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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 14:24 Thread Starter
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After a hectic 10 days during which we sold our beloved Lunar Roadstar and took delivery of a Frankia T 72 FD that we had stumbled upon when going to view a couple of other vans.

I never realised Frankia did low profile vans. What a gem it is, the build quality wow. I am wondering if there are any tips or to do's with the Frankia.

We collected and had a few days on site getting used to the setup of a much newer van and making sure everything was OK e.g. learning to put hot water on boost when you wake each cold morning.
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Just use it !

Did you purchase it from the UK dealer ?
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If the heating is circulated hot water make sure you keep it bled. It's a bugger to bleed if a lot of air gets into it, as we discovered with our Frankia.

Nice van. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did ours.

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Just use it !

Did you purchase it from the UK dealer ?
No, i got it from Oaktree - who have been great. Got a small fault with the brakes that i noticed on the drive home and they have said drop it in with a local dealer.

Having refreshed the tracker subscription i am now aware the SMC took it in and presumably passed it on to Oaktree.
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If the heating is circulated hot water make sure you keep it bled. It's a bugger to bleed if a lot of air gets into it, as we discovered with our Frankia.

Nice van. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did ours.
No, we got the cheap version !!!

Blown air but found out when on electric only if its cold the blown air takes priority and we had no hot water, unless i used gas or gas/electric or used hot boost to change priority.

Personally i did like the old Truma convector heater in the Lunar.
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Yes, when we changed to our current van it was back to blown hot air. I did prefer the other, but I had to dismantle it a couple of times to fix faults and bleeding it afterwards was a right bugger of a job.

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Hmmm, used to get my Frankia habitation checked and serviced every year and I assume they bled/topped up the circulating liquid heating. I'm starting to think about getting the van ready for its long trek to S.E Europe. Do you have any info on how to bleed the system?
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Follow the tubing you'll see the bleeders. It's easiest to do with the pump running so you'll need the heater on. In theory it should gravity bleed, but I never got it to do it. Too many high points in the pipes I concluded.

I've posted on this in detail before. Will see if I can find it. I'd top up with water to bleed then. The problem with antifreeze is that the pump can froth it up making the pipes more or less full but not of a properly conductive liquid. Once it's bled it's not hard to run some of the now dilute coolant out and replace it with antifreeze redressing the balance.

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Have a look here: https://forums.motorhomefacts.com/14...roblems-3.html

I know I wrote a full explanation but I can't find it now.


Some help here too.


One thing to note is if you do run the heating to get the stuff moving you'll need to try and judge it so that it doesn't shut itself off due to overheating. It may reset a limited number of times and then lock you out. Maybe see what technical info you can find.

Though both Alde and Eberspacher make circulated hot water systems the piping and radiators are very similar so advice on bleeding is pretty much interchangeable.

Good luck.

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