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Old 06-20-2010, 09:32 AM   #21
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PondLady,

Here's some good reading on breakers.
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Old 06-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #22
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Something to try

While waiting.

Maybe the AC is calling for cold (trying to start) and the breaker is weak or the compressor is vapor locked.

Try removing all AC power from the rig (remove shore power) and then see if the breaker will set. (If not. Bad breaker)

Then turn the AC OFF at the thermostat.

Turn on Shore Power. (see if breaker stays set - It should)

Turn on AC. See if AC starts after a few seconds or blows breaker.

Could be startup load is tripping breaker.

I saved Milzat's link to a word document. That advice is going in my camper's Dash One! (Technical Manual)
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:13 AM   #23
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Thanks, Mike. That breaker is pretty mushy. I think it has gone bad.
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Old 06-20-2010, 10:23 AM   #24
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Yup, bad breaker. Hoping against hope, I tried your 'while waiting' procedure herk7769.
Bad breaker. It was worth a try. Thanks much.
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:59 AM   #25
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FYI........We have 5 parking booths and they have the low profile style Dometic Duo-Therm units and they are 13,500 BTUs. The pic that I just posted shows what had happen to the capacitors after a thunder storm. The first pic is the one that is damaged and the second one is it's replacement. This type of damage does not all ways happen but it is common for Domestic and Coleman units and they do not handle a voltage drop very well which can occur in campgrounds during high demands, the Carrier units are more forgiving.
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Old 06-21-2010, 06:43 AM   #26
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Exclamation Holy Cow!

Is that a standard replacement assembly?

Who did you buy it from and how much did it cost?

Sounds like a spare that should be "on the shelf" if voltage sags can cause that.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:30 AM   #27
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This RV learning curve is getting to be a bit much. Seems like I spend lots of time fixing and I've yet to spend one night in it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 12:32 PM   #28
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Gotta laugh! Mike gave me this link for finding a service place/guy for my broken breaker. I admit I have been pretty frustrated with all the things that have gone wrong in this RV and I have yet to leave the driveway.

But this made me smile and decide to keep trying
Dometic Authorized Service Center Locator - Dealer/Service Centers by City

The first call had no one answering on the other end. Now admittedly this is Monday and in this heat, folks are not inclined to show up at work.

The second call was a voice mail for a warehouse.

The third one was Comfort Care Senior Services. That sounded pretty good. I almost made an appointment.

In our post Katrina world, nothing is as it used to be and it looks like trailer repair has left the building.

I called my regular electrician. He is coming tomorrow morning. He thinks he can fix it.
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Thanks, Mike. That breaker is pretty mushy. I think it has gone bad.
Have you tried moving the breaker all of the way to the off position, and then moving it to the on position?? Most breakers require that to be done in order to reset it. If it is not done that way, it will feel "mushy".
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Old 06-21-2010, 03:42 PM   #30
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Ya, I tried that. Mushy breaker. electrician coming in the morning.
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