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Old 09-25-2015, 01:37 PM   #1
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Airstream is popping breakers

Hello! Need your help!
We are getting ready to hit the road so I plugged our 19' international in to the normal outlet in garage to chill the fridge. For some reason, it is popping breakers in all outlets so it must be the AS, not the outlets. It has rained here a lot lately.. but that seems so odd. Any tips?
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:39 PM   #2
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it is popping breakers in all outlets
I assume you mean that the circuit breaker for the garage outlets is tripping when you plug in the Airstream.

If so, the most likely reason is that you have the air conditioner turned on. It could pop a 15amp garage breaker if you also had your converter or fridge on at same time.

If that is not it, try to eliminate things by turning off the breakers in your Airstream. Plug the trailer cord back into the garage, and turn the A/S breakers on one at a time.

If it is a GFI outlet tripping in your garage that is another story .
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #3
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First thing that comes to mind is plain, old-fashioned overload.

What size (in amps) is the breaker that is tripping? What do you have on in the Airstream besides the fridge? What else in the house runs on that same circuit?

A breaker will trip if the load exceeds its rating, and it doesn't care where the load comes from. Home outlets are often wired to the same breaker as several other things in the house.

Good luck isolating the problem.
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Old 09-25-2015, 02:46 PM   #4
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I'm assuming you mean the breakers for your house outlets, right? And you've plugged in the airstream to the same outlet before and it worked ok?

Is the house outlet a GFCI, and is that what's tripping? Have you tried a non-GFCI outlet?

Tip 1: Are you using an extension cord? If yes, try a different one. Also make sure the connection between the shore power cord and extension cord is dry. Sometimes extension cords have hot and neutral reversed from the plug to the outlet end, and that can cause problems.

Tip 2: Turn off the main breaker in the Airstream and try plugging it in again. If the house outlet breaker still trips, you have a problem that needs to get looked at. If the breaker stays on, then flip on the airstream breakers one at a time until you isolate the faulty circuit.

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I'll bet a cup of coffee that it's a GFCI issue. I have tried numerous GFCI outlets at different locations and they always trip immediately. Only non-GFCI outlets work with my trailer.
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Another couple of possibilities not yet mentioned…

Is the plug loose in the socket? If a plug does not fit snugly, it causes the current to arc across the loose connection, greatly raising the electrical resistance. If you unplug the shore power cord and see discoloration of the socket that's a pretty fair indication that the plug is loose. New sockets are almost never loose, but old ones often are.

If you're using an extension cord, is it a heavy-duty cord? Basic rule, never plug a big cord into a small extension cord. Always go same size or larger. An extension cord that's too small will cause increased electrical resistance as well. It will also get warm or hot to the touch.
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:37 PM   #7
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Breakers tripping

Take a close look at the male plug contacts on the AS electrical cord (outside). If they are greatly discolored, clean them by hand with fine emery cloth. Discoloration equals resistance and will cause the breakers inside the trailer to open.
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Still not sure if it is pooping the breaker in the AS or garage? We had an issue this summer where the GFI breaker in the camper kept popping. After going through a number of other checks, it ended up being the GFI breaker that was bad. Replaced and all working well now.
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Um. Meant to say "popping" in the post above. ☺️
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Um. Meant to say "popping" in the post above. ☺️
Nah. "Pooping" works too. When the breaker pops, doesn't it make you say a less polite version of, "Aw, poop"?
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Chances are,,, the short is in one of the ends of the cable, or close to it.


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