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Old 08-12-2015, 07:45 PM   #1
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Good Evening,

Our 17B is not equipped with the ETI's surge protector. Rather than buying a hard wired version, would this Progressive Industries portable one (EMS-PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS ) work effectively. Anybody used one of these? Experiences if you have?

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Old 08-12-2015, 09:05 PM   #2
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Yes it would. We used this one

http://www.bestconverter.com/SSP-30-...l#.Vcvt70o8KK1

for years with our Casita. The one you linked does everything the one provided by ETI does.
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Old 08-12-2015, 09:08 PM   #3
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Good Evening,

Our 17B is not equipped with the ETI's surge protector. Rather than buying a hard wired version, would this Progressive Industries portable one (EMS-PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS ) work effectively. Anybody used one of these? Experiences if you have?

Fred
My biggest concern would be theft. That is why I would prefer the hard wired version.
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That's what we thought too. Theft can be a problem in some areas. Kind of depends on how you camp and whether you are obviously away from your camper for the day. We went with the hard wired ETI unit even though we've not knowingly experienced questionable voltage. Had
It retrofitted this spring. There are lock boxes but the reviews aren't that good on some either. With some shop time and a little thought you might be
able to come up with one of your own.
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Old 08-12-2015, 10:29 PM   #5
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Another issue with the portable units is clearance. I used one for a couple of years and found some campground outlets were too close to ground and I was unable to plug in directly.
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Old 08-13-2015, 01:45 PM   #6
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Many thanks folks, for your input on this issue. All good and valid points.

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Old 08-13-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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For those with a hard wired surge protector I have a question. Is there a audible hum coming from it? We heard there was, so since the surge protector on our 17B would be directly below our heads when we sleep we went for the portable one. And as far as theft is concerned I’ve been told it is extremely rare and besides if I was even a little concerned I would simply disconnect, and stow it in the trailer overnight or when we were away from the campsite.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:58 PM   #8
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We have a 19 and have not heard any hum or other sound from the surge protector.
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Old 08-13-2015, 03:16 PM   #9
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We have a hard wired surge protector in our '19'. Last week while camping at Pinery Provincial Park, it shut off the power on a LOW VOLTAGE condition. It came back on after about a few minutes. That night we noticed the protector was humming. This continued into the next day. The next day there was a short power outage in the park. When the power came back on, I noticed the protector was no longer humming. In the future if it is humming again, I will try unplugging for a few minutes to see if this fixes it.


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There is no hum from our ETI installed unit either. I believe, however, there was a discussion on this sometime back. Disconnecting and storing is an option and you're right, theft is probably rare, for us, the internal unit was just one less thing to think about as far as getting it out and putting it away. That and not having a concern about clearance, water tightness, etc.. It's probably a matter of personal choice. I just like knowing we have the protection. Same goes for water pressure reduction devices. "Don't need the hassle" of damage that isn't my fault. I can do enough in my own.
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