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Old 06-14-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Gen Transfer Switch

I have read much about the switch but I have been unable to find the thing.
I found the surge protector and the inverter but the switch eludes me.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:15 PM   #2
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I thought I read something about it being back behind the heater/duct work. Maybe it varies per floor plan.

Hope this thread does not go the way of the last one........
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:26 PM   #3
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IIRC on my Vegas, it is the first switch after the power entrance to your RV. IOW, trace where the wires at the power receptacle on the outside lead to and you may find the switch. It could be different on yours though. Also, you can have Thor send you some wiring diagrams which may help.
Oh yeah, when you do find it, check and make sure all connections are tight.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:27 PM   #4
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Sounds like I could better go in through the panel next to the circuit breaker panel.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:35 PM   #5
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Very good ?. I'll be waiting on the answers!
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:37 PM   #6
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Nothing but wires behind the blank panel next to the CB box.

I have the surge/power control system. Three cables at the box. I figure 1 input from the pedestal, 1 input from the gen, and one out to the circuit breaker panel. I dont have the dreaded transfer switch.
Thats my story and Im sticking to it.
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Old 06-14-2018, 07:46 PM   #7
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Hope this thread does not go the way of the last one........
I agree...

One thing that is great about forums is that you can get different angles of thinking about issues. I have learned a lot from seeing 2 different sides. But people should premise if it is there understanding or opinion on how things work. Maybe someone did not articulate what they wanted to say correctly. It is OK to be on a soapbox as long as you know when to come down. Somethings are better said in PMs vs on the open board. I just hate to see threads locked vs cleaned up if need be with PMs being sent from the mods, admins. Sorry for the rant.
I hope some good information and answers come out now.
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Old 06-19-2018, 03:09 PM   #8
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I have read much about the switch but I have been unable to find the thing.
I found the surge protector and the inverter but the switch eludes me.
“Gen transfer switch”

Are you referring to the optional generator prep package with the transfer switch ?

If so, there is no “switch”

The transfer switch is a set of relays in a box in the basement.

Two power sources in, shore power or generator.

The switch then transfer your RV’’s panel input based on your power source.

If on shore power, that relay allows power through.
If on generator the switch automatically transfers to generator as the generator has priority.

And if you have one, the lugs on the relays are something that should be checked for proper torque.
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Old 06-19-2018, 04:19 PM   #9
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“Gen transfer switch”

Are you referring to the optional generator prep package with the transfer switch ?

If so, there is no “switch”

The transfer switch is a set of relays in a box in the basement.

Two power sources in, shore power or generator.

The switch then transfer your RV’’s panel input based on your power source.

If on shore power, that relay allows power through.
If on generator the switch automatically transfers to generator as the generator has priority.

And if you have one, the lugs on the relays are something that should be checked for proper torque.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:31 PM   #10
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One thing I have always been warned about both during or 30 years of sailing and now with our DRV is not to it the switch with a heavy load when hooking up. I was told that if I plugged in to power with both a/c's on, the water heater on, l and the batteries charging it puts quite a heavy instantaneous load on the relays which can cause them to fail. I always turn it all off when we move and turn items on one at a time after hooking up to power.
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Old 06-22-2018, 04:39 AM   #11
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We found our automatic transfer switch between the furnace on the curb side and the house water filter on the street side. It is hard to see unless you remove the central vacuum system. We have a 2016 38RSSA and ours is not equipped with the Iota switch which has had problems. Ours is the Surge Guard unit which includes an automatic transfer switch built in. DRV put the furnace return air duct right over the top of the Surge Guard box, and it was torn and damaged because it was so squished in there. We fixed it with some duct tape, but we had to remove the vacuum system to get to it. We wouldn't have noticed it if we hadn't looked for the auto transfer switch brought up in this thread.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:51 PM   #12
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" It is hard to see unless you remove the central vacuum system. We have a 2016 38RSSA"

Exactly as our '15RSSA is, and as our '05TK3 was. The central vac needs to be out of the way to access the transfer switch on these and I believe it is the same on the other models. And getting the vac out wasn't easy on mine...
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:02 PM   #13
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" It is hard to see unless you remove the central vacuum system. We have a 2016 38RSSA"

Exactly as our '15RSSA is, and as our '05TK3 was. The central vac needs to be out of the way to access the transfer switch on these and I believe it is the same on the other models. And getting the vac out wasn't easy on mine...
Is your Vac also in the front ‘framed in’ ?
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Old 06-24-2018, 10:46 PM   #14
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It had/has a wooden frame around it--seems to have been built around it. Had to dismantle one corner to get the hose connection off.
Little shaky trying to put it back into the frame and put the frame in at same time--surely someone here is better at doing these things than I am.
If there is any way to cheapen these trailers, Thor will find it...
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Old 06-25-2018, 02:29 PM   #15
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I found that after first removing the three hoses from the white connector, remove the 4 screws, then pull the unit from the right being mindful of the power cord, the unit came right out. Reverse to install worked well, too.
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Old 07-01-2018, 03:51 AM   #16
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On a Synergy tt24 it's under the king bed in the rear. The bedding and plywood foundation had to be removed to replace the defective switch after our first trip out in a brand new unti. I never would have found it because all the wiring underneath is enclosed so you can't trace it to the switch.
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Old 07-01-2018, 02:51 PM   #17
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Ill remember that if I ever buy one.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:20 PM   #18
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“Gen transfer switch”

Are you referring to the optional generator prep package with the transfer switch ?

If so, there is no “switch”

The transfer switch is a set of relays in a box in the basement.

Two power sources in, shore power or generator.

The switch then transfer your RV’’s panel input based on your power source.

If on shore power, that relay allows power through.
If on generator the switch automatically transfers to generator as the generator has priority.

And if you have one, the lugs on the relays are something that should be checked for proper torque.
Good advice. My transfer switch caught fire and burnt through housing and scorched wood under the bed...suspect loose lugs
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:15 AM   #19
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Good advice. My transfer switch caught fire and burnt through housing and scorched wood under the bed...suspect loose lugs


I don’t use a transfer switch at all. My coach just has a 30A outlet in the electrical compartment and whenever I’m not plugged into shore power I keep the cord plugged into the generator outlet. Easy, and simple.
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Old 07-03-2018, 12:45 AM   #20
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I don’t use a transfer switch at all. My coach just has a 30A outlet in the electrical compartment and whenever I’m not plugged into shore power I keep the cord plugged into the generator outlet. Easy, and simple.
So much simpler, thanks!
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