Guidance on Electric
Hook-up for Caravans & Tents at Stonehenge Touring Park
LIGHT POWER USE ONLY 16 AMP
MAX - SEE CHART BELOW
This guide is intended for
both new and experienced caravanners & campers using our
Electrical Hook-Ups (EHUs) at Stonehenge Touring Park.
Our hook-ups are via standard
blue 240v IP44 electrical connectors protected by a Residual
Current Device (RCD) for safety designed to cut off the
supply in the event of a fault occurring in your connecting
lead, caravan or appliance. Your caravan / camping supply
board must also have its own protective RCD and we recommend
that you have your electrics checked by a qualified
electrician each year.
Please use only approved
cables and run cables around away from vehicle or walkways
as best as possible. If you connect two cables together the
joint should be via approved connectors, covered against
rain and supported off the ground.
Please note that caravan &
camping hook-ups are designed for light loads and for safety
reasons are now restricted to a maximum load of 10 amps
only. Many new & inexperienced campers are unaware that some
domestic electrical units are unsuitable for camping
hook-ups. Even some experienced campers try to cut corners
and use old domestic appliances in their caravans & tents
but this is false economy and potentially dangerous.
avoid overloading of the circuit breaker and consequential
loss of supply please ensure that the total wattage of the
equipment that you have switched on at any one time does not
exceed this. (see chart below) Each item of
electrical equipment normally has its wattage marked on it.
Beware of using ordinary domestic kettles or fan heaters,
some of them can draw over 10 amps on their own.
Special low wattage appliances are available from camping &
caravan dealers. To calculate the current (amperage) divide
the wattage by the voltage (240v)
After pitching your unit, make
sure that the isolating switch in your unit is off. Connect
your cables first to the unit, then the hook-up outlet and
switch on. It is a good idea to check your electrical
circuits are safe to use with a circuit tester available
from most camping dealers. When you are ready to go first
switch off your isolating switch, disconnect the cable and
remove. Motor caravanners should not leave cables lying
around when off pitch.
Any loss of supply should be
reported to the Reception/Shop. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RE-SET THE
SUPPLY YOURSELF If the loss of supply is because you
overloaded the circuit or misused equipment there may be a
charge for restoring your supply or the supply may be
Key points to note for caravan
& tent electrical connections:
• Must have integral RCD
(Residual Current Device) and MCB (Miniature Circuit
Breaker) IP44 Weatherproof Unit
• Purchase units designed for
caravan / camping use and do not attempt to cut corners
cheaper equipment that seems similar but which in fact may
• It is not advisable to use
normal household appliances, purchase appliances designed
for camping use.
• Do not attempt to ‘make your
own’ unless you are suitably qualified to do so and fully
understand the technical implications.
A typical EHU for use in tents
A single/triple 13 amp
socket(s), a distribution box with a transparent window
housing a 10amp double pole MCB and 25amp RCD. This should
be in an integral housing and physically protected to a
minimum of IP44. This in turn is connected to cable with a
BS EN 60309-2 pin blue plug (Commando Type) at the opposite
end. These are sold complete at most reputable camping
outlets. They are available with a single socket outlet or
three socket outlets.
This is meant as a general
guide only. You must take professional advice when using or
considering installing electricity in your tent, or caravan
How much power?
This chart shows how many
watts or amps normal appliances may use. It is only a guide
and power ratings may vary. Add up the total wattage or amps for
each appliances in use.
Appliances shown in red are
not recommended - they will probably overload the supply &
cause it to trip.