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  1. Hello, my friend was experiencing issue with their caravan charger as when plugged into mains power the caravan 12v lights would start to flicker but wouldn’t while running solely of the battery and we have tested the battery and all okay but it simply will not charge I have done some voltage check and there is 12 volts coming out of the battery charger as there should be and as it goes through the 12 volts fuse board no 12 volts come out the other side to the connect so do this mean an issue with the fuse board even if there’s continuity along all the wires and pins?
  2. Hello All, I noticed that the battery meter in my van was showing the battery had fully discharged - it's the old fashioned needle type not LED so was showing 9v. I've removed the battery and connected it to my charger (AA one) - after about 2 secs this shows the battery is full charged with no faults. So I suspect there's something wrong in the 12v electrics. Any pointers on what to check first an how to go about it? Thanks, Richard
  3. Had a problem a few days ago with a trip and lack of charge in battery. Thought we had identified cause in a badly damaged green/yellow wire ( caused by drill up through floor to fit mover 4 years ago, grrrr). Damaged wire cut out and replaced with 3 inches of new wire and box connectors. Followed by 4 days of no problems. New battery purchased at same time. Symptoms are are now back. Battery suddenly started to drain down, now at 9v. Nothing turned on in van except fridge and toilet. Insufficient power to run heating, battery does not appear to be charging back up. Mains to van fine, plugs and therefore 240v all working ok. Fuse board checked and all ok, no trips, in-line fuse to both battery and mover are ok. Am am starting to think Charger gone, in which case chances are our holiday ends tomorrow. Have called a mobile caravan electrician, waiting for a call back. Any suggestions in the meantime would be much appreciated. I have basic tools, but am not an electrician, and don’t have circuit testing tools.
  4. Hello, I'm new to all this caravan thing after being in a self build motorhome for years, Last year we bought a 2009 VIP Hobby caravan and everything worked fine except for the flush n the loo (weve never had that before so just assumed we were doing something wrong) At the last site we were on the neighbours kept tripping the electric at the box, we kept resetting at the controller and fine except the last time the light on the fridge and oven fan stopped working. weve since moved and now our booster for the arial is also not working although we are not sure if this happened at the same time or since. All fuses in wardrobe and trip switches are fine, all other electric including 12v lighting is fine. I saw a thread on here recommending someone but lost the thread, we think maybe a 12v issue but as I said the 12v lighting still works. Any ideas?? TIA for any help. Viki
  5. When towing do you have the master switch in the van "off" or "on" to ensure that the refrigerator functions on 12v whilst travelling? Thanks in anticipation, Steve
  6. New here so hello. just bought [privately] a 2001 Swift Conqueror 640 sal. When got it set up, battery in the green according to meter and charge light on, and appliances working [I tested heater fan and aircon, but forgot to try try sockets] I then went out to get a coupla bits but when came back had a flat batt according to the meter, and NO 12v OR 240v. Tried to make sense of control panels and checked fuses - they were fine - also tried test on the `breakers, no prob. [I didn't leave anything running when I went out] A circuit tester says the cable`s ok, so power is getting to the inlet. Am I missing sumthin`, or how do I find the fault?! Any guidance very welcome please
  7. As usual I'm easily confused over names of electrical items! Our caravan, from 2000, has these sockets, shown, including an old style 12v cigarette lighter style accessory socket with a nice flap over it. The actual socket size is approx 1/2 inch, or c. 13mm, so too small for what's generally in use now. I want to replace it to suit the more currently widely used accessory sockets, hopefully finding something which won't look too out of place. Please can anyone tell me the proper name for what I'm looking for, so I don't end up with the wrong thing - as usual there's a wide range of stuff available online! Thanks!
