Electrical Wimpet Wonders Why? Breaker Trip? - Page 4 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #43
Senior Member
 
D Davis's Avatar
 
Name: Diane
Trailer: u-haul ct13
Virginia
Posts: 1,000
Quote:
Originally Posted by mary and bob View Post
Our Uhaul had a little push button breaker mounted with the one and only 110 outlet on the end of the upper cabinet. It will not run an electric heater. And as I recall the power cord that plugs into the campground electric box goes directly to that breaker. If Diane has not changed that setup, it is surely the problem. It's been awhile since I rewired our Uhaul, so I may be wrong on the wire routing, but I think everything went through that little breaker, it's not a conventional breaker as we would think of one.
Bob, this is exactly right. Even though the whole trailer has been rewired with larger gauge wiring and fuse block etc. I did not replace the original brown breaker and receptacle located at the end of the upper cabinet which feeds the shore power cord outside. The new 110 wiring does connect to it.
Thank you all for your responses. The formulas are difficult for me as math is my weakest subject. But I do understand the practical side of voltage drop with length of cord. I just want some things to work and will be removing the old breaker and replacing it hoping this helps. We shall see...

DO I NEED TO REPLACE THE ORIGINAL SHORE POWER CORD THAT CAME ON THE UHAUL WITH A LARGER GAUGE CORD ALSO?
__________________

__________________
D Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 06:31 PM   #44
Senior Member
 
mszabo's Avatar
 
Name: Mike
Trailer: 1986 Bigfoot FT20
Michigan
Posts: 649
They do make heaters that have diffrent wattage settings.
__________________

__________________
mszabo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #45
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,323
Diane; I believe the original cord is just fine. I don't know the gauge of the wire, but it is a heavy duty cord. We are still using it, no problems, and we use a fair amount of electricity in our Uhaul. Last winter the electric heater was used for over 3 month, plus the fridge, TV, and lights. You need to get rid of that useless original breaker, either install a small breaker box for the shore power cord to connect into, or do you have a new power converter that has 110 breakers in it. It's just another of Uhaul's odd designs, big heavy cord feeding through a crappy little breaker. We don't use the under the sink cabinet liner, so that is where I put a fuse box to connect my shore power cord. I'll probably get scolded for using an old style fuse box that uses the screw in fuses, but that was what I had in my stash of electrical parts at the time. A modern 2 breaker box is on my list of to do stuff.
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 08:27 PM   #46
Senior Member
 
D Davis's Avatar
 
Name: Diane
Trailer: u-haul ct13
Virginia
Posts: 1,000
Thank you Bob, let me know in the future what you do about the breaker box change out. Interesting...
__________________
D Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 08:46 PM   #47
Senior Member
 
Name: Randy
Trailer: 1980Trillium 1300
Ontario
Posts: 355
..When I brought my 1980Trillium home after a good deal, it's main cct breaker was rated at 15Amps, 120VAC and no 12VDC whatsoever. I bought a converter and installed in the camper for added 12VDC circuits. This converter also has the wire feeder rated at 15Amp-120VAC. Here is what I changed: Replace wire feeder of converter to 30Amp-120VAC. Replace main cct breaker of camper from 15 to 30Amps-120VAC. Replace wire feeder from camper to campsite power from 15 to 50Amp, 120VAC with the length of...75 feet with extra 2 out door boxes b/t shore power and camper for outdoor use...The verdict is...My Trillium(with 2 types of adaptive plugs) works perfectly at campsite, either plug in 15 or 30 Amp outlet without one single time of tripping the Trillium main cct breaker. In fact my Trillium could branch for other Pop up camper of my friend when necessary without any problem. Just share my story....
__________________
Thinh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 09:16 PM   #48
Moderator
 
Pam Garlow's Avatar
 
Name: Pam
Trailer: U-Haul 1985
Michigan
Posts: 3,220
Registry
I changed out my 15amp original breaker because it would pop every time I used the heater, even on low. So I rewired and put in a new 30amp breaker panel in a lower cupboard. I also added more plugs when I rewired.
I put in a 30 amp just in case I put in AC (and because it wasn't much more cost than wiring for a 15 amp panel.)
__________________
Pam Garlow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2013, 09:45 PM   #49
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,323
Pam, how about the power converter, are you still using the original. I don't know as if we should even call that original Uhaul device a "breaker" as it's just useless. Maybe the original intention of that outlet was for the guy to plug in his electric shaver, or a radio. I don't know if it would work for a toaster, but possibly a coffee pot!!
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #50
Senior Member
 
Name: Darwin
Trailer: 2002 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
Posts: 3,029
Send a message via Yahoo to Darwin Maring
Attaching one of these to the circuit will tell you how may watts you are pulling.

Search results for: 'kill a watt'

Attach it to the heater and get the reading.
Attach it to the cord that the camper uses to plug into house receptacle and get a reading.
__________________
Darwin Maring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 03:04 PM   #51
Senior Member
 
Name: asdf
Trailer: asdf
Alabama
Posts: 346
Breakers are heat sensitive, i.e. if they heat up they will throw. Also as they repeatedly trip, they "weaken" and trip more easily later.

Circuit Breaker Problems

It sounds like you have an old breaker. Replace it then test.
__________________
jwcolby54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #52
Senior Member
 
Name: asdf
Trailer: asdf
Alabama
Posts: 346
I have a kill a watt. They are really great for getting a handle on wattage etc. Money well spent!
__________________
jwcolby54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #53
Senior Member
 
D Davis's Avatar
 
Name: Diane
Trailer: u-haul ct13
Virginia
Posts: 1,000
Thank you all for super answers and advise, I really appreciate you all!
And looks like so does Harbor Freight, HA.
__________________
D Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #54
Senior Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Scamp 13
California
Posts: 1,416
Look at the cord used to power your trailer. Clean the surface coating. Printed, stamped or imbossed in the surface of the jacket there will be numbers saying what the wire guage is used inside. Numbers like 12-2 or 12/2 or 10/2 or 10-2 or 14/2 or 14-2 what ever the numbers are is what the wire size and wire count is inside. These numbers run at intervals running down the length of the cord. It may be very faint and you might have to check close to the camper end for wire that has been less exposed. From there you can caculate what the wire is rated for.
__________________

__________________
stevebaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
electrical


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 Breaker Problems Debbie Ray Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 07-09-2014 06:30 PM
Wonders near home Perry J General Chat 16 11-02-2011 04:02 PM
breaker works too well Paula Bindrich Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 13 07-06-2007 11:48 AM
Seven wonders of Canada CharlynnT General Chat 14 04-29-2007 09:52 PM
Where does the circuit breaker go? Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 7 07-17-2003 09:47 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.