Tow Itch wrote:
clydestyle wrote:Thanks all for the advice.
Spent yesterday cleaning out the garage.
Going to put the Dandy away till September weekend hopefully off to St Andrews.
I will need to swap my 7.5 KG for a 4.5KG cylinder and I like the battery charger idea never thought of that.
If i get a leisure battery will I still need a charger?( I am a newbie!)
Swap 7.5Kg??? not 7Kg for 4.5Kg. So your staying on butane? (Propane 6Kg & 3.9Kg)
So the 7.5Kg doesn't fit? Well don,t go swapping it yet, might as well burn off the gas first. Just take it with you and couple up outside of front box.
Bad news even if your staying on butane you will need another regulator 7Kg bottles are clip on 4.5Kg are screw on (Left Hand Thread) Propane only uses 1 regulator. Why are you sticking with butane?
Leisure Batteries: Are supposed to cycle differently as they will be subject to a slower discharge. Unless the battery is one of the built up ones there is some degree of scepticism if they're much better than standard car batteries. Except they come in large amp hour values. Are you going to be a long time not on hook up, or just odd days? Price up and decide according to need. Look at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
So up to £170 for a 120amp hr leisure battery or less than £20 a newish battery from a scrap car.
Will I still need a charger? Again what you need depends on type of use. If on a hook up all the time then a charger is required from the mains. Re the article above the battery will "smooth" the supply, but if your on a hook up all the time why did you buy the battery? Just an old fashioned battery charger will power up your 12V requirements. Lights and water pump? Some go to 240V lights and use a small motorcycle battery for the water pump.
Mainly not hooked up then you need to charge the battery while on the move. (This isn't a one line answer) Read this it's as good as any description given that it's for a motorhome.http://www.freewebs.com/vwgoatboy/leisurebatteryinstall.htm
A lot to take in. So you need a split charger
they come in self sensing forms these days so no need to wire to the no charge lamp. (a lot harder in most cars than on a VW Van)Try this [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
Unfortunately all the site has the same link so go to Towing and Hitch Accessories-Towing Electrics-Self Switching Combi Master.
Mixture of hook up and non hook up. A mixture of the above, you may consider a zig unit or similar but for it's battery monitoring functions many say a voltmeter is as useful (Many articles mainly VW van forums)Smart chargers can be obtained cheaply either Aldi or Lidl does one.
Always a good overview [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
but remember: A Dandy isn't a caravan(ahem). We are now on to the 17th edition but I have not seen a guide produced from those regulations. I have never seen a caravan that complied with all these requirements.