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Old 05-25-2014, 08:57 AM   #1
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Erratic BIRD behavior...on shore power

Plugged into a 30 amp plug in a RV park...fairly old box and old park. Twice now, in the middle of the night..I have been woken up by loud banging noises coming out of the BIRD box....appears to be erratic power to the BIRD unit.. Both times have fixed by unplugging..waiting for a while and/or taking cords apart and reattaching. Am assuming this is a problem with the power supply and not with my unit. However am curious as to whether I have now drastically shortened the service life of my BIRD unit? If this continues in the next park, I will assume something in my rig is do I have to have entire BIRD replaced or are there replaceable components within the BIRD? Also...can most RV repair shops able to work on this?
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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wooops..not BIRD..automatic transfer relay switch

Started reading more after my first post..realized that the noise is coming out of the automatic transfer relay usually makes one fairly loud " bang" when I first hook up to shore power..which I have assumed is normal. The repeated banging, I think is from erratic//low voltage. If my cable adapter and extension cord was faulty..would think it would act up all the time..not just in the middle of the night? I am moving my plan is to see if problem goes away in next rv park. Am I missing anything obvious here?
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Old 05-25-2014, 12:34 PM   #3
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You are right its your transfer switch and the power from park is what is doing it and its loud because your sleeping above it.
The only thing I would do is check the connections in the TS with the power off you will have three wire groups the shore line, Gen wire connection and the wire group up to your load center.
You need to be careful maybe use a taped screwdriver shaft because the control board in TS may have a capacitor charge that will blow it if crossed with ground.
The outlet out of the pedestal maybe defective or has loose wiring or corroded wiring to it also.
In my signature below are QT's links to allot more information for you coach, if you check the pedestal closely you may find the problem so tonight you will not have a sleepless night.
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Old 05-25-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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Hi litespeed,
One of these 50 Amp RV Voltage Regulator - TRC 10175 - Surge Protectors - Camping World would solve the problem. I've been using this unit for years. West of the Mississippi it has saved me many times. My setup is pedestal, surge protector, voltage regulator, coach.
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