Using an Electric Hook Up (EHU) when Camping
An electric hook up (EHU) is what you need to get mains power into your tent. Think of it is a large extension cable that you would use in your home, but for outdoor use at the campsite. These EHUs have surge protection and a circuit breaker built in, just like you have at home. Most variants come with three sockets. The lead (usually 10 metres plus) which you will run out of your tent to the campsite Electric Hook up Point, this is usually a post near your allotted pitch where you plug into it and off you go. Electricity on tap. Note: You can’t plug in your home adapter and you can’t bodge it you self, because you’ll end up blowing the electricity on the campsite and being very unpopular with all the other campers.
Most larger family sized tents will have an access point for the power lead to head out to the campsite site post. If you have a look at the outside of the tent will find is a zip, unzip that, and simply feed the lead through. Little bit of safety advice, where possible, try to keep them off the floor. So hang them up (it’s got a hanging bit) or put them on a table. That’s pretty much it.
Campsite EHU camping FAQ
What is EHU camping?
What is a campsite electric hook up for a tent?
A campsite electric hook up for a tent is a plug that you can use to connect your tent to the electrical supply at a campsite. This means that you can have lights and power in your tent, and also use electrical appliances such as a kettle or heater. The main socket is usually near the entrance to the campsite, and you will need to use a cable to connect your tent to it.
Do campsites charge for electricity, or is it free?
Most campsites will charge for electricity, although some may include it in the price of the pitch. It is always worth checking before booking, as this can make a big difference to the cost of staying at a campsite.
Is it safe to use electricity inside of your tent?
It is safe to use if you have an extension lead with a built-in surge protection and a circuit breaker, disconnect it whilst camping and do not use any electrical appliances. If you have a USB or EHU, power points are available at the campsite, but please be aware of trip hazards.
What amps do campsite in the UK use, and what does it mean?
In the UK, campsites use a rating of 10 amps, which means that they can supply up to 2300 watts of power. However, some campsites use a 16 amp supply, which means that they can supply up to 3600 watts of power, so it’s important to check before you book. In Europe, this can be much less in some locations, offering just 5A connections.
How does electric hook up work?
Electric hook up (EHU) is a term used in the United Kingdom for a connection to the mains power supply. It is available on some campsites in the UK and provides power for appliances in your camper or caravan. The EHU pitch will have a socket into which you can plug your appliance, and the campsite will provide a power supply of 230v. This allows you to use electrical appliances while on your camping trip. Some campsites in the UK also provide EHU pitches for tents, so that you can use electrical appliances in your tent as well.
How many Amps are you using?
You are using an appliance that is rated in Amps. The appliance may be a campsite kettle or a domestic hair dryer. The power usage will be different for each appliance. If you are using an electric kettle, the power usage will be higher than if you are using a hair dryer. The heater is designed for camping and will use more power than the other appliances.
Campsites In the UK EHU voltage?
230V supply is standard in campsites throughout the UK. Therefore a 10A supply will deliver 230V x 10A giving you 2.3KW of power. A 16A supply will deliver 230V x 16A giving you 3.68KW of power.
What electrical appliances can you use at the campsite?
You can use a variety of electrical appliances at the campsite, as long as they are low wattage and do not overload the circuit. Some popular camping appliances include kettles, heaters and hair dryers. Most campsites in the UK have 16 amp electrics and a circuit breaker, so you just need to bring along a plug. If you’re not sure about the wattage of your appliance, just ask at the campsite office – they’ll be able to advise you.
What appliances I can use on Electric Hook Up?
Electric hook up (EHU) is a term used in the UK for a connection to the mains electricity supply. At 230v, it enables you to use many appliances at your campsite pitch, including lights, a fridge, a heater and even a hair dryer. The maximum power usage is 2300 watts for a 10 amp campsite and 3600 watts for a 16 amp campsite, so it’s important not to overload the system. If you do, the circuit breaker in your EHU will trip and you’ll be without power.
How to safely use an EHU whilst camping?
When using an EHU (electrical hook-up) whilst camping, it is important to take some safety precautions. First, make sure that your appliance is properly earthed. Second, be aware of trip hazards when running cables from the EHU to your tent. Make sure they are well away from footpaths and areas where people might trip over them. Finally, don’t overload the EHU – check the rating of your appliances and make sure you don’t exceed the maximum current rating of the EHU. By following these simple safety tips, you can enjoy a safe and enjoyable camping trip.
What is EHU for tents?
EHU is an abbreviation for ‘electric hook-up’. It is a campsite facility that provides power points for tents, so that campers can plug in and use electrical equipment. Most campsites will have a few power points located around the site, usually near the toilet block or main facilities area. Some sites will have individual power points at each pitch, while others may only have a few shared points. If you’re not sure whether a campsite has EHU, you can always check the website or read our guide.
How do people survive without electric hook ups?
Some people manage to live without electric hook ups by using alternative sources of electricity supply, such as solar panels or generators. Others may choose to live in a camper that doesn’t require ehu. Some even go camping to get away from electricity and the busy world it powers.
Things you can use with an electric hook up!
A heater to keep you warm in the colder months.
An electric hook-up to charge your devices and phones.
A kettle to make tea or coffee.
A hair dryer to style your hair.
Run laptops of the mains.
A film projector for a movie night.
Power a fridge.
Reasons to Use Electricity When Camping
There are many reasons to use electricity when camping. One reason is that it can provide comfort. For example, if it is cold outside, a heater can be used. Another reason to use electricity when camping is that it can be a power supply. For example, a camper may need to plug in a lamp. Finally, using electricity when camping can make a trip more convenient. For example, a campers may use electrical power to charge a phone, watch television etc.