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Old 04-19-2016, 09:44 PM   #15
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We hard-wired our Surge Guard and it fits nicely in a cabinet over the bed. A simple 30 min job. Nothing to plug in at the pedestal, and it is out-of-sight/out-of-mind doing the job. Also it is not subject to theft, although I understand anti-theft hasps are available to 'lock' the plug-in types to the pedestal.

In any event, these Surge Guards and their competitors are a great idea!
Most larger diesel pusher motor homes have their surge protection devices hard-wired. This presents a significant problem if it does it's sacrificial job and is compromised. I gat numerous calls for this scenario and that of a bad transfer switch.

You then either have to replace the unit immediately in order to get shore power to the coach, or wire a temporary bypass around the burnt out device. This is where the portable units shine brightly.

If you have a bad incident and the device sacrifices itself due to a power post surge or worse, you can simply move to another site that has a good electrical supply, plug the coach back in and finish your trip. Replacement is as easy as plugging in again.

That is an added benefit of the plug-in style surge protector.
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:23 AM   #16
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I just purchased the Progressive PT50C for my TT. I am new to all of this, but something I read somewhere said protecting the electronics with a good surge protector was a must. Less that $350 in Amazon. Cheap insurance.

Now, how do you guys secure your protectors so they don't get "borrowed" without permission?
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:40 AM   #17
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Need both 50 and 30 Amp surge protectors?

I am showing my newbieness here. I have a 30' Classic that takes a 50A service. Were I to find a pedestal with only 30A service, I'd haul out the dogbone and connect up. Will i also need a 30A surge protector? Or can I use the 50A surge protector somewhere in the line?


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Old 05-05-2016, 09:49 AM   #18
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I am showing my newbieness here. I have a 30' Classic that takes a 50A service. Were I to find a pedestal with only 30A service, I'd haul out the dogbone and connect up. Will i also need a 30A surge protector? Or can I use the 50A surge protector somewhere in the line?


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From a fellow newbie with the exact same question - I emailed Progressive Industries and they said I could use my 50 amp protector on a 30 amp connection with an adapter, and just be mindful of the usage.

http://www.progressiveindustries.net...f23d0ff00075a0
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:37 AM   #19
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I just purchased the Progressive PT50C for my TT. I am new to all of this, but something I read somewhere said protecting the electronics with a good surge protector was a must. Less that $350 in Amazon. Cheap insurance.

Now, how do you guys secure your protectors so they don't get "borrowed" without permission?
There should be a place to put a padlock on your unit near the plug. To protect mine I went to HomeDepot and bought a plastic coated steel cable (actually a dog type chain with connectors on both ends). Mine is about 20' long. I either secure it to a nearby removable object such as a near by tree or to place on the trailer. I've used both and I highly recommend you secure it....or it will disappear.

I do the same with my generator although it is much thicker cable.
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Cables are easy to cut, as are the cheap pieces of metal or plastic through which they or the locks are usually run. For that matter, electrical cables are pretty easy to cut once you unplug them. Still, this would slow down amateurs and pranksters and is certainly worth doing if it helps you be more relaxed while camping.

So far, we've just put it under the trailer, mostly hidden by the wheels, along with our voltage regulator (which is actually more expensive). I've considered spray-painting the regulator (big yellow box) with black paint, but haven't done that yet. In this location they are a little less obvious for casual passers-by to see and wonder about. If rain threatens, we also put the gear on blocks to keep it out of likely puddles under the trailer. This configuration presupposes a 2nd extension cord. So it goes like this:

shore power => 1st extension cord => Voltage Regulator => Surge Protector => Furrion cord => Trailer
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So it goes like this:

shore power => 1st extension cord => Voltage Regulator => Surge Protector => Furrion cord => Trailer
Better than a picture!!
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Thanks very much for the reply. Folks have been so kind to newbies that I did not mind showing my ignorance. And see? It pays off when I get a fast response to a question.

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Seems like most people have bought the Progressive EMS-PT50C, but is the EMS-PT30C OK for a 23FB?
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Buy the one that matches the amperage of your trailer.
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Selling my PT30 if anyone is interested. We rarely go to any place with hookups.
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Selling my PT30 if anyone is interested. We rarely go to any place with hookups.
I am interested. How much?
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Buy the one that matches the amperage of your trailer.
Yeah, seems kinda simple but I guess I am wondering where all these 50 Amp trailers come from? I am reading a online Owners Manual for the AS International models and all of them have 30 Amp. Maybe people are converting to 50 Amp?

Really green to all this, just ordered our 2017 23FB last week and trying to learn as much as I can prior to delivery.
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What appliances and devices are most susceptible to damage from a power surge or incorrectly wired pedestal?
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