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Old 05-31-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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Hi,

I just got a Passport 190EXP and when I plug it into my house, the breaker always trips in the house for that outdoor plug. I made sure everything is off inside the camper. I am using the 30 to 15 amp converter. Not sure what the issue is.

Any suggestions?

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Common for RVs to trip a GFIC breaker.
Is that what you have ? Should be on newer construction.
For most of your RV systems 15 amp should be ok. But you do need a HD extension cord. Do not attempt to run your A/C. Have you tried running from a plug inside the house; non-GFIC ?
If the breaker is a GFIC, try re-setting the breaker with the RV already plugged in. Others have posted that they turn all the internal breakers in the RV off , plug in , then turn on only the breakers they will need. Slowly adding power draw to the circuit.
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Common for RVs to trip a GFIC breaker.
Is that what you have ? Should be on newer construction.
For most of your RV systems 15 amp should be ok. But you do need a HD extension cord. Do not attempt to run your A/C. Have you tried running from a plug inside the house; non-GFIC ?
If the breaker is a GFIC, try re-setting the breaker with the RV already plugged in. Others have posted that they turn all the internal breakers in the RV off , plug in , then turn on only the breakers they will need. Slowly adding power draw to the circuit.
Thanks! I will try that. I think I have GFIC but I will verify that.
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Common for RVs to trip a GFIC breaker.
Is that what you have ? Should be on newer construction.
For most of your RV systems 15 amp should be ok. But you do need a HD extension cord. Do not attempt to run your A/C. Have you tried running from a plug inside the house; non-GFIC ?
If the breaker is a GFIC, try re-setting the breaker with the RV already plugged in. Others have posted that they turn all the internal breakers in the RV off , plug in , then turn on only the breakers they will need. Slowly adding power draw to the circuit.
So I figured it out. I did as you said and turned off all the breakers in the camper, plugged it in the house and then turned on each breaker one by one. The one breaker that tripped the house GFI was a breaker labelled REC/CON. Any idea what that one is for?
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Not sure but the CON, may refere to the ,charger /convertor. Have you tried another circuit in the house? Found out if the outside was a GFIC ?
I'll scratch my head on the acronym, REC.
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if batteries are close to dead then the con may mean converter and the charger can draw a lot of juice
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Looks like REC/CON stands for "Receptacle / Converter"

Google REC/CON and you will find several discussions about your problem.
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Not sure but the CON, may refere to the ,charger /convertor. Have you tried another circuit in the house? Found out if the outside was a GFIC ?
I'll scratch my head on the acronym, REC.
I tried another non GFI plug in my house and everything worked fine. The GFI for the plug outside is a 15 amp breaker. Do you think getting a 20 amp to replace it may fix the problem?
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I tried another non GFI plug in my house and everything worked fine. The GFI for the plug outside is a 15 amp breaker. Do you think getting a 20 amp to replace it may fix the problem?
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A GFI is a GFI no matter how many amps the rating, you unit didn`t blow the non-GFI breaker, so you don`t have an overload problem.
You do not want to just up the amps on a breaker , higher amps require heavier wiring in the house , potential fire hazard.
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Just to clarify this in my mind, is the breaker in the home breaker box tripping or is the GIG part clicking off?

On my RV, we used it for almost 5 years with no problems when we set up for the first time at a campground that had GIF breakers. They tripped and tripped no matter what we did. Finally we moved to a section of the campground that had regular non-GIF breakers and all was right with the world.

Back home I started to investigate and what I found was shocking. During the building of the coach a screw holding the floor molding on went right through a wire and was shorting the ground and natural wires. Once I fixed this there was no more problems with GIF tripping.
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Yes it is the breaker in the home breaker box that is tripping and it's GFI. I also plugged it into a non GFI plug in my basement tonight and it tripped the breaker in the home breaker box several times as well. I'm not sure what's going on but something isn't right.
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Could be that now your dealing with an overloaded house circuit, any thing else on the one that's blowing now , freezer perhaps .
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No but now I'm thinking that the extension cord running into my basement is not heavy duty. Perhaps that's the issue.
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