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Old 05-25-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Generator Transfer Relay Recommendations

Looking for recommendations on what Generator Transfer Relay others might have used on FR3s (or other similar setups) and their experience/comments on the product they purchased. I'd like to have the power from the generator automatically switch (i.e., no moving plugs or switches) from shore power to the generator after a delay to allow the generator voltage to stabilize. Application is for 30 Amps.

thanks, in advance, for any and all ideas/recommendations.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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I replaced the 30amp cable plug in box in the rear compartment with a automatic transfer switch. Now it switches from shore power to generator without having to do any manual switching.


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Old 05-25-2016, 08:17 PM   #3
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I have seen Progressive Dynamics recommended before....

Automatic Transfer Switches from Progressive Dynamics
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I installed the Progressive 503 AT with my solar system and it works fine. Had it about a year. I had a problem hooking it up, called Connecticut Electric who sells the unit and they walked me right through it. Great help.
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I am still amazed that the FR-3 doesn't come with an automatic transfer switch. All the Georgetowns do.
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Page 3 of this thread shows my 50A automatic transfer switch installation in my Coachmen Pursuit:

Our new 2016 Coachmen Pursuit 31BD

I purchased an Esco Lyght switch and have been very happy with its operation. They make a 30A version of the same unit:

Esco LYGHT 30A Relay Base Automatic Transfer Switch - Transfer Switches - Electrical
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I am still amazed that the FR-3 doesn't come with an automatic transfer switch. All the Georgetowns do.
My thought is that between shore power and generator,,,,,WHY WOULD YOU WANT ONE? Just one more thing to fail and create problems.
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Tom48,

You make a very good point. Having been a designer of military systems for many years, I'm always mindful of things that can fail. In the case of the first year in my motorhome, I've found two cases where I wished I had the auto transfer: 1) I'm underway, wish to turn on my coach A/C, and I forgot to plug the cable into the generator and 2) When I exercise the generator in the winter, I currently have to move the plug from shore to generator then back when it's cold out (I keep it plugged in over the winter). My previous coach (for 16 years!) had it so my habits are used to having that capability. To your point, I'm going to give some thought as to how I might bypass the auto transfer if it fails during a trip.

Thanks to all the replies to date. Relying on others experience with different brands will lead me to fewer failures, the main purpose of my post.
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You make a very good point. Having been a designer of military systems for many years, 2) When I exercise the generator in the winter, I currently have to move the plug from shore to generator then back when it's cold out
Thanks to all the replies to date. Relying on others experience with different brands will lead me to fewer failures, the main purpose of my post.
OUCH Cold. Living in Southern California I kinda forget that issue.
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