  8. Hi, I'm having problems with electrics. When plugged in everything works fine no problems. When I try to run off the leisure battery nothing works. There is a rapid clicking sound coming from the fuse box and the meter next to the 12v switch shows no reading. It goes up when I'm plugged in. I've had a play around with a few things. I've taken all the fuses out one by one. When I took 'battery' and 'lights 2' and 'pump' out the ticking stopped. The noise continued when I took any others out. When I switch the pump switch off on the control panel the noise also stops. I think the noise also stops when I switch the main lights switch off (not the individual lights). I have tested the battery with a meter. It appears to be charging. I don't remember the exact volts but it was 12. 5 ish. Any ideas what my problem might be? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
  9. Hi Everyone, There was a car radio in my caravan when we bought it, but they removed it when they sold, and we never replaced it. .. until now. I found a really good stereo with remote and decided to fit it in again. I plugged the battery charger (with no battery) into the 240v just to get some power, all the lights were working and everything was fine. I then turned on the radio, it came on, then all the lights went out and the radio intermittently came on and off (but not long enough for it to be used). I then tried turning out all the 12v lights and the stereo on its own, but it wouldn't come on at all. Turned on one light then the stereo whilst looking at the needle indicator on the battery charger unit, the lights drew very little, then when the radio was plugged in, the needle was flicking from one side to the other. There's been a radio in there before, so it's clearly possible. Do I need to have the battery in place, is there a wiring thing I need to do? The caravan is a sprite compact (early 1980's) and I think the wiring has been done after (certainly the 240v). There is 12v power going to the stereo, and it is coming on, but maybe there's a problem with the battery charger? The stereo is a sony, quite modern MET BT3900U has cd, bluetooth, usb - is it just drawing to much power for the caravan to cope with? Is it maybe a dc/ac thing? My knowledge is limited for carvan electrics, so it may be me doing somthing stupid and not realising. I'll try taking some pictures of the setup later. Thanks in advance. ..
  10. Odd one - fully charged 12v fitted, connect to EHU - everything works fine. 13v on meter. Disconnect EHU and NOTHING works and voltmeter is static. Have checked fuses in box (bat. fuse esp.) but is there another I have missed - if so where? And is there a re-set I have missed? Could it be the alarm interfering?
  11. Advice needed from someone with more knowledgeable than me in this area. .... I have in the car one of these: https://www. amazon. co. uk/dp/B00VH84L5E/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_kWbcxbHDNER6H Its always worked an absolute treat for the kids ipad & kindle whilst in the car. When we were away for the Easter weekend I thought I would be smart and plug it into the vans 12v cigar socket to charge them up over night instead of using two plug sockets up. I've never used the 12v cigar socket in the van before so thought i should utilise it. I plugged just the adapter in with nothing connected to it, the power light came on for about 2 seconds and it immediately blew the 10amp blade fuse. So i thought hmmm perhaps its just the fuse having never used the socket before it may have been a duff or something. So I replace the fuse and boom the same thing happened again. I know it's not a major issue but I am getting a 12v Kampa pump for my new air awning so I could do with fixing it and to identify if it's the Anker device that doesn't work in the van or if it's the vans 12v socket that's at fault. I don't have a multimeter but I could borrow one off a friend I guess. The only other 12v male cigar connector I have is the charger for my sat nav, so perhaps I should plug this in to see if it works or not? Anyone have any ideas or a similar issue ?
