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Old 06-24-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Converter trips the conv

Hi looking for some help, when I plug the shore power cord in the circuit in my house tripped, sourced the problem to the trip on them main converter panel as in the picture. All the other trips are fine and as soon as I try flip the CONV one it knocks the house circuit straight out.
Please could someone give me some advice as were I should start looking.

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Old 06-24-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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Are you plugging into a GFI protected circuit on the house?
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Not sure what that means as your terms and words are slightly different over here in England. Its the same point i have plugged it in for the last 2 years and at the camp site this weekend it did the same and tripped the shore power post
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The converter trips the house breaker but not the CONV breaker or main camper breaker, right?

What is the rating on your house breaker? (Too low?)

Remove your camper's battery and see if the house breaker still trips. (Bad battery)

Ground Fault somewhere is the camper on that circuit. (Check wires behind panel - power off of course - for loose wires.
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Old 06-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #5
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GFI - Ground Fault Interrupter

Ground fault interrupters are designed to protect from electrical shock by interrupting a household circuit when there is a difference in the currents in the neutral and hot wires.

RVs usually trip these circuits that are protected by GFIs
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GFI - Ground Fault Interrupter

Ground fault interrupters are designed to protect from electrical shock by interrupting a household circuit when there is a difference in the currents in the neutral and hot wires.

RVs usually trip these circuits that are protected by GFIs
Thanks for that, I understand now and yes its connected to one, I call them breaker trips.

Its never tripped it before and I run my mig welder through the same circuit, I will try the battery check and then start looking for shorted / bad earthed wires
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The converter trips the house breaker but not the CONV breaker or main camper breaker, right? Yes thats right and with the conv trip off everything else works fine

What is the rating on your house breaker? (Too low?)The same circuit normally powers my mig welder and other tools, not sure on the rating but i'll look in to it

Remove your camper's battery and see if the house breaker still trips. (Bad battery)

Ground Fault somewhere is the camper on that circuit. (Check wires behind panel - power off of course - for loose wires.
I'll check the battery and then start looking for the loose wires, thanks
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A GFI is not the same as a circuit breaker. A GFI can be found on a circuit that also has a circuit breaker but does not trip due to a large draw of current, rather it trips when the current on the hot side is different than the current on the return or neutral path. Trying to explain it as simple as I can, it trips when there is a current leak. Hope this explains what a GFI does. Good luck with your original trouble.
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Thanks for all your help on this, after spending a few hours reading all the similar threads on the site I now have a better understanding of how the system works. I have arranged for my local Auto electrician to call and test my battery and then if needed help trace any fault that I may have.

Once again thanks and I'll report back when I have solved the problem
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