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littlemo

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Posted: 04/20/14 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Today I was working around my MH. I had a basin of water and was cleaning out my outdoor storage compartments. Of course my hands were wet as I was cleaning and I kept feeling a pinch when I grazed against the frame of compartment. This happened several times and not at the same place. So I guess my entire MH was "shocking". It was plugged into my usual area that we have in back yard with no visible breaks in cord or anything unusual about the receptacle. Any ideas? This had happened once before when we were at a campground and it was raining heavily and we kept getting small shocks when we went in the door. Thanks for any input!

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Bad ground. Are you using an adapter? Very common for cheap ones to fail.


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Yeah definitely a bad (or floating) ground. Get it checked - and don't pee on the side of your MH!





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Get to the bottom of this, or somebody may receive a very serious shock one of these days.


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Posted: 04/20/14 09:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you plugged into a GFI protected circuit lately?
Otherwise start with an outlet tester to check the supply outlet and the outlets in your RV.


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Posted: 04/20/14 10:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Its always the ground. Check the ground then when you finish checking the ground check the ground again..





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I had a band extension cord that I was using cause that. Couldn't see a thing wrong with it.


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Are you also using a surge/voltage protector?


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Keep in mind that RVs get their frame ground from the SHORE POWER CONNECTION. You are at the mercy of a properly wired SHORE POWER PEDESTAL or your SHORE POWER CONNECTION cable.

I most always use a KILO-A-WATT meter and a CIRCUIT TESTER at the PEDESTALS before hooking up. Just takes a minute to test.

Must always use all three conductors for the 30AMP system and the four conductors for the 50AMP systems.

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