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Subject Topic: Booked our first EHU trip Post Reply Post New Topic
08/4/2011 at 6:12pm
 Location: Bexleyheath Kent
 Outfit: Royal Cuban 6zg
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For our longer holiday this year we are off to South Lytchett Manor in Dorset for 8 nights.  We have only camped for 2 nights before but we are doing a couple of bank holidays before then.  We have booked EHU, and now need to think about what electrics to use.  What are the do's and don'ts of EHU?  are there only certain appliances you can use?  can you use domestic products such as toaster, kettle etc or does it need to be lower voltage.  Sorry if I sound thick.  So excited, and really looking forward to spending my birthday camping.

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08/4/2011 at 7:06pm
 Location: Aston Clinton
 Outfit: Kampa Holkham + Outwell Yukon River*
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Dont overload the circuit by using too many applianced at once It depends on what amps the campsite supply is. We take
Tesco 2 slice toaster
1500 watt electric kettle
Double hotplate electric hob (sometimes only use 1 hob at a time)
Hair dryer
Small 7 litre fridge
Battery chargers, laptop, DS etc etc etc


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08/4/2011 at 7:42pm
 Location: sunny south
 Outfit: Royal Cuban 6ZG
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I'm glad you've asked this question because we'll doing the same this year...have bought the lead and next purchase will be a coolbox or fridge...just too many decisions


08/4/2011 at 8:45pm
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Firstly,have you got a camping hookup lead fitted with an RCD and MCB?If you have then normal domestic 230 volt appliances are O.K.
Check the wattage of the appliance ,normally on a plate on the appliance,as a rough guide 1000 watts is app 4.1 amps and make sure that the total in use at any one time wont exceed the campsites' supply.
The ones to be wary of are domestic kettles and anything with a heating element,these are often quite high Watts.
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08/4/2011 at 10:32pm
 Location: Bury Lancashire
 Outfit: None Entered
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We're on EHU for the first time in a few weeks, so I've done a fair bit of research on these boards. We've chosen a low cost fan heater with 1kW/2kW settings and an anti-tip cutout, and a 1kW Russell Hobbs travel kettle that boils enough for 3 mugs and doesn't take up a huge amount of space.

Most common post on UKCS - the EHU conversion chart:

WATTS TO AMPS CONVERSION

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
3680 Watts    =    16.00 Amp


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08/4/2011 at 11:01pm
 Location: Northern England
 Outfit: Coleman Mosedale 5
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Can I just say a big thanks for the useful info? We found a site we liked for a long weekend later in the year and they had EHU for only 2 more so I was tempted. The hook up leads have come down a lot in price too compared to a few years ago.

I will probably only take a hairdryer, fan heater and kettle. Plus chargers for IPods etc. I am on the look out for a single electric boiling ring too as this may be easier than taking the gas bottle and big stove.


08/4/2011 at 11:08pm
 Location: Gloucestershire
 Outfit: vango orchy 500 and tigris 800
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As you can see I like to take my gadgets when we go away ,The kettle is a special one from a camping shop -takes a bit longer to boil .The halogen cooker means I can bake pizzas,cakes grill bacon sausages etc the microwave is very useful for reheating things .The thing to remember is dont try and use it all at once !I could trip the switch of the ehu and could be embarassing if youre sharing it with the outfit next door !



09/4/2011 at 9:52am
 Location: North Yorkshire
 Outfit: Holi * Perran 4 * Airedale 5
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Depends on the site supply, but most are 10 or 16 amp (although some can be as low as 6amp)

The general rule to prevent tripping the power is to only use 1 heat emmiting appliance at a time ie: kettle OR heater, not both at the same time.

We usually use a mini fridge, 1kw fan heater and Outwell Tauri light at the same time and this is fine on a 10amp supply.
We also use EHU for charging the DS consoles and mobiles during the day.



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