Cruizer Forward Fold 2014
Purchased this in Perth and have given up on expecting any service from MDC. Have had to upgrade the fridge wires and some power as the cabling was far from adequate. Replaced the battery charger as the one supplied could not keep up with the draw. Repaired all the draw runners as the tech screws came out before going off-road. Next will be the slides for the kitchen. And list goes on. Any attempt to contact MDC drew blanks. Now in Darwin, no agents.
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Electrics not up to satisfactory standard
I purchased a $20K MDC Cruizer and took it for its first run in January. it has 3 batteries and I also had an inverter installed before delivery. I charged the batteries before leaving home and also got the fridge freezer up and running the night before leaving. I connected the Anderson plug and away we went. On arrival at Kingscliff I noticed the batteries were discharged and on checking the safety switch had tripped. I plugged the site power in therefore the batteries were supposedly charging and the fridge was working. Next morning the...freezer had defrosted and I noticed the plug connection on the trailer appeared to be busted. I then purchased a $280 15amp box and plugged the power into this and then the fridge into the 15amp box. Upon returning home MDC fixed the broken plug and the batteries were charging while the car was idling. The moment I increased the revs then the safety tripped. Their answer to the trailer tripping was that they only have a 20amp fuse in the trailer and the car would put out more than 20amp therefore I had to get the car adjusted. Evidently they do not have any auto electricians working for them. I am amazed that if this is the situation with all of their campers then no one will be able to recharge their batteries via an Anderson plug and yet the trailer comes with an Anderson plug. ???? I then spoke to an Auto Electrician who advised that the battery charger in the trailer was inadequate and that it would be preferable to have a DC to BC charger installed which would control the amp's coming into the trailer. He also advised that the wiring on the trailer appeared inadequate for the amperage and that it would be advisable to rewire trailer with a heavier duty cable. The cable supplied appeared fine for 12v connections. Therefore, it appears I have wasted over $600 installing an inverter as I can now use my 15amp box and it will cost me up to $1000 to purchase another battery charge and rewire. I can avoid this cost if I put my fridge in the back of the car and plug it into the 12v and when I get to the camp site then I can just plug the power and the fridge into my 15amp box. This defeats the purpose of what I purchased. I would be interested to hear from other MDC owners if they have the same problem. In MDC's favour, the rest of the trailer has been ok on our 3 trips although I have had to spray some WD40 on some small galvanised parts as these may have been galvanized overseas and the quality is not as good as what is done in Australia and they are starting to rust after the first trip.
Questions & Answers
Where is the isolator switch located on a cruiser high side?
Steve Z.Market Direct Campers
There are two isolation points, first and most obvious is the big red switch on the control panel. There is also a "Megafuse" located beside the batteries. This is a black item with usually green button and a little green elbow type lever on the side. If this is tripped the little elbow will sit out perpendicular to the body of the fuse. If this is the case just push it back in to run parallel to the fuse body. You'll hear it click in.
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