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Old 09-20-2012, 02:02 PM   #15
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In 3 of the 4 parks there were no breakers in the camping loop they were in a locked distribution panel near the restrooms. In the 4th park there was a locked panel in the center of the camping loop which I assume contained the breakers. In all cases the breakers were not accessible to anyone except the park maintenance personnel
Geez, once again this site is chocked full of good info ! This is one of those things us newbies would never think of. I do realize not to plug/unplug something with a load on it, we Always make sure the ac is off before doing either, but still this would be much safer as of surges... and of course the battery charger is always on in ours when connected to shore power. Thanks !!!
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Old 09-20-2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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Good advice. Thanks for sharing it.

It's ALWAYS best practice to shut down the breakers (either pedestal or coach main) when connecting or disconnecting. I rely on my Surge Guard to check out the quality of the power.

Funny to read about some parks not having breakers. We'd done a great deal of travel all over the US and I can't remember ever being in a park without breakers at or near the pedestal. We spent most of last month touring through Canada and I do believe that more than half of the parks didn't have breakers readily available. I'm sure they were somewhere but nowhere near the pedestal.

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Old 09-20-2012, 04:17 PM   #17
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I will always shut off the shorepower breaker at the pedestal before plugging in. Of course I do this after I check for proper voltage at the pedestal first. Only takes a couple of seconds to make sure everything is up to snuff.
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So my Progressive Industries EMS has a 15 second delay after plugin while it checks the power out then allows power to flow. Is this the same thing? When I plug in, nothing happens until the EMS clears the power. I haven't turned off the A/C, since the shed system will not allow both compressors on at once anyway.

I do not plug in to a pedestal without making sure the circuit breakers are shut off. Then I plug in, and turn them on. Then the EMS does its thing.
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So my Progressive Industries EMS has a 15 second delay after plugin while it checks the power out then allows power to flow. Is this the same thing? When I plug in, nothing happens until the EMS clears the power. I haven't turned off the A/C, since the shed system will not allow both compressors on at once anyway.

I do not plug in to a pedestal without making sure the circuit breakers are shut off. Then I plug in, and turn them on. Then the EMS does its thing.
That's a good question. I would think the answer is that it's "almost" the same thing as shutting off the breakers. I don't think your surge protector will a load to hit the line until that two minute delay is over. I imagine there is a small load from the PI EMS itself but probably not much to worry about.

I still turn off my AC unit though.

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Very neat!. I'm gonna make one, and leave it in the bay where I store the power cord - just to remind me to check the power each time I connect.

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Before we even back-in/pull-in I check the electrical hook-up with this:

It tells me the full state of the electrical at that site.






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From the title of this post, "How to help prevent shoreline plug burn", IMO post # 12 from Hikerdogs has the correct answer. The shoreline plugs burn because of high resistance and high current flow through the prong of the plug for an extended period of time. Keeping the prongs clean will reduce the heat buildup on the plugs, and not burn them up.

Yes, we should always turn the circuit breaker off when plugging in, and check for proper polarity and voltage too.

The power should be off when plugging in, not only due to load, but if you are plugging in and cock the plug at a sufficient (incorrect) angle you could apply power and no neutral connection for a fraction of a second and have a "open Neutral" 240 volt condition that could do major damage to your electronic equipment.
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So my Progressive Industries EMS has a 15 second delay after plugin while it checks the power out then allows power to flow. Is this the same thing? When I plug in, nothing happens until the EMS clears the power. I haven't turned off the A/C, since the shed system will not allow both compressors on at once anyway.

I do not plug in to a pedestal without making sure the circuit breakers are shut off. Then I plug in, and turn them on. Then the EMS does its thing.
+1 for Progressive Industries. We have an SSP-50, I plug it in, turn on the pedestal breaker and check the LEDs on it. If everything checks out I turn off the breaker, plug in the RV to the SSP-50 and turn it back on. A total of about 30 seconds. We have not seen a CG without a breaker on the pedestal yet.
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