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Avondale Argente 642


Sparky2010
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Hi,

I bought our Argente new in March 2005, had no major problems until now. Just got back from a wet week in North Wales and the problem is with MCB3 in the main distribution board, this is a 6 amp trip and supplies the water heater 850W, fridge 135W and the battery charger wattage will vary upon load. What is happening is, on an evening when getting ready to go out I take a shower in the van so this means the water heater is drawing current and with the nights getting darker I have lights on in the van, so the water heater and fidge are drawing approx 4 amps this leaves 2 amps for the battery charger and this is causing MCB3 to trip. My battery is brand new and indicating fully charged but with the van lights on I think the charger is taking more than 2 amps. I could go through the hassle of lifting the seats and switching the charger off every night and run the lights straight from the battery and swith it back on the following morning but I shouldnt have to do that.

Anyone got similar or having the same problem.

 

Ian.

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There is a known fault on some "Sargent" distribution units fitted to 2005 Avondales. Check the manufacturer of MCB3 (6 Amp), if it is GEC then your dealer can supply a complete replacement charger/distribution unit, free of charge under warrantee. Eventually MCB3 will fail to reset, but this cannot be replaced without drilling out the casing rivets, thus invalidating the warrantee. The new unit will look the same, but MCB3 will be manufactured by Seimens.

Regards,

Gordon.

Fourwinds Hurricane 31D Motorhome. Also MGTF135 1. 8i Roadster (fun) & Volvo V70 3.2Ltr LPG (everyday car)
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Blimey Gordon, sounds like your talking from experience !!!

 

So how was France without any power !! :P

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Blimey Gordon, sounds like your talking from experience !!!

So how was France without any power !!  :P

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Cold and dark at night, hot and sticky during the day!!!

Cheers,

Gordon.

Fourwinds Hurricane 31D Motorhome. Also MGTF135 1. 8i Roadster (fun) & Volvo V70 3.2Ltr LPG (everyday car)
Unless otherwise stated, my posts will be my personal thoughts and have the same standing as any other member of Caravan and Motorhome Talk.

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