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Old 11-10-2016, 07:10 AM   #1
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Power Protection Considerations

Many of you have a favorite protection device, Progressive Industries or Hughes Autoformer. Which one seems to be the longer lasting & less maintenance solution?

I have a Progressive Industries 50 amp surge protector now that I plug unto the end of the cord for our current motorhome. But, since I have a slight habit of forgetting it when leaving, I was thinking when we get the Newmar I'd have something hardwired in to do the job. I was thinking that anything we use I'd want it set up where I could bypass it effortlessly if the unit failed.

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Old 11-10-2016, 07:27 AM   #2
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We have the Progressive plug-in now. Works fine and their customer service is EXCELLENT. We use a chain and padlock, through the metal tab, around the CG pedestal. You won't forget it.
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:26 AM   #3
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We have a builtin progressive. Had it installed at the factory during FPU. Has worked good for us.

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Old 11-10-2016, 08:40 AM   #4
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Many of you have a favorite protection device, Progressive Industries or Hughes Autoformer. Which one seems to be the longer lasting & less maintenance solution?
We use both as they are not mutually exclusive. Ours is wired so that the Autoformer comes first feeding the voltage to the Progressive. If there is an under voltage situation the Progressive will shut off. But the Autoformer will boost the voltage by 10% thereby in most situations negate the need for the Progressive to shutdown. Each of the products have their own 50A plug and receptacle. We can remove any from the circuit easily and continue on.
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Old 11-10-2016, 08:57 AM   #5
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We have PI 50Amp hardwired unit that wast he first mod I did to the RV. You folks that a sometimes oops in leaving a plugin unit behind. A simple solution is to wrap multiple layers of electrical tape back and forth over the connection between the power cord and the pig tail. This would also at least somewhat deter a walking by disappearance of the device.
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Many of you have a favorite protection device, Progressive Industries or Hughes Autoformer. Which one seems to be the longer lasting & less maintenance solution?
That is apples to oranges. They are a different application. For 2 different problems that can or may happen.

One of both is what I use. Junked a Hugh's away and got a PowerMaster that are no longer made. :(
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