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Hi Kevin and Uma
Welcome to the club!
When you mentioned the circuit board, are you talking about the Elektroblock ? Owning one of these “more mature” vans can be a bit of a learning experience.
Anyway, I hope you get as much enjoyment from your Exsis as I have from mine.
Hi again Pete
In the boating world they are called Slam Latches. there are some on eBay
If you mean the ones on the underside of the bed, and the ones to access the underfloor/boot,which look like a ring-pull; I bought some from Roy Hopwood Fasteners. They had them in different finishes and for different thickness of board. they were very good to deal with and probably not as dear as Hymer.
If they don’t have them, you could try a chandlers as quite a few of our fixtures are off-the shelf items used on boats.
Their address is Hibbert street, Whitehill industrial estate,Stockport,SK4 1NS. sales(at)rhf.co.uk.
Those were their contact details 2014 but I don’t know if they are still in existence.
Good luck with it.
Now I’ve had chance to look, ours is a SMEV.
It is still the one originally fitted and I’ve got the handbook that came with it, which is for series 8000-8500. Dometic are the parent company of Smev, so it is still no clearer.
I will be amazed if Dometic will “exchange, repair for refund’ after 17 years !
Although they might be later models. I’ll see if I can identify ours, it looks like the first picture
- This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by nozzi.
Sorry, I’ve only just seen this. I’ve just replaced the sink and splash back in ours. I had the same experience as you. I ended up breaking the mirror , which was stuck in with number plate mounting foam strips (lots of them!) I am replacing the mirror with a perspex one.
Derek Justice does a very good copy of the sink and splash back, and even delivered it. A very nice chap too.
They are a bit pricey, but have you seen Oz Tents.
We have a 6’x 6′ Oz tent, we’ve had it for 4 years and it’s been great. You can get other sizes and various add-ons; and they are really easy to put up and take down and well made. We bought ours from Norwich Camping but I’ve no idea how much they cost now.
You can see videos on YouTube.
Hope this helps
Hi Jean and Erwin
I had trouble with the Electrobloc, which Allan at A&N sorted about 5 years ago.On his recommendation I have 2 Varta LDF’s. one habitation and the other is the starter. I was told a bank of batteries will only perform as well as the worse one; so ideally they should be same age and capacity. They have 5 yr warranty and have performed satisfactorily.
I have an 80w solar feeding through a schaudt controller which is fine for us through the summer, but we don’t use much power except in winter, when we use hookup more.
Hope you get it sorted
I changed my bonnet release cable early this year when it jammed and I spent about an hour getting the bonnet open. Fortunately I was at home and just doing some maintenance.
After searching in vain for a ‘proper ‘ one, I used a fire extinguisher activation cable used in racing cars . There is a firm near me that does that sort of thing. I think it cost about £10
The cable is 5m long with a crimped end at the cab lever and an adjustable nipple at the bonnet end.
I don’t think it was a difficult job. Think I had to remove a section of dash panel to access the release handle.
It had gradually become stiff to operate and when I took the old cable out it was badly corroded half way along and was jamming. So if yours is going the same way, it might be worth changing before it locks you out !
I’ll be sorry to lose the Exsis forum, and bit of me could be tempted to take it on; but then I remember all the other things I’ve got to do. My more social and techy other half has suggested a private Facebook group might be the answer, as it wouldn’t involve any costs for the administrator.
I don’t use Facebook but other people might know more about it, and know whether it would be worth organising .
In the meantime Barry, thanks for running it so far and best wishes for the future.
I did an inspection of the metalwork on mine a few years ago.
I just undid the screws along the bottom as Barry said, then lifted the grey panels which remained “hinged” along the top edge and propped them while I cleaned and waxoyled.
It might be due another coat of looking at, when I get the urge.
That’s great news, it would have been a shame to lose this great site
I will gladly pay a subscription and would have in he past. It never occurred to me that it cost so much to run.
Good luck with it
I have been with Safeguard, Caravan club and the camping and caravan club. Pricewise they’ve been much the same for comparable cover; but as Barry says, you only know how good they are if you make a claim. Safeguard used to include euro recovery. The clubs offer it as an add on.
I’ve put ours on SORN and will tax it when we are ready to venture out again. That saves us £20 per month. They are expensive ornaments when they are parked up.
I would probably disconnect both batteries before doing any welding.
Before disconnecting, the Schaudt Elektrobok should be switched off.
there is an on/off switch on top of the Blok. I think it is marked aus/ ein , or something similar.
Failure to do this risks damage to the Schaudt unit.
Hope this helps.
I eventually got the ignition sorted. I had to buy from the Fiat dealer as there are so many variants.
It wasn’t possible to pin down the right one on eBay. Some have a separate switch but mine didn’t, so I had to remove and replace the steering lock casting (£123)which includes the switch.
I haven’t had to change the original barrel and keys; or had to reprogram the immobiliser, which I was a bit worried about.
I took photos as I went along to help in reassembly. working out how to remove the various bits of the trim took awhile with a few “secret” screws. and the steering lock is secured with security “headless” shear bolts. These have to be removed with a hammer and punch and tapped round .
It was bit awkward and time consuming, but not beyond DIY.
I could provide photos etc when I’ve got enough time.