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Old 05-11-2014, 09:34 PM   #1
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Pay attention to your power pedestal

Looking over the threads recently posted I see ones questioning the need and the expense for power monitoring and surge units. I experienced the need for one this weekend at a big name campground in Natural Bridge Station, VA. We pulled in and the first thing I did was check the power at the pedestal. All appeared OK with the 30 amp service, but I noticed the connector box on the side of the box looked a little worse for wear. Got everything running and looked at my voltmeter inside the coach and saw 110 volts. OK, acceptable. Made some more preps to leave the unit to socialize and looked again at the meter. It was down to about 105 volts. Time to pull the plug. Touched the connector plug and it was hot to the touch. I checked the 50 amp service and it seemed OK, but I smelled hot wiring. I touched the connector box to the side of the pedestal and it was very hot. Not a good thing. Went to the office and they sent a tech over who pulled the cover, the attached photo is what he found. They moved me to another site and then took care of the power problem.
Hope this helps someone.

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Wow! Thanks for sharing. Hopefully everyone who's doubters take note.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:12 PM   #3
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makes me want to order a Progressive Industries unit right now. Sure don't want to fry my new 5th wheel
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:20 PM   #4
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Looks like the smoke was let out!! Not good.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:34 PM   #5
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Stayed at a RV park in MO. last year. A little cul-de-sac section. Didn't know it was on the older section. Three other family and friends came in the following day. First night was ok the next night our TV wouldn't come on. One cousin said his AC was sounding funny. We took voltage reading and yep 95 volts. Now we run a volt meter on the inside and on the outside to monitor daily...
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The secret to electronics is the little puff of smoke they put in each one. If you let it out, it quits working. ;-) :-P
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Saved that picture!

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Your title should have sai
"This is why you need a progressive industries surge guard"

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makes me want to order a Progressive Industries unit right now. Sure don't want to fry my new 5th wheel
We have one. I even use it when we are hooked up to shore power at our house!

On another power monitor thread, there is a good discussion on installing the in-line system.

Wish I had seen this discussion BEFORE I bought our portable one!

Installation of the Progressive Industries EMS

Oh, and Turbs is one of the guys who have done this install I believe...so over to you Ron
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