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  1. topaz10

    topaz10 Read Only Funster

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    - Well I've finally achieved my dream of owning a motor caravan, I can't believe it's actually happened but yes, there it is parked on the drive and raring to go.
    I'm sure there's 101 things I'll need to ask but the first is about the vehicle itself. The van is a VW T5 and has a courtesy light on the step by the sliding door. The light comes on every time the door opens and stays on until the door closes again. This is fine except that I'm a bit concerned that when we're on a site and have the door open for long periods at a time, the light will eventually drain the battery.

    Am I worrying unneccessarily ? I know that, when hooked up to the site electric, the leisure battery is charged but does the same apply to the vehicle battery ?
    Sorry if this is a dumb question :RollEyes:
     
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    movan Funster Life Member

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    Cant help with question Topaz as I am pretty dumb on batteries and engines, but someone will come along pretty soon.

    I just wanted to welcome you to motorhoming and say hope you enjoy the wonderful summer we have been promised.:Smile:
     
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    Hi Topaz, and welcome.

    No point asking Movan, she's hopeless on things like computers and anything involving things that spark etc:Rofl1:

    (Well? Deny it Mo !)

    Can I suggest you find the feed wire to the light and put a switch inline. Then you can turn it on/off at will.

    Have fun.
     
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    Welcome :Smile:

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    Thanks for the suggestion Rainbowchaser, but I'm afraid I'm a bit like Movan !
    Fitting an on/off switch is a great idea but, sadly, well beyond my capabilities :Sad:
     
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    fair enough Topaz.
    Pity you're not close , I could sort that for you.
    If the light come on when the door is open, there must be a switch near the door, rather like the courtesy light switches in a car door or a fridge...
    Is there no way you can arrange to hold the switch closed by using something to hold it closed? Gaffer tape? Chewing gum?
    :BigGrin:
     
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    Welcome to MHF

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    Hi and welcome.

    :BigGrin::BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    How topaz10 and :welcome:

    regards
    bald eagle:thumb:
     
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    Hi and welcome, enjoy your van and have many happy travels in it
     
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    I would remove the bulb and if the on board electronics don't moan about a faulty bulb replace the bulb with an LED one and this cuts the current by about 90% so end of problem.
     
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    Hi topaz10

    Welcome to MH Fun:welcomefunster:

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    Thanks to you all for your warm welcome and thanks again, Rainbowchaser, for the advice. I've checked to see if there's a switch inside the sliding door that makes the light come on but can't see anything obvious. The plastic cover over the light does come off so I could probably take the bulb out - maybe I should just do that ?
     
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