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Taylor-Dunn R-380 with AC Control System Vehicle Controls

The information in this article applies to standard RE-380 Taylor-Dunn vehicles – model numbers RE-380-36 and RE-380-48. Note that vehicle customization may cause variation from the information in this article.

The RE-380 personnel carrier is shown below. 



vehicle controls

1. Start Switch: The Start switch turns the vehicle electrical control system ON. This switch may or may not require a key to operate. Rotate the switch clockwise to turn the vehicle system ON and counterclockwise to turn the vehicle system OFF. The vehicle will not run when in the OFF position. The switch should be in the off position whenever the operator leaves the driver’s seat. This switch is designed to secure and disable the vehicle. The key can only be removed when the switch is in the off position. 

2. Direction Control Switch: This switch determines the direction of travel. The switch has three positions:  

  • FORWARD: Push the top of the switch all the way in to travel forward.  
  • REVERSE: Push the bottom of the switch all the way in to travel in reverse.  
  • OFF: There is a center position between forward and reverse, this is the “direction” OFF position. The direction off position does NOT turn the vehicle control system off. Use the Start Switch to turn the vehicle control system off. Refer to the Start Switch entry in this section for details regarding turning the vehicle control system off.  

Note: The OFF position IS NOT neutral and does NOT disconnect the motor from the drive train. 

3. Hi-Low Speed Switch: Push on top of the High/Low switch (turtle) for slow speed. Push on the bottom of the switch (rabbit) for normal speed. 

4. SmartView Display: The gauge on the dash has many functions. More detail is provided in the following section.  

5-7. Accessory Switches: These will control various accessories that may have been equipped on your vehicle. Push the top of the switch to turn the accessory on. Push the bottom of the switch to turn it off. 

Smart View Display 
The Smart View Display (SVD) functions as a Battery Status Indicator (BSI), Hour Meter (HM), speed controller status monitor, and as an optional maintenance monitor feature. The operation of each of these functions is described below. 

SmartView display

Battery Status Indicator 
A bar graph representing the current state of charge is located across the top of the display. When the batteries are fully charged, all segments of the bar graph will be on. As the batteries are used, segments will turn off in the order of right to left.  

When the batteries are discharged to 75%, the last three segments will flash indicating that you are approaching the end of the battery cycle. At this time, the vehicle’s batteries should be charged as soon as possible.  

At 90%, all segments will flash and the vehicle's speed will be reduced. At this time, the vehicle should be removed from service for charging. Discharging beyond 90% will result in damage to the batteries that will shorten the battery lifespan.  

Note: The battery status gauge as well as any faults indicating low battery voltage will not reset until the batteries have successfully completed a charging cycle. 

Hour Meter 
Depending on the revision level of the controller, there are one or two-hour meter functions: Key Hours and Run Time Hours.  

Run Time Hours is the accumulated length of time that the vehicle has been in operation. Time is accumulated when the FS-1 switch in the accelerator module is closed. The Run Time Hours will be displayed as indicated by the Run Time Hours Indicator located at the left of the display. The icon represents a motor symbol with a “T” in the center. 

System Fault Monitor 
The display will indicate a fault code whenever the control system logic detects a problem with the control system. A fault code is being displayed whenever the Fault Code Indicator (the letter ‘F’) is visible at the left of the numeric display. Refer to the fault code table in this section for a summery description of the fault codes. 

fault codes

Maintenance Monitor 
The Maintenance Monitor function is optional. The Maintenance Monitor function can be turned ON or OFF by your dealer. Contact your Taylor-Dunn Dealer to enable or disable this feature.  

fault codes

Operation: The SVD notifies the operator 10 hours (standard) before a scheduled maintenance is due. During this warning period the meter will continue to alert the operator. This should allow sufficient time for the operator to schedule the maintenance that is due with minimal down time. If the scheduled maintenance is not performed before the warning period elapses, then the vehicle's maximum speed will be significantly reduced. 

Warning period: The warning starts when the Maintenance Indicator is ON and the wrench icon is flashing. The wrench icon will continue to flash until the warning time has expired.  

Maintenance Due: Once the warning has expired and the maintenance is due, the wrench icon will stop flashing and remain on. Additionally, the vehicle's maximum speed will be significantly reduced until the maintenance is performed and the display is reset. The display should only be reset by an authorized technician. Refer to the Illustrated parts section of the Operator and Service Manual for information regarding tools required to reset the Smart View Display.  

Speed Controller Status: The display will indicate a fault code whenever the control system logic detects a problem with the control system. A fault code is being displayed whenever the Fault Code Indicator (the letter ‘F’) is visible at the left of the numeric display. Refer to the fault code table in this section for a summery description of the fault codes. 

Operator Controls
Horn Switch: Press the horn switch with your left foot to sound the horn, release it to turn off.  

horn switch



1. Throttle Pedal: The throttle pedal is located to the right of the brake pedal. It controls the speed of the vehicle and operates like the throttle pedal in an automobile. Press the pedal to increase speed and release the pedal to decrease speed. 

2. Foot Brake Pedal: The foot brake pedal is located to the left of the throttle pedal. This pedal is designed for operation with the drivers right foot. It works similar to the brake in an automobile. Applying pressure to the brake pedal slows the vehicle according to the amount of pressure applied. Relieving pressure from the pedal releases the braking action. 

Parking Brake 
The parking brake is actuated with a hand lever, which is located to the right of the driver. To set the parking brake, push down on the brake pedal and pull the lever up and back until it locks. To release the park brake, press the foot brake pedal and push the brake lever forward and all the way down.  

parking brake

The steering wheel and steering system are like an automobile. To turn right, turn the steering wheel clockwise. To turn left, turn the steering wheel counterclockwise. 


Turn Signal Switches

directional signals

The turn signal switch is optional. The turn signal switch lever is located on the left side of the steering column. Push the lever forward to activate the right turn signal and pull the lever back to activate the left turn signal. The switch is not self-canceling. You must return the switch to the center, off position after the turn is completed. 

Hazard Light Switch: The hazard light switch is located on the Turn Signal Switch. The switch is a small tab or knob under the turn signal lever. To activate the hazard lights, pull the tab out. To turn the hazard lights off, push the turn signal lever forward or back. 

Operator Presence: A switch located under the driver’s seat disables the power to the vehicle when the driver leaves the seat. The driver must be seated properly for the vehicle to operate. Whenever the driver leaves the vehicle, the driver should turn the key-switch off and place the Direction Control switch in the center, off position.  

Built-in Charger (optional): If equipped with a built-in charger, the charger interlock is designed to disable the vehicle from being driven while the AC charging cord is plugged into a functioning power source. This interlock is located inside the charger cabinet. Battery Door: Two switches located on the inner left and right-side panels disables power to the vehicle whenever the battery doors are removed or not properly installed. 

For more information, refer to the Vehicle Operator and Service Manual.  
To service your vehicle, see an authorized Commercial Dealer. To find a dealer near you, use the Dealer Locator.  

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