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Old 10-02-2016, 10:45 PM   #1
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Only one electrical outlet in the trailer is working. It's the non-GFCI.

My GFCI outlet will not let me test the outlet (Pushing the test button does not trip the outlet)

Everything else has power. I'm plugged into my house 120v.

I can't see an issue with the breakers. It wasn't tripped, and I turned them off and back on.

I checked the to 12v 40amp automotive fuses on the converter. They appear to good.


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Why Does My RV Keep Tripping GFCI Electrical Outlets?
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:03 AM   #2
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and I can only find one GFCI outlet (located in the kitchen)
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:25 AM   #3
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There may be other outlets down stream from the GFCI, places like the kitchen, bathroom and outside. They are protected by the GFCI. So if the GFCI isn't working they won't work either. It sounds like either the GFCI has gone bad or possibly a connection in the circuit before it gets to the GFCI has come loose. How handy are you with a multi-meter?

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Never used a multimeter. I'm reading on line that others have had this issue when plugging into a home outlet that is on a GFCI also. Tomorrow I will try to plug into a house outlet not on a GFCI.
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Never used a multimeter. I'm reading on line that others have had this issue when plugging into a home outlet that is on a GFCI also. Tomorrow I will try to plug into a house outlet not on a GFCI.
Using the polarity tester mentioned in the article would be a good first start, its easy, just plug in and read into every outlet in your trailer. It will help narrow it down to the outlet with the issue.
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Get this guy and go around to each outlet until you find the problem.

E-Z Check Circuit Tester for 3 Wire, 125V AC Circuits

There are places that have them cheaper.
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This is strange:

I plug my 50amp cable with adapters into a non-GFCI outlet inside my home (with an outside extension cord). The GFCI outlet in the trailer immediately works. The one non-GFCI outlet in the trailer (and the other items on the breaker labeled "general") did not work.

My plan is to camp this weekend on 50amp and check every electrical item.
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Get this guy and go around to each outlet until you find the problem.

E-Z Check Circuit Tester for 3 Wire, 125V AC Circuits

There are places that have them cheaper.
Good thing to have in the home and the camper toolbox for sure!
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This is strange:

I plug my 50amp cable with adapters into a non-GFCI outlet inside my home (with an outside extension cord). The GFCI outlet in the trailer immediately works. The one non-GFCI outlet in the trailer (and the other items on the breaker labeled "general") did not work.

My plan is to camp this weekend on 50amp and check every electrical item.
Not really that strange. You are using a 30 to 50 amp adapter to power the RV from the house. The 50 amp circuit is actually two 110 volt circuits. When you adapt the 50 amp circuit only one 110 volt circuit passes through the adapter, the circuit with the GFCI.
The other 110 volt circuit, the non-protected one, is dropped and out of the equation.
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This is strange:

I plug my 50amp cable with adapters into a non-GFCI outlet inside my home (with an outside extension cord). The GFCI outlet in the trailer immediately works. The one non-GFCI outlet in the trailer (and the other items on the breaker labeled "general") did not work.

My plan is to camp this weekend on 50amp and check every electrical item.
I would check your home outlets with the same tool discussed above.
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