with H07C engine
Left Hand Side of vehicle
Starting at the front, and looking towards the rear:
Dipstick located deep under cab. Check before you drive
away each day.
Blow out air filter every now and then with an air line,
more frequently in dusty conditions.
sized for two 20 litre jerry cans
containing 15 amp power cord, and 15A to 10A cord adaptor
(for use only where a 15A power connection is not available).
Additional power cords and double adaptors. Also hose
and fittings for water supply hose.
Front fuel tank
Locking cap. Use this tank under all normal conditions,
as it has a fuel return line, and non-injected fuel
will be returned to the tank.
Lift hatch, pull ladder out (very tight), reverse, and
hook over rail mounts under the motorhome door. Caution
Lower the two braces near top of ladder, or ladder steps
may collapse. Ladder can only be placed in recess under
vehicle in one orientation; hooks must be on the outside,
and facing down. Remember to leave at least two metres
clearance on left side when parking, for ladder and
Generator fuel tank
Small petrol tank for generator fuel (use unleaded petrol
only). The inlet for it is under a shallow hinged edge
(similar to steps). Leave petrol cap loose, or partial
vacuum and loss of power will result. Red petrol container
is in large outside bay under bed.
Water tank inlets (next to generator fuel)
Two hose fitting inlets, for the front tank and the
rear tank. Connect to a standard garden hose plug on
fitting. Open the two valves (lever points in same direction
as the pipe) to fill. Caution Remember to close each
valve when full (turn levers at right angles to pipe).
2.3kVA Onan MicroLite 2800 series petrol generator,
connected to 240 volt internal wiring via a mains or
generator isolation switch inside motorhome electrical
cupboard. Starting switch inside generator housing,
and another remote starting switch inside motorhome
electrical cupboard. Generator requires a 12 volt battery
(at rear of Hino) for starting.
Shower drainage outlet
There are two drainage water hoses in rear compartment
Blackwater (toilet) outlet
Hose is at left in compartment at rear of Hino. Clip
hose onto tank outlet. Other end at dump point. Undo
clip on blackwater outlet. Pull slider out. Flush water
through system. Push slider in. Return clip to original
position. Unclip hose. McAfferty bus depots make dump
points available to CMCA members.
Rear End of vehicle
Contains blackwater hose, and sink and shower water
drainage hose (for use at caravan parks or where graywater
drainage system is available).
The 12 volt battery for the Onan generator is also located
here. We need to buy 3/8th inch nuts and spring washers
for battery clips.
Ladder to the roof, for access to spare tyres, solar
cells and tarp. There is a clip down extension on the
ladder. There is a hook for hanging a solar shower.
Hanger rack for two bicycles. Pull out pin to release
arm. When arm is in correct position, reinsert pin in
the other hole to prevent arm from moving.
Right Hand Side of vehicle
Starting at the front, and looking towards the rear:
Radiator external tank
Check and fill radiator as required with coolant, not
Air tank and outlet
There is an air tank outlet available. Air hose is in
first compartment to the rear. Use for pumping up tyres.
Engine must be running when doing this, to keep tank
Contains the jack, jack handle (also used for lowering
bull bar prior to releasing cabin), air hose for pumping
up tyres, adaptor to connect to tyre valves.
The two 9 kg gas bottles are located in a compartment
under the body. There is a gas bottle selector switch,
and a gas fuse. Bottle connections have been replaced
with flexible tubing to reduce the chance of a break
due to metal fatigue.
Air tank drains
There are four air tank drains, with pull rings, under
the body. These should be released once a week to get
rid of condensation that accumulates in air tanks.
Gas Hot Water Heater SW6PA
Located behind hatch mid body. Only needs to be run
say once a day as there is a tank. Turn knob to "Pilot",
insert long handled match into pilot area. Turn knob
to "On" as soon as pilot lights. Turn knob
"Off" when water is heated.
Suburban brand propane gas hot water storage heater
model #SW6PA from Complete Caravan Services Pty Limited
has a 22.6 litre storage tank, and can heat 38 litres
per hour, generating a 38 degree temperature rise. It
uses 10.5 mj per hour.
To start heating, depress and turn gas cock knob counter
clockwise to "Pilot", press down, and light
pilot. As soon as it is lit, depress and turn gas cock
knob counter clockwise to "On" position. Set
temperature dial to desired setting (factory setting
is Low to reduce injury risk). To turn off, set temperature
to Low, depress and turn gas cock knob clockwise to
the "Off" position.
