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Old 07-05-2016, 03:11 PM   #11
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But just think of all the free power you're wasting LOL.

Shame you can't channel that into some kind of maintenance charge controller for your batteries.

(And before anybody writes a long post explaining static electricity - I'm kidding!
I know it wouldn't work - all volts and probably near zero amps - but it would be cool if it were possible.)
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I guess when I initially read this I though you were getting a continuous electrical shock rather than the snap one would expereince from static.
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:42 PM   #13
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You need to look into harnessing this power and use it to keep your TT batteries topped off. Wait.... put that nail part of the circuit on a switch, and when you are not at home turn the switch off and use it as a warning to anyone that should not be there and touches the TT.

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I've had this problem at a campsite. The shore power outlet had a bad ground and voltage was tracking from the hot side giving the metal bonded parts of my trailer about 60 volts, and enough current to cause a "tickle." I'm an electrician so I asked the rv park if I could fix it for them. Rewired the outlet and all was good again. No parts needed. I should have charged them! Or at least got a discount, but I was happy to be not getting shocked when I opened the trailer door.

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I've had this problem at a campsite. The shore power outlet had a bad ground and voltage was tracking from the hot side giving the metal bonded parts of my trailer about 60 volts, and enough current to cause a "tickle." I'm an electrician so I asked the rv park if I could fix it for them. Rewired the outlet and all was good again. No parts needed. I should have charged them! Or at least got a discount, but I was happy to be not getting shocked when I opened the trailer door.

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I always check frame to ground and every now and then I get a small reading. Campground wiring is a world all it own. I check the 50 amp service with a surge protector before I plug in and then I check voltage on both hots from different outlets and will not stay on that service if I see a difference. I just posted this in another thread but I found 2 open neutrals in 50 amp service last year. No damage done because I went 30amp until it was fixed.
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I always check frame to ground and every now and then I get a small reading. Campground wiring is a world all it own. I check the 50 amp service with a surge protector before I plug in and then I check voltage on both hots from different outlets and will not stay on that service if I see a difference. I just posted this in another thread but I found 2 open neutrals in 50 amp service last year. No damage done because I went 30amp until it was fixed.
Wow. Lucky. Bad neutral=very bad.

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Good info but the op is not connected to the power grid. Just parked under it!


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Good info but the op is not connected to the power grid. Just parked under it!


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Yeah he's just picking up ions from the overhead power, they would be on the skin of the camper, IOW it's static electricity.
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