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Old 07-22-2016, 02:29 AM   #1
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Surge Protector Installation

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I recently purchased a 19' International and after extensive research picked up the Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C.

I just finished upgrading my Converter/Charger but not sure where to install the surge protector. There really isn't much room behind the Converter/Charger and I'm not 100% sure which wires to splice into.

Does anyone have any videos/photos of an install? I've checked and the only videos are on RV's which have easy access to the wires.

I could also access wires under the front dinette/cushion but my understanding is the surge protector should be placed in-line prior to the Converter/Charger.

Any assistance in the actual install for my floorplan would be appreciated.

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Old 07-22-2016, 04:35 AM   #2

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Sorry....I can't help with the install, we use the portable version, easy return if/when it does it's job and has to be replaced under warranty.

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Old 07-23-2016, 01:34 AM   #3
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I really wanted the hard-wired version since it has a higher joule rating and features a digital display readout. It's actually field serviceable so replacement parts can be quickly swapped out without removing the entire unit.

After a call to Vinnie over at Vinnie's Northbay Airstream Repair, he advised me of how little room there is behind my charger/converter. A lot of heat builds up behind there as well. The 25' and larger AS have much more room to install a hard-wired unit.

Looks like I'll be picking up an EMA-PT30C portable surge protector
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Old 07-23-2016, 08:29 AM   #4
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Might not be really helpful but I was able to install a hard wired unit in my 07. It's between incoming power and circuit breaker box. All incoming power goes thru it. My AS might have more space, no clue with yours. I do like the hard wired version. Not exposed, not an extra plug contact to deal with.

As they say YMMV. your mileage may vary.

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