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Old 09-19-2016, 05:54 AM   #31
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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.
I use a chain with a rubber coating on it and wrap the chain around where the trailer power plug plugs into the Surge protector. Only way to steal it is if you are carrying bolt cutters.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:26 AM   #32
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I will just add my 2 cents on this. My unit is hardwired PI 50A.

In the last 10 years trailers have grown in size as well as draw overall. Think about how many of us now have 5'ers and 50A TT's. Many of the CG's still have electrical systems from 20 years ago and the increased draw is what is stressing them.

All my "saves" have come in the way of low voltage. Think also about your phones, laptops, pads or any other small electrical devices that are plugged into your unit charging. These are all at risk as well. At any given point you could have over 3K of electronics plugged in between TV's and this personal equipment.

If I can change the odds to favor me, I do.
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:30 AM   #33
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I'm admittedly a bit of a freak when it comes to my power management. I've assembled this setup over the course of 3 years to take the sting out of the money. But w/ all the electronics in my rig, I just didn't want to chance it.

Pedestal --> PI Surge Protector --> 12' 30AMP wire --> Hughes Autoformer --> 12' 30AMP wire --> PI PT30C (not hardwired) --> 3' pigtail 30AMP wire --> Coach

My reasoning:

If its a surge, the cheap surge protector on the pedestal takes the hit.
If I have low voltage, the Autoformer will try to correct it and keep me running
If the voltage is so out of whack or the surge is so great that its more then the Pedestal Surge or Autoformer can handle, the EMS is there for mop up duty.

Its pricey, and probably overkill. But I don't worry at all about my electronics. Slide motors, awning motors, leveling jacks, fridge, furnace, etc. blah blah blah. I'm covered.

I didn't get the hardwired EMS b/c if the EMS fails for whatever reason, I just unplug it. I leave the pedestal surge unprotected (not chained or anything), I chain the autoformer to my leaf springs at the rear of the coach (and keep the autoformer under the coach sitting on 2 Lynx levelers to keep it dry), and I leave the EMS in the electrical compartment (locked).
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:34 AM   #34
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I use a chain with a rubber coating on it and wrap the chain around where the trailer power plug plugs into the Surge protector. Only way to steal it is if you are carrying bolt cutters.
I do the same thing with mine. Bright yellow so it's obvious.
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