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Old 05-31-2008, 02:25 PM   #15
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I have the portable 50AMP Progressive Industries unit. I'm glad it's portable since I just had to have it replaced due to a faulty reading on leg 1 (it would read 255 volts every time used, and would eventually come to within specs - but I couldn't get power to the RV until it did.) Progressive was quick to send me a replacement and Robert was quite upset that it wasn't QA'd before being shipped. Apparently there has been a problem with a component.
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Old 06-01-2008, 04:32 AM   #16
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I also have the Progressive HW-50C EMS. When I first chose it (6+ years ago) the biggest difference, that I noted, was the TRC "Surge Guard" unit had to be returned to the factory to have the MOV's replaced in the event they were sacrificed during a heavy surge or voltage spike. Progressive can ship you a replacement MOV circuit board which an owner can replace with minimal skills.

I also installed Progressive's 2nd remote and switch. One display is mounted in the power cord compartment where I can view it while hooking up and then simply move a slide switch next to the display and the readout is transferred to a remote display that I have mounted, inside the coach, above the fridge.

Installing the hard wired model is easy -- you just need the room in the power cord compartment. If you do not want a remote display inside your RV the Progressive unit with the built-in display does the same job; you just cannot install a remote display with it.
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Old 06-01-2008, 07:50 AM   #17
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I have the Surge Guard hard wired so both the shore line and Gen go thru it before the load center.
Both SP's are good with the remote indicator a plus for Progressive. Which ever you decide its something you really need, my surge guard kept tripping when I put on my refridge to electric, as it turns out my electric heating element is in need of replacement. Lp gas is expensive.
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I installed the hard wired Progressive EMS surge guard system model all by myself. Working the 6 gauge wire was difficult for my powder puff hands, but the system works great so far.

For anyone attempting to do this, there were a couple of problems (maybe it was just me) that I can help with during the install.

If during the install you decide to turn the power cord reel around (as mentioned a few months ago by someone else in the community) to facilitate bringing the shore cord both in and out, do not cut short the pigtail from the power cord reel to the transfer switch : you will need the whole length.

The transfer switch box face plate is very hard to remove without damaging your fingernails (told you I was a powder puff!) . Instead, I used the claws of a regular hammer to pry open the face plate and it worked just like pulling out a nail.

Second, when it comes time to cutting the wires from the transfer box to the outlet of the EMS box, make sure to cut the red and black wires a little longer to allow for the voltage line connector/reader (large black plastic things with a hole in the middle) to fit onto the wires, otherwise you will be trying to stretch those lines a little bit more than normal (what I did)

Other than that, there is a previous post with good pictures that I used for my install and it took about 2.5 hours with my little training.

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:41 AM   #19
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I hard wired the SurgeGuard 50 Amp model in my MH. I put "plug ins" on either side and it can be taken out of the circuit or removed if I sell my MH and want to take it with me. If you want to see a picture of the install, click on the Photo selection at the top of this page and then click on search -- do a search by user name -- dknig288. After it brings up my pics posted, then look for the one with the hard wired SurgeGuard. That will show the mount (yes it is upside down -- to faciliate the wiring flow) and the connections I put on the ends -- one end plugged into the MH 50 amp plug in and the other end plugged into the power cord coming from the power pedestal.
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:24 PM   #20
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Dave- can you give more specific directions to find the photos of your hard wire surge protector install? I put in dknig288 but only get a referal to the current post. I'm an analog person living in a digital world - and I haven't caught up yet!
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PM me and I will send you my surge guard installation pictures. All I have left to do is cut the power cord and install the plug and recepticle on it.
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Here is what I found.
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I recommend the Progressive hardwire version.

1) Wire it up so that it also protects the voltage coming from the generator and campground pedestal. There's no guarantee that the gen unit won't hiccup someday and put out high voltage or extended low voltage.

2) Also having the remote display from the Progressive unit allows you to monitor the volts & amps under your normal load conditions. You'll be able to learn when you have a marginal low voltage problem and take action before things go wrong like burning up your 30 amp plug because the pedestal socket is worn out & faulty.

3) Inside there's no theft problems, out of the sun & weather, and not very difficult to remove to transfer to your new coach.
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007 posted the pic that I have of my SurgeGuard install. I put the correct plug ins both going to the SurgeGuard and coming from it. In the upper right hand of the picture you can see where the electrical cord is plugged into the coach after leaving the SurgeGuard (black wire and black plug). On the floor of the electrical compartment is the yellow plug which is on the end of my power cord and it is plugged into the wiring going into the SurgeGuard. I did not modify either my coach plug in or the end of the electrical cord coming from the electrical connection at the camp ground. Hope this explanation and the picture helps.
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Thanks to everyone who provide information on this post.
I did purchase the 50 Amp Surge Guard portable unit.
This will give me a little comfort when traveling now.
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Great product never leave home without it. Surge guard portable for all to see.with clasp key large lock.
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