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Posted: 06/29/20 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours is a 2007 bought new and always powered when in storage. And breakers have never been turned off. As others said, never head if it.

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Posted: 06/29/20 06:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can tell you why not to use the breakers. although it will take a long time, the more you use a breaker switch the easier they will trip in time.

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Breakers are NOT switches, they have a finite lifespan in number of times they are activated. IF I was worried about my 120V stuff I'd trip the campgrounds breaker and let them deal with replacement of the single breaker at the pedestal. Since I have a PD EMS to protect my trailer electronics I leave it plugged in except when traveling or in winter storage.


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To the OP: hatever you do at your stick and bricks house when you leave it you should do with your camper. What is the difference?

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If you turn them all off, then why not just turn off the pedestal breaker? Personally mine are never turned off. Not even if I had it set up for permamnent (we did for a year with our previous trailer). They always stayed on. We did turn off the water and water heater.


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Posted: 06/29/20 09:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If all the breakers are off you may as well just unplug instead.

I think the campground is just trying to save a few $$ on the electric bill.

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In theory, if the power is on and mice happen to chew through the wiring it would be possible for a short to occur and a fire might happen.


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jaycoman89 wrote:


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.


How long are you gone and do you keep stuff in the fridge?

If we are gone for a day or two and there is stuff in the fridge, we keep the power on.

If we are gone for a week or more (and the fridge is therefore empty), we disconnect at the pedestal and turn off the battery switch.

It's a risk/reward situation. We have seen a couple of RVs go up in flames due to electrical issues while the owners are gone.


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Posted: 06/30/20 04:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There are a million extraneous and ridiculous things people can do to overprotect their rv's.

...but to each his own

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It's a risk/reward situation. We have seen a couple of RVs go up in flames due to electrical issues while the owners are gone.


Houses go up in flames too occasionally from electrical issues but no one usually shuts their breakers off when they leave.

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I can tell you why not to use the breakers. although it will take a long time, the more you use a breaker switch the easier they will trip in time.

Steve


The RV will be shot, as a whole, long before the breakers.
Unless they trip constantly they will take decades under normal use to wear out.

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valhalla360 wrote:



It's a risk/reward situation. We have seen a couple of RVs go up in flames due to electrical issues while the owners are gone.


Houses go up in flames too occasionally from electrical issues but no one usually shuts their breakers off when they leave.


Most houses have never been towed down a bumpy road at 60mph.

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