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RE: GFCI outlet is popping when I plug in coach

The folks saying the fault has to be between the GFCI outlet and the breaker box are ignoring that the fault can be in the neutral/ground anywhere in the RV. ..... X2 on this entire post. If GFCIs didn't work in series, newer hair dryers and newer pressure washers would never work in newer houses. When a GFCI trips, there's either a true fault downstream of it, or the GFCI itself is bad, which does happen occasionally.
road-runner 11/01/20 06:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Trouble with my Honda 2000 genset

All you can do on your own is see if the problem could be caused by the wiring external to the inverter module, which will require a bit of disassembly. My first step would be to disconnect the AC output wires to eliminate the outlet, circuit breaker, damaged wires, and parallel connectors as causes. (See the wiring diagram in the owners manual). If that didn't work I'd open up and re-mate all of the connectors a couple of times on the chance that could clear up a flaky connection. If the failure is inside the inverter module there's nothing to be done other than replacing it or walking away from the generator.
road-runner 10/27/20 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: Honda eco throttle switch

I believe you have stated that throttle control works correctly except for the eco switch not raising the engine idle speed, suggesting that there's nothing wrong with the throttle motor or carb. With the inverter module being potted, any repair would be close to impossible. Certainly infeasible. I'd expect that the eco switch merely connects to pins on the computer chip inside the inverter module, as opposed to leading to some discrete component that could be replaced if it weren't for the potting. The good news is that it's high probability that the problem is in the switch, wiring, or a connector.
road-runner 09/20/20 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU generators, BLUETOOTH, FINALLY!

I didn’t see where he switched it in the app, only that it displays the state of the old-school rocker switch. Notice the cut in the video and that he just mentions it showing that it’s on. You and bobbo are correct, I was easily tricked by the cut in the video. In researching this I ran across something else as an aside which isn't cold, hard fact but kinda-sorta sounds to be true: - CO detector must be replaced in 10 years or generator won't run - If CO detector fails, generator won't run
road-runner 09/20/20 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU generators, BLUETOOTH, FINALLY!

I wonder why they didn’t make the ECO switchable from the app.At 10:58 in the OP's video, eco is switched on from the app. (edit: this is incorrect, he switched eco manually and the app just reported the change). With being able to shut down the generator and change eco from the app, it does seem to me there are more things to break. For instance, a fault in the remote control system could make the generator inoperable.
road-runner 09/19/20 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Bad air quality--finally taped a house filter on the A/C

In the bad smoke areas the local advice is to get a furnace filter and tape it to a box fan. I've had several reports that they turn brown in a day, so they must be catching something. For the most part, stores are all sold out of the filters. If you're not in one of the high smoke areas you might not understand how bad it is. Outdoors has been a no-breathing-zone for about a week now. It feels to me like spending a day outside without a mask would kill me. An AQI reading over 200 is classified as "hazardous". Much of Oregon has been over 500 for several days, sometimes in the 700s.
road-runner 09/17/20 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Will honda 2000 start a 15k BTU air conditioner?

Running a RV AC with a small generator has the most misinformation of any RV topic on the net.I'll agree that it's on the short list, but not necessarily at the top. The "RV hot skin" issue gives it pretty tough competition for the #1 spot. And GFCI issues are pretty strong contenders, too.
road-runner 09/03/20 09:28am Tech Issues
RE: Will honda 2000 start a 15k BTU air conditioner?

The correct answer is maybe. Tempature, humidity and elevation play a roll. An AC that starts at sea level on a 75° day may not start on a mountain on an 80° day! I second this as the correct answer. When I did get the eu2000i to start my 15k air conditioner, all was good for a few minutes. Then as the head pressure of the air conditioner built up, the electrical load went above the eu2000i's 1600VA max continuous rating, which was not the case when I ran a 13.5k air conditioner with it. Based on this observation I don't even try any more.
road-runner 08/28/20 09:41am Tech Issues
RE: Honda generator question

I wonder what a 40A load would do ?I suspect it would kick both generators offline since the maximum output of both together is 33-1/3 amps.
road-runner 07/01/20 09:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

