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Hi everyone 

Hope this message finds you well. 
3000km journey ahead in an hour (with two young kids) and I still can’t understand how many things work in the caravan. 
We have a 1994 hobby prestige 545. 

When I connect a battery(a big car battery-not agm) to the caravan things seems to work(radio-water pump-fridge) but I don’t think it’s charging when the car is hooked on and connected. I measured the volts with an amp meter and it is not increasing when connected to the car. 
 

Later I figured that the caravan has a device called matti automatic under the bed. I guess it is a device to charge the battery  from normal electricity connection 230V. But it also doesn’t seem to work when all is connected. (The lights on it is not on)

-and The amp meter doesn’t show an increase in voltage.

 

There is another device called ps-134 regulated power supply which I have no idea what it does. I suspect it’s a regulator for electricity but did not see an effect of it in any situation. 
 

Lastly ignition -spark system seems not to work. In the past fridge used to work on gas, the stove used to ignite with the press of a button but now none of it seems to work neither connected to electricity nor battery. I could not find how the ignition system is powered, there aren’t any batteries around. This is a pity because then we can’t cook the fridge on the trip. 
 

Lastly I figured that after running the fridge on battery for half an hour the cables of the battery were hot. I am not sure if I dare to keep it on during the ride. But maybe should I? What if the charging only kicks in when the car has had run a long time(Passat b6), or after the battery voltage falls down to a certain level?


This young family desperately needs some advice from more experienced caravaners. This is our first caravan and we have never been on one before. 
 

A billion thanks in advance

all the best

umit

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OP is leaving in an hour do has presumably gone? 

Also, he is in Denmark. 

Graham

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3000 Km trip, first time out with a caravan, 1 hour for responses. Got to be a wind up surely?? 

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8 hours ago, umitorhan said:

This is our first caravan and we have never been on one before.

 

You should have kept the caravan you towed to Crete.   Or the one you towed to Turkey. ;)

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Umitorhan has asked that he explains his post so topic now unlocked and clear. 

Graham

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Thank you for your personal message umitorhan.   I don't see how I can help you.   Sorry!

Citroen C5-X7 Tourer+Avondale Rialto 480/2
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