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 Post subject: 1991 Pilote R860S Control panel
PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 10:28 pm 

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Having just bought this motorhome I am surprised and frustrated that I cannot get the control panel in the van to come alive.
Nothing seems to work!!
Is there a master switch anywhere?
All help welcome

 Post subject: Re: 1991 Pilote R860S Control panel
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:06 pm 
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Hi and welcome to the forum, someone on here will no doubt have the same control panel and will be able to advise how to operate it, however from a general trouble shooting point of view, here are the first things I would check:
1. Does your motorhome have two or more batteries. The starter battery will be on the left side of the engine bay when looking in. Different manufacturers fit leisure batteries in various places, some put them under the spare wheel above the gearbox, others put them inside the cab seat boxes.
2. If you find the leisure battery, check the voltage with a multi meter, the battery should have 12.6~12.7 volts when fully charged with no load on it after 1/2hr after running the engine. Anything less than this and the battery it likely to need replacing if it is there at all.
3. Assuming you find the LB, it should have inline fuses in the positive cable (25amp is typical but will depend on the load and rating of the cable) If you find the fuses, check that they aren't blown.
4. Check to see if the m/h has an EHU socket on the outside bodywork, it should be covered by a weatherproof flap that lifts up to reveal a round 16amp commando type socket that is used to connect the m/h to mains power, assuming that it has 240v sockets in the living area. Some m/h's also have a battery charger and transformer built into the EHU control panel to charge the batteries and run 12v sockets and lights. Try plugging the EHU into a suitable 240v supply (use and RCD protected socket), adaptors for 3 pin to 16Amp commando sockets are available, or change depending on your electrical ability, change the end of your EHU cable for a normal plug so you can run power to the van from your house socket. Assuming you can hook up the EHU, then check to see if the control panel comes on.
5. Some panels have a switch to change between car/motor battery and house/leisure batteries. This is to ensure that your habitation loads don't run down the starter battery leaving you stranded, but if you run out of leisure battery power, you can switch over to the motor battery and run the engine to provide temporary power. More sophisticated (complicated) panels have built in relays that manage the charging and battery load isolation for you, others have split charge relays that do the same job to allow the alternator to charge both batteries, but to disconnect them when the engine is off to avoid running both down when using the habitation systems.
6. Buying a used motorhome is great, but it also comes with the possibility that a previous owner has made alterations / modifications to the electrical systems, so if in doubt get it checked out by an auto electrician.

Good luck in getting sorted.

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