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Old 10-15-2015, 10:58 PM   #15
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Um, my time to be humble. I've been in the no believer camp. I don't have this fancy thing on my appliances at home, never a problem. Camping for years and years, never had a problem, well until tonight.
I did install the hard wired progressive unit. Tonight when I hooked up I got an E4 ( low voltage on L1) error code, never had that before. So no power to the coach as the Progressive unit would no engage.
Went to the campground office to inquire. They had a lightning strike last night and working on the problem. Note: Nothing mentioned at checkin.
So I now am preparing a nice dish of crow.
In the meantime, I isolated all the L 1 circuits and took them offline and running just half coach on L2 bypassing the Progressive unit until I can get my batteries back up to charge, fortunately, my inverter is on L2.
Short story, yes get one, asap.


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Old 10-16-2015, 12:54 AM   #16
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....I really hate to invest that kind of money for a 50amp protector.

Really? "... that kind of money..".? Less than 1/2 of 1% of your coach value. A systemic electrical fault could easily take several thousand $$ of appliances and wiring with it.

Your choice. Do as you wish.

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Old 10-16-2015, 01:06 AM   #17
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I bought a 30 amp Progressive a couple years ago. Well worth the money and piece of mind. Good quality and very happy with it. Hope it is never needed.
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:16 AM   #18
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I've been RV'ing since 1957 and have never had one up until we bought the Magna in Feb. In all that time I've NEVER lost an appliance to low, high or surge's. But, since having the Magna we're found one bad pedestal, low voltage at a friends house where we've stayed before with no problems and one 30/50 adapter that doesn't work.
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Old 10-16-2015, 05:46 AM   #19
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Here's what kills me about this question.

People spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their RV, yet they are too cheap to buy a surge protector worth a couple of hundred bucks to protect their investment.

Really ??

I don't get it.

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Wow, What a Response! Thank you for all of the information. Being new to RVing, we did not know what we really needed. I am going to order a Progressive unit right now.

Again, thanks to asll who commented!
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Wow, What a Response! Thank you for all of the information. Being new to RVing, we did not know what we really needed. I am going to order a Progressive unit right now.
When you place the order you will notice that Progressive sells two kinds of devices, both of which are commonly referred to as surge suppressors. The less expensive one is just that; that's all it will do. That's not what you want!

The more expensive device is both a surge suppressor and an electrical management system that protects against pedestal miswiring, low voltage, high voltage, etc. Those are the common problems at RV parks and that's the device you want to buy.
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Wow, What a Response! Thank you for all of the information. Being new to RVing, we did not know what we really needed. I am going to order a Progressive unit right now.

Again, thanks to asll who commented!
Amazon (Tweetys) seems to be cheapest right now. I bought mine from RVUpgrades as they were cheapeast at that time. Direct from Progressive is more expensive at the moment.
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We went for 10 years staying in parks all over the US and Mexico without a surge protector. Never had an issue but that said they are cheap insurance if you're the kind who worries
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We installed a Progressive before our recent trip and it saved us at a small campground in MT.
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Ok, i am sold.
Now the question is "Do I need a remote panel".

I am thinking that i would only look at it when plugging in to the pedestal.
So why go through the hassle of running s cable inside.

Any thoughts?

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Ok, i am sold.

Now the question is "Do I need a remote panel".



I am thinking that i would only look at it when plugging in to the pedestal.

So why go through the hassle of running s cable inside.



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Lots of power problems happen AFTER you have plugged in to the pedestal. Low voltage - high voltage - frequency out of tolerance ..... It's just a matter of convenience .....it's 2am and rainy or cold outside, and the power goes out......do you look at your remote panel inside to see if the EMS disconnected power because of a problem......then go back to sleep.....hoping that it resolves itself by morning..... Or do you go outside in the dark and rain to see the display in the power compartment?
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Ok, i am sold.
Now the question is "Do I need a remote panel".

I am thinking that i would only look at it when plugging in to the pedestal.
So why go through the hassle of running s cable inside.

Any thoughts?

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It also can help with understanding your RV power usage (amps) at any time when plugged into a 30A outlet. You can manually manage your power use - Ie shut off AC when using the microwave and water heater electric element. or vice versa.

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Is it better to get a permanent mount or a portable unit?
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