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Old 11-14-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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Surge protection

I know this must have been asked before but can't locate answer. Looking to purchase EMS-PT50C surge protector 50 amp unit. Sometimes in campground only have 30 amp, can a 30 amp to 50 amp adapter be used and still get the protection same as plugged into 50 amp?
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I know this must have been asked before but can't locate answer. Looking to purchase EMS-PT50C surge protector 50 amp unit. Sometimes in campground only have 30 amp, can a 30 amp to 50 amp adapter be used and still get the protection same as plugged into 50 amp?
Short answer, yes. Make sure your adapter has a crossover feature connecting both legs of your 50amp cord so you have power to all of your circuits. Some adapters will only power one leg.
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Old 11-14-2014, 07:10 PM   #4
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At present my RV is in my driveway on a 15 amp circuit. The 50 amp cord is plugged into a 30 amp and a 15 amp adaptor. On the Progressive EMS display it shows the amp draw on each leg of the 50 amp service. The EMS will protect all power into the RV.
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Old 11-15-2014, 12:22 PM   #5
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Just to reinforce your decision on the Progressive Industries unit, we recently stayed at a campground overnight. When I got up in the morning, electric heat had kicked off, and radio station presets were gone. I unhooked and moved down the road to our next campground. Plugged the unit in and got an " E 10 " error code. Called Progressive and they confirmed the surge protection board had been blown. I shipped unit to them, they replaced the board, and shipped it back to me - 4 day turnaround. No cost to repair. Said there must have been a major power surge that night, and that unit saved my electronics ! I called the campground and of course they claimed no knowledge of a problem, then said if there was an issue, I should call the local electrical utility. Progressive gets my " thumbs up "
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Surge protection

I have a related question-- have you had problems with the weight of a surge protector hanging down? It would seem to me that using a 10' jumper between the ped, the surge box and RV cord would allow me to zip tie the surge protector to the bumper when set up?

I'm new what can you more experienced members share or think?
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I favor the built in unit so I can have the remote display, also harder to steal.
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I have a related question-- have you had problems with the weight of a surge protector hanging down? It would seem to me that using a 10' jumper between the ped, the surge box and RV cord would allow me to zip tie the surge protector to the bumper when set up?

I'm new what can you more experienced members share or think?
I have the 30 Amp version and love it. I am fortunate in that the 30 Amp RV cord is in the same bay as the water and sewer hookups. I plug the 30 Amp RV cord into the surge protector then connect a second 30 Amp cord from the surge protector to the campground's electric. I lock the surge protector in the storage bay and run the cord out of the sewer/fresh water hose exit. The surge protector is safe and stays dry.
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A simple install of Progressive protector.
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Not only with the 50C work on a 30 amp site,, Just use your dogbone,

One of it's functions (Spike suppression) works BETTER on a 30 amp site.
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No issues with the Surge Protector " hanging " off the pedestal, although I have seen a lot of the 50a receptacles on the ped. in need of attention. One concern I have is when the pedestals are short, so when you plug in the Surge Protector, it ends up laying flat on the ground, with 50A receptacle up to weather. I have been wrapping a plastic bag around it in thoses cases. Don't like the idea of rainwater running inside the unit.
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I hardwired mine. It also protects my coach from generator problems too. And the remote display in my coach is the best. I can switch loads from electric to propane and back again when needed. Such as, if i am only on a basic 20 amp I can monitor my usage and operate one AC. I can monitor both lines and share loads. I can operate 2 electric fans or heaters on the right circuits. It helps me troubleshoot breaker/inverter trips.

I also have a Trimetric battery monitor too. Don,t know how I got along without them.
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I have a related question-- have you had problems with the weight of a surge protector hanging down? It would seem to me that using a 10' jumper between the ped, the surge box and RV cord would allow me to zip tie the surge protector to the bumper when set up?

I'm new what can you more experienced members share or think?
Sometimes ... the pedestal 50a receptacle is usually pretty solid but the 30a is "iffy" because the 3 prongs don't provide much support. I use a web belt with buckle, looped over the top of utility box, to cinch the protector up/snug.

I use this instead of a dogbone. Worth every penny !!
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I don't like the weather on the box, so I put a plastic bag over the entire post and use a ratchet belt to keep it secure to the post. Don't like the idea of just the plug holding it up.
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