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Old 02-18-2015, 10:09 PM   #1
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I have seen a few post lately with electrical questions. Being a electrician by trade, I have the skills and tools to troubleshoot and repairs most electrical problems that can occur on my rig. However, I am getting a since that a lot of people may not have a basic and important tool.. A multi meter. With this you can check 120VAC, 12VDC, and resistance.

Amazon.com: INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter: Automotive

I found this at amazon, I have never used this brand or meter, but for the price and based on reviews, I think it would be money well spent. It's under $20!

Using a meter is very simple. You don't have to be a master electrician to use one. The directions should help you out and I would bet that there are some good youtube videos as well.

Having this in your tool box can save a lot time and headaches.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:39 PM   #2
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That looks like a pretty decent little meter for the money. But somehow I don't think I will trade my Fluke or Klein in on it.

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Great advice. Mine has been indispensable!
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That looks like a pretty decent little meter for the money. But somehow I don't think I will trade my Fluke or Klein in on it.

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LOL me either... I just wanted to point that it is a good tool and not expensive for some who might not have realized it.
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:43 PM   #5
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Most of the time you just need a good test light to find the problem.
I have a meter too but use the test light more.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:12 PM   #6
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I've seen many electrical questions on this and other, automotive boards. Yes, a multimeter (or even a test light) is a valuable tool in the hands of those who understand basic electricity. Many do not. Those would be better served by a book such as this. There are many available. I like this because of the high reviews, and that it explains both AC and DC circuits. Basic Electricity: Complete Course, Volumes 1-5 in 1: Van Valkenburgh, Nooger, Neville: 9780790610412: Amazon.com: Books
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A multimeter combined with a basic overview of the DC electrical system in an RV.

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It was worth it to me just to check battery voltages. I do admit to not knowing how to use it to it's full potential. I bought a cheapie from WalMart for under $20, and my dad who's a licensed electrician was somewhat impressed by it.
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ewarnerusa, that is indeed a great reference for all. Somehow that should be made into a "sticky" (I don't know how) to be kept at the top of the board for future questions. Now, if we can find a similar reference to basic AC questions, everything between pole and RV circuit breaker box, i.e. 20amp, 30 amp, 50 amp, hookups, "cheaters/adapters" and generator hookups; then we would have a reference for the other half of the electrical questions here!
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I have seen a few post lately with electrical questions. Being a electrician by trade, I have the skills and tools to troubleshoot and repairs most electrical problems that can occur on my rig. However, I am getting a since that a lot of people may not have a basic and important tool.. A multi meter. With this you can check 120VAC, 12VDC, and resistance.

Amazon.com: INNOVA 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter: Automotive

I found this at amazon, I have never used this brand or meter, but for the price and based on reviews, I think it would be money well spent. It's under $20!

Using a meter is very simple. You don't have to be a master electrician to use one. The directions should help you out and I would bet that there are some good youtube videos as well.

Having this in your tool box can save a lot time and headaches.
Eric.....how and where should I connect to measure the amperage draw on the system and any given time? Does a multi-meter do the job or should I get an ammeter??
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