Caravan Adapters - Frequently Asked Questions

If I don’t want to go to the expense of installing a dedicated caravan socket is there another way to connect my caravan to my house?

Yes, by using an approved adapter. The adapter has a circuit breaker which limits the amount of power the caravan can use to 10 amps (2300 watts). It has a male plug to plug into your standard 10 amp wall outlet in your house and a female cord connector for your caravan lead to plug into

Can I plug my Caravan/RV/Camper/Tiny House into my house wall socket?

A normal household wall socket is only 10 amp so it will not run a 16 amp caravan connection without an adapter which must  have an integral circuit breaker to prevent overloading the wall socket

Why is the plug on my caravan different to my household wall socket plugs?

For the same reason you can’t usually plug your electric stove into a standard wall socket - different plugs prevent appliances with different power requirements from being interchanged

Which NZ Standards should a caravan adapter comply with?

AS/NZS3820 and each individual component to whichever standard applies eg. Lead & plug AS/NZS3120/3191, Circuit Breaker AS/NZS61008, Cord Connector AS/NZS3123. If there is no suitable documentation do not buy!

Should a caravan adapter have an RCD?

Energy Safety does not allow an RCD of any type to be used in a caravan adapter, it should only be fitted with a 10 amp MCB circuit breaker

Can I use this adapter outdoors?

We stock both indoor and exterior rated adapters. Indoor adapters must only be used indoors. 

Can I buy a short adapter and use a multi-box or extension lead?

No, multiboxes and extension leads must never be used with caravan adapters, only the adapter and your caravan lead. 

Will a caravan adapter power my food caravan?

Possibly, if the inlet (male connector) on the exterior of your caravan is 16 amp (some are 32 amp) although you would need to be sure that what you normally use at full capacity in the caravan does not exceed 10 amps (2300 watts), which for a food caravan may be a big ask unless the cooking is mostly done with another fuel eg. gas. There are other solutions for food trucks, multiple supplies etc, please enquire.

Can I use a caravan adapter to charge my EV?

No. Energy Safety specifically recommends these adapters not be used for EV charging. The hazards present with car charging are not protected against with this type of device