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Some Electrical Outlets Are Not Working In My Motorhome

by Dee
(Clarksville, IN)

GFCI Outlet

GFCI Outlet

1999 Four Winds Hurricane Class A. Drivers and Passenger Side electrical outlets stopped working. All lights are OK. Changed fuses in bedside fuse box. Still nothing.

Bedroom outlets and lights work. TV, Microwave, etc. all working. Basically 4 outlets not working. I am a neophyte at RVing, so I'm not sure what is connected to what. Any insights?

ANSWER: Hi Dee thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

What you are experiencing will not normally be caused by a blown fuse as the fuses are for your RV's 12 volt DC Electrical System which powers your RV's interior lights, the furnace blower motor, fresh water pump, etc.

Here are a couple things to look at in your RV that might get your power back on.

Pictured at the top of this page is a GFCI Outlet (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Outlet). This special protective Electric outlet looks a lot like a normal electrical outlet except it has two buttons on it and it acts like a circuit breaker when it detects a ground fault and shuts off the power.

GFCI outlets are more sensitive than a normal circuit breaker. Once the GFCI Outlet trips any other normal outlets connected to it will also lose power.

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Look at the outlets that are not working and see if any of them look similar to the one pictured above. If you find one press the reset button and check the outlets again.

If the GFCI trips again after you reset it; it could mean that the GFCI is bad or that you have electrical issues in that electrical circuit and you need to have a Certified RV Technician diagnose and repair the problem.

If you do not have a GFCI outlet in your motorhome or if resetting it does not solve the problem then you need to see if there is a tripped circuit breaker in your RV's Electrical Compartment. I cannot tell you the exact location of your RV's electrical compartment. It could be in the interior of the RV in a cabinet or in a storage compartment on the outside of the RV.

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Once you find the electrical compartment check all the circuit breakers to see if one is tripped, if it is reset it and check the outlets again. If it trips immediately after you reset it then just like the GFCI outlet you need to have a Certified RV Technician diagnose and repair the problem.

One of the two steps I outlined above should get the power back on. If not you will have to have a professional step in and resolve it.

Hope this helps.

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by: christabelle

I post this because I had the same issue after towing my 1988 34ft cosair travel trailer. And had the worst time getting a answer because of the age my trailer was only equipped with 1 gfi in the bathroom and it was fine all brakers and fuses were good .but the left side of my trailers outlets didn't work . So finally someone told me that usually in travel trailers especially older ones the wiring is done in series and in the back of the outlet they push the wires into little clamps rather than wrapping it around the screw like we would do so sometimes one of the wires will come loose and cause the outlet not to work but because they are wired in series every outlet after that one in the series won't work .so if you have tried everything else check the wires in the back of the outlet . It worked for me it was a outlet by my son's bed .i replaced that one outlet for 1.27 and everything worked again

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by: Dee

Awesome! Worked like a charm. The outlet in the bathroom has the GFCI outlet. I had reset it once, but nothing happened. So, I went back and reset it a couple of more times. Everything is working except for one post on one of the outlets over the dining table. I suppose at some point I'll need an electrical professional, but for now, I am happy. Thank you so much! Obviously, I am a complete neophyte, and I very much appreciate your responses.

by: Bill A

I would bet one of the GFBI breakers is bad as they are very senstive.

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