Partial Re-wire Urgently Required

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  1. Gerard Saunders

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    Hello. I am looking for someone who can replace the charging system on our 2003 Knaus Sun Traveller. It has a Calira system at present.

    We purchased the vehicle from a dealer in June and subsequently discovered some faults. We love the layout of the vehicle and it has a very low mileage, so before we go down the painful road of seeking a refund of the price we paid I would be grateful to hear from someone who might be competent at working on these things, beyond just testing and replacing components.

    I envisage a new charging system being installed, following which existing components, water gauges etc. would need to be wired in using appropriate connectors. It is my understanding that the existing control unit cannot be repaired. (I have tried the chaps in Wales!)

    I am not looking for a cheap fix and fully appreciate that the job would be time consuming. Thank you in advance for any pointers. We are based in East Sussex but are happy to travel.

    Regards, Gerard Saunders
     
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    I would second the VanBitz recommendation. His work is second to none and will be of top quality. Might need to book in quite a bit ahead of time as he is in high demand.
     
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    Is it just not charging on EHU?
    The Mother in Laws Calira packed up in such a way and I simply grafted in a Durite 20 amp 4 step charger, leaving the Calira unit in place.
    Total cost about £95.
     
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    Thanks for the encouragement, but I assume you had to analyse all the internal wires to panel, meters etc. then connect to appropriate pins on the new charger?
     
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    No, look under the Calira box and all the plugs are labelled.
    Pick the positive to the leisure battery and tap into that with the charger positive output. Chose a common negative cable for the charger negative output.
    Then remove a 240v output plug from the Calira box, split it, and parallel the charger supply out of that. Reassemble the plug and replace it in the socket in the Calira unit.

    Everything works then,as it should, without replacing all the 12v distribution.
     
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    I really appreciate your prompt reply! I will look further into this.
     
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    Given that you live in East Sussex you could try Johns Cross on the A21 North of Battle. Very good service from my experience

    But why isn't the dealer you bought it from sorting it out as he is required to under receny legislation?
     
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    The dealer has agreed to pay for the work. As ther are 250 miles away this seems the best solution.
     
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    I tried them. Didn't want to take it on!
     
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    maybe if you explained what is actually not working rather than seeking to start from scratch you might get better advice
    most motor home system comprise of a charger /power supply a split charge relay a fridge relay and a few switches and gauges
    usually over complicated by a digital user interface these days all the parts can be replaced or piggy backed as a repair
     
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    I believe that we recommended Apuljack (Unless their is another 2003 Knaus Sun Traveller with a faulty Calira transformer in East Sussex)
    http://www.apuljackengineering.co.uk/ List Calira as one of the brands they repair
     
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    @funflair (Martin) has a contact for a one man band who repairs leisure charging units.

    It might even be this one, which came up from my bookmarks.
    http://www.leisureelectronicrepairs.co.uk/

    I must admit, I like the sound of the repair which @jonandshell described above :) especially if the original unit cannot be repaired, although I might not be happy about attempting to do it myself, ie, unsupervised. ;)

    Good luck with it @Gerard Saunders. (y)

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    Don't think I have Jock.

    Martin
     
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    Sorry Martin, :(

    I was sure it was you who advised someone previously, re the above link.

    Never mind, lots to choose from above, eh? ;)

    Cheers,

    Jock. :)
     
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    I 2nd that. Alan got us out of the mire a week before our trip to France last year. He went out of his way to get us sorted and charged far less than he could have.
     
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    OK apart from original post...........

    >> (I have tried the chaps in Wales!)
     
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    Oops. Didn't read the post properly.:rolleyes:

    (still did a good job for us, though)
     
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