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Old 01-16-2021, 01:22 PM   #1
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I purchased a new Class C Jayco motorhome last March and still have not taken on its first trip because of the covid. But I plan on driving around the US this spring or summer. My question is when in a camp site and hooking up to the shore power and dump tanks if its raining what is the best way to get this done safely and stay somewhat dry. Not sure about plugging and unplugging the power cord in a heavy rain. Any suggestions are welcome.
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I usually use the myradar app on my phone and check the rain size and area, if it will end soon I wait, if not I grab the umbrella... I also keep a raincoat handy. Try not to stand in water when plugging in and make sure all the things you can are turned off inside such as the A/C and anything similar. ~CA
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Turn off the post breaker while plugging /unplugging.
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I usually use the myradar app on my phone and check the rain size and area, if it will end soon I wait, if not I grab the umbrella... I also keep a raincoat handy. Try not to stand in water when plugging in and make sure all the things you can are turned off inside such as the A/C and anything similar. ~CA
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My question is when in a camp site and hooking up to the shore power and dump tanks if its raining what is the best way to get this done safely and stay somewhat dry.

Back in or pull through the site. Turn off the engine. Open a beer and wait for the rain to stop. That's worked for me every time.
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Back in or pull through the site. Turn off the engine. Open a beer and wait for the rain to stop. That's worked for me every time.
Couldnít ask for any better advice than that. Outstanding
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Open a beer and wait for the rain to stop. That's worked for me every time.
It rains here for days at a time but I'm willing to try your method. Haven't been that wasted in a long time, lol. Other than that, just grab the umbrella and get it done.
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If you need power when you arrive and it's raining hard fire up the geny.
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If you need power when you arrive and it's raining hard fire up the geny.

Some parks, including the one in the White Mountains, that we spend many hours at are genny restricted. I don't recommend that unless you know it is ok. If you pull in, and fire up the genny you could be out before the end of the day.
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Raining for days in not something we see much in Arizona. 30/45 minute rains that can fill washes in a hurry but there are breaks so you work with those.
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I carry rain gear, mainly for dog walking. Park, install the power cord if a must. Water and sewer can wait till the rain stops.
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Some parks, including the one in the White Mountains, that we spend many hours at are genny restricted. I don't recommend that unless you know it is ok. If you pull in, and fire up the genny you could be out before the end of the day.
You would be told that when you checked in and receive the rules......
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You would be told that when you checked in and receive the rules......
Thank you, so far I have never checked into a park. So I do not know how it works. But thank you for the heads up.
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You would be told that when you checked in and receive the rules......

You need to check the rules when you book. In this case you do not "check in" you have your space, show up, pull in and hook up" If you read the rules you are good. If not you are gone.
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Because of covid, we have driven more miles and spent more nights away from home in our RV than we ever have. It's a great way to social-isolate.
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Thank you, so far I have never checked into a park. So I do not know how it works. But thank you for the heads up.



Like someone else said - flip the 30A break off before you plug in. This is good advice regardless of rain or not.


Being inside the RV during a light rainstorm is enjoyable.



Park, plug in - don't worry about the water and sewer, that can wait. Put the jacks down, the slide out. Then head back in and sit yer butt down in the chair. Crack open a beer and say to yourself, "It may be raining, but I ain't working..."
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I carry rain gear. Pants and jacket with a hood. Umbrella available too but it is awkward to hold. I normally will just hook up electricity and turn on propane if it is raining. I always carry enough fresh water for one night.
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I purchased a new Class C Jayco motorhome last March and still have not taken on its first trip because of the covid. But I plan on driving around the US this spring or summer. My question is when in a camp site and hooking up to the shore power and dump tanks if its raining what is the best way to get this done safely and stay somewhat dry. Not sure about plugging and unplugging the power cord in a heavy rain. Any suggestions are welcome.
turn off the ped main breaker any time you plug or unplug.
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Thank you everyone, I like the advise and will take all into my travels. Bob
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Just a suggestion. Iím sure your coach didnít come with a whole coach surge protector. I would suggest you spend the 200-300.00 and get one. We have the one that tells you before you plug in if the post power is good. We have found three in the last two years that would have blown the circuits in our coach out if we had plugged in and used the power. Back ten years ago, we were at a major campground ln South Dakota and came back to our coach as the power plug was melting. Had to have the plug rewired while we were camping. We caught in time our coach didnít get badly hurt. 175.00 later and a new plug and three feet less of electrical wire. The mobile electrician told us that it was a bad plug, he had been out twice in the previous week for the same post electrical problem. We bought the one for outside of the coach, but they have made more room inside the bay in the last few tears so you can get the ones that hook up inside the bay. Also helps to keep everything safe in the rainy weather. Good luck.
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