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    Coachman Pastiche 520/4 2014

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  1. I’ve read various threads on the Omnivent flashing (outer) leds issue with fan refusing to move. (Indicating a motor issue). They indicate that removing, opening and cleaning the inside of the motor can fix it. I’ve removed the motor but can not open it. Seems to be sealed to me. Any guidance from someone that has disassembled appreciated. We have the newer style fan with the silicone sealed PCB.
  2. 580 is presumably a Vision? The Coachman spec indicates no off-side service light (VIP and Laser only) so presume this is a dealer special or custom addition? The alarm (which can separately control the awning light) is also an option - not sure if you have the alarm fitted? The normal behaviour is slightly confusing so maybe check the following first: For the awning light: This can be switched on from the control panel and separately from from the alarm fob. If EITHER are on, then the awning light will be on. It is easy to accidentally have activated the awning l
  3. I sourced and fitted the same light to the off-side of our older model. The cover pops off (it is not water tight- and doesn't need to be). The LED strip however is sealed inside what maybe a bespoke clear housing/lens that is screwed to the baseplate. It would be possible to swap the lens from a new unit easily if you are prepared to pay for a new unit.
  4. I would consider putting an extra panel on top of the caravan port and swapping over the connection to the charge controller. We only have 80W on the caravan roof but, with an unobstructed view of the sky, it has kept our battery charged throughout the year. We haven't used our mains charger for a good while now.
  5. I assume your Laser has the BCA fuse box fitted to all current Coachmans. There should be two 15A fuses. Both are for connections from the tow vehicle: One labelled Fridge 15A that is powered when the engine is running to supply the fridge heating element, to isolate the habitation master circuits, and to allow the Car`15A connection to charge the caravan battery; And the other labelled Car 15A that takes over from the caravan battery to power the habitation (master switch) circuits unless isolated when the engine is running, and when the engine is running it charges the caravan battery.
  6. Read this thread with interest as I just noticed a series of cracks on the external surface of the top plastic moulding of our Plas-Tech shower (see pics). I've made them more visible and marked them to see if they grow on the journey home. I was planning to drill to stop spread but was unsure what to fill with. There are also a few close together so small sections may come away once drilled. Pickled Onion your suggestion of Plast-Aid sounds like it may be suitable. What size hole is likely sufficient? 1mm, 1.5mm? Any other suggestions welcome.
  7. I think you probably have an 80W roof mounted panel through a Solar Technology International branded solar voltage regulator. This set up on our 2014 model always kept our battery fully charged whilst in storage over winter. In fact we never use the onboard mains charger. The regulator battery connections were spliced into the positive and negative cables from the battery under the the plastic cover behind the power distribution unit (fuse box) rather than directly to the battery, which is fine. You may have a fuse in the +ve cable from the regulator to the battery cable. (Ours was dealer
  8. I used to jack the wheel up every time. Time consuming, but at least repeatable. Since we had a mover fitted, aligning the hub and fitting the lock has been considerably quicker and less effort.
  9. Sounds dodgy to me. I think the fan in these units is either on or off with the control circuit on the board, so you probably need a replacement board which basically means a replacement charger/power supply unit rather than just a new fan. I read on here that these units fail often. With a solar panel on the roof, I couldn't see the point on the 12V charger/power supply being powered up and throwing out heat all the time. I fitted a switch to isolate it and have only turned it on only once in about 3 years! If we go on EHU, 230V just powers the 230V appliances, the BCA charger
  10. With sensible suggestions above already taken I'll offer an alternative, expensive, and weighty, thought for if the site supply can't be upgraded: It would be possible to supplement the site power by charging a couple of batteries when you are not using much and using this to boost the site supply when you need more. E. g. a 1200VA charger/inverter connected to 2 x 100Ah batteries could almost double your supply to about 11A for a about an hour. Could work well if you only need extra power for short periods. There are some interesting products that do this very neatly, e. g. Vic
  11. We have a 2014 Pastiche 520 which, at that time, was practically the same as the VIP apart from colour scheme and a few extras included with the VIP that mostly could be added separately: wheel lock etc. Had very few issues over the 3 years we've had it. Seems pretty well built. The only thing I can call out for that particular year is the issue with some window hinge bars detaching from a number of vans. You can search the forum for it. The adhesive hadn't been applied correctly in some cases. We had two hinge bars replaced/rebonded under warranty by our local coachman dealer. The issu
  12. I only sealed the mounting plate and not around the removable cover. There appear to be drainage channels designed into the mounting plate which is why I chose not to seal the cover piece in place. It seems to be ok. ...so far.
  13. Darn it Darn it again Someone is going to tell me I can get a USB laptop charger next! I could get a 12V charger for the laptop but these chargers are forever changing so glad to have a generic option on hand now. not quite there yet!
  14. Have been wanting to install an inverter for a while to charge the Dyson handheld, laptop, drill battery and electric toothbrushes(!) of EHU. Finally got around to it. Most of the existing sockets can now be switched between EHU or Inverter depending on whether off grid or not. No more dead Dyson at the storage site :-) VE Phoenix 12|250 pure sinewave inverter (~200W) installed under lounge seat in Coachman Pastiche 520. Changeover switch (16A DPDT inset in C-Line surface mount box) installed to select between either EHU (via consumer unit MCB for sockets) or Inverter to supply
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