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Be Prepared

New to me Progressive Dynamics PT30C EMS

New to me Progressive Industries  PT30C EMS

I lamented in a previous blog post that I was unsettled by the fact that I did not have adequate electrical protection in place.  Running naked without a Progressive Industries EMS chills me– it really does. We have been using the same generator for 7 months with nary a problem but then again, you just never know. The  Progressive Industries PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS is pricey. Plenty of people take a look and then back off and buy a cheaper surge protector trying to save a few bucks.  Let me go on record right now and say if you are going to use your RV quite a bit nothing is going to cut it EXCEPT an EMS from Progressive Industries.  (Buy the Best. Buy it Once.) The cheaper models just do not have all the features you need to adequately protect the electrical and electronic components of your recreational vehicle.

Since the Progressive Industries EMS’ are so pricey I just couldn’t afford one right this minute.   Every FRN I had stuffed down in that old sock under the bed had gone toward the purchase of the Princess Palace.  Blog reader and forum participant Jim (Jim’s Carrilite) emailed me and said he had upgraded to a 50amp RV and purchased a new 50amp Progressive Industries EMS.  He had his old Progressive Industries PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS laying around gathering dust. I asked him how much he wanted for the used EMS. These rascals command a premium on the used market. Jim said “It was given to me and I am giving it to you.” Paying It Forward in such a fashion brings the giver boatloads of great karma. I sure do thank you Jim!

Filling up the Princess Palace.  Water filters,electrical adapters, Round Up and Ant Killer

Filling up the Princess Palace. Water filters,electrical adapters, Round Up and Ant Killer

On top of that, he sent it Priority Mail on his dime and I had it the following Monday!  Gotta love that and I wasted no time getting that booger hooked up.  It looked brand new!

Now y’all may holler BULLSHIT on me but I swear this is the honest truth.  2 mornings later I was sittin’ here about daylight and the AC cut on.  1 second later, all power to the Princess Palace went south.  WTF?  None of the breakers tripped so I slipped my boots on and went outside for a look.  Sure enough I had problems!  The EMS was showing 102 volts with a corresponding low voltage shut down.  I checked what I could check but there is not really a whole lot you can do in this situation.  All mechanical things wear out eventually and the voltage regulator is one of the common failure points on a generator.  I watched it for a bit and it was fluctuating between 99 and 110 volts so I figured it was a goner.  I texted the Boss Lady and told her what was going on and we needed a replacement.  Me and Tuco had a hot one that day let me tell ya!  We sent Miss K off to Dilley to do laundry in the cool AC of the Washateria and the two of us just gritted it out in the heat.  The replacement generator showed up about 5pm.

I am going to get off on one of my best rant subjects  here so buckle up for the ride.  80 percenters.  Just when in the hell did an 80 percent effort become good enough to get by?  And be acceptable behavior?  The Big Fat Boy that showed up in the big Dodge Ram Dually let me know right quick that he was just a delivery driver and his only responsibility was dropping off the replacement generator and picking up the old one.  I let him know double damn quick that if he wanted his delivery ticket signed that a few criteria were going to be satisfied.   I am not painfully neat or organized but I do have this streak of OCDness that requires things to be in a certain fashion.  I told BFB that he could park the new generator right exactly beside the old one and it would all be good.  There was room to do it.   I could have done it first shot.  Hell, Miss K coulda done it!  BFB couldn’t do it to save his life.   Now, granted, little short tongued rascals like these generators are a bitch to back up.  But you can do it if you got the chops.   I knew BFB didn’t have it.  His receiver slug was still all new paint shiny and bright.   So back and forth, back and forth 20 times and he finally gave up.  He said ” You have to have it right there?”   “Yup — for all the cords and fuel hoses to reach; sure do.”  So he told me the plan was to drop the replacement in the driveway.  Hook to the old one and yank it out and then back the new one in.  Fine by me.  I will even help you BFB.

We dropped the new one and I helped him get hitched to the old one and then I went and started pulling the stabilizer legs in.  I looked up and BFB was hooking the safety chains up and plugging the lights in.

“Hey, you don’t need to do that to pull it out of the slot!”

“I am outta here. You can put the replacement in the slot your own self with that Suburban.”

Now folks, I was mighty hot and tired that evening.  I had sweated a shirt almost white and my drawers was chafin’ my old legs raw.

