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Old 01-10-2008, 01:29 PM   #15
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That is the model I planned on buying, the description says it has the emergency bypass key. That still doesn't solve the problem of it being fried by a surge and being totally inoperative. I guess I should buy the portable one and set it up with plugs inside the cabinet. That would solve the problem of having it "disappear".
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:18 PM   #16
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Can you buy the cord by the foot? I haven't found it at the local big box hardware stores. A 15' 50 amp extension cord is $160. The plug and receptacle then needed would cost about $50. I could buy cable by the foot plus 2 plugs and 2 receptacles it would probably be cheaper overall.

Are there any disadvantages or advantages of portable versus hard wired?
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:22 PM   #17
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Wayne, I'm pretty sure both Lowes and Home Depot sells 6/3 with ground in 'extension cord' material.

The advantage to hard wired is that you will have less resistance with it vs. the plug-in system in the electrical compartment, but I don't think it's significant.

I like the idea of having it 'plug-in' capable inside your compartment if the unit fails as others have suggested. Either way you'll be fine.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:24 PM   #18
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I "hard wired" mine in and used the plug in described above. On my coach, I already had the permanent plug in my electrical compartment but, would not be a problem to cut your wire and install either a male or female plug in. I did it this way as I was concerned if I had to get the SurgeGuard out of the circuit for repairs. Go up to photo (selection at the top of this page and do a search by user ID -- use my id of dknig288. There is a picture of the install in the pictures that you can look at. I did go to home depot and bought a 3' length of #6 with a ground to do the install with. The plugs can be found at Northern Tool in their generator section and they had the best prices for the plugs. In your case, you would need 4 -- two males and two females.

I would install in my electrical compartment vs the temp one on the post -- solves the problem of someone getting "sticky fingers" etc.

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Old 01-10-2008, 04:31 PM   #19
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My Home Depot did not have it in "extension cord" style. They did carry it with a thin plastic jacket. I will check Lowe's.
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #20
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I think I have room to mount the Surge Guard plus 2 electrical boxes with 50 amp recepticals in the coach bin. I can then use 2 50 amp Power Grip replacement plugs to complete the connections. I will look for the 50 amp extension cord wire tomorrow. I will take pictures as I complete the project.
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wthomas1.....Check the large rotating wire rack at Home Depot. They sell the 6/3 wire by the foot on the spool.
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:33 AM   #22
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by wthomas1:
Can you buy the cord by the foot? I haven't found it at the local big box hardware stores. A 15' 50 amp extension cord is $160. The plug and receptacle then needed would cost about $50. I could buy cable by the foot plus 2 plugs and 2 receptacles it would probably be cheaper overall.

Are there any disadvantages or advantages of portable versus hard wired? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Wayne,

Sometimes it is less expensive to pick up a 50 to 30 and a 30 to 50 amp adapter that have a foot or so of cord on them and just cut off the male and female 30 amp ends. Less work too as the ends you want to use are already attached to the cords. Just make sure they are four conductor and not three.
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I just ordered this kit online:

http://www.irv2.com/photopost/data/5...lation-kit.jpg

It has 5 feet of cord which should be enough for both sides. Now all I need to buy is one 50 amp replacement plug and another recepticle box like the one in the picture.
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Hey Wayne, Where did you order that kit from? Please share, as this will be one of our next projects. Thanks!
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I started to post and then did not know about posting an advertisement for someone. I found it here:
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Oops! I did not know RV Upgrades sells this item or I would have purchased from them. I try to support them because of their support of iRV2.
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I had a close quarters problem too. I installed 30amp twist male & female plugs between the RV & my Progressive EMS. That way I can unplug it if I ever have to work on it or can move the female plug to the long cord & plug direct if the EMS ever fails.

The plugs are a little expensive (I lucked out by getting a set in a box stuff @ an auction) & I don't know if they come in 50 amps or not.

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