Motorhome Tour of Canada and the US. Plug Query

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  1. Andrew and Shirley

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    So our planned tour of Canada and the USA in our IH is coming sooner than we could have imagined. We are taking it over via the Ro-Ro.

    One question only RV owners are likely to be able to answer.

    I have a Tx to take the voltage down to 110v but do not have a clue what type of plug they use in the USA to plug in on a site.

    Clearly we use a Euro plug over here but has anyone got a pic of the plug they use over the pond?
     
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    any help ??
     
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    Type.. American rv shore power plug... Into your search engine then take your pick.
     
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    I hope you dont have a Tx to take it down to 110v as that is what they start at you need a step up Tx
     
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    This is on our electricity post here on a campsite in Texas. IMG_20181026_173605.jpg
     
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    Erm. This is the wrong way round! You will need a transformer to take the voltage UP from 110v to 230v. Many Canadian and US sockets are 30 amp ratings (equivalent to 15amp at 230v). It requires a very hefty cable, much thicker than we use, and the transformer must be capable of handling at least 30amps too.
     
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    Yep, the hard wired 10 mtr hookup cable on my RV was thicker than a hose pipe and rated at 50amps.
    The was no hookup socket on the RV, this cable went to the distribution panel and somehow someone managed to fit a European blue plug on the end to accept a regular hookup lead or hookup post
     
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    Every US motorhome I've hired was the same, the thick cable was wired directly into the van and there was an impossibly small cubby hole to try and stuff this cable into when travelling.

    Fitting a 50 amp cable into a Euro plug sounds gruesome and highly unsafe!
     
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    I forgot about the vertical shoebox sized hole to store it all in. :eek:

    I never looked but I reckon the entry to the plug had been drilled/machined to a bigger size to accept the large cable.
     
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    with the US 50amp HUL you only use 3 of the 4 leads into a UK blue plug .
     

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