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Message posted by LobeyDosser on 03/3/2008 at 11:08pm
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Reading through some of the articles on equipment taken on camping trips these days, I realise that a lot of caravanners are very dependant on having an EHU.

On our van, only the hot water heater needs mains power and we can aye heat a pot of water if we are away from mains electrics.

 

Although our fridge is a 12v compression fridge, the battery is topped up by a solar panel on the roof as well as when being towed by the car and so, even when static we do not require an EHU for anything less than 5 days.

 

This arrangement gives us the freedom to roam and wild camp, but also the luxury of serviced caravan parks, putting the awning up and touring from a base camp. 

 

Is an EHU Cable a necessity in your caravanning equipment or are you like me and still have a freedom of choice?

 

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Message posted by TerryB on 03/3/2008 at 11:14pm
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Hi Lobey, what a lovely wee van you've got - not seen one of those before.

Regards the EHU - we managed quite happily without one if we needed to. My old van had a fridge and heater than ran on the gas while lighting was 12V.  It was only when my littlest arrived I started to want 240V more (easier for warming bottles).



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Message posted by bordercaz on 03/3/2008 at 11:29pm
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When we got our first little caravan, it didn't have 240v - so we paid 70 to have it put in. We went away for one night to test it. Never used it again because we went on meets with no EHU. Hardly used it in the next two vans as it was mainly rallies and meets.

It's only since we started camping with UKCS that we have been on sites with EHU, and have started to build up a collection of electrical appliances.

Even now we can be fully self sufficient without it. This coming weekend we were going to a meet without EHU, although the site has just told us we can have it after all. The main difference is that I needn't bother plugging in at home to make sure the battery is fully charged before we go, and we can use leccy heating instead of the gas.



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Message posted by jennifernn on 03/3/2008 at 11:33pm
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We would not use a site that did not have EHU.  Site toilets and showers we can do without as we mainly use our own, but our new van really needs EHU as the heating (Alde) uses a lot of battery power for its pump.

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I agree with Jennifer about not using sites without hookups. We always use the facilities in our van so we do need electrics. I am sure that anyone determined enough could do without them but personally thats not for me.

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I would prefer in the main season to use sites without hookup as they are usually quieter and cheaper.

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In winter or he shoulder seasons I prefer a hookup if staying more than 3 nights, otherwise its not an issue.
That is basically because the longer nights mean more use of lights and sometimes the telly whilst the yield from the solar cell is smaller.

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Our last van didn't have a three way fridge so we needed EHU and we got quite used to it.  Now we have gas options on the fridge and water heater (such mod cons!) but we haven't had to use them as yet. 

I would definitely want EHU at the start and end of the season as we don't have any heating otherwise, but I would be happy to go without during the warmer months. 



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To my shame we have not yet booked without EHU. The one thing we are concerned about is getting home and finding that we cannot use the mover to get the van back on the drive.  The one site we know of we would like to use without EHU is to close to home to top up the battery.

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Message posted by Stressed Al on 04/3/2008 at 2:47pm
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For a few night a couple of times a year we would be on a site without hook up. So the only thing we don't have use of is our tv and microwave. Everything else can be managed with gas or 12v. No great hardship!

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>>> Hi Lobey, what a lovely wee van you've got - not seen one of those before  <<<

Hi Terry, You can see more about our Sprintaway Lux here:-

http://www.btinternet.com/~wheelhome/page6.html

Including a movie about it on the Sky Channel.

 

However we had some modifications made to ours by the manufacturers to give us longer (6' 6") single beds and extra 12v sockets.

Becuse these vans are hand built here in the UK, there is a waiting list for them.



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We too are 'EHU Compliant' even though we could be self sufficient without it. We have moved up from the bare essentials of tents with no heating and lighting and are now hoping to enjoy the 'home comforts' of our new and first caravan during the coming season, EHU an' all!

I must say though that Lobeys "wee van" does look a fantastic little number and I agree that a unit like that would be great for just heading off and pitching up where your fancy took you! (legally of course!)

Happy camping to everyone for the forthcoming season!



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We can do either quite happily.  We use EHU when it's available - gives the battery a good boost, and saves the gas.  But we can be fully self-sufficient equally easily.  Last summer, we did 10 days on a no-facilities site with just one 110 amp battery and a briefcase-style solar panel - no problems. 

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Paid a lot of money to have a caravan with EHU facilities so no point in going to sites without EHU.  If we wanted to go on sites without EHU we would have boughyt a tent.  Besides in my youth I spent more than enough time camping out in the wild without the use of a tent come rain or sunshine.  Luxury for us now ,no back to bare necessities!

Message posted by Sean P on 04/3/2008 at 6:31pm
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Some people (not here though I think) seem to frown upon EHU - as if its not "real" camping. I for one havent 'real' camped since I sold the tent. I want luxury luxury and more luxury. I want my sky dish, fully charged battery, tv and dvd player and Nintendo DS. The thought of sitting in some field, worrying about turning on a light cause the battery is getting low fills me with fear. I have kit on board for emergencies so I can survive without EHU but i hope never to use it.

Not shying away from controversy - these folk that crow about not using EHU and 'keeping it real' wind me up. If you buy a motorhome then you buy it for the convenience of being able to stop off anywhere, turn off the engine and enjoy the 12v paradise - that I DO UNDERSTAND and would love to own both caravan and motorhome. However, when you buy a caravan, you stop on sites - not laybys - you dont have that roaming freedom - so why struggle on battery when you can enjoy yourself with mains. Even if you are one of those 'anti TV' people, you can use the camp site electric heat and not worry about a thing.

There is still this guilt, particularly aimed at new caravanners by the old.. even Kiyasmum said 'to her shame...!' - dont be ashamed to enjoy the facilities you have PAID FOR - and if it's club sites - pay through the nose for!

Ok, without EHU you can enjoy the more 'secluded' sites - but apart from that I see no other plus to being battery folk.

The best things are 240v - bring it on!!! I for one love using the site power rather than my gas bottle to keep us and the kids warm and I recommend you all do your bit to destroy the ozone layer...

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SeanP i could not have said it any better!  We should get together for a beer sometime. 

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