Electrics On Hook Up

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  1. K3n

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    I bought a 20m hook up cable thinking I'd be able to try it out at home before going on our fist proper trip and when it arrived realised I wouldn't be able to plug it in! Anyway the adaptor arrived today and so I'm up and running. After a lot of hunting I finally located the charger tucked away in a cupboard. It looks like this.
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    When I'm hooked there appears to be a 240 supply to the fridge. And if I turn on the charger I think it's charging the leisure battery. Is that all there is to it? Hook up and turn it on? Any other advice?
     
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    I can't help thinking that there is more to this question than meets the eye?
    Simple answer is yes, plug in and you are done. The 240v sockets in the van will work, and any other items that are 240v, the fridge for example, as you say, switches to 240v when hooked up.
     
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    as above..
    except not all fridges automatically switch to 230v ..
    older models like mine have a three position power selector switch on the fridge front panel..

    1. 12Vdc (only available when engine is running,) Battery symbol
    2. LPG when no EHU. Flame symbol
    3. Mains, 230v on EHU. AC ~ symbol
     
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    @DanielFord Now you mention it there is something else! what are the two indicator lights labelled 14.5v and 13.8v for?
    @ScotJimland Yes, same here, but I just flipped the switch marked 240 and it lit up green, so I knew it was working. I had it working on the gas earlier, but it seemed to take forever to cool down. I'm guessing (doing a lot of guessing!) that the best bet would be to plug the van in at home before leaving to get everything fully charged and fridge nice and cold before switching to gas when we depart.
     
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    the 14.5 v light shows the battery is charging.. it will go off when fully charged and the green light will come on.. hopefully :LOL:

    Fridge takes several hours to cool.. so yes, plug into mains the night before you travel..
     
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    Why a red light
    Red usually means something is not right ?
     
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    Well, sort of like many devices, red light charging, green light charged! :D
     
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    it can do..
    in this example it may be Red because the battery isn't fully charged yet..

    my 230v mains light is Red ..

    doesn't really matter, provided we know what it means..
     
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    Ahhhh I have see the light :notworthy2:
     
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    If you can't cool your fridge before you set off then freeze items you will be taking as they will cool the fridge. Milk, bread, bacon etc all can be frozen and will act as ice blocks when you are cooling down the fridge on the go.

    Jen
     
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    I usually freeze a 5 liter water bottle as when it eventually thaws it will be used for drinking .
     
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    I often leave bottles of water in the freezer (okay, bottles of ice) at home so that if we need to go away at short notice and haven't time to put the EHU on they can go into the van fridge. Works a treat.

    The bottles of ice also act as a back-up for the domestic freezer keeping it all solid for longer if the power goes off (assuming the freezer isn't full. Basically any space in the freezer gets filled with bottles of water :)
     
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    You should switch to 12 volts when you start off on the road. As mentioned earlier, the 12 volt supply only works when the alternator is charging.

    J
     
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