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  1. Hi. I collected a 1997 Leda Chiltern yesterday. It was my fathers, and not been used for a long time. I have a problem with the rear light connectors. Where the electrical connectors clip onto the bulb cluster holder, the plastic has gone brittle and broken, so the bulbs are loose and not making good contact. Does anyone know where I can get the connectors from, or a good way of fixing the current ones. Thanks.
  2. Hi, looking for some assistance with an electrics problem I have. Caravan is a Lunar LX2000 525. I have it hooked up to my mains via an adapter. All was working fine in November when it was last used. We have some family staying for a few days and are using the caravan for some extra sleeping space. Went out tonight to start getting the beds set up and have no blow heating, no hot water and no internal lights, apart from two pull string lights at the front. Sockets are working so I have been able to set up a heater and a light. As I said, everything was working the last time the caravan was used with the same setup. Checked all the fuses etc and nothing has tripped or blown. Any suggestions welcome.
  3. Hello from a newbie. I've just taken ownership of a Hobby 690 SMF and have a question regarding the lights - is there a special way to remove the Dometic 70323 light units? Looking at the replacement unit there are two spring clips securing the unit into the housing but I don't seem to be able to pull out the existing unit more than about halfway - is there a release mechanism somewhere or is it just a case of brute force? As the replacements are £20 each I wondered if anyone had any experience of replacing these lights with something more reasonable ( the van has about 12 in all) Tanks
  4. Hi all I have a 2011 Swift challenger 625 se and need a downlight. Anybody any ideas on where to find, please.
  5. Feeling quite pleased for saving a few pennies and some shopping time too! A pre-drive check today revealed a dead brake light. It's a fairly old van but new to us, and I haven't until now had cause to open up the tail light cluster. It came out easier than I thought, and I was busily looking to see what sort of bulb I needed . ... yes, I know, I'll buy some spares for next time! . .. when my kind neighbour pointed out that the contact was a bit mucky with age. A quick scrape, and the bulb's fine. I'll know to check that next time a bulb dies before rushing for a new one! Richard
  6. Hi all, I have just taken delivery of the above from a dealer and before I start complaints I would like to be sure of my facts. I have 2 issues: When the power panel above the door is turned on there are 3 roof lights that come on. 1 each above the side lockers and 1 long strip behind the roof light. I can find no way to turn these lights off except to switch off the power panel above the door. There are 2 switches to the right of the door entrance, 1 operates the awning light and the other operates 2 down lights over the basin. Above the window draw set there is a 3 pin socket to the left, this has a rocker switch to the side which does nothing. So is the only way those lights can be turned off at night is to turn off the panel and use a torch to go to bed?
  7. Hi I'm trying to fix a few electrical snags on my 2000 model Abbey County. I've got all the lights working except for the two bulkhead mounted 230V lights. These are the two with individual pull switches and a dimmer knob. Bulbs ok. Is there a fuse hidden for these or a special switch location? Is the dimmer switch prone to failure? Many thanks.
  8. Hi All, I've been experiencing something very weird with the inside roof lights in my caravan. Sometimes they work and some times they don't. It is not happening with all of them but only to the inside lights in the bottom half of the van. I have some sockets and the electric toilet flush work fine, even when the lights aren't. Interesting thing is that lights are on and then they stop working and maybe a few hours later they work again. I'm not an certified electrician and I will NOT start fiddling with the cabling myself but is there a way of testing/knowing what's going on so I can explain it better to have it repaired?
