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Post by amwreyford on Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:39 pm

Hello, My husband and I have just bought a 2010 Sussex Duo. We are used to yacht cruising, so are looking forward to 'van cruising' with no need to worry about the weather forecast or tides! We can also take our two dogs. We plan to tour in the UK, but also in France and Spain.
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:57 pm

Hi and welcome to the forum from another chilly night in Bridlington 
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:04 pm

Welcome from N.E Wales handshake

Is your Sussex white with black alloys? I ask because we were due to view one last Friday but had to cancel due to weather.

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Post by amwreyford on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:08 pm

No, its metallic light blue with silver alloys.
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Post by amwreyford on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:30 pm

Thank you for the welcome, Boaby from chilly Bridlington.
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Post by Paulmold on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:39 pm

amwreyford wrote:No, its metallic light blue with silver alloys.

Thank you, just waiting for snow to clear so we can go and look.

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Post by amwreyford on Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:46 pm

Good hunting Paulmold - we were really pleased to find ours.
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Post by roli on Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:02 am

Welcome to the forum from Warrington, snow has gone for now. Spent a couple of hours yesterday trying to get the b thing running

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Post by amwreyford on Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:12 am

Thank you Roli. We are on the South coast so no snow thank goodness! Hope to give the van a run today to ensure the vehicle battery is given a workout. My husband is not sure whether connecting the van to mains power here at home will charge the vehicle battery as well as the leisure one. Also is it a good idea to keep it connected to mains permanently over the winter? Any ideas? Thanks, Amwreyford
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Post by Askit on Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:25 am

Welcome to the forum  allthumbz Sorry, I don't know your van so can't offer advice but someone will no doubt do so soon. In the meantime, you might find an answer in this thread.

http://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t19715-electric-hookup-at-home?highlight=Home

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Post by Peter Brown on Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:38 am

amwreyford wrote:Thank you Roli. We are on the South coast so no snow thank goodness! Hope to give the van a run today to ensure the vehicle battery is given a workout. My husband is not sure whether connecting the van to mains power here at home will charge the vehicle battery as well as the leisure one. Also is it a good idea to keep it connected to mains permanently over the winter? Any ideas? Thanks, Amwreyford

I'm pretty sure you will have a Sargent electrical system. When on EHU and the charger is switched on the leisure battery only is charged (although there are several types of easy to install accessories that will allow charging of both batteries at once). There is a switch on the control panel that allows you to select the vehicle battery; when this is operated the habitation electrics are supplied by the vehicle battery and the vehicle battery is charged.

The mains can be connected permanently to power, say, a small oil filled radiator but I would recommend that you only charge the battery(ies) for about 8 hours each week (assuming the van is not being used).

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Post by amwreyford on Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:31 am

Thank you for that information Peter. Amwreyford
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Post by sunidorset on Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:16 pm

Hi,
we've had an RV for over 10 years and have always made sure that the batteries are kept topped up. I also run the engine at least once a month to keep lubricating the seals and "galleries". On top of that I regularly move the vehicle a third of a tyre revolution but endeavour to give the van a regular run through the off season on dry days when there's no salt on the roads.
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Post by amwreyford on Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:34 pm

Hello sunidorset,
Many thanks for your helpful advice. We plan to run the van at least twice a week to keep everything charged and oiled. Good idea though about avoiding salted roads. We live on the coast of 'sunihampshire' so icy conditions are quite rare but roads still salted, I expect!
Best wishes, Amwreyford
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Post by sunidorset on Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:10 am

the replacement bar for the spare wheel mech has arrived at the garage so I'll be over in Christchurch (again!) next week. Got better things to do next week but this needs sorting!
Perhaps meet up sometime. We seriously considered a van conversion but decided to stay with a "coach conversion" after much deliberation. We find that the "duo" set up works well when we are on the move as eg in Feb. when we will stay 3 nights max. on any one site / Aire.
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