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Old 04-25-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Last night, our neighbour (motorhome) asked us if we had trips on our power surge guard. He was on 50 amps and kept tripping. We had no trouble.
Tonight, we tripped twice. The power surge guard went off and cycled both times.
We have been using an electric heater, could it be the cause?
should we change site? We've been here for 5 nights with no problem (even with the heater) until now.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Check the integrity of your plug into the pedestal. You may find the prongs on your plug have become blackend from a poor connection to the socket. If they have, use sand paper or similar to remove the black oxidation and make them clean copper again.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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The same happened again a few times during the night.
I checked the plug from the power surge connector and the plug from the RV. They both look normal. The Power surge protector has one prong which looks a bit more brassy but no black on either.
We are both not knowledgeable about anything electric so pardon my ignorance...
When I looked at the pedestal (30 amp only receptacle) to unplug, I noticed 2 breakers were on. One 30 amp and one 20 amps. At first I thought, oh no! if both are on, then are we pulling in 50 amps??? after a few minutes, I realized the 20 amps went to a regular outlet right besides the 30 amp.
Anyways, I could always just plug right in without the surge protector but it's probably not a wise choice.
I'll call the campground office when they open, we really don't want to move if we don't have to. Are they usually able to fix this sort of thing?

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If the electric heater was drawing excessive amps, it should trip your TT outlet breaker (if it's a plug-in type heater). If your overall amp draw from the shore power was excessive - the shore power breaker (or TT Main Breaker) should trip. If your surge protector is cycling, it's most likely other issues such as voltage drops, voltage spikes, or a "leg" of your power source dropping out (ground, hot or neutral).
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Is your surge protector outside?......you mentioned it's been very wet and you've been beachfront for a few days. The condensation on your surge protector overnight could be very briny which is conductive. Could be creating a "bleeding effect"????
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Since your plugs appear in good shape, then it's a good idea to do as you plan to do, and talk with the CG management about the problem. Your Surge Guard is telling you there's a problem with the pedestal electrical supply. Low voltage or open circuit condition.

As the other post said, another thing you can do if it's a case of marginally low voltage, is to run your water heater on propane instead of electric. The space heater plus the water heater are together a substantial draw. I'm guessing that when the water heater cycles to ON, it draws enough and then the voltage drops enough to trigger your Surge Guard.
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Has your neighbor continued to have problems as well? As "Three" points out the salt water could be a culprit. The park wiring is exposed 24 x 7 so I'd expect problems there rather than with yours. Does your neighbor have surge protection or was a breaker tripping?
There's something going on with the power that your protector doesn't like, I'd keep it plugged in and let it do its job.
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Is your surge protector outside?......you mentioned it's been very wet and you've been beachfront for a few days. The condensation on your surge protector overnight could be very briny which is conductive. Could be creating a "bleeding effect"????
Dry now but should I unplug an clean is with a wet cloth?
Sorry if I sound ignorant about the matter but I am!
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Has your neighbor continued to have problems as well? As "Three" points out the salt water could be a culprit. The park wiring is exposed 24 x 7 so I'd expect problems there rather than with yours. Does your neighbor have surge protection or was a breaker tripping?
There's something going on with the power that your protector doesn't like, I'd keep it plugged in and let it do its job.
The SP is outside the neighbor with same problem (we didn't have problem when he did) was using a wired SP inside coach.
Sp wasn't tripping with space heater, just started doing that yesterday. Even happened during night.
We turned wh iff electric to see but like I said, nothing on other than radio, fridge
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Oh and CG guy came checked pedestal and inside and of course all was well at the time. It's random.
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