  9. This is a suggestion for Lunar Clubman/Delta ranges. But it could easily be adapted for other uses. The Lunar has two light switches for outside lights, one for fancy grab handle lights, the other for an LED light above the water containers. Both could easily be left on. Also it is very difficult to tell if the pump is running when you are out of water. To fix this I went to Maplins, they sold me 3 different colour 12 volt LED lights (CJ66, CJ67, CJ68)with tiny plastic collars, (VV39) all 3mm. total £4:14, staff were extremely helpful. At first I intended to fit these into the woodwork above the light switches. but that would have been difficult to wire behind. As I started to do the job I changed my mind and fitted them into the switch itself. I located an earth in the loom behind and spliced into that. I also ran a single thin wire up from the water pressure switch, After drilling 3 x 3mm holes into the light switch I applied a touch of glue from behind to located them. I then soldered the 3 earth terminals together and confected them to the earth found earlier. I then soldered the positive of the outer two lights to the switch terminals and the middle one to the wire from the pressure switch. Insulating as I went. I secured the wires so there was no strain and refitted the switches. Note. 1 The positive and negative terminals were not identified on the LEDs so I found this by trial and error, luckily no damage if connected in reverse. 2 The two spliced connections in the picture were to feed the fridge fan which was a different job. John
  10. Some times you should listen to Lady Luck. 10 am hitch up car. Check lights. SWMBO tells me that the brake lights on the van are not working and the reversing lights come on when I hit the brakes. Select reverse brake lights come on. Scratch head. Return to workshop at home make up test circuit and test all the pins on the car (which appears to work perfectly with another trailer). All working correctly. Set up another tester and 12 volt supply and test pins on caravan plug. Brake light pin lights up reversing lights and reversing light pin lights up brake lights. Now the van was in for service 14 days ago and that also entailed replacing the rear plastic bumper on the Valencia. 'They can't have, can they ?' Yep take off the rear lights and they have connected the connectors backside about face. Not just on one side on both. If it was allowed boy would I be naming and shaming. That was an interesting 2 hours hitch up, Er car will not start due to battery flat. (my fault I left it for 2 hours lit up like a Christmas tree.)somebody up there really does not want me to get away this weekend. Jump start and away we go. 50 miles later, a few miles from our destination, and a pheasant flies straight out of the hedge and smashes and I do mean smashes the big front window on the Valencia. Biggest bit is about the size of a shoe box. Both inside and outside panels are trash. 1 large roll of gaffa tape and a black bin liner later, plus 50 miles back we arrive in torrential rain. Lucky the van is in a barn. Managed to phone a couple of dealers locally. None have a window in stock and both are quoting "can't do it till after Christmas anyway, even if we get the window." So at the end of the day. Next week-end cancelled - Christmas probably cancelled as we are booked away in the van = lost deposit. Meals over Christmas paid up front probably lost. Sod it I'm off to get a take away.
  11. Hello, I am a new member to this forum and unaware of the workings of it. What is a Topic Tag? The reason for this topic is to ask if any of you have experienced a failure of the rear road lamps (ours is a Sterling Elite Diamond 2013 model) due to the insulation of the cable being 1" too short where it passes from the chassis and into the rear apron. This cable is literally trapped between the wooden floor and a sharp steel plate. This allowed the individual wires to chafe on the metal plate causing the rear lamps to become earthed and failure of the 5 amp fuses. I don't understand why a 10p grommet wasn't used to allow unobstructed passage of the cable.
  12. Morning All, After a few hiccups managed to get our caravan water system up & running. ...now have a few q's re electrics! A friend who is an electrician has wired us up to the mains (as it is a permanent sited caravan), we have no battery connected or gas. ..so our only power source currently is mains electric! BUT the question is. .. Does anyone know the reason why. ... When we first flicked onto the 12v two lights (the kitchen ceiling one & the bathroom ceiling one) worked (whereas they didnt work previously) Then when we clicked off of that & back onto the 12v our water pump started to work! (now the lights however wont lol) Anyway is this common & what is the reason for this, and the difference between 12v and the other setting? Our friend the electrican left it set up on the other setting (nor 12v) so we are reluctant to switch to 12v & leave it on that. ...as we would assume he left it on the most advisable setting. Can anyone shed any light on this. ... Thanks
  13. 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
  14. Hi. Can anyone help. My car is a 2012 Kia Sportage and the caravan is a 2013 Sprite Major 4FB. Caravan has a 13 pin system and the car has two 7 pin sockets. I use a 13 pin to two 7 pin adapter lead. Recently someone pointed out that when I indicate right from the car, the caravan was indicating Left and vice versa. I tried a differnt adapter lead but the problem is the same. I have chacked the wires at the car socket and they are correct. What can I check next?
  15. Got some smaller halogen bulbs in my 6 year old Bailey Senator Virginia, but can't remove them with this "sucker" type thing. Does anyone know where I can get a smaller sucker, or indeed how to remove an old bulb? The one I've got is 35mm across and is too large. The bulb is a Halogen Light Bulb 12v 10w 30 deg. MR11 2 Pin
  16. Hi Guys, Just returned caravanning after a 10 year break and found all new/nearly vans have a 13 pin plug fitted. Is there a tester out there that plugs into tow car? My ATC is not working so I am looking for more than light testing. Thanks
  17. I'm thinking of changing my lights to LED rather than normal bulbs, I have a strip light in the kitchen area and wondered if I could change the tube for one with LEDS or are the tubes just as efficient? The reading lamps I've got LEDs for already. I've also brought some thin LEDs on the strips that have the sticky back, Ive got a 12v feed from the battery but do I need a fuse somewhere?
