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Post by Dbilli19 on Sat May 16, 2020 10:04 am

Hi Everyone,
Thank goodness I found this forum. We have just bought our first motorhome (after years of dreaming). We opted for a very tidy 2004 Nuevo and it was delivered on the same day as the lockdown was instigated. As a result I am really hoping there is a "Auto-Sleeper for Dummies" section as I have a feeling I'm really going to need it.
Anyway I'm off to check my batteries (I think).
Cheers Everyone.
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Post by Paulmold on Sat May 16, 2020 10:12 am

Welcome. Great little van the Nuevo (we had a 2006). There is a 'tips for newbies' thread that was started many years ago by an early member who sadly is no longer with us. There have not been many contributions to it in recent years but probably still worth a read, link below....

https://www.autosleeper-ownersforum.com/t5403-tips-for-newbies

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Post by pompeymike on Sat May 16, 2020 10:19 am

Welcome Dave. I'm fairly new to motorhoming and have a 2010 Nuevo so my post 'First year with a Nuevo II EK' might be worth a read :-)
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Post by burlingtonboaby on Sat May 16, 2020 10:21 am

Hi Dave
Welcome to the forum from Bridlington .
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Post by MelB on Sat May 16, 2020 11:29 am

Welcome to the forum from S.Yorkshire.
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Post by MrSteveVee on Sat May 16, 2020 12:09 pm

Hi Dave, also a newbie here but still waiting for mine to be delivered. 
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Post by modelman on Sat May 16, 2020 2:27 pm

Hello & welcome from S/Yorks. drinksallround

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Post by Bobskate on Sat May 16, 2020 3:59 pm

Welcome Dave from a slightly sunny Selsdon. Our first van was a 2005 Nuevo....I was totally new to MoHos. Great van and lots of advice available here. We are all learning...it’s part of the fun.
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Post by rogerblack on Sat May 16, 2020 5:18 pm

Hi Dave and welcome from the East Neuk of Fife.

Ask away if you have any questions. 

If your van is parked on your drive then maybe lockdown would be a good chance to try using your new motorhome out by spending a night or two in it before venturing further afield. It's an ideal way of getting to grips with how everything works and checking if you have all the kit you need on board. At least then you won't have far to go if you've forgotten to pack something or if anything isn't working.

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Post by mikethebike on Sat May 16, 2020 5:49 pm

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Hi Checking batteries is a first good step. Then see how you can stop them going flat  with no use.

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Post by Dbilli19 on Sat May 16, 2020 7:27 pm

Thanks for all the information and well wishes. Looking forward to many more posts over the coming weeks. up!
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Post by bikeralw on Sat May 16, 2020 8:26 pm

Hi Dave, welcome.
I've had a van like yours for ten years now, that's if yours is the EK version.
I know it pretty much inside out by now.
Anything you want help with don't hesitate to ask.
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Post by roli on Sun May 17, 2020 8:37 am

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Post by Dbilli19 on Sun May 17, 2020 10:20 am

bikeralw wrote:Hi Dave, welcome.
I've had a van like yours for ten years now, that's if yours is the EK version.
I know it pretty much inside out by now.
Anything you want help with don't hesitate to ask.
Al.
Hi Bikeralw,
 thanks for the offer. We never had chance to have the seller instruction visit so I am basically working my way through the rather sparse manual. Its a case of trial and error at the moment.
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Post by Gromit on Sun May 17, 2020 10:45 am

rogerblack wrote:If your van is parked on your drive then maybe lockdown would be a good chance to try using your new motorhome out by spending a night or two in it before venturing further afield. It's an ideal way of getting to grips with how everything works and checking if you have all the kit you need on board. At least then you won't have far to go if you've forgotten to pack something or if anything isn't working.
Very sound advice from Roger.

We are on our third Nuevo, and we've always spent a night on the drive before venturing out. It's the most obvious things you forget to pack, such as the duvets!!  snigger  (Not us, but someone on the forum confessed. It was late Autumn too, and bloody freezing they said!)


Please tell us if your van is parked on the drive. If it is, there's plenty of good advice on how to ensure your batteries stay in good nick. The vehicle battery is the most important. If that gives up you are rooted to the spot. rolleyes


P.S. And don't feel embarrassed about having a cuppa and a cake in the van on the drive. Everyone does it, and it's also a good way to look around and think of things that need doing, packing etc..  up!
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Post by Dbilli19 on Sun May 17, 2020 1:11 pm

Hi All,
The van is on the drive. The battery drained so I have bought a smart charger and that worked a treat. At the moment I am hooking it up to the mains once a week and if I have read the manual properly I can alternate between charging the leisure battery and the cab battery via the control panel. Please tell me if this is not the case.
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Post by Gromit on Sun May 17, 2020 2:32 pm

You might want to look at a Battery Master, or similar device.

Fit and forget!  content

Leave the van permanently on hook-up, then leave the BM to look after both batteries with no further input from yourself.

https://www.vanbitz.com/product/battery-master/
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Post by Adam & Emily on Tue May 19, 2020 9:33 pm

Yes, you can switch between charging the hab/ vehicle when on hook up. It’s the little things to learn when going away such as turning the fridge on the night before you leave. On my Nuevo I discovered the gas taps in the wardrobe for the appliances were not in the same order as the manual and I kept forgetting which was the hot water/ heating switch between trips so bought one of those plastic punch labelling machines which helped 😂
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