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Old 11-25-2013, 01:09 AM   #11
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Question? On my unit there is a 30 amp main breaker. When I turn it on after I have connected shore power my converter beeps and I can hear the converter cooling fan turn on and any 12 volt lights get a little brighter. Do you experience this? If no, maybe you have a disconnect between your shore power and the panel.

Arc flash gear? I don't think most of us have this and I have never heard of it but then again I never worked for the power company. My recommendation is if you are not sure about working with 120 vac maybe you should not be within 10 feet of it
You bring up a great point on the dc lights getting Brite and is much safer than taking the panel cover off. That would determine if the panel is getting power.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:17 AM   #12
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You bring up a great point on the dc lights getting Brite and is much safer than taking the panel cover off. That would determine if the panel is getting power.
RW, do you work for a power company? I can remember watching a lineman replace a fuse to a big transformer. When he threw the fuse in place ( a metal pipe with a big wire inside between two insulators) there was a big explosion, wherein he yelled, "Bad transformer." I went inside to clean my pants..
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:45 AM   #13
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I plugged a radio into an outlet and after about an hour the power abruptly cut off. At this point I have verified the breakers are on and not in a "tripped "state. The power is indeed present at the power cable going into the trailer as I confirmed with a dvm.
Do you have a detachable power cable to your RV? If so, When you say you checked the power with a digital volt meter at the power cable, are you referring to the outlet on your house, or the cable after it is plugged into the outlet and before it plugs into the trailer. The reason I ask, is it's possible you may have something shorted in the power cable itself. On these detachable power cords, if you don't do the final twist correct, you can get arcing on the tabs, and thus burn out an end either on the power cord or trailers 120 volt inlet.

If you do have a detachable cord, I would plug it into the house outlet, but not connect the other end to the trailer..............then test the cord to make sure power is going all the way thru it. I would also advise to look at the tabs, both on the power cord and your RV's inlet to observe signs to see if they are broken, bent or burnt.


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Hi! thanks for the quick replies. I did verify the breakers were not in a tripped position. (about 82 times now). The lights to Microwave are not present. I tried the AC with no luck there -
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Hey Bikendan! Thx for the help - Yes, I have it plugged into the house 120vac outside outlet. I have a digital volt meter and verified power at the plug going into the trailer recepticle.
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This outlet at your house you are referring to, is it just a standard outlet, as the rest in your house...........and thus you are using an adapter to plug your trailers power cord into, so you can plug it into your house? If so, this adapter can be bad. As stated above, if you haven't already and have a detachable RV power cord, can you check to make sure the cord has power all the way up to the point where it attaches to the RV.

Another problem we sometimes see, is when members use extension cords, to plug their RV's power cord into, to get enough length to reach the house outlet. The extension cord can be the problem a lot of times. Are you using any kind of extension cord?

One more question. Are you using any kind of surge protector (either hard wired or at the power cable? A surge protector can kill the power to the RV if it senses something wrong.

Just a friendly tidbit, for when you do find the problem. If you are using an adapter to plug into a regular household outlet at your house, your house outlet is probably rated for only 15-20 amps. You do NOT want to run your Air Conditioner on your RV when plugged into only a 15-20 amp outlet, as it can damage it.

I hope you get your problem figured out and solved. You stated it was a brand new trailer and thus under warranty. Is the dealer a long distance away?
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:28 PM   #14
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Since I don't recall seeing it; Tripped breakers may not LOOK tripped even though they are. Try turning them OFF; then back ON.

You can not just turn a tripped breaker back to ON without going to OFF first.
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:30 PM   #15
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RW, do you work for a power company? I can remember watching a lineman replace a fuse to a big transformer. When he threw the fuse in place ( a metal pipe with a big wire inside between two insulators) there was a big explosion, wherein he yelled, "Bad transformer." I went inside to clean my pants..
No just a normal electrician. Been working in data center maintenence since 06
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:12 AM   #16
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All, ITS FIXED!! I want to thank you all for your suggestions. I really appreciate this forum. Very helpful and professional. I was getting ready to tow the trailer to the dealer yesterday for warranty repair. When I began unhooking the main big power cable from the trailer recepticle, I heard the microwave beep! Power!! I found that the cable has a bad spot in the locked position. I plan on returning the power cord to dealer for replacement.
Once again thanks for the tips. Looking forward to future camping trips!
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Score another one for wmtire, glad you found it and happy camping.
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All, ITS FIXED!! I want to thank you all for your suggestions. I really appreciate this forum. Very helpful and professional. I was getting ready to tow the trailer to the dealer yesterday for warranty repair. When I began unhooking the main big power cable from the trailer recepticle, I heard the microwave beep! Power!! I found that the cable has a bad spot in the locked position. I plan on returning the power cord to dealer for replacement.
Once again thanks for the tips. Looking forward to future camping trips!
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One more tip.

ALWAYS open the breaker in the shore power pedestal or the main breaker in the camper before hooking up the shore power cord.

If there is a demand on the shore power at plug in (AC left on, battery low, etc.), the power will arc at the pins causing a high resistance burn at the connectors.

This high resistance causes heat which can burn up the plug and/or socket.

ALWAYS make sure it is also rotated to the right to lock the plug at the camper to make the connection waterproof and solid with no looseness.
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