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  1. ukbill

    ukbill Funster

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    picked up my mh yesterday and noticed there was no leci on 12v so i switched on the engine turned her over but still no leci brought her home onto ehu and leci all ok noticed 1 light on so i must have drained the leisure totally but the question is why didnt the leci work off the engine bat when i turned the engine on or is this normal ?
    sorry also after around 3 hrs on ehu the leci works off of ehu now so battery charged up around 20% i think
     
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    Sounds like the battery is not holding it`s charge over a period.. :Sad:
     
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    DOES IT HAVE A SPLIT CHARGE RELAY?sounds like it does not-some vans may only have a single relay powering the fridge so no charge to LB -others don't even have any relay:Wink:
    If everything worked on hook up chances are no relay :cry:
    terry
     
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    not sure about a slit charger i have assume as the batt was totally flat that the leci wont work till the batt has some charge ?it had been left since malvern in the storage and light was left on so
     
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    brand new batt mo purchased in march its not the holding of the charge as the mh was in storage
     
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    even if the battery was goosed your 12v should work off the engine

    Hence my thinking no split relay
    Terry
     
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    If / when you get another new battery pull off one of the terminals before leaving in storage :Wink:
    Terry
     
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    UK built vans usually have an inhibitor relay so the hab 12v is disconnected with the engine running...only the split charge and fridge supply works.

    EU built vans usually dont have the inhibitor relay so do work.

    some strange UK National Caravan Council (NCC) requirement

    if you can find the second relay its easy to bypass....did it on my old Kontiki (next to the charger) and took less than a minute.
     
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    thx all i just wish i knew what a split relay was i have now had the mh off ehu and the batt is runnin everything ok i aint sure if runnin the leisure right down has done it any good so will c how long it lasts off hook up
     
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    Have you replaced the light bulbs with LED's? If not it would be worth doing as they use a fraction of the current.


    Wyn
     
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    split charge relay is an automatic switch which connects your leisure battery to your engine battery when the engine is running for charging purposes.

    it prevents you using your engine battery to power the hab 12v appliances when on site and thus ensures you can start the engine
     
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    mmmm not sure on that 1 but when my leisure was busted in portugal i could use the engine for 12v lights and my shower etc
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    did you have a switch on the control panel to select either engine or leisure battery Bill ?

    if not, theres a wiring problem.
     
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