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Old 09-05-2017, 10:51 AM   #1
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welding on the camper

What needs to be done to prevent damage to electronic components when welding on a recreational vehicle?
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:26 AM   #2
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Or is that not even a issue?
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Old 09-05-2017, 11:30 AM   #3
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If I was concerned about it when welding, I would make sure the land line wasn't plugged in, and disconnect the batteries.
That way nothing would be energized.
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:35 PM   #5
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Hi Allen,

I asked exactly the same question when I had my rear bumper reinforced to support a smallish Generator on a custom built tray.

The shop I used, who I trust implicitly, said they've never disconnected internal RV electronics when doing such work, and never experienced any subsequent problems.
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Old 09-06-2017, 05:23 AM   #6
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I would think the problem (if there ever was one) would be leakage of the arc electricity through structural components and into the electronics. Since the arc is grounded near the arcing point it seems to me the circuit would be the shortest distance to the ground, leaving the rest of the structure neutral unless there was another ground somewhere. Power to the circuits should be isolated from the frame although the ground is connected to the frame. That is the only potential problem I see.

I don't think there would be an issue but it wouldn't hurt to unplug/disconnect everything beforehand.
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If I was concerned about it when welding, I would make sure the land line wasn't plugged in, and disconnect the batteries.
That way nothing would be energized.
Any 1st semester educated Wielder will use "Surge Protector" (absorber) ; across battery DC supply & line natural/ground(bonding) - positive of AC supply, to protect from EMF Surges as arcs start & break(stops.)
Wielders do it as they "Ground" ; it is a taught habit!!
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Any 1st semester educated Wielder will use "Surge Protector" (absorber) ; across battery DC supply & line natural/ground(bonding) - positive of AC supply, to protect from EMF Surges as arcs start & break(stops.)
Wielders do it as they "Ground" ; it is a taught habit!!
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You will have to excuse me. I'm sorry, but I have absolutely no idea what you are saying. Maybe you could explain it a little simpler?
Are you saying I gave the wrong info with my answer, or what?
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Your answer is correct, but there is an alternative: Antizap | Goodall Mfg.
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Any 1st semester educated Wielder will use "Surge Protector" (absorber) ; across battery DC supply & line natural/ground(bonding) - positive of AC supply, to protect from EMF Surges as arcs start & break(stops.)
Wielders do it as they "Ground" ; it is a taught habit!!
Im still trying to figure out what a Wielder is...can't find it in the dictionary.
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