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Old 04-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #1
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Electric Trouble Shoot

Well while opening up our camper this season was a bit of a change and rush. We were having the wood floors done in our house. I thought why noy just live in the driveway for a few days in early March. Topped off the propane hooked up the hose and electric and good to go. Well I didnt realize the electric tank was in the on position. There go's the heating element as soon as I plugged it and and before I added water. I get it I screwed up. Live and learn. Next the 120 volt power is not working. Turns out the GFI in the house has tripped out. Reset, trip, reset,trip. I am thinking GFI issue with the breaker. Floor guy is coming shortly and we need a home to sleep. I changed the cord to the walkway light post GFI. Tripp. WTF?? Time is short I need this trailer heated and running very soon. So now I run a cord in the window to a outlet that is not GFI. All is well. Well today I was finaly able to trouble shoot what was going on. When I burnt out the hot water element seems the neutral faulted to the ground and the GFIwas picking this up. Event with all the breakers on the panel open it still would see a neutral to ground fault. Took an hour or so with a multi meter to trouble shoot but got it figured out now. Few lessons learned here.
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Water heater elements lucky for you are cheap.

By the way were "home camping tonight"

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now just to complicate things--to change the element it takes a 1 1/2 socket. I have that but it needs to be a very thin wall socket to fit. Off to the hardware store tomorrow to find another thinner socket.
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now just to complicate things--to change the element it takes a 1 1/2 socket. I have that but it needs to be a very thin wall socket to fit. Off to the hardware store tomorrow to find another thinner socket.
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In the future when you winterize shut the breaker of as to not do this again .

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In the future when you winterize shut the breaker of as to not do this again .

Good luck tomorrow!

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Or you can even make some kind of tag to remind you the water heater is turned on......so you remember to turn it off when breaking camp each time.

If you have the Suburban water heater, that the electric heating element has to be turned on with the black switch on the outside of the heater.......it's easy to make a red or orange tag on a string that you can hang on the water heater access panel on the side of your trailer each time you turn the switch on. That way when you break camp, you'll see that tag flapping around to remind you.

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Or you can even make some kind of tag to remind you the water heater is turned on......so you remember to turn it off when breaking camp each time.

If you have the Suburban water heater, that the electric heating element has to be turned on with the black switch on the outside of the heater.......it's easy to make a red or orange tag on a string that you can hang on the water heater access panel on the side of your trailer each time you turn the switch on. That way when you break camp, you'll see that tag flapping around to remind you.

Turbo, you are having too much fun.
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Or you can even make some kind of tag to remind you the water heater is turned on......so you remember to turn it off when breaking camp each time.

If you have the Suburban water heater, that the electric heating element has to be turned on with the black switch on the outside of the heater.......it's easy to make a red or orange tag on a string that you can hang on the water heater access panel on the side of your trailer each time you turn the switch on. That way when you break camp, you'll see that tag flapping around to remind you.

Turbo, you are having too much fun.
Why not just insert the pin thru the electric switch as it is designed for?
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Why not just insert the pin thru the electric switch as it is designed for?
Or do that
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