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Old 03-04-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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Surge Protector Security Question

I'm looking at surge protectors and was looking at the Surge Guard 34750 50 AMP unit. My fear is the simplicity of stealing the unit. As it is I have to use an extension to the stock 50 amp power cord that comes with the RV which once you uncouple the extension and unplug it from the pedestal, the surge protector and my extension line is gone. Is there any harm in placing a surge protector in the middle of the power line between connections, or does it have to be AT the pedestal? I'm under the impression that as long as it's somewhere between point A (pedestal) and point B (RV) its acceptable. If this is ok, I can secure in a locked box to secure both the surge protector AND the extension connection. Hope this makes sense...
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:35 PM   #2
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I see no reason why you couldn't put it in the middle of the line in a secured box
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:43 PM   #3
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You can put the Surge Guard in the middle of your extension cord and RV house cord. The Surge Guard website shows both hard wired and portable protectors so anywhere between pedestal and RV will be fine.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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Buy a lock with a wide and deep hasp. Put chain in lock and after you put surge protector into box but lock below the plug fitting over the wire. Since most site rv electrical outlets are a box mounted over a pedestal you can wrap chain around pedestal below box then back through hasp again. A thief would need to cut the lock or chain. How much security you want from that will depend on lock and chain you buy. There are lock systems that can only be breached with a plasma cutter.
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Old 04-01-2014, 11:26 AM   #5
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I built a box for our Progressive Industries unit. I used PT wood, drilled some holes on the top of the side boards for a little ventilation. I secure the box to the power post with a bike lock that runs thru the ring on the surge protector and thru the box. You can see it in the 2nd pic.
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:07 PM   #6
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Wiscampsin,
Very good idea and great pics, write-up, thanks!
Might just do it.....
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Old 04-03-2014, 12:48 AM   #7
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I lock all three together with locks and the power cord to the power pedestal.
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should have added, it will slow down the honest, but the criminal element just needs a battery powered saw-zaw
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Speters53,

How do you connect the cable to the devices? Do you have a picture of everything locked up together? I'm trying to picture what to expect.

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I bought cable in bulk from home depot with the aluminum fasteners needed to make them into what ever length I need to and used a hammer and anvil to make the loop. Will have to take picture tomorrow of the bulk items. as for locking them together, i feed one eye lit through the other eye lit of which ever one is next to it and bend it back on itself and then lock it. will also take picture of that tomorrow. as for the power pedestal, use the locking hole on the power box or wrap the cable around the pole under the power box and lock to itself. can't take a picture of that until i go camping unfortunately. hope this helps until the pictures.
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