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Old 08-12-2016, 08:32 AM   #1
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Hot Skin Condition

I have a "hot skin condition" which can be found anywhere on the skin of my coach (and/or on the Splendide itself) when the drum in my Splendide washer/dryer is turning, (using a non contact AC Voltage Detector).
But ONLY when DRYING... (not while washing, rinsing, or spinning).

The condition is there when the drum is turning in either direction... gone for a moment while the drum stops to change direction....there again when the drum turns in the opposite direction....repeat ...repeat...repeat...until the dryer shuts off.

How can I find the cause, and the cure?

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Old 08-12-2016, 11:42 AM   #2
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Does the dryer run with 220 volts on the element? (I'm not familiar with the Splendide). If it does, there may be a loose connection or some stray wiring that's touching the RV body and picking up the switch-over when the heating element comes on.
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Does the dryer run with 220 volts on the element? (I'm not familiar with the Splendide). If it does, there may be a loose connection or some stray wiring that's touching the RV body and picking up the switch-over when the heating element comes on.
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The Splendide model 802 combination washer/dryer runs on 120VAC.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:32 PM   #4
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Based on what you say, the condition is related to the heater coil. I'm not an electrician, but my guess might be that the heater wires have come out of their insulator somewhere and are shorting to the dryer frame. A fuse doesn't blow because the current would go to ground eventually anyway, it's just finding an alternate path.

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Based on what you say, the condition is related to the heater coil. I'm not an electrician, but my guess might be that the heater coils have come out of their insulator somewhere and are shorting to the dryer frame. A fuse doesn't blow because the current would go to ground eventually anyway, it's just finding an alternate path.

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If you have a calrod type water heater in the washer to increase the HW temperature it is probably pinholed. That creates a leakage path that will tingle but not take out the element right away. The other options are a mis wired outlet or power cord. Check continuity between the shore cord plug safety ground and the chassis. That should be low as in an ohm or less. Depending on your transfer switch you also may be able to check the neutral to power cord neutral.
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FWIW - and kicking myself for not seeing it the first time - I don't think you have a line problem. I think you are reading static electricity from the tumbling clothes. Try a dryer sheet if you do not use them. ;-)
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