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Only Half Of My 5th Wheel Trailer Has Electric

by Mark S.
(Atlanta, GA)

I had a security light plugged in to the outside of on my RV. During the storm it blew down and stayed plugged in. Obviously it broke both lights in it. I don't know if this is what caused the problem or not, but I replaced the 20am circuit breaker. It's a BD2020 (space saver 20/20 side by side) I have done everything I can think of to try and get power back to that side but can't. It's funny, that particular breaker works the AC (Thank goodness it works) but the other side works the coffee pot outlet, tv outlet and a few others that aren't working. Just seems to be outlets in the front of the RV, nothing wrong in the rear.

So why am I not getting any electricity in those outlets? I have a new breaker and it actually does the exact thing the old one does. Only half works. The outlet outside doesnt work now either. So, if anyone can PLEASE tell me what the deal is I would most certainly appreciate it.

If it helps, it's a Thor 5th Wheel 35' 2000 modle.


ANSWER Greetings Mark thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

Sorry to hear that you are going through this with your 5th Wheel. I have a sneaking suspicion that the problem that you are having is not with the breaker but with a tripped GFCI electrical outlet. Take a look at the picture below.

Although this kind of looks like a normal electrical outlet it also acts like a circuit breaker. When this trips every electrical outlet that is connected to it also stops working. You may have more than one of these GFCI outlets in your 5th Wheel. Once you find the GFCI outlet press the reset button and see if this solves your electrical problem. This would explain why only a portion of your RV has electric.

If this does not solve the problem and you have checked all the breakers in your RV's electrical compartment, I am afraid that you may have to have a qualified RV Technician diagnose and repair the problem.

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Silly me
by: Pam from Denver

Thankfully your a genius. After switching out my fuses I looked online. Had to laugh at myself for not checking that first. Thanks for letting all of us in on this !!!

Gfci reset didn't work
by: Anonymous

What do you check when reseting the gfci doesn't work.

Could it be the power converter?

Thanks for the GFCI tip.
by: Beginning RV Don

Its a good thing you pro RV folks are out there to help us new retired rver types. Worked for me also.
:-) Don

by: Joe

Same problem for me, and it was the GFCI !

Thank you !

Your Advice was Right on!
by: SyComm

Thank God I looked you up before I started doing all sorts of tearing into the electrical. Your answer was right on. Thanks!

It Worked!!!
by: Anonymous

Thank You again,

Had I checked your website to begin with I could have saved myself HOURS of time already spent. And in checking it, I not only saved myself additional hours of trying to figure it out, but also the cost of an electrician. Such a simple resolution. I guess you can tell I am not an electrician. So thanks again,

Mark S

Greetings Mark,

I am happy to hear that resetting the GFCI outlet solved your problem. Now get out there and do some camping.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

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