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The world of electric hook ups for tents, campervans, caravans and motorhomes can feel a bit daunting when you're faced with confusing electrical conversion tables for the first time. However, once powered up, many campers are left wondering how they coped beforehand! Adding a few little luxuries to your camping holiday could make all the difference to having a more comfortable and ultimately, a more enjoyable stay - so what are you waiting for?

Think of that cold milk in the morning for your cereal, a blast of heating to warm through your tent in the winter months, a hairdryer, or the opportunity to charge your phone. Did we miss anything? Post your suggestions in the comments box at the bottom! And having seen what you can use an electric hook-up for, here is our handy beginners guide to EHUs.

The idea is simple - a hook up offers you access to electricity in your tent, motorhome, caravan or campervan with the help of a cable and a few sockets.

Most campsites now have electrical access points ask for a pitch Camping hook up europe access when bookingfrom which you'll be able to plug in your cable Camping hook up europe their safety checked supply bollards. However, it's important to understand that caravan and camping hook ups are designed for light power loads only.

Electrical power "Camping hook up europe" measured in watts and electrical current is measured in amps. When an appliance is using electricity, it will draw a current measured in watts for example, a hair dryer will draw around 1, watts or 6. Electric hook ups are generally rated as 6A, 10A or 16A, which equates to how much power they are able to provide. Some sites in Europe only offer 5A rated supplies. Think about how much power you will realistically need judging by the appliances you think you will be powering.

Trying to use a hairdryer 6. Choose your equipment wisely to minimise damage to your appliances and your reputation. Cables have a male and female end socket, with a length of cable up to around 25 metres; depending on which you buy. When setting up with a campervan, motorhome or caravan, always connect the female end of the cable to your unit first. Then take the male socket end to the power bollard where you will find a female socket and connect up, turning it clockwise to make sure it locks.

Tents are slightly different, as there is no electrical input socket so instead you connect the female end into a mobile mains unit which works much like a power adaptor. An RCD is a safety must have. Mobile mains normally also have a clip for you to hang up within the tent, so that the power supply is up off the floor and out of the way, preventing not only damp but also a tripping hazard that Camping hook up europe damage your equipment or cause an accident.

They are used to define levels of sealing effectiveness of electrical enclosures against intrusion from foreign bodies tools, dirt, etc. In the case of electrical hook ups, the second digit on the IP rating shown in the list below correlates to how effective the electric hook up is at being waterproof.

Never buy one that is not rated to IP44 or you will be risking an accident.

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