Originally Posted by Pher1130
I have a 2014 Palomino Solaire 317BHSK that is on my property 200 miles away from my primary home and I'm having a similar issue. I plugged into my 30 amp power source and nothing really wanted to turn on. The A/C started and after a few minutes it turned off before cooling the trailer down. It kept acting like it was trying to turn back on but didn't have enough power. Then I noticed my interior lights were not coming on so I checked the battery level using the trailer's control panel and it was practically dead. So as a test I plugged the trailer into my SUV trailer light hookup to see if I could get 12v power and then everything lit up and the A/C worked with no problem with both 12v and 30 amp power. So this raises 2 questions for me.
Does anyone know if this current limiter is under all Forest River travel trailers? And does the A/C and furnace thermostat run on 12v or directly from 30 amp power?
OK, lots going on here - simplest to hardest:
I would have to say that all campers have current limiter protection between the converter (the unit that takes 30 amp shore power and makes DC to charge your battery and run the DC items in your camper like the furnace, lights, and fridge) and the battery. Some have another one right AT the metal box the umbilical cord goes into.
It sounds to me like you have a shore power problem that is affecting the converter as well as all your other AC items.
Low shore power voltage can hurt your camper's electronics. It causes lugging of your AC and fan and can burn up your compressor. Low shore power voltage will prevent your converter from powering up and charging your battery; which will eventually die.
Have you run diagnostics on your campground pedestal?
Bad campground power happens quite often. Most serious campers carry power protection devices. I happen to use the Franks Electronics power conditioner, but others use Surge Guard and the Progressive Industries unit to good effect.
I have to ask. WHO wired up your 30 amp socket?
Did they wire it for 220 volts?
Just because it looks like a dryer plug does not mean it is 220 volts.
RV campers are 110 volt campers.
If you plugged your camper into a 220 volt outlet, you are in for quite an experience.