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I have a 2009 Sprite Major 6 which I've used a couple of times now. I'm having trouble with the heating running on 240v. I've found that even set on level 9 at 2kw, fan set full speed (5) that it will not maintain an acceptable (18 degrees) temperature on a night. It was down to a few degrees last week but I use the van all year round so it will be seeing colder nights than that. On my last caravan I had a remote sensor fitted by the door which rectified the problem. I spoke to the dealer who is going to look at it for me but he's advised that the new heaters already have a "remote" sensor installed. If I understand correctly though it is still fitted as part of the fire unit so I can't really see how this would overcome the problem. Is anyone else having problems ?

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Hi Rich,

 

The 2KW heating element on the S3002 Space heater is a supplement (backup) to the 3KW gas heater, and is, depending on the condition of use and external temperatures, may not raise the temperature of the van from cold. I would suggest, if possible, you use gas to heat the van to the desired temperature and then use the electric heater to maintain the temperature.

 

With regards to the sensor, your dealer is correct; in 2007 the sensor was moved from a remote point (which depending on its position can give false readings) to a position in the lower carcass of the heater. This gives more consistent readings, as the position of the sensor avoids any false readings from either convection or direct heat radiation.

 

Thanks,

 

Ash

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If I set the heater to 2kw and the fan setting to 3 on automatic and turn the thermostat up in my Sprite Major 5 it's like Tenerife in about 10 minutes. .I can keep the van warm just using 500 watts. I know my van is a bit smaller but I wouldn't have thought that it would be that different

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Hi, Sounds like your running your fan to fast, as Andy say's the ultraheat system is a supplementry heater, but if used correctly is fine for mainting an even tempreture, i have a Abbey 620 and once the body of the van is warm then i use the ultraheat with the fan on auto set at about 2 1/2 and it keeps the van at an even tempreture on 1000 watts.


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Thanks for the replies. Maybe I just need to get used to the new setup and I'll try some of the suggestions.

 

I will check what the dealer says when they take a look at it. It is going in for a couple of other items anyway.

 

Rich.

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One possible problem is if the remote sensor is not fully pushed into it's socket on the control board, this can cause the heater to act erratically. A fault on the control board can also prevent you getting full heat while on electric

 

But as said, the most important thing is to get the abric of the van thoroughly warmed through, not just the air! best then to use both gas and electric together for a few hours while the weathers really cold.

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