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TOT

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Electrical
« on: June 08, 2016, 06:08:11 PM »
Hello, I have a 08 sunnybrook 32 foot tow camper. The problem I'm having is when I plug up the camper at home it keeps tripping the main breaker in the camper. Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2016, 06:19:27 PM »
Is it 30 Amp or 50 Amp?
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2016, 07:02:54 PM »
I think it is a 30amp

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2016, 07:07:56 PM »
Stop!
What are you plugging into at home? You need to verify that your house outlet is 120 VAC. You may be plugging into a dryer connector providing 240VAC. It can do serious damage to your camper!
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2016, 07:34:27 PM »
I bought an adapter and pluged it into a 110 outlet

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2016, 07:49:29 PM »
I bought an adapter and pluged it into a 110 outlet

WHEW!!!!  You had us worried for a minute.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2016, 07:51:33 PM »
OK, so what items in the camper are turned on? A single household outlet doesn't provide much power, 15  amps at the most. Less if there is some other outlet sharing the branch circuit.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2016, 08:16:45 PM »
Seems to me the OP said it is tripping the breaker "in the camper", not the breaker in the supply from the house.
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TOT

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 08:55:46 PM »
Yes the breaker in the camper

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2016, 08:56:47 PM »
The air conditioner and the fridge.

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2016, 09:25:34 PM »
Are you saying the fridge is running off 110 volt AC and not just propane?  And what about the water heater. Is that also 110 Volt AC?  and the convertor may  also be running.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2016, 10:15:52 PM »
I would still check power at the outlet...there should be no way for the camper main breaker (I assume 30 amp) to trip before a residential 120VAC/15 amp breaker. This assumes the house breaker is working properly.
Running the AC and not much else can trip a 15 amp house breaker.
Does it immediately trip or only after operating a while?
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2016, 08:51:45 AM »
Sorry - I missed the main breaker part of the original. But something is fishy here, since there is no way the house 15A outlet can supply enough power for an a/c and the fridge, and remember the converter/charger is drawing a bit as well. And the 30A main breaker in the camper is tripping?
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2016, 09:46:45 AM »
I have seen breakers fail to trip in my day. The 15 amp breaker feeding the trailer from the house may not be tripping when it should, causing the main in the trailer to trip.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2016, 12:55:20 PM »
So should  I try and get a 240 outlet for the camper and see if the problem persist?

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Re: Electrical
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2016, 01:24:02 PM »
So should  I try and get a 240 outlet for the camper and see if the problem persist?


NO, NO, NO!!! If you have a 30 amp RV, it is 120 volt, not 240 volt. If you plug into a 240 volt outlet for a clothes dryer or welder, it will burn up a lot of equipment in your RV. The outlet must be no larger than 30 amp, 120 volt, specifically for an RV. If you use an adapter to use a standard 110 volt outlet, you will not have enough power to run your a/c unit. The best bet for you is call an electrician that is familiar with RV's and have them check it out.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2016, 06:50:18 PM »
Sorry - I missed the main breaker part of the original. But something is fishy here, since there is no way the house 15A outlet can supply enough power for an a/c and the fridge, and remember the converter/charger is drawing a bit as well. And the 30A main breaker in the camper is tripping?

Though today MOST house outlets, and wiring and breakers are 15 amp (Cost savings) when I install outlets I often use 12ga wire (rated for 20 amp) 15/20 amp outelets (T-shaped neutral) and 20 amp breakers.

WHY.. Well... I might want to power my RV

At the house I used to have I had a 20 amp breaker and 12ga feeding a 30 amp outlet.. Worked great.

Converter: (Batteries full)
Fridge

A/C or Microwave OR water heater (only one from that list)

And it worked.
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Re: Electrical
« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2016, 07:11:46 PM »
Ok thanks for the advice.  I will let yall know how it goes.

 

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