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huntandfish1017
Posted 7/5/2023 10:13 AM (#1022086)
Subject: another charger question




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I have a Minn Kota 318 charger in my boat, all bought new in fall of 2019. At home, at the cabin, hotels, etc I have never had an issue. Two weeks ago in Canada, my boat kept tripping the GFCI. Same 50' 12 gauge extension cord I use at home, which is also a GFCI outlet. The resort owner even changed the outlet while I was up there to make sure it wasn't a bad outlet. Batteries hold their charge all day, so I don't think it is that. I have checked all the terminals and leads and didn't seen any issues. I saw on another forum that there can be issues with a boat in the water vs out, but didn't explain. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could/should check before I take it in?

Thanks.
sworrall
Posted 7/5/2023 10:22 AM (#1022089 - in reply to #1022086)
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Location: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Aluminum boat?
huntandfish1017
Posted 7/5/2023 10:48 AM (#1022090 - in reply to #1022086)
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Yes, Crestliner.
huntandfish1017
Posted 7/5/2023 1:56 PM (#1022095 - in reply to #1022089)
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And this is the 4th time I've had my boat at the same resort and it never happened before?
sworrall
Posted 7/5/2023 4:47 PM (#1022100 - in reply to #1022086)
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Location: Rhinelander, Wisconsin
Use a voltage tester and see if the hull is hot. Happened to us, a rogue hot wire got loose against the interior. Kept blowing the breaker on that outlet at the resort.
Juhas
Posted 7/6/2023 4:40 AM (#1022115 - in reply to #1022086)
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Try another extension cord. Also try plugging in charger without cord. Amperage draw on a long cord could trip a GFCI. I have had power tools trip breakers on long extension cords not trip when directly plugged in. May be a failing end on the cord also.
Reef Hawg
Posted 7/6/2023 11:41 PM (#1022124 - in reply to #1022086)
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Location: north central wisconsin
After looking into the above stated potentials, could disconnect on bank at a time, to see if still happens/identify bank/battery(be careful to insulate the ends of the newly disconnected bank.

Edited by Reef Hawg 7/6/2023 11:43 PM
ILESOX
Posted 7/7/2023 8:08 PM (#1022140 - in reply to #1022086)
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Location: Roscoe IL
you can get nuisance tripping when you have 2 different GFCIs hooked to eachother.
CincySkeez
Posted 7/30/2023 4:07 PM (#1022636 - in reply to #1022086)
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Location: Duluth
Like Steve said, Marina installed ELCI breakers, you have stray current leaving the boat and entering the water.
NPike
Posted 11/24/2023 8:15 AM (#1024827 - in reply to #1022100)
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sworrall - 7/5/2023 5:47 PM

Use a voltage tester and see if the hull is hot. Happened to us, a rogue hot wire got loose against the interior. Kept blowing the breaker on that outlet at the resort.


Good thought ^^^
NPike
Posted 11/24/2023 8:21 AM (#1024828 - in reply to #1022140)
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ILESOX - 7/7/2023 9:08 PM

you can get nuisance tripping when you have 2 different GFCIs hooked to eachother.


Why would anyone do this. Not trying to be a pain but it sounds a bit silly to have a system wired like this. BTW good luck. Its likely an intermittent short. Check all wiring for loose stands,, poor connections, etc. Some how +Vdc is finding an unwanted return thus likely tripping the breaker
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