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RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

Parallax got back to me on the question of whether or not the ATS501 is a direct replacement for the 5070 vs the ATS503. Since post #14 was labeled "Solved," I went ahead and added this there too... "Hello Kendall, The easiest swap by far would be the ATS501. The ATS503 needs wire slack to be able to be connected and the chassis on the ATS503 is larger. You will need to go with the ATS501. Have a wonderful day Kendall, Bruce Jones Warranty Dept Parallax Power Supply"
KendallP 05/27/21 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

I like to clean my relays then saturate a Q Tip with spray silicone lube. I dab the lubricant onto hinge points and work the mechanism several times. 30 amp DPDT relays are hard to find down here and when one is found the price weakens my knees. Also on critical stuff I'll wipe DeOxit D100 across contact points. Special attention goes into making the relay enclosure moisture-tight. I don't imagine you could afford your knees any weaker, gramps. :) Thanks for the "tips." When MEX talks tech, the wise listen. Yeah, I wish I could get a better view of those hinge points without marking and de-lugging about 2 dozen heavy wires in order to remove those relays for study. And really... it doesn't act at all like a lube issue. It's like it unseats from the fulcrum, but again... I couldn't see where that fulcrum was. I suppose if it happens again... I'll be forced to remove the relays and assess. In which case, I will surely employ your maintenance methods. Thanks, old man. P.S. I sold my old rig. The buyer seemed impressed when I bragged on your hot-rodded alternator design with the Ford fan. Thanks again for that too. :)
KendallP 05/25/21 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

Thanks for the feedback We like to learn results and remedies to these problems Least I can do
KendallP 05/24/21 11:02pm Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

Solved I did it like you said, Wiz. And I was able to get it to work intermittently. But that obviously wasn't good enough, so I cracked 'er open. Not easy, but I was able to get in there and check out the relays. First thing I noticed is how clean the points were. No signs of arcing at all. Makes me wonder if my grandfather-in-law either unplugged from shore first before ever starting the generator... or at least was good enough not to have any major loads running before starting. He was pretty sharp, so both of the above could be possible. But what I DID find was something funky with the cantilever action of the generator input relay. The house relay worked as one would expect, but the other one acted like something was broken at the fulcrum or something. But it was very difficult to see what was going on in there. I messed around with it a bit and it suddenly started rocking properly. I messed with it some more and got it to foul up again. After maybe a half dozen of these back and forths, I was no longer able to get it to foul up. I sure wish I could have seen better and figured out exactly what was wrong, but... it's working as it should now and... I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed. But at least I know where the problem lies. If I run into trouble while out on the open road again, I'll break out the tools and crack 'er open again. But I'm so happy I was able to get this far. Replacement... or even landfilling it and wiring up an old-school, manual outlet... were much more labor intensive options. I still work 60 hours a week and the stealership would probably want an arm and two legs for any of those options. Thanks everyone! EDIT: Additionally... Parallax got back to me on the question of whether or not the ATS501 is a direct replacement for the 5070 vs the ATS503. "Hello Kendall, The easiest swap by far would be the ATS501. The ATS503 needs wire slack to be able to be connected and the chassis on the ATS503 is larger. You will need to go with the ATS501. Have a wonderful day Kendall, Bruce Jones Warranty Dept Parallax Power Supply"
KendallP 05/24/21 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

Give the transfer switch a little love tap on the side with a hammer or something substantial. Will try that. Thanks. Should I do that with or without power supplied to it? Or both?
KendallP 05/21/21 10:53am Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

