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Message posted by Mucker1884 on 03/8/2015 at 11:53am
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Caral,
It's one of these you are looking for.

At that price, it's worth buying one and taking "Just in case".
We've been (to France) twice so far, and haven't needed it, as many sites have the "commando" socket as per the UK.
We're planning on overnighting en-route in our tent next month (as opposed to a hotel), more than likely on municipal site(s), so who knows, maybe we'll get to use it this year.

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Many thanks to Saxo1 and Mucker for your comments. I suspect the sites we are planning to use will accept the socket, but you're right, at that price, it's not a problem to buy one just in case!

Thank you very much for a quick response.

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Halfords selling Vacanza by Outwell triple mains hook up unit for 20.00. I didn't need one but had to buy one " just in case"

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I was looking at making one up, as a lot of these you see around, look none too safe. Although unless you know what you are doing I don't advise doing the same.

However I have seen one, in the past, with a ground spike, which is ideal for safety purposes and wondered if anyone else had come across these.

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Adding a Ground or earth spike to system, in some cases is a good thing, and in some a bad thing, it depends what the system earthing in use at the campsite is.
For that reason unless you a qualified Spark and Know the earth system in use at the camp site, I would advise you to steer clear of ehu's with a ground/earth spike

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Hi thinking of getting a new hook up your thoughts on these Crusader or Outwell

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Quote: Originally posted by zipperwales on 20/2/2016
Hi thinking of getting a new hook up your thoughts on these Crusader or Outwell



Presuming the safety/protection side of things is up to scratch (I'm no expert/sparky, but all seems ok to me!), I'd say advantages for both types are that they have easily accessible sockets, (some with 3 sockets in line struggle to take 3 chunky plugs!) and of course the added bonus of the USB's. Another is the reel effect, as opposed to a long tangle of cable.

Disadvantages are they may be limited on some sites, only having 15m of cable. (20m+ can prove a better option). Also with this sort (as with many types, other than the straight row of 3 sockets), only the plug end will go through the tent's EHU slot, of course, so you'll effectively have to drag that wet/muddy cable back into the tent when packing away. I guess that is less critical with it being on a reel though, to be fair. You may need one person inside doing the winding, and one outside feeding the dirty cable through an old towel?

Not used either. Both appear to be good options, if not perfect. From the pics, the Outwell one appears to be a bit sturdier/better quality materials than the crusader (which looks a bit "cheap" in the pic... in my opinion.)




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I have the Outwell one. It's excellent. The 16A capacity is great for off season. The light is a godsend if you end up setting up after dark, and there's a nightlight setting which we have found very helpful. The USB ports will charge a tablet. I like the hi-viz cable. 15 metres has been long enough for us so far and likewise no real trouble with mud, but maybe Mucker likes a dirty gaff?

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I'm not averse to a bit of filth now and again, Tim, to be fair!

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Good morning,

I have read all the post on this thread and I want to changed my ehu, can someone just confirmed that the go outdoors hi gear premium 3-way main kit is safe?

Thank you in advance


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Go Outdoors at Derby have RCD HU's on sale at the mo for either 21 or 25 forget which

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Hi
I changed my EHU for the outwell one slightly more expensive but feel more confident with this unit :)

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I have booked a tent EHU pitch for the first time. I have just bought a Euorhike EHU http://www.blacks.co.uk/equipment/023011-eurohike-mobile-mains-kit.html

Can you tell me whether it is safe for the cable to be left outside if it's raining?

What does this mean? "10 Amp double pole circuit breaker and 25 Amp Residual Current Device" I thought 10AMP means I can plug things in that are up to 2300 watts. But the 25 amp residual has confused me.

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Can you tell me whether it is safe for the cable to be left outside if it's raining? "
I wouldn't,they are only splashproof when nothng is plugged in.
The 25A is the current that the RCD is rated to carry continously,it should also have a rating of 30mA which is minimum amount of earth leakage current that should cause it to trip.
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