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OWNERS MANUAL
THE Trac-About
MODEL IRV2000


YOU MUST READ THIS MANUAL BEFORE FIRST OPERATING THIS MACHINE.

Thank you for purchasing the Trac-About IRV2000. We would like to hear from you with any comments or suggestions about the IRV2000.  The IRV2000 will take you many places and allow you the freedom to do a lot of things. The IRV2000 can be compared to a four-wheel drive vehicle. It can do a lot of things other machines canít do, but you can get into trouble if you donít watch what you are doing. Listed below are some things you need to keep in mind while operating the IRV2000.

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Keep in mind that any piece of equipment requires a certain degree of thought and understanding. People that lack that degree of thought and understanding should be trained before being allowed to operate the machine. The IRV2000 weights about 400 pounds without an operator and could cause damage to persons and property if not operated properly.

Always wear your seat belt. The IRV2000 could come to a sudden stop due to operator error or controller failure.

Do not operate the IRV2000 if it behaves erratically, or shows abnormal response, heating, smoking, or arcing. Turn off the system, disconnect the battery and call your service agent.

Do not operate the IRV2000 if the battery is nearly discharged. The potential for a dangerous situation may result due to loss of power, or  you may be left stranded in an inopportune place.

Do not drive parallel on a slope of more than 10 degrees.

Do not drive up a slope of more than 20 degrees. BACK THE MACHINE UP A STEEP GRADE, GOING FORWARD MAY CAUSE IT TO GO OVER BACKWARDS.

Do not drive in water deeper than the top of the track.

Do not high pressure wash under the seat mount. (This is where a lot of the electronics for the IRV2000 are mounted. After washing, let the IRV2000 set until all water is gone. Do not operate the IRV2000 if the controls are wet.)

Do not charge the batteries if the battery charger is wet.

Always operate the IRV2000 in the slowest speed when you are in a crowd of people, or around walls, furniture, etc.

Be very cautious when moving in reverse.

Make sure the controller is turned off when not in use.

WARNING: Allow only one person at a time on the IRV2000. Violation of the machine could result in personal injury or property damage.

 


These instructions and suggestions of operation are intended for you to have the most fun and the least amount of frustrations while you operate the IRV2000.

Keep in mind that the IRV2000 weights about 400 pounds without an operator and can cause damage to persons and property if not operated properly.

You can get on the IRV2000 from either side of the seat simply by raising the arm of the seat. Sit down, spin in the seat and lower the arm rest. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT. YOU ARE READY TO GO!!!

 


The following pages will explain the operation of each element of the controller.

  

 

The following is an explanation of the Joystick control.

Press the long I|O button and you will see lights flashing on the Joystick panel. Touch the magnetic key on the Key Location red light. This will allow the Joystick to activate. If you want to relock the Joystick, have power on and touch the magnetic key on the Key Location red light.

You will see the Battery Lights come on. If the battery is fully charged, you will see two red lights, two yellow lights and two green lights. You will see in the Speed Indicator window the speed number or actuator letter. "A" or "b"

 


Press the Speed Selector until you see a "1" appear in the Speed Indicator window. If you press the Speed Selector again, you will see a "2" appear in the window.

There is a total of five speeds. The higher the number the faster the IRV2000 will go. To change to a lower speed you must continue to press the button through the speeds and letters to obtain the desired speed. You will see a letter appear after speed "5". Refer to the section WHEEL POSITIONS for an explanation ( NOTE: It is advisable to begin operation in speed "1" or "2" until you are familiar with the operation of the Joystick.)

Speeds are the result of power levels. If you need more power you need to select a higher speed setting and then adjust the ground speed by moving the lever slightly.

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Moving the Joystick forward will drive the IRV2000 forward. If you push the stick just a little, you will go slow. If you push it a lot, you will go as fast as the Speed Indicator is set. If you move the stick a little to the left or right, you will turn in that direction in a large circle. If you move it a lot, you will turn very short. If you pull back on the stick, you will go backwards.

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If you continue to press the Speed Selector again and again, you will see an "A" and then a "b" in the Speed Indicator window. These letters are used to raise and lower the tail wheel "A" or the large center wheels "b". Choose the letter on the joy stick and watch the position indicators on the other arm of the seat. The front dial is for the large wheels and the rear dial is for the tail wheel. If you push forward or pull back on the Joystick, the wheel will go down or up respectively. It is advised to run the large wheel slightly down. This will pick the front wheel off the ground about one-half inch and allow easier turning. If you are operating on rough ground, raise the center wheel all the way for a smoother ride. However, you will not be able turn really tight. You will need to make a large circle to turn around.

