233 questions from our users
I recently collected my new (MD 11/2019) Aliner 1D, standard model and am totally confused with the tyres.
Avan supplied 195/70 91T's with the van but the compliance plate (CP) states 185R14C which have a profile of 80 or 82. Further, when I spoke with a guy at Avan in Pakernam (the manufacturer), he said the recommended tyre size is 185/75.
On using the tyre comparison website (https://tiresize.com/comparison/), there's a 1 inch greater difference in diameter of the
185R14C's compared to the 195/70 and of course also the 185/75's.
So my questions are:
1. Given what appears to be very little clearence in the wheel arch, will the 184R14C's cause any issues?
2. What size and type (C/LT - commercial/light truck or P - standard passenger) of tyres do folks have on their Aliners?
3. Any brand/model recommendations?
can anybody recommend a good solar system for a avan aliner
Can I raise the suspension on my a liner by adjusting torsion on the axel arm?
Alko torsion axles are not adjustable Stephen. Quite simply they rely on twisting bonded rubber between 2 triangular tubes and have no adjustment splines. Bigger wheels/tyres and or lifting chassis brackets are the simplest methods i have seen used. You need an Engineer's certificate also if you want to remain legal ...and insured.
Thanks I thought that would be the case
I have been away for 9 months . I have taken theAVan cruiseliner outside , set it up a week ago and it still has no led lights working .i thought the solar panel would charge it after a while ..any suggestions on what I have to do . Eg charge the beaters by a 240 v charger etc .
Use a multimeter or 12v battery indicator to check battery voltage at cig type power outlet. Then if no charge, battery terminals.
Sounds like battery has died or maybe a fuse in system.
If you don't have a multimeter use anything that runs of a 12v battery. Eg. Phone charger, fan etc.
Just bought a 2004 cruiser and have found one of the dome window frames has come unstuck from roof top. What is the best adhesive and sealant to reattach the frame? Also I have been told it has electric breaks but it only has a seven pin plug is this right.
I would look at using Sikaflex 11FC or a similar polyurethane based adhesive. It is strong, waterproof, flexible and paintable and should be available through most hardware stores.
Flat 7 pin plug if wired correctly has an electric brake function for the Avan.
Thanks Dave, Sikaflex 11FC was one I had on my list to compare, good to know my research was correct. Thanks also about the 7 pin plug.
Hi there, we’re looking at purchasing a secondhand awning for our 2004 Aliner that we inherited. Does anyone know if a Crusieliner awning will fit? We’ve seen one at a good price. I’m struggling to find clear info on the sizing ie if they’re standard for Avans.
Hi Kristy. The lack of clear on Avans is a pain. Assume it is wider. If it is a good price and in good nick with poles and ropes etc. (less than $300 or $400) I would grab it. You can always get it cut down by a tent maker. Even if they charge you a couple of hundred you will still be in front. We love our Aliner awning and except for a bit of mucking around attaching it would not be without it. A new awning as supplied by Avan was up around $1000 when I last looked.
thanks for taking the time to respond. We’re in NZ so it’s extra hard to find Avan products and support so we’ve decided to go ahead and purchase it. We’re getting the awning + annex for $450 (barely used) so hopefully it fits otherwise we’ll sell it on to someone else who might be trying to source one for their Cruiseliner.
Hi I have just bought a 2004 A’van cruisliner and was wondering what portable solar panel would be best to buy to go free camping . A 250 watt one is quite heavy , would a 160 watt one be efficient enough . I only have basics in van such as microwave and maybe a tv ( not sure on that one yet) . Thank you in advance
I have just bought a 2004 A’van cruisliner and am wanting to buy a portable solar panels for going away free camping. What size would be required . I don’t have any mod cons in the van , maybe a microwave and a small tv . Thank you in advance
If you only want to keep your devices charged and maybe run a few small DC appliances you will only need enough PV (photovoltaic) solar input to keep your onboard 12v van battery charged. A 40 to 60 Watt panel is fine for this and there should be room on your front roof to mount it permanently. Unfortunately, permanent mounting limits your panel effectiveness as during summer months you may want to park your van under a shady tree and you don't want to have to move it to follow the sunpath every hour. For this reason a lot of free campers use a fold up portable panel with an extension lead which they can move around to maximize solar input. The issue with these is they can get heavy, and are vulnerable to damage and theft. You can get a lightweight semi flexible 80 W panel which are quite versatile but they can fail if handled roughly. Fold up flexible amorphous blanket type PVs are another option but they are very expensive.
