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Old 01-01-2015, 09:56 PM   #1
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Red light on power cord head?

Does anyone know what a red light, as opposed to a blue light on the power cord head means? I can't find ANY guidance in my manuals for this but I've got to believe red is bad in some way. I have full power and everything works fine. Brand new 2015 Intl Sig with 30 amp service plugged into a 20 amp service with adapter. Thanks is advance!
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I believe it is sensing that the polarity is reversed.
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Old 01-01-2015, 10:14 PM   #3
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Reverse Polarity

The red light is bad news. I think means your electrical hookup may be/is dangerous.

Furrion makes the power cords for Airstream. The following quote comes from the Furrion web site at

F30R30-SS - Power cordsets - RV Camp Power - Electrical


"Furrion's Faultsmart Neutral loss and Reverse Polarity Indicator includes a bright blue LED power indicator and a bright red LED reverse polarity indicator. This reverse polarity LED indicates incorrect flow of electricity due to incorrect wiring."

The cord on our 2013 had a tag that also provided the explanation of the LED indicators.
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The red light on the furrion power cord means it is plugged into a reverse polarity power source,like others have said.

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I.e. Hot and neutral are reversed at the source. Which is a bad thing...


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Old 01-01-2015, 10:47 PM   #6
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You may have also received a yellow power checker with you unit when new. It has three LEDs which will give you a double check...we leave ours plugged in for continuous checking...
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If you are plugging in to a "normal" 110vac outlet, one of these Amprobe PY-3 110V AC Receptacle Tester

will help isolate where the problem is originating. These testers are very helpful.
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Try a dif adapter and or a dif outlet! Be careful. Peace,jim
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Hi. I have a 2015 International Sig and there was a company recall on the power inlets (I brought mine in this week). I didn't have a problem, no red light, but being that you do I wouldn't use it until I brought it in. They checked both of my power inlets, they were fine, it's a ten minute fix if there is an issue. The alternative is possible fire (according to the letter I received).
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red light

Probably means there is a reverse connection at hook-up; your unit is ok but the polarity is backwards from the source;
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What they said.

I use the tester that paulngina and mefly2 mentioned in every new receptacle I connect to. Plus, if you buy a 30 amp male to 15 amp female adapter like this one
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55233-El.../dp/B00192QB3I
you can use that tester on 30 amp hookups. I would not recommend using that adapter for anything other that testing the circuit since it lets you plug 15/20 amp wiring into a circuit that is protected by a 30 amp breaker. But it's a simple, inexpensive way to use the standard circuit tester on 30 amp receptacles at campgrounds.
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Wow... interesting. Reversed polarity is a new concept to me... I have no idea what could cause that or why. This is the exact same outlet I've hooked up to since day 1 and it's the same outlet that gave me a blue light until just a few days ago. Nothing, and I mean nothing is inoperable or even acting weird on the electrics. I never thought to look at the big white sticker that's wrapped around it though. Duh I guess.

Interesting about the recall too. I bought the thing less than a month ago... I'd love to think they complied with this recall when I bought it. Glass half full.

Would / could water on the contacts have anything to do with the indication? Or have caused a fault somewhere?

Thanks for the help everyone. It takes a forum to raise a first time RV owner!
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OH! I am using an outdoor extension cord to run from the wall outlet to the RV power cord. That's felt like a bad idea for a while but the 30ft cord is about 3 ft short! I will troubleshoot this somehow and report back with findings. Bzzzz, zap, ouch.
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Based on your last post I wouldn't worry about it too much. It's not like the polarity of your outlet changed. More likely the poor quality power cord and/or inlet on the coach. The light in our power cord head-end lasted maybe 3 months and we're on the 3rd coach inlet now due to faulty lights and stripped threads. 😒. As soon as we're out of warranty I'll be switching to the stainless steel inlet and probably a better cord.


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