Periodically check that flame is blue or blue orange,
and adjust air shutter back to factory settings if it
is yellow or sooty. Check pilot flame. Water system
must be used at least twice a week, even when van is
not being used. Anodes must be checked every six months.
Ensure heater water tank is filled with water before
operating, as even momentary operation without water
will damage it.
Four Exide branded Trojan 6 volt home batteries, charged
via solar batteries. Check distilled water level every
There are two fuses on the batteries. There is also
a 12 volt power connection available in this compartment.
Two N70 size 12 volt truck batteries, located deeper
in the body behind the motorhome batteries. Check water
levels at same time as motorhome.
Self contained 24 volt water pump. Pump starts automatically
when taps are turned on. If the pump runs continually,
it means you are out of water. On-off switch is in the
cupboard under the kitchen sink.
Drain from sink
Use hose from back compartment if draining water to
Direct water inlet
There is a connection for external water supplies behind
the rear tyres. Caution Camping ground water pressure
may damage pipes. Open valve lever only a little when
first connecting, and check water flow from internal
There is a water supply filter behind the connector.
Unscrew and empty the filter from time to time.
Water tank selector
You can select to use either water tank or both. Use
this to keep track of water usage, if required. This
is underneath the truck.
Water tank drain plugs for cleaning out tanks, under
Rear fuel tank
Does not have a locking cap. Use this tank last, as
it does not have a diesel return line. Use at least
half the front tank before switching to the rear tank,
or fuel will overflow.
Large storage area
Has 3 locked access doors (above rear fuel tank). Holds
folding table, chairs, other camping gear, boxes of
food and drink, and anything else too big to fit in
other compartments. This storage is under the double
bed, but cannot be reached from inside.
A&E 8500 automatic roll-up 8 foot extension awning.
The legs can be mounted at an angle against the bottom
of the awning sidewall attachment brackets, or extended
to reach to the ground vertically. User instructions
are also on laminated card.
Front 80 psi
Rear 90 psi
Use 20-25 psi on sand
Inside Hino cab
Looking from the right hand side
To right of steering wheel
Linked to high beam. Spotlights go on only when high
beam is on.
Fuel tank switch
Left is front tank, right is rear tank. Use front tank
first, as it has diesel return line, while rear tank
does not. If fuel is used from rear tank first, all
fuel return goes to the front tank, which might overflow.
The fuel selector is a Pollak 42-103 model. See the
installation sheet for details.
Can be used for setting speed on long trips. Engine
will race when stopped if used.
To left of driver's seat
Hand air brake
Pull up shroud to release, then push down. Just pull
up to put on. Don't use while in motion in case of damage.
Four wheel drive
Use only when not moving. Pull up to operate. Push down
to disengage. All gearing ratios are much lower when
in 4WD. Not suitable for road use. Can be used for tricky
Hydraulic lines for a trailer. All disconnected.
To left of steering wheel
Truck cigar lighter
Caution - 24 volts. Don't touch!
Cigarette lighter sockets
Two 12 volt cigarette lighter sockets, for radios, computers
Try channel 8 for CMCA, 40 for trucks
There is a flying lead from the outside antenna for
an analog phone on the floor (plug does not suit modern
Under panel at far left of dash.
Vehicle Controls. Most are as per
a standard manual transmission car, so only variations
Flick on forward to retard speed on downhill runs. May
be noisy. Don't use in towns, especially at night. Located
on left of steering column. Dash warning light will
flicker on when it is being used (does not go on until
exhaust brake acts, exhaust brake does not act while
accelerator is being touched).
Vehicle instruments are generally
standard for a car, so only variations are mentioned.
Try to keep tacho within green zone, or fuel use will
be excessive. Note that green zone top speed is well
below normal speed limits, and that top speed at 3200
RPM is about 90 kph.
Air pressure light
Try not to start moving until air pressure light is
off. Air pressure guage will show safe pressure slightly
before light goes out.
Normally runs at about 3/4 level.
Measures block temperature directly. Gives a better
warning of loss of coolant than standard temperature
gauge. Not working.
A four burner gas stove top and oven. Only electrical
fitting in stove is the 12 volt oven light, with a switch
on right hand side of oven front. Top surface can be
swung up at right angles to provide access to burners,
and part folded forwards to make a small shelf. There
is a catch under the shelf.
