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Old 08-04-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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Looking for a little help from my rv friends. Took my unit to the local campground yesterday, plugged in to power site. Using an extension cord with my regular cord. Was tripping the gfciat at the campsite, did some investigating. When I turn off the breakers in my unit for the a and water heater everything is fine. Thought it might be too.light of an extension cord, wondering about battery also. I replaced the battery last year and it seems to test fine. Haven't really used my trailer enough to know if I might have another problem. Any advice on where else I might look? I should mention my unit is a 2012 Shamrock. TIA.
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Old 08-04-2016, 09:54 AM   #2
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You're plugging into a GCFI outlet at the pedestal? That is probably what the problem is.

Here's another thread with the same problem.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:05 AM   #3
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Does the campground have another power source besides the GFCI outlet?

GFCI outlets for feeding shore power just don't play well with trailers.
It usually has to do with the converter and how it is internally designed/built.
You might try flipping the breaker off for the converter and see if you can sustain power to the other circuits.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:16 AM   #4
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If you're plugged into a GFI outlet, it means you're plugged into a 15 or 20amp circuit. Not enough juice to carry your trailer, even without an extension cord, which I'm assuming is a normal 14 guage extension cord and not heavy enough.
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:18 AM   #5
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I did try flipping all breakers. With all breakers on, as soon as I plug cord into campground source it trips...
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:22 AM   #6
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I did try flipping all breakers. With all breakers on, as soon as I plug cord into campground source it trips...
Are you plugging into the 30amp socket?
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I did try flipping all breakers. With all breakers on, as soon as I plug cord into campground source it trips...
Turn them all off and then back on one at a time until you find the culprit.
Likely the converter breaker.
That won't necessarily mean anything is wrong with the converter.
As I said earlier, most newer converters are designed with circuitry that will trip a GFCI duplex outlet.
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So I need a heavier extension cord then? Not enough leash to plug in my rv cord directly..wondered if that was an issue. Doesn't seem to cause a problem at home with same setup
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Old 08-04-2016, 10:24 AM   #9
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Just to make sure we are using the correct terminology, are you sure you are tripping the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) which is usually only on a 15/20 amp outlet...or do you possibly mean the circuit breaker itself, which could be applicable to a 50, 30, or 15/20 amp outlet?

In this pic below, what exactly is tripping?

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seems to be the water heater breaker for sure..faulty breaker?
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