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Old 08-11-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Strange occurence of problems

Two weeks ago we spent a long weekend on our unit and then last weekend my daughter and son-in-law took it out and right off the bat the TV, microwave and 12 volt converter charger were dead. It is scheduled to go to the dealer this week, but immediately they are saying it sounds like a surge or lightening strike and will probably not be covered under warranty. Sounds very defensive on the part of the dealer, I told them that a lightening strike would take out everything, not just a few things. And we use a surge suppressor on our unit. I am wondering if the 12 charger converter fried sending a surge out to a few circuits.

My question, has this ever happened to anyone else, and if so was the root cause ever found. My unit is a Rockwood 821ss 5er.

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Old 08-11-2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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Are they dead or are breakers triped? The converter should have fuses on the unit and the GFIC breakers need to be tested. Check the simple things out before you take it in. The Dealer will have a field day with you if you give them carte blanc

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Like trackman said check the circuit breakers and fuses. also most of the converters have a 30 amp fuse in them which may be hard to get too. it is located right on the unit and in some converters inside the unit.. If it was lightning there would be burned wires and a smell of burnt wiring. a surge should have blown fuses and tripped breakers. also some microwaves have what are called Mov's and they would be blown from a surge. Was all of the items turned on when this happened? Or did they set up camp only to find these items were not working?
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:17 PM   #4
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Agree with check circuit breakers, fuses, and GFI's. Also, test TV and microwave by plugging them into an extension cord from shore power to see if they are bad or the wiring in RV.

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for a very quick test, take a lamp and plug it into the outlet that the convertor plugs in to. it'll tell you right away if the outlet has power to it. if not, check to make sure the GFI's are all reset. Go to each GFI. push the test button and reset it.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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30 or 50 amp, what else if anything is out.

IF you have an inverter TV and Microwave are common inverter powered items.

If not, Forget that, Microwave should have it's own breaker (But in an RV that may not happen)

TV, assorted things.

Surge guard will NOT protect against a lightening strike if it is close enough, It will most of them however.. Just not a direct hit.. Trust me on that, Been there as they say (Hit where I worked, Amazing what it did).

Warranty will not cover lightening,, Insurance should if you have the coverage.

On my house on wheels, I had issues with air conditioners, sometimes they worked, sometimes they did not.

Turns out a lot of RVers have a few screws loose.. When I opened the power distribution panel (WHILE UNPLUGGED I MIGHT ADD) and tightened everything in sight (One of the breaker screws took over 2 full turns before i felt resistance) Things improved.

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