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Old 07-29-2016, 03:31 PM   #1
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Portable Surge protection question

I seen the progressive industry 50 amp ems
And seen the SSp50 .
Big price difference between the 2.
Also seen camco just came out with a new one .
Just like to get one to be on the safe side
Any suggestions
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the Progressive Industries SSP is basically a surge protector that reports other conditions. The Progressive Industries PT and HW series both provide greater surge protect and in addition to reporting on power problems it also protects your rig from those problems by shutting down incoming power.

My preference is the EMS HW50C as it is field serviceable.

Review the comparison chart Progressive Industries RV Surge and Electrical Protection industry lea
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:45 PM   #3
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You need High and low voltage protection. I'd go with the EMS HW50C.
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You want/need more than just surge protection. Also should continually monitor and qualify the power. High/low voltage, high/low frequency, mis-wired or defective pedestal wiring, etc. There are a lot of marginal and poor CG power systems out there. Good investment, cheap insurance.
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I have the Progressive EMS-PT30. It saved my motorhome when I was parked in a hospital parking lot for three weeks waiting out my wife's heart surgery. The power stanchions were connected to the same circuit as the arc lights in the lot and when they went on you barely had enough power to run the converter. The surge protector would cut out the motorhome when the voltage dropped below 104v. Annoying, but I knew it was protecting it from damage. I ended up running the generator on really hot nights.
Well worth the money. They make a 50 amp version also.
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I installed the Progressive industries 50A EMS before our first big trip last year. It never actuated until we pulled into an RV park in Reno last year. It turned out the park had significant low voltage problems on L2 of its 50A service. The unit protected the coach from any damage while I engaged the park mgt. they ended up comping the 2 night stay so it was a win win. I highly recommend installing the unit permanently in you electrical bay so there is no inconvenience in keeping it in service. It probably took me 2-3 hours to install.
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Go with the hard wired model. Progressive is the best. Service is great and you don't have to worry about someone stealing your portable unit from the power pole when you're gone.
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Hello, I'm new to irv2 so I'm not sure if I'm asking my question in the right thread... Apologies if I'm doing it wrong.

I'm getting ready to buy a surge protector as well but I'm not sure whether to get a 50 or 30 amp. Our MH is 50 amp. So do I buy the 50 amp surge protector, and then use a dog bone to plug into a 30 amp pole? Most of the places we stay only have 30 amp service.
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Hello, I'm new to irv2 so I'm not sure if I'm asking my question in the right thread... Apologies if I'm doing it wrong.

I'm getting ready to buy a surge protector as well but I'm not sure whether to get a 50 or 30 amp. Our MH is 50 amp. So do I buy the 50 amp surge protector, and then use a dog bone to plug into a 30 amp pole? Most of the places we stay only have 30 amp service.

Yes, you get the 50amp for your 50amp coach. When plugged into a 30amp shore power, the 50-30 dog bone is used.
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Yes, you get the 50amp for your 50amp coach. When plugged into a 30amp shore power, the 50-30 dog bone is used.
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