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Old 04-07-2021, 10:23 AM   #1
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Fridge Keeps Tripping Outside Storage Facility GFCI Plug

Our Dometic refrigerator keeps tripping the storage facility outside "GFCI." We have nothing but the fridge turned on while on the storage lot. We have a commercial extension cord going from our travel trailer directly to the storage unit's GFCI outlet. They said that we may have a power surge "issue." I'm not so "sure." Any ideas?
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Old 04-07-2021, 10:44 AM   #2
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Has this been an issue from day one? What gauge extension cord and how long? Does it trip as soon as you plug in, or after the fridge has been on for a while?

The electric element will cause an increased draw, how many amps is the storage GFCI outlet and are you the only one plugged into that circuit?
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:04 AM   #3
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Happening from day one. We use a 16 GAUGE wire, 25 foot, 13 amp, 125 volt, 1625 watt, 5-15P/R, UL Listed outdoor extension cord. We have the receptacle to ourselves. We know it works. When we are there to clean up, we have the fridge on, lights and tv running. No issues. We turn everything off except the fridge when we leave. We have even gone back the next day and everything is fine. But it has tripped multiple times while we aren't there. We have a 2021 Keystone 30ripr. Thanks, Erin
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:29 AM   #4
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Most likely the fridge is on a GFCI in the trailer... Plugging the extension cord into a GFCI can sometimes cause problem... GFCI don't like being in a chain...

https://diy.stackexchange.com/questi...er-gfci-outlet
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Old 04-07-2021, 11:59 AM   #5
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trip the GFI circuit in your RV and report back with the results.
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Old 04-07-2021, 12:16 PM   #6
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trip the GFI circuit in your RV and report back with the results.
Thanks. I'll give it a try. I'm also going to check out how the others have their RVs plugged into their individual spots. Maybe we're using the wrong cords.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:09 PM   #7
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16 ga wire is too light, use 14 or 12. When you say "turn everything off" do you turn the breaker for the converter off? Depending on the battery condition the converter can draw a considerable load, look at the breaker for it for the rating. If the outlet only trips when you are not present then I suspect either the battery charger is kicking it off when the fridge is running or someone is plugging something in when you aren't there. Of course, some could be tripping it just to mean as well. I would get a decent extension cord first and eliminate that.
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Old 04-07-2021, 05:06 PM   #8
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Thanks. Well try a different extension cord. As far as what is plugged in/left on, we have the electric on at the control panel, then we turn everything off except the fridge. No lights or anything else are left on. The tv is plugged in, but off, obviously.
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Oh. And not sure about what you mean by converter.
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[QUOTE=edepp;442953]Thanks. Well try a different extension cord. As far as what is plugged in/left on, we have the electric on at the control panel, then we turn everything off except the fridge. No lights or anything else are left on. The tv is plugged in, but off, obviously.[/QUOTE
If you dont turn off the breaker for the converter, then its on and doing its thing. On the flip side, you do need 12VDC for the fridge controls. Kind of a catch-22.
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16 ga wire is too light, use 14 or 12. When you say "turn everything off" do you turn the breaker for the converter off? Depending on the battery condition the converter can draw a considerable load, look at the breaker for it for the rating. If the outlet only trips when you are not present then I suspect either the battery charger is kicking it off when the fridge is running or someone is plugging something in when you aren't there. Of course, some could be tripping it just to mean as well. I would get a decent extension cord first and eliminate that.
You mentioned the converter. We are learning since this is our first trailer BUT I think the converter may be in the same compartment with the fuses. We are learning as we go, as you can tell. Not sure what to check, though.
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Another thing to consider is, being outside, have you had rain? If the connections, either at the trailer end or at the receptacle where the cord is plugged into are getting wet, even from heavy fog, its possible that the moisture can be tripping the GFI.
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You mentioned the converter. We are learning since this is our first trailer BUT I think the converter may be in the same compartment with the fuses. We are learning as we go, as you can tell. Not sure what to check, though.
The converter is the device that takes 120 vac and converts it to 12 vdc. It has a built in battery charger to keep the trailer battery charged. Typically it's attached to the back of the electrical distribution panel where your 120 vac breakers and 12 vdc fuses are housed.
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It's in a dry location.
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The converter is the device that takes 120 vac and converts it to 12 vdc. It has a built in battery charger to keep the trailer battery charged. Typically it's attached to the back of the electrical distribution panel where your 120 vac breakers and 12 vdc fuses are housed.
Thank you! We'll be checking it today.
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It's in a dry location.
And your point is??
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And your point is??
Sorry. That was directed to Bob and Becky asking if the location of the receptacle is dry.
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Sorry. That was directed to Bob and Becky asking if the location of the receptacle is dry.
When it comes to GFI's it does not matter. One GFI outlet controls many downstream that are in a dry location along with some that are not.
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When it comes to GFI's it does not matter. One GFI outlet controls many downstream that are in a dry location along with some that are not.
What does alchohol have to do with GFI
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What does alchohol have to do with GFI
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