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Post by Darryl Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:30 pm

Hi, I'd just like to introduce myself. I'm Darryl and my partner's Marlene. We're in our 70's and have just managed to find what we hope is our ideal Motorhome after looking for several years.
It ticked all the boxes for us. Under 7 metres, Automatic and end washroom. We've only had it a couple of weeks and we've been away twice and discovered a lot of extras that previous owners had fitted and we didn't know we had. A few little niggles but overall we're chuffed to bits with it.
I understand these Sandhursts are a bit rare and information on them is scarce so we are looking forward to exchanging our thoughts and likes and dislikes.
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Post by rogerblack Mon Jul 26, 2021 9:17 pm

Hi and   group_welcome  to the forum from the East Neuk of Fife.

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Post by burlingtonboaby Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:19 am

Hi
Welcome to the forum from Bridington.
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Post by roli Tue Jul 27, 2021 8:00 am

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There has been a few Sandhursts mentioned recently and on was at the ASOC rally a few weeks ago at York
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Post by Robert M Tue Jul 27, 2021 10:40 am

Hi,
We have just bought an A/S Sandhurst as well. Ideal layout for us as well.
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Post by burlingtonboaby Tue Jul 27, 2021 11:47 am

Anyone purchase one from Nicols car sales in Bridington?, I had a look at it a few months ago, an 08 reg, very tidy and presented well.
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Post by matts vw Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:33 am

Hi, welcome to the forum, we also have a Sandhurst and are very happy with it, it's our third motorhome as we didn't really know what we wanted and have no intention of changing again, the lack of blind spot mirrors was a pain to begin with but I managed to get some Merc ones to fit, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do ours.    

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Post by Darryl Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:39 pm

Hi, I don't know how to reply to the posts individually. Sorry if this isn't the correct procedure.
Just got back from the Western Motorhome Show at Malvern, just down the road from us. Looked out for another Sandhurst amongst the many hundreds of motorhomes there but didn't see one.
Sorted out most of the little niggles with the van now. One thing that was worrying me was the Central Locking. When I unlocked the doors with the key fob, they would lock again after 20 seconds.I was concerned about getting locked out with the keys inside. Now I understand it is normal, if you don't open a door after using the key fob the van thinks it was a mistake and locks it again.
My big worry now is the Vehicle battery which doesn't seem to be isolated from the habitation. As the two habitation leisure batteries are discharged the vehicle battery runs down even more, even though I fitted a new one. Anyone got any ideas?
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Post by matts vw Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:45 pm

Hi, in mine, I changed the lights in the habitation area to led, I only have one 110ah leisure battery in the box under the bed/seat and this copes fine for at least four days without moving, I've never had to switch over to the van battery as we tend to go out in the van quite a bit whilst were away, I do have a small solar panel on the dash ( about 14 inches by 5 inches) to charge the van battery whilst I'm not using it as the alarm runs it down slowly, if you want to stay without electric and without moving for longer then I would imagine a solar panel on roof would be the way to go, but the van battery shouldn't run down unless you switch onto it on the panel above the door, if there all running down at the same time, there must be a problem with the split charger I would have thought, never had to look for mine so don't know where it is, someone with more technical knowledge may have a different idea.  

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Post by Darryl Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:20 pm

Hi, yes I have two 115 amp leisure batteries and a solar panel and they seem to work quite well when off grid. It's just that as they go down so does the vehicle battery,which I know it shouldn't. It only goes down when the habitation is used, otherwise it will hold it's charge for weeks and start easy.
When I took it back to the dealers they said it was a duff battery and fitted a new one. I wasn't convinced they knew what was happening.
It has an air conditioner unit fitted which didn't work and which they eventually changed for a lower spec. model saying it could only be used on 230v yet in the paperwork I've got there's supposed to be an inverter fitted somewhere that allows it to be run while driving. I have found a Waeco ECL-102 unit which has something to do with switching off the A/C unit to protect the vehicle battery and it seems to be adjustable if you know what your doing. I wonder if this may have something to do with it.
As it's now out of warranty I'm going to try another Motor home service centre to see if they can fix it. It's the only thing that's spoiled it for me so far as you have the constant worry if it's going to start.
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Post by Paramedic Tue Aug 24, 2021 7:50 pm

Hello and welcome to this most friendly and informative forum.  wave

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