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Old 06-23-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Shocking problem!

I was hooking my 314 bds up Friday to leave and kept getting shocked. I had already plugged into truck and realized I was still plugged into extension cord. I thought that was the issue. Got home today and unhooked from from truck and plugged in extension cord. Getting shocked on steps, screws on the door, most anything in hitch area. Seems like any metal on exterior. LooKing for suggestions. Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:03 AM   #2
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I had a similar thing happen with our Prowler travel trailer. It seems the old garage had been wired by an amateur and the plugins were all wired backwards. It burned out our mother board in the refrigerator. If it is happening with different sites (plugins) the problem could be a loose wire in your trailer fuse box.
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Old 06-24-2013, 01:50 AM   #3
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Sounds like a short to ground. Get a electrician to check it out.
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:07 AM   #4
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The only ground your trailer gets is from the connection to the garage. You must be plugged into a good working 15A/20A Garage connection. I always check my receptacle with a circuit tester from LOWES/WALMART... The bottom two lights combination "ON" will indicate if the receptacle is operating correctly... Looks like this

Try plugging into another receptacle in the garage. Also check your adapter and make sure the large pin has not been snipped off. Must have three wire connections going to the garage.

I always use a 10-gauge (10-3) HD contractor type "yellow" 50-foot extension cord coming from the garage. I have used a 12 gauge (12-3) without any problems as well. You will not have any luck using the small size 14-16 gauge "Red Orange" extension cords you find a WALMART-LOWES... They are too small to carry your trailer...

Also if you are using the small round RV30A-15A adapters - throw them away and get a RV30A-15A DOGBONE STYPE long adapter from WALMART. Looks similar to this


I never have any luck using these kinds of small round adapters...
[ATTACH][/ATTACH] [ATTACH][/ATTACH]

These small adapters will get hot on you and may burn up your shore power cable plugged into them


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Old 06-24-2013, 06:13 PM   #5
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Make sure you don't have a defective 110vac appliance (that includes fans, chargers, etc...) plugged into one of the inside receptacles. Even at that if you have a proper ground on your trailer plug you shouldn't feel it so that needs checked as well.
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Old 06-24-2013, 07:38 PM   #6
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I still think he has a short to ground which can be dangerous and should get a electrician to fix this.
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Old 06-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #7
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I agree with Richard. If Merrellroofing isn't comfortable or knowledgeable enough in RV electrical, get someone who is to trace the electrical- if it was an appliance, a breaker more than likely would have tripped. My guess is a bare wire touching ground (any metal surface of coach)
With your shore power unplugged and just for extra precaution, your DC side shut off, start with cord going into unit and see if any part of cord is damaged or exposed to trailer. Also go from battery and work back to camper.
If all of a sudden your having an issue, I would suspect wiring that nay have rubbed thru to bare wire.
I found short to ground on brother's trailer where wire from battery was rubbed open from propane tank cover. It caused light issues and converter issues. Tgat was obviously a DC short , but yours can be doing it on AC side
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He does not have a short to ground. If he did it would pop breakers. The problem is a missing ground circuit. We had that happen on a 30A extension cord I bought and had out old hybrid plugged in with it. Our kids kept saying they were getting a tingle stepping into the camper. I grabbed my meter and found voltage (I forget how much maybe 5 or 10 volts AC) between any metal parts and the earth ground. I repaired the extension cord female plug end and no more issues.

If you can't fix the issue due to lack of knowledge or skill, here is a quick temporary solution. Grab a piece of round stock metal about a foot or 2 long, drive it into the ground near where the battery is on the camper and connect the black leads of a set of jumper cables from the battery NEG to the round stock. This will ground the camper and send any errant voltage through there rather than fingers.
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He does not have a short to ground. If he did it would pop breakers. The problem is a missing ground circuit. We had that happen on a 30A extension cord I bought and had out old hybrid plugged in with it. Our kids kept saying they were getting a tingle stepping into the camper. I grabbed my meter and found voltage (I forget how much maybe 5 or 10 volts AC) between any metal parts and the earth ground. I repaired the extension cord female plug end and no more issues.

If you can't fix the issue due to lack of knowledge or skill, here is a quick temporary solution. Grab a piece of round stock metal about a foot or 2 long, drive it into the ground near where the battery is on the camper and connect the black leads of a set of jumper cables from the battery NEG to the round stock. This will ground the camper and send any errant voltage through there rather than fingers.
This.

I had it happen to me. The shore cord 50-15a adapter was missing the ground prong. This caused the chassis of the motorhome to be at a different potential than the earth. Once I bought a new adapter with the ground prong the shocking issues went away.
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He does not have a short to ground. If he did it would pop breakers. The problem is a missing ground circuit.
BINGO!!

This happened to me as well. Hauled the 5'er back to the family farm in Ohio and was planning on just hooking up water/electric out by the barn. Hooked up --- everything seemed fine --- until I got zapped by the steps. (NOTE - I had not yet completed my mod of wiring in my Progressive Industries EMS system).

Check the outlet with a tester and it indicated missing ground.
Checked the wiring in the barn... sure enough... no ground. Here's a barn/workshop that had been standing since the '50s - running air compressors - etc .... no ground.

Quick trip to Lowe's - picked up a 10ft grounding rod and some wire... problem solved.

100% == you're missing the ground connection.
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