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Old 07-26-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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I'm not the brightest crayon in the box. I had my 2003, 16' Casita plugged in to 110V and the AC that is plugged in to a socket below it and the outside plug do not work. Any thoughts?

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Old 07-26-2016, 10:30 AM   #2
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If you exceeded the amperage of the circuit in question by having the trailer plugged in consuming power while the A/C was also running, you possibly popped the circuit breaker controlling that outlet and the outside outlet. That is the first thing I would check.


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With an A/C plugged in you may have tripped your house breaker. First check your house outlet for power. If that is good next check your breakers in in the converter box.
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Check also the GFCI at the end of the sink/stove island hasn't tripped. Both the circuits you refer to are protected by that one GFCI.


Your profile says you're shopping for a trailer. Have you found one and that's why you're asking?
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Check also the GFCI at the end of the sink/stove island hasn't tripped. Both the circuits you refer to are protected by that one GFCI.


Your profile says you're shopping for a trailer. Have you found one and that's why you're asking?
I agree with Steve L , I would check the GFCI by the sink.
The older style GFCI's often would trip on the startup of inductive loads. ( A/C compressors / fans are inductive ). In years past the code required GFCI protection in garages but garage door openers and refrigerators / freezers would trip the GFCI on startup and you had to reset the GFCI ( sometimes several times ) to get your garage door to open. The code then made an exception for fixed inductive loads , so there was not nuisance tripping of the GFCI. The newer GFCI'S do not have this problem and the code exception has been changed.
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I might be wrong, but the way the OP described the problem, I read it to mean that the Casita was plugged into a 110 outlet and an A/C and outside outlet on the same (house) circuit wasn't working. I did not read it to mean that the A/C and outside outlet were trailer components. Perhaps the OP could provide a better explanation of what exactly isn't working, and if it is in the house or in the Casita.


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Thank you all for helping with this one. The house breaker was not tripped. I will check the GFCI and converter breakers in the camper.

To clarify what is not working is the outlet under the AC (which the AC is plugged into) and the outlet on the outside shell of the camper.

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Thank you all for helping with this one. The house breaker was not tripped. I will check the GFCI and converter breakers in the camper.

To clarify what is not working is the outlet under the AC (which the AC is plugged into) and the outlet on the outside shell of the camper.

Thanks so much!
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Thanks for clarifying. I misread your post. I would check the breaker in the trailer as other respondents suggested, and also make sure that the outside outlet, if it is a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) outlet hasn't tripped. If it is a GFCI outlet it will have two buttons in the middle, one labeled test and the other reset.
Good luck. I would guess it is something that will be easy to correct.


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Thanks for clarifying. I misread your post. I would check the breaker in the trailer as other respondents suggested, and also make sure that the outside outlet, if it is a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupt) outlet hasn't tripped. If it is a GFCI outlet it will have two buttons in the middle, one labeled test and the other reset.
Good luck. I would guess it is something that will be easy to correct.


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Unless someone has changed the outside 120 volt duplex receptacle since it came from the factory, the outside outlet is not an actual GFCI receptacle, per se. It is just a standard duplex receptacle with a weather-tight coverplate. It receives its GFCI protection from the GFCI outlet that is mounted inside the trailer. (It's the only GFCI outlet in the trailer.) Since the outside outlet is "downstream" of that GFCI, it picks up its protection from that inside one.
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Unless someone has changed the outside 120 volt duplex receptacle since it came from the factory, the outside outlet is not an actual GFCI receptacle, per se. It is just a standard duplex receptacle with a weather-tight coverplate. It receives its GFCI protection from the GFCI outlet that is mounted inside the trailer. (It's the only GFCI outlet in the trailer.) Since the outside outlet is "downstream" of that GFCI, it picks up its protection from that inside one.
That's how my Casita is set up. I went crazy (short trip) the first time the outside outlet wouldn't work. Eventually tracked it down to the inside GFCI. That's one lesson that has stuck with me.
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