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Old 12-10-2016, 12:48 PM   #1
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IOTA Transfer Switch: ITS-50R - Who has NOT had Issues

Went to my coach (2005 Newmar Kountry Star) in storage last week and jotted down the part numbers for the transfer switch and the converter so I could download technical documentation. Imagine my surprise when I used Google for the IOTA Transfer Switch ITS-50R and found that a number of manufacturers had recalls and there were fires in some coaches from the switch. I then contacted Newmar who stated they have never recalled the transfer switch but I noticed that those few companies that have done so seem to be newer models than mine.

After reading every available thread I could find on the subject, I went to my coach today and pulled the cover off of the transfer switch. All looks like new with no signs of overheating. I did check tightness on the screws and did find a few that could take a bit of tightening but overall there were no loose screws.

I have had this coach since spring 2014 and both myself and the previous owner ensured there were no electrical loads (except for microwave clock, converter, etc.) on the system when we either plug in or disconnect. Same for generator start and shut down. The previous owner had an electrical meter in the dining area to make sure power was up prior to turning on loads that I still use today.

I am curious as to how many owners have this make and model transfer switch and have not had any issues. I find it curious that only certain manufacturers did the recall and only in later year coaches. Did IOTA change the construction or did those manufacturers alter their electrical system.

Tightening the screws and inspecting the transfer switch will now be part of my annual maintenance list.
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I have the parts page for my coach from Monaco, it shows that they quit using this transfer switch in Sept 2001 and started using the Lyght LPT50BRD. Probably for the very reason they had the recalls.

I think most people don't know what kind of transfer switch they have and don't care.

Good for you on doing your due diligence.
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I have the parts page for my coach from Monaco, it shows that they quit using this transfer switch in Sept 2001 and started using the Lyght LPT50BRD. Probably for the very reason they had the recalls.



I think most people don't know what kind of transfer switch they have and don't care.



Good for you on doing your due diligence.

I thought I read that Monaco was one of the manufacturers that recalled the switch in the 2009 timeframe.
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I have that model TS on my 2004 MH. No problems yet. But early on I found loose connections. I check connection yearly.
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I thought I read that Monaco was one of the manufacturers that recalled the switch in the 2009 timeframe.
No idea as to if Monaco did have a recall for the transfer switch.

I only have the parts page to my coach as a reference.

I have read numerous posts on this issue both on IRV2 and other forums.
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