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Message posted by Nelson Eden on 02/5/2017 at 7:33pm
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Hi,
Can you help, I have a plug that runs from the electric hook-up and plugs into my camper, I have an awning and want to put a small heater in it, is there such a thing as a double plug, one end that goes into the camp site hook up, and the other to go into my camper with an extra plug for my heater.
I am new to this camping, so thank you!!!
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I think maybe what you need is called a splitter. The one shown in the link is a 3 way splitter but they also make a 2 way splitter as well. You will require another hook upcable to run from the hook up point to the awning.


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Message posted by Nelson Eden on 02/5/2017 at 7:59pm
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Thank you tango55, that's just what I need.

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Just a quick word. Please be careful with your split hookup connections. IF you were to overload the cable from the hook up post, you could inadvertently knock of the electric. The 3 way in Tango's link is for 3, I doubt that all campsites would have 16 amp, and you must check the volts/amps that you will be drawing. I never know if I am under or over on things we use, like kettle, hotplate on the hob etc. If you are the same as me, I turn one off to put a different one on.

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Not sure of your setup, but i'd be wary of the splitter idea. If you have an external connector on your camper, presumably that will feed your charger/ mains unit, which protects your installation. Splitting off before the unit means you're reliant on the campsite hookup protection, which may or may not be OK.

Your options are either to use a splitter and another mains unit in your awning; or to take a mains supply from inside the camper. And be wary of power consumption, as Austins says.

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look for a Spanish splitter connector, I have one and used it for years, never had any problems

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Quote: Originally posted by morepints on 02/5/2017
If you have an external connector on your camper, presumably that will feed your charger/ mains unit, which protects your installation. Splitting off before the unit means you're reliant on the campsite hookup protection, which may or may not be OK.

Your options are either to use a splitter and another mains unit in your awning; or to take a mains supply from inside the camper.



I'd agree..

Although I've done something similar in the past (wiring a short splitter lead, which had an additional "female outlet" fed out the back of the female plug that fed the van), I don't think I'd actually advise anyone to take a feed which wasn't protected by their own trips etc..

I would've thought that as someone would presumably be at their van when their awning heater was running(hopefully?) it'd be easy enough to just pass a lead out through a window?


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Its easy to work out the current requirement.
Its the power of the appliance (Kilowatts or watts) divided by the current 230v.
If the resultant amperage is greater than the hookup current it will trip.
We have a low wattage kettle and our van hearing can be set to1,2 or 3 KW.

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If your EHU input is on the awning side try thishttps://www.towsure.com/kampa-2-pin-mains-coupler

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Thank you all for your replies, it has been a great help.
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Quote: Originally posted by sasquatch on 03/5/2017
If your EHU input is on the awning side try thishttps://www.towsure.com/kampa-2-pin-mains-coupler


I wouldn't use a heater with no earth connection in an awning. Come to that, I wouldn't use a heater with no earth connection anywhere.

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Or have the heater on in the campervan & leave the door into the awning open.
But I've never understood heaters in awnings. Surely the heat just goes up & out of the canvas into the night? An extra big jumper works as well...

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Quote: Originally posted by sasquatch on 03/5/2017
If your EHU input is on the awning side try thishttps://www.towsure.com/kampa-2-pin-mains-coupler


I wouldn't use a heater with no earth connection in an awning. Come to that, I wouldn't use a heater with no earth connection anywhere.

Frank




If you could examine the '2-pin' socket there is an eathtag which the 13amp adapter has as well,so there is an earth.

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.Or have the heater on in the campervan & leave the door into the awning open. But I've never understood heaters in awnings. Surely the heat just goes up & out of the canvas into the night? An extra big jumper works as well..

Actually it works quite well, when the kids where small we used to put them to bed in the van and we would sit in the awning with a beer, small fan heater kept the awning quite warm.


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