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Old 08-13-2015, 06:17 AM   #11
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I have camped in cg's that had no breaker at the cg pedestal. I know it is a requirement for most electrical codes, but that is the only time I turn off the breaker in the rig before hooking up. My Progressive Power Monitor indicated all was well.

Last place like that, I found the box nearby and used it when it came time to leave.
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Old 08-13-2015, 07:18 AM   #12
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I also turn off power at the pedestal before I plug in. Don't flip breaker inside unit. Turn power on at pedestal after I'm hooked up. Hard wire surge protector still has 2 minute delay built in before letting power in to the unit. NO problems what so ever.
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #13
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I always use the pedestal breaker as well. However, I run the gen while driving. Once I arrive I plug in and then turn the generator off so no interruption of power. I do the reverse when leaving. I have, however, had some on here caution me that this may be bad and that I should turn off the breaker in between switching sources. Hard on the inverter maybe? I am curious to hear others that may have had issues secondary to doing the same or is this just recommended as a "best practice"?
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Old 08-16-2015, 06:39 PM   #14
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I check the power at the pedestal with an outlet tester and check the voltage with a VOM. Then I turn off the breaker in the pedestal plug in my power cord and turn the breaker back on.
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Old 08-17-2015, 07:30 AM   #15
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Breakers are not "light switches" and should not be used as such.. You have a surge guard that is enough.. they make a great product.
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Old 08-17-2015, 11:47 AM   #16
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Breakers are not "light switches" and should not be used as such.. You have a surge guard that is enough.. they make a great product.
It is appropriate to switch off breakers before connecting anything to them. They are designed to be used that way. I've seen breakers that were switched on and off daily for more than 40 years still working.



NEC 2011
404.11 Circuit Breakers as Switches. A hand-operable circuit breaker equipped with a lever or handle, or a power-operated circuit breaker capable of being opened by hand in the event of a power failure, shall be permitted to serve as a switch if it has the required number of poles.

Informational Note: See the provisions contained in 240.81 and 240.83.

So according to the NEC, circuit breakers can be used as switches with some provisions.
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Old 08-19-2015, 03:23 PM   #17
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I allways just shut off breaker in camp box before plugging in.
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