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Old 04-06-2016, 12:45 PM   #11
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Good timing finding this thread. I am in need of a good 30amp protector. Where do you wire in the permanent mount ones? Or is a portable the way to go since I have a removable cord? It has the twist lock and locking ring on it. Any pics? Thanks

Looking at this one.... http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-In...urge+protector

I mounted ours behind the electrical panel (circuit breaker/fuse), for the display I ran the wire thru the pantry and mounted the display next to the pantry door. I prefer hard wire because you don't have go outside to read the display. That and theft protection.


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Old 04-10-2016, 08:44 PM   #12
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Entry level or advanced?

Was just reading in Trailer Life about the importance of surge protectors. The article describes several, including Progressive, in the low $100 range, like the one linked in the prior post. These are called "entry level" protection. Then there is a category of protectors that seem to run in the $300-400s that claim more advanced protection. Any recommendations on which category to choose?

Also, any tips on where to locate the box to install a hardwired protector?

[I have a 2015 Wildcat 312QBX fifth wheel.]

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Old 04-10-2016, 08:54 PM   #13
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skip the cheaper models. They offer surge protection only, and that's the least of your worries. You need total protection. Since you are always plugging into different outlets, you never know what you will encounter. Mount anywhere you have access to the wire between where power enters 5th wheel and the breaker box.
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Old 04-11-2016, 11:26 AM   #14
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Was just reading in Trailer Life about the importance of surge protectors. The article describes several, including Progressive, in the low $100 range, like the one linked in the prior post. These are called "entry level" protection. Then there is a category of protectors that seem to run in the $300-400s that claim more advanced protection.
No 'category' exists. Many completely different anomalies exist. Which ones concern you? Discussion must be in terms of each anomaly - not in a subjective category.

No protector protects from all anomalies. Which ones concern you? Otherwise no informed answer is possible.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:02 PM   #15
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I have a quick question about Surge Protectors. Can you use a 30 amp on a 50 amp trailer? I got the 30 amp as a gift and my husband just bought me a 360ibl which is 50 amp. Thanks for your responses in advance.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:17 PM   #16
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I have a quick question about Surge Protectors. Can you use a 30 amp on a 50 amp trailer? I got the 30 amp as a gift and my husband just bought me a 360ibl which is 50 amp. Thanks for your responses in advance.
Really think that a 30 amp surge protector will only protect 3 legs of the incoming power and a 50 amp will protect all 4 legs of the incoming power. Think you might just have to bite the bullet and get a 50 amp surge protector unless you do not ever plan on hooking up to 50 amp service.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:26 PM   #17
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I don't know if I would feel comfortable with the portable protector on a removable power cord. Too easy to disconnect everything and walk off with it.
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Old 05-13-2016, 12:42 PM   #18
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I don't know if I would feel comfortable with the portable protector on a removable power cord. Too easy to disconnect everything and walk off with it.
Couldn't agree more, and that's why my Progressive is chained and padlocked to the power pedestal, wherever we camp. There is a chain 'eye' on the short lead between the plug and the main unit body, and between that and the chain snugging the lead to the pedestal, no on will walk away with it unless they use great effort.

Love mine, and simple to use.
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Old 05-14-2016, 05:17 PM   #19
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Progressive portable 50amp. Locked and chained to every pedestal. Plug it in; 2 minute feed in delay at the pedestal; all clear; allows power to your unit. Bought mine on line thru TechnoRv.com Available is a LONG wire cable lock that allows you to secure that protector.
Great small tech component company that was taken over by a couple about a year ago. They have GOOD INFO ARTICLES on their site. Travel to many rallies. JUST stepped up to a Huge Berkshire from a FR fifth wheel. They know their stuff.
I bought PROGRESSIVE for 2 reasons: reliable AND original buyer LIFETIME WARRANTY.
I tried to buy a HARD WIRED PROGRESSIVE at the 2014 FR Rally.
No one could install it so I went portable.
I had an open neutral at a highly rated resort. BAM. Water heater electric feed; BAM; microwave deceased; BAM; inverter died.
Any questions why I was convinced I needed protection?! No.
Pedestals are independent issues regardless of rv park. STUFF HAPPENS!!
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You can use a 50 on a 30 but not the other way.


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