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Old 09-20-2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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Tripping GFCI breaker on 30 amp supply post

Hello, my name is Kevin, I have a 1984 Beaver Regency 38. We bought this a little over a year ago and have put about 7,000 miles on it since then, we have been to many camp sites and have had no problems until this last week end we took a short trip close by our home to a state park. I plugged into a 30 amp post that had gfci breakers and immediately tripped the breaker, I turned all my breakers of in the rv and reset the breaker on the post, it stayed on. I turned my main breakers on in the rv and the post breaker still remained on, when I would turn on any of my ac, heater, refig, it would trip the gfci. I have checked all my receptacles for proper wiring, and have checked my breaker box to make sure I had a ground tie bar and a neutral tie bar and that there was no mixing, or that there was none tied together.
I have been told by some that older ac units or any kind of older appliance can cause a gfci breaker to trip, if this is true is there a work around for this, or is there something else that I should be looking for.
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Hello, my name is Kevin, I have a 1984 Beaver Regency 38. We bought this a little over a year ago and have put about 7,000 miles on it since then, we have been to many camp sites and have had no problems until this last week end we took a short trip close by our home to a state park. I plugged into a 30 amp post that had gfci breakers and immediately tripped the breaker, I turned all my breakers of in the rv and reset the breaker on the post, it stayed on. I turned my main breakers on in the rv and the post breaker still remained on, when I would turn on any of my ac, heater, refig, it would trip the gfci. I have checked all my receptacles for proper wiring, and have checked my breaker box to make sure I had a ground tie bar and a neutral tie bar and that there was no mixing, or that there was none tied together.
I have been told by some that older ac units or any kind of older appliance can cause a gfci breaker to trip, if this is true is there a work around for this, or is there something else that I should be looking for.
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Methinks the 2 most practical "work-a-rounds" are:
1.) A different campsite.
2.) A different campground.
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This is your first post I see.

Odd that a 30 amp RV park plug is on a GFIC in the first place . Not a normal practice , might just be some state regulation that requires it.
My first three 5ers would operate on a GFIC protected circuit, 30 amp RV cord adapted to house 15 amp GFIC outlet , my last 5er and current coach will not.
Don't believe this is an internal problem with your coach , just wiring of that park through GFIC .
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Thanks to both your response, did try a different campsite with no luck, different camp ground is what it may have to be. I figured it is just some kind of state regulation to protect themselves but usually with things like that it has a way of trickling down to other camp grounds. Hopefully by the time it gets to that some one will have come up with a way to fool the system.
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I wonder if a isolation transformer would be a workaround for something like that ?
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I'm not an electrician so don't know much about any of this, not sure what an isolation transformer does, my understanding of gfci is that it is measuring current difference from the hot out to the neutral in and if there is as little as 5 ma difference it will trip the breaker.
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Those breakers are known to have issues like this. Where I worked it was the norm to have them act up. I would try a different campground and see if it happens again. You might have an electrical issue with the fridge 110v heating element so if it happens again check that out.
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Methinks the 2 most practical "work-a-rounds" are:
1.) A different campsite.
2.) A different campground.
We had the same problem while we were parked on a permanent site and the camp handyman/ replaced all the breakers on the pole and worked great for the rest of our time there.
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