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Old 04-11-2019, 06:46 AM   #1
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Hooking up in the rain

Hereís a newbie question. My first ever trip is next week and rain is in the forecast. Do you hook up the power in the rain or wait till itís over? My guess would be like always, leave circuit breaker off, plug in, then turn on breaker. I know water and electricity donít mix so wondering what to do if it rains.

Same question if I use a generator.
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Hereís a newbie question. My first ever trip is next week and rain is in the forecast. Do you hook up the power in the rain or wait till itís over? My guess would be like always, leave circuit breaker off, plug in, then turn on breaker. I know water and electricity donít mix so wondering what to do if it rains.



Same question if I use a generator.
Treat the Genny like you treat any other outdoor plug...

It'll shock you just as good.

Perhaps, plug everything in and then fire it up... As long as it can stay out of the weather.

Otherwise, plug everything in with breaker off (treating the sockets like they were live) and then throwing the breaker would be best bet...

Is there a helper to hold an umbrella?
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It depends on the rain. I camp where often there is a cool mist in the air. Or I am under trees and not getting too wet. In these cases I will mess with electricity.

In a steady or hard rain no way do I mess with electricity.
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Use an Umbrella Main reason we went to coach with genny !!!



Joking, but you got it right...



Our setup procedure is to do the least we have to when first pulling in and do the rest as it's more convenient...
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If you are running your wife's iron lung, by all means, hook up in the rain. Otherwise, drink beer, maybe take a nap, wait for the rain to quit.
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If you are running your wife's iron lung, by all means, hook up in the rain. Otherwise, drink beer, maybe take a nap, wait for the rain to quit.
Does a CPAP count?

Napping with only the sound of rain on the trailer roof is one of the best things...
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If is is raining directly on the pedestal breaker don't mess with it other wise make sure the breaker is off, hook up your electric lines, and use a dry non conductive item to turn the breaker on.
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Most all power poles I've used have a cover that flips up keeping the plug dry. If your power cord is dry then make sure the breakers off, plug in the power cord and flip the breaker on and close the cover.
I'm not sure it's even code to have exposed exterior pugs.
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I use a Hughes Autoformer and it has lights to tell me if the power pole is wired correctly. If it is wired correctly and has a good ground, I'd hook up even if I was standing in a puddle.

I stayed in an RV park in Phoenix AZ once and they flooded the grassy areas for irrigation, which put my shore power plug underwater for a day. I didn't have any problems (shocking, I know! ).
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Most all power poles I've used have a cover that flips up keeping the plug dry. If your power cord is dry then make sure the breakers off, plug in the power cord and flip the breaker on and close the cover.
I'm not sure it's even code to have exposed exterior pugs.



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We always travel with our generator plugged in, or arranged so it can be used from inside. If it is raining we stay inside and use it for power when needed, mostly because I don't like getting wet and that is what we use for power most of the time anyway. If I need to plug in for power it will be done when it isn't raining.

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Yikes, 1bigmess - standing in a puddle of water you still mess with electricity???

As a kid I was cutting boards with a circular saw. A sudden rain shower opened up. I put the saw down on the ground and ran back to the house. It rained hard for 15 minutes then the sun came back out.

3 minutes later I picked up the saw, standing in wet grass holding a saw that was plugged in...when I hit the trigger I got the worse shock of my life and could not let go of the saw. I got shocked for probably 2 or 3 seconds before I was able to throw the saw away from me by spinning around.

So around wet areas and or water I do not mess around with electricity.
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My wife and I always get a jolt out of "hooking up in the rain"...
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Yikes, 1bigmess - standing in a puddle of water you still mess with electricity???
To hook up the Autoformer, yes.

- Shut off breaker
- Plug in Autoformer
- Turn on breaker
- Check lights for proper wiring and ground
- If all is well, shut off breaker and plug in trailer
- Turn on breaker

No problem. The properly wired power pole is the path of least resistance to ground.
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