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Message posted by ChrisSue15/4/2017 at 8:16am
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Hi Everyone
We're about to start camping in our recently acquired T5 camper and will be using the hook up for that. We still have in our old hook up lead from our trailer tent which carries 3 sockets. Here's the big question :

If we use a special adapter for connecting the tent hook up to one of the internal camper van sockets, can we safely use the TT lead and sockets as an extension lead for the awning? Or do you think it's best just to use a normal extension lead to get a little bit of power to the awning. We completely understand we mustn't overload the amp demand.

(To clarify, we have an adapter for the TT hook up cable which would let you plug in to normal mains at home, so the plan would be to use that into the Camper Van socket as the connector.)

Since there's a circuit breaker on the TT hook up cable it seems it might be a safer option than a normal indoor extension lead. Opinions greatly appreciated, thanks.



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Message posted by Opensauce15/4/2017 at 8:47am
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Yes you could do that but it seems a bit cumbersome. I guess it will be much to long? With van plugged into ehu the 230v sockets in van are rcd protected so for an extension lead into your awning use a normal 3 socket extension of correct length. Then flog your tent lead on ebay.

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Message posted by sasquatch16/4/2017 at 12:27pm
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Motorhomes have had ECLBs for some years now. I pal of mine used one of these units in his VW conversion with no issues. I use a 13A to EHU conversion lead when at home and on some CLs or when viviting firends.

Message posted by ChrisSue18/4/2017 at 10:24pm
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Thanks very much for your helpful replies. It's great to know that we have electrically safe options to consider!
Can't wait to get on the road later this week

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