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Old 03-05-2014, 08:24 AM   #11
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Get one from Progressive Industries, well worth the investment considering the cost to replace all your onboard electronics. Link: Progressive Industries

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:44 AM   #12
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On my old trailer I didn't bother, it didn't have a lot of electronics, now planning on a lot of extended time in my new trailer and it will have. Have often wondered about these but up till now hadn't bought one but after reading up on it I decided to get one. I've been to several campgrounds that had very old electric boxes and very long runs on the wire. Pay the extra money and get a good one. I went with portable so if I trade trailers I didn't have to start over here's a comparison chart that might help. RV Surge Protector Comparison

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:13 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the info. The comparison chart was very helpful. Do you have additional surge protectors on the tv's and computer?
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:16 AM   #14
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I need to get one as well for my 30A system.

Is the Progressive SSP30 adequate protection for around $90?

The EMS-PT30C looks great but $300 would mean I wait on getting other stuff I need for the camper.

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Old 03-05-2014, 09:18 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Bryan2503S View Post
I need to get one as well for my 30A system.

Is the Progressive SSP30 adequate protection for around $90?

The EMS-PT30C looks great but $300 would mean I wait on getting other stuff I need for the camper.
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Go to progressive industries web site and compare the hardwired to the portable and you'll see why there's many more benefits to having the hardwired.

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Old 03-05-2014, 11:57 AM   #16
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Surge protectors

Get a good reliable one. Then last thing you need is a burnout or a fire (God Forbid). I would call the company and talk to their tec people, they can probably answer any of your questions.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:07 PM   #17
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There are campers that have been camping all their lives and never had a problem with electrical surges, brownouts, lightening spikes, mis-wired pedestals etc and there are campers that have had several issues....usually in unfamiliar campgrounds. When we owned our old Jayco TT, I didn't have a lot invested in electronics or gadgetry. With 'The Beast', this fiver is more of a second home and I have far more invested in high end items that would cost mucho bucks to replace. I weighed the cost of a surge protector against the cost of replacing each built-in and portable electronic gizmo if we got zapped and the surge protector won out. Sure, I had to pass on a few nice convenience items in the trailer until later in the season, but the peace of mind knowing that I'm protecting my trailer is worth every penny spent. We camp at unfamiliar campgrounds a lot more often with this trailer as we're looking to see where our retirement state is going to be. Not knowing good hookups from bad, I wasn't willing to roll the dice at perhaps 10-15 new campgrounds every season. Sooner or later the law of averages catches up with you. The only downside of the PI surge protector I bought is the low voltage cutoff if you have a hot night and everyone is running their AC units. Hmmm...still trying to 'splain my way through that mess with Wifey when it happens, and it's bound to happen sooner or later. That speaks volumes for Frank's Auto transformers like Herk has. It seems like the best of both worlds but you have to be willing to spend the extra bucks. They ain't cheap. You also need an area large enough to house that unit. They are not necessarily compact in size. Good luck with whatever you do.
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Old 03-05-2014, 02:18 PM   #18
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I have the progressive it has a lifetime warranty you can get it on line from camping world it's $356 I got the one you plug in the box it's the only one to have !
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:24 PM   #19
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We opted for the hard wired Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C. I prefer the hard wired as there is less worry of theft, plus I like the remote display showing what all the voltage, amperage and frequency. I'd rank these almost the best money can buy. We're on our 3rd one I think, so this time I wired it where it was easier to remove later. Wife said get one, keep it, and install it in the next RV as buying a new one for every RV gets expensive. Guess there are a few lucky people out there who bought a good used RV with the EMS already installed.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:11 PM   #20
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I installed a Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C as well.

Last summer we were at a KOA in OR and the EMS probably saved our appliances. A low voltage condition at our site kept tripping the EMS.

They moved us to a different site and all was well... but I had a heck of time trying to explain to the KOA folks about the low voltage condition at our original site. They couldn't understand the low voltage condition... they kept insisting the problem was our rig drawing to many amps and thought we must be tripping a circuit breaker.

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