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Old 11-04-2013, 02:00 AM   #15
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I would be highly suspicious of that corner having been hit and a half-a-- repair was done. It certainly does not look professional.

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I know it looks horrid. But I'm 99% sure it's not damage or repair. It was just fine when I bought it. All the buckling and bubbling etc. happened over 3 weeks after several days of driving in rain.

And that's not rust. That's an aluminum panel. That's 'electrolysis' apparently.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:25 AM   #16
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It almost looks like two or more attempts to drill a hole in the right spot... from the inside out to get the Romex through.
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Old 11-04-2013, 07:44 PM   #17
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That wiring is not to code. The RVIA has accepted the National Electrical Code-NEC, the ANSI, and NFPA, standards as the RV industry standard. Electrolysis is a chemical reaction caused by electric current. I assume that romex is carrying 12 VDC current, that is easily measured with a non-contact inductive meter, as it should be nothing until the jack switch is activated.
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That wiring is not to code. The RVIA has accepted the National Electrical Code-NEC, the ANSI, and NFPA, standards as the RV industry standard.
If that's solid core wire, (which that type of Romex usually is) I wonder how many times it can be flexed before it breaks? That is not usually used outside of house wiring that is stapled in place and remains immobile.
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If that's solid core wire, (which that type of Romex usually is) I wonder how many times it can be flexed before it breaks? That is not usually used outside of house wiring that is stapled in place and remains immobile.
Hmmmm....you guys got me worried.

The manufacturer has seen these photos. There's nothing wrong with the wire according to the owner of the company. It goes to the electrical jack.

He thinks it's a water leak because of improperly maintained seals while it's been on the dealers lot for two years. However, that doesn't explain the speed at which this happened (2-3 weeks). It only happened once I started using the camper and had current running through to power the fridge, water pump etc. That's why I still think it has something to do with a combination of electric current and (possibly) water.

Is there any way I can find the true cause of this?

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One thing I can say is that if they used ordinary household romex cable, it is only approved for indoor use in dry locations. You should be able to find the type designation on the jacket. The caulking and sealant seems all messed too. I think it might be wise to take it to an independent RV repair shop and get them to inspect it and give you a written report. May cost a few dollars but well worth the professional opinion.
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That looks like marine romex. It's usually tinned & stranded. Probably used for 12VDC. Are camper jacks ever 110VAC? Never had a camper
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That looks like marine romex. It's usually tinned & stranded. Probably used for 12VDC. Are camper jacks ever 110VAC? Never had a camper
Learned something new today, marine romex reads like great wire, thanks for the information.
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