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Old 09-26-2016, 08:12 AM   #1
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Static shock when waxing trailer...

Just wondering if anyone knows how to prevent the static shock that I get when I wax the trailer? This happens after the wax is off and I am "buffing" the surface with a towel. The shock is fairly strong, like walking across a carpeted floor in the winter time. Getting shocked like this, dozens of times while waxing the trailer is not fun! My trailer has smooth sides, Filon I think. No it is not an electrical issue, I check that the first time it happened.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:49 AM   #2
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Make sure the ground strap is connected and not disconnected.
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What ground strap? Are you talking about the power cord?
I suppose I could tie a ground wire between myself and the trailer frame, then make sure the chassis is connected to earth through the electrical cord.
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Unplug power and try waxing again. If you do not get a shock, then you know your are getting a shock from your power cord or outlet.
If you do not have a proper ground on the outlet or your electrical cord, You are getting what is commonly called "Hot Skin" by not having a proper electrical ground.
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Not going to get "hot skin" on a non metal sided RV.
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I think you have just created your own Van de Graaff generator. Try changing the material of your buffing cloth and see if it changes the charge buildup.
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