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Old 03-07-2014, 09:43 AM   #31
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The portable is portable that's it. I have had mine for a while. I've used it with 2 5th wheels and a class a, now I have it for my sc 226rbds. If it's hard wired and you sell or trade in the unit no one wants to pay you extra for it. Ours can be used on 20, 30, or 50 amp services so all our bases are covered. I chain the surge protector to the power cord and then chain that to the power center. So far never had a problem.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:08 AM   #32
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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?
Yes. I have a Progressive Industries portable unit w/additional protectors on the inside.

Here's a link to a previous post on the subject with more information.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:13 AM   #33
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What does a hardwire do that the progressive plug in do not show on the display outside. Besides not having a remote screen on the inside of trailer? showing the samething...
Lol you dont have to go outside to look at the portable!

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Old 03-07-2014, 10:20 AM   #34
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Look at what. If the powers fine there is nothing to do. If there is a problem you'll know.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:30 AM   #35
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We have a SSP-50 sp Keep it chained and padlocked to t

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Old 03-07-2014, 10:33 AM   #36
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We have a 50 amp Surge Guard. No readout just led lights. Kicked in a few times over the years.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:50 AM   #37
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Look at what. If the powers fine there is nothing to do. If there is a problem you'll know.
I like having the readout inside so that my wife knows EXACTLY how many amps she is drawing. Beats the heck out of going outside in the cold and dark to flip the breaker like I had to do a few times before we got the surge protector. Also, installing the surge protector is pretty easy and straight forward- strip 6 or 8 wires(30 or 50A) and clamp them down. I would rather do that once and be done with it as opposed to having to deal with another thing to haul and hookup and secure. I removed mine when I sold it- took 10 minutes or so. Just my opinion, of course.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:54 AM   #38
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Surge protectors

That is a great idea. Many owners can install them by themselves. Many cannot. They can have the dealer install it. Many dealers can't even install a roof vent without ruining the roof. Don't know if i'd trust them with electric.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:44 PM   #39
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We just bought the Progressive Industries portable EMS unit from Amazon last week after a bit of research and reading the great advice from the fellow Forum members. Haven't had a chance to use it yet. Decided to fork out for the EMS rather than just the less expensive surge protector partly because of the low voltage situations that can arise, reverse polarity, etc.

When we were camping last year (before we got our 36CKTS), a lightning strike hit in the campground we were in - I was pumping up something outside and it just came from out of nowhere and hit. I found out later that it had taken out a couple's rig and it was their very first time taking it out - had just bought it earlier that week.

It's definitely a cheap bit of insurance given the amount we pay for these rigs!
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Smart, all it takes is one time and you would have a repair bill a lot bigger then the cost of it. they will save your electronics.......
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