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Old 07-12-2015, 07:51 PM   #1
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Electrical concerns!,

Hello folks, and thanks in advance for any feedback!We have a camper which I am increasingly concerned about using.
After reading about a very sad incident where a young three year old boy was electrocuted as he touched the side of his camper, I realized that we may be close to having a similar issue, and I sure don't want anyone hurt because of my ignoring some signs. I have on more than one occasion received everything from a tingling to a shock down my arm when I have touched the side of the camper.
I also have an even bigger problem. We had someone mow our property, unfortunately the individual ran over the electric cord of the camper and tore the rubber casing off the cord. I won't add anything more than, I am really concerned even more about using the camper with that added problem. Someone wrapped the area of the cord that was damaged with electrical tape.
Thanks again.

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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If you felt an electric shock when touching the camper you have a serious problem. The hot wire somewhere in the camper has made electrical contact with the frame of the camper. Also, the ground connection between the camper and shore power is broken. This is a serious safety issue that could lead to electrocution.

I recommend you unplug the camper and have it inspected and repaired by an electrically competent person.

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Old 07-12-2015, 08:13 PM   #3
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In this link you will find links about the problem your looking information about.
Some are different situations but all serious.
If any of the cut cable wires are exposed after cut each wire needs to be taped individually before wrapping all together.
The shore line may even need replacement.
If ground becomes wet from rain could energize ground area for shocks to people.
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You have a problem as mentioned and need to have someone with knowledge track this down and fix the problem. Don't mess around with this situation.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:14 AM   #5
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What amp service is your unit? What amp service are you plugged into? Has this accured at other locations or only when plugged into your house?
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You don't tape outdoor electrical cords, you replace them.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:16 AM   #7
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30 amp RV's the cord has 3 wires..White,Black and green.. Good chance that when they mowed your cord they cut the GREEN wire.

You clearly have an open ground.

Get a "3 light tester" and see what lights up.

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Old 07-13-2015, 06:27 AM   #8
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There is no good reason not to properly tape a cord. For various reasons if the conductors were cut I would replace the cord but of the outer jacket it breached properly applied tape is sufficient. That is what it is made for.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:25 AM   #9
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You don't tape outdoor electrical cords, you replace them.
Maybe you don't, but I do. Properly done, there is no reason not to splice and tape. But if you don't know how to do it right, definitely replace it.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:18 AM   #10
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A little reading on the taping issue:

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Old 07-14-2015, 02:44 AM   #11
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Yes, but I question whether OSHA even comes into play. OSHA tends to be extremely conservative which may or may not make sense in a given situation. That is why it gets so much criticism. There are many ways to repair a power cord that are significantly cheaper and adequately safe enough to preclude an expensive replacement.
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Old 07-14-2015, 08:34 AM   #12
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I appreciate the feedback. Always better to be as safe as you can, so I'm conversing the other half to replace the cord. Also, our electrician is coming out Thursday. We don't have an RV electrician , so we will start with our home electrician.

Now you can comment on my nine year old Rv tire question.
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Originally Posted by lynnmor View Post
You don't tape outdoor electrical cords, you replace them.
I agree!
The "hot skin" condition on my coach was caused by a defect in my shore power cord.
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Outdoor cords can be safely repaired as long as proper materials are used.

That being stated...One option is a pair of outdoor rated twist lock male and female connectors rated for the application and simply cut the damage out and install the connectors.

Now you can easily disconnect cord to lift off the ground for easy mowing as well as adding additional contractor cord to make it longer if needed.

A bad safety ground should not by itself create the hot skin so there may be something leaking.

Do get one of the test plugs as they are real cheap and some have a button for testing GFI plugs.

If you have an adaptor to allow camper to plug into standard outlet then locate a gfi outlet as source to test your camper.

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