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Old 07-28-2016, 07:23 AM   #1
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Low Voltage!

Took our MH out to the local state park yesterday. Plugged up at the same campsite I was in two weeks ago. I have a Progressive Industries surge/voltage protector plugged in between the coach and the shore power pedestal. Anyways, when I turned the AC on, the units would start and then immediately shut down. After investigating I discovered I had 104 volts on one leg and 105 on the other. The black box was doing what it was supposed to do. Two weeks ago when I was there, I was getting 110-112 volts, as was my next door neighbor. Yesterday the neighbor had 115-118 volts. I ended up running a heavy duty extension cord from the neighbors 20 amp plug to my 50 amp with a series of adapters. With everything turned off in the coach except the fridge, I think it will be ok until they can get it fixed. Supposedly Alabama Power will be out there this morning to get the problem fixed. The previous day, they had to fix something on a different area of the campground due to low voltage. In this case it was everyone and not just one lot. My neighbor has the key to the MH and will plug it in and turn on the AC if and when it gets fixed. Needless to say, I didn't rough it last night.
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Well, without anyone fixing anything that anyone knows about, the voltage is now 121 V just like the neighbor's is. Does that seem strange to anyone else?
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Not particularly. I know a number of the Ohio state parks have been having problems because of the heat and greater demand of modern RV's for electricity. Climate change affects us all.
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A bad connection or bad breaker somewhere and when the load changes at different times during the day, the voltages change. Campground needs an electrician going around...
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A couple of weeks ago when the neighbors and I both had low voltage, I attributed the problem to high load on Alabama Power. This time, I was the one with low voltage and the next campsite had normal voltage. I'm in the bad breaker/loose neutral camp. It worries me a bit that I now have normal voltage, but no one fixed anything.
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