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Old 09-11-2015, 02:34 PM   #31
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Just buy a new extension cord. make sure it's 20 amp. Also by the way you shouldn't plug into another gfi. You could have a wire shorting out and tripping the GFI. by your description of your extension cord.
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Old 09-12-2015, 07:50 AM   #32
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The rv has GFI's so you don't plug into another GFI, it will not work, so make sure you are not plugging into one that is also being fed from anotherGFI. Hope this helps.
Not sure about that.. I can't tell you how many times I've plugged into an outside GFCI recept and it's worked fine...

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Old 09-12-2015, 07:54 AM   #33
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Just buy a new extension cord. make sure it's 20 amp. Also by the way you shouldn't plug into another gfi. You could have a wire shorting out and tripping the GFI. by your description of your extension cord.
If he has a wire shorting out it will trip anyway...

GFCI's detect a leak in voltage.. If everything is in good working order it should not matter if it's GFCI or not..

I may be wrong ...

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Old 09-12-2015, 08:27 AM   #34
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although this sounds a little like "who is on first" to me.

First off, an 80 foot extension cord with numerous taped sections sounds like, even if it worked, something you should replace if you are going to continue to connect to the house in the future. A nice 12 gauge cord will set you back but that long a run if you don't have 12GA and you need an 80to 100 foot run, it won't leave much at the RV end if you don't. Even if you do, that is a very long run for an 110 volt line.

As others have already said, try not to use a GFI outlet on the house since they will trip on a setup like you are talking about for little reason. If the GFI in the house is old, it might just trip while you are looking at it, besides with an 80 foot cord...who knows. RVs are not designed to require GFIs as they have their own for specific locations (kitchen, bath, basement...etc.)

Plug the RV into a regular outlet and turn off everything besides the main breaker. I am concerned that you said that you were tripping breakers in the RV panel itself as that would indicate either an incorrect wiring of the house plug, the cord or an adapter or something within the rv itself, or a voltage so low at the rv with your setup that the microwave or something won't work at the low voltage and is overloading things.

Bottom line is that with a 80 foot run(even 12Ga) and a regular outlet you can run some lights, your power converter to charge your batteries and MAYBE your reefer, but not much else and now way anything like the AC. If you want to do that you need to get closer to the house, get a heavy duty cord and use a really good outlet. I would even be concerned if you had a verified 20 AMP outlet on the house.

If you try to use the AC the voltage will drop and you might even fry the compressor.
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Old 09-12-2015, 09:17 AM   #35
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Power to RV won't work. PLEASE HELP!

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Not sure about that.. I can't tell you how many times I've plugged into an outside GFCI recept and it's worked fine...



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All the outlets in my garage and on my porches are on GFCI loops because of the possibility of water intrusion. Like Joe says, I can't tell you how many times I've plugged my 50amp trailer into one of these 15amp outlets and have never tripped a GFCI or a breaker in the house or in the trailer. I do NOT attempt any heavy 110v usage... no A/C, no water heater , no microwave, no hair dryer -- just the refrigerator and the converter for any and all lights and possibly battery charger.

It is incorrect to say that one cannot use a GFCI outlet since the trailer has internal GFCIs since I do it while I'm loading for every trip. It is incorrect to say you must use a 20amp outlet for these 12v features. I don't have 20amp outlets and all is well. I've used 100' 14 awg extensions, 50' 14 awg extensions and 50' 12 awg extensions. However, to repeat, I DO NOT run heavy 110v stuff. I have no tape on any of my cords nor any burned/melted ends, etc.


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Is there any update on this issue?
Was it a bad extension cord with water getting into a cut in the insulation, etc.?
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Is there any update on this issue?
Was it a bad extension cord with water getting into a cut in the insulation, etc.?
No, I'm not entirely sure what the overall issue was, but the got into the breaker box and started looking around and noticed that the wire going from the converter to the fridge breaker was spliced off to something else. I removed the splice and everything turned on, except for 4 power outlets don't work. I don't know what it was spliced to, as I didn't trace it, but it seemed to be most of the issue. I'll have to do some more work to figure out where it was going and why, but I'm content with it working for now.
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Sounds like you've narrowed it down.. now you have to pull those devices out and do some real troubleshooting.. If they are the kind that crimp the wires instead of using a screw they can be a pain.. Let us know what you have..

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No, I'm not entirely sure what the overall issue was, but the got into the breaker box and started looking around and noticed that the wire going from the converter to the fridge breaker was spliced off to something else. I removed the splice and everything turned on, except for 4 power outlets don't work. I don't know what it was spliced to, as I didn't trace it, but it seemed to be most of the issue. I'll have to do some more work to figure out where it was going and why, but I'm content with it working for now.

Hey, thanks for the update.


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