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Old 05-26-2018, 08:13 AM   #1
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Don't forget your EMS, I did

I bought a Progressive EMS on the classifieds here before we ever took our trailer out. Got a great deal here. On our second trip in our new 2104S I apparently pulled the extension cord out and rolled it up but never pulled the EMS which was nicely hidden by the hook up box cover. Didn't notice my mistake until the 3rd trip. So I guess the camp host or next camper got a real nice EMS. Dumb mistake! One more thing to check off when breaking camp.
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Old 05-26-2018, 08:36 AM   #2
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I bought a Progressive EMS on the classifieds here before we ever took our trailer out. Got a great deal here. On our second trip in our new 2104S I apparently pulled the extension cord out and rolled it up but never pulled the EMS which was nicely hidden by the hook up box cover. Didn't notice my mistake until the 3rd trip. So I guess the camp host or next camper got a real nice EMS. Dumb mistake! One more thing to check off when breaking camp.
Yikes... that really sucks 'Okmechanic'... sorry to hear.

I was always afraid of doing that or having it stolen while out enjoying the sights for the day.

So I made it more difficult to forget by locking my surge protection to my power cord via a short length of chain and two pad locks.
Just one more step to take breaking camp.
If we leave for any overnighters I will also lock the power cord to the rv bumper via the same method.

Paranoid ?...maybe...but at least it's a precaution that will stop or slow down a thief.

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I’d still call the campground and see if anyone turned it in. I know I would have.

Sorry to hear. There are pros and cons to portable vs hardwired, but this is the biggest reason why I opt for hard-wired.
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Make it a habit to unplug the EMS from shore power prior to unplugging the cable. I lock mine as Islander does as well.
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I left mine at DeSoto State Park last month. I realized I had forgotten to remove it from the pedestal when we were 3 hours down the road. I called the Park Ranger and gave him the combination for the lock on the EMS. He went and retrieved it just as the next camper was arriving.

The ranger then packaged and shipped to my home address. The campground used the credit card info from my reservation to pay for the shipping. The EMS was sent back to me and I was a happy camper.

Next is to work on a solution to not forget the EMS.
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Old 05-26-2018, 09:07 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear. There are pros and cons to portable vs hardwired, but this is the biggest reason why I opt for hard-wired.
Same here.
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Iíd still call the campground and see if anyone turned it in. I know I would have.

Sorry to hear. There are pros and cons to portable vs hardwired, but this is the biggest reason why I opt for hard-wired.
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Same here.
X3. Though the last step of my departure routine is designed for this issue. AFTER I have pulled the trailer out into the road, I get out and take 1 last walk around the campsite with special attention to the water and power pedestal. Last thing I "rescued" was my 4 way water splitter.
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I left mine at DeSoto State Park last month. I realized I had forgotten to remove it from the pedestal when we were 3 hours down the road. I called the Park Ranger and gave him the combination for the lock on the EMS. He went and retrieved it just as the next camper was arriving.

The ranger then packaged and shipped to my home address. The campground used the credit card info from my reservation to pay for the shipping. The EMS was sent back to me and I was a happy camper.

Next is to work on a solution to not forget the EMS.
Wow that was nice. I left mine a month ago so it is probably long gone. I did call the campground and they said they would check for me but I don't expect to hear anything. I guess I will start the search for another EMS, maybe the hard wired. Any disadvantages to a hard wired unit?
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:35 PM   #9
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Silly question... been trailer camping for 50 years now.. what is a EMS ?
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Electrical management system.... an upgraded surge protector basically
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We have a handle on our power cord, so we lock the power cord to the EMS and lock both to the post.
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