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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #90 on: April 07, 2008, 11:27:30 AM »
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Think of it like a carrot on a stick. Tie the stick with a 10lb. carrot attached to your head or shoulder, out in front of you about 5 feet - this is the 60Hz carrot/stick combination. Now try running as fast as you can to catch it. No matter how fast you run, it will always be out of reach.  Replace the carrot with a 20lb. one (this is the 50Hz carrot/stick combination) and again try running as fast as you can to catch it. You still can't catch it, but because the 20lb. carrot is heavier, you expend the same amount of energy, but more of it is used up as heat (you get hotter, quicker), sacrificing speed in the process. That's what is meant by the motor always trying to play catch-up.

O.k., so it's not the best analogy in the world! ;D
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #91 on: April 07, 2008, 01:00:00 PM »

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....Now try running....

Now you're just being silly!  ;D ;D

Anyone who knows me is fully aware I don't do running.  ;D

All this talk of healthy food and exercise makes me want a pie an a pint.

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #92 on: April 08, 2008, 09:12:33 AM »
LOL, Paul! :D

I did say it wasn't a very good analogy. In my case, replace the carrot with a glass of single malt or a pint of Guinness, and have me sitting in a recliner. ;D
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #93 on: April 08, 2008, 09:42:49 AM »
Ian,

I added your list of issues as caveats at the end of the file here. Thanks for providing the list.

I had a few questions/clarifications:

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The EMS had gremlins ,i found it hard to control heat pumps to furnace etc

Are you saying that you couldn't control the sequence in which appliances were blocked/allowed, or that the EMS just didn't work at all?

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Terrified of a fire (and i dont scare easily) i constantly felt the wireing ,and yes some of the heavy AMP wire got warm ,the rear heatpump burnt a wire,The ceramic heater wire got hot and burt through.

That burned wire on the rear heat pump, was that inside the heat pump?

Was the ceramic heater one of those small portable ones? Where did the wire burn through? (Inside the heater, or at the plug?)
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #94 on: April 09, 2008, 07:11:58 AM »
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the problem with the EMS was  when you turned on the rear heat pump the furnace fired up,turn on the furnace the fans worked on the A/C the same time you just didn't know what was going to happen next,when we ran on generator,original 110v 60Hz it would take 5 to 10 mins to sort itself out.

The whole lead on the ceramic heater got hot ,i could smell it first

On the heat pump if i remember correctly the wire was vissable when you took the inside cover off .


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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #95 on: April 09, 2008, 09:32:30 AM »
Thanks for the clarifications Ian, much appreciated.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #96 on: April 10, 2008, 10:26:35 AM »
Home at last in sunny wales ;D where it is pouring with rain as normal  ;)

As promised here are some photo's of our RV. Already day dreaming of the moment we will finaly have it over here.

The photo's can be found here.

I couldn't attach the photo's as I think they are too big ???

Bernarr and  Cary from RV Exports are shipping it over for us as they came recommended by several people.

I hadn't realised that I didn't take a photo with both myself and Tanya in front of the RV. The man standing next to Tanya is Colin Barnley of Long view RV Superstores, who we found was very good.

Still haven't decided on the Electrics route.  ???

Now if  I could just get a long extension lead to the US I wouldn't have to worry about the Hz or the volts :D
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #97 on: April 10, 2008, 10:34:03 AM »
Nice looking coach Andy. I can see you driving that down the narrow roads on the Gower peninsula  ;D
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #98 on: April 10, 2008, 10:47:02 AM »

Hi Ian

I have to say that we've not experienced the problems you mention.

The one time we had the air conditioner blowing cold last year it was a little louder than in the US, but we've had no problems with the heat pump side of it. It may switch from heat pump to furnace but that (I believe) is due to the outside temp being below 5C and it auto-switching to gas.

The washing machine and microwave timers are a little out, but as nobody who converts their electrics to 230V actually changes these items (from the 110V ones) they will have the same problem.

We have a ceramic heater which is often running for 10hrs a day and haven't had any issues with the lead/cable getting hot.

Paul



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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #99 on: April 10, 2008, 11:00:52 AM »
Hi Paul
probably my bad luck.
Just said our good byes to Lindsay and Linda they just put thier Eagle in storage ,they fly back to Glasgow tonight.
Ours go into storage just over 2 weeks time  :'( :'( :'(
Some Brits here on Thousand Trails ,got 3 brit flags flying must go and say hi
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #100 on: April 10, 2008, 02:23:03 PM »

About time too !!

It really wasn't on that you were all out there enjoying yourselves whilst Im here in the cold and rain.

I was going to start a new thread the other day to get a list of all the Brits currently touring the US - there must be a few out there at the moment.

