All Caravan and Motorhome campsites, where mains is available, have socket outlets which comply with this standard. Most of those on Club sites have a plug in and turn clockwise action. On Certificated Locations and other sites the plug may simply push straight in.
How do you turn on the electric in a caravan?
Take your caravan electric hook up cable and insert the connector (female end) into the caravan inlet. Insert the plug (male end) into the site outlet socket and turn it clockwise until it locks. Switch your Caravan Isolating Switch ON.
How does a caravan electrical system work?
A modern caravan has basically three electrical systems on board. Two of these systems are 12 volt Direct Current (DC) just like your car and the third is 240 volt Alternating Current (AC) just like your house. The first system is to provide the lights that replicate the road lights on your car.
Can you plug a caravan into house mains?
Having an External Mains Socket Installed for Your Caravan or Motorhome. Now, you are not legally allowed under UK electrical regulations to install a new socket yourself.
Why wont my sockets work in my caravan?
Either the EHU cable has a poor connection in one of the plugs/sockets fitted to the end. A faulty breaker in the consumer unit. A poor connection at the mains inlet. Poor wiring out to the first socket (depending how theyre wired).
What does the GREY plug on a caravan do?
The extra grey socket provides power to operate the interior functions of the caravan such as the interior lights, run the fridge and charge the battery while you are towing. This type of socket has been replaced on caravans built after 2008 in the UK. New caravans now use the 13 pin standard socket shown below.
How can I run my caravan without electricity?
How to use a Caravan Without an Electric Hook upGas. One alternative power source that many will be familiar with is Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Leisure batteries. Another alternative energy supply is leisure batteries. Solar panels. Generators. Other energy saving ideas.
How long does a caravan battery last off grid?
Leisure batteries only last for around 2000 cycles (one cycle is a full charge followed by a full discharge) Even when not in use, the battery must be charged every month.
What power does a caravan run off?
The battery is used to power the caravans 12-volt system – basically the lighting, water pump and fridge. Additional appliances can be run off the 12-volt system, but some items need the use of an inverter in order to work and will also increase the rate at which the battery is drained.
Do caravans need electric hook up?
Most caravans, motorhomes and folding campers have electrical equipment fitted by design. If you are bringing electricity into a tent you will need to buy a special hook-up lead with two or more damp-proof sockets, each of which will take ordinary 13A plug, as you would use at home.
Why does my caravan have 2 plugs?
The second system is designed to allow 12 volt lights and accessories to be run from a battery in your caravan and finally the third system is designed to allow you to plug in to a 240 volt socket on a caravan site and allow the use of the same equipment you would normally just plug in to a socket at home.
What wattage can I use in my caravan?
A domestic kettle today is commonly rated at 3000 Watts or 12.5 Amps, and a pitch power supply is a maximum of 3800 Watts or 16 Amps. If your caravan or motorhome has no other facilities on there is 800 Watts of difference between the power supplied and the power used by a domestic kettle.