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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 28-10-2013, 23:31 Thread Starter
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240v French MH plugged into 110v USA?

I am on a site in the US and there is a disabled French guy parked up beside me. He has shipped his specially disability equipped unit from Le Harve to Halifax and touring US and Canada for a year.

It is otherwise a standard Fiat based MH and yet he just just plugged to to the mains on a standard adapter. ( not converter)

I didn't think this was possible. What are the implications of doing this for onboard electrics?
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Maybe he's had a 240v/110v thingy fitted to allow him to use their leccy ?

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Re: 240v French MH plugged into 110v USA?

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I am on a site in the US and there is a disabled French guy parked up beside me. He has shipped his specially disability equipped unit from Le Harve to Halifax and touring US and Canada for a year.

It is otherwise a standard Fiat based MH and yet he just just plugged to to the mains on a standard adapter. ( not converter)

I didn't think this was possible. What are the implications of doing this for onboard electrics?
With a bit of luck they will just not work. With no luck certain things could go bang. Of course he needs an 110/230 converter but anything that would give a decent amount of current would be big and expensive.
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He showed me the connection. It was just a continental to us plug converter. Black about the size of. Cigarette packet. It was outside on the post and did not seem to have any electronics inside.

I wondered about the fridge and Truma ?
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The question is - is anything working?

At least it is safer that way than plugging a 110v system into a 220/240v supply.
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He was running pc phone etc but these are low amperage and capable of switching to 110.

Now I've been plugging in a 1500w can heater at night but my shore line is lot beefier than my UK one.
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Don't forget that although USA & Canada generally have 110V AC in their domestic wall sockets, their cookers and immersions are 230V, each house has 120-0-120 coming in on a split phase system.

So he may well have the facility to connect to 230V, or a decent step-down transformer inside.

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This is a standard French MH. I asked him if was using any transformer and said he wasn't. Just a us to French connector. That's what puzzled me. Might tackle him again tomorrow.
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Given that some RVs have domestic washer/dryers on board, and in light of Peter's previous post about them being 240v, it may well be that there is indeed 240v available at the EHU point and he has tapped into this with his adaptor

The campsite operator will know for sure

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He is definitely in 110. I checked
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