Usually on here they say to jumper/by-pass the ATS to see if that is where the fault is. You only need to do that with the generator side. If that works, then you could do PT's idea and have manual switching between shore and gen. If you get an inverter you will need to do that manually. With a portable gen you do it manually between the three 120v sources. You don't need no steenkin ATS. Yeah, but I'm fresh out of badges, though. Yeah, the old Winnebago was manual like that. And since some are shy about starting the genny when plugged into shore, the labor is about the same, i.e. virtually none. The heat pump runs off a 30A circuit when necessary, so the only situation I can see it being a bit of a pain is when it's parked at the house receiving 15 or 20A for battery maintenance and one wishes to cool the rig off while loading or unloading on a hot, sunny day. But again... about 45 seconds of "effort." There IS a Xantrex Freedom 458 inverter in there. So what else do you need to do manually with this in mind?
KendallP 05/21/21 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

That one white looks a little yellow/brownish ? Yep. That's the shore cable. There's also something on the Parallax site about it being able to handle 70A from the generator. It's a 7500 watter, after all. Ironically, the generator cables are notably thinner than the shore input and the output to breaker panel cables. They really went overkill on the output set... which is like... 3' away from there... at the foot of the queen bed. (Sorry... that's approximately 1 metre in your language. :) )
KendallP 05/20/21 11:04pm Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

before anything else make sure that the breakers ON the genny have not tripped. it's worth a try. Thanks. Yeah, I reset the breaker on the genny numerous times before cracking the transfer switch case and I have 120 from it at the transfer switch terminals.
KendallP 05/20/21 10:50pm Tech Issues
RE: SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

https://powermaxconverters.com/product/pmts/ Should work and not $200! Thanks, B. But that one looks much lest robust than this one. And this one has 10 cables going in and out. Mostly big ones. 4 awg, maybe? https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/WNHC4XcDJB2OAIadITCDZmtrObRAK3f3nxN4OnlY9cCONprSHJd_JcFh1xFfRFII3Ns4LmeMhrP8f0ZATolxwHtziig93G_OrPPzXugvsLK8gIj5YYXRZS9q5aHFKk5bW3-4c2tKNeYWhB1ZiieR8scL9RMMM3Bwumfuzzo_MusiDIqMo7l1BVhX885RDBD6qZGBp9zEVgz3fC4EUy6TC-aNul6FVVX3TuAN6qGiHilwkH5xWWDnSi0KzmJrD8v_k_6FcYddzEndcLZzEO53vBBUscxh4XiYkdBRePPcsyVqMEwl9L9YbzPHPW_Yz0Mrn-WEa1c9M3MKAUCNnjQyZUqqmubbN9QAXE9tljzVhBQ0QjJf6ytmE203mxae9oZORVQCFHAzDRtGdysh12ZBpg4KmabwLF3T29wclTLpNkIeJxhl7rXu-xVIy2cF9etB3jVBzkLRfX_gyOA58fqyPxWoNL43pnmHA5N9WdyTFcotEoYKQQLaYW6l-a0DHt75gJ8kOZ-tjaA9aq2radv39MlN9fiyp_hVR-p4kMJlgPFhCnEI2ufggIy__Re88VZCRXjIaNVdJiuJGKi4o6yHd5DFU9dC2qPhekEeJReDdT-e38Ohj6Ok-Q45CZ-HYY_l6ufBosnxeb418OzJzgaqBixDk_K6BFpjIn2ktGz3U0duhR2gbXRaqOwULbTwaFHtEmygYA1icIvxVPAFbR7xT4l3=w623-h830-no?authuser=0
KendallP 05/20/21 10:45pm Tech Issues
SOLVED: ATS-5070 Transfer Switch - Shore Power Only

SOLVED in post #14 Hello, This is in my grandfather-in-law's 2004 Winnebago motorhome. I'm guessing it's original. Generator is an Onan 7500 diesel and appears to be running great. No one can remember when the switch worked last. Only shore power is getting through to the coach. No genny power. I'm getting 120 at the switch's terminals from the generator, but none at the output. The delay is supposed to be 20 seconds. I gave it 10 minutes. Things are pretty tight in the power locker. Is it worth cracking open the old switch to inspect the relays? Or maybe a loose wire? Or is it just time to landfill it and replace? If I replace, I can get an ATS-501 still... which may be the direct replacement for the 5070. 200 bucks. I'm told a 503 might be more robust, but bigger for about the same price. I have basically zero play to work with in both the generator cable set and the output set. So a direct replacement would be ideal. Or is there another unit you recommend that would be an easy swap? .
KendallP 05/20/21 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

