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Old 08-15-2016, 03:48 PM   #1
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Power Converter

We have a 1983 Yellowstone 5th wheel. We can run everything off a generator, but when we hooked it up to electricity for the first time we keep blowing fuses. We put a 30 amp and still the same thing. Someone has mentioned a converter but not even sure where it is located. We just want to plug in and turn things on. PLEASE help
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Welcome,
You've not really provided enough information to evaluate what's going on.
1. What is the KW rating of your generator?
2. Your trailer has 30A service?
3. Please list all of the things you're try to run on 30A service?
4. This is a CG hookup? Do you know the actual voltage?
The converter could be located near the battery bay, or the main breaker panel. More than likely it will have a heat sink, or mesh vent, perhaps a fan area for air flow
The converter may be an issue because there is only enough power to go around.
With a A/C running there usually isn't a whole lot left over, especially if your battery(s) are down. water heater, incandescent lights, etc.

Best of luck.
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Yes, not enough information, is it a built in generator or external generator you're hooking up to? If it's internal generator you have a transfer switch that needs to be switched off, as old a trailer is, I doubt it's automatic. If you're using an external generator would need more information. Either way need more info.
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more information

The generator is a generac 7000 watts. When it's running we can run air conditioner and the tv and lights. It's external.

We recently put a power pole at the ranch and just hooked up to it. We unplugged everything except window unit air and it kicked off.


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Yes, not enough information, is it a built in generator or external generator you're hooking up to? If it's internal generator you have a transfer switch that needs to be switched off, as old a trailer is, I doubt it's automatic. If you're using an external generator would need more information. Either way need more info.
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Is the power at the ranch pole 30 amp (110 volts) or 50 amp (220 volts)? Have you confirmed with a test device that the power at the pole is wired correctly? This can be tested with a polarity tester from most box stores and hardware stores. You likely need an adapter to plug the 110 volt tester into a 30 or 50 amp service. An error on the pole can cause problems. You say that with everything else off except the window air it still trips, I think.

I would turn everything off at the 110 volt breakers and then plug in the power cord to the outlet on your pole. Only then start turning on one breaker at time and see what happens. I can take several minutes for breakers to trip under certain conditions, so go slowly turning breakers back on.

Are you using the same cable to connect to the generator as used to connect to the pole? Any adapters being used in either hookup?

Generally with electrical problems, and many others, I divide and conquer. Take it one step at a time and walk it though step wise. This will usually pinpoint the problem area.

Good luck.
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Check this first. If you can run everything off the generator fine. I have a question. On a trailer with a generator, there has to be way that the generator and outside power are never both connected at the same time. Never. What most trailers have is a plug from the generator that plugs into the trailer that must be removed in order to use outside power. With an older trailer, not sure what you have. Dave-R
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I also think your wired wrong at your power outlet at the pole, a lot of electrician don't know how to wire a 50 amp rv plug correctly. If yours is 50 amp hope this diagram helps, your hot wires are L1 and L2 from breaker to back of the plug. Hope I didn't confuse you.
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