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  Converting Your RV to UK Specification







Here at Griffin American Motorhomes we can convert your newly-imported RV to UK Specification with all work being carried out in-house and usually taking 4-5 days to complete. The conversion involves modifying two major areas - Road Lighting and House Electrical.

Road Lighting

In order to make American vehicles road legal in the UK there are several modifications to the exterior lights that may have to be done.

  • American vehicles normally have rear indicators combined with the brake lights. When you indicate they flash red and if you brake at the same time they get brighter. This is modified to provide an amber indicator.
  • The front side lights and indicators may also need modification.
  • Additional side-marker indicator lights may need to be added at the front of the vehicle.
  • The headlight beam may need adjusting.
  • A rear fog light must be added.

House Electrical

Appliances in an American Motorhome operate from either 12v (Lighting) or 110v (Roof A/C, Microwave, TVs ..etc) and are manufactured with a 110v hookup. The 12v appliances operate from either the coach battery or a power converter. The 110v appliances operate from either an external hookup, internal generator or sometimes an internal inverter. The following modifications are performed.

  • The 110v hookup is modifed so that a 230v hookup can be used.
  • All 110v outlets are replaced with UK-style outlets
  • The 110v generator is adapted so as to generate 230v at all outlets

The electrical work is carried out to meet the IEE BS7671:2001 Requirements for Electrical Installations and an independent NICEIC inspector issues a "Lesiure Accomodation Vehicle Inspection Report".

One of the inherent problems with these conversions in a phenomenon called "Inrush Current" and all our conversions include a "Soft Start Module" that eliminates this problem.


Find out more about "Inrush Current" and How to Avoid it


In addition the televisions/DVD players ..etc may need to be replaced/modified to operate under the PAL format (American TVs are NTSC format).


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