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Old 11-08-2015, 10:33 AM   #1
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EMS Recommendation

Looking for recommendations on an EMS. Currently looking at portable units in 30 amp. 3 have grabbed my attention, Progressive Industries, TRC and Camco. All the reviews seem pretty good and price is comparable with the PI and the TRC, but the Camco unit is much cheaper -$80, seemingly doing the same thing. Any advice is appreciated. One other question [which I think I already know the answer]. Will the 30amp EMS function normally if plugged into a 50 to 30amp adapter?
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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What model is the Camco unit? I went with the PI 30amp portable and have been very pleased with it so far. It's protected the unit from a couple of different hiccups over this last season. And it does work fine via a dog bone and 50amp outlet.
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We have the Camco unit. As far as I know, it's never been triggered. On paper, it has the same level of protection as the PI and TRC. We used the $80 we saved on something else for the RV.
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:12 PM   #4
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What model is the Camco unit?
Here's the Camco unit.

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My only question is, will Camco repair the unit if it goes bad out of warranty.
I know PI will and TRC will not.
That would make my decision.
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Old 11-08-2015, 02:40 PM   #6
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We hard wired a PI. Saved us last summer. We have a very new 30 Amp SP brand that we no longer need. We moved up to 50 Amp in our new coach.
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I have the PI. I don't know that it does "anything", but I know it works. It works on the 50A down to 30A converter that I have too. Main reason I purchased PI is as norty1 stated above.
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I have a hard wired Progressive Industries 30 map unit. It has saved me a few times with low voltage and a reversed neutral.

I followed the link to the Camco unit and was surprised to see the portable unit is only "weather resistant" and not waterproof. For something that will be exposed to severe weather elements I'd be hesitant about the Camco unit.

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My only question is, will Camco repair the unit if it goes bad out of warranty.
I know PI will and TRC will not.
That would make my decision.
Looks like TRC states a 1-year warranty but the PI states "Lifetime Warranty" with the usual disclaimers excluding abuse, etc. This was one of the reasons I picked up the PI.

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I followed the link to the Camco unit and was surprised to see the portable unit is only "weather resistant" and not waterproof. For something that will be exposed to severe weather elements I'd be hesitant about the Camco unit.
"Weather Resistant" is the same term used on both the PI and TRC web sites for their portable EMS systems. On the TRC web site they define "Weather Resistant" as the following:

The term “Weather Resistant”, sometimes described as “Rainproof”, is used to describe many electrical products that are manufactured for outdoor
use. Surge Guard products described as “Weather Resistant” can be used in most outdoor environments. Please note that these products should not be submerged under water at any time.
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PI hardwire is my vote. Has gone off at least 15 times over the 2 years for mostly low voltage also bad grounds. Love the remote display for checking the sytems status on both lines (50A).
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