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    Ssangyong Korando Sports
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    Adria Altea 472DS Eden

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  1. My point, really, is that often, particularly this time of year, the sites are fully booked and you simply may not be able to stay another night. If that is the case you have little choice but to tow off. That is when I try to stay to sheltered routes, and of course take it slow and get ready to correct any sudden sideways movement. Unless the gusts are really extreme that is generally okay, if a little nerve wracking.
  2. ? ๐Ÿค” I don't understand the connection, you didn't try sailing down more sheltered A and B roads.๐Ÿ›ถ
  3. Look in your top lockers, on my 2018 Adria Altea DS472 Eden it's the one beside the wardrobe that has the wooden mount for a radio, complete with the wiring and connectors. The aerial is mounted through the wall in this locker. Picture attached.
  4. I agree about trying to avoid using the mover when pitching, but using it leaving home shouldn't present a problem. By the time you've towed that far the car should easily have topped it back up.
  5. Sometimes if you're already away, you have no choice but to tow home in very strong winds. If this happens I try to find an alternative route using A and B roads rather than motorways or large dual carriageways because, although slower, they're generally much more sheltered from crosswinds
  6. You couldn't have run the fridge on it, the 12V only runs from the towcar when the engine is running. You might have switched it to 12V but it wouldn't have done anything. They do stay cold for several hours when switched off.
  7. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. If the caravan is plugged in, somewhere like at home, the earth in the house can float some volts above "true" earth, (without going into technicalities it depends on the type of supply going into the house). This is why caravan hookup points are connected to earth electrodes around the site, usually by the hookup bollards, rather than the earth of the incoming supply to the site. If there is a voltage difference between the earth connected to the caravan and the actual ground beneath, if the caravan is insulated from the ground by things like tyres and jackpads under the steadies, then, when you make contact between the metalwork of the caravan and the ground, the voltage will pass through you giving you, a normally harmless, small shock. If the caravan is connected to an earth electrode then any voltage difference routes that way and nothing passes through you.
  8. I I did say nominal, because I am well aware of the fluctuations in voltage as I deal with them all the time. In my house it's usually between 237 and 239 volts, but on the various locations I have worked I have seen it as high as 251.4V, which is very close to the maximum allowable of 252, I have also seen it as low as 215V in one location and, when not at work, but away with the caravan as low at 207V! which is below the accepted normal range, but I think that was down to a poor installation with massively long runs of SWA cable which had been sized for current but not voltage drop. It was a while ago because the reason I measured it was my old CRT type TV wouldn't work properly due to low voltage. Nonetheless the actual nominal voltage in the UK is 230V, it was changed due to harmonisation with mainland Europe, not for EU purposes, but to allow manufacturers to treat Europe as one market when producing electrical equipment. Most European countries changed their nominal voltage from 220V to 230V at around the same time. Australia and New Zealand still have 240V but they have their own regulations.
  9. I was trying to make sure you were working out the current draw, with the associated volt drop per amp per metre, at 12V rather than mains voltage which is, incidentally, 230V (nominal) not 240V in the UK. The voltage was changed in January 1995 so it's not a new thing (just a personal bugbear, as an electrician, of mine ๐Ÿ˜) Back on topic 115A at 12V will cause a massive volt drop at 12V unless really large cables, such as 25 or 35mm is used.
  10. Have you calculated the reduction in voltage when running from 12V? According to my calculations 6A x 230V gives a consumption of 1380W. Assuming the the inverter is 100% efficient (none are) 1380W รท 12V would draw 115A. That's a heck of a current draw, there's no way the proposed solar panel will make much difference while that's in use. You'll basically kill the battery in one cooking session.
  11. 2018 Adria Altea DS472 Eden Motor Mover Status Directional Aerial Door Flyscreen Extra Aerial, 12V and 230V sockets at front of caravan, with under locker plug arrangement so that 12V socket can quickly be swapped between a separate leisure battery for TV or the main caravan battery. Fitted additional wiring and plug connector in battery box for quick connection of free standing solar panel. Fitted radio, caravan came pre-wired with speakers, aerial and radio mounting point in cupboard. Rotated 13A socket above kitchen worktop by 90 degrees because it is so close to worktop that some plugs would not go in. Swapped flimsy hinges and fold out flap of front lift up coffee table for "proper" lift up/quick release fold down brackets and moved coffee table up approx an inch so it's level with the window sill. Fitted captive door mat tray and mat. Fitted battery operated push light in bathroom for when my mother visits because she can't reach the ceiling light (the only light in the caravan that doesn't have a wall mounted switch).
  12. Are you level without using the steadies to level up? If you try to level using the steadies you can distort the caravan which could possibly make the door frame not quite square.
  13. Sorry, didn't get a chance to get back on the forum til now. Yes, just undo the 4 screws and pull the cover off. You will find there is a plastic shelf, the width of the unit above the fuses and circuit breakers. The charger is a silver coloured unit sitting on the shelf and the kettle type lead on one end of it is the mains connection. If I recall correctly thev12V connection also plugs in somehow but I think that is clipped together and can't come apart. The slight movement of the unit on the shelf when towing can allow the mains connection to work loose. It's not a bad idea to plug It in tightly and then secure it with a tie-wrap to stop it working loose.
  14. On the bailey unit pictured, the charger sits on a shelf inside that unit. The mains connection is via a kettle type IEC plug. They sometimes work loose. It is probably worth taking the cover off the unit and making sure that it is actually plugged in.
  15. It's simply because Swift (quite rightly in my opinion) switch off both the switched feed (as connected to the ignition circuit in a car) , and the unswitched one which ensures that there's no drain from the leisure battery when the master switch is off. If you wire the red cable to an unswitched feed it will remember (as well as its stations) the current state (e.g. on or off) and come back on in the last used state. The downside is it will drain the battery over time. Coming from a Swift to an Adria, I found that the red cable on those is connected to an unswitched feed, with the inherent current drain, and rewired mine to be like a Swift with both cables disconnecting when the main switch is turned off.
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