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Old 10-16-2014, 01:20 PM   #1
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power issue

For some reason the GFI plugs in the trailer keep tripping when I try to vacuum in there. The unit is plugged into a 15 amp outlet on the house. Only the lights are on and the power to the plug keeps going out. The power to the unit is still on because the microwave is showing 0s.

The one in the bathroom did the same thing so I plugged the vacuum directly into to house power.


My husband says the vacuum is drawing too much power. We have had this trailer for 18 months and this is not the first time I have vacuumed it. What causes these things to trip in the first place?
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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Have you replaced the GFI receptacles, or are they the originals?
Those are not the best GFI's.
You might also check the junction box outside, probably under the slide, attached to the frame. They are notorious for getting moisture in.
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They are the originals. It is a very damp day, could that be causing the problem? As a matter of fact, it has been damp for several days.
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Moisture is what sets mine off out here in the garage.
Did you travel when it was raining? That is usually when the problems start. If you open the junction box and look, you will know if you have any loose connections, plus, you will know if moisture is getting there. Just make sure to seal them up good when you close it back up. Silicone.
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Yes, we did travel in the rain, but not the last day of our trip. Where would I find this junction box?
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See my 1st post.
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Old 10-16-2014, 03:24 PM   #7
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My gfci in the bathroom is connected to the outside plugs and the kitchen plug and will kick off when hotplate is pluged in outside. Plugged it into one in the bedroom and everything ok. Had to run a decent extention cord to finish up.
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See my 1st post.
Right! When things dry up, I will do that! Thanks!
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They are the originals. It is a very damp day, could that be causing the problem? As a matter of fact, it has been damp for several days.
Absolutely, I had similar issue two weeks ago. It was warm and very humid and the GFI would trip for no reason. Very frustrated since it kept shutting off the satellite receiver which required a several min. recovery. Next week, it was dryer and no problems with the same items powered up.

Two things to keep in mind, RVs have more outlets on a single GFI than a S&B house, so more potential problem locations. Second, the power cable to the slide outs is exposed to road and outside moisture more than the other wiring and usually there is a junction box mounted on the frame, all of this is more susceptible to moisture and therefore GFI problems.
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Old 10-16-2014, 05:34 PM   #10
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Thanks, guys! It sounds like moisture is probably the culprit. We are expecting dryer weather soon.
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