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Old 04-17-2016, 06:03 PM   #21
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Your problem appears to be the ungrounded cord. I would tell your dealer that, as, he may be looking for something that is not there. He can plug in a cord and if there is no problem then no repair. The trailer uses the frame as the neutral. In a house your neutral is grounded to ground, so no issues. Same with your trailer. Guess the lesson is, make sure your cord and receptacle are both grounded properly. It would be rare for a campground to not be properly grounded, as it would cause issues immediately.

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Old 04-17-2016, 06:31 PM   #22
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I agree with wags999
By using a new grounded extension cord you have solved your problem. I also would tell them what has happened up until this point so they don't attempt a fix on something you have done an excellent job of troubleshooting yourself.

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Old 04-17-2016, 06:37 PM   #23
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You were using a piece of bad equipment and your blaming your brand new trailer? I recommend getting a heavier gauge extension cord, like suggested by others, at least 12 gauge for 50ft.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:20 PM   #24
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You were using a piece of bad equipment and your blaming your brand new trailer? I recommend getting a heavier gauge extension cord, like suggested by others, at least 12 gauge for 50ft.
I'm in no way blaming my trailer or manufacturers for this issue or possibly non issue. I am new to the travel trailer world and do not fully understand their wiring. If using an ungrounded cord creates an electrical charge to pass through a frame, that seems like a problem to me no matter what type of cord is used in a normal wiring situation such as a house. Based on the information I've received from you all so far, it sounds like an ungrounded camper would normally do this but I should check with the dealer anyway.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:50 PM   #25
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You should do whatever makes you feel comfortable in this situation. This RVing stuff is supposed to be fun. Residential wiring as you are finding is different from RV wiring. That's on the 120 volt side. On the 12 volt side you will find similarities to automotive wiring but again there will be differences. Try and read as much as you can on Mike Sokol's web site. Another great source of information is Jack Meyer's web site. Just do an internet search on both of these sources and you will find a ton of information.

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Old 04-17-2016, 09:01 PM   #26
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Google "ground potential differential".

It all goes back to the missing ground prong on the extension cord.
The RV is most likely fine.
The extension cord is definitely not.
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Where ever you plug your RV in always check for open ground and reverse polarity.
"Don't take anything for granted".
There are surge protectors who have that built in their accessory. Otherwise get the portable outlet plug in testers.
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Get an outlet tester. Read teh instructions and test your outlets. Plug it into your GFIC at the house. Test the GFIC with the GFIC push button. Then test each receptacle in your trailer. If any of them show improper wiring get the wiring corrected as soon as possible. Having energized metal parts on a camper is very dangerous.
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