Motorhome and caravan hook up lead – what length?

There are various lengths of motorhome and caravan hook up lead available. These are available in camping and accessory shops. The most common size of hook up cable is twenty-five metres. Sometimes this long length is not always convenient, for example, when pitched very close to the hook up post. In this scenario, you no doubt end up with a surplus of motorhome and caravan hook up lead trailing around your pitch. However do bear in mind that these cables get warm when carrying an electric load. Consequently, electrical hook up leads should be fully unwound when in use.

Here is a summary of the types and sizes of motorhome and caravan hook up cable that I have on board.

For general use, a 25 metre long hook up lead will suffice. We also carry a 15 metre version. This saves “work” unwinding and rewinding the electrical lead when pitched close to a hook up bollard! Occasionally, you may have to join two cables together. However, the connecting point is not fully waterproof. In this scenario, so we place a brick on the ground, the two connectors a top the brick, and then an upturned bucket acting as “umbrella”.

A shorter motorhome and caravan hook up lead

15m electrical leads are less common in the accessory stores but are often available on-line.

As an alternative to buying a 15 metre cable, you could purchase another 25 m long version.  Next job –  shorten it into three pieces. Cut one length of approximately 15 metres, one of 9.5 metres and another really short length.

The 15 metre or 9.5 metre lengths of motorhome and caravan hook up cable can be used individually.  You may however need to purchase some extra plugs for the end of the cables as shown below. The short length can be used to remedy the problem of reverse polarity. Have a read of the reverse polarity page on our website.

Plug for connecting to hook up post or plug for connecting the hook up lead to the caravan. Better still, buy as a complete pair.







  1. chris ( lucy2) July 31, 2011
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