Putting A Connection In A Hook Up Cable ?

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  1. Charlie

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    The hook up cable we got with our MH is very long ! We are beginners and on the two sites we have stayed at the cable was nuisance getting tangled up ! We realise of course at times the length of the cable will be needed.
    So I am considering cutting the cable in half and putting pair of blue plugs so they can be connected up when the length is needed.

    The plugs
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MAINS-SIT...146?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item2a4bb2f682

    Are there any pitfalls in doing this ? For instance would a joint using blue plugs be susceptible to rain ?
    Just thought it worth asking before doing it.

    Thanks !
     
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    why not just get another short hookup lead.
     
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    as Roger says..

    plug and socket laying on the ground is not a good idea when it's wet..
     
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    Plus a short lead plus the one you have may come in handy in France where hook ups can be a greater distance apart then a cc club site.
     
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    So long as you put a waterproof bag securely round a join it will be okay, or you can actually buy coupling covers anyway.

    We cut ours into 2 lengths, one is 2/3rds the other 1/3rd.
     
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    That would mean taking both the very long lead we have and a short one as well everywhere we go if we don't know the set up at the site. I store the lead in a space down the back of the toilet and getting another lead in is not possible. Less kit and clutter and all that ...
     
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    I always carry two cables.

    In Winter this enables me to run an electric heater in the awning whilst plugged into the next pitch's EHU(y):D
     
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    As hook-ups often take place over potentially wet ground, it would certainly be wiser to use a shorter cable rather than make any break in the cable, although, like many other people, I have seen connections made and encased in plastic bags; the risk is theirs.
    Generally it is also unwise to leave large parts of the cable still coiled up. Over any distance the cable can get warm (resistance) and the heat if coiled up could build up and become dangerous.
    Alan
     
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    you need to update your profile ;)

    says you don't own one yet ..:LOL:
     
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    Thanks. Do you have a link to the coupling cover ?
     
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    I will try !
     
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    If you uncoil the lead carefully and run it back and forth between your van and the hook up socket it should not get in a tangle nor be in the way. However if you treat cable like some do a washing line and wind it around your elbow it will soon be FUBAR'd
     
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    Hi.
    Both the above,get a 14 mt cable made up,and as ScotJimland says,jointed cables are a hazard and not acceptable on most sites. We were on a super CL at Thornton Stewart/ward ?,Yorkshire,the owner leaves a few assorted leads up in the corner so that if anyone is parked just a bit out of reach,can extend their lead,when a site inspector turned up in a VW Camper,he walked around and started shaking his head,he did not like the joined cable.
    It can be dangerous for a variety of reasons,however,on some sites in Fance/Germany, you could end up useing 2 full lengths,just take care. We always have two 25mt and one 14 mt,belt and braces LOL,plus,often people will turn up minus their lead,sorted.
    Tea Bag
     
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    Done now. Plus a rather fetching avatar ??
     
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    yip.. you did it .
     
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    So in general its not a great idea.

    What I have done for now is wind up from one end to half way and cable tie the loop so it stays neat and tidy together. Then I did the same from the other end and cable tied that up the same.
    So if I need just half I just undo one half. If the full length is needed then I undo both loops.

    But a fella on a site down south last weekend said leaving cables looped up would cause a resistance and knacker them. In 40 year in construction I have never heard of resistance in electric cables. I have heard of wound cables overheating but only if a lot of power is being drawn through them. With many sites having a limit on drawn power I cant see that happening ? But cables are not my specialty
     
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    My 10 metre lead but the same would apply with a longer one
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    Just plug into the van, walk back & forth along the rear of the pitch, or the side of the van, unloading cable as you go until you get to the end, then plug into the bollard.
    If your lead's getting tangled up as you store it, we just make a big loop - about 2 metres I think - and wrap a velcro strap around it before loading into the van.
    Or you could try something like these:
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    but don't forget to uncoil the cable fully before plugging into the bollard.

    CC and CCC ask you to unwind fully because of the potential for overheating. Even if it's a very, very low risk, I believe it's best not to take even that chance. Watch YouTube videos of how quickly a van burns down.

    EDIT: I know I'm a newbie and may be talking garbage but that's what I think anyway (y)
     
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    I must disagree
    using a waterproof bag is poor advice.. it can leak and fill up .. I've seen that happen, covers give mechanical protection.. but can also leak and fill up ..

    Th one you pont to is Splash Proof..
    it should trip the EHU .. but if that failed it could kill a person or an animal that just happens to step near it ..

    use a full lead if at all possible.. joints laying around are a hazard
     
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