Amps / watts - French site help.

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  1. Jph123

    Jph123 Read Only Funster

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    Hello!

    Just planning ahead as hitting the French alps in 3 weeks.

    We'll I'll keep it short, I just don't trust leaving my propane heater on overnight, as a couple of times it has cut out and both times, both engineers have said its fine after many hours of fault finding nothing.

    Anyway, daytime when I'm awake fine, but for nighttime I have two 600w mini oil filled radiators, which don't trip uk sites but I'm told French sites trip a lot easier to trip as lower amps? Will my two radiators plus usual lights etc do this?

    Any advice welcome.

    Thank you

    Justin
     
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    It all depends on what the campsite is supplying. You need around a 6 amp supply and some sites do offer less than this. In my experience though most will provide enough for your needs.

    Mike
     
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    It depends on what amperage supply you have:

    If it's 6Amp you are right on the edge of capacity with your 2 x 600watt heaters, together they will use about 5.21Amps (1200w / 230v = 5.21Amps)

    Add on to that your kettle etc and you could well be over the 6Amp supply.

    If you have a supply higher than 6Amps you should be OK.
     
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    and more importantly, the parasitic load you forget about......the battery charger.

    that aside, your gas heater should be sealed to outside air....in other words whether its running or not no fumes of any description can enter the hab area from the heater and if it should go out the thermocouple will shut off the gas automatically..
     
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    as a rough guide just use 4 amps per kilowatt (1000w) to work out your consumption:thumb:
     
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    Thank you - very helpful

    Thanks everyone very helpful advice, should be ok with the ski site as they have a 10 amp option which I will take for sure.

    You are all a very wise bunch.

    Thank you

    Justin
     
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