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  3. I think the difference in price is a factor to consider, we run our panel connected to both main batteries (cab & leisure) through the control unit plus a 100amphr battery on a 120 Solar Panel. I have installed several double USB sockets and a cigar socket for TV linked directly to third battery used when not connected to mains and never had an issue.
  4. It's not as bad as you may think as running an engine periodically will usually be better than letting it stand as it keeps the fluids moving. That is not to say that photovoltaic cells would not be a good idea if you are parked up off-grid. We don't have PV cells installed on our MH however we do have an onboard generator that could be run from time to time if needed. As it is, that is rarely used as the MH is stored at home where there is an EHU available. Gordon.
  5. we are thinking about getting a 120w Solar panel kit from Sunstore.co.uk for a dual battery feed, or would a 150w be a better option.
  6. we are thinking about getting a 120w Solar panel kit from Sunstore.co.uk for a dual battery feed, or would a 150w be a better option.
  7. I have a Autotrail on a Fiat Ducato chassis. How much can I expect to pay for a two year service to keep warranty intact ? I have covered 6300 miles from new.
  8. Hi Steve, I use a Solar Panel which is connected to a small Control Unit which then sends power to the batteries, unfortunately I have no experience where PV is concerned but assume some type of controller would be required. Plugging direct into a socket designed for other uses is not a good idea. If you can't find the answer on the internet you could try the company who actually built the van, or you could be lucky that someone on this forum knows all about PV units.
  9. So I begin my foray into the PV world. Having read a few posts, it all sounds rather complicated - lots of numbers etc ! This is probably a really basic query that you all have made (sorry) but I gotta start somewhere. I am presently running my engine for 1Hr every 6 weeks or so, (vehicle is SORN) to keep batteries (both) charged. Obviously not an ideal scenario. So, initially my query is whether I can SAFELY plug just a PV panel to cig. lighter socket and magically escape the battery going flat ( and avoid running a cold engine for 60 mins). Or will I need some controller de
  10. Looking at your post you wanted a recommendation. My van came with 150w of solar panels with a dual battery charger regulator. The previous owner also fitted a battery master to trickle charge the cab battery, why they didnt use the 2nd solar output I dont know. https://www.visionplus.co.uk/shop/solar-panels-solar-panels/ https://www.sunshinesolar.co.uk/Item/BATTMA01?gclid=CjwKCAjwlID8BRAFEiwAnUoK1RQJqQF1QnlWMr_H18VcsA6dumxnl83MKkBGRL5Qg1YBHAm47IiROhoCM8AQAvD_BwE both components have worked for me without fault.
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    Hi We have a Mobilvetta mobile home and the electric step that comes up and down (single step) has stopped working could anybody help or point me in the right direction ? its a Project 2000 step, thank you in advance
  12. Thank you Bri I am hoping when I do replace the said fuses it will charge my leisure battery when connected to 240v
  13. Replacing the fuses is the first option, this will have the advantage of indicating any underlying electrical fault should they blow again when powered up. Auto Electrician may be needed if this happens, there may be a short circuit or overload in the system. 12v option will not operate when connected to mains supply only on battery power
  14. Hi all has anybody got any ideas on mobilvetta electrics ? Ours does not seem to run on 12v when connected to the mains! Now I think I've located the 240v to 12v transformer and there are two small fuses in it which have blown, I have ordered some more, should I replace and try ?
  15. That's a new one on me, although will doubtless be caused either poor installation and/or missing sealant.
  16. I hope so too and that we're all able to safely get out and benefit from our investments again soon. Apart from the engine, much of the equipment in a motorhome will be familliar to caravanners. Unless you intend to travel abroad mostly, the only possible problem I can see is the same one we have by having the main entrance door on the UK offside - although you do have the advantage over us of a cab door on the left. Gordon.
  17. This is our first Motorhome after Caravanning since 1975, hope we have made the right move.
  18. Thanks for the replies I will look into the options.
  19. Thanks for the replies I will look into the options.
  20. Hi. I have just purchased a new 70 plate Elddis 175 from Perthshire caravans. During our second trip away we found that the shower tray leaked water when having a shower. The water seems to be coming from the door runner guides which allow water to drain from the guides at each end of the runners to below the shower tray. The water then appears on the outside of the shower tray and spills over the floor. Have taken it back to the dealer but they have no idea why this is happening so the have taken it in to strip out the shower to see what is causing the problem. Does a
  21. Hi. I have just purchased a new 70 plate Elddis 175 from Perthshire caravans. During our second trip away we found that the shower tray leaked water when having a shower. The water seems to be coming from the door runner guides which allow water to drain from the guides at each end of the runners to below the shower tray. The water then appears on the outside of the shower tray and spills over the floor. Have taken it back to the dealer but they have no idea why this is happening so the have taken it in to strip out the shower to see what is causing the problem. Does a
  22. Our motorhome had a solar panel fitted as standard. Unfortunately due to Bailey penny pinching they only connected it to leisure battery despite installing a controller capable of providing links to both cab and leisure batteries? I would have thought that a solar panel would be ideal for your circumstances providing your van is stored in the open. I imagine the tracker and alarm are linked to the cab battery so it would be important to set the controller to send a higher charge to the cab battery. Often with a twin setup the cab battery is only set to receive 10% of the charge bu
  23. We have a large Bosch 110amp Solar Panel mounted on the actual roof rack. The controller has 2 outputs to charge both batteries, we actually added a 3rd battery and linked all 3 together so each received a top up charge. I installed the complete system myself quite easily mostly thanks to having the roof rack rather than drilling holes in the roof itself for mounting. The wiring is simple requiring only basic skills plus planning on how & where to route the cables once inside the MH using cable trunking. We did do a lot of wildcamping and found the system ideal but for
  24. We have used suitcase generators with several caravans, and have an onboard generator in our current MH, so have used these sparingly out of consideration for other campers, and while I appreciate that solar panels are less intrusive unfortunately I have little experience of them. Hopefully though someone will soon be along to give their recommendations. Gordon
  25. Popular? Necessary maybe but I'd not describe it as popular. We've managed for the past ten years or so with a combination of EHU and charging en route from the engine. We do however have an onboard geerator that could be used to top up the batteries if staying off-grid for any length of time. Not ideal but it is the standard arrangement of the RV. Gordon.
  26. we are new to motor homes, as there is no Solar panel fitted can anyone recommend a suitable one to charge two battery's on our Adria , its got a tracker fitted , also alarmed, its on a storage site 20mls away so need to be on solar panel, I presume you can charge two battery's from one panel? also what about the engine battery. thanks in advance
  27. We still have our caravan, which we managed to get away in September for 3 weeks the weather was great until the last couple of days when it started to get windier, when we got home we decided to make the plunge into motor homing after3yrs thinking about it, now just got to get rid of our Coachman 560/4 later, just looking forward to trying the Adria.
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