Remote Generator Transfer Switch Question
We’re spending the summer in our trailer and are now just north of Yellowstone Park. For the past couple nights, I had smelled something strange when I first went to bed but couldn’t figure out what it was. After I was in bed awhile, the smell went away.
Yesterday afternoon, all of our electric service went out. In doing some checking, with the help of a couple of friendly neighbors who know more than me about electric matters, we found that part of the Model ATS Automatic Line Generator (transfer) Switch in our trailer had burned, so I was not getting any shoreline power though to the circuit breaker box and into the trailer. We’re probably lucky the entire trailer didn’t burn up.
Our 2004 30’ Classic has a remote generator hookup in front of the trailer, which was one of the factory options when we ordered our trailer. This hookup includes this automatic transfer switch to prevent a power overload if a generator is started while the trailer is plugged into 30 amp service. It is located beneath the twin bed that I sleep in, right inside the trailer where the 110v shoreline power cord comes in, and that’s obviously what I had been smelling.
In looking at the transfer switch it appears that only the right side has burned. That portion appears to include a reset switch, and it is pretty well charred. The rest of the switch box is still intact.
Since we are staying in an area that doesn’t have ready or close access to RV service, I began thinking what we could do until our problem can get repaired, and found that I could still get power into our trailer by hooking up an extra 30 amp power cord that I carry with us to the remote generator outlet located in front of our trailer, plugging this directly in to the RV park’s 30 amp service as we normally had done. Apparently, whatever burned in the transfer switch had not affected this.
On Monday morning, I intend to telephone the factory technical service reps to discuss this issue, including how and when we can get it fixed. My question for now is does anyone see any potential issues in the interim with continuing to use our remote generator hookup for our shoreline power source? (Of course we’re not planning to also hookup our trailer’s normal 110v power cord at the same time since that doesn’t provide any electric service.)
I was also wondering whether anyone else has experienced problems with their transfer switch. I don’t suppose there are a large number of Airstream trailer’s that have remote generator hookups installed, especially the older ones, but maybe more motor homes have them.