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Old 07-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #1
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Circuit breaker

Currently in Nashville camping at Two Rivers campground. When we first checked in it was about 101 and it felt like that in the trailer too. I had the air started and wife had a few lights on, fridge had jumped to shore power as well and the breaker popped. Reset it and we've been fine since. I assume due to the weather and the all the things using power that is why it popped. Last night about 2am, nothing on but fridge and air it popped again... Is this just a safety thing in the camper that maybe there was a surge in the area or something I should be concerned with. It's worked fine the entire time, just a random pop last night. With the coffee pot on this morning I could tell air was working hard, but once it brewed I turned pot off and we are back to normal.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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Are you talking about the circuit breaker in the camper and if so, which one popped?

Or do you mean the campground circuit breaker on their power post?

Kinda makes a difference in figuring out what happened.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:08 AM   #3
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Inside the camper. The first time it was the whole camper. Second time (last night) it was the ac breaker.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:09 AM   #4
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You didn't say what breaker was tripping .... your main or the CG pedestal. You were most likely getting low voltage from the CG causing the A/C to draw more amps than the breaker could handle. (not good for the A/C) Best not to use it, but if you must turn everything else off and put the fridge and water heater on gas. If the water heater was on electric that was your culprit. JM2, Hank
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:14 AM   #5
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Hi there what you are most likely experiancing is low power supply from the camp ground too hot too many a/c running this will cause your a/c to draw more amps which will pop the breaker. lower the total load to run the a/c also give the a/c a break as to much current drw can damage the unit. many have to go sit in a lake or a river up to your chin to cool off. good luck
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:19 AM   #6
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Currently in Nashville camping at Two Rivers campground. When we first checked in it was about 101 and it felt like that in the trailer too. I had the air started and wife had a few lights on, fridge had jumped to shore power as well and the breaker popped. Reset it and we've been fine since. I assume due to the weather and the all the things using power that is why it popped. Last night about 2am, nothing on but fridge and air it popped again... Is this just a safety thing in the camper that maybe there was a surge in the area or something I should be concerned with. It's worked fine the entire time, just a random pop last night. With the coffee pot on this morning I could tell air was working hard, but once it brewed I turned pot off and we are back to normal.
I keep forgetting about the water heater being on elec.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:28 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the quick reply's. I put fridge and water heater on gas, and went out and disconnected the battery so the trickle charger isn't working either. Seems like air is running smooth now.

Btw... Battery/trickle charger. I've read the manual about the charger and it says that if the battery isn't at 100% that the camper will devote power to charging battery till it gets to 100%. During that time camper will not be running at full bore because of the draw to the battery. Any experience with this? Thoughts on 2 batteries instead of 1, or one very good battery? I currently have the interstate battery that came with the TT I'm sure it could be upgraded or do better with a partner next to it... Thoughts?
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Unless you do a fair amount of dry camping, there may not be a need for having 2 batteries. However, if you spend quite a bit of your time boondocking, then I would suggest getting 2 6v "golf cart" batteries as opposed to 2-12v. For 6v's, Trojan or Optima might be worth looking into.

There are numerous posts/threads already on the forum about this topic, so you might want to do a forum search of this topic.
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You should be fine with the battery charging from the converter("trickle charger") . The only thing I find that cannot be used with the A/C is the water heater. (My experience .... many run both on 30amp but I have never been able to with my trailers) You may damage your converter without the battery and you still need 12v dc for lights and control boards.
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If the campground is providing low voltage, you are going to continue to have problems no matter what you do in the trailer. That is why many of us carry multimeters or other voltage testers.

The fix for this lies in the campground office.
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