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Old 07-23-2017, 08:54 AM   #1
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Gfci plugs won't work

I have a 27reis wildwood and the gfci in the bathroom wouldn't reset. All the gfci plugs in the camper now don't work. I tried replacing the outlet 2ce. First time I thought I had a bad plug. Got a different brand new plug and now it is lit up green but the outlets still don't work. Checked fuses and breakers and all is good. This is driving me crazy!
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:15 AM   #2
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Is the one in the bathroom bad, or just the outlets downstream? Does it trip when you reset it or does it stay powered up? You will likely have to remove the outlet to troubleshoot it with a volt meter. If it resets and doesn't trip then most likely a bad GFCI. If it does immediately trip the could be something downstream shorting to ground. Disconnect the downstream feed and see if it will then reset.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:16 AM   #3
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i'm not an electrician. you all the gcfi outlets do not work and implied that the actual gcfi device is the bathroom outlet and the other that don't work are chained off it. perhaps the problem is not with the bathroom outlet but further down the chain. since you replaced the bathroom outlet you know how to take it out. try disconnecting the outlets after it so that it is the only outlet on the circuit and see if it will reset. the wires to it should come direct from the breaker panel. if it resets then move on to the next receptacle in the chain and add it in and see if the cgfi will still reset. you should be able to track the issue this way, though it will take some time.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:17 AM   #4
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Is the CAMPER plugged into a GFCI outlet?

GFCI outlets, sometimes, do not play well together (more than one in a circuit).
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:19 AM   #5
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Check that the shore power you are connected to is properly wired, i.e. hot and neutral are not reversed. You can get a simple $5-$7 tester at hardware store to validate this. ( sample image below )

The GFCI device will not reset if it is not connected to a properly wired and grounded circuit.

If that checks out okay, another area to check is the outdoor outlet, possibly it has moisture in it, and/or some insect has gotten in and is helping trap moisture.

Other areas to check, if you are comfortable/confident working with electricity, would be the neutral and ground connections for that circuit, at the power control/circuit breaker panel.
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Old 07-23-2017, 09:44 AM   #6
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I have a unit that I plug into the 30 amp park outlet before hooking up the camper and it will tell me if the circuit is good. All is good there.
This all started when my wife was blow drying her hair while the ac was on. She was using the gfci plug that is on our island in the kitchen. It tripped the breaker on the camp power. I reset that and all the gfci plugs now don't work. Should I try replacing the outlet she was plugged Into? I've only tried replacing the main gfci in the bathroom since that is the one that has the reset for the whole circuit.
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I have a unit that I plug into the 30 amp park outlet before hooking up the camper and it will tell me if the circuit is good. All is good there.
This all started when my wife was blow drying her hair while the ac was on. She was using the gfci plug that is on our island in the kitchen. It tripped the breaker on the camp power. I reset that and all the gfci plugs now don't work. Should I try replacing the outlet she was plugged Into? I've only tried replacing the main gfci in the bathroom since that is the one that has the reset for the whole circuit.
There aught to be a rule banning hair dryers and curling irons from 30 amp campers. ARRRG. Sorry for the vent

Sounds like the circuit was severely overloaded (something else might have been "on" at the same time as well). You will need to do some troubleshooting with a multimeter starting in the fuse panel looking for loose, cooked wiring, and work towards the last outlet in the GFCI chain.

Kill power to the camper and open the main panel. With a number 2 square bit (or correctly sized common) screw driver, inspect and tighten all connections. If you find any that look like these pictures, you will need a fair amount of electrical experience to repair burnt wires, so be warned.

Once you are sure the panel is good, restore power and look for 120VAC coming from the breaker. Kill power again and pull the GFCI outlet from the wall and check for 120VAC there. If it is one of those "push the entire wire into the back types commonly used in RVs your job can become quite complicated.
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Do as suggested above and disconnect the downstream feed from the GFCI in the bathroom and see if the bath will reset. If so then troubleshoot the downstream outlets. The one that blew would be a good place to start.
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I have a 27reis wildwood and the gfci in the bathroom wouldn't reset. All the gfci plugs in the camper now don't work. I tried replacing the outlet 2ce. First time I thought I had a bad plug. Got a different brand new plug and now it is lit up green but the outlets still don't work. Checked fuses and breakers and all is good. This is driving me crazy!
GFCI plugs need to be wired correctly. Typically there are 5 terminals or connections. 1 is the ground and is obvious, then there are two white and two black terminals. The new plug will be marked, usually a warning tape over the white and black terminal that is intended for additional plugs. The power supply or load need to go on the other two. Usually the ground is at the bottom and the load is the top leaving the middle two for additional recepticals. My guess is that the power supply is on the wrong (white & Black) terminals.
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This is how it was originally wired. When I replaced the outlet I wired it the same way.
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