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  1. Tyro

    Tyro Read Only Funster

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    Hello all, My wife and I have just bought an ancient Fiat Ducato Fanfare motorhome and now realise how little we know about it ! For instance, has the ignition to remain on when you are on site, as nothing works without it? I told you we were absolute beginners!Thanks
     
  2. GJH

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    Ignition definitely shouldn't be on whilst you are pitched. The 12v circuit to the fridge (assuming it has one) should only work when the engine is running, as it would soon flatten a battery otherwise, but all other 12v circuits should work from a separate leisure battery.

    Our son had a similar situation with an old camper van he bought (though it wasn't wired through the ignition). A previous owner had rewired it wrongly so it was taking power from the starter battery. We traced the circuitry and rewired it as necessary.

    I would get the wiring checked out if I were you. Not a hard job if you understand electric circuits and not all that expensive. If you don't understand circuits best get a qualified electrician in.
     
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    also make sure your incar electrics are turned on mine is beneath the drivers seat but your maybe elsewhere without this on your 12v wont work but on ehu your 240v will
     
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    We have a separate consumer unit and charging unit that runs the caravan. You can also charge both batteries from it. What ever you do don't leave your keys in the van and flatten your battery.

    Did you buy Privately? Surly if you did the old owner would have gone through things with you. We got ours from a Dealer and they spent a good two hours with us making sure we understood every detail of operation. They filled the tanks with water showed us how to fill the water heater run through literally everything with us.... We were so impressed by them and they put us at complete ease, so much so we took the van straight to a CL and had a couple of nights away in it.:thumb:

    Anyway welcome to the forum and happy Motorhoming.
     
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    welcome

    Welcome aboard:Wink:
     
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