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Need help from an RV expert

Could anybody point me at an RV expert? I have just bought a 1997 Georgie Boy RV and I simply don't understand how the electrics have been set up! I am getting 220 v on hookup, but not from the generator - but the fridge and everything still works on both!

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They appear to have an owners club site, might get the info there. I have seen links to manuals that may help.

http://www.georgieboyclub.com/forums...opic.php?t=557

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There are lots of RV techs advertising in the ARVE mag.

I might be able to answer some of your queries but will need far more information.

Depending on how and who did the 240 volt conversion, it's likley all the original 110v appliences come off the secondary side of a transformer and the 220-240v off the primary side.

Just beware of Power Tool yellow transformers. They melt with continous use.

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Remember that the USA has 240/120 into every house via a centre-tapped supply, so major appliances run on 240 and the wall sockets are normally 110/120.

The generator is probably an Onan, but how it feeds into the van and what voltage it is you will have to check on. It is most likely a 240V with centre tap, but they do a huge range of outputs.

Do you have any manuals for the vehicle and/or generator?

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Thanks guys....I was just checking to see if anybody replied!

It has just started to pour it down here, so tomorrow I will get out the manuals and take photos of the electrics.

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Ray is the man for this, but your domestic stuff, fridge, aircon, microwave, hot water heater (if it has an electrical one) and battery charger are all probably the original American 110v ones. An aftermarket transformer will have been fitted as Ray says to reduce your UK 220/240 volts down to suit.

When unplugged from the mains the generator (if an original fitting) will be 110volt and will run these as it should.

Be very careful not to run the generator when you're plugged in to the mains.

Is there also a built in inverter for running the sockets from the battery?

I need to switch manually to bring my inverter in, but al the rest is automatic.

More information as Ray says. Maybe a few photos of anything you don't understand, Alan.
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Well I would if I could but I can't

Just took all the photos, but MHF won't let me post any of them!!

Meanwhile.....I have a big brown box called a Magnetek Power Plus model 6345E

The label says it's input is 220v and output 12v 45A

It has a set of breakers labelled 110v AC and a DC distribution panel for 12v with a lot of blade fuses.

It is connected directly to the mains hookup socket via what looks like to be a UK small consumer unit.

The generator is a Kohler Confident 5 - the plate says 120v.

The van has UK 3 pin plugs built in adjacent to the US sockets.

It appears that they are all 240v when hooked up, but 120v when on generator.

The output of the Transformer does not appear to be charging the leisure batteries either hooked up or on jenny.

I need to get these photos up!! Any suggestions?

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It will if you reduce them to less than 124k.

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You will get specific RV related info here ....................

http://www.arvm.uk.com/

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