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Old 04-10-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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Please help with electrical problem

Picked up the Wildwood from storage after the winter. Plugged the trailer in to the garage to charge. I wen to turn the fridge on and the LP detector went off and then it blew the GFI on the house. I checked all the fuses and all are fine. Now everytime I plug in the cord to the house, it blows the GFI. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 04-10-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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turn the breakers off in the trailer electrical panel, unplug the trailer from the house and then reset the GFI in the house and then re-plug trailer back in to see if blows the GFI breaker -
the breaker in the house could be going bad or possibly while the unit was in storage something ate a cord and is causing it to blow the breaker or possibly too many things are turned on and causing it to blow the breaker
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All the breakers are off, still blows the GFI. It's not the house, because I used the neighbor's plug as well. It started charging when I first plugged it in, then the LP detector started going off, then the GFI was tripped. The detector ran down what was left in the battery and now I can't plug in the trailer without tripping the GFI.
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might have a bad LP detector - not uncommon to have one go bad

If I remember correctly if you have a low battery the LP Detector will go off as well.

Maybe pull the Fuse for the LP Detector and see if that helps
if no fuse then try to disconnect the LP Detector and then plugging the trailer in - sounds like you got something that is drawing too much current when you plug it in and causing the GFI to blow.
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all the fuses are in the off postion, all of the appliances, and light switches in the off position and still as soon as the plug goes in, it trips the GFI.
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What year and Model Wildwood trailer do you have?

you could also post a thread in the wildwood section for better exposure since it is trailer specific

either one of a couple of things - either you have a bad GFI breaker at the house breaker panel or something is drawing too much on the trailer side causing the GFI Breaker to trip - or have some wires touching causing it to trip the breaker.

Not sure if this is the right way to troubleshoot your issue but I would turn off all the breakers and pull the all the fuses in the electrical load center and then plug the trailer into the GFI and see if it blows the GFI Breaker again

Maybe also disconnect the battery as well before doing all this.
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:46 PM   #7
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I'd check and see if there is continuity between ground and neutral measured at trailer male plug. Use ohm meter with trailer unplugged. If u do problem will be cord to trailer.
If u blowing breakers with AC breakers off, problem will be from connection back to cord plug. To be sure, perform above test might main breaker in trailer breaker box off.
If u don't detect a problem, I would suspect the ground fault breaker.
U should show infinite resistance (open) with these test.
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Disconnect the 12 volt battery in the camper. Charge the battery for a few hours with an automotive charger. Meanwhile, plug the camper in and see if it is still tripping the breaker. Make sure you isolate and insulate the battery connections.

Sounds like camper battery completely discharged while in storage. When you plug the camper in, the converter is trying to charge this battery and exceeding the capacity of the GFI house breaker which is probably 15 amp, and you are using a 30 amp to 15 amp adapter.

Also if you have electric and gas water heater, make sure the electric portion is not on. Make sure everything is off in the RV, lights, radios, televisions, etc. And don't turn the refer on. If you do a search on here, a lot of people have had problems with a cheap 15 amp to 30 amp adapter. Process of elimination, but you need the 12 volt battery charged up so your converter is not pulling a big bunch of current and overloading the circuit, before you get too worried about a a GFI problem.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:55 PM   #9
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Awakening the batteries

I like Windrider's explanation best.

The LP gas monitor is sounding off to tell you it is detecting below standard voltage coming from your obviously dead battery; it is getting just enough juice to tell you to please fix your battery in the only way that it knows: by going off. Unless you can smell or establish leaky gas by some means other than the Detector, I doubt that you have any LP problem along with your electrical mishap. That's the good news, because bad LP plus bad Elect would probably be someone's worst nightmare.

I think you need to resurrect your battery off-line like Windrider says and use a higher tolerance gfi if at all. Dont forget to top off the electrolyte before hooking it up to any charger.

If it still goes bananas after that, I would look at your 110-12v converter next. On my electrical board I have a separate breaker for the converter; if I switch it off and plug into land power all of my 110v appliances work but there is no flow to the battery. So, if you disconnect the converter from the 110v system in that way and your adequate source gfi keeps going off then you will have isolated the problem to wiring between the electrical board and the source power supply. Maybe you experienced a wire chewing rodent problem or simple degeneration of wiring from age or environmental conditions (like one guy I met who stored his TT in a frozen snowbank for 3 months).
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Dont forget to top off the electrolyte before hooking it up to any charger.
Sorry but I disagree with one statement out of the good advice already given. In trade school when we covered acid batteries we were told to top off fluids when the batteries were charged. The Fluids will expand when the battery gets charged, so topping them off before could make them spew liquid out the vents. We were taught to make sure the liquid in the cells cover the plates - charge - then top off fluids.
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