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Old 01-26-2015, 04:01 PM   #1
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Surge Protector DIY?

Based on advice from many posts here, I'm looking into a surge protector for my (being built) Forester MBS. I first thought a portable one by Progressive Industries SSP-30 is a good choice, but later was convinced that this model is not sufficient - it does not detect low voltage, it does not switch on/off automatically. It does provide protection against spikes by absorbing it but the capacitor (?) will need to be replaced after a few uses. The Progressive Industries rep suggested this hardwired model with remote display, EMS-HW30C, which is also recommended by many users here. The rep said it's really not difficult to install it by myself.

Long story short, has anyone installed this model or the similar one without the remote by yourself? Is there any challenge? Obviously I'm not an electrician and don't plan to challenge myself to be one.
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #2
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Hardest part is finding a place to put it. Mine was easy as my power cord comes into my large storage area so just wired it in there. Three wires in- three wires out. Remote is just like a phone cord so it's a snap.




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Old 01-26-2015, 04:21 PM   #3
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I mounted mine in the space behind my converter which is under the refrigerator in my TT. I removed the 10/2 WG Romex feed from the convertor and attached it to the input of the surge protector, then ran a new ~2 foot piece of 10/2 WG Romex from the surge protector output to the input of the convertor. Be sure to get the wires hooked up in the correct position. As Hondaman said the remote display is just like a plug in telephone cord, but depending on where you mount the surge protector it my be tough to find a suitable place for the remote. Full disclosure, I am an electrician!
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Old 01-26-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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Less then an hour install in my sabre 5th wheel.
I mounted mine behind the distribution center.
Installed 2 at the goshen rally
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:19 PM   #5
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So the main and all breakers off.
Flip only the main on and house breaker trips?
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:35 PM   #6
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That's really encouraging.
I suppose where the cord for shore power is stored is the best place for the surge protector if there is room. I suppose you just cut the cord at the root and connect the surge protector to the cut ends. I hope all the wires and connectors are color coded or clearly marked.
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Old 01-26-2015, 06:40 PM   #7
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wires are colored and the instructions that came with my Progressive Industries unit were very clear and easy to follow and great pictures
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Installed the 50 amp Version in our Wildcat. The hardest part was bending the 6 gage wire to go onto the terminals. Other than that it was a breeze. Remote was also easy, fish the wiring through the wall, mounted by our thermostat and plugged it into the unit.
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I went with the Surge Guard product, was going to do the hard wire but decided to go portable due to lack of space in the Solera 24S compartment. Don't know kind of space you have in yours but it's something to look into. They are good to have saved me a couple of times.
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The site team has moved this thread from the Solera sub-forum to the more appropriate Forester sub-forum.

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