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Watts v amps? 4 days 19 hours ago #466803

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Evening all.
Am I right in thinking that (with trauma ultraheat), if a campsite electrical connection is at least 10 amp then I can safely have the thermostat at 2000w? What about 6amp,can I only have it at 500w?
Bit confused.
I gather at UK sites it will be 2000w anyway??
Going on a short trial run to Suffolk on Monday, before crossing the Channel mid May, so need to know in case I trip all the fuses!!
Thanks.
Cath
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Watts v amps? 4 days 19 hours ago #466805

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Dear Trauma,here's the truma,
Site don't rate their electrical supplies in Watts,they are rated in amps.
For ac electrical heating you can easily find out what the current will be by dividing the Watts by the voltage.
eg, for 2000W divide Watts by voltage - 2000/230 = 8.695 amps..As long as your load (in amps)is less than the rated supply you will be OK.
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Watts v amps? 4 days 18 hours ago #466806

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Thanks, think I've got it.
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Watts v amps? 4 days 8 hours ago #466812

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Cath, it's very easy to overload the caravan power supply, eg, you have the heater on in the morning, because its nippy outside, maybe you have used the hot water in the caravan and that's reheating, the tV on to see the news and your using an electric kettle, click it all goes off, as you have suddenly drawn to many amps for the, say 10 amp power from the campsite power.
In France it is common on some sites to only have 6 amp power. You just have to be carefull.
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Watts v amps? 4 days 6 hours ago #466819

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Thanks hutch, think I was over complicating maybe. Will just be careful then how much I'm using at any one time.
Cath
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Watts v amps? 4 days 6 hours ago #466821

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The attached from The Caravan Club will you appreciate how may amps each item uses.

www.caravanclub.co.uk/media/1026258/hookinguptothemains.pdf
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Watts v amps? 4 days 6 hours ago #466822

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Thank you, that's very useful. :)
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