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Old 06-14-2018, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hello, I am trying to figure out what type of surge protector should I get? Does any know which is the best way to go.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:45 PM   #2
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It's pretty much a "you get what you pay for" sort of thing. These guys make what most people think are the best:

http://www.progressiveindustries.net

The main objection is four hundred-ish dollar price tag on some of them.

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Old 06-14-2018, 03:49 PM   #3
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Okay thanks for that
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I have no idea where "uncle_bob" is buying a surge protector for $400-ish. I installed the hardwired Progressive EMS. You need the 30A unit for a B-van like the Interstate. Amazon has them for $230. Here is one link.
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-I...cal-Management
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Thank you and I'll check that out
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Old 06-14-2018, 04:16 PM   #6
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Their top of the line 50A unit lists for $450 and shows up around $350 or so in various places. The Progressive guys at least used to have a big write up about fakes. They claimed they would only honor warranties if you bought it from a listed dealer. That makes bottom fishing for price a bit risky.....

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I have the expensive one. Bought it last yr when I got my coach. I didn't know at that time that they had hard wired ones; otherwise, I would have gone that way. Less expensive and it's not hanging on a pole. That being said, I'm happy with the one I bought. It goes through an extensive auto analysis of the current being fed to the coach prior to allowing it in. I'm comfortable hooking up to the pedestal w/o checking polarities, etc. I did purchase a cable lock and usually do lock it to the pedestal. I'm sure a good crook could still get off with it, but it deters the average crook. If I had to do it again, I would buy the hard wired one and either put it in myself or if you're not comfortable with that have a dealer or electrician wire it. In either case, I don't think I would travel without one of them.
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Thanks for that information I think I'm going to go with the wired one.
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I just posted here about my install of a 30 amp version for about $230
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I bought the 30amp one from Wachuko’s list. Only used it once but worked well once I figured out it wasn’t instant (doing its diagnostic).

I am curious... why not the 50amp one if some RV spots have 50amp hookups? Seems like bigger would be better.
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The trailers wired for 50 amp service have a completely different wiring scheme and connectors. Using a 50 amp surge protector requires using 50 amp, 4-wire service to use it to advantage. It contains about twice the parts, carries more current, and costs a lot more... The other problem is not all sites have 50 amp connections.

If your AS is wired for 30 amps, three wire service, a 30 amp surge protector is optimal, and quite good enough to protect you fully. Overkill here won't buy you anything extra, and just burn money needlessly...

(Which is a heck of an honest statement by the well-known head of the "Overkill Engineering Department"...)
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I have the expensive one. Bought it last yr when I got my coach. I didn't know at that time that they had hard wired ones; otherwise, I would have gone that way. Less expensive and it's not hanging on a pole. That being said, I'm happy with the one I bought. It goes through an extensive auto analysis of the current being fed to the coach prior to allowing it in. I'm comfortable hooking up to the pedestal w/o checking polarities, etc. I did purchase a cable lock and usually do lock it to the pedestal. I'm sure a good crook could still get off with it, but it deters the average crook. If I had to do it again, I would buy the hard wired one and either put it in myself or if you're not comfortable with that have a dealer or electrician wire it. In either case, I don't think I would travel without one of them.
Did the same... wished I had gone for the wired one... did not think this one through or was not aware of the options at the time (can't remember). If I had to do it again, wired one all the way as the one I have is huge, got to put a lock on it... just more work that I could have avoided.

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I bought the 30amp one from Wachuko’s list. Only used it once but worked well once I figured out it wasn’t instant (doing its diagnostic).
And for that I am sorry since we could have had one that would be out of the way all the time And I hate that I can't go back and edit my posts to recommend wired...

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I am curious... why not the 50amp one if some RV spots have 50amp hookups? Seems like bigger would be better.
I bought the 30 to match the RV... and avoid having to use yet another adapter to take it from 50 to 30 all the time... now, only use the 50->30 adapter if the site only has 50amp... so far, all of the three that I have been to, had 30amp as well...
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Yup. "Match the RV" is the key here.

No point adding MORE adapters than you have to, either.
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All good information I think I'll just go with the 30 amp hardwired surge protector. Has anyone did this their self hardwire and do you have pics or a video that shows how to do it? thanks.
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