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Old 09-08-2006, 07:34 AM   #1
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I have a 2003 Newmar with a Lyght Power transfer switch on it.While camping the switch started chattering and my tv and satellite receiver kept turning off and on(they are on an inverter).I tapped on the switch cover with the palm of my hand and the chattering stopped but then a few seconds later one of the Iota dls45 chargers shorted out inside and went out up in a puff of smoke. By the sound I could tell it fried the insides. The other one is still working. Would a faulty transfer switch cause this?? I can plug shore cord in and switch seems to be working fine now. Suggestions?????
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:34 AM   #2
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I have a 2003 Newmar with a Lyght Power transfer switch on it.While camping the switch started chattering and my tv and satellite receiver kept turning off and on(they are on an inverter).I tapped on the switch cover with the palm of my hand and the chattering stopped but then a few seconds later one of the Iota dls45 chargers shorted out inside and went out up in a puff of smoke. By the sound I could tell it fried the insides. The other one is still working. Would a faulty transfer switch cause this?? I can plug shore cord in and switch seems to be working fine now. Suggestions?????
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Stubborn, what happens when you run your generator? The automatic transfer switch is set to take power from the generator first and than from shore power. If this does not happen, you have to replace the transfer switch.
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Old 09-08-2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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I called a company called Master Techs Inc. that deal in lyght power switches and iota inverters and they said that anytime a transfer switch chatters it is because of a low voltage situation and most likely the hook-up was faulty or the park was experiencing a low power. They said that low voltage was hard on appliances and that was what caused the microwave and inverter damage. They said to get a voltage reading on switch and if off to replace it. I have it plugged in now and seems to be okay.
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I would recommend that you add a Surge Guard to the power service into the coach. This device will check the pedistal for proper wiring, low or high voltage and then in the event of any spikes help to prevent them from damaging your electronics inside. Check it out and you will agree that this is a necessary component for todays coaches.
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I will check into the Surge Guard. I knew they had protection for power surges but was unaware their was protection for low voltage. Thanks
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Thanks , but I think I want to hard wire it in the coach so its out of the way. I think I'm going with the Surge Guard model 34560. Dryers RV has them on sale for 319.00 on sale.
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I hard-wired a Surge Guard into our motorhome. Took about 3 hours. I have it wired so I can easily plug in an autoformer when required. Works great. It has turned the power off a couple of times since installation so it is apparently working as advertised.
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