You cannot connect a PV directly to your 12v battery without running it through a SCC (Solar Charge Controller) which prevents overcharging as well as back flow during the night. Many PV setups come with this small device included.
I have a 200W fold up portable PV panel (glass over the PV in an extruded aluminium frame total weight around 14kg) mounted on the front roof of our Aliner. I chose that size as i got it for the right price. In ideal conditions (full direct sun) it can run the Aliner's 3 way fridge on 12 volts. I also use a 12v car fridge from time to time. I can remove it and use it portably if I want but it is relatively heavy and cumbersome. It also adds to the weight of the roof when opening up of course.
PV Prices vary greatly. They are almost all made in China and unfortunately some well known Aussie franchises charge way too much for panels and hardware. Beware of outrageous claims made by online sellers. A typical PV panel needs to be about 0.65 meter squared in area to produce 100W. (in other words about 1 m long and 65cm wide) I purchased mine online, and run it through a $20 SCC which has an lcd display showing voltage etc and enabling me to adjust input and output settings if I want to.
Older Avans did not come with the necessary hardware so unless a previous owner has installed it you will need to get an auto electrician to wire it for you. I have a short lead from my van with an Anderson type connector which shares the Aliner power cable outlet and enables me to hook up my Solar Panel.
Hi thank you so much for detailed information I will certainly check it all out and consider all my options
Personally I'd buy 120watt & above 150 to 200 watt even better,solar blankets are very handy kings have a 200 watt blanket for $230? are they the best prob not vers $2000 redarc but prob fine,super cheap have a broad selection I see a 160watt black panel,mppt controller $ 260? that's a plug & play so with mppt should get 9/10 amps at full bore till batt starts to fill more power is good,a 40watt panel is rubbish great for irrigation controls solenoid etc ,I too have a 2004 avan aliner,I'm assuming u have checked the wheel bearings,or better still put a new kit in,easy to do,I realise age may a factor be ,but still,doing ones bearings a bearing race driver is fantastic,not a cold chisel iff u value ones eyes.the tyres will have a manfacture date,iff original there old and may blow or worse delaminate and smash up the wheel guard area& floor and a big hole have seen this quit a few times on older vans it's a mess,Google tyre symbols /manf date etc I've got 91h only 30kg more? So marginal to 89 but still,old tyres are not worth it ,tyres are cheap,lt14 won't fit.my power is a 150 super cheap blanket & 120 fold out which I leave out when stopped,if it gets flogged i don't care
Hi, might be a silly question, but as we weren’t given the info when we bought the a liner, could somebody tell us what the switch is above the microwave? Also, the switches under the bed for water/aircon etc ? Which need to be left on or off when in storage? We think our battery may have gone flat, so we had no lights last time we took it out...can you fix this yourself? Grateful for any help! Happy for you to assume we know absolutely nothing, and do a step by step explanation! (Which we didn’t get when we bought it) thanks!
Difficult to know exactly as you haven't stated a year model, but my 2010 has a switch for the 12volt water pump above the microwave space to provide water pressure from your on board water tank when you are not connected to mains tap pressure with a hose. It will make a loud noise until the water supply line is primed and then cut out, only cutting in when you operate the sink tap and water flows. We switch it off at night so it doesn't cut in and wake us up if their is a leak in pressure.
It is important to keep your on board 12volt battery charged. In most Aliners this is done by connecting to mains 240v with your heavy duty power cord every month or so and ensuring the on-board battery charger under the bed (in my 2010 it is mounted just under the 240V power board on the floor) is plugged into the power board and switched on. This needs to be left on for a good 12 to 24 hours depending on how flat the battery is. Alternately you may have a small PV (photovoltaic) solar panel mounted on you roof which trickle charges your battery via a small electronic device called a solar controller when it is provided with light. (no good if you keep it in a dark shed or under cover).
If your on-board 12v battery is dead it will need to be replaced. This is very awkward in most Avan Aliners and Cruisers etc as it is in the back corner under the bed in a battery box which only allows it to be lifted vertically. They are also very heavy. I actually cut out an access panel in the ply bed base to enable easier removal of the battery but you still have to remove the mattress to access that.
If you have charged your battery and it still doesn't work i would take your van to an auto electrician or battery shop and get them to test it and your wiring. They may also provide an included fitting service which will mean you don't injure yourself attempting to move the thing!
