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Old 06-29-2020, 08:26 AM   #1
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No power to SOME outlets

Had a good thunderstorm last night. TV went out during storm. Afterwards I found the TVs, router and fire stick inoperative. Microwave, island, bathroom outlets all ok. I lost power to the, but the fireplace is ok. Outlets at kitchen no go, but microwave ok. No power to outlets at back of camper and LR slide. No breakers tripped or fuses blown.
I know at times there is a GFCI at the start of a circuit that can kill a line but canít find it. Any help appreciated..
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:55 AM   #2
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First, turn OFF all breakers and then turn them back on. Sometimes a tripped breaker LOOKS like it is on but it is actually tripped. It sounds like a tripped GFI but you need to locate it. Check behind the fridge (from outside), side of island etc.
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Old 06-29-2020, 10:13 AM   #3
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Check under slide for a junction box, may have water inside or wire nuts unhooked.
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:45 PM   #4
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Well, I checked the breakers, all working normally. Checked power in/out of GFCI outlets, ok. Looked underneath slides, no junction boxes, but can see where the wires come from underneath the main chassis. Guess I, gonna drop the cover and see whatís up😐
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Well, I checked the breakers, all working normally. Checked power in/out of GFCI outlets, ok. Looked underneath slides, no junction boxes, but can see where the wires come from underneath the main chassis. Guess I, gonna drop the cover and see whatís up😐
I had the same sort of issue at a State Park. I could find nothing wrong with the fuses, gfi's and wires. I checked everything by using my generator when I got home and all the outlets worked proving that it was the shore power which had the problem on a section of their 50 amp supply. I contacted the State Park and they confirmed that it was their power supply to my site which was the problem.
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I had the same sort of issue at a State Park. I could find nothing wrong with the fuses, gfi's and wires. I checked everything by using my generator when I got home and all the outlets worked proving that it was the shore power which had the problem on a section of their 50 amp supply. I contacted the State Park and they confirmed that it was their power supply to my site which was the problem.

Good point! Thanks for posting that.
So many times we think it just has to be something in our rig that went to heck. I some times forget that myself, and start wondering what could be wrong. The parks are notorious for having electrical problems.

I sure hope Ericthered hasn't started tearing into things yet before checking a little further. Might save himself some work.
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Old 07-11-2020, 01:18 PM   #7
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Well I tried a new adapter, no joy. I connected the trailer to the camper, same results. Had an experienced electrician come down for a look, he checked power from stand, through power cord, to and from fuse box and outlets, all ok. We pulled a number of the inop outlets to check for faults and he wasn’t happy with those cheesy outlets, so he suggested replacing those 5 in the living/kitchen area to start.Well, I started to replace them and realized I’d gotten the wrong boxes. I pulled the other outlets, but no power anywhere.
Then I got a call from an electrical engineer at the campground, and he thought a junction box in the underside of the camper was at fault. There are NO junction boxes, just flat plastic connectors. I’ve been trying to trace those wires down, and they enter plastic “tubes” and go into the area directly under the rear end of the camper. I can’t help but think this the trouble spot, but don’t know how to access it. Any ideas? Sorry this was such a wordy post.
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Old 07-11-2020, 02:09 PM   #8
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Have you located all of the GFCI outlets, there should be at least two on 30amp service. I don't know how many are on a unit with 50amp service.
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I’ve found two, the bathroom and the island. I’ve looked all over and don’t see any others. It does seem strange to me that there’d be 9 outlets on one circuit ��
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Iíve found two, the bathroom and the island. Iíve looked all over and donít see any others. It does seem strange to me that thereíd be 9 outlets on one circuit ��
Can do up to 13 on one breaker here but on a gfci ,not sure.
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I guess i'am confused you say a experienced electrician checked from the stand all the way thru the outlets and everything was "ok" but you still have outlets that do not work? He suggested replacing the "cheesy" outlets but was the line live or dead?

You will have to pull down the coroplast covering to access the junction box - it should be screwed on the sides or cut a access flap and when done use gorilla tape to seal it back up. There should be a junction box that will have several connections in it. Check all of them for loose wire nuts and or corrosion. This junction box may contain several different circuits.
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Old 07-11-2020, 04:25 PM   #12
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Dagst1: the electrician checked power from the outside pole through to the breaker box, normal. He checked power into and from the 2 GFCI outlets, ok. The dead circuits have no power at all.I’ve been opening the coroplast all afternoon looking for junction boxes but found none. The closest I’ve come so far is 4 Rome’s wires going into the space between the back of the FW tank and the back of the trailer, but I can’t find a reasonable way to get into that space.
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That should read “4 Romex “ wires.
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Old 07-11-2020, 06:54 PM   #14
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Start under the slide and follow the flexible wire back to the frame then on the other side of the frame drop the coroplast and follow it till you see a junction box. One more thought if you have 50 amp be sure to check both sides of the 50 amp double breaker for power. Sense this happened during a thunder storm it may have blown one leg of the breaker. After that i would recommend a rv repair shop or an electrician familiar with rv's.

Good luck!

Just thought of this - check inside for a solid outlet cover - could be behind the couch or in a cabinet . Sometimes they use them as a junction box.
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Old 07-12-2020, 10:05 AM   #15
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Dagst1: my dang bottom cover now looks like Swiss cheese, but I followed a thick cable to the back of the camper, over the top of the FW tank. There are 4 wires that come back out, 1;on right, 3 on left, all from behind FW tank. Only 2 of them are live. I’m certain there’s a junction box back there, but it looks like I’d have to remove the tank to access the box. Could they really have made it that way? SMH.
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Problem solved! I hate to say this, but I found a third GFCI behind the couch that was tripped. Talk about feeling stupid!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to help. It was very much appreciated.
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Glad you found the cause. And yes they do build them like that. I Have been on a factory tour at crossroads and a Forest river plant and they are assembled in the same way. Go on you tube and search for RV factory tours.
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