European hook up adapter
I'm planning a trip accross Europe later in the year and wondered if it's worth buying a Schuko to 16A socket adaptor and a polarity reversal adaptor? How common is it to find sites in Europe which don't have the normal blue 16A socket hook up or have reversed polarity? I don't fancy relying on a cheapo one from Ebay, so if it turns out that they are worth buying, has anyone got any experience of these ones? We find that approaching half the sites we stay on don't have the new style hook ups and an adaptor is needed.
Electricity on European Campsites
I'm planning a trip accross Europe later in the year and wondered if it's worth buying a Schuko to 16A socket adaptor and a polarity reversal adaptor? How common is it to find sites in Europe which don't have the normal blue 16A socket hook up or have reversed polarity? I don't fancy relying on a cheapo one from Ebay, so if it turns out that they are worth buying, has anyone got any experience of these ones?
We find that approaching half the sites we stay on don't have the new style hook ups and an adaptor is needed. This is based on medium to large sites across France. So the adaptor is a must for us. We've never checked or reversed polarity. I believe the van has an indicator so I may check out of curiosity this year.
I've read a lot of posts from experts arguing on here and it appears to come down to not changing a light bulb while hooked up. Our caravan sockets don't have switches so even on non reversed polarity supply, anything plugged in is live. I have a Schuko adapter, and have used it occasionally. Reversed polarity lead and a polarity tester, whether you need one depends of three factors. Firstly lots of people don't have one or test polarity and don't have a fault on their appliances so are fine.
Secondly if you have dual pole circuit breakers on your caravan then you don't really need one. After all continental caravans don't use them. The third and most important factor for me is after explaining the first 2 factors actually the second to my wife And failing miserably. I have one to keep her happy. Sometimes life is just too short. Finally on a couple of occasions we have found our lead isn't long enough and I have had to use 2. Normally you can borrow one from a campsite but sometimes they want a big deposit.
I have those things and, have used them regularly for many years. I also take a half standard length EHU cable, which is nicer to use and put away than the long one, when you don't need so much length. I'm just back from our annual trip over the water and as usual all of these things were used including my trusty polarity checker.
Wouldn't leave without them. As stated by others the Schuko outlets are widely used in France, so carrying one is very prudent. I personally prefer the type with a 90 degree Schuko plug as that way the weight of the cable is not cantilevered onto the cable. I carry a homemade reverse polarity cable link, and always check for this using the simple tester like the following:.
I know all the arguments why it does not overly matter, but I prefer that things meet the correct conventions, that way nobody is in for surprises, and once or twice in 40 odd years caravanning I have found defective earths. My home made reversing lead is about 2 metres long deliberately so the near van coupling onto the EHU lead can be kicked way under the van out of the rain.
Afaik Schuko is the name of a company. But like, Hoover, Cellotape, and Thermos, it has become a generic description. First continental holiday we positioned ourselves for our 14 night stay and found the hookup lead was about 18 inches short good job a brought a spare. Then, on the other hand, we are just back from 6 weeks using 8 sites, 6 of these had only Schuko outlets for our pitches. Did not log those with reversed polarity but know for sure more than one was.
However, on all Swiss campsites that I've stayed at, the warden has always provided an adapter. I would agree with the comment about a 90deg Schuko plug. On many sites the sockets are inside a metal box and if a straight plug is use the door will not shut to protect the contents from rain. It is also a good idea if possible to situate it off the ground. The cheap socket testers don't indicate whether or not the earth is adequate,they just tell if there is an earth present which could be thousands of Ohms.
If you are really concerned then you need one that indicates the value but if the value isn't low enough then what do you do? They should not be allowed to sit in water though. IP67 plugs and sockets are available if you want to do that! There is really no danger from reverse polarity on any modern caravan.
So personally I'd only take a continental plug-socket adapter. Thanks for all the advice- I'll defiately invest in both and a socket tester just in case. Will see what the quality is like before I order the polarity reversal adaptor. I don't believe it's legal for retailers to sell polarity reversal adaptors, but I'm sure you will find them on fleabay, or you could make one up yourself from reputable bits, for example from TLC - see JTQ's link in post 6.
Both reverse polarity and flying lead are home constructed. This year I found a number of sockets with no earth - a couple on Bella Riva Les Pommiers as was plus one or two reverse polarity on other sites. It's a matter of moments to carry out this check and whilst I understand the arguments which say it's not necessary, it certainly does no harm. Even more important than testing polarity and earth is to ensure that you trip test your RCD every time you connect to ensure it operates.
In the event of no earth it is your only protection, even if a tester indicates the presence of an earth I'm no sure it provides much protection from electrocution. I have recently revamped this information on my website that might be of use those new to travelling abroad. You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Restore formatting. Only 75 emoji are allowed.
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Posted July 20, Hi, Thanks for accepting me to the forum- bit of a newbie, so please go easy on me! Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted July 21, edited. Edited July 21, by svimes. Reversed polarity lead and a polarity tester, whether you need one depends of three factors Firstly lots of people don't have one or test polarity and don't have a fault on their appliances so are fine.
Chances are you won't need any of the above if you have them and will need them if you don't. Oh and Welcome. Edited July 21, by fred. Posted July 21, Good advice and explanation from Fred. We carry a 10m and 20m EHU cable. I think we had to use both three times in five holidays. Halfords for example do the type I use: I presume that Schuko is the name of a two pin plug! Only needed a 'continental' adapt or on one site in seven weeks this year. If one isn't available then move to another site?
If you are concerned about the lack of an earth on a site then you should test the earth at the hookup post to prove that it isn't your hookup lead at fault. If you are testing it at the caravan end then you will have already connected to an unearthed system. If you are seriously concerned then you should get one of the adaptors below. Some posters on here have admitted not checking every time! I am one of those so thanks for the reminder. Join the conversation You can post now and register later.
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Product Details Euro hook-up adaptor allows your UK site hook up lead to run from a European 2 pin socket, which is great if you're touring abroad but not so if . Hook-ups. The mains lead needed to connect to the electricity supply on UK Club These continental site adaptors are available in all good camping accessory.
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What do I do about hooking up to the electric at my campsite?
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Heavy duty adaptor designed to enable standard UK caravan hook-up leads to be used across Europe. We are the only company on-line to provide this type of adaptor with superior 2. The lead should be compatible with sockets in the following counties please check before travelling as local variations may occur: Suitable sockets may also be available in Denmark and Italy.
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Continental Mains Hook-up Adaptor (2-pin)
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.
What do I do about hooking up to the electric at my campsite?
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Continental Mains Hook-up Adaptor (2-pin)
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