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Subject Topic: Electric hookup in tents and RCDs
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Message posted by Hacksaw Bob on 15/4/2017 at 5:27pm
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Hopefully you'll only need a plug, lead and consumer unit as shown on this page. Cable length should ideally be around 25 metres and must be uncoiled when in use to avoid overheating. Socket unit available in various designs but must have MCB (effectively a resettable "fuse") and RCD (to break the circuit instantly if you should be unfortunate enough to get a shock) protection built in.

The blue plug for connecting to the site socket is a European standard item, but a few Continental sites might have an older connection for which you would need a short adapter lead.


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many thanks for a speedy reply, that seems straightforward enough.

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Hello all.
Took my daughter camping at the weekend for the first time, and got a (safe, factory-made, RCD/MCB) EHU cable so I could use an electric blanket for her and a small kettle for me. Everything worked very well.
One question, though: the site's supply post and our IP44-rated blue connector were open to the elements, so is there any need to protect them with a waterproof cover? Even a strong plastic bag tied over them?
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No need to cover the connections at the post as they are configured so that the cable is vertical and is to all intents waterproof,the hookup end with the RCD/MCB however is only IP44 when nothing is plugged in so should be kept dry.
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Thanks, S, for the speedy and comforting reply. IP44 is marked right there on the blue connector, which is why I thought it referred to that end.

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Hi All,

Read a lot of this thread, but still a little confused after my purchase today.

I went to gooutdoors today and bought one of these - http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/hi-gear-mobile-mains-kit-15m-p410252 .. and only 25.

Seemed ok. 15m.. not the longest but should be ok for most campsites, looks ok, RCD, integral MCB, polarity warning and ip44 sockets. It was also 16amp making me think I had some flexibility with wattage I could use. Essentially I thought I could run a fan heater and a Couple of other things. Reading the thread here I thought it would be up to 3600watts.

However, after unpacking it and getting to the internal blurb, it seems there is a 2000w max load. Any thoughts on why that is?

The cable is only 3G 1.5mm. .. and I see now that a lot of people use 2.5mm. But even 1.5 should see over 3000watts from what I've read.

Thinking of taking it back, or is this normal for these things.?

Any up to date recommendations for a 15-20m EHU with RCD, MCB, 16a and more than 2000watts??

Thanks
Mike


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For 25 it will do the job and 15 metres should be ok for most campsites. I have 20 metres on mine but usually have lots of spare cable left at the campsites I go to.

I had a similar problem to you. I bought mine from Halfords thinking it was a 16 amp and then, like yours the cable was only 1.5mm and I think the RCD (or the MCB) was only for 10amps.

I used to have a 16 amp one made by Maypole which did in fact have a 2.5mm cable. However, I think I only exceeded 10 amps on one occasion and in most situations I found that 10 amps is enough. It does mean switching off the heater while I boil a kettle etc; but that is no real hardship. In fact you may have to do that anyway even on a 16 amp supply.

This is the one I had which now seems to have been discontinued by the manufacturer.

**I have just re-read you comments and if yours states it is only suitable for up to 2000 watts, that is only 8.69 amps, so I would definitely take it back!



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