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Old 11-18-2015, 03:39 PM   #1
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Tripping Breaker on house.

I have a Sierra 365saq. When I plug my dog bones in and step down from 50amp at the rv to 20/15amp 110v outlet at my house, the gfci outlets trip immediately. Anyone have any idea why?
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:54 PM   #2
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Seem "dog bones" are shorted internally or just wired incorrectly. I had that problem when I wired a dryer plug to a generater into the stick house during an ice storm a few years back.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:54 PM   #3
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I think you are trying to power your 50A RV with a 110V 20A with some sort of adapter. It is possible the adapter is wired incorrectly. What adapter are you using.
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:57 PM   #4
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Wait a minute, are the ground faults tripping it the Serra or in your house?
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Old 11-18-2015, 03:58 PM   #5
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The adapters are Camco from Camping World. I have used these both independently and they worked fine.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:00 PM   #6
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The GFCI outlets in the unit are causing the house GFCI to trip. You cannot have two GFCI on the same circuit. Try turning the breaker for the GFCI's off in the unit and plug back into the house.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:02 PM   #7
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Ok will do and the GFCI outlets in the house trip.
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Old 11-18-2015, 04:13 PM   #8
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Yep. GFI's are the culprit. Had the same thing happen last month. We were staying at a relative's house (driveway camping...) and there was a GFI on the circuit in his garage. Plugged into a non GFI circuit and all was fine. As stated... can't plug the camper GFI's into a circuit with another GFI.

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Old 11-18-2015, 05:41 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone it was the gfci's used a standard outlet in the house and it works.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:01 AM   #10
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Bad heating element on your electric water heater?

I had this problem not on my Sierra but a previous trailer. The heating element went bad causing the RV to trip GFCIs and work normally when plugged into a non-GFCI outlet. A bad heating element causes a neutral to ground short. To a breaker panel this does not matter but a GFCI it does.

Try turning off your electric water heater and plug back into a GFCI protected outlet.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:02 AM   #11
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Over the years GFCI's can get weak. I have had that happen.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:25 AM   #12
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GFI'S are always the culprit when they are involved, they don't belong out side, I have worked all my life outside and every time we had a power problem it was the gfi, I don't use them, they are junk for protection other than what they were first designed for, and that is the bathroom hair dryer or radio falling into the bath tub, other than that is is useless, JMHO, I don't have one in my house, and never will,,,,,,
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Old 11-20-2015, 11:07 AM   #13
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Well that's odd. We camp at a state camp ground that only has 20 amp service, all with GFI outlets. I have never had a problem like this. Our camper is 30 amp service and we use an adapter.
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I too have used the GFIC at my house with my 30 amp to 20 amp adapter without any issues. Runs A/C and lights ok.
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:50 PM   #15
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Yup you need to go from 50 to 30 and then down to 20, if you go from 50 to 20 the dog bone will not be wired properly, and yes it can trip breakers. Go and get quality dog bones for 50 to 30, and then 30 to 20 amp and it should work fine.
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(Generator Power Cord, Marine Shore Power, Trailer Cord, RV Generator Adapter - Conntek, RV Power Cords, RV Power Outlet - Camping World
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Old 11-21-2015, 01:11 AM   #16
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Tripping Breaker on house.

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Yup you need to go from 50 to 30 and then down to 20, if you go from 50 to 20 the dog bone will not be wired properly, and yes it can trip breakers. Go and get quality dog bones for 50 to 30, and then 30 to 20 amp and it should work fine.

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here are some links to good dog bones

(Generator Power Cord, Marine Shore Power, Trailer Cord, RV Generator Adapter - Conntek, RV Power Cords, RV Power Outlet - Camping World

I am currently plugged in and fully running on a 50 to 15 adapter right now with no problems. My money is on heating element.
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Has the original poster used the 15 to 50 amp dogbone successfully before? Is the breaker tripping due to ground fault or overload? Maybe the circuit is just overloaded. Does the receptacle have other loads on it? A friend bought a new Class A and the new one overloaded the 20 amp service he had been using for his old Class A, just with the basic load, which included the residential refrigerator.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:51 AM   #18
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tripped break

I just recently bought a Flagstaff V light and as soon as I plugged it in it blew my gfs breaker too. I CALLED local rv dealer he said check water heater element and sure enough it was broken. I replaced it and everything is fine.
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Old 11-21-2015, 10:52 AM   #19
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I guess the real question is:

Is it the breaker tripping as the topic suggests or the GFCI as the first post states.

Giving the advice to get not use GFCI is stupid. Not only that, but it is usually code to have in specific locations. If a GFCI is giving you problems there is a bigger issue. GFCIs do go bad, but easy to test that, they come with test buttons.
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The GFCI outlets in the unit are causing the house GFCI to trip. You cannot have two GFCI on the same circuit. Try turning the breaker for the GFCI's off in the unit and plug back into the house.
When home I always plug my 5er into an outside 20 amp GFI and have no problems at all.

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