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Old 01-12-2015, 05:33 AM   #1
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I had a electric fire when I hooked up my 50 amp service and lost 2 tvs how nothing else why is that.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:02 AM   #2
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I would suggest an electrician.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:16 AM   #3
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We'd need some more details. How do you mean lost 2 tvs? Was there a surge that caused the fire? The surge (or a brownout) is what will kill your electronics. The fire is normally caused by a short which, since it's shorted, wouldn't be sending a surge into your devices.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:22 AM   #4
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My first thought with the limited information offered is, are you sure it was your RV that was the cause of the fire. Could have just as easily been the 50amp shore power outlet being wired incorrectly or another wiring issue with the power source.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:03 AM   #5
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Sounds like an arc-fire from the limited information. Electronics are the most sensitive items in your camper so if your rig took a sudden spike, your power center can generally handle it but not necessarily what's at the end of the circuits! I always recommend to anyone I see to get a good tester/surge protector for shore power. The initial outlay seems spendy until something like this happens. Hope you get back to camping soon!
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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Most TV's today are partially on all the time. So in effect the TV was on when you plugged in. The other things you say were not effected were most likely off. A good practice is to always shut off the pedestal breaker for the shore power until after you have plugged in the plug. That way any spike generated by intermittent connections generated by plugging in will be eliminated.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:57 AM   #7
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My first thought with the limited information offered is, are you sure it was your RV that was the cause of the fire. Could have just as easily been the 50amp shore power outlet being wired incorrectly or another wiring issue with the power source.
I'm leaning with jonrjen on this. It's common for the the television and microwaves to instantaneously blow when incorrectly hooked to a 240 volt power supply. Until the OP shares more detailed information, on exactly what has happened, when it happened, and what he was hooking to.......that will be my guess.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:25 AM   #8
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Sounds like instead of shore power wired for 110 it was wired for 220.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:40 AM   #9
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I would suggest an electrician.
I agree with Garvy,the (Very Limited) Info supplied by the OP leads in this direction! I hope they never call (911) and supply Info! Youroo!!
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Old 03-05-2015, 06:56 PM   #10
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do you have a 120 volt plug or 120/240 volt plug if you have a 120/240 volt system if you r neutral wire breaks you can have up to 240 volts on your 120v plugs it is called a floating neutral. If you have 120 volt plug it could be the source that may be the problem.
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