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Old 03-26-2011, 12:18 PM   #15
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Is this something that a fairly handy person can do? Are there any installation specs anywhere on the internet?
I am as stupid as they come with regards to electrics and I did this - no problems and no help from anyone. Instructions are in the box. You just have to follow them.

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Old 03-30-2011, 02:15 PM   #16
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We have a portable one with a lock on it. We had a hardwired in other coach, DH was too lazy to take it out so I said we don't need to buy a new one every time we trade lol. Portable works fine
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:20 PM   #17
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I have a Class A Itasca Sunova. Is it absolutely necessary to have a surge protector on the coach?
It's not an absolute necessity - anymore than having one on your house.

Like most things in life it's a matter of risk assessment combined with the size of your wallet. That varies from individual to individual.

From my perspective the biggest electrical risk RVers face is lousy/sub par/miswired hookups at campgrounds. You can mitigate those risk by an $4 circuit tester combined with $30 Kill A Watt meter - that combo should tell you that the pedestal is wired correctly and how much juice is coming out of the pedestal.

The higher end/expensive surge protectors should tell you whether the pedestal is wired correctly and may guard you from under current issues - lower end ones won't.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:13 PM   #18
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We have a portable one with a lock on it. We had a hardwired in other coach, DH was too lazy to take it out so I said we don't need to buy a new one every time we trade lol. Portable works fine
what does you lock setup look like? can you post a picture?
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:56 PM   #19
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Like most of the respondents, I wouldn't be without a surge protector, and one also protects against high and low voltages. All you need to confirm the need is to plug in a voltmeter and watch what happens around 5:00 PM in hot weather when everyone comes home to the park and turns on their air conditioners. I prefer a plug-in model for two reasons; 1), I've used it on two different motorhomes (it's lasted almost six years), and 2), I know of at least one case where it could have caused an internal fire (LightCurve on the Road). I've never heard of a surge protector being stolen, and stopped using the lock since if someone did recognize what it was and wanted it, they'd cut the cable. But however you mount it, inside or out, get one. It's a wise investment.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:14 PM   #20
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As much as I hate to I'll kind of show my real ignorance on the subject and ask which does the job better or is considered better doing the job a permanent mount with or without in house remote read out or the portable on the post type?

I'm interested in which does the most or best versus what's easier to take from one MH to another.

I don't have one and need one with in the next week or two so the portable would be better but I can get one wired in as well without much problem.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:50 AM   #21
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The portable is the most convenient. The hard wired are in the coach and protected from the weather and possible theft. When you use the portable there is one plug and receptacle exposed to weather. With the hard wired you can have a remote meter in the inside for looking at faults and levels.
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:10 PM   #22
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As much as I hate to I'll kind of show my real ignorance on the subject and ask which does the job better or is considered better doing the job a permanent mount with or without in house remote read out or the portable on the post type?

I'm interested in which does the most or best versus what's easier to take from one MH to another.

I don't have one and need one with in the next week or two so the portable would be better but I can get one wired in as well without much problem.
i have been happily using my portable surge protector for about 3 years. see my previous post #9 on this thread for more info.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #23
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As much as I hate to I'll kind of show my real ignorance on the subject and ask which does the job better or is considered better doing the job a permanent mount with or without in house remote read out or the portable on the post type?

I'm interested in which does the most or best versus what's easier to take from one MH to another.

I don't have one and need one with in the next week or two so the portable would be better but I can get one wired in as well without much problem.
There is no difference in protection between hard wired and portable of the same manufacturer. There are however, differences between manufacturers.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:36 PM   #24
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I made my hard wired SurgeGuard removable. It allows me the security but can also be removed and bypassed if necessary.


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Old 03-31-2011, 10:34 PM   #25
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Since my 50A twist plug sits right up at the top of an extremely small cord box and just as hard to get to and get it plugged in I've been really toying with the idea of cutting my power cord and installing one of these HW50C's in the cord like shown above.

Plus no need to cut the coach wiring, either way I do it it's getting time it needs to be done the snow is just about all gone here and it won't be that much longer before all the salt left on the road is washed away.

Thank you all for your answers.
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Interesting side note: I have seen parks that do, in fact, have surge protection...

Is it necessary.. In theory no, in practice yes Cheap insurance.

Now: Last week I was parked on site 32 at the Twin Lakes COE park in Pendelton SC. Right next to me was the main power panel for that section of the park (it's between 32 and 33) on next to the breaker box was a smaller box with two LED type lights on it..... That box is a "Mains" type surge protector.

The same model I have installed in this motor home.
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Old 05-02-2011, 10:54 PM   #27
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I just installed the hardwired model 34560 in our coach. The installation was fairly easy and only took less than two hours. I elected the hardwired model because I thought the portable one would be easier to have stolen and I thought that it might require remembering to hook it up. If we sell our coach, it will not take long to remove it for the next one. After checking prices, I was able to buy this one on EBay for $269.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:21 PM   #28
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How about power\line conditioners for the generator or shore power as well ?
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