I wonder if other Florida RV’ers have had the same problem I am noticing? Perhaps it’s limited to our park or geographical area.
Electrical power fluctuates a LOT here! By that I mean it goes out, the voltage varies, it trips my protective devices. This has been happening a couple times per day, almost every day — which I monitor because every time it does the clock on the Microwave needs resetting and my uninterruptible power supply alarm goes off!
In four years we have never been in any campground where we have had as many resets as we here. We have had complete power failures — in fact that happened twice in 2015 at Corps campgrounds. But we have never had as many trip-outs as this. And not as regularly.
We always take precautions wherever we camp. We have a Progressive power manager that plugs into the 50 amp outlet for the coach and that works on keeping the whole house protected against a variety of electrical problems. That’s an expensive little box to keep our power clean, but it saved our bacon when we were on the forest in Oregon. The power supply to the work center where we lived was way out of balance — about 25% between the two legs. I finally convinced the Forest Service to address the fact and the local power utility spent a few days fixing it.
I also keep an uninterruptible power supply on board for the computers and hard drives. Hard drives don’t like losing power while they are running and that does a lot of damage to the information you’re storing on them — so that the UPS is cheap insurance.
The real question is whether this is strictly an isolated problem, or a larger area geographical problem. We haven’t completely fallen in love with Florida. If you’ve been paying attention to my posts for the last month and a half that should be pretty obvious. There are enough problems to deal with whilst RV’ing when you’re just dealing with systems within your RV. When the water, power, and waste hookups outside aren’t working right that just exacerbates your aggravations.
Never in our life has power been a big issue prior to RV’ing. We have been spoiled — I admit it. Living in Wisconsin most of our life — and all of the time that computers have been a big part of life — we were customers of Wisconsin Energy (formerly Wisconsin Electric Power Co.) a utility that had a stellar history of keeping customers online and plugged in. I used to hear stories of power outages in other states with amusement because we just didn’t have them. In recent years that has been changing — WE no longer does as good a job as it once did, but with a father who worked for the electrical utility that’s something I think about a lot. We have had a couple problems with power supply along the way, but nothing like what we are experiencing here.
I wonder how many other Florida RV’ers have noticed similar problems?
Thanks for stopping by, and let’s talk again tomorrow.