RV ELECTRICAL REPAIR

MOBILE RV ELECTRICAL REPAIR

RV electrical problems are something we see frequently when it comes to our mobile RV repair service calls here in Tulsa and Northeastern Oklahoma. Caney Valley RV Repair handles all RV electrical repair issues that you may run into on any make or model RV.

As an RV owner or operator, you probably know enough to make sure that you perform a walk around inspection before you start your next adventure.  You may notice a loose wire, or connection that could potentially cause problems on your trip.

We like emphasize safety with our RV electrical repair team and with every customer we work with, especially when it comes to your RV’s electrical system.  We highly recommend contacting us for your RV electrical repair issues before attempting to diagnose or make adjustments yourself. Our team is certified and knows what to look for when it comes to RV electrical repairs. Doing it yourself is not worth risking your safety. Caney Valley RV Repair can help you and keep you safe.

Electricity is dangerous and we recommend contacting us for proper diagnosis and repair on any RV electrical issues you may be experiencing. 

THE BASICS OF RV ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS

Your RV has many electrical devices and systems that are connected to each other. Various RV devices run on different power sources.

RV Electrical System Power Sources

  • AC (Alternatiting Current) electrical system which typically runs your air conditioner unit and possibly some other devices in your RV
  • DC (Direct Current) electrical system which will operate your lights, slides, thermostats and switches.
  • Propane Fuel can be used for your RV refrigerator in addition to other appliances.

AC and DC Power For RVs

Not sure of the difference between these two electrical systems? You’re not alone.

AC power is sourced from your generator, or the outlet at your campground which will typically be a 20-amp, 30-amp, or 50-amp current. Your RV’s AC power control panel distributes power to all of your appliances that use AC power.

DC power comes from one or more batteries. If your batteries become low on charge, your converter will charge them up. A power converter takes AC power from your campground or external power source and converts it into lower voltage DC power.

By being able to convert AC to DC power, you can keep those batteries charged and power your basic electrical systems within your RV such as light switches, slides and other appliances.

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Common weaknesses for RV electrical systems

Both the AC and DC systems can develop weak spots over time in several locations on your RV. This is due to all the amazing adventures you’ve taken with your RV. Often these weak points are just a result of the vibrations from road travel, compounded, over time. These vibrations can cause your electrical connection points to weaken or loosen.

We often see wires that have had their insulation rubbed off which may lead to a stop of current flowing in the connected electrical system. An exposed wire can also cause a short in another appliance or electrical system if that exposed wire comes into contact with another wire or device.

If you experience an electrical short or smell something burning, your first stop should be your breaker box or fuse box. Keep you and your passengers safe by first cutting off the flow of electricity.

Types of fuses and breakers

 

  • Your 115 volt AC power system should have a set of fuses or breakers that will interrupt that flow of power.
  • Your DC power system should have a set of fuses or breakers to interrupt your 12 volt power system
  • For 110 volt receptacles you may have a GFI (Ground Fault Indicators) or GFCB (Ground Fault Circuit Breakers) which can shut off the flow of power to appliances

RV ELECTRICAL REPAIR FAQ

Why does my RV keep throwing a breaker?

When you have a breaker that continues to trip or flip off on it’s own this is a sure sign that you may have a more significant electrical problem. Breakers and fuses will trip as a fail safe often when an appliance or another electrical device fails or draws too much electrical current.

A tripped breaker or fuse is warning that there is an electrical problem on your RV.

It is worth noting here that breakers and fuses can go bad on their own, especially if they’ve had a long life and have been tripped many times. However, on many of the RV electrical repairs that we work on this is seldom the case.

Do I need to purchase a surge protector for my RV?

An RV surge protector provides an extra layer of protection and does the same job that your fuse or breaker box is doing: It reacts to voltage changes and lets you know if there’s a problem. The advantage of having an RV surge protector is that it will typically have a faster reaction time to voltage changes than that of your regular breakers or fuses.

It seems that everyone these days is using surge protectors for their RVs. If you do decide to purchase a surge protector do your homework first and ensure that you are purchasing a well vetted, highly rated RV surge protector.

How much current do RV appliances draw?
Air Conditioner (13,500 to 15,000 BTUs) 12 – 14 amps
Air Conditioner (Smaller unit) 5 – 8 amps
Coffee Maker 8 – 10 amps
Hair Dryer 8 – 15 amps
Crock Pot 1 – 2 amps
Food Processor 3 – 5 amps
Hand Vacuum (Dust Buster size)  2 amps
Iron 8 – 10 amps
Microwave Oven 8 – 13 amps
Television 1.5 – 5 amps

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LATEST NEWS

The more you know about your RV, the more money you can save when it comes to RV repairs. 

Check out the latest from our blog to learn more about preventative steps and do it your self repairs. 

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Contact Information

Caney Valley RV Repair

(918) 535-2000

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