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Old 06-02-2017, 04:38 PM   #1
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Question Surge Protection

Is there a difference in performance between Progressive Industries hard-wired & portable 50-amp surge protection?

Also, if I go with a portable unit, will I also need a 30-amp surge protector, in the event I am forced to use that as a power supply?
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Old 06-02-2017, 05:41 PM   #2
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Surge protection

Spec wise the portable and permanent 50 amp are same. There are a couple ADVANTAGES to permanent in my opinion. First Security from theft permanent inside compartment versus hanging from the post you could lock it to post but still in elements and in sight. Second pendant can have display mounted inside to see what's going on with power and error code. Third if it takes a big hit and "guys the farm" from a huge surge the portable has to be sent in where permanent they will send you replacement part to get you back up. Can over ride permanent if needed.
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Same protection from both portable and hardwired. If you use a 50a unit with an adapter to 30a pedistal, you are still protected just the same.

Some folks use connectors inside the RV electrical bay and on the RV end of the shore power cable to allow the portable unit to be connected inside the electrical bay. This keeps the portable unit away from weather elements and secure.
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Same protection from both portable and hardwired. If you use a 50a unit with an adapter to 30a pedistal, you are still protected just the same.

Some folks use connectors inside the RV electrical bay and on the RV end of the shore power cable to allow the portable unit to be connected inside the electrical bay. This keeps the portable unit away from weather elements and secure.
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Surge Protection

This is what I did with the 50A portable. Wired it inside the bay. Notice the dog bone adapter to go from 50->30 and the yellow adapter to go from 30->15/20. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-02-2017, 07:42 PM   #6
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Very timely topic - I am considering one - thought about a hardwire unit, but the question of being able to by-pass it in an emergency is a concern.
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You can bypass a Progressive HW unit should it fail until they send a fix. Should my portable fail, I'll just take it out of the mix until a new one arrives. Progressive LIFETIME warranty means just that. Worth every $$.
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I've been using Progressive's 50A portable for 7 years. It has "saved me" several times. I hang mine on the pedestal, locked up, and it has performed very well.
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The good thing about the portable: You can plug it into the pedestal as soon as you pull in, to check the wiring. It will run the diagnostics and say "OK." If you get an error, you can easily move to another space, because you don't have to roll up a cord or anything.
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I consider my PI EMS (SO much more than a surge protector) to be the cheapest and best insurance I could buy. Bought mine before I took delivery of my new coach thanks to the wise folks on this forum.
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Been using my portable unit for 8 years..never had a power issue it didn't identify. Been very happy with every aspect.
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