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Old 04-29-2017, 02:19 PM   #1
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Electrical protection

My wife and I have done some camping in the past but we are getting our first tat on Friday. I have been reading a lot on this forum and have learned a lot. However, I'm trying to understand what I need / how to protect my new tat from low/high voltage. I have read about surge protectors and progressive industries products. What do I need?

Our new tat is an SLX 29 QBSW. I am electrically challenged so any advice is appreciated.
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:03 PM   #2
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The small price you'd pay for piece of mind, I highly recommend the Progressive EMS units. If you don't feel up to hard wiring, the portable units are just as good functionally. I have the Progressive unit myself, great product and good company to deal with. The feature rich performance of these units are something I'm sure you'll be happy with in the time of need... and Made In USA!
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Old 04-29-2017, 03:28 PM   #3
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You want an EMS Electrical Management System rather than just a surge protector... it will protect you against over and under voltage, surges and wrongly wired pedestals.


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Another vote for Progressive Ind. EMS.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:02 AM   #5
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Thanks for the reply's. There is a lot to choose from with Progressive Ind., does anyone have specific recommendations? This is going to be a hefty invest so I want to make sure to get what will work best. My TT is a 30 amp service. Is it better to hard wire or get a "dog bone". I hope I used that term correctly.
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Both units work equally well.
The EMS units are so expensive, they are at risk for being stolen.
Personally, I would choose to hard wire an EMS device.
Here's what you need.
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-I...ive+ems+30+amp

Here is the portable option
https://www.amazon.com/Progressive-I...sive+20amp+EMS

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We bought the portable 30 amp "dog bone" style. If (and when) we trade up, we can take it with us, without unwiring and rewiring. On the other hand, the hard wired units are completely out of sight, and out of the weather. It looks like the newer units are redesigned for better weather protection. Ours is an older version and works just fine. If you're keeping your TT forever, and follow the directions for installation, and aren't afraid to tackle a little bit of wiring, the hard wired one is good. Otherwise, the portable units provide the same protection. Happy shopping!
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I just installed a Progressive Industries 30 Amp EMS with remote monitor this weekend.

I don't mind doing electrical work but that isn't for everyone.

There are three options with them when looking at the 30A capacity and each has a pro and con.

EMS-PT30X
Pros - It is external so there isn't really an install to be done. You plug it into the outlet at the pedestal and your camper plugs into it. You are done.
If something goes wrong with it, you can send it in for service pretty easily.

Cons - It is exposed to the elements.
It can be stolen but risk it pretty low. I would mainly be concerned at a seasonal site where you might have it sitting out there for long periods when you are not there.
While they have a great warranty, if the pedestal has a crappy outlet which damages the unit it isn't covered under their warranty. Progressive Industries RV Surge and Electrical Protection industry lea
If it gets hit by a surge, you will have to send it in for repair.

Then there is the internal units.

I went with the EMS-HW30C but there is also the EMS-LCHW30 which is a few bucks cheaper. The difference is the HW30C has a remote display with bypass switch. Because of my mounting location it is hard to access if I need to bypass the unit and the built in display isn't visible. While a remote bypass switch (no display) can be added to LCHW30, by the time I bought that it was about $15 more to get the one that came with it and the display. Pros and cons are about the same so I will put them in one.

Pros - Inside the camper and protected from elements.
Is field serviceable so if you take a surge, they can send out a new board which is plug and play replaceable. It isn't really clear if this is covered under warranty or if they charge for the board.
Can't be stolen unless they take the entire camper or rip it apart looking for one so better for seasonal sites.

Cons More of a headache to install it. Though it didn't take that long this weekend. I also replaced my mouse hole stored power cord and converted it to a twist lock so it took a few hours.
Not easy to move from one camper to another if you replace the camper.
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There is also another one called Surge Guard. They too have 30 & 50 hard wired EMS and portable unit also.


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