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Old 01-09-2014, 05:17 PM   #15
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Count me in this portable group preference. Besides I keep mine hooked to the power cord and lay it on the Aqua Hot when moving, no more trouble than just the cord.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:20 PM   #16
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I like my portable...I can see what the power looks like before it touches my coach.
My Progressive EMS checks the power and only allows it to connect to the RV if it meets minimum requirements. Don't know why your set up of manually connecting EMS then shore cord to that is any different.
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My Progressive EMS checks the power and only allows it to connect to the RV if it meets minimum requirements. Don't know why your set up of manually connecting EMS then shore cord to that is any different.

I check power before I even back into the site ... doesn't take long, I'm already walking around looking for screws/nails/glass/etc.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:25 PM   #18
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Portable for me for the already stated reasons plus...I can use it to check power or draw from any receptacle anytime.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:23 PM   #19
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My Progressive EMS checks the power and only allows it to connect to the RV if it meets minimum requirements. Don't know why your set up of manually connecting EMS then shore cord to that is any different.
Call it a crazy peace of mind...probably not rational, but that's just the kinda guy I am.

That and I didn't trust the dealer I bought from to do anything other than sell, let alone mess with the electrical system on my coach.
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have had the portable unit for over 5 years on two different motorhomes...next week I "upgrade' to the hardwired unit.....just to lazy and tired to keep "manhandling" the portable unit....easy peezy to just plug and go with the hardwired unit.
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I wired my Progressive EMS HW30C between the power cord and the transfer switch because I want to protect the switch and I am not so concerned about protecting the RV from the Gen. I understand some people wire units after the transfer switch. I guess it is personal preference, but I prefer to protect the ATS. .Just wondering where most people put the hard wired protection device in the circuit. When a portable configuration is used, of course you protect the ATS and don't worry about the gen. Makes sense to me. Having a bad ATS can ruin your day so why not give it that additional protection.?

Just my 2cents worth anyway.

I only have a monitor inside right now but it would be neat to have that output fed through an ethernet or wireless connection so it could be viewed on a smart phone from anywhere. One could have the phone right at the pedistal, or anywhere for that matter if you could access it via the internet, or at least on your local RV LAN or bluetooth. Seems like one would have the best of both worlds by having this feature. Perhaps this capability exists today for the Progressive EMS systems ???

I carry a self engineered tester to put on the pedistal before I plug in so it is a bit like having a belt and braces. I like to know the voltage and polarity before I connect and of course the hard wired EMS will give the data after I plug in and that is ok because all is protected, but old habits die hard.
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I choose the portable because I couldn't fit the hard wired unit properly where it needed to be. It did install the portable in a bay and never need to handle it or leave it outside. I can see it as soon as I plug in and monitor the power coming to it.


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