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Old 12-11-2008, 12:12 AM   #43
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This is a very big country, there is no way to see it all in 6 months. Have you considered storing car and trailer here and returning the following year. If you are only allowed to have it here for 6 months, perhaps you could drive it across the canadian border and store it there. You don't want to go to Mexico right now.

Almost no one tows with a car in the states. SUVs and pick-up trucks are the normal tow vehicles.

US and european trailer wiring connecters are different. Adaptation would require changing a plug on the wiring.
Domestic power is 110 volts 60 cycles. I saw an english visitor who ran everything on his battery and recharged it using a cheap battery charger that he bought here in the states. The difference between a 50mm and a 2inch hitch ball is not significant.
Propane supply could be a problem. It might be necessary to make an adaptor to fill your tank.

It sounds like a wonderful adventure. Don't give up on it.
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:37 AM   #44
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Almost no one tows with a car in the states. SUVs and pick-up trucks are the normal tow vehicles.
While it's true that many/most people tow with (and drive) trucks and SUVs in the US, there are definitely some of us who do fine with cars, so I would say don't rule it out on that basis. If you know your vehicle, and it's well-matched to the rig, you might prefer it to a "new" one here. I'm not sure what type of vehicle you'd be bringing, but of course you would want to consider parts availability.

Just know that not everyone drives a big 'ole truck

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While it's true that many/most people tow with (and drive) trucks and SUVs in the US, there are definitely some of us who do fine with cars, so I would say don't rule it out on that basis. If you know your vehicle, and it's well-matched to the rig, you might prefer it to a "new" one here. I'm not sure what type of vehicle you'd be bringing, but of course you would want to consider parts availability.

Just know that not everyone drives a big 'ole truck

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We own a Volvo V70 D5.
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Old 12-11-2008, 04:39 AM   #46
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RV parks intended for BulgeMobiles have a 50Amp[at]240VAC service on the pedestal -- The RV breaks that down into two 50Amp[at]120VAC services, however, it would be possible to make a Euro to 50Amp[at]240VAC cable up for a Euro-spec camper.

The trick would be to bring the camper-end connector with you because an electrician here in US/CA likely couldn't find those parts -- Likewise, it would be hard to make up the cable in Europe because of difficulty getting the US/CA parts.

Also, there will be a problem refilling propane tanks because the US/CA fittings are different from the Euro fittings. Again, bringing the parts will help.

Summer in the Western states can really get hot and uncomfortable...
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:02 AM   #47
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Hi Lex,

Try this site to get weather info for places you want to visit.

http://www.wunderground.com/tripplanner/index.asp

For example I put in Houston, TX for June 7-9. Be sure to scroll down to read what it says under humidity (dew point). It says you have a 93% chance of a "sweltering day".

Next I put in Carlsbad, NM. It was not a pretty picture either.

I didn't go for Alamogordo (White Sands area) because I roasted at just the thought. We were there in late April - early May and it was warm then.

Sorry the above site does not use Celsius. I've seen a site that reports both but can't remember where that is. If I find it I'll post again.

By the way. We live near the Canadian border and when we go to Oregon in July we often have to motel when crossing the states because we do not have an air conditioner in our trailer. We take a northern route and when it is 100 degrees out there at bedtime we can't sleep. When we can get to the high desert it isn't so bad at night.

Thumbs up for Oregon coast in July.

Hope this helps.
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Old 12-12-2008, 12:48 AM   #48
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Lex,

Here is a site I use daily, but it is not as user friendly as the link above.

http://www.intellicast.com/

At this site you must put in the city and state. That will give you current weather for that place. Next to current weather there is an F for us. Click on that and it turns into a C for you.

One of the options across the top says "historical". Click on that for the historical weather for the place you want. Scroll down and click on the month you are interested in. While I was doing this I kept getting back to F instead of C. I also stumbled and found -44 degrees possible in March in Baltimore....NO it wasn't. The site had switched me back to my northern town historical!

If you use intellicast be sure to keep an eye on what town you are in for the data you are looking at.

Would probably be easier to find your comfort zone and convert that to F degrees. For me going to C I want to be between 10 and 25. Above 30 and I'm not a happy camper.

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My goal too is to do trips like this. but travel back roads (fire roads, logging trails) as much as I can from place to place. Meeting up with Jeepers and the likes along the way. dropping off the jacked up Egg 5er and going wheeling with the local rednecks in the TV before heading out on the next leg of the journey.

all of course fueled by waste cooking oil and also publishing a journal about the trips in 4x4 rag and/or a scentific rag. maybe trailer life too?? Kinda of a lowbuck version of the Turtle Expedition.

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For what it's worth, there is a "Edit my Page Preferences." right at the top of the page at wunderground and it will let you change to metric.

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Hi Lex,

Try this site to get weather info for places you want to visit.

http://www.wunderground.com/tripplanner/index.asp


Sorry the above site does not use Celsius. I've seen a site that reports both but can't remember where that is. If I find it I'll post again.



Hope this helps.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:25 AM   #51
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For what it's worth, there is a "Edit my Page Preferences." right at the top of the page at wunderground and it will let you change to metric.

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The site is able to determine the location of my ip address.
It is partly in Dutch and metricin Celsius etc. :-)
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You may already know this, but the humidity is important because moist air forms a "blanket" over the earth, allowing the sunlight to enter during day to heat everything up and then slowing down the loss of heat during the night.

That's why summer nights in Arizona, New Mexico, etc., are cool and nights in Florida are not!
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Old 01-07-2009, 04:39 AM   #53
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After a visit to the US consulate in the morning of jan 5, an old fashioned freezing, windchill rich day, we got our visas. So the train is moving ;-)
The plan is now to ship the rig on feb 20 from Amsterdam to Jacksonville (scheduled to arrive march 21).
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Lex that's very exciting! Congratulations on moving ahead with your plan!
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Hi, ya, Lex!

I haven't been here for a bit, but we'd spoken about exchanging rigs, you use mine here in the US and I there. Glad to hear you are coming! No doubt, it will be a wonderful trip!

I'm going to PM you for some additional thoughts.

BTW, we thought about the Netherlands this year but opted for Italy again and finishing the trip with a week in Palermo. The warmth is too enticing for this South Dakotan!

Cheers, we'll be in touch!
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Hi, ya, Lex!

I haven't been here for a bit, but we'd spoken about exchanging rigs, you use mine here in the US and I there. Glad to hear you are coming! No doubt, it will be a wonderful trip!

I'm going to PM you for some additional thoughts.

BTW, we thought about the Netherlands this year but opted for Italy again and finishing the trip with a week in Palermo. The warmth is too enticing for this South Dakotan!

Cheers, we'll be in touch!
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Hi Gigi,
Pity (?) we can't compete with the Italian weather ;-)

Please use email ( rilex[at]biod.info ) in stead of PM (if you don't object)

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