How To: Power Requirements Calculation In the Camper

Electricity on board is equally comfortable and convenient. Modern electric consumers are thrifty and ensure long autarky. And this is also important for a vacation in the RV.

Be honest. Do you know how much power you consume? At home, this question can be answered relatively easy with regular meter readings. But what about traveling in in campers and motorhomes? The answer is on the one hand the latest important when electricity costs are billed, based on consumption gillnet or campgrounds. Even more important, the answer is on the other hand, when it comes to how long the self-sufficient operation can be maintained without recharging the vehicle battery. And complete independence, far from any electrical outlet is the dream of every motorhome driver.

What is the average power consumption in a mobile home?
For example, we have even been measured, determines the actual energy consumption of an average sized Integrated. Even when connecting the CEE connection to the 230 volt mains the display of the power meter jumps to around 250 watts, even without light or any other consumers are enabled on board. Even if the 12-volt main switch on the panel is still set to OFF, the battery charger immediately takes on its activities and refreshes the board battery. Discoverable in mind that the indicated power continuously decreases with increasing charge state.

Twelve-volt electrical system is activated and with completely fixed lighting in all rooms, including kitchen and bath. The instantaneous consumption increases gradually to just under 100 watts. Especially in vans popular refrigerator compressors draw depending on the size approximately between 40 and 65 watts, and the running – in contrast to an absorber version – also in stationary operation with 12 Volt voltage from the battery. The 12-volt heating – absorber cooler draws about 250 watts, but is usefully supplied only while driving via the alternator. Most economical and therefore best – an absorber running anyway in gas mode. In short – in order to be self-sufficient as long as possible, you shouldn’t lose sight of the energy management.

Campers and Kids

Child seat crash protection: If young passengers are traveling in the motor home, one must consider their safety. This allows you to travel worry-free with some tips from Promobil.

Safety first – especially when small children are in the camper. So apply this when driving: belted places are required for each person traveling, even for very small children. Finally, the child seat must be sufficiently secured.

The standard Isofix eyelets in the automotive industry are in campers so far. Serie they are only in a few campers such as the Mercedes Marco Polo or the VW California. The manufacturer Knaus, vineyard and Adria offer Isofix as an option – otherwise examine of the Sicherheitssen at campers is mostly in vain. It is advantageous when the backrest of the seat is formed. Otherwise, the child seat can tilt in curves to the side. A retractable or removable table protects the children.

A fall protection is necessary “requests to the living area of motorhomes relating to health and safety” around each bed, according to DIN EN 1646-1, which is mounted over a meter above the floor. Conceivable are wood lattice or boards, for example. If it is in the backup to networks, then this should not be too coarse mesh or elastic, otherwise strangulation may appear.

Children under three years of age should not sleep in the upper bunk bed, the fold-down bed or alcove with fall protection. It is better to use a deep bed located, for example, the converted seats.

Tips for child safety in motor home:

Small children should not be left unattended to sleep in the camper.
Do not use coarse mesh or elastic nets as crash protection.
Isofix fuses for child seats are best, if possible, make use of it.
Child seats can be fixed on benches better of molded backrest.
Pay attention to a removable or retractable table when children are traveling in the car seat.