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  • We did not use a surge protector in our Class A motorhome UNTIL lightening struck less than a 1/4 mile away and knocked out shore power. The power later came back with a vengeance. Not sure if the microwave fried from the lightening or the power surge but after waiting over 6 months for a replacement microwave that fit the space we will never be without a surge protector again.

  • Funny story. We sold our Class C with with an board Progressive Ind EMS. The buyers loved the coach and I did explain the EMS function and showed them the location of the display should error codes occur. After they got home, the new owner called me and asked why all the shore powered appliances weren’t working. I suggested he check the EMS for codes. Turns out his residence wasn’t properly grounded. After reading the documentation, he used the over ride feature to manually power up the coach. Amazingly useful gadget that EMS!

    • Home power outlets can be just as dangerous as a campground pedestal. Any open ground on an outlet is one-half of a hot-skin condition which can be life threatening.

  • Greetings. We have a Progressive Industries EMS-PT30. On one hand it’s wonderful, on the other hand it has a design problem. We purchased our first one in 2015, in 2016 I noticed plug burn damage and contacted the manufacturer. The damage is considered a user problem as it has been decided we don’t plug it in securely. They graciously offered their updated unit for $99, which I bought. We are very careful to plug it in securely, however there are many different types of power pedestals out there and the thick cord between the plug and the meter does not flex. Therefore, the plug is again burned. It still works, but who knows for how long. I sent an inquiry to Progressive about the issue and have not heard back. It’s been a couple weeks. I hate the idea of not having electrical protection but this is getting expensive. I suggested to them that the stiff design is not appropriate for real life usage.

    Have you any ideas? I’m going to try using a bungee cord to try to ensure a tight fit, but again, the stiff cord won’t allow it in all cases. Do you have any idea if we can purchase a new plug to replace the damaged one? I’ve seen them on the internet for repair of damaged shore lines, but am unsure if that means we can use it on the surge protector.

    I’m a subscriber and read the newsletter weekly. I suggest it as a reference to all new RVers I meet and mention the need for subscription dollars so you guys can get paid. Keep up the good work.

  • The way RV’s are made these days, me thinks a Surge protector just might be a VERY good investment to protect the junk coming out of the so called manufacturers plants. PLANTS maybe they should plant some, so maybe they will grow decent RV’s then. Just thinking.

  • Chuck, would not be without one. Had one I installed on my pickup camper and it saved my electronics twice. So it was a no brainer to install one on my class A inside the power bay just prior to the transfer switch. It has saved me 3 times in the past 5 years. Even though I always check the pedestal power before I hookup, brownouts have occurred and I’ve been shut down power-wise before damage to my electronics. For those on the fence, what’s worth more, your sat system, microwave, tv, inverter, all of them, or an EMS insurance policy?

  • Chuck, would not be without one. Had one I installed on my pickup camper and it saved my electronics twice. So it was a no brainer to install one on my class A inside the power bay just prior to the transfer switch. It has saved me 3 times in the past 5 years. Even though I always check the pedestal power before I hookup, brownouts have occurred and I’ve been shut down power-wise before damage to my electronics. For those on the fence, what’s worth more, your sat system, microwave, tv, inverter, all of them, or an EMS insurance policy? BTW ours have been Progressive Industries – SO Much more than a surge protector!

  • Our Surge Guard plugs in to the pole but that doesn’t protect from a brand new faulty 50 amp power cord supplied with the new 5th. Blew several appliances, fortunately under warranty. Only hardwiring onboard would protect from this fault.
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    The Surge Guard also lacks flexibility so can’t securely connect to low power outlets.

  • Twice surge guards have protected my electrical system. The surge guards themselves were burned but I quickly replaced them. I think of the surge guard as an insurance policy for my electrical system.

  • Bought a Progressive Industries surge protector but it didn’t work. Called them twice for advice but, after a couple of condescending and unhelpful conversations, I went with the 50 Amp Surge Guard that has worked flawlessly and has protected us on four occasions from faulty pedestals. No question which product I’d recommend.

  • We had the progressive 30 amp surge guard, never knew when it would work right or not. On several occasions it would stop power to the camper even after the pedestal was checked and working correctly. After fighting with it and campgrounds and losing power quite a few times over 2 years, we went with the hughes transformer. Haven’t had a problem in 3 years.

  • I use my suregeguard EMS to protect agains faulty electricity at All RV Parks. Park electricity issues is more important to me than lightening strikes. I have seen low voltage (below 103 volts), open grounds at hook up and more important open grounds when power is drawn from the pedestal. (The last is more important because a meter plugged into the receptacle by park members with not power draw will show NO PROBLEM). I even saw High voltage over 135 volts. The park had just had new transformers installed by the power company. I was the only one with a EMS.

    I feel one of the best insurance protection from electrical issues going. It could save all your electrical devices in the RV.

  • I use a Progressive Industries 50 Amp Surge Protector. Best Money I ever spent! Has saved my RV and the Electrical System twice.

    Once I had an error code at an RV Park, stating Reversed Wiring or something like that. They had the 50 amp plug mis-wired.

    Second time was during a sever thunderstorm. I park my unit in a 48 foot RV Shed and it is wired for 50 Amp Service. A Bolt of lightning struck close to the shed and not only knocked out my 60 Amp breaker at the main power box, but tripped the 50 Amp on the Surge Protector and (get this) blew the back of the surge protector off.

    I can only imagine had that surge gone directly into my RV.

    Progressive Industries quickly replaced my Surge Protector with a new one.

    As I stated best money ever spent. You should not go camping without one of these units.

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