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Old 05-21-2019, 03:55 PM   #1
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None of the GFCI outlets work

Just opened up the camper for the season and found none of the GFCI outlets and the microwave aren't working. Checked the breaker several times. Fridge, furnace, lights and all non-gfci outlets work. What do the experienced here have for ideas?
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:06 PM   #2
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Did you find the GFCI master outlet and reset it?
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Old 05-21-2019, 04:15 PM   #3
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The items you list as working are all 12VDC operated while the microwave and outlets are all 120VAC. Check the outlet you have the RV plugged into. If it is a home or garage outlet, and is protected by a GFCI, it could have tripped as some GFCIs don't play well with others in the circuit. If your house outlet is OK then check the 30A or 50A breaker in the RV.
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The non-GFCI outlets are working? If so, you have 120 volt power. The GFCI outlet might have failed, leaving it and all downstream outlets dead, although the microwave is not usually on a GFCI circuit. Test it and replace if bad.
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A true GFCI outlet has the test and reset buttons. Quite often, but NOT always, it will be in the bathroom. Push the test button....it should trip. Reset it and verify there’s power there by plugging something in if you don’t have an digital test meter.

IF any outlets in the kitchen are within reach of the kitchen taps, then they would be powered by the GFCI outlet. Also, if you have any outlets outside, they may have their own buttons, or certainly fed from the first one.
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A true GFCI outlet has the test and reset buttons. Quite often, but NOT always, it will be in the bathroom. Push the test button....it should trip. Reset it and verify there’s power there by plugging something in if you don’t have an digital test meter.

IF any outlets in the kitchen are within reach of the kitchen taps, then they would be powered by the GFCI outlet. Also, if you have any outlets outside, they may have their own buttons, or certainly fed from the first one.
Wow! Laser fast responses.

Problem solved. Grandson tells me he tripped over the shore power cable and pulled it out of the power post. Sure would have liked to have known that a couple of hours ago. He's a good helper... Most of the time.

Thanks for the answers and help. Love this forum.
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Did you find the GFCI master outlet and reset it?
Yup. Figured it would be tripped after the power got cut like it did. Main GFCI is in the master bath - closest in line to the power panel.

I did find one other peculiarity. Right after I hooked up to shore power (and before the grandson was out of the truck stumbling around), I went to put the slides out. Nothing. Not even a burp or a fart from the motors. After puzzling this until my puzzler was sore, I decided to hook up the battery just to make myself feel like I was actually getting something done today in all the wind and rain here in central Iowa. Went back in to try the slides again and all was good. Battery disconnect was on the entire time, so I don't know why this made a difference.
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If you were unplugged and battery disconnected that explains why not working. By the way the manufacturer recommends both 120 volt AND 12 volt battery be connected when opening or closing the slides.
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did you tow it with the batteries disconnected? batteries must be connected to supply power to break away switch when towing. at least the wire to the break away switch must be connected.
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Just FYI..... a GFI outlet has to have power going to it before you can test and reset.
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Wow! Laser fast responses.

Problem solved. Grandson tells me he tripped over the shore power cable and pulled it out of the power post. Sure would have liked to have known that a couple of hours ago. He's a good helper... Most of the time.

Thanks for the answers and help. Love this forum.

Having been a "Grandson" many decades ago I know how one could be afraid to tell. At that age even a stern look was often devastating.

Hoped you showed him what happened then gave him a big hug saying "stuff happens", just be more careful.
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It sounds like you have a bad GFI which took out the rest once tripped


years ago I had no power to our 2012 Salem. search and searched and found no reason. then a tech I was talking with suggested I look - find and replace this...
http://www1.cooperbussmann.com/images/ce72a767-8e29-41b7-9796-fe2461f06952.JPG
ACB-20 ATC Style Breaker

12 Volt, Type I (auto reset) 20 amp breaker designed to fit the ATC fuse footprint, this circuit breaker complies with SAE standard J553.

on that trailer it was at the front cross member just past the A frame behind the checker plate front and easily accessible.

that little breaker was the issue.

hope you find the cause in your case.
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It sounds like you have a bad GFI which took out the rest once tripped


years ago I had no power to our 2012 Salem. search and searched and found no reason. then a tech I was talking with suggested I look - find and replace this...
http://www1.cooperbussmann.com/images/ce72a767-8e29-41b7-9796-fe2461f06952.JPG
ACB-20 ATC Style Breaker

12 Volt, Type I (auto reset) 20 amp breaker designed to fit the ATC fuse footprint, this circuit breaker complies with SAE standard J553.

on that trailer it was at the front cross member just past the A frame behind the checker plate front and easily accessible.

that little breaker was the issue.

hope you find the cause in your case.
See post #6 for OP’s explanation of the cause in his case.
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Wow! Laser fast responses.

Problem solved. Grandson tells me he tripped over the shore power cable and pulled it out of the power post. Sure would have liked to have known that a couple of hours ago. He's a good helper... Most of the time.

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Having been a "Grandson" many decades ago I know how one could be afraid to tell. At that age even a stern look was often devastating.

Hoped you showed him what happened then gave him a big hug saying "stuff happens", just be more careful.
That's pretty much the way it went down. He didn't know he had pulled it out from the post. His punishment was his own. None from me
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did you tow it with the batteries disconnected? batteries must be connected to supply power to break away switch when towing. at least the wire to the break away switch must be connected.
Nope. It was already parked for the season.
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