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Message posted by Clipstone Lad on 19/8/2019 at 3:31pm
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We've just bought a Camp-let Royal (advertised here), and we're very happy with it, having seen one on site and deciding it was the way to go. Overall, the quality is excellent, until we come to the 'electrics'. After struggling with the battery case - flimsy affair, we managed to get two batteries in and keeping it close to make the contacts - so the pump works.
But there is also a 12v power point, as described in the user manual, and we just can't work out what it is for, where the power is meant to be coming from (obviously not hook up), and what it is supposed to be used for??
We always use hook up on site, so run a lot of electrics, and we can't figure why the pump could not be connected to that as well.
Any suggestions/ideas/advise would be gratefully received, and thanks for reading this.

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The 12volt supply came from the car on our old Concorde. We had the usual 7 pin plug with a small aux pin. As for it's original use,no idea!

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Thanks urmo. It is a bit odd; we've got a lot already on hook up, we find that we can do all our cooking on an induction plate,a slow cooker, electric kettle/toaster, and our trusty electric cool box. The camp-let came with two 6v batteries, so we will use them to see how long they last, but it does seem a bit daft to have that set up in the first place

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It is pretty standard among trailer tents to have the two 6v batteries providing power to your water pump I have had Transcamper, Combi Camp and Holtkamper Trailer Tents and they have all had the same setup. It does mean that you can have pumped water without being on EHU or having a leisure battery.

The 12v power point is probably for lights but would think you would need a leisure battery for these for a longer stay without EHU, is the socket wired into the pump battery box or is it wired separately.

I get a year out of the batteries powering the water pump only

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ok the 12v is dead easy to figure out, where you have one leisure battery or 2 x 6v batteries you still get 12v only depends on the amp hours as to how long it will last for. inside the 12v power points take power from the batteries via a 2 pin plug, which you can get from any caravan dealers, if you get the fitting with a female ciggie lighter on it then you can charge your phone from that too. if you get a few of just the plugs then you can get a normal household table lamp, change the bulb to a car bulb, and put the 12v plug on the end or use led strip lights (which is the better less volt draining idea) you would be wise tho to get a proper leisure battery and then you can use a solar panel to recharge it when off grid, remember whatever amp hours it says it will be flat once you have got down to 50%

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Do you just have a black 7 pin socket to plug into the car or is there also a grey 7 pin.

If there is a grey one it is possible the 12 volt socket runs from the car battery unless the black plug is wired in a non standard way.

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Thanks All for your good advice. I was getting to the same opinion on that 12v outlet; probably from seeing a Camp-let video with a jolly Danish family having their lunch beside the road with the kitchen swung out; that would allow access to the power point for brewing a cuppa without having to get the gas bottle out.
We always use EHU, as we have a smaller gas bottle and find it expensive to refill, most everything we have is therefore electrical, with gas as a fall-back; but good advice re a leisure bettery and solar power. We are doing a trial run in September, to our local C&C Club site at St Neots; next year its a big tour across Scotland.

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