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Old 02-10-2014, 06:41 PM   #1
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Install Progressive Surge Protector

Installed in left rear corner alongside the shore power generator transfer switch is a Progressive Industries EMSHW30C Surge Protector with remote readout up in the electrical control panel. Cost from Amazon $269.50. Progressive does not supply a 4 conductor cord long enough to route up to the overhead but you can buy the wire and crimp-type ends from Radio Shack and make your own 4 conductor “data wire.” It looks just like telephone extension cord but the wires are not connected the same at the ends as it is for phones. I can now monitor my shore power, feel safe with high and low voltage and spikes. And it has a by-pass mode if necessary.
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:19 AM   #2
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Surge protectors are generally sacrificial; they commit suicide to protect the rest of your system from a significant surge. In other words, they'll protect from a lot of brownouts or other minor fluctuations, but only one surge from a lightning strike on the line or whatever. One reason why I never went with a permanent install; I use a portable surge protector, that's easy to replace if it ever gives its life in the performance of its duties.
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Old 02-11-2014, 08:19 AM   #3
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I bought the progressive portable - but would be kinda nice installed permanent
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I don't like to have to worry about locking it to the post. People steal them when you're not there. Also, the Progressive DOES have a by-pass switch to allow you to override. AND since I know how to do the wiring, if necessary I can rewire in place to eliminate it completely. Different strokes for different folks. We can't all be like Henry Ford and hope that everyone drives a black Ford.
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I don't like to have to worry about locking it to the post. People steal them when you're not there. Also, the Progressive DOES have a by-pass switch to allow you to override. AND since I know how to do the wiring, if necessary I can rewire in place to eliminate it completely. Different strokes for different folks. We can't all be like Henry Ford and hope that everyone drives a black Ford.
No one has ever stolen mine, without locking it to anything. Or stolen anything else I've ever left out when I was away from camp for a few hours. Where do you camp that you have to worry about theft and pilferage, so I know to avoid those places?
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I've never lost anything at a campsite either but due to the cost of the surge protector and the removable shore power cord I do lock them to the power post.
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Surge protectors are generally sacrificial; they commit suicide to protect the rest of your system from a significant surge. In other words, they'll protect from a lot of brownouts or other minor fluctuations, but only one surge from a lightning strike on the line or whatever. One reason why I never went with a permanent install; I use a portable surge protector, that's easy to replace if it ever gives its life in the performance of its duties.
I also now use a portable surge protector, but would prefer a permanent install to eliminate one more thing I don't have to store and then drag out to hook-up.

The Progressive unit has this nice feature:
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Replacement parts are designed for simple plug and play, making repairs extremely user friendly.

So when the unit gets fried on a surge you just have to replace a circuit board and not the whole unit.

... and as Bikebill noted it also has a bypass mode.
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Bought one of the permanent mount models from Phil May at last year's Alumapalooza. I really like it, especially the ability to constantly monitor inbound volts into my trailer. Was helpful last summer on a 103 degree day in a campground that was really struggling with adequate power. Really like the fact that this thing checks out the inbound power BEFORE bad stuff can happen from an improperly wired campground. Oh, and the surge protector is nice as well. It was very easy to install. I did it right there at JC, took about 40 minutes.
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Associated background noise ??

I've read where there maybe some background noise with installed units (TRC brand ) when they are running. Has anyone experienced with that with Progressive ?
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Been sleeping now 2 weeks on the road and at campgrounds. My head is almost over location of my Progressive and no noise to comment on. If I listen very carefully I possibly can discern a slight and I stress slight hum. On a scale of 1-1-10 I'd place it at a 1 or less. I really have to listen carefully to even notice and when asleep nothing. In fact the BLM switching on and off to charge the engine battery is probably a 5+ as for any sounds and that's basically a click.
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I like the idea of a permanent install for one less thing to store and ease of use. On the other hand seems like the portable unit, once plugged in at the pedestal, will let you know if you have any power issues BEFORE you connect your RV to shore power. With a permanent install you connect first and then go inside to see what the monitor is telling you after you have already connected.

Probably am missing something here?
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Surge protectors are generally sacrificial; they commit suicide to protect the rest of your system from a significant surge. In other words, they'll protect from a lot of brownouts or other minor fluctuations, but only one surge from a lightning strike on the line or whatever. One reason why I never went with a permanent install; I use a portable surge protector, that's easy to replace if it ever gives its life in the performance of its duties.
That's my understanding as well and the reason we have a portable unit.
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I like the idea of a permanent install for one less thing to store and ease of use. On the other hand seems like the portable unit, once plugged in at the pedestal, will let you know if you have any power issues BEFORE you connect your RV to shore power. With a permanent install you connect first and then go inside to see what the monitor is telling you after you have already connected.

Probably am missing something here?

When I plug mine in it does not conduct the electricity to the trade until all is well - it's about a 2 min delay after plugging everything in
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