The cheater plug gets the 2,000w inverter working. I think you have a real safety hazard here. I don't know all the details and it's slightly complicated, so I could be making some wrong assumptions, one of which is that the inverter is in the truck. The result of the cheater plug working says that something goes wrong when the inverter's case is connected to the RV's grounding system. That leads me to three conclusions: (1) The RV's neutral and ground are bonded, not a good thing. (2) There's likely a shock hazard if the RV chassis and truck are touched at the same time. (3) The RV's skin might be "hot". I'm surprised that such a large inverter would use the hot neutral design described by Tom M. It does reduce manufacturing cost. If the statement in the owner's manual about the internal voltage being 145 is correct, it's likely not the hot neutral design, but there's no assurance that statement is correct. Another possibility is that the inverter is actively detecting a downstream ground-neutral fault as is done with GFCI devices. Bottom line: The cheater plug result shows that something is wrong with the RV's wiring. Running with the cheater plug might create a serious shock hazard.
road-runner 07/01/20 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

Does the inverter shut down if you plug the 4.5 watt bulb directly into it, instead of through the shore power cord? You might have a load in the RV you don't realize. Water heater was mentioned. Other easily overlooked loads are the fridge and power converter. A basic and necessary troubleshooting step is to measure the DC voltage at the inverter input connections.
road-runner 06/30/20 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 3000 Problem

People make WAY TOO MUCH about how bad E10/E15 fuel is for small engines. The issue is not the ethanol in the fuel, it is how OLD the fuel is ! I have just one data point which proves little or nothing by itself. Last week my chainsaw wouldn't run worth a hoot with standard mid-grade gasoline that was less than a year old. After fiddling with it for a long time I mixed up a tankful of 4 year old ethanol free gasoline. The chainsaw ran great on it.
road-runner 06/06/20 08:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Neutral lines reversed

If one of the hots and neutral were reversed, half of a 50 amp rig would have a 240 volt supply. That would certainly be detected by the first user as equipment in the RV went up in smoke.
road-runner 05/28/20 12:24am Tech Issues
RE: Chinese Versus TAIWAN Hand Tools

Heck... When we were in our teens, the First Credit Card for everyone was Sears as they would give one to anybody..They wouldn't give one to me, and I was a Sears employee. The reason for denial was my income was too low. Most of my hand tools are Craftsman from that era, and I did get the employee discount. It was a pretty good discount, something like 40%, though I don't remember exactly.
road-runner 05/01/20 09:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

This is from Mike Holt forumAnd as is so typical, the first response is yet another incorrect one, by a moderator/staff member no less. Trying to convince people that GFCIs do zero-current neutral-ground detection is an uphill climb. The 2006 edition of UL943 includes a test for neutral-ground detection, so the requirement goes back at least that far. See section http://www.3c-test.com/de/?m=Type&a=download&id=189 This article explains how one implementation works. The short version is that a neutral-ground fault results in the sense amplifier oscillating. https://www.powerelectronictips.com/teardown-leviton-ground-fault-circuit-interrupter/
road-runner 05/01/20 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

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road-runner 05/01/20 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

Grounded neutral detection has been part of the UL specification for GFCIs since at least the 1993 edition of the spec, possibly longer. It is not a new thing at all.What's really frustrating is it's still difficult to find a "How GFCIs work" article on the Internet that includes the grounded neutral detection. If you're trying to debate somebody who doesn't think it's true, they can find at least 10 incorrect articles that omit the neutral detection for every one you find that's correct.
road-runner 05/01/20 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Slideout relays

Put this into a search engine and you will get links to slideout controller examples: 140-1163 This is the part number for one controller. My search engine brought up links to other controllers, too.
road-runner 03/16/20 06:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Slideout relays

Some electric slides use a relay and/or controller, and some don't. Those that don't have a relay use a polarity-reversing switch wired directly to the the slide motor. In a trailer, the system "might" use a relay and/or controller. In a motorhome, it "probably" does. If you're able to see the back of the slideout switch, that will give a clue. If it's a double pole switch with 4 or 6 lugs, it's likely a polarity reversing switch wired directly to the motor. Short of just figuring it out, the OP is doing the right thing asking for somebody who knows with the exact model rig.
road-runner 03/16/20 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Winegard Powered Antenna Wall Plate Alternative

The wall plate has circuitry to inject DC power on the cable going to the antenna, and to separate the DC power from the antenna signal going to the TV. A generic tester may well detect a DC path through this circuitry to ground, and erroneously report it as a short circuit.
road-runner 02/29/20 05:27pm Tech Issues
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