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Old 06-21-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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30A main breaker tripping

We've been full timing since April and it's getting hot in SE Arizona! Starting about 3 days ago the main breaker in the camper will trip, usually between 12 and 2 PM. Only thing running is the AC, floor fan and tv. I do have a bit of an electrical background but for the life of me I can't figure out why the main breaker trips and not an individual circuit. Am I overloading the camper electrical capacity or could I possibly have a malfunctioning converter? I'm cautious about leaving since my dog is in the camper.


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Old 06-21-2015, 04:49 PM   #2
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I would make sure water heater is on propane only, fridge on propane only......
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Old 06-21-2015, 04:58 PM   #3
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I would pull the 30A breaker and go to Lowes/HD and buy a quality breaker. The ones FR puts in are borderline junk. When I have one that trips 2x without an overload, it gets replaced as soon as I can get to a Lowes.
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Roger that Old Coot. The fact that it just started doing after all this time kinda led me towards replacing it.


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Would it be a lot of trouble to upgrade to 50A or would the converter need to be changed also?


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Would it be a lot of trouble to upgrade to 50A or would the converter need to be changed also?
You are protecting the wiring from the box to the pedestal with 30A, not a wise thing to switch to a 50A IMO.
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Makes sense. When I get back to camper I'll get the details of the breaker and see if I can locate one.


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Old 06-21-2015, 05:55 PM   #8
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Check the voltage at the pedestal. If it is very hot and everyone is using their ACs heavily, the voltage at the pedestal may be dropping . When the voltage drops, the compressor uses more current to operate. This could trigger a breaker trip that did not show up when the pedestal voltage was normal.
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I've considered that as well. I'm sure everyone is using their AC.


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Old 06-21-2015, 06:18 PM   #10
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I was at a campground last week, while monitoring electrical service voltage, it never raised above 100 volts. My SIL's RV was reading the same so I talked to the campground host about the power issues. They blamed the problem on the power company and had no plans to shutdown the campground until the problem was fixed. My surge protector popped off several times during our stay. Needless to say, I wouldn't be returning to that campground in the near future.


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