Happy Saturday everyone! This will be our last post before we leave for Edisto Island, SC. Check our upcoming trips tab to read all about it.
Today started with the rainy weather hanging around early, but by 10:00 am, the sun was peeking through the clouds and the day turned out to be just beautiful. So what did we do? We went to Camping World of course. Rob has been wanting to install surge protection on the pod. He wanted one that was hardwired in-line vs. one which is plugged in at the power box. This is the model of Surge Guard we bought (the 30 amp version). The installation was pretty straight forward, but you have to be comfortable with wiring electrical circuits. Here are a few pictures of the install for you to see.
First things first, disconnect ALL power. This includes both 120 volt AC and 12 volt DC.
Remember, when dealing with electricity, SAFETY FIRST, LAST and ALWAYS!
Here's where it will be mounted in the front storage bay.
And here is the finished product. Mounted and with the holes for the wires all caulked full.
This is a few of the tools I used for this project. This is one of those little projects that seems like the first instruction should read:
1. Get every tool you own out of the tool box.
I did make a quick call to my brother the electrical engineer, for some help with wire sizing so once again, "Thanks Bro!"
This is the fuse panel/power converter pulled out for access to the wires and the area behind it. This is why I say to install this yourself, you have to be comfortable with wiring electrical circuits.
Once everything was put back together, and power restored to the pod, everything worked just fine. If you get one of these brands of Surge Guards, be cautioned that when each time you initially hook up to power, there is a 2 minute and 16 second delay before the Surge Guard connects. This is the built-in delay to protect the A/C compressor in case of a momentary power loss.
One last little item we bought at camping world was a coiled cable made especially for the break-away brake switch. This cable is a great improvement over the cable that comes standard with the break-away switch.
We hope everyone enjoys their Easter! Our next post will be from Edisto Island, SC. (The State Park where we are staying has a great WI-FI lounge which is free to all campers.) Until next time, stay safe out there...-R,T,&J.