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Old 11-22-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Securing a portable Progessive Industries 30 amp protector

Just received our EMS-PT30C for our 1905 mini-lite. Many discussions have favored the hard-wired version instead as it won't walk away. Having however decided on this portable version, in what way do you secure it to stay put for those of you that have also decided on this model please?
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:27 PM   #2
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I have the 50 amp version of yours.I have a cable lock and a pad lock to go around the post and the unit.Our unit does have a built in loop on it for the lock cable.Now saying this,I think i've locked it up only twice.Most times i forget to do it and it's been there when we leave.
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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I do not worry about it 30 plus years of camping never had anything stolen at a campground...........
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:51 PM   #4
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I've used the same portable one for years and it has yet to grow legs.
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Old 11-22-2016, 07:51 PM   #5
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Great news!!!
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Have bad case of CRS

I went with the hard wire, not because of it possibly growing legs, more because I am REALLY good and leaving stuff where I shouldn't. Case in point, when I last put my trailer in storage, I left my tape measure sitting on the trailer tongue. Lucky it was still sitting there next time I visited it. YMMV
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Old 11-22-2016, 08:35 PM   #7
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Cable with two eye loops through it.......wrap around post, lock it up. Probably excessive...it isn't going anywhere. And if it ever fries, and does it's job.....it's way easier to replace than a hard wired one! (and I'm such a klutz I'd never get the hard wired one installed anyway).
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:00 PM   #8
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Just received our EMS-PT30C for our 1905 mini-lite. Many discussions have favored the hard-wired version instead as it won't walk away. Having however decided on this portable version, in what way do you secure it to stay put for those of you that have also decided on this model please?
I secure the strap that is on the connection with a padlock and insert that through the hole in the ped. I haven't found a campground yet I could not lock it that way. As a backup I have a Master cable lock also.
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Old 11-22-2016, 09:17 PM   #9
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Cable locks only slow a thief by about 5-6 seconds. Medium size bolt cutter...one push...cable gone.

I moved my portable unit inside the trailer, installed in an open space behind the kitchen drawers immediately next to where the main power cable enters. Costs about $20 for a female outlet, a male plug, two electrical boxes and four feet of quality 10 gauge wire.

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Old 11-22-2016, 10:09 PM   #10
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I've used the same portable one for years and it has yet to grow legs.
I have the 50 amp version, I just don't worry about stuff.
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:57 PM   #11
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Been using mine for 5 years. Still have it. Sometimes I lock it with a chain, most of the time I don't. I think about it getting stolen once in awhile but I don't get too excited. I guess it depends on where I am.
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Old 11-22-2016, 11:07 PM   #12
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I've got one of these shall the sketchiness of the CG warrant it.

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Old 11-22-2016, 11:30 PM   #13
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Put a simple cable lock on it because if they want it bad enough they will get it anyway but at least this way they will be obvious and may get caught. Who walks around a campground carrying bolt cutters.
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Cable locks only slow a thief by about 5-6 seconds. Medium size bolt cutter...one push...cable gone.

I moved my portable unit inside the trailer, installed in an open space behind the kitchen drawers immediately next to where the main power cable enters. Costs about $20 for a female outlet, a male plug, two electrical boxes and four feet of quality 10 gauge wire.

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Old 11-23-2016, 10:21 AM   #15
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I'm getting a 50amp. The way I look at it, this isn't my last new RV. By getting the portable one, I can use with next rig. With the permanently mounted one, it would be a pain to disconnect and wire into new one. Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2016, 01:29 PM   #16
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I have the portable Progressive 30A unit. I use a vinyl covered "bicycle lock cable" and a Master lock to secure mine. I wrap it around the electrical pedestal post a few times and thru the loop on my electrical cord and then thru the "lock tab" on the Progressive unit. True, if they want it bad enough they will get it. But this way they might leave it alone and go on to the next rv. For those of you that don't use anything to protect your unit, I just say you are very fortunate and lucky. I do not trust the "druggies" and "metal scrappers" that lurk in the night.

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Old 11-23-2016, 02:27 PM   #17
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Just got an email from Progressive with a Black Friday deal on their 30 & 50 amp portables. 20% off plus free shipping. Use code Free4Me.
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We use a chain (thru the lock tab) wrapped around the pedestal and a lock on the chain. True, it won't keep anyone determined take it from getting it loose, but it will keep it from casually walking away on its own. Plenty of thefts are crimes of convenience/spur of the moment and in seeing that its locked they may decide to move on to something/or someone else. Cincia
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I do not worry about it 30 plus years of camping never had anything stolen at a campground...........
OK. Now knock on wood or throw salt over your shoulder or something after daring to say that.
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Old 11-23-2016, 09:23 PM   #20
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Going on first trip to a SP on 12/4. Will post pics of solution. Thanks so much for the comments!
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