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Old 08-04-2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Asheville newbie has sparking outlet!

Hi there! I just moved into a 67 Sovereign outside of Asheville in Marshall, NC. I am slowly learning how htings work, and just yesterday, one of the outlets towards the front of the airstream started sparking inside! Advice? Is there a way for me to disconnect it from the rest of the stream?

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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Disconnect from city power and open up that outlet. You will most likely see a burn spot where the arc was. It may just be a loose connection of one of the screws on the receptacle or one of the wires close to the trailer body.

If you do not see a burn mark it may be within the receptacle, not likely but maybe, if so just replace the receptacle. The prongs inside may have relaxed to the point of sparking because of a bad connection.

This is a straight forward job, that you can do, as long as you have pulled the plug from shore power

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Old 08-04-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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Sparking of an outlet means there is a flow of electricity. Most likely 110V. If you do not know anything about electricity or repaired electrical outlets, stay away from it and call a qualified electrician as soon as possible. If nothing is plugged into the outlet, sparks indicate a short. If it sparks when things are plugged in, it indicates a poor connection. In any event the electrical circuit needs to be turned off at the main and the box needs to be taken apart and the defective components replaced.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:09 AM   #4
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Could even be as simple as a few loose strands of the typical 14 to 18 gauge wire used in a lot of older AC receptacles.

As already stated, be sure to disconnect the power before opening the outlet.
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