Length of cable?

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  1. beckysharpe

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    hi all,
    First post and a question. We are renovating a camper van to motor locally, we are in the S. of France. Can anyone suggest what length of cable we might need to connect the van to the static electricity points at campsites and aires. The van is a Renault trafic master so space is at a premium. just a guestimate would help. Thanks in advance.
     
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    In europe whatever it takes

    While you may see a normal size and length one is 10 mtrs and the other is longer and heavier, you will find often in France for example many lengths joined together.. I was in Amiens and saw one camper join three lengths up to reach.. plus even the odd home made wired up plug with many connections.. Not seen here often, but common in Europe.. It is a case how much can you carry.. make sure you have the different connectors.

    I have a automatic tester in my RV that knows if the plug is correctly wired.. often they are reversed in Europe and can blow your fuses or do major damage. Be aware of it.

    Bob:thumb:
     
  3. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    You can get 25m lengths but dont go for the cheap 16 amp chinese ones, crap.

    Buy the 25 amp ones

    Peter
     
  4. Wildman

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    slight misinformation Bob. What causes a problem with reversed polarity is the fusing system used in british vans. European vans are fused on the live and also on the nuetral so a fault in either line is caught by the fuse. British vans only fuse on the live cable not the neutral side so in the event of a fault equipment may become live. It is time both live and neutral were fused here. A/C is exactly that it alternates in direction so apart from fusing protection the polarity makes no differance.
     
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    25m will do pretty well anywhere in the UK.
     
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    Hi Becky and welcome.

    whatever length you decide on please ensure you fully unwind the cable before use....even if the hookup post is only a couple of meters away.

    a tightly coiled cable, especially on a cable reel, can overheat and could catch fire.

    a few large loose coils will be OK. :thumb:
     
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    Hello and welcome:thumb:

    As mentioned 25m cable should do the job
     
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    My RV came with around 10m fixed at one end to the RV, a 10m 25amp coil, a 25m 25amp coil, and one gifted to me recently for a favour, and left in the locker till the other day is 25amp, and about three quarters of a mile long! Where ever he got that from, i do not know! Sheess, i live on the Isle of Man and i could have left it hooked up in the Lakes!

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    Sorry--I have no idea what any of this means :cry:

    If I buy a good quality 25 amp French lead, will it work correctly in my French m/home? Or am I going to blow the whole thing up on first day? :Eeek:
     
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    No you wont blow it up....

    to be 100% safe you need one of these
    POLARITY CHECKER.
    not necessarily that one but one like it, which checks the electric polarity.
    probably sold in French supermarket hardware departments for a few euro's.

    instructions on how to check/use will be included.
     
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    One other potential serious problem is with wired in equipment.

    Normally, even with reversed polarity, the rcd will trip making the system safe. With plugged-in equipment all you need to do is to unplug the faulty equipment and then reset the electrics.

    However if the faulty equipment is wired in then you cannot unplug it and it will remain connected to the electrics even when the switch (now in the neutral) is switched off. Now resetting the electrics will be of no use as the rcd will trip once again. Before resetting the electrics you will have to isolate it, probably by "unwiring" it.
     
  12. chass

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    That will be fine, don't let people scare you!

    I carry 3 25mt cables & various adaptors & I don't worry about polarity all hookups are protected & will trip out if there is a problem or over load.:thumb:
     
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    It is a French van so will be fused on both sides and polarity in this case will not matter.
     
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