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Old 06-17-2020, 03:38 PM   #1
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Electrical outlets not working

I have a 2004 bigfoot 21fb, went on a walk came back to find that the electrical outlets except 2 had no power. AC, Water heater and all other main components work just fine. Tried to reset from main and reset GFI button in the bathroom. no luck...... need advice(help)!
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Old 06-17-2020, 06:28 PM   #2
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It sounds like it's just one circuit as the other electrical devices are working. I suggest checking the GFI(s) again; you have to first trip them, and then reset them, so that's two buttons to push.

Similarly, you want to first shut a breaker all the way off, and then flip it on again in order to reset it.

Other than that, you have an open circuit. If you have a meter, you can trace it from the source and from there downline. Normally an open circuit occurs within a failed device (less common) or at the point of connection to a device (more common).
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Well After following your advice and tracing wires through the outlets and checking condition and tightening wires and of course tripping and retripping the GFI and breakers as I eliminated each plug, and as I tightened the wires to each breaker, I found myself starring at the breakers and sort of tapping on them as I was strategizing my next move, my phone made a charging noise and the plugs became live. My only assumption was that even though I must have tripped and reset the breaker a half dozen times I never pushed on it to see if it may have over the last 16 yrs may have become loose from vibrations in the cabin from doors opening and closing to 85 and 55 lb dogs jumping off the bed to normal traveling. So, I may personally have a few screws loose and apperently so does my Bigfoot(thank you very much)!Problem solved, lesson learned!
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Well After following your advice and tracing wires through the outlets and checking condition and tightening wires and of course tripping and retripping the GFI and breakers as I eliminated each plug, and as I tightened the wires to each breaker, I found myself starring at the breakers and sort of tapping on them as I was strategizing my next move, my phone made a charging noise and the plugs became live. My only assumption was that even though I must have tripped and reset the breaker a half dozen times I never pushed on it to see if it may have over the last 16 yrs may have become loose from vibrations in the cabin from doors opening and closing to 85 and 55 lb dogs jumping off the bed to normal traveling. So, I may personally have a few screws loose and apperently so does my Bigfoot(thank you very much)!Problem solved, lesson learned!
To be safe , I would pull the breakers out of the panel and check the breaker connection clamps and the fingers on the panels bus bar
If either shows signs of burning / overheating , shoving the breaker back in place is only a temporary fix .
Breakers should clamp tightly and securely to the bus bar and should take some force to install and remove
They don’t just sit there being held in place by the panel cover .
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To be safe , I would pull the breakers out of the panel and check the breaker connection clamps and the fingers on the panels bus bar
If either shows signs of burning / overheating , shoving the breaker back in place is only a temporary fix .
Breakers should clamp tightly and securely to the bus bar and should take some force to install and remove
They donít just sit there being held in place by the panel cover .

Great advice, Steve!
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Finding the open circuit at the input side of the breaker - ? I guess some people just have to be different - ! (Just kidding you here Joe; glad you found the issue.)

I like Steve's advice. Hopefully the poor connection wasn't arcing the bus or the supply contacts.
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Old 06-22-2020, 06:31 PM   #7
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Well everyone including myself will be able to sleep better tonight. I considered all the great advice y'all shared with me and went and spent top dollar for a new breaker and installed it( all by myself&#128556 and survived, thank you very much! Truly thanks guys.
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