I did a A5 handout when i was trialling SV but although the IPT liked it, due to it being too close to In Service Date there wasnt enough money to print them out for in theory every trained SV driver. It was done a bit like KiT Magazine but instead of cartoons (im crap at drawing!) it was photos with easy to understand instructions. In fact a lot of what i put in it, has appeared in KiT since then as i sent a copy to the IPT.
But as people said, tell people where to look (TDOL) and to be fair get them out in the veh as soon as they pass their FAM training, its not a hard to truck to master as long as the instruction is good in the first place!!
Don't bother with handouts. They go out of date and can provide misleading information. Get the information from the relevant, up to date, AESP.If you train them correctly and show them where the information is then they don't need to refer to a crappy piece of paper.It is also worthwhile teaching them to use JSP 800 Vol 7, this cotains all the loading diagrams and vehicle dimensions you will ever need. Shame most units don't even know what it is.
Have to live with that im afraid. You drive onto the other side of road or pull into a layby etc where you can lower it safely. Its that or MAN redesign the whole fleet, which would of not been cost effective.
Isn't this something to do with loss of air should the vehicle have been standing for a while? Something like you can't select neutral without footbrake depressed, and as thier is no air brakes do not allow selection of neutral... I'm not sure but on my fam training this very point was brought up about ensuring that neutral was selected on switch off...Else you would be unable to start vehicle.
Although SV has a "automatic" gearbox, its not like a DROPS etc which has a torque converter. The gearbox in all MAN SV's (apart from SV(R) and SX versions) is a Tipmatic. This is basically a manual gearbox, complete with clutch but the truck (the computer in it) operates the clutch and not your foot. With the column stalk you can "ask" the computer to change gear when its in "manual" mode or let the computer do it for you in "auto" mode a bit like a auto gearbox. This is why you can still sometimes stall a MAN SV when in manual mode. You do not have to put your foot on the brake to select neutral or any gear. The gearbox select switch is purely electrical and without it in neutral it wont energise the starter circuit. When in gear and truck idiling the clutch is disengaged by the computer and when you operate the accelerator the clutch is engaged and you pull off, like a manual truck. This is why sometimes SV will roll back when in gear just before the clutch is engaged, but to get round this you have the hill-descent/approach button next to the gear selector. Im sure the gear selection within the gearbox is hydraulically operated but it maybe air operated, my knowledge doesnt go into the depths of ZF's gearbox so this is where the air thing may come from but we didnt have this problem on the trials. I will stand corrected if the insider from MAN comes on here!
Cheap at twice the price fella, for a man of your initiative and ability.You don't have to reinvent anything, although you should check your source documents for currency prior to each course.TDOL, search, print. Not exactly going to bankrupt the MOD is it, even if it does take a little of your oh so valuable time. You could kill two birds with one stone by using the course to hammer home the importance of using up to date tech docs.On the other hand if It's for a TA course just cuff it, it doesn't matter anyway.
I see where your coming from but for the gearbox to physically go from gear(thats what it would of been when it was stopped) to neutral the engine needs to be on. Dont forget its not your hand on a gear stick moving the gear, its a computer. If your in a SV with the engine off and the starter circuit energised, when you select D and back to N, the gears dont move. In fact if you stop the engine in gear, the truck will automatically select neutral. When you try and start the truck, with D selected, of course it doesnt start, but selecting N will show Neutral in the drivers display, but if you listen to the gearbox with the door opened, nothing happens....because the truck already went in to Neutral when you switched it off. Try it and see.