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Old 10-01-2010, 07:56 PM   #1
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I'm have some trouble finding a good source for European propane and electrical standards. What modifications do I need to run the trailer and diesel truck in France, Spain, Germany and Italy?
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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Diesel and propane shouldn't be a problem. Electricity however is different. In all three countries you listed, it is a 220v system instead of the 110v we have here in the States. I would suggest a PM to Lili/Hans of the Journey thread, or one of the forums other European members asking about necessary transformers and adapters. Low power adapters are readily available, but I don't know about a 30 amp adapter.
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The electricity on the camping places in Germany and in Switzerland is enough, security 16 Ampère/230 Volt. In the south to European countries, for example Italy, it is critical. A roof climate arrangement does not run, generators are forbidden because of the noise.
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So that's 220 single phase? Nasty juice... Thanks
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There is even 230 volts, was adapted a few years ago to the European norm...
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They also have 50 cycle (Hertz) instead of our 60.

Although it is common to refer to 110 and 220 v., they have been 120 and 240 v. for many years in the US and Canada. Checking some websites I found voltages were misstated for the US at 110. But it doesn't matter that much since the necessary equipment will work no matter whether you call it 110 or 120.

Plugs here are standardized for different voltages, amps, phase, but other countries have different standard plugs.

Here's a link with voltages and plug types and some info about transformers and converters. Be glad you are not going to Brazil where there are no standards. Electricity around the world: everything about plugs, sockets, voltages, converters, etc.

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you need something like this ebay 400130073063

Most campsites overhere have a special 3 pin plug
But you also see the normal 2 pin european plug

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