Reverse polarity EHU

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  1. Alby and Lin

    Alby and Lin Funster

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    Hi all funsters

    I think I once read that reverse polarity EHU was not a problem on continental vans (ours is a Burstner) as they have double pole switches. Do we need reversing connectors for a trip to France?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Alby
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    in my opinion, not neccessary.....but do check there is an earth present as a lot of older installation dont have an earth.

    Whether its reversed or not, if theres no earth theres a real possibilty of electrocution.

    Something like the tester in my link will confirm reversed polarity and earth status...simply plug into an unused 230v socket and read the lights.


    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Metrel-Handyman-TEK989-Socket-Tester-with-Buzzer-like-Martindale-Buzz-It-/251532329365?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Test_Measurement_Equipment_ET&hash=item3a907ec195
     
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    Thanks pappajohn. It's a new van so should be OK with the earth. I have a tested as well.
     
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    Its not the vehicle earth thats the problem. The site supply from the bollard may not be earthed. Can happen in the UK too but more common sur le continong.
     
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    Yeah, the way it was explained to me was you should be ok with a supply that has no earth, as long as all your appliances are working ok. Its a motorhome, since when do all the appliances work at any given time?

    Re reverse polarity, I have a couple of adapters which sort this out, I know some motorhomers re-wire an EHU cable but i'm not that capable! I also read somewhere that the European vans are set up to cope with reverse polarity, think it was in a copy of MMM.
     
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    Thanks for help/advice to all.

    Alby
     
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