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Old 09-18-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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How Do You Protect Your Portable EMS From The Rain?

I have done a search of the forums, so I apologize if this has been covered before, but I haven't been able to find any tips so far. That is probably due to my use of poor search terms.

I just bought a used PI EMS-PT50C last weekend and there are predictions of thunderstorms for when and where we are camping next week. We have a 30A site, so I'll be using a 30A to 50A adapter from the pedestal to the EMS. I've put up a lot of Christmas lights and had to constantly fight water intrusion, so I know that "water finds a way" is a truism. (I've even seen it wick up a cord and into the bottom of a connector before.)

If anyone has any tips on how they keep their portable EMS protected from water intrusion during the rain, I would appreciate it.

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Old 09-18-2016, 09:41 AM   #2
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I dont know about Progressive, but my SurgeGuard is made to be out in the rain. I dont see why the Progressive wouldn't also be this way.

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I dont know about Progressive, but my SurgeGuard is made to be out in the rain. I dont see why the Progressive wouldn't also be this way.

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My 34730 has done well in the rain as well, Rapid City SD was a real test.

I would hope the PI does as well, if not then there is that life time warranty to fall back on.
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Vertical should be okay but I left mine face up on the bumper during a heavy rain. Water entered around the display and killed the unit. PI replaced the unit under the lifetime warranty. I will cover it with a bucket or garbage bag if rain threatens in the future.
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Ah, so, we've found the Progressive Industries EMS Achilles Heel.

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PI states that the unit is water resistant, not water proof. I do not want to temp fate and have problems in the middle of a trip. Warranty won't help in the middle of the night!
On several occasions I have placed a black contractor sized trash bag over the pedestal and electric box to protect mine.
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I just leave my PI out, it's okay as long as it doesn't sit in water. If I was worried I would put a trash bag over it


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As long as they are vertical they should be fine, if in doubt put a garbage bag over the power pole and the EMS. Mine has seen some very heavy rain and hasn't had an issue yet.

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My 34730 has done well in the rain as well, Rapid City SD was a real test.

I would hope the PI does as well, if not then there is that life time warranty to fall back on.
I got a very good deal on the unit, but I knew going in that the Lifetime Warranty is only available to the original purchaser. I even emailed PI to see if there was a way to pay for the Lifetime coverage as the second owner and they replied back that they currently don't have a program to do that.

I like the suggestion of placing a heavy duty garbage bag over the pedestal. I'll probably do that and lash it down with a bungee cord.

Thanks to everyone for all the feedback and suggestions. This forum has been invaluable to me as a first time TT owner.

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