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Old 06-10-2007, 10:45 AM   #15
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thx for the pic! Home Depot here I come . . . again.
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Old 06-10-2007, 10:58 AM   #16
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Interesting - out of the blue I purchased one of these on Thursday. Haven't even taken it out of the packaging, just tossed it into the trailer toolbox and don't have a clue what caused me to grab it as I walked past other than it looked neat and was obviously a tool I didn't have yet......

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Old 06-10-2007, 11:59 AM   #17
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I keep oneof these testers in the truck door pocket and check every campsite before I waste time backing in. It is still a good idea to put the tonque jack on a metal plate or stand (not wood or plastic) so you get a good ground for the trailer.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:06 AM   #18
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Now, for those of us that don't yet have every tool known to man, this one is great for tracking down wiring problems without ripping the whole trailer apart.
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Then check ECT2000

It is wireless, you don't have to have direct access to the wires.
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Old 06-11-2007, 07:32 AM   #19
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Now, for those of us that don't yet have every tool known to man, this one is great for tracking down wiring problems without ripping the whole trailer apart.
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Then check ECT2000

It is wireless, you don't have to have direct access to the wires.
Yeah, yeah, yeah...got that one too! It's one awesome tool....use it almost every day!
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:45 AM   #20
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got the tool

Got the tool and the electric source is fine . . . the problem is in the trailer.

I guess since the previous owner had to have an actual grounding wire from the bumper to the ground that should have been a big enough clue that something was wired in a screwy way on the inside.

I am putting the electrical issues on hold while focusing on replacing some floor. Will probably have an experienced electrician check it out when I get back to it.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:52 PM   #21
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How long is your extension cord? A real long cord and a pretty good load in the trailer (ac on, 110 refrig...) will allow the neutral side of the load to pull high and give you a tingle if the ground and the neutral are tied together in the camper.
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:56 PM   #22
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It's 50 or 100 feet. When it shocked me nothing on the trailer was on. Well, the refrigerator was plugged in and running, but no AC or anything else.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:03 PM   #23
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Now, for those of us that don't yet have every tool known to man, this one is great for tracking down wiring problems without ripping the whole trailer apart.
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Then check ECT2000

It is wireless, you don't have to have direct access to the wires.
Uh, if it's wireless, why are there so many wires in the box?
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:57 PM   #24
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It's 50 or 100 feet. When it shocked me nothing on the trailer was on. Well, the refrigerator was plugged in and running, but no AC or anything else.
Before you start any major disassembly, I'd try hooking to a normal RV service with a normal cord. Yours may be doing the same thing as mine did, the long extension cord was the problem.
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:36 PM   #25
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Yeah, the skin of our rig zapped me once time. I investigated. The very head of the main plug into the campground had literally fallen apart and was allowing current into the ground wire. Buzzzzzt.

If yours is in the same state, you can purchase a new plug, but be forewarned: The replacements that you get at the usual stores are cheap cruddy plastic, not intended to last for the next 40 years. (Someday I'm going to replace the whole cord anyway.)


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Old 06-11-2007, 04:46 PM   #26
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Uh, if it's wireless, why are there so many wires in the box?
The wires hook the unit up to the wires you are testing. The other end is basically a radio receiver, no wires needed.
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Old 06-11-2007, 11:50 PM   #27
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Now, for those of us that don't yet have every tool known to man, this one is great for tracking down wiring problems without ripping the whole trailer apart.
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Then check ECT2000

It is wireless, you don't have to have direct access to the wires.
Hi, Terry. I have a really neat cordless test light; But these tools were made after I quit being an automotive electrician / quick service tech. But as a "Mac Tools Distributor" I was able to sell some of these testers to the next generation techs. But that is all history now. I went back to the dealers as a shop foreman. Plan to retire this year.
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If you get a two lead test light, find a good ground(outside of trailer, Metal waterpipe) turn all of your breakers off. Turn the main breaker on and test from the skin to the ground, one lead of tester to ground the other to skin. If your light goes on the fault is in your panel area. If not continue to turn one breaker on at a time until the light goes on. This will help isolate the fault. You will have to keep the main on. Hope this helps.
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