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Get more free help and advice when you the Club. There are two main ways you can power electrical devices on the campsite. The first is to use a leisure battery, which is like a car battery and provides a 12V supply, and the second is an electric hook-up, which provides a V supply as you would find at home. To find more about charging leisure batteries see our Battery Charging Data Sheet. A leisure battery is a great way to provide electricity when you are away from a mains connection. You can use it to power a range of 12V devices, from lights to toilet flushes and from televisions to caravan movers.
However, the appliances must be deed to run on a 12V supply. Most caravans, motorhomes and folding campers will have a leisure battery installed. These provide a V supply, which can power most of the appliances you might use at home. Tripping the electrical supply can make you unpopular on site. The least you will need to do is contact the site manager to ask him to reset the system. Make no mistake about it. Electricity can be dangerous, especially in the damp conditions of a tent or in the open air. Even a 12V battery can give you a nasty shock if used incorrectly. Used in the right way however, campers can benefit from mains electricity and, if they take the right precautions, they can do it safely.
You must use a purpose-built lead deed for bringing electricity to your unit. These le will have special weather-proof plugs made to connect to the sites hook-up. The Club recommends you use a cable length of 25m, because the layout of pitches means you can sometimes be pitched a fair distance from the hook-up bollard. Avoid using extension cables. If you need to, always use weather-proof connectors and keep the connection off the ground — to avoid water getting inside. Most caravans, motorhomes and folding campers have electrical equipment fitted by de. 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.
The Club has a Data Sheet 'Using Electricity in your Tent' with more details on finding and using an electric hook-up connection in your tent. This is deed to cut off the supply immediately in the case of a leakage of current to earth. Such a leakage can occur when someone touches an appliance that is damp. Particularly if the person is standing on damp ground, which can easily happen in a tent. Keep it all dry Tents, and particularly the Caravan site hook up of tents, can be damp and moisture and electricity do not mix.
The socket end of the cable will usually have some means of fixing it well Caravan site hook up level ground. Often special clips will enable it to be fixed to a frame tent pole off the ground. Arranging to mount it off the ground in other tents, especially those with flexible poles, can be more difficult. The equipment you plug in must also be placed safely.
If you are using an electric kettle it really ought to be a small camping one. Generators Small petrol-powered generators are easily available today and for just a few hundred pounds you can bring your own power station — albeit a small one — to your camping pitch. For that reason, many campsites ban generators or limit their use to certain hours of the day. Solar Power Gaining in popularity with campers is solar power — or more accurately photo-voltaic power. A solar panel can charge a 12V battery and keep it charged on those long bright summer days.
The panels can be fitted to the roof of a caravan or motorhome and there are plenty of portable panels deed for camping use. Increasingly today you can buy camping equipment with small built-in solar chargers. Torches are available, which if left in bright light all day will light your way when darkness comes.
And those little garden lamps with in-built solar panels make an ideal beacon to guide you back to your tent. Your own power pack A leisure battery is a great way to provide electricity when you are away from a mains connection. Hooking up to the mains Most commercial and Club campsites will offer electric hook-ups on some or all of their pitches. Use electricity with care Make no mistake about it. Making life safer Most caravans, motorhomes and folding campers have electrical equipment fitted by de.
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