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Texas Two Steppers

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Posted: 01/26/13 05:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use one and carry a lock and key and lock the electrical box after plugging in. There is usually a hole in the door that lines up with a hole in the base that is made for locking in most meter boxes. I have found that you can do this about 75% of the time. For the other 25% I carry a chain to loop around the cord then around the pedestal. Never had an park complain about me locking their box.


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bob213 wrote:

TRC Surge guard sells a box that goes over their unit that will let you run a cable thru it. Progressive industries EMS has a tab on the cord that let's you run a cablet thru to lock it up.

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does that go over the whole unit or just over the plug? if just the plug it is a joke IMHO. I used epoxy and glued a padlock hasp onto the side of mine. they can crack the case open to steal it if they want to.
and do NOT get the 90$ jobby, get a multi function one that protects from over/under voltage, spikes, delay on reset to protect AC compressor, etc.
I just put mine in a basement compartment out of sight, out of mind. but if you get a hard wired one, be sure it has a bypass feature.
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steel cable device that crimps tightly around the male end of the power cord and another that crimps around the female end of the surge protector

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Bumpyroad wrote:


does that go over the whole unit or just over the plug?
bumpy


Bumpy, It goes over the unit. I agree it not theft proof but I was taught " a lock does not keep a theif away, it just keeps an honest person honest." I figure if I make something harder to get, they will look for an easier one to steal.


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bob213 wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:


does that go over the whole unit or just over the plug?
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Bumpy, It goes over the unit. I agree it not theft proof but I was taught " a lock does not keep a theif away, it just keeps an honest person honest." I figure if I make something harder to get, they will look for an easier one to steal.


if that makes it possible to lock up the entire surge protector, it should send thieves elsewhere.
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If your concerned about theft get a hardwired unit and be done with it. I chose to go the hard wired route as a matter of convenience.
No set up no locks etc. Theft avoidance is just an added benefit.
I do not think theft of portable units is a big deal
This is my first season with a 50 amp hardwired unit. On my next to last trips the unit discovered a mis wired outlet and would not apply voltage. The outlet was defective.
Fortunately I was able to plug into another nearby 50 amp outlet using my 50 amp extension cord (another item that you never know when you might need it!).
In my case the surge suppressor worked as designed and I avoided any potential damage.
In my mind it only takes one damage saving event for the surge to pay for itself. From here on out I consider myself ahead of the game.

* This post was edited 01/26/13 01:03pm by Lantley *


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To all that responded with their application, what about including a photograph for the "dimmer" lights on the RV network.

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At home, I hook my computer and my TV and electronics into a surge protector, so it's like a no-brainer that when I go camping with my RV, that I'd do the same thing!

D'oh!

To me, it's not about theft as I'm not too concerned and put the dealie up inside the box at the pedestal.

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A security camera and a .45. on another note, would it be possible to wire your cords to a european style plug with the us plug in on one end rendering it useless to anyone who hasn't modified their plug ends? I also came upon this in a search,
http://www.parvonisresearch.com/product/tech_desc.shtml





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