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Old 06-25-2019, 02:30 PM   #1
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Problem with GFCI outlets

We're getting ready to boondock with our 2018 30' Classic so I'm checking out some of the systems we haven't used in a while because our last couple of trips were to places with full hook ups.

For some reason the GFCI plugs throughout the trailer, which work fine when hooked up to AC power, are dead with AC power disconnected and the inverter turned on. My plug tester shows no lights at all and I've tried several AC powered devices with no go.

I can hear the inverter fan running and what's interesting is that both the TV and powered front recliners, which require that the inverter be turned on when shore power is disconnected, are working just fine. It's just that all of the plugs are dead. Oh, and I've checked the AC panel circuit breakers and they are ok.

The plugs don't have individual reset buttons. Is there a GFI reset somewhere that I'm missing? I thought that the reset feature was automatic...

Anyway, I'm stumped. I mean, the plugs are supposed to work with the inverter to run 120V stuff off the battery, right? I didn't imagine that did I? Suggestions please?
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:38 PM   #2
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I don't know if the Classic is wired differently, but on my Flying Cloud only certain outlets are supplied by the inverter and they're labeled as such. Look at the outlet one of your TVs plugs into and see if it's labeled "INVERTER OUTLET." If it is, then only those outlets so labeled are expected to be powered by the inverter.
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I don't know if the Classic is wired differently, but on my Flying Cloud only certain outlets are supplied by the inverter and they're labeled as such. Look at the outlet one of your TVs plugs into and see if it's labeled "INVERTER OUTLET." If it is, then only those outlets so labeled are expected to be powered by the inverter.
I thought that all of the outlets in the Classic were supposed to be dual purpose but maybe I'm wrong. In addition to the TV outlets I found one under the dinette marked "inverter only" and it is working. Perhaps this whole issue is pilot error, or at least pilot misinformed....
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I think the key word there is "labeled". Are the outlets for the TV labeled "INVERTER OUTLET"? My '17 FC doesn't have the inverter-only outlets older ones had, there's one duplex outlet at each TV and the inverter is a pass-through, so those same outlets are energized by 120v shore power or the inverter. In my trailer, there are additional outlets down low in the U-lounge that are also inverter outlets, but none of the regular ones you see (by the bed, in the bathroom, above the galley counter) are inverter-supplied
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The TV outlet is labeled "inverter circuit" as is the one on the wall under the dinette table. I tested the one under the dinette (which I'd not looked at closely before) and it is live both with the inverter on and with shore power hooked up. I'm sure the TV outlet works the same way.

My mistake, apparently, was thinking that all of the outlets in the trailer were dual mode. Clearly they are not. That's not a big deal; it was just a matter of knowing how they're supposed to work, and "discovering" the one under the dinette. Thanks for your help in sorting this out!
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:59 AM   #6
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GFCI Outlets

On our 2017 Classic only the outlet under the dinette and the outlets behind the two TVs are 'hot' when using the inverter.

As for your GFCI question, all of these outlets, all of which should be labeled, are controlled by a GFCI breaker. So none of these outlets have the standard push reset button.

At least, that's how it is wired on our Classic. YMMV.
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Had a similar problem in our 16 28' Serenity. The reset for the circuit is on the breaker. After tracking down all threads and possible solutions, nothing worked, so I replaced the breaker with an identical new one from Lowe's, and no problems now for 6 months!
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on many AS, only some outlets run off the inverter.

they are often so labelled on the wall
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