  12. Hi all, After receiving some much needed advice from user - BeeJay (many thanks) - I have installed a battery and Solar panel in my 2003 Hobby Prestige 560 caravan. I thought I would share the pictures, short discription and wiring diagram for anyone else who would find it useful. I have a 7 pin plug to my vehicle as the 13 pin plug had been replaced so I could not run the 12v electrics from my vehicle when on the move. I required a 12v supply as we attend several music festival every year and they charge a fortune for electrical hook up. I decided last year with my Elddis hurricane to invest in a good cheap solar panel to keep the battery topped up for phones, showers and lighting. After buying a 2003 hobby prestige 560 this year for the extra room I was sure I could instal a battery and my solar panel to ensure i get the most from my caravan. I do not require to charge the battery from the mains hook up as the solar panel will be fixed and control the charging of the battery Here is how I done it. .. Shopping list 110Ah Leisure battery - go outdoors - £74. 99 80w Solar Panel and 10A control Panel - ebay - £89. 99(last year) red and brown roll of 27amp cable - Halfords - £ 7. 78 mixed box splice connectors - £3. 89 positive and negative battery terminals - Halfords - £7. 98 total cost - £184. 63 I disconnected the mains hook up and opened the main electrical box to see the incoming wires. I sourced the 12v cable going to main electrical board from the car hook up cable. The wires were the thick red+ and white- wires I opened the 12v distribution box under the fixed bed at the front of the caravan. I connected a splice connector to each wire with a length of 27amp wire and connected the to the battery - red to red (positive) and white to brown (negative) I attached the crocodile clips for the solar panel from the control box to the battery and that was it. it took me about an hour to figure it all out and complete the job. It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be and I am no electrition. I am in the process of making a battery box in work and intend to vent it through the floor and place it under the fixed bed beside the 12v distribution board. I intend to tidy up the wiring from the photo's and put them on the bed sides to keep them off the floor as the water heater is under the bed also and the seals blew in the vents the first time I used it. This flooded under the bed so I think keeping everything sealed and off the floor is for the best. If any one has any comments advice or would like any advice please feel free to comment. 2003 Hobby Prestige 560 Wiring Diagram with mods Solar Panel 10A Control box
  13. Evening all. Newbie here with a question that seems common but cant find exactly what im after. I have just purchased a cheap 1990 Abi Jubilee, the caravan its self is very tidy but I have no 12v power. So far I have checked the battery (12. 50v), chased it to the fuse box under the seat but from there its impossible to follow. When I plug in the 240v I get the 2 internal lights and plugs all working. I popped the Zig box out (all fuses new). 240v going in on both thick cables, but nothing coming out. id say the converter is caput but Im guessing. If im running just off the battery and the Zig box is caput would It still work?. Any and all ideas considered and much appreciated. Hope this makes sense. Thanks Bazz
  14. During the summer we tend to stay on CL's with no EHU. We have an 80W folding suitcase solar panel affair which works very well indeed. The only thing we need 240v for is to charge our laptops. I am thinking of buying this inverter and would very much appreciate any comments on functionality and price. The lap top charger adaptor has 1,5 amps written on it. .... I think (it's in tiny weeny writing and I can't find my magnifying glass !). Hopefully this would not eat up all our amps in a trice ? Bestek Inverter Thanks in advance. Sorry if this has been discussed in another topic already.
  15. We are very new to caravanning and our first van is a 2005 Avondale Osprey which we love. There are some switches in the kitchen area next to the battery level test switch. These 2 switches arent labeled. We suspect one is 12v/hook-up but don't know which way is which and no idea what the other is for. The manual is no help. Does anyone know- I have attached a picture.
  16. Hi all. I recently bought a Abi Marauder Gold 450et. After hooking everything up today to check everything worked I noticed that the whale watermaster pump wasn't working. I took it inside to check it with a 12v supply and it worked which led me to believe the problem is inside the van somewhere. I checked the voltage across the terminals on the socket with a tap turned on and all I get is 0. 3v. This is my first caravan so have no idea where to start looking and any help would be greatly appreciated. The taps are microswitch controlled if that helps. Many thanks in advance. Aaron
  17. Hi! Sorry if this is in the wrong thread Can any one recommend a mobile caravan engineer in the Leeds area to have a look at the electrics in my caravan. Got an issue with the 12v loom In quite a hurry as well, we've booked a site in Cornwall for the bank holiday weekend! Thanks JB
  18. hello all, in the quest to update my Avondale I wish to fit leds all round can somebody give some advice on how I can fit a few additional lengths of the flexible led strips to light up the counter section, is it wise to tap into the interior halogen live supply? will this have any effect on the 12v system / 240v system as so far I have only tested mine using the hookup form the house, any help would be fantastic
