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Old 05-22-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Checking pedestal power

Do any of you check the pedestals for proper power before hooking up?
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Yep, every time now. Haven't ran into a problem yet, but it's that one time I am trying to prevent by checking.

I did run into a loose/worn 30 amp outlet, but that didn't show up in the testing phase.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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My Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C unit does that for me (and more).
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #4
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:28 PM   #5
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Before I got my Franks Autotransformer, I checked it manually every time.

Here are some things I found.
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Thank you! We've ordered a CC and want to ensure we're safe, electrically. It seems there is more to be concerned with when using 50 amp.
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Thank you! We've ordered a CC and want to ensure we're safe, electrically. It seems there is more to be concerned with when using 50 amp.
I think there have been more 30 amp campers ruined by mis-wired pedestals than 50 amp campers. Having said that; 50 amp pedestals come with their own set of troubles.
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Yea, I don't really think there is that much unique for 50-amp. The only additional thing that needs to be checked is that there is 240v between the two hot lines (when plugged into 50-amp service).
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My Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C unit does that for me (and more).

Same here except mine is the HW30C. It sure is nice to just plug in and then have a look at the monitor in the trailer.
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Yea, I don't really think there is that much unique for 50-amp. The only additional thing that needs to be checked is that there is 240v between the two hot lines (when plugged into 50-amp service).
Believe it or not; the most common problem with 50 amp pedestals is an open neutral. All 50 amp services should have 220 VAC between the hots; but the camper requires the neutral for the 110 volt items on both phases in the camper's power center.

Without the pedestal neutral (corroded, loose, or broken), the camper's neutral bar becomes a conduit for the hots to cross over to the other phase providing 220 volts across the camper. (this is bad).
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