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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 25-01-2020, 08:36
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Thanks for the update. A solar panel is one of the single most useful pieces of kit you can add to a van.

Without wishing to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, please remember that it will add weight to your van. Possibly worth visiting a weighbridge to check the addition against your Maximum Gross Plated Weight (MGPW).

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 29-01-2020, 19:27 Thread Starter
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Tried to post this 5 mins ago but just disapeared .
am after some more advice lol , i have found the van has a night heater (not found where its installed yet). we managed to get away sat night to twice brewed, so filled tank with water. on returning home we decided to drain all the water due to the weather deteriorating, we had to run all the taps to drain the tank as i couldnt find a drain tap underneath , also drained the hot water heater.
since i have done this the night heater has stopped working , might be coincidence but just wondered if anyone had any ideas of location of a drain tap or why the night heater would stop if no water.

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Many drain valves are located INSIDE the fresh water tank and can only be accessed via the much larger entry point on the top of the tank - for ours, to access the drain valve I have to lift out the central rear cupboard, open the supports there, open the screw topped tank entry point and then fish around 30 cm below and to the left by about 15 cm - not easy to find until you know where yo look.

The hot water system will only refill if you a) close the automatic drain valve, b) fill up the freshwater tank and then c) open hot water taps and switch on the pump until a clear stream of water issue.

Only then will the hot water system fire up and deliver HOT water.

Hope that gives you some clues. The auto drain valve may well operate if the external temperature is 7C or below and many people use eg clothes pegs to make sure it stays shut in use.

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But I don't think the lack of water in the system should stop the space heating system working Dave?

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thanks both , gives me something to ponder over, only thing i can think of is if the wiring for the night heater is somehow wired into the water system. i'll wait until the weather gets better before i start crawling about .

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You were bang on Penguin !! vale inside tank .
think i may know what is wrong with night heater now but will get back to you all when i trace it
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