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Old 08-31-2015, 02:42 PM   #21
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Zaphod, you're getting good information here but do yourself a favor and get someone knowledgeable to look over your wiring before you go hot. You're trying to translate UK electrical into US electrical and you're bound to get the translation wrong somewhere along the way.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:00 PM   #22
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Zaphod, you're getting good information here but do yourself a favor and get someone knowledgeable to look over your wiring before you go hot. You're trying to translate UK electrical into US electrical and you're bound to get the translation wrong somewhere along the way.
Getting a certified electrician should be mandatory in most cases.

So much can go wrong and building a house/rv needs to stay fun and safe!
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:53 PM   #24
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I just returned from a trip to Lowe's. It seems that a 30A cord is going to be pretty challenging to handle! Thus, it looks very much as though I'm going to go with 30A rather than 50A.

The socket I have is not the RV type which might make my cable less susceptible to theft.

I looked at cables in Lowe's... Wow! What a price!

If I must, I could put a main breaker in a box elsewhere such as next go the 12v fuse panel in my forthcoming battery compartment.

Realistically, I'll probably be running a Haier mini fridge, a kettle, a microwave, a coffee maker, a slow cooker though I hasten to add not all at once.

I have no idea how much power those mini fridges use. I know I have one in the shed. I've never used it.

The plug for the socket I have seems to be made for much heavier cable. It's going to be interesting trying to pad the cable grip to take lighter cables.
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:39 PM   #25
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Consider one of these Progressive Dynamics distribution panels. You get AC breakers, DC fuses and a DC converter with a three stage battery charger in one fairly compact package. I've got one and am very happy with it.

Mighty Mini All-In-One System AC/DC Power Distribution Panel and Inteli-Power Converter
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Neat. I already have my panel though. I generally don't return things so I'll stick with it.

For the 12v panel, a friend recommended a fuse panel from a GM Astra.
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The socket I have is not the RV type which might make my cable less susceptible to theft.
Go with a standard TT 30 plug & receptacle or a 30 amp twist lock. If your extension cord was to be stolen you'd have a hard time getting another cord. Unless you're camping out in the big city you shouldn't have much problem with pilferage.
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I can build my own cables I don't really see a need for twist lock. That just seems excessive to me.
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Dear god you need to get on google and educate yourself.

There is nothing wrong with the way we wire our homes here in north America.

Only thing wrong is your lack of understanding on the subject and thinking your home country is so Superior.

If everything is that great there, why don't you move back?

Twist lock ensures that the connection is fully engaged, preventing heat buildup that leads to fires from a loose connection.

Again, educate yourself before you harm yourself or someone else.

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Old 09-01-2015, 07:23 AM   #30
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Also, wiring you bus with the local standard will allow for easier fixes on the road by any electrician.

If you use a mix of UK and US standards, you might get some weird looks if you need electrical help on the road...
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