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Old 02-14-2015, 09:03 PM   #1
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EMS HW30C Surge Protector

Been researching Progressive surge protector and have decided to put one in this spring. I'm not a real handyman but viewing youtube videos has me believing that even I could install it....we'll see - lol. Anyway, where do I access the 30A shore line inside to install the EMS? Seems like I need to pop out a black panel under the TV but I'm not sure exactly where that shore power line goes back into the TT. Can you give me some advice on what to look for in a Jay Flight 24FBS?
"Camping Couple"- you done that to yours yet?
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Old 02-15-2015, 06:06 AM   #2
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Having never been in a 24FBS, this is a complete guess on my part. What I've found it that there is usually a junction box in close proximity to where the shore power cord enters that rear of the unit. Looking at your floorpan, I see there's an access panel under the tub so that may be one place to look. On the other side of that wall, there's the entertainment center and perhaps you will find what you're looking for at the bottom of that. If you open the bottom doors of that cabinet, does the false floor panel raise to give you access?

Your other option is to send Jayco email and ask them to send you the wiring diagrams for your specific unit. Make sure to include the VIN so they can get you what you need.

Good luck!
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:32 AM   #3
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Havnfun,

I have a 2014 248RBS, the access panel below the tub has the junction box for the shore power. The access panel in the entertainment center has the water lines in it for the shower valve.

Good luck, please post pictures of the finished job and let us know how it went.
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Havnfun; Well my 24fbs access is behind the panel under the refer. You will need to pull out the converter and remove some wiring at the terminals to remove the converter. There is no access under the tub. The cable goes all the way over to the converter under the refer.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:25 PM   #5
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Why not use one on the post? If you ever saw a picture of what happens when they take a hard hit you wouldn't want it inside your unit.
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:34 PM   #6
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Grumpy, I agree, I have not installed one in my 24fbs. But in researching weather to install inside or on the post I found that if it takes a hit from lightning some have had the shore power cable cooked all the way inside the trailer. I'd rather loose it at the post than inside my trailer. Theft of the EMS surge protector is the only concern so I'll lock it to the post.
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Ray I have been using the PI EMPT-50 I think is the model number it plugs into the pedestal. When I purchased it I really did not know much about surge protection but am glad I have what I have. The following is a story from my other forum I follow (open Range owners forum) it is scary but true. Just wanted to share because you have a hard wire model. Something to think about.
I posted this a couple of years back about going with the Surge Guard surge protector that is not hard wired to the rig but is in line up stream from the trailer. Reason being, before purchasing our Open Range, we had a motorhome. We had a hard wired surge protector on board. During a thunderstorm at a campground, the transformer supplying the park was hit by lighting. The surge protector did a great job at protecting most of the components in the motorhome, it did nothing to protect the 50 amp cable or the side of the motor home. Where the 50 amp cord connects to the motor home was melted into a mass of metal and plastic. They had to take a sawsall to cut the receptacle out of the side of the motor home. It cost almost $ 1,000.00 for the fix not including the cost of a new 50 amp cord. From now on, the surge protection stays outside the trailer. D."
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I'd rather loose it at the post than inside my trailer. Theft of the EMS surge protector is the only concern so I'll lock it to the post.
I only lock ours if we're going to leave the unit un-occupied for a couple days.
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Why not use one on the post? If you ever saw a picture of what happens when they take a hard hit you wouldn't want it inside your unit.
Boy, I never thought of that happening, I might consider unplugging if theres a storm moving in.
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I think I'll get one for the post. Thanks for the insight
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I definitely agree with Grumpy and others. When mother nature or the power company sends something strange down the wires to your rig you definitely want the surge protector outside in case of non-passive failure. I have the EMS-PT50C and will not hook up to power without it even at my home base site. It protected me from a dying transformer there a couple of years back with intermittent high voltage at 3:00am. Why do things always die at 3:00am?
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