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Old 12-14-2014, 04:40 PM   #43
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I agree, the EMS is definitely cool. When something smokes our TRC Surge Guard, we'll probably replace it with a Progressive EMS. I'll always buy a "made in USA" item given the choice, and I like that it explicitly tells you once it's been smoked by a surge. The TRC Surge Guard also has a helpful display, but I'm not seeing whether it will display an explicit indication once a surge has burned through it.

Nothing wrong with mounting the Surge Guard or EMS inside your trailer where you can see it, if you prefer. We just didn't prefer, at least not this time.
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:48 PM   #45
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I agree, the EMS is definitely cool. When something smokes our TRC Surge Guard, we'll probably replace it with a Progressive EMS. I'll always buy a "made in USA" item given the choice, and I like that it explicitly tells you once it's been smoked by a surge. The TRC Surge Guard also has a helpful display, but I'm not seeing whether it will display an explicit indication once a surge has burned through it.

Nothing wrong with mounting the Surge Guard or EMS inside your trailer where you can see it, if you prefer. We just didn't prefer, at least not this time.
I do not agree with the bold text statement as far as the surge protector is concerned. If the surge protector is inside the trailer, anything from the RV power cord to the input to the surge protector can catch fire with a significant "surge" or lightning strike. This could easily set the trailer on fire if it is located inside or at the socket on the trailer. The safest location for the surge protector is at the campground RV connection post

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Old 12-14-2014, 06:21 PM   #46
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Post ==> 30-amp extension cord ==> Voltage regulator ==> TRC Surge Guard *or* Progressive EMS ==> Furion 30-amp cord ==>Trailer
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As a matter of convenience we put the voltage regulator and surge guard under the trailer where they are harder to see and perhaps less likely to be "borrowed".
This sounds like a great idea. Do these units get hot and need to breath? If not, you could probably mount the Surge Guard in a box of some sort (like this 16" tool box) with two holes drilled through it. You can leave that under the trailer to further hide the units. Probably could lock it to something as well if you wanted. Keep honest people honest anyway.

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Old 12-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #47
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I am happy to know others are concerned about potential theft. Here is my surge protector shown in my garage, and note the two aircraft cables, and lock. I usually wrap the cables around the power post in such a way one would have to cut them to remove the surge protector or the 50 Amp power cord. While possible, i suspect a thief may look to an easier prey.

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Old 12-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #48
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When it comes to protecting the surge protector, I use this item with a heavy duty cable and pad lock. I put the lock through the hole and the wrap as many turns of cable around the campground pedestal as necessary to keep the whole thing from being lifted over the top of the pedestal. The ends of the cable then go on pad lock hasp and it is locked. Since the junction of the suppressor and the power cord are inside the box, both are protected.

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I do not agree with the bold text statement as far as the surge protector is concerned. If the surge protector is inside the trailer, anything from the RV power cord to the input to the surge protector can catch fire with a significant "surge" or lightning strike. This could easily set the trailer on fire if it is located inside or at the socket on the trailer. The safest location for the surge protector is at the campground RV connection post

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Hi, I agree with Ken on this; A friend of mine showed me a surge protector that was hard wired inside of his motorhome. It did it's job, and blew out, but it also started to melt the case it is made in. Therefore I won't mount one inside of my trailer.
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Old 12-14-2014, 08:55 PM   #50
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When it comes to protecting the surge protector, I use this item with a heavy duty cable and pad lock. I put the lock through the hole and the wrap as many turns of cable around the campground pedestal as necessary to keep the whole thing from being lifted over the top of the pedestal. The ends of the cable then go on pad lock hasp and it is locked. Since the junction of the suppressor and the power cord are inside the box, both are protected.

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Hi, since I mentioned that I very seldom ever use mine, I never lock it. This makes the odds of theft almost as low as the odds of needing this surge protector to protect my trailer.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:06 PM   #51
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Hi, since I mentioned that I very seldom ever use mine, I never lock it. This makes the odds of theft almost as low as the odds of needing this surge protector to protect my trailer.
There are so many things in a modern travel trailer than can get fried by a voltage surge, I don't feel it's worth the risk of all the trouble getting everything fixed. The Surge guard is always attached to the end of my power cord inside the plastic box I posted pic of. That way it's more trouble for me to not use it than it is to use it.