OK, admittedly, midnightsadie's post struck a chord. In my time with them, I had nothing but good service from Coach-Net. So I continued my exhaustive research... in the name of science! My time is worth much more than if I had just signed up for both, but I have this need to make informed decisions. Measure twice, cut once... and so forth. Though there were certainly some, overall the negative postings about Coach-Net were relatively few. I was able to find a sample, "Premier Coach Membership Guide" by adding "pdf" to the google search. I think they should make that easy to find, so one knows what he's getting before cutting the check. I wasn't in love with the wording of "...nearest qualified repair facility as determined by us." What if they're qualified, but don't want to do the job? Good Sam's membership guide seems to be more clear about this. In the end I went ahead and signed back up for Coach-Net. It has been 2 years since my last membership expired, so I didn't get the $169 renew rate. BUT... since the MH is a Winnebago, the nice young lady signed me up for the Winnebago Premier Plan, which is the same as the non-branded premier MH plan, only its 179 bucks instead of $249. She said renewal rates are also $179, so if true, I guess they'll make that back up in 7 years if I'm still driving the Winnebago. There was one website I searched through that sealed the deal for me. Not sure how I feel about posting it here, but let's just say... it's kind of an obvious place anyone should look to for information, complaints and reviews on just about any business. Good Sam had plenty of reviews. Coach-Net had virtually none. So either Good Sam is just IMMENSELY more popular. Or Coach-Net is benefiting from the old adage, "If a customer has a good experience, they'll tell 1 person. If they have a bad one, they'll tell 10." Hopefully I'll never have to call them for more than technical assistance or other minor services to see if they're "as good as they once was." But if I do, then I guess I'll find out. Thanks for all the help! Cheer .
KendallP 04/23/21 12:49pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

If I had taken off down the road, I could have destroyed my engine and been stuck for a while beside the road. Yeah, but you just may have set a new land speed, diesel RV record! Thanks for the candid share, Barney. So glad you caught that in time! Since I've never made a single mistake in my life, I hereby judge you harshly and cast the first stone. And yeah... I imagine I'm just missing it somehow, but Coach-net also sure doesn't make it easy to find a full, detailed coverage brochure. I had no problem finding one on Good Sam. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
KendallP 04/21/21 10:40pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Pricing for discounts and “teaser” rates for new customers are two very common. Marketing strategies. There is a large percentage of consumers who react positively to sales and discounts, irrespective of net price. They will choose the item listed at $50 with a 50% discount over the exact same item at $23 in another store. Similarly, customers have been shown to have a reluctance to price shopping and changing providers on recurring purchases. Once the customer is secured by that teaser rate, they often become customers for life who are very price insensitive. Good Sam is an avid user of both of those strategies. I fell off the turnip truck at least 2 weeks ago. I was just curious if this "big discount" was something they actually offer 365 days a year. Or if it was really the standard rate for renewing members, as well. Or if it really is a discount that will end in a few days like they say it will. But thanks.Your replies to me and others sure seem to show you have all the answers, so why did you waste everyone's time asking the questions? Maybe common courtesy is something they teach week three on the Turnip truck. You're right. I can see I should have used a smiley for this one. Apologies if I came off rude. That was not my intention. My opening sentence sounded a lot funnier in my head than it probably looked in print. :) However, I did not know the answers to my 2 questions. Replies 1 and 2 answered them. "Now is that a legitimate promo? Or are these prices standard for new or returning members?" I understand teaser rates. But heck... if one company is offering a teaser rate and the other one isn't... And if research indicates that... over the years... the two have become more and more comparable... .
KendallP 04/21/21 12:27pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

