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Old 10-27-2020, 06:44 PM   #1
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99 Bounder - Onan 5500 - Runs, no electricity

Hello all,

I hope everyone is doing well. 2 more months till 2021!!! Thank God!

I am having trouble getting Gen power from my Onan 5500 Gold Generator.

I tried flipping the breakers in the house, flipping the breakers on the generator, and making sure the short power cable is plugged into the motorhome tight (someone suggested this).

I also opened up my transfer switch (which I replaced about two years ago). Nothing looked fried. (And it did last time it went bad). I also tried giving it a whack (something I read online.)

Still no power. Shore power works great.

Is there a way to test the transfer switch? I hate to throw money at parts I don't need.

Any other common occurrences? I did tighten the ground to the generator (it looked clean). It probably wouldn't hurt to find the other end.

Thanks in advance,

Marcus
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Old 10-27-2020, 06:50 PM   #2
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Pick up a cheap volt meter and check for voltage at the transfer switch wires.

If there is power getting to it, it should clunk in after about 30 second of generator running.

What short shore cord plug ?
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Pick up a cheap volt meter and check for voltage at the transfer switch wires.

If there is power getting to it, it should clunk in after about 30 second of generator running.

What short shore cord plug ?
It was supposed to say shore power cable. I think Google got ahold of it.

I guess that makes sense. Check for power - duh? For some reason when it involves 120 volts all common sense goes out the window with me. I have a voltmeter and will give it a try.

Also, the transfer switch is a bear where it is at. I could barely get it installed last time because the wires were too short.

I want to extend these wires. Do you know if it is common practice to do this? Is there a standard way to connect this type of wiring? Or, do I have to go back to wherever they are coming from and put in new, longer wires. It might be nearly impossible to trace them back.

This might be more than you know, but I appreciate it either way.
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