  18. Hi everyone. I need to remove the rear light on my Mark 1 pegasus. I thought it would be a case of just twisting and they would be on a thread but there is no thread. The lens seems to be sealed against a plastic plate which turns slightly. Has anyone had to take one off to change a bulb if so do you know how to do it or are there any instructions as I can't find any in the owners manual. Help would be appreciated. I don't fancy pulling it off through complete ignorance!
  19. I am not a biker (though I can ride). I see some cyclist in my area, not always kids, who ride on main roads at night with no lights and dressed in dark clothes. With so much known and published on the dangers I find it incredibly stupid and wish that the police would throw the book at them, they are liable to get an innocent motorist into trouble for killing them. The vast majority I have noticed are very sensible, using various high vis devises and various lights. That's excellent. I have been told the flashing ones are illegal, if so it is not that that troubles me. Edit (I don't mean the cyclist are flashing, that's clearly illegal). I have noticed a new trend to take this to the next stage and in my opinion have gone too far and are creating a different danger. LED lights have improved so much some now have lights which are capable of blinding oncoming vehicles. One I pass regularly has one on his bike and one on his head, the head one causes real problems especially when he is trying to get up hill and it is waving about. As these lights get cheaper, I fear this problem may get worse. Any thoughts
  20. stugamble

    Fuses

    I'm new to caravanning and have a Swift Charisma 6 berth. The internal lights in the back of the caravan and the awning light have stopped working. Everything else is ok. I think I've worked out that a fuse has gone, but I can't find anything in the book that tells me where the fuse is. Do I need to open the Consumer unit? I took it out and couldn't see an obvious way in? I'm sure (I hope) it'll be easy once I know where to look. Thanks.
  21. On Tuesday we dragged the van out and hitched up ready to leave, did all the usual checks and found we had no tail lights. We had brake lights, indicators and reversing lights. We have a problem where we live in that we have a very small window where we can actually get in and out of our road due to a school at the end and inconsiderate parking. Between 0900 and 1530 we have school, play school, play school and school, the road being utterly snagged by inconsiderate double and chicane parking four times a day. So, being a bright enough day, I took the gamble of running as was, intending to get to the motorway sort out the problem. After all, what could it be? Surely, it wouldnt be much. I thought that if I couldnt sort it, I would call the RAC and work from there. I know, before you all scream at me, I shouldnt have run that way. Arriving at the services, I sent madame to get the coffees, and settled down with tools and tester to sort it out. Checked the fuses first, all OK. Starting with the thirteen pin plugs on car and caravan to check connections, perfect. Nothing out of place. Hmmmm. Checked the pins from car for current, no problem. Deffo the caravan then. Another look at the caravan plug, then traced the wires back looking for damage or fracture. Nothing. Surely can't have blown all the bulbs at once, but checked anyway. Nothing, bulbs OK. I am now at a complete loss but realising that we would be passing close to Highbridge in Somerset, I decided to pull in there and beg them to have a look, so off we go again. We rang Highbridge who promised to ring back, and didnt. A quick Google search brought up Tourer Techs near Weston SM and a quick call and things were looking up. Bring it straight in said the guy and well get it sorted. On arrival at Tourer Techs, the guy hooks up his board to check the car, perfect. Checked the caravan, perfect. Scratch of head. Checks again bulbs and fuses. Doh! Nothing showing. Another scatch of head and bemused expression. Checks the cables for damage. Fine. Calls his mate. They do it all again. Zilch. Have these lights ever worked he says. Of course they have. Well, they are totally dead he says. With this he disappears head first into the front bed box and there are wires being pulled everywhere. Calls his mate again. Both of them laughing like drains. Are you sure these lights have ever worked. Yeah, now getting a tad insulted. Well they can't have, they arent connected. WHAT! Come and have a look. Now I know those lights have always worked. Towing with a Volvo they are always on, and therefore the front markers are always on and in my mirrors, so yeah, they have always worked. Well, they arent connected now, and he was right. Then the penny dropped. We had had the alarm replaced under warranty, the old alarm being connected to the lights to flash when triggered. With the old system, the lighting circuit was interrupted with a terminal block, directed through the alarm, and then rejoined at a new terminal block. With the old alarm removed, these two terminal blocks should have been bridged, but the fitter had just left them unconnected. So current to the first block, but nothing to the fuse panel. Not impressed. How many of you would have guessed at that?
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