leisure Battery whilst driving.

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  1. Summies

    Summies Read Only Funster

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    Hi there only had my first motorhome Ace milano for a couple of weeks now. And am curious as to how i can get power in the back whilst driving ie lights and 12v tv power socket for the kids.
     
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    you need to find and bypass the habitation 12v cutout relay.

    could be anywhere....what van have you ?

    Ooops just re-read your thread.

    no idea where it will be.
     
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    is it safe to bypass. and is there a reason why not too.
     
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    Hi YOU COULD BUY AN EXTENTION 12V PLUG IN FROM MAPLINS ETC AND PLUG IN CIG LIGHTER THAT WILL DO FOR TV. Pete :thumb:
     
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    i believe the majority of eurovans dont have one......permenant 12v supplied to rear.

    appears to be a very british thing.

    if you dont have a voltage stabilizer for the tv the higher voltage (14.8+v) while driving will blow the tv...if its an lcd one.
     
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    or sell the children n get a dog .ha ha didnt mean it really. cheers alan,
     
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    Yea it would be easier to sell the kids. :Rofl1:
    I was thinking it might just be a simple switch or disconect a few wires, seems a bit daft really that all the lights water pump etc can't be used whilst engine is on. I already use the cig lighter for the sat nav but i do have one of them other sockets up front so maybe i can sort something with that. I have't bought the TV yet i am still trying to decide what to get.
    thanks:thumb:
     
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    I have fitted 2 extra 12v sockets in hab area for tv,gameboy etc while traveling.I have them connected direct to hab battery with an inline fuse.Not expensive and easy to do,but you may have to get behind panels etc to keep cable tidy.
    Dave
     
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    We have an Autocruise and onour electrics panel we have a "charger" switch, this charges the leisure battery while we are driving - we just have to remember to switch it off when we stop the engine for any length of time.
     
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    My son-in-law has the 07 Ace Milano and was told it is a legal requirement on vans after a certain age. He did as was suggested earlier, he ran a fused line from the battery along to the cupboard unit then placed two 12v plugs on the side of the cupboard. Now the kids can watch tv or video whilst on the move.

    Don
     
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    My solar panels regularly take the voltage over 14.8v before shutting of and I regularly have the TV and the computer running without and problems.

    I think that the equipment is far more robust then you think it is. At least my is.

    Doug.
     
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    Hi Barbt, I'm not sure why you switch the leisure battery charge switch off when the engine is not running, the connection to the alternator should automatically disconnect once the ignition switch is turned off.

    I leave my switch in the 'leisure' position at all times, then when travelling it charges the battery and when parked up provides 12v to the lighting and pump. Also it allows the leisure battery to be charged when on a campsite from the built in charger if required.

    Phil.
     
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    Well doug.......those old valve sets could take some voltage variations i suppose....:BigGrin::Wink:
     
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    It's a strange requirement of some British Caravan Manufacturers Association I believe.

    Easily defeated.......but, what if you had an electrical fire on the move, what would your insurers say ? Small point I know.

    Our Burstner does not have this absurd wiring.

    Best idea, swap for a German van.
     
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    Ok after a bit of a poke around i have found a couple of wire ends and conection block just below the fuse box , they are the same colour as those coming of the battery and after reading through a few instructions it appears that this is installed so a solar panel may be fitted.
    So i was considering giving these a try with some form of satbilizer to conect to my tv. Any thoughts?:Eeek:
     
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    Or a French one. Everything still works with the engine running, though I disconnect the TV just in case.:Cool:
     
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