power when on the move

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  1. slimbob

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    i have a autocruise starblazer 2008 .
    anyone know what i need to do to keep the power on in the hab area when on the move .
    as it is at the mo as soon as we move off the power goes off
     
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    Yes, you need to do the live feed switch.

    I have done mine, instructed others, but it would be foolish for me to say on yours without looking as the wires may be different.

    You need to fit the switch so that your step retracts. Otherwise you run the risk of it staying out.
     
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    What benefits are there to keep the power on whilst driving?Just interested.
     
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    Flush the loo as the water pump works,

    Keep lights on in the back,

    Can watch tv whilst driving (not me obviously)

    Use lights for reading.

    But the reason for mine is that I have a b2b charger. If I'm parked up and fully routed, awning out, or all skid in with snow for the week , I can run the engine whilst I live normally in the van for an hour or two. Without obviously we would lose everything. :thumb:
     
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    So not so much when driving then unless people in rear seats,more so when plotted up with engine running.
     
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    Essentially yes, but continental vans don't lose the power in the back, only Brit built vans to meet caravan council build regs, :Cool:
     
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    As newbies we're not sure if leisure battery switch should be on or off when travelling? Could someone enlighten us please. :)
     
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    depends how it was wired by the converters but usually switched on :thumb:

    just leave it on all the time, except in storage if you have no hookup or solar power when it would be better switched off..
     
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    I understood 12V supplies switched off automatically, when the M/H engine was started, to avoid interference with vehicle electronic systems, such as ABS, which operate on induction.
     
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    In which case every EU and American MH would be crashing all over the place.

    No, it's just a British anomaly. It was probably some obscure case of an electric fire in the back when travelling so some dim bulb said "OK we'll demand all electrics are off in the habitation area".
     
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    Our first van (an Eldiss) was the same, no power in the hab area when driving.:Doh:

    I had to power the boy's TV from the cab 12V socket when driving. A right pain as if I switched the engine on/off their DVD went back to the start,:Doh:

    Our current Euro van, Hab area always on, (if I switch it on). Their TV runs all the time, we can stop for a quick P.. Electric flush works with engine running. They can have lights on if they need them, etc etc etc......

    Sometimes UK is so "yesterday",,,,,:RollEyes:


    :Smile:
     
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    Its a National CARAVAN Council requirement.

    Our backward manufacturers seem to value an NCC Approval sticker for some reason. Morons.....
     
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