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Old 08-27-2013, 07:37 PM   #1
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transfer switch

my motorhome does not have a automatic transfer switch. I am looking at buying one but I cant see the benefit of installing one. what do u all think about transfer switches. also what brand do u recommend. thanks

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Old 08-27-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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you want to buy one, but you dont want to install it? Humm!! that doesnt really make any sense.

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Old 08-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #3
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well I wanted to buy one then got to thinking (which is scary) I don't really need one. what is the purpose of having one besides not having to unplug before turning on geny.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:06 PM   #4
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Not terribly hard to install...

Cut off shore power cord about a foot from the interior wall and wire the footllong piece into the load side of the switch
The newly cut end of the cord goes into the other end of the switch
And the wiring from the generator goes into the same end of the switch as the shore power cord

I realize that it's more specific than this, but as a broad stroke, this is the general idea

If u can operate a wire stripper n a screwdriver and follow a few directions that come with the switch, it's really not that bad

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Old 08-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #5
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I would think that if you have an AC generator on your rv, you would want the safety of a good automatic transfer switch. As posted before, the installation and wiring are fairly straight forward. The switch takes the thinking and remembering about what needs to be done to switch from shore power to coach power, thus you can not forget to reset your ac input. Comfort thinking.
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Old 08-27-2013, 08:18 PM   #6
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why you should need one
the about transfer switches helps if you have a gen if you havea gen i am sure you have to plug your cord into a plug from the gen

now installing one make sure you get the gound to neutral right OR you well have a fire soon after
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What is the best brand to install? Does it work with your surge protector?
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:42 AM   #8
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Not sure of any brand better than others, but I do know that you can buy one with built-in surge protection...
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:02 AM   #9
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Sardis22, Don't do it, Think this through and ask yourself why would you want to add more complexity to an already complex group of components?

I have had motor homes with a transfer switch and motor homes without a transfer switch. I prefer the ones without, I am either plugged in to a 30amp power pole or my 30 amp generator no question. No burned contacts, no delays, no question as to what is powering the coach.

But then there are folks that just need projects.
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:05 PM   #10
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It's strictly a matter of convenience, and probably not a great deal of that. If you aren't cussing because you have to go outside and plug the shore cord to the genset outlet once in awhile, why waste your money on something you obviously don't need?

I'll have to disagree with JBDiscovery. There is absolutely no safety advantage to having an auto transfer switch. It's hard to get any safer than pulling a plug and it's near impossible for it to malfunction as well.
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Well... Let me tell you the story of a park called Lakeshore and that tragic and fateful day (ok enough of The Ship That Never Returned)

Was sitting in one of my favorite campgrounds enjoying a solid 30 amps when FLASH, CRASH, SPLASH lightening, thunder and rain, I mean by the buckets it came down.. Suddenly the lights dimmed and the 120 volt stuff in the motor home stopped working.. Yup, power fail.

I stepped up to the driver's seat, tapped the approved pattern on the button and PUTT PUTT PUTT CLUNK lights brightened and 120 volt stuff went back to work.

And I never got rained on one drop.

And *THAT* Is why I love my transfer switch.

(not a one time occurance by the way)
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #12
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I agree with Gary. I have owned three motorhomes without a transfer switch and never had a problem. I am careful to always have everything off and the pole breaker and the rv breaker off when I plug and un plug. My new motorhome has a transfer switch and I still do the same thing. Everyday it seems someone is having problems with transfer switches. If mine ever goes bad I will probably not replace it unless it's still under warranty.

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