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Old 04-30-2014, 04:15 PM   #11
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It *looks* like the fridge is 110/12V for the US/Canada. BUT there is clearly an international 230/12V version. You MIGHT be able to swap out the (I think) circuit board and maybe the heater element. The large fridge is the RML8555 and I think the small one is the RM8555. Good luck.

Some of the convert/inverter replacements are available in 230V:
I have the: Truecharge Battery Charger | Truecharge2 20A, 40A, 60A | Xantrex
Or you could replace the entire distribution panel for less (with IMHO a poorer converter section) Power CentersWF-8955E, WF-8955E 240V 55 Amp Power Center
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:26 PM   #12
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Severinus and Yvonne, we met you at the Oregon Rally several years ago. We have a 5.0 and love it. Congratulations and enjoy your camping adventures in your new "Classic."
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:27 PM   #13
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2nd hurdle to take will be to get i legalized overhere, 5th wheels are not to common overhere and we need to get a legal brake controller, replace the kingpin with a legalized type, adapt/change the lights to the legal standards and then some things.
I'm looking forward to the updates.

I'm particularly interested in what might be different in the hitch. I've noticed that small Euro fifth-wheels tend to have very little vertical clearance between the truck and the trailer on each side of the hitch, so I suspect that their hitches do not pivot side-to-side as has become normal for RV hitches in North America; however, it appears from at least some web sites that at least in the UK some people use the same style (and even brand) of hitches as used here.

Some of the changes for the lights are obvious - you need separate amber turn signals, and a Euro-style connector. It will be interesting to see what else.

Since Euro light trailer brakes are normally of the overrun type, and that presumably doesn't apply to a fifth-wheel, the braking control will be interesting, too... is this just a matter of buying the same design as here, but with a Euro certification?
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:11 PM   #14
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Congratulations, what a great story!
You must keep us appraised of all of the major events related to this trailer, its shipping, arrival, unpacking, modifications, certification, etc.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:38 PM   #15
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Hi: Seef... Get used to not being alone... as every where you go people will want to look inside. Congrats. on the new trailer. What is the shipping time to Holland?
We camped with a couple that shipped their Volvo diesel wagon and Biod trailer over here for a six month tour of Canada and the US. Alf
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Hi Alf,

Thanks! The shipping time to Holland will be about 36 days starting in the Harbour of Vancouver till it get's to Rotterdam.
Before that and after that we need a few days to get the trailer from Chilliwack to Vancouver and from Rotterdam to Leeuwarden.

Bringing your own car and trailer to Canada for a 6 month tour makes sense since renting a car and trailer for that long will be vervy, very, very expensive.

Very nice Biod trailer BTW, never seen such a trailer before.

As for getting used to visitors. We did some camping with this nas shown on the pictures, that draws some attention too.

But a 5th wheel overhere will attract even more curious people.

The car is a 1964 Ford Taunus (European Ford) with a 1700CC 4 cylinder engine and the trailer is a 1964 Mostard type Yvonne, a dutch made trailer part fiberglass (front to back) and part stick (both sides).
Just sold those 2 to make room for the 5.0.

Have fun!

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Old 05-01-2014, 12:43 PM   #16
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Where there is a will...there is a way!

Congrats...Netherlands wow Escape is truly global! Now if you tell me you did this all sight unseen....I have no excuse NOT to order one!

Speaking of the Netherlands we are headed there this time next year for a riverboat cruise on the Rhine! Can't wait to see your country!
We did buy this sight unseen, just on the info everybody posted in the forum and some e-mail going back and forth to Escape Industries.

Fantastic trip that will be, cruisin on the Rhine. If you have time to get of the cruise make sure to visit some places in our small country.

The Afsluitdijk would be great and some of the lakes in Friesland are very nice too. if you look up Leeuwarden in Google you know why i like Friesland (the province in which leeuwarden is) and leeuwarden it self.
The afsluitdijk is a man made dike between the sea and the land, where the land is a few meters below sealevel....

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Old 05-01-2014, 12:54 PM   #17
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Hi Seef and congratulations! We just picked up our 5.0 last week, the last Vin. number, and towed it home. It towed beautifully behind our Frontier and as Alf says you can't park it without drawing on lookers. One thing Reace and Tammy don't supply with the vehicle is a nylon lube plate for the hitch, it quiets down the ride and is less messy than using grease.

Al & Donna
Hi All,

thanks! Never heard of nylon lube plates but then again, never had a 5th wheel either.

Any change you can place a picture/link of that lubeplate?

Kind regards,

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Old 05-01-2014, 01:01 PM   #18
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Severinus and Yvonne, we met you at the Oregon Rally several years ago. We have a 5.0 and love it. Congratulations and enjoy your camping adventures in your new "Classic."
Hi Vicki,

I'm sorry to say that you're mistaken us for somebody elase. Unfortinally we've never made it to the Oregon rally.

That beeing said, we do hope to meet you guys and lots of others here on the forum sometime in real life.

Have Fun.

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I'm looking forward to the updates.

I'm particularly interested in what might be different in the hitch. r, it appears from at least some web sites that at least in the UK some people use the same style (and even brand) of hitches as used here.

Some of the changes for the lights are obvious - you need separate amber turn signals, and a Euro-style connector. It will be interesting to see what else.

Since Euro light trailer brakes are normally of the overrun type, and that presumably doesn't apply to a fifth-wheel, the braking control will be interesting, too... is this just a matter of buying the same design as here, but with a Euro certification?
Hi Brian,

The hitch itself does not differ that much from the hitches in Canada and the USA. The big difference is the EU/EG sticker on it. We seem to think we have to re-check everything we want to use on the road.

Strangly enough, amber turning signals are not mandatory on USA vehicles, not sure about trailers though.

Since a few years it is allowed to use electrical brakes overhere but...... you have to use a setup that has a EU/EG approval on it which makes it very costly.

I will keep you guys posted on that journey.

Kind regards,

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We had one similar to this with our big 5th wheel - it worked very well.

Lube Plate for Reese 5th Wheel Trailer Hitches - 10" Diameter Reese Accessories and Parts RP83002
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