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Old 03-25-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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I am really worried about the insurance for the car. Still I 've got no policy.
The car and trailer are being shipped to Jacksonville.
We will leave april 7, so there are only 8 business days left.
Can anybody tell how fast I can get an insurance when in the USA, in case of emergency?
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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They sell "Trip Insurance" at the port of entry that insures for your trip to 1 destination. You can also go to an insurance agent in the closest city from the port and purchase insurance with no problem. You will need your drivers license, passport for identification and registration for each vehicle (Camper).

Ask the "Federal Customs Agent" that looks at your vehicles for information. Do Not ask a dock worker. Trust the Federal Customs Agent that will do your import paperwork.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:59 PM   #3
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Look Here:
American Automotive Association (AAA)
http://www.autoclubgroup.com/chicago...aspx?zip=60601

Call AAA right away, today. USA 866.968.7222

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Old 03-25-2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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Lex, I don't know if this has been discussed here, but most large US RV parks have a 50Amp service at the RV hook-up that is 240Volts/60Hz.

If you bring a female receptacle with you that your RV will plug into, you can buy the parts or have an electrician make up a short adapter with your Euro-receptacle on one end and a USA/CA 50A/240VAC plug on the other. You won't be able to use anything with a motor without risking over-speed, but but you will should be able to have lights and recharge your battery. The Euro-receptacles will NOT be available here in North America. It would be good if you can bring a basic electrical diagram of how the Euro-system of receptacles and plugs are wired for your system so he can sort out the neutrals and grounds to ensure safety.

Otherwise, you will have to do without or bring a step-up transformer...

Likewise, you will probably have to make some arrangement to deal with the difference in LP fittings.
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Old 03-26-2009, 12:57 AM   #5
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Look Here:
American Automotive Association (AAA)
http://www.autoclubgroup.com/chicago...aspx?zip=60601

[b]Call AAA right away, today. USA 866.968.7222

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http://www.goodsamclub.com/DefaultMember.aspx
Thanks Darwin.
I am member of the Goodsamclub. They got very serious email problems: I didn't get any reply on several email messages to get ERS. Eventually I got it within a couple of minutes by phone
In case of emergency I will look for a local agent in Jacksonville.

Pete, I got my self a 1500W 110 -> 220V converter. It is waiting in Florida. I prepared a short lead with a Euro contra plug on one end and need a US plug for the other end.
What is LP?
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:34 AM   #6
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You really need to contact the American Automotive Association as they will know what to do.

AAA Auto Club Southwww.aaa.com

4320 Deerwood Lake Pkwy # 109
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 565-7722


Electrical:

In the USA the:
Hot Wire is Black and it attaches to the Brass Screw in the Plug.
The Return wire is White and attaches to the silver looking Screw on the Plug.
The Ground Wire is Green and attaches to the Green painted screw in the plug.

You need to know what wire in your camper is hot, which is the return (Netural) and which one is the ground.

You may need to see an electrician if you can not figure it out and AAA will point you in the right direction.

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You really need to contact the American Automotive Association as they will know what to do.

AAA Auto Club Southwww.aaa.com

4320 Deerwood Lake Pkwy # 109
Jacksonville, FL 32216
(904) 565-7722


Electrical:

In the USA the:
Hot Wire is Black and it attaches to the Brass Screw in the Plug.
The Return wire is White and attaches to the silver looking Screw on the Plug.
The Ground Wire is Green and attaches to the Green painted screw in the plug.

You need to know what wire in your camper is hot, which is the return (Netural) and which one is the ground.

You may need to see an electrician if you can not figure it out and AAA will point you in the right direction.
Thanks for the address, Darwin.

In continental Europe wiring of hot and return is interchangeable (if you know what I mean).
The converter has a European plug, according the info on the webpage. So hot and return must be no problem.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:50 AM   #8
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What is LP?
LP = Propane (liquified petroleum).

If I remember correctly the American and European fittings for propane tanks are different.

Regarding the AC power wiring - normally the brown wire is the line side, the blue wire is the neutral with a green with yellow tracer for the safety ground. In some European countries they don't use neutral so both brown and blue are hot (with respect to the safety ground).
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I lived in Europe and Asia for over 12 years and used the transformers.

If you get shocked by touching an appliance and a ground, unplug the transformer and plug it in the other way.

If you still get shocked, unplug what U have plugged into the transformer and then plug it in the other way.

The ones we used over there were called Autotransformers and aree not quite the same as a normal transformer.
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Darwin, the colors you gave describe the 120VAC connectors, not the 24OVAC connectors in which the neutral will not be used (Black to Red is 240VAC; Black or Red to Neutral is only 120VAC). Lex will need the black and red connected to the two interchangeable hot leads on his receptacle because the objective here is to use the 50Amp/240VAC receptacle on the CG pedestal.

Lex, LP is the gaz, or Liquid Petroleum (aka Propane) and the connectors I saw in Germany were quite different from the connectors used in North America -- I ran into a German couple in a German Sprinter van in Canada that was having trouble getting a refill.

Lex, check the small print on your electronic voltage converter and you will likely see that its spec says something like "50W to 1500W" -- On the ones that work the other way, 240VAC to 120VAC, the first 50W is at 240VAC, then the circuitry changes the voltage.

I found this out the hard way with a US-spec microwave oven in Germany -- The voltage converter fried the clock mechanism on the m/w! These are intended for use on things like hair dryers, not delicate circuitry, although putting 120VAC into your 240VAC system may not be a problem.

I don't believe they do anything about 50Hz-60Hz. When I used the m/w with a large transformer like Darwin describes, the clocking mechanism was off by 10hz!
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Most of the stuff is already dealt with in http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...howtopic=21175
I 've got a LP-'converter'.
We only need max 10A current at 110V (or is it 120V).
Electrics is used for battery charger, coffeemaker, water boiler, mini oven, electrical wok (all ask less then 5A at 230V.
I 've been told that maybe my 230V AC -> 12V DC converter will produce noise because of the 60 Hz. In that case I 'll switch it off and use the battery for 12V.
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North American voltage can actually be in a range of approximately 110-125VAC, and double that for across both lines in the box (180* out of 'phase' with each other). Be sure to look at your appliances with micro-circuitry (like the coffeepot timer) carefully the first couple of times you use them with your voltage converter in case there are low-voltage problems.

Personally, I prefer range-top coffee makers like a Bilaletti Moka because I often camp where there isn't any kind of electrical service.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_Express
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They sell "Trip Insurance" at the port of entry that insures for your trip to 1 destination. You can also go to an insurance agent in the closest city from the port and purchase insurance with no problem. You will need your drivers license, passport for identification and registration for each vehicle (Camper).

Ask the "Federal Customs Agent" that looks at your vehicles for information. Do Not ask a dock worker. Trust the Federal Customs Agent that will do your import paperwork.
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A Dutch agent told me that is very difficult, if not impossible to get insurance locally.
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Instead of converting your electricity from our 110 to your 220 just buy a coffee pot at Wal-Mart that sets on the gas stove, A microwave for less than $50, and a n extension cord (12 gauge wire) and run it through the hole where your original wire goes through and plug in your new American Purchased items into it.
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