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Old 08-10-2016, 01:03 AM   #1
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Battery Monitors

I feel like such a beginner (which I am). But I would like to know where to purchase a battery monitor system such as this? Is this a good application or is their something better I should be looking into, maybe one display with 3 little sensors displayed in it. This one displays AC voltage, refrigerator, and battery/charge voltage.
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Old 08-10-2016, 04:39 AM   #2
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Hi Terry,
Your Progressive EMS will display volts on a constant read out if you get that option-highly recommend. The refer temperature is something we all watch and we purchase wireless thermometers to read both freezer and refer trends, see here https://www.amazon.com/AcuRite-Refri...ss+thermometer
Finally if your get solar it will have a read out of the battery volts as well as usage. Another option highly recommended.
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If you don't get the solar you can pick up a $20 dc meter and hardwire it in or use one of the ones you plug into one of the lighter style receptacles. Both can be had off Amazon.

Not many folks monitor AC voltage, if you don't get the surge protector that displays such by default I wouldn't worry about it.
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We are getting the solar with a surge protector. But what is the progressive EMS?
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We are getting the solar with a surge protector. But what is the progressive EMS?
The EMS (electrical management system) is a whole trailer surge protection system. When you plug your Escape into an AC power source, the EMS goes through a series of duagnostic checks to insure power is "clean." It takes about 2 minutes, during which AC power is not supplied to the trailer. It is designed to protect sensitive electronics in various appliances. At any time, if voltage idrops too low or climbs too high it will shut the AC down. The EMS CAN BE manually overridden. It is highly recemmended.
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Here is the manufacturer's website description-your unit is the 30 amp installed by Escape
Progressive Industries RV Surge and Electrical Protection industry lea
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We are getting the solar with a surge protector. But what is the progressive EMS?
When you get these two options you will get two readout panels. They'll tell you all you need to know about your electric system (s). The separate remote wireless refrigerator temp monitors are good to have as they let you know your internal refer temperatures as you motor down the road. Some have a trending indicator. It's good to be able to know what's going on in there without opening the door and losing the cold. I purchased a digital battery meter that reads volts when touched to the battery terminals. I use it on batteries that are easy to get at. The dual sixes in the front box, not so much.
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Terry:

We installed a Trimetric battery monitor. I think we have the TM-2020 (see post #19). These keep track of the current (amp hours) into and out of the batteries using a current shunt. Much more accurate than testing via battery voltage. There are other manufacturers but we've had good luck with the Trimetric.

So, if your question is along these lines, I recommend Trimetric.

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Terry:

We installed a Trimetric battery monitor. I think we have the TM-2020 (see post #19). These keep track of the current (amp hours) into and out of the batteries using a current shunt. Much more accurate than testing via battery voltage. There are other manufacturers but we've had good luck with the Trimetric.

So, if your question is along these lines, I recommend Trimetric.

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Good to know you are happy with the Trimetric.

Seems quite a few folks here have the Trimetric.

and for anyone considering a 3rd party battery monitor...

ETI will not install the Trimetric, but for a small ($100? i forget) fee they will "pre-wire" for a device such as this, during the build, if you request it.

This is what we are doing.
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"Yes, I had installed 2 Trimetric meters on prior units, never really took advantage of all the features, all the settings would change after unplugging and storage. I can see it's value on a boat or a motor home that is in constant use, but I'm not missing it"

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