The other critical switches under the bed depending on the model are the plugs and switches for the refrigerator and 240V Hot water service. I normally switch them off when the van is in storage but important to switch them on before departing. Ensure your HWS is full of water also before switching on.
There is also a 240v mains rcd switch (residual current cutout switch like in your home power box) and a 12volt fuse box below the 240v mains outlet in my 2010 model.
Avan themselves do not provide downloadable user manuals; and it appears neither does the online Avan Club. If you message me via my profile page I will see if i can organise a scanned copy for you.
Hope this helps. Cheers Dave. (NB: I do not work for or represent Avan.)
Thanks so much for this information. The van is a 2017 a liner. Would really appreciate a copy of user manual if possible, so will message via contact page.
I have just purchased a 2017 cruiser and same issues. Is it possible you could also send me scans/pdf of the manuals. Much appreciated. Regards
I have a 2015 cruiseliner, can l get roof racks fitted for a 37kg kayak?
Hi Stephen. If you understand that your Cruiseliner top and sides are made from 25mm thick polystyrene foam with a very thin (3mm) layer of plywood bonded with an even thinner layer of powder coated aluminium on the outside and the same very thin layer of ply with vinyl coating on the inside surface, you will understand the issue with fixing any weight bearing attachments to it.
You would also need to add the mass of the roof bars to that 37kg I guess. I have fabricated and attached 2 brackets to the outside aluminium edge extrusion on the roof of our Aliner for a roll out blind which weighs around 17kg without issue. The sure safe way to do it without fear of damage or failure would be to run independent posts off the bottom steel chassis but it then starts to get pretty complicated. I have thought about a workable solution but our 2 kayaks travel well on our tow vehicle roof with the advantage of better weight distribution, so we have kept it that way. All the best with that!
Thanks,the comprehensive answer was great.
Hi, I am trying to work out the GCVM. I am at work, so I don't have access to my camper.
My calculations are:
Car GVM 1830 kg
Camper ATM 1185
(Combined = 3015kg)
I need the GCVM. Hopefully it is greater than 3015kg, otherwise I will be looking for a new Car. Currently I have a Hyundai Kona 2.0.
Hi Debs. Having a quick look at these 2 links and I believe you are looking at another tow vehicle. https://www.carsguide.com.au/hyundai/kona/towing-capacity/2019
even if you could scrape in legally I don't think you would enjoy the experience - especially in hilly terrain and your Kona would also suffer as a result.
Hope that helps.
Thank you. I bought a Jeep this week. Cheers D
2 days ago I plugged my 2009 cruiseliner into the mains to charge the battery (because the solar panel had been covered for a few months) all went well until yesterday when I tried to turn one of the DC lights on to find all the lights and the water pump now don't work but they did before I connected to the mains!
The battery charger is lit up and seems to be working
Fuse maybe? How long since you charged your battery?
yeh check the fuse box
Thanks for that, but I did check the fuses and after further investigation I discovered the battery is dead....too long between charges and the solar panel was under the camper cover! a lesson learned
What does it cost to replace the roof springs?
Check out Avanspares here - https://www.avanspareparts.com.au/campers/furniture-and-hardware/display/43-roof-spring-front-left-and-rear-right
About $25 each plus postage and a fair bit of mucking around. You may want to replace the bungee rubbers as well. I have not done it, but here is a youtube link you may want to look at. https://youtu.be/cbz6_-PxZ7Q
Hope that helps. Dave
We are purchasing a 2009 Avan Aliner. We want to get some advice please on putting in an air conditioner. Really only want a 1hp.
Hi Debs. I have seen people buy a $300 old school AC from Bunnings and mount them on the drawbar. If you want an RC which can heat as well I would go to a Caravan or RV fitter and get advice. There are a lot of slimline and compact , efficient and quiet units out there but retrofitting is not always easy ... or cheap. New models have the rc AC fitted under the double bed at the back. Our 2010 Aliner has opening windows on all four sides with the roof up so we have survived w/o AC so far. We like simplicity.
Hope this helps. Dave
Thank you Dave. I saw a photo the other day of what you described eg. Box in the front. It is an option. Tks Debs
Be aware the Finch HB9000 air conditioner, in our experience, is largely ineffective in the A-Van Cruiseliner Adventure Plus. One degree C and maybe two degrees only achieved in our brand new van. They are worth a lot but I wouldn't pay for it.
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