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  1. At the NEC last week there were a number of stands selling and advocating the use of Lithium based batteries. All well and good and we are aware of the potential advantages for those of us that go off grid. i.e lighter weight, greater usable power, and quicker charging (with a suitable charging unit). Prices for a nominal 100 amp Lithium ranged from £899 to over £1000. All saying theirs was the best etc. When asked direct questions like ' Will my built in Battery charger in my Bailey ' be compatible with the lithium battery the answers were like 'platting fog' i.e ranged from 'Yes to should be, to No, you need one of our chargers.' Ditto when asked if said built in charger would actually charge the Lithium to full/near full capacity. Or conversely would it harm them. We could not get a straight answer that we felt confident with. Now the price of Lithium batteries has tumbled in the last year or so and they are now being advertised at much lower prices than those at the Show E.g. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ultramax-Lithium-LiFePO4-12V-100AH-Leisure-Battery-for-Leisure-Marine-Range/122423724952?epid=1437452568&hash=item1c8105cb98:g:HCAAAOSwA29Y3jxT and https://www.countybattery.co.uk/leisure-batteries/tn-power-lfp-12.8v-100ah-lithium-leisure-battery/ and https://www.amazon.co.uk/LiFePO4-LITHIUM-BATTERY-Leisure-Off-grid/dp/B01BDP4T0C Has anyone actually tried one of these cheaper batteries and if so what is your opinion. At this price then it becomes an interesting if expensive option. Those at the NEC were as far as I could see essentially the same, but twice the price ? and if you have got one. What do you think of it.
  2. Hi - am new here - big thanks in advance! Electrical question re: van switching between vehicle & leisure batteries when stopped. Sorry - hard to explain - bit complicated - pls be patient with me - Have a Bailey Senator Series 5 Louisiana Twin Axle long thingy Am on my 3rd Senator Twin! Tend to do long runs - FR Alps - The Med in summer & then just down road to New Forest in winter months - love it - instant get-away if work is quiet. On one level in normal use there is no problem here - but something bugs me despite the fact that I work with electrics & wires all day (audio/visual engineer) Here it is... On mains hook up - if I look at the voltage on the instrument panel meter I see that it is excess of 13V - normal - charging - great! If I disconnect mains hook up and press voltage check on cntr'l panel it understandably drops to around the 12V mark - good leisure battery - not much difference/drop with all interior lights on as we are LED Heavy water pump in these but does not make lights flicker - plenty of power in the batt - all normal. Attached to car - Start engine (ignition etc)... habitat relay kicks in - 12V internals become inoperative - fridge comes on all good - drive - all works - car charges both batts! X5 massive alternator thankfully. STOP OVERNIGHT EN-ROUTE! In France don't disconnect - autoroute overnight - just pull up - beer - bed With both electrical plugs attached (12N & 12S) at face value everything seems normal. Switch off ignition - caravan comes back to life HOWEVER - if I look at the voltage on the INSTRUMENT PANEL METER I see that it is 12V or just under Realised it is looking at (& now drawing on) the car battery & not the leisure battery. Proved this by switch on vehicle lights (non ignition) put heavy load on the 12V cigar outlets & such to load vehicle battery. Voltage on van console drops a little accordingly.... use van water pump - lights flicker a little to prove the point that it is definitely metering the vehicle batt. QUESTION - ignition off - with both plugs connected why is the van not using the higher voltage in the leisure battery as a priority above that of the vehicle. By the morning the battery is reading even slightly lower as we have used it on the overnight Autroroute stop where you do not have to unhook from car. Caravan interior lights noticeably slightly dimmer - draining car! So I unplug the 12S plug & hey presto the caravan gets brighter - voltage on instrument panel jumps up to above 12V again as it is looking at leisure battery! Bit confused - in caravan manual it says that the on-board charging box is supposed to automatically switch between the two with no user intervention - i.e. no manual switch like on my older caravans! Anxious not to flatten my vehicle battery - could cause major problems! Can anyone shed any light... PS: the battery charger & control box in the caravan was replaced in 2018 Very best & sorry for the long one! Any advice gratefully received
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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. )
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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. 
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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!
  22. 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).
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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