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Old 10-07-2014, 01:09 AM   #1
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Electric problems_2003 Trillium_Outback

Hello all,

I bought 2003 Trillium outback last year and enjoyed camping and hiking with outback.
I, my wife and my son went camping at Lake Louise campground to celebrate my birthday. We were about to go hiking in the morning but there was plastic melting smell in trailer and then power was out.
I used AC 110v to use electric heater, 1500W at that time.

I came back to Home and went to two RV services to fix it. RV services were already fully booked.
So I took power converter, ELX-25 apart by myself and found electric wire which is connected to aluminum block beside 15/20A circuit breaker was burned.


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The burned wire accidentally was removed when I pulled out the burned wire a little bit to cut it out. The wire length( wire B ) is around 10cm. So I had to open side cover of power converter to see what it happened inside. There was one disconnected wire( wire A ) inside so I connected the disconnected wires( wire A ) inside box and completely removed wire( wire B ).


It was not working when I connected 110V to trailer after rewiring.

Here are some questions.
1. Did I connect two disconnect wires( A and B ) correctly?
2. I rewired but no power is on. I don't know what went wrong.
Circuit breaker? Power converter?
3. If I replace circuit breaker and/or power converter, power is on?
4. Why hot line is connected to aluminum block if I connected correctly between wire A and wire B? (I can't understand why hot line is wired like diagram. )
5. Any comments for solving my problem? any references?


Many thanks in advance. Have a good day.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:24 AM   #2
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I'm going to suggest that you don't try to fix this yourself. Take it back to shop that has people that know how fix these things. You've already smelled burning plastic, mess with it too much and much more could end up burning.
Electrical fires are one of the causes of fires in trucks and autos. Don't want that to happen to your trailer.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:17 AM   #3
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Clearly it was not wired properly or you were plugged into a much higher amp service than rated for.
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:49 AM   #4
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You have a MLO panel . The terminal (Main Lug) burned off due to the set screw being loose and a heavy load . The lug is "JUNK" and needs to be replaced because it has been heated and the outer plating destroyed. You also need to cut back the feed wire until you see no signs of insulation damage and the copper is shiny. Lastly , the loose connection may have created an arcing fault and caused damage to your converter.. Electronic components do not like arcing or spikes in the sine wave
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:05 AM   #5
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A wire equals AC in
B wire is AC power to buss bar feeding breakers.
Not sure why you have a black wire (burnt) to grounding lug?
Should be a green wire (or white) to grounding buss.
Shouldn't have two wires on breaker.
One feeds 20 amp outlet and other 15 amp breaker to convertor.
Simply remember black = hot
White= neutral/ common/ ground
Green= earth ground
Gold screw on outlets = hot (black wire)
Silver screw on outlets = common (white wire)
Green screw= earth ground
Great drawings and pictures, couldn't tell what wire was going to breaker buss?
Should be B
Also check the polarity of the outlet you plugged into. If reversed it would put 110 to your ground. And it would look like what you have.
Let us know what you find.
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:20 AM   #6
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Gotta agree with Byron, it sound like this needs the attention of an electrician. Just based on your descriptions it sounds like this might be beyond your skill set and the results can be very disastrous if problems that exist aren't corrected.

FWIW: I do a lot of RC wiring and rewiring, as other damage may have been done to the electronics, and I would toss the existing converter and replace it with a new Progressive Dynamics PD-4045.

BTW: If your trailer is properly wired and circuit breaker protected, unless you somehow connect to a 240 outlet, you can't plug into an outlet with "To much power".
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Old 10-07-2014, 09:37 AM   #7
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Urban Mythology

Please, let's not perpetuate the myth that plugging into a higher amp service can damage anything. Higher voltage, yes, higher amperage capacity, no.

IF the trailer is Properly Wired, you can plug into the 120 Volt output of Grand Coulee Dam without fear. A trailer is simply a power load and it can't draw anymore from a 1000 amp outlet (if such a thing existed) than from any smaller outlet rated at or above it's load.

Your house is connected to 100 or 200 amp service, and we don't worry about that.....

Again, the operative term is Properly Wired.


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I see you are in Alberta, if you are in the Calgary area have you considered taking it into Team Tillium -Outback to have them take a look at it?

Electrical is not something I would not mess with.......
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Thank you for all your comments.
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Old 10-07-2014, 05:33 PM   #10
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I'm going to suggest that you don't try to fix this yourself. Take it back to shop that has people that know how fix these things. You've already smelled burning plastic, mess with it too much and much more could end up burning.
Electrical fires are one of the causes of fires in trucks and autos. Don't want that to happen to your trailer.
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I see you are in Alberta, if you are in the Calgary area have you considered taking it into Team Tillium -Outback to have them take a look at it?

Electrical is not something I would not mess with.......
Trillium Trailers has temporarily suspended business due to a move.
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Trillium Trailers has temporarily suspended business due to a move.
I understand they can still be contacted by phone - perhaps they could advise you as to who you could use for electrical.
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Just reading this thread and think I learned something here. First, I'm sorry this happened to you but if it were me at this point is have all checked out by an rv shop or qualified electrician, unless you are highly skilled and adept at this yourself. Electrical fires are awful as I've seen mobile homes go up with electrical problems and it isn't pretty.

Am I correct to learn that if a campsite has nothing left but 50 amp sites and my trailer is set up for 30 Amps at the distribution panel it doesn't matter? I can camp there no worries? Just wanna make sure I understand - or NOT.


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Yep, just need a 50/30 amp adaptor.
Voltec 16 00583 50amp Male to 30Amp Female RV Angle Adapter Fast Shipping | eBay
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