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houstonstroker

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Posted: 07/21/20 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If they reset and trip right away then that's a problem somewhere. If they will not reset, then either faulty GFCI outlet or no power. Take off the plate and test for voltage.


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Posted: 07/21/20 01:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check your electric water heater for a burned out element...this causes a short to ground and causes GFI's to trip...just a maybe., if you happened to turn on the water heater with no water in it.

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Posted: 07/21/20 01:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The refer 120 volt element is also a source of GFCI tripping.


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Posted: 07/22/20 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

UPDATE: Well the new GFCI did trip too, just a little slower. I took the patio outlet apart and sure 'nough there was a little moisture in there. I also noticed that the factory ran the caulk on the top and sides but not the bottom!!! I did some driving in the rain and I am guessing road splash got under the plate. I have ordered a new outlet (cuz there was a crack in the plastic where they screwed it in) and a new/better cover plate that I will caulk on ALL 4 edges.


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They usally do that so if water does get in there it can get out. I wouldn't seal all 4 sides. Or just leave a hole on the bottem just in case. So , seal 90 percent of it.


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Posted: 07/22/20 01:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sjm9911 wrote:

They usally do that so if water does get in there it can get out. I wouldn't seal all 4 sides. Or just leave a hole on the bottem just in case. So , seal 90 percent of it.


Good idea.

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TBammer wrote:

Sjm9911 wrote:

They usally do that so if water does get in there it can get out. I wouldn't seal all 4 sides. Or just leave a hole on the bottem just in case. So , seal 90 percent of it.


Good idea.


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riggsp wrote:

Check your electric water heater for a burned out element...this causes a short to ground and causes GFI's to trip...just a maybe., if you happened to turn on the water heater with no water in it.


RV water heaters (or residential for that matter) aren't on GFI circuits.

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TBammer wrote:

UPDATE: Well the new GFCI did trip too, just a little slower. I took the patio outlet apart and sure 'nough there was a little moisture in there. I also noticed that the factory ran the caulk on the top and sides but not the bottom!!! I did some driving in the rain and I am guessing road splash got under the plate. I have ordered a new outlet (cuz there was a crack in the plastic where they screwed it in) and a new/better cover plate that I will caulk on ALL 4 edges.


In our previous motorhome, my wife would accidentally hit the test button on the bathroom GFCI when unplugging her hair dryer. That circuit also had the satellite receiver and TV outlet on it, along with the outside outlet. Since it was a annoying waiting for the sat receiver to reset when she tripped the GFCI, I bypassed the rest of the circuit at the bathroom GFCI and installed a separate GFCI at the outside outlet. Problem solved...


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