  19. Hello, I wonder if someone can help me with this I've recently bought a 1997 Abbey Expression caravan I've just had it serviced before taking it afar, but on a local test run, non of the 12v applicainces worked (when switched to battery) once I hooked the caravan up to the site mains, the fridge, 240v lights etc came to life, however, the pump wouldn't work. We got around the issue by plugging the 12s plug into the car when we wanted water through the taps. But you can imagine how annoying and how inconvenient that was. The garage I took the caravan for the service to, isn't near by, I was once suggested a mobile engineer by them, but since last used has 'retired' so I felt I should use them Any advice/help would be much appreciated! Thanks, JB
  20. Hi, I am in need of some help, my friend is doing a camper conversion and I wired it up for him, I know normally a zig unit is required but he didn't want that as the only campsites he goes to have electric hook up, so I put a standard mainsite board in there, I am aware that certain things run on 12v like for example the toilet flush, so I assumed connecting it to a 12v transformer would do the trick, but this is not the case, we tested the flush on a car battery, works fine, but when on mains power through a 12v transformer there is nothing, can someone please tell me where I am going wrong, many thanks
  21. Hi all Just got my new Bailey Unicorn at weekend - generally pleased but some issues! 1st van with Alde heating. Soooo disappointed! I think it is faulty - every time I put heating on - the control screen randomly goes blank for a couple of seconds then the boiler reboots - starts up again - but leaves screen on with blue lights on permanently with all black symbols activated (as though just put 12v on). There doesnt seem to be a pattern to when it does it. It even does it a few seconds after a cold start so dont think it is an overheat thing? Any ideas guys? Thanks David
  22. Hi Everyone, I am in the middle of converting a Citroen Relay Minibus into a camper for the Summer for me and my Kids, Managed to get an old caravan and slowly transferring it all into my van, I have been looking for a while for a decent wee 15" 12v TV, Checking the local ads, Ebay and more and the cheapest i was finding was about £130. Then came across a wee Cracker from SVP for £99 Delivered. Amazing wee thing, fantastic in the van, I am well chuffed. https://www. svp. co. uk/manta-15-inch-hd-led-tv-digital-freeview-usb-pvr-media-divx-12v-240v. html Just really wanted to share as i thought it was a great offer Thanks Bobby
  23. The Problem: We have between the two of us, 2 Mobile Phones, 2 Kindles and 4 bike lights which all need a 5 volt USB charging socket. Whilst we are connected to a 240V supply, we can utilise the 240v sockets, however as we tend to pitch on sites where electric hook ups are optional, and we opt not to, we had a problem as this left us with just 2 12 volt television points. The Solution: Supplied by a friend who knows about these things, are two double sockets, one for each side of the bed. The sockets rating are as follows: Image: Input: 12V / 24V Output: 5V X 2 Fused at 2A More and more items require USB charging and, as far as I can see, only one caravan supplier is fitting an USB charging socket. To purchase a single socket of ebay costs about £45, where as all 4 (2 double sockets) parts, cost just £15. I personally do not have the knowledge, the practical ability or the dexterity to make these items (so please do not ask!), but if anyone is interested in a joint effort in supplying similar to the caravan/boating/leisure industry, I would be happy to talk to them.
  24. Hello! New member and new to to caravans - go gentle! We've just purchased a 1987 Gobur Carousel 10/2T folding caravan. It had been sat in storage for a number of years prior to our purchase so it is a bit of a project for us. Cosmetically and structurally we've got it back up to a really nice standard and now the time has come to turn our attention to the electrics. .. I have read around and have a good idea of the electrical systems in place for caravans in general but wanted to ask if there was anything that I should look out for/be aware of given the age of the caravan? We've had a couple of test nights out in it at the farm, and have connected to and EHU and all lights and sockets are working just fine. However, we aren't getting any joy with the battery - though I expect that this is probably down to the fact that the caravan was left for 4+ years without being charged! Thank you. . .here's a little pic of how it was and how it is now!
  25. On the last night of our weekend away (thankfully), last night, the 12v system in our old Avondale Perle Orion stopped working, with the 'Low' red LED lit on the Zig control panel. I had noticed before going away that the Zig X3 charger didn't seem to be showing a green LED inside it when hooked up to EHU at home, and should have guessed at forthcoming problems. Anyhow, I will check fuses first, then the Zig X3 as best as possible before deciding what next - any tips/hints/suggestions appreciated. I have to admit that I haven't even looked at the battery since getting the 'van a few months ago. A second question is whether it's worth repairing/replacing the Zig X3 charger if that is the problem. We've always been on EHU with our trips so far, and can't foresee being off EHU in future, so should we just get a regulated 12v power supply with a sufficient output and remove the battery altogether? Cheers in advance!
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