The Flojet 4405-343 water pump will start whenever taps
are turned on. If water pump runs continually, it means
the water tank is empty, and the pump is trying to pump
air. Pump on-off switch is inside the kitchen sink cupboard.
The permanent magnet, ball bearing 24 volt Flojet four
chamber diaphram pump can handle a 6 foot suction lift,
draining 2 Amps from the battery for a 12.5 litre per
minute (3.3 GPM) water flow. To set up for operation,
charge the batteries, turn off the pump, fill the water
tanks, open all taps, and then turn the pump switch
on. Water will flow, and when the water is free of air,
turn off the taps. Remember you are also filling the
water heater tank, and the toilet and shower water lines.
There is a 7 amp fuse in the positive battery lead to
the pump. There should also be a Flojet water inlet
strainer which would need inspecting and cleaning from
time to time.
240 volt Selectronics SE-10 24
The Selectronics 240 volt inverter is inside the kitchen
sink cupboard, as is a plug to connect it to two specially
marked inverter power outlets one on each side of the
240 volt AC mains lights
Fluro light fitting in center of ceiling. One of the
outside lights is 240 volt, switch near outside doorframe.
These lights can also be run by the generator.
24 volt DC lighting
Most lights, including an outside light, are high efficiency
24 volt versions. These run from the motorhome batteries,
and each draws about 0.5 amps. The outside light switch
is just inside the motorhome door.
Fridge and Freezer
The 118 litre Vitrifrigo fridge includes a 26 litre
freezer and runs from the 24 volt motorhome batteries.
It draws 63 watts or 2.62 amps as a base load. If you
need to turn it off, the switch is inside the fridge.
Turn it to 0.
The temperature adjustment knob is set to 0 for off,
and 1 to 5.5 for warmest to coldest setting. For maximum
energy saving, set to A1. Defrosting is carried out
automatically in absorption type fridges. Empty the
drip tray every day (where is this?) The fridge uses
a Danfoss BD3F compressor. A Danfoss 24 volt electronic
unit is included to protect the fridge from excess or
under voltages. See the Danfoss instructions for details.
Heron air conditioner
There is a 2 kVA Heron split system reverse cycle air
conditioner by Air Command. The return air filter should
be cleaned after every two or three weeks of normal
running. The filter is located beneath the air handler
enclosure. Check that condensate water outlet is not
blocked and water goes outside cabin.
These have two locks at the bottom, and a lever on the
side to push them open. Close them when travelling.
Can be set to "shower proof", or to closed,
or to fully open.
Toilet flushes into 65 litre blackwater tank. Two levers
at base, one for the tank slide, one for the water flush.
Toilet chemicals are kept in bedside cupboard just outside
door. The extractor fan switch is over the vanity unit.
Motorhome electrical cupboard
On left hand side, near ceiling, between dinette and
vanity table. Contains a remote starting switch for
the Onan generator, a GSL Electronics Nantron 24 volt
to 12 volt DC reducer, and the 240 volt power isolation
switch. The mains isolation switch in the motorhome
electrical cupboard must be in the mains (up) position,
to use outside power, not in the generator position.
Battery charge Your-meter includes graphics and digital
display, showing Voltage, Amps, Amp-hours, and Time
the battery will sustain load.
Large drawer under double bed; 2 drawers under lower
bunk; many shelves and drawers beside and above bunks
and in vanity chest between the shower/toilet and the
wardrobe (hanging space); under dinette seats; above,
beside, and below sink (including two sets of pull-out
Bunks and main bed have 100mm foam mattresses, reading
lights, small shelf for personal items or books.
There are multiple power systems on board, both independent
and linked. Some use the same wiring, but only one source
can be connected at any time. There are a total of seven
240 volt AC mains
For use in caravan parks. This is connected via a 15
A cable and a plug high on the left hand side of the
Hino. The mains isolation switch in the motorhome electrical
cupboard must be in the mains (up) position, not in
the generator position. This supplies several power
points inside and out, some lights inside and out, and
also the Heron reverse cycle air conditioner. Normal
household appliances can be used while on mains power.
240 volt output Onan generator
The Onan Microelite generator can energise the same
areas as the 240 volt AC mains, and also the low drain
Heron air conditioner. It provides 2300 watts or 10
amps at 230 volts at 3000 rpm. The mains isolation switch
in the motorhome electrical cupboard must be in the
generator (down) position. If the generator is used,
you can not run high drain appliances (bar heater, electric
jug, any sort of heater) at the same time as the air
conditioner. You can only run one high drain appliance
at a time. There is a remote battery condition gauge
and a power-on timer in the electrical cupboard.
