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Old 05-16-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Exclamation SOLVED - Help an electrician's son solve a wfco converter problem!

Hey, Y'all...relatively new to FRF, first post - -

I have a 2007 Forest River Shamrock equipped with a common WFCO Power Center. The RV is connected to a dedicated 30 amp receptacle behind our home; has been for more than a year with no issues. Sometime within the past 48 hrs. the AC/microwave/receptacles stopped working and I've checked switches, breakers, fuses and plugs but have found no obvious problems. I know these converters sometimes go belly-up unexpectedly but am hoping that I've simply missed a simple solution somewhere.

My father would do a double reverse somersault with a twist in his grave if he knew I was asking for help, but I prefer to defer to those with knowledge rather than stick my fingers in where they don't belong and give myself a good dose of watts, amps, ohms and "OOF's". Any and all suggestions are welcome as I'm now trying to salvage a planned Memorial Day RV trip.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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sounds like a gfci. check the one by the lav and/or near the microwave.
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Thanks for the prompt reply! Pardon my stupidity, but when you reset the GFCI outlets by pressing the button it should then be operational, correct?
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I also thought it was a GFCI and I admit I might have missed something. I'll go back outside & check the outlets. Hopefully this will solve the problem.
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Hey, Y'all...relatively new to FRF, first post - -

I have a 2007 Forest River Shamrock equipped with a common WFCO Power Center. The RV is connected to a dedicated 30 amp receptacle behind our home; has been for more than a year with no issues. Sometime within the past 48 hrs. the AC/microwave/receptacles stopped working and I've checked switches, breakers, fuses and plugs but have found no obvious problems. I know these converters sometimes go belly-up unexpectedly but am hoping that I've simply missed a simple solution somewhere.

My father would do a double reverse somersault with a twist in his grave if he knew I was asking for help, but I prefer to defer to those with knowledge rather than stick my fingers in where they don't belong and give myself a good dose of watts, amps, ohms and "OOF's". Any and all suggestions are welcome as I'm now trying to salvage a planned Memorial Day RV trip.
Converter is runs your 12 volt items has nothing to do with 110 items.

Gfci is tripped as stated.

Should be one in kitchen and one in bathroom.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #6
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I've been an electrician for 13 years and sometimes I have think about the RV distribution, if that helps, lol. Also be aware that GFCI's can go bad, if one won't reset it's either bad or your not hooked up to good shore power if at all.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:16 PM   #7
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Of 8 outlets only 1 has GFCI reset. When reset is pressed, nothing. When GFCI Test is pressed, nothing. I'm thinking of replacing the GFCI outlet as starters. Am I heading in the right direction?
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I don't think this is GFCI (at least in the camper).

The Air Conditioner does not work and that means no power to the panel at all.
This is a problem with power to the socket the camper is plugged into OR the main camper breaker is tripped. Switch the main breaker (30 amp) OFF/ then ON. A tripped breaker may not be obvious.

Is The Garage socket GFCI protected?
Is the house breaker that feeds the socket the camper is plugged into tripped?
Can you check the socket for power?
Check the camper's plug for burned tips...
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I don't think this is GFCI (at least in the camper).

The Air Conditioner does not work and that means no power to the panel at all.
This is a problem with power to the socket the camper is plugged into OR the main camper breaker is tripped. Switch the main breaker (30 amp) OFF/ then ON. A tripped breaker may not be obvious.

Is The Garage socket GFCI protected?
Is the house breaker that feeds the socket the camper is plugged into tripped?
Can you check the socket for power?
Check the camper's plug for burned tips...
You right if the GFCI will not test/reset the more then likely a supply power issue. Good trouble shooting Herk
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