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A reasonable sized 240 to 110 volt transformer will always work in reverse powering your Euro van in the states.
But do not use the yellow power tool transformers. They are only designed for short use.

I have several from 1kw to 5.5kw.

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A reasonable sized 240 to 110 volt transformer will always work in reverse powering your Euro van in the states.
But do not use the yellow power tool transformers. They are only designed for short use.

I have several from 1kw to 5.5kw.

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The ratings for 60Hz operation are higher than for 50Hz as trannies are more efficient at the higher frequency.

Motorhome use would be classed as intermittent, unless you had a sodding great appliance on all day!

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Motorhome use would be classed as intermittent, unless you had a sodding great appliance on all day! Laughing >>>>

I guess so Peter but having witnessed at least two yellow power tool transformers melt while powering RVs, they are to be avoided personally.

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I don't disagree, Ramon, but there are big trannies that are rated at 7-10kVA which would eat the job, too many people try and use a little 1.5kVA one and then wonder why it is all melted.

The actual transformer is usually a toroidal type, and the whole thing is potted to give the electrical safety required.

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How would the Truma heating cope assuming you put it on LPG only but used the fan to blow it?
It would cope fine Andrew, the Truma fan works from the 12v system, not mains. How else could you use the heating on gas when off hook-up? The only part of the heating that runs from the mains supply will be the electric heating elements (if fitted).

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How would the Truma heating cope assuming you put it on LPG only but used the fan to blow it?
It would cope fine Andrew, the Truma fan works from the 12v system, not mains. How else could you use the heating on gas when off hook-up? The only part of the heating that runs from the mains supply will be the electric heating elements (if fitted).
Thanks Gaspode. Then in my case it sounds feesable. I would run the Truma and fridge on propane. If the charger doesn't like 110 it won't matter as the batteries charge off solar and while moving. Things like kindle and smart phone will work on 110. If one wanted to use heavier equipment like toaster or hair I have the inverter or one could T off the mains lead and purchase local ones.
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