Caravan Electrical & Independent Power Information Seminar

When / Where

Saturday 15th July, 2017

9-11AM

RV Service Centre
506 Boundary Rd (Corner Gardner Ct)
TOOWOOMBA QLD

Caravan Electrical Information Seminar

Did you know you can easily get twice the life out of your current batteries? Want to know how to get solar panels to work in the shade? Come along to our next FREE information seminar, and get the facts about what works and what doesn’t.

  • Find out the top 3 mistakes most caravans builders continue to build into their products.
  • Learn about the latest trends in independent power for your caravan, motorhome and 5th wheeler.
  • Information on solar panels, lithium batteries, crystal batteries, monitoring, inverters, wiring basics
  • DIY fault finding and repair tips
  • Industry representatives on site along with our workshop technicians to answer questions specific to your rig.
  • Featuring brands like Enerdrive & RedArc.
  • Prizes to be had, and a snack too!

Please RSVP via email – info@rvservicecentre.com.au  or here on our facebook page

 

Cavan Solar Experts Toowoomba

If you want to venture away from caravan parks and the familiarity of the power pole, solar is the answer!

A suitably designed caravan solar system can run everything from your lights to your microwave. But beware! Specifying the right solar system for your rig takes some detailed analysis, including all appliances and fittings in your van, along with travel locations, times and tow vehicle alternator specifications.

We have designed in-house modeling software that tracks your planned journey, time of year, sunlight available, your tow vehicles alternator capacity, and total load requirements to calculate required battery capacity, solar panel type and size, cable sizes and vehicle wiring.

This comprehensive analysis ensures you will have a complete and successful independent power setup.

One of the most commonly overlooked components of independent solar power system currently is the use of a dual mode solar regulator and dc-dc charger. Due to the charging requirements of AGM batteries, charging directly from an Andersen plug on your tow vehicle is a pretty poor solution. If you are considering a solar install, it is imperative you upgrade to a dual mode regulator (which is very small cost difference) as part of the system. This device ensures 100% battery charge and overcomes limitations with common rail diesel engine’s smart/variable voltage alternators.

If you’d like more information about how to ensure the solar system you are considering is right for you, contact the caravan solar system experts in Toowoomba – RV Service Centre.

Caravan Suspension Lift

Get extra clearance under your van by underslinging your existing axles, or replacing axles at the same time to give you even more clearance.

We offer a range of suspension modifications and options to give your van better clearance. Talk to us today.

Caravan Hail Damage & Repairs

Having your caravan struck by hail can be disheartening event, especially if your van is close to new! And a scary thing too if you are inside during the storm!

We understand how it feels, and know that you need your van back to new condition asap. RV Service Centre Toowoomba specialises in hail repairs to caravans, motorhomes and 5th wheelers. We stock a huge range of emergency parts including hatches, skylights, doors, vents and sealants to get your van watertight asap.

We also carry out insurance repairs for all major insurers including Suncorp, APIA, CIL, Ken Tame, Youi, GIO, Wesfarmers and more.

Contact us today to get your RV repaired and backed up by our 100% guarantee.

Caravan Fridge Venting, Overheating and Other Common Problems

It’s that time of year again. The mercury is rising, the sun is shining and the coast beckons. Time to pull out the van, and get the beers chilled. But, uh-oh, what’s happening… the fridge isn’t getting cold!

3-way fridges (the ones that run on gas, along with 240v and 12v) can be temperamental devices, and cause no end of frustration for many caravanners. The good news is that most issues can be fixed easily, although perhaps not always as expected. There is plenty of caravan park chatter about fridge improvements, but so many of these good intentioned nuggets can lead you astray very quickly.

Here’s a list of some of the things that are causing fridge problems:

  • that shade cloth you put over the side of the van
  • the installation of the fridge by the manufacturer
  • the cable size
  • the level / alignment
  • any fridge older than about 8 years
  • the vents on the side of your van
  • the gas regulator

First up, I hear a lot of comments about people wanting to keep their fridge cool – by providing shade for it. This can be completely counter-productive. The main reason, is that 3-way fridges require heat to operate – that’s why there is a gas flame, and the electric elements that heat up at the back of the fridge.

The main problem is that the heat doesn’t ESCAPE from the back of the fridge adequately. This is normally due to the way the unit has been installed. There are a few main issues here:

  • cavities / empty space around the sides, and especially above the fridges – simply fill up with very hot air which can’t escape
  • vents not large enough
  • vents not high enough – hot air rises, and if your top vent is at the same height as the top of your fridge, the hot air will struggle to escape effectively. The best venting is to have the top vent actually on the roof of the van, and a ducted space all the way up.
  • completely air tight fitting between the rear of the fridge, and the fridge cavity – there should be no way that air that passes through the back of the fridge, can enter the living cabin of your van – this creates better circulation for the cooling unit – and eliminates the issues with unburnt LPG entering the cabin, or the LPG flame consuming oxygen from inside the cabin.

If running on 12v – is huge area for improvement – we can generally get a fridge to run about twice as effectively as installed from the manufacturer.

So, if you’re having troubles getting your caravan 3-way fridge to cool effectively, have a chat to us today, about how to optimise it for your van.

Hail Damage Quotes and Repairs

We offer on-site quotes, emergency repairs and fully guaranteed repairs to hail damages caravans, motorhomes and 5th wheelers. If you have been affected by recent hail storms in Darling Downs, South West QLD and surrounding areas – please call us now on 1300 767 055, or 0411 845 597.

  • Chinchilla
  • Dalby
  • Toowoomba
  • Oakey
  • Lockyer Valley
  • Fernvale

We offer fully guaranteed repairs through all insurers including

  • NRMA
  • RACQ
  • Suncorp
  • Ken Tame & Associates
  • APIA
  • GIO
  • IAG
  • Youi
  • AAI
  • CIL
  • AAMI
  • Swann
  • QBE

Contact us today to organise a quote or emergency repair –