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Old 10-01-2016, 01:59 PM   #15
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Progressive Industries units are not necessarily sacrificial and that is why they have a lifetime warranty. I wouldn't decide on hard wire vs portable based on whether it were to ever fail but rather personal preference. Its nice to have the display of the EMS-HW types inside the coach to monitor error codes but its permanent so some prefer portable when they have more than one RV or might share it. I can't think of any other reason except maybe since they require no installation.
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I went with the hard wired unit. So far no problems.
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I went with the hard wired unit. So far no problems.
On the other hand, we have Airstreamed for 14 years without a surge protector, and so far no problems.
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Old 10-01-2016, 08:33 PM   #18
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Progressive Industries HW

I too selected the hard wire option. In addition to the benefits of the remote/ bypass, by having the remote located "inside" you can monitor your total electrical load (amperage) as you juggle using various appliances.
Either way (In-E or an Out-E) splurge on a quality Surge Protection Device.
In addition to surge protection, the Progressive Industries (and others) unit will protect you from both "low and high" voltage conditions.

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A good point was made in that with the hard wired option you can monitor your electrical usage. I find that very helpful when using 30amp service when 50amp is not available.
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I still use a Progressive Industries (?) surge protector at the power pole.
I just leave my power cord plugged into it and roll it and the power cord up together for storage.
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I chose built in. Installed right next to breaker box. Sure, if it takes a hit I have to consider wiring around it temporarily. What I don't like about pedestal type is a poor receptacle can damage male plug not enough pigtail to easily repair? And you added additional connection points to your cord.
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