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Big Katuna

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Posted: 01/22/19 09:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For grits and shiggles, take the plug apart and inspect the connections before doing anything else.

Also tighten breaker lugs in the RV.


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The Automatic Transfer Switches, in an RV, are generally generator priority.

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Nothing wrong with putting an outlet/connector on the generator that matches the main cord. Although you will probably be half way to the cost of a new switch by the time you do it properly.

+1 to unplug and inspect the existing switch before spending money.

For all we know the pedestal supply could be bad. Maybe have the RV park take a quick look before you go out there.


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Posted: 01/22/19 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hertfordnc wrote:

Tom/Barb wrote:

Why not simply repair the Transfer switch?


I've never opened one up. Are they normally repairable?

I hate that I am stumbling through this long distance. THese things usually make sense when i can see them.


Yes they are repairable, they are a simple magnetically controlled relay. Most times the contacts need cleaning.


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What's the point of the transfer switch? When would you ever run the generator while plugged in? just wondering. My rig is wired like you are suggesting, there is a generator outlet I plug the shore cord into when driving, then plug it into the pedestal when at camp.


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camperdave wrote:

What's the point of the transfer switch? When would you ever run the generator while plugged in? just wondering. My rig is wired like you are suggesting, there is a generator outlet I plug the shore cord into when driving, then plug it into the pedestal when at camp.

The only thing, they might be good for, is for scheduling starts to charge the batteries, having it auto start, in case of power loss and with some people leaving their pets for long periods of time in extreme heat conditions.
Also if need be, I can start our genset from next to our bed, in case of power loss during the night and for ac or the heat pumps.
All this is probably never used by most and we never have, with always having the genset on manual operation.


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Not necessary. Our first class A didn’t have a transfer switch. Genset recep.

Convenient when the power goes out in a storm and you can start genset from inside without going out.

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AllegroD wrote:

The Automatic Transfer Switches, in an RV, are generally generator priority.

ours isn't, if you are running equipment on the get-set, then plug into 50 amp service the 50 amp service will accept the load, and relieve the get-set.

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Tom/Barb, I believe ours is the same as yours. I know when I plug our rig into shore power, I hear an immediate "clunk" from the contactors in the ATS when I energize the breaker.


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Tom/Barb wrote:

AllegroD wrote:

The Automatic Transfer Switches, in an RV, are generally generator priority.

ours isn't, if you are running equipment on the get-set, then plug into 50 amp service the 50 amp service will accept the load, and relieve the get-set.


Thus the name, "AUTOMATIC transfer switch"

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