NOTE: If your run the center wheels all the way down and the caster all the way down, you now have a three-point setup that allows tight turns on hard surfaces as well on carpet.

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There are six battery lights. They will indicate how much charge is left in the batteries. When the batteries are fully charged, all six lights will light. As the batteries loose their charge, the green light will be the first to quit. If both of the green and yellow lights go out, you have approximately 15 minutes before the machine quits. You can run the batteries down to the point the left light will begin to flash. At that time you donít have much time left. The battery charge life will depend on the load and the terrain. You should never leave the battery with a low charge. It will ruin the batteries over time.

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Simply plug the charger into the Joystick controller, than plug the charger into any 120 volt electrical receptacle. It may take an hour or so to charge for another short run. If you run the batteries quite low, it may take ten to twelve hours to fully recharge. You may leave the charger on for may days if you so desire. It will not hurt the batteries. DO NOT CHARGE BATTERIES IF THE CHARGER OR THE JOYSTICK ARE WET.

If you think the charged battery life is too short, try charging each battery with a conventional battery charger until they are fully charged. Then reconnect the batteries and charge with the 24 volt charger.

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If the System Status LED (location shown in Joystick drawing) light flashes: you will notice the flashes between a short period of off.

1 flash: connection between joystick and power module could be bad.

2 flashes: a fault in an actuator. Check connections at power module.

3 flashes: left motor fault. Check connections at power module and/or at left motor.

4 flashes: right motor fault. Check connections at power module and/or at right motor.

7 flashes: low battery fault. Battery is to low or safe operation. check & charge battery.

11 flashes: stall timeout fault. (This will seem they flash all the time.) Turn Joystick off and back on. Motor current has exceeded the limit, due to overload. Reduce load by reversing direction or check for blockage of the wheels or track. Motors could be faulty. Check motors by raising machine with jack (instructions on earlier pages) and blocking the machine up. Run motors. They should turn freely.

NOTE: It is important you count the flashes before you call the Service Center.

Or call 1-866-465-4387

 


 

  • GETTING STARTED USING THE 100 AMP CONTROLLER

(If you have the 80 amp controller,    

click here to go to that section)                                                                            

                                             

The following is an explanation of the Joystick control for the 100 amp controller. Press the round OFF/ON Button. If the Joystick will not work, you will see the Battery Lights flashing. Refer to the troubleshooting section for the 100 amp controller listed below.

Otherwise, you should see the Battery Lights and the Speed Indicator Lights come on without flashing. If the battery is fully charged, you will see three red lights, four yellow lights and three green lights. Also notice the Speed Indicator Lights (1-5), indicating what speed range the unit is in, one light shining being the slowest speed available.


Press the Speed/Mode Selector button. You should see the Speed Indicator Lights flash. Move the Joystick Lever to the right to increase speed, and to the left to decrease speed. To operate in that speed, simply move the Lever forward or back.  You can also change speed while moving by pressing the Speed/Mode Selector button. The Joystick has a total of five speeds.

(  NOTE: beginning operation in the slowest speed is advisable until you are familiar with the operation of the Joystick.) 


Moving the Joystick forward will drive the IRV 2000 forward. If you push the stick just a little, you will go slow. If you push it a lot, you will go as fast as the Speed Indicator is set. If you move the stick a little to the left or right, you will turn in that


 

If you press the Speed/Mode Selector twice, you will see one of the two red Wheel Location Lights come on in the wheelchair picture. This mode is used to raise and lower either the tail wheel or the large center wheels, depending on which red light is lit. The light in the seat bottom@ is for the center wheels. The light in the Aseat back@ is for the tail wheel. Move the lever sideways to change the location. Now if you push forward or pull back on the Joystick, the wheels will go down or up. Try to cross obstacles at an angle. You can cross a 5" curb safely if you cross at an angle. Cross small logs and ditches the same way.

NOTE: If you run the center wheels all the way down and the tail wheel all the way down, you now have a "three-point" setup designed for turning on more delicate surfaces, such as carpet and throw rugs, and also for operating on smooth surfaces for a quieter ride.  

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The 100 amp Joystick controller has ten Battery Lights. They will show how much charge is left in the batteries. When the batteries are fully charged, all ten lights will light. As the batteries loose their charge, the green lights will be the first to quit. If all of the green and yellow lights go out, you have approximately 15 minutes before the machine quits. You can run the batteries down to the point that the last red light will begin to flash. When that happens, you do not have much time left. The battery charge life will depend on the load and the terrain. You should never leave the battery with a low charge. It will damage the batteries over time. 

