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    Touring in van and on motorcycle. Kayaking.
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    Mitsubishi Triton VRX
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    2019 Swift Explorer 650

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  1. Many thanks all. The van was service last February by the dealer. Our last trip showed no problems but when hooked up a couple of days ago there was no braking and the van was banging against the tow bar with even gentle braking. There is no apparent leak but I do feel that it should be very difficult to compress the hitch by hand. SIL is able to compress fully so possible that the rod does require adjustment, do you know if the adjustment is carried out at hitch end or under the van? There doesn't appear to be any leak in the damper in which case one would think is should be sound. ??
  2. The overrun brakes are not operating. Handbrake works fine but when my "strong" son in law pushes the hitch in by hand it only activates the brake rod a small amount but not enough to operate the brakes. Is there some sort of damper involved that may be damaged or worn. Can anyone point me to a fix please.
  3. I have a 2017 Swift Lifestyle 4sb and I've noticed the tape on the roof at the front join is bubbling up. Now this could be either fluid or air or possibly sealant. When I push the bubble it stays down for some time so I suspect "sealant" is the cause. I can't find any gaps in the tape where water may have entered so I'm reluctant to lift the tape at present to see what's happening. My dealer has been reluctant to do any warranty work so I'm hoping I can find a fix here.
  4. The door on my Lifestyle 4sb is slightly off centre in the frame causing the rubber seal to fold at the top and bottom hinge corner. I spoke with Swift who informed me they thought the door should be rehung. Unfortunately my dealer here in New Zealand won't do anything about it. I can't see how the problem might be rectified but it is possible someone on the forum may have done something similar or have some good ideas.
  5. Hi Gd485, currently we're all very sad that the world has finally caught us up and the mayhem and hatred has surfaced here. :-(
  6. We do Paul but try getting any action from anyone!!
  7. We have Les, but unfortunately the dealer doesn't want to take responsibility. On top of which Dometic only give 12 moths warranty over here.
  8. Dometic Heke Midi roof light. This is two years old and the rear corners of the inner section close on to two bare springs which I suppose is to act as a buffer. However where the corners contact the springs the acrylic is chipping away and a small crack has started on one corner. I understand I can source a replacement but worry about the same thing happening again. Any advice would be much appreciated.
  9. Thank you JT. I had a friend who has a multi meter put the meter on the panel and regulator and he felt that it looked OK. We disconected the regulator and the readout on the contol panel went up to 14v briefly then back to 12. 8v. which he thought was reasonable. It looks like I don't have a problem but will get the dealer to check it out when we go for our first annual service in February. Many thanks for your help.
  10. The battery shows around 12. 8 v with everything switched off.
  11. I have the Sargent system with a 100w panel on my Lifestyle 4sb. It doesn't seem to be fully charging the battery and I have noticed during the day with bright sunshine the amps show on the control panel intermittently e. g. reads say: 1. 5amps briefly then nothing, then some seconds later another small input then nothing again. Sometimes quite a long pause before another input shows on control panel. My question is should the regulator be showing a consistent input when the panel is exposed to bright steady sunlight. TIA
  12. Thanks guys, lots of good info. Should remind you that I'm in New Zealand and it's currently 8. 49am on a warm summer Sunday morning :-) From what you are saying my system could well be working OK. The thing that had me worried was the apparent large drop in voltage when we were away last month, and the inability of the system to show 14v now when we fully charged and unused. Dave, good advice - I will source a multimeter and learn how to use it. I'm going out now to check the system and will hook up to the mains. Cheers.
  13. Thank you Birdman, I do recall seeing 14v when first had the van. However from what you say perhaps we are not so far away after all and I'm panicking. I'll take a look after breakfast and then hook up the mains to see what happens. Thanks again.
  14. Getting late so off to bed. Look forward to hearing from you in the AM. :-)
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