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Old 05-20-2020, 07:59 PM   #1
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Electrical issues in inspection

Hi! We're the soon-to-be Newmar owners that asked for advice regarding the 3008 and 3124. You all were so helpful - thank you so much!

We're leaning toward the 3124 but a 3rd party inspection found issues with the electrical - polarity/voltage/GFCI.

Here are his comments: 1) Kitchen receptacle shows a bad ground. Have this checked by a qualified RV technician. I've listed this as a major item - have it checked by a qualified RV technician to ensure the 120 volt side is acceptable. 2) The GFCI outlet in the bathroom popped every time I plugged the polarity tester into it. Have this checked by a qualified RV technician. 3) The power receptacles in the storage bay did not have power to them - have this repaired by a qualified RV technician.

The inspector's gut feel is that at least part of the problem is that the dealer's power pedestal has a bad ground.

The dealer is assuring us that everything will be checked and repaired, and I can see that GFCI issues are fairly common, but we still don't want to proceed without some level of confidence that this is not a serious issue.

Any advice on how best to proceed (or not) would be appreciated.

Thank you again everyone!

Kind regards,
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Old 05-20-2020, 08:05 PM   #2
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I don't think a problem in the coach. Could be his simple plug in outlet tester doesn't work with GFCI and/or RV systems - but I would hope he knows this.

If it makes you more comfortable, have a RV experienced tech check it out.

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This could be caused by any number of issues, the most costly to repair is probably an electrical wire in the wall that has been pierced by a screw or staple.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:19 AM   #4
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Sounds like the inspector needs to check the pedestal and then go from there.
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Hi - So why didn't the inspector fire up the generator and see if the issue was still present. Maybe you are entitled to a discount?

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Old 05-21-2020, 08:54 AM   #6
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Your outlets in the basement are all powered by the GFCI's in the coach. So yes, they'll be dead if the GFCI is tripped.

Various things are powered by the outlets in the basement. On mine, for example, the awnings, built in vacuum and many TV items. You can reset the GFCI's and see if they stay on. If they do, try turning on anything in the basement that is plugged it but not on at the time.

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