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Old 05-08-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Bad Power

I just wanted to share with you all an experience I had with bad power in my storage facility, and what it did to my coach. I returned to storage and plugged the coach into the normal 120/20 amp outlet I always use for charging. While I was away, some new tenants moved into the garages adjacent to me, and we were all on same circuit. The circuit breaker did not blow, and I was reading 105 volts in coach. The transfer switch, surge protector, inverters were all banging and buzzing, terrible noises. I blew the "kill-a-watt" outlet where I was plugged into, and read 25-30 amp draw on each leg in coach. I immediately unplugged, called the manager and complained. The next day, they moved a 50 amp outlet box for me so I could plug in, and I thought that would be the end of it. Wrong. After plugging into good power, weird things were still happening in coach. I also saw high amp readings on SilverLeaf Total Coach Monitor. And things would turn on/off, like microwave clock... Luckily, I pushed the "Test" buttons on the 3 GFI circuit breakers in my coach, and they all went off and would not come back on. I replaced all 3 of them, and everything is fine now. So bad GFI's can have symptoms elsewhere than just those outlets on their circuits.Whether you have GFI circuit breakers or outlets, probably the same results would occur, so check your GFI's early in troubleshooting strange electrical issues in coach.

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Old 05-09-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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First of all everyone should invest in a good quality multi-meter such as a Fluke T5-600 or T5-1000. As far as your situation with a low voltage issue the RV storage facility should be held responsible. They should be able to handle the needs of every RV that's hooked up. Their electrical system should sized appropriately to provide the proper voltage to it's customers. Just because they supplied a 50 amp box doesn't necessarily mean you will be receiving the correct amount of voltage required to safely run your rig. Always remember when volts decrease, amps increase. Providing a 50 amp box only means it will handle the lower voltage / high amps at the box, it does nothing to protect your RV. Your GFI's may not have been bad but may have fried due to the low current high amp issue. I would not plug my rig into their service. Sure, you might have good voltage now but what happens when another rig or more is plugged in?

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Old 05-09-2016, 09:00 AM   #3
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That sort of problem is why I have a Progressive industries PT50C.portable.
The HW50C is also GREAT wired into the rig.
PT50C has saved my bacon when camp power dropped to 93 volts.
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2001.5 Fleetwood Discovery CAT 3126, 2006 Dodge Dakota 4x4, Arctic Cat TRV, lots of prospecting gear.
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Yeah, the storage facility should be held accountable. I am speaking with management now. Fortunately, I am the only customer on the 50 amp circuit (for now), so it is safe, but for how long before others get on, I don't know. I will be out of there in a couple weeks, changing storage sites. Thanks for your input though. That low voltage/ high amps situation is very bad.
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