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Old 09-21-2011, 04:10 PM   #1
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Trouble with Damon (Outlaw) Electric

Plugged a 4W space heater into an electric extension cord yesterday morning. Lost all interior TV's, satellite box etc. Reset GFCI and all other breakers. No joy, nothing restored.
Duh!! feel pretty "rookie" at this, dealer isn't returning calls, anybody got any ideas? Been told there's a "battery well" onboard that might have a breaker tripped on it. Can't find anything in the less than desirable manual(s). Help! Any ideas out there! Thanks much! dgm

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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I've never heard of a "4W" (4 watts?) space heater, not that I could help with your electric problem anyway!

But this post might bump you to the "active" column where an expert might see it...

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Old 09-21-2011, 04:55 PM   #3
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On our Georgetown, the batteries are under the entry step, and there is a breaker under there as well. When we had a heater blow a circuit, resetting the breaker in the electrical panel got things going again. What is the RV plugged into? could that be the problem?
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Old 09-21-2011, 05:56 PM   #4
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You did not say what year rig you have however on a 2007 Outlaw, the wiring diagrams in the rear of the owners manual indicate the inverter provides the power for all the items you said are not working. Might be best to start looking there.

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:20 PM   #5
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If you mean 4,000 watts that seems high. I believe our space heater is 1,500 watts. We use it all the time when cool and it works fine. If you were running the inverter at the time you turned this large heater on no doubt tripped the inverter breaker. Find your inverter box, not the control on the dash and look for a breaker switch. In the future use a 1,500 watt heater and do not run even that on the inverter. Generator should be on or plugged into shore power.

I think 4,000 watts is about 35 amps and for sure that will overwhelm the inverter.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:26 AM   #6
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A 4 watt space heater is a night light (C-4 bulb) .. However I don't think that is what he has.

If you plug in a heavy load there are several things you need to check,, If you lost TV's and GFCI loop then if you have an inverter, check the inverter for circuit breakers, they sometimes hide a couple (often push to reset types) around back.

When I plugged in a 1500 watt heater I took out one of the connections INSIDE the Inverter (in the Junction box, easily fixed).

I would also check the connections TO the circuit breakers in the main 120vac distribution panel..

I'm fond of saying many RVers have a few screws loose... I had to tighten one of the circuit breakers OVER 2 FULL TURNS.. Now that's loose.

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