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Old 05-29-2007, 10:45 PM   #1
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A shocking camping trip

I have read on other forums about people with issue of non-grounded trailers, and electric shock.

Over the weekend, I was at a private camp near Galeton, PA. I had my camper plugged into one RV extension cord, then I think the owners had me plugged into another cord .

I started noticing a slight vibration when I touched the awning, then the metal frame. I realized that is was electricity, not vibration .

I am thinking this homemade camp might have had a non-grounded receptacle as my first outing I had no such problems. Has anything like this happened to you?
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:17 AM   #2
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Mark,

I carry a circute tester with me like this:

specifically to test for those types of conditions.

I check the campground's shore power at the site outlet to make sure it's wired correctly. The tester lets me know if the outlet is wired correctly (i.e., no crossed wires or missing ground).

I also have a voltage meter plug in an outlet inside the TT to monitor voltage levels. It's a cheap meter that looks like this:

I use it to make sure voltage levels don't drop too low if we want to operate the A/C or Microwave.

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Old 05-30-2007, 06:47 AM   #3
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Mark,

I carry a circute tester with me like this:

specifically to test for those types of conditions.
Hutch, I also have a red one which is specifically for testing GFCI circuits. Probably more handy for testing the circuit when we camp in someone's driveway as that is what they should have for any outside outlets.

Where did you pick up the plug-in AC volt meter for inside the trailer? I think that is a great idea. Every unit should have one.
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Old 05-30-2007, 07:18 AM   #4
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I got the voltage meter at Camping World.

AC Voltage Meter

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Old 05-30-2007, 06:07 PM   #5
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I have the same meter indoors as well, it didn't help me with anything regarding this issue.
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Mark, the voltage meter won't show you a ground problem, it only reads between the "hot" and neutral wires. The yellow circuit tester will show an "open" ground condition as well as reversed polarity (hot and neutral reversed). The "open" i.e. no ground, is what gets you shocked.
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:13 PM   #7
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I am not at home but I saw digital tester and one store and used it.

I also bought a 30 to 15 amp doughnut.

My routine is after I back into a spot and before I unhook, I check the pedestal.

I plug the tester into the doughnut and plug it into the 30 amp plug on the pedestal. You could use a regular volt meter and tester like Hutch uses.

If the pedestal does not check out I am going to have them find me another spot or repair it immediately.

The advantage of what I use is after I am in the trailer I plug it into the receptacle behind the sink and always can see what the incoming voltage is.

I guess I am paranoid some as I also use a surgeguard for my electrical connection.

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Old 06-12-2007, 11:40 AM   #8
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Update:

Wen tcampign agian this weekend. Also in the rain one day.

No shocking involved. We think now that the new outside outlet at the private camp we where at on the electrifying trips was not properly grounded. Phew.

On the negative side, the junk cd/radio combo is now eating CD's
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