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Subject Topic: LOW VOLTAGE APPLIANCES
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Message posted by Valerie673424/4/2017 at 10:02pm
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We have just bought a tourer and are new to this game !! do I need to get special low voltage kettle and toaster or can I just the get the normal cheap value one from Argos etc.

Message posted by Lorfal24/4/2017 at 10:34pm
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Guess it would depend on the Amps supplied at hookup. We stupidly thought we could run the electric like home. Think we blew up the heater when it was on 2000w whilst running microwave , electric ring on cooker, heater , chargers, and my ghd straightners after using hairdryer .....the kettle however was low voltage, takes forever to heat...and I forgot to mention the nespresso pixie coffee maker. Glad now we decided against adding a wine chiller , so I guess it's a good idea to go low voltage, protect your Amps.

Message posted by Bernie4724/4/2017 at 10:46pm
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You don't need low voltage appliances, you need low wattage appliances.

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Message posted by Valerie673424/4/2017 at 11:04pm
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Thanks don't think I wil have that muon on together. !!!!

Message posted by Valerie673424/4/2017 at 11:05pm
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So they MUST be low wattage ?? Cannot use normal ones ?

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Message posted by Bernie4724/4/2017 at 11:12pm
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Assuming that you are on a site with 10 Amp hook-ups, a normal toaster will be ok and a normal kettle that is not more than about 2kW.

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Message posted by Valerie673424/4/2017 at 11:22pm
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Thank you

Message posted by Grampian9124/4/2017 at 11:23pm
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Depends on the site, some have a low max amperage of just 6 amps. That gives you just 1400watts between all your apliances that you plan on running at one time.

Dont forget your fridge (100 - 125 watts)? will be using some of that and the water heater alone will use approx 900 watts.

On a standard pitch you will have upto 3000 watts.

So a standard household kettle you could be in the 2200watts which would be very close to the max allowed limit. Thats assuming you dont have the TV and other lights on.

Choosing a kettle with a 15 watt element will give you some safety margin.



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These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by Hacksaw Bob25/4/2017 at 12:10am
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Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 24/4/2017

Choosing a kettle with a 15 watt element will give you some safety margin.



Guess that should read 1500 watts?

Message posted by Bernie4725/4/2017 at 12:13am
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Quote: Originally posted by Grampian91 on 24/4/2017
Choosing a kettle with a 15 watt element will give you some safety margin.


Don't you mean 1500 watts?

You beat me to it Bob.

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Message posted by Lorfal25/4/2017 at 7:22am
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Wow, learning every day! It's easy to forget the fridge and water heater.

Message posted by badger5425/4/2017 at 7:34am
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The rule of thumb is amps x volts = watts, e.g. a 10 amp supply x 240 volts means you can run about 2400 watts at any one time.

Message posted by navver25/4/2017 at 8:21pm
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I reckon on 4 amps per kW.
So 10 amps supply is 2500w.
16 Amp is 4000w.

The water heater is only running when it is heating water. Once it's up to temperature it switches itself off. Probably only runs for half an hour or so after a major hot water used.

Fridge is probably about 0.5 amps and again that switches on and off to maintain the temperature.

I usually find a 2.2kW kettle is fine with water heater, telly and fridge on. The kettle is only on for about 5 minutes so shouldn't trip 10A.

It's not an exact science.


Message posted by Grampian9125/4/2017 at 10:57pm
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Nah i really meant 15 watts, as long as your going away for 2 weeks and dont mind waiting that long for the kettle to warm

I suppose you could goto 1500watts   

I had a 1600w kettle and a 1800w fan heater on at the same time and my breaker shut off and would not reset for quite a while. It was really hot under that seat.

More careful now.


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These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by tango5525/4/2017 at 11:36pm
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We have always used low wattage appliances merely because you don't have to check up before hand what amps output the campsite provides so we know that overloading the electric circuit will be slim to say the least. We have a 1300 watt Quest Elite Maxi Grill for cooking full English breakfast and rump steaks etc. and for the past 10 years we have used a 750 watt electric kettle which we purchased second hand. However, we wanted something that was a bit more modern that boils a little quicker which we have recently purchased a Quest 1.7 litre low wattage kettle which is just a 1000 watts which I can highly recommend. It feels comfortable to lift and pour compared to our previous kettle but there are several low wattage kettles on the market to choose from.


Quest Low Wattage Kettle



Message posted by Valerie673426/4/2017 at 6:38am
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