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Old 05-27-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Surge Protection or Electrical system Protection

I want to get either a surge protector or an electrical system protector for my Sunseeker. We've never used one in 14 years of camping, but the more I think about the large investment I have the more I think I should get one. I'm sure many of you have an opinion on what type is best. The surge guards seem to be in the $80 to $100 range while the electrical system protectors seem to be about $260 to $275. Whichever one I get will be the portable type so I can take it to the next motorhome. I didn't know if you have a problem with electric and the surge protector shuts off electric if you have to go out and manually turn it back on. Also, would you have to manually turn it back on with the electrical system type or would it shut down the electric and come back on when it's safe?
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:01 PM   #2
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I put a Progressive industries 50amp hardwire in our 5er and I'm still going to take with me if we buy another rig. A draw back of a potable one is someone can steal it. Progressive has a lifetime warranty so why not get a hard wire one and you can still remove it and put in another rig. No worries about it disappearing.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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Hi,
I always wanted to protect my TT after reading some of th horror stories of unprotected trailers here. I bought a EMS-PT30C EMS-PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS for my Coachman Freedom Express. $227 plus shipping is cheaper than my deductible.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:41 PM   #4
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Progressive Industries EMS system all the way.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:54 PM   #5
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Progressive Industries all the way. Installed the EMS-HW30c very easy install a matter of 6 connections. Went under the bed lot of extra wire and display went on the foot of the bed. And yes it will probably go with me when I trade in.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:00 PM   #6
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I run the progressive ems 30 amp, I have the portable one.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:06 PM   #7
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Another question. I just read that with the hard wired units it will come up with an error code when trying to run the generator unless you manually turn off the ems or add something into your system to make it work. Is anyone using it in a motorhome with a generator and is that completely true?
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:16 PM   #8
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If I remember the terminology right portable generators have a floating neutral so when you use the ems with them they throw the code. To alleviate this you use a bonded plug in one of the outlets on the portable generator. The way you would know if a code will throw look up and see if your neutral is bonded or floating. Not too sure on anything but portable generators.
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Old 05-27-2015, 11:33 PM   #9
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Progressive Industries EMS for me. Had a 30A portable that saved me at a misfired camp. When we got our new RV, I sold it to a buddy and bought the hard wired 50A for the new home. Saw a trick somewhere on here that solved the issue of taking it with you later. I bought two 50A range cords and two 50A range outlets with it. Took the shore power cord loose from the ATS and installed an outlet on the end of it. Installed on range cord to the source side of the EMS but I cut off some of the cord first and used that with an outlet on the MH side of the EMS. Wired the other range cord coming out if the ATS where I removed the shore power cord. Plugged it all together and now I can bypass the EMS if ever needed by just removing it and plugging in the remaining cord and outlet. Sounds a little confusing but wanted to dumb proof the cords so nothing hot could be exposed. Works great!
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Old 05-28-2015, 12:24 AM   #10
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Progressive Industries EMS is awesome. I installed it in about 4 hours and I have no special electrical training. The readout in the cabin is great as it lets you also monitor how many amps you are drawing.
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