Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-21-2016, 05:48 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Port Orange Fl
Posts: 559
Thank you.
__________________

__________________
Kevin & Judy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2016, 06:54 PM   #12
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 81
Here's the Ground Current Test I designed. As you can see it's just a standard automotive 12-volt test light being used "backwards". So instead of grounding the clip and using the probe to look for 12 volts DC. You put the clip on the positive battery post and use the probe to check for ground on your shore power cord. This performs a fairly complicated test very simply. Since it pushes an ampere or two of current through the entire ground path, the light bulb will be dim or not glow at all if you have a loose EGC connection anywhere in your RV's electrical system.

You should start the test on the shore power line itself, then add any adapters or extension cords one at a time, checking each of them for continued ground continuity. Plus you can flex each connection while watching the light to make sure it doesn't blink. I bought my tester with a little alligator clip on the nose for about $10, and it works great for this test.

Note that this test is done with your RV's shore power cord DISCONNECTED from any 120-volt AC power. That's makes this perfectly safe and shock-free, even if you do find an open ground.


__________________

__________________
jmsokol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 02:47 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Port Orange Fl
Posts: 559
Finally got back to the campground, figured out the problem, Some goofy neighbor had tied an old extension cord to bottom of my bumper to keep it out of the dirt, It was a bit bare on one side causing the problem, Promptly removed it and delivered to his front door, Thanks for all the help.
__________________
Kevin & Judy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 05:04 PM   #14
Who Dares, Wins
 
doc73's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 4,828
Wow that is scary..

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
__________________

Pat, Jen & Heather... Oh yeah and our trained attack trailer cat, Cinnamon-EOW 11/22/2017
2015 ChevyHD D-Max
2018 Artic Wolf 315tbh8
doc73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 05:11 PM   #15
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 6,272
We normally hear about various electrical/electronic testers on this forum. What we also need is a "Goofy Neighbor Tester" (a GNT).
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49 / '14 = 74 / '15 = 74 / '16 = 85 / '17 = 110 / '18 = 0; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 05:22 PM   #16
Who Dares, Wins
 
doc73's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chester County, PA
Posts: 4,828
Think I'd want a new neighbor as well...

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G870A using Tapatalk
__________________

Pat, Jen & Heather... Oh yeah and our trained attack trailer cat, Cinnamon-EOW 11/22/2017
2015 ChevyHD D-Max
2018 Artic Wolf 315tbh8
doc73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 05:37 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Ford Idaho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Idaho
Posts: 9,840
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kevin & Judy View Post
Finally got back to the campground, figured out the problem, Some goofy neighbor had tied an old extension cord to bottom of my bumper to keep it out of the dirt, It was a bit bare on one side causing the problem, Promptly removed it and delivered to his front door, Thanks for all the help.
Did you super glue the ends together first?

__________________
2016 F350 6.7L LB CC Reese 28K 2014 Chaparral Lite 266sab
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." 2014 19 days camping 2015 17 days camping201620 days camping
Ford Idaho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 08:34 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Port Orange Fl
Posts: 559
wish i had thought of that. LMAO
__________________
Kevin & Judy is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 09:35 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
SeaDog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Idaho
Posts: 3,418
Sometimes simple is best.
__________________
Retired Navy
Jake my sidekick (yellow Lab)
2017 RAM 2500 CC 4X4 Cummins Diesel
2016 Flagstaff 26 FKWS
AF&AM of Idaho
SeaDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 09:39 AM   #20
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 6,272
I believe a good lesson may have come out of this - maybe an addendum to our procedures.

"If you touch your bumper and it shocks you, look on the other end of said bumper and see if someone has attached an extension cord to it."

This procedure addendum might save a life!
__________________

__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49 / '14 = 74 / '15 = 74 / '16 = 85 / '17 = 110 / '18 = 0; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
electric, electrical

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:07 AM.