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Novice question re: tent electric hook up

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knickernicker Thu 13-Aug-15 16:18:38

Hi all. Just got a tent and looking at campsite prices. One included electrichook up. How does this work if you're in a tent?I'd only want electricity for phone charger and hair dryer. Thanks

usualsuspect333 Thu 13-Aug-15 16:21:45

You need to buy an electric hook up lead thingie. That goes from the electric point outside the tent into your tent.

Elysianfields Thu 13-Aug-15 16:22:43

You need the electrical connector thingie (technical) like this www.gooutdoors.co.uk/maypole-mobile-mains-power-unit-230v-10a-p311812?gclid=Cj0KEQjwgLGuBRCqptLsnJCvh-wBEiQAiNRjsWUqlKdWQA8Kijwk5idfRPzUZtB7PvizaOvVHyz23goaAmS18P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

You just plug it in to the box on site, roll it in to your tent and voila you have power.

Remember this opens up more exciting stuff than chargers though, like electric cool boxes, kettles and fan heaters!

Elysianfields Thu 13-Aug-15 16:23:21

Usual - love the shared use of "thingie"

BishopBrennansArse Thu 13-Aug-15 16:25:46

Make sure you get it from somewhere reputable like a good camping store as there are 'fake' ones on eBay that won't protect you if there's a surge. There's a reason why they cost what they do.

usualsuspect333 Thu 13-Aug-15 16:30:07

We bought ours from Go Outdoors I think. It has a circuit breaker on it.

grin Elysianfields

Lipsiensis Thu 13-Aug-15 16:30:12

EHU

Blue three pronged thingy at one end goes into the electricity box that sticks out of the ground next to the tents. Long orange lead and then a multi socket box or some people have a wheel at the other end. That bit goes in your tent.

knickernicker Thu 13-Aug-15 16:51:29

That's great info everyone. Will decathlon have them?

BishopBrennansArse Thu 13-Aug-15 17:34:20

I didn't find it on their website, they may do. I do know that Millets and Blacks have them in their sale at the moment though.

ThirtyFivePounds Thu 13-Aug-15 17:43:25

Fan heaters in tents are ridiculous! What a waste.

BishopBrennansArse Thu 13-Aug-15 18:18:51

Not if it's piggin' 8 degrees they're not.

ThirtyFivePounds Thu 13-Aug-15 21:12:03

I'd rather get a decent sleeping bag or duvet than plug in a fan heater in a tent. I guess I just don't see the point of heating a tent. I can see the benefit of having electricity for some things, just not a heater.

balletgirlmum Thu 13-Aug-15 22:11:19

You can often plug a hairdryer in in the shower block. But we find hook up invaluable for a travel kettle, electric colonic & to charge phones.

Wolfiefan Thu 13-Aug-15 22:13:40

Be aware you can't plug in some household stuff in a hook up on a campsite. (We have a camping kettle for instance.)

BishopBrennansArse Thu 13-Aug-15 22:15:57

Colonic? Blimey wink

balletgirlmum Thu 13-Aug-15 22:16:56

My typing on the phone is awful. That should be electric cool box

Lipsiensis Fri 14-Aug-15 14:11:11

I prefer a gas powered colonic myself.

Lipsiensis Fri 14-Aug-15 14:12:30

Oh and fan heater = dry towels. It's worth it just for that.

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