Electric Hook-up for Camping and Tents

Views 4 Likes Comments Comment
Like if this guide is helpful

With electric hook-up points becoming more and more widely available, it makes sense to have the correct kit with you to enable you to hook-up and enjoy some home comforts when camping!

This is a quick guide to what equipment you need and what to look for.

A typical Electrical Hook-Up Unit for use in tents consists of:

  • A single/triple 13 amp socket(s), a distribution box with a transparent window housing a 10amp double pole MCB and 25amp RCD. This should be in an integral housing and physically protected to a minimum of IP44.
  • This in turn is connected to cable with a BS EN 60309-2 plug (Commando Type) at the opposite end.
  • They are available with a single socket outlet or three socket outlets;

We have the triple socket version available in our eBay shop at a low low price!


Key points to remember when using a hook-up unit:
•Integral RCD (Residual Current Device) and MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker). Weatherproof Unit to a minimum of IP44.
 •Purchase a unit which was designed for camping use and do not attempt to cut corners with other equipment that seems similar but which in fact may not be.
 •It is not advisable to use normal household appliances, purchase appliances designed for camping use.
 •Do not attempt to ‘make your own’ unless you are suitably qualified to do so and fully understand the technical implications.


Heres a chart to help you calculate your electrical items useage when using an electrical hook-up unit (EHU).

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


 

This article is meant as a general guide only. You must take professional advice when using or considering installing electricity in your tent, or caravan!

Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides