Well I will start off by saying I learned a valuable lesson this past Friday setting up our camper at a campground in Holly Beach, La. I WILL check voltage on EVERY 30 and 50 amp shore power receptacle from now on no matter what campground I am at! We arrived at the campground Friday afternoon, did my normal set up routine outside. When we started the inside routine, my wife plugged in the scentsy the light bulb burnt, well I plugged in the TV in our room and let’s just say I got all the smoke out of the wires as soon as I plugged it in!
Well long story short we started checking for the problem. I got my meter out and checked the voltage from the 50amp shore receptacle and instead of 110V it was wired for 220V. We lost the TV in the bedroom, satellite receiver, chargers for our Swiffer vacuum and sweeper, converter, microwave, control board on refrigerator, and water heater element. The dealer may find even more damage, I hope not but I know it is a reality.
Well the owner was out of town and would not be back until Sunday, so we got a battery charger and put a trickle charge on the battery so we would have lights and a “fart fan” in the bathroom. Sunday afternoon the owner comes and plugs his meter into the receptacle and says, yea something is not right, but I can rewire it to fix it. I asked him if he had insurance to cover something like this he said no. I then asked him how we were going to resolve this issue since I checked several other 50amp receptacles in his campground and they all had 110V. He started to crawfish, we went in the camper so he could see the microwave was damaged and he offered me $500 and used parts from FEMA campers he has. I was willing to work with him and agreed to eat my TV and I would accept a microwave from him if it was the same as ours. Well we went back and forth and I told him I was not spending a single dime out of my pocket because of the fact the receptacle was wired wrong. He tells me it is not wired wrong it is wired for a “double 50 that has 220” and “it’s not my fault” and he walked out.
Well needless to say that lit a fire in my rear end, after we hooked up we went meet him again and I told him I would not agree to any of his parts, and I will not absorb the cost of the TV and I will bring my camper to the dealer, get it repaired and I will send him the bill. I told him if he chooses not to pay it I would see him in court. He said “it is what it is”, I tell you he sure is a fine example of a great business man
. We took several pictures as well as video of me checking the voltage at our site as well as the site next to us. Since he said it was a “double 50 that has 220” I also have pictures showing that it was not labeled 220V. Let the fun begin!!