I have had both services. I received Coach-Net when I bought my trailer as a bonus from the manufacturer. I have had GS for many years. I have not had any complaint on how GS has handled my needs over those years. Coach-Net did fine as well. A friend of mine runs a roadside service/towing and told me that all of the services use the same providers but may pay them differently.(i.e. discounts, payment timeliness, and give-backs)He also said that bad outcomes are not always the fault of the service, some customers can expect something that is not part of the service and then complain they were treated badly( Imagine that:S ) Ha! Yeah. I've seen several reports where someone had GS and CN and nether were able to find a tow truck. From what I've ready, it could have been the dispatcher. Or it could have been the payment offer, and subsequent pot sweeteners, were not agreeable to the locals. Or it could have just been no one felt like getting out of bed to help that day.
KendallP 04/21/21 12:24pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Here's complaints on the GS non service, they don't make this forum easy to find. GS Roadside complaints. ??? You were kidding, right? My thread here is IN that forum. I had found it during my research phase. And had come across several posts of yours touting coach-net over Good Sam. And I HAVE taken your opinions into account. Had I not found negative reports about coach-net too, this would probably be easier. Seems like both can be hit or miss, depending upon who answers the phone. It's probably hard to find good people nowadays because they can make more on unemployment. Too bad. I sincerely appreciate the help!
KendallP 04/21/21 11:43am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Pricing for discounts and “teaser” rates for new customers are two very common. Marketing strategies. There is a large percentage of consumers who react positively to sales and discounts, irrespective of net price. They will choose the item listed at $50 with a 50% discount over the exact same item at $23 in another store. Similarly, customers have been shown to have a reluctance to price shopping and changing providers on recurring purchases. Once the customer is secured by that teaser rate, they often become customers for life who are very price insensitive. Good Sam is an avid user of both of those strategies. I fell off the turnip truck at least 2 weeks ago. :) I was just curious if this "big discount" was something they actually offer 365 days a year. Or if it was really the standard rate for renewing members, as well. Or if it really is a discount that will end in a few days like they say it will. But thanks. EDIT: Smiley added as originally intended .
KendallP 04/21/21 11:35am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

so your going to leave a plan thats been good to you, to search out a cheap plan, question? you ever read the horror stories on here about there road side service. Yes. Research (obsessive) is not a weakness of mine. Quite the opposite. I have also read here, and on several other sites, that coach-net is not what it once was either. I haven't had need for roadside assistance, beyond what my insurance company offers, for several years... and... apparently several price increases. Had the above 2 not become factors, I wouldn't be asking.
KendallP 04/21/21 11:31am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Hello KendallP, Thank you for your time and post. The 50 percent off sale is valid for new members, we will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have. See the below link for additional information. https://www.goodsamroadside.com Thank you, Ella Good Sam Customer Care Team Another real answer. Thanks, Ella!
KendallP 04/21/21 11:23am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 50% Off Deal - Legit?

Good pricing for new members that is not available for existing members unless you become an elite member. See if you can get that rate for multiple years. Have had it for years and most years it pays for itself. This year it was a tow out of the back of the property after I got stuck in the mud trying to leave for a trip after four inches of rain. Took two trucks almost three hours to get me onto a solid patch of ground. Put down a bit over 500 feet of crushed limestone by ten feet wide to keep it from happening again. Question answered in first reply! I see they do offer 3 years of that rate. Thanks!
KendallP 04/21/21 11:21am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
50% Off Deal - Legit?

Answered in replies 1 and 2. Thanks! Was considering roadside assistance again. Was with coach-net for several years, but after seeing today's pricing, I thought to look elsewhere. Once on the GS site, I saw they are having a big promotion; 50% off for new members. Now is that a legitimate promo? Or are these prices standard for new or returning members? .
KendallP 04/20/21 08:35pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
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