25m electric hook up cable

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  1. champers

    champers Funster Life Member

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    Hi
    Not knowing anything about electrics :Blush:
    On searching for one of these cables on the auction sites I noticed that it stated 16amp 200-250v,also that is it suitable for weather -25 and as we hope to go skiing next season wondered, does this mean when camping and the site states that they have 6amp /10 amp hookup that we wont be able to use it, do we need cables for each

    Ebay item 260353263275(sorry dont know how to link)

    Could anyone recommend what I should be looking for if incorrect please or point me in the direction of a thread that covers this, (sorry I have tried to find before posting)

    thanx
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    the cable is good for anything up to and including 16amp, so you only need the one cable.
     
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    Thank you Wildman, I started to wonder where all those cables were going to be stored:Rofl1:

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    If you are going to spend time on the continent or Morocco you will need an adaptor to convert from the standard European domestic outlet to a socket you can plug your standard blue Europlug into.
    So far in around 15 countries, that is the only adaptor I've needed. Wildcamped mostly in the UK so can't comment other than the two campgrounds we did use had the europlug outlets anyway. Maybe the eastern bloc countries are different. I'll find out next year.
     
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    I can tell you now that in the Eastern Bloc it's usual for the Live and Neutral to be the opposite of the UK i.e. Looking from the 'back' of the connector the Live will be on the left and the Neutral on the right. So an adapter like the one made by someone on here recently will be useful 'tho not absolutely essential.

    As a matter of interest three phase is very common in Czechland but let's not get into all that :BigGrin: The few camp sites that are around will likely offer only single phase.
     
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    Thank you all for your advice, :thumb:

    I now understand alot more about the 25m cable (its just someone had suggested to me I use the yellow cable, cause of the flexibility when freezing on departure) i am just working out the diff adaptors needed now and it will be all lights ablazing:Rofl1::Rofl1:

    thanx again champers
     
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    Hi champer, Artic cable is normally blue.

    Olley
     
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    One point about EHU cables.

    I had an 18 m almost red coloured cable that was very flexible when cold and easy to roll up.

    I decided that it was not long enough and bought a 25 m orange cable. This cable is very stiff and difficult to wind up even when warm and almost impossible when cold.

    It's impossible to check the quality of the cable when buying it on the net and not very easy when buying it in a shop when it is sealed in a bag.
     
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    Yellow cable is usually site voltage 110v via a transformer.
    Use only Acrtic blue or the standard orange cable. If you buy a yellow cable with plugs on the end,if they are yellow they have offset pins,this is to prevent them bveing used on 240v.
     
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    champers Funster Life Member

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    The plot thickens:Rofl1: Now I have red, yellow, blue and orange cables, just when i thought it was sorted :Doh: reminds me of a song somehow, seriously though, think as stated by djchapple that the quality cant be checked online and some auction sites will sell you anything ref to the yellow cable as bigfoot explained is not right for us, seems wiser to wait until the Carmarthen show

    thanx all for your advice and info

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    we use 110v yellow 'site' cables at work and in winter we dont even bother trying to coil them up.....just bundle them in the van as they are.
    if they are really cold and try to coil them too tight you could split the outer casing.
     
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    I always had trouble coiling up the orange cable in cold weather so I made myself two new cables with arctic blue cable, much easier. I made one 10 metres length - just right for at home and reaches on some sites, to save fighting with the big one, and a 25 metre for most sites. For those awkward sites where the EHU tower is a long way away, they can be connected, have only needed to do that on one site.

    The knowledgeable chaps in the electrical factors said 16 amp cable was fine for the 10 metre one but recommended a higher amperage for the longer one to avoid voltage drop, I can't remember offhand now what size it is, but it's thicker than the 16 amp.
     
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    Hi a standard 25metre 2.5mm2 cable will have a voltage drop of 6volts if your drawing the full 16amps, and 3volts if your only drawing 8amps.

    Not enough IMO to make any noticeable difference to your appliances, certainly not enough to go to a larger size. Or did they recommend this because you are using 1.5mm2 for your shorter length?

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    Haven't a clue, I just did what I was told. :Wink:
     
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    Hi Just give us a ring, one phone call will put you wise and get you on your way, cable, plug, polarity converter, the lot!:thumb:

    Peter
     
  18. sinbad1

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    You can get blue artic 16A cable temp down to -20 cheap £28 for 50m 76p/metre stick a couple of plug on job done.

    Click here
     
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    Hi Champers. I've been skiing in france with camper for 9 years. I just use a wind-up roll of cable from Castorama(french B&Q) with 4 sockets, just like the sort of thing used by DIY people. It's OK for 13 amps which is the max you will get in a french campsite. I just unroll it all and push the reel underneath the camper. You could wrap it in a plastic bag if you want but I have never had to. I made a short lead that plugs into the reel (French 16amp plug) with a connector to plug into the camper socket. All power cable generates a very small amount of heat so it gradually sinks into the snow, so each day I pull the cable out of the snow so that it cannot get frozen underground. It rolls up perfectly even when very cold. :thumb:
     
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    Thank you all for the great suggestions of how to go regarding the hook up cable, hubby did suggest making one up, admittedly we hadnt thought to buy any cable whilst in France, but I would prefer the ready made style (I am a bit of a worrier regarding electrics)

    We thought perhaps to visit Johns_Cross_Motorhomes stand at a show

    Olley no they just said " why not the yellow as it was the same price"


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