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Old 11-29-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Progressive Ind. Elec Mgmt vs Surge Guard power plus 50 amp

I have seen several posts mentioning Progressive Industries Power Management protector. We've also looked at the Surge Guard Power Monitor Plus 50 amp power monitor (Lists for about $600 but can buy for lots less.) Has anyone used the Surge Guard model?

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:19 PM   #2
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I have the Progressive Industries EMS System which has saved my bacon along with my appliances more than once. Its amazing how many cg's are wired wrong. I can only say, if you ever have any problems with the Progressive unit they will jump through hoops to help you. I don't have any idea what Surge Guard customer service is like.

You will feel more at ease once you have an EMS system.

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Old 11-29-2010, 05:30 PM   #3
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We use the 50A portable Surge Guard and are very pleased with it. Can't say anything about service because it has not failed.

As Jim mentioned either of these systems will give you more peace of mind. I was particularly concerned with loss of neutral, on a 50A system that can cause lots of damage.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:53 PM   #4
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Can't talk to the Surge Guard but here is another vote for the Progressive Industries EMS. It saved us the same day we installed it. I had a question about it's operation and called them. A real person answered the phone and had the tech guy (who was on the phone) call me back in less than 5 minutes.
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Old 11-29-2010, 05:57 PM   #5
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We have the Progressive 50 amp hardwired model and it works great. The relay contacts started buzzing rather loudly, I called the tech line, got real help immdeiately and they sent a new relay at no charge.

My vote is for Progressive.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:00 PM   #6
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Our 50 Amp Surge Guard failed on our 5 month trip while in NM. It started 'chattering' and just quit working. The company sent a new one(no charge) to us in Nashville while visiting relatives...pronto! Even though the first one fail within 4 months, the thing works as advertised and we are satisfied with the unit. Bob
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:33 PM   #7
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my surge guard is in its second coach and going on strong since 2006
it has the monitor panel inside.
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Best price I have found PT-50-C at rvupgrades.com.

The PT-50-C has saved me about 4 times in the last two years. I have had two problems with it and each time the company stepped up and replaced or repaired it. There has always been someone to answer the phone when I called. Great service from Progressive Industries.

I don't know about the other surge protector.
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Old 11-30-2010, 05:39 AM   #9
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Hi dill,
I have the Surge Guard products. Both the surge protector and power transformer are installed on my coach. The power transformer gets the most work due to CGs having inadequate power. The surge protector has cut power to the coach several times.

Both products work as advertised and I would make the same purchases again.
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After talking with some 'old timers' we went with the Progressive PT50C which has the better reviews. It too has saved our bacon several times in the 3.5 years we have had it.

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Old 11-30-2010, 08:46 AM   #11
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As real full timers, have had 50 amp Surge Guard since 06 and is still going strong and has never failed. Has also "saved our bacon" on 3 or 4 occasions. Whichever ya get, a surge protector is more than worth the expense.

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Old 11-30-2010, 02:21 PM   #12
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I also have both the Surge Guard surge protector and power transformer installed on my coach.
I came home one day from touring and found a man and woman waiting near my coach. Turns out they both worked for Surge Guard and couldn't wait to ask me how I liked their produces and if I had any complaints, comments or suggestions they could take back to the factory. At the time I'd only had them for about a week and didn't have much to say. No complaints, but have seen the transformer working in many CGs.
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Progressive Dynamics is the way to go. They shipped a few repair parts to me on the road and eventually, an entire new unit. I still lost a microwave and converter due to generator overvoltage, even though wired to go through the PD unit. I still won't go without one.
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Here is my set up. A hughes autoformer with a 50 amp. Surge guard hardwired in front of the autoformer. Works super.
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