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Old 07-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Exterior electrified

Just got a call from home telling me the exterior of our camper seems to be electrified. Of course I'm at work until 0800 and we're leaving on a 14 day trip tomorrow, which is why it's plugged in. Any ideas on where to start on this one?
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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Sounds like hot and neutral may be reversed, get one of these and check it at the house then in the camper and see where its reversed. You can get one at lowes or home depot, may even have at walmart.

http://www.amazon.com/ELECTRICAL-REC.../dp/B002Q3R7HI
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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I should add that it's been plugged in for 2 days and it's suddenly a problem. People have been on and out of the trailer for 2 days and now suddenly it's a problem.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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I read somewhere that a faulty water heater element could cause that problem, but not exactly sure how.....I am far from an electrician. That might be a place to start the search for your problem.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:17 PM   #5
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I read somewhere that a faulty water heater element could cause that problem, but not exactly sure how.....I am far from an electrician. That might be a place to start the search for your problem.
My very first thought too.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #6
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If that was the case I think the breaker would trip since the hw heater its self is grounded to the frame.
Am I right thinking this way?
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #7
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Could it be a problem if the hot water heater is turned off? It hasn't been on this whole time.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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Sorry to hear of your problem. I cannot help with what is wrong except for someone to shut the breaker off of where it is plugged into the house until you get home at least.

I feel you pain in a way. Leave for a trip in 4 days for 2 weeks and Microwave crapped out on my Brand new camper

Just look at it this way. Once it is fixed and you will get it fixed you will enjoy your time more.

Good Luck and safe travels
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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I think I just got lucky. Had the wifey switch the cord from the garage to an outlet in the house and that resolved the problem. So it's something in that outlet in the garage that's the problem. The remodel of the garage can't come soon enough!!! Thanks for all the replies fellas!!! Happy campin!!
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Outlet in garage doesn't sound like its grounded properly
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