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About Fordsabroad

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  • Birthday 23/04/1952

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  • Location
    Hampshire
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  • Towcar
    Hyundai Sante Fe
  • Caravan
    Fleetwood Heritage 640EB

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  1. Fordsabroad

    Caravan electrical fault

    Today I connected the red lead of the meter to the positive battery terminal with the caravan lead still attached and the black meter lead to the black caravan lead which was disconnected from the battery. The reading was 0 volts with the sun shining on the solar panel. I presume this means the solar panel is dead. I then connected the meter between the black battery terminal and black caravan lead with the meter switched to 10 amps and the reading was -0.3 I pulled each fuse in turn and there was no change so my suspicion is that I do not have a problem and that the drain I experienced whilst away off grid must have been due to something I had inadvertently left on, tv amp or suchlike. I have now left the mains disconnected with everything off to see if there is much drain to the battery over 24 hours. I have not set the alarm but I presume the LCD controller will draw a small amount of current from the battery.
  2. Fordsabroad

    What towcar do you use for your Buccaneer

    Durbanite. Thank you for your reply, it is exactly the response I needed, but not necessarily wanted. You may have saved me spending many thousands of £. I have to admit the Buccaneer is definitely in the camp of "want" not "need" I will just need to soldier on with my 2009 Fleetwood heritage (first world problems)!! Shame really as I really liked the idea of the self levelling but am loathe to spend 3K retrofitting it on a 10 year old van.
  3. Fordsabroad

    What towcar do you use for your Buccaneer

    Thanks for your replies but I think I may need to rephrase the question. Does anyone tow a Buccaneer with an automatic Hyundai Santa Fe? Looking at the specs the fitted detachable tow ball has a max nose weight of 100kg. All the indicators are that it is unsafe to do so as, from reading here it seems almost impossible to get the nose weight down to 100kg. I am just hoping that I am overlooking something as I like the look of these vans. It would be good to hear from anyone who actually tows with this combo.
  4. Fordsabroad

    Caravan electrical fault

    should I disconnect both the red and black leads from the battery to check this?
  5. Fordsabroad

    Caravan electrical fault

    DACS. Thank you for your post it is interesting. Maybe I haven't got a discharge problem. I will double check tomorrow to make sure I am reading/connecting the meter correctly. I suppose it is possible that my solar panel is working after all. I will cover it up when the meter is connected and see if that makes a difference.
  6. Fordsabroad

    What towcar do you use for your Buccaneer

    I am considering buying a new Buccaneer but am a little confused about towing it. I have a 2016 Hyundai Santa fe which is capable of towing the van according to the caravan club matching service, albeit at the top end of the legal limits. I currently tow a Fleetwood Heritage TA without problems. What confuses me is the nose weight issue. A number of people on this thread have mentioned nose weights of 140+ KG. My Santa Fe tow bar is not rated anywhere near this level (80Kg I believe) also I thought ALKO chassis had a limit of 100kg. Before I make an expensive mistake can someone confirm whether I can safely tow this van with my current car or not.
  7. Fordsabroad

    Caravan electrical fault

    My solar panel looks like it has water damage so I assume it is not working. The meter was connected with the red lead to the battery terminal and black on the (disconnected) battery lead. I will connect the meter again and pull each fuse in turn which should at least identify which circuit is causing the problem.
  8. Fordsabroad

    Caravan electrical fault

    The caravan was connected to the mains but I had switched the mains off. it has a solar panel on the roof but I don't think it has worked from the day I bought the van. I have an external 150w panel which was not connected at the time. If it is going to take a couple of weeks to drain the battery I can cope with that as it is kept at home plugged in to the mains. I am more concerned that the 0. 23 amp will drain the battery faster than the solar panel can charge it when away. It is very unlikely that I will be off grid for any more than a week at a time so I may be worrying needlessly
  9. I am having a couple of niggly electrical problems with my 2009 Fleetwood 640EB. One set of LED lights do not work and the awning light does not work when switched on from inside the van but does work from the remote key fob. I have no idea if these are related. A while ago a local repair workshop replaced my kitchen heiki rooflight and fan with a non fan unit so I do not know if that could be related, the electrical connections for that must have been isolated somehow (chock block)? Also last year whilst I was away off grid for a few days I felt the external 150W solar panel was not working as efficiently as it should. Today I decided to check if there was an earth on any of the systems, the battery showed 13. 3 volts across the terminals so I disconnected the black terminal and connected an ammeter in line. With everything off it showed a current draw of 0. 23amps. Is this normal or does it indicate a problem? Also is the normal charge from a 150 watt solar panel enough to overcome this (given average sunlight). If there is a problem I am happy to put it in to a workshop to be repaired but as it is an old van I do not wish to throw money at a problem which is unlikely to cause serious problems.
  10. Fordsabroad

    fleetwood heritage 640 cb

    Have you solved this problem or do you still need the code?
  11. I have a Fleetwood Heritage 640EB. When unlocking the van with the remote the awning light above the door comes on as it should. When using the switch in the van the light does not work at all. The red light on the switch glows dimly which to me indicates an earth in the circuit. During a recent annual service the engineer measured the voltage at the switch at 6 volts not the 12 volts I would expect. Once again this seems to point to an earth. Can anyone offer any advice on how to locate the fault?
  12. Fordsabroad

    Adding a bunk bed

    I have a Fleetwood 640EB which is a TA 3 berth van but had the option of having a 4th bed (bunk) when built. I would like to add the bunk and have obtained the frame but am not comfortable with doing it myself for safety reasons. Has anyone done this or anything similar? I am happy to get a caravan repairer to do the work but is there anything I should be aware of before parting with my cash?? I am in Hampshire, can anyone recommend a local workshop to carry out the work?
  13. Fordsabroad

    Rooflight repair

    I have a large Remis wind open roof light which will not wind open properly. Is this the kind of thing that a mobile engineer can look at or do I need to take the van to a dealers workshop.
  14. Fordsabroad

    Credit card and HP protection.

    Thanks for all your answers. It was only ever my intention to pay the deposit by CC not the full amount as the dealers have made it clear that this is not acceptable. It seems then that I lose a good safety net by buying a new van over £30K, which is a shame. There are a couple of dealers offering them at £29995 but they are all many miles away which presents it's own set of problems. Unless the dealer and I can come to some arrangement, possibly him paying less for my trade in and dropping his price to £30K then I may have to have a re think.
  15. Fordsabroad

    Credit card and HP protection.

    The explanation seems to point to there being no protection if I pay £31000, but I am not sure if the first £30K are covered. I feel this question will need to be answered by a legal expert!
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