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  1. Hi all, I am very new to the world of caravanning… but an enthusiast nevertheless ! working with a very small budget I purchased my Avondale Wren 1991 2 berth about a year ago. After initially ripping out the entire internal fixtures and fittings and resealing all the external joins. The van has sat on the drive nestled under a caravan cover for the winter. As we’ve had a break in this so far very wet summer I decided to bite the bullet, remove the cover and continue work. I have so far repaired and repainted the exterior which has given her a new lease of life to say the least. I have begun planning my interior renovation and for the most part am getting by ok… Just a couple of things I am struggling to get my head around and would love some further info before I get started if anyone has any knowledge to bestow I will be more than grateful! So, the water pumping/heating system, (all in very good condition thankfully,) I assumed was all electric, but noticed a gas pipe coming from the main body of the system. Does this mean that the water is heated by gas? I did want to get rid of all the gas pipes and just have things running on electricity but will I have to keep the gas in order to have hot water in the van? Also, the electrics are again in very good condition, I just have to begin to figure out how to rearrange everything. Do you think it would be possible to run electric appliances inside the van when hooked up to an electric pitch? Such as fridge, kettle, toaster, hot plate etc…… I have removed the old gas heater and the gas fridge as they were busted and as I said would rather have electric as my main power source. I know this is allot of info, but any help would be very much appreciated! I love my Avondale and despite being essentially 30 plus years old her bones are good! I just want to make sure I get to grips with the water and electric systems as these are the only aspects of the renovation that make me nervous! They are in good nick I just don’t want to make a mistake that might ruin them! Thanks!
  2. Hi, I have no 12v services in my caravan at present. I have a 2015 Lunar Ultima 540. The battery is fully charged and I have checked the 20amp inline fuse and the 20amp leisure battery blade fuse on the Sargent EC175 PSU both of which are OK. However, the 2amp grey blade fuse (one of the set of twelve 12v fuses on the PSU) has blown. Replacing it with a new 2amp fuse, it immediately blew again so there is a leak to earth. The label on the fuse says 'Permanent Supplies/Electronics'. The EC175 user manual gives no further details. Does anybody know what components the label refers to and has anybody had a similar problem and found a solution? Thanks, Jeff.
  3. At my annual service (by a mobile technician) an issue was flagged with the rear LED offside indicator which wasn’t working although the brake, tails, reversing, fog lights were (part of a separate post previously). As a result I ordered a replacement light cluster which I fitted yesterday. Fairly easy, even for me as it’s three screws and unplug then the same in reverse to install. The good news is, when I connected to the car, it worked. However, it intermittently started flashing in an erratic pattern then returning to normal then erratic again. This actually happened last season with the original light but we put it down as a one-off. Any ideas what would cause this behaviour (car coding, caravan electrics......)?
  4. 12v stop working whilst on-site and connected to mains. Old battery not holding charge new one not powering 12v, anyone got a manual page they can post here for troubleshooting? Checked fuse in main board looks fine, checked fuses on the flex that connects it both seem fine! Any ideas?
  5. Quick newbie question........ Any issue with leaving the car hitched up (prior to departure) with the ignition off and 13 pin cable connected, while the mains cable is connected to keep the fridge running? And I obviously must remember to disconnect from the mains before pulling away
  6. Hi folks, was wondering if anyone with the know how could help me out here. I have purchased a split charge relay system, a Durite one that appears on most of the videos when you type split charge into youtube. This is fantastic for a van or motorhome vehicle but I am wanting to install in my caravan, thus i will need a plug on it in the intersection of the towcar and caravan. The problem is that it comes with (and you will see in all split charge relay videos) a massive 70amp cable, 4 or 6 awg, that is then fitted with 40 amp Fuses either side. So my questions are: 1. why is the cable so thick? I assume to transmit maybe 30 odd amps to the leisure batts? 2. a local trailer shop owner told me the 7 pin auxilary has a pin for charging batteries but surely this is far too thin, meaning i could use normal 2 core? Surely not? 3. if so, would this just mean that my car to caravan setup would be a lot less efficient at charging through that piddly wire that say a sprinter van using the big 70amp cable? any help here would be appreciated thanks Ross
  7. Hi This is probably a very simple answer (and would have made more simple if I was able to post a picture but it keeps saying file too big!!) but I have 3 black and red tube shaped plugs in the van which say 8A on them. They remind me of cigarette lighters in the car but don’t look like anything can plug into them. Are they something to do with the aerial? I’m stumped - hope somebody can help! 🤫
  8. 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
  9. I recently had a detachable towbar and vehicle specific electrics fitted to a hyundai santa fe 2018. The electrics has been demonstrated to me by the fitter using a full witter cycle carrier with all lights including the fog lights functional. When I connect my caravan the fog lights do not work on the van even the though the van electrics have also been shown to be fully functional on another vehicle. What within the plug/socket enables the fog lights and disables the vehicle fog lights when connected? The 13 pin socket doesnt have a micro switch but I suspect the canbus recognised when a trailer is connected but fails to do this with my caravan, Lunar Quasar 556 2013. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated. Regards, Paul
  10. Hope you don’t mind me asking but I have an electrical question regarding our mobile caravan. Compass Amega 2007. Here goes.... When we were away recently connected to an electric hook up, something odd happened to our supply of electricity. Whilst the kettle was boiling the electricity to the kettle stopped. We tried a new electric hook up lead and a different site electric point but all the plug sockets in the van were still not working. All the lights were working fine. The vans main electric fused box had not tripped or the sites. My question is before we pay out for an electrician to take a look. Could it be a simple job for us to do, we have relatively no electrical experience. What do you think?
