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Old 04-07-2015, 10:47 AM   #1
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Counted Blessings-Shorted Switch

The DW and I counted our blessings this weekend while camping. It was our 3rd day out and we were well set into our routine. We got up, ate breakfast and took the FurKids out for a walk on the beach. When we returned as she did the dishes I went fishing on the pier about 300 yards away. About 30 mins later my phone rings, when I answer I get "Baby, there is smoke coming from under the sink, something is on fire" I immediately start running and tell her to get out and shut the power off at the pole". Thankfully she said "already done". She has the fuzzheads leashed up and away from the camper by the time I get there. I grab the extinguisher and open the cabinet and get the "oh so recognizable" smell of electrical insulation burning. Luckily no fire because she secured power as quickly as she did. As you can tell there isn't any damage to the camper itself and I already have an apt with Rex & Son's next Friday to replace the switch.
We are just glad it happened while one of us was there, otherwise I'm sure the pictures would be quite different. Luckily the wife and I discuss various emergency situations and actions required.

So I guess the moral of this story is that we all need to ensure EVERYONE that we take camping knows exactly what to do in case of any emergency!!

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Old 04-07-2015, 11:03 AM   #2
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Oh my!! Glad it wasn't more serious.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:14 AM   #3
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That is scary! So glad everyone is ok and that she acted quickly to minimize the damage and danger.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:25 AM   #4
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You've got one smart Lady there. Let us know what the switch failure was for lessons learned. Guess you owe the wife a few turns at the sink doing dishes.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:49 AM   #5
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You've got one smart Lady there. Let us know what the switch failure was for lessons learned. Guess you owe the wife a few turns at the sink doing dishes.
Hopefully when they pull the switch I will be able to tell if it was an internal short or it was at the terminals. My bet is that the fault started at the terminals, due to no sign of damage on the face of the switch and that the switch still moves/clicks properly. Either way the fault lays at that switch/connection and since I have not cared for that setup since day 1 I will be installing a better switch and locate it inside next to the "gas side" switch as soon as the warranty expires.

As far as the wife....yea I got a keeper! And I'm more than happy to do the dishes!!!
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:11 PM   #6
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Glad everybody is safe. The wire was connected to the Hot water heater? Wondering why it didn't trip the breaker?
Hope it is fixed easy, fast and good also they find out what caused it to start.
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One smart lady, you better take her out for a nice dinner. She is definitely a "Keeper".

Some of us just get lucky (going on 55 yrs with mine).
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Old 04-07-2015, 12:20 PM   #8
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Glad everybody is safe. The wire was connected to the Hot water heater? Wondering why it didn't trip the breaker?
Hope it is fixed easy, fast and good also they find out what caused it to start.
Yea this is the wiring to power the electrical side of the heater. Normally we just use the gas side but this was a "going out of warranty" shakedown trip so we were making sure everything worked before that happens next month.

I asked them to replace the C/B as well just as a precaution(on my dime if needed) and they said no charge & no problem.
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That's good it will be taken care of and that everyone is all right hope the rest of your season goes good.
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Three sisters travel together with 2 dogs. Can I have a copy of your Cliff's notes for what to do in an emergency? I welcome your advice--we all want to be safe. Thanks ahead of time for your response.
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