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RE: 50 amp RV outlet

I have the four wires. Right now the neutral and ground are connected together. I will check to make sure the neutral is connected correctly in the circuit box though. Are the Red, black and White 6ga? Green can be 6 or 8ga. I may be wrong, but I think the GROUND wire (bare or green) can even be 10g, per the NEC. Of course, local codes may differ.
Bobbo 04/22/21 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Just an FYI about Dish

It is true that if you want locals at two separate locations at the same time, you need two separate subscriptions. This is not new.
Bobbo 04/22/21 08:39pm Technology Corner
RE: 50 Amp Usage Question

To call it a 240V outlet for RV use is wrong. Someone may make a big mistake! There are 2 separate 120V legs, 1 Neutral and 1 ground. At no point do they make 240V unless you install that type of breaker in the panel and run 240 off of that. This is (almost) entirely wrong. It is not "a 240V outlet for RV use." It is a standard 4 pin 240v dryer/stove outlet that we just happen to be plugging an RV into. Every 4 pin 240V outlet is "2 separate 120V legs, 1 Neutral and 1 ground." EVERY ONE. Whether it is powering an RV, a stove, a dryer, or anything else. To say "{a}t no point do they make 240V unless you install that type of breaker in the panel and run 240 off of that" is the only true statement in your quote. However, you don't realize that saying that you get 240V by installing a 240V breaker in the RV, you are admitting that the feed TO the RV is, indeed, 240V. The breaker feeding the pedestal IS a standard 240V breaker. You will be correct if you say that the 50 amp outlet is a 120v/240v outlet but most (not all) RV's only utilize it as 2 separate 120v circuits. You are apparently not understanding the difference between how the power is supplied, and how the power is utilized.
Bobbo 04/22/21 08:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water valve directional?

The direction of flow of the water does not matter when not using the antifreeze suction tube. If you reverse the direction of the valve, instead of connecting the antifreeze suction tube to the RV's water lines, you just connect it to the fresh water tank and pump all of your antifreeze there.
Bobbo 04/19/21 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Pinched Propane line ideas??

Yellow PTFE Tape for gas lines. Teflon tape is a brand name for one company's PTFE tape. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/31Tx-VM7SOL._AC_.jpg width=160
Bobbo 04/18/21 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: 50amp EMS w/surge

:R Connect L1 and L2 together on a proper 120/240 circuit and see what happens.. L1 and L2 are 180 degrees "out of phase" compared to each other and even the neutral and that IS correct. When L1 is going in positive direction L2 is going in a negative direction. When L1 is going negative the L2 is going positive. And there is ZERO "wrong" with what I posted. The problem you have is "semantics". There are 30A to 50A dogbones that only supply L1 with 120V connection and there are 30A to 50A dogbones that will connect both L1 and L2 to the single 120V 30A power source.. As I told the OP, all they can do is try it, if their dogbone does not connect both L1 and L2 together then their EMS will not allow voltage to pass.. However a REAL "EMS" in theory should not allow ANY voltage pass that has the exact same direction waveform on L1 and L2 as that is a violation.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split-phase_electric_power Never too late to learn something.
Bobbo 04/17/21 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

The one time I have ever used mine, (I had the "plus" model), it got the wheel with the flat (actually shredded) tire up high enough to remove the wheel. It was not high enough to put a good tire on until I put a standard car jack under the axle and raised it a few inches.
Bobbo 04/13/21 07:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Multimeter Question

That's too bad !! found this on amazon but IMO it's not as nice as the one we have. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088D2JVN4/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_VP1GG73XS5XZ3E4KGHGD?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 Fixed your link
Bobbo 04/12/21 08:55pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

Yeah, I was referring to these: https://cdn-tp1.mozu.com/17063-26403/cms/26403/files/a8b9610b-11b4-45c8-8497-d735fbb06c08?max=500&_mzcb=_1617128598748 width=240 Since most 20amp/30amp/50amp pedestals have a GFCI 20 amp outlet, and that adapter is GUARANTEED to trip the GFCI circuit, not only is that adapter expensive, it is also nearly worthless. It is guaranteed to trip the GFCI circuit because the same neutral wire is used for both the 20 amp outlet and the 30 amp outlet, Since the 30 amp outlet is using that neutral wire, the current on the neutral wire of the 20 amp GFCI outlet will not match the current on the 20 amp GFCI hot wire. Sorry that I confused which adapter you were referencing earlier. If it's a modern to-code 50A pedestal then just use the 50A =) I figure that's more designed for older parks with no 50A available and a user that wants to run a pair of ACs, would easily work if the second AC is a 13.5. As long as the 20 amp outlet is NOT a GFCI outlet, which was the whole point.
Bobbo 04/10/21 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

