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Old 03-27-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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Electrical test equipment

we are setting up the new trailer and i was wondering what types of test equipment do experienced AS'ers think is essential to have on board ?
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Howdy! A basic analog Volt Ohm Meter (VOM) with alligator clips for holding wires should suffice.
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Hi, I would only have a "Kill-A-Watt" for checking incoming voltage and cycles. Also a "Polarity Tester" to make sure the source of power is correctly wired. Nothing else on a trailer this new.
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I would suggest what is refered to as a DVOM in many circles, or a Digital-Ohm-Volt-Meter.

I use a fairly sophosticated Fluke model but you can get meters from many companies.


A/C voltage, DC voltage, low impedience resistance and a good amp meter will get 99% done.


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A Fluke Model 87-V True RMS multimeter, or similar, and a plug in polarity tester is all you need.
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I have a DVOM and a couple polarity testers. I keep one of the polarity testers puged in all the time so I can just glance at it for a check now and then. I took a silver marker and colored it to match the trailer.
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+2....and I do carry a kill-a-watt, polarity tester and a DVOM as well.
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I would suggest what is refered to as a DVOM in many circles, or a Digital-Ohm-Volt-Meter.

I use a fairly sophosticated Fluke model but you can get meters from many companies.


A/C voltage, DC voltage, low impedience resistance and a good amp meter will get 99% done.


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Fluke equipment is top notch, but not inexpensive. They call their digital meters DMMs (Digital MultiMeter). I have a Fluke 115 and like it a lot. I also have a Fluke 336 DC Clamp Meter. This meter also has DMM functions so you would be well equipped with this meter alone. No real need for a separate DMM\; I just like having the separate meters
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This unit is of course permanently connected; photo attachedof our install.

In addition I carry a DVM, and a combo AC meter/polarity tester. I don't take the Kill-A-Watt, since I know what the draw is on my (minimal) AC gear.
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Nearly everyone carries a DVM and a Fluke isn't really necessary although it is the best out there IMO. A couple things not mentioned that I find very useful are a 12vt. automotive type test light. It looks like a ball point pen or small screwdriver handle with about 18" of wire with an alligator clip on the end. There is a light inside that illuminates with voltage. This is much quicker and easier than using a DVM for simple tests. Also, a couple of wires with alligator clips on both ends (called jumpers) are always handy.
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Vote for the VOM and/or test light ...
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