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Old 05-24-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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test my wiring for shore power without 30 or 50amp hook up??

can i just make a male to male extension cord to plug into the bus 110 system and make sure my wiring all works as it should?? i dont have a 50amp hook up at home and want to know i got it right... any ideas?
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:00 PM   #2
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If you mean an extension cord with a male plug on each end----don't even consider it as it is very dangerous!!!! Rather than doing that, make up a pigtail you can wire directly to your 120 v circuit breakers and put a male plug on the end of it to plug into a regular extension cord. Be sure to correctly wire the hot, neutral and ground wires correctly. Get a circuit tester at Harbor Freight or somewhere and check your house circuit before you power up your bus and then check the bus.

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If you mean an extension cord with a male plug on each end----don't even consider it as it is very dangerous!!!! Rather than doing that, make up a pigtail you can wire directly to your 120 v circuit breakers and put a male plug on the end of it to plug into a regular extension cord. Be sure to correctly wire the hot, neutral and ground wires correctly. Get a circuit tester at Harbor Freight or somewhere and check your house circuit before you power up your bus and then check the bus.

Here is a pic of the tester in action after I put an outside receptacle in Honeysuckle Rose. Jack
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so just make sure the hot goes to the breaker, white neutral and ground to g bar?
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Jester, something must have crossed in the mail. Try closing Skoolie and reopening. I am able to see the pic Jack
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so what if some one , say did make up so said male to male cord. and what if same some one did plug it in to try and test it. say what may have happen if he did?
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Jester. Don't wire your bus shore power the way you suggested. The neutral does not connect to the ground bar, it actually goes back to the source of the electricity. Read the following info for a simple explanation of 120 v wiring. Hope this helps. Jack

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its just dangerous to have an exposed male plug once its pluged in.
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no no , i hear ya! white goes to the neutral bar, then ground to the ground bar. my bad didn't separate them well in the sentence. is that what you mean?
any way i totally smell what your steppin in. just wire my temp test source of 110 directly to breaker to test it, not the spicy way i described.
still just not sure why it didn't work though, i tried it today and couldn't get power out of any of the outlets. will try the direct to breaker route tomorrow.
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Jester, if someone did that, its very likely that someone else would pick up the cord at a later date thinking it to be a normal extension cord and get zapped big time. Further, if the hot and neutral wires were to be exchanged, you would get an error reading on your tester (about a $3 item so get one). If some other wiring error occurred, the circuit breaker (fuse) in your house would blow. You can give your bus 120 v system a "dry run" by ringing out each receptacle as well as the breaker box. Jack
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