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Old 02-01-2015, 10:23 AM   #1
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Where's the transfer switch?

I have a 2009 Rear Bed Classic. It has a receptacle on the front for generator power, but it doesn't work so I thought I'd troubleshoot the transfer switch. According to my trailer original invoice I have one, but I haven't been able to find it. Anyone have any suggestions where to look?

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Old 02-01-2015, 10:45 AM   #2
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No expert on your model but most if not all transfer switches are behind the converter.
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Old 02-01-2015, 12:16 PM   #3
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No expert on your model but most if not all transfer switches are behind the converter.
Thanks for your suggestion, but mine's not there. I think AS never installed it because it's no where to be found.
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You could always give Airstream a call Mon and ask where it should be in your model. Or send them an e-mail.
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Some models have the transfer switch under the corner lounge, next to the cabinet that houses the galley sink.
Are you sure it was originally equipped with a second inlet?
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Are you sure it was originally equipped with a second inlet?
All I know for sure is there's a male 30 amp generator receptacle on the trailer front and that a transfer switch is listed on the original invoice. I've replaced the converter and there was not one present in that area. I've looked in the area of the 120v panel and cannot find one there.

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On my Classic it is behind a screwed on grey carpeted cover located on the inside of the roadside rear corner under the A/C shoreline male socket. On the rear queen bed it is in the storage compartment on the rear curbside corner. Hope this helps.
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On my Classic it is behind a screwed on grey carpeted cover located on the inside of the roadside rear corner under the A/C shoreline male socket. On the rear queen bed it is in the storage compartment on the rear curbside corner. Hope this helps.
Thanks Guskmg. I found it's supposed to be where you said. However, it proves you don't always get what you pay for. As you can see from the pictures, AS plant never installed it. Notice the wire marked "Gen" that is not connected to anything much less a transfer switch. Wonder if AS will fix this under warranty on a 2009? Somehow I doubt it, but I'm going to call them anyhow. I'll let you all know if they do.
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Are you the original owner? If not, maybe the original owner removed the switch.
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Are you the original owner? If not, maybe the original owner removed the switch.
I'm the second owner. I cannot imagine why someone would remove a transfer switch and not replace it. Furthermore, the wires are stripped, but the ends are straight as though they've never been terminated or connected with anything (e.g. wirenuts, connectors, etc.
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I saw that. Very strange situation. People do weird things sometimes. Don't ask me how I know! O-)
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Can't help with the question, but I am just wondering why a transfer switch is used with an RV?

If I understand, a transfer switch is used in a house when an emergency generator is to be used to ensure that the home owner cannot inadvertently back feed the incoming power lines and maybe injure of kill an electrical worker who maybe working on the distribution lines outside.

But why do you need a transfer switch with a trailer?

I don't have one in our 2005 Classic 30, and any time I use the gennie I just plug the main "power in" cable into the gennie instead of a campground supply box. Presume that is what most folks do.

What am I missing here insofar as the reason for a transfer switch on an Airstream?


Just curious!


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AS mounts a 30 amp male receptacle on the trailer front (this may be an option) for plugging a genset there. As you said, the shore power cord and receptacle could be used, but it's a convenience sometimes to plug into the front instead.

My main interest in wanting a transfer switch and knowing its location is to use it or a replacement one, if need be, in conjunction with an inverter powered by the solar system I just installed.

You're right that a transfer switch or relay is also used to switch between grid power and generator power. Same principle, but different application.
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Hmm

Please edumacate me as I am getting ready to purchase a gen-set.
It IS normal to have to turn a transfer switch inside of your rig if you are to use the front 30 amp male receptacle?

My previous owner mentioned nothing about this, but he didn't have a generator either. So I too should find a transfer switch?
Thank you for educating me.
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