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Old 09-21-2005, 01:54 PM   #1
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My genset is set up so I have to unplug the shore power and plug in the generator to power the RV. All of my other rigs were independant of each other and this is kind of a pain. What does everyone else do? Is there a two legged dog bone or Y extension that I can leave in place? I was thinking of splicing a leg onto my shore power cord. Are there any concerens i am overlooking doing this? Thanks. Scotty.
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My genset is set up so I have to unplug the shore power and plug in the generator to power the RV. All of my other rigs were independant of each other and this is kind of a pain. What does everyone else do? Is there a two legged dog bone or Y extension that I can leave in place? I was thinking of splicing a leg onto my shore power cord. Are there any concerens i am overlooking doing this? Thanks. Scotty.
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Old 09-21-2005, 08:02 PM   #3
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The primary thing you are overlooking is that if you generator is on, powering the RV AND you are plugged into the shore power of the park (or your home) you are potentially sending 110VAC back into the shore power system. If the main power system shuts down for any reason, you are then supplying power to the "dead system" and anyone working to get it back up and running is at risk because your genset is supplying 110VAC.

To avoid this, you should equip your RV & genset with an automatic switch that disconnects the shore power line automatically when you start the genset. This would accomplish what you want to do, and protect others from AC shock.

CW has automatic switches (relays) in their on-line catalog.
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Old 09-22-2005, 06:28 PM   #4
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You need a device called an "automatic transfer switch" to eliminate the plug/unplug nuisance. It will cost you around $200 or so, plus installation. Under no circumstances can both the genset and shore power be connected simultaneoulsy - it is too dangerous.

My motorhome is like yours - no automatic transfer. But the genset receptacle is in the same bay as the power cord, so I simply plug it into the genset when I disconnect from shore power, and vice versa. The only time I wish I had a transfer switch is when the campground has apower outage and I have to go outside to switch over.
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Mine functions the same way as yours does, it is a bit of a pain but prevents accidents because only 1 sytem is working at a time. I used to have that auto switch in my other motorhome and did not realize how convenient it was, but I've gotten used to this one.
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Yeah, I had an auto-transfer switch previously and thought I would be installing one right away when we bought this rig. And I complained loudly to NRV that their top-of-the-line gas model came without an automatic switch (they added one late in the model year - guess they had lots of complaints). But it turned out to be pretty much a non-problem and I'm still using the manual method after 3.5 years.
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