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Old 03-22-2016, 01:31 PM   #31
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turned my "portable" to "permanent" thanks to turbs post. can remove and plug into pedestal if I want or bypassed if it goes bad
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:35 PM   #32
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They both work, more of a personal choice I would think.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:31 PM   #33
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I am going to hardwire mine. I am not really concerned with removing it for when I sell it down the road. Why would I want to downgrade it for the next person? It's like putting the old set of plug wires in a car before selling it. Make it better and pass it along.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:41 PM   #34
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I am going to hardwire mine. I am not really concerned with removing it for when I sell it down the road. Why would I want to downgrade it for the next person? It's like putting the old set of plug wires in a car before selling it. Make it better and pass it along.
I'd liken it more to pulling out an expensive stereo from a car and putting the stock one back in before you sell it. Which I admit I've done a few times.

One time it was because the car was totaled. I sure wasn't giving up my $200 stereo to the guys at the junkyard.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:52 PM   #35
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Well I cut a hole in my wall to mount the display, so if I sell its staying.
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:21 PM   #36
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Surge suppressor

As a retired Leo I use my bicycle chain hand cuffs to secure the surge suppressor. Seems to work so far.....
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:30 PM   #37
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I have portable 50amp PI surge suppressor, if something was to happen at the pedestal then my 50amp cable is protected. If it is hard wired then the cable will be ruined, 50amp cables aren't cheap


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I do not feel either "are better from the other?" but you do have two issues with a portable 1) storage of the item, 2) theft of item

I own a portable unit love it but if i could of it ahead of time i would have it hard wired only because of things listed above.
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Old 03-22-2016, 05:24 PM   #38
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It's a lot easier to plug into a generator dry camping. Some generators voltage drop when the AC turns on will drop below the PI low voltage (temporary outage depending on the size of the generator). Otherwise it's good to have a by-pass switch when using the generator, something else to remember to reset.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:01 PM   #39
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I do not feel either "are better from the other?" but you do have two issues with a portable 1) storage of the item, 2) theft of item



I own a portable unit love it but if i could of it ahead of time i would have it hard wired only because of things listed above.

No problem with storage of unit and as far as theft of item someone could steal your 50amp cable. I don't worry about theft of item. I just think the portable one is better, if something should happen at the pedestal then all that will happen is I might lose the PI unit but if hard wired I could lose the cable and the unit inside. Plus when I trade this camper the portable one goes with me. But it's your choice. I just wanted to see more opinions, the PI unit is great, it has save me twice


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You should not have to worry about your chord with an installed unit unless the chord is the problem. When the unit shuts off it will protect the whole circuit. No power moving on the chord, no damage.
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