Caravan hook up abroad
Sign in Register. Index Recent Topics Search. Welcome, Guest. The administrator has disabled public write access. Unless other who regularly go to Holland state the contrary, the connections are the same as UK, but reverse polarity may be an issue. We have come across reversed polarity quite a few times abroad.
What do I do about hooking up to the electric at my campsite?
Hi, we're travelling to Spain and France with our Lexon in May this year. Do we need any special adaptors for electrical hook ups etc please? It depends on what sites you go on. Many now have the CE same as the blue ones in the UK power points. These are available in most accessory shps for a few quid. Also, in my experience you are advised to take a polarity tester - a simple device to plug into your 'van's 13A socket and it displays whether the polarity and earth of the site hook up is correct.
I don't know about Spain, but many sites in France still use the continental two-pin system and live to earth reversals are not unusual, so it's worth carrying a power reversing adapter and also an adapter to convert the two pin system to the standard UK 3 wire hookup cable. You can probably buy these in a caravan accessories shop but there very easy to make up yourself.
If you really want to be extra-safe you might want to make up a lead with a blue UK hookup plug at one end and a 13 amp socket at the other end. That would allow you to plug in a polarity tester to check the site supply before you connect it to your caravan, otherwise if the site supply is reversed and you connect it to the caravan you could damage the van's control panel. It's a relatively small risk, but I have met people who take that approach.
Unless you have checked with the site owners it's best to be prepared and take a kit, including a tester. Here's an example, but shop around http: It worries me when posters who are concerned about reverse polarity unnecessarily n my opinion then post that earth and live are sometimes reversed and suggest that a lead be made up to correct it! Have I missed something? It would worry me, as it's normally live and neutral that are reversed. I've never met it. Why is the Earth being mentioned its the live and neutral that are sometimes reversed dont try to swap the earth for the live.
Highlandman, reverse polarity is not a live to earth reversal, it is where live to neutral are reversed. A person who is asking for advice may read your post and make up their own lead incorrectly where your suggestion is actioned. The problem is someone reading this may well make up a lead with live and earth reversed and plug it in if their test shows reverse polarity with disastrous results, possible explosion at the hookup post. Well OK I take your point. My understanding is that the two-wire system uses the neutral wire as the earth, but maybe I've got it wrong.
In practical terms though, I have an adapter with a two-pin continental plug and one end and a three-pin UK type socket at the other end. The adapter reverses the live and neutral wires so that the connection to the caravan is of the correct polarity. Are you saying that is unsafe and if so, what is the alternative? I am not saying it is unsafe provided you have reversed live and neutral and kept the earth wire seperate.
I question the need to do it as the risk with reversed polarity is miniscule especially when compared to the risk of someone wiring a plug wrongly. Provided you use modern equipment it is difficult to envisage a situation that presents a quantifiable risk. Having said that if you correctly wire the plug then you can do no harm by correcting polarity and for a lot of people it will give them peace of mind,.
Any European campsite EHU supply using domestic type sockets is likely to have 'reversed polarity' at the socket because the regulations do not specify live and neutral terminals whereas the blue CEE17 plugs and sockets have the terminals marked L, N and E so should be wired correctly. Most, if not all, European caravans have unswitched Schuko or French sockets which can be wired, quite correctly, with live and neutral either way round.
That being so the live and neutral connections in the supply cable wiring are immaterial and the continental caravanner seems to survive their hobby. Second rule. Reversed polarity is not the problem to UK caravanners that it is often made out to be. There is more potential danger in messing around with non-standard adapter cables. I also can't tell you about Spain, but have stayed at many sites in France both expensive and cheap.
Only once have I come across a reverse polarity and yes I had the few pounds adapter ready to go. These sites quite often will loan or rent you an adapter if you don't have one. The site will probably tell you and those staying there especially the Brits will let you know before you plug in. All the sites we have visited have had the blue euro connection. It all depends on whether you are standing in a bucket of water at the time IMHO.
It's a bit like when you use a lighted match to check for leaks in the gas system. You must always make sure that you only use Safety Matches. I was told many many years ago when I was a younge soldier living in Germany that if I turned the 2 pin plug through degrees IE upside down it would reverse the polarity, and since I've been living in spain, over 20 years now, I've never had any problem with this issue.
That includes buying electrical goods from the UK and using them here. Some of the electrical goods had 3 pin plugs that covered a 2 pin plug, take off the outer wrapping 3 pin plug to reveil the inner 2 pin plug. And I always test and rectify as it seems sensible to have the caravan wired the way its designers intended.
A side benefit of testing is that it also identifies any earth problems, which I have come across once or twice. Have a read of this, puts things into perspective. Wow, thanks for your posts and sorry if my query caused a couple of fall outs. I'll take the advice given and stock up on the adaptors testers etc as I don't really fancy either the wet finger test or the cross wiring bit.
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Recommended Posts. Posted March 25, Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted March 25, edited. Sorry my post overlapped with Ian Hastings above. Edited March 25, by Highlandman. Quite a lot of sites have the normal Euro blue sockets. In 2 wire or 3 wire the neutral is classed as a live conductor. Having said that if you correctly wire the plug then you can do no harm by correcting polarity and for a lot of people it will give them peace of mind, knarf.
If you don't go there very often try to borrow an adapter or as said above they don't cost much. Either way don't worry about it too much. So wetting a finger a sticking it into a socket see if it is live is not recommended? David in Cheshire. Join the conversation You can post now and register later. Reply to this topic Go To Topic Listing. Lexon roof lights. Leisure battery flat after weeks. Status Aerial from too old for digital reception? Radio removal. Sign In Sign Up.
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Hi, we're travelling to Spain and France with our Lexon in May this year. Do we need any special adaptors for electrical hook ups etc please?
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Reduced voltage gives reduced power output, so appliances generally do not work so efficiently. Please ensure your requirements do not exceed the amperage reserved on your booking. The Campsites' power supplies are shown within the pitch descriptions on our campsite web pages. The table shown right is a rough guide only to the amperage needed to run a typical appliance with a power rating of a certain wattage on a V supply. Check the needs of your own appliances accordingly before booking. The pitch supply amperage A required equals the stated wattage of the appliance W , divided by the site supply in volts usually V. The Club is not responsible for electrical damage caused by voltage fluctuations.
We have put together the following information to help you with some of the rules and regulations upheld on the continent, in order for you to have a trouble free holiday. The mains lead for use on UK sites has a blue three-pin plug and socket. There are many continental sites, particularly in France and Spain, that still use 2-pin plugs. To use the electrical hook-up at 2-pin sites, you will need a short length of lead with a 2-pin plug at one end and a blue socket at the other. All good accessory shops sell continental site hook-up adaptors. We also recommend that you take a mains polarity tester to determine if you have reversed polarity. If this is the case, electricity will come into your caravan through the neutral wire and could render appliances live and give you a lethal shock.
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