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    Caravan rallying, TV, Movies, Gadgets
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    Ssangyong Korando
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    Adria Altea 472DS Eden
  • Year of manufacture (Caravan / Motorhome / Static)
    2018

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  1. If physically switched to 230V (we haven’t been 240V since January 2003) only the controls will be active because they run from the 12V system. If, on the other hand, it is in automatic mode it will have automatically switched itself over to gas on the failure of the mains supply.
  2. As an Adria owner, I can tell you that they have a good network of mobile service engineers that are authorised to carry out the work, including (most) warranty work. They obviously can’t cope with major issues like replacing large body panels, that would need to be done by a main dealer. Adria no longer provide a service book to be stamped at every service, instead the dealer has to log the service report on the Adria service website. It’s a solidly built caravan, but, as has already been stated, the internal equipment comes from Thetford, Dometic and Truma, just like any other manufacturer, so you’ve got just as much chance of a fault with those items as anyone else. I did have a fault with the lock on the gas locker, a blind that wouldn’t retract and an issue with one of the cupboard doors, and the common issue of the brake shoes on the AL-KO chassis needing replacement due to a problem with the compound used when they were made, but these were all fixed, under warranty, by the mobile engineer. As others have said, pick a layout and budget that suits and go for it, don’t worry about branding.
  3. The left and right running lights are supplied by separate cables, therefore the obvious place to start is with a missing earth connection which is common to all the lights
  4. Assuming you were connecting to a standard NF approved outlet with the earth pin and live and neutral sockets, it is possible that one is reversed in polarity compared to the other. This is particularly likely on the type of double outlet that has one above another with both earth pins toward the centre, these are manufactured with the top outlet having reversed polarity to the bottom. If there is, what we in the UK perceive as, a fault between Neutral and the chassis of the caravan, when connected to the opposite polarity it will become Live to chassis. Experience of French T-T systems with an Earth electrode tells me that the RCD fitted by the supply company tends to be time delayed and might well not trip before you receive a shock.
  5. Nominal mains voltage is 230V throughout Europe so you shouldn’t really need to adjust your predicted maximum current from area to area. As voltage drops, bear in mind the nominal rated power for the appliance doesn’t alter but the actual power will also drop. That is because the electrical resistance of an appliance remains constant, no matter what the supply voltage. For example an appliance rated at 2000W, 230V will draw 2000/230 = 8.69A. That gives a resistance of 230/8.69 = 26.47ohms. If, for example, the supply voltage is only 210V, the current drawn will be 210/26.47= 7.93A, and the power produced will only be 210x7.93=1665W. The lower the voltage, the lower the power and the lower the current drawn, obviously if the voltage gets too low the appliance becomes effectively useless.
  6. Plus one more for endorsing Wago connectors, fit them in a suitably sized Wiska box and you’ll be good to go. You can actually buy Wiska boxes with Wagos fitted in a special clip inside, but I’ve yet to see one with 12 connectors. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wiska-407-Combi-Black-Weatherproof-Junction-Box-c-w-3-Wago-3-Glands-IP66/174448688798?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=174448688798&targetid=1139674278907&device=m&mktype=pla&googleloc=1006598&campaignid=12128875087&mkgroupid=113659296901&rlsatarget=aud-381667280803:pla-1139674278907&abcId=9300481&merchantid=113569473&gclid=Cj0KCQiA-aGCBhCwARIsAHDl5x_Yozy7Q8PGS_rNpMtCAU5ryvsgf00TbgYjvVoTw2f-I6eXojt7xhoaAkOeEALw_wcB&pageci=e3740b03-1cc5-411d-b939-13852398f1fd
  7. At one point when electronics were bigger and the power supply unit was external to the TV this was common. Nowadays, the power supply units are smaller and, usually, built in to the chassis of the TV, meaning they are only suitable for 230V use, TVs designed for caravan use usually do have both an external 230V power supply unit and a direct to 12V power lead. Additionally, as they’re designed for caravan use they often work on voltages between 10.5 and 14.5V, meaning they can cope with both a 12V battery on charge and a low supply voltage from a loaded and partially discharged battery without issue.
  8. Unless physically separated inside the enclosure, low voltage and mains voltage supplies shouldn’t be mixed in the same outlet, and as Paul 1957 says, if you mix multi voltage cables in the same cable containment then they should all be suitably insulated to, at least, the highest voltage in use.
  9. The charger is normally built into the distribution unit on modern Swift caravans, see this https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=swift+caravan+power+supply&source=lmns&bih=555&biw=326&client=safari&prmd=sivn&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjC4sqeqo3vAhUOgM4BHVXiDCgQ_AUoAHoECAAQAw#imgrc=EvokbnFftkPwiM
  10. Exactly why circuits are being downgraded from 16A to 10A to reduce the likelihood of this scenario. As an electrician myself, I can assure you that a site’s distribution network and, especially the mains supply to the site, is extremely unlikely to be able to supply 16A to every point simultaneously. In fact, it’s very likely it’s not even large enough to supply 10A to every point. The incoming supply and distribution circuits will have been sized by applying, what is known as, a diversity factor. This basically speaking, is an assumed percentage of load based on the fact that not everyone boils a kettle or puts the heating on at exactly the same time, for example. By the way, it will be the circuit breaker for the distribution circuit that trips on overload, rather than an RCD which is tripped by fault current. It’s not going to be commercially viable to have a large enough supply to run full current to every point at once. Fortunately caravans are now beginning to move back away from the heavy dependence on mains hookup they have developed over the last 10 years or so. With the advent of cheaper and efficient solar power and improvements in battery technology this can only continue to improve.
  11. I’m pretty sure the switch will be rated at 13A it’s just that it’s fitted with a 10A fuse. All BS rated fused spurs have to be 13A rated. As for possible cause, unless the fault was caused by the fuse being loose in the carrier, 99% it will have been caused by a loose connection arcing in a terminal.
  12. I started age 12 with my parents, then at around 17 to 18, switched to my own tent, with occasional stays in the parents caravan once or twice a year. Then at 40 finally decided the tent was roughing it too much and bought my own caravan, microscopic Island Plastics Romini, which was basically around 6ft 6ins square with a door in the middle of the rear wall, a small double dinette at the front, cooker and sink one side and fridge and wardrobe the other. I rally most of the time so had a toilet tent outside. That was 24 years plus ago.
  13. If the waste container is properly connected with two separate pipes, one from the shower tray and one from the combined washbasin and sink outlet it should be impossible for that to happen. If you're using a y piece adaptor to take 2 pipes into one, as many do, well it's not designed to be used like that to prevent the very issue you're experiencing.
  14. One of these is what you need https://www.towsure.com/carver-watermaster-pump-assembly-carver-truma-crystal-2
  15. I had a radio aerial fail on my last caravan (a 2012 Sprite). Rather than mess about, I simply unplugged the aerial from the radio and plugged in a length of single cable which I laid at the back of the cupboard the radio was mounted in. I found it actually worked better than the original aerial so didn't bother to replace it. You should be able to do something similar, at least as a temporary fix, to enable you to use the radio whilst you're away.
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