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Old 03-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #1
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Hi, Newbie here. Picked up 2004 2600S Forest River MH yesterday. A question the seller (private), couldn't answer is, is there an Automatic Transfer Switch onboard, if so where do I plug in my shore power? I've only found (1) receptacle and it was connected (plugged into) to the generator. The previous owner only went dry camping. Is there a way to find concerning my model?

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If you have a 25 to 30' power cord plugged into the generator, you will need to unplug that and plug that cord into the power pedestal. It sounds like you do not have an automatic transfer switch.


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You may also want to consider investing in a Surge Guard or equal power supply protection. What size service does the coach have; how many prongs are on the end of the power cord? Buy a 50 amp Surge Guard and use an adapter if you have 30 amp for now. If you ever; and you probably will one day upgrade to a 50 amp coach, you will already have the Surge Guard needed for it.
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There are two common transfer switch arraingments on motor homes and/or trailers

One is the automatic transfer switch.. If you have this there is no outlet on the generator, The generator is "Hard Wired" to the house (Actually to the automatic transfer switch) simply follow the 120vac wires from the generator to find the switch

The other is a Manual Transfer System.. This consists of an outlet on the generator, if you want generator power you plug into the generator, if you want "Shore" power you plug into the power pedistal at the park or another 120vac outlet

NOTE: 120vac please, not a 240 volt dryer/welder outlet.. That latter will quick fry stuff in your motor home/trailer faster than you can pull the plug.
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I agree with Ken: if you have a receptacle on the generator that is used to obtain power via the genset, you do not NOT have a transfer switch. Just unplug from the generator and plug to the site's power pedestal to get shore power to the coach.
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