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    Dumfries & Galloway
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    National Trust gardens
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  • Towcar
    2018 Kia Sportage GT Line s Auto
  • Caravan
    2019 Pilote P700 GJ 2018 Bailey Unicorn Cadiz

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  1. and a few unofficial crossing points that any AWD vehicle could traverse in the Cumbria /Borders/D&G that I'm aware of
  2. My better half is a TV addict and likes the goggle box on for at least 2 hours every morning from about 8am and again at night for at least 4-5 hours so that will hammer a the battery so my reasoning is that an extra panel aimed at the early morning sun will recharge it quicker and again in the evening sunshine
  3. OK guy thanks for all the helpful reply's , assuming we are allowed to travel later in the year we are hoping to do a 7 day rally without EHU and my idea is to have a freestanding panel so I can angle it at the Sun first thing in the morning and again later in the afternoon and along with the roof mounted panel should give me an improved recharge time of my 110 amp battery . I'm going to upgrade the Truma controller for a Victron 20amp and feed both the roof mounted and freestanding panel in parallel into the solar input as Guzzilazz has suggested
  4. I have a standard roof mounted 100 watt solar panel and Truma solar controller on my Bailey unicorn which works Ok but only when the bright sun is overhead can I connect a second freestanding 100 watt panel which has its own controller to my 110 amp leisure or will it conflict with other panel and controller
  5. the van is on a seasonal pitch on a C&CC site and is also insured through the C&CC , they were fine about it once they established it was a club site but you have a valid point about leaving the fridge running on Gas unattended
  6. Since my original post I’ve spoke to my neighbour who also has a unicorn and his fridge also failed on gas when he was away from site so it would seem your theory is correct . I was thinking of fitting a winter cover to the bottom fridge vent which might provide a bit more protection from the high winds
  7. Left my Bailey unicorn for 3 days unattended on site and disconnected from the EHU We do this regularly and leave the fridge on gas and it’s always been ok On returning to the van this afternoon the fridge had stopped running on gas and the freezer had defrosted Battery was showing 12.6 volts and the gas cylinder was nearly full Initially thought that maybe it was a gas pressure problem but on checking the 3 rings on the cooker the flames are constant and on switching the rings of one at a time there was no difference in the height of each flame so that would suggest eve
  8. Thanks for your input Dave it’s been helpful I’ll replace it with a Victron PWM as I already have one fitted to my motorhome and it works well
  9. I found it and was very awkward to get to but the fuse had blown so I replaced it with the correct 15 amp fuse The Solar panel is producing 18+ volts I disconnected the the feed to truma solar controller and put the multimeter on the + & - minus cables so I know the panel is functioning correctly Now that the fuse is replaced ( my fault it blew as I let the wires touch ) we’re getting 13.8 volts showing at the controller which would be correct because we’re connected to EHU But if disconnect the mains electricity from the van both the feed coming from the solar
  10. I have checked the voltage from the panel with a multi meter and it’s showing 18 + volts so ther is power getting to the charge controller but no 12 volt from charge controller to battery
  11. Ok I’ve ascertained that there is a good voltage from the panel but the feed from the solar controller to the battery has an issue checked the the 12 volt fuses in the box under the fridge but cannot see anything marked up as solar panel is there a separate fuse between the solar regulator and the battery and if so where would it be
  12. The roof mounted panel on my series 3 Unicorn Cadiz isn't charging the leisure battery The Truma solar controller is set up correctly for a wet lead acid battery but on checking the voltage from the panel with a multimeter it’s not showing 18+ volts which it should in sunlight I’m guessing there should be a fuse between the panel and the controller but I cannot locate it incidentally the connection from the battery at the controller shows 12.5volts and the connection at controller from the solar panel also shows 12.5 volts even in bright sunlight
  13. can i ask where you read this, been looking on the . Gov website and there is no mention of this
  14. To begin with the our present Sportage GT line Auto 182bhp was abysmal on fuel when towing and achieved 18-20 mpg , however after we passed the 5,000 mile mark it gradually improved and now returns around 26-27mpg depending on route and speed . Our previous 16 plate KX-3 was achieved similar figures although was marginally better overall . BTW I work my consumption out by brimming the tank at every fill and not the onboard computer
  15. I have the 2018 GT Line s AWD 182bhp automatic and it tows faultlessly, our van has a MTPLM of 1500kg previously had a 2016 Kx-3 crdi AWD 134 bhp which also towed the same caravan without any issues
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