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Old 03-16-2016, 11:45 PM   #1
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Confirm connection to shore power

I'm certain the answer to this question is simple and obvious, but I don't know the answer. If I connect my new 17B (which I have had for 5 days) to shore power (in this case an electrical outlet on my house), how can I know that shore power is being provided to my trailer? For example, what if there was a problem with the electrical cord, and no electricity was being provided to the trailer, how would I know that was the case? Thank you.
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Old 03-16-2016, 11:50 PM   #2
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Just plug something into a 110 volt outlet.

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If you have a surge protector it will run the diagnostic test and then light up with readings of power being provided. Takes a couple of minutes. If you have a microwave, the time display will come on. Lacking those, plug a 110 drill, fan, trouble light, lamp whatever you have and turn it on.
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Appreciate the responses. So any electrical outlet on my 17B, will work only with shore power? And therefore when I plug in a fan, a radio, or whatever, and it works, that confirms shore power successfully has been connected? Thank you so much.
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When you plug in to shore power, there is about a 3 minute delay before it comes on in the trailer. We always watched the microwave, and when that came on we were good to go. Loren
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:36 AM   #6
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So any electrical outlet on my 17B, will work only with shore power? And therefore when I plug in a fan, a radio, or whatever, and it works, that confirms shore power successfully has been connected?
Right... unless you have a built-in inverter, and the outlet is connected to the inverter. If there is no inverter, there is no power at any outlet (including the one feeding the microwave if you have one) unless you are successfully plugged in.

The delay would be due to the Electrical Management System, if you have one.

I usually use the microwave as the indicator in my motorhome, because I have no inverter. If my power source is the generator I have a delay like with an EMS, due to the transfer switch.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:15 AM   #7
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I leave a night lite in the outlet by the door. Gives a little light in the doorway and shows me AC is good.
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I leave a night lite in the outlet by the door. Gives a little light in the doorway and shows me AC is good.
good idea Klem.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:00 PM   #9
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When you plug in to shore power, there is about a 3 minute delay before it comes on in the trailer. We always watched the microwave, and when that came on we were good to go. Loren
Thanks for the "three minute" comment. I would likely have assumed I had a problem.
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Right... unless you have a built-in inverter, and the outlet is connected to the inverter. If there is no inverter, there is no power at any outlet (including the one feeding the microwave if you have one) unless you are successfully plugged in.

The delay would be due to the Electrical Management System, if you have one.

I usually use the microwave as the indicator in my motorhome, because I have no inverter. If my power source is the generator I have a delay like with an EMS, due to the transfer switch.
Brian, if I have an inverter I should know I have one? I just reviewed my options list for my 17B and there is nothing called an "inverter."

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