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Old 11-12-2009, 07:24 AM   #15
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I would have liked to have been in Utah. Hopefully someday I will make it there. I was luckily at a park that is only about 30 miles from my home.
The reason that I asked if you were in Utah is because the guy next to me was on his maided voyage and lost most of electroncis due to a storm that hit. I thought it might be you because of your description.

Sorry that it happend to you.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:53 AM   #16
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I have found that many of the circuit breakers are installed upside down in campgrounds, so it is a good idea to actually look on the breaker to see which way they have it installed. The ON and OFF positions will be labeled and can be followed. Unfortunately for me, this requires putting on my reading glasses, but it is well worth the time. It is amazing how many yo find left in the on position.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:59 AM   #17
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Good point.. CG's should have power breakers well marked so you can easily tell On or Off.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Batman_777 View Post
Connecting or Disconnecting the RV to the shore power without ensuring the park breaker is OFF can fry everything in your RV.

The reason for this is due to the connection points on the plug not all connecting or disconnecting at the same simultaneous exact time.
This only applies to the 50 amp RV receptacles, if the "hots" make connection before the "neutral", unbalanced voltage can fry your electronics. With the 30 amp 120 volt RV receptacles, the "neutral" is not shared with a opposite power leg, so simultaneous connection is not critical. The ground pin is longer on both 50 and 30 amp receptacles so it always connects first. Checking the voltage at the pedestal is a good idea though, many rural campgrounds are have undersized/incorrect wiring.
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"have found that many of the circuit breakers are installed upside down in campgrounds"

Impossible! Panelboards and breakers are manufactured (and listed by UL, CSA and others) to allow that only one terminal of the breaker can fasten to the buss.

However, breakers/panelboards may be built to allow for up and down or side to side operation. And some idiot could install the whole panelboard/breaker assembly upside down. But in all cases, they should be clearly marked to show on and off and it is the responsibility of the CG operators to insure they continue to be properly marked.
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