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Old 08-31-2014, 08:53 PM   #21
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I agree - we bought the portable one and I wish I had gotten the hardwired one now.

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Some of the guys on the forum said it is really no big deal to install - it goes between your mains and mounts inside your rig.

If you do not feel comfortable doing this, I bet your local RV dealer would do it for you - probably less than a 2 hour job - the hardest part is cutting out your wall to mount the remote panel.
Actually I don't really care that much about being able to monitor it. The easiest place to get to and install it would be through the basement panel and I could just mount the monitor on the basement Panel I could check it when I first hookup at the CG and after that it won't really matter, I'll know if there's a problem
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:16 PM   #22
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Scary thing is Glenn...I am toying with the idea of emailing them and asking how *hard* it would be to convert my portable unit to a hard wired one
Why email them? Just get a set of plugs, cut the line inside the trailer between the main and the panel and insert plugs. Then, plug 'er in, just like you would if it was outside. Don't have to convert the unit at all.

The only thing you wouldn't have the the HW'd ones do is the remote panel.....

Dang, there I go again. See what you made me do? I'm now itching to do a mod.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:27 PM   #23
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Kaadk, I ordered my EMS-HW30C from here and had it shipped to Canada no problems. They have good after sales support, too.

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Oh, I found plenty of places that would ship, and after brokerage fees, etc get added on it would have been double. It's not the fact of shipping that's an issue, it's the added costs that seem to come with it.

For instance, take this example from my attempt to order a part from Camp Chef. I wanted to buy a $40 hose. Shipped in the US, it was $40. (Free shipping). Shipped to Canada it was $147.00. $40 part, $12 shipping to reshipping company, $57 brokerage fees, $21 shipping fees from the reshipping company, and then the whole thing was taxed HST, bringing it to $146.90.

Another example, I bought one of the roller shades at the rally. $66.00 shade. When it arrived at my house, there as an additional $43 in brokerage fees and taxes due that I had to pay UPS to get my $66 shade.

That's why I never ordered the unit to be shipped. I was scared to end up paying more for the unit in shipping than I paid for my Surge Guard.
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I know what you mean. That's absolutely true in most cases, especially if the package is shipped via UPS. I don't order from CW for that reason, and Amazon is usually the same but not always. I ordered 30A plugs from Amazon and after shipping they were still cheaper than going down the road to Home Depot. I guess it depends on the product.

If you can find places to ship by USPS it can be less expensive. You're probably aware that if you live close to the border or you cross regularly, there are places that can receive and store your parcels for a very small fee. Unfortunately that's not a cost-effective option for me.


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Old 09-01-2014, 06:47 PM   #25
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The best thing about the portable unit is....that it's portable. If you have a question about the pedestal you are about to set up on, you can walk over to another site and test that pedestal without moving your rig.

There was a thread awhile back that talked about surge protectors exploding(could have used another term) of sorts. I'd rather, if mine was going to do that, do it outdoors.

The internal hardwired ones are basically theft proof. I lock my portable one to the pedestal with a bicycle cable. No guarantee this will stop a thief but it will make him work for it.
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Old 09-01-2014, 06:54 PM   #26
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I bought the portable Progressive 50 Amp. I am not good at doing this stuff. Even though I would have liked the hardwired the portable has been very easy to use. A positive things about the hardwired is the theft and weather issues. The up side of the portable is able to take it to any post in the park and check power before pulling in.
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I know what you mean. That's absolutely true in most cases, especially if the package is shipped via UPS. I don't order from CW for that reason, and Amazon is usually the same but not always. I ordered 30A plugs from Amazon and after shipping they were still cheaper than going down the road to Home Depot. I guess it depends on the product.

If you can find places to ship by USPS it can be less expensive. You're probably aware that if you live close to the border or you cross regularly, there are places that can receive and store your parcels for a very small fee. Unfortunately that's not a cost-effective option for me.


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Yeah, I ended up using one of those receiving places for the Camp Chef order. Unfortunately, I had already bought the Surge Guard by the time I came across those. Not about to buy another when this one still works. If we ever upgrade the trailer to one that's 50A I'll be going that route. But then again, I'm in a border town. (~20 minutes to the Ambassador Bridge).
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:18 AM   #28
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Was talking to a friend yesterday about doing the hardwired version. He proceeded to show me his portable one, it was melted due to a bad pedestal he said if had a hardwired one it would have fried everything up to the protector. After seeing that I think I will go with a portable.
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Was talking to a friend yesterday about doing the hardwired version. He proceeded to show me his portable one, it was melted due to a bad pedestal he said if had a hardwired one it would have fried everything up to the protector. After seeing that I think I will go with a portable.
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Oh, I found plenty of places that would ship, and after brokerage fees, etc get added on it would have been double. It's not the fact of shipping that's an issue, it's the added costs that seem to come with it.

For instance, take this example from my attempt to order a part from Camp Chef. I wanted to buy a $40 hose. Shipped in the US, it was $40. (Free shipping). Shipped to Canada it was $147.00. $40 part, $12 shipping to reshipping company, $57 brokerage fees, $21 shipping fees from the reshipping company, and then the whole thing was taxed HST, bringing it to $146.90.

Another example, I bought one of the roller shades at the rally. $66.00 shade. When it arrived at my house, there as an additional $43 in brokerage fees and taxes due that I had to pay UPS to get my $66 shade.

That's why I never ordered the unit to be shipped. I was scared to end up paying more for the unit in shipping than I paid for my Surge Guard.
That's insane, what would happen If like I bought it and sent it to you in Canada as a present? Besides the normal shipping charge to you? By the way do they have anything like the USPO or UPS? I really do not know, but sure would be glad to do it for you......
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