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Old 04-28-2012, 11:48 AM   #11
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Thanks for the comment. All of the receps in the camper have 4 wires except the microwave which is on it's own breaker. Two things really have me puzzled though. 1) Why would the refrigerator start working after I replaced the GFI? 2) What is the abandoned wire in the fridge service area for? I didn't get a chance to see if it is live now that the fridge started working. Does anyone know if there is a tester that sends a signal through a wire for tracing where it goes or came from? The only tester I have been able to find is for identifying wires back at the panel.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #12
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I forgot to mention, the GFI is located in the bathroom. As I've said previously the fridge is hard wired, NO OUTLET.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:48 PM   #13
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From the OP in post #11 "All of the receps in the camper have 4 wires except the microwave which is on it's own breaker." I believe the microwave will be on it's own circuit. As for the other plugs, one of them has to only have two wires, to be the end of the line. Just had a thought, do you have an outside plug somewhere? Have you pulled it out and checked the wiring on it? May have been leaking and connections gotten corroded. Just a thought.

As for the two that are dead, how can one of them not be the end of the line? Again, check the wires feeding them, Almost impossible for voltage to go though them and continue down the line, and the plugs not work, unless they are internally bad somehow.

By now, I would try to figure, from the bathroom plug, next closest plug, then the next closest, etc., and try to figure the chain. It will be the shortest way around the trailer, with the least amount of wire, plug to plug. When you find the first dead one, go back one plug and make sure it is feeding the circuit. Keep digging.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:07 PM   #14
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I still have the two outlets in the kitchen that are dead and the water heater outlet is also still dead.
The 120V supply to the water heater is usually on it's own circuit. There should be a breaker in the panel for it.

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:16 PM   #15
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Missed that one Dave. And yes, it should have it's own circuit, and be labeled in the panel, (WH) and not be part of the GFI circuit that starts in the bathroom.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:48 PM   #16
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The breakers are labeled as follows: Main, A/C, Microwave, GFI, Receps, and Converter. The only lone wire I have located is the one in the service area of the fridge. This wire was capped with wire nuts right from the factory. I haven't taken the water heater plug apart yet purely due to its location (my 6'-1" 220lb body doesn't fit through cupboard doors very well). The quest for the culprit continues, what is odd is that some outlets on both power breakers work.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:59 PM   #17
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Most likely we will go round and round until we get some photos of the panel and a diagram of (hand drawn and scanned or photographed is OK) where the outlets are located and numbered.

Photos of the inside of any outlets would also help (numbered to the drawing).

Trying to get a feel for what we are dealing with here.
So far I am just confused.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:35 PM   #18
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There is a tester, that will send a tone down a wire, and then you can trace it with a non contact receiver. I bought one at Home Depot for about $100 a few years ago. You need to have the power off to use it. Might be able to trace wiring through walls, just have to get used to it. Same style of tester is used to trace telephone equipment. Can'y find it on website, will post more info later if needed
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