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Old 04-14-2019, 12:43 PM   #1
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Geo Pro 19FBS electrical problem

I have a new, 2019, 19FBS and have it plugged into my house electrical using a step down from the 30 amp plug to regular 110. I plugged in a dehumidifier that draws 7.2 amps into a wall plug in my trailer. I had this dehumidifier running in my old trailer for a long time. But in this trailer, the dehumidifier ran for about a week and then suddenly it stopped. I discovered that all the electrical outlets were dead. The microwave and air conditioning were still working however. I checked the switches on the converter and the GFI buttons and all was fine. I took it to a local RV repair shop and after 3 hours of tracing it down, they discovered that the breaker had tripped on the inverter that is hidden behind a screwed in panel in the closet. After switching the breaker back on, I ran the dehumidifier for about 10 days and it happened again. I now need to leave the panel off of the inverter so I can get to it easily. I am no longer running the dehumidifier.
Can anyone help me figure this out? Do I need a smaller dehumidifier that will run on less amps?
The inverter is off, but it seems like all the electrical outlets run through it anyway. It's supposed to have a 12 amp max but my dehumidifier only uses 7.2 amps. I don't understand what's going wrong.
Will I be able to run something like an electric heater through this weird electrical system?
Also since I need to get behind the panel so often, I'm trying to figure out how to make it easy to open instead of having to use screws. I tried velcro but that didn't work.
Also I tried emailing Forest River, but the answer I received was useless. They didn't understand that I was plugged into shore power. They just kept saying that the inverter was not meant to run a dehumidifier.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:37 PM   #2
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Yea. Had a similar issue. All the outlets run through the inverter.....on or not. Check some posts here:
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I think the inverter may get too hot and that is the issue. Guessing though.


Someone talked about rigging a by-pass, I think. You might want to search this site a bit if you really need to look that direction.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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Same thing happened to me running a 30 pint dehumidifier and then running a dirt devil hand vac at same time. I reset all GFCIs, then reset the outdoor plug that ALSO was GFCI and still didn't work, until I realized there is a built in delay in the portable EMS that prevents re-energizing the trailer for several minutes to prevent damage to things like AC. Since then, been OK. My dehumidifier is only a 30 pint model. I never had to reset the inverter, which was never on to begin with. Supposed to have pass through ability when on shore power.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:35 PM   #4
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Thank you. Glad I'm not the only one. That's a great idea to rig a bypass.
Or maybe my inverter is defective and gets too hot. I'll try to look into that.
Also, I'm studying the link you referred to.
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BTW, i heard plugging your rig with GFCI outlets into ANOTHER GFCI outlet can cause issues. I just finished installing an RV outlet on outside of my shed, no GFCI to cause conflicts with ones onboard.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:47 PM   #6
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Yes. I was thinking of hiring an electrician to install a dedicated 30 amp plug on the side of my house. It would be nice to know if it will for sure fix the problem before I spend good money with hopes of a cure.
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I might try a smaller dehumidifier. A 30 pint only draws 3.7 amps I believe
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I bought mine just for the trailer, I already have a big one in home basement. 30 pint is all you need in a small space like trailer, plus much lighter and less floor space
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7.2 is a lot of amps for a dehumidifier. There is a label on the bottom that says what it should draw. Could be you have a compressor style. Sounds like your tripping the GFI on the Inverter. 2 gfi's in series don't play nice. Try running a separate cord to the dehumidifier. You can run it thru your slide if you have one.
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Yes. I would like to buy a 30 pint. My dilemma now, do I buy a new smaller dehumidifier, or do I hire an electrician to wire a 30 amp plug, or do I hire the RV repair man to wire a bypass to bypass the inverter? Or, do I take the RV back to the dealer to see if the inverter is defective?
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