Paul

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #101 on: April 11, 2008, 05:47:58 PM »
BTW Andy, when you head down the Gower, don't take this road over the hill from the Mumbles. Might be a bit tight.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #102 on: April 11, 2008, 07:03:15 PM »
Gee Tom that almost looks like the road in front of our house we lived in while in Japan. ;D
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #103 on: April 11, 2008, 08:41:51 PM »
Ron,

I saw many reminders of the villages of Wales when I visited areas of Japan outside the large cities.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #104 on: April 11, 2008, 09:30:49 PM »
While we have never had the pleasure of visiting Wales your photo sure reminded me of our street Higashi Matsubara.  I bet you seen many similar streets in Japan.  They have a lot of them.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #105 on: April 12, 2008, 05:26:26 PM »
I had to look twice at the photo as it reminded me very much of the road into Little Haven, a place my parents went for there summer holidays, and they took us when we were kids, and where we now take our kids. 8)

We used to stay at a cottage almost at the base of a hill like the one in the photo. It was at a juntion will the coastal road and they joined at a really wicked hairpin bend. We spent many hours watching people trying to reverse back up the hill after getting the corner wrong (the smell of burning clutches in the summer air).

It reminds me of a holiday which my parents thought was a disaster, and yet I remember it fondly as a holliday with loads of adventures Things went wrong and we had fun fixing them. ::)
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #106 on: April 12, 2008, 08:04:31 PM »
Tom,
I like the double yellow lines on both sides. Makes one wonder just how many people have tried to pass there. ::)
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #107 on: April 12, 2008, 08:08:09 PM »
Err, Karl, the double yellow lines mean no parking  ;)
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #108 on: April 12, 2008, 08:09:45 PM »
Aye Andy, lots of narrow lanes on hillsides like that throughout the UK. That one was the road from Bracelet Bay over to the Mumbles Road. You can see a small piece of Swansea Bay (with the tide out) in the distance. Had a nice walk with our friend that morning, starting from her place in Norton, down to The Mumbles, around the shoreline to Bracelet Bay, and over the top, eventually past Oystermouth castle. Not as magnificent as Cardiff Castle (Castell Caerdydd) of course.
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Re: Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #109 on: April 12, 2008, 08:12:25 PM »
They look like bike lanes to me.
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« Reply #110 on: April 12, 2008, 08:17:37 PM »
They'd be small bikes with very skinny people riding them  ;D
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« Reply #111 on: April 12, 2008, 08:21:36 PM »
As long as they don't use their arms to signal turns they should be ok :)
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Re: Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #112 on: April 12, 2008, 10:42:22 PM »
They look like bike lanes to me.

Cow paths.  90% of the roads in the UK were surveyed in by medieval cows.   Disoriented medieval cows.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #113 on: April 13, 2008, 01:52:30 AM »
In Wales they were sheep.
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #114 on: April 13, 2008, 03:13:37 PM »
In Wales they were sheep.

Of course. 

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #115 on: April 14, 2008, 09:50:05 AM »
You didn't resist, you just didn't post any.  Your mind was going a mile a minute.  Admit it.  (G) 
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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #116 on: April 17, 2008, 01:17:22 PM »
Paul

it's a good idea to find out how many of us Brits (er, and Swiss - my wife is from Geneva and she saw me typing this) are touring North America in our RVs.   We left our coach in Coburg, Oregon yesterday and fly out from Seattle to LHR tonight.   Missing it already, but we'll be back end of June to spend three months in Western Canada.   

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #117 on: April 17, 2008, 07:52:37 PM »
Paul

it's a good idea to find out how many of us Brits (er, and Swiss - my wife is from Geneva and she saw me typing this) are touring North America in our RVs.   We left our coach in Coburg, Oregon yesterday and fly out from Seattle to LHR tonight.   Missing it already, but we'll be back end of June to spend three months in Western Canada.   



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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #118 on: June 09, 2008, 07:41:17 AM »
Quick update:-

Our RV should have arrived last Saturday, but I have just heard that it was transfered to another vessel and wont be here until Thursday  :(

On the bright side I've just passed my heavy goods vehicle license test ( needed in the UK to drive vehicles over 7.5 tonnes) So at least when it does arrive I will be allowed to drive it  ;D

The weekend can't come soon enough  8)

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Re: Importing an RV into the UK
« Reply #119 on: June 09, 2008, 08:19:54 AM »
Congratulations on passing the HGV test Andy. Hopefully the second ship will come in on time and with all its cargo.

FWIW one reason I don't like traveling in the ocean at night is because ships occasionally lose containers overboard. They're like an iceberg (mostly below the surface) and can't be seen on radar. The shipping industry was talking some years ago about going to a water-soluble seal, so lost containers would eventually fill up with water and sink to the bottom :o 

Your coach is insured, right  ???  No worries then.
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