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Posted: 13.10.2019  ·  #1
Thought I had seen it all but last night whilst on a site I was not surprised but dissapointed,

Seen a family sitting in the awning with one of them halogen heaters that glow brighter than the sun,
Made the awning glow which could be seen from.the opposite side of the site,

I was going for a walk around midnight and noticed the heater still glowing but no body in the awning, all blinds and door closed,
Woke about 4 or 4.30am to go to the loo and looked out as you do,
Awning still glowing,
They had left the heater on all night and no body in the awning,

I bet they would be the first to complain about the €4 or €5 for ehu and wonder why its so expensive,


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Doesn't surprise me one bit. I've seen 2kw blow heaters left on in awnings and them away out for the day.

The reason we put in 6amp trips all those years ago.


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I call it....
“I paid for it and I’ll use it” syndrome.
Bloody idiots, know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


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It was a shame as they spoil it for every body,
No need to leave it on just for the sake of it,


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Posted: 13.10.2019  ·  #5
A few years ago we were in Tollymore forest park and stopped into a motorhome , they had the motorhome heating going and another electric blow heater.
After some time I made the remark that it was very warm and to my amazement the man got up and opened the skylight but kept the heaters at full blast.
We did not stay much longer as it is nice to be warm but not cooked.


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Hate that mentality, surely those heaters left on in awnings are dangerous 😡


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Yep definatly dangerous to leave un attended aswell,


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I witnessed a 3 phase, 60 amp distribution panel going up in smoke about 6 years ago in a very popular campsite.
Some folk are pigs at managing their power consumption.
Recently a sparky mate of mine who works for a national company, has got a caravan and announced that his first trip was to the same site as above. I advised him to monitor his ehu voltage.
The voltage dropped to a low of 178 volts over his weekend stay. This guy had modified his ehu connection to buffer the voltage drop, but most folk wouldn't have the knowledge to do so.
Modern caravan or mh electronic systems are voltage sensitive. An expensive repair bill was avoided in this case.


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That is one of the reasons I don't plug in Malcolm,
One of the lads has a 2015 Adria caravan and he had to replace the PC board on the fridge after a meet where the fridge went mad on a cold night (too many heaters on together)

My solar panel has well paid for its self as I was at the same meet and had no probs,

Stacks (Shane) had a problem at two meets where the fridge wanted to switch to gas (aes fridge) turned out the voltage drop was too much and the fridge detected it,


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Hate that mentality, surely those heaters left on in awnings are dangerous 😡


Dangerous obviously. A complete waste and inconsideration of resources is disgusting.


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There is a Craic'er at Castlewellan campsite this weekend with problems with his fridge, which seems like voltage drop.

I'm wondering now is that why I had to change my fridge main board twice in 18 moths, and never since as I haven't plugged into a campsite since. 🤔


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had a problem at two meets where the fridge wanted to switch to gas (aes fridge) turned out the voltage drop was too much and the fridge detected it,


I've had that happen too, if I cop it I'll switch the fridge to gas so it's happy, not switching from one to the other


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Did M&W have a similar problem.?


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I call it....
“I paid for it and I’ll use it” syndrome.



Heard that loads of time. Usually from caravanners.


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Did M&W have a similar problem.?


Same problem on a very busy site in France at breakfast time. Fridge changed over to gas each morning. I’d be interested in this buffer system. Any details of what’s required.


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Did M&W have a similar problem.?


. I’d be interested in this buffer system. Any details of what’s required.


Me too, how does that work?


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Wasn’t aware of this but makes sense. Should I run the fridge on gas and avoid ehu during the winter months?


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Wasn’t aware of this but makes sense. Should I run the fridge on gas and avoid ehu during the winter months?


Not necessarily as the fridge will turn itself to gas and you'll need ehu to keep your battery charged to run heating etc


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Wasn’t aware of this but makes sense. Should I run the fridge on gas and avoid ehu during the winter months?


Not necessarily as the fridge will turn itself to gas and you'll need ehu to keep your battery charged to run heating etc


The 12V distribution system in the MH can't always cope with brownouts.
There's an Electroblock in ours and its requirement is 230 V AC ± 10%, 47 to 63 Hz sinusoidal.


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I've decided to remove our 12v power converter.

As our camper is american, it also has a 240-110v transformer feeding the converter. When I tested the 12v output last weekend, it was all over the place. I guess stepping down from 240-110v and then 110-12v really gave a messy output. It might have been fine back in the 80's, but not so with today's electronics. I wouldn't trust it. At least I now have a nice spot to fit a sinewave inverter!! :-)

I'm sure we'll be fine with solar and maybe a standard 240v battery tender to top up the batteries when connected to mains.

I've got about 75% of the camper rewired at this stage. It's lovely to feel the camper alive & breathing again!


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As our camper is american, it also has a 240-110v transformer feeding the converter. When I tested the 12v output last weekend, it was all over the place. I guess stepping down from 240-110v and then 110-12v really gave a messy output. It might have been fine back in the 80's, but not so with today's electronics. I wouldn't trust it. At least I now have a nice spot to fit a sinewave inverter!! :-)




Same thing with our last RV. I put in a LED light and it went dim bright dim bright dim bright under certain circumstances :/


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