Camping Electric Hook Up

Camping Electric Hook Up

Sometimes using electricity in your tent or at the campsite is essential, especially in the winter months when you may want to heat your tents. You may also want the ease of boiling a kettle, using a hairdryer or using a small fridge, so a camping electric hook up can be a useful accessory to add to your camping equipment.

Most campsites will provide electric hookups on some or all of their pitches. An electric hook up will give a 230V supply, which should power most of the appliances that you might bring from home. Campsites usually restrict what you can use, however, so do check how much you can plug in and turn on before arriving at the campsite as you will not want to overload the supply.

Safety

A camping electric hook up unit should be kept dry and if possible off the floor to avoid any water getting inside. In addition, ensure that the connectors are waterproof. When you connect to the main hook up point, the cable should be plugged into the unit first and then into the campsites supply so you are not carrying a live lead directly into the unit.

You will need suitable cabling to run the electricity supply to the pitch. As some pitches may be some distance from the nearest electricity point, about 25 metres is about the maximum length to use. Mobile mains units require clips to allow you to hang it up in the tent so the power supply is off the floor and preventing any trip hazards with the cable.

A camping electric hook up unit will have an RCD safety device wired into its circuit, which is designed to cut off the electricity supply if there is any leakage or fault detected. It will also have a circuit breaker, which will protect it from overload.