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    Default Bringing a pop-up trailer (caravan) to NZ from the U.S.

    My son and family are hoping to bring a pop-up Coleman type trailer from the U.S. I've done a search here which brings up another question. If you brought a caravan/trailer to NZ from the U.S. what did you have to do to it to get the electric system certified? Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dell View Post
    My son and family are hoping to bring a pop-up Coleman type trailer from the U.S. I've done a search here which brings up another question. If you brought a caravan/trailer to NZ from the U.S. what did you have to do to it to get the electric system certified? Many thanks.
    Bumping this in case someone has an answer.

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    Do you mean a power hook-up or the trailer lights connection? If the former quite a bit of work because I presume it is the wrong voltage. Certification is really only an issue if you intend hooking up in large commercial camp sites. No one else seems to take much notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylesdw View Post
    Do you mean a power hook-up or the trailer lights connection? If the former quite a bit of work because I presume it is the wrong voltage. Certification is really only an issue if you intend hooking up in large commercial camp sites. No one else seems to take much notice.
    It is illegal not to have a current electrical warrant. Anybody not complying is breaking the law. If a fire ensued questions would certainly be asked.

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    Hi, you will definitely need to get the electrical system converted to 240V from the US 110V. There is quite a lot of work involved in this, particularly as the circuit board and wiring all needs replacing, so you might want to consider if it is worth the trouble. Without the conversion, you will not get an electrical certificate of compliance (every five years). I've brought in a couple of UK caravans in the past, and only needed to change the socket outlets which are also different to those in USA.
    The connection to the towing vehicle may also be different - NZ uses 7 pin flat or round plugs. The coupling is either for a 50mm or 1 7/8" ball.

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    Thanks for your reply. Their container arrives today - but without the pop-up caravan. They might ship one to NZ in a year or two with some other things they've left behind - so your information is still helpful. Thank you.

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    It is illegal not to have a current electrical warrant. Anybody not complying is breaking the law. If a fire ensued questions would certainly be asked.
    Illegal not to have a electrical WOF or illegal when you connect mains power to the camper motorhome, that does not have a electrical WOF? For as long as i've been living in NZ, i've never bothered having electrical WOF for our camper van for the simple reason, we don't connect to mains power.

    We've just imported a new RV from the UK and despite the registration guy doing inspection asking about electrical WOF, I have no intentions of doing so. The electrical standards in the UK on these motorhomes IMO are more strict than what is allowed in NZ. I was surprised to see full RCD breakers in the order of how new houses are wired in NZ today. When the test button on the RCD breaker stops working, then that's when it won't pass electrical WOF, any more tests that the inspector has to do every 5 years is just a cash grab.

    Related to the OP, my friend just imported an Airstream from the US (2010 model 20 footer). He went though all caravan and electrical compliances which was pretty straight forward. In meeting his electrical compliance, he just left the Airstream in 115VAC and uses a massive step down transformer. Massive in that it weighs over 20 kg rated for 8kVA ; complete overkill. But eitherway the use of the transformer brings another level of safety to his setup (being the transformer serves also as an isolating transformer).

    Other compliances you may consider is the LPG. I've heard of other caravan importers going through an expensive inspection on LPG (again, IMO a cash grab on brand new camper / motorhomes). I can understand if the vehicle is old and thus yes, the lines should be tested, but on a brand new build ; it seems senseless. I'm talking on a brand new motorhome, the importer having to spend thousands just to check, replace fittings. It seems that these compliance guys spend a lot of time taking panels off to see how the lines were routed, etc.
    Last edited by Super_BQ; 9th December 2013 at 08:46 PM.

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