recomended electrician required

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  1. IanH

    IanH Read Only Funster

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    Hi all
    im'e looking for a electrician to rewire /convert my 5th wheel to 240v ,either mobile or local and must be used to RV systems .
    Other than Itchy Feet down here in Cornwall has anyone got any recomendations

    Cheers Ian
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Sorry Ian, I don't know anyone down your way .. I wish I lived in Cornwall... this would have suited me down to the ground..
     
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    hi
    like Jim I don't know anyone down your way,
    We had Cross Country do ours, seem OK pricewise, but it's a long way from home for you, It' not rocket science----you could get a local sparky to do it------BUT you need to know which route to take !!
    Nigel
     
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    CAUTION..im a newbie so dont take any of this as gospel

    from all the forums and advice ive seen on here there are people on here can sort it.

    Correct me if im wrong experts but I think im right in saying that 5th wheeler will be rated 50amp wired and the max it will ever get plugged in is 16amp or perhaps a little higher on a site.
    Ample anyway for 240 volts, so its already wired, you just need to change the sockets and get an electrician to fit out the conversion you require.

    The genny probably produces 110 which you need for your onboard american stuff so you need a thingy (not saying what its called in case its wrong) that converts 240 to 240 and 110 plug in.

    My rv has a relay box thingy under the bathroom sink (bright place to put it huh?) and its the origional american fitting and it says 110/240 on it. Have a poke around under seats and in hidden spaces usually near the plug in and see whats what.

    The electrician may only need to take some 110 circuits and place them on the 240 side and replace the american 110 sockets with english 240.

    If you are teccy and eleccy minded you can save a bundle in labour diying the main bulk and then get the qualified electrician to check it all out, specially if you leave all the sockets hanging out but hardwired so he can check your wiring at a glance.

    Anyway as this thread grows..and it will you will get completely the right advice. This isnt rv related though its a good electrician job.
     
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    BUT if there just one 110V gadget hidden and unknown, maybe a thermostat controlled anti-ice heater, and it gets overlooked -- it could get very exciting in there.

    I would say you can't do it properly without tracing every wire and drawing an accurate circuit diagram.
     
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    Or just do it with 2 voltage systems and a new ring main for the 240volt stuff, just remember to add an extra uk socket next to things like the microwave so you can change them for 240 volt in the future without any fuss.

    Im sure 5ers dont come with a genny but its easily sorted if one is fitted with a transformer anyway.
     
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    that's pretty much as mine is, Dazzer, just a seperate ring for 240V socskets.. the 110 side gets its power from a transformer linked to the 240V hook up..

    so they co exist happily (well they did until just about every 110 item gave up after I tried living in the van for 3 years :Rofl1:)

    saying that, the AC still works, which is great at this time of year :BigGrin: maybe I can divert the air into the fridge so that will work too hehee
     
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    Well you've worked away from home in past !

    Do him a favour, do him a Proper Job.
     
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    Wouldn't the insulation be different on 110V and 230V cables?
     
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    I can get pretty handy with the tools but but i am not going to mess with 240v i like to sleep knowing things are done right .
    Luckily there are no complicated systems on our 5er so things should be quite easy to do,no genny or inverter only got 1 battery .

    We have had a bit of interest from a few funsters which i will follow up

    Thanks for all replies Ian
     
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    our old 5er was wired by putting 240 through the 110 circuit, but, IMHO this is more complicated than fitting a new ring main and fitting a 240 to 110 transformer----this way you don't need to touch the 110 circuit and all original equipment can continue as before. We have found a massive advantage in being able to run lap tops 'phone chargers cameras etc. etc. on the 110 sockets, (take a look at the voltage on all your equipment--it's amazing how much stuff is marked 110--240 ! ! !. Just need some cheap GB to US socket adapters easy peasy ! ! !
    It's not common for 5ers to have fitted gennys.
    Nigel
     
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    12 Volt Shop down St Austell Bay business park. He builds/services motorhomes and has quite a good customer base.
     

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