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Old 05-04-2016, 02:29 PM   #1
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How to connect surge protector?

So I purchased a Progressive Industries EMS

http://www.progressiveindustries.net/#!ems-pt50c/c1ma0

And I am assuming this connects into the campground power, and I connect my TT cable into this.

Question - if camping on a 30 amp campground, and using a 50 amp to 30 amp converter,

http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...ilpage_o00_s00

Do I use this converter on the Progressive unit and connect it to the campground power? Will that work?
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Old 05-04-2016, 09:56 PM   #2
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You plug the trailer into the protector and the protector to the shore power. Adapters will have no negative effect on your system.

The surge protector clips to tops off high voltage spikes that could exceed the "break down" voltage of your semiconductor devices. If we still used tubes we wouldn't need one.
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Also, before you connect turn the power off at the breaker. Then turn it on after you have it all hooked up. I have heard that prevents some arcing as you insert plugs.


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I power off, put the surge protector on by itself, power on, check the lights to make sure I've got ground and no reversed wiring, then I power off, hook up the AS AC umbilical to the surge protector, and plug the surge protector into the hitching post, then power on. If I'm going to the 50 amp I add my dog bone adapter between the post and the surge protector.

When I leave I power off the post first, then disconnect everything else.
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I power off, put the surge protector on by itself, power on, check the lights to make sure I've got ground and no reversed wiring, then I power off, hook up the AS AC umbilical to the surge protector, and plug the surge protector into the hitching post, then power on. If I'm going to the 50 amp I add my dog bone adapter between the post and the surge protector.

When I leave I power off the post first, then disconnect everything else.
May be overkill, but I do the same thing, only before I use the expensive surge protector I use one of these.

http://www.amazon.com/Power-Gear-505.../dp/B002LZTKIA
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I have the same PT50C. When connecting to a 30amp campground outlet, plug the male (30 end) of a 30-to-50 converion plug into the campground outlet, and the PT50C male plug into the female (50 end) of the conversion plug. Then your 50 amp male TT cable end should be connected to the female port of the PT50C. While in use with a 30 amp campground outlet, the PT50C will only display data for one of the two circuits it can monitor - e.g., the second circuit will always show a "0" amp draw.

Incidentally, you can piggyback a 15-to-30 connector on to the 30-to-50 connector to plug into a standard outside home (15a/120v) outlet. When I did this, my PT50C discovered an open ground on my outdoor outlet and shut down the connection to my TT until I fixed the problem.
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Ps. Here's the converter I use for a 30amp campground outlet:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55185-Po...amp+rv+adapter

This is the additional one I use at home with a 15amp/120v outlet:
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-55165-Po...amp+rv+adapter

I'm sure other connector makes/models would also work, but these Camco versions work for sure. Also, my dealer did provide the 30-to-50 connector when my AS was delivered. Maybe your dealer will provide one (or both) as well.
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Easy:
1) Make sure the power at the pedestal is turned off.
2) Plug the surge protector into the receptacle.
3) Plug the trailer umbilical into the surge protector
4) Turn power on at the pedestal.
I leave the surge protector attached to the trailer's power cord all the time and store the 2 attached to each other.
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