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Old 09-12-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Gfci outlets

Camping now. Gfci outlet will not reset. Have reset breaker but still won't work. Should I just change the thing
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:57 AM   #2
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Is anything plugged in 'downstream' of the GFCI that would be causing it to not reset?
Most GFCI's protect several other outlets throughout the camper.
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:00 PM   #3
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Nothing is plugged into any of them
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:23 PM   #4
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I had a downstream outlet in my side compartment that was mounted to the wheel well. After driving in a storm my gfi in the kitchen would not reset. Traced it to water infiltration at the downstream outlet. Disconnected it and was able to reset the gfi. The outlet had screws that went completely through the wheel well allowing the spray from the tires to soak through.
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It could be this outside outlet. Lots of rain lately and I washed the camper. Trying to dry it with hair dryer.
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It could be this outside outlet. Lots of rain lately and I washed the camper. Trying to dry it with hair dryer.
Quite likely.
Outside outlets are protected by an interior GFCI outlet.
Water in an outside outlet (as mentioned above) would cause the interior GFCI to not reset.
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:15 PM   #7
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Do I really need that thing
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Yes.
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Replace it. Keep your receipt. If needed return it. At least you'll know if that's it.
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Do I really need that thing


Yeah.

GFCI receptacles can protect you from faulty devices, however they most often come into play in wet areas.

If your GFCI is functioning correctly and is tripping, be happy you have it.

Whom ever suggested the outside receptacle made a good call... especially if it has been raining.
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