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Old 04-23-2017, 01:23 AM   #1
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Dumb question for smart people...

So, since I brought Mutt Hit home from Chilli a week ago, it's been plugged in to my mom's house and (with a little help from you fine folks), everything has been working fine.

Tonight I unplugged it and moved it to wash it (not fun at +2 but I couldn't stand the mud on it anymore). While washing it, I accidentally flipped on an exterior light - no light. I kind of thought I should've had light off battery (also have solar)...

Anyway, I parked it and unhooked from the tv and plugged it in to my exterior outlet. I got an E1 error reading, which is reversed polarity. I plugged a small space heater into the same cord and it worked fine. I have had some issues with this GFCI plug tripping before, but it's what I use to plug my car into all winter and it's been fine.

Ok, so I thought I'd unplug and use battery power. Nothing. No lights. No display at all on solar panel. Nothing g on the monitoring panel. Checked the battery ****-off switch and it's on.

So what am I doing wrong or forgetting to get battery power? And does the E1 error mean I can't plug in to the outlet on my house? Very complicated!!!

Thanks for any help!

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Old 04-23-2017, 05:31 AM   #2
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If you got a reverse polarity code, then it is highly likely the outlet is wired incorrectly. Incorrect polarity probably wouldn't affect the operation of a resistance heater. As far as not working on 12v, and the battery switch is on, I would check all fuses, starting with the one on the positive wire attached to the battery.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:50 AM   #3
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The light on the curb side is controlled by an interior switch, but the switch on the light has to be on whereas the light on the street side is not remotely switched and is turned on/off at the light switch only.
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Old 04-23-2017, 11:31 AM   #4
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For under $20 you can buy these two tools that would let you very quickly determine what's going on.

The smaller tester on the right would instantly tell you what the situation was with your house mounted GFCI. If it is wired as reverse polarity instead of two amber lights there'd be one amber light and the red light. Good to have around, trailer or no trailer.

A dirt cheap meter like this is more than adequate for trouble shooting issues. A couple of taps near the panel and you'd very quickly know where the power was or wasn't. I think every trailer should have one handy.

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One of the issues with a cheap meter is that many do not have a protected ohms function . If you touch the leads to a live circuit when on the ohms scale in some cases you can damage the meter , or burn out a multiplier or ruin the meter's selector switch.
You don't need a $500 Fluke but I would shy away from the one HF gives away free as a door prize.

The meter Ron pictured would be a good choice .
Has all the necessary functions at a reasonable price.
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Old 04-23-2017, 01:42 PM   #6
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The light on the curb side is controlled by an interior switch, but the switch on the light has to be on whereas the light on the street side is not remotely switched and is turned on/off at the light switch only.
Qualifying comment - depends on if you asked ETI for any special wiring or switching. We had ETI install an outside light on the front and back, too, and this "gang of three" lights (front, driver side, and back) also was wired with a master switch inside by the entry door. So for us, that master switch for the "gang of three" lights must be on in order for any of those three lights to work individually - much like the entry door light explained above. So, do you recall asking for any special wiring/switching like that? Dale
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No, Dale, nothing different at all.

Regarding the AC, I'm going to move the trailer and try plugging in to a different outlet. I did some reading on reversed polarity, and I wouldn't be surprised if that outlet is messed up. I replaced it not long ago because it kept tripping, but I would've wired it the same as it was before.

More concerned about no DC. I'll go out today and check fuses. If they're all ok, would my next step be to crawl under the bed and check the inverter to see if the GFCI tripped under there? Why would that happen? Anything to do with the bad outlet?
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More concerned about no DC. I'll go out today and check fuses. If they're all ok, would my next step be to crawl under the bed and check the inverter to see if the GFCI tripped under there? Why would that happen? Anything to do with the bad outlet?
This is a situation where having a small simple meter or even a 12 volt test light would pinpoint the problem very quickly.

Touch it the battery, 12 something volts, check, terminals of panel, 12 volts, check and so on. So easy to pinpoint the problem.

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I think my brother has one. If the snow and 50 kph winds let up, I'll go get it.
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Are they now labeling the master switch as to whether it is off or on? They were not always done the same, way back. "On" might be either direction.

What I can't get is also nothing on the solar monitor.
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