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Old 09-08-2018, 09:13 PM   #1
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I go the lease and plug the camper in. Lights come on and I go to walk back to the camper. It flashes and all the electric goes out. I checked the breakers at the pole and in the camper. I check the fuses and they are fine. Stayed the night at a lease buddies house because I had my 14 year old son with me. The morning I check power from the pole to the other end of the 10 gauge cord. All is good. I check my battery and all is good. I go inside and I have no power at the breaker box where the cord comes in. I use an adapter from 20amp cord to 30amp camper cord. It was burned so I swapped it for another one. Do you think the camper cord could be fried at the connection? Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:19 PM   #2
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If you replaced the adapter, you might want to replace the plug next. My buddies older camper would fry the plug. Was it a puck style adapter?
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:28 PM   #3
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I don’t know much about RVs, but if the campers cord goes straight from the plug to the breaker box then it is possible that the plug got burnt up.
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Old 09-08-2018, 09:35 PM   #4
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I am in for this answer.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:20 PM   #5
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Does anything else work in your camper that's only electric? A/C, microwave, etc.. I just had to replace my converter due to a lightning strike.
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Old 09-08-2018, 11:06 PM   #6
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I would take a new cord cap for the cord on the trailer and new plug and replace both. One has a burnt connection.
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Old 09-09-2018, 07:48 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I am going to replace the male 30 amp plug on the camper, by a new 30 to 20 amp adapter and replace the 20 amp female on my 10 gauge extension cord. I hope that fixes it. Two hours to the lease and if it doesn't then drive back home. I am going to discuss with my RV dealer's service tech hoping for more wisdom before I head out.
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #8
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Even without power you should still have lights running off the battery. if not the Battery converter may be shot. For the 110 VAC I advise taking a multimeter and check voltage at the trailer plug.

Most RV's need to have a battery to run. If your Deep Cycle is a few years old I would grab one to replace. Hope this helps
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:53 AM   #9
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Why not replace the 20 amp cord cap with a 30 amp so you don’t need the adapter?
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Old 09-09-2018, 09:59 AM   #10
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Why not replace the 20 amp cord cap with a 30 amp so you donít need the adapter?
I was about to ask what the reason for the adapter was also.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:24 AM   #11
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The lights are 12 volt. They should work if the battery has voltage even if the trailer isn’t plugged in. Check fuses not breakers.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:50 AM   #12
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The lights are 12 volt. They should work if the battery has voltage even if the trailer isnít plugged in. Check fuses not breakers.
Speaking of fuses, Mine has on at the battery. Something to look for
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Old 09-09-2018, 11:13 AM   #13
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What flashed? Sounds like a converter blew, but all other electrical stuff should work.
Also light should work (if battery is good) without electric.

On about 80% of electrical problem I occur when working on RV, is that they somehow burn the neutral wire, so you get a open in the neutral and it is generally at the junction box where your power cord connects to the wire that goes to the breaker box. Measure voltage from hot to ground & hot to neutral

Let me rephrase, about 80% of the time when you have voltage at plug

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Old 09-09-2018, 12:10 PM   #14
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I was about to ask what the reason for the adapter was also.
I am going to do that after thinking about it. Staying with the 20 amp was if I ever needed the cord for something other than the camper. I have power to the camper cord but nothing inside where the cord connects to the breaker box. I didn't check the 12v lights or water pump when I was there which was my mistake. Battery had 12.3 volts so I assume it is good since it is one year old. Any idea what size the inline fuse is coming off the battery?
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:14 PM   #15
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In for resolution.

Sounds like converter with good battery but no lights. Maybe a multifaceted problem. I prefer to kill all trailer breakers before plug in.

Good luck Robertt. Please let us know how it turns out.
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Old 09-09-2018, 12:16 PM   #16
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I am going to do that after thinking about it. Staying with the 20 amp was if I ever needed the cord for something other than the camper. I have power to the camper cord but nothing inside where the cord connects to the breaker box. I didn't check the 12v lights or water pump when I was there which was my mistake. Battery had 12.3 volts so I assume it is good since it is one year old. Any idea what size the inline fuse is coming off the battery?
The fuse is right there at the tongue of the trailer. (it might actually be a re-settable breaker ) follow you positive wire down to the trailer or it is on the converter (should be 30-40 amp fuses).
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Old 09-09-2018, 04:40 PM   #17
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I can't go back down this week. I will go early the following week. The only good thing about this weekend is the rain and my pond went from dry to full in one week.
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Old 09-11-2018, 12:00 AM   #18
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Update. The RV tech said I'm pushing too many amps thru the 30 to 15 amp puck converter. It has worked for years but I trust him. Bought a new male 30 amp for the camper and a replacing the 20 amp female on the extension cord with a 30 amp to eliminate the adapter. Should work and will update early next week when I get to the ranch.
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:46 AM   #19
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Also, check the connections where your outside cable (the extension chord) converts to the inside wire (probably Romex) that leads to your breaker panel. I lost a neutral there this year. Spent lots of useless hours trouble shooting it.

The connection in my camper was in the back closet, right where the extension chord comes into the camper. I had to remove a panel in the closet to access it. The neutral was burned.
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Old 09-11-2018, 07:49 AM   #20
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Update. The RV tech said I'm pushing too many amps thru the 30 to 15 amp puck converter. It has worked for years but I trust him. Bought a new male 30 amp for the camper and a replacing the 20 amp female on the extension cord with a 30 amp to eliminate the adapter. Should work and will update early next week when I get to the ranch.


X2. My dads camper had this exact issue last year.


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Old 09-23-2018, 07:19 PM   #21
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Update. Finally got to the lease and replaced the male 30 off the camper and put a 30 amp female on the 10 gauge extension cord to eliminate the 30/15 doughnut adapter. Fixed the problem and I don't think I will have any more. Below is before and after.
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Old 09-23-2018, 08:00 PM   #22
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Glad it all worked out.
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