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Message posted by Colin2127/7/2020 at 3:30pm
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Quote: Originally posted by BOINGFC on 27/7/2020
Hi I have just bought an Elddis Autostratus Motor home, which has the Carver Cascade 2 Water Heater, I'm really struggling to locate the problem, no lights come on the control panel at all, either when Leisure battery or hooked up to the mains, My Volt meter confirmed that 12v power from the Leisure battery was getting to the panel, but still not lights, cant work out what i am missing.

Gas is on as my cooker works, water pump is working as tap run water.

any help greatly appreciated



That sounds very much like a blown fuse. The carver heater controls work off 12 volts, so there is probably a fuse somewhere that feeds it. If I remember right there is a fuse inside the control box on the one in my caravan, so if yours is a small box like mine it will have a fuse inside it too.

Mine looks like this;






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Message posted by BOINGFC27/7/2020 at 3:51pm
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Thanks Colin, Mine is like this

https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=xGN36k4F&id=35C8BB7149785081........


There is a fuse on the wire which serves 12v but it is not blown, and the control panel is getting 12v

Message posted by Colin2127/7/2020 at 4:11pm
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Strange that there's no lights on if the control box is getting 12 volts. Is the earth connection to the box ok? That box just looks like a slightly later version to the one I have.

If there are fuses inside the box, like mine, have you tried just removing them and putting them back, as sometimes the tiniest bit of corrosion that you can't even see will stop them making contact properly.



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there is no fuse inside the unit, and it all looks well connected and very clean, so im not quite sure where to go next

Message posted by Colin2127/7/2020 at 4:58pm
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I must admit I'm stumped too without actually being there to look at it. Can you get to the heater unit itself to check if it's getting any power? Still seems strange there's no lights on though. Maybe a fault actually inside the control box, or a faulty light. I would imagine they are probably LEDs.



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Message posted by BOINGFC28/7/2020 at 9:40am
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I can see the front of the heater, there is a cover i removed which exposes the elements, wiring as the red reset switch (I think) does 240v or 12v power this Heater at this point? I've also seen some videos showing a control unit which is located behind the cowel, and accesbile from outside the van, but ive not gon as far as dismatling the outside as yet

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gary at arc systems when we had trouble with ours told me to reach down the back of the fire, and with my left hand feel down the back about 2/3rds up there should be an indentation from memory (this was about 15 yrs ago) and to press that area, and sure enough even tho i couldnt feel anything myself but doing so the heating would start working again! have a try, hopefully it solves your issue failing that you may have to ring gary, he has been brilliant with many members on here over the years

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Yes Gary is the expert in these matters.

The actual controls for the gas heating are all operated by 12 volts, but if you have the optional electric element that will be mains. Ours is gas only, but slightly later ones were gas or electric. The two systems are completely separate, so it may be that the unit will function on electric but not gas. It certainly won't work on gas if that small control box won't light up.


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Message posted by BOINGFC28/7/2020 at 3:12pm
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Just spoke to Gary at Arc Systems who is sending me a new Cascade Rapide 2 switch, fingers crossed this is the issue.

Thanks All

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Quote: Originally posted by BOINGFC on 28/7/2020
Just spoke to Gary at Arc Systems who is sending me a new Cascade Rapide 2 switch, fingers crossed this is the issue.

Thanks All



I did suspect it may be a faulty control box, as power was getting to it but no lights were coming on. I hope that does the trick. Let us know how you get on.


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