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Old 09-18-2016, 07:14 PM   #21
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Which unit would be best for you depends on whether you have a 30 or 50 amp service and whether or not you are comfortable hard wiring one into your TT (I am not electrically inclined).
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:55 PM   #22
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I had TRC external. I am so glad I went with the Progressive Industries permanent install.

Have had it less than a year and it saved us from a low voltage event, lightening strike in a State Park, others i our loop lost converters, tv's, microwaves.

At a "RV Resort" we had overvoltage event, the park was going arounf shutting off breakers to all RV's. We found out when we returned from a walk. No Damage but had a Over Voltage error on display.

A surge protector would not have saved us.

Progressive Industries made in USA and my experience with customer service was excellent.

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Old 09-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #23
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My only complaint with the hard wired one is what is plan B if it gets fried? Are you out of luck if you are on the road.



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Old 09-18-2016, 08:06 PM   #24
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Thanks Jack and everyone! I am going to check into getting one. I am get it hard wired. I will see how that works out. But I definitely want to be protected. Thanks.
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:15 PM   #25
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My only complaint with the hard wired one is what is plan B if it gets fried? Are you out of luck if you are on the road.



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It has an "Override" feature that let's you run with surge only protection until it can be replaced.
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Old 09-18-2016, 09:12 PM   #26
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Just about pulled the trigger on the pi ems pt30C today. Available on Amazon for $227 with free shipping. Not planning a trip for a couple months so didn't push the order now button. Have camped for 30 years without one of these things. The older pop ups and first TT didn't have much in the way of digital equipment so never worried about power management. My White Hawk has more than its share of digital sat / tv equipment and the normal stuff in a modern TT. I have read the testimonials on this thread and the saves that are mentioned. My waffling is that on my trips over the last couple years I just don't see that many of these devices. I understand the high end Mhomes and other RVs come with or owners have installed permanent ems devices so I'm just talking about not seeing many of the portable post units. If this is so much of an issue, why don't I see my neighbors going up in smoke?
BECAUSE..... Everyone thinks IT WONT HAPPEN TO THEM!
until it is too late, as my neighbors found out. (See my post above)
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My only complaint with the hard wired one is what is plan B if it gets fried? Are you out of luck if you are on the road.



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AGREE! Portable is much quicker and easier to replace.
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AGREE! Portable is much quicker and easier to replace.
But it's also one more thing to setup, take down and possibly be left behind or stolen. I guess there are positives and negatives to both units.
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Old 09-19-2016, 04:25 AM   #29
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[QUOTE=norty1;449850]My only complaint with the hard wired one is what is plan B if it gets fried? Are you out of luck if you are on the road.

My thought exactly and 2 weeks ago I would have been out of luck. My PT50C saved me from something that wiped out one 50 amp leg on a line of sites and sacrificed itself in the process. If it had been an internal hard wired unit my only option would have been to bypass it and roll the dice. Since I have a spare PT50C I just swapped out the dead one with the new one and I was back in business in minutes. The dead one was returned to PI where they ruled it "damaged beyond repair" and sent me a new one.

I was never on shore power without protection during the warranty service. Yes a spare EMS is expensive, but as someone said in an earlier post it is 1/3 the cost of a new a/c, not to mention all of the other electronic items that can be fried.
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Well it happened to me on a trip and we finished the trip without the protection. All we had damaged from the lightning strike was the microwave and the surge protector.

Now that was "roughing it". I mean the microwave not the surgeguard.
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