Camp ground power post

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Old 04-05-08, 06:02 PM
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Camp ground power post

I am getting a permanent camping spot with a metered electric box. After changing out all the breakers and outlets with new ones (cant hurt since they've been out in weather for years) would it be adviseable to put in a ground rod near the post and run it to the neut bar? Meter to breaker to outlet is only a 1 foot run max. Its a 240v 50 amp configuration.
 
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Old 04-05-08, 08:46 PM
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Your meter base should have a grounding conductor already tied to a grounding rod. Is that not the case?
 
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Old 04-06-08, 03:18 AM
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Is this on privte land or campground area ?? it can really change the rules a bit.

let us know before we can go ahead and see what we can do from there.

Merci,Marc
 
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Old 04-06-08, 07:24 AM
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It's on private land with about 30 - 40 camp sites. All individually metred. As far as I can tell the electric was installed professionally all on a metal rectangular riser box with the meter on the riser.
 
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Old 04-06-08, 09:16 AM
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If you rent then there are legal issues if you do any work on it. It's best to ask the owner to hire an electrician. You can perhaps offer to split the cost. Is this a Federal Pacific electric panel?
 
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Old 04-06-08, 04:33 PM
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I would have to look at the pannel next time im out there as to the mfr. of the post
 
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Old 04-06-08, 04:55 PM
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Since you say "permanent" campground, I'm going to let you worry about whether you're renting or not - people are really touchy about it.

You haven't made very clear exactly what you have. Is this a meter base with just one breaker in it, and conduit going down to a couple of outlets? Some campgrounds do funny things, especially since we do not know your location (in your profile, go to add that, it will help us all.)

The outlets should already be fed with 3 wires - usually black, white and green (or bare) for ground. If the meter box and "riser" aren't accessible to you, it's possible that there is already a grounding setup that you just can't see. You may want a simple tester (with appropriate adapter, depending on the plug) to just check out the status of the outlets. You might not have as much problem as you think you do...

That said, if you're using an RV, you should make sure to have all GFCI's inside - this will help protect you in case there is some fault. This is an easy and simple upgrade, and there's no excuse not to do it. This also helps you out even if you have no idea about the condition of the power provided by the campsite/drive-thru, so it's well worth it before worrying about things like worn-out breakers!
 
 

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