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Old 04-13-2013, 08:02 AM   #15
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I have not bought one yet and have seen the locks, hard wired, etc.. Does anyone actually have first hand knowledge of a theft at a campground?
That's a good question. I am about to purchase and also wondered. My gut feeling is that if someone with bolt cutters wants it they can cut the chain or the hardwired power cord (after unplugging) ... the only difference is you can see the portable more easily. But, as described by others, you can install the portable in the utility compartment if you want to. The "locking utility compartment" is a bit of the "colossal shrimp" labeling anyway.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:05 AM   #16
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I purchased o 50 Amp one for my 2003 Chieftain and hardwired it in and yes it worked on 50, 30, & 20. And like so many of us due after we get the coaches fixed up we trade them off so we can start over. . I traded for my Horizon and of course I had to purchase a new Surge Protector. This time I purchased the portable one with a lock. It is not as convenient as the hard wired one but at least I can keep it if I trade.

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We have the portable 50 amp and have the locking box for it. We leave it fastened to the end of the cord and just put it into the bay when we coil the cord up. We are fulltimers and travel all over US....have had it for 18 months now and never had an issue with theft or feeling like it might get stolen.
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I have not bought one yet and have seen the locks, hard wired, etc.. Does anyone actually have first hand knowledge of a theft at a campground?
In over 30 years of Rving, know of 2 instances. One was Halloween items and Beer out of coolers, Both at nights, differnent years and campgrounds and probally teenagers.
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My MH dealer argued against the inline surge protector. If you do take a hit and the protector does its job, are you then without power in the MH or is there a way to still get power bypassing the now damaged inline protector?
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My MH dealer argued against the inline surge protector. If you do take a hit and the protector does its job, are you then without power in the MH or is there a way to still get power bypassing the now damaged inline protector?
Mine is hard wired. I took a hit in Anaheim last year.

To restore power I had to remove the surge protector and wire nut the lines together.

Took less than 30 minutes to remove it and connect the wires with wire nuts to restore power.

This happened on Sunday night. I Fedex'd the surge protector to Progressive Industries on Monday morning and received it back Wednesday afternoon.

Pretty impressed with their customer service. They will also walk you through trouble shooting the unit over the phone which may keep you from removing it.

If you go with the hard wire version with remote be sure to install the remote in a cabinet or closet. The LED readout is bright and will keep those sensitive light awake.
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I have not bought one yet and have seen the locks, hard wired, etc.. Does anyone actually have first hand knowledge of a theft at a campground?
OK I get the message now. We have used ours for two seasons, mostly unlocked without a problem. In CGs we have not been in I will sometimes lock the pedestal cover so the surge protector can't be unplugged. The coach could still be quickly unplugged from it in an emergency. No I do not ask for permission but do this rarely.

When we use the 50A extension cord I plug the protector in between the coach's cord and the extension then hide it underneath the coach.
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