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Old 04-26-2013, 02:11 PM   #11
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It could be just plain low voltage from the local utility company, with the level just above the shut-down threshold. Larger loads dip it just enough to trip the SP. For cases like that, some people add a "voltage regulator" to boost the voltage to a usable level, so the SP is happy. I don't suppose you have a volt meter with you?
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:21 PM   #12
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No I don't but now plan on getting on an learn how to use it

What is a voltage regulator?
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Okay....
an RV voltage regulator is also known as an auto-transformer. It is a special type of transformer with only one winding, instead of the usual separate primary and secondary windings. This one winding has several tap points, and selecting the right tap point, the voltage to your RV will be boosted up to maybe 10%. Here is a link to a few examples;
http://tweetys.com/rv_autoformers.aspx
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:21 PM   #14
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So we've had the hot water heater turned to propane instead of electric all afternoon and power didn't trip once.
The campground guy is the one suggesting trying this first. Funny he was able to say just what was needed.
Me think that the power to the pedestal is marginal.
But how is it, that running microwave or space heater didn't trip it?
just time and place problem?
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Well, the bottom line is, you cannot run everything at once.
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Okay....
an RV voltage regulator is also known as an auto-transformer. It is a special type of transformer with only one winding, instead of the usual separate primary and secondary windings. This one winding has several tap points, and selecting the right tap point, the voltage to your RV will be boosted up to maybe 10%. Here is a link to a few examples;
http://tweetys.com/rv_autoformers.aspx
Do these get plugged in right at the pedestal before the PS protector or in the RV?
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Do you have a plug-in voltage meter? I got mine on eBay for under $10 bucks. At a glance, a voltmeter will tell you what's going on with the power throughout the day. Your surge protector has you covered for spikes and drops....but at least you may come to better learn what your Surge Suppressors thresholds are and manage your electric use....or move sites if you see marginal conditions

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Old 04-27-2013, 06:20 PM   #18
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I will get me one of them voltage meter from ebay.
looks like both trailers on either side of us are also having trouble.
Guys are out there trouble shooting for a few hours. Guess it's not our unit or gear.
Obviously, it looks as if we should be moving site but leaving on Monday so, we are just careful with usage and will live with this for now. Cannot be bothered to move.
I have to give kuddos to Camp Hatteras work campers for not giving up and keep on trying to find out what the problem is. They've been at it all day and still out there as the sun is setting. We have power, it just trips a few times a day.
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Do these get plugged in right at the pedestal before the PS protector or in the RV?
They plug in to the pedistal, then your SP plugs into it, then your RV into the SP.
Although they are available, you may find you can get away with doing what threebutchers has suggested. That is my approach, I don't have an auto-transformer..... so far.
We are camping this weekend, and just finished using the microwave. While it's running, it's my habit to watch the voltage monitor. You can see the voltage drop a couple volts when it fires up, that's normal. On one occasion last fall I saw it drop 5 or 6 volts, which is a bit much. I knew from that, the particular CG had supply voltage problems. It didn't cause us to move, but changed our habits of which stuff we ran and when we ran them.
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The guys worked right up til dark last night, outfitting us the our neighbour with a dogbone 50/30 amp and an extension to the 50 amp box behind us. Problem solved. But not for them, they are back out this morning trying to fix the problem permanently.
They did a great job to help us.
I was thinking about doing the same for the 50/30 dogbone and extension. Do you see a problem with this set up? The PS is still hooked before power gets to the trailer.
I was also told that we could get an extra 20 amp power cord coming from under the trailer, rewire the microwave, TV or fridge (not sure which one) and have 2 cords coming out and plugging into pedestal making it a cheap 50 amp rig option.
I've never seen or heard of this kind of set up..... good idea?
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