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post #21 of 69 (permalink) Old 02-12-2019, 19:11 Thread Starter
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If a longer lead will do it that's the best solution by a mile. It might be a good idea to have one made up for the job by an electrician. 60m is a fair distance and you'll want thickish wire.

It's by no means impossible though. We've been parked on our new site for the last five months using electricity from further away than that via a long lead. No problems at all.

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Pity Jean as I have about 250m of cable to dispose of now.

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Thanks Alan - can you give me specific requirements for the cable so I know what to ask for?

Ray - why are you getting rid of all that? I reckon the postage would be horrendous!

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Ray is your man for that. I'm no electrician.

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Mostly I used 250m of extension cables in the film industry and when at Le Mans. There were often only one or two power points in a field.
But now I probably won't have another camper all the heave duty 50m and 25m extensions must go. I didn't want to post but thought on your next visit.

Basically if all you want the power for is for the onboard charger and nothing else then a 10a extension lead will do. The charger will probably only consume 5 to 10a max. Not sure of cable size as I'm still working in old measurements. I have rolls of those.

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I'm about 60m from a socket. I have a 25m and a 10m. I guess I could buy another lead which would be cheaper than a generator which with the info given on noise etc and how much it would have to run, probably is not the answer for me (but thanks Alan (Gretchibald) for the offer of trying yours.
As the cable will probably be laid on the ground for several weeks at a time it will need to be suitable for the area where it is being laid.

What is the surface of the ground for the whole route where the cable is being laid?
Is the route part of your private property or do others have access to it? Can you route it to prevent it being a hazard?
Does the cable route cross any walkways?

I assume your existing cables have a CEE (16amp blue) plug/socket at each end.
I assume that you have an indoor standard domestic 13amp socket which you will use to plug the new cable in to.
Do you know what cable size (cross sectional area) your existing cables are. (Probably 1.5mm2 or 2.5mm2)
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Right, I realise I have this extension lead (see photo). I could add in my 25m MH lead, connecting with my 13A-16A adapter.

If I put a plastic bag over the top of the reel and the connection, that should be OK, do you think?

Did anyone have any thoughts about the different types of batteries mentioned in posts #20 /21 above?
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Sorry kabundi, missed your post.

I live in a ground floor apartment. The cable would go out of my window and across a narrow path that virtually no one uses but I could track it between flagstones. Thereafter it's down the line of a hedge (on grass), then continuing down the hedge on tarmac to my MH at the bottom of the parking area.

Yes, my existing cables are the 16A ones. The 25m one is certainly fairly substantial (more so than most), not sure about the 10m one. Yes, I'd be plugging in to a 13A socket in the house.

I've noticed the yellow reel extension I pictured earlier says Don't use in the wet.... Its flex diameter is 0.8cm.

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Hi Jean. I guess the three extensions would work and if as you say the cables can be discreetly tucked away out of sight then why not.
Also I was thinking maybe just connect up for maybe one day every two weeks would be enough to keep the batts up to snuff.

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