump at the main switchboard. While water is safe to drink in most places we recommend you boil water from the water tank before consumption.

Your 4WD vehicle is equipped with a personal locating beacon or PLB. In the event of an emergency use the PLB to summon the Australian emergency services. Follow the instructions provided on the unit to activate your PLB. Please note this device is to be used only in circumstances of serious and imminent danger.

Our 4WD camper is designed to be driven off road. To operate the 4WD you will need to rotate the dial of the front free-wheel hub into the lock position. Some models do not require you to engage the wheel hubs and will automatically lock the front wheel hub when the driver shifts into 4WD mode.

There are 4 gears when in 4WD mode – H2, H4, l4 and Neutral. You will not need to use Neutral at any time in 4WD mode. H2 engages high speed position 2WD and is used for normal driving on dry hard surfaced roads. H4 engages high speed position 4WD and is used for wet, icy or snow covered roads. This position provides greater traction than 2WD. L4 engages low speed 4WD and is used for maximum power and traction. Use L4 for climbing or descending steep hills, off road driving and hard pulling in sand, mud or deep snow. You will still need to use your normal gears when driving the vehicle, regardless of what 4WD mode the vehicle is in.

To use the external awning, first retrieve the canvas awning, tent poles, guy ropes and tent pegs from inside your vehicle. Feed the side of your awning through the rails located on the side and rear of the vehicle and pull through until the entire side of the awning has been fed through the rail.

Insert the tent pole into the eye of the awning then loop the guy rope over the top of the pole. Secure the guy rope to the ground with the provided tent pegs. Tighten the guy rope until the awning is taut. Use the double guy ropes on the corners of the awning and the single on the sides.

To extend the pop top roof on the camper, firstly unfasten the clasps that hold the roof to the body of the vehicle. On the inside of the vehicle holding both roof handles gently raise the roof ensuring that both sides of the roof are lifted and the same time.

To return the roof to its original position hold both interior roofs handles and gently lower the roof at the same time, making sure the canvas walls are on the inside of the vehicle. Always lower and securely fasten the clasps before driving your camper.

To convert the double bed the pop top roof must be up. Once this is up pull the bed board towards the back of the vehicle as far as it can go. Then place the mattress cushion son top.

To convert the lower bed remove the cushions form the seat. Lift the bed boards from the top of the seat. Extend these out to fit in the gap. Place the cushions on top of the boards.

To access the internal storage compartments simply release the elastic bands and lift the wooden boards up.

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. The number is located on your 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 when you picked up the vehicle.

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 whist 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 Apollo 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.

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.

If at any time you have questions about your vehicle always refer to the renters assistance guide for the required information.

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