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Old 06-15-2020, 11:47 PM   #1
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What brand of 50 amp transfer switch is best?

It looks like I am going to be replacing my transfer switch on our 2004 Monaco and the one that is now on it is a IOTA that is no longer available. Can you good folks out in RV land recommend a "best" replacement unit? I'm looking on Amazon and there is a Progressive Dynamics that has 5 stars. It's not the most expensive or the cheapest. But, I don't want price to be the deciding factor. I want one that is the best of the job. Please, if you have time and like the one you have, take a look at the name and model number and let me know. Thanks for your help.
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A Google search of iRV2 posts indicates the Esco "Lyght" LPT50BRD ATS is a popular replacement for the IOTA-50R.
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Old 06-16-2020, 08:38 AM   #3
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Ray,

The one Mark posted is a good one.

One important thing to think about is you want a 'plug and play'. Ideally you want to unhook the existing wires and reconnect those same wires to the new switch. If the new one is set up with a different configuration or a substantially different physical size, this simple job just became a 'big' job.
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I replaced my IOTA switch with the Esco switch, Mark referred to.

Quality switch, quiet, metal housing, and an easy swap with the IOTA. Only had to drill new holes for the mounting screws.
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I believe the WFCO T57 Transfer Switch is an exact replacement for the IOTA.
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I spoke to Zack at Esco about my transfer switch being noisy sometimes. He said its normal but if I wanted they have a new design silent switch: LPT50BRD.
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I replaced my IOTA switch with the Esco switch, Mark referred to.

Quality switch, quiet, metal housing, and an easy swap with the IOTA. Only had to drill new holes for the mounting screws.
Hey Ben,

I did the exact same one..
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A Google search of iRV2 posts indicates the Esco "Lyght" LPT50BRD ATS is a popular replacement for the IOTA-50R.
Thanks for that. I went ahead and ordered one. It seems that everybody is pretty much using that brand and model.
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Just for the sake of information, today I took a big screwdriver and loosened every terminal clamp screw in the transfer switch and retightened them. All of a sudden the TS started working. I ran the genny and it switched over the way it should. So, evidently there may not be anything wrong with my switch. But, the problem still is there that I can't get any a.c. to my interior outlets. The microwave now works but the reefer still has not power at the box behind it. The GFI outlet in the bathroom that would not reset still won't. I even replaced it with a new one but still no power to it. I tested for power at all the breakers in the panel with a non-contact tester and they all have power to them. Not sure if there is power coming out of them. I will take the panel down tomorrow and test the back side of it. Maybe something as simple as a bad breaker but I'd sure be suprised. Anyway, at this point, I need a house wiring diagram to troubleshoot any further. I will have to see if one of those exists. Anywhere. Thanks to all.
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...you would be very wise to replace the IOTA unit as soon as you can....the LYGHT product is a great replacement--IMHO!
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I replaced my IOTA switch with the Esco switch, Mark referred to.

Quality switch, quiet, metal housing, and an easy swap with the IOTA. Only had to drill new holes for the mounting screws.
Same here, changed out my IOTA a few years ago before it had a chance to take a dump. It was a relatively easy swap out.

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Hey Ben,

I did the exact same one..

Well, you are a wise man Windsorbill!
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