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Old 08-28-2016, 08:24 PM   #1
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Rookie mistake

I plugged my rv in to my home with a regular extension cord and nothing worked. I even tried to flip ac thermostat on. Once I realized it wasn't working in unplugged it. It didn't flip any breakers in the rv or house and the cord wasnt hot. Afterward I did some reading and found out I need a a different extension cord and running an ac isn't recommended. I feel like an idiot hopefully some experts out there can share there knowledge and experience tell me I should be ok.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:30 PM   #2
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A little confused. Do you have the adapter to take your 30 or 50 amp plug to a 15 amp? If so everything should work. I would not run the ac but everything else should.
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I did use a 30 amp to 15 amp adapter. I think my problem was I use a 100ft regular extension cord. Just fear I screwed something up.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:34 PM   #4
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Then it should be working. No microwave or outlets work?
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:36 PM   #5
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I use this to plug in the lite, have used smaller gage ones for a short time.

From lowes for 100 bucks.

Utilitech 50-ft 20-Amp 110-Volt 10-Gauge Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord.

Turning on the AC will pop a breaker but everything else works fine.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:41 PM   #6
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Check the outlet in the house that you used. If it is on a GFCI it is likely you tripped it as many of them do not like being connected in series. If it is a newer house and is an outside or garage outlet, it should be GFCI protected. Note the protection be via a GFCI breaker in the master panel. You can test this by plugging a light into the end of the extension cord that you used to connect the TT. You should be OK as far as damage goes unless you left power on for a while.
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Check the outlet in the house that you used. If it is on a GFCI it is likely you tripped it as many of them do not like being connected in series. If it is a newer house and is an outside or garage outlet, it should be GFCI protected. Note the protection be via a GFCI breaker in the master panel. You can test this by plugging a light into the end of the extension cord that you used to connect the TT. You should be OK as far as damage goes unless you left power on for a while.
Sounds like I may be ok the garage plug I used wasn't tripped. I don't think it was plugged in for even 10 mins. Thanks for your reply.
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Then it should be working. No microwave or outlets work?
They didn't
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I use this to plug in the lite, have used smaller gage ones for a short time.

From lowes for 100 bucks.

Utilitech 50-ft 20-Amp 110-Volt 10-Gauge Yellow Outdoor Extension Cord.

Turning on the AC will pop a breaker but everything else works fine.
Could be the problem was the cord wasnt 10 Guage and too long
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Test the plug you have the extension cord in with a light or radio to make sure it works. The test the extension cord the same way. Then plug it in and test an outlet in the trailer the same way.
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