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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by BrianM, Jun 27, 2006.

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  1. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    Was looking for a group aus.rec.camping or similar but there isn't one,
    as this post pertains specifically to a powered camping site.
    I have a Clipsal Lifesaver portable power outlet with overload and RCD.
    It is a 15amp with the special type 3pin plug and a 1.5metre lead.
    My question is:
    Can I connect a 15amp caravan extension lead FROM the mains power
    site TO the power outlet box?
    If not, would it be possible for an electrican to change the 1.5metre
    lead to a 22metre one?
     
  2. You could do that, dont forget to check how much current you plan to draw
    since 22m is not insignificant at high levels of current. Naturally the
    extension lead socket and the power box will need protection against the
    elements.
    On that point might there not be more protection in the supply box onsite
    for your power board ? (and run the lead from there)
     
  3. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    You could do that, dont forget to check how much current you plan to
    Drawn current would be minimal - lights and a small TV. The socket and
    box would be inside an awning, well protected from rain.
    Sorry, I was meaning the onsite 240v supply box and running the lead
    from there as you say. Just not sure whether it was safe to connect an
    extension to the "inlet" part of the safety box.
     
  4. Blutt

    Blutt Guest

    Don't see why not. I assume you want to do this so you have the RCD closer
    to you if it trips out.
    Possible, yes, however it would void the warranty on the Lifesaver.

    Why not put the RCD near the mains power?
    Reason for this is it will then protect your extension lead as well as your
    van in the unlikely event someone was to cut the lead.
    Cheers.
     
  5. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    correct. Also keeps the RCD under cover and can connect a device
    directly into either of the two outlet plugs. This is my preferred
    option.
    Problem with that is the RCD box would have to be inside a
    waterproof cover (not unsurmountable), I thought of hanging it from a
    spike driven into the ground, and hooded with a waterproof cover.
    What type of extension lead would be necessary?, i.e. a 10amp or
    15amp? The 15amp caravan
    extension leads have a different sized earth pin on the plug.
    The object of this exercise is a portable (and safe) 240v mains supply.
     
  6. What am I missing?
    You will have the rcd under the awning or whatever, the caravan will be
    powered through the RCD (like caravan 15amp inlet receptacle). Where is the
    problem?

    Cheers ......... Rheilly P

    Where theres a will, I want to be in it.
     
  7. Blutt

    Blutt Guest

    OK I assumed when you said it was a 15A lifesaver that it is a model No:
    485P2CB15/30 Which is all 15Amp both the inlet plug and the outlets
    ie: larger earth pin.
    This being the case you would use a 15Amp heavy duty type lead which has the
    larger earth pin both ends.
    Sorry I didn't think about having the extra outlet near the van for using
    another item.
    Cheers,
     
  8. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    Ahhh my omission - it's not for a caravan - it's for a camper-trailer which
    doesn't (as yet) have a built-in 240v power box. I think the principle
    is the same as for a caravan except the van's RCD is built in. The cable
    from the power source to the van is only protected by a fuse, whereas
    everything out of the RCD box is well protected from faulty equipment and
    overloads.
    Thanks for your help - think I've got it sorted out.
    (I'll add you to my will)
     
  9. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    Yes it is the 485 model you mention. Think I've got it sorted out -
    please see my other reply to Rheilly P.
    Thanks to you both, and my apologies for not making it clear what
    I was trying to achieve.
     
  10. quietguy

    quietguy Guest

    You are kidding, right? Reading the guys post carefully he wants to connect
    a lead from the (female) power box supplying 240v to a power outlet box! If
    this is what he is really contemplating then the lead would have male plugs
    on either end!

    NOT a GOOD THING TO DO

    David
     
  11. Poxy

    Poxy Guest

    I think you've got the wrong end of the stick there - I don't think he's
    proposing any thing of the sort - he just wants to know if it's OK to put an
    extension cord before his RCD-equipped power board.
     
  12. quietguy

    quietguy Guest

    Whew - that's good news

    David
     
  13. BrianM

    BrianM Guest

    Correct.
     
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