110 power problems

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  1. Barry J Morris

    Barry J Morris New Member

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    I have a 2007 Rockwood 2516G popup. The 30amp cord is plugged into gfci on my carport via a 110 adapter. I was powering a heated mattress, electric blanket, and a space heater using the Camper outlets. I lost power to the outlets. The breakers in the converter never tripped. Any ideas of what the problem might be?
     
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    Check the gsi breaker or outlet in the camper
     
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    GFI breaker in carport.
     
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    The gfi, the high wattage on start up tripped it.
     
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    Your house may have only one GFCI circuit, so the actual unit to reset may be in a bathroom or in the house fusebox.

    All of that stuff running is quite a load on a 15- or 20-A circuit.
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    First of all why do you need all those for heat? Second the fan motor returns current on the neutral of the 110 volt line.
    That is what probably tripped your GFI.
     
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    Actually GFI never tripped. I ended up running a drop cord from same GIF outlet into the Camper to power mattress heater and electric blanket which worked fine. Still no power to Camper outlets. Not sure if there is another breaker in the Camper besides two on the converter panel. Any other suggestions?
     
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    You probably did this but it I have to ask, Did you flip the breakers off then back on to make sure they didn’t trip?
     
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    Yes I did. Thanks for checking
     
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    Your camper should have a GFCI outlet, be sure to reset that one, too. Many require live voltage to them to be able to reset. EDIT: find your camper's GFCI outlet and try to reset it.

    Since your house GFCI didn't trip, what did originally? The regular breaker in the fusebox?
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    Check the adapter, that's too much of a load for a 15 amp adapter. Those puck looking adapters struggle at less than 15 amps. With less than a 20 amp service and a 20 amp dog bone adapter I wouldn't more than a space heater.
     
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    You need a multi-meter to check voltage coming to the camper. I agree that the adapter probably failed due to overload. You may find some overheated prongs or sockets in the plugs.
     
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    Agree with all the above - check the adapter you are using. I had a cheap one from Northern Tool - it was good for just lights and a fan or two, but inadequate for higher loads like A/C, heaters, etc. It would overheat pretty easily with a load. My ceramic heaters will regularly trip a 15-amp breaker if too many other devices are on in the house.

    Do you have a multimeter? Check voltage at the plug. Do your lights still work? They should be on 12V. Is your converter fan running? On mine when I had incandescent bulbs the fan would kick on when I turned the ceiling lights on.

    I have breakers in the power center, and a GFCI plug on the bulkhead. If there was a fault in the shore power cord where it hooks up to the bus bar in the power center it could have shorted out, but you would have likely smelled that burning insulation smell.
     
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    I melted an adapter with less load a couple of years ago with my Coleman SantaFe. Stopped using Electric heaters since.
     

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