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Hello campers,

I've heard different opinions on this. My Jayco sits permanently on a campground that supplies shore power. I've been told to turn all the breakers (the ones inside, not at the pedestal) off when I leave, but I've been told but many more that they leave their breakers on, and they just turn the air off at the thermostat and the water heater off when they leave.

Just curious on opinions here. I turned my breakers off every time but left them on this time so the fridge would stay on. Thoughts?

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Never heard of it, but I guess it can't hurt if you're afraid of something blowing up.

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2oldman wrote:

Never heard of it, but I guess it can't hurt if you're afraid of something blowing up.


X2 No idea what you gain over using the switch on the device to turn it on and off.


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I cannot imagine any logical reason to turn the breakers off. It makes no sense to me.
Why would anyone want to do that?
In all the decades I have been camping, I have never heard of doing that.


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Despite what you’ve been told and heard, longterm electrical connection when you’re away isn’t the safest course.


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Maybe it's the CG requesting it? It doesn't make sense to me. I would ask at the CG office, they could have a logical reason.

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BobsYourUncle wrote:

I cannot imagine any logical reason to turn the breakers off. It makes no sense to me.
Why would anyone want to do that?
In all the decades I have been camping, I have never heard of doing that.


lol that makes me feel a little better about leaving them on then. And just for clarification, it stays connected to shore power the entire time, even when I'm gone, if that makes any difference at all to you.

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gbopp wrote:

Maybe it's the CG requesting it? It doesn't make sense to me. I would ask at the CG office, they could have a logical reason.


not a CG request. Most people have said they leave their breakers on when they're gone, a few have said they turn theirs off. I always erred on the side of caution, but won't worry about it moving forward if leaving breakers on while it's plugged into shore power while I'm away is nothing to worry about.

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It's not the breakers being on, it's what's plugged into the circuit. I have often unplugged coffee makers, blenders.. etc at the house before leaving for the winter. But the breakers? No.

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Do they turn the circuit breakers off in their houses too when they go to work or on vacation?

A circuit breaker is a wiring overload device when the drawn amperage exceeds the rating for the wire gauge. It serves to prevent the in wall wiring for overheating and causing a fire. If the appliances that are on those circuits are off there will be no drawn amperage in the open circuit and nothing to trip the breaker anyway.

Turning breakers off is useless unless one thinks what ever appliance is left on will magically overdraw power when they aren't there.

Sounds like paranoid old timers who still unplug their toasters from the wall when they arent using them.

When a/c electricity was first installed into homes, people were afraid the current would "fall out" of the wall receptacles and shock them.

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