I've found threads related to this, but not directly answering this point.
I'm getting an outside socket installed at home for charging the m/h. I had a chat with the electrician and we agreed that if it was specifically for this purpose then it needed to be separately earthed; the PME house earth should not be used. That's fine, I understand why - well documented on various forums and websites.
Now, before I knew this I, like probably lots of people, had been gaily plugging the van into a socket in the garage via an 13A/CE adaptor (garage connected to the house PME earth) or into a house socket. Seems to me that if a dedicated charging socket needs a separate earth for safety reasons then plugging in via these adaptors to 'house' 13A sockets is circumventing that safety measure and should not be done. But I've never seen any advice to that effect....and these adaptors are sold very widely.
Any comment from anyone who is an expert?
PS - supplementary question: could this earthing issue be why my garage circuit used to trip when I unplugged the van sometimes?
Last edited by Alf; 12-10-2017 at 19:48.
Campsites in uk should work this way and some boat marinas have a double isolated power transformers,im not sure about other countries in europe,makes you wonder.
Simple answer Mark Yes, I don't and I wont plug it in to any I have not tested First. And my outside 16A socket is connected to a Earth Spike.
What everyone else does is up to them.
Its not a Question of a Charging Socket Any Motorhome or Caravan should only be connected to a supply fed by a Earth Spike and not the earth from the Public Network.
somehow that is really well documented in my house instructions....naaaaaaaat. So now every time I go and stay with my friends and 'plug in' I will carry a spike as well and dig in a separate earth. Really some of these rules are pants, as if we are suppose to know anyway.
Mark to answer your supplementary Question
Quote PS - supplementary question: could this earthing issue be why my garage circuit used to trip when I unplugged the van sometimes?
Without looking and testing who knows
but the RCD in simple terms is a current balance device if the balance of current in on the live cable is out of balance with the return out on the neutral cable by 30Ma or near enough it will trip if you have a leakage on your garage wiring coupled with a small leakage in your van installation ( there is leakage every where ) the sudden unplugging could just cause an imbalance that would trip the RCD at least you know it worked !!!
All interesting stuff, so what are the dangers of doing what zillions of us already do??
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