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Old 05-14-2014, 08:39 PM   #15
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Cement boots or at the very least, forced to spend his only vacation days camping in an Airstream, with no dealer around..... in the rain.... at night..... with no tools..... with his family! That should do it!
Yep, that should do it.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:26 PM   #16
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How about a manual transfer switch?

It seems that all "RV Transfer Switches" are automatic. We rarely ever use our "generator" power input. For those rare cases, I'd be perfectly happy to throw a manual switch. So if I ever need to change out my current switch, or decide to carry a spare, why shouldn't I just get a manual one? Just a DPDT 30 amp switch in a box? Could I find one at Home Depot?
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:13 PM   #17
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The only reason that Airstream added this POS transfer switch, which has a long history of failure, is to give the newer trailers a front receptacle to allow you to plug in a generator that is located in the bed of your pick-up with a short power cord. Other than that, it is just as easy to use your normal shore cord to plug into the generator and NOT have all the potential failures with this cheap piece of garbage.

The simplest way around this is to eliminate the transfer switch entirely, which will also disconnect your front 30 amp power inlet. It's as easy as:

• locate the offending transfer switch
• be sure that YOU ARE NOT CONNECTED TO SHORE POWER OR GENERATOR and that your inverter (if you have one) is also off.
• throw ALL of your AC circuit breakers to the off position (you can't be too careful with 'Sparky' around
• open the transfer switch and locate the hot in and the hot output (both black) to the 120VAC breaker box
• locate and remove the cable (Romex) labeled 'generator'....hot, neutral and ground, capping these wires with wire nuts and tape and preferably placing them in a metal junction box with cover
• join the hot in and the hot out together on the same screw post. The neutrals and grounds are already connected. The old transfer switch bus bars and casing will now function solely as a junction box.

You are now ready to go with a direct connection from your normal 30 AMP 120VAC input from your shore cord right to the 120VAC breaker box. No more problems, as your front outlet is deal.

Cost: a bit of time and a few wire nuts and junction box.

I'm all for transfer switches, but the QUALITY type like those made by TRC in Tamps, FL. USA made with a nice warranty and very robust mechanical contactors. These are the little gizmos that are responsible for actually making sure that you can't have both shore power and generator connecting to your breaker box simultaneously.

PS: If you are not familiar with 120VAC electrical wiring, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS. Hire a competent tech or electrician to do the job for you. Sparky bites pretty hard if you are not careful!
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Old 05-15-2014, 01:55 AM   #18
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The Navy training video "120 Vac, Your deadly shipmate" was very informative back in the day. It is still relevant today in our aluminum land yachts.
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:21 AM   #19
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I would suggest replacing your transfer switch with a Furrion replacement. Theirs appear to be a better quality. I have a few in place, the actual positive contractor mfd by Siemens.
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Lewster speaks my mind. The 2nd power inlet is a misfeature of, at best, doubtful utility. Unless you have a specific situation that requires it, I would suggest bypassing the transfer switch as Lewster describes.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:45 AM   #21
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The front connector is an example of Airstream listening to its customers.
For comparison, reference the story of the old man, the boy, and the donkey.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:52 AM   #22
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I think I would ask AS for an extension cord and have the switch deleted.. Just me. Jim
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If the second connection was such a great idea for the units with 30 amp service, why did Airstream not offer that option for 50 amp service?

A 50' Furrion 50 amp power cord is over $480.00. The cost of a double pole double throw relay, plug socket and thirty feet of #6 triplex wire with ground would be much less than that and would have put the generator noise at the opposite end from the bedroom for most 30'+ models.

The gotcha is a 50 amp switch starts to cost real money and requires quality relays, not electronic relays that are cheap.
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If the second connection was such a great idea for the units with 30 amp service, why did Airstream not offer that option for 50 amp service?

A 50' Furrion 50 amp power cord is over $480.00. The cost of a double pole double throw relay, plug socket and thirty feet of #6 triplex wire with ground would be much less than that and would have put the generator noise at the opposite end from the bedroom for most 30'+ models.

The gotcha is a 50 amp switch starts to cost real money and requires quality relays, not electronic relays that are cheap.
No, it's because a 50-amp generator would weigh several hundred pounds and cost several thousand dollars, and 99+% of Airstream owners are not going to have one, much less try to use it in the bed of their pickup truck.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:12 PM   #25
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So an excellent choice is the: 'TRC Automatic Transfer Switch with Surge Protection ' Item #: 17117 Brand:TRC
Model:41260 Looks good 50 amp made in USA. Says it's on sale for $229 , should I go ahead and get one and have it? I guess if the current OEM transfer switch goes bad I can convert it to a connector. Wonder where that transfer thing is on a 28 International ? I saw the plug up front under the window, kinda wondered about it.
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Hi all- I just wanted to let everyone know it was in fact the transfer switch. So hopefully that information helps someone else too!
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:42 PM   #27
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Looks like I too can join the club. My transfer switch went out about three weeks ago. Our service tech by passed the switch for 3-4 days till a replacement switch was installed. One more thing to remember. My unit is a 2011 27'.
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