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Old 02-23-2020, 04:11 PM   #1
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Electrical "Power Status" meter issue

In my 2005 Dutch Star, the other day, the top light started to blink on my power meter. This is a meter located over the entrance stairs and it has two labels. 1) is "SERVICE TYPE" with Gen, 50, 30 and 20 listed. 2) is POWER STATUS with Block Heater, Water Heater, Rear AC and Front AC listed.

The top Block Heater light was blinking. I have never seen this happen and wondered why it was doing it. Nothing appeared to be affected but I suspect something is definitely affected, I just don't know what it is. After a while, it stopped.

The next day, that light was blinking again but this time it was the top two lights, Block Heater and Water Heater. AND, the water heater power light (the one on the actual power switch) was off. The electric water heater was not working, I am sure. After a while, all the lights went back to normal.

Does anyone know exactly what this meter is telling me? Does anyone have any idea of what could be going on? Any help would be appreciated.

I would have attached a picture but apparently that is done differently than I am used to.
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Old 02-23-2020, 05:05 PM   #2
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I can't say for sure because I don't have that system but it's possible your power monitoring unit was seeing low voltage and was turning off high draw items and flashing a warning light. The reason I say this is we just had our first experience with our portable power monitor shutting off our power because one leg of our 50amp service was dropping below 104 volts. As long as we didn't use any high drain devices, it would stay connected. I tried switching to the 30amp pedestal but it must have been tied to the same leg on the feed because it too was hovering around 104 volts. A day later, the voltage had returned to normal and all was well. It was a small campground and I figured everyone on that loop was using electric space heater. The weather warmed up a bit and the problem disappeared.

You might try typing your monitor's model number and the words "flashing warning lights" into Google to see what comes up. Hopefully others more familiar with your specific model will have a more direct answer.
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Thanks Tom. I had thought of that. The voltage was good on both lines, about 124.
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Okay, I think my problem is not a problem. The meter is part of an energy management system installed at the factory. When there is not enough power, it "sheds" systems that are less critical first. Hence the Block Heater, then the Water Heater.

We moved to a different campground yesterday and have had no trouble since. At the last campground, there was a problem with the dump station. Well, the dump station relies on electricity to pump the poop.

My conclusion is that there are power problems at that campground and even though the voltage is fine, the amperage is not.
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