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Old 06-22-2011, 09:55 PM   #11
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It is important to clarify what is going on with the GFCIs in the camper.

When you speak of "breakers" most will think the AC circuit breakers in the Power Center.

I believe you are talking about the GFCI in the first outlet in the string of outlets that protects the entire circuit from Ground Faults. Although it will "pop" when it detects a circuit "fault" it only takes micro-amps of current to shut them off; while "breakers" will trip at draws over 15 amps (if that is the rating on the circuit breaker.

While you will certainly "solve" your problem by replacing the GFCI outlet with a standard outlet, your camper will not be to code and you will be exposing yourself and your family to electrocution hazards if your coffee maker (or other AC appliance) should fall in the sink.

IMO, there is most likely a poor GROUND or Neutral connection in one of the downstream outlets that the GFCI is monitoring. If it detects even a tiny difference in return current from what it sent out, the GFCI will immediately "open" and kill power to all downstream outlets.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:23 PM   #12
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These are the breakers in the power box or the converter box that are tripping.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:30 AM   #13
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Yikes.
That is a problem and not so easily diagnosed.

My money would be on a wiring problem.

Perhaps a broken neutral on the AC circuit that is putting return power on the ground (bare copper wire) (or camper frame?) and it is finding its way back to the neutral buss through the kitchen neutral; overloading the breakers.

This sounds like a job for .... Superman. (...err Electrician)
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Old 06-23-2011, 07:31 PM   #14
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These are the breakers in the power box or the converter box that are tripping.
Did you replace the whole power center or just the converter? Did you try new breakers yet? I would be looking at everything you did in the box.
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I replaced the entire power center and will replace the breakers this weekend.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #16
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I replaced the entire power center and will replace the breakers this weekend.
The first step is to try new breakers. I'd focus on the main, 30 amp, breaker and the branch that is tripping. Not sure the box stores carry the 30/15 amp combo FR used, you might need to look at an electrical supply house. I would be looking closely at all the connections, several of my connections were poorly done, insulation not stripped completely. For example, on the battery neutral, FR cut many of the strands to fit them into the holes of the neutral bar behind the power center, that connection bothered me so I added crimp on lugs and screwed those to the bar.

Do you have a transfer switch?
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No transfer switch.
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I was thinking about water in an exterior AC fitting (like the outside outlet or the Air Conditioner). Might be worth the effort to take a look anyway.
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Old 06-30-2011, 03:07 PM   #19
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I changed the kitchen 20 amp breaker 3 days ago and it tripped within 24 hours. I had to order the main 30 amp breaker and installed it yesterday, so far nothing has tripped and I've been running everything in the camper including 2 portable fans. Hopefully this has fixed the problem.
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