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Old 08-01-2012, 02:50 PM   #1
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Preparing for a Europe trip with your electric....

One of my friends is shipping his MH to Europe........there he will need to convert to 220V, 50 cycles electricity

Does anyone have experience of what convertor he will need for his RV -Thanks
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One of my friends is shipping his MH to Europe........there he will need to convert to 220V, 50 cycles electricity

Does anyone have experience of what convertor he will need for his RV -Thanks
That would be a massive undertaking, involving complete rewiring, new AC, microwave, TV's etc. He would be a lot better off investing in an auto-transformer which would convert 220v to 120v before it enters the RV.
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A transformer will take care of the voltage, but not the cycles. Anything with a motor will run slower and may run hotter. Motor driven clocks will only move 50 min in and hour.
It could put a strain on the ACs. Check with the manuf. of your inverter/charger.
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A transformer will take care of the voltage, but not the cycles. Anything with a motor will run slower and may run hotter. Motor driven clocks will only move 50 min in and hour.
It could put a strain on the ACs. Check with the manuf. of your inverter/charger.
You got a good point there. I used to work for IBM, and we had lots of people move temporarily between Europe and the USA. Some of them bought autotransformers so they could run small kitchen appliances etc. I'm not saying it is an ideal solution, but it let them reuse some of their stuff. Overall, I think the differences would be so huge as to make it more economical to sell the US RV and buy another one in Europe. For one thing, engine emission standards are different, I'm not even sure if you can buy the equivalent of "regular unleaded" or "#2 diesel" or DEF in Europe these days.
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No experience, but here's a place that sells transformers for Euopean 220v.
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No experience, but here's a place that sells transformers for Euopean 220v.
You forgot the link.

I spent 3 years in Germany with a transformer in the 60s. It was a pita moveing the xmfr to wher you wanted to use it, as it was only 2 KW. My washing mach took for ever to do a load.

It might be a whole lot cheaper to leave the MH on this side of the pond and rent a rig on the other side. Shipping can't be cheap.
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http://www.world-import.com/tc-4000a.htm
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There's also a difference in the propane tank regulator and hook-up in Europe. There are a lot of folks on this forum that live over there and bought a US motorhome to use there. Hopefully, some of them will respond.

If this is a permanent relocation, it would be feasible and the investment would pay back over a few years. If it's just a few months trip, renting would be cheaper.
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