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Gypsey Caravette 4 [1990] - Owners Manual

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08 Sep 2013 @ 00:03:47 am
AJ
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I have just bought a 1990 Caravette 4 [T 640kg GVM 800Kg] and wonder if someone has an owners manual of which they could send me a copy.

I need basic info on :-

* Operation of fridge [original 220v/12v/gas]...setup on 220v only at present + has no battery

* ChargeMaster Mk2 ... would like to add battery to system if 220v fails [eskom]

* Tyre presure ... need ideal towing specs within 800Kg GVM [Tow with Isuzu 250D]

Any advice would really be appreciated from the forum.
Please sms me on 0826891156 if you have a manual.
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09 Sep 2013 @ 07:08:54 am
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Hi Ari Dijkers,

Welcome to the forum.

I hope someone can help with the manual. I cannot remember getting a manual when I bought my first two caravans, new. Someone should be able to help with the fridge.

What do you have in the caravan other than the fridge that can work off 12v? If nothing else, I wonder if it is really worth the costs. If only the fridge, I would still not bother .... without 220v the battery power will not last and the gas should be better in the long run - generally speaking, the 12v is only usefull while towing.

You should have no problems towing the 4 with the 250D - your Caravette is very light. The weight issue is discussed at length elsewhere, but don't bother looking for it - what is important for now, is that the caravan's GVM should not exceed the tare of the tow vehicle - you have plenty of favourable scope.

As far as tyre pressure goes, follow the tow vehicle's tyre manufacturer's recommendation for a load. Being an older model caravan, tyres may have been changed and original recommendations will no longer be valid. However, I have found 2.4 comfortable on my 1988 Caravette 6. 

 

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09 Sep 2013 @ 13:09:36 pm
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Hi DR DRAKE GP,
Thank you for your feedback.
Apart from the fridge, I assume the lights could run off 12v if properly connected on the Chargemaster. I will approach a professional to try sort the lights. We previously had a Scotty caravan and in 2011 we were at Shingwedzi in KNP and had lengthy electricity interruptions.
I will try the 2.4 on a trial run with the van properly loaded and appreciate your comments re the weight issue. Thank you.
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09 Sep 2013 @ 14:41:08 pm
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Hi again,

When I built the island bed, I  took pictures in colour before before moving the chargemaster in order to ensure I reconnected correctly.

If you are handy in any way, then you can open the box, compare and then follow the wiring - if this will help, I can post the other connections as well. The 12v should be identifiable on the box. 

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10 Sep 2013 @ 07:50:57 am
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Hi,

 

I have a number of Chargemaster diagrams/Manuals that was kindly sent to me. If anyone would like them then send me an email to alittle11 at gmail.com as I dunno how to place PDF files on this forum.

Alan

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10 Sep 2013 @ 14:37:42 pm
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Hi DR DRAKE GP,
Thank you for the pic of your C/Master's wiring. Have copied it.
Would be glad to have pics of any other wiring points you may have as I may need to replace some of the wiring. I like your common sense approach to taking pics before making any changes!
My 1990 caravette4 is 23 years old [bought 27-8-2013]and am working through the entire van during the next few months to do maintenance and restoration. Have been researching old issues of Caravan & Outdoor Life mags for basic tips.
Thanks for the assistance. I'm amazed how helpful caravan folk are!
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Hi Alan,

I will be sending you an email as I'm sure the diagrams will be helpful. Thank you for your response.
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Have a great day!
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10 Sep 2013 @ 15:34:23 pm
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10 Sep 2013 @ 15:40:14 pm
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Hi Ary Dijkers,

I posted 4 more - My Caravette per the photo alongside is a 1988

Remember - SAFETY FIRST - disconnect power from the caravan before working!

My fingers were put in the way to make sure of the exact position. Hope yours looks similar, then it should not be too difficult to compare, but could be confusing for those not so D.I.Y. inclined.

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15 Sep 2013 @ 14:40:13 pm
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Hi DR DRAKE GP,
Yes it is similar, so the pics are a great help.
My neighbour is a retired "Sparky" and his motto is "if you cant use your neighbour then what good is he"!
So I'll be calling on a number of friends in the coming weeks as the project progresses.
Thanks again for your help.
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29 Nov 2014 @ 13:06:32 pm
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Dr Drake, did you come right with the diagram, I have the same charger unit and I am rewiring the caravan after a major rebuilt. Could you possible e-mail me the wiring diagram or even better if you could take a picture and write down which colour connection goes, comes from where. francoist@gmail.com

Your assistance would be greatly appreciated
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30 Nov 2014 @ 19:03:52 pm
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Hi Ary Dijkers,

I posted 4 more - My Caravette per the photo alongside is a 1988

Remember - SAFETY FIRST - disconnect power from the caravan before working!

My fingers were put in the way to make sure of the exact position. Hope yours looks similar, then it should not be too difficult to compare, but could be confusing for those not so D.I.Y. inclined.



Hi Drake. I also have a carevette 6 with a chargemaster. Do you probably have a picture of the complete unit for me to make certain it's the same as mine. Also to get the feel where and from which angel your picture are.

Thanks in advance.
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15 Sep 2015 @ 10:11:47 am
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Hi Everyone,
I have recently joined this website and forum as I have very recently bought a Gypsey Caravette 6 1989 model.

I am also looking for any documents on the Caravette caravans, especially the fridge instructions as I am struggling with the 3 way Gypsey 12v / Gas / 220V fridge.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Neville Bosman
Gypsey Caravette 6 (1989), Land Rover Defender 110 300 Tdi (1997) and our 6 children.
Neville & Nadine
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19 Sep 2015 @ 19:02:25 pm
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Hi Neville,

I can send you the pdf files for the fridge and my caravette 4's owners manual as some of the vans aspects are probably similar.

What is your e-mail address or if you prefer send me a mail at ajdijkers@saol.com

Regards

AJ

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20 Sep 2015 @ 09:59:57 am
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Thanks so much AJ, really appreciate it. I have sent you an email, but if you don't receive it, please mail me at nevbos@gmail.com

Kind regards,
Neville
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21 Sep 2015 @ 09:10:41 am
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Hi AJ, Thanks so much for emailing all those documents - they are also for the Caravette 6 and they are exactly what I was looking for. Really, really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Neville
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30 Aug 2018 @ 23:17:10 pm
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Hi Neville,

I can send you the pdf files for the fridge and my caravette 4's owners manual as some of the vans aspects are probably similar.

What is your e-mail address or if you prefer send me a mail at ajdijkers@saol.com

Regards

AJ

Hi Neville,

 

Would it at all be possible to also please email me the fridge’s instructions & owners manual for the Caravette 4 .

jaminmining@mweb.co.za

 

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30 Aug 2018 @ 23:30:07 pm
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Hi Minnie, I have sent it to you by email. Kind regards, Neville

Gypsey Caravette 6 (1989), Land Rover Defender 110 300 Tdi (1997) and our 6 children.
Neville & Nadine
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26 Jul 2020 @ 21:10:06 pm
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Hi All please forward me also a manual  if possible...

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