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Old 01-04-2015, 08:05 AM   #1
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Strong (Bad) smell solved - bad few weeks

I work out of state in IN and live in our Holiday Rambler - Vacationer during the week and travel home for the weekends and holidays.

I have had a tuff couple of weeks. A few weeks ago when I was home for Thanksgiving and my transfers switch went out and sent 220v through my 110 and burnt up my TV, Convection oven, DVD, and TV booster. Click image for larger version

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ID:	82575. My coach is 2003 and they quit making this switch 5 yrs ago. I was lucky enough to find one on EBay so I didn't have to move any wires. $900 later everything is fixed, I was lucky because I could have lost everything.

Well, went back to work after Christmas and I the worst (STRONG) smell inside my RV. hit me in the face when I opened the door. Smelled like propane, methane, gas, and eggs all rolled up. Opened windows and vents and it did not get any better. Could not figure it out. Checked gray tank, LP lines, LP tank, and smelled every inch of the RV. The whole thing smelled bad, seemed to be worse in the back. I slept through the nigh with window open, heat off (thinking I might blow up). I went back at lunch the next morning and was talking to the campground owners and the told me to check my batteries. I opened the battery compartment in the back of the RV under my bed and almost fell over backwards. That was the problem. My batteries were older and probably got overcharged with the earlier electrical problem and were leaking. Removed old batteries, clean out were batteries had leaked, and got new batteries. Problems now fixed.

So, if you have a bad smell and it is not your gray tank or LP, check your batteries.

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I work out of state in IN and live in our Holiday Rambler - Vacationer during the week and travel home for the weekends and holidays.

I have had a tuff couple of weeks. A few weeks ago when I was home for Thanksgiving and my transfers switch went out and sent 220v through my 110 and burnt up my TV, Convection oven, DVD, and TV booster. Attachment 82575.

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I am not understanding how your transfer switch failed and sent 220 VAC up through your Coach? Could you explain a little further? Were/did you plug into a 220 wired outlet? By mistake? I am glad your problem has been corrected!
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I am not understanding how your transfer switch failed and sent 220 VAC up through your Coach? Could you explain a little further? Were/did you plug into a 220 wired outlet? By mistake? I am glad your problem has been corrected!
Is it possible to loose the Neutral connection in the transfer switch on the output side and have 240 fed to the all of the 120 devices?

My ESCO Transfer switch will NOT allow that to happen. It switches the Neutral first and if that doesn't connect then it won't transfer.

My question is what was the BRAND of transfer switch that failed? If it was an IOTA then it should have been removed years ago when they were recalled plus some of them were setting coaches on fire.

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I am not understanding how your transfer switch failed and sent 220 VAC up through your Coach? Could you explain a little further?
That results from a failed or corroded neutral connection on 50A supply when combined with an unbalanced load (a much heavier amp draw on one hot wire than the other). With a missing or under-perfroming neutral wire, the voltage in the hots float and can go high on one side while correspondingly low on the other when the hots are carrying much different amp loads.

As Dr4Film, mentioned, this could be a failure of the relay that switches the neutral, but is more commonly a [perhaps partially] broken neutral wire or corrosion on the neutral connection.
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Thanks for sharing, would never associate that kind of smell with the batteries, here's to hoping the new year is a happy one for you after all that.
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Is it possible to loose the Neutral connection in the transfer switch on the output side and have 240 fed to the all of the 120 devices?

My ESCO Transfer switch will NOT allow that to happen. It switches the Neutral first and if that doesn't connect then it won't transfer.

My question is what was the BRAND of transfer switch that failed? If it was an IOTA then it should have been removed years ago when they were recalled plus some of them were setting coaches on fire.

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That results from a failed or corroded neutral connection on 50A supply when combined with an unbalanced load (a much heavier amp draw on one hot wire than the other). With a missing or under-perfroming neutral wire, the voltage in the hots float and can go high on one side while correspondingly low on the other when the hots are carrying much different amp loads.

As Dr4Film, mentioned, this could be a failure of the relay that switches the neutral, but is more commonly a [perhaps partially] broken neutral wire or corrosion on the neutral connection.
Thank you Richard & Gary for the explaination........
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