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Old 08-31-2015, 06:49 AM   #1485
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I had trouble with my transfer sw as we were leaving our campsite this weekend, at least I'm assuming it was the transfer switch. Wanted to run the rooftop AC on the way home, started the genny and let it warm up for a good five minutes, went to turn on the AC and nada, checked outlets and nada. No power in the coach. Checked all the usual suspects, breakers on the panel, breakers on the genny, etc..
Turned off the genny, let it sit for a few moments, restarted and bingo everything inside was powered up. So Im assuming the transfer sw didnt engage on the first attempt.

So let me make sure I understand what you did there. Right side box is your feed from the genny with 30amp recepticle. Left side box has feed out the top going to your 120v electrical panel and your shore power cord coming out the bottom. Thats pretty much it correct? Then when you want to power up using the genny you just plug your shore power cord into that new 30amp recepticle?

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Old 08-31-2015, 07:32 AM   #1486
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I always have one of these in an outlet. Tells me when the genny is kicking in and also the voltage of the landline I am using.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:47 AM   #1487
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Thats more convenient than having to get my multimeter out of the tool box every time.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:40 PM   #1488
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Hey Mike,

Yes, the right side box is only the feed from the GenSet and connects only to the 30amp receptacle. The GenSet feed had previously entered the left side box so it just needed to move a few inches to enter the right side box. The "extra" romex above the right side box is an "old" cable no longer used...disconnected at both ends, wire nutted and labeled as such.

The left side box is just a junction box to feed the shore power line up inside the coach to the rear closet in the bath. It also fed the GenSet feed to the inside...which is now capped off.

If I need to run off the GenSet, I plug the shore power cord into the new 30amp receptacle (box the right side). I really love the automatic transfer switch and of course it is a bit more elegant, but at this point, I'm not spending another $100 on something that is not actually necessary. I have yet to have to get up at 3am in the morning and switch on the GenSet, so having to manually switch the power cord from a shore power pedestal to the GenSet receptacle doesn't bother me when needed.

Inside the bath closet is the now dead transfer switch (the metal box at the bottom). It is now simply a junction box. I may at some point remove it so there are fewer connections. The black box is the power management system (surge protector). It is probably the best addition I have added to the coach. It has probably even saved my life! Earlier this year the 110v line running from the left side of the salon through the roof and over to an outlet on the right side shorted out somewhere in the roof. The power management system cut off the power otherwise I'm sure I would have had a very jolting experience grabbing the door handle.

A great feature of the power management system is the display which shows and current or previous error condition, the hertz, voltage and amp draw.


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I had trouble with my transfer sw as we were leaving our campsite this weekend, at least I'm assuming it was the transfer switch. Wanted to run the rooftop AC on the way home, started the genny and let it warm up for a good five minutes, went to turn on the AC and nada, checked outlets and nada. No power in the coach. Checked all the usual suspects, breakers on the panel, breakers on the genny, etc..
Turned off the genny, let it sit for a few moments, restarted and bingo everything inside was powered up. So Im assuming the transfer sw didnt engage on the first attempt.

So let me make sure I understand what you did there. Right side box is your feed from the genny with 30amp recepticle. Left side box has feed out the top going to your 120v electrical panel and your shore power cord coming out the bottom. Thats pretty much it correct? Then when you want to power up using the genny you just plug your shore power cord into that new 30amp recepticle?

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Old 08-31-2015, 12:51 PM   #1489
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That's a great idea. My power management system has a display which shows hertz, voltage and amp draw, but its in the bath closet, so I keep one of these plugged into the outlet in the galley...



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Old 08-31-2015, 05:12 PM   #1490
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...cuts out after 5-10 minutes. I can bang on it and the relay kicks back in.
You'll know it's time to replace the part when banging on it no longer works...

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Old 08-31-2015, 05:28 PM   #1491
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:21 AM   #1492
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Getting Ready for the Next Trip

I spent last week at the ranch working on some motor home projects. We didn't make it to Burning Man this year, but we are heading to Yosemite in about a month.

There are always projects and tasks to do anytime we are about to take our 30+ year old coach out on the highway.

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Old 09-02-2015, 06:32 AM   #1493
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I spent last week at the ranch working on some motor home projects. We didn't make it to Burning Man this year, but we are heading to Yosemite in about a month.

There are always projects and tasks to do anytime we are about to take our 30+ year old coach out on the highway.

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Yeah, Dean, always some tasks before and then you get send home with a report card after
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Just read your blog, did you replace the rear tranny oil seal while you had access?
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:32 AM   #1494
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Driveshaft is at the machine shop right now. I will replace parking brake shoes and rear tranny seal before I reinstall the driveshaft.

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Old 09-06-2015, 07:19 PM   #1495
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After working on the motor home for four years, the To Do Lists never seem to end, but at least they seem to be getting smaller...
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That looks like a significant reduction to me, Dean; the big plus is you are still getting to use and enjoy it whilst crossing stuff off the list.
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:41 PM   #1497
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There have been many, many lists between these two! LOL

One of my goals has always been to keep the motor home "usable" during any renovation or repair...maybe not always road worthy, but at least livable while at the ranch!

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That looks like a significant reduction to me, Dean; the big plus is you are still getting to use and enjoy it whilst crossing stuff off the list.
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:00 AM   #1498
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Good morning Dean,
Would you be willing to post the part number for the replacement shoes for the parking brake? I am needing to do mine also. Ive adjusted it underneath as far as I can but I can see the shoes and there isnt much left on the pads. Thank you, happy Labor Day

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