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kmb1966

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Posted: 04/17/22 07:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sometimes clean the outside of our motorhome with Wash-N-Wax all using microfiber towels. We have a new RV garage with concrete floors, and still waiting for the electricity to be hooked up. So we have the unit plugged in with an 10 gauge extension cord to the house 120v outlet just to keep the batteries charged. Lately while using the wash-n-wax all, the towels build up a huge static charge and I get POPPED bigtime when I wipe over a metal object (a bin door lock, or screw). It pops me really hard too.
Is there anyway that I can make this reduced?
1. Ground the motorhome to the building better?
2. Wax with barefoot?
??? looking for ideas to get rid of this annoying problem.

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sounds like a bad ground to me.

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If you you have low humidity in your area, it is probably just static electricity from the action of wiping. Maybe touch a metal part while wiping.

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I second the bad ground. Use a TLT (Three Light Tester) link to a sample below. You can get 'em in a lot of places. Wal-Mart and competitors, Hardware stores, many Supermarkets, some gas stations and auto parts stores to list but a few.
Home depot and lowes (of course) link is to Home Depot.

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I’m going with static charge from the micro fiber towels. Try hanging a chain from the frame to the concrete,


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For safety reasons, I would first assume it is a bad ground. Confirm or rule it out for your life's sake.


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Definitely check out the ground and fix it if necessary. However, why not just unplug the motorhome and see if the same thing happens?

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See if it does it with the rig unplugged, if it doesn't and only does it with the rig plugged in you may have what's called hot skin on the RV. And it could be enough to kill you.


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Posted: 04/20/22 10:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

kmb1966 wrote:

... I get POPPED bigtime when I wipe over a metal object (a bin door lock, or screw). ...


You are getting popped because there is a conductive path to Earth Ground just as there should be. Only solution is to wear a conductive bracelet and wire from your body parts (ie wrist or ankle) to Earth/Ground/Chassis so you do not build a static charge.

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My Prevost coach had a 1.5" x 18" rubber strip that hung down from under the chassis midship touching the ground. At 63,000 miles when I sold it, it was still touching the ground but does wear-out over time and is replaced when needed at a service interval.

That pop is just not normal (I'm not an electrician or gear-head). I have waxed my two previous class-A's while plugged-in, in low humidity, and that never happened to me.

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