RV Quick Tips: Take care when using an RV automatic transfer switch

Take care when using an RV automatic transfer switch

As RVs come out of the ‘dark ages’ and flow with the use of modern technology, it gets easier for us. It wasn’t too long ago that we had an RV with an on-board generator. To set up the coach for generator use, one of us had to go outside (rain or shine) and plug the RV shore power cord into a special outlet that was fed by the generator. Wow! What a difference an automatic transfer switch (ATS) can make.

But beware, even with an ATS to make living with your RV generator oh, so much easier, there are issues that you need to take care with – some that can cost you loads of money. Like anything else, an ATS is not ‘perfect.’ A big surge of electricity can damage your ATS, and in some instances, even your generator.

When you decide you need to ‘fire up the generator,’ make sure you turn off big electrical loads. Air conditioners, microwave ovens, heat pumps, a portable space heater – turn them off before switch on the generator.


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

Posted on October 4, 2014, in The world as i see it as a camper and who loves his country and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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