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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454036

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Hi all new member here with a problem with my bailey pageant Bordeaux. Currently on site and mains was working went out for couple of hours came back and no mains power, 12v working ok. Pressed test switch and nothing happened. Changed cables and had each tested. Put tester on mains inlet plug to van and only left light of 3 lit up. has anyone any ideas on what problem could be.

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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454038

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Have you checked the trip on the EHU bollard?
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454039

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Yeah all fine there as running lead with extension lead connected to it from post and that's working fine
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454040

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Can you explain this Put tester on mains inlet plug to van and only left light of 3 lit up
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454041

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Hello Kev,

Sorry to read of your problem.

I don't have enough information to be able to offer a conclusive answer, so we need to dig a little deeper. Because we are talking about mains wiring, we do need to be quite specific about what you have done, so please bear with me. You tell us the left hand light on the tester was displayed when the cables were tested, but there are many different models of tester, so without knowing exactly what each light represents, its unsafe for me to make any assumptions about what its telling us.

From your description, it reads as though something may have caused the caravans RCD (Residual Current Detector) to trip. This will disconnect the mains supply inside the caravan. Have you checked the RCD switch?

If the RCD has tripped, then it means that something has gone faulty inside the caravan. So you need to make sure every item of mains equipment is either unplugged or turned off. Then try resetting the RCD. If it immediately trips again, it means there is a fault in the wiring or an item of fixed permanently connected equipment. Unless you are a competent electrician, Do not attempt a repair, get an electrician to investigate.

If the RCD resets, then in turn switch on each of the appliances and note if any of them cause the RCD to trip. If you find one that causes it to trip, simply leave that appliance switched off or unplugged. Of course you may be able to continue your holiday and simply not use the affected appliance.

Then you have to find out whats gone wrong in the appliance. again I'd suggest only a competent electrician undertakes investigation and repair of the appliance.
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454042

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Had tester unit plugged into van got 3 lights on it only 1 lit up as you look at it left hand light was only one on
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454043

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The rcd hasn't tripped. have pressed yellow test button and nothing happens. I'm sorry don't no make of test unit used and guy who had it has now gone. All o know is its round with 3 led lights in a row, when plugged onto my lead all 3 lights came on
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454046

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Sounds like there is a problem with the mains supply or equipment into the caravan. I would try the Prof's suggestion.
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454047

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Have done all that. Have been told there is no power getting to the rcd is that possible
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Loss of mains power 2 months 1 week ago #454048

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Hello again Kev,

I'm presently looking at two makes of plug in tester, and the left hand lamp, has different meanings, so I cant draw any safe conclusion about what the single lamp means.

But it does confirm there is a problem.

May I ask you if you are experienced with mains electrical wiring? becasue to investigate any further, is almost certainly going to require exposing connections and wiring, and that has important safety implications. If you are not experienced with electrics then this is a job for a professional.
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