Power to a caravan at home

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:14
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Having inlaws over for week and have a caravan in the front yard
As i don't have a 15 amp power point at home what would be the best way to get power form them. I have a 15amp extension cord ,does anyone know if there is an adaptor form a 15 amp plug to a 10 amp plug any suggestions?
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Reply By: Andrea11 - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:26

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:26
Hi there Maria,

We got an electrician to come in and put a 15 amp plug into the side of our power box on the house so now it is easy just to run the lead straight to it.
Hope this helps

Andrea
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Reply By: wyknot - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:27

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:27
it is illegal to run a 10 amp male plug on a 15 amp lead and stores will not sell you one. I found this out when I enquired at the local Bunnings Store.

However by luck I found a 10 amp lead with a 15 amp female plug on it at the local markets and it does quiet nicely. but I believe it is still not legal. but I could be wrong.

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Follow Up By: oldtrack123 - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:41

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:41
Hi
I can assure that 10/15 amp lead is definately NOT LEGAL
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C. (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:29

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:29
'scuse me while I go an' pop a bit o' corn in the popcorn poppin' thingy.................... be right back........................

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:34

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:34


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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 17:35

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 17:35
Pass me some please.....

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:05

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:05
LOL some threads are quiet but every so often one comes up that threatens fireworks :)))

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Reply By: Member - Stuart W (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:46

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 21:46
Having worked as a mechanical fitter it was many years before I saw a 15 amp plug that did'nt have the earth pin filed down to fit a 10 amp socket. If the 15 amp plug draws too much current the breaker usually trips on the 10 amp circuit. Just saying what I've seen because like the other post says this is illegal.
Feel free to shoot me down of course.
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Reply By: Steve - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:18

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:18
mate, this has been done and done and done. If you do a search you'll find more techno advice that I can give - but I read it and decided to buy a fairly small 10 amp ext lead and put a 15 amp female bit on one end - works great. Nah, not legal but neither is driving at 64 in a 60kph area.

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Follow Up By: Baz & Pud (Tassie) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:36

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:36
More than a fair comment, i like it and (we) do it oursleves, only way to go.
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:39

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2008 at 22:39
Steve
Your right, done to death, I filed an earth pin down so I could use power at my Daughters place about 4 years back, no problems , just needed it for 3 days, I was also using the same bloody appliances as she does in the house,

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 08:09

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 08:09
Steve,

You copied my lead and have not paid a royalty, naughty boy!

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Reply By: Paul Grabonski. Vic - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:28

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:28
at a rally of our caravan club last year 87 caravans turned up. Questionaire put out asked if they had a 10A plug or filed down the earth pin on the caravan lead. 84% responed 10A or filed down earth pin in the caravan lead.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 08:23

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 08:23
So 84% of the people who responded don't understand the safety reasons as to why it is ilegal ! Sounds like the caravan club needs to do some educating of it's members.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:30

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 07:30
The different size plug is there for a VERY good (but technical) reason. Unfortunately the technical safety reasons are lost on some of the people who suggest that you take a file to the earth pin of just put a new plug top on the lead. My advice is don't alter the plug, it is there to prevent fires.

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Reply By: HGMonaro - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:06

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 11:06
in one of these discussions, someone posted a link to a commericially available lead with inbuilt overload protection. Search past threads or googleling for 15A to 10A extension leads might turn it up. Was pretty expensive from memory, but cheaper and more versitile than getting an electrician in.

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Reply By: StephenF10 - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:05

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 14:05
This problem also arises when powering a caravan from a generator that has a 10amp outlet. There's no safety issue as your normal camping gennie has no hope of even getting near 10amps yet they still cry "illegal".

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Follow Up By: Mainey (wa) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:00

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:00
""....your normal camping gennie has no hope of even getting near 10amps ...""

Umm, my Solar system exceeds 12 Amps :-))

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Follow Up By: bob&loz - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:01

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:01
Mainey
your solar system must be pretty good to be putting out 2,880 watts
Bob
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:56

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:56
Bob& Loz ,, methinks that u hit the wrong buttons on the calculator ,,,12amps x 12volts = 144watts ,,,,,,,,
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Follow Up By: bob&loz - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 17:19

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 17:19
Axel
methinks everybody else here is talking 240volts
Bob
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 17:14

Saturday, Mar 22, 2008 at 17:14
Yes bob , every body was talking 240v untill ur maths for a camping solar setup nd comment of 2,880 watts ,, talking small gen sets at 240 supplying only 10 or so amps where as even a modest solar setup can supply 12+ amps.
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Reply By: Dunco (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:33

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 16:33
I just got a 10amp male plug, a length of cable and a 15amp female plug and made up my own adapter. (or vice versa)

Although illegal, it has come in handy without any issues....yet.
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Reply By: jeepthing - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:02

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 18:02
Electricity the invisable killer!! It's obviously illegal for a reason why play with yours or someone else's life. Get a 15amp socket in your powerboard I say. What's that going to cost? Surely it is better than the cost of someone's life.

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Reply By: Ianw - Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 20:01

Thursday, Mar 20, 2008 at 20:01
With a serious risk of upsetting some old farts on this forum i will refer you to a post that offers a LEGAL solution to your problem!!

Thread 53327

Ian
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Reply By: Ken - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:23

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:23
Mario,
As many others point out this has been done to death and rivals the fridge and tyre 'debates' that flourish here.
Simple fact 1- they are illegal; simple fact -2 hundreds of people use them.
The large pin is solely a physical feature to prevent them being used in 10A sockets, nothing to do with heavier earth loads. The objective is to prevent the lead from allowing the load to draw currents in excess of the rated output of the socket wiring. Provided you don't exceed the rated output of the socket [10A ] there is no danger to anyone or any thing. Like many other things authorities don't trust us to make informed decisions and require the 15A leads to to have a plug which can only fit into a 15A socket.
For situations where the lead is only being used for the fridge, lighting power, or topping up batteries the load is well within 10 A and presents no danger. Sure it's illegal but also a bit silly and shows you can't legislate against stupidity. If someone is determined enough they can a) file down the earth pin; or b) make up an adapter lead.
Take your pick.
Ken
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:11

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 16:11
Begone with you Ken!

There is no place for common sense on this forum!

Mike Harding :)
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Follow Up By: Ken - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 19:48

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 19:48
Probably a heresy Mike LMAO
Ken
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Reply By: Stu-k - Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:04

Friday, Mar 21, 2008 at 20:04
I just changed my 10amp power point for a 15 amp and hey presto its onlooker legal ;)
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