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Old 05-17-2016, 12:58 PM   #1
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surge protection with high and low voltage protection

I just got off the phone with Newmar customer service and was advised that a 2013 MA does not have surge protection or high low voltage protection! He advised me that in 2015 they started putting it on the Essex and up. Another post led me to call as there seems to be a lot of mis information. I had just always assumed I had this protection. My previous country coach had it. If a person purchased a non hard wired unit how do people keep it from be stolen in a campground? Ive never tried to investigate this and would like suggestions.
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Old 05-17-2016, 01:20 PM   #2
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I used to lock mine to the cord, there are a couple of things you can buy for that purpose. Then I made the power cord detachable, this allows me to keep the surge protector in the compartment.
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I just got off the phone with Newmar customer service and was advised that a 2013 MA does not have surge protection or high low voltage protection! He advised me that in 2015 they started putting it on the Essex and up. Another post led me to call as there seems to be a lot of mis information. I had just always assumed I had this protection. My previous country coach had it. If a person purchased a non hard wired unit how do people keep it from be stolen in a campground? Ive never tried to investigate this and would like suggestions.

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Hi Delacroix,
I just lay my portable unit on the floor of the electric bay. Made it so the cord plugs into the protector and the long cord goes to the pedestal. Like Luv2go does.
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I have the Progressive Industries HW50 in our motorhome. I liked it so well in our previous fifth wheel that I had it transferred to the mh as part of the deal. Our hardwired unit has the digital readout making it readable at time of hookup. It not only protects against high and low voltage but also polarity, ground and neutral faults. It has already saved our appliances in a South Dakota lightning storm. Their customer service is excellent; friendly, competent and responsive if you have a problem.
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For the portable version I use a Master Lock curled bike lock. Got three of them keyed alike. Wrap it a couple of times around the power post. The Progressive portables come with a security tab that is on the power cable so simple to thread the bike lock through it.
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I recommend hard wired unit

Before we bought our coach, I purchased the portable version of the Progressive Industries unit. But, we found that almost all of the campground power receptacles are not high enough off the ground to allow it to hang vertically as it's supposed to do. They very specifically say it has to be vertical, probably because water could pool in the connection if it were flat on the ground. So, we ended up buying their hard-wired version and just had it installed at our dealership. They installed it behind the power cord reel so it's not in the way. I bought the one with the remote display which I had them mount with doublesided tape to the side of the metal box in the power bay so the display is facing straight toward me. I believe it was a couple of hours of labor.
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I have a Progressive Industries portable and a heavy duty bike cable lock through the security tab which does the trick.
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I also have the portable version and use a cable lock on the post. If it still doesn't look secure or I'm someplace I really don't want to leave it unattended I have a 25 foot 10 gauge extension I plug into the outlet and move the surge protector into the locked compartment. The extension comes in handy sometimes anyway.
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I don't bother locking mine. It's always there in the morning!
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For the portable version I use a Master Lock curled bike lock. Got three of them keyed alike. Wrap it a couple of times around the power post. The Progressive portables come with a security tab that is on the power cable so simple to thread the bike lock through it.
Same for me. I only use the cable lock if the location is suspicious.
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We have never locked ours either.
I doubt it will ever get stolen and if it did, I believe they made more.
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