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Old 10-17-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Angry Electrical HELP !

LONG story as short as possible. We had a 2004 Dynasty that had a fire, total loss. Have several friends that LOVE their Country Coaches. Found a 2007 Intrigue, fell in love. Our bad luck continues. Lost the "CHEAP" Carefree awning while doing 65mph on the freeway. Why they did not put a Gerard on .. who knows guess it's a short cut to save $$.(though the coach new listed for 506K)
NOW as we sit here in the campground we loose power constantly. Not once in a while , several times an hour. !! I turned off the surge protector hi and low voltage cutoff and still having problems. Whats the perameters for correct power? We were plugged into a 50 amp, Silver Leaf said it had 99 volts. Then the power cut out. Now we are plugged into a 30 amp and the silver leaf says anywhere from 115-133volts. The manuals that CC gives you are all but worthless. Monaco did a superior job there. Do I have the silver Leaf set wrong? We are not running A/C or anything so it's not a usuage problem. I AM AT MY WITS END ! Any thoughts?
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #2
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Check your shoreline cord into the voltage over/under protection box in your electrical bay.

We had a problem a couple of years ago where we woudl intermittently only get power on one leg of the 50A or no power at all. Turned out that the power cord real (made by TDI) was bad...found this by checking the power from the cord while moving the shore cable around.

TDI sent us a free replacement even though it was well out of warranty...they sent the entire reel & cord and it was a simple swap.

Anyway, I would check the power there first with a digital VOM as the power controller will kick out at I believe 90 V or on detechetion of a bad circuit. You might only have a bad (loose) connection from the cord iinto the power control box...FYI that box should have some LED's indictating the status of each power leg.

If you're not comfortable with ealing with live AC then find someone who is as you don't want to get hurt by accident.

If it makes you feel any better even though we've had some problems over the years I can't point to any that were the directly due to CC's construction.

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Old 10-17-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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Thanks will start checking there. SilverLeaf could be more forth coming in their instruction as to where the setting should be. Right now I have the inverter on also so when we loose power we still have it. And as we speak, the power went off AGAIN. Very frustrating and we are in the San Francisco bay area, RV techs are RARE here. Sad thing is we will be here for a long period of time as we are working in the area. Will work on it. Thanks
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You might also want to check all connections on the electrical side of coach if you find that it is not a problem with the parks receptacle circuit. Don't forget about the inverter if it is receptacles you are loosing. If it is the roof air then it is not in the inverter area.
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
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99 Volts?

You stated 99 volts indicated.

Your device may see this as too low and cut out to protect your coach.

You have low voltage protection and it is doing what it is intended to do.

The motor in AC units do not like below 108 or so, this means the device in the coach should be OK.

What you need to do is as others mentioned, start measuring things.

Get a volt meter, they are cheap, a couple bucks at Harbor Freight or other places.

Disconnect your cord and measure the voltage, should be 120 VAC from each hot to both return and safety ground, if ok then plug in your cord and slightly pull out your plug at the pedistal so you can measure the voltage at the plug, be certian that you do not make a short, if the plug cover is metal then you should wrap the probe with tape with just the tip bare.

If OK then measure at your ac load center, remove the front panel and measure the busses down the center.

If one is low then you have a drop between the plug and the load center.

If it is not the cord then you have a diferent problem, these do NOT need an RV tech to repair, many licensed electricians are capable of investigating and solving these issues, you will need to make a few calls, but ask if they are experienced in working on RV 120 volt systems, you may fine one, and the rate may be much less than an RV tech rate.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:12 PM   #6
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UPDATE-- Ok here is where we stand. I spoke with the park Mgr. and of course he stated he got "240" out of the 50 amp.. it just so happened that the guy next door had electricacl problems to. I was elated,, well in a nice way, spoke with the RV Tech and he came over after he was done next door. The guy net door had each leg of his 50 amp at way different readings and I had him check ours and low and behold one leg read 128 volts and the other read 113 volts. IT WAS THE DAMN PARK the whole time. So now the park mgr and owner have caled their electrician and we'll see what they are going to do. I also in the mean time unplugged and ran our generator for a couple of hours to see what would happen because the power still runs through the same equipment, so if was a componet problem it would still be so when the Gen set ran. No problems... I ran 2 A/c units, the elec. hot water, residential fridge, and lights, no problem. So as of now I have stopped blaming our coach and am waiting to see what happens with the park. BUT it's not over till the fat lady sings ! I am waitng to hear her beautiful voice ! Will keep you posted and in the mean time thanks to all who have given me such good advice. I will keep this just in case.

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