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babock

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Posted: 06/29/20 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they are having power issues, they may have power coming on and off as they restore it. Better to wait until its a constant good power before you reconnect your RV.

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Posted: 06/29/20 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Safety. Because if only legitimate electrician's worked on electrical systems and did everything to code, there is the chance of a malfunction and a worker encountering back feed from a generator.
Many people that work on RV's are not electricians nor do they have any clue what the code is. The things I've seen... Some people think it is perfectly acceptable to modify an extension cord so it has a male connector on each end. plug one end into your little generator and the other into any outlet on your camper and every electrical appliance running off of that breaker will work. AND power will be fed back into the pedestal and every other one on that breaker. It is likely at that point the breaker on the generator will continually kick. But what happens when the campground workcamper opens up a nearby pedestal to look for a bad connection when he knows the breaker for that loop has been turned off? And he grabs a wire just when extension cord guy resets the breaker on the generator?


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wnjj wrote:

The park just doesn’t want every RV in the place to switch back to campground power at the same time when it returns. If people have to manually have to reconnect it spreads the load.
While you are correct... I understand that typically generator gets priority so I believe RVs would remain isolated until the generator was shut down.


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time2roll wrote:

wnjj wrote:

The park just doesn’t want every RV in the place to switch back to campground power at the same time when it returns. If people have to manually have to reconnect it spreads the load.
While you are correct... I understand that typically generator gets priority so I believe RVs would remain isolated until the generator was shut down.

I guess that makes sense in that the “normal” use doesn’t require energizing the relay coils full time, however much like unplugging you wouldn’t have an easy way to know the power was restored. I suppose you could have some circuits that only connect to shore power and/or a tattle tale indicator for shore power.

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