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Old 06-19-2016, 05:11 PM   #1
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connecting/disconnecting shore power

A general question for the forum, when connecting/disconnecting shore power, is it a good idea to cut the main breaker on the panel?
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Old 06-19-2016, 05:12 PM   #2
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I do.

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Old 06-19-2016, 05:18 PM   #3
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I do as well, I think it's better to turn the beakers on one at a time after the main, just my opinion... no facts to back it up.
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I turn the breaker at the pedestal off prior to plugging in the shore power cord and turn it off before pulling it out when leaving. I also use a good quality surge protector for extra caution.
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I reread... I flip off the pedestal not the trailer breaker.

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The reason for my question is,I have one fuse that seams to blow whenever I connect, disconnect shore power or the battery, it is the top fuse labeled bedroom lights, it runs the bedroom lights, sink light, stove fan and light, two lights in the garage, and the thermostat. I also have a surge protector but for some reason I did not use it when connected at home and we had a power interruption which may have blown the fuse recently. I added a battery disconnect and also plugged in my surge protector. I will be extra cautious when connecting and disconnecting and try your breaker method. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #7
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If the fuse you said is blowing is only powering the things listed, it shouldn't be blowing unless it's extremely under rated. I'd look for something else that it powers or for something shorted in the circuit.

P.S. It's always a good idea to open (throw) the breaker at the pedestal when connecting and disconnecting the shore power cord.
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I hard wired in a surge protector and never have an issue with a surge when plunging in. You should not have to reset breakers - may have bad breakers - they can wear out over time.
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... I have one fuse that seams to blow whenever I connect, disconnect shore power or the battery, it is the top fuse labeled bedroom lights, it runs the bedroom lights, sink light, stove fan and light, two lights in the garage, and the thermostat. I also have a surge protector but for some reason I did not use it when connected at home
Surge protector would do nothing. Depending on its specs, it may ignore anything on 120 VAC until voltage well exceeds 330 volts. Others should have known that. To say more requires spec numbers for that protector.

AC power cord should be constructed so that appropriate hot conductors disconnect before neutral or safety ground. If not, a voltage spike may exist for reasons too complicated to explain. IOW you should never have to first cut off a beaker. Good practice always says everything must have a backup. Do that to avert problems. If that plug and receptacle do not work right, then breaker will provide backup protection. Only so that a problem does not cause a failure.

That procedure is to avert a failure. But never ignore that failure. Find and fix it. Woefully too few facts are provided for a useful answer.

What is provided says (as Bama Rambler also notes) that tripped fuse is a serious problem unrelated to what else is on that circuit. Even power interruptions do not blow fuses. That defect should be addressed. One thing to inspect has been described. Protector would not and does not claim to solve that defect.
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We always turn off the breakers before we plug in and before we unplug.
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