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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. Whilst we were away for our first "real break" in the new van over Christmas, we noticed a very unusual noise from the charger when we turned 1 strip LED light on, I made some recordings ready to provide evidence for a claim. I sent an email with the sound files to BCA for them to decide what course of action to take. On 1st January it was read and responded on 2nd January saying I need to request replacement direct with my dealer for a warranty claim. I did that on the same day and received an auto reply saying they are on holiday until 3rd. By the 4th I had been informed by the dealer that a claim had been raised and the replacement has been requested to be sent direct to me (as I requested). On 8th January my replacement had been delivered and fitted by me and the faulty one repacked and ready for return. I then sent BCA an email confirming the replacement was good and to confirm collection of faulty one, this was collected on 10th January and returned to BCA. Credit to those involved for their exceptional customer service. Lucy at BCA. Claire and Gareth at Wandahome (Knottingley) Well Done
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. I bought one of these for £10, reduced from £30, so impressed I bought another 3 for family members. Even happier to find they are now £4. 99 with free postage over £10 Well made Well packaged Charge from or use as back up battery Built in torch English instructions Pouch and leads included. Particularly useful if not on EHU Bargain IMHO http://www. amazon. co. uk/gp/product/B00FFZJWZ4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00 John
  9. Hello everyone. I think I was a member before but I can't track down any details so I've joined again! I know from reading everything I can on here and elsewhere on the web that both of the above are not unknown problems so I was hoping someone could help with a couple of questions. The Power supply unit has failed and since the lugs on the plastic casing are also broken and have been bodged in the past I think I will have to bite the bullet and replace the whole thing. I can't find one online and I wonder if an alternative better/cheaper on can be fitted. It is the charger in the PSU that has failed by the way. Also it's a huge thing that does mains and 12v supplies. . Re the windows- I have two front windows that cracked spontaneously. I have a quote from the window makers for about £500. I'm presuming Lunar's offer to fit modified windows won't apply to older vans. Or is there a chance do you think?
  10. Hello again, I have a Lunar Premiere 417 and it doesn't seam to be charging the battery. Any advice? I've been told I need to buy a new PMS. The PMS is a PMS5CRV regards, Andy
  11. Apologies for the length of this posting. I thought it best to give as many relevant facts as possible to save forum ping-pong. My questions I need to recharge my leisure battery because the on-board system in my 2013 Coachman Amara 450/2 doesn't seem to be doing the job. Question 1: If I take the battery out of its box and connect a charger to it while pitched, do I need to disconnect the leads to the caravan's system? (It's too tight a fit to do it in situ.) Question 2: If I do disconnect those leads, what won't I be able to use/do in the 'van? Question 3: Is there a better solution that's affordable and easy to implement? I'm no DIY-er. Equipment I have a CTEK Multi XS 7000 charger with me. I also have Y-splitter for the hook-up cable and a square-pin adapter so I can plug the charger into the mains while the caravan's on hook-up (which it always is when pitched). The battery is a Varta LFS105 (a 105Ah 570CCA deep cycle battery) that I bought just over two weeks ago, shortly before leaving for France. I'll be here for the next few weeks (so can't get the van to a British dealer or English-speaking technician until I return). Background The caravan had spent about five months in storage last year and I hadn't known to disconnect the battery. Probably as a result, it was in a poor state even though I do not have an alarm fitted. When I had the van serviced last month, the engineer told me the battery was producing only half power and should be replaced within a year – hence buying the new one. I wanted to be OK for this trip and for the winter. I'm a year-round caravanner. I have a Powrtouch Heavy Duty 3 motor mover fitted and had noticed it working slowly recently. Last week it stopped after I'd moved the van a short distance. As suggested by Powrwheel in one of their online guides, at my next campsite I used the voltmeter by the door while using the mover (hook-up disconnected, of course). The reading rapidly fell to 12. 