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Old 12-05-2015, 12:50 PM   #1
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Surge Protector, hardwired or portable?

I own a 2015 Rockwood 2618 Ulta V and I'm try to decide whether to get a portable or hardwired surge protector (Progressive EMS).
I think I prefer the hardwired because it really can't be stolen but I don't see where to install it. There is no access where the electric line comes into the camper. Can anyone give specific advice on installation location?
The second option is a portable unit. I'm a little concerned that it would be stolen. Is this an unfounded concern? Is there is good way to secure them?
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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I own a 2015 Rockwood 2618 Ulta V and I'm try to decide whether to get a portable or hardwired surge protector (Progressive EMS).
I think I prefer the hardwired because it really can't be stolen but I don't see where to install it. There is no access where the electric line comes into the camper. Can anyone give specific advice on installation location?
The second option is a portable unit. I'm a little concerned that it would be stolen. Is this an unfounded concern? Is there is good way to secure them?
Thank you.
I can't answer your first question but the second I can. I have the portable plug in and I don't worry about it being stolen at all. I really haven't heard of any being stolen either. There is always a slime bag around somewhere, but I'm surely not going to worry about them. They do have locking devices for them but it is a waste of money to me. If I think I'm in a iffey type park I'll wrap a chain around it just to make it look secured but really it's not....
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:35 PM   #3
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I leave my portable EMS connected all season long every season and I have never had a problem.

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Old 12-05-2015, 01:44 PM   #4
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I installed my hardwired PI EMS by disconnecting the cable at the back of the consumer unit on the input side. I fed those wires into the input of the PI and then ran a short length of #6 cable from the output of the PI to the input side of the consumer unit. I am no electrician but this took me only about an hour. The most difficult part was feeding the wires from the two lengths of cable into the PI unit. That thickness of cabe and wire isn't the most malleable I have ever found. I had the PI EMS with the remote panel for viewing the condition of the power coming in to the RV so I then just attached the data cable and found a suitable location to mount the remote section.
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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I too have a portable surge protector and have used the same one on two different 5er's for the last 6 years. If the unit was hardwired in than I would have had to buy a new one when we got our new Cedar Creek unit.


I also have a plastic locking cover that locks both the electrical cord and the surge protector together; which I use. I know this will not stop a thief, but it does help to prevent the unit from just walking away. If some one really wanted the surge protector they would probably take the electrical cord to. A 50 AMP power cords cost more than $130 on Amazon and a RV dealer this would be over $200.


Something else to worry about.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:36 PM   #6
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I agree with everything in the thread. I use a portable and secure it with bicycle lock. There is a metal tab on the portable unit to use as a lock. I believe if someone really wanted it they could take it. To be honest if you let that type of stuff get to you I think it will ruin the experience.
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:54 PM   #7
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I went with the portable version. We have a tt now, but I have ambitions of a 5er. DW may want a different tt in the future. Never worry about it getting stolen.

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Having it hardwired wasn't really an option for me so I went with the portable unit. I do lock the stand cover but if it's not possible I try not to worry about it. In the event it does get stolen then I will consider investing in having the replacement hardware.
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Old 12-05-2015, 06:00 PM   #9
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I have the portable version. All I did was make a cable that I could loop around something permanent like you would a bicycle. It won't stop someone who is determined to steal it or my power cable but is enough to keep an honest person honest and keep mischievous kids out of trouble.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:49 PM   #10
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I got a Progressive Industries EMS PT 30. Bike lock cable through the tab then in lots of cases you can run it between the conduit and the power post. Other option is that most power boxes has a hasp on them for a lockout. Just get a padlock.
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