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Basic Guidance on Electric Hook-up for Tents

One of the most frequently asked questions on the UKCampsite.co.uk is 'Can I use mains electricity in my tent?' Then 'What do I need to buy to do it!' It can be a little confusing to the new camper when faced with different options, and apparent differences in price for the equipment needed.

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This article is intended for campers who have little or no electrical knowledge and want some basic guidance on Electrical HookUps (EHUs)

A typical EHU for use in tents consists of:

A single/triple 13 amp socket(s), a distribution box with a transparent window housing a 10amp double pole MCB and 25amp RCD. This should be in an integral housing and physically protected to a minimum of IP44.

This in turn is connected to cable with a BS EN 60309-2 plug (Commando Type) at the opposite end.

These are sold complete at most reputable camping outlets. They are available with a single socket outlet as shown above or three socket outlets as shown below.

You cannot sensibly expect to pay much less than £20.00 for the single unit, around £40 for the triple unit

Key points to note:

  • Integral RCD (Residual Current Device) and MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker).
    Weatherproof Unit to a minimum of IP44.
  • Purchase a unit which was designed for camping use and do not attempt to cut corners with other equipment that seems similar but which in fact may not be.
  • It is not advisable to use normal household appliances, purchase appliances designed for camping use.
  • Do not attempt to ‘make your own’ unless you are suitably qualified to do so and fully understand the technical implications.

How much will my electrical items draw?

Most campsites have a limited supply on their electric hookups - it ranges from just 6amps to 16amps - you'll need to check the capacity with the campsite when you book. Heres a chart to help you calculate your electrical items useage when using EHU.
60 Watts = 0.26 Amp
100 Watts = 0.43 Amp
200 Watts = 0.87 Amp
300 Watts = 1.30 Amp
400 Watts = 1.74 Amp
500 Watts = 2.17 Amp
600 Watts = 2.61 Amp
700 Watts = 3.04 Amp
800 Watts = 3.48 Amp
900 Watts = 3.91 Amp
1000 Watts = 4.35 Amp
1100 Watts = 4.78 Amp
1200 Watts = 5.22 Amp
1300 Watts = 5.65 Amp
1400 Watts = 6.09 Amp
1500 Watts = 6.52 Amp
1600 Watts = 6.96 Amp
1700 Watts = 7.39 Amp
1800 Watts = 7.83 Amp
1900 Watts = 8.26 Amp
2000 Watts = 8.70 Amp
2100 Watts = 9.13 Amp
2200 Watts = 9.57 Amp
2300 Watts = 10.00 Amp
2400 Watts = 10.43 Amp
2500 Watts = 10.87 Amp
2600 Watts = 11.30 Amp
2700 Watts = 11.74 Amp
2800 Watts = 12.17 Amp
2900 Watts = 12.61 Amp
3000 Watts = 13.04 Amp
3100 Watts = 13.48 Amp
3200 Watts = 13.91 Amp
3300 Watts = 14.35 Amp
3400 Watts = 14.78 Amp
3500 Watts = 15.22 Amp

This article is meant as a general guide only. You must take professional advice when using or considering installing electricity in your tent, or caravan.

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