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Old 09-10-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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another electrical problem

2012 26bhxl salem cruise lite.
i picked it up from storage and plugged it into the house like like normal, and the garage gfi popped. reset a few times, same every time. went to the tt breaker box, turned all breakers off. reset gfi, turned on the "main" breaker in the tt..so far so good. turn on the "general" breaker and pop. i did the water heater, ac, microwave, all one at a time with the main on, and no problems, when i reset the "general" pop.
i disconnected the battery and had same results. all fuses good.
i reset the "main" and "micro" only ok so far, tried to start the micro..pop.
battery indicator indicates 3/4. lights work (all 12 volt).
oh, and the refer wont run on electric either. just keeps trying to light the pilot for gas (refer is in auto).

cord good, adapter good, extension cord to house good.

fridge problem? power inverter problem? Help please.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Remove the gfci from the garage and install a normal outlet.
Sometimes they don't play well .

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Old 09-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #3
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2012 26bhxl salem cruise lite.
i picked it up from storage and plugged it into the house like like normal, and the garage gfi popped. reset a few times, same every time. went to the tt breaker box, turned all breakers off. reset gfi, turned on the "main" breaker in the tt..so far so good. turn on the "general" breaker and pop. i did the water heater, ac, microwave, all one at a time with the main on, and no problems, when i reset the "general" pop.
i disconnected the battery and had same results. all fuses good.
i reset the "main" and "micro" only ok so far, tried to start the micro..pop.
battery indicator indicates 3/4. lights work (all 12 volt).
oh, and the refer wont run on electric either. just keeps trying to light the pilot for gas (refer is in auto).

cord good, adapter good, extension cord to house good.

fridge problem? power inverter problem? Help please.
Something is defective on the "general" circuit of the A/C panel. Forget the DC (12 volt battery power), its not related. The general circuit is probably outlets in the RV away from Kitchen and bath, they would be be GFCI and marked that way. Some old fan maybe heater or other small appliance is defective or wired wrong.

You can always move to another supply outlet, not GFIC, to help figure whats on that General circuit.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:03 PM   #4
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GFCI

I posted most of the following before on problems with GFCI's. Maybe a refresher will help:

GFCI's work by comparing the current in the hot wire to the current in the neutral wire. If there is an imbalance, in the order of a few milliamps, the GFCI will trip. The GFCI assumes the imbalance is caused by current leakage to another path, such as to the ground connector or to through a body to ground.

In a RV, A common source of this leakage current is the 12 volt convertor, especially the "newer" (post 1980-1990 era) switching type power supplies. These type convertors commonly have input RFI suppression to keep high frequency energy off the incoming power wiring. These filters typically leak several milliamps to ground as there normal function. Overtime, this leakage can increase. This leakage current can be high enough to trip a GFCI on the shore power.

Also, using more than one GFCI's in series can cause nuisance trips. The normal operation of the sensing circuitry in the GFCI can cause an apparent current leakage in an upstream GFCI. This can occur in a sticks and bricks house as well as in a RV.

Do a search on the forum for GFCI or GFC, there is a great wealth of knowledge on this subject.

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Thanks for the advise.
I'll try a different pug when I get home from work and update.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:28 PM   #6
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Couldn't wait, had wife try different outlet.....Non gfci....worked liked a charm.
Thanks so much for your help...weekend back on!
You guys are awesome!
And thanks for your patience, you mentioned you posted info before.
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