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  1. 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
  2. Hello, I had to replace the battery in our caravan, no idea how long the existing one had been in there as it was in it when we bought the van. I had to source a slightly smaller battery as the compartment in our Compass Omega 500/5 (2001) is an odd size - so went for this one... LEOCH ADVENTURER SFL-110 12V 110AH Fit-and-Forget Flooded Lead-Acid Battery On our first trip with the new battery we arrived on the site to find the meter in the caravan showing 9v. Mains had been connected for 2 days before the trip and nothing was left on. After 5-6 hours on the mains at the site it climbed to 10-11v but never got above that. I duly returned it and when tested it was found to be running at 50% capacity (dead cells given as a reason). A replacement was sent. All worked well for the first 7 days of this trip but yesterday the meter is showing 9v again. It has not got to 10v despite having everything turned off and the mains connected overnight. Have I just been unlucky and got two duds in a row or is something in the caravan draining the batteries?
  3. Can anyone help me out please. I have a 2005 Luna Quasar 462 2 berth. My question is: 1) When I hook up on site can I have the battery connected. I know I can have the battery connected when hooked to car electrics as this only works the fridge. What's the best idea as otherwise could I end up with a flat battery whilst using motor mover. Any info greatly appreciated.
  4. Hi all, but of a newbie here (forum) but 3rd year of Caravanning. Hoping for some advice please. So, I didn't look after my battery as well as I should have over the first two winters but despite this I managed to to get a weekend off a 70ah leisure with minimal electrical usage (lights and water pump only really) without running out. This week I bought a numax 12100 connect and forget charger. For the winter months. However would it also be a good idea to hook it up to the battery soon just to "maintain" the battery a little? For consideration we last used the van about 4 weeks ago, hooked up. Before that probably 4 weeks earlier. Before that, last autumn. Second question, when I chose to charge, is it safe to do this in my house? I don't have a garage or outdoor plug. And I store the caravan in a field with no point to charge it. So if I charge it in my house it would have to be in our (small) kitchen or in living room. Third option would be to run an extension lead to the shed but this would mean disconnecting it at night. Any suggestions? Thanks for reading.
  5. I am getting my van ready for off in a couple of weeks, I have a small solar panel which keeps my battery topped up when in store. Its normal for it to show a charge of 13 but was down to 12. I have a big van and cannot risk the motor mover not working, not sure how old the battery is, 3 may be 4 years old. I bought a new battery from autocarpartrus on Ebay, they have lots of sales. I am concerned that the new battery has rounded ends, see photo. It only just fits into the battery box in my 2011 Coachman Pastiche. Thanks, Fortyfoot
  6. Our caravan fits snugly into our small back yard, the front hitch up against a wall, the rear about two inches from the gate, the offside tight against the boundary fence. Hemmed in on three sides we have no room to manoeuvre so the wheels can't be turned during the winter 'layoff' ( we don't do winter 'vanning anymore) We've not had any problems with tyres in thirty years so i'm not concerned about that. I have always taken the leisure battery off a couple of times a year and charged it up on a proper charger (sorry, don't know the technical term but it's not a trickle charger) We bought our latest caravan in 2016 and now the battery box is on the opposite side, so is no longer accessible when in storage. Now i've taken to switching the mains on and topping up the battery with the onboard charger overnight, every couple of months or so. Is this going to do any harm to the battery? Would it be better to move the caravan out and take the battery out to be charged? I'd be obliged for any advice.
  7. I have a 2017 swift challenger 590. Recently I have noticed issues with the battery charger. Initially it works fine then it seems to stop and the battery voltage drops. When I switch it off and pull the fuse, refit it and then switch back on the charger works correctly. It seems to happen after the solar charging has operated. Has anyone else seen this issue or have any ideas what may be wrong? Any advice would be appreciated.
  8. As I await the delivery of our Lunar Clubman SR, I started looking for a new leisure battery. As most of our use is off grid, and we have a motor mover, I figured I wanted around 110Ah battery, ideally NCC grade A or B. After scouring the van's handbook, I could not find info on physical size of battery, so I contacted Lunar, who advised the battery box size. The stated size is width 350, depth 180, height at front (outboard)250, at rear (inboard)190. After much digging, I found a battery at a good price, with a long warranty. The only issue is that the width is stated at 354. Further digging shows this to be a fairly standard width. My question is, can anyone with a 2018 Clubman tell me what capacity their battery is, and its physical size. (I guess that the same box is used on any of the clubman range) Thanks guys
  9. I wonder if any one could help us. Are battery is completely dead, can we save it in any way ? Can we charge it ?or will we have to get a new battery ? (The alarm won’t even work the same with the Masters. )
  10. Hi Maybe a daft question, but I am going away to a site without electric hook up for the first time. I obviously want to charge my battery to the max before I go, but do I just plug it in and leave all the switches of on the control panel or do I turn on the power switch? It's a 2000 Bailey Ranger 460/2 Thanks in advance, Peter
  11. Hi I hope somebody can give me some advice. I put my 2008 Elddis Crusader Supercylone on a seasonal pitch 100+ miles away earlier this year and removed the battery to bring home. I have subsequently discovered the battery is kaput and I need to order a new one. Stupidly I can't remember the orientation of the battery in the locker relative to the leads./terminal posts. Visualising the locker I am pretty sure the positive post is on the left (i. e.) towards the front of the van and the negative on the right. The only clue with the old battery is with the posts as above the makers label points out. I am hoping someone can help before I make a 200 mile round trip and before I order the new battery. Many thanks in anticipation.
