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Old 03-10-2011, 08:35 AM   #1
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wiring in surge guard

I want to hard wire a TRC surge guard in my 2008 Hurricane. I find the incoming wire is under the bathroom sink but goes back out and under to the electrical box on the other side of the bus and then back again to the circuit box in the hallway. Where is the best place to tie in? I would appreciate any help from those that have done this or those that know how.
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I think you'd want to protect as much equipment as possible, thus before all electrical boxes and circuit breakers.

Another consideration is to mount it where you can see the status lights easily. We have some friends with a 5th wheel and their surge guard was mounted in a compartment behind a removable panel, making it a real PITA to diagnose a problem.

Progressive Industries makes a hard wired device with a remote readout if you haven't already bought the Surge Guard.
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Surge guard also has a protection device that replaces your transfer switch and includes a remote display.

Basically you want the Surge Guard at the point where the shore power cord connects to the transfer switch. It is not necessary to protect the generator power source, so put the SG between the shore cord and the xfer switch. There is usually plenty of room at that point. If you don't have a transfer switch (you plug the shore cord to a generator outlet), then put the SG between the shore cord and the first junction box it is wired to.
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is your cord hardwired to your rv? or is there a plug on the sideof the rv that you plug your cord into? if it is hardwired I would install it in the compartment where the cord is stored. then everything would be protected. just make sure the surge protecter is mounted and secure both sides of your cord. if you have the plug on the side of your rv I would consider a portable unit and put it at the campground power outlet.
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I want to hard wire a TRC surge guard in my 2008 Hurricane. I find the incoming wire is under the bathroom sink but goes back out and under to the electrical box on the other side of the bus and then back again to the circuit box in the hallway. Where is the best place to tie in? I would appreciate any help from those that have done this or those that know how.
Anyplace before the CB box is OK. The things to look for are space to mount the box with enough cable to work with. I would hesitate to place it under the sink in case you get a water leak at some point in the future. You would want to put it where it would remain dry and open enough to both work on and being able to see the indicator lights. I have a 50 amp input and found a spot in the storage compartment behind the CB box. After measuring at least 5 times, the most difficult part was cutting the 50 amp cable. It is very thick and required a hack saw to cut it.
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