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Old 09-14-2014, 08:03 PM   #11
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Is there a code for the 12 volt wiring?


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Old 09-14-2014, 11:59 PM   #12
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Thank you Old Coot for the warning.
Fortunately I have a crew of tradesmen and apprentices that work for me so we should get the job done in a reasonable time.

Brother Les I have heard that Forest River will build to Aussie specs but to keep the price reasonable you would need to buy 10 at a time.
You can get a comparable fifth wheel in Australia but they are $100,000+.
No, that isn't a typo.
You can't buy a new travel trailer in Australia for under $40,000 and most are $60K to $90K.
It's hard to believe but unfortunately it is true.
Spending a weeks labour and some wiring doesn't look such a bad idea now, does it?
Your fifth wheels are nicer anyway (but heavier).

Jwedell there is no code for the 12 wiring in Australia apart from clearances from mains voltage as 12 volt isn't a life threatening voltage.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:11 AM   #13
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If I look at the bright side, at least I will get to see the inner workings of the underbelly etc so I know where to go when I have problems at a later date.
Notice I said 'when and not 'if'.
I might even be able to challenge Old Coot for the amount of time spent on mod's.
Although I'm sure Old Coot's mods would be more useful.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:51 AM   #14
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Hi, I am an Australian buyer looking to export a Crusader 295RST to Australia. I am required to modify the camper when it arrives to comply with Aussie specs.
I have a few questions that I hope someone will be kind enough to answer:
What are the fixed LP lines, plastic, copper or steel?
What type and size of wiring is installed for the 110v outlets and what color are the cores?
I know these questions are technical questions but I'm sure someone on this very informative forum has this knowledge.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Just my $.02, for what it is worth.....2 years ago we got a tour of the Salem Hemisphere plant in Goshen and we saw 6 or 8 trailers on the assembly line that for some reason looked "strange". The doors were on the wrong side etc.....after asking we learned that they were being built for export to Australia.
Not sure.....but perhaps they were ordered and built to Aussie specs. It might be worthwhile to ask some questions and get all of your concerns settled before importing.
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I did do some research and found that the factories will change layouts to suit Aussie specs but not for one off units.
If only I had the finances available to buy and import 5 or 10 units I could probably make a dollar or two in Australia.
I haven't yet mentioned that it costs around $15,000 for import fees and Aussie tax for one unit.
What I am required to do might sound like a daunting task to most but I have had time to get used to the idea and being in the construction industry probably helps.


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I did do some research and found that the factories will change layouts to suit Aussie specs but not for one off units.
If only I had the finances available to buy and import 5 or 10 units I could probably make a dollar or two in Australia.
I haven't yet mentioned that it costs around $15,000 for import fees and Aussie tax for one unit.
What I am required to do might sound like a daunting task to most but I have had time to get used to the idea and being in the construction industry probably helps.


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Old 09-20-2014, 05:34 AM   #18
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The only solid core wires are the electic wires feeding the outlets and appliances. Those arnt on while driving why the heck do they have to be stranded! Is everything 240v over there? How many wires going to a standard outlet?
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Yep. Everything is 240 volt.
Anything mobile has to have stranded wire in Australia.
I am an electrician and am very surprised that the US uses solid core wire. We stopped using it here by choice about 15 years ago even though it was cheaper because the solid cores would often break behind power outlets where wires were twisted together and cost too much time finding faults.


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