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Old 04-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #1
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Installing hard-wired Progressive Elec surge protector

http://www.makariosrv.com/progressiv...40v-ems-hw50c/

My 50a surge protector should be arriving tomorrow via FedEx and I have a question regarding the installation from those of you that have been down this road before. I see where the main romex leads to the rear of the breaker panel.
It looks like there's a plastic locking collar connecting it to the panel. I want to disconnect that cable and run another 3ft section to the surge protector to give me plenty of slack. How do you remove the existing power cable from the back of the WFCO breaker panel? Do you unscrew and pull the panel out into the coach and disconnect it there, or fight with it from inside the service compartment area in the basement? Pics would help, but as always thanks big time in advance.
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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Yes it has a locking collar but not sure how to disconnect it or release it .
Didn't really look that close.
I don't imagine it would be to hard.
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Old 04-21-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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I didn't pull out the main wire - but to change out the charger/converter I took out the 4 screws holding in the WFCO panel and it was pretty easy to bring into the rig to work on the back... I would bring it inside to take out that wire instead of trying to pull it out the back. .


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Old 04-21-2013, 03:42 PM   #4
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I brought mine into the RV to work on it. It also makes it easier to connect & secure the jumper cable between the panel and the EMS HW50C.

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Old 04-21-2013, 04:48 PM   #5
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George, Thanks for the pics. I have a cavern of room to work in compared to you. Man that musta been tight quarters. I see you swapped out your WFCO converter at the same time. Mine is making a loud humming sound on cold start-up so while I'm in there, it's gonna be changed to a PD 9200 w\charge wizard. I mean why not? You're already elbow deep. I see you mounted the remote display right next to the distribution panel. It looks good there. What's the white box to the right of the PI remote?
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Old 04-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #6
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rattleNsmoke,

Yes, I did swap out the WFCO at the same time with a PD-9260. That was a bear to get to, and the procedure (Post #2 & #3) is in the same thread that I linked above. I set the Charge Wizard Pendant inside the Power Panel door, and I can see the green LED that displays the status of the PD, yet the Pendant itself is fairly invisible.

The White box to the right of the Power Panel is the Bogart Engineering TM-2025RV Battery indicator/monitor. That installation is covered in Post #5 (same link).

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Gotcha....I spent at least 15 mins vaccuuming out the 'work area' this aft. Tons of sawdust and wood shavings etc from the initial factory build. You'd think the slobs would spend a few minutes before buttoning it up to clean up after themselves. I was shaking my head in disbelief at the spaghetti loom of wiring inside the compartment too. Thank God my truck wasn't slapped together like that. Your threads are explicit and clear. This should be a relatively easy mod.
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