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Old 05-22-2015, 01:36 PM   #1
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Reversed polarity - what now?

Just wondering what those of you who have discovered reverse polarity at your campsite have done about it? Moved to another site? What if the whole section of sites are that way? Report it? Is the campground going to send an electrician out to fix it? Just wondering, short of going home what would be your options?
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And another thought, ground and neutral are normally bonded somewhere within the campground electrical system. Does reverse polarity mean that hot and ground are mistakenly bonded, or just that the outlet wires are reversed?
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Just wondering what those of you who have discovered reverse polarity at your campsite have done about it? Moved to another site? What if the whole section of sites are that way? Report it? Is the campground going to send an electrician out to fix it? Just wondering, short of going home what would be your options?
Never had that happen. I would think it would occur only if the campground had had very recent work done either to the entire wiring or an individual pedestal.

I guess it would depend on the campground and timing as well as their owner/employee expertise, as to if they could repair it onsite or have to call in outside help.

If moving to a proper wired site is not an option, nor can they fix the problem ASAP.... I would think you would need to get a refund and find accommodations elsewhere........ unless you want to camp there without electrical hookups.

Are these truly hypothetical questions or have happened to you?
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I ran into this situation a couple of years ago, went into a camp ground in Texas. the first site show a RP so they moved me to another site, same thing then another and another. I finally asked if I could have my money back which they did and I moved on down the road to another camp ground. The maintenance man stated all these other RV's aren't having this problem maybe it's your surge protector? But it's worked fine every since. I did have one other time where it showed a RP turned out the plug wasn't in tight enough for a good ground.
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The maintenance man stated all these other RV's aren't having this problem maybe it's your surge protector?
This is where you want to have a plug-in tester. Then he can't claim it's your RV.
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I was using a Portable Surge Guard at the time which was showing the RP.
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Others weren't having an issue because they were none the wiser

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exactly. in my other post about surge protection a few yrs ago the campground happened to blame the power company for frying a street full of trailers in one evening... mine included.
knowing the chief electrical inspector i made a couple calls and emails appear with images of the dig...
when he got on site the electricians were replacing the panels without a permit... and basically told him (not knowing who he is) to buggar off...

he did and came back with his business card and a stop work order and a notification for the site to provide all electrical permits and work done in the past 10 yrs or that they would have to shut the site down and have it all dug up and replaced. burnt....
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Yep. My understanding is that, with a reverse polarity situation, you would still have electricity going to an outlet or appliance even if the breaker tripped because it would be tripping on the return path rather than the send path. Sound right?
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I recently experienced this same thing. It was at Lake Kissimmee state park. I called the Rangers office and a ranger/electrician was there in 2 minutes to rectify the problem. I had a hike scheduled so I didn't stay around to see what the fix was
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