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Mortimer Brewster

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X2 on a Progressive Industries hard-wired unit to protect your electrical system. I’d take a look the installation instructions on their website and decide if you can install it yourself.

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X2 on a Progressive Industries hard-wired unit to protect your electrical system. I’d take a look the installation instructions on their website and decide if you can install it yourself.


If you self install, they will not warranty the unit in case of failure. Has to be done by an RV dealer.

Yes on slide toppers. Dragging a ladder around gets old quickly.

Consider upgrading to power vents with real fans. They will remove hot air and odors from your TT much better than the factory version.

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Congrats on the new TT! LV Native myself and still local in KC.

Weston Bend MO campground would be a good place to get a feel for your new Rig. I don't think I would try to get into River Front park with your setup.

X3 on the Progressive Industries EMS. Cant comment on the others as I do not use them.

Ill just leave this here. TT has a 9985 lb GVW, UVW of 7929 lb., Published TW of 953 lb. 35' 11" long

http://www.forestriverinc.com/product-details.aspx?LineID=158&Image=5084&ShowParent=1&ModelID=700#Main

Have fun, go slow and be safe!

If you have any Qs about local spots shot me a PM.

BTW, did you get it from Olathe Ford RV or Camping World?

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drsteve wrote:

Mortimer Brewster wrote:

X2 on a Progressive Industries hard-wired unit to protect your electrical system. I’d take a look the installation instructions on their website and decide if you can install it yourself.


If you self install, they will not warranty the unit in case of failure. Has to be done by an RV dealer.

Here’s the warranty . They will NOT honor the warranty for an improper installation and they strongly recommend that it be installed by a qualified electrician. Nowhere does it say that if you self install the warranty is voided.

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What are they charging for each item? That's probably the big decision maker. If they are giving you a good deal because their techs don't have enough to work on, all three can be nice. If it's full retail price for installation, all three can be done later.
- Slide toppers, nice if you will be in wooded areas where stuff lands on the slide.
- Hatch covers are really easy to install in about 15-20min each.
- Plugging in a surge protector is pretty easy (wouldn't count on any warranty).


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Mortimer Brewster wrote:

drsteve wrote:

Mortimer Brewster wrote:

X2 on a Progressive Industries hard-wired unit to protect your electrical system. I’d take a look the installation instructions on their website and decide if you can install it yourself.


If you self install, they will not warranty the unit in case of failure. Has to be done by an RV dealer.

Here’s the warranty . They will NOT honor the warranty for an improper installation and they strongly recommend that it be installed by a qualified electrician. Nowhere does it say that if you self install the warranty is voided.


There was a discussion that touched on this last week. The company apparently changed hands recently, and changes were made to the warranty. I went and read it, and at that time the warranty specifically excluded self installs. Looks like they changed it, which is good. They probably realized they were going to lose a lot of sales...

On edit: That page is still up, and can be viewed here: http://www.progressiveindustries.net/warranty-information

The first item under "exclusions":

"Installation of hard wired units by any party other than a qualified RV dealer."

One has to wonder which of these applies....

* This post was edited 02/11/18 07:39am by drsteve *

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These upgrades can be expensive. I can agree if you are getting a good deal on them then do it. If you are physically able to get on the roof then you decide if they are worth the expense. If the unit does not have an installed ladder on the back for access then toting a separate ladder is a pain. Debris on the slide roofs can damage the roofing and seal materials so making sure they are clean before you bring them in is vital IMO.

Vent covers can be convenient if you don't go all out and put in vent fans with rain sensors that self close. Again, if you are able to get on the roof then do that one yourself if just going with covers.

The EMS/surge suppressor can be a life saver, especially at older parks. I have a Progressive Industries 50 amp portable one, not the hard wired, and I do cable lock mine to the pedestal. I have been saved once so far by its use.

Another factor is how long do you plan on keeping the unit? Are you sure you won't out grow it or come to dislike anything about it? Something else to look at is what tires are on it? Good ones or low end Trailer Kings? How about the suspension? Does it have the Mor-Ride or Equa-Flex equalizers and shackles? Makes a big difference in towing stability, again, just my opinion. Read about the nylon bushing inserts that are used and how they wear out fast. Wet bolts and bronze bushings are so much better.

Other than that go have fun when you do pick it up.

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The best way to decide if you need a RV accessory like a surge protector is ask yourself do you have one now in your stick and bricks house. If yes and you find it necessary, then absolutely get one for the RV. IF yes and you find it worthless or if no, then don't buy one for the RV.

This same decision making strategy works well for deciding how to do certain things like only turning on the water heater when you need hot water, turning off the water every time you leave for the day, or even how often to wash the roof.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

The best way to decide if you need a RV accessory like a surge protector is ask yourself do you have one now in your stick and bricks house.

I disagree with this portion of your statement. The electrical service to my house is much more dependable that that of a rv park. My PI EMS saved me a lot of money when I hooked up to a pedestal which had problems in South Dakota.

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Yes to the slide toppers. Yes to the vent covers. Not sure about the surge protector being hot wires but one is recommended.

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