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Old 10-08-2012, 10:13 PM   #15
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I have determined that I in fact do have a 220 volt 30 amp outlet.
That's what several of us thought you'd find.
What's the chances of recalling the "certified electrician" you siad installed the receptacle? By the way, now you know hwy your former RV A/C didn't work and the reefer went South too.


Now it's time to start to access the damage and begin repairs. Is there any chance there is a blown fuse before it gets to the inverter?
There's a "chance" of almost anything at this point. Get the receptacle rewired. Test it and verify you only have 120 volts.

After you do all that I think you'll need some expert help that I don't feel qualified to give you. Maybe someone will come along here to givfe you some better advice on the next steps. Good luck.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:15 PM   #16
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Today I did some testing and here is what I found.

With nothing on:
coach lights work

With motor running:
coach lights work, a bit brighter than before

With Generator on and no breakers engaged and motor running:
coach lights still bright

With Generator on and breakers engaged and motor running:
coach lights bright but no outlets work

What do you think? I'll open it up tomorrow and look for damage. I don't know much so I'm open for suggestions.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:25 PM   #17
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electrical problems

IMHO your lights are 12v so would probably not be afected and i do not think it would bother the inverter. i would suspect the converter may be toast along with the microwave. i do not know how gfi,s respond to over voltage but would lean twords them being blown. it may have taken out a ckt breaker might look ok but be electricaly bad
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That's the type of feedback I'm looking for. Can you suggest a thread, site or you tube video that will show me exactly what I will be seeing when I open it up? I'm looking on youtube now but having difficulty wading through all the for sale videos that have begun to pop up on there.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #19
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I have determined that I in fact do have a 220 volt 30 amp outlet.

Now it's time to start to access the damage and begin repairs. Is there any chance there is a blown fuse before it gets to the inverter?
This is why I tell folks considering putting in an RV outlet (OR rahter having one put in by a professional) to consider a 50 amp.. They do not screw that up.

IF, and I stress IF, you told the electrician this outlet was for an RV and not an air compressor, or welder or some other 220 volt device,,, You may wish to contact a lawyer.. Since it's the electrician's fault.

I recall one Moose lodge I stopped at,,, The Governor ask if I found the 60 amp outlet,, I said no, what is it, 240 volts (I had found the breakers for it, found the outlet the next day) He said "yes". (Since I had found the ganged breakers for it I knew that already).

I plugged into a 20 amp and was happy, on 20 amps I just charge batteries, nothing more.
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I've read your post about your 220 delema. I installed my own outlet for my coach and wired it as 220v. When I pluged the rig in there was some funny noises and a flash in my microwave before I realized what I had done. Unforetuatley it was too late, the damaged was already done. It toasted the converter/inverter, and the microwave/convection oven. Fortunately for me that was all the damage that occured. The converter should have a fuse or two that might have saved you. I would check that first after you repair the outlet to be 110. you can't put the smoke back in. Good luck.
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I think the flash bang and smoke getting out pretty much means it wasn't just a fuse blowing. I'd also wonder if the transfer switch didn't take a hit.
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My thought are leading me towards replacing the power center and converter. I value my family more than several hundred dollars and the thought of a fire caused by my cheapness scares me. The coach doesn't have a transfer switch between the shore power and generator. I just unplug it from the gen outlet and plug it into the shore power.
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With the power cord UN-PLUGGED and the ground cable pulled off the batt. pull the face off the panel that covers the breakers and look for burned wires. Now would also be a good time to tighten all the screws that hold these wires to the breakers and ground posts (just tighten all the screws you can see). Turn all the breakers off and on to make sure they are all reset. replace all panels and neg. battery cable. plug power cord in and start generator. Are you getting 13+ volts at the batt. if not your converter is probably toast. Now check the 110 volt AC plugs. Are you getting 110 out of them? if so now check all your 110 appliances TV, microwave, AC side of refrig, air conditioners, if they work you lucked out if not it's time to replace them
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