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Old 06-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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OK, I just received my Surge Guard surge protector and I was reading the instructions and I see you can also have the MH protected from the generator power. If you want to do this you have to go through a transfer switch. My question is is there already a transfer switch on the MH or is this something I have to by in addition too. If there is already a transfer switch where is it? If not, can someone give me a model number or other information. We have an 08 Meridian. Thanks for all your help in advance.

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Old 06-16-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
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OK, I just received my Surge Guard surge protector and I was reading the instructions and I see you can also have the MH protected from the generator power. If you want to do this you have to go through a transfer switch. My question is is there already a transfer switch on the MH or is this something I have to by in addition too. If there is already a transfer switch where is it? If not, can someone give me a model number or other information. We have an 08 Meridian. Thanks for all your help in advance.

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Old 06-16-2008, 02:47 PM   #3
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You have a transfer switch.

It transfers the coach from the generator to shore power, and vice versa.
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Old 06-16-2008, 03:19 PM   #4
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moldmkr ...

The transfer switch on my '04 Journey is a "galvanized" rectangular box in the electrical bay. It is visible in the pictures {here}

The shore cord goes into the box. There is also a very heavy cord coming from the genset that goes in the same box ...

When I plug my shore cord in ... if I wait about 5 seconds I can hear the transfer switch do it's thing ...

I think you probably have a similiar transfer switch in the same bay ...
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:13 PM   #5
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I thought about installing my Surge Guard on the coach side of the transfer switch (protects shore power and gen power), but installed it to where it is just in-line with the shore-power side of the transfer switch.

The transfer switch is just a relay with two inputs and one output. One input is the shore power cord, one input is the generator output and the output is the coach electrical system.

Your choice as to where you wire it. I thought the probability was very low of the generator producing spikes (highly unlikely), or high/low voltage (more likely in the scheme of things) so it is just wired on the shore power side of the switch.
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Old 06-17-2008, 12:31 AM   #6
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I agree with John, I have been told that the Onan Quiet Diesel Inverter generators are more accurate and stable than the power grid will ever be and do not feel the need to worry about these generators electrical output.
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Old 06-17-2008, 04:10 PM   #7
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I did the same as suggested above -- I hard wired the SurgeGuard to the shore power input -- the generator is not that big of a threat in my opinion.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:42 PM   #8
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I installed my Surgeguard after the transfer switch because I had just read a posting somewhere of a generator going south and frying much of the coach circuitry. I recognized that it was non-standard but elected to do it anyway.

The only down-side for me is that the gen has a standard delay before connecting to the house to protect the a/c units and the Surgeguard has the same protection built in. They are additive so it takes twice as long to get electricity from the generator now as it does to get it from the shore pedestal. I don't mind though.

I have had mine mounted for three years now.

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Old 06-19-2008, 06:46 PM   #9
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Not a product or store plug but Camping World has the 30 AMP hard wired Surge Protector on sale for $190 US.(Presidents Club price) We've been looking for a while and this is the best price we've seen. JUST FYI.
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Old 06-20-2008, 02:26 AM   #10
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John's method is the method of choice. Altho it can be done either way and I echo everything John said. (He sometimes says things that I don't know what he is saying, so I don't echo.)

That sale price is fantastic as I think I paid over 300 for mine..Everyone should have one and its the best insurance you can have. Good Miles
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Old 06-20-2008, 03:54 AM   #11
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I am in the process of choosing and installing a surgeguard on my coach. I will hook mine up after the transfer switch. The onan generator in my coach "came apart" when the magnets came unglued from the rotor. Although Cummins paid for most of the repair they refused to pay for the damage to the components that were damaged. It cost me over $1000 for those repairs. To be on the safe side mine will be hooked in after the transfer switch. Indiana Journey
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:43 PM   #12
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Camping World runs a special every so often on SurgeGuard, so watch and save a bunch like we did.
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