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Old 11-02-2012, 01:40 PM   #29
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GA traveller, You remind me of one of the definitions I've come across with your post

(The caller says I turned on __and it smoked, then ___ and it smoked and then ___ and it smoked).

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

One of the devices in my house warns if the shore power is strange.. Sometimes it warns even if shore power is good (it is a tad paranoid) I like it that way.
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Old 11-03-2012, 02:03 AM   #30
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I got many calls from customers many times about power problems. The part that is hard to believe is about half said, I turned on the front TV and it smoked, So I went back and turned on the rear TV and it smoked, and I went and turned on the microwave and it smoked. ( No folks you can't make this up.) Too many campground owners hire a guy who sees a Travel Trailer Plug and think clothes dryer. ( They wire 220 and not 120)If this happens to you, go straight to the office and report it. Always carry a Multimeter with you and if you have a problem Test the outlet and show the person from the campground that it was their problem. This happened about 5 times during my seventeen years at the dealership.
I don't disagree with anyone who goes with a surge protector or whatever...I love the "better safe than sorry crowd" but letís put this mass hysteria in perspective;17 years in a dealership with 2 weeks of vacation comes to 50 weeks per year or 4250 days at work with about 5 incidents compared to how many campers who plugged in without any protection in the geographical area where he worked. Talk about getting hit by lightning.
As far as those "I smoked checked everything one item at a time so now I'm sure something is wrong" people... You can't fix stupid.
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I got many calls from customers many times about power problems. The part that is hard to believe is about half said, I turned on the front TV and it smoked, So I went back and turned on the rear TV and it smoked, and I went and turned on the microwave and it smoked. ( No folks you can't make this up.) Too many campground owners hire a guy who sees a Travel Trailer Plug and think clothes dryer. ( They wire 220 and not 120)If this happens to you, go straight to the office and report it. Always carry a Multimeter with you and if you have a problem Test the outlet and show the person from the campground that it was their problem. This happened about 5 times during my seventeen years at the dealership.
LOL. I was once traveling in Europe and a guy down the hall plugged his 120 V hair dryer into the outlet and blew the fuse covering half the hallway. He then walked into my room and, before I could say anything, plugged it in again and blew the fuse for the other half. Idiot.

"That's why having a PI or TRC unit that checks them 24/7 is the best method to use." Any suggestions?

I was not going to spring for the pricey surge protector, but an adapter, 30A to 15A, and a polarity / continuity tester.
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I also have a 30A - 15A pigtail with one of those circuit testers with the litle indicator lights plugged into the 15A socket. First thing at any CG, I plug into the 30A outlet with just the test pigtail before I go anywhere near it with the RV's umbilical cord.

It has saved blowing things up a couple of times - usually an open ground is the problem, but it has also spotted worn-out sockets that dont connect firmly.
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