  12. Didn't appreciate the complexities of a leisure battery purchase and so foolishly didn't takethe maximum battery dimensions for theBailey Olympus 530-4 (2012) before leaving the caravan 200 miles away in North Yorkshire. Does anyone know the maximum battery dimensions that can beaccommodated? Any help much appreciated. 
  13. Didn't appreciate the complexities of a leisure battery purchase and so foolishly didn't take the maximum battery dimensions for the Bailey Olympus 530-4 (2012) before leaving the caravan 200 miles away in North Yorkshire. Does anyone know the maximum battery dimensions that can be accommodated? Any help much appreciated.
  14. I need to buy a new battery for my 1992 Abi Marauder 2 400CT, it's never had a battery in it aslong as I have had it so no idea what size battery it takes. If anyone happens to know or can work it out from the battery charger that's fitted to the caravan I would be very grateful. I'll attach another rpicture of the charger in the comments.
  15. If anyone is in southern Spain at the moment, this may be of interest. Just bought one of these in Lidl for €17:99. Intelligent charger 3. 8 amps. I can't vouch for longevity or reliability, having just got it out of the box, but it seems to work OK.
  16. Hello all, I believe that the biggest battery I can get into my battery box is 222 H x 171 D x 352 W What is the highest power battery I can get into that space please? Cheers!
  17. New last February we spent 3 weeks away and had 5 days of heavy rain and cloud cover. Spent all of those five days off grid and the 100W solar panel kept us well served using lights and TV every night. Recently during a week away off grid in bright sunshine our power was getting down to close to 12v. Parked up at home on mains power for two days and many days of summer sun the battery still only shows just over 13v and won't go any higher. Sargent regulator shows float charge steady green and panel output flashing green with some amp going in at the control panel. Any suggestions please. Battery was "new" with the van in Feb but I guess that's not really an indication of how "new" it was.
  18. Hello all, My battery compartment seems to allow for a maximum battery size of 222 H x 171 D x 352 W. Does anyone know what is the biggest power of battery I can get into that space? Cheers!
  19. Our originally acquired leisure battery has given up the ghost, so I need to buy a new one. Does the assembled throng have any opinions as to "best but" choices? The caravan is kept on a storage site with no mains charging facilities and has a mover. The retiring battery is 110A/h, branded "unnamed battery supplier" and has been in service since we bought the caravan in 2012 (and, yes, we need to do something about a Pv charging arrangement that actually works).
  20. Just popped to the van in storage,and noticed I've left the 12v on, doh!!!! Battery deader than dead,does the solar panel switch off after the battery volts have dropped too far,? Got the battery home and on charge . fingers xrossed
  21. I have been using my Thetford cassette toilet with no problems at all when connected to the mains power. I have recently used my 12v leisure battery for the first time and the toilet will not flush. The lights and fan system all work well on the battery power but the toilet flushing system does not work. The battery was only on half charge. Can anyone advise why this is the case.
  22. Hi I have a Bailey retreat which is a great van for siting however if for any reason the site power goes off we lose all power because the Retreat does not have a battery. I want to fit a battery which with my diy skills is certainly possible but I am stuck with the PDU connections, the PDU is the sames as the Bailey unicorn so I am sure this is possible but I cannot find out if the PDU already contains a battery charger or if I need to install one. Any help will be extremely helpful.
  23. Hi Sorry if this is a silly question but im wondering if i can charge my battery (Numax connect and forget charger) while its on the driveway and still connected to caravan . Id like to do this rather than taking off the terminals and bringing the heavy battery into the garage every time . ( I know I will have to undo the cell vents ). Everything on the van will be turned off. many thanks Davon
  24. Hi all We have a new Coachman this year and found that the battery goes flat in storage as it is indoors and the panel doesn't work/. The dealer suggested unhooking the battery each time it goes into store, as apparently some electrics effectively bypass the MCD, e. g. the alarm, which will flatten its own battery in a few days and then to the same to the leisure battery. So my question is this - Is there an alternative way to isolate the 12v battery without physically unhooking it, or is it easy to fit a master switch to do the same function? Thanks Peter
  25. We're new to caravans, have a 17 yr old caravan we've used for one lovely expedition, and are keen to move more off-grid with solar. We're not going to be watching TV, but the occasional bit of food equipment being plugged in would be good, likewise re-charging camera and tablet batteries, and lights that don't fade after a while seem a great bonus. Problem 1: I'm terrifyingly ignorant of all things electrical. (Not exaggerating here, though willing to learn. Slowly.) I've done a certain amount of reading research here and elsewhere on the web, but it quickly goes over my ignorance threshold, and so loses me. So we'll have to pay someone to install things safely, but I want to know about what they're installing, and understand about it, before I get taken for a ride with inappropriate equipment. And who knows, I may end up understanding more about electricity eventually. Whatever it is, panel(s) will have to be free-standing, as it's a pop-top, and wiring through the roof seems most unsuited to a roof which moves up and down around 30 cm each time we set up or pack up! Idiot question (i): Our van has, like most, I guess, circuitry from the battery which powers the lights and and water pumps. As I understand it, other circuits supply the power sockets which can at present only be used when on EHU. So I don't yet understand how the solar charged battery can be used for other stuff. If you're using solar panels for anything more than re-charging the battery for lights & water pumps, do you have to re-wire the whole thing? Or does the power from the panel, once it's been through an inverter, somehow get diverted straight into the van's power socket circuit? (Remembering I am a jargon-free zone of incomprehension here!) (ii) Quite a few accounts mention using a second battery. Our wee van only allows a relatively small payload, and small storage space, and I can see that eating up a huge amount of it. Are two leisure batteries an essential requirement? Warning, there may be other questions to follow. Thank you greatly for your patience. Either explanations here, or pointing me at a source of suitably dummed-down information would be very welcome. Thanks mightily, Richard
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