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CharlesinGA

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Does anyone have experience with this:

Wondering about the auto shutoff and restarting.

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Shelia
I have the 30 amp version. They all will auto shut off if something gets outside the parameters, ie, voltage too high or low.

Hughes is a good unit, rather large and bulky. It has a lighted face, which is annoying. Its white if everything is OK and red if something is wrong, but it has an error code window on the front so you don't need the lights, and at night it lights up the entire campground (exaggeration but, it is TOO bright) I finally opened up the box, pulled out the circuit board and found the plug for the wires going to the face lighting and unplugged it. Digital read out still works, and bluetooth still works, I just killed that stupid lighted face.

Charles
 

RockyHill

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My Progressive does exactly that, and I've had both high and low shutoffs- I was puzzled for a bit until I realized what happened, so I got performance that was exactly what I wanted, needed, and had paid for. I'm not familiar with the Hughes, but I feel the shutoff is an important function of these protective devices.
We had a hardwired Progressive in the motorhome we sold. Bought another hardwired for our 5th wheel that haven't gotten installed and not sure when that is going to get accomplished. Was looking at a portable to use now and then sell (or sell the new Progressive). The high and low shutoff/restart is my primary want.

Some I've looked at say shutoff but don't mention restart. We've had situations where would be frequently trying to restart (campground usage increasing) and we'd just unplug.

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Some I've looked at say shutoff but don't mention restart.
All of the line monitor devices that I am familiar with have that feature but you can easily read the specs to be sure. Properly designed ones will have a delay in the restart time to be sure that the air conditioner compressor is allowed time for the pressure to bleed down before the power is restored. For most power problems the time that power is off is plenty to do that but if it was a momentary power spike or some other issue of short duration, then the delay is needed for protection of equipment.
 

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Looking at this one. Anyone have this brand? Looking for one for my 5th wheel.

When I first looked at this, the Power Products Llc Dba Parkpower By Marinco - SSP-50XL threw me off. Then when I opened the link I saw it was a Progressive Industries unit (that I know of, no connection to Marinco, and I did do a little research just now) anyhow, that unit is merely a surge suppressor, basically a waste of money.

Surges that suppressors stop are such as bolts of lightning down the road hitting lines and causing a rise in voltage (if it is real close, nothing is going to stop it). It has no other redeeming features. What you want is one that protects you from over and under voltage, hot and neutral crossed, cycles way off..... that's the kind of stuff you encounter the most.

The Progressive units are probably the best but what you want is the Swiss army knife of surge electrical fault protection and the EMS-PT50X EMS with Surge Protection would be the best choice of portables.

Charles

 

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Quick question... Can these surge suppressors be used between the trailer and the genny?

I plug my shore power cord right into my genny - no transfer switch.

Should I get one to protect the trailer from a genny malfunction?
 

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My motorhome had a hardwired shore cord and a receptacle in the shore cord storage compartment that the generator supplied, You roll up the cord and plug it into the generator outlet. When I installed a hard wired Progressive EMS box I installed it with the shore cord going directly into it. Everything that went into the motor home went thru that EMS, including the generator. This allowed me to keep an eye on the generator output.

This trailer had the same setup to plug the shore cord into the generator but I ripped it all out and put in a removable shore cord and a auto transfer switch, so no way to use a portable EMS on the generator and I'm not buying another hardwired one.

To answer your question, yes, if the genny is producing good current the EMS/surge suppressor should work fine on your genny.

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What I do is keep a Kill-A-Watt meter plugged into an outlet inside the trailer. If I am running the generator I check the volts and cycles once in a while to make sure they are in range. Its not as good as the Hughes Watchdog that I have for the shore cord but it helps.

Surge Guard/Southwire makes a 30 amp auto transfer switch with a monitoring system built into it. It has the advantage that the relays are already there for the shore/genny selection and can be utilized to shut off an unsafe situation. Its a great idea but the remote only tells you volts and amps If I recall and it was stupid expensive, well north of $300 two years ago, and Surge Guard could not tell me exactly what it protected for, the tolerances or anything else about it.

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When I first looked at this, the Power Products Llc Dba Parkpower By Marinco - SSP-50XL threw me off. Then when I opened the link I saw it was a Progressive Industries unit (that I know of, no connection to Marinco, and I did do a little research just now) anyhow, that unit is merely a surge suppressor, basically a waste of money.

Surges that suppressors stop are such as bolts of lightning down the road hitting lines and causing a rise in voltage (if it is real close, nothing is going to stop it). It has no other redeeming features. What you want is one that protects you from over and under voltage, hot and neutral crossed, cycles way off..... that's the kind of stuff you encounter the most.

The Progressive units are probably the best but what you want is the Swiss army knife of surge electrical fault protection and the EMS-PT50X EMS with Surge Protection would be the best choice of portables.

Charles

Been looking at that one too. Around $380 bucks. Saw it was listed on best surge protector roundup. That’s for your information you listed.
 

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I had no idea that the 50 amp was so much more than the 30 amp.
Keep in mind that the 50A version has two hot legs to monitor and also has to compare the two for balance. As a result there is almost 50% more circuitry in the 50A version. From Southwire the 30a is $282 and the 50A is $359 on Amazon. From Progressive 30A is $350 and 50A is $490.
 
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