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Old 07-14-2021, 12:39 PM   #1
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new transfer switch recomendation

I have a progressive dynamics transfer switch that is not working (bad relay?) it wont stay all the way connected to shore power. I have to tap on the relay, then it works for a bit.



just going to replace it, but they do not make the model I have (that has a surge protector build it).



Anyone have a recommendation for a replacement? cant tell if there is a big difference between the different brands.
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I thought SOUTHWIRE has one with Surge protection.
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Old 07-14-2021, 01:31 PM   #3
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What model number of unit do you have? Asking because many people think there may be a surge protector built in when there is not. Our Seneca has a Surge Guard ( now Southwire) 40100 transfer switch and on the label on it says “Surge Guard” but there is no surge protection built into the transfer switch.
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They make one that does however.

https://rvpower.southwire.com/produc...h-model-40450/
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Here is a pic
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The DCS was the one with surge protection
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Old 07-14-2021, 05:20 PM   #7
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The one without surge protection is like 150. The one with is like 800. Good enough for y’all I’m sure it will be good enough for me
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In 6 years of being in the Seneca 9 months a year, I've dealt with 3 of these transfer switches. The original, that failed under warranty, its replacement and then the one I had to buy after the warranty replacement failed and we were out of warranty. When the 3rd one failed, I installed male and female plugs on the power cords and resolved the problem. When we are not hooked up to shore power, the end of the shore power cord is plugged in to female outlet for the generator. Safely stored and ready for use. A portable surge protector is put into the power cord circuit when plugged in to shore power. It works flawlessly 100% of the time. They never had trouble with the power windows or door locks on a Model T Ford.
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In 6 years of being in the Seneca 9 months a year, I've dealt with 3 of these transfer switches. The original, that failed under warranty, its replacement and then the one I had to buy after the warranty replacement failed and we were out of warranty. When the 3rd one failed, I installed male and female plugs on the power cords and resolved the problem. When we are not hooked up to shore power, the end of the shore power cord is plugged in to female outlet for the generator. Safely stored and ready for use. A portable surge protector is put into the power cord circuit when plugged in to shore power. It works flawlessly 100% of the time. They never had trouble with the power windows or door locks on a Model T Ford.
Do you just manually disconnect one and connect the other? Do you do that in the same location as the transfer switch? That area is hard to get to (have to pull a slide out and remove a drawer
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Dizzyj,

Mine would be difficult also on the 2016 Seneca FS, since its under the bed. I extended the power cable coming from the generator to the outside compartment in front of the driver's side wheel well, where the power cord for shore power is stored. I like to protect the prongs of the male electrical connection of the shore power cord, so now I just plug it into the wall outlet I installed that provides power from the generator. So the 110 volt power to the Seneca is plugged into the generator, unless we are hooking up to shore power.
Works well, simple and no failures.
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I moved mine from under the bed to the compartment wall by the cord reel. If I do have an issue, I have easy access and I carry a spare transfer switch that I can easily swap out. The number one killer of a transfer switch is is to have it activate with a heavy load turned on, this will make the contacts arc and damage them.
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The number one killer of a transfer switch is is to have it activate with a heavy load turned on, this will make the contacts arc and damage them.
This answered my question Brian. I always turn off the generator and air conditioner before plugging in to AC. I guess this is the safest practice. Thanks.
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