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Old 01-04-2013, 07:52 AM   #1
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Hi, I am hopingI can get help, we have only about 2 amp coming in. The box outside is show 117 and the inside is like a Trickel., does this make sense, sorry ifI am not explaining it very well. We just had a new converter put in. Thanks for any help
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #2
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You mean you have 117 VOLTS outside, not amps and that is AC voltage. Anyway, not sure where you are measuring or reading this, but it is OK. Now, what you are reading inside, you could be reading 2 VOLTS AC or 2V DC. But since you mentioned that you have a new converter, I'm guessing it is 2 VOLTS DC when it should be between 12V and 13.6V. Chances are the converter isn't working or isn't properly connected.

There are several things that operate on AC voltage, the air conditioner, the water heater, the refrigerator, any of the wall outlets and sometimes the light over the dining table. Do these work OK? If so, check the breaker panel, there should be one circuit breaker for the converter, if that is off, then there is no power getting to the converter. Otherwise, the converter is likely bad or the output is not wired to the battery.

If none of the items listed above work, then there is a problem with the main breaker or power cord coming into the camper.
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Old 01-04-2013, 01:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Larry, and what you have said is very interesting, The park ranger came and changed the breaker at the post, this did not help, they said it was in my rig, I phoned for a mobile man and he came and tested the power at the end of the plug in cord, power was OK until load was put on the cord, the voltage then fluskuated between 60 volts and O, then he plugged the power cord into 20amp circuit at the post and the power in the rig read 120 volts. so his conclusion was the 30amp plug at the post was not working properly. We are running on the 20volt for the night and keeping all on the propane. Will probably move to a different site in the morning. We are in Thousand Trails Park in Palm Springs. I appreciate your help very much, thank you again. I do wish we had been able to spend more time with you when we met in Indian Waters, but it seemed we came one day and you were gone the next day Take care
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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I've seen some strange problems with power pedestals and power cords. It does sound like you have a case of a high resistance connection some place, works OK without load, but can't pass enough current with a load. It may be inside the power pedestal, could be corroded contacts in the pedestal outlet. If so, moving to another site will fix the problem. But could also be a failure in your 30 amp plug due to repeated connecting and disconnecting, a wire has broken, but still making limited contact. A mobile tech can easily replace the 30 amp plug with a new one. You should get this done ASAP.
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:13 AM   #5
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Here we are and no further ahead, the man came out and changed the plug in the pedastal, change a new breaker, still only 33 volts in rig, 114 volts at plug, they suggest calling a different mobile man, but at a cost of 135.00 just to come out and tell me it is the park post, the park says it is not, I am hestitating. We did change the 50amp plug on the side of the rig and nothing changed. We are still running on the 20amp plug and inside receiving 114volts. Thanks again hope this info helps a bit
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:52 AM   #6
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I have been reading this post and I agree with Larry. I would get a new plug or if my plugs could be taking apart I would do so and check all connections.
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I would look for an open neutral [white] wire someplace along the line. Check continuity of your cord from plug to connector of all four conductors especially the white [neutral] one. I also would not continue using your 120 volt items until it is repaired as you can ruin a lot of things with that situation! A good electrician should be able to solve it for you.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #8
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Thank you for your reply, Drove over to Benlo RV shop today and he said he would look at it but said that it was very strange, he felt it was not my rig but the post underneath. He said if it was the rig we could not run on 20, it workes OK until a load is put on it and then there s nothing. Tried plugging into the next door neighbor's post and yes it worked, went right up there, so the electric man is back again and taking it apart again, But we will move to another site tomorrow, just to be sure. Thanks again for taking an interest in my post and trying to help, it is much appreciated
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #9
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Today all is good, did not have to move, they just changed it all to 50amps, something to do with only one leg working, and after we leave this site they will redo the repair to the post. Thanks
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I'm glad you came back and told us. Glad it's taken care of.
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