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Old 12-07-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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PaceArrow transfer switch

I have a 1999 Pace Arrow 34n. Have checked the convertor which is putting out over 12 volts and the batteries and cables are perfect. At the coach batteries on shore or generator power I am showing about 10.5-11 volts. I simply want to check the transfer switch for any problems but can't find it. Any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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You can check it by plugging up to shore if it works that side is good, then unplug and start Gennie there is a delay to let Gennie get up to speed so just watch the micro it should turn on in 20 to 30 sec if the micro turns on then the switch is fine and doing it's job also listen for the pop of the relay pulling in and it will give you the location on the box also look at where the cord is stored if it in a compartment box the switch could be there
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Old 12-08-2012, 07:12 AM   #3
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I have a 1999 Pace Arrow 34n. Have checked the convertor which is putting out over 12 volts and the batteries and cables are perfect. At the coach batteries on shore or generator power I am showing about 10.5-11 volts. I simply want to check the transfer switch for any problems but can't find it. Any help is appreciated.
You can check the transfer switch just as nigntriderrv suggested . . .if the microwave has power on shore power, unplug shore power, start gennie, and if micro works now (short pause...30 seconds?) your transfer switch is working.

Your converter is powered by whichever source you are using, and should put out in excess of 13 volts, which is what you should measure AT THE BATTERIES. Anything like the 10.5-ll.0 volts is actually DISCHARGING your batteries. Use a digital volt meter that has been tested for accuracy to do your measurements with.

Good luck finding your low voltage problem!
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:34 AM   #4
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Sounds like a bad converter to me or a tripped breaker on that circuit. Your converter should be putting out 13.6 to 14.3 depending on make/model. If the TS was acting up it's doubtful it would fail with both shore and genny, possible though. If you want to check the TS, use the mircowave. If works on both, now check the 120v at the converter, if good check any fuses on the converter, if good and getting anything less than 13.2v, it's your converter.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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The transfer switch doesn't have anything to do with battery voltage - it just switches between shore and generator as the source for 120v power. As long as the converter/charger is getting 120v power from somewhere, it should be putting out 13+ dc volts to charge batteries.
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The transfer switch is behind the 12v, 12ov fuse panel. Fleetwood leaves about 3 feet of extra wire on panel. You just remove the four screws at each corner of the panel and pull the panel out. You will find the transfer switch mounted there. The other poster is right, you should be showing 13.6 volts coming from the converter.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:45 AM   #7
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Thank you all very much. On a bench test the convertor was at 13.? volts but after hook up at the batteries on both shore and generator it was showing as I said, that was why I thought maybe the transfer switch. I will stop my search for the switch as I believe all of you are correct, but still have my problem of lower than acceptable voltage reading at batteries????
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Now it's time to check the batteries for a dead cell or short.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #9
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Triker 56, I took both to the dealer and they checked out o.k., July batteries of this year. I do get a shock in various places on the coach, so it could be a short somewhere draining the batteries but whow!! how to find.
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You getting a zap when it's plug in then that could be a cut or rubbed wire touching metal, a dead short on the 12V side a wire will get hot or a fuse will blow
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