Electric Meter for MH

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  1. Dave and Ginny

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    Made up a 'in line' electric meter yesterday so that I can keep and eye on our usage at Winter Camp in Spain this year. Site long term rate includes 2kw of energy a day and then when you depart the following year they calculate on your final settling up payment how much extra you may need to pay. There is no meter at the EHU point, like a lot of sites now it's monitored from the reception. You can always ask at reception but they never seemed to be able to work it out in what seems like any sort of accurate way!

    If anyone is having or knows of someone having a new meter fitted at home then ask the engineer for the old one as they only get scrapped.

    Yes, waterproof container was last nights take-a-way :rolleyes:.

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    Nice one.. I used an Owl Wireless meter to give an alarm if near the max current of the EHU.. same idea.. it also totted up the units..

    Still have it somewhere in my 'really useful' spares box :LOL:
     
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    Interesting, does it have a reset button on it ?

    I suppose it would be possible to mount it inside the van prior to the consumer unit.
     
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    No reset button so you just need to jot down the reading. We've been back from our last travels about ten days and I was surprised that when I fired it up it used almost a kilowatt in a few hours with no electrics on except the elektroblok! Maybe my leisure battery is on the way out :(.

    Going to try with the fridge on today...exciting stuff!
     
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    I thought about that but it would have meant some alterations to woodwork and wiring to be able to mount it where it could be read easily in the wardrobe. As I had a couple of spare connectors I decided to go down this route...plus can keep it if change the van
     
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    Good idea - but if site reception can't "update" you, what's going to happen when their reading disagrees with yours - as it surely will:eek:
     
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    The DIN rail mounted ones, like the first one on the list if you click the link in my post, are definitely the neatest way of doing the job whether in a building or a vehicle. The problem is that I'm not sure how many motorhome 230v consumer units would have the space for one. I know I couldn't fit one in mine.
     
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    He'll keep very quiet if the site thinks he's used a lot less :rofl:
     
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    Precisely....doesn't matter what your reading is you will be charged by their reading.
     
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    They'll explain that their Spanish meter is much better than the "slow" British one you've installed and that it hasn't caught up with the superior faster Spanish electricity :D
     
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    It's just so I can keep an eye on our usage not to use in anyway to argue over a couple of kilowatts. Many folk used there fridge on gas so as to reduce their daily allowance whereas I preferred to run our modest sized one on the electric. It's nice to use other items over a long stay like electric kettle, slow cooker etc. It will hopefully at least eliminate getting a nasty shock after 4/5 months!
     
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    Electric kettle !!!! - never used one in my 40 years of camping. What's wrong with gas, just as quick. Agree we use EHU for the fridge and to keep the 12v system charged up.
     
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    get solar and no need for EHU .. cut the umbiblical ..it's liberating
     
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    Gas you have to get hold of. Electric you just plug in.
     
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    Well, excuse is...it was in the van when we bought it!
     
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    I left an almost full Spanish cylinder with a fellow funster for safe keeping for when we return (y):cool::(:cry:
     
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