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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 1 week ago #452126

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Morning all, this is my first post so a quick hello to everyone. I own a swift cornice 1998 van and I've had no issues with it until this weekend. I think a fuse has gone or something but basically I had no power to the main control panel anymore. All the plug sockets works and the fridge too, but nothing else, no lights, radio, blown air heater etc. The only thing I did differently this time was to place the leisure battery in the compartment for charging. I have done this in the past, but not for at least a year. It seemed fine, left it like that for at least half a day, came back and noticed nothing working. I'm stumped and to be honest not the best at understanding electricity!! Do you think it's something to do with the battery?? I see people say about an inline fuse but I couldn't find this. I took the connectors back off the battery and hit the trip switches to see if that helped but nothing.The van is in Anglesey so its hard to check things over right away. Any help would be really appreciated. I did look at the fuses in main control panel, but cant see anything obvious. I think something else has gone as no power is in the control panel, apart from I can see the red switch for the charger is working??

And lastly I have a very sticky alko hitchlock, I know you cant lube them but is there anything I can do at the person how moves the caravan is having real issues getting it back off his towbar, thanks for your help guys.
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 1 week ago #452164

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Godders76,
Check you have connected the battery correctly - +ve to +ve and -ve to -ve.If you connect the battery incorrectly this can rupture the battery fuse(s).
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 1 week ago #452174

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Might be worth getting a brake cleaner spray to apply carefully to the pads in the hitch-head and also to clean the towball head.
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 1 week ago #452176

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Godders, ref the hitch lock, give your tow hitch a spray with Degreaser. But if the guys moving y3our van have a problem I would think its their towball getting all " Cruddy". Good luck with the electrics.
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 1 week ago #452182

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godders76 wrote:
... and to be honest not the best at understanding electricity!!

Hello godders
Like the others I would double check you have fitted the battery with the correct polarity. If it was only connected the wrong way round even for a fraction of a second, it will almost certainly have blown some fuses, and may have damaged some part of the 12V systems or the charger.

Because you tell us what I quoted, I think your best and safest solution is to get a caravan specialist to check it out for you.
Unless I use quotes, All advice and opinions given are my own and are given in good faith. Never act on anything you read on a forum unless you can validate and verify its source and content.
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 6 days ago #452193

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I'm pretty sure the battery was connected the correct way around. I remember checking this before hooking it up the correct way and also the electrics did work still for over half a day so this I don't think is the issue. Its so hard to find out what the issue is though :( Thanks for reply's. As for the sticky hitch, I think it must be the actual hitch as it used to get stuck on my own towbar, id have to jump on the swan neck to get it off. I'll try brake degreaser on that, thanks.
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 6 days ago #452196

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Could it not be the charger that has gone as you would still have some lights workjng off the battery ?
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 6 days ago #452200

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Just to clarify, I've removed the battery and was using the van just from the mains and the only power I had was the sockets. So I retried it with the battery in place and still the same thing. I don't know if the leisure battery has blown something, but with or without it all I get are the sockets working???
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 6 days ago #452201

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Just because when our charger went we did not know it had gone but we still had the socket for the kettle working the fridge was showing a dim light that's all ? Have you checked the charger?
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swift corniche 1998 - No electric, only sockets?? 2 months 6 days ago #452205

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The charger light on the control panel displays red, but I dont know if its actually working. How would I check to see if its working?? Thanks.
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