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    installation of a surge protector

    I am looking to install the Progressive Industries EMSHW50C Surge Protector with a remote.
    Solitude 375RE

    Can you tell me where the main power is so that I can install the unit?
    I intend on putting the remote where the main switch panel is?
    Paul & Jodi
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjdemasky View Post
    I am looking to install the Progressive Industries EMSHW50C Surge Protector with a remote.
    Solitude 375RE

    Can you tell me where the main power is so that I can install the unit?
    I intend on putting the remote where the main switch panel is?

    Hi Paul & Jodi (@pjdemasky),

    Please refer to our post, in this thread: http://www.mygrandrv.com/for...rge+suppressor

    If you are purchasing an aftermarket RV surge suppressor, we recommend using a portable style rated for 50 amps (where one end of the RV surge suppressor is plugged into the correctly rated 50 amp NEMA 14-50 RV external power source receptacle first, and then you plug your 50-amp RV shore line power cord into the other end of the RV surge suppressor). We do not recommend you hard-wire aftermarket electronics to, or modify the electrical system in your RV.


    As stated in the Electrical Systems section of your owner manual, "Because the electrical equipment and associated circuitry are engineered into a dedicated system specific to your RV, we recommend you do not make unauthorized changes or add fixed appliances to it. Changes or additions made after delivery may result in a hazardous condition."


    Please feel free to contact our Customer Service department directly at (574) 825-8000 if you have further questions.
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    There are times where I am using my 50-30 pig tail witch attaches to the coach and then use a 30amp cord to the supply. I would still want the protection though
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    The portable 50 amp Surge Protector can still be used with a 30 amp supply.
    Plug the 30 to 50 adapter into the post, the Surge Protector into the adapter and your 50 amp cord into Surge Protector.

    I'm not advising portable over built in . . . just noting that either 50 amp unit will also work on a 30 amp service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cate&Rob View Post
    The portable 50 amp Surge Protector can still be used with a 30 amp supply.
    Plug the 30 to 50 adapter into the post, the Surge Protector into the adapter and your 50 amp cord into Surge Protector.

    I'm not advising portable over built in . . . just noting that either 50 amp unit will also work on a 30 amp service.

    Rob
    One of the problems with using a 50A portable surge protector is that should be plugged into the post directly or by using a 50 to 30A adapter. This means that you always have to use the 50A cord to the camper whether you're on a 50A or 30A site. We more frequently are on a 30A site and I use a 30A cord (I carry 75 feet) and a 30 to 50A locking adapter at the camper and a hard wired 50A EMS.

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    The portable units are also much more susceptible to theft. A hard-wired version is really the best option. Has the factory given any thought to offering these pre-installed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cate&Rob View Post
    The portable 50 amp Surge Protector can still be used with a 30 amp supply.
    Plug the 30 to 50 adapter into the post, the Surge Protector into the adapter and your 50 amp cord into Surge Protector.

    I'm not advising portable over built in . . . just noting that either 50 amp unit will also work on a 30 amp service.

    Rob
    Rob,

    Thank you the suggestion, but I am trying to avoid pulling out the 50 amp cord unless I need to because of using both a units or the length to the post.

    I have a 50-30 twist lock that attaches to the coach and the using a 30 amp cord to the post.

    Using this setup with portable would require me to have both a 30 amp and a 50 amp portable surge protector.

    I am pretty handy and perform most of my improvements my self.

    I am trying to understand where the added hazard is that GOD is concerned with. Properly rated cable and surge protector (8 screws for wire and 2-4 for mounting the device.

    Markup on labor and equipment is unreal.

    Thanks, Paul
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    Working for one of the worlds largest manufacturers of electrical apparatus from high voltage transformers to panel boards and enterprise UPS systems and surge suppression I can readily understand GDs concerns. Firstly not every RV owner is trained and qualified to make modifications to an electrical system, more often they are not. Secondly and even more importantly is the design of surge suppression. They are comprised of components meant to dissipate the surge before it enters your protected equipment. The means in which they do this, depending on the amplitude of the surge, can be violent and if installed in the panel of your RV result in a fire hazard. Having seen more than one surge suppression system react violently I would never put it inside my RV.

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    Good info Justin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjdemasky View Post
    Rob,

    Thank you the suggestion, but I am trying to avoid pulling out the 50 amp cord unless I need to because of using both a units or the length to the post.

    I have a 50-30 twist lock that attaches to the coach and the using a 30 amp cord to the post.

    Using this setup with portable would require me to have both a 30 amp and a 50 amp portable surge protector.

    I am pretty handy and perform most of my improvements my self.

    I am trying to understand where the added hazard is that GOD is concerned with. Properly rated cable and surge protector (8 screws for wire and 2-4 for mounting the device.

    Markup on labor and equipment is unreal.

    Thanks, Paul
    Using something like the Furrion Adapter at the coach (see link) then the 50A surge protector, then a simple 50-30A adapter would allow you to use a 30amp cord. Furrion adapter is quite expensive but there must be a cheaper option out there somewhere. This would also keep the surge protector a little closer to the coach to reduce chance of theft.

    http://furrion.com/product/marine-sh...rt-led-yellow/

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