Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-30-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
BombDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: SC Lowcountry
Posts: 1,437
Need Help No Power

New RV'er. Towed my new 32RCTS to visit family. Leveled the unit, and attempted to hook up the power. I know I have 50Amp service, but my father does not. He has a 30 Amp outlet on a pole in the yard. I hooked up the "dog bone" and plugged it in. Breaker popped in the breaker cabinet. Reset breaker. NOTHING. Got out the voltmeter. Power is present at the pole. He also has a 120v outlet installed. Checked it with meter. 123V present. Plugged it in to the 110V adapter and have nothing there either.

Is there a re-set button somewhere I am missing? What have I done?
__________________

__________________
John & April & "Scout"
2013 Sabre 32RCTS-6
Nights Camped 2013-(44) 2014-(59) 2015-(47)
2016-(32) 2017-13
BombDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 07:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
jimh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Charles, La.
Posts: 1,531
if u have 110v between one of the legs and each of the other two, u may want to check the breaker inside the trailer.

some of the 30 amp outlets resemble the old 220v drier sockets. i'm hoping that wasn't wired 220v instead of 110v.you should not run into that if u adapt to the 20 amp outlet
__________________

__________________
jimh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 07:57 PM   #3
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
BombDoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: SC Lowcountry
Posts: 1,437
I think I'm in trouble. It's wired for 220V. What do I do now? Am I done until I take it to a dealer?
__________________
John & April & "Scout"
2013 Sabre 32RCTS-6
Nights Camped 2013-(44) 2014-(59) 2015-(47)
2016-(32) 2017-13
BombDoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by BombDoc View Post
I think I'm in trouble. It's wired for 220V. What do I do now? Am I done until I take it to a dealer?
Yes your in trouble. Some what.

Your converter/charger may be damaged.
But it is fused protected.
Pm sent.
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
jimh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Lake Charles, La.
Posts: 1,531
you may be but something should have survived. i would check the outlets and see if u have any 110 available.
i would turn off all the breakers and turn them back on including the main. sometimes a breaker may trip and not appear to be.
you may want to check the fuzes on your converter, you may have a bad one or two there.
i would think ur DC side survived. you may want to just try turning on some DC lighting and see what happens. the battery should be supplying that without being plugged into shore power.
if u have anything on the DC but the converter doesn't come on, u should be able to hook up a battery charger to get enough DC for frig and and lighting.
in checking the AC, i'm assuming that u adapted to the 110V 20 amp.

i would try the easy (as above) before i actually opened up anything and started checking voltages. i don't know ur comfort level working inside a breaker box.

Some have hooked into 220 inadvertently and had more survive than they expected. if it wasn't on, it may have survived.

I'm using AC= alternating current. DC=direct (battery power). sometimes i have to read a post awhile to figure what AC or TV mean. ie television or tow viehicle.
__________________
jimh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
treaves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 158
I've read two posts this week alone from people doing this. That's why I plan on installing protection before it leaves the dealers lot. The Progressive Industries EMSHW50C costs about $350, and would have prevented this. I truly do not understand why these are not standard in all but the cheapest manufacturers units.

Whereas I empathize, it's the users responsibility to know what they are doing. You won't know how much damage was caused until you go through the entire electrical system, but, it could very easily be in the thousands.
__________________
treaves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 08:52 PM   #7
Moderators' Assistant
 
bikendan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 13,299
boy, we sure have had a rash of these lately!

that's about the 4th one i've seen this week.

i guess i'm lucky that i hardly ever have hookups. seems like there's campgrounds with mis-wired posts and electricians that don't have a clue about RV electrics, setting up home 30amp hookups.
__________________
Dan-Retired Firefighter/EMT
Shawn-Musician/Entrepreneur/Wine Expert
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
2016 PrimeTime TracerAIR 255, pushing a 2014 Ford F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost w/Max Tow Package
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC
bikendan is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,049
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikendan View Post
boy, we sure have had a rash of these lately!

that's about the 4th one i've seen this week.
Yes, it's happened several times as of late, and is an all too common occurance that I wish the dealers would do a better job of educating their buyers on....but as I said that would take money out of the dealers pockets, since they get paid to fix these mishaps. This is the first one I read where it was a 50 amp RV. It's usually the 30 amp ones this happens too.

Hopefully the damage is minimal and maybe it's just your converter that got fried. That's not too hard to fix.

We were just discussing what 50 amp service for RV's actually is in another forum earlier today, and how it's really just split into two 110/120 volt sides each with 50 amps, and that everything in these RV works off of 110/120 volts.......not 220 volts.

http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...tml#post337666

I'm thinking he may be lucky that since he used a 50 to 30 amp adapter, he should have only shot 220 volts thru one side of his trailer, since the dogbone only uses one side......and not both sides of the 50 amp service.....but would need to see a wiring schematic to see how it all enters the RV. That may keep any damage from being too bad.
__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:31 PM   #9
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
I've talked to bombdoc and luckly all 12v items seem to be working.
I think in the morning he's going to remove the distribution panel cover and check for 110v.
Then we can see where to go from there.

Turbs.
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2013, 09:39 PM   #10
Site Team
 
wmtire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Northeast Louisiana
Posts: 15,049
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
I've talked to bombdoc and luckly all 12v items seem to be working.
I think in the morning he's going to remove the distribution panel cover and check for 110v.
Then we can see where to go from there.

Turbs.
Great news. Keeping our fingers crossed for him.
__________________

__________________
2011 Flagstaff 831 RLBSS

Ducks are just all-terrain chickens
wmtire is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 PM.