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Old 08-04-2009, 04:18 PM   #1
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converter problems

I have a 2005 Wildcat bunkhouse.

the issue started last season when pluggin into a gfci 30 amp pedestal. it immediately trippped the breaker. if the pedestal is not GFCI, the unit works fine.

this year, we took it to the dealer. tested the entire system and we replaced the converter.

this year we have camped with it on 4 occasions with no problems (all non GFCI outlets). this last weekend, we plugged into a GFCI plug and within a few hours started having troubles. lights dimming, tripping the main gfci, and obviously losing all 110v power appliances.

called the dealer and they said it may be a weak battery. we bought a new deep cell. we plugged the cord in and it tripped the gfci again. i had enough cord to reach another campsite pedestal and it tripped it as well.

the dealer calls me today and says there is nothing wrong with it...

thanks in advance for any suggestions or help.

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Old 08-04-2009, 04:48 PM   #2
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I have the same problem with my 2005 flagstaff i had my electrician check everthing he could think of and he and his partner came to the same conclusion to change the outlet we were pluging the trailer into to a non gfi. Since then we have had no problems. Recently i did have to change the gfi outlet in the trailer because some of the outlets did not have power, i don't know if this may have been the problem i haven't tried pluging it in to a gfi since. Good luck.

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Old 08-04-2009, 06:30 PM   #3
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This has come up before and I think what was found out was that the ground and neutral were shorted together somewhere in the camper. Hang in there someone will chime in who can help you more with this.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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The way GFI's work is that they "check" for a difference in the power going out (Hot) and the power coming back (Neutral). If part of the power coming back gets diverted to somewhere else (ground) then the GFI senses that there is an inbalance and trips. If the neutral and ground in the RV are connected somewhere then part of the returning power gets diverted through the ground lead instead of the neutral as it's supposed to and the GFI trips.

Most electricians don't deal with RV's enough to know how they have to be wired.
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