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Old 10-14-2011, 04:38 PM   #1
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Hi from New Zealand

Just joined the Forum hopefully to learn more about the RV market in the USA. We are very experienced Rv'ers in both New Zealand and Australia and have many miles under our belts.
Our plan is to look at purchasing an A Class, travel around the USA for a while then ship the unit back to New Zealand. It will then need to be converted to Right hand drive plus change electrics etc. This will be a challange and will require some research.

Looking forward to the communications

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Old 10-14-2011, 05:45 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Where in the USA are you planning to travel? What electrical will you need to change?
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Old 10-14-2011, 05:50 PM   #3
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Welcome and enjoy your RVing here. You've set put a good task ahead of you. I've seen a few buy ship and convert to Right hand drive done to quite a few Classis Mustangs, Corvetts and HP Mopars, but not to an RV. That's going to be costly on shipping, import taxes and conversion. Best of luck on the project, I wish you the best.
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Old 10-15-2011, 03:16 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome, yes its a big project with some large costs but if we buy well and make a good job of the conversion its still should be viable compared to whats available on the market here.

Apart from the obvious left to right hand conversion there will be the main power conversion to 240 volts, which means rewiring, new appliances and even the gen set to sort out. I believe the LP gas appliances are Ok.

We hae no plans re travel in the States yet, we have a bucket list of what we want to see but I guess it all depends on where we buy and how much time we are able to spend there. When we toured Australia in 2005 we took 15 months and could have stayed another 12 at least.
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You'll find a lot of appliances these days have computer controls, which means built-in circuit boards that will need to be changed (or at least their power supplies). Even on gas applicances you'll have to be careful. Also, the change tfrom 60Hz to 50Hz may have some implications regarding the speed at which various motors will run.

You may also want to query the various manufacturers to check that the firewall (front engine) or the forward bulkhead on a DP is symmetrical, so that it can take the loads imposed by moving tne steering column and pedal custer to the opposite side.
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Just joined the Forum hopefully to learn more about the RV market in the USA. We are very experienced Rv'ers in both New Zealand and Australia and have many miles under our belts.
Our plan is to look at purchasing an A Class, travel around the USA for a while then ship the unit back to New Zealand. It will then need to be converted to Right hand drive plus change electrics etc. This will be a challange and will require some research.

Looking forward to the communications

Kel
Welcome, I met some folks from the north island named Murray and Dolores Frater. They bought a Fleetwood Flair from me and did the same conversion. They are a wonderful couple and became wonderful friends by the time the sale was completed.
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