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Old 09-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #1
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50 Amp RV Pedestal Tester

I know I can make one of these but thinking of just buying the 50 amp power pal, if it is not to expensive, and wondered if anyone had this unit. How much was it and was it worth it? Are there other units like this available?

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:46 AM   #2
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IMHO, why not go with protection that monitors the coach at all times not just a check before you plug in.

EMS-HW50C

Seems like the kind of gadget that garage sales are made of.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #3
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For a few bucks more purchase a progressive IndustriesPortable Unit for 50amp RV's. EMS-PT50C Surge Protector with Voltage Protection Portable Unit for 50amp RV's. 1st User the unit tocheck the pedestal, then connect it to coach and protect your MH while parked. Safe travels... ed

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Old 09-15-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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I have both a home made tester and a permanent monitor in the coach. I always check the pedestal before plugging in the coach. It takes less than a minute, and saves me the time and trouble of connecting the coach and waiting for it to do its analysis of the connection.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:00 AM   #5
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$4.99 Volt Ohm meter from Harbor Freight does this job just fine, if you want to know before you plug in your surge protector. Then as Dennis stated spend your money on continuous protection.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:13 AM   #6
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$4.99 Volt Ohm meter from Harbor Freight does this job just fine, if you want to know before you plug in your surge protector. Then as Dennis stated spend your money on continuous protection.
Correct, I forgot the Voltmeter part. As Carl Malden used to say "Don't leave home without it".
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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IMHO, why not go with protection that monitors the coach at all times not just a check before you plug in.
X2

I went with a 50 amp hard wired unit so I'm comfortable that bad power can't make it in to my coach. With a hard wired unit I don't even have to know it's there nor to I have to be concerned with theft.

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[QUOTE=EDALLSAILS;1728714]For a few bucks more purchase a progressive IndustriesPortable Unit for 50amp RV's. EMS-PT50C Surge Protector with Voltage Protection Portable Unit for 50amp RV's. 1st User the unit tocheck the pedestal, then connect it to coach and protect your MH while parked. Safe travels... ed



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Tells you whats going on

I have had one for several years. Have solved many problems for other campers and campground owner/managers. Removes all gueswork. Glad I have one with me.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:29 AM   #10
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Here is what I use
Fluke 333 clamp meter
http://http://www.myflukestore.com/p1393/fluke_87-v.php
http://http://www.kleintools.com/cat...ms-clamp-meter
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I all ready have the following transfer switch: Surge Guard Automatic Transfer Switch with Surge Protection

This covers everything except low and high voltage.

I have meters to test but was looking for something simple to test power at the pedestal. If anyone has experience with this unit would be interested in knowing if it works as advertised.
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I now use a homemade tester before even pulling into the site. It saves me a lot of grief in backing up, getting the coach positioned exactly only to find out that the pedestal is BAD.

I put it together based on someone's initial idea.

50-amp Tester

My Progressive Industries EMS HW-50C takes over once I am fully situated and hooked to shore power. If I have intermittent problems after that I either leave or request a different site.

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I now use a homemade tester before even pulling into the site. It saves me a lot of grief in backing up, getting the coach positioned exactly only to find out that the pedestal is BAD.

I put it together based on someone's initial idea.

50-amp Tester

My Progressive Industries EMS HW-50C takes over once I am fully situated and hooked to shore power. If I have intermittent problems after that I either leave or request a different site.

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Is there a 50 amp tester along these lines available somewhere to purchase already assembled.
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #14
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Yes Tweety's sells one for $100.00.
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