First trip

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  1. Lord Mac

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    We had our first family trip away. It was not without incident. Living in cramped conditions takes understanding and patience. We loved being away and the freedom it gave us. We had two problems. The fridge will not work on 12v or hook up. Also I could not get any hot water, even though I tested it on Thursday. Wife and daughter were not amused
     
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  2. Dawn B

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    Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves
     
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    Just 2 problems is good....not counting that your wife and daughter probably thought you were a problem for not sorting them out :)
     
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    Only two little problems. The rest is a breeze:RollEyes::Wink::Blush:
    Hot water is over rated any way g:Doh::Smile:
    :Eeek::Eeek: No cold beer now you have to up your game just a little

    12 volt. Is it running of battery power it's only when engine is running
    Best work on cold beer thingy first :Rofl1:

    Keep us nosey beggars updated. We like to know when you fail and get the experts involved
    Makes us feel that we are not so thick as others think we are
     
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  5. HymerB544

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    Hi Lord Mac

    Sorry to hear about your issues with the fridge and hot water, but hope it hasn't put you off. When we did our first trip also in Winter, 8 years ago, there were a few things which we didn't fully understand, but which in time we worked out. Some obvious questions, which you may already have worked through:

    Have you contacted the dealer or previous owner, regarding these problems?
    Is there a manual for the van, perhaps with a trouble shooting guide?
    Could you run the fridge on gas or did it refuse to work completely?
    Did you draw the water into the hot water boiler before trying to heat it? In our van you have to open all the hot taps until the supply runs bubble-free, then you know the boiler is full and ready to heat.

    In the short term you can always use the hob to heat hot water, but having no permanent supply and worse, no fridge, is not something you can live with fir long. Good luck, and you can be sure that if you have a specific question, someone amongst the members on this site will probably be able to advise you.:thumb:
     
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    Had MH nearly 2 years, went away last week but couldn't get water out of taps? Oh yes, put bung back into water tank. Still no joy, oh yes, shut drain cock!

    So as someone said, fridge only on 12v when switched to 12v and engine is running.
    So no hot water? Now fridge and heating driven by gas, have you run out?
    Does fridge have spur fuse? I couldn't get fridge to work on hook-up but eventually found spur fuse and switch in nearby cupboard.
    If you have no 12 volts then igniters may not work.

    Perhaps if you are more specific there may be help on its way.
    Did fridge work at home on hook-up/gas?
    Did heater work at home? Is it gas/electric? Was it trying to ignite or no clicking?
    Are the controls working?
    Do you have leisure battery connected?
    Is main controller switched on?
    Have fuses tripped?

    Have you been forgiven yet?
     
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  7. Lord Mac

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    Fridge works with gas. Did not work on hook up at home. Will check fused tomorrow.
    Has full . Had a lot of air in system. Well check it out tomorrow. There is a cupboard with a psu,that has fuses on in it. Again I will look at it tomorrow.

    Thank you all for the pointers.

    Wife and daughter have had showers tonight and are speaking to me in words of more than one syllable.

    Ps ignited working for heating, cooker and fridge.
     
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    Come on fess up what did you forget there must have been at least 1 thing
     
  9. Lord Mac

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    We forgot wooden spoon, metal tray to keep things warm in the oven and beleive it or not towels.
     
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    Wife + daughter + motorhome - hot water = trouble.
    That happened to us once. What made it worse was I had just had a nice hot shower then took dogs out for walk. Came back to the above equation.
    I had the hot water on the timer that I had set wrong :Doh:
    Not the same situation as you, but the same result. I feel your pain.......

    Allan
     
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    Fridge not working? put the stuff in a bucket and leave it outside for a bit- will soon be cold!
    seriously it will only get better,
    Cheers Dave:thumb:
     
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    Forgot the towels eh! So there was not a problem having no hot water then.

    Reminds me of a few years ago when we got to the south of France (Cap d Agde) and Jenny announces "I haven't got any Knickers" if we had been on the naturist camping it wouldn't have been a problem really, but we weren't so had to find a supermarket for her.
     
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    Our 1st caravan was quite small, wife packed clothes for children within but our clothes were packed in a large suitcase. This travelled in boot and stayed in awning.
    Got to Cornwall (326 miles). Set up awning and fancied a shower before bed, where's suitcase? STILL AT HOME ! ! This was Friday night.
    Had to ring friend that had key to house, earliest he could send via Red-Star train service was Monday morning. Suitcase collected Truro station at 8:20pm Monday.
     
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    Ah ha! So your wife and daughter couldn't have had a shower even if the hot water was working?? Probably not a good idea to point that out though.......:Rofl1:
     
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    Found a couple of enamel plates (£ shop) were useful for this - and presentable enough to use as extra plates if the need arose :thumb:
     
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  16. Lord Mac

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    I am going to put my hands up and admit to being a right plonker.

    Hot water...I forgot to switch on the temperature guage.....doh. It is always the obvious thing that you miss.:Blush:

    Bring on the abuse.
     
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    As SWMBO would say to me, you must have given it a man look. :BigGrin:
     
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    At least you didn't hit anything...
     
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  19. Gizmouk

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    Err that explanation needs a little polishing before being presented to your wife. If I might be so bold as to suggest:

    "Technical issue with the hot water system which has now been rectified" :thumb:
     
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  20. Lord Mac

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    Gizmouk I will use that line.
     
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