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Old 05-15-2018, 07:06 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by hguilmette View Post
Boy, I am slow.

Somebody asked if I had a gfi on my extension. Duh, of course not! What was I thinking? It wasn't a valid test.

So my much scratched hand and wrist was for nothing! Fortunately I was able to connect with our main guy, with the information gathered here, who believes its the heating element and we will be able to get it checked / fixed tomorrow or Thursday. Change of plans, but worth it!

I really appreciate all the help from this forum. You folks are great.

Will keep you posted.
Well, you actually did determine something using the extension cord which is that although the heating element may have current leakage, at least it isn't dead shorted, because if it was, you would have tripped the house breaker.

It's possible that the cause is a flaky GFI. That's easily tested by swapping it out with a Home Depot/Loews replacement.

But as you indicate, the more likely suspect is the boiler heating element which only has to develop leakage as little as 5 milliamps to trip the GFI. It might require replacing the element but before assuming that, try a thorough cleanup of the boiler tube area, particularly electrical connections, which might eliminate an external stray leakage path that's developed over time.

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Old 05-19-2018, 10:25 PM   #12
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Just a question. When you were last camping did it rain and did you have some wind with the rain. We had the same issue and the problem was that the plug in the fridge compartment got some moisture from the wind and rain and was popping the GF. Dried out the interior of box and the plug....used a hair dryer...and problem solved.

This may not be your problem....but worth a try.

Good luck

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Old 05-23-2018, 06:51 AM   #13
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In conclusion, the heating element has been replaced and all is well.

Thanks to all.


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