Help please. Leccy fail, abroad. (1 Viewer)

Candapack

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On an Aire near Lyon, en route to Spain. 230v power ok this morning, not working now.
Have tried both cables, other points on site, nothing. Hooked up to a point being used by nice French chap, still nothing.
Have checked for loose wiring as far as possible, nothing. Circuit breakers unbroken. 12v still ok, also still charging with engine on.
Any ideas anyone?
 
Oct 12, 2008
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Can't help with your prob but if you need/want to fix it you can come my way (Balma next to Toulouse) Spain still reachable my way. There's my dealer 5 mns away. Shut on Monday.
Just let me know if you need to stop here, no problem!

Amicalement
Frankie:)
 
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Northernraider

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On an Aire near Lyon, en route to Spain. 230v power ok this morning, not working now.
Have tried both cables, other points on site, nothing. Hooked up to a point being used by nice French chap, still nothing.
Have checked for loose wiring as far as possible, nothing. Circuit breakers unbroken. 12v still ok, also still charging with engine on.
Any ideas anyone?
Check the wire connections inside your hook up lead plug. I had a loose wire in mine on my Frankia last year
 

GWAYGWAY

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We need more information, a class motorhome , PVC what type and make of van, what controller. All different.
 

pappajohn

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Break in wire between hookup socket and 230v fuse box mainswitch.

Failed mainswitch in fusebox.
Try turning all breakers off then back on again.

Ask the French man if you can borrow his lead for two minutes... You may have two faulty leads.

Multimeter ?

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Candapack

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Can't help with your prob but if you need/want to fix it you can come my way (Balma next to Toulouse) Spain still reachable my way. There's my dealer 5 mns away. Shut on Monday.
Just let me know if you need to stop here, no problem!

Amicalement
Frankie:)
If I cant get it fixed ill get in touch. Cheers.
 
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Candapack

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Break in wire between hookup socket and 230v fuse box mainswitch.

Failed mainswitch in fusebox.
Try turning all breakers off then back on again.

Ask the French man if you can borrow his lead for two minutes... You may have two faulty leads.

Multimeter ?
Cant see any break, will dismantle tomorrow for a better look. I've had the breakers off and on. The nice Frenchman is out for the night now, will have a word tomorrow.
And will go buy a multimeter:oops:
 

Bdeners

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My 230v fuse box has a reset button next to the breakers, it hasn’t popped out by any chance and just need resetting? failing that you will need a multi meter.

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first port of call is a multimeter on the fuse box to confirm if its getting to the van since youve tried it on a known good supply fuse box is middle of the system and you can work back or forward from there
 

MisterB

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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
is there actually power being delivered from the hook up point? have you paid for it? just because the Frenchman is hooked up, it doesn't mean he is using it, he may have paid for a specific time and intends to do the same tomorrow, so has left his van connected
 
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I had a loose earth connection in my hookup lead last year. The trusty multimeter found it. Don't leave home without one.

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MisterB

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enough to know i shouldnt touch things i know nothing about ....
There are some (LOTS OF PEOPLE) including me who wouldnt know how to use a multi meter properly to check earth connections. I would just use it as a continuity tester by disconnecting the cable completely and testing each conductor in the cable to see if there was a circuit between each end. then move onto checking the actual connection point on the side of the van (from the outside to the inside)
 
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Another good tool is a volt stick. Very easy to use and no skill needed
 
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We were on a site in France many years ago and had a similar problem, the site electrician came into my van and removed everything inside, cushions were thrown about, he made a big mess but was very helpful but couldn't fix the problem. We moved to another site and plugged in...problem over. Can't explain it.
 
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Had same on a aire in Pamplona last year..tried about 4 other sockets no joy,,tried one another van was plugged into, no joy, had a look at trips,,,saucepan in cupboard had flicked the main trip,,sorted.BUSBY:D2
 

Bdeners

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If you are not comfortable with a multi meter the below is good for testing fior mains at the bollard and at the end of your hook up cable, also useful for checking for reverse polarity.
Both available on ebay or amazon. upload_2019-1-28_10-19-20.jpegupload_2019-1-28_10-20-23.jpeg

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I have both but have never though to use them this way, another tool if needed, thank you!
If you are not comfortable with a multi meter the below is good for testing fior mains at the bollard and at the end of your hook up cable, also useful for checking for reverse polarity.
Both available on ebay or amazon.View attachment 279819View attachment 279820
 

SuperMike

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I've had a plug simply not liking the socket on the post, for whatever reason. Took me a while to suss that one because I moved to other posts and got the same result. Not my plug, as I use MK stuff, must of been their elcheapo sockets. :gum: :rofl:

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Candapack

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Hi all. Thanks to everyone for your input, much appreciated. Yodeli, ive sent you a pm.
So, this morning Mrs C decided she wanted to head further south before checking it out. We're near Perpignan now. I had another look at both cables, also took off the plate where cable meets van and had a look behind. Nothing disconnected or even loose as far as I could see. Redid it all anyway. Hooked up, working now!
Wondering now if there is a duff connection I cant see which is getting shoogled loose while driving, then reshoogled connected. Time will tell.
Or a multimeter which I have still to buy.
Thanks again, great forum not counting Brexit.:D2
 

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