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Old 03-26-2016, 11:12 AM   #1
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Electrical safety at campsite

Have a question you kind folks might help us with. We purchase a new Jayco Whitehawk 27dsrl that we take delivery of end of April. We are newbies but have wanted to do this for over a year and we are trying to get the important supplies together to make our experience a good one. I am hearing about making sure to test the electrical pole at campsites for proper voltage and reverse polarity and such to ensure a safe electrical connection. What should we buy to keep in the trailer to test campsite outlet for safe electrical connection before hooking up? Thanks for all your help!
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:18 AM   #2
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Energy management system.

A device that is in line between the campsite power pedestal and the RV.

The device acts like a surge suppressor but also evaluates the condition of the power ( voltage, cycles, open ground, etc.. ) and will prevent poor or bad voltage from damaging all the electronics in the RV.

Lots of different makes models

The easiest of which plugs into the camp pedestal and the rv plugs into it.

http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/c...Ez0aAuZU8P8HAQ


The high end units are permanently installed inside the RV. As a bonus, they are protected from theft, although the simple ones do have aftermarket locks that you can purchase
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:24 AM   #3
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Progress Industries seems to be the "go to" supplier. Lifetime warranty, replacement modules so you do not have to ship it back for service, and made in the USA.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:15 PM   #4
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This is what many of us have and it's hard wired in and it's real easy to do.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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I never thought of that, is this a real concern? Please chime in if you have had issues/problems. I just got a Jayco sport 8 pup, and have already added a media player/Bluetooth radio (and need speakers) I got a good deal and don't mind adding necessary items... I didn't think that was going to happen with the camper, wanting to add things to it. It is a basic unit, but won't be.
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I never thought of that, is this a real concern? Please chime in if you have had issues/problems. I just got a Jayco sport 8 pup, and have already added a media player/Bluetooth radio (and need speakers) I got a good deal and don't mind adding necessary items... I didn't think that was going to happen with the camper, wanting to add things to it. It is a basic unit, but won't be.
If you are referring too bad power at a camp site... You betcha......

Varying voltage levels .... No ground..... Open legs on the 50 amp service.....

JOF is full of some pretty crazy stories and questions that traced back to camp ground power issues.


I recall reading a post here on JOF where the road side camp ground had a CATV connection that was shorted to the electrical system and shocked the owner when he was hooking up to CATV.....
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You could burn up a microwave real quick not to mention the frig. Remember to shut down the power box before you plug in and after you plug in you can turn it on.
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on the other hand, I have camped over 30 years, never had a problem other than the whole park lost power, I do on occasion use a multimeter to check. but again never had a problem. I guess it all depends where you camp.
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We have been using the Surge Guard Portable 30 Amp protector for several years (model:18277). Last summer we were camping in the Poconos and my power shut off. I looked at my Surge Guard and it showed 134 volts trying to pass thru the system. The Surge Guard will automatically disconnect your trailer system from the pedestal on either a high voltage or low voltage problem at the pedestal. As I watched it for several minutes, as the voltage went down to 124 volts, my trailer power came back on. Later, as I was doing some stuff outside the trailer, my kids came up saying there was no power in the trailer again. I looked at the Surge Guard and saw 97 volts. When it came up to 108 volts, the power came back on in the trailer. We notified the camp ground manager that there were issues. He didn't know anything about it. Maintenance came and looked at it and claimed they couldn't find any issues. Later that day, power went out to the trailer again and I saw 139 volts on the display.
5 trailers around me that had no protection had melted power prongs. The cost of the Surge Guard more than paid for itself that day.
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I look at the Surge protector as insurance. The majority of the time you won't need it. It's there for when you do need it.

I used to use a VOM and some indicator lights in my rig but after I got the EMS PTC-50C, I plug the rig in, turn on the breaker and let it tell me.
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