Now having said that, I camped without one for many years with no known surge induced failures. However I have had three TV's crap out for unknown reasons. None of them were since I installed the Surgeguard. Not that I think that proves anything.
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I read a a lot of forums on this subject and what I came away with was that chances are I really don't need one. I new a guy type of stories. But in the end I bought one the amount of time and money I have in my Airstream It simply wasnt worth the risk even if it was minimal. so I bought a Progressive Industries PT30C 30 Amp. I tried it out at home and couldn't get it to work. I Called the companies after hours hotline and left a message. Within an hour a gentleman called me back at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night (This is customer service) talked me through my none issue I simply hadn't waited the two minutes for the protector to go through It's warm up and diagnostic. I'm happy for the piece of mind and even happier to support a company like Progessive industries.
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Old 12-14-2014, 09:50 PM   #53
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Hi, Scott. I'm not really sure how warm they get normally, but as has been pointed out, if you put a big enough surge through them, things will get toasty. However, I like the idea of making them a little less obtrusive, in principle. Maybe I should spray-paint that bright yellow voltage regulator with a flat black finish so it's harder to see under there

Meanwhile, I do have the security cover previously mentioned for the SurgeGuard - I have yet to try it out, but I could use that to lock it to the Voltage Regulator and then lock the voltage regulator to one of the trailer wheels - each of which I already has a locking lug nut. It could work!

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This sounds like a great idea. Do these units get hot and need to breath? If not, you could probably mount the Surge Guard in a box of some sort (like this 16" tool box) with two holes drilled through it. You can leave that under the trailer to further hide the units. Probably could lock it to something as well if you wanted. Keep honest people honest anyway.

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Thanks all. My trailer is currently being stored in an underground cave so I have a few months to decide on this. Probably will pull the trigger just for the piece of mind. Now to check prices...
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I am happy to know others are concerned about potential theft. Here is my surge protector shown in my garage, and note the two aircraft cables, and lock. I usually wrap the cables around the power post in such a way one would have to cut them to remove the surge protector or the 50 Amp power cord. While possible, i suspect a thief may look to an easier prey.

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When it comes to protecting the surge protector, I use this item with a heavy duty cable and pad lock. I put the lock through the hole and the wrap as many turns of cable around the campground pedestal as necessary to keep the whole thing from being lifted over the top of the pedestal. The ends of the cable then go on pad lock hasp and it is locked. Since the junction of the suppressor and the power cord are inside the box, both are protected.

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Hi, Scott. I'm not really sure how warm they get normally, but as has been pointed out, if you put a big enough surge through them, things will get toasty. However, I like the idea of making them a little less obtrusive, in principle. Maybe I should spray-paint that bright yellow voltage regulator with a flat black finish so it's harder to see under there

Meanwhile, I do have the security cover previously mentioned for the SurgeGuard - I have yet to try it out, but I could use that to lock it to the Voltage Regulator and then lock the voltage regulator to one of the trailer wheels - each of which I already has a locking lug nut. It could work!
My rather simple minded security solution....

First...I have only been connected to shore power maybe 6 times in 9yrs, most of our camping is 'dock'n. The PT-30C is used more frequently at home on the pad.

We run our 2000i in a small tent when dock'n.

When at a campground with power I set up the tent, run the trailer cord into the tent, plug in the PT-30C, connect my extension cord and run it to the box. When the site is unattended just un-plug and lock it in the AS. I know it's 'water resistant' but in the tent it never gets wet.

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I have this one hardwired and all my shore power (not generator input) runs through it. It will not only protect against surges but also low and high voltage, and a bunch of other stuff. Keeps bad power from ruining your expensive stuff. They also have a portable version. I highly recommend having one of these.
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