Surge Guard to the rescue
Mark up another win for Surge Guard. I pulled into a campground in New York state and as usual, the first thing I did was plugged in the Guard. I have never had any electrical problems in the past so this time it caught me a little off-guard (pun intended) to see it read out "reverse polarity" and "faulty ground". I unplugged and drove back to the office and informed them about the problem. The lady (owner) was very nice and assigned me the space next to the problem one and said she would send her husband up to look into the problem when he got in. I moved to the new space and sure enough, the same read-out as the other space. Instead of driving to the office I phone her and said this space had the same problem and that I had check two other ones around it and they all were the same. She said her husband would be right down. While waiting, I googled "reverse polarity" on my cell phone and got the crap scared out of me when it said possible electrical shock by having the RV chassis electrified.
The guy showed up and said someone else had the same problem with a Surge Guard about 4 years ago, but eventually it started working after a few minutes of being plugged in. He said he would check the other pedestal with his multi-meter while we let the Surge Guard "settle down". I informed him that his park was about the 15 th different park I had been in during the last 7 weeks and I have never had this problem. By then he had his multi-meter out and started checking the 50 amp receptacle by touching the left side and bottom and said "there's 120, good",,,,touched the right side and bottom and said "there's the other 120, good",,,,, he then said see it is good. I wasn't sure how to check it with a multi-meter so I just said that I'll stand by what my Surge Guard is saying and will decide if I'll leave or not.
He then said, "let's check another site on a different circuit and it will show you that I wired everything good". Yep, he said he had done the wiring. I didn't ask if he was a licensed electrician. We went to another site on another circuit and I plugged the Guard in. It showed everything was good. I said I'll take this site. He called the office and I moved to that site. He was still saying that the first one was ok and a lot of people have been using it without any problem. I told him that he had two circuits and each was wired differently, one had to be wrong. He looked puzzled as I started setting up in the new site.
The few hundred dollars for the Surge Guard paid me back today.
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