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Old 05-30-2018, 08:45 AM   #1
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Testing the integrity of the electrical connection before plugging into the RV

There are many helpful posts regarding surge protectors--both internal to the RV and those used inline between the power pole and the RV electrical cord. Our 2017 Escape 5.0TA has the surge protection on-board which I understand works great. We tend to be "electrician" challenged so I am not looking for a multi-meter solution.

I am curious if there is a recommended device that could be plugged into the power pole to test the integrity of the power supply before plugging the RV electrical cord into the service. Given our RV has surge protection already, I am not interested in the devices I've seen that test the power, but also act as an inline surge protector. I'd like to be able to plug in a device to the poll, determine/identify if there are any issues and, if clean, unplug the testing device, then plug in my RV electrical plug. Ideally, this device would be less expensive than the inline surge protectors yet likely more expensive than a basic multi-meter.

I apologize if this particular topic was addressed within any of those posts, but I appreciate any guidance.

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Old 05-30-2018, 08:50 AM   #2
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Your onboard Progressive EMS will perform that function, it will not allow any "dirty" electricity to enter your trailer. If the electric is dirty you will see an error code on the remote read out, otherwise, after 2 minutes, you will hear a clump as the electric is allowed to enter the circuits.
In addition, afterwards it protects you from over/under voltage spikes which can happen.
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:53 AM   #3
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I just let the inboard EMS do it's job.

If you were concerned that it was not working properly, you could use a multi - meter as well, checking voltage from hot to neutral, that the ground is in fact connected to ground, and the neutral bonded to ground.
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I understand you are "not looking for a multi-meter solution" but that is the best and easiest way to check an outlet.

Voltage hot to neutral, voltage hot to ground, voltage neutral to ground - if the readings match the diagram below, you are good to go!

Nine bucks for a meter.
https://www.amazon.com/AstroAI-Digit...ords=voltmeter
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I am curious if there is a recommended device that could be plugged into the power pole to test the integrity of the power supply before plugging the RV electrical cord into the service.
I had the same concern, and I found a website that shows how to make a simple circuit tester and voltage tester. www.myrv.us/electric/Pg/tester_30amp.htm
I got all of the parts from Amazon for under $20.
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Testing the integrity of the electrical connection before plugging into the RV

As stated above, your onboard EMS will do everything you need. The error codes are cryptic though, and you need to look in the manual to decipher them. But then again, do you really? If EMS says it’s bad, it’s bad, and does it really matter which flavor of bad?

The other thing about the EMS is the 2 minute time delay. You just have to be patient for that.

On the other hand, if you really want something quick and easy to see if an outlet is wired right, you could get one of these. It’s small, portable and will work anywhere, including in your house. To make it work with a 30A RV plug requires an adapter, which can be a handy thing to have on occasion anyway.

Sperry Instruments GFI6302 GFCI Outlet/Receptacle Tester, Standard 120V AC Outlets, 7 Visual Indication/Wiring Legend, Home & Professional Use, Yellow & Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RUL2UU..._DkSdBb8H3W2P8

Epicord RV Power Cord Electric Plug Adapter Triangle (30M15F) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CQKSNTQ..._VoSdBbEGFG2VS

Edit: Note that this will only tell you if things are wired right, but not if the voltage is off, or if it’s clean. But your EMS will do all that. It’s much more than a simple surge suppressor.
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We got an EMS specifically so we would not have to test the power, or worry about surges or other issues. It makes additional devices unnecessary.

Having said that, I do keep a simple circuit tester in my toolbox, and it did come in handy once at a campground that had several sites with power problems. Our original site's power would not work and we had to move to another. The tester allowed me to check the power at other sites before I moved the trailer.
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The only really safe method if you are overly concerned about power issues is to leave your trailer
UNPLUGGED from the utility or generator power source .
I suppose you could buy a scope meter ( Fluke makes a nice one) and spend your day watching the meter but I would get the Escape EMS and guit worrying
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Thanks for all the responses. The forum was helpful once again.
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:42 PM   #10
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I second(third?) the motion re the EMS, it does exactly what its supposed to.

one of my yard outlets doesn't have a ground, so if I've got the trailer plugged into that, the EMS displays E 02, and shuts off. if I switch the EMS off, then it self-bypasses and allows the power in anyways (as I know the voltage is good).
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