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Calmazz
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Model and year : Hiace 1998 Super Custom 3.0 Diesel EFI Turbo
Registration date : 2012-07-03

PostSubject: can anyone help us with how the hot water works   Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:19 pm

We have a super Custom 1997 van. We have not come across anyone else with the wet room at the back with toillet, sink and shower. We would be interested to chat to anyone who has this style. We are having trouble with the hot water not working. Does anyone know how it works? We have 2 seperate water containers. IT was working when we got the van but all of a sudden it is not working. We are also having problems with the battery going flat when It is left sitting for a while and can't find what is draining it.
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Home City : Central Scotland
Model and year : 94 2.8 Noppo HiTop Super-Long
Registration date : 2012-02-07

PostSubject: Re: can anyone help us with how the hot water works   Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:19 am

Calmazz wrote:
We have a super Custom 1997 van. We have not come across anyone else with the wet room at the back with toillet, sink and shower. We would be interested to chat to anyone who has this style. We are having trouble with the hot water not working. Does anyone know how it works? We have 2 seperate water containers. IT was working when we got the van but all of a sudden it is not working. We are also having problems with the battery going flat when It is left sitting for a while and can't find what is draining it.
Thanks Calum

Hi Calum,
We have a '94 Superlong with a wet room at the back but it doesn't have hot water, only cold. In fact our van didn't have a cooker when we got it, either, just a rear heater that's connected to the engine, so no gas or diesel heating etc without the engine running.

Ours is a Noppo conversion: the "wet room" at the back has a big Thetford chemical toilet built in on one side and a sink on the other. The toilet has a freshwater holding tank for flushing and a cassette to hold the waste. The sink unit has two biggish plastic jerrycans for fresh and "grey" water. The tap for the sink has a sprayhead and can be extended on a plastic hose to use as a handheld (coldwater) shower. It's not a setup that I've seen in a UK conversion, which I suspect may be down to cultural differences.

We've modified it, as we didn't anticipate using the wet room to shower. The toilet is now boxed in with a removable cover and I've installed a foldaway two-ring & grill cooker connected to a Camping Gaz bottle that's mounted under the sink. The space at the back converts between a kitchen (day use) and a washroom (overnight).

Sounds like yours is a later, more sophisticated, version if you have hot water. Do you have a plumbed-in gas installation or diesel heater, or does the hot water rely on stored heat from the engine?

Draining battery sounds like a job for a multimeter- do you have seperate leisure and starting batteries?
Again in case it helps: mine has three batteries- two starter batteries connected in parallel under the passenger seat and a seperate leisure battery under a single rear seat by the sliding door.

There should be some sort of isolater panel for the leisure circuits (mine has a master switch for the leisure electrics on the dash and a control panel with individual switches for each circuit in the rear).
If so, you can switch them off and check if you are still seeing current drain from the battery- it's possible the battery itself is faulty and self-discharging, or that there's current leakage somewhere through damp/corroded connections. Otherwise switching on each circuit in turn should help to identify which one's drawing current.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
W. (based near Stirling, BTW)
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