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Old 06-23-2012, 03:51 PM   #1
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What type of surge protector?

I think I will leave my MH plugged in under the pole barn as has been suggested by a few members here. What type of surge protector should I get? Obviously not a cheap $5.00 one but one that will adequtly protect all the electronic circuits. Do they make them waterproof? I plan on leaving it outside somewhat exposed to the elements. I guess I would have to build a water proof cover for it. I also would like to plug the Klll A Watt into it to measure electricity consumption as others have done.
Am I going the right way here?

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Old 06-23-2012, 05:53 PM   #2
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If you have a Class A or C, I would suggest getting a surge protector that is mounted on the coach end of the electrical cable. I did not and have had to lug the surge protector out to the pedestal hundreds of times. They cost a little more, but are worth it in the long run. If you get the one that connects on the pedestal end of the cord. be sure to get a lock for it as these can be easily stolen of not. Surge Guard is the largest brand. One bad surge and your whole electrical system can be toast.

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Old 06-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #3
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Here's what I did for our '05 National Dolphin. The surge protection device in the pictures is from Progressive industries. when I disconnect the shore power line, I plug the surge protector into the "dummy" receptacle so that UI don't have any hot exposed plugs (when the generator is running for instance - it "shouldn't happen but...)
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Old 06-23-2012, 06:13 PM   #4
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Instead of just a surge protector , you should consider a EMS that protects you from high and low CG voltage as well as lightning and other surges. It will shut you down at 104 on the low side and 132 on the high side. Voltage outside of these #'s will ruin all your electric appliances. I installed a portable Progressive Industries 50 amp inside my basement compartment that houses my power cord.

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I spliced it into the power cord by adding a male and female plug. I don't have to hang it outside or worry that someone will want it more than me.

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Old 06-23-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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Progressive Industries is the way to go. Lifetime warrentee, great service.
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Old 06-23-2012, 10:46 PM   #6
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Camping World has the Progressive Industry EMS's on special this weekend, plus have some coupon codes that take $50 off $250 or $100 off $500.

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I just ordered the 50 Amp Hardwire with remote display for $250.37 plus $6 shipping and $16.52 tax.

The unit without remote display is about $50 cheaper.

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Old 06-24-2012, 07:40 AM   #7
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x whatever on the PI EMS. i got the permanent 30 model with the remote display and wired it into the end of the shore power cord. since the rv does not have a transfer switch, the EMS also protects the coach from the genny when i plug into the outlet in the electrical bay. good thing too, the genny was putting out 136 volts or so!
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Progressive industries lifetime warranty make it the obvious choice
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Another vote for Progressive Industries! I put a HW50C on my 5er and another one on the MH I just bought. Wouldn't leave home without it! With it you have full protection against just about everything....surges, low or high voltage, loose connections, mis-wiring, etc. Just one less thing I have to worry about!

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