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Old 07-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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3200 BHT Update - Melted Electrical cord and receptacle.

So far other than the minor issues previously mentioned we have been happy with the unit. I did however run into another issue this past weekend. My twist lock plug that attaches to the camper melted as did the mating plug on the cord. No breakers tripped or anything. Not sure why, but I do know the plug was completely twisted in and the locking nut was tightened. It was hot, but no breakers tripped so I am not sure why these items melted. Kind of scary.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:10 AM   #2
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Where were you camping? I'd contact the place you were at and call them to see if they can verify the amperage/voltage on your site.... that's me.. that's what i would do... my .02 worth... YIKES!!! That's why i will now carry a volt meter
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:23 AM   #3
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A proggresive industries ems voltage moniter would have helped in this situation.
Sounds like low park voltage.

http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems_hw30c.htm
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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Well, Prime time customer service continues to be awesome. They called me today just to see how I made out. My dealer has taken care of me and so has Prime Time. Very happy. Thank you.
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Old 07-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #5
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Where were you camping? I'd contact the place you were at and call them to see if they can verify the amperage/voltage on your site.... that's me.. that's what i would do... my .02 worth... YIKES!!! That's why i will now carry a volt meter
You only take one? I always take two or three And have a ehm "Custom" testing solution. I keep it in my camper and will take pics when next I'm out cleaning it up or camping in a few weeks.

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #6
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Sorry it took so long... I forgot to take pics during my Aug trip.

I used a 120/240 50A even though my TT as most do, connects and runs from a 120V 30A. The reason is since most campgrounds use split phase transformers and one leg can become disconnected, I can test for this. (I've had this happen.) In other words the 30A receptacle may work but only one half of the 240V will. This is a problem since under a load the transformer can become unbalanced and the voltage can get dangerously low or high depending on the problem on the other leg. If you know there is a problem on one leg, I strongly advise again plugging into the other. Though this can be difficult to discern at parks that feature only 30A outlets.

Enough with the physics. I test prior to plugging my unit in. And I'll test after storms and if I think there's something wrong. As you can see I use the dog bone to test the 30A receptacle. I used a 50A replacement plug I found on clearance (reason #2 I made a 50A tester), a pair of banana plug to banana plug test leads that had a cut in the middle of the sheathing, and some heat shrink tubing.

I can use this tester to test an combinations of hots, neutral, and GND in 120/240 or 120/208 systems in parks.
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I had previously thought that it would be nice to have a 50->30 adapter that would allow you to pick which 50-amp leg you wanted to use.
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Marinco makes them. It'd be nice, especially if you were running off of a generator and already pulling current off of a single leg.
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