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Old 03-18-2016, 10:48 AM   #31
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Quick question. For those that have the portable surge protector, isn't there the worry of it being stolen since it plugs into the pedestal? Are there ways to lock it?
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:58 AM   #32
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The PI has a locking loop that you can run a cable through if you are concerned. I have gotten used to placing a large black construction plastic bag upside down over the pedestal as it not only hides the SP, but it keeps the connections dry. Never had a problem, but there is no guarantee.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:59 AM   #33
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Quick question. For those that have the portable surge protector, isn't there the worry of it being stolen since it plugs into the pedestal? Are there ways to lock it?
It has an aluminum ring that you can secure a cable lock through and wrap to the pedestal. That said, any thief could make quick work of the ring. This is why a lot of folks recommend a internal install. I know that is what we will do on the Berk.

That said, having camped over 120 days over the past 3 years since buying our portable unit, we have never had a problem, nor has anyone messed with our EMS.

Handy thing about a portable EMS is, if you are a rally coordinator at a unfamiliar campground, you can go around to all the pedestals and check the power before folks begin to arrive -- that saved me on a couple of rallies!
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:03 AM   #34
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That's a great idea BamaBob! I went with the hardwired since I new that the wife was not going to want to deal with it.
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It has an aluminum ring that you can secure a cable lock through and wrap to the pedestal. That said, any thief could make quick work of the ring. This is why a lot of folks recommend a internal install. I know that is what we will do on the Berk.

That said, having camped over 120 days over the past 3 years since buying our portable unit, we have never had a problem, nor has anyone messed with our EMS.

Handy thing about a portable EMS is, if you are a rally coordinator at a unfamiliar campground, you can go around to all the pedestals and check the power before folks begin to arrive -- that saved me on a couple of rallies!

Only thing I have heard or seen ppl try to take and most of them are renters is firewood out of truck beds, not much theft in the 20 or so campgrounds I go to that I know of, that being said I like the internal PI 30p just because it is one less thing to have to connect and carry
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:16 AM   #36
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That's a great idea BamaBob! I went with the hardwired since I new that the wife was not going to want to deal with it.
Thanks. I also agree hardwired is the way to go for the same reason - one less piece of junk to hookup and unhook when setting/breaking camp!

It would be very cool if you could just get a "pedestal tester" that would just give you the readouts from the PI EMS without the protection electronics! (yes I KNOW I can do this with a VTVOM, I just want a simple solution I could pass on to a helper with little to zero knowledge about how to operate a voltmeter )
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:26 AM   #37
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I know what you mean. In my case substitute the word wife, for helper
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Old 03-18-2016, 11:33 AM   #38
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Thanks all! I haven't used one for the past 20+ years of camping and now you have me thinking. I smell something burning..........
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That is one of my biggest problems with this forum... almost every time I read a new thread I get to thinking and have that burning smell also...
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I Have the portable 30 amp EMS. I've sold the TT and buying a 5'er, of course 50 amp. So I need a new 50 amp EMS from PI.

I like the portable, but do see benefit of fixed system. Hmmm.

So.......is there any benefit to keeping the 30 amp for any reason??? I don't see any reason to have two, but I already have this 30 amp...... any reason to keep it, or better to sell it?
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