Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery - Dutchmen Owners

Go Back   Dutchmen Owners > Dutchmen Brand RVs > Travel Trailer
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 08-28-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Hey Folks,
Going on a month now with my new Denali BH311 and I recently noticed that when parked at home and plugged in (with adapter) I am getting electrical current in certain areas. The most noticeable area is the handle and locker knobs for the outdoor kitchen. The bolts on the hitch receiver on the back bumper is also another area.

When unplugged and on battery power only, the current is not present. And to be honest, I never really noticed it when parked at a campsite on 30amp!!

I figure it might be a loose ground, but with only 4 days until an upcoming 10 day trip, i don't really have time to bring it to the dealer, any ideas on where to look for the problem.

Suggestions please!
__________________

__________________
2012: '12 Ram 1500 / Palomino S17
2013: '12 Ram 2500 / Denali BH311
2014: '14 Ram 3500 / Sabre 35QSIK
Sebber83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
Community Founder
 
eRVm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 280
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Mine does that. My son is an Electrician by trade and now an Electrical Designer. He told me, until he has time to look at the problem, to ground the trailer frame. My RV cover is metal, so I ran a piece of 12 ga. wire(with alligator clips) from one of the metal post to the trailer. No more tingling shock.
__________________

eRVm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 02:29 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Quote:
Originally Posted by admin
Mine does that. My son is an Electrician by trade and now an Electrical Designer. He told me, until he has time to look at the problem, to ground the trailer frame. My RV cover is metal, so I ran a piece of 12 ga. wire(with alligator clips) from one of the metal post to the trailer. No more tingling shock.

Good idea! I will go get some wiring and ground it. My TT is parked right beside my house and very near my electrical meter, I am sure I can found a ground point in that area!
__________________
2012: '12 Ram 1500 / Palomino S17
2013: '12 Ram 2500 / Denali BH311
2014: '14 Ram 3500 / Sabre 35QSIK
Sebber83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 03:01 AM   #4
Site Team
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: North of the 49th
Posts: 223
British Columbia
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Make sure you don't play with the propane while the trailer is plugged in unless you have a ground connected, an errant arc / spark could lead to a bad day in paradise. Another easy method to use in a pinch would be vehicle booster cables.

Daryl B.
grump010 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 03:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Quote:
Originally Posted by grump010
Make sure you don't play with the propane while the trailer is plugged in unless you have a ground connected, an errant arc / spark could lead to a bad day in paradise. Another easy method to use in a pinch would be vehicle booster cables.

Daryl B.
Thanks! I will be checking this weekend once at our site if still get the tingling factor! I am thinking it might be something with using the adaptor as opposed to straight 30amp because so the life of me I am pretty sure i never felt the current when out camping, plus when i unplug the trailer it stops, even though the battery is still supplying current!
__________________
2012: '12 Ram 1500 / Palomino S17
2013: '12 Ram 2500 / Denali BH311
2014: '14 Ram 3500 / Sabre 35QSIK
Sebber83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jellystone
Posts: 489
Wyoming
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

It probably is not the adapter. I would check your plug connection at your house to make sure it is properly grounded. I carry a small circuit tester and use it every time I go to a new park. It verifies the polarity as well.
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2012, 10:12 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wanderer
It probably is not the adapter. I would check your plug connection at your house to make sure it is properly grounded. I carry a small circuit tester and use it every time I go to a new park. It verifies the polarity as well.

I figured out the mystery today! The extension cord I was using from the plug inside the garage to my TT connection had the ground pin removed. I should have checked that first. The cord was left behind by one of the contractors when they built the house 2 years ago and I had been using it for small things like my skill saw or sawzall. When I set up my connection in the spring with my old trailer, i must have used the cord by accident and never unplugged it to check!

Since I now have 4 x 25 feet cords for 30 Amp, i used 2 to run straight from the plug inside the garage to the trailer and ... no more current!!!

Sometimes the stupidest little things take for ever to figure out!
__________________
2012: '12 Ram 1500 / Palomino S17
2013: '12 Ram 2500 / Denali BH311
2014: '14 Ram 3500 / Sabre 35QSIK
Sebber83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 07:25 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
FlyingDutchmen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Calgary AB
Posts: 434
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

man. Now when your wife does her hair it should stay where she put it, & not standing on end
__________________
Forum Moderator

Colin & Karen
Calgary Alberta
2012 3500 Longhorn Ram Crew Cab
2012 Dutchmen Sport 265 BHS
FlyingDutchmen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 57
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Quote:
Originally Posted by FlyingDutchmen
man. Now when your wife does her hair it should stay where she put it, & not standing on end

Lol! When I was wondering why I was only getting the current at home... then I figured the only difference between at home and at whatever site I am at is that stupid cord!
__________________
2012: '12 Ram 1500 / Palomino S17
2013: '12 Ram 2500 / Denali BH311
2014: '14 Ram 3500 / Sabre 35QSIK
Sebber83 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Jellystone
Posts: 489
Wyoming
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Glad you found it!
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2012, 02:30 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
knesdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: l
Posts: 431
Saskatchewan
Re: Getting Zapped - Electrical Current mystery

Shocking, isn't it!!!
__________________

__________________
Dave & Sue
Kiley & Emily
Izzie (Beagle/Bichon/Mini Poodle)
2012 Ford F150 XLT EB SS CRW 6.5 Max Tow
'12 Dutchmen Kodiak 284BHSL
knesdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Dutchmen RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT. The time now is 03:36 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2020 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×