Which amp hookup (1 Viewer)

Affiliate links here may earn MHF compensation
Jan 28, 2016
2,612
3,103
Stockport, Cheshire
Funster No
41,498
MH
Bravaria i740 AClass
Hi
We have a choice of 6amp 10 amp or 16amp on our pitch in south of france this august
How do you know which you require as bigger amp more cost
We would have following on electric
Led lights turbo vent water pump hairdryer occasionally?
 

DBK

LIFE MEMBER
Jan 9, 2013
18,213
48,877
Plympton, Devon
Funster No
24,219
MH
PVC, Murvi Morocco
Exp
2013
You're hairdryer will dictate the amps. All the rest will run off 6 amps. You can get travel ones under 1200W which you could probably use with 6 amps too. :)
 
Sep 26, 2013
4,203
5,215
Market Rasen
Funster No
28,295
MH
Self Build
Exp
Since 2003
Hi
We have a choice of 6amp 10 amp or 16amp on our pitch in south of france this august
How do you know which you require as bigger amp more cost
We would have following on electric
Led lights turbo vent water pump hairdryer occasionally?
Are your lights and water pump not 12v, you may have a battery charger to run as well unless you have solar.
 

Riverbankannie

LIFE MEMBER
Mar 11, 2016
10,903
63,583
Bristol
Funster No
41,967
MH
IH 630 RL PVC
Exp
12
As ever @DBK has hit the nail on the head. You will be able to run everything off 6amps except a typical hairdryer of 1600 watts which will take 7amp on its own.
It’s worth buying a low wattage dryer for MH use.
 
Jul 29, 2013
9,135
19,562
Salisbury
Funster No
27,215
MH
Hymer B678DL A class
Exp
since 2011
If you go for low amps remember if you use the hair dryer and kettle together or any big amp electrical you’ll trip the feed.(y)(y)

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Sep 26, 2013
4,203
5,215
Market Rasen
Funster No
28,295
MH
Self Build
Exp
Since 2003
If you go for low amps remember if you use the hair dryer and kettle together or any big amp electrical you’ll trip the feed.(y)(y)
If they are offering you a choice it could be a site where they stick the appropriate fuse into the box and lock it up, you may have to then find someone to reset it for you.
 
Jul 29, 2013
9,135
19,562
Salisbury
Funster No
27,215
MH
Hymer B678DL A class
Exp
since 2011
Also worth remembering if you have the hot water heater on in the van whilst on hook up as that will use quite a bit of power when running.(y)
 
Jul 29, 2013
9,135
19,562
Salisbury
Funster No
27,215
MH
Hymer B678DL A class
Exp
since 2011
If they are offering you a choice it could be a site where they stick the appropriate fuse into the box and lock it up, you may have to then find someone to reset it for you.
Yes and that’s a pain as well and some put an extra charge if you trip more than two or three times.(y)
 

pappajohn

LIFE MEMBER
Aug 26, 2007
43,573
51,422
Dark side of the moon
Funster No
172
Exp
Since 2005
Only way to know is add up all the 230v appliance wattages.
Don't forget your fridge and chargers input wattage.

Up to 1380 watts you will need 6amp
Up to 2300 watts you need 10 amps
Up to 3680 watts you need 16 amps

You can always turn off one or more appliances to run another one though on a lower amperage hookup.
Something like a fast boil house kettle will be 3000 watts and you may need to turn everything else off to be sure not to trip.

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 
Last edited:

two

Aug 4, 2011
4,914
4,588
West Midlands
Funster No
17,624
MH
A-Class Fiat
At 6A, you'll need to be careful if you do any heating (water/kettle/toaster/hob/curlers/drier/...)
Even low wattage devices might trip the supply if used together.
6A is fine for general operation of the motorhome (fridge/charging batteries/lights/...)
 
Feb 22, 2016
3,744
11,817
York
Funster No
41,744
MH
Bailey 620 Approach
Exp
Since 2015
Not wishing to in anyway hijack the thread, do appliances like a motorhome fridge, water pump, tv have their wattage marked on them? If they are designed to be used on hookup then they would be 230v. If you know the available ampage, then you can easily find the wattage. But what if you don't know the ampage? Sorry if I'm being thick.....

