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Old 04-05-2020, 09:26 PM   #1
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110v circuit down? here's maybe why

2000 tradewinds, plugged into shore power or generator, 4 of the 110v outlets were dead, these were the TV in front, the outlet next to the microwave/convection oven, outlet behind dining table (reverse of bathroom wall) and the outlet next to the bathroom sink. The circuit breakers were all 'on' on the inverter/charger, breakers were 'on' under the bedroom closet, no obvious cause. I plugged a circuit tester into the outlets which confirmed they were dead but the bathroom outlet was a GFI outlet and it had tripped; this had tripped the WHOLE circuit not just that one outlet. Re setting the GFI outlet brought everything back to life - something so simple but not obvious.
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2000 tradewinds, plugged into shore power or generator, 4 of the 110v outlets were dead, these were the TV in front, the outlet next to the microwave/convection oven, outlet behind dining table (reverse of bathroom wall) and the outlet next to the bathroom sink. The circuit breakers were all 'on' on the inverter/charger, breakers were 'on' under the bedroom closet, no obvious cause. I plugged a circuit tester into the outlets which confirmed they were dead but the bathroom outlet was a GFI outlet and it had tripped; this had tripped the WHOLE circuit not just that one outlet. Re setting the GFI outlet brought everything back to life - something so simple but not obvious.
That's the way they work in everyone's RV and in everyone's house. The GFI outlet with the buttons is the master and it controls 4 or 5 more downstream in an RV and 6 to 8 in a residence. Some RV's have 2 or 3 GFI circuits.
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Usually, the GFCI breaker is the first outlet in a series of outlets so that all the outlets are protected. It's cheaper than multiple GFCI's for each outlet, and again, cheaper than running two separate circuits.
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Works like that in your house as well.
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Funny story, I bough a 1947 house that was upgraded by an amateur.

Every outlet in the kitchen and bathroom is an actual GFCI device with test button. I think 8 between the 2 rooms.

When you look in there at night, the green LEDs are shining everywhere.
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On the Dolphin model the GFI is behind the flip up counter extension in the
kitchen. If you don’t look under the extension you wouldn’t even know there was an outlet there let alone a GFI.
I only found out about it through the great people here at iRV2.
I can almost hear the engineers laughing as they design some of these MHs
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Thanks

Thanks to everyone who has replied, to some of you it was Ďobviousí that all the circuit would be dead, but the point of my post was to point out that I didn't know that and something simple and obvious to some people is perplexing to others. Sharing of knowledge is a wonderful time saver sometimes !
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I just learned this the hard way. GFI tripped in the bathroom caused the TV not to work. Took me forever to figure it out
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