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Old 07-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #1
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Has anyone hard wired a Portable Surge Guard into their rig? I just bought one and got to thinking about an earlier thread where someone was concerned about getting it ripped off while plugged into a power pole. I'm putting a hard cover with a power receptacle into the power hole like others have done and thought it might be a good thing to hard wire the surge protector into the trailer.
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Old 07-26-2010, 05:57 AM   #2
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I purchased the hard wire version and mounted it in the forward storage compartment. But in your case assuming you have 30amp service, what about cutting your cord and hard wiring a receptacle and adding an end to your cord? Use your cord as an extension to the power pole and plug your portable surge guard between the cord and receptacle mounted in the camper. I think you would have a cord with two male ends and a female receptacle mounted in the cord storage compartment.



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I haveour Autoformer hard wired in behind the breaker box.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:20 AM   #4
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Yep Bob, it's a 30AMP service. The mod I'm making to my power hole on the side of the trailer will have a 30AMP marine style receptacle with the matting connector on the power cord.
What I'm really wondering is if there is any reason I couldn't bury it inside the power hole hard wired inline. I would not have any access to it so wouldn't be able to see the LED's and what they are indicating. I'm just not sure how important they really are. Do these things generate any heat that would be of concern?


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I have seen a lockable connector which goes around the plug ends where they connect.

Then if someone wanted to stealthe surge protectorthey would have to cut the wires.
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Old 07-27-2010, 12:40 AM   #6
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You're right rv-rick but I'd like to just have it permanently installed and not have all that hanging on my cable.
I may look for a location near the converter to try and splice it in.


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I have thought about splicing one into the line like you are talking about. Where my land line comes into the 5er, there is a junction box inside. I don't know why a person couldn't splice in there. It would be "inline" "inside" AND, not steal-able. I have to do some thinking on that.

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The LEDs do have a purpose. Improper wiring fault and timer delay.

I don't think heat would be an issue, it's far hotter outside in the full sun then inside the camper.

I can access my power cord compartment from the inside my camer by removing four screws to the piece of paneling. Do you have something similar? Quick access could be obtained by removing the screws and secure the wood panel with magnet clasps.

Do you have a storage compartment next to your electrical service? You could drill a hole and pass the cord through and mount the surge guard for easy view and access. Con to this idea is you will loose about 2+ ft of cord length.


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Old 08-07-2010, 01:01 AM   #10
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I sure wish I had bought that one instead of the plug in kind. That's exactly what I want to do. I guess I'll just need to cut and splice everything.
Thanks for the great pictures!


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