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Old 04-11-2016, 09:49 PM   #1
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Exclamation Hey 120v NOT 240v!

Here's a short story of caution: If you ever happen to have an electrician wire in a 30amp outlet in your garage, DO NOT take it for granted that he knows travel trailers are set up for 120v!

Brought the trailer home for a quick weekend get away, wanted to start cooling down the refrigerator and with one swift connection of my trailer to the wall I fried the invertor!

We are still waiting to get the final repair tally, I miss my trailer already!
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Old 04-11-2016, 09:56 PM   #2
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Hey 120v NOT 240v!

Common problem!
See it all the time.

Good time to get a progressive industries ems surge.

Sorry this happened to you.


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I know someone that did this!


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Old 04-11-2016, 10:02 PM   #5
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Here's a short story of caution: If you ever happen to have an electrician wire in a 30amp outlet in your garage, DO NOT take it for granted that he knows travel trailers are set up for 120v!

Brought the trailer home for a quick weekend get away, wanted to start cooling down the refrigerator and with one swift connection of my trailer to the wall I fried the invertor!

We are still waiting to get the final repair tally, I miss my trailer already!
Yep, unfortunately it is too common. This is why we keep a sticky in the FAQ section for just this occurrence. It's a pdf file to print out and hand to electricians who may not have experience with RV's.

How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

As I stated in the sticky above, I really wish they would hand this out with all new RV purchases.
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Here's a short story of caution: If you ever happen to have an electrician wire in a 30amp outlet in your garage, DO NOT take it for granted that he knows travel trailers are set up for 120v!

Brought the trailer home for a quick weekend get away, wanted to start cooling down the refrigerator and with one swift connection of my trailer to the wall I fried the invertor!

We are still waiting to get the final repair tally, I miss my trailer already!
Convertor....not invertor...
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Old 04-11-2016, 10:09 PM   #7
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Convertor....not invertor...


Could have been inverter, probably doesn't know the converter is trashed to if he has both.
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When this happens you most always lose the converter immediately or it will give up the ghost very soon after (never been involved in one of these threads where it didn't). The television and microwave are other likely candidates for replacement, but depending on brand sometimes you're lucky enough for it to be a blown fuse.

Electric Fireplaces, if equipped, also can be fried or fixed, again depending on what it is. Same thing for fridge control boards.

It happens, and once you get over the initial sickness of it, you'll be stronger for having went thru it. I know that sounds hollow at this point.

You may want to consider some perusing at this link, and also possibly purchasing an EMS that would help prevent things like this from happening (but that is looking forward, not in hindsight). The link below will tell you how to test ALL outlets before plugging in, as well as make plug-n-play testers if you don't have an EMS.

http://www.myrv.us/electric/index.htm

They have a statement there that we cannot spread enough times to our members here on the forums, as excerpted below:

It is imperative that the Electric Service used for RV’s are wired correctly. DO NOT TRUST anyone, yourself, friends, relatives or ANY Professional Electrician. ALWAYS check out all RV Electric Service BEFORE plugging in the first time. The majority of the mistakes and the most damage to the RV’s are made with the incorrect installation of the 120-volt 30 amp Service. For some reason people including Electricians just DON’T GET IT when it comes to the 30-amp 120-volt Service. All you need to do is look at the online Forums where RV’s were damaged by incorrect installations.
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Interesting the Electricians can not read the outlet itself and what it says right on it! It says 120 V 30 amp,,,Twist Locks are all rated for voltage and current as well. The box it comes in says what it is as well. I say they pay the bill for lack of care.
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Yep, unfortunately it is too common. This is why we keep a sticky in the FAQ section for just this occurrence. It's a pdf file to print out and hand to electricians who may not have experience with RV's.

How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

As I stated in the sticky above, I really wish they would hand this out with all new RV purchases.
You got a 50amp one like this one. This one is very clear and understandable.
I guess I can look
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