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Old 06-20-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Progressive Industries EMS - hardwired or inline?

I need 50 amp electrical protection and am leaning to the inline connection that I would install inside my electrical bay after the electrical power reel.
I have an 30 amp Progressive Industries that I did the same with my class C. I like being able to get around it (unplug and remove) if it ever needs replacing and the ability to take it around to different posts if needed instead of driving to a different site to check the electrical site. Since the hardwired seems to be the most popular am I missing something that I haven't thought of?
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You should have plenty of room in you electrical compartment. Unfortunately I did not have that luxury and had to go with the 50 amp in line (and lock).
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There are advantages to both, The plug-in (In line) ones can be quickly moved from vehicle to vheicle and shoudl they fail they are easily bypassed.. The inlines are harder to steal or forget to hook up.

I vote for an installed, but I really like the Hughes Autoformer Install kit method.. To do with you will need

One male and one female pigtail if using a "hard wired" model. skip this if using an in-line and mounting it inside.

ONe male and one female outlet

Some power cord.

What you do is put a outlet and plug inside your rig, Normal you plug the protector into the outlet and the plug into the protector, so it's in-line But if you sell the rig, or need for any reason to remove the unit, you can plug the plug into the outlet effectively bypassing the unit.
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I have the Progressive Industries hard wired EMS. Not difficult to install. I like that if the surge protector would get blown out that module can be replaced and not the entire system. Of course I would assume a lightning strike could problably blow out the entire compartment. Hopefully I will never find out.

They are alo a good company to deal with. This is my second EMS from them. I had the 30A version on my last coach.
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I now have a 50 amp plug-in Progressive Industries EMS (Class A Vectra) and have the 30 amp (Class C Outlook) on Ebay. They work great.
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You can also install the Surge Guard #40250 auto transfer switch, which includes power line monitoring and surge protection integrated into the ATS. It also has an optional remote you can install wherever you like inside or out. You should be able to recoup a chunk of the cost by selling your old transfer switch on ebay or wherever.
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Portable Surge Protector

I just bought a 2007 Damon Tuscany. My plan is to buy a 50 Amp Portable Surge Protector/ Polarity Tester along with a 4 foot male pigtail plug. I will then remove the service cord from control box in the electrical compartment and mount a 50 amp female wall plug near the control box and connect the service cord to it. I will then connect the male pigtail plug to the control box.
The portable Surge Protector can then be plugged into the female wall plug and the cord from the control box will be plugged into the Surge Protector. The electrical compartment can then be locked to protect the Surge Protector from theft.
Does this sound sensible?? Any caveats?
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I just bought a 2007 Damon Tuscany. My plan is to buy a 50 Amp Portable Surge Protector/ Polarity Tester along with a 4 foot male pigtail plug. I will then remove the service cord from control box in the electrical compartment and mount a 50 amp female wall plug near the control box and connect the service cord to it. I will then connect the male pigtail plug to the control box.
The portable Surge Protector can then be plugged into the female wall plug and the cord from the control box will be plugged into the Surge Protector. The electrical compartment can then be locked to protect the Surge Protector from theft.
Does this sound sensible?? Any caveats?
I did about the same with my 30 amp. Class C. I cut the cord and added the plugs in the cord. I then could leave the EMS-PT30C connected behind the locked door. I could take it out to check an electrical post without having to move the motorhome. I now have a Class A and will cut into that big cable and do the same for the Progressive Industries EMS-PT50C that I now have. I like the replacement plugs with the handles on them.
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This link has a portable Progressive setup that can be removed for anyother coach.
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