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Old 05-30-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a 1989 Dodge 228 Xplorer camper van, I noticed yesterday when I plugged it in to power all the lights and things in the camper that it is giving a low level shock or constant flow of electricity when I touched the inside door handle while I was standing on the ground, I immediately unplugged it until I figure this out, I'm assuming a bad ground as the lights inside did work when plugged in, any help would be great cause I don't know where to start.



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Old 05-30-2017, 06:36 PM   #2
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make sure your shore power connection has a good ground connection & that polarity is correct

it could be the van, your cable or the outlet you used

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Old 05-30-2017, 06:55 PM   #3
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A small shock with shoes on could mean death to a barefoot child. Don't ignore this.

RV Electrical Safety: Part IV – Hot Skin | No~Shock~Zone
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I know it has a 220 to 110 adapter on the end that plugs into the wall, I will have to do some test later this week on it, I just didn't know if there was a main ground spot or something.
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Buy a $5 outlet tester. The outlet you used may have lost/weak ground connection. Don't plug your van into a non-GFCI protected 110 outlet.
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I know it has a 220 to 110 adapter on the end that plugs into the wall...
That makes no sense. There should be nothing in that van that runs on 220 and you should not be plugging into anything that supplies that voltage.
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guessing a dryer or range type outlet is what he is using....and an adapter to use only 1 leg of the 240

OP don;t mess around with this.

to test just use a normal 15amp outlet from your house....and don;t turn on the ac or alot of stuff in teh van

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guessing a dryer or range type outlet is what he is using....and an adapter to use only 1 leg of the 240

OP don;t mess around with this.

to test just use a normal 15amp outlet from your house....and don;t turn on the ac or alot of stuff in teh van

mike
A lot of home 220v outlets like stoves, some dryers, welders, etc don't have an neutral, so if the van has neutral bonded somewhere, which is pretty common especially with inverters, he could be carrying all the current in the ground.
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I will snap a picture of the adapter and plug when I get home from work later today, I heard a hum sound from the back of the van when it was plugged in, that might be normal if it has a charger or inverter. I got this van from my father when he passed away so I'm still learning things about it.

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It is likely a 30 amp to 20 amp converter cord.

Buy a tester, they are a few dollars, and test the plugin that you used. If that plugin tests OK then do not plug in your van again until you have it checked by a competent technician skilled in automotive electrical.

Posts above are not kidding, people have been killed by ground loops/shorts.
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