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Old 10-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #21
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Anybody wired in one the Progressive HW30C themselves after getting their trailer? I'm wondering how hard a job it is and if there is sufficient space under the bed in a 17B?
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:01 PM   #22
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On our trip east , at a campground near Kenora Ont. , we were chatting with the owner about how lucky we were with the weather ,when he told us about the terrible thunder and lightening storm they had some weeks back . He said they had power surge that fried everything in a large unit - including - the surge protector . Don 't know how that works ,but left us wondering about their wiring .
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #23
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I added an HW30 to my 17B. I had plenty of room since I have the detachable power cord option. In fact, enough room so i also added a 1000 watt inverter. Some photos on my trailer modifications page: http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/trailer.html
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Old 10-19-2013, 07:04 PM   #24
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I added an HW30 to my 17B. I had plenty of room since I have the detachable power cord option. In fact, enough room so i also added a 1000 watt inverter. Some photos on my trailer modifications page: http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/trailer.html
Thanks Jon! I don't have the detachable cord, but the HW30 itself isn't too big so it should fit -- I think.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:11 PM   #25
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... that electrical surge will fry everything in it's path, not just items plugged in...
Short of a lightning strike, I don't see any risk to wiring or wiring devices (such as outlets and light fixtures). Typical components used for 120V service would have no problem with excessive voltage of a couple hundred volts, and no current flow unless a component arcs, so nothing would be overloaded by current. Lightning is another matter...
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:18 PM   #26
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I had a tree fall about 1 mile from my house on some power lines, 20,000 volts went thru my house, lost everything plugged in, on or off plus main breaker. Lightning isn't the only problem.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:43 PM   #27
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I had a tree fall about 1 mile from my house on some power lines, 20,000 volts went thru my house, lost everything plugged in, on or off plus main breaker. Lightning isn't the only problem.
Good point, but I don't think this is what EMS or surge protectors are for in RVs... we would all need them in our houses if this was a common problem. I have a rural house, with many kilometres of overhead lines leading to us, and in two decades here we've never had this problem. Power outages, yes, but not surges.

The usual RV-specific complaint is about campgrounds with voltage that just runs higher than it is supposed to be.
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I had a tree fall about 1 mile from my house on some power lines, 20,000 volts went thru my house, lost everything plugged in, on or off plus main breaker. Lightning isn't the only problem.
Were you home?

I saw a case that I believe was the Gulf Shores in Alabama where a big storm came through a campground and everyone lost everything electrical in their units except one guy with an EMS.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:09 PM   #29
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I had a tree fall about 1 mile from my house on some power lines, 20,000 volts went thru my house, lost everything plugged in, on or off plus main breaker. Lightning isn't the only problem.
I had a tree fall on my house, which also took out the power pole and transformer in front of our house. We disconnected everything while they were repairing/replacing the transformer, as did most of our neighbors. All but one. She lost her oven, tv,microwave, and stereo when the transformer was hooked back up.

Living in the Oakland hills, where the Monterey pines fall down often, we've learned about power spikes the hard way. I don't have a trailer yet, but will have it protected by surge protection.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:45 PM   #30
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I had a tree fall on my house...
This was my point: as far as these lightning or catastrophic failure events are concerned, the RV is no different from a house. I don't have surge protection on my house (or any RV), but perhaps I would (on both house and RVs) if I lived where Jim or Leonard live.
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