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Old 05-19-2019, 05:06 PM   #15
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Lots of great suggestions, both have pluses and minuses. Thanks for the input, still have some time to consider everything.
Good attitude, IMO

The ideal set up (though not the most common), IMO, would be to have the EMS located after a transfer switch that has an integrated surge protector. This would protect the coach from both shore and generator faults.

Second best would be between the coach power cord and the transfer switch (probably most common) so it is monitoring potential faults from the pedestal, cord connections, or cord itself, before entering the TS and the coach system. Any place other than that will entail some trade-off as described in all the posts.
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Good attitude, IMO

The ideal set up (though not the most common), IMO, would be to have the EMS located after a transfer switch that has an integrated surge protector. This would protect the coach from both shore and generator faults.

Second best would be between the coach power cord and the transfer switch (probably most common) so it is monitoring potential faults from the pedestal, cord connections, or cord itself, before entering the TS and the coach system. Any place other than that will entail some trade-off as described in all the posts.
Even your "ideal" situation still has its minuses. If the PI is between the TS and the coach, yes the coach is protected from EVERYTHING, but... if it takes a hit, you can no longer get power into the coach at all. Also, it leaves the TS vulnerable to a hit at the expense of protecting the coach from the generator also, and while a generator causing power output damage is quite rare, a TS being exposed to power output damage can be somewhat common given all the different places one may plug into and the varying quality of wiring & power at the poles.

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You just ordered a $200K+ coach, why not just install a permanent EMS if your concern is the thing walking off. If you sell the current one, you might be out $150?
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You just ordered a $200K+ coach, why not just install a permanent EMS if your concern is the thing walking off. If you sell the current one, you might be out $150?
That is another option, most likely will probably go that route. Wanted to see if I could use the one I have, but I am leaning towards having the permanent one installed. The portable one I have has only been used once, but you bring up a very valid point regarding the financial aspect of the situation.
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Just sold the portable unit to a guy who just bought a 2007 Monaco Dynasty. Decided to go with the hardwired permanently installed PI EMS. Thanks again for all the advice and suggestions.
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