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Old 08-19-2019, 02:59 PM   #1
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Shore cord

1996 American Eagle. When plugging into shore power should i trip the main breaker under the bed? Been getting different opinions on this and would like one from and actual owner. Been just plugging it in and let the switch change from gen to shore. Thanks
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I owned a '94 Bounder, DP, 30 amp with genset and I never switched off the main breaker inside the RV to off when I arrived at a campground. I always tried to turn off the breaker at the shore power pedestal before plugging in my umbilical though. And yes, I forgot the breaker maybe 25% of the time over the 12 years I owned it but never attributed any electrical failures to that.

Now have a '02 Journey, DPDS, 50 amp and same thing. Always turn off the breaker at the power post.

Also, my ATS relay (Automatic Transfer Switch) was/is wired as a shore power pass through and only operates when the generator applies 120 volt to the ATS coil.

I thought they all worked that way...
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Auto transfer switchs work 2 ways.

Some sit open, connected to nothing. When shore power is applied, it closes, completing the circuit. When generator power is sensed, it switchs to that, as generator power is the priority position.

Others sit connected to shore power and plugging in just sends the power thru. As above, they will switch to generator if it is producing power, regardless of shore power being on or off.

With both, If you shut off the generator, while the shore power is still connected, it switchs back to that.
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Thanks for the answers. helps alot. Still learning and definitely glad people are happy to help
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:00 AM   #5
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Hi teck wins the prize. If the motorhome is wired correctly, the changeover box is normally wired to be in the land line power on position when the generator is not running. When you start the generator a timer is powered up and holds the power from the relay for 30 to 60 seconds. Then the relay is powered up and closes and supplies power from the generator. In 15 years I probably changed a couple of dozen boxes. I have never seen a three position box. If the motorhome manufacturer istalls the wires backward. (Using the generator wires reversed) The box will power up in the generator position. You can tell by the change over box clicking when you plug in the land line.
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