Wesley Chapel, Florida (high 94, low 78)
Boy has it been hot in Florida. We haven’t had any rain since Tropical Storm Debby left, and I don’t mind, except without the normal daily storm clouds, it just gets too hot.
We had a little glitch yesterday that concerns me. I wanted to get some opinions.
We have a Progressive Industries portable voltage and surge protector. It’s plugged into the power pedestal, and our motorhome is plugged into the surge protector. If there is a problem at the pedestal, like low voltage, high voltage, a reverse polarity, open ground, etc, it shuts power down to the motor home. It is supposed to protect the motor home from damage.
Anyway, it was very hot yesterday afternoon. Both a/c units were running, the dryer and tv were running plus a few lights. I turned on the hair dryer and after a few seconds, it made a sound like it lost power. I thought the plug had started to come out a little, so I pushed it back in and it seemed fine after that.
A few minutes later we thought it was getting hot, but since we had both showered, we figured it was because of that. A few minutes later we realized we had a problem.
It’s very difficult in our motorhome to know if you have lost power because most every thing runs on 12v. The tv was still running, lights were running and the a/c appeared to be running, because I could hear the fans. After further checking, we noticed no cool air was coming out. The inverter was supplying battery power, but not enough for the a/c.
Al went out to the power pedestal and checked the surge protector. It normally has red lights that give you the status of the power. The surge protector was dark. No error codes, and no lights in the display. He flipped the circuit breaker and the power was restored. He didn’t see an error code on the surge protector.
So…..we were thinking we were using too much power and it caused the problem.
After talking with David, he mentioned that the surge protector should have cut off power and we should have an error code. We didn’t. It appears the power pole lost power. He thought the surge protector should have cut off the power, instead of the circuit being tripped on the pedestal.
My question is:
Did we cause that by using too much power all at once? We have 50 amp, but we were definitely running a lot of high power items at the same time.
My worry is: the cats. What if this happens when we’re gone. The motor home got very warm, very quickly.
We are supposed to go scalloping with some friends on Friday. It will be an all day trip, so I’m naturally worried. Al thinks I worry too much, but my thinking if it happened once, it could happen again. I realize we won’t be using that much power when we’re gone, but was is related to me running too much at once? Shouldn’t the surge protector shut itself down and reset, instead of it causing the pole to trip a breaker? Isn’t that what the surge protector is supposed to do?
I am realizing we should have called Progressive Industries yesterday. They have wonderful customer service, but I doubt they will be open today, since it’s a holiday.
So….one more thing for me to worry about.