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We love having a solar-generated system as it allows us to be entirely off-grid for days or weeks at a time.

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Of course, various factors can affect your daily charge, such as the weather and the time of year. A summer’s day in Italy will generate a lot more power than a winter’s day in Scotland.

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Once you’ve decided on the type of battery you want, all that’s left is to finalise the amount of power you need.

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The Club recommends you bring a 25m cable with you. A pitch with electrical hook-up will have an electrical supply bollard within about 20 metres. Each Club hook-up bollard is individually protected against overload by a miniature circuit breaker (MCB) and a residual current device (RCD). The impetus for this article was, in fact, a question we had from a reader wondering how to keep their medications cool while camping in summer. Do you want your van to be set up for off-grid living? If yes, you will likely need some kind of solar power system. Flooded Lead Acid (FLA) – The oldest type of battery on this list and one I would avoid. Largely because they require a lot of maintenance and are potentially dangerous when overcharged.or volts is the power you get when running appliances off a 12v battery. Most camper van electrical systems use 12v batteries, so that’s what I will refer to throughout the article.

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Use Vaseline — Applying a smear of petroleum jelly around the battery terminals helps to prevent corrosive build-ups by keeping moisture out. This electrical supply can be used either directly to power 230V equipment or indirectly via a power supply unit that converts the mains power at 230V AC to a nominal 12V DC, usually in conjunction with a leisure battery. This guide looks at how to use this electricity supply safely and discusses its limitations. Safety is paramount Take your caravan electric hook up cable and insert the female-end connector into the caravan inlet. Make sure the connecting cable is uncoiled, as a coiled cable conducting a current can overheat. What devices and appliances will you be powering? This will determine how much battery power you need and consequently how powerful your system needs to be. DC Power: Direct current (DC) power can come from multiple sources, including leisure batteries like the ones you’ll have in your van.We’re not fans of inverters. Basically, these convert the 12V supply from your leisure or car battery to 230V, so you can plug in a laptop or other low wattage device. Off-Grid: Off-grid refers to a system that doesn’t rely on any electrical hook up from mains power. The reason we’re not keen is that they actually take power to operate, they can be noisy, it’s too easy to run down your battery and, unless you have a high wattage model (connected directly to the battery), you still won’t be able to plug in an electric kettle or fan heater, for example. Reduce power consumption as the 1.5mm sq CSA cable is not as capable of sustaining maximum electrical power usage on a caravan or motorhome without the cable overheating

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Lithium-ion – The highest performing leisure battery currently on the market. Smaller and lighter than other models and deliver the highest capacity of power. As a result, the upfront costs are high. To charge your batteries, you will need to install a battery charger like the Victron Energy Blue Smart. You can monitor the progress of the charge using the Victron Vanlife app. Our set-up consists of 2 of these 110Ah Xtreme AGM Batteries wired in parallel to total 220Ah. Don’t sweat the wiring for now; that comes later.When you do not have access to a 230V mains hook-up you can use an invertor to provide a 230V supply from your 12V battery. Caravans can be connected to your car so that you can control turn signals and tail lights while towing. They’re connected using a ‘trailer plug’ (also known as a caravan plug). caravan or motorhome that cuts out appliances powered through the fuse box. If after hitting this switch you find that your leisure battery still loses charge after a day or two, it could be that there’s an appliance bypassing the fuse Leisure batteries are measured in amp-hours (Ah). However, unless you’re buying a lithium-ion battery, they should only be discharged by 50% to retain their efficiency. The thing with motorhome electrical systems or camper builds, in general, is that there is no one size fits all.

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