Reverse polarity... Does it matter ?

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  1. Charlie

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    Chap On the pitch on the site we moved to today informed me the polarity on this site is reversed,
    Now dopey here never checked using the kit he was advised to get.....pillock.

    Anyway everything was working fine so I checked and he was right. The lights indicated that neutral and live were reversed.

    Everything on the van was working fine but I swapped the wires over anyway checked again and all 3 red lights lit to tell me all is as it should be. I put some red tape over the altered plug to remind me what I've done.

    So could this have caused any problems ?

    It seems the folk in the next pitch down know about the polarity status on this site but don't care..

    Why do the site owners wire this way ? Surely there should be a standard and regulated way ??

    All wired as it should be now so safe and sound an everything is working fine.

    Just confused ! I will check next time ! After all I asked was advised and daft enough to ignore. Mmmmm,m
     
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    No
     
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    My 2012 Autotrail don't wont to play if the polarity is reversed or if the earth is missing. It just throws a tantrum :0(
     
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    >> Reverse polarity... Does it matter ?

    Ye gods, it is estimated 432.1 motorhome owners die of RP every day during the summer.
     
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  5. Charlie

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    Could it be this van. Late 2013 Auto Sleeper Kemerton automatically sorts its self out ?
     
  6. Charlie

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    Really ?
    Blimey that's nearly as many as have been gassed and the mythical two grand nicked ?
     
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    Doesn't seem to worry my 2012 AT Comanche, everything works okay, I do have a reverse polarity lead so always use it just in case.
     
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    If you are feeling bored you can search on here for the numerous times this has been discussed.

    The answer is: "it depends". :)

    With a modern vehicle you should be fine, less so with older MHs, especially UK ones.
     
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    Put your knife in the toaster when you're trying to retrive the toast.
    Of course it's switched off, (but still plugged in.)
    Does it matter? I hope you're still around to answer that one.
     
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    No from me too.
     
  11. Charlie

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    Well you must have been bored to answer ?? But thanks all the same ..
     
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    Does it matter?
    Only if you are stupid enough to play with the wires while plugged into the mains.
    Just like at home. Would you strip down your toaster or electric cooker or any other appliance while it is still plugged in to the mains? Or try and change a light bulb with the power turned on?
    Probably not
     
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    If you can remember the original Star Trek, you will surely recall a number of situations when, in dire peril and out of options, the cry went out "try reversing the polarity Scotty". Always worked a treat, so I think that answers your question. :)
     
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    Of course it matters.

    With reversed polarity your tv will show programs backwards, your fridge will get hot, your cooker will freeze food, your heater will suck cold air, your lights will be dark and your pump will suck water into your fresh tank.
     
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    Really yes.

    But gassing, only 2.3 a day for that.
     
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    Phew, I'm glad I've got a gas cooker then!
     
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    Out of a matter of interest was this site home or abroad. I've experienced having reversed polarity across the channel many times but never here.

    Rob
     
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    !won etis ytiralop desrever a no eb yam eW
     
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    There's always a 50/50 chance of RP on the Continent as all their switches are double pole so it doesn't matter which way round plugs/switches are wired there.
     
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    Thanks.... At last an explanation.

    If I was at home and wired a plug up wrong IE the neutral to live what would happen ?
    This is why I asked. If I didn't ask and had left it alone and buggered something up like say an appliance or even someone got a shock I would look pretty silly. Not quite as silly as some of the replies above but I can try harder..

    We are in France for the person that asked.
     
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