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79DClipper 06-01-2014 10:18 PM

79 American Clipper
I just bought about a month ago and trying to make sure everything is operating properly and ran into an electrical issue and i don't know of any way to look up manuals our anything on this. I have power to everything when it is plugged into shore line power but when i try to use just generator power nothing will turn on and my generator is putting out 120 bolts but I don't know where its going. Anything would be helpful at this moment. Thanks.

Skip426 06-01-2014 10:32 PM

Welcome to iRV2.
Where your power cable enters the coach do you have a black box, with a marking of Power relay ? Or transfer switch ?
Some older lower line coaches , did not use these switches / relays, but required the power cord be plugged in to an outlet in the bay in order to power the coach from the gen set.
I'll post a picture of my power bay to show you what it looks like.:thumb:

Skip426 06-01-2014 10:35 PM

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Here is a picture of my power bay.
Power switch, just left of center, black cable into bottom is shore power , grey cable is from generator. When generator runs , switch automatically switches to that power source.

79DClipper 06-02-2014 08:26 AM

Wow. Mine looks nothing like that. That is what i was thinking about doing but didn't know if that was safe. But none of my plugs get power at all with my generator. I have searched all over for a transfer switch of some kind but i have ran out of places to look. I will try to post pic this afternoon to let you see. Thanks.

Skip426 06-02-2014 10:25 AM

Any factory transfer switch would be between the shore power cable and the 110volt circuit breaker panel. Or in the case of a manual switch , maybe built into the panel its self.
Good luck with your hunting.

Dave78Chief 06-02-2014 07:20 PM

You sure a 1979 model has a Transfer switch? Was not a common RV item in the 70's. I suspect there is a generator receptacle in the same bay as the shore power cable that you plug your shore power cable into.


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