Outdoor power at home.

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  1. Encantador

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    About to get a price for outside lights, nothing to do with our first MH that is hopefully arriving next week.

    Is it worth getting a quote for a outside power point too is the question. For what reason would i want to have a power out to the MH. Can use extension lead for occasional use (vacuuming etc), so would it be worth at least getting a price?

    Would it be a normal domestic 3 pin plug outside and some sort of adaptor for the EHU lead?

    Thanks

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    Well worth it I would say, I have a outside socket and use it all the time not just for the motorhome, just have a proper outdoor socket and get an adapter for your hook up lead:thumb:
     
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    Only you can say if you would use it or not , certainly very useful of keeping the van's batteries on charge .. and using a heater in the winter..

    You could have either a waterproof domestic 13A socket .. which means using an adaptor or a dedicated EHU lead just for home use... that means you can use the socket for any other domestic or gardening appliance .. or a Blue 3 pin 16A outlet same as they fit for on EHU posts .... my preference is a 16A socket ..

    Have it done at the same time as the lights and it will be cheaper than having it done later on ..
     
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    charging your batteries before going away for a trip maybe ?

    Edit ScotJimland can type quicker than me lol
     
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    and also pre cooling the fridge .. that's a worthwhile exercise :thumb:
     
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    Hi Steve, it is certainly a good idea to have an external power socket. We have one and use it regularly to keep the van hooked-up to maintain charge for batteries and particularly for running the fridge for a day or so before travelling.

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    Thanks, I don`t think I would have much use for it for anything that I couldn`t use a extension lead for, so would only really consider it if there was a good enough reason for the MH, but never having had one before wasn`t sure.

    Would you normally leave it connected permanently if you had a outdoor socket?

    No harm in getting a price.

    (Sorry, this post crossed with the couple above, seems like there are enough reasons to at least get a price)

    Thanks

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    Not necessarily but it is more convenient than an extension lead
     
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    Yes.

    The electronics and alarm flatten the battery is a very short time these days ( 2, 3 weeks ) so I'd say it is essential.
     
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    indeed,

    just bear in mind when you get a price, as it's an outside socket it should have it's own circuit protected by an RCD .. so will be more expensive than an outside light .. and waterproof sockets are fairly expensive.
     
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    Don`t suppose anyone can give me a `ball park` figure?

    Where I would probably want it would be behind a gate which would be about 5ft from the outside electricity meter/fuse box, so assume that is where they would take a feed from.
     
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    I'm not in the contracting 'game' so only a rough idea..

    Socket £30 ..
    RCD £30
    + cable + time

    say ... £100 - £125
     
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    in a word......Convenience.

    i have a dedicated blue Euro-socket fitted to my garage wall (RCD protected) next to the RV.

    i also have a compact adaptor, below, so I can use it for normal 3 pin plugs
     

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    Thanks, worth doing for that sort of money.

    Thanks for the replies.

    Steve
     
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    the socket in my pic was around £5 and an RCD, depending on your fuse box make, will be around £20 to £30.

    probably 1/2hr to install if its only 2mtrs from fusebox and straightforward.

    i would say around £75 'all in' for a 'one man band' electrician.

    you will then have power for other outdoor tasks as well....lawnmower, hedge trimming etc
     
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    outdoor power

    I leave my power on all the time.

    On frosty nights , I leave the heater on low.

    Good for powering fridge up, so you can be away quickly.

    Saves having the lead trailing out through the letterbox
     
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    Do you mean the van heating or a stand alone heater ?

    Reason I mention, this was discussed on another thread.. if it is a stand alone heater, in the event of a fire your insurance may not (read probably not) pay out .. worth checking ...
     
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    I got an external one and M/H is permanently on hook up it`s handy right now but god knows how much the leccy bill will be:Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile:
     
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    Mine is plugged in permanently :thumb:I have 2 outside sockets in the garden but the van is plugged into the garage via it's hook up lead :BigGrin:
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