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Old 02-09-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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I was at the RV show in Novi, MI today and noticed that several RV's had their outdoor shower inches from the electrical hookup. I know they say the plugs are "sealed," but I just don't see why that is a good idea at all. It would never pass code in a house. Water and electric don't mix, especially if you have young kids that might be using it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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I understand your concern but if the electrical connection can withstand the rain I suppose it could withstand shower water.
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I'm sure it is gfci protected- legaly it is supose to.
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Not all RV'ers are created equal! I am just happy to hear they werent letting water drip on a drop cord connection to a radio like I saw last month in pensacola
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I was at the RV show in Novi, MI today and noticed that several RV's had their outdoor shower inches from the electrical hookup. I know they say the plugs are "sealed," but I just don't see why that is a good idea at all. It would never pass code in a house. Water and electric don't mix, especially if you have young kids that might be using it.
We're they using it?
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I'm sure it is gfci protected- legaly it is supose to.
My bad- I thought the op meant an outside outlet.

My fresh water hookup is within a foot of where my shore cord goes in at, with sewer directly below. Shower on the other side of the slide. Don't know if that's the same type of deal but with 2 bigger slides, you run out of wall to put things.
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I understand your concern but if the electrical connection can withstand the rain I suppose it could withstand shower water.
Same style connector as shore power cord on larger boats that are docked in water. I'm more worried about the cord laying in a puddle after heavy rains. It's why the cord weighs so much - lots of rubber insulation.
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Not to belittle anyone's concerns, but fresh water isn't as dielectric as folks are lead to believe. Dropping a toaster in the bath tub isn't the same as spraying water on an extension cord plug end, for instance.
While I try to err on the side of prudence, I don't think I'd be concerned of a shock hazard in the OP's original situation.
Salt water is another story.

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Not quite clear about your point!

AWELLIS3, your explanation about the dangers either by salt water or fresh water and the danger of a conductor to ground, does not quite make sense as a explanation to a concerned RV camper !!!

I would surely believe the fine line of electricity passing to saltwater ground versus fresh water ground does not quite cut it as a explanation !!

1/4 AMP will kill you as dead as can be, regardless of the water type !!!!!
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I'm sure it is gfci protected- legaly it is supose to.
I have never encountered a 30 amp GFCI at a campground. 20 amp, yes, but not the 30 amp service.

I figure it is cost prohibitive. The GFCI breaker that I bought for my house was close to $80 !!! A 20 amp GFCI receptacle can be had for about $5. Mulitply those savings times 100 sites, and the campground is saving $7500.

Legally, I figure the campgrounds are somehow skirting the law. Around here, if a receptacle is in a bathroom, kitchen, basement, garage, or outside, it is required to be a GFCI circuit. Haven't figured how the campgrounds get away with it.
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