Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-18-2009, 06:04 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
frscott's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Wichita Falls , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 89
Blog Entries: 1
AC Electrical problem

I have a problem but with only half my trailer. My 1986 25' Sovereign has plugs working in the rear bedroom and the middle bath, but all are dead in the front in the kitchen and around the couch. I checked the breaker box and all is well, I thought maybe I have a bad breaker???? I assume there is only one box, as that is all I have found. All DC lights work fine, and the batteries are charging as well.

Scott
__________________

__________________
frscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-18-2009, 06:42 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Zeppelinium's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1973 27' Overlander
1977 23' Safari
Palmer Lake , Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,908
Send a message via Skype™ to Zeppelinium
The bad breaker theory is the most likely.

But you could have a wire that's come loose from a socket. The two 115V circuits are daisy chained through the sockets, so a loose wire will take out all the downstream sockets on that circuit. Take the cover plates off and take a look. If the sockets are the type that have push-in connections, I'd switch to using the side screws.

Zep
__________________

Zeppelinium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 10:30 AM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
frscott's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Wichita Falls , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 89
Blog Entries: 1
Thanks! I will give that a try.

Scott
__________________
frscott is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 10:35 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,323
Could it be a GFCI outlet in the kitchen area? If that tripped, it will also cause all downstream outlets to not work. Same if it went belly up.

Chris
__________________
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 10:50 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,810
Images: 12
First check the GFI to be sure it has not tripped.

If you have a voltmeter check the voltage on the wire side of the breaker to test the breaker.

If you do not have a meter unplug the trailer and switch the wires on the 2 breakers. Plug the trailer in and see if the problem moved to the other half of the trailer. If so the breaker is bad.

If the problem did not move to the other half of the trailer the problem is downstream of the breaker. Turn off the breakers and go to the receptacle closest to the panel open it and check the connection on the plug. If the connection look good turn the breakers on while the plug it pulled out of the wall box and test for voltage. At this point you should be using a meter or a cheap neon bulb tester, a couple of bucks at the Big Box Stores.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 11:12 AM   #6
Rivet Master
 
vswingfield's Avatar
 
1983 34' Excella
1967 24' Tradewind
Little Rock , Arkansas
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 3,771
Images: 32
The breakers besides the GFCI are pretty cheap. I replaced all mine when one started getting warm. Cheap insurance. I haven't replaced the ground fault one, but there is a new one in a box sitting on top of the breaker box. Perhaps it will install itself.

In my Excella, the 15 amp GFCI breaker only controls the bathroom, bedroom, outside outlet, and outlet at the front (completely at the other end) under the couch for the Univolt. The other outlets are connected to a 20 amp regular breaker. The one in my kitchen is not connected to the GFCI one but to the regular 20 amp breaker. If this breaker were bad, I would have exactly the same situation you have.

Replace the breakers, they are 23 years old and it will be good insurance. You can hold off on the GFCI on if you want, they are a little pricey.
__________________
Vaughan
vswingfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-19-2009, 12:21 PM   #7
4 Rivet Member
 
Cantrell's Avatar
 
1988 34' Limited
1960 24' Tradewind
Mt. Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 379
If you decide to have a look at the wiring at the outlets make sure the power is off. If they are like mine, there is no cover. It is a one piece outlet with little 'wings' on the back (the screws on the face of the outlet move those wings and hold it snug to the skin). I tried to take the cover off one once only to discover that it is a one piece unit--it somehow made contact with the interior skin and threw some sparks and popped the breaker. Thankfully, that is all that happened. There must be some reason they used these things (speed of installation, vibration resistance, whatever) but I don't care for them.
Just kill the power first before messing with the outlets.
__________________

__________________
Bill Cantrell
AIR 24338
TAC SC-1
__________________________________________________
Easily distracted by shiny objects.
Cantrell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Electrical Problem QuietWater Airstream Motorhome Forums 11 06-22-2009 12:06 AM
greetings and electrical problem wdm1 Member Introductions 2 12-18-2006 03:02 PM
electrical problem Gunnyusmc Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 5 08-13-2003 08:26 AM
AC electrical problem lbf78SvgnInt31 Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 07-26-2003 07:44 PM
electrical problem Piper Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 0 06-18-2003 07:15 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:38 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.