Modern caravans are full of 240V devices, some of which require a lot of power. Thankfully, the campsite power outlet at your caravan park or national park campsite differs to the single 240V power-point in a residential home.
But their capacities aren’t endless so you still need to be mindful.
Power outlets are rated at 15A (as opposed to 10A). The earth connection is bigger and they’re suitable for 15A power cords, which use a bigger earth pin and have thicker wiring.
RESIDUAL CURRENT DEVICES
Campsite power outlets ought to have RDCs fitted to cut off supply where required. But RDC safety switch devices are available at camping stores if you’re unsure of the source.
BUYING A 15A POWER CORD
Caravans with a 240V circuit will have a 15A 240V inlet so you can safely plug it in to a 15A campsite power pole. You’ll find 15A power cords at most hardware or caravan camping suppliers.
CHECK YOUR CORDS
Inspect the condition of all power cords on your 240V appliances prior to travel—Caravanning Queensland goes even further, recommending an electrician tag and test your caravan’s 240V appliances once a year.
UNCOIL YOUR CORDS
When plugging in your caravan, ensure the 15A power cord is uncoiled as they can overheat. If your 15A power cord is long try laying it on the ground in an s-shape. Avoid laying power cords across roads.
AVOID LINKING POWER CORDS
When plugging your caravan into a campsite power outlet use a single, continuous 15A power cord. Avoid linking power cords together. Approved devices such as the Ampfibian are allowed.
Power consumption varies between 240V devices. Toasters, coffee machines, power tools, ovens and air-conditioners use more and may exceed 15A if operated together.
CHECK THE COMPLIANCE PLATES
So, refer to the Amperage on your 240V appliances’ compliance plates. And avoid switching on multiple high-powered 240V devices at once, especially if they’re running heating elements or compressors.