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Old 03-24-2016, 11:14 PM   #1
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I have a 1994 Dutchman and it appears that I have lost electrical in the two outlets in my kitchen and 1 side of my slide. Any clue why? I checked the breakers and none have tripped. All was working fine this a.m. and this afternoon dead. I lost my heater but found the source of it's problem and now I have heat again....Yeah!!!!
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:22 PM   #2
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Perhaps a GFCI somewhere tripped.
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Old 03-24-2016, 11:42 PM   #3
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I have a 1994 Dutchman and it appears that I have lost electrical in the two outlets in my kitchen and 1 side of my slide. Any clue why? I checked the breakers and none have tripped. All was working fine this a.m. and this afternoon dead. I lost my heater but found the source of it's problem and now I have heat again....Yeah!!!!
The 120 volt wiring is fairly simple in that it comes in to the breaker panel then splits off to the outlets. You may have a faulty breaker. Can you confirm that all the outlets that are out, come from the same breaker? As mentioned above you could have a tripped GFCI, if not someone with a volt meter and a little electrical experience should be able to troubleshoot it fairly easily. Could also be a bad connection at an outlet that feeds the others that are out.
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Last time I had power issues with things in the slide, it turned out the manufacturer (not Dutchmen) had used crip connectors. Being under the slide, and exposed to the road, they corroded,causing problems. Once they were all replaced, everything worked again. I'd get under your slide, and check the wire bundle, if there are wires connected with crimp connectors, replace them with sealing connectors. Is the kitchen in the slide? As previously stated, first place to look is for a tripped GFCI.
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Last time I had power issues with things in the slide, it turned out the manufacturer (not Dutchmen) had used crip connectors. Being under the slide, and exposed to the road, they corroded,causing problems. Once they were all replaced, everything worked again. I'd get under your slide, and check the wire bundle, if there are wires connected with crimp connectors, replace them with sealing connectors. Is the kitchen in the slide? As previously stated, first place to look is for a tripped GFCI.
Exposed wires with crimp connectors are 12Volt wiring. There should be neither in a 120VAC circuit. My money is on a GFCI.
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I really hate to appear stupid, but what a GFCI and where do I find it? Be gentle now. ) I have narrowed it down to the 3 outlets in my kitchen area. This area is located at the back of the unit. My slide, I remembered, is plugged into the outlet at the floor. All other outlets in the unit work. Thanks to all of you who have replied. Now I get to wait for 12 more inches of snow this afternoon to go with the 20 we got Wednesday. I'll be back later this evening. Again, Thanks for your answers.
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Look for an outlet in your kitchen or bathroom with a black and a red little button in the middle of the outlets. One of them is labelled RESET.
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Hey, it was in my bathroom. Thanks bunches. Guess I have a lot of learning to do on this unit. Appreciate your help. I would have never thought to look in my bathroom.
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Anywhere there is a chance of water making contact with an outlet is where it could be. One GFCI outlet handles multiple outlets on that circuit - can't recall for sure, but I think it can handle 5? I carry a spare GFCI outlet in my boonie box after having one go bad on me on a trip.
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Hey, it was in my bathroom. Thanks bunches. Guess I have a lot of learning to do on this unit. Appreciate your help. I would have never thought to look in my bathroom.
It was a GFCI tripped then?
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