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Old 04-12-2012, 06:31 AM   #15
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I pick up my coach tomorrow. I ordered the Progressive Industries hardwired 50A EMS with the remote display and a second remote read out that will be installed with my power management system panel. It is being installed today at the dealer.

I opted for that configuration for a couple reasons.

1. Not having to carry another cable in the bay.
2. Having the remote in the coach saves me having to get out of the coach to investigate error codes.

I considered the Surge Guard systems and think they are probably very fine units. When I compared specifications, features, price and reputation, I opted for PI. BTW, I don't see SG having a bad rep.

I think bthomforde makes an excellent argument for the portable units. I thought about that a bit and maybe I might wish I did it that way?
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:03 AM   #16
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Just be ware. That remote display will run thru its cycle continuosly and flash all night long. You might consider mounting it somewhere it can be concealed at night.
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Old 04-12-2012, 07:32 AM   #17
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I've had both TRW and Progressive Industries units --- and prefer the Progressive one. It seems to have better protection: look at the specs. I also like Progressive's readout: it's simple and clearly tells you what is going on. I installed it in the electrical bay rather than snake wire up into the living area of the coach. Make certain you have room in your electrical bay: we had on 06 DSDP 4320 and there was room for either unit. The electrical bay in our current unit, an 11 Essex, is cramped but there is room if you plan carefully. I think I had to relocate the 12v bay light and the cable TV outlet, but that was easy. As for installation, I've installed both of them (hard wired) myself; it's not terribly difficult and well within the capabilities of the average handyman. It's very easy to determine which wire goes where as the terminals on both the transfer relay and surge protector are clearly marked. The most difficult part is bending and securing the heavy guage wires running between the unit and the transfer switch. You can get electrical wire (6 ga is what you need) from either Home Depot or Lowes. Send me a PM and I'll send you a photo of my installation if that would help. I'd be happy to answer your questions by email or phone. And by the way, you made a wise choice to install a surge protector: in the last 9 years I've had about a dozen times when the system reacted to high or low voltage or a miswired pedestal. Joel
Joel, can't seem to send you a pm. You can send one to me with your email address and I'll return mine. I wouldn't mind seeing some photos of your surge protector install.
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Just be ware. That remote display will run thru its cycle continuosly and flash all night long. You might consider mounting it somewhere it can be concealed at night.
OK...thanks for that heads up. It will be located in the hallway between the galley and bedroom and facing towards a side wall. How bright is it?
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:17 AM   #19
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Good idea getting a surge protector. We personally use the hard wired Progressive 50 amp unit and love it. Very clean installation next to the cord spool and great read out display. Works really well and I know of at least one occasion it saved us a lot of money. On the negative side, if and when we move into another coach (HA! I doubt it!) it can't come with us. Now the portable one looks like a winner too, but I would buy one of those locking units to lock it to the pedestal. Just my personal phobia.
I have a TRC portable which has save me a few times and works just fine. I wouldn't bother with the "locking enclosure" that they sell however. It only encloses the cord to surge unit connection to prevent it being unplugged from the power cord. It doesn't lock the unit to a pedestal. Pretty easy for a thief to unplug the unit from the pedestal, then cut the power cord and walk away with the surge protector and locking unit. Or if it's the type of power cord that connects to the outside wall of your trailer, the thief just unplugs both ends and walks away with your power cord and surge protector. Better to come up with a homegrown solution to chain the unit to a pedestal than waste your money on the virtually useless locking enclosure.
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OK...thanks for that heads up. It will be located in the hallway between the galley and bedroom and facing towards a side wall. How bright is it?
It is annoying. If you can close the bedroom door it ok. I have a cabinet in the bathroom with breakers and fuses so mine is mounted in there. Just open cabinet door to view.
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Progressive Industries IMHO is the pick of the litter when it comes to surge protectors.
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Will add to this thread on the ease of installation for the Progressive 50amp EMS-LCHW50C. I am a 68-yr old woman. The installation was hardwired by myself into the power bay of my rig 2 years ago. The hardest part was cutting the 50amp pwr line. Otherwise easy, clean installation. It has saved my rig a few times..........
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I have mine mounted in a cabinet. And like everybody has stated above, its saved us a couple of times.
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check with your mh customer service rep see if you have protecter built into your mh--i have a 08 fleetwood discovery 40x-- i called & i did worth a try
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One of our sponsors RVUPGRADES.COM has a chart comparing the surge protectors. I think this is a must read before deciding which one to buy. Though I bought the progressive industry one a few years ago I didn't know it had a lifetime waranty. It's also made in America.

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I would definitely go with the Progressive Industries HW50C hard-wired unit. I don't believe the take-up reel would be a problem. Find yourself another tech to install it!
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