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Larry Cohen

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I have noticed more times that not, when I arrive at a site, the 50A Breaker is in the on position, meaning someone pulled the plug possibly with lots of current going through it....
I'm no electrician, but think it's not a great idea to do so....causing arcing of the plug and recepticle, shortening both lives eventually...
I ALWAYS flip the breaker before pulling the plug OR plugging in...I don't like to get tickled

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X3. It wears out both the outlet and the plug.


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Your way is of course the correct way. Always plug in and unplug with the breaker OFF.
This is probably the only thread that will get no argument on procedure.


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While Ive never said anything about it, the OP is "Right on the Money"....more often than not, all the breakers are still on when I open the pedestal cover. Go figure!


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I go one step farther and turn off the AC and switch the fridge to gas. Most other stuff is off except for inverter. The breaker isn't designed to used as a switch either so I try to limit the current it has to break, extending the life. Of course it doesn't help the breakers at the campground because not very many people do that but I have a 20/30/50 service at my house and do that every time.

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I never flip the breaker off. I'll check it with a meter first and then plug in. The surge protector has a time delay so no power is going into the rig until the protector has run all it's tests.
As an appliance tech for over 20 years I rarely turn breakers off only when I have to when it's easier to unplug the dryer or stove. Never had any arcing or damaged a unit yet. If your appliance are off in the rig there is no reason to trip a breaker especially if you have a good surge protector.





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past-MIdirector wrote:

I never flip the breaker off. I'll check it with a meter first and then plug in. The surge protector has a time delay so no power is going into the rig until the protector has run all it's tests.
As an appliance tech for over 20 years I rarely turn breakers off only when I have to when it's easier to unplug the dryer or stove. Never had any arcing or damaged a unit yet. If your appliance are off in the rig there is no reason to trip a breaker especially if you have a good surge protector.
Well, I guess I was wrong......theres always at least one in every crowd.

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hershey wrote:

past-MIdirector wrote:

I never flip the breaker off. I'll check it with a meter first and then plug in. The surge protector has a time delay so no power is going into the rig until the protector has run all it's tests.
As an appliance tech for over 20 years I rarely turn breakers off only when I have to when it's easier to unplug the dryer or stove. Never had any arcing or damaged a unit yet. If your appliance are off in the rig there is no reason to trip a breaker especially if you have a good surge protector.
Well, I guess I was wrong......theres always at least one in every crowd.


Make that TWO

I'm one of 'those guys'

I just plug in my surge protector...it's checks the circuit and if all good it then energizes. By that time I already have the anaconda cord plugged in ready to go.
Time to head out I just 'unplug'.


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With 50A service the issue isn't so much that you get arcing on the contacts, but rather that the ground or neutral will be disconnected with the two hot lines still connected. This could potentially put 240V into your RV for an instant. Will it cause damage? Possibly not, but the time it takes to flip the switch off before plugging/unplugging is an extremely minor inconvenience to prevent a potentially expensive issue.


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