Subscribers  do not see these advertisements

 

two

Aug 4, 2011
4,914
4,588
West Midlands
Funster No
17,624
MH
A-Class Fiat
Yes, they do specify wattages, but don't confuse 12V with 230V and remember that most will not be consuming whatever they require all the time.
When on 6A mains, you may need to juggle what you're using to ensure that only one "heavy" item is used at a time.
Most Europeans survive quite happily on 6A EHU.
It's us Brits that have been used to 16A over here (and have acquired a plethora of devices to make the most of it) who may trip up (or off).
 
Jul 29, 2007
6,582
40,486
Ipswich
Funster No
32
MH
RV and PVC
Exp
30 years
Hi
We have a choice of 6amp 10 amp or 16amp on our pitch in south of france this august
How do you know which you require as bigger amp more cost
We would have following on electric
Led lights turbo vent water pump hairdryer occasionally?

How long are you staying for?
 

Riverbankannie

LIFE MEMBER
Mar 11, 2016
10,903
63,583
Bristol
Funster No
41,967
MH
IH 630 RL PVC
Exp
12
If you're staying at a campsite why not consider using the shower block power sockets for the hair dryer.
This is what I do. I have purchased a hair dryer and a hot air brush, in supermarkets, for the princely sums of 9 € (spain) and 16€ (Germany) respectively. Having euro plugs already fitted makes it so much easier in the campsite shower sockets.
 

Mikey RV

LIFE MEMBER
Mar 7, 2010
5,024
25,154
Devon
Funster No
10,532
MH
Burstner Elegance I821G
Exp
Since 1977
We are on 10 amp and have the heating on bit if we put the electric kettle on to boil we have to turn heating off. Same with Nikki s hairdryer, one on one off. (y)
 

tonka

LIFE MEMBER
Jul 2, 2008
10,934
21,866
Cannock, Staffs
Funster No
3,141
MH
A class Burstner 800
Exp
Since 2000
Also worth remembering if you have the hot water heater on in the van whilst on hook up as that will use quite a bit of power when running.(y)

I can only quote on what is fitted in my 2012 Autotrail but Electric water heaters in some Truma units are not actually that big. 800w seems to be average. So while a reasonable amount not over the top like those daft hair dryers. ! ;) :D
 
Last edited:

Janiemou

Free Member
Jan 2, 2017
133
72
Scotland
Funster No
46,707
MH
Coach Built
Exp
4 years
We stay on campsites all over Europe - it's always the microwave that's the critical factor.
 
Dec 16, 2017
1,240
2,555
Almuñécar, Spain
Funster No
51,665
MH
Low Profile - Globebus T7
We often use a plug in portable fan heater when on hook up to save our gas. It's got settings, 1500 and 3000 w so even on the 1500 setting itl still draw 6.5 amps so a 6 amp supply doesn't work for us. IMO you'd be better off going for the 10 A option at least. Or, if they're happy to upgrade it, start at 6 and suck it and see..
 
Oct 13, 2016
1,060
900
Grays - Essex - UK
Funster No
45,568
MH
Mercedes Hymer B680
Exp
Been moho’ing for a time now
I think you've made a mistake somewhere, as that would be 1,934 a year for a 6amp supply which is ridiculous !!

Just check it out !, generally we pay about 4.50 / 5.00 per night here in the UK, so what makes the Euros any different ?, we pitch up quite regular, and it’s generally €5.00 pro nacht, absolutely ridiculus, but fact is fact
 
Aug 18, 2011
12,224
18,168
derbys
Funster No
17,808
MH
AUTOSLEEPER SYMBOL
Exp
since 2007.Tugger before since 1970
You're hairdryer will dictate the amps. All the rest will run off 6 amps. You can get travel ones under 1200W which you could probably use with 6 amps too. :)

I always send the better half to the shower block to dry her hair,,tripped too many leccy posts over the years to risk it now,,BUSBY.
 

Join us or log in to post a reply.

To join in you must be a member of MotorhomeFun

Join MotorhomeFun

Join us, it quick and easy!

Log in

Already a member? Log in here.

Latest journal entries

Funsters who are viewing this thread

Back
Top