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Old 05-26-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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Transfer switch

Does anyone use one of the transfer power switches, that switches from shore power to generator power in a power outage? What kind and are you happy with it?

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Old 05-26-2015, 07:52 PM   #2
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Previous coach had a Progressive Dynamics switch. This one has an Esco. They tend to work seamlessly and you don't know they're there unless they fail, so yes I'm happy with both of them.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:19 PM   #3
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Previous coach had to manually plug the cord into the post and when unplugged it had to be plugged into the generator outlet. It was simple and worked fine. The new coach has the auto transfer switch which has never been a problem but doesn't really seem like a necessity. I still pull the cord out to plug into the post and still have to put it back into the same compartment where the plug was located for the generator. Nice to have but I wouldn't add one to a coach that didn't have one unless I camped where losing power was an issue.
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Look at the "Lyght" products--they seem to have a pretty good reputation. Also, try to look for a DC current based contactor model. As the name suggests, "alternating current" based models tend to hum/chatter--especially as they get older.....
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:55 AM   #5
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MOST motor homes today have such a switch..

ONE word of caution though DO NOT HOT SWITCH..that is do not switch under load...Turn off park breaker, or RV main breaker, Or pull shore plug BEFORE starting generator and again before stopping it.. DO NOT switch under load.
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agree with wa8yxm, i switched mine under load, replacing my ats as we speak. $300 at repair shop, $136 from ebay.
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