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Old 04-02-2009, 08:24 PM   #1
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microwave breaker

OK, 345 owners......this out to be easy, but I can’t find it. Where is the microwave breaker? We have a breaker box, within the converter, not there. There’s an AC breaker under the dinette seat. We’ve checked the back overhead bin, and the closet, no “hidden” breakers.

This morning, the generator couldn’t start the microwave. No power, at all (no light, no clock, no anything). It’s not the generator, because the outlets are live, and everything else on the selector, works. Since it’s not getting any power, I figured we would start at the “bottom”, and work up.


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Old 04-02-2009, 08:58 PM   #2
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Is it on or down steam from a ground fault receptacle that needs to be reset?
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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reday - The manual refers to it, but we don’t have any (at least not the kind that I’m used to seeing).
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:50 PM   #4
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Is it the only outlet without power?
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:29 PM   #5
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Terry - yes. Is it plugged into a regular outlet, in the cabinet, or hardwired?
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:23 AM   #6
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Okay, next, obvious, question... Can you plug the microwave in somewhere else? Use an extension cord, you don't need to (and shouldn't, with an extension cord) turn it on, just check to see if it lights up. You could have a blown fuse in the microwave itself. Can you plug another device into the outlet, such as a light, and see if it turns on?
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Old 04-03-2009, 04:46 AM   #7
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OK, 345 owners......this out to be easy, but I can’t find it. Where is the microwave breaker? We have a breaker box, within the converter, not there. There’s an AC breaker under the dinette seat. We’ve checked the back overhead bin, and the closet, no “hidden” breakers.

This morning, the generator couldn’t start the microwave. No power, at all (no light, no clock, no anything). It’s not the generator, because the outlets are live, and everything else on the selector, works. Since it’s not getting any power, I figured we would start at the “bottom”, and work up.


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Tracy, have you checked the breaker panel in the left rear lower corner of the motorhome? From what I have seen most Airstreams have their main power panel located in that area.

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Old 04-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #8
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Terry - Ah-ha....so it is just plugged in. Can you just take off the frame to access the plug?

Brad - Do you mean inside under the bed, or outside in one the the “drawers”?


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Old 04-03-2009, 09:27 AM   #9
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:36 AM   #10
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Terry - Ah-ha....so it is just plugged in. Can you just take off the frame to access the plug?

Brad - Do you mean inside under the bed, or outside in one the the “drawers”?

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In our 1984 310 motorhome and also in our 1974 Excella trailer the main electrical box is in the credenza located in the rear of the trailer. Specifically its in the left rear corner just above the floor where the electrical compartment is at the left outer rear of the trailer/motorhome.

There should be 2 to 4 breakers in the box including one which is a GFCI breaker which is most likely the one that has the microwave plugged into it.

On our motorhome I found a loose connection on the GFCI that caused it to trip anytime the DC inverter was turned on. Tightened the screw and the problem went away.

The microwave should just be plugged in. Again on our 310 motorhome you could access the cord for the microwave by reaching up from where the DC inverter was located. The outlet is right behind the ice maker in our 310.

Hope this helps!

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I have a changeover switch to feed power to either the A/C or the microwave. On my 82 31' the switch is behind the tambour door above the cook top. The Microwave is below the cooktop.

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I have a changeover switch to feed power to either the A/C or the microwave. On my 82 31' the switch is behind the tambour door above the cook top. The Microwave is below the cooktop.
Paul, I totally forgot about that rotary switch! More than a time or two I've been baffled for a few moments as to why something doesn't turn on when I expect it to. Then the light bulb goes off and I remember the selector switch .

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Old 04-04-2009, 09:15 PM   #13
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OK, I have pulled out the top drawer(we have 4 drawers under the microwave, and a storage cabinet above it) and with the use of a mirror have located the plug-in, and the only way I'm gonna reach it is to pull the microwave out...by the way, I can now repair a broken slide on a drawer after I break it...the plug-in is a standard duplex plug(big flat, little flat, and a round ground). Our 345LE is rear a twin bed, and the left(streetside) bunk has the fresh water tank under it. We have an electrical box under the kitchen drawers(not the ones under the microwave, but to the left of the stove/gas oven, which is left of the microwave). The electrical box has 6 breakers and several ATC fuses...
The rotation switch that controls micro,front/rear ac, built-in blender, and two open circuits is located in the storage compartment above the control panel, which is located in the front of the over-the-gas-stove hood. I have checked the circuit breaker for these(#5 from the left), and it works for all the other circuits...the microwave does not even have power for the clock...there HAS to be an in-line circuit SOMEWHERE that should be accessible to someone with normal arm-length such as I...doesn't there???... The micro weighs about 50 lbs, according to the manual, and will require removal of 7 frame screws(lord knows what else is lurking behind the frame...)...
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does the air conditioner get power? if not, pull the microwave and check the outlet.
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