Where did I go wrong?

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  1. bigtwin

    bigtwin Funster

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    On the, recently upgraded, aire at Beaulieu sur Dordogne and decided that we would avail ourselves of the 4hrs of electricity for €2 from the Flot Bleu posts.

    Despite, I believe, following the instructions, no amps whatsoever were to be had.

    1: Cable inserted into socket number 3 and silver button above socket 3 depressed.
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    2: Jeton inserted
    3: Validate silver button depressed
    4: No electricity dispensed!
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    Where did I go wrong?

    Checked the distribution board in the motorhome and all breakers were in the correct position.

    Ian
     
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    Maybe the socket is just not working.
    Had a similar experience with a Spanish guy in Germany - he had followed the instructions but no sparks. Used another socket and he paid again and he was fine.
    Don't know why he asked me to help - not enough Spanish or German or English between the pair of us to converse.
     
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    I know it's a bit late, but I always carry an adapter from blue 16A plug to UK 13A socket, and a UK mains socket tester (I got mine at B&Q):
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    Plug it into the post to check the supply is available.
    If OK, plug into MH end of cable to check cable is good.
    If OK, plug into a socket inside MH to check breakers are on etc.

    You can show the problem clearly to yourself and anyone else that might not otherwise be totally convinced.
     
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    And I know I am even later but ...

    some of these posts need you to turn the plug a quarter or similar turn to actually switch the power on. I found out the hard way at the old now gone Camping Municipal site at Chartres.

    May be your solution in the future

    :france:
     
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  5. bigtwin

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    I had wondered about that also but that didn't seem to be the problem.

    Ian
     
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    I normally carry a DVM but, Sod's law being Sod's law, I (erroneously) left it at home on this trip!

    Ian
     
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    Tried using a different socket to no avail!

    Ian
     
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    It's come out on strike in sympathy with the French!
     
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