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Old 05-28-2009, 05:32 PM   #11
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So maybe the best place for DB*R to start is to disconnect the 110v from the camper, unhook the neutral wire at the element on the hot water heater, and see if his GFI still trips when he plugs it back into the recepticle ??
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:01 PM   #12
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How 'bout turn the breaker off to the water heater?
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:20 AM   #13
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So maybe the best place for DB*R to start is to disconnect the 110v from the camper, unhook the neutral wire at the element on the hot water heater, and see if his GFI still trips when he plugs it back into the recepticle ??
I am going to try this tomorrow.

Running with this idea for now, if the element is indeed bad, would the water heater still produce hot water? In my case, I am still getting hot water.
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How 'bout turn the breaker off to the water heater?
Tried this. As Bama Rambler said, the only thing the breaker disconnects is the hot wire. The neutral and ground are always connected.

Or...if you mean remove power before troubleshooting to be safe, will do.
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How 'bout turn the breaker off to the water heater?
I like reduntant disconnects when I am working with electricity.
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Old 05-29-2009, 08:30 AM   #16
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My water heater has a "hidden" 120v plug and receptacle.
I can access this plug via the outside storage hatch next door to
the WH.
IF I was trying to eliminate the WH as a culprit in this problem, I'd just
unplug it.
That will completely remove it from the equation!
You may or may not have a plug in for your WH but if you do it's easy
to check.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #17
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Well so far I have unplugged the water heater, refer, and microwave yet still no dice (all of these were easy since they were connected via normal wall receptacle). Ground and neutral still show very little resistance across each other.

This rabbit hole just got a little deeper.
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:29 PM   #18
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Just a throught.Check inside the breaker box in the camper and make sure all the netural and ground wires are on seperate terimal strips.If so check the netural strip and see if someone has installed a bonding screw.If so remove it.
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Old 05-30-2009, 07:44 AM   #19
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Don't rule out a twitchy GFI on your house.
I have a goldfish pond with pumps as well as several
garden fountains. All are on a 20A GFI outlet.
Last year it started tripping.
I changed or unplugged pumps one at a time and it might
be OK for a day or 2 and then trip again.
Finally changed the GFI and THAT fixed the problem.
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Just an update. I have since disconnected all wires resulting in what I believe to be the single run of romex that connects the outside 30A receptacle/socket (with wires removed from socket) to the transfer switch inside. (BTW, the run from the genny to the transfer switch is fine without continuity between G and N.)

Checking again across the ground and neutral wires, continuity exists.

Does this mean someone may have put a screw right through the romex?

Any ideas to go from here??? Pretty please.
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