Originally Posted by Rick-in-Houston
So what is the verdict, should I go with portable or hardwired ?
Obviously completely up to you. But a few "take-aways" are:
A portable unit is easy to use, and easy to remove should it fail while (hopefully) protecting your coach. No installation costs. Possibly vulnerable to theft, but there are steps one can take to reduce chances of losing it. Requires one to be diligent in its deployment, otherwise no protection. If there is a problem you have to go outside to check display (if unit has one).
Permanently installed units typically more expensive, especially if you factor in installation. If unit completely "fries" due to a problem it could leave you without any campground power, unless you have spent extra money (and installation costs) to put in plugs and receptacles to allow you to completely bypass an installed unit. It is always protecting coach from poor campground power without thinking about it, and many units have an interior display that can monitor power. Theft-proof, so long as they don't steal the whole coach!
I am able to work on my coach, so I went permanent and also installed plugs and receptacles allowing me to completely bypass my unit if it fails. I have what I believe is the "best of both worlds" solution. But it is the most expensive and labor-intensive up front.