Go Back   iRV2 Forums > TRAVEL TRAILER, 5th WHEEL & TRUCK CAMPER FORUMS > Travel Trailer Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-26-2016, 08:55 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67
Major electrical problems

Here's the problem. I'm hooked up at a campground, to a 50 amp power supply. My trailer is 30 amp. Using a pigtail. Not long after setting up I went to fire up water heater using electric. Had trouble with lights on main panel. Seemed to not light up quite right. Went to check power meter and it was burning hot! Got campground owner out here and he tested all the amps coming from trailer. Fridge about 6 amps, Ac seemed a little high. I don't remember the number he gave. But water heater spiking to 60 amps. Any thoughts?

hillbillyhtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-26-2016, 09:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 183
60 amp spike to the water heater ought to be throwing the breaker!! Turn it off.

Sound like your heating element is breaking down but has not totally burned open.

You should check your breaker for that circuit and have it replaced. Check the wire and from the heater for damage.

"Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most"
2016 Forest River Wildcat 28SGX Fifth Wheel
2016 F250 CrewCab 4x4 6.7 oil burner
Parrott_head is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2016, 03:46 PM   #3
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67

Thanks! That's what I kind of thought. We aren't using hot water heater. But I think there may be more to it. The meter here at the park is running pretty warm and all that's running is the fridge. The park's issue I think. I have another issue as well. When I attempted to run the fridge on propane, it lit, but the pilot but had flames shooting out.
hillbillyhtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2016, 03:57 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 5,228
First off.........
If you are 30A why not just plug into the 30A receptacle VS 50A/30A adapter

Water heater....
You could always use propane for hot water.
60 amps to water heater?????-------Circuit Breaker for water heaters are 20A Max so I would question a 60A reading. Element is most likely grounding out.
Which Brand/Model of water heater????? That info always helps!!

2012 RV fridge would most likely NOT have a pilot flame....
Main flame not steady strong then burner slots are most likely obstructed with rust/debris or even good old spider webs.......clean burner assembly

And if electrical issues continue.........move to another site or use propane for appliances.
Damaging YOUR RV electrical System because CG electrical is faulty is NOT how you want to do things
Old-Biscuit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2016, 08:30 PM   #5
Senior Member
egwilly's Avatar
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: So Calif
Posts: 775
For more information about the electrical system in RV, check out the No Shock Zone. Lots of good info there. I would either test the pedestal connection, or move to another site if you can. You will damage your system this way. They have a bootleg ground or some other issue in the wiring at that space. Or your pigtail has issues. The meter should not be warm. Nothing should be warm but the water you're heating.
2016 Outdoors RV Glacier Peak 26RLS
2014 Ford F350 Superduty 6.7 Diesel.
egwilly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2016, 06:42 AM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Bryan, Texas
Posts: 611
"If you are 30A why not just plug into the 30A receptacle VS 50A/30A adapter"

If I can use one of these, I do. Because the 50 amp circuits are usually on their own breaker from the park supply, and they are rarely used around where I go. The 30's tend to be well used, several on a circuit, which will be shared across several rv's and if one of them might be having ussues, it can cause your post to have low voltage.

My vote on what is going on with the original issue is loose and/or burnt connections on the plug post. It's very common. Especially in really hot months. If it's near water the post may have been under water and may not have been replaced.
charliez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-30-2016, 05:02 AM   #7
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 568
I have a 30 amp TT but always opt for the 50 with my adaptor only because someone always runs something that blows the breaker outside and when using 50 I only have to reset inside instead of going out to the post.
RVGuy1966 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 06:10 PM   #8
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67
Power problems

Thanks for all your replies! I just got back in town and had major catch up to do! I'm thinking water heater has some issues. I also think the campground has some power issues as well. I didn't move to another site, that's a half day project and I only had 3 days to work with. The power pole was 50 amp. We were provided the adapter by the campground. They swapped it out twice, ran some amp tests. 60 amp for a water heater is off the charts! They said 6 amp draw for fridge, so we kept that running, only used that and some interior lights.
hillbillyhtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 06:26 PM   #9
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67
Power problems

The power hookup shares same pole as water supply. I found that kind of odd. Doesn't seem like a good idea to me. They tested power from their supply and said it tested good. I'm no electrician, but it seems to me that if a refrigerator from a 30 amp tt that is plugged in and drawing 6 amps (their reading) causes a 50 amp power meter to be hot to the touch, suggests there is a problem with their system. They said no one else was having a problem. Funny, no one else was there, it was middle of the week, how would they know....

Tried running fridge of propane, but when I fired it up the pilot was shooting flames, I suspect the tubes need to be cleaned? I've always run it off electric power, so this is a new one for me!

I'm going to take trailer in and have it looked at. Water heater probably needs new heating element. I figure I should have everything tested for amp draw? Any thoughts?
hillbillyhtl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 07:11 PM   #10
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Bryan, Texas
Posts: 611
Just curious. How was the amp draw tested?
charliez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2016, 07:35 PM   #11
CCH's Avatar

Heartland RV Club
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 46
Most often heat in a panel is caused by a loose connection - any one could be the culprit, look first at the "neutral" (white wire). Use a lot of caution and be very aware that the screw may not turn (because it has been welded by constant arcing) but the connection under it is loose. Definitely a task for a Qualified Person.

A bad connection like that is also cycling power on and off very rapidly and can cause serious problems with any appliances or other inductive loads. That could be causing the excessive amp draw reading.
2017 F350 SC, 6.7 PS 4x4 DRW
CCH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2016, 05:36 AM   #12
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 67

I'm not entirely sure how he tested the amps, I had left to go fishing. The lights on my panel were flickering a little bit before we realized the electric meter was hot to the touch. That's why we had the owner come check it out. It started raining so he couldn't do anything until the next day.

hillbillyhtl is offline   Reply With Quote

electrical, ems, problems

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'M having major electrical problems Tumble Weed 5th Wheel Discussion 8 01-27-2015 06:22 PM
Major electrical problems... yax 5th Wheel Discussion 18 04-13-2012 01:06 PM
Major electrical problems jackthebear Class A Motorhome Discussions 2 05-22-2011 06:02 PM
Major electrical problem Suncruiser Ron Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 3 01-17-2011 07:42 PM
Need help with major electrical issue Wolfs Freightliner Motorhome Chassis Forum 1 03-15-2010 01:57 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:17 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.