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Old 01-20-2009, 04:28 AM   #15
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Good info. Just noticed that Camping World has the portable Surge Guards on sale.
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Old 01-20-2009, 05:31 AM   #16
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Dan L > what are you doing to prevent the Progressive 50 AMP from being stolen? The little metal tag on the wire on mine looks sort of inadequate. Not that anyone in an RV park or CG would take anything .

I have not put mine in service yet.
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Old 01-20-2009, 12:44 PM   #17
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Hi Sharon,
You are correct about having the shortest power cord is the best route to go. I have found the extra 30 feet of 50 AMP power cord has made no difference in the power provided to my coach.

With regard to low voltage, the HVAC start capicators will take a beating when exposed to low voltage. Like preciously posted, they may not fail right away, but their life has been shortened. Most all modern appliances will handle over voltage and the Surge Guard will cut power before any damage is suffered.
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I also did like GaryKD and purchased a 30ft 50A black RV extension cord and placed our portable 50A Surge Guard inside the locked electrical bay. A digital line volt readout meter mentioned by AFChap is also a good idea. Camping World will sometimes have the 30ft ext cord on sale as well as the digital volt reader. The main thing is not to leave home without a Surge Guard for your rig.
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Old 01-20-2009, 03:21 PM   #19
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WOW!!!

Thank you all very much; that was very educational. I know what I will do now!

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I have been using TRC Surge Guard for 7 years and it has kept us safe the entire time. Mine is the portable unit. I have a bicycle chain bolted to the male cord side and lock it around and usually to the pedestal to keep it from walking away. I will not plug into a pedastal with out the Surge Guard in line.
I highly recommend the use of some sort of quality surge protection with a unit that also checks for proper wiring and monitors for high but more importantly lowe voltages and can disconnect if need be.
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it hasn't been stolen yet, i guess i have been lucky so far.
i am looking for some way to secure it to the post but haven't come up with anything so far.
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I hard wired the surge guard 50 amp unit into my coach. I did spend a little more and put 50 amp plugs on each end of the surge guard so that the long shore line is plugged into a plug just like what is on the normal plug for the coach and then the surge guard is plugged into the normal plug. I did this in case the surge guard had a problem or was blown out so that I could go back to my original setup by taking the surge guard "out of the loop. I think someone else mentioned they did this in their hard wire setup also. It costs about $100.00 more for the two plugs you need to do this type of wiring.
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DAN L,
Go here to see a lock for the portable Surge Guard. It may also work for the PI portable unit.
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Old 01-25-2009, 08:50 AM   #24
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The under voltage protection part is probably more important that surge protection. You can lose a microwave or an A/C very easily from low voltage.

Several years ago I purchased a 50a hardwired SurgeGard unit on EBay for a very good price.

The very first trip after installing the unit it paid for itself. I couldn't figure out why the power went, until I started doing some checking. It was a hot afternoon and everyones A/C's where running. The shore power had dropped to less than 90 volts and the SurgeGard unit shut down.

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We had just the opposite when our portable Surge Guard shut us down at a CG due to high voltage running 130+ volts.
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I've got the Progressive EMS-HW50C hard wired in my '06 W Journey. Regarding high-low protection. From my owners manual: "Whenever source power falls below 104 volts or above 132 volts the EMS automatically shuts down power to the RV". I, also am not an electrician.
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