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Old 12-27-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Overloaded Electric & now NO electric unless using generator.

Help. I did something stupid....guess, I was just so cold, my brain wasn't working. I hooked up 2 space heaters, one at each end of the RV. Then without thinking, I decided to microwave some water for tea. Bam....no electricity. when I have done something like this in the past, it has just tripped the breaker, either in the RV or on the outside power breaker box.

This time.....there were no breakers tripped. I checked all the fuses and had to replace one 15 amp fuse. Just to be sure, I flipped all the breaker switches and still No power.

I do have complete power when running the generator, just no electric land power. I have done every thing possible to try to figure this out.....but can't. I have checked the GFI outlet and it doesn't allow me to reset or test....nothing happens when pushing the buttons.

I checked the inverter box and there are no lights, etc.... on it. I have turned the switch on and off and have attempted pressing the little 10 output circuit breaker and just like the GFI outlet....nothing...no ability to push it in or out.

I am racking my brains and need to repair this immediately as I live full time in the RV. It is a 1989 Safari Serengeti, class A coach. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Get the volt meter out! I suspect you either tripped a main breaker or burned up the plug or receptacle on the power cord.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
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It could be the main breaker further upstream in the park or your transfer switch as well.
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:41 PM   #4
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It could be the main breaker further upstream in the park or your transfer switch as well.

You say that power is OK on Genny, so your problem must be somewhere "upstream" of the transfer switch on the shore power side. Use a voltmeter or test light and trace it back.
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Old 12-27-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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I really wish i could help. I had this happen to me maybe 2 weeks ago. I called the repair guy in and he tested my main breakers and they were good, then he went to the basement and the power box in there and said it was set to pull off the inverter? and i think he switched it off inverter? I really wish i knew exact how he fixed it I didnt see what he did. But he got my power back on. So now when ever i run my micro or convection i turn off electric heaters and even my computer.
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Get the meter out and check the power at the post. If you have power there start working 'downstream'.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:53 PM   #7
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If you have power at the camp ground pole, no damage to your plug, then I suspect you have a bad transfer switch.
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #8
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Thank You, Problem Solved !!!

OMG, what a relief. Have been without power since Xmas eve. A friend finally came over with a voltage meter. We finally were able to determine that the problem was in the power cord. moisture had gotten inside and damaged the wires. After cutting off the plug and bad wire section, we were able to place a new 30 AMP plug on the cord and are up and running. Full electric.

Thank you all for your great suggestions!!!!
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Good to hear.
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Way to go! Good way to start the new year or at least go out with the old.
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Thanks for taking the time to get back to us and letting us know the solution. Glad your up and running.
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