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Old 04-25-2021, 07:33 AM   #1
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Without warning the power in the kitchen quit working. The plug for the microwave, the plug next to the stove and the Fridge. I went into the MagneTek box and one of the breakers had tripped. I reset it. Still nothing. Then I replaced the 15a fuse that was referenced for "Fridge" (3rd position from left). I'm baffled. Any other ideas?
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Old 04-25-2021, 08:09 AM   #2
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You might try resetting the 120 VAC GFCI outlet located inside, on the rear side of the fiberglass galley cabinet. They do trip sometimes, and when they do, it's generally due to a corroded outlet outside the trailer near the lower fridge vent, (which may also need replacing if the reset won't hold.) Often, the weather seal gasket around the outside outlet cover plate dries out, gets brittle, and cracks. This lets moisture into the outlet box which causes corrosion on the outlets terminal screws. I would just replace it outright. Don't attempt to clean the wire ends/terminals, as the will be corroded again in just a few months. I'd recommend buying a new 15 Amp receptacle and a new cover plate gasket at any of the "big box" stores. Shouldn't run you more than $5 bucks or less.

And just as a point of clarification, the fuses are only for 12 VDC circuits. All 120 VAC circuits are on circuit breakers, not fuses.
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Old 04-25-2021, 09:52 AM   #3
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If you purchase a new receptacle get one that is weather resistant
They have a nylon body and the metal parts are corrosion resistant
Standard residential grade receptacles are cheap but they are NOT the best choice for damp locations such as exterior receptacles
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Old 04-25-2021, 10:18 AM   #4
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And just as a point of clarification, the fuses are only for 12 VDC circuits. All 120 VAC circuits are on circuit breakers, not fuses.
So was the 12vdc fuse for the fridge DC circuit blown?
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Old 04-25-2021, 05:55 PM   #5
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thanks folks - I didn't even realize there was a GCMI there! I will check that first when I get back to the camper next weekend. Also thanks for the info on the fuses, I was not aware of that either!
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If it was the GFCI receptacle that tripped and therefore you lost power to your other receptacles or appliances I would suggest not to screw the other wires that were on the load side of the GFCI receptacle. Get a electrician to tie the white wires together and the black wires together with a pigtail of the same colour onto each marette (wire connector). Tie the pigtails onto the line side your GFCI receptacle. This way the GFCI Will not disconnect power to your other receptacles or appliances if it trips. This is allowed under the Canadian Electrical Code or the National Electrical Code (U.S.).
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