“Nothing doing!  That Suburban has a pintle hitch on it and that won’t work!”  Now, I didn’t tell him I had 4 other receiver slugs right inside the back hatch of the Suburban that could probably hook just about anything down here in the South Texas pucker brush and drive away with it.  I was being ornery with BFB and I know it.  80 percenters piss me right off.

The rain clouds roll in.

The rain clouds roll in.

Now get this………. BFB doubted my word and walked 30 yards to peep at the back of the big ass Suburban.  He strolled back over, shaking his head, and started to open his mouth. I was jacked up to Level II by now and I cut him off at the knees right quick

“If you want that delivery ticket signed we are going to stick with Plan A. Yank that trailer out of the hole and put that new one in.  Now.”

Now call me an asshole or whatever but even though I had a steady stream of sweat rolling off the brim of my Stetson I didn’t let up.  He had room to park 4 generators in the spot but he just couldn’t get it right.  About the fifth try, I hollered “It is mortal hot out here! Do you want me to crawl in that Dodge and put that trailer in the hole for you?”  He didn’t speak to me after that–not a single syllable. Fine by me!   He finally managed to get the generator parked within a foot or so of the old location and reasonably straight and when I gave him the thumbs up he hopped out of that Dodge with his paperwork in hand.

“Not so fast– go hook that other trailer while I check this one out.  If it fires up and gens me some electricity you will be good to go.”   He laid a pretty fierce stink eye on me but BFB 80 percenters don’t cow me much.  I just turned my back on him.  Dismissed!  LOL.

Again, Thank you Jim  for the Progressive Industries PT30C 30 Amp Portable EMS. I owe you and hope to re-pay your goodness somewhere down the road.

 BTW,  I like for all of y’all to rate each post with the Gold Star thingy at the bottom.  I am not saying you have to LIKE each one.  Just give it a rating; good-mediocre-bad-whatever. The good ones make it to the sidebar on the right and I have noticed lately more and more folks are clicking those ‘Most Popular’ links for a read.

End Note:  Roll by Randall Bramblett from The Bright Spots cd.   Bluesy Athens, GA rock and roll.

Check the youtube.  Rollickin’ tight

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9 comments to Be Prepared

  • Bryan

    You gotta love a Progressive EMS PT30C! I learned something about them recently. If the display becomes fogged up you have to open the back and let the condensation or any water that has managed to work its way in there out.

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  • Jim

    Glad it worked!

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    • Andrew

      I am glad you sent it Priority Mail Jim! I had no idea I was going to test it out so quick. Thanks again!

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  • Mike

    Wow, can’t believe someone had that much trouble backing up a two wheel trailer. A four wheel trailer would be way beyond them. I’m an old farm boy and have to admit that we had hitches on the front bumper to make it easier to back up the four wheel trailers. Hope that you are doing OK with all the rain in your area.

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    • Andrew

      Oh he did Mike!

      Most of the rain is North and East of us.

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  • Michael

    Andrew, glad you where finally able to get the EMS before something happened. I also have the 50 Amp hardwired unit and would never be without it.

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  • MSGDLD (r)

    Been going over your site for an hour or so now. Clicked on this one for the Review of the progressive EMS. Definitely enjoyed this one on the 80 percenters. Piss me off too, makes me glad I’m retired now!

    And yup, backing a generator trailer can be a bear! Especially fun with a 2 1/2 ton where you can’t see the trailer. Takes lots of practice.

    Thanks for a big smile today!
    DLD

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  • Patti Dinger

    Andy, I have been on your site for well over an hour and enjoying every bit of it.
    Both my husband (42 years) and I are oil field babies and are used to the nomad life. Wayne, my husband, just got laid off from his job after 25 years with the same company. We were looking for something we could do together because we like each others company most of the time 🙂
    Someone told me about becoming a gatekeeper but didn’t have any other info so I decided to do some research and found you. I am currently stationed in Mt Pleasant Iowa on a job as a Field Office Manager for a natural gas pipeline company. Before this I was in Davis, OK doing the same thing. We live in our RV as long as I’m working, so RVing for us is nothing new. I’ll be the first to admit we still have a lot to learn about the RV life but we’re definitely not newbies.
    We are definitely going to try and get into this.
    I appreciate all the effort you’ve made to put your site together and all the info you have on it.
    Thank you for all you do,
    Patti K. Dinger

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    • Andrew

      Thanks Patti

      Check out the message forums as well for additional gate guard info.

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