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Old 09-25-2020, 04:48 PM   #1
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Generator question

My onan 5500 generator when running does not put out any current for my 2004 Fleetwood southwind. Wiring diragram shows a generator receptacle, any-
one know just where this is?I've looked but no luck. Have checked breakers both inside and outside, all is good.
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If you do not have a transfer switch, then you most certainly will have a generator receptacle. It should be in the same compartment as your shore cord.
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I find it hard to believe that an '04 Southwind doesn't have an auto-transfer switch. My '96 had one, and a friends 2004 Pace (sister to the Southwind) did as well.
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hi

my ats switch
in my 2000 southwind 36t its behind the 12 volt fuse panel

have a look thete
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If you do not have a transfer switch, then you most certainly will have a generator receptacle. It should be in the same compartment as your shore cord.
That was the first place I looked, did not see anything.
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I find it hard to believe that an '04 Southwind doesn't have an auto-transfer switch. My '96 had one, and a friends 2004 Pace (sister to the Southwind) did as well.
I kinda think I do have one, just can't find it.
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hi

my ats switch
in my 2000 southwind 36t its behind the 12 volt fuse panel

have a look thete
Is that the one in the bedroom?
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I kinda think I do have one, just can't find it.
The hint - think about the shortest wire path from where the shore power cord terminates in your electrical compartment.

Inverters, batteries, transfer switches and shore power, etc are typically about 3 or 4 feet of wire from the other things they terminate to. The shore power cord can connect directly inside the ATS.
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Follow the shore cord or generator wiring until you find the junction of the two. That's where the ATS has to be. Typically in coaches like yours it is behind the 120v load center (breaker box), but the two sets of power cables ought to be easy to identify if there.


In my last Fleetwood-designed coach it was in the bay where the shore cord entered the RV. Just a plain black box.
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Follow the shore cord or generator wiring until you find the junction of the two. That's where the ATS has to be. Typically in coaches like yours it is behind the 120v load center (breaker box), but the two sets of power cables ought to be easy to identify if there.


In my last Fleetwood-designed coach it was in the bay where the shore cord entered the RV. Just a plain black box.
I found it, it is behind the load center in the bedroom. Now what is an easy way to see if it works?
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I found it, it is behind the load center in the bedroom. Now what is an easy way to see if it works?
When the cover is open, it will look like a big version of a standard relay. There will be a set of contacts on each end, and a raised set in the middle above a coil. The "load" side should be fairly obvious, that will be the wires going directly to the circuit box. The other two are the shore cord and the generator.

Transfer switches will have a "preference" decided by a spring that is overpowered by the coil. It is usually set for the shore cord to have preference. When the generator is active, it energizes the coil and pulls the plate down, into the lower contact point, which SHOULD be connected to the end contacts on that side of the relay.

So look at the metal plate that will be under the top contact bar - the spring will push the plate up into the top bar - that bar will be the shore power cord.

If you have the shore power cord connected, the box will be energized, so don't touch it with anything important. But meter the connection points, and you will be able to identify which is the shore cord. When the generator is active, the other connection point should read voltage.

There SHOULD also be a circuit breaker on the generator itself, it may need to be manually reset if it has tripped - many breakers are like that, they won't "look" like they are tripped if they are, but you will feel it when you reset it.
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If you found the switch, it will have a brand name and model #.

With that, you can find the trouble shooting guide online.

Have you confirmed that the generator is outputting over 90 volts. The ATC needs that to switch over.

There should be a junction box near the generator that connects the generator wires to the hose wiring. Been lots of reports of burnt wire nuts in there.
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If you found the switch, it will have a brand name and model #.

With that, you can find the trouble shooting guide online.

Have you confirmed that the generator is outputting over 90 volts. The ATC needs that to switch over.

There should be a junction box near the generator that connects the generator wires to the hose wiring. Been lots of reports of burnt wire nuts in there.
Thanks to all that have posted here, found everything and the generator is putting current to the coach. I think the real problem was my lack of info. on how the system works. Thanks again

now on to my next problem, new thread coming up.
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my 12 & 120 volt fuse panels are located under
my side by side fridge
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