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Old 11-21-2016, 06:10 PM   #1
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I put my trailer in cave storage for 5 days since we had a few nights below freezing but just picked it up to go to the Ozarks over Thanksgiving. I just used the trailer the end of October at my new property there.

Two problems in that short amount of time!
1. Why on earth would there be a big glob of grease between the wall and floor under the dinette?? I've already cleaned it up but there was at least a tablespoon worth along that seam highlighted by the flashlight.

2. I had an outlet installed on the side of my house (just 20 amp since there was no room in the box for 30 amp according to the electrician) and before trips I plug in to get my refrigerator up to temp. Electricity is not coming on in the trailer. The outlet tests fine. Maybe my cord? or the 20 amp adapter on the cord? All breaker switches are on. Maybe a fuse?

Thank you for any help!
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
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Do you have the Progressive EMS option, it delays the current for 2 minutes or if there is a misfiring issue, no electric to enter the trailer. If not try another outlet to hook into.
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Old 11-21-2016, 06:33 PM   #3
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If you have or know somebody with a multimeter you can test for electricity along
the way. Is there a reset on the refrigerator?
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Old 11-21-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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Jim - yes, I do have the Progressive EMS with the delay but it still doesn't come on. I don't have another outlet within reach of my power cord. I did plug my small heater into the outlet and it worked.

Dave - haha, that's funny. I do have a multimeter, part of my prize package, and will test it tomorrow morning to see if the cord is my problem. I don't know if there's a reset on the refrigerator or not but the first thing that usually comes on with the power is a beep on the microwave and then the time flashes. I got no juice to anything.

Ah, my brother the mechanical engineer just volunteered to come over and take a look.
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Old 11-21-2016, 09:24 PM   #5
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Ah, my brother the mechanical engineer just volunteered to come over and take a look.
Think he might admit that the grease came off of his shoe?
I can't imagine where it would have come from otherwise.
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:14 PM   #7
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I put my trailer in cave storage for 5 days since we had a few nights below freezing but just picked it up to go to the Ozarks over Thanksgiving. I just used the trailer the end of October at my new property there.

Two problems in that short amount of time!
1. Why on earth would there be a big glob of grease between the wall and floor under the dinette?? I've already cleaned it up but there was at least a tablespoon worth along that seam highlighted by the flashlight.

2. I had an outlet installed on the side of my house (just 20 amp since there was no room in the box for 30 amp according to the electrician) and before trips I plug in to get my refrigerator up to temp. Electricity is not coming on in the trailer. The outlet tests fine. Maybe my cord? or the 20 amp adapter on the cord? All breaker switches are on. Maybe a fuse?

Thank you for any help!
Linda
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Hi: Nindy... Check your "Kill switch". Shut it off then turn it back on!!! As for the "Greasy spoon" issue I can't comment. Alf
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Old 11-21-2016, 10:19 PM   #8
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Okay, power started working before my brother even got here. I unplugged and plugged back in a few times and it finally fired up.

What we've figured out is that I either have the wrong 30 amp cord (came with the trailer) or they mounted the receptacle too far in. I have suspected something was wrong from the beginning since the cord seemed to fit too loosely. Apparently it's supposed to twist to lock and it does not because the interior end part with the holes in it isn't long enough. It's 3/4" and needs to be more like 1".

My first trailer - what did I know! I will go to the RV place just down the road and compare cords. I don't really need it this trip since I'll be boondocking.

Still don't know where that grease came from.
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:22 AM   #9
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Yes, I found the newer Escape power cords need to be pushed in further and with the little blue light it tells you when there is a connection. Glad it worked out.
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:40 AM   #10
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I put my trailer in cave storage for 5 days since we had a few nights below freezing but just picked it up to go to the Ozarks over Thanksgiving. I just used the trailer the end of October at my new property there.

Two problems in that short amount of time!
1. Why on earth would there be a big glob of grease between the wall and floor under the dinette?? I've already cleaned it up but there was at least a tablespoon worth along that seam highlighted by the flashlight.

2. I had an outlet installed on the side of my house (just 20 amp since there was no room in the box for 30 amp according to the electrician) and before trips I plug in to get my refrigerator up to temp. Electricity is not coming on in the trailer. The outlet tests fine. Maybe my cord? or the 20 amp adapter on the cord? All breaker switches are on. Maybe a fuse?

Thank you for any help!
Linda
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You probably should be glad that the "electrician" couldn't fit a 30 amp breaker in your breaker panel. A 120v 30 amp breaker takes up the same space as a 20 amp. If there was room, I suspect the electrician would have wired your 120v 30 amp receptacle with a 2 pole, 30 amp 240V breaker, (typical of a clothes dryer) which would have made a very unhappy trailer!
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