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Old 04-13-2014, 08:04 PM   #1
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Surge Guard 34730 Alternate Installation Method

I made the decision to purchase the TRC Surge Guard 34730 plug-in - but installed it mounted inside the TT under the dinette bench.

My reasons were as follows....

Which ever model Surge Guard I chose (hard-wired or plug-in) - it would have to be readily removable in the tight service space I have....for ease of service it might as well be plug-in.

Second...if I decide to sell the TT, I can easily remove it and take it with me / sell it separate.

Inside mounting eliminates a set-up / tear-down step, theft concern, and provides for convenient status reading from inside the TT....not out at the pole.

Lastly - if I ever have any service issues....I can pop the Surge Guard out and bypass it with the patch cord I installed to the WFCO converter.
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Interesting idea. I have the same EMS.

Do you ever use a generator. One reason I did not hardware it is I do, and I did want to fool with circumventing the open ground the EMS detects with the gen or have to bypass it for the majority of our trips.
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Interesting idea. I have the same EMS.

Do you ever use a generator. One reason I did not hardware it is I do, and I did want to fool with circumventing the open ground the EMS detects with the gen or have to bypass it for the majority of our trips.
I don't....but thanks for the tip. Learned something new.....
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Old 04-13-2014, 09:35 PM   #5
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I did a similar installation with my Progressive Indrustries EMS. It's installed in a cabinet where the power comes into the trailer. It's connected using interlocking 30A plugs. If it ever has to come out, I reconnect the two remaining plugs.
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According to surge guard the plug in models are not made to lay on their side.. they must stand vertical. That said mine has been on its side for 3 years now and has worked flawlessly (the few times I have been in a campground).
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According to surge guard the plug in models are not made to lay on their side.. they must stand vertical. That said mine has been on its side for 3 years now and has worked flawlessly (the few times I have been in a campground).
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Mine has the sticker warning on the unit. It seems specific to water related penetration when used outdoors....
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I have had to shield mine from the weather a few times when the pedestal was to close to the ground or I was using a 30a to 50a dogbone to feed it.

I think the idea is to allow it to shed water when in the vertical position.
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Well I told them it was inside the RV and they were adamant that it had to be vertical.. but like I said it has worked flawlessly all this time.
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