  11. 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
  12. Hi hope someone can help me sort out a problem on a 1990 Abbey Somerset. symptoms are : no water pump no12v fridge  no toilet flush no 12 lights picture of panel below  12v light comes on and also the light moves from car to van but nothing else.  Anyone got a manual please
  13. Good evening all, I have just replaced the towbar electrical socket on the car because of an intermittent connection, all working well now (I hope) . In order to keep the connections dry and free of any weather I wanted to fill the back of the socket with silicon mastic but suddenly thought I am not certain that it will not conduct to some extent and short out the wiring. Does anyone know for sure if this would be ok, or is there something better I could use. Many thanks in advance. John
  14. We are having major problems with the electrics in our 2007 Hobby Prestige (and I'm sure we're not the first!). We've had the caravan since May and so far have had to buy a new transformer (nearly £500), pay for it to be repaired when it went pop again, although sadly they couldn't solve the problem, and then pay out £180 for a second hand one. Unfortunately, it still doesn't work. .. Before I go into all the details, is there anyone on here that thinks they might be able to help please?
  15. Hey, so back in may i came agross a caravan which was old and was starting to show its age, as they wanted a quick sale I got it for a steal! Ive managed to repair and replace most of what I needed to, I am gradually getting there with it all but the electrics are really starting to annoy me, I can’t seem to get it to work, but I also know nothing about electrics or how any of it works, so I have no idea what I’m doing wrong or if it’s broke, I’ll attach photos of the set up, the one thing making me think the zig panel is okay is that the light works? I was led to believe if I’m running it on mains then I don’t need a battery, (which I didn’t think was right because I thought the battery completes the circuit?) at at the moment the plugs and lights aren’t turning on, haven’t got the water pump plumbed in (manly because I have no idea how 😂) any ideas tips tips or just advice would be great! Thank youuu https://www. flickr. com/photos/165172217@N08/
  16. Hi, need some help please. I have fitted a towbar myself a week ago, was brand new and fitted to a 2006 mondeo. I thought the electric part of fitting the towbar was too easy using scotch clips. However, towing for the first time today I noticed that the RH side lights and rear light are permanently on even without the car lights being on. Also hooked up to a trailer and the RH light is always on too. It's a 7 pin socket. Any ideas? Thanks
  17. Swift forum inform me that the Spot light over my mirror and above the kitchen unit should pull free to show a connection block. However, this is not true and I am now informed to dismantle the wooden fascia they are mounted in to access the tight wiring. To do this, the shower wall and wardrobe internal panels have to be removed to access the end screws no chance! The picture attached shows how little movement I have on the wiring and it is impossible to remove. Question 1. Has anybody managed to replace these spots when in this same situation? Question 2. Can anybody inform me the actual spot part number or description for the spots on my Swift Challenger 480 - 2016 as the internet manual doesn't seem to give correct information? If anyone reading this is in charge of the assembling of these spots, please inform them that it is general basic knowledge by all D. I. Y or electricians to leave ample wiring to access for replacements and not to have the caravan dismantled by owner of dealer.
  18. Hi, looking to get a battery charger for a leisure battery ( exide 115 ah ) to charge the battery over winter at home or leave it on the caravan with the electric hooked up, which are the best options ?? Thanks
  19. Evening, just been away and noticed that every time we put a tap ( doesn't matter which one) on,so the pump engages and the Tv gets interference or goes off, why ? and is there anything to stop it or make it a little better, cheers
  20. Hi, new tow bar on car fitted with 13 pin socket by Toyota dealer, new Sterling caravan . Whilst stationary all road lights on caravan work as they should, when moving and road lights used singly they work as they should. However when brake and indicators applied together, indicators flash rapidly indicating a problem. Car has spent 2 days with Toyota having electrics checked and various new bits fitted. We have just returned from caravan dealer having a load box fitted to compensate for LED's. Problem still happens! Anyone had similar or offer any advice. Thanks
  21. Hi all, I am a newbee (converted from camping to caravan). I have just purchased my first van (Sterling Europa 565 (2009)). Everything works great except the switch on the left as soon as you enter the Caravan. I cannot work out what it is. It does not seem to do anything. Any fellow Europa owners out there that can advise? Thanks
  22. Hi everyone. We recently acquired a 2006 Hobby 700 to put on seasonal pitch in March. Over Christmas we were cleaning it up and electrics worked fine. Have been to it today and connected the hook up lead and trip switch on the main fuse kept tripping. Any ideas please what to check as we're new to this. Hubby thinks maybe some damp has got in somewhere but we are not sure. Thank you! Lizzie
  23. This is an issue that has been annoying me for years, now finally this is my cry for help. Often, but not always, when I stop for lunch or something while car and caravan are connected, I have no pump, lights etc in the caravan. So I have to disconnect the 13-pin plug and make sure I remember to reconnect it before resuming my journey. While disconnected everything works fine. It affects the alarm too - sometimes, but not always, when I activate the alarm when leaving the rig, it immediately sounds the alrm and so I have to turn off the alarm, disconnect and re-engage the alarm. Recently it seems to be that almost always this is the case, whereas previously it was about 50/50 whether it would be ok or not. I'd be very grateful for any ideas. My knowledge is limited, but would it be something to do with the habitation relay? Ed
  24. 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.
  25. 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?
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