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Old 06-21-2015, 02:45 AM   #1
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our maiden voyage...........problem

We booked a weekend out at a state park here in Florida to check out the new coach. We arrived Friday AM......got all set up and enjoyed our first night. Saturday morning we are sitting at the table having b'fast with the AC & micro running ....when all of a sudden EVERYTHING goes dead. I assume we blew the breaker.... I check the coach and all is fine......go out to check the power pole.........all is fine. I walk around to the drivers side and see SMOKE pouring out of the electric bay. Open the door and I hear crackling and sizzling.....so I shut the power pole down and when the smoke clears I removed the cover to the transfer switch and its all FRIED ...all the insulation melted off all the wires. So we pack up and head out. I contact Lazy Days and they tell us to bring it in and they will take a look and try to fix it to save our plans. Unfortunately they didn't have the correct transfer switch to replace ours.....and needed to order it. So our coach sits in the service bay waiting for a heart transplant

Hopefully this will be the only problem we have ............
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Old 06-21-2015, 05:22 AM   #2
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You didn't mention won't make or year your motorhome was. However I hope they get the transfer switch and for you quickly so that you can start enjoying it. Best of luck and happy trails
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:26 AM   #3
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Tony.....its a brand new 2015 Aspect.......we just purchased 2 months ago from Lazydays. Thankfully it happen in the morning when we where awake. That electric bay is right under the BED. :(


I think I may mount a smoke alarm in that bay .........just in case.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:58 AM   #4
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Sorry your trip went bad and your moho is out of service. Thank God your ok. Hopefully they will put a rush on the repairs and get you back on the road.


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Old 06-21-2015, 09:19 AM   #5
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I thought that the transfer switch was only a problem in older motorhomes and a certain brand.
I had a 99 Dutch Star DP which also fried the transfer switch. I was told that it could have been for a couple of reasons
- loose connections - they need to be torqued to a certain setting
- improper or marginal gauge wire used by the manufacturer.
They were mainly with the Iota brand who are now out of business?

Mine went up in smoke when I was selling it just as I was showing it to a couple - no sale!

Unfortunately I have the same transfer switch in my current motor home, but I keep close eye on it.
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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First thing I thought after seeing the pictures was the wires didn't seem to be pushed all the way into the the wire block and caused a lot of heat from the resistance.


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Old 06-21-2015, 09:41 AM   #7
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our maiden voyage...........problem

Does anyone know if any manufactures use a silver tinned copper wire? In marine applications it used to resist corrosion of the copper wire strands which cause resistance and leads to heat which leads to fire.


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Old 06-21-2015, 11:15 AM   #8
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Yes .....I assume it was due to loose connections from the factory.


I could have saved our trip.....simply by just jumping out the T/S and connecting the shore power cord to the wire leads going to the circuit panel ( I was in the electrical business for 30 years ). This would have eliminated the switch and the gen leads.....but may have VOID MY WARRANTEE ..... Im sure. I didn't want to take any chances incase there is further damage NOT visible to the eye. This will be tested after the switch is replaced and we can power up all the appliances and check for any other damage.


I guess its all part of having fun in retirement
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:45 PM   #9
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Good thing you are all OK. Make sure they replace the Shore Power Cable and maybe even the Power Cable to the Generator. After they do, go back and check all connections yourself. Make sure that the strain reliefs are there and tight along with the cable holding straps.
It cost me about $500 to repair (hotel room also) mine when it smoked just like yours.
I would also suggest that you have surge protector installed.
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What does a transfer switch actually do? Transfer what to what?
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Transfers shore power to generator power..
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:14 AM   #12
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What does a transfer switch actually do? Transfer what to what?


IF NOT under warrantee.........It transfers $$$$$ from your bank to some other bank.
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IF NOT under warrantee.........It transfers $$$$$ from your bank to some other bank.

Ha...I believe it!!
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...I guess its all part of having fun in retirement
You've got a great attitude about all this. With such a positive outlook, you're bound to die peacefully in your sleep at about 98 years young instead of the screaming, swearing scaredy-cats in the on-coming car in the opposite lane.

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Actually there are about a dozen different transfer switches that are all interchangabl..Oh,slightly different size and shape but all interchangable so they could have fixed it on the spot.

Sounds like a screw loose to me (I am being serious) if the screws holding the wires are not properly tightened arching and other heat sources happen..

The alternative cause.. SOME ATS units the rest state is not-connected

Others (mine for example) the resting state is shore power

In the first when you plug in there is a CLUNK as solenoids engage.. In the second that clunk is only heard seconds after the generator starts (30-120 seconds) and when shutting generator off (usually drouned out by generator)

In the first a coil can short out or otherwise burn up. when on shore power.. in the 2nd that can not happen.
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Old 06-23-2015, 06:39 AM   #16
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You've got a great attitude about all this. With such a positive outlook, you're bound to die peacefully in your sleep at about 98 years young instead of the screaming, swearing scaredy-cats in the on-coming car in the opposite lane.

So many others would be ranting and venting how the rig is a @#$% piece of &^%* built by a !*#^$ company who couldn't find their ^$! with both hands.

Thanks Lee. Our background is 28 years of owning boats....our last was a 42' Sea Ray with twin diesels......then transitioned in motorhomes about 6 years ago when we both retired. We recently downsized into our Aspect from a 40' Diesel pusher. So we know about being let down by mechanical components....we have learned to roll with the punches LONG time ago.

We've also learned the RV stands for.... R uined V acation
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Belladog, I thought R V stood for Revenue Vulture!
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Belladog, I thought R V stood for Revenue Vulture!


Yes.........that also
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Old 06-29-2015, 02:54 PM   #19
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.......UPDATE......




Our Aspect is all repaired. L/D installed a new transfer switch as promised under warrantee ( I would have expected nothing less ) We picked it up yesterday and the coach is back home. We will be leaving Friday for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona for the weekend..... down to the Keys next week.....then up NORTH for the month of August. All is good again.


Safe travels everyone....and enjoy
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Good to hear all is well...thanks for the update.
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