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Old 03-21-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Progressive Industies EMS-PT50C owners please comment

After considering both the portable and the hard wired surge protector units from Progressive Industries, I'm considering getting the EMS-PT50C portable unit.

I'd like to hear from owners of the portable unit. Any downside to using it? Do you feel it's secure by locking it to the power pedestal?

I'm thinking perhaps of cutting the shore cord inside the bay near the transfer switch, putting male & female plugs the cord, then plugging in the EMS unit in the bay. I could then bypass the unit if it ever failed and had to be sent back for repair.

I appreciate all thoughts and opinions.
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You have described my installation exactly. No issues at all. I'm very pleased. Not to mention that it has done its job with a few low voltage episodes last year.


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I've been using the portable unit for the last 4 1/2 years with no problems. We are on the road about 6 monts out of the year. I just plug in. No problem with thieves. Not says it can't happen, but I've been in a lot of parks and no one has helped themselves. It has saved me from an open neutral and several over/under voltage situations.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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I used this model for 3 years on my previous coach. It did shut power off several times on high voltage at my winter camp ground. I used a light weight dog chain and combination lock to secure the unit to the utility post. If someone wanted to steal it, it wouldn't take much to cut the dog chain but I used the chain to make me feel more comfortable and to make sure that the person stealing it was a real thief, not just taking advantage of an opportunity.
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If you install it in the hardwired fashion, with the unit mounted firmly to the interior back or side of the compartment, there is no further need for chains, ropes etc. just cut the power cable to the appropriate length, make your connections OUTSIDE the compartment, so you don't twist your spine into a pretzel in the process.Then, mount it just before you affix the cover, if possible. If not, use large size cable clamps right close to the body. It is then a done deal. Mount it so it can be read when you plug in, so you may identify any faults. They work quite well, I must report. I love the thing!
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Old 03-23-2013, 10:10 AM   #6
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We have the portable 50 AMP Progressive. It did shut down once during a very heavy down pour. Now if it looks like rain ( and I can remember to do it!!) I pull a garbage bag over the top of the power post and the device.
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A portable one is meant to be outside. What did PI say ( if you notified them ) of the rain incident ?
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You know I never even called them. I figured that anything that was not a sealed connection was bound to leak in a rain, and the MH cable plugged into the device is not sealed. To be fair, it has rained on the device a few times since then and there has been no problems. We love this thing and have a couple of times where it would not allow power due to low voltage on one circuit. After a while the load balanced and the power came on. Older CG wiring that apparently was converted to 50 amp and still had some issues.
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You know I never even called them. I figured that anything that was not a sealed connection was bound to leak in a rain, and the MH cable plugged into the device is not sealed. To be fair, it has rained on the device a few times since then and there has been no problems. We love this thing and have a couple of times where it would not allow power due to low voltage on one circuit. After a while the load balanced and the power came on. Older CG wiring that apparently was converted to 50 amp and still had some issues.
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I had that experience a couple years ago on my PT50C. I called PI and they had me ship it to them. I received it back in a few days. I called ans asked what the problems had been and they said it was a bad seal where the cable goes into the PTT40C box (at the junction of the box and cable.) When I got it back it was definitely a different fit. Water was gliding down the cord into the box and it shorted out the controller card.

To make sure, I had some plumber's tape, that good stuff that you can tape a leak in a pipe and it will stop the leak, and I did a good wrap around the nut and cord where it goes into the PT50C. Never had another problem.

Call them, it may only cost you the UPS charge to them. OR, tape that entry point real well. Personally I'd send it call and send it back for repair as there is no telling what type of water damage may have been done.

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I just purchased one myself, but haven't received it yet. I was thinking about the same set up as Cliff... to avoid a theft... however, my real question is... do people really steal these things? I mean geez... they're under $100... and really... if you can buy and operate a 50 amp Class A or TT... do you really need to steal one? I'm new to going to CGs and don't know... do they steal satellite dishes too? and your chairs?
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I just purchased one myself, but haven't received it yet. I was thinking about the same set up as Cliff... to avoid a theft... however, my real question is... do people really steal these things? I mean geez... they're under $100... and really... if you can buy and operate a 50 amp Class A or TT... do you really need to steal one? I'm new to going to CGs and don't know... do they steal satellite dishes too? and your chairs?
Sounds like you bought the surge protector from PI ( under $100 ). You referred to mine so I must tell you that I have the PI EMS Portable which runs more like $350.
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I was going to say, where on earth did you get one for under $100 .
I chain mine to the pedestal, the use a piece of 2x10 as a lean-to over it to keep most rain off it, and hide the led lights. Figure that is what would draw would be thieves to it at night.
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We have the hard wired PI 50 amp EMS in our coach. Had it transferred from our 5th wheel upon trade-in. I like the idea of the portable model for easy return to the mfr if necessary though. We love it and would not plug in without it.
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I had a portable 30 amp protector for my 5er. Bought a hardwired 50 amp when I bought my Motorhome. I installed it myself.

I like the hardwired units better.
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