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About Johnnyboy1

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    At present France
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    Life, especially the bad things
  • Towcar
    2014 Discovery 4 - HSE
  • Caravan
    Lunar Clubman SR

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  1. Thanks for the info, ours is a 2017 Clubman I thought I might try to come through the roof above the tall fridge, running down through to the floor then under the floor up and into the area by the battery box and the control unit. There is a vent above the microwave which is above the fridge, but I get to it because I’m struggling to see how the microwave comes out, if I figure that out I will probably use that location. Thanks for the info.
  2. I would like to thank you all for your input, now having second thoughts for this year, next will be a little different as we intend to spend most of it in the uk, probably using cls. THANKS AGAIN
  3. No Andy that’s great, we too use ACSI whilst travelling in France, but we intend to spend as much time as possible in Spain where you pay for electric, gas is very cheep, eg, £13 or €13.5 for a 14kg bottle of propane, unlike rip off Britain. However, electricity is 40cents a kilowatt last time we where there just pre Christmas we where using around 3kw’s per day €1.20 - approx £8 / £10 per week as you can see over a three month period it certainly stacks up. My thoughts run around best way to use a panel if I fit one and is it worth it, I.e as you point out they have there limitations, I’m trying to understand what exactly my savings will be if I’m plugged into power and I’m using my solar panel, I guess lights, water pump is off the 12v supply but the tv and fridge are off the 220v supply.
  4. Thanks all for the positive responses as always lots of food for thought, always great advice on the site
  5. Thanks Chris, I’ll take a look, see what’s available in the location I’m thinking of fitting it
  6. Help required by Novis. Hi all it’s me again, relatively new to caravaning so please forgive me. Im planning to fit a solar panel to our 2017 lunar Clubman SR in April, not too much of a problem fitting but I’m asking myself and now you guys and dolls the question is it worth it? We generally stop on sites that have electrical hook up so why would we need a solar panel, my mate says it saves him money because he doesn’t use that much electricity whist on site because his solar panel is charging his battery even when he’s plugged into the mains. Is this really true? your help with this would be greatly appreciated, and if you could put any answers into easily read sentences that a numpty can understand that would be great. regards johnny
  7. Help required please Hi, I’m going to be fitting a solar panel to our van come April, just wondered if anyone out there has any idea about electrics in the ceiling of our lunar van, I've spent some time trying to search for plans but to no avail, there is nothing in the manual and no wiring diagrams, I’ve tried you tube but nothing there, Any ideas folks? As always your help and assistance/ guidance will be greatly appreciated. Regards Johnny
  8. Excellent reminder re waranty
  9. Hi again peeps, I’ve decided to install my own solar panel on the roof of our 2017 Lunar Clubman SR, has anyone out there got any info or suggestions ? Any idea if there is electric cables in the roof ? And more importantly, any ideas on a good panel to use, I’m looking at a 100 watt panel. Thanks in anticipation
  10. I’m not sure anything is sound on a lunar, we had a mild-ish hail storm in France last year, now the roof is full of dents, basically, lunar are bad language removed vansbut we do love, it spoke with a dealer recently that sells about six different manufacturers vans and he said in his opinion all vans produced from 2014 up to today are rubbish, Friday afternoon builds, he’s not come across a van made in this period that’s worth buying and he’s selling them Hi again, decided to buy and fit my own panel, has anyone out there drilled through the roof of a 2017 lunar Clubman Sr ? If so any suggestions. I. e. do you know if there is anything running through the roof electrics wise ?
  11. Saga, I’ve been with saga for several years because we had a house in France where we spent a lot of time, we purchased our caravan two years ago and saga now cover that as well. Note here, neither insurances are particularly cheep, however the 365 cover for the EU is necessary in our case. Premiums always increase and never by inflation, it’s always plus plus, the only claim I’ve ever made is for our windscreen two years ago. However, with the advent of Brexit and the fact that they are forcasting only being allowed to enter the EU for a maximum of 90 days in 180 im not sure the 365 day cover is worth it, Saga look out, there is no reason for us to stay with you anymore. Also Note, if you have an accident your precious car will not be repaired using parts from your cars manufacturer, Saga insist that their respective repairs will use market parts (not originals) or which ever is the cheaper!
  12. Many thanks Dave I’m going to research costs, I’m pretty handy my self so I may have a go, I like the directly fitting to the roof
  13. Thanks all for the responses, any One any ideas Re the lunar control panel
  14. Hi, help required please. I’m confused, are they worth it? Which is the best to have installed, I understand that normally 100 watt crystalline is the norm? We have a 2017 lunar Clubman Sr, but having spoken with our dealer he’s just informed me that they have problems running solar panels via the Sargent EC500 PSU, the psu in question has a fuse which says “solar panel” the control panel above the door also has a solal panel indication on it which suggests to me that a solar panel can be fitted using the vans system, but as I said, the dealer in question appears to be reluctant to use this, they said today that they’ve experienced problems in the past, but they’re happy to fit a trauma panel for £450 directly to the battery. Does anyone have any ideas
  15. Personally I’d buy the best I could, I wouldn’t want to put my faith in anything that may let me down, I’d hate to see my van slowing down in the rear view
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