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Old 06-12-2015, 07:43 PM   #1
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Electrical question - Reverse Polarity

2nd time out. My surge protector shows our 30amp is using reverse polarity. Is this okay and should everything run normal? If not, what to do? I don't know enough about electricity.

I ask because everything is running but our fridge is warm now. It was cold in storage and we only drove 40 minutes to campground. The propane was on but it's having a hell of a time trying to get cold again. Freezer is struggling to get cold but fridge is nowhere near cold.

Thoughts? Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:51 PM   #2
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I plug my fridge in at least one full day before putting anything in it.

Everything is precooled or frozen before hand

My guess is you might have rushed it a bit and now as you know they both are running hard to catch up.

Keep the doors closed after you throw some ice inside.
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I plug my fridge in at least one full day before putting anything in it.

Everything is precooled or frozen before hand

My guess is you might have rushed it a bit and now as you know they both are running hard to catch up.

Keep the doors closed after you throw some ice inside.
X2, reverse polarity should not affect fridge operation. Here is more info on reverse polarity. You should tell the campground owner about it so they fix the pedestal wiring.

The shocking truth about campground electricity
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:05 PM   #4
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I plug my fridge in at least one full day before putting anything in it.

Everything is precooled or frozen before hand

My guess is you might have rushed it a bit and now as you know they both are running hard to catch up.

Keep the doors closed after you throw some ice inside.
It was cold. We keep it running at all times. For whatever reason, it didn't stay cool on the road despite having sufficient propane level. Of course, campground is out of ice sue to demand. Sigh. Will just have to wait and hope it cools.

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I see.
Did you just refill the tank before leaving?
If so did you purge the line?
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I'm not sure I'm completely following this. Do you have a surge guard only or what is called an electrical management system (EMS) that has a surge guard. I wouldn't think an EMS would allow electricity from the pedestal to the RV with an reverse polarity.

To make sure, what is it working when you say everything? Does your microwave have it's lights on? Can you let us know exactly what kind of surge guard or EMS you have?

BTW, reverse polarity can be a big or fatal problem with other conditions present and is not OK. I would not ignore this. Our fellow FRF member, Mike Sokol, has some great articles on this RV hot skin condition that can be caused by reverse polarity. I highly recommend and please ask that you read it before something bad happens.

http://www.noshockzone.org/rv-electr...0%93-hot-skin/
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MY PI surge protector wouldn't let reverse polarity thru.
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Camco wont let Reverse through or Hot on Ground either.
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Campground repair guys are here. They see the reading on my 30 amp surge guard protector - this guy: Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World

Repair guy saying he checked x2 and its wires properly. Yet my surge guard showing red and green meaning reverse polarity. Either my guard is wrong or he's a nincompoop.

All electric running fine. A/C, microwave, etc. just having issue with fridge since we left storage not cooling. Didn't fill propane as they've been fine. Checked and stove lit up fine.

Not sure what's going on. Will just have to wait and see if cools down.

Ice guys just arrived so time to get a couple of bags. Thanks.
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