Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-09-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 13
Power to RV won't work. PLEASE HELP!

I just purchased a 2010 Coachmen Freedom Express 300BHS. When I was at the sellers home checking it out everything seemed to work fine. When I got it home I ran a 12 gauge extension cord to plug it in to a GFI outlet and the outlet immediately tripped every time. I then plugged it into a regular adapter and it didn't trip anything, but nothing worked in the camper. I realized at that point that it was still plugged into the truck where we were initially running it off of the 12v. I'm not sure if that would have messed anything up. After I unplugged it from the truck I found the breaker box in the trailer and flipped everything off, plugged it into the GFI outlet again, and turned on things one at a time. The only thing that didn't immediately flip the outlet was the microwave, which came on, but when I tried to use it it would again flip the outlet. When I turned the AC breaker on by itself nothing flipped, but it also didn't work, as if it wasn't even trying to work. I have no clue what is going on, or if I'm doing something wrong, or if I possible messed something up by not unplugging it from the truck before plugging it into the outlet. Can anyone give me something information on what might be going on?
__________________

__________________
jch2122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 09:57 PM   #2
DDC
Senior Member
 
DDC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Komoka Ontario
Posts: 2,363
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.
__________________

__________________
"Well that didn't go as expected"
2015 Chev 2500HD Highcountry Duramax
Cedar Creek Silverback 33IK
Donald&Casey cairn terrier
Rest in Peace Mary my darling wife.
Scottish by birth Canadian by time.
DDC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:00 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 13
I don't really know much about campers, as this is my first. The breaker has a switch for GFCI, is that the same thing basically as GFI? I tried that both ways if it makes a difference. I tried it with a regular outlet as well and it didn't work.
__________________
jch2122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:09 PM   #4
Site Team
 
Flybob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 5,552
Make sure you do not have the water heater electric switch turned on with no water in it. It will burn out the element immediately. A burned WH element can cause a GFI to trip.
__________________

2015 Freedom Express 248RBS
TV 2015 Silverado HD2500 Duramax
TST Tire Monitors
Honda 2000I + Companion
2 100W solar panels
Flybob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:12 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: St Pete/FL
Posts: 347
You didn't say how much power the outlet provides? If not at least 20 amp you could damage the A/C by trying to run it with insufficient power for boot up. You might want to go to the forum electrical section for articles on AC and DC power, amp draw, etc.
Very informative.
__________________
Dobe Fanatic - Largo, Florida
2012 Flagstaff T12RB A-Frame
DobeFanatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:13 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 49
The house gfci will trip because the trailer is not grounded. If you reset it, it should work. However, as stated above, I would not recommend using a gfci outlet.

Did you check to see if the inverter breaker on the trailer also tripped?
__________________
Krawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:15 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 13
Krawler, what is the inverter breaker? The only breakers I saw on the trailer were a main breaker, and 5 other breakers for the fridge, ac, gfci, microwave, and water heater.
__________________
jch2122 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #8
Site Team
 
Mr. Dan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Grayson County, Texas
Posts: 6,238
I ALWAYS plug my trailer into a 15a plug on a GFCI circuit in my garage when I am loading it for a trip. I ALWAYS use a 50' 12 awg extension cord. It ALWAYS works right. I never run the A/C on this set-up.

Not all trailers have an inverter. Mine doesn't. Mine DOES have a converter.
__________________
SEARCH is your friend!
FR Wildcat 295RSX / GMC Sierra

Nights Camped: '13 = 49 / '14 = 74 / '15 = 74 / '16 = 85 / '17 = 110 / '18 = 0; booked = 28
Mr. Dan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:24 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by jch2122 View Post
Krawler, what is the inverter breaker? The only breakers I saw on the trailer were a main breaker, and 5 other breakers for the fridge, ac, gfci, microwave, and water heater.

You don't have a breaker in the elec panel for the inverter? If you are getting no power at all, try turning the main off for a couple seconds, before throwing back on.
__________________
Krawler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2015, 10:26 PM   #10
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,268
Quote:
Originally Posted by jch2122 View Post
Krawler, what is the inverter breaker? The only breakers I saw on the trailer were a main breaker, and 5 other breakers for the fridge, ac, gfci, microwave, and water heater.
Krawler meant the CONVERTER, not inverter.
Your trailer doesn't come with an INverter, unless a previous owner installed one.
__________________

__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
power

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:41 PM.