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Old 09-30-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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Surge Protector on Elec Post or Built-in?

Friends,
I'm taking delivery of our 27' FC FB in a few weeks. We want a great surge protector. We currently use one (in our current AS) that plugs into the Electrical post in the camp. We wonder if having one wired inside the new trailer makes sense? Appreciate your thoughts.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:05 PM   #2
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Friends,
I'm taking delivery of our 27' FC FB in a few weeks. We want a great surge protector. We currently use one (in our current AS) that plugs into the Electrical post in the camp. We wonder if having one wired inside the new trailer makes sense? Appreciate your thoughts.
I hardwired this one into my 28'. http://www.bestconverter.com/EMS-HW3...l#.V-7hEpGZORt

I like the convenience of not having to carry the external one and not worry about theft.

It was easy to access the back of the power center for installation. If I remember correctly the 27 may be more difficult.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:11 PM   #3
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They eventually fail. Same for the auto formers. The latter may spark and smoke when it dies. The former?

After a few of those reports I decided I'd rather have them outside.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:16 PM   #4
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I bought this one:

http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems-pt30c

If you have a hardwired surge protector and it malfunctions, unless you have a bypass of some type you are out of luck.

External one malfunctions.....just plug your trailer in.
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:14 PM   #5
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I use and like the one that plugs into the pole. I decided it was just too much hassle to wire one in.
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:15 PM   #6
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I beleive if either one of them fail, you have had a serge and they have done their job. You can unplug the fried portable one and maybe the root cause of the failure has passed........... or not. You should know for sure shortly after you reconnect your unprotected trailer.
Both systems have their pros and cons. Have a good look at both.
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Old 09-30-2016, 06:31 PM   #7
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I have a hard wired unit and love it. Haven't had problems though. The dealer installed it prior to delivery.
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Old 10-01-2016, 11:34 AM   #8
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Think twice about hardwiring. I use the portable PT30 from progressive and have a piece of mind. I use a check list on setup and packup. Like one poster mentioned if unit is hardwired and smokes then what do you do? Great question.

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Old 10-01-2016, 12:02 PM   #9
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Surge protector.

I also bought the Progressive Industeries 30amp surge protector. Works fine on shore power and my Honda generators. I really like it, easy to use.
I ran electrical wire and a water line for a shore power outlet when I built a shed for my airstream. 270 feet from the my home. Then I plugged in the surge protector just to be shure everything was as it should be. Voltage was what I had calculated and everything else checked good also.
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Old 10-01-2016, 12:08 PM   #10
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Hardwired Progressive

We have a hardwired Progressive Industries unit. Since we are "belts and suspenders" type of people, we also invested in spare boards for the unit. There are three boards in our unit (30 amp) and we have a spare of each. That way if there is a failure, we can just call them and they will walk us through the diagnostics to determine which board blew and we will replace it right then.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:14 PM   #11
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Go portable

If your hard wired in unit fails, then you have NO power at all. If a portable one fails (or in both cases, either one fries because it did its job), then you just buy another one, and until you do, you can still get unprotected power.

Something like this
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...r-50-amp/56424
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...y-30-amp/81277

Get the appropriate size 30 or 50 amp.
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Old 10-01-2016, 01:45 PM   #12
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Bypass switch

Re: "If your hard wired in unit fails, then you have NO power at all."

Well, actually, that isn't always true. On the unit we have there is a bypass switch. You just flip the switch and it bypasses the unit. Then you have power again but no surge protection until the unit is repaired - depending on which board failed. I'm guessing not all manufacturers / units have this switch. So, maybe that is something to we aware of while you are shopping
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Note that the Progressive external units (which seem to be the very best of their kind available) each have a robust collar with an eye, allowing you to secure the unit to the power post to discourage theft.

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If your hard wired in unit fails, then you have NO power at all. If a portable one fails (or in both cases, either one fries because it did its job), then you just buy another one, and until you do, you can still get unprotected power.
There is a simple, low cost solution if the hard-wired surge protector fails. Progressive has a by-pass switch for about $25 that allows you to go into ByPass mode without opening the unit.
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