Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-21-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
Senior Member
tagcat's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: west fork arkansas
Posts: 270
Power switchover problem?

We have a monaco 40, with a magnum modified sine wave 2000 watt inverter,auto transfer switch,50 amp smart energy management system,with 500 watts solar 6 new house batteries.
The problem i am having is the other day i discounted shore power for about 6 Hr ran off house batteries ,no problem.Turned shore power on keep hearing clicking but no power.Turned switch at pestle back off tried again same thing waited for transfer switch to kick in.On the 3Rd try it kicked in and we had 50 amp power an panel .,but now the frig(we have a samsung residential) upper part will only get to 48 % we are at -4% in freezer?Tried setting but no luck.
With this type of setup do i need to do anything when hooking to shore ,turn on gen,or running on house batteries,does the system know what system is on or do i need to do something?
Thanks for any advise

tagcat is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-21-2014, 09:08 AM   #2
Senior Member
luvlabs's Avatar
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 1,475
Your system sounds like it is is fine. The inverter is supplying power in the absence of power from the pedistal or the generator. The transfer switch controls the flow of A/C power (either pedistal or generator) to the coach. You should turn off the generator before you connect to shore power and also disconnect from shore power before you turn on the generator. If you don't, you can easily damage the transfer swtich.

The problem you had was caused by your transfer switch not transferring power back to the coach electrical system. Lots of potential reasons for this but if you want to try a few things yourself you can check the wiring inside the transfer switch for loose wires (do disconnect all sources of power before you try this). Many times there are loose power leads inside the transfer switch that just need to be tightened down. Loose connections mean heat and intermittent connections - just like the problem you were seeing. Also, if it happens again, give thhe transfer switch a good thump with your hand. That can free a stuck relay and get it working.

I don't know about your frig, however. Since the freezer is at -4, it is obviously cooling. The refrigerator section being at 48 doesn't sound right. I'd give Samsung a call and ask them what is wrong.

As far as needing anything, I suggest you have a Progressive Industries HW50C EMS system installed before the transfer switch. This will protect the coach from miswired pedistals, too low or too high voltage, open grounds, etc. Think of it as good protection for all of your electrical goodies.

Roger & Mary
2014 Tiffin Phaeton 36GH
2012 Honda Fit toad
luvlabs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
Senior Member
dvmweb's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: MI
Posts: 945
Power switchover problem?

Could have had a voltage spike and damaged the electonics in your fridge. It sounds like it is working. Maybe unplug it (the fridge) for a few minutes and then plug it back in so it's processor can reboot. We had our house fridge get zapped when the power grid came back on after an outage. It was a blown fuse on the circuit board. I try to unplug shore power before starting generator. And, turn off the generator before plugging in the shore power.

2013 FleetWood Expedition 38B
dvmweb is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Power Gear jack problem lp5151 Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 783 09-12-2015 04:49 PM
Power Gear electric jack problem vick42 Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum 8 07-09-2014 09:09 AM
Automatic Power Switch Problem Zertman RV Systems & Appliances 12 07-07-2014 03:52 PM
Battery Power Problem nancita RV Systems & Appliances 16 07-04-2014 10:54 AM
No DC power to motorhome glow4004 Monaco Owner's Forum 12 12-02-2013 09:22 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:16 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.