Yeah, I was referring to these: https://cdn-tp1.mozu.com/17063-26403/cms/26403/files/a8b9610b-11b4-45c8-8497-d735fbb06c08?max=500&_mzcb=_1617128598748 width=240 Since most 20amp/30amp/50amp pedestals have a GFCI 20 amp outlet, and that adapter is GUARANTEED to trip the GFCI circuit, not only is that adapter expensive, it is also nearly worthless. It is guaranteed to trip the GFCI circuit because the same neutral wire is used for both the 20 amp outlet and the 30 amp outlet, Since the 30 amp outlet is using that neutral wire, the current on the neutral wire of the 20 amp GFCI outlet will not match the current on the 20 amp GFCI hot wire. Sorry that I confused which adapter you were referencing earlier.
Bobbo 04/09/21 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Power chords stuck together

Depends on what caused it to happen the first time. It should not have. I have been RVing now for 14 years and it has never happened to me. If you don't find and fix the cause, it very well may. My guess is that you had the breaker on, and a high current draw item like a water heater or converter on in the RV. You plugged in the adapter, THEN you plugged the power cord into the adaptor. Or you unplugged the power cord from the adaptor under those conditions. That caused a spark that welded them together. Always turn the pedestal breaker off when plugging in or unplugging. And, those grease applications may, or may not, prevent it.
Bobbo 04/08/21 08:07pm Tech Issues
RE: DVD and Blu Ray being discontinued?

I used to copy movies and store them on a hard drive. But now if I want to watch a movie I stream it with my Mi FI no problem. I was camping during the March madness men's tournament and stream several games via my MiFi. Streaming is very convenient and I don't end up wasting time copying tons of movies I'm never going to take the time to watch. Its 2021 streaming is the current way to watch movies. As long as you have service. Some places don't have service. Have a good day.
Bobbo 04/08/21 08:04pm Technology Corner
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

OK,first, I have 50 amp service and have stayed at places without 50 amp available. It is possible to use an adapter that runs to both 30 amp service AND 15/20 amp service giving you the ability to run everything you normally would. As stated, I have had to do this multiple time with no problems what so ever. Ouch, $55 for those adapters, since I can run my trailer on 20A including the AC I don't think I'll be picking one up anytime soon. $15.99 30amp to 50amp dogbone https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61R71I0StuL._AC_SL1500_.jpg width=320
Bobbo 04/08/21 08:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Poop in outside sink

Sinks drain into the grey tank. How is it possible for black tank contents to enter any sink or bathtub? The black tank sits under the pooper.. Nothing else runs into it. If you will read the entire thread, you will see that some sinks, indeed, do drain into the black tank. My first RV had one plumbed that way.
Bobbo 04/07/21 05:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bear Spray

Buy it at the Yellowstone Visitor Center. On a related note, when we were in Yellowstone, the rangers told us to talk loudly while hiking so the bears would hear us coming. When the wife finally get tired of talking, she told me to talk, so I started going "Here bear, bear bear. Here bear, bear, bear." She was not amused. Majorly.
Bobbo 04/05/21 08:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Poop in outside sink

I don't ever recall any sink being plumbed into a black water tank on a rv. Either something else is happening or it plumbed wrong. My previous RV had the bathroom sink plumbed into the black tank. I wish my current one did. It made it simple to finish filling the black tank before dumping, just turn on that faucet. I am not aware, however, of an outdoor sink being plumbed into a black tank. For the OP, are you SURE it is black tank water that you are seeing? Gray tank water can stink just as bad as black tank water.
Bobbo 04/05/21 08:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Installing a dimmer switch

My sister called me in a panic because she replaced a lightbulb in a ceiling fixture (stick and brick, not RV) with an LED bulb and there was a HORRIBLE sizzling noise, then the light went out. I went over and noted that the light had a dimmer switch and the LED bulb was not dimmable. Replaced the dimmer switch with ON/OFF switch, threw away ruined LED bulb, and all was well.
Bobbo 03/21/21 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Issues

If it only happens when it is raining, it is probably getting water into the outside outlet which either shorts GROUND to NEUTRAL or GROUND to HOT.
Bobbo 03/20/21 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Issues

It takes some serious diagnosing to find GFCI problems sometimes. 1. Turn off all breakers in the RV. If the problem goes away, it is one of the hot wires leaking to ground. Turn the breakers on one at a time to identify the wire, then trace it. If the problem persists with all breakers off, it is not a hot wire leaking to ground. 2. Disconnect all neutral wires in RV breaker box. If the problem goes away, one of the neutral wires is touching ground. Reconnect each neutral one at a time to identify the wire, then trace it. If the problem persists with all neutral wires disconnected, it is not a neutral touching ground. 3. If the problem persists after #1 and #2, the problem is either the outlet, or between the outlet and the breaker box. That means one of the adapters, the plug on the RV, the point where the RV power cord is connected to the RV, or the ATS (if you have one). It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway, UNPLUG THE RV BEFORE WORKING IN THE BREAKER BOX!
Bobbo 03/19/21 08:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Added DC to DC charger, starting batteries don't charge

Amp-L-Start https://cdn3.volusion.com/dxylq.nruds/v/vspfiles/photos/AMP-L-START-4.jpg?v-cache=1494835309 width=640
Bobbo 03/16/21 07:40am Tech Issues
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