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Old 08-17-2016, 10:42 AM   #1
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Electrical Gremlins

Hi All,
my wife is on the road in our new used Class C. Her first night out she plugged in to what may have been an over-loaded power pedestal at a rather dumpy campground.

Since then the on-board generator will run, but not provide electrical power. The unit has an automatic transfer switch.

I'm wondering if a brown-out type situation from an overloaded shore power supply could ruin the transfer switch?


The MH is a 2006 R-Vision Trail Light 28DS. Ford chassis. Before she left everything worked. Now she has been having issues with virtually every system -- many unrelated and inexplicable.

Thanks...
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Old 08-17-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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Time to dig out the volt/ohm meter and start checking. Also if problems in DC circuit side as well, you may have a converter issue. BTW, did you have a surge protector in use? If not, get a good one; hardwired in preferably.
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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There is a circuit breaker on the generator. She might check that to make sure it isn't tripped.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for your responses.

I've got the volt and ohm meter at the ready. Problem is the RV is 800 miles away.

We've got a new converter - but I guess bad shore power could have killed or damaged it.

No, there is likely no surge protector in use. That to protect from bad shore power? I'll look into it, thanks.

I'll have her double check the generator circuit breaker.
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Ouch! The separation factor was unexpected. Yes the surge protector is to help with bad power. Over or under voltage (surge or power spike/brown-out) can damage converters. Also any ac powered electronics. I recommend Progressive Dynamics hardwired version. I lost a converter that way and mine was a lot less solid state than the newer ones which are even more sensitve.
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Thanks. Most/much of our prior camping was boondocking. Never had to worry about bad power.
I guess I'll look to install a surge protector.

I just put a new converter in. Hope that's ok.
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Hope it's OK too. Is it a deck mount or in powercenter? Mite be slightly cheaper to go deck if it isn't already. And it's not always at rv parks that you can have problems. It could happen if you have it hooked up at S&B home with a dedicated circuit if you get a brownout or some other electrical issue. That's why surge protection with over/under voltage shut down is important. As for hardwired, from what I've heard/seen in forums, several states won't allow the plug-in type (building code).
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