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Caravan mains sockets - external for awning/barbeque etc

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Having owned a caravan for a few years i got a bit fed up having to run a extension cable through the window to power things in the awning,so on the last caravan i installed a external socket which i clamped onto the A frame(your not supposed to drill it due to weakening the structure)and ran this for several years.When i changed the caravan a couple of  months ago i decided i wanted the same again but the one thing i didnt enjoy was scrawling about under the van to plug the extension lead in,so i decided that this time i would put the socket on a extension bracket so it was level with the van side,making it easier to use.This is how i did it-it uses the holes intended for a motor mover so if you have one of these it wont fit.Anyway im not an electrician and im sure someone will point out it breaks all the rules so if you want to copy me you know the disclaimers by now.
First off was to buy a external socket,i got this from the same place as the last one Wilkinsons for just over  £10 and heres where its going to fit
 
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hmv4u (author) 1 year ago
I respect your concerns.All i can say is that i ran the same socket further back on the A frame for 4 years with no problems what so ever.
Like any mains socket even external ones, its not designed to be used in the wet and I wouldnt expect anyone to go plugging into it while its raining or wet or if they had wet hands.The socket would be protected by the awning when sited.It is a proper external socket with a weather seal and snap shut lids but i do appreciate it will get wet during towing in the rain hence it is properly earthed and protected by a RCD earth trip of 30ma .Because it is robust I don't except the argument about damage from long grass etc.There is nothing stopping another larger external box being added with the socket inside
There are of course other ways to do this-you could put a caravan external socket into the side of the van,or a external socket in the front locker and running a extension lead back to the awning.
This is merely what i have done-if you consider it unsafe then don't do it
nhill7 hmv4u25 days ago
I came across this and thoght what a great idea ok a few bad negatives in comments some people just have to put things down I can understand that was your idea at the time but we learn as we go along in life thank you for sharing your insructable a great idea
While I understand what you have done and why you have done it I would suggest that even though this a socket designed for outdoor use placing it in front of the wheel will mean that when towing in bad weather the socket will get thrashed with road dirt. Placing behind the wheel would be worse. It is also a risk from damage on sites which have long grass etc which could catch on this bracket when siteing the van. Manufactures put their sockets through the wall about halfway up to protect them. I am sorry to put so many negatives but I wouldn't want anyone to get 'cuted by something which could be avoided.
As an RV service advisor, I must strongly agree with Mindmapper1. this is just asking for trouble. Amusing though!
is that a boot on your tire?
smart i think, no one can drive off with your rig
Smart solution!