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Dakzuki

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Bobbo wrote:

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My rig doesn't have a transfer switch, and after reading posts like this one, I am glad. Consider wiring the shore cord DIRECTLY to the wire that goes to your breaker box, and wire the cord coming from the generator to a 30amp outlet in an electrical box in the electrical compartment.

Whenever you unplug from the pedestal, immediately plug into the outlet in your RV. Simple and foolproof.


One brand of transfer switches has an issue so give up on them? It's kinda like giving up on cars because Yugos were lousy.

No.

You occasionally see posts like this about all of the brands. I, personally, just consider them an unnecessary complication. Just my opinion, that everyone is entitled to. [emoticon]


I installed a PD transfer switch in mine to support winter dry camping up here in the gloomy Pacific Northwet. I run a small Honda generator for extended periods to keep the batteries happy. It is much quieter than the on board generator but of course it doesn't have the ability to run things like the oven. When the high current is needed, we fire up the big unit and the power is switched over without anybody having to go out in the weather. So far no issues.

I suppose as a backup plan one could have it both ways and have a 30 amp plug and receptacle wired parallel to the transfer switch as a "manual reversion" backup.


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Dakzuki wrote:

I suppose as a backup plan one could have it both ways and have a 30 amp plug and receptacle wired parallel to the transfer switch as a "manual reversion" backup.

That would require a shore cord that is hooked to the house system after the transfer switch. If you did that, the plug on that cord would be hot anytime the system is hot. That is called a suicide cord.


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Bobbo wrote:

Dakzuki wrote:

I suppose as a backup plan one could have it both ways and have a 30 amp plug and receptacle wired parallel to the transfer switch as a "manual reversion" backup.

That would require a shore cord that is hooked to the house system after the transfer switch. If you did that, the plug on that cord would be hot anytime the system is hot. That is called a suicide cord.


Bad explanation on my part. It would actually jumper around the xfer switch if used. No hot wires exposed....only sockets.

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So you would have an outlet before AND after the transfer switch as a bypass?

If so you would have to use a cord with 2 male plugs? If so then THAT would be the suicide cord.

If not, then I don't understand how you would do it.

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