The generator requires its own 12 volt starting battery.
If used infrequently, this battery will be dead when
you need the generator. Charge the battery if the specific
gravity of the electrolyte is less than 1.215. Stop
charging when the electrolyte reaches 1.260 (at 27 degrees
C). Disconnect the negative (-) cable first when removing
battery. There is a 5 amp fuse protecting the control
circuits, and an AC circuit breaker. Let the generator
run for a minute or so before connecting heavy loads.
The generator consumes between 0.8 and 1.5 litres of
unleaded petrol an hour depending on load.
Use SAE 30 lubricating oil, unless temperatures will
be lower than freezing. Change engine oil every 50 hours.
Clean air filter periodically. See the periodic maintenance
schedule in the Onan operators manual, page 14.
24 volt system
Four Canon Uni-solar US-64 solar electric modules in
a 24 volt system charging four 6 volt Trojan home power
batteries via a battery conditioning system. The triple
junction thin film amorphpus solar modules are rated
at 64 watts, maximum at 16.5 volts and 3.88 amps (no
load, with 1000 watts sunshine per square metre) and
are guaranteed for 10 years. The silicon is directly
coated on stainless steel, and coated with a protective
polymer. The cells are each 1366mm by 741mm and 32mm
thick with an anodised aluminium frame. They weigh 9.17
kg each. The minimum blocking diode is 8 amps. The modules
are said to reduce power loss during partial shade situations.
The cell surfaces can be cleaned with mild soap and
water, however this must be done at night (water and
electricity don't mix). See the Uni-solar instructions
A Plasmatronics PC2430 24 volt 30 ampere battery charge
controller is fitted.
A base load is provided by the fridge. In cloudy weather,
the fridge will need to be switched off after less than
a week of drain.
A computer controlled voltage, current and ampere-hour
E-Meter is fitted in the electrical cupboard. There
is a heavy duty shunt above the batteries. Readings
should be taken and recorded periodically to ensure
batteries are not discharged too deeply (do something
once batteries are discharged more than -100 AH)
A heavy duty cross connection switch is mounted above
the batteries, and this can be used to connect the home
and starter batteries for emergency starting, or for
charging both sets at once. The removeable switch key
is L shaped 3/8th inch steel. All battery leads have
been upgraded to 50mm2 to easily handle starting currents.
A 24 volt (also selectable 6 and 12 volt) Arlec Charger
9 BC924 battery charger is mounted under the rear dinette
seat. This is switched on by the front (rightmost) circuit
breaker in the electrical cupboard. When external 240
volt power is available, this can be used to boost the
charge in the home batteries (or by using the cross
connection switch, also the starter batteries).
12 volt system
A 24 volt to 12 volt GSL model VR 4P Nantron 14 ampere
reducer powers several inside and outside 12 volt power
sockets. An outside socket is in the battery compartment.
An outside socket is on the roof near the tyres - caution,
this outside socket is waterproof, and is not compatible
with normal 12 volt sockets. An adaptor will be required.
24 volt truck starting system
Two 12 volt N70ZZ truck batteries, charged by the truck
alternator. Auxiliary power in the truck is 24 volt,
not 12 volt. Do not use 12 volt or automotive appliances.
Caution The truck cigarette lighter socket is 24 volts.
There are two extra cigarette lighter sockets wired
for 12 volts in the cab.
240 volts from inverter
A 350 watt (1000 watt surge) 240 volt sine wave Selectronic
SE10 inverter S/N 14308 is in the kitchen cupboard.
As well as using the socket on the inverter, you can
plug in the 240 V plug inside the kitchen cupboard to
the inverter. This plug is wired to two specially marked
240 volt sockets, one on each side of the motorhome.
This system is isolated from all other power systems,
however the inverter can draw considerable power from
the motorhome batteries.
The inverter will start operating at 4 to 16 watts drain,
and draws 17.5 Amps from the battery at 350 watts, 50
Amp at 1000 watts (max of 5 seconds). With fully charged
batteries, nothing else on, and using the maximum rating
draw of 350 watts, this should give a working time of
around 5-6 hours before the batteries are discharged
to 50%, which is as low as is compatible with not damaging