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Old 08-17-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Are the 50amp surge protectors a necessity, and is there a certain one thats better than others? I see they range from 100 to 400.
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:32 AM   #2
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I am certainly not an expert on the subject but at the rally this year the RV Professer, presented a very informative seminar in the subject. He may be along here later to help with the question. Until hearing his presentation, I had not thought I needed one. I now have one. He gave examples of why to have one. One is low voltage, another is high voltage, and another is loss of neutral at the power post that can cause damage to appliances in the RV.

This is the one I just purchased through Amazon. It cost $350.

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Yea , I would like if someone explained that.
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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Correction, RV professor not me, but I do have the pig tailed one on my cord. Already burned one up, never knew what happened, but figured I saved my coach.
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I have never had one in prior RVs, but we didn't not venture out of our circles much as far as campgrounds and the electronics were generally limited to over the counter stuff from Walmart. However, with this Redwood, everywhere I look there is some little box with a bunch of wires that is beeping and blinking little red lights I broke down and got the Progressive Industries EMSLCHW50.

Now that I see what all it does, I actually wish I spent a little more and got the one with the remote readout and I would have put it in the cupboard with the other stuff. For now I have to open the front and look up above the generator sheild.

You get what you pay for - check out the specs on what each will do. They range from nothing more than a circuit monitor to a true power conditioner system. I picked somewhere in the middle.

Do you have to have one? I survived without one for years. However I'm surprised that they aren't standard equipment now given the relatively low cost of the device and the increasingly higher cost of on board electronics.
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Correction, RV professor not me, but I do have the pig tailed one on my cord. Already burned one up, never knew what happened, but figured I saved my coach.
Sorry, I realized my mistake and by the time I got back to the computer you had caught it. Thanks. I have corrected my post.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:04 PM   #7
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Atom Ant, as usually you piqued my interest and making me spend money

How hard was it to install and where did you install it ?

got pics ?
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Here are some pics -

Assuming you got the generator prep - or this is all null and void.....

I installed mine upstream of the transfer switch so my Generator can bypass it. Essentially, pulled the power wire from the shore line out of the transfer switch and installed on the surge suppressor line side, then ran a new wire from the load side of the surge suppressor back into the transfer switch.

The bulkhead above the generator shield is a soft tyvex type stuff over metal studs. I spanned the studs with one of the knockouts I took from the generator cabinet to install the generator, and used it for the the backplate shown. It can be anything you want.





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Great - thanks !


Going to Order one, is there a wireless monitor panel or just the wired one as shown here:
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Like many, I rode the fence on whether to spend the money on a electrical management system along with the surge protector. I used a cheap tester to check the connection before I hooked up, but I was only testing one leg, and I had a plug in voltmeter in the camper that would alarm on low voltage, but I was only doing a half assed job. I ordered the Progressive Industries 50A portable. I had listened to the spiel before but it was usually somebody trying to sell them. After listening to the professor where he had no interest in if and what you bought, I broke down and ordered one.Edited by: rcflame
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