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Old 10-26-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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Blown Circuit?

Hello All,

I have a 2005 Fleetwood Bounder 38N Diesel Pusher.

I have a friend staying in it who ran a space heater and a coffee pot at the same time from the same outlet, and blew something, so that now half my plug outlets are out..

When I started looking at stuff, I only found one breaker for all the plug receptacles, but when I flipped it, it still didn't fix the problem. So I looked further.

It looks like there are two GFI outlets in the coach - one is working normally, as are the outlets that that outlet feeds. When I trip it, those outlets go out, but when I reset it, they come back on. These outlets went out when I flipped the circuit breaker off.

The other GFI outlet is in the bathroom, which seems to be tripped, and won't reset. It won't even "click" when I try to reset it. There are about 3 other outlets that aren't working either that I suspect feed off of that GFI.

So my questions:

Is it usual for all of the outlets in a coach to be on a single 20A circuit?

Would it be normal for that circuit to feed 2 separate GFI 'mini circuits' coming off of it?

Am I missing something?

I am wondering if the 10 year old GFI outlet tripped and is just worn out. I guess my next step would be to pull that outlet and check for power going to it, unless someone has another suggestion.

Thanks in advance for any advice!


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Old 10-26-2015, 06:39 PM   #2
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I think your on the right track. Probably just worn out. If you have an inverter, I would check and make sure the breaker on the inverter isn't tripped.

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Old 10-26-2015, 06:48 PM   #3
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I think your on the right track. Probably just worn out. If you have an inverter, I would check and make sure the breaker on the inverter isn't tripped.
X2. Check the inverter. Most inverters have a built-in transfer switch and the circuits have breakers on them. I would suspect that you have overloaded one of the circuit breakers on the inverter. On mine, there are two breakers that are mounted on the side of the inverter. I had the same symptoms that you are describing (not your coach model), and I had a service tech on the way before I figured out the problem. Fortunately, he didn't mind being cancelled. Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:26 AM   #4
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It was the breaker on the inverter. It's all working again.

Thanks everyone!!
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:51 AM   #5
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You got it fast!

Remember this....

The test button on the GFI tests the tripping device inside the unit.

It does this by connecting a resistor from hot to safety ground simulating shock.

If no power present it cannot test so failing to test USUALLY indicates a tripped breaker someplace.
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