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Old 07-17-2008, 02:53 AM   #1
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I recently plugged my 07 Meridian into a 30 amp plug that I had installed at my home about 2 years ago. It has ran several times on this plug without any problems. This time, it continues to kick the 30 amp house breaker that feeds the 30 amp plug for my MH. There are no other appliances or power draws on this plug, it only runs the RV plug. It has kicked it numerous times. As far as I can tell, I don't have any power problems in the MH as it has not kicked any beakers or blown any fuses in there or on the inverter. Anyone have any ideas or ran into a similar problem?
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I recently plugged my 07 Meridian into a 30 amp plug that I had installed at my home about 2 years ago. It has ran several times on this plug without any problems. This time, it continues to kick the 30 amp house breaker that feeds the 30 amp plug for my MH. There are no other appliances or power draws on this plug, it only runs the RV plug. It has kicked it numerous times. As far as I can tell, I don't have any power problems in the MH as it has not kicked any beakers or blown any fuses in there or on the inverter. Anyone have any ideas or ran into a similar problem?
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Old 07-17-2008, 03:48 AM   #3
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If you have not added anything to your MH that would place an additional draw on the breaker it could be a bad breaker. They can, as they get older, get where they can not take a full load. If you know someone with a clamp on amp meter (commonly called an Amprobe) they can check the load your MH is drawing and determine where the problem is. If not, call in a electrician as you have a problem that needs to be resolved.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:10 AM   #4
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Does the breaker immediately trip when you plug in the RV? - If that is the case, then I would suspect something downstream of the breaker - wiring issue, a problem in the coach perhaps.

If it takes the breaker a few minutes to trip under a heavy load, then I would suspect a bad breaker.

Does everything run okay while on generator?
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:52 AM   #5
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I am curious, when you are running on generator or in a campground does your energy management panel show the load (in amps). If so, as John suggested you mite run the generator to see what the load is and then switch over to shore power. The clamp on ammeter is probably the best solution but if you dont have the availability of one......well...
The best thing one can say about a molded case breaker is that it is convenient.They are a mechanical device and many things can affect their operation such as prior loading cycles, ambient temperatures, manufacturing specs(like made in china),age, etc
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:50 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by bsellers:
I recently plugged my 07 Meridian into a 30 amp plug that I had installed at my home about 2 years ago. It has ran several times on this plug without any problems. This time, it continues to kick the 30 amp house breaker that feeds the 30 amp plug for my MH. There are no other appliances or power draws on this plug, it only runs the RV plug. It has kicked it numerous times. As far as I can tell, I don't have any power problems in the MH as it has not kicked any beakers or blown any fuses in there or on the inverter. Anyone have any ideas or ran into a similar problem? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

If this was happening to me...

If everything was and is fine with your coach as far as you know and it only happens once plugged into your home 30 amp plug, (one that you installed yourself,) check all connects from the breaker to the plug for tightness and remove and replace your breaker in your main panel. As many have said a breaker can go bad including at it's base where it connects to the panel. A piece of plastic broke in one of mine which causing arcing between the panel and breaker for a loose connection.
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Old 07-17-2008, 02:00 PM   #7
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Try turning the main breaker in the mothorhome off and plug into the 30 amp receltacle. If it holds turn the rest of the breakers in the motorhome off. Turn on the main. If it holds turn on one breaker at a time until it trips the house breaker. This is where you can look to see what in the motorhoome you need to focus on. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:48 PM   #8
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Let me answer some of the questions that have been brought up. 1) It does not kick the breaker immediately, it's about an hour or two after it's hooked up. 2) I do have an amp meter in my MH and it has been showing about 4 to 10 amps when it would kick the breaker, doesn't seem excessive for a 30 amp breaker. 3) I have some family in town with a MH and they are able to hook up to this plug and not have any problems (their MH doesn't kick the breaker) which leads me to think it's something in my MH. 4) I can run the generator and it powers the coach perfectly and it also does not kick any intertal breakers in the MH.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:01 PM   #9
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bsellers, just a shot in the dark, but have you selected the 30 amp position on your energy management panel?..makes a difference on my 04 Advent...rgr...
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Old 07-17-2008, 06:02 PM   #10
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I have selected both 30 and 20 amp and it continued to kick the breaker. It's actually been plugged in all day now and hasn't kicked it again. STRANGE
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Is the house breaker a GFI type? If yes, maybe you have a leak to ground.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I have selected both 30 and 20 amp and it continued to kick the breaker. It's actually been plugged in all day now and hasn't kicked it again. STRANGE </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Maybe you need to sprinkle a little "Gremlin Powder" in the electrical bay. It's late, I couldn't resist.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:01 PM   #13
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My guess is that the engine block heater is turned on.

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Old 07-17-2008, 10:28 PM   #14
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I tried the gremlin powder (gun powder) didn't work so well I checked the block heater when I was checking everything else to see what was turned on/off and it is off. I don't know about the GFI breaker but since I had it professionally installed I suppose it probably is, so that it met code?

Has anybody ever had an inverter go bad that might do this type of thing?
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