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Old 07-08-2016, 09:35 AM   #1
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Has anyone added AC power surge protection to class-c Sprinter?

Wife and I are about to begin new ventures as we ready to purchase a class-c Sprinter, lease our home, and drive into a year of travel as we search for a new homestead. While we feel confident about our class-c MB Sprinter decision, we have not yet decided which make. We are persuaded toward a 2016/17 single slide unit with the diner, closet, and queen bed on the port side. However, I wish to add a few things to the motorhome which I believe will greatly enhance our boondocking comfort. While most of the things I wish to add are quiet simple, three items concern me because of available space or necessary coach modification, these are: 1) 300 watts roof-mount photo-voltaic, 2) whole-house reverse osmosis for freshwater, and 3) shore AC power surge protection.

Has anyone installed shore AC power surge protection to their class-c Sprinter? If so, how did you accomplish this? Any suggestions about how to best proceed?
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:37 PM   #2
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I think it depends which model
On the "s" model it's very easy. We put it in the compartment that houses the power cord. Not sure about the "w" or "r", but I'm sure someone will chime in
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I just finished an install of a 30 A Progressive Industry EMS on my 2015 24R. I'm a journeyman electrician. Using advice that I found on this forum I located the transfer switch for the shore AC and generator. The transfer switch was located under the big closet next to the fridge. I had to remove the drawer beneath the closet as well as an access panel beneath the drawer (remove six screws). I also removed one drawer bracket and the 1/4" wood bottom of the closet.

I pulled the 30A plug from the coach exterior to determine the color of the wire and used a meter to verify which line coming into the transfer box was from the 30A plug. I unwired the transfer switch and installed the EMS in series with the incoming shore power line. I added a short piece of 10/2 with ground on the load side of the EMS and wired it into the transfer switch.

I haven't mounted the digital display yet. I will probably put it in the closet above.
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I put the EMS in line with the incoming shore power. There are possible issues with installing the EMS after the generator and shore power. I just want to protect myself from bad power coming into my coach from a campsite power box. The generator wiring is predictable and stable.

I hope this helps. This forum has so much valuable information.



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Greetings HVrunner ... thank you for the detailed information and the photographs of a nice install. This is very helpful. I agree with your decision to exclude the generator and only protect from shore power.
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Old 07-09-2016, 02:32 AM   #6
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I just finished an install of a 30 A Progressive Industry EMS...

I have the same, mounted underneath the rear bed adjacent to the transfer switch.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:51 PM   #7
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Wife and I are about to begin new ventures as we ready to purchase a class-c Sprinter, lease our home, and drive into a year of travel as we search for a new homestead. While we feel confident about our class-c MB Sprinter decision, we have not yet decided which make. We are persuaded toward a 2016/17 single slide unit with the diner, closet, and queen bed on the port side. However, I wish to add a few things to the motorhome which I believe will greatly enhance our boondocking comfort. While most of the things I wish to add are quiet simple, three items concern me because of available space or necessary coach modification, these are: 1) 300 watts roof-mount photo-voltaic, 2) whole-house reverse osmosis for freshwater, and 3) shore AC power surge protection.

Has anyone installed shore AC power surge protection to their class-c Sprinter? If so, how did you accomplish this? Any suggestions about how to best proceed?
I never vad a surge ussue a d I have just what you need: queen walk around bed, alcoa wheels, oorcebain toilet, nany upgrades, 2014 Prism 24g $73,500.
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I have the w floor plan and installed the surge inside the "nightstand" next to the bed. Plenty of room for it.

Progressive electronics- I have been very happy with it. I couldn't get power at one spot and I checked the monitor and it gave me error of reverse polarity. The campground had it wired wrong. Really can save all your electronics.


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I managed to squeeze mine in behind the power panel and wired it so both shore power and generator power run through it.
I could only get two 100 watt solar panels on my roof.
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I have the w floor plan and installed the surge inside the "nightstand" next to the bed. Plenty of room for it.
Progressive electronics- I have been very happy with it. I couldn't get power at one spot and I checked the monitor and it gave me error of reverse polarity. The campground had it wired wrong. Really can save all your electronics.
Thanks ... it good to know it fit there. Progressive Industries ... I agree, from the research I've done, this does seem like best choice. I has good ratings, good reviews, and useful features ... plus the price is too not bad.
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