If the IRV2000 has a problem, normally the Battery Lights begin to flash. Scroll on down to the next section titled, TROUBLE SHOOTING and follow the instructions.


If the Battery Lights (location shown in Joystick drawing) flash, you will notice a certain number of bars flashing.

The number of bars flashing indicate what and possibly where the problem is. Please note the number of flashing bars before calling for help. The following is a list of self help actions:

1 bar:   The batteries need charging or there is a bad connection to the battery. Check the connections to the battery and the controller power connector. If the connections are good, try charging the batteries. 

2 bars: The left motor has a bad connection. Make sure that the motor is connected properly and the controller connectors are secure.

3 bars: The left motor has a short circuit to a battery connection. Contact your service agent.

4 bars: The right motor has a bad connection. Make sure that the motor is connected properly and the controller connectors are secure.

5bars: The right motor has a short circuit to a battery connection. Contact your service agent.

6 bars: The battery charger is preventing the controller from driving the unit.  Disconnect the charger from the unit.

7 bars: A joystick fault is indicated. Make sure that the joystick is in the rest position before switching on the controller.

8 bars: A controller fault is indicated. Make sure the controller connections are secure.

9 bars: The parking brakes have a bad connection. Check the parking brake and motor connections. Make sure the controller connections are secure.

10 bars: An excessive voltage has been applied to the controller. This is usually caused by a poor battery connection. Check the battery and controller connections.

NOTE: It is important you count the flashes before you call the Service Center. Or call 1-800-458-8616

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If the IRV2000 should stall while driving off-road, the reason could possibly be that sand, snow, mud or some other obstruction, is between the wheels and the track. Stalling could also result from trying to make the IRV2000 pull more than the power setting will allow. The A5" speed is the most powerful.

If stalling occurs from the above mentioned reasons, most of the time all you have to do is  reverse the direction you are going and allow the tracks to clean out. Another remedy could be to allow the IRV2000 to sit a few minutes to allow the controller to cool. 

 

NOTE: IF THE IRV2000 IS LEFT OUTDOORS OR IF YOU WANT HIGH SECURITY, UNPLUG THE JOYSTICK AND REMOVE IT FROM THE ARMREST.                                                    


The tracks are adjusted at the factory. The adjuster bolt torques at 180 in\lb.* The track may stretch and need further adjustment after a period of use.

To adjust the track, loosen the two clamp bolts on top of each side of the frame. Lift the foot rest and turn the adjuster bolt on each side of the frame in front. After proper tension or torque is obtained, re-tighten the clamp bolts.

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NOTICE: Track replacement should be done only on a flat hard surface.

Raise the tail wheel all the way up. Remove the jack from under the battery cover. Assemble the jack. Slide the jack under the machine at an angle toward the side you want to work on. Place the channel part of the jack under the tail wheel. Lower the tail wheel onto the channel un till the side of the machine rises. TURN OFF THE JOYSTICK AND UNPLUG THE CABLE.

Remove the wrench from under the battery cover. Lift the foot rest. Using the end marked 13/16, turn the adjuster bolt counterclockwise on each side of the frame in front until the adjuster bolts are loosened about 2". Using the end marked 3/4, loosen the two clamp bolts on each side of the frame. Push the wheel back near the end of their slots. Pull out the drive pin in the rear wheel on the side you are working on and turn it 1/4 turn. Slip the track on the wheels, making sure the track center rib is in the grooves of all the wheels. Tighten the adjuster bolts on each side to 180 in\lbs.* Re-tighten the clamp bolts on both sides. Roll the track a few turns. Loosen the clamp bolts and re-torque the adjuster bolts. Re-tighten the clamp bolts. Release the drive pin, plug the cable into the joystick, turn it on and raise the tail wheel. REMEMBER TO REMOVE THE JACK FROM UNDER THE MACHINE BEFORE DRIVING AWAY.

* 180 in\lbs is a handle 6 inches long with 30 pounds applied at the end of the handle. If you are using the wrench supplied with the machine the handle in about 6 inches long.

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The batteries are a deep cycle, gel cell, group 24. Acid filled batteries like the ones used in your automobile, are not safe to use in the TRAC ABOUT IRV2000. Gel cell deep cycle batteries will give you the best performance. You may buy your batteries from TracAbout Inc. or from a good battery dealer.

