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Old 05-06-2012, 10:31 AM   #1
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Solved- GT Electrical Nightmares

Another electrical nightmare with my 370. Last fall we woke up to find no power in any of the non-GFIC receptacles. After just about diassembling the whole coach we were never able to find where the break in the lines was. We had lost a neutral and found if I plugged the box under the bed that's under the plywood bottom base into an extension cord from another circuit I had all of the power back. Somewhere the main feed lost it's neutral and we could find any other junction boxes. The remedy was it run a new main feed under the coach and disconnect the old feed. Problem solved or at least I thought it was completely solved. Yesterday lost power to all of the receptacle forward of the entrance door. Same circuit but this time it's only just those 4 receptacles, all the others work. Lost neautral again. There a bundle of wires inside the front cap at the top and I'm hoping the problem can be solved once I figure out how to get in there. I believe these cheap pieces of junk receptacles are the biggest problem. Anything that relies on pushing a wire in and relying on a pinch eventually loosens from weather changes and vibrations. Gee lets see "Doesn't that pertain to every RV" ?
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Sounds like the same layout for wiring as my 2008. When I put in my inverter I added a sub panel and I had to figure out where all the romex went.

From the old breaker panel there was one wire that went to the GFCI in the bathroom and then on to the kitchen outlet.

Then there was a wire that went to a junction box. From that junction box where two wires, one served the non-GFCI outlets in front of the door and one serviced the non-GFCI outlets behind the door.

My breaker panel is at the drivers side rear corner of the coach in the same cabinet as the closet and closet drawers. When I pull all the drawers out over top of the breaker panel I found a junction box where the front and rear non-gfci wires met screwed to the rear wall in that space behind all the drawers.

Also of course there where three more wires with their own breakers, one each for; Front AC, Rear AC and Microwave.

My point is that you may have a junction box in a cabinet near your breaker panel that would be a common point for both of the problems that you describe.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Sounds like the same layout for wiring as my 2008. When I put in my inverter I added a sub panel and I had to figure out where all the romex went.

From the old breaker panel there was one wire that went to the GFCI in the bathroom and then on to the kitchen outlet.

Then there was a wire that went to a junction box. From that junction box where two wires, one served the non-GFCI outlets in front of the door and one serviced the non-GFCI outlets behind the door.

My breaker panel is at the drivers side rear corner of the coach in the same cabinet as the closet and closet drawers. When I pull all the drawers out over top of the breaker panel I found a junction box where the front and rear non-gfci wires met screwed to the rear wall in that space behind all the drawers.

Also of course there where three more wires with their own breakers, one each for; Front AC, Rear AC and Microwave.

My point is that you may have a junction box in a cabinet near your breaker panel that would be a common point for both of the problems that you describe.
My panel is in the hallway just outside of the powder room. I've pulled of doors and removed drawers, disassembled the bed but still can't find that box. I've emailed John Armstrong and hopefully he'll be able to shed some light on the location of that box or have someone contact me with some help. I've looked everywhere with a light and mirror in case it was just out of sight. Thanks for your help. I also added an Inverter as well and pulled the Front & Rear AC circuits and the microwave circuit from the electrical panel and installed them in a sub-panel. I've had no problems with any of those circuits.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:58 PM   #4
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Well here's my report after numerous emails with John Armstrong and Dan Evans. Both have been supportive but unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any wiring documentation of how wires were run and where the junction boxes are located. So I have literally torn my coach apart. Every cabinet with a back access panel has been disassembled and still can't find where that wire is tied in. My solution will be the same as the last time. I'm running a new 12/2 wire under the coach in wire loom and then up the post at windshield on the driver's side. I plan to put that circuit on it's own breaker since I have both the breaker and the space in the panel. I'll terminate the bad wire in a box. It's very frustrating and dissapointing to not be able to find the problem and fix it but after more than 20 hours of looking everywhere, disassembling everything I could find, and talking to myself, I feel it's time to wire it properly and move on. I have two weeks until my knee replacement surgery left and have too much to do, so the hunt is over! I will be getting rid of most of those garbage receptacles FR used as junction boxes for numerous feeds.

If any other 370 owners want to know what's behind any panels please ask. I can tell you and save you the aggrevation.
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You may want to check the access port under your water heater. Jojo from the "hot water tank mounting warning" post mentioned some mysterious electrical box hidden within the compartment.
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You may want to check the access port under your water heater. Jojo from the "hot water tank mounting warning" post mentioned some mysterious electrical box hidden within the compartment.
Thanks for the suggestion but that was one of the first things I looked for when I pulled the water heater to fix the support. No junction box just wires. The wires within the compartment are naturally the water heater circuit and the feed that goes over to the refrigerator after crossing from the driver's side only to pick up the refrigerator and then travels back over to the driver's side to connect the dinette receptacle in the slide. The circuit to washer / dryer set-up travels through there as well.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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Wow, you've been fighting the good fight. It's amazing to me that Forest River doesn't have records of where wires would be run for a particular model. Seems like that would be something you'd have to have to get through an electrical inspection. But maybe RV's don't have to be inspected.

I think I'll soon be doing what you're doing. Running some 12-2 underneath. When I installed the inverter I did two 10-3 UF runs for it. My water heater doesn't have an electric element so I think I'm going to add a hot-shot. I'll probably go with 12-3 UF since it'll be underneath where it might get wet.

I'm not sure what the rules are on romex getting wet, but I know that UF is pretty much water proof so I figured it'd be safe.
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