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Peteyboy 10-16-2019 04:14 PM

I bought a surge protector because of a power surge at home that fried my transfer switch. If you think nothing can happen at home you are mistaken.

AbdRahim 10-16-2019 05:47 PM

Those with portable surge protector
 
Yes, I never plug in anywhere without my portable EMS. It found an open ground at home once. It shut off power to the rig. Without it, the rig had a hot skin. Good thing I don't walk barefoot and the ground was not wet.

Also, we get lots of power outages and brown outs, etc here. I feel it is best to be protected. If we stay here permanently, I will look into a whole house surge protector.

twinboat 10-16-2019 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by AbdRahim (Post 4999631)
Yes, I never plug in anywhere without my portable EMS. It found an open ground at home once. It shut off power to the rig. Without it, the rig had a hot skin. Good thing I don't walk barefoot and the ground was not wet.

Also, we get lots of power outages and brown outs, etc here. I feel it is best to be protected. If we stay here permanently, I will look into a whole house surge protector.

Having a hot skin due to an open ground means you have a short from a current carrying wire to ground in the RV.

The ground is a safety wire and not meant to carry current unless something is wrong.

AbdRahim 10-16-2019 09:28 PM

It was in the wall of the house, on the same line as the RV was plugged into. I had to pull each outlet on the line out of the wall until I found it. Wire pulled out of the back of the plug, in the wall. Some day I need to wrap each wire around the screw in every outlet in the house. Others have also pull out on their own.

schad 10-17-2019 07:36 AM

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Originally Posted by GCSuper (Post 4998432)
Why don't you just put it in your electrical storage compartment ? That's how we do ours in storage.

Our cord is hardwired into our transfer switch, so the only place the EMS can go is outside the coach.

Although, since we only have 20A service there, I suppose we could just run a regular extension cord into the bay. Might be worth doing, although I would definitely want a heavier-duty extension cord than I currently have. My current ones all get burning hot just when I use them to run my little tire inflator.

Does the 50A Progressive EMS work properly on 15/20A service, or does it interpret the missing leg as a wiring fault? I would hope it works, but I've never tried.

brialin 10-17-2019 09:30 AM

Ours is hardwired but even if it wasn't I would still use it. We have had brown outs here and I would go and shut off the main breaker until the power company fixed things.

creativepart 10-17-2019 09:34 AM

Not at home, only at CGs for me.

bgholson 10-17-2019 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by bobmar (Post 4997248)
Ok, ok, ok.......Iím wrong. $300 and sitting in a box donít help anything. Iíll use it always from now on!!! 40 yrs, same home location, no surges or anything, but.....ya never know.

?????Just throwiní this out there...Got to our campsite tonight and plugged in our Progressive Ind 50A EMS. Monitored parameters all good but when I plugged in the MH there was no power in the coach and the EMS still said all was ok. Removed the EMS and hooked straight to the coach and had power. EMS worked great on last use. Go figure.



Same thing happened to me. Returned the unit as faulty and progressive replaced it

RI Expat 10-17-2019 04:40 PM

I use a portable protector that also cuts out for high and low voltage. Instead of going through the hassle of locking it to a pedestal, I cut the cord to the RV, put a male end on the shortened RV line, mounted the protector in the bay, put a female end on the former RV cable, mounted the remote display in the coach with the other control panels. Now, my protector is always connected, and can be easily replaced if it ever sacrifices itself for a big surge. And it is always secure in the locked bay. Less than $25 worth of plugs and electrical tape. Cheaper than a lock and chain and a lot less hassle and bulk.

bobmar 10-17-2019 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by bgholson (Post 5000384)
Same thing happened to me. Returned the unit as faulty and progressive replaced it



Well.......after ďfurtherĒ reading we found that it indeed has a time delay for self checking power supply circuits. Set a timer, sip a beer and, if unit says all is ok, watch/hear it click close and power up the coach in its allotted time frame. Pretty smart. Works great...at the CG and home.

mikena 10-20-2019 04:28 PM

I use the surge protector at home because a surge can still occur. Because itís less likely to happen doesnít mean it wonít happen.

762vram2043 10-20-2019 04:58 PM

We don't use surge protector at home. But of course not much is turned on, night light is only 120 Volt load routinely energized. Overhead lights are all 12V, are seldom on as we don't go into rig very often once we've unloaded if after a trip.

hencye 10-20-2019 04:58 PM

Always On
 
I'm an electrical engineer that chose to be involved in high end home automation, controls, etc for a living for almost 30 years. I've used surge protection on everything valuable to me for as long as I can remember. I have a surge protector directly wired to my home and a Surge Guard unit directly wired to my 5th wheel. They both are employed 100% of the time. I've seen some crazy stuff happen from out of nowhere. Nothing can stop direct hits of lighting, but these both do a good job at 99% of what hits. Don't forget though when it comes to lightning, that most of the time they come from cable, TV antennas, telephone, and internet wires, so protect them as well! I chose the Surge Guard that is kept locked up in my basement because I don't want it stolen! Works great!

Glensouth 10-20-2019 04:59 PM

I donít use mine at home. I know I have clean power there.


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