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RV electrical systems are very sensitive. Harm can be done if they are exposed to surges or low voltage when plugged into shore power. Before we took delivery of our RV, we bought the Progressive Industries EMS (Electrical Management System). We consider this EMS as part of the insurance policy for our RV.
Diana, a fellow RVer sent this note about an incident she witnessed.
“We were camped at the fabulous Tiger Run Resort in Breckenridge, CO one afternoon & suddenly a massive power surge hit the campground. Our rig was fine, because we had a surge suppressor, but 3 rigs in camp had their systems fried.”
Unfortunately, other RVers have had similar stories. A surge or drop in voltage at the RV park resulted in thousands of dollars worth of electrical damage to their RV.
Progressive Industries EMS Review
What We Ordered:
Progressive Industries PT30C – No Longer Available
Progressive Industries PT30X is the latest model
What We Like:
Peace of mind. Many products on the market are simply surge protectors. These do not protect against the other electrical dangers that face a RV. Progressive Industries EMS is made to protect against high and low voltage, accidentally plugging into a 220v outlet, reverse polarity, AC frequency and open neutral. Having this portable EMS helps us sleep well at night because we don’t have to worry about any electrical issues damaging the RV.
Plug and play. The Progressive Industries EMS plugs into shore power and the 30 amp cord from the coach plugs into the box. There is nothing to set up, turn on or worry about – simply plug and play. The EMS has a read out that cycles through simple diagnostic info – what voltage is coming in, how many amps are being drawn and what is the current status of the box. The display is easy to read and understand. It takes about 30 seconds for the electricity to come through once the Progressive Industries EMS is plugged in.
Easy to secure. The system sells for around $260, which makes it an expensive item. To make sure it doesn’t walk away, we use the steel loop on the box to secure it to the electrical service box with a bicycle lock.
Weather resistant. The box is made to be weather resistant and can be left outside. This is important because when we do plug in at a park, the box is outdoors. We’ve tested this in a heavy rain storms and had no problems.
Made in the U.S. Lifetime warranty.
What We Don’t Like:
Nothing – we have been very happy with the system and have used it since July 2015.
Note: the model we purchased is no longer available. The latest model is the PT30X which we have not used.
This is the must have product we suggest for every RV owner. RVs are an expensive investment and this is good insurance to have against something that is a known problem in campgrounds with overloaded or antiquated electrical systems. If we could change one thing about the box is for it to be a bit smaller to take up less room in the bay.
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Disclosure: We paid for the product in this review and this review represents our own opinions.
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11 thoughts on “Progressive Industries EMS Review – Protect Your RV From Electrical Damage”
I noticed on this site it says your 50A built in does not catch when there is dangerous current to ground wire, seems like since you surpass all other protectors in nearly every way that this may be a misprint and you actually do protect/shutdown/indicate/display this condition. Can you please confirm and if this is not detected why it is not a risk to the RV or persons.
We’d suggest you contact the manufacturer of the EMS you’re looking at and ask them.
Which is the equivalent for the 50 amp. I just wanted to clarify which one before buying. It seems to do different things then the list above.
Thank you so much for your website! We are two weeks into our adventure and we have survived by watching all your videos. You guys are awesome! TY
Thanks Dominique, so happy you’re enjoying our content! This is the 50 amp version: http://amzn.to/2ysnNkD
We use the 50 amp portable version and had a recent encounter with low voltage. I normally plug in the EMS and monitor the readings before plugging in my power cord. On the occasion mentioned above I got a consistent low voltage reading so I asked to change sites. Interesting thing is that the state park (Bonham State Park, TX) did nothing about the bad site. Hate to be the RVer that eventually has appliances ruined by low voltage. Thanks for sharing!
Glad you were able to move. We were stuck some place and the voltage would drop when everyone turn on their AC and the EMS would shut us down.
UGH! We live in Texas and camp locally when we don’t have time for a long road trip. Having our electric shut down unexpectedly would be very uncomfortable in late spring and summer when the temp can go well above 100 degrees!
Good review, Joe. I agree with you, a must have item. Why take chances? Our Bay Star has the 50 amp system though and I hard wired the box in. One of the hardest installations I’ve ever done, due to having to get all those very large gauge wires into the box. To do over again, I would buy the portable box.
Hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving.