Chausson electrics

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  1. cellojane

    cellojane Read Only Funster

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    Has anyone had problems with the electrics in their Chausson? Ours is a flash s3 09 reg and we have had no end of problems with batteries and fuses blowing. The dealer realised that Chausson had put in a second car battery rather than leisure battery and hence it wasn't charging - now have a leisure battery fitted! Thought it was sorted and then turned up to find a flat car and leisure battery - AA man had to use his main and aux to jump start it was sooo flat! The dealer looked at it again this week and found 3 blown fuses so replaced them- they've been very helpful and tried to sort everything out. Obviously I'm worried that replacing blown fuses isn't necessary the answer (why did they blow??). Today we found the leisure battery has a fuse that was blown and we replaced that(don't know if it was one of the 3 that the dealer replaced two days ago). Now all batteries appear to be charging off mains and the engine so hopefully it all may be working.
    We're new to motorhomes but did feel that getting a 6month old van with warranty would save us this kind of hassle - why is this all going wrong with a new van?!
    Has anyone had similar problems and if so what was your resolution???
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    Jane
     
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    I have a 3 nyear old Chausson Welcome. No electrical problems at all. The supplied battery is a bit naff, I have replaced mine with 2 X 110 a/h leisure batteries.

    One of the things I have appreciated with my Chausson is the complete lack of problems with, not only the electrics, but all factory installed equipment.
    I would suspect a previous owner has been fiddling.
     
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    Thanks for that Spacerunner - I'm very relieved for you! Just out of interest the previous owner was in fact the dealer!
    jane
     
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    Your problem was buying a new van!!

    Much better to buy a 1 or 2 year old model, let the original buyer take the big hit on depreciation and let them sort out the many problems you get with a new motorhome.

    Stick with it, after a summer of use you should have them all ironed out with any luck :thumb:
     
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    We had a 2006 flash 03 for 2 seasons and never had a single electrical fault, the 85ah battery was also good for TV etc for 3 nights.
     
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    We have a Welcome 27 and did have a few problems at one stage with the leisure battery not charging while driving. A local caravan dealer took a look and couldn't come up with an answer - suggested that I would have to contact Chausson direct. Before doing this, I removed, cleaned and reconnected the main battery leads and we haven't had a problem since (that was at least three years ago):Smile:

    Hope you manage to get yours fixed - just don't rule out the simplest solution.

    Phil
     
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    In short - you have a short! I would suspect a power lead has come loose or chaffed through on some metal work somewhere. Long tedious job tracing - suggest you do it yourself (only if you are competent and confident to do so!) , as if you pay someone to do it, it will cost. I have seen people spend huge amounts tracing wiring faults that have taken months to find....at £35 an hour!!

    I would pop the control box off, make sure nothing is loose. Check the stereo - another popular tampering point, and if fitted tracker systems.

    Check sockets and appliances and see if any are constant live drains.

    Good luck whatever you decide! Start at the source of power and work back!
     
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