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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 22:17 Thread Starter
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Autotrail Apache 700

Hi there, we bought a new 2012 Autotrail Apache 700 and after less than 2 weeks away noticed the wood effect vinyl blistering next to the gas hob and the LED strip light above has melted. I think it must be a design fault to happen on a new vehicle, I reckon the hob must be too close to the bulkhead. It's not really what you expect on a £50k vehicle.
Has anyone else had this happen?
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Our Delaware has a similar layout round the hob and we have not had a problem.
110 nights in it this year, from new, and we use the cooker most days.
Perhaps too small a pan on too large a ring??? Just a thought.

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Hi Landyman, the pan sizes comply with the user guide so that should be Ok. I notice the Delaware doesn't have the microwave cupboard directly over the hob as in the apache 700. I think the extra overhang traps heat under the cupboard. The underside of the cupboard is also slightly blistered.

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We had a new 700 back in January 2012.
I read reports of this problem and made a point of asking the dealer to question Autotrail if we needed any modifications etc.. Of course the answer came back as there were no known issues.

Our van was used constantly for 2 months as soon as we had it plus been in regular use during the year, we do use the cooker a lot. No problems to date BUT I am keeping a watch on it just in case... I think the shield between the cooker and the wall board could be made higher.
Hope you get it resolved.... Keep us informed,,
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Well, ignore my last post.. !!

It's now happening to mine..
The light cover above the cooker has almost melted and distorted, the veneer on both the side wall and the underneath of the cupboard are blistering.


Tarquin, Did you get any outcome to yours ??
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In our Excel, we always crack the window open when using the hob as it might (?) deflect some of the heat and gases away from the LED and sides ?
I've never seen this before though! If the Dealer refuses to help I would consider adding some heat resistant Glass to the side. Not sure about the LED though>
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Just a thought would it be possible to fit an cooker extractor fan above the rings
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We've recently bought the Scout (with identical layout) and having seen your post previously keeping an eye on things. We have noticed it getting pretty hot in the general area above the hob and avoid using the ring nearest the bulkhead (apart from for low heat/simmering. Opening the window certainly helps to an extent.

Shame the glass top doesn't hinge on the right to protect the bulkhead plus increase ventilation.

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If you have read my other posts the van has had an issue with leaking Heki and a damp issue in offside wall dinette area. It's been to Autotrail factory on 3rd jan for re-sealing of the Heki and is due back at Autotrail on 15th April for them to look into the side wall issue.
I will be emailing Autotrail shortly ref the heat and blistering issue.

Ref the Dealer.... " Leisurekingdon / Don Amott" Still as of today they have NOT replied to my original email from mid December !!!!
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You guys have me a bit concerned we take delivery of a new Mohawk March 1st, it has the same cooker layout!!!

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