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Old 06-30-2022, 10:26 AM   #1
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Transfer relay location

When I am connected to shore power or to the generator dc lights etc work normally. When disconnected I lose all dc. Sometimes I can turn on a light load and it will work but if I increase the load I lose all dc again. All the batteries are good and fully charged. The transfer relay may have bad contacts but I can't find it. i used to hear it click when plugging in shore power but not now. Where is it on a 2005 bounder 34E? Any ideas would b e greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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When I am connected to shore power or to the generator dc lights etc work normally. When disconnected I lose all dc. Sometimes I can turn on a light load and it will work but if I increase the load I lose all dc again. All the batteries are good and fully charged. The transfer relay may have bad contacts but I can't find it. i used to hear it click when plugging in shore power but not now. Where is it on a 2005 bounder 34E? Any ideas would b e greatly appreciated! Thanks!


You say your batteries are good but it sounds just like you have bad batteries.
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So my idea is this....it is not your AC Transfer Switch. That handles AC voltage, as implied by the name. Also by your description of the scenario, it seems the battery charge function is picking up the DC load when connected to shore or genny.

I'd say you have a connection issue to your house batteries. I'd start at the usual suspect, the battery terminal for loose/corroded terminals, including the chassis ground connection on the frame. Wiggle firmly, clean and reset if necessary.

Has there been any recent work that could have involved the batteries?
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Agree with last post. Converter is using 120 volts to make 12 volts, powering your lights.

With no shore or generator power, the battery powers the lights.

There is no transfer switch involved, just a battery, circuit breaker near it, and the battery switch near the door that needs to be on. All must be clean and tight.
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So my idea is this....it is not your AC Transfer Switch. That handles AC voltage, as implied by the name. Also by your description of the scenario, it seems the battery charge function is picking up the DC load when connected to shore or genny.

I'd say you have a connection issue to your house batteries. I'd start at the usual suspect, the battery terminal for loose/corroded terminals, including the chassis ground connection on the frame. Wiggle firmly, clean and reset if necessary.

Has there been any recent work that could have involved the batteries?
Found a broken battery cable lug. The broken pieces were touching but couldn't carry much current.


Thank you for steering me in the right direction!
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So glad you found and fixed the problem.
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Excellent! Glad you were able to get it working.
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