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Old 11-23-2006, 10:56 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by john hd
simple answer no.

trailer electrical systems use a floating neutral. that means that the neutral (white wires) is not connected to ground as it is in your house. when the neutral becomes the hot wire nothing happens until you plug an appliance that has a grounded neutral, then you can energize the skin of the trailer.

the absolute worse thing that could happen is the cord of a neutral grounded appliance would be damaged. the basic wiring in the trailer would remain unharmed.

I feel much better now!

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Old 11-23-2006, 11:11 AM   #22
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glad to help!

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Old 11-23-2006, 03:10 PM   #23
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A good grounding in electricity is very beneficial. Take a look at one of the "household" type encyclopedias, it will explain the main ideas.

Also an old trick from the broadcasting industry: If you think some object might have errant electricity running around in just waiting for you to come along and serve as a path to ground, brush it with the BACK of your hand. That way, if there is some juice, your muscles will pull your arm back out of harm's way. Reaching out with an open hand in the normal manner can trap you if your fingers contract around whatever you touched. When ever I approach the old 'Silver Pullit' I brush the back of my hand against the trailer skin which reassures me that it is OK to grab the handle next to the door when I enter. It is a habit that also serves to remind me that electrical problems can occur, especially in campgrounds.
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Old 02-04-2007, 02:31 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by Excella CM
A good grounding in electricity is very beneficial.
It seems to me that he got a good "grounding" in electricity.

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Old 02-04-2007, 12:35 PM   #25
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It seems to me that he got a good "grounding" in electricity.


I'd rather be boon docking in the desert.

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Old 02-04-2007, 05:57 PM   #26
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This whole thread was shocking to say the least.

Good info to have. I happen to live near three very significant power lines and from time to time any metal we touch when we are out back near them will give you a shock. The lesson I learned is to not park my trailer or cars too near the power lines. I don't know why it happens. Some people are so sensitive to it that the hairs on their arms stand up, others don't feel a thing.

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Old 02-05-2007, 08:18 AM   #27
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"Some people are so sensitive to it that the hairs on their arms stand up, others don't feel a thing."

A lot of it depends on what footwear they have on. Highly electrically isolated footwear makes your conductive body accumulate a charge. This charge can be measured with a static voltage meter.
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