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Old 03-04-2015, 05:21 PM   #1
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On 30AMP power for 13 days, then an oops...

We've had to extend our stay in SC, because of the nasty weather up north. I almost feel ashamed for enjoying a 79 degree day, when they are going to be getting 5-9 inches of snow at home. That's another story though.

We had a water leak at the WH the other night and the felt under the cabinets was wet. I got everything mostly dry and wanted to run the A/C, so it would draw out more moisture. It ran for 3 hours and then the pedestal breaker tripped. I reset it and it tripped again, in less than a minute. When I checked further, I could smell a bit of smoke.

I found that one pin on the GFCI/surge suppressor and one pin of the power cord plug had gotten pretty hot. I called the CG and told them the plug on the pedestal was smoking. The maintenance guy was here in less than a minute!

He replaced the 30AMP receptacle and the breaker. I'm not real sure what the problem was, since I only had the A/C and the converter pulling power. I guess it was a faulty receptacle.

Attached are a pic of the surge plug and a couple of the inside of the same surge/gfci. You can see how hot it was, by looking at the partially melted wire nut on the ground wire..
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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Looks like the campground recepticle may have a loose connection on the hot leg.

That prong had some serious arching going on as evidenced by the blackened area and the yellow greenish buildup.

That loose connection will definitely cause a high draw.


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Old 03-05-2015, 07:27 AM   #3
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OK here is the problem. The GFI looks to be a 15 amp even if it's a 20 that probably maxed it out that's not a 30 outlet. If you were plugged into the GFI it required an adapter they are only rated 15 amps. The cooked wire on the GFI was from a bad connection at the neutral stake on that in it's self would have been enough to drop the voltage furthering the current load and it kind of looks like it's been that way for awhile. At this point I'm sure your adapter is junk and it also would be a good ideal to replace the cord cap on the camper feed wire.
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