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Old 12-01-2016, 01:34 PM   #1
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Question on installing internal battery suppressor

I have a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH. Looking under the bunk, I can see where the wire that comes out of the wall and in to the back of the main electrical plug-in. There is only a couple of inches of wire.

Would you recommend...

1. cutting the wire putting the suppressor in the middle, using wire nuts, extra wire and electrical tape to add extend the wires to connect them.

2. disconnect the wire from the back of the plug and attach it to the suppressor, and then cut a new wire to go from the suppressor to the back of the plug.

3. Some other way.

FYI, getting access behind the fuse panel doesn't seem possible.
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Old 12-01-2016, 05:59 PM   #2
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What is a battery suppressor?
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Do you mean a 110VAC, 30 amp or 50 amp Surge Protector? (30 amp below.)

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Do you mean a 110VAC, 30 amp or 50 amp Surge Protector? (30 amp below.)

If this is what you mean, then this is what I did. I installed the 30 amp version.

I disconnected the power in wire from the main breaker and pulled it out f the fuse box. I attached this wire, without cutting it, on the input side of the EMS. I bought 3 feet of 10 gage wire from Lowes. I attached this wire to the output side of the EMS and into the primary breaker in the fuse box. I found an appropriate spot and mounted the display. My display is just inside the primary door to my trailer.
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FYI, getting access behind the fuse panel doesn't seem possible.
For my solution, removing a few screws allowed me to pull the fuse box straight out. There was plenty of slack in the wiring to allow this. The EMS box is simply sitting in the open space behind the fuse box. In my trailer, the fuse box is located underneath the refrigerator.
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Opps, Surge Supressor. I have a Surge Guard 30A surge supressor (Model 35530). I'll see how how far I can pull out the fuse box, mine is under the refrigerator too.

I'm eventually going to get the remote display (wired), can you run wires through the wall, or do I need to go through the cabinets?

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I'm eventually going to get the remote display (wired), can you run wires through the wall, or do I need to go through the cabinets?

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For me, I ended up putting the display fairly low just inside the main door which happens to be next to and aft of the fridge. Initially, I was thinking of mounting the display next to all of the trailer switches (slides, lights, water heater, etc) that is inside the door thinking that the cavity behind that was open. I pulled the switch panel off and saw that there was a piece of wood blocking that would prevent just dropping the wire and there was no way of knowing if there were more than one. I'm sure the factory ran all the wires before sliding in the fridge, and I was NOT going to pull the fridge out. Looking in the cavity where I had put the EMS, I could see a screw coming into the space under the fridge from a mount for a fire extinguisher. So I drilled a hole between the mount and the outside wall. That put me into an open cavity behind the fridge, but above the plywood the fridge sits on - oops. So I drilled a hole up thru that plywood platform and fished the wire down.

The display is in a good place for me to check it from outside the trailer - great for when I'm hooking up. I can watch as it cycles thru the readings before turning anything in the trailer on - may be over kill, but I like to have the main breaker in the trailer off at this point. I need to bend over to read the display while inside, but usable.

Knowing what I know now, I might have put the display a bit higher, but it is serviceable where it is, so I'm not going to change it.

My only complaint about it, I wish the connection for the display wire went straight into the back of the display instead of into the bottom. I did mount the display as low as possible, pushing down lightly on the wire to hide the hole. Note that the hole has to be of fairly good size. The connector is similar to a phone jack. Progressive calls the wire a data wire, not phone wire, so I suspect it is wired differently.
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