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Old 09-10-2018, 07:55 PM   #11
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The surge guard checks what's coming into the trailer. If the problem is after it won't know. Since the GFI is not reading currant, it reads potential between the two sides, I might guess you have a bad neutral or ground connection after the surge protector. The circuit breakers might not trip as they are sensing currant, but the GFI might sense it and not reset. When the DVR burnt up just maybe it caused a loose connection were it connects to the neutral/ground bar.
I would unplug power and go in and tighten all your connections inside the power supply unit. It sounds like you could us a multi meter. I also have a little volt meter that plugs into any outlet.

Best of Luck with it.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:23 PM   #12
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Hope you get it figured out.
I will go miles out of the way to avoid major metro areas. And, yes, I’ve been in the Chi/Gary too many times w/o the trailer—it’s rough just driving solo.
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Old 09-10-2018, 09:28 PM   #13
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The surge guard checks what's coming into the trailer. If the problem is after it won't know. Since the GFI is not reading currant, it reads potential between the two sides, I might guess you have a bad neutral or ground connection after the surge protector. The circuit breakers might not trip as they are sensing currant, but the GFI might sense it and not reset. When the DVR burnt up just maybe it caused a loose connection were it connects to the neutral/ground bar.
I would unplug power and go in and tighten all your connections inside the power supply unit. It sounds like you could us a multi meter. I also have a little volt meter that plugs into any outlet.

Best of Luck with it.
I have checked every outlet for power and they all have power except the four GFI outlets. Day after tomorrow I'll be in one spot and I'll tighten all the connections. Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:42 PM   #14
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Update for whatever its worth. Got some time so I took the fuse panel apart. All connections are tight. I removed the GFI breaker and the black and white wires had continuity to the nearest GFI plug. With the GFI breaker removed from the breaker box the on off switch operates normal. I'm guessing the GFI breaker is OK but also guessing I have something that goes to ground when power is applied tripping the GFI breaker. Also I have continuity on the breaker when the switch is closed and not when the switch is open. I don't know enough about electricity to figure this out. We can live without these four plugs until we get back to our winter home in AZ where there is a DRV dealer there. Thanks for any help!
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:56 PM   #15
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These kind of problems are sometimes hard to trace to the root cause. They can drive you crazy. I once had a GFI in my house that would trip all the time. I disconnected each outlet one at a time and found one that would trip the GFI each time it was in the circuit.
Anyway good luck with it. Hope it turns out to be something cheap and simple.
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:04 PM   #16
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One at a time, good idea! Thanks
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:03 AM   #17
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One at a time, good idea! Thanks

And, GFCI receptacles go bad. If in doubt, just replace it.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:08 AM   #18
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Personally I would replace the GFI.
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Old 09-14-2018, 11:22 AM   #19
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And, GFCI receptacles go bad. If in doubt, just replace it.
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Personally I would replace the GFI.
I think I'll do that Ron, easier then disconnecting five receptacles to isolate the problem. Of course, if the new breaker doesn't do the trick then I might have to anyway. Thanks guys!
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Old 09-14-2018, 05:21 PM   #20
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Thanks again guys, the new GFI breaker did the trick. All five receptacles are now working. I guess the reason why is going to remain a mystery. The Dish Network DVR goes up in smoke and I don't remember if I mentioned it but the micro/convection oven doesn't work either. Those two items are on a different circuit, not the GFI circuit. The DVR wasn't rented, I owned it so the insurance company will get a bill for that and the micro/convection oven.
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