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Old 08-13-2016, 03:45 PM   #391
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Good work Myron. You did it the hard way. If I didn't have the factory EMS, I'd have probably just picked up the exterior suppressor that plugs into the power stand.
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:46 PM   #392
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:54 PM   #393
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Good work Myron. You did it the hard way. If I didn't have the factory EMS, I'd have probably just picked up the exterior suppressor that plugs into the power stand.
The issue I found using the plug in models is that they only plug in one way and some power pedestals are too low to allow this.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:31 PM   #394
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We had an EMS installed on our 19'. Essential equipment to us. Gave that one to the buyers since we wanted them to have the benefit of it. Had Escape install another on the 21'. Judging by the many pedestal problem codes we had on the last trip from storms and more, it was definitely worth it.
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Old 08-13-2016, 07:20 PM   #395
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I put one on our 2011 19'. Looks just like the one in your picture and mounted in the same place. Ours has a readout on the unit rather than external though. Good insurance.

For others doing this, one warning. When mounting the unit make sure the screws aren't too long. The black tank is just under that plywood.

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Old 08-13-2016, 07:23 PM   #396
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For others doing this, one warning. When mounting the unit make sure the screws aren't too long. The black tank is just under that plywood.
Uh oh. Did we have one of those black tank encounters Hugh?
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Right, Hugh. Not knowing how thick that plywood over the black tank is I added a half inch plywood base before (very carefully) screwing down the inverter.
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:58 PM   #398
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Just completed another self-installation and I am blaming it all on Dave and Doug. They told me it is nuts (not their words) to not have surge protection for the sensitive electrical appliances in the trailer. I refused to have Escape add it for me because we rarely use hookups and I said, “What sensitive electrical appliances?” Back then, at build sheet time I also saw that options could get crazy fast. We got to draw the line someplace.

So it’s 23+K Escape miles later. Now my mood has changed. Great minds met. Dave said he had suffered great indigestion from a fried fridge mother board. Doug, well, he’s our exceptional electrical maharishi. For me it was idle hands time. The fifty dollar surge protectors on line looked good, cost maybe more than I thought they were worth, but practical in a minimalist sort of way.

What fun is that? I bought the Progressive Industries 30 amp surge protector. It is the one you hard wire inside the trailer under the dinette next to that brown thing with all the fuses inside. Installation seemed simple enough. You cut the shore power Romex line to the control center and insert the EMS-HW30C in between. Same one Escape sold.

Quickly noticed picking the right Romex line was a problem. There were several to choose from and they all looked alike. Solution was unscrew and remove the bezel-lid of the brown thing to look at entrance wiring. Left side is 110, right side is 12 volt. Of great comfort was the electrical schematic found pasted to the inside of the brown bezel. This identified where shore power is connected. Now, with the greatest of confidence, I snipped the right Romex and installed the surge protector.

My back yard shore power goes to a GFI in the garage. Plugged in the cord. Went back inside trailer. Nothing! No lights, no remote display. Back in garage saw GFI had tripped, and kept on tripping. So where was the short? Unscrewed lid of the surge box, rechecked all wiring, wiggled stuff, but all was wired by the book. Did I get sent a dud?

After a lot of head scratching I re-plugged into the garage GFI. Noticed now it wasn’t tripping any more. In the trailer all was good. Surge box lid not screwed back on, all display lights are on. My best guess is perhaps when I screwed down the surge protector lid to its box I may have inadvertently pinched a wire. Who knows? Murphy’s Law lives.
Very nice Myron .head's up on the switch on remote , sometimes find it gets accidentally shut off . Need to make a clear plastic guard so that won't happen . It has to do with where it is installed at dinette . Pat
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Nice job Myron but I'm a little surprised that you used such a mainstream wood for the face plate. I've come to expect you'd use an eye catcher like your version of purple heart.

Man, I'm going to be the last man standing on not having a surge protector. Hope I get around to installing one before it bites me. I know how much sympathy I'd get here if I said that I didn't have one and had fried my electronics.

I'm not hooked up very often though and I still check voltage, polarity and grounding depending on where I am.

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Nice job Myron but I'm a little surprised that you used such a mainstream wood for the face plate. I've come to expect you'd use an eye catcher like your version of purple heart.

Man, I'm going to be the last man standing on not having a surge protector. Hope I get around to installing one before it bites me. I know how much sympathy I'd get here if I said that I didn't have one and had fried my electronics.

I'm not hooked up very often though and I still check voltage, polarity and grounding depending on where I am.

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