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Old 03-19-2017, 12:07 AM   #1
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Flipping breakers in trailer when plugging in

In the owner's manual it says something about flipping off the main breaker before you plug into shore power. And reversing that when you unplug.

When I looked at our electrical panel I didn't see one switch for everything so I flipped each one over to off when I plugged in last weekend for my first outing in the trailer.

How important is it to do this every single time you plug and unplug from shore power? I don't remember reading about this in any other threads (if so, yep, I've forgotten - no surprise there), so I was rather surprised to read that in the manual.

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Old 03-19-2017, 12:29 AM   #2
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Never done it.
Just plug in. Hundreds of times.

I think the key sentence is: Do not plug in shore cord while under load.
If there is little to nothing turned on in the trailer when you plug in, there should be no issue.

I believe there is an issue with using breakers as switches. They don't like being abused that way. I defer to those with electrical knowledge, but my memory cells tell me I've read that several times
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:44 AM   #3
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I flip the 30A breaker on the campground power pedestal OFF before plugging in and connecting to the trailer (with removable power cable), and back on after connected at trailer and pedestal. At home, when connecting to 15A in the garage, I get a good spark if i plug the trailer into a live outlet. I never like to plug things in when they are switched on, and the converter in the Escape is always on.

Not sure if you were saying you switched off breakers in the trailer, the breaker to flip is on the campsite power pedestal. If you can't identify the 30A breaker, flip them all off.

Those folks who have surge protectors may have a different answer.

PS. I switch the pedestal breaker OFF before unplugging, and leave it off. I frequently encounter breakers that are OFF, so it is not only me that does this.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:58 AM   #4
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In the manual they show you a picture of the breaker area when they're talking about flipping them off when you plug into shore power.

I don't have anything turned on in the trailer when I'm plugging in to shore power, so it's not under load. Least I don't think so.

And yeah, I turn off the switch at the shore power post before plugging in, as well as removing the cord.

Thanks. I can now sleep tonight without worrying I did something wrong.
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I tend to flip both trailer and pedestal fuses. I also usually test with the multimeter.
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So far the $260 surge protector ETI installed is doing it's job, like Bags I just plug in.

I do however find that someone must go around before I get to a site and turn off the breakers on the pedestals knowing that I won't do it, often as not they are in the off position.
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Old 03-19-2017, 06:19 AM   #7
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I always turn the breaker off at the campsite's power pole when plugging in OR when disconnecting. The only breaker inside the trailer I ever operate is the one for the water heater, which I turn off before draining the water heater and stays off until the water heater is again filled.


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I always turn the breaker off at the campsite's power pole when plugging in OR when disconnecting. The only breaker inside the trailer I ever operate is the one for the water heater, which I turn off before draining the water heater and stays off until the water heater is again filled.


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I'm with Carl on this one! Additionally we flip the breaker for the water heater off when we get underway as a "just in case" even though there is generally water in the heater tank - unecessary most times but keeps it off in case I decide to drain it when we get home. Adding a seperate switch is on my mod list to avoid abusing the breaker switch.
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Old 03-19-2017, 08:20 AM   #9
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Hi: All... I couldn't "Flip" the breakers off... as I'd never remember why things don't work any more!!!
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Perhaps the manual was implying the campground breaker, it is common practice to insure the power is off at the pedestal, plug in your camper and then activate via the pedestal cg breaker, this eliminates any speaks or arcing between connections which can happen with 30 amps.
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