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 caravan etc without an adapter. If the inlet (male connector) on the exterior of your caravan is 16 amp rated, every other part of the circuit must also be rated for 16 amps
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, the power requirements are different so different plugs prevent the hazard of them being interchanged
If I don’t want to go to the expense of installing a dedicated caravan socket in my house, 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 use this adapter anywhere?
We stock two types, one is weatherproof (IP44 rated) and the other must be used indoors. Both types can be used to plug into normal 3 pin outlets but multiboxes or extension leads must not be used
Can I make an adapter up myself?
Caravan adapters are Declared High Risk Articles (https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/electricity/appliances-and-fittings/high-and-medium-risk-products/product-list/ - they must not only comply with AS/NZS standards the adapter must also have documentation referencing a test report from an accredited test lab. So not even an electrician should be making these up themselves and certainly not offered for sale. Use only manufactured items that have the correct documentation from reputable suppliers
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). 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