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Old 08-06-2019, 08:02 PM   #1
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Electric hook up procedure

Recently pulled into a site with bad circuit breaker in the pedestal. Maintenance man came and replaced breaker. When I started to plug in I turned off breaker. Maintenance man said do not do that. He said in a s&b do you turn off the breaker if you are going to plug in a coffee pot?

I have always shut off the breaker, plugged in then turn the breaker on. What is the proper procedure?
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:19 PM   #2
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Turn breaker off. Plug your rig in. Turn breaker on. When you leave, turn breaker off, then unplug rig. Smart way, pedestal breaker off, plug in your Progressive, turn on breaker, wait for no error on Progressive, plug in rig.
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Old 08-06-2019, 08:32 PM   #3
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You don’t turn off the house breaker to plug in a coffe pot because the coffee pot is not on when you plug it in. Unless you turn off your trailer main breaker there is likely to be something such as the converter that will be energized as soon as contact is made. That causes arcing on the plug and outlet contact points and leads to burn marks on both. Do as you have always done.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:09 AM   #4
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The way I see it, there should not be any high amp draw things on in your unit when it is plugged in. So breaker on or off should not matter.

My unit is stored in a pole building at home. When I return from a trip, I plug it in right away without turning the breaker off.

How many of us plug our units in at home ? I would bet most of us. How many of us are going to go through the trouble of going down into the basement (or where ever your panel is) to turn off the breaker. Go back to the rig and plug it in. Then go back to the panel to turn on the breaker. I would bet none or not many of us. To me that would be overly anal.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:50 AM   #5
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I've done our Jazz both ways. Just plug it in or turn the breaker off then plug it in and flip the breaker back on. More of late is the latter though. I have noticed some arcing when just plugging in. It's not going to hurt anything by turning it off then back on. When the Montana arrives, (end of this month finally!) I will flip the breaker off first. Worst that will happen is the breaker wears out faster.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:18 AM   #6
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Any time there is an arc, that creates a hot spot. It may leave a tiny black spot with low current. Or a larger spot with higher current. But each time it will add to it.
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Old 08-09-2019, 07:50 AM   #7
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I have never and would never plug in with the breaker on. Too many things in the rig are always on and others, including ACs, water heater, frig etc. could have been forgotten and left on. It's a simple thing and great protection.
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