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Old 07-03-2009, 12:42 PM   #1
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4 non-working outlets/no blown breaker

I have a 2000 Sandpiper, I am a permanent camper at a campground, and i am hooked up to a 230 power line

Yesterday my wife plugged a vacuum cleaner into the outlet on the floor next to the sink, she says she heard a "pop" and the vacuum went dead. (the "pop" was in the kitchen area and not the bedroom where the breaker panel is located)

Upon inspection of the other available outlets, inside and outside, as well as the breaker panel and all electrical appliances; I found that 4 outlets were not working (but all these were working the night before) and all my appliances were and still are working fine.

I checked all the breakers and the fuses and nothing was popped/blown.

I am wondering if maybe these 4 outlets are run in a "series" and this one burned out thus disabling the other 4. Or is there some place else I can look for a popped fuse (such as an inline fuse) or anything else i might be missing.

I have no wiring diagram for the camper so im scratching my head here trying to figure it out. The only other thing i can think of is a bad breaker.

Can anyone give me any suggestions on how to trouble shoot this problem?

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Old 07-03-2009, 01:04 PM   #2
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One of your outlets is most likely a ground fault outlet.
It has tripped and needs to be reset.
There will be a reset/test button on the one you are looking for.
The others are "normal" outlets that are in a string with the GF one.

Good luck!
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Old 07-03-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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I always had a problem with the GF outlets licking off in my camper till I replaced the cheap outlets that came on the camper with regular house outlets. They are still wired in with the GF outlet but I have not had a problen since I replaced them all.
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We had a GFI circuit that would not reset......the dealer replaced it under warranty, and all has been well since.
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Old 07-05-2009, 04:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply KyDan.
I didnít think to check the ground fault outlet because it was still working. I took your advice and hit the test and reset buttons on it but nothing happened. I checked the four non working outlets to see if one of them had a GFI but no such luck. Any other suggestions would be very appreciated.
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I took your advice and hit the test and reset buttons on it but nothing happened.
Not sure what you mean by nothing happened.
Did the outlet trip off when you hit the test button??
Did it reset OK when you hit the reset?
IF you meant the GF outlet is working then you'll
have to dig further.

I do not have your trailer so cannot give exact suggestions.
I'm sure your GF outlet is connected to other outlets in
your trailer. IF the GF outlet is working and no other
outlets are hot then it's time to start pulling out the
outlets to check the wiring on the backs.
Let's be sure we are on the same page first......

Are all the outlets in your trailer not working???
OR is the GF outlet working and all the others not working?
OR you have some (how many?) other outlets that are working and 4 that are not?

The pop your wife heard could have been a circuit breaker
or GF outlet tripping or it could have been a loose connection on the back of one of the outlets that arked
and burned the wire in two.
It might be time to start pulling out the outlets and checking for loose/burned wired on the backs.
You need a volt meter to check for voltage once
you've pulled one out.
Start at the GF outlet.
It should have voltage coming to it and voltage going
"down stream" to the next outlet in the string.

Be sure and shut off the breaker while your pulling the
outlet out of the wall. Once you've got it out you can
flip the breaker back on and check voltages.

If you don't know what the heck I'm talking about it's
time for a pro or a knowledgeable neighbor!
Be careful out there!!!
More people are electrocuted by home "low" voltage than
high voltage work!

Good luck!!
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Thanks for the reply KyDan.
I didnít think to check the ground fault outlet because it was still working. I took your advice and hit the test and reset buttons on it but nothing happened. I checked the four non working outlets to see if one of them had a GFI but no such luck. Any other suggestions would be very appreciated.
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pytle, there should be "click" when you reset the GFI. My malfunctioning GFI reset button would push in, but it would not click into place to reset like it should have.
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