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Old 01-01-2017, 02:41 PM   #1
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Adding Automatic Transfer Switch to 2007 Tropical T350

I recently purchased a 2007 Tropical T350. It doesn't have an Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) to switch between generator and shore power. I have to manually plug the power cord into the generator plug. I'd like to add an ATS as well as an external power inlet. This is how my power bay looks now.


I'd like to add the power outlet similar to this on another Tropical:


I'd like some help in determining where in the body I should install the outlet. I figure that it will end up in the back closet with the internal wiring running through the floor to the power bay.

I would appreciate it if someone take some pics of their Tropical/Pacifica showing how the power outlet comes into the coach and how the wiring is run to the power bay? Especially pics in the closet where the power outlet comes through the wall.
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I'll try to send you a pic tomorrow. I added an automatic transfer switch to my '08 t330
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Our 08 Dolphin is the same and I am planing on doing the same. I have already purchased a 50A ATS from Camping World. My thought, however, is to have the 50A power cord plug into a socket mounted inside the compartment and not cut a hole on the outside of the RV. I will order 2 parts off Ebay like below, then find a way from there, but I need to wait till spring and warmer weather.
Socket : CEP/Marinco 6375M Male Plug 50-Amp 125-Volt/250-Volt Twist Lock Inlet Connector | eBay

Plug to add to power cord : CEP/Marinco 6364M Female Plug 125-Volt/250-Volt 50-Amp Twist Lock Connector | eBay
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Here is a pic, not to good but you may get the idea. mine is hard wired with the shore cord. I got the switch off of e-bay had clear diagrams on where to hook wires.
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Old 01-12-2017, 10:17 AM   #6
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Here is a pic, not to good but you may get the idea. mine is hard wired with the shore cord. I got the switch off of e-bay had clear diagrams on where to hook wires.

I appreciate the picture.

Could you take a pick of the internal wiring so I can get an idea on how to wire it.

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Our 08 Dolphin is the same and I am planing on doing the same. I have already purchased a 50A ATS from Camping World. My thought, however, is to have the 50A power cord plug into a socket mounted inside the compartment and not cut a hole on the outside of the RV. I will order 2 parts off Ebay like below, then find a way from there, but I need to wait till spring and warmer weather.
Socket : CEP/Marinco 6375M Male Plug 50-Amp 125-Volt/250-Volt Twist Lock Inlet Connector | eBay

Plug to add to power cord : CEP/Marinco 6364M Female Plug 125-Volt/250-Volt 50-Amp Twist Lock Connector | eBay

That's how I initially was going to wire it up, but saw the picture of the factory inlet and thought that looked pretty good.

The 50 amp cord is pretty stiff and unwieldly and I thought it might be a challenge getting it through the access hole and plugged into the socket.

Your way will save you some $$ and probably be more secure from theft.

Thanks for the info.
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coulter6, I see your point and agree on how difficult it is handling the 50A cable.
Our 05 Dolphin had an outside plug and worked fine pulling out the 50A cable and plugging it in. I'll decide how I end up doing mine in the spring once I get the addition parts and it's warmer weather to work on it. I'll try to remember to post the results.
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If there any Tropical / Pacifica owners that have the factory ATS installed, I'd appreciate pictures of the closet showing the internal wiring. Also pictures of the ATS wiring inside the box.

Thanks in advance.
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