2.1. Coupling device status indicators
Red ‘x’ position indicates that the coupling device is unsecured.
Green ‘+’ position indicates that the coupling device is secured, sits correctly on the ball mount; driving is allowed.
Red ‘–‘ position indicates that the coupling device is not properly secured; driving is prohibited. The coupling device is not locked onto the ball mount or the coupling device and/or the ball mount is too worn.
ATTENTION: Intermediate positions of the coupling device between – or + and + or x are not allowed; these positions indicate that the coupling device or the ball mount is too worn; driving is prohibited!
3.3. UNCOUPLING AND PARKING THE MINI-CARAVAN
To uncouple the mini-caravan:
– Loosen the support wheel clutch and lower the support wheel to the ground. Fix the position of the support wheel with a clutch. The support wheel should be levelled in such a way to ensure that the trailer is horizontal;
– Press on the safety catch of the coupling device, pull the handle up, and then move in the direction 2 shown in Figure 3 until the device is uncoupled and released from the ball mount. Lift the coupling device slightly away from the ball mount, paying attention to the trailer weight to avoid potential injuries;
– Remove the mini-caravan safety cable from the ball mount of the towing vehicle;
– Remove the trailer’s power cable from the power socket of the towing car and place it in the socket holder of the mini-caravan;
– Choose a flat, hard, non-slippery ground for parking the trailer; be sure not to stop or park the trailer on a slope or on smooth ground with soft substrate;
– Once a stationary location for the mini-caravan has been found, be sure to mount support legs and wheel chocks, and if the model has a parking brake then move the brake into parking position;
-The mini-caravan must be positioned as horizontally as possible to prevent the spontaneous movement of open doors and windows, or the entry of water or snow accumulated at the edges of doors and windows into the trailer.
ATTENTION: It is prohibited to operate or enter the mini-caravan before mounting the support legs, wheel chocks, and moving the parking brake into parking position (if the trailer has brakes)!
4.LOADING THE MINI-CARAVAN
The maximum permissible gross vehicle weight and unladen weight of the trailer are indicated on the trailer registration certificate. The payload of the trailer is calculated as the difference between gross weight and unladen weight.
ATTENTION: Overloading the trailer is prohibited – it can cause traffic hazard, premature wear, and the bending and breaking of parts of the trailer! We draw attention to the fact that the user’s lack of knowledge of the weight of the load does not exonerate them from the responsibilities arising from possible consequences of overloading.
Trailer damage indicative of overloading is not covered by the warranty, regardless of whether it was caused during driving or while stationary.
The term ‘load’ also includes all the reservoirs (water, toilet, etc.), which must be closed, secured, and emptied before driving.
The load must be spread as evenly as possible and secured to the trailer so that:
– it will not cause damage to the trailer or its interior and devices during driving;
– it does not affect the steerability of the trailer and thereby avoiding any hazardous situations;
– it prevents uneven wear and tear of tyres and wheel bearings but also other damage.
Positioning the load only to the rear of the trailer is prohibited, as it will cause the towing hook of the vehicle to raise, resulting in the coupled combination becoming very unstable when driving.
To ensure better road stability, the maximum coupling device load requirements must be followed, with vertical load up to 10% of gross weight but not above the value indicated on the coupling device.
ATTENTION: Mini-caravans are not intended for use as a load transporting truck! Pay attention to the allowed load capacity!
Before driving, check the following:
– the condition of the coupling device (see Figure 1 and Section 2.1). It is important to ensure that the height of the towing hook of the towing vehicle is within range of 430 ± 35 mm according to standard DIN 74058;
– the secure coupling of the trailer and the towing vehicle; there should be no gap, and the ball mount of the vehicle should be completely inside the coupling device (see section 2.1);
– that the safety cable of the trailer is mounted on the coupling hook and that the safety cable is in good working condition;
– that the power plug of the trailer is connected to the towing vehicle and that all trailer lights are working properly;
– the condition of trailer tyres, tyre pressure, and proper wheel attachment;
– that the removable and securable parts of the trailer (including support legs and wheel chocks) are safely secured or removed;
– that the parking brake of the trailer is released (in case of trailers with brakes);
– that the support wheel is raised to the upper position, the support wheel must be parallel to the direction of driving;
– that the doors and windows of the trailer are properly locked. Driving with unlocked doors and windows is prohibited; it can lead to hazardous situations!
– double check that the trailer is not overloaded (see Section 4) and that no one is inside.