Campsite hookup.

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  1. Mark5204

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    We are going to be staying out in our Motorhome soon for the first time. We have a "super" type pitch so will be hooking up to their electricity supply.
    Can you please clarify
    On hookup we will turn on the charger unit ?
    And on the control panel would we use the leisure battery setting.?
     
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    Your on board 12v systems will still run off the leisure batteries while on hook-up and your charger will keep the batteries charged.
     
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    Thank you for your reply.
     
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    Only if the switches are in the correct positions.
     
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    So what would be the correct positions?
     
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    We also have a Swift. If it's the same as ours, as still-nervous newbies this is our hook-up routine:
    • Make the hook-up (van then post to stop any possibility of arcing - that's the theory, don't know if it ever happens)
    • We have the fridge on Auto so once it switches to mains then we know the hook-up's done properly! (sometimes we forget when the post has a 'twist' socket)
    • Control panel - switch on power, pump, lights, leisure battery
    • Truma panel - switch on power, heating temperature, water temperature
    Where have you decided to go?
     
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    Sorry, I don't know on a Swift. Hopefully someone will come swiftly to you aid.
     
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    Thank you for that. I am a bit nervous not hooked up before, only sat on roadside and used leisure battery.

    As for where we are going I have no idea lol. It's my birthday on the weekend so my other half has booked it. She is putting post code in sat Nav and off we go lol.
     
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    If you're on a site there will always be somebody to help - either another camper or site owner or warden (don't listen to the horror stories about wardens, it's highly unlikely you'll have a problem).

    You'll have a great time, enjoy your birthday!
     
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    Thankyou very much looking forward to it.
     
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    Hi. Yes I have one and I have hooked up at home before and turned charger on. However not used any appliances while at home. I was unsure as to what the control panel should be on when hooked up on site is should it be set to leisure battery ?
     
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    If it's the same as ours you have a choice of supplying all the 12v items from either the leisure battery or the engine battery.
    Normally you would be on the leisure battery and only switch to the engine battery in the case of discharged leisure battery for a short period as you will soon flatten that as well and may not be able to start your engine.
    This should not happen on hook-up as the leisure battery will be kept fully charged.
     
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    Seems a recipe for disaster to me, especially for a newbie, "we can't go anywhere but we have a full leisure battery, great".

    >> This should not happen on hook-up as the leisure battery will be kept fully charged.

    I don't know but is there no way to turn off the charging ( accidentally ) in a Swift. Does the charger charge leisure/starter depending on what you set ? If yes then there is a bit of sense in the design.
     
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    Our m/h is an Autocruise, built by Swift .... the charger has an on/off switch on the Sargent box of tricks and when left on will automatically charge the engine battery once the leisure battery is full.

    You can switch the charge manually between batteries.
     
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    So OP needs to be aware of this switch.
     
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    I think it could be a recipe for disaster, we've only used ours once and it was straight after the handover where it was drummed into us not to press that button and leave it on for too long otherwise we'd be in trouble, the controls take a bit of getting used to I have to say, I can't see there's a way to charge the starter, only a way to drain it if you press the wrong button
     
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    That would be sensible, we have a bolero so I'm not sure whether that's the same or not
     
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    Forgot to say, have a great birthday and weekend away Mark (y)
     
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    Thank you Dave. Really confused right now lol.
     
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