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Old 02-11-2017, 06:08 PM   #1
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Outlet Mystery

Just bought our first AS, a refurbished 68 Tradewind. Everything was working fine prior to towing it home a short distance of only 20 miles. We were tinkering around in it today and discovered none of the electrical outlets inside and the one outside stopped working. The lights throughout the trailer all work fine. Just the outlets are dead. I double-checked the breaker box and turned them off and then back on to see if something had tripped them. Still no power to the outlets. The battery is fully charged but the trailer is not plugged in to an outlet since I do not have a 30 amp service installed yet for the trailer at my home. Any troubleshooting strategies for a newbie?

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Old 02-11-2017, 06:12 PM   #2
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If you are referring to the 110 AC outlets are you plugged into shore power?

The 12 volt batteries do not supply power to the AC outlets.

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Old 02-11-2017, 06:18 PM   #3
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The outlets are AC. You have to be plugged in to external power for them to work. If you have any inverter there may be 1 or 2 outlets dedicated to the inverter and the inverter must be turned on.
You can plug into 15/20 amp power using an adapter but you wil not be able to run the air conditioner in most trailers.

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Old 02-12-2017, 05:45 AM   #4
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I need to pick up an adapter and hopefully this will be the answer to my newbie dilemma. The learning curve has begun. Thanks for the quick reply.
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Old 02-12-2017, 07:47 AM   #5
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You might consider getting a copy of The Newbies Guide to Airstreaming. It is very helpful, and available in hard and soft copy.


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