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    West Sussex
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    Outdoor sports
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    Land Rover Freelander 2
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    Bailey Ranger Series 5 550/6

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  1. So, I judged a gap in the wind this evening and got the van home. It was at 12.7v on the van meter when I picked it up (not hooked up). 40 mins on the road on the way home getting a good charge from the alternator. The motor mover ran no problem for 3 or 4 mins, manoeuvring on the drive - and then stopped! Meter then showed 12.5v and is now sitting at 12.75v on hookup. I’ll see where it settles out after a few days. So the battery can clearly take a charge. Likelihood is that I’ll replace the charger with a CTEK first. At least if I do that I’ll know it’s good. And it won’t write-off another battery if I have to replace that too! Cheers all!
  2. Thanks for all the feedback. I left the van on site this afternoon and travelled home. Will pick it up when the wind dies down!! it may be that the battery is still not fully topped up, will give it a couple more days on the charger when I get it home. The mover motors work fine when not on the wheels, so no seizure evident (unless the bearings are shot and it excessively increases the load when the rollers are engaged. Also, they ran continuously, so the cutting out is only associated with high load. No tether lead on my handset. I don’t think all of them had it. I’m assuming mine was fitted when the van was new in 2006. I’ve checked this with Powrtouch in the past. then it’ll come down to replacing either / both charger and battery. I’ll drop- test the battery before moving on. I have to admit to buying the Halfords battery because I have a trade card. Maybe I should have spent more on a better one!
  3. This morning: 13.25v on hookup with no draw other than fridge 12.75v disconnected. Any other thoughts?
  4. Yes, could be. When get the van home I’ll hook it up for a week. Probably going to head home leaving the van on site tomorrow. I’m not towing in 60 mph gusts!!!
  5. I’ll have a look in the morning. On hookup now, but caravan voltmeter only reading 13v, not 13.8v. Hence my suspicion of the charger....
  6. Thank you. This is helpful because we are currently on a hookup, but the caravan voltmeter is only showing 13v. I think it should be 13.8v if the onboard charger were working. That’s what makes me think it isn’t.
  7. Thanks, but I replaced the handset battery with a new one. No difference. That lead me on to suspect that the leisure battery wasn’t tip top. The battery should be fundamentally ok. It was new last summer and worked fine when we last used the van in September.
  8. Hi all, New member, first question. We’re away at the moment (yes it’s February and there’s a storm coming, I know!). On moving my Bailey Ranger off the drive, my motor mover kept cutting out. It’s done this before when the leisure battery died. I thought it odd because the van had been hooked up to the house for 2 days to top the battery up before travel. When not hooked up I leave a 80 Wp solar panel unfolded and connected inside the van which keeps it topped up during the summer but which struggles in the winter I think. Anyway, we got on the road. When we got to the site and hooked up, the voltmeter was showing just over 13v. It’s crept down a bit with the lights on to 13. I think an hour on the road connected to the car probably put some juice back in. I’m wondering if my charger has died or the ‘kettle plug’ has come out. I’m almost sure it always used to be nearly 14v on hookup! All the other 12v equipment is working fine for now though. Lights, pump etc. When I get home I can put a voltmeter across the battery terminals with the battery out and the van hooked up to measure the voltage. But I’m sitting here wondering, and just thought I’d ask. Any thought appreciated. Thanks Trevor
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