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Old 07-22-2005, 02:28 PM   #15
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We are all getting confused here. You can do this if you want, open the "bare" gnd wire off the green gnd lug on the GFI outlet an see if your refrig works. Than use a meter an read the "BARE" gnd wire [GFI] an see if your reading voltage on that gnd wire. You will have to find another gnd source to do this not off this outlet. Let us know the result. "007"
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I had a problem my my ouside GFI outlet on the house also, not just with the RV. My electric pressure washer would also make it trip as did a shop vac. I think they make GFI's with higher current ratings. Maybe that would help. Maybe there are some electricians on this forum who won't like this, but I replaced my outlet with a good, old-fashioned non-GFI outlet and it works perfectly. I have the advantage that my outlet is on a raised porch, under an overhang that protects it from getting wet.
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Old 07-22-2005, 05:46 PM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I do get electric from a non-GFI no problem. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Since you said that I'd now think there's a short in the coach. GFCI are tripped when they detect a small difference between the black and white leads of the circuit. Apparently, there's enough of a difference that it's tripping your GFCI. This difference is probably shorting into the rig someplace.

You might isolate it by turning off all the 110 volt breakers (including the main) in the rig and then flipping them back on one at a time. If it holds with some and not others, you'll know what circuit the short is on. It's worth a try and easy to do.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Rob Hentges:
I had a problem my my ouside GFI outlet on the house also, not just with the RV. My electric pressure washer would also make it trip as did a shop vac. I think they make GFI's with higher current ratings. Maybe that would help. Maybe there are some electricians on this forum who won't like this, but I replaced my outlet with a good, old-fashioned non-GFI outlet and it works perfectly. I have the advantage that my outlet is on a raised porch, under an overhang that protects it from getting wet. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rob, if your electric power washer cord gets in a wet puddle with you standing in it you may wish you left that GFI in service. If you change it to a higher amperage you should change wiring from 14 to 12 gage. Just don't want to see anyone or loved one get hurt. "007"
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Hi All....Back from the Keys and this issue is resolved, finally. Thought I'd let everyone know the outcome.

All of you who thought the coach had an electrical problem get an A+. We had an amazing amount of trouble with this problem while on vacation, effectively ruining it, but that's another story.

The problem was a bad charger/inverter. The charger section was apparently shorted out and was back-feeding 117 VAC to the neutral bar in the house panel!!! Replaced the charger and fixed the problem. Now I can plug into my GFI with no problem whatsoever. I can only wonder, however at the detrimental effect on all my AC appliances in the long run.

If the service (and I use the term loosely) department at my dealer had listened to me and just checked things out with a simple meter, all my difficulties on the road could have been averted, but alas, they are too busy to do their job correctly. Monaco Coach gets an F for not giving enough concern to the question when I asked it in the beginning too. but then THEY had to pay the price for the road service. -Ron
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Its great to hear you have solved your problem, would you now replace that porch GFI outlet so we will hear from you again, if you have, its good to hear from you again. When will Dealers start listening to us. "007"
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