MartinWalter Ltd.

Land - Rover Dormobile
2 and 4-Berth

Operating Instructions and Maintenance

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Before attempting to raise or lower the roof, always open a door or window to relieve air pressure.

It is important not to handle tubes when opening or closing roof, springs should be lightly lubricated.

To raise roof panel

1. Release catches on exterior and retaining straps on interior of roof.
2. Push up roof by center tubular handle until tubes lock in up position by means of spring plungers.

To close roof

1. See that top bunks (when fitted) are folded away correctly and that there is nothing stowed in the roof to prevent it closing properly.
2. Ease weight of the roof off the plungers in supports.
3. Depress plungers alternately on each tube to slide into outer tubes.
4. Lower roof slowly, pull in fabric to form inward folds.
5. Strap to turn buttons on roof rail and engage toggles on outside of vehicle. When the roof is not closed and secured, a warning light will flash on the dash board if the ignition is switched on.



To convert passenger seat

1. Release locking trigger on front of seat.
2. Push on top of squab until seat is locked in bed position.

To convert Driver's seat

1. Slide seat forward
2. Release locking trigger on O/S of seat.
3. Push on top of squab until seat is locked in bed position.
4. Adjust seat slide to line seat up with passenger seat.

To convert rear seats

1. Pull up operating handle at front of seat.
2. Push on top of squab, releasing handle at same time.
3. Seat will lock itself into bed position.
4. Rear seats may be positioned together at centre of vehicle by releasing serrated knob.

To stow rear seats to body side

1. Release seat by undoing serrated knobs.
2.position seat to centre of vehicle and bring seat into bed position.
3. Lift seat from centre and stow to body side.
4. Secure with strap to body side.

To revert all seats to normal position

1. Always commence with with front pas sanger seat.
2. Reverse all operations.
3. When reverting drivers seat, allow seat squab to come right forward until cushion frame is in position, then push squab backwards until it is locked in upright position.

To reverse front passenger seats

1. Release the two inner serrated knobs, lift up on front of seat and push on top of squab.
2. The seat will then take on a rotating action and reverse itself.

For access to tool box and blanket box

1. Make reversing operation of front pas sanger seats.
2. Release the two outer serrated knobs on front of seat. Lift front of seat and fold right over to rear to the rear until full access is made.
3. IMPORTANT: Securing knobs MUST be tightened when seat is returned.


1.Release and remove Driver's seat completely.


1. Remove table from stowage on rear door.
2. Reverse front passengers seat and slide driver's seat forward.
3. Pull out table support arms and engage arms into peg brackets on N?S body pillars. Support table by engaging leg in floor support.


1. Release press studs on fabric retainer tab.
2. Take hold of the inner tube and lift upwards and outwards.  THis action will automatically open the outer tube and tension the fabric.
3. Pull inner tube downwards until tube is retained.
4. To close bunks, reverse operation.


The gas supply is housed beneath the diver's seat ad is connected to the cooker by flexible hose and copper pipe.

There are three taps in the cooker supply: one on the cylinder, one in the locker under under the cooker ad one to operate the burner itself.

The main tap in the locker should be closed when cooking is finished.

The cooker grid may be removed and wrapped to prevent rattling when traveling.

NOTE: Always apply light to burner before turn on the burner.

As the sink waste is fed through the floor to the exterior, a waste bag or soakaway should be connected before emptying the sink.


To prevent excessive condensation in the vehicle when standing with the roof up, open roof vent in conjunction with window in lower part of vehicle.


Unscrew small stops at ends of curtains, replace stops when replacing curtains.


Wash regularly with clean water.  Use a wax polish and apply sparingly.  Do not use an abrasive cleaner on the paintwork.  Chips should be touched up without delay to prevent rusting.


The water should not be allowed to become stagnant, this causes discolouration to form inside the carriers.  The staining ca be removed by a bleaching agent after which the water carriers should be thoroughly washed out with clean water.


1. Always turn off gas at tap in cabinet after cooking and check before retiring.

2. Always turn off gas cylinder tap before removing hose.

3. Always drain water carriers when not in use.

4.Always strap down the roof before moving off.

5. Keep roof supports and springs lightly oiled.

6. Dust off roof canopy fabric occasionally when not in use.

7. Lightly lubricate seat operational joints, door catches, and hinges.

8. Open roof ventilator when using cooker.

9. Do not empty sink until waste bag is in position.

10. Do not lubricate curtain runners.

IMPORTANT - The gas installation in this vehicle has been tested with  lbs ABUIBKO leak tester.  Should any item be disconnected, it is important that the installation is again tested when replaced.

Please note the roof ventilator should not be left open when driving at speed.




Should the caravan be used in an extremely cold climate it is possible that the gas flow will become sluggish and even freeze in very low temperatures.  Precaution against this should be taken by lagging the cradle in felt or like material.

Warm water poured over the cylinder will also assist in renewing an even flow of gas.

When changing a gas bottle, the regulator should be removed with the hose attached.

Do not attempt to put gas bottles into floor cylinder with regulator attached, this should be attached after the bottle is positioned, then attach hose.


These containers can be used with CALOR or BOTTOGAS installed  equipment provided a correct adaptor tap is fitted.

Whilst the GAZ container is readily available in Europe, the adaptor tap may not be, and it is advisable to obtain this GAZ connecting tap No. 347 before leaving this country.



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