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Old 08-12-2015, 11:57 AM   #1
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Powering up your RV

My manual tells me to turn off the main circuit breaker in my panel before hooking into power. I've never done this before on any RV I've ever had.

I plug my SurgeGuard into my Hughes Autoformer into my RV. The SurgeGuard has a 2 or 2.5 min delay, than it energizes everything downstream.

Should I be turning off the main breaker beforehand? I assume the same rule would apply to running on the onboard Onan?
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:03 PM   #2
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I don't recall reading that.


I just plug in. The converter and the microwave are the only things that are always connected to the 120V cord.


The only electrical safety step I take is to unplug from the genset and let it run free (cool down) for about 30 seconds before shutting the engine off.
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Old 08-12-2015, 12:22 PM   #3
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My manual tells me to turn off the main circuit breaker in my panel before hooking into power. I've never done this before on any RV I've ever had.

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I do this to avoid arcing or other electrical gremlins from occurring as a safety precaution.
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I do this to avoid arcing or other electrical gremlins from occurring as a safety precaution.
I do it if I'm plugging or unplugging from an extension cord but if I'm at a site with a power pole I just rely on that breaker.
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We travel with the TT running off of the Inverter and when we get to the CG, I turn off the fridge and shut down the inverter. I check for a solid shore power cable connection, voltage and proper output. Once I am connected to 110, I go in and turn on the refrigerator back on. I have a whole-house surge suppressor wired in (inside TT). We have been doing it this way for years and seems to be working fine. No real load on the 110 when connected.
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I always flip the breaker off at the campground post electrical panel, once my cord is plugged in I turn it back on
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I always flip the breaker off at the campground post electrical panel, once my cord is plugged in I turn it back on
That's what I've always done too. Okay looks like I'm doing what you guys have all been doing.
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I always flip the breaker off at the campground post electrical panel, once my cord is plugged in I turn it back on
Same here, but my manual says the same thing. I think it's where the lawyers got involved.
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I do the same,shut main off at campground,plug in and turn breaker back on.If theres a issue that bad it would still get the converter when you turn the main breaker back on.
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The SurgeGuard should protect you, any way I hope it does as I use one also.
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