Originally Posted by Kirstin
Thank you all for you warm respones and prompt replies. I will contact richardt as he seems to figure high on honesty with you all. I have had a few replies regarding shipping, one from a UK company as well. I certainly hope to keep in contact with you all and hope to meet fellow Airstreamers in the UK and Europe.
I am not sure if I would have to change the electrics - could I not just get a transformer??
Yes you can put in a transformer and that will give you 110v services from a 240v hook-up but that is all you will get and a building site transformer which is what most people use is not a stable enough supply on it's own. Electronic equipment will not like it and you will soon find that things stop working.
That is not the biggest problem
The biggest problem is that in the event of something going wrong you will find that your insurance company will not pay out.
Supposing you have an accident one day and you get a small galley fire.
Mr insurance man comes along and does an inspection for your claim and finds that the fire was caused say by a fat pan........No problem untill he finds that the gas system wasn't up to code, the domestic electrics where not up to code and to cap it all you have AC (240v and 110v) runing through the unit with no earth bonding??????
Your claim will not get paid and further insurance would probably be refused
Even in the event of an RTA where someone else is to blame if the insurance inspector examines your vehicle and finds any fault then the claim will be invalid and you will pay out.
Lots of folk go down the route of "it's ok, I don't need to do that" and lots of folk get bitten------------------we have ended up picking up the pieces on more than one occasion.
Your choice but not worth the risk. All these regs have a reason and most have been bought into play for folks own safety and should only be ignored at your peril. You would not ignore the regs Stateside and you should not ignore the regs in the UK either
PS building site 110v tranies buz like hell and will keep you awake at night