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Message posted by tamsy03/3/2007 at 10:39pm
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Can anyone tell me if I would need an adaptor to use my EHU in France. mine has the usual 3 pin round plug, would I need an adaptor to use this?


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Message posted by jonellis03/3/2007 at 11:52pm
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**after a few beers**

i'd think it wise to buy an adaptor, just the blue thingy to 2 pin though...

Message posted by huts0n04/3/2007 at 12:46am
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Remember that some of the sites also have teh polarity reversed, so make sure you have a polarity tester or that your EHU has one!

Take a 2 pin adapter as well, not all french sites have the euro 3 pin (blue) connectors.

Message posted by JohnG04/3/2007 at 7:03am
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It depends on whether the French site has the older domestic type of site socket (ie two pins and an earth socket on the plug you put in)

OR if it has the newer and increasingly more common Euro blue type of socket.

SO what you need is one adaptor to cover the first situation that converts the old type French socket to the newer Euro blue socket and thus your existing van lead.

If when you plug in the polarity tester in the van etc you have reversed polarity you then put in your reversed lead (clearly marked) which has a blue Euro plug at one end and a blue Euro socket at the other

When confronted by the Euro socket on the site electrics follow  the same  procedure but without the first adaptor.!! 

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Message posted by tamsy04/3/2007 at 7:05pm
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Thanks very much for the replies everyone, the reverse polarity sounds a bit sneaky, I would never have thought to check for that.

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Message posted by JohnG04/3/2007 at 7:23pm
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C'est la Vie 

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Message posted by Val A05/3/2007 at 8:45am
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John, this is an excellent response - the pictures are very helpful for first-timers showing exactly what is required.  Perhaps the moderator could look at putting in into the article by Treckin Trekkie, pinned at the top of the page (if necessary without the links to the retailer of said items???)

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Message posted by JohnG05/3/2007 at 2:05pm
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Thanks Val its all easy when you've been there and done it.

I keep a few topics that come up frequently on my favourites list



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Message posted by Lynne Allday09/3/2007 at 2:47pm
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Hello

Last year we travelled to france for the first time and hadn't taken an adaptor. Make sure you get one before you go as we couldn't find one anywhere!!



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Message posted by JohnG09/3/2007 at 3:32pm
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You can get them of a good quality in boat chandlers

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Message posted by Trekkin Tekkie09/3/2007 at 8:11pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Val A on 05/3/2007
John, this is an excellent response - the pictures are very helpful for first-timers showing exactly what is required.  Perhaps the moderator could look at putting in into the article by Treckin Trekkie, pinned at the top of the page (if necessary without the links to the retailer of said items???)

An interesting point ValA, and one I'd agree with. There are however a whole plethora of improvements I'd like to make to that original. The idea initially was to start an evolving resource that everyone could contribute to over time, but I failed to realise that the post edit rules had changed, (preventing edits on posts older than 12 hrs) and that prevented the piece developing from what is basically a draft knocked up overnight. Still, I think it serves it's purpose.

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Message posted by JohnG09/3/2007 at 9:06pm
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I missed the article TT

Where can I find it



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Message posted by Trekkin Tekkie09/3/2007 at 9:14pm
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Here. Pinned at the top of the Abroad section.

Nice car BTW John. Mines going soon.

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Message posted by JohnG09/3/2007 at 11:16pm
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Thanks

Very comprehensive

Nothing about following me as my friends do

Or if you have a motor home how to get lifts from caravanners on rallies

Not really serious comments but based on past experience

Not meant to offend we have made friends with several motor home owners in this way.One couple went with us every day for 4 weeks !!



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Message posted by Delboy546515/7/2007 at 1:14am
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Managed to find an adaptor which already has the polarity reversed on Ebay which makes things easier.

...............Alan..........................



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