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Old 07-08-2015, 08:20 AM   #1
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Surge Protection question

I'm about to purchase my first TT, a Tracer Air 252 and all this is new to me. I was going to get a progressive ems-30 amp portable surge protector, Does it matter where its put? I have an internal docking station. Can i put it there or do I have to put it at the pole? Any guidance would be appreciated.

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Old 07-08-2015, 08:37 AM   #2
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Matters not as long as your internal docking station is the "first" component downstream of power. If you have a way of using it internally you will worry less about thievery. I use mine at the post and have a special "lock box" that keeps it from being stolen easily.

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Old 07-08-2015, 08:44 AM   #3
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Thank you for such a quick reply. It can be a bit overwhelming when starting out.
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Old 07-08-2015, 09:38 AM   #4
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Mine is wired hard just inside the campers power entrance compartment. Remember out of sight out of mind is the best way to prevent theft. Also happens sometimes, find a way to secure the battery, they are getting expensive to replace as well.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:43 PM   #5
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I would put in the hard wired version. Easy to do and you can add a digital readout inside. If you can wire an outlet you can install this. No danger of theft or leaving it behind.
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I have hardwired version with digital readout as well. It is mounted inside the table between the two chairs in the back of my TT. Also converted to a quick disconnect cable while I was installing the EMS
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I have the plug in version (with plastic clamshell lock thingy). I wish I had bought the permanently mounted version. Had I looked at where the power came in the trailer, I could easily see how easy it would have been to mount the fixed unit vs plug in the outside one each time.
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:53 AM   #8
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I lock my portable model to the power box/pole. If someone really wants to steal it, I know it's possible, but I really haven't any theft problems on all the years we camp as long as you secure things as much as possible. A wired in model makes a lot of sense if you have easy access to the wiring and can do the job yourself.
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Old 07-17-2015, 04:58 AM   #9
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After reading these post, i think a surge protector is something we need to have on the camper. Is there a basic unit that give decent protection for a retired budget minded unit anyone can recommend ?
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:08 AM   #11
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Progressive makes 3 30 amp surge protectors

and one other Which I do not recommend (it has no LCD dispaly)

The PT-30 needs to go between the Park Pedistal and the RV. Does not matter which end of the shore cord it's on actually it might work slightly better on the RV end of the cord (Like .0001% better) but Well. Either end is fine

THe HW-=30 of course is hard wired as the first thing power sees on the way in that is not a simple connector.

THE EXCEPTION.... If, as I do, you have installed an autoformer..

Then it goes at the output of the autoformer.
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Old 07-18-2015, 07:39 AM   #12
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I'm no sure of any budget ones. I have a progressive ems 30. It ran about $250 But has a lifetime guarantee. It has a LED read out to give you trouble codes and amp readings. I opted for the portable unit because of where my power runs is a difficult place for a permanent one. I know it seems pricey but I would rather spend $250 than spend way more on a burned up camper.IMHO
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PI is probably the best of the options--and a lifetime warranty is hard to come by nowadays. I hardwired the HW-50 in the compartment where my cord attaches, and the readout is in the control panel area. Friend of mine hardwired his 50 to where he can see the display when he plugs into the pedestal. Not a difficult project with some space and since yours is 30amp, the cord is much easier to work with.

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