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Old 12-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #1
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GFI issue

The GFI popped on my 2018 23D and I cant get it to reset. Outlets on curb (outside) and above range (inside) are dead. Have tried reset plugged to 15a house current, have tried with inverter on and inverter off. Am I missing something?

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Old 12-21-2017, 10:49 AM   #2
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I'd be suspicious of the outlet on the outside.

Disconnect ALL shore power and shut down the inverter (if you have one)

Pull the outside outlet and the over stove outlet apart and look for water intrusion. Water in any GFI-fed outlet will trip the GFI more or less constantly...a new outlet can cure the issue. The outside outlet is infamous for this if it gets wet.

If you KNOW what you are doing with electrical work, remove that outside outlet, cap off the hot and neutral (Black and white) wires with individual wire nuts, and reconnect shore power and see if the GFI resets. If it does, it was that outlet. If not, you might need to dig deeper into the other outlet on the circuit. Some Airstreams also run this GFI circuit to the refrigerator--try unplugging the fridge from the outlet in the fridge compartment as well...see if the GFI resets. Disconnect all power before doing more disconnecting for testing...or putting things back together! Be careful and work safely!

Once you have eliminated everything else, replace the GFI with a new one--they do go bad. Be very careful to wire it correctly--swapping the input and output will guarantee it won't work right!

If you do not know how to do any of this this safely, hire a professional electrician or RV tech that does know what he is doing.

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Old 12-21-2017, 10:51 AM   #3
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The GFI will cover all the outlets on the circuit, look and see if anything is plugged in elsewhere that might be popping it.
This happened in our house, our kitchen power went out and we found it was the GFI in the bathroom that had popped.
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Old 12-21-2017, 01:12 PM   #4
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GFIs search for a difference in potential between neutral and ground. A GFI has an input and an output, one called "Line" incoming power, and other called "Load". Load protects all the circuits after the GFI. That's why it can trip in one room and the outlets in another room suddenly stop working.
Maybe a bit more information. You're plugged into a 15 amp circuit. Can you try a different circuit? Run an extension cord? Then see if the GFI can be reset. If yes, then there is a fault in the first circuit, if no, then the issue may be in the GFI itself. They do fail, and they're not terribly expensive.
Remember, it's not about the current like a circuit breaker, it looks for a leak to ground, even a tiny one.
We all should have a cheap circuit tester in our kit. Make sure the outlet is wired properly.
Are you using any appliance with a two prong cord? I had a drill that tripped the GFI even thought it was working properly. Unplug anything, one at a time.
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Old 12-21-2017, 01:27 PM   #5
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This what an electrician told me.

For starters…a 2018 camper most likely has a new " era " GFI

The first " era " GFIs were prone to failure sooner or sooner.

The next " era " GFIs were better

There might be more " eras " in there

The new ones are REALLY sensitive. The electrician said even turning a lamp on " could " trigger it to shut down. A homemade extension cord with reversed polarity would be something else to look for.
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Hi DRBusse,

We're sorry to learn about the GFI issue you described in your 2018 23' International. Please call our customer service and technical support team at*1 (877) 596-6111, option 2 so we can learn more and help.

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Old 12-22-2017, 01:04 PM   #7
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Taking to the dealer next week. There has been no rain here. Dealer had it a few days back, doing warranty work on the stove, and I have to wonder if something behind the stove got tweaked to set off the GFI. It simply will not reset.

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