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mreim132033

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Finding a short in the electrical system
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:51:38 PM »
Hello!  I'm new to this forum.  I have a livinlite 10.0 camper.  When I plug the camper in to a GFCI power source, the circuit trips off.  The power cord to the external plug is fine, it only trips when I plug the female end into the camper.  I tried shutting off both circuit breakers (15 amp and 20 amp) and pulling out the three 15 amp circuit plugs, and the circuit still trips.  Any ideas?

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Re: Finding a short in the electrical system
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2018, 03:01:27 PM »
So with everything unplugged from the outlets it trips. Then with all circuit breakers turned off it still trips. That means you have a fault (a short or partial connection between two wires) from the neutral to the ground or a partial connection from the hot to the ground. It doesn't take much, like less than 20 ma of current to trip a GFCI.

And it isn't easy for an amateur to diagnose the problem other than the simple tests you have made. I would get an RV electrician to find the problem and correct it.

David