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Old 10-25-2011, 07:21 AM   #1
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We just returned from another great weekend trip. After un hitching, I connected the power cord to an outlet in my garage like always. The fridge and microwave did not indicate they are getting 120v current. I reset the GFCI in the garage. I thought this would cure the problem to no avail. Then I noticed the GFCI in the trailer's bathroom is tripped. I cannot get it to reset. Everything was normal when we left the campground. None of the breakers at the converter or home breaker panel are tripped. Is there something I am missing?
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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Do not plug your camper into a gfci.
try hooking it to a normal outlet.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:54 AM   #3
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Try my above post first see if your gfci resets if not then you may have a bad gfci in camper or a loose connection.
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:07 AM   #4
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We just returned from another great weekend trip. After un hitching, I connected the power cord to an outlet in my garage like always. The fridge and microwave did not indicate they are getting 120v current. I reset the GFCI in the garage. I thought this would cure the problem to no avail. Then I noticed the GFCI in the trailer's bathroom is tripped. I cannot get it to reset. Everything was normal when we left the campground. None of the breakers at the converter or home breaker panel are tripped. Is there something I am missing?
The tripped GFI in the camper bathroom should have nothing to do with lack of power to the fridge and microwave. That is an indication of not getting power from your home 120 volt receptacle, or the main breaker in the camper being thrown.....ov even the individual breakers. I would start with the home receptacle to make sure that has power. T

The GFI in the camper bathroom may be bad. We had ours replaced under warranty....it was bad from the start.

I know there are several threads on this forum that using a home GFI receptacle along with GFIs in the camper can cause problems. I am a believer in plugging the camper into a GFI at home......I wish I could be guaranteed that in campgrounds also, but none I have encountered have 30 amp GFIs. I installed a 30 amp GFI dedicated RV box at home for my camper, and have not had a problem. Until that point, I used a 20 amp GFI in my garage for camper power, again with no problem. I just want the insurance that if some electrical system malfunctions in my camper, that I won't be electrocuted when standing on the ground and touching the camper.
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i ran a ground fault for the trailer. worked fine until it rained. i'm back on the conventional outlet.
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I believe the other outlets in the garage are wired in series with the GFCI outlet I have been using. This goes for the outlets in the camper also. When the GFCI in the camper's bathroom trips, the other 120V outlets lose power also. Are the GFCI outlets in the camper just normal residential outlets or are they special units for RVs?
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