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Old 08-08-2017, 01:46 AM   #1
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Surge Protection Help

Looking to add an onboard surge protector and looking for suggestions on what you have found works well. Been doing some research but many out there.


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Old 08-08-2017, 02:15 AM   #2
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Went with the hardwired Progressive Industries EMS50 with Remote display. They have a Life Time warranty.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:43 AM   #3
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I also installed the Progressive hard wired 50A unit and ran the remote display to the cabinet by the main door (where the water heater switches, awning switches and generator start/stop switches are). It proved invaluable for balancing our load in AZ the last two winters, as our park had one of the two 50A legs very low on voltage. Kept up to par on what was using current on what side of the power panel to keep the coach from shutting off on low voltage. Glad I had it.

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Old 08-08-2017, 02:03 PM   #4
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Steve, I have the Progressive portable. Like it but if I was going to do over I would do the hardwired one.
Spend the money, ours has saved the coach electronics and other stuff at least twice that I know of.
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Old 08-08-2017, 02:28 PM   #5
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Hard wired Progressive for me. A bit of an installation challenge since I have a genny and that leaves little room for much else. Ultimately, I installed it on the ceiling of the jack pump/battery area using a piece of plywood as the "foundation". I recall pulling a muscle.
If you have a genny, install the surge protector between the transfer switch and your main panel. It has been reported that the surge protector and generator don't play nicely together. I didn't want to take any chances.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:22 PM   #6
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Progressive portable, I'm on my second portable (1st one fried at a park) & 3rd 5th wheel, DON'T leave home without portable or hardwired.
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Old 08-08-2017, 03:36 PM   #7
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Progressive portable. Has saved my rig a couple of times. I like the portable so if and when I trade, I will always have the portable for the new rig.
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Old 08-08-2017, 04:48 PM   #8
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Progressive Portable.

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Old 08-08-2017, 07:44 PM   #9
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I have a Progressive Portable 50 Amp unit. I always plug it in to the power post prior to connecting the Redwood to power to ensure that the supply looks correct. There are two downsides to the portable unit in that it has only LED voltage display, so, I always carry a DVM with me to check voltage if needed. I am on my second portable only because of a brain fart when I was leaving a west Tennessee campground back in 2013.........I left my original unit on top of the power post, so, the next camper got a very nice Progressive Portable 50 Amp surge protection unit. That is the second downside. As long as you don't get distracted, the portables work well!!!

If I ever have to purchase another one, it will be a hardwired Progressive EMS-HW50C with remote display.
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Steve I would go with Progresive hardwired. I have the portable which works great. My only concern with it is when you plug into the campground ped you could still have an issue with the cord to the trailer
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