driveway 240v power supply

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  1. gerry mcg

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    I've got an electrician coming round next week to look at fitting an external 240v socket so we can keep our new van plugged to the mains when we are not using it - plan to keep a dehumidifier running.

    will an external 3 prong plug socket be OK or should I look at a specific coupling?

    cheers
     
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    You can get the socket for the standard blue connectors like you have on a site probably better and more waterproof (y)
     
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    If you want to save money drill a hole through the wall and just thread lead through then reconnect the plug on and use it like an extension lead. Seal around wire with a bit of silicon. Just plug in to a socket in the house saves getting an electrician in.
     
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    That's exactly what I have done. Bought a support bracket in ASDA, its meant for a hose pipe but supports the cable in a neat and tidy fashion.
     
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    For the sake of a few quid get it done properly by a professional. Don't go down the bodge route and risk burning your house van or both down.:doh:
    Got a proper campervan blue plug fitted on my drive wall brilliant park up plug in using the proper cable.
    Simples(y)
     
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    I don't want to bodge and risk overloading the house wiring and as It is going to be outside and exposed to the elements I want to have it done properly.
     
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    I would think there is more risk with leaving a dehumidifier running in the van than than there is with plugging an extension lead into the house socket, that is what the sockets are for.

    Martin
     
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    Oh dear me ! Extremely bad advice.
    Get a spark to do a safe job.
    They will provide a proper waterproof 16a hook up socket.

    With reference to the above post....how do you waterproof a 3 pin trailing socket ?
     
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    Get a proper externally rated IP 66/65 double socket fitted £30 from screwfix and a 13a plug to commando socket (blue) adapter that way you can use the socket outlet for the lawn mower etc
     
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    Get a proper externally rated IP 66/65 double socket fitted £30 from screwfix and a 13a plug to commando socket (blue) adapter that way you can use the socket outlet for the lawn mower etc
     
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    Exactly what I've got, works a treat. Mine was a freebie anyway - but if you've got an RCD on your consumer unit (not many old fuseboxes left) in the house then you should be able to fit a cheaper non-RCD version.

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/bg-nexus-13a-2g-dp-switched-socket/67928

    A standard 13-amp socket on your driveway is useful for other things anyway, such as pressure washers or vacuum cleaners for doing the car, rather than fitting a 16amp campsite-type power outlet and messing about with adaptors.

    I've got a hookup lead for the van that's got a standard 3 pin plug on one end for plugging the van in.
     
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    Hi there don't want to hi jack this thread but does a lot of Motorhome users keep dehumidifier running through the winter?
    Best Wishes Tony
     
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    Spot on.
    But you will still need either a 3pin to 16 AMP socket adaptor to plug your existing hook up lead into or a short (long enough to reach wall to van) new hook up lead with the correct 3 pin domestic plug and 16 AMP blue socket socket
     
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    Can't see any point unless you block up EVERY air vent.
    As you remove moisture from the internal air fresh moist air will enter via the vents.

    Ventilation is the key to preventing mold, mildew and musty smells.
    Remove any bedding and soft furnishings to the house.
    Leave doors, wardrobe, bathroom etc, open in case they swell and jam in their openings
     
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    Whats your address ?? Free electric for me incoming :D :D
     
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    I used the fix to the wall caravan socket that you see in sites , the other end indoors is normal plug . The house has got the trips that go off if a light bulb blows so must be safe.
     
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    Me to, very easy, safe and cheap. Use a 10 amp fuse and that and the RCD will keep you safe that's what they are designed to do.
     
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