Unplug the cord from the Joystick. Remove the battery cover. Remove the wing nuts on the terminal posts from the front battery. Make sure you remember which wires go where. Remove the battery. Remove the wing nuts from the rear battery and slide it forward and remove it. Make sure now wires touch the metal of the IRV2000.

Before installing new batteries, make sure each one is fully charged.

When reinstalling the batteries, make sure the red wires are on the positive (+) battery terminals. Make sure all connections are tight. Do not drop or topple any battery. Reconnect the Joystick. Insert the 24 volt charger in the Joystick and let the batteries charge until the charger lights indicate a full charge has been achieved.

 


There may be an occasion when you need to physically move the IRV2000. Release the drive pin on each rear wheel by rocking the machine and pulling the pin and rotating it 1/4 of a turn. Now you can move the machine with some effort. To reengage the pins, simply rotate until the pin drops into the slot. Press the speed control button until number (1) appears. Push the Joystick forward until the machine begins to move. The pins should now be in place.

 


Upon occasion a drive pin may fail. It is important that the new drive pin is reinstalled properly. Remove the old pin by loosening the lock nut. (turn it counter clockwise) Turn the drive pin out. Turn the lock nut onto the new drive pin until most of the threads show. Pull the plunger out and turn 1/4 turn. Screw the drive pin into the drive arm until the shell of the drive pin touches the wheel. DO NOT FORCE THE SHELL INTO THE WHEEL. Turn the drive pin out about one quarter to one half turn. Turn the lock nut while holding the drive pin housing until the lock nut is tight. Release the drive pin. Place the Joystick speed at (1) and push the Joystick forward until the pin engages the wheel.

 


Occasionally the wheel bearing will wear to the point they need replaced. The bearings supplied in the wheels of the IRV2000 are as good as we can find. But they will still wear out over a period of use.

Read the section TRACK REPLACEMENT. Remove the track. Use an Allen wrench to loosen the set screw in the collar on the axle. Slide the collar and wheel off the axle. Knock the bearing out of the wheel hub by driving something thru the hub from the opposite side. Replace both bearing on the hub even though only one is worn. To install a new set of bearings, you may tap the bearing into the hub by tapping on the edge of the bearing. DO NOT STRIKE THE BEARING IN THE CENTER. YOU WILL DAMAGE YOUR NEW BEARING. After the new bearings are installed, replace the track.


TracAbout, Inc.

IRV2000

*** LIMITED WARRANTY ***

TracAbout, Inc. warrants to the original purchaser, from the date of delivery through the duration of the warranty period. During the warranty period TracAbout, Inc. will repair or, at it=s option, replace any component(s) that proves to be defective at no charge provided that the part is returned, freight prepaid, to TracAbout, Inc. The warranty does not apply if the product has been damaged by accident or misuse, or exposed to corrosive materials, or has been tampered with by anyone except an authorized TracAbout IRV2000 service center. The warranty period shall begin at the date of delivery and extend for a period of two years with the following exceptions:

*Bearings and drive pins ARE NOT included in any warranty.

One Year Warranty:

* ALL ELECTRICAL WIRING

* TRACK BELTS

* WHEEL TREAD

* MOTORS

* GEARBOXES

* ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS

* BATTERIES

* BATTERY CHARGER

Five Year Warranty:

*FRAME

CORROSION CAUSED BY WATER, SALT, ACID OR ANY OTHER CORROSION CAUSING AGENT TO ANY PARTS, FRAME, OR ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS IS NOT COVERED.

All warranty claims MUST be made directly to TracAbout, Inc. and any warranty parts must be returned to TracAbout, Inc. for credit.

TracAbout, Inc. will not be held liable for any field modifications not expressly furnished and authorized by in writing by the engineering department of TracAbout, Inc. Any unauthorized modifications immediately render this warranty null and void.

TracAbout, Inc. will not be liable for any consequential damages, nor for commercial consequential damages resulting from any breach of this warranty, or any other warranty, all of which are expressly disclaimed for any delays in performance of this warranty due to causes beyond the direct control of the manufacturer.

TracAbout, Inc. neither assumes nor authorizes any person to create nor assume for TracAbout, Inc., any obligation(s) or liabilities in connection with TracAbout, Inc. products, nor to undertake any responsibilities beyond those set forth in this instrument.

This warranty disclaims any liability whatsoever due to: loss of time, use of the product, anticipated profits, increased expenses, inconveniences or any other matter(s) not specifically included in this warranty.

This warranty is in lieu of any other warranties, expressed or implied, including the extent that any such limitation will be limited by any state or federal law, then such portions of the limitation will be deemed null and void.




 

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