Japanese Import

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  1. Ajren

    Ajren Read Only Funster

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    I am importing a Toyota Hiace (1996) campervan and believe it has a 110v hookup,
    has anyone done the same? How do I get the electrics changed and what is the cost involved?

    Thanks Guys
     
  2. N Luyetund

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    Welcome to the Fun Ajren!

    Sorry I can't help with your question but hopefully someone on here can:Wink:

    Is it a self import? I recently trawled around the web looking at the 'Bongo' etc variants on offer... some dealers offer a conversion service... might be worth looking around and doing some picking of their brains...
     
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    Hi Ajren and welcome
    All of us here with American RVs have experience of 110 volts and conversion
    what we need to know to help you better is what equipment you have on board that MUST have 110 and cant be converted, the simplest stop gap solution is o put a site drop down transformer in line and run it all on the 110 intended ,this is purely a stop gap method and not recommended long term,get back to us with more info
    Geo
     
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    That's exactly what I had to do when I imported a new Water heater with 110 volt and gas .

    Works well but, as you stressed, not for fulltiming use.

    I remember a long thread some time ago covering this subject.

    I wired in a new 240 volt system myself with MCB / Rcb's and tested it ok.

    The old 240 volt system had been in there for some years and needed to be replaced as a matter of electrical safety.:thumb:
     
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    Thanks Guys,

    Looks like 2 options, Get a hookup lead for the campsite with the blue plug and plug it into a yellow site transformer then plug the output into the van, I guess I could then run something from Maplins to get a 240v plug socket in the van using a travel plug adaptor for the Japanese socket.

    Or pay out to get sockets and electrics changed to give me UK sockets in the van
    but still have the fridge, lights, battery charger running at 110v by some sort of inline transformer.

    I think I'm getting an Idea of whats involved now!
     
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    Hi again Yup I think your grasping it, the proper kit is a transformer that lets 240 straight thro to you new ring main ifyou put one in, and drops to 110v for you fridge etc its just a case of spliting the circuits you can after spliting use the Jap wiring and just change sockets after establishing the Jap cable is up to the job, normally 110 cable is heavier than 240 so should be ok, there's going to be somone who will contradict that statment I just know it,:Rofl1:
     
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    Just bear in mind the total load anticipated and double it for the transformer rating to be on the safe side.

    Needs to be as the current drawn is effectively doubled, as near as dammit, for a given wattage.
     
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    You know that and I know that, BUT we're treading on electrical toes here:RollEyes:, I expected some one to get back quoting Part P of the electrical instalation regs:Doh::Rofl1:
    GeO
     

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