0 volts and was falling further, which they say is bad news, so I stopped. I've no wish to knacker this battery too. Before doing that, I removed the leads from the battery and took a voltage reading with a multimeter. It gave a result of 12. 89-12. 90 volts after three days on the hook-up. Since I'd only just taken it off charge, I suspect this wasn't such good news as it sounds. I also looked at the internal charger (made by BCA), under the offside seat. From comments on here (yes I have searched relevant discussions), I knew to look for a loose kettle plug. I couldn't see it, as the rear of the whole unit is covered by an opaque plastic shroud. However, the charger was warm, so I assume it was plugged in and working. That's it! I'd be grateful for suggestions. Thanks in advance, Roger
  12. Good evening All. We are new members here popping in to introduce myself and my wife Diane to the group. We last Caravanned about 25 years ago when our two sons were 5 and 4 years old. We had some great times with what would be described as "Basic" home comforts back then. We Towed this small 12ft Caravan all over the country. Even up Porlock hill. And how's this for naivety. .....When we got home after our very first trip I noticed that the rear Chrome bumper on my K reg 3000E Capri had a larger gap between it and the body work. I checked what could be causing that, only to find that the Tow ball was only bolted to the bumper, with a two foot long piece of steel bar to beef it up a bit inside the bumper, and nothing else. If I'd have found that while we were away I don't know what we would have done. By the way this was the porlock hill trip. My oldest son recalled at the weekend that it had Gas lighting with in his words "Those funny little white globes that we had to be careful not to hit with their football", as they were very fragile. I'd totally forgotten those. Anyway enough of the past. Boy have things moved on a bit !! So many gadgets on our 08 (new to us Avondale Argente 555L) So much to learn. So just one question for now. Does the car automatically charge the leisure battery as you drive along? I only ask as there is a battery charger under the Dinette bunks that is massive. Though I guess that is for charging when connected to the land line. Looking forward to hearing from you all. Dave. PS By the way Di and I are in our sixties. so please be gentle eh
  13. Forgive my ignorance but I know nothing about volts, watts, ohms etc and need to ask a question about the indoor storage area where we store our van. A number of users have got hook up leads strung across the roof beams that all go towards the main door where there is electric provided - on my last vist there were seven or eight with 13 amp adapters on but only one was plugged in. There is a double socket on the wall which appears to be fed from what looks like standard household wiring. I have no idea of the supply that comes into the shed but there are two roller shutter doors with electric motors and about 15 strip lights. Now to the question - we want to make use of this electric to keep the battery topped up and keep the alarm/tracker active - if several people want to do the same, perhaps using a 13 amp 4 way in each of the two sockets, I would guess that we are in danger of overloading something - I have no idea how much current a charger will take but could one socket run 4 vans/ 2 sockets run 8 ?? Discuss (and thanks for any replies/ideas) Mike Edit for spelling !
  14. I'm charging up the leisure battery before the winter in my old Avondale caravan, but I'm having a problem with the charger 'cutting out'. The problem looks something like this: With EHU connected, I switch on the Zig X3 charger. Sometimes the green 'on' light in the charger comes on for a few seconds, sometimes it doesn't come on at all. Once the green light goes out, switching the charger off and on does nothing. I've found that disconnecting the red wire (to the battery, by the look of it) at the inline fuseholder, and reconnecting it (sometimes a few times is required) seems to 'reset' the charger and it start working again. When I disconnect the red wire, there is a quiet 'ticking' noise from the charger, if that helps diagnosis at all. The green light stayed on for about 10 hours yesterday, before going out. None of the above problems have caused the RCD to trip, nor any fuse to blow. I'm guessing something's failing, and its probably the charger (the battery came with the 'van, but doesn't look too old at all, and shows a green light on it). But any hints, tips or insight to confirm? Cheers, Jacobite
  15. 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!
