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Posted: 06/30/20 08:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My memory went up in smoke in the '60s. Flip the breaker, the coffeepot I forgot is not a issue.

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Posted: 07/04/20 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

brianosaur wrote:


StirCrazy wrote:

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.


yup, I think I said that in the post. but I have bought a couple used trailers with warn out breakers so now that has me wondering haha

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Virtually all single pole 15 and 20 amp breakers are Switching duty rating (SWD) (UL says no more than 20 amp for switching duty rating), so the argument about wearing them out is nil. However, breakers up to 50 amp that are marked HID are also switching duty rated for use with HID circuits and as such are not prone to failure with repeated use like non rated breakers would be.

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jaycoman89 wrote:

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?


I never turn off the breakers in my RV. Also, most breakers are not rated for switch duty.


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I have a similar situation, but what I do is turn the main breaker off at the post/ panel and then remove the feeder cable and store it in the trailer compartment. ( It only takes a minute)
That way I don't have to worry about someone coming by and turning on something in the trailer and the feeder cable is not left out in the weather elements

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I have indeed heard of it but personally don't practice it.

We know an elderly couple "our age" that are fanatical about shutting everything down, flipping breakers on top of unplugging everything.
They follow the same regime in their home before leaving for a duration.

Contrary to their beliefs, we leave trailer plugged up year around and even leave furnace set to 38* to avoid some unloading.
4th trailer and never an issue.

When leaving the house for a month or more, we simply lock the door behind us.

We all have different DNA.

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If I were worried, I'd just unplug from the pedestal.

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brianosaur wrote:



Sounds like paranoid old timers


Here? You're kidding right? LOL!

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GDS-3950BH wrote:

brianosaur wrote:



Sounds like paranoid old timers


Here? You're kidding right? LOL!
Best post, got a chuckle out of that.

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Posted: 01/10/21 08:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

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.
That would be a win win, wouldn't have to deal with mice problems or wiring problems in my new replacement trailer.

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