User guide Chicharrera

User guide "Chicharrera"

These vans have soul and character, there are some tricks that we need to share with you. That’s why we’ve created these user guides so that you can fully enjoy the van without encountering any problems due to lack of knowledge.

Vehicle use and driving

  • To start the vehicle, turn the key until the dashboard lights come on. Then wait about 6 seconds before turning the key to start the vehicle.
  • The van has short gears. Never rev it beyond 2500rpm. Revving it too much will reduce the engine’s lifespan and may damage the turbo or the head gasket.
  • It is recommended to drive the van at 100km/h and not exceed 120km/h. If you go beyond 100km/h, the van’s diesel consumption will increase.
  • To turn on the lights, turn the switch handle.
  • The cigarette lighter adapter with 2 USB ports in the front only works when the van is running.

Camperization use

Bed and table

  • To convert the sofa into a bed, position yourself in the middle of the sofa to pull it evenly. Then place the backrest in the new space and adjust the bed to the mattress size. To set up the bed, place the mattress protector, the sheet, and finally the duvet. You will find them on top of the bed

Gas kitchen

  • At the rear of the van, there is a small table with 4 holes where you can place the kitchen. You can also use the camping table if you want more space. The cooking utensils and dishes are in the cabinet on the left side of the van. The camping gas is stored under the passenger seat.
  • To ignite the stove, insert a gas cartridge and place it correctly with the opening facing upward. Ensure the handle is at the minimum before pushing the lever and connecting the gas cartridge. Once connected, turn the handle to the maximum until the igniter activates.
  • IMPORTANT: When you finish using the gas stove, disconnect the gas cartridge. Do not cook inside the van as the space is limited, and there is a significant risk of fire.

Fridge

  • The refrigerator is already set at 7 degrees, and there is no need to manipulate the panel. Lowering the temperature further will make the refrigerator work harder, and consequently, the battery could be discharged.

Portable toilet

  • We have had numerous issues with the chemical toilet. That’s why we now use a portable toilet with single-use scented plastic bags. This makes it much more hygienic and eliminates the odors that the chemical toilet emits after several days of use. This way, we also don’t have to worry about finding a suitable place to empty the toilet.
  • To use it, simply place a well-extended bag in the hole and secure it with the toilet lid. Once finished, close the bag with a knot and dispose of it in the trash
  • If you decide to use the portable toilet without plastic bags, remember that it is crucial to return it empty.

Shower

  •  The shower is located at the rear of the van. Connect the connector, and then activate the switch right next to the connector. Remember to turn off the shower when you finish using it. Otherwise, the pump will burn out, and it will need to be replaced.
  • If the water in the tank runs out, it can be refilled at any of the island’s gas stations. To fill the tank, remove the cap (it doesn’t have a key) and fill the tank up to the line marked as the maximum.
  • We also provide a mat to place on the floor.
  • IMPORTANT: The exterior shower can only be used in campsites or recreational areas. It is illegal to use it outside of these sites. People on the island do tend to use the shower depending on the time and place. If you are in a less touristy area and take a quick shower in the morning, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, the decision is ultimately yours, and we are not responsible for any consequences.

Electricity

  • The van has 1 USB connection and another USB Type-C connected to the 12V socket (cigarette lighter socket) in the front of the car. These connections only work when the vehicle is running.
  • At the rear, there are 2 connections. One is at the rear on the left side, and the other is under the refrigerator cabinet.

Camping table and chairs

  • The van comes with a camping table and 2 chairs. IMPORTANT: Just like showering, it is prohibited to take out the chairs and table in unauthorized areas. It is only legal to use them in campsites and recreational areas. If you choose to use them elsewhere, it will be at your own risk.