  16. Does anyone have any technical details about the battery charger fitted as standard to the Unicorn 1 (Barcelona)? I am wondering if it will damage the battery by overcharging it if I leave the van plugged into the mains 240v continuously. .. TIA
  17. Okay, I have a nice and shiny new-to-us 'van (Avondale Perle Orion Custom SE 1993), and I'm getting to know it. A few newbie questions: On EHU, with my Zig CP400 controller set to 'van', is the power coming from the van battery, or from the charger (Zig X3 in this case) directly? I don't think it makes much practical difference, but I'd like to understand the wiring set-up. Of course, I appreciate this may be peculiar to each type of 'van. When off EHU, how would I use 12v devices? I haven't yet discovered a cigarette lighter type outlet, which would be useful I suppose. Any idea where I'd find such, if it's there? If not, I suppose I should be able to install one pretty easily. Thinking about battery load off EHU, we'd like to be able to charge a laptop. This will require an inverter, and the charger is around 40w. So, that'll be around 4 amps at 12v (allowing for the fact the inverter isn't 100% efficient). Other than ensuring the wiring is up to it, and the fact that'll run the battery down faster, any other issues? At some point, I should really pull the battery out and find out its capacity etc At least the Zig panel is showing a green light as to its condition. Thanks in advance for any help!
  18. Hi all, I've recently bought a 1987 Avondale Leda Quantock. I'm working my way through a few minor repairs but in general I am delighted with the build quality. I am stumped on one issue, however, and I'm hoping that the knowledgeable group here might have some suggestions. The 12v control panel is a Zig PC7. As far as I can find out, this panel was exclusive to Avondale and this has led to it being very difficult to find a manual (http://www. freewebs. com doesn't have one). It doesn't seem to incorporate a charger, so some previous owner has added a 12v regulated power supply and wired it into the back of the Zig PC7. I can't figure out whether this power supply is working - I don't think it is, even though red light glows when it is switched on. My problem is that I am not sure whether this power source is intended to charge the leisure battery or power all or part of the 12v system. A voltmeter across its output shows only 1 volt but I've read somewhere that some regulated power supplies only deliver when there is a load on them. Without a diagram explaining the Zig PC7, I can't work out what it's supposed to be doing. I would obviously be delighted if anybody could supply me with a manual or wiring diagram, but failing this, if anybody could describe how to connect a charger from the caravan 240v circuit to the 12v circuit, or supply a link to the same, this might give me the insight I need to work out what's going on. Specifically, where would I connect to the 12v system, and is a 12v regulated power source suitable for recharging the battery. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
  19. A Couple of weeks ago we went away and I noticed that the Blue Power Light on the fridge was flashing, then constant, then flashing etc. .. The error on the display shows (Spanner) 10 which looking into informs me to check power from the Towing Vehicle. I have checked in the car and I can hear the relay in the back switching off and on in time to the fridge light problem. Where might the problem be. To be honest I have not checked if the relay still does the same when the van is not connected (I'll do this tonight) but will the Relay even do anything when a van is not connected? Any ideas or things I should check. I know when I first had the Towbar and Socket fitted, the engine note changed when the van was connected which I gather is the current draw on the alternator but it no longer does this either. Is there a switch or reset I need to check on the Van power panel or anything like that? I have a 2010 Lunar Conquest (Quasar derivitive) Any advice would be great before I resort to the Bar fitters (Cant find the receipt ) Thanks Andi
  20. Hello, I really need some advice please. I am new to caravanning and have recently bought a 2002 panel damaged Lunar Lexon twin axle caravan. I have discovered that the consumer unit, charger and RCD have all been removed by some kind individual. It has all been done very neatly and all the wiring/connectors are there. Lunar have been very helpful and have provided me with details of what was fitted. Do I need to buy and refit the original kit, which I think will be expensive, or can I replace the missing bits with generic caravan kit? Any help/advice will be most welcome - thank you - Tim
  21. Hi, My daughter has just purchased a 1989 caravan, with appears not to have a buit-in charging system. Two questions really:- 1 -Will the battery still charge from the tow car ? 2- What would be the best, budget installation - she has only bought the van to see how she likes caravanning and to get used to it, so we don't want to go overboard at first. I've seen units on e-bay for around £40, which are supposedly smart units, which can be constantly connected to maintain the battery. - Anyone have experience of these units? would they be suitable? Any help much appreciated :unsure:
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