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Old 10-27-2015, 02:01 PM   #15
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As you have seen, there may be many reasons for a breaker to trip. Another is that a breaker is a thermal device that can and does fail. If a main breaker trips without a branch breaker tripping, I would suspect the main breaker has failed. Replacing it is easy and not expensive. Just pull the old one out, unscrew the wire and take it to the store for a replacement. You may have to go to an electrical supply house for an exact replacement if the home center doesn't have one.
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Old 10-27-2015, 02:45 PM   #16
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A similar thing happened to me last year. I was at a funky Florida Keys park, woke up on a chilly morning, and turned on my space heater. Evidently everybody else in the park did as well, took a bad voltage dip, and fried various breakers. I replaced all of the bad parts, and installed a decent surge/dip protector. Hasn't happened again.
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Old 10-27-2015, 03:54 PM   #17
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The first we camped in our then new 2014 Int. FB 27. We had the 30A breaker problem. When using an all electric home adding a hair drier, toaster, coffee pot or vacuum would trip the trailer main breaker. 30A/120V just isn't enough. We have learned to run the water heater on gas and the wife shut down the A/C when hair drying. Seems to work for us. Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:45 PM   #18
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If the breaker had a burned smell and subsequently worked intermittently, the breaker is probably worn out. They generally last a long time but if tripped frequently, they will wear out. Easy fix if you are handy, if not call an electrician.
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:07 PM   #19
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This will explain it.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:18 AM   #20
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I checked the wattage on my electric heater yesterday, it is 1500 Watts. I also took the whole breaker panel out and inspected all the wires. None had any evidence of have gotten too hot, smoldering or anything like that. Since I have the trailer now winterized and the batteries are out I could not verify if the cooling fan comes on or not.
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Old 10-28-2015, 09:30 AM   #21
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My opinion is that the "extreme heat" you mentioned indicates an issue bigger than simple overloading.

How extreme was this heat you mentioned?


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Old 10-28-2015, 10:15 AM   #22
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A similar thing happened to me last year. I was at a funky Florida Keys park, woke up on a chilly morning, and turned on my space heater. Evidently everybody else in the park did as well, took a bad voltage dip, and fried various breakers. I replaced all of the bad parts, and installed a decent surge/dip protector. Hasn't happened again.
Consider a surge protector as MANDATORY. I had been told by the folks who installed my Xantrex FS3012 charger/inverter that if it was damaged due to a surge in voltage and I was not using a surge protector, if the Xantrex failed, the warranty on the Xantrex was invalid.

Campgrounds, particularly old ones, often have wonky wiring, and to protect your AS from electrical damage you must use a good surge protector.
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Old 10-28-2015, 03:08 PM   #23
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On my last weekend camping, there was an occasional smoldering smell and, what seemed unrelated, the main 30 Amp breaker tripped. Thinking the smell was coming from outside and the tripping was not related, simply re-set the breaker. The breaker tripped once more overnight and againth e next day.I called the service department where i bought my 2013 25' FC, and was asked if I heard the fan under the bed running. As I did not, it was concluded that my cooling fan might be not functioning. Can someone help describing how to diagnose this for sure and how to possibly change it out, and where to get a replacement.Thanks

I think the service people think your converter is bad. The smell and the tripping ( inside or out ) is what prevented your RV from catching fire so you need to find this.

If you are talking about the "main breaker outside the RV and not inside the RV in your breaker panel then this could be something else to check.

Look closely at the RV plug that plugs into the post at the site RV parks don't (for the most part) keep after the condition of there power post. If the receptacle you plugged into at the site is defective it will not make good connection this causes heat (SMELL ) and the heat can cause the breaker on the pole to trip. If you see signs of heating on your RV plug that's it.
It could look like rubber coming out around the terminals, burnt on discolored terminals. One terminal may be shorter then the other.
If in doubt go to a store and look at a new one and compare.

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I is the main 30 Amp breaker inside my AS that tripped. I do have a surge protectorhttp://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/portable-surge-guard-with-lcd-display-30-amp/81277specifically got it so I won't have issues at older RV parks.
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Is the air intake for your converter extremely dusty? Ours was and the converter fan ran all the time and the converter was way too hit.
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avionstream, that is a very good question. Where would I find the air intake?
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Any dust accumulated on or near the converter, mine had a grated grill in front of it. Yours may be different.
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