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Old 08-16-2019, 01:09 AM   #1
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Mexico power?

I have a 2001 Damon Intruder model 349.

We only got this RV a short time ago, but I have a question on power for the RV if we visit Mexico in the future.

The “park” plug on the RV says 125/250 volt, but the original specs for this model RV only mention 120 v cables.

A park we may visit in Mexico has 220 volt power for the RVs.

My question then is this RV able to plug into a 220 volt source, and not blow everything to hi heaven????
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:55 AM   #2
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I have a 2001 Damon Intruder model 349.

We only got this RV a short time ago, but I have a question on power for the RV if we visit Mexico in the future.

The “park” plug on the RV says 125/250 volt, but the original specs for this model RV only mention 120 v cables.

A park we may visit in Mexico has 220 volt power for the RVs.

My question then is this RV able to plug into a 220 volt source, and not blow everything to hi heaven????
The US and canadian standard for a 50 amp RV is 240 volts 50 amps. The RVs power center splits the voltage to two 120 volt circuits giving a possibility of 12,000 watts. In Mexico you will have two 110 volt circuits and a possibility of 11,000 watts of power.
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:12 AM   #3
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So the RV uses 240 volt routinely? We had a plug installed at the house, but I honestly do not know what the electrician wired it for here in the USA.
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:23 AM   #4
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So the RV uses 240 volt routinely? We had a plug installed at the house, but I honestly do not know what the electrician wired it for here in the USA.

A 30 amp rig uses 120v and a 3 prong plug - hot, neutral, and ground.
A 50 amp rig uses 240v with 4 prong plug - hot, hot, neutral, ground.
Which plug is on your rig.

Adapters are available in both directions to safely plug into the opposite socket...
A 50a to 30a adapter will plug into the 50a 240v, and connect only one hot lead thru to the 30a socket.
A 30a to 50a adapter will plug into the 30a 110v, and bridge the single hot lead to both hot leads on the 50a socket. (Doesn’t truly give 240v, but most of our rigs don’t truly USE 240v...

I can’t speak to what is used in Mexico though...
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:38 AM   #5
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So the RV uses 240 volt routinely? We had a plug installed at the house, but I honestly do not know what the electrician wired it for here in the USA.
All modern residential construction codes IEEE set the house voltages as 120 volts split phase at the circuit breaker panel (entrance panel). So your normal voltages are 120 volts to the duplex receptacles and lights. High power appliances may require 240 volts to operate efficiently (electric stove, water heater, air conditioners. etc.) 240 volt circuit simply pull 120 volts from each of the two 120 volt circuits using ganged double circuit breakers. So in fact there is no plug differences between you electric stove and your 50 amp RV.
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:46 PM   #6
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Many parts of Mexico have no building codes. Invest in a good multi meter, learn how to use it
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Old 08-17-2019, 09:47 PM   #8
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I am a wagon master for an RV caravan company in Mexico. There is a whole section in their orientation manual on this subject. It starts on page 20. And yes, you do have to be careful about power in many parts of Mexico. That document also contains a lot of other useful information. Here is the link https://mexicocaravans.com/caravandetails.pdf


You might also consider signing up for their newsletter if you are going down there https://www.mexicorvbuddies.com/newsletter.php


I have never seen a 220v supply for RVs anywhere in mexico. Most are 15 amp, some 30, only a couple with 50 amp. All 110.
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