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Frank DeWitt

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camp ground wiring
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:07:30 pm »

Spotted at a camp ground in PA
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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2017, 12:01:58 am »

The old male-male jumper trick. Now with more Romex.


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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2017, 12:40:22 am »

My favorite kind of cord, the classic "dead man". So punk rock.
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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2017, 01:54:48 am »

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I wonder how much of this kind of thing comes from people just having no idea what an inlet is and why this way is dangerous.  Of course this is why most people should be hiring professionals and everyone should get inspected on work completion.
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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2017, 08:21:11 am »

A lot of campground wiring is done by personnel called "work-campers" or sometimes "workampers". These are typically RV owners who do day work at campgrounds in exchange for a free camping spot. In general there's no formal training for any of the jobs they perform which could range from filling potholes in the road, pulling weeks, or replacing campsite power pedestals. I've seen some of them working on installing new electric service boxes and other functions that should be performed by a licensed electrician and inspected.

Of course, you get what you pay for, so there's some pretty dangerous wiring at a lot of campgrounds in the USA. To help figure just how widespread the problems are I ran a survey on RVtravel.com last week which asked how many of my readers had experienced power problems at campgrounds. The numbers show that 58% of the nearly 600 who responded had seen low or high voltage, reversed polarity, or a failed ground in a campsite pedestal. You can read the full article and survey responses at http://rvtravel.com/campground-power-pedestal-failures-reader-poll-included/


 

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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2017, 03:27:44 pm »

You needed a selection for "WTF is open ground, reversed polarity?"
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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2017, 03:39:04 pm »

You needed a selection for "WTF is open ground, reversed polarity?"

Sad, isn't it? But I have a few hundred articles posted on these RV websites explaining what it all means and how to test for it. I still get dozens of emails every month asking why a campground technician can't explain why they're feeling a shock and telling them not to worry about it.

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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2017, 04:11:58 pm »

Wait, simply not killing (too many) people isn't a reasonable business strategy?  Since when?  (End sarcasm.)
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Re: camp ground wiring
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2017, 04:48:54 pm »

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No problem as long as they're using a "null-AC Cord".
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« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2017, 06:02:19 pm »

I have to say each time I see one of these type situations posted here, it amazes me. I'm never as shocked when it is in a country like India but in a country as litigious as this - wow!
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