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Old 01-10-2007, 09:19 PM   #1
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going to look for a SS and wondered if anyone has any comments on what brand or brands are good and those that are not so good. what type do they use on the new coaches? I'm sure that all the brands will be at Quartzite but wanted to get some input ahead of time.
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:19 PM   #2
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going to look for a SS and wondered if anyone has any comments on what brand or brands are good and those that are not so good. what type do they use on the new coaches? I'm sure that all the brands will be at Quartzite but wanted to get some input ahead of time.
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:55 PM   #3
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For my previous 2001 Alpine, I purchased the KS-RV50 Portable 50amp Surge Guard from CampingWorld. It worked just fine for me. On a number of occasions , it detected low voltage in RV parks.

Its features are:
- Protects RV from Faulty Power
- Caution Indicator Lights for: Reverse Polarity, Dangerous Current On Ground Wire, Pedestal Mis-wire Condition
- Weather Resistant
- No Installation- Just Plug In
- Multi-Mode Surge Suppression
- High and Low Voltage Protection
- Keyed Bypass Switch for Emergency Operation
- 240 volts
- 50 amps
- 6/4 AWG cord
- 1750 joules surge suppression
- 6500 amps spike protection
- Response time 1 nanosecond
- Built-in two minute and 16 second time delay for compressor protection
- Fire protection

CampingWorld - Surge Guard
I sent you a private email if you are interested in the one that I no longer use, since these same features are built into my 2006 Alpine.

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Old 01-12-2007, 04:34 AM   #4
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Put one on my coach for the first time and found that several campgrounds have problems that I brought to their attention. I got mine at a Newmar International in Essex Junction.
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Old 01-12-2007, 04:56 AM   #5
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I had the Surge Guard on my last two coaches. It did a good job of protecting the coach from low voltage or spikes. But, on this coach I went with the Progressive Industries EMS HW 50C, which I like better. They both have good protection but the EMS HW 50C has replaceable modules that will save you time and money should you need to repair the unit. It also has a quicker startup time. My SurgeGuard took about 90 seconds before it would allow power to pass through. The Progressive is more like 5 seconds. The other feature I liked was that the SurgeGuard has small wiring terminals which made it hard to cram a #6 wire into, unlike the Progressive unit.
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I also have a surge suppressors 50amp that camping world sells that I no longer use because my 06 also has it built in.Befor I bought it we had over $8000 of damage done due to a lighting strike in the park we were in.I wouldn't be without one again.Do you know how long it takes them to fix that much damage?I don't have any hair left ha ha.
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Old 01-13-2007, 11:51 AM   #7
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THIS IS QUITE A COINCIDENCE. I'VE BEEN THINKING I SHOULD HAVE SOME PROTECTION AND JUST GOT AROUND TO IT. I BOUGHT A UNIT FROM FRANK'S ELECTRONICE THAT SERVES AS A SURGE SUPRESSOR BUT ALSO HAS A TRANSFORMER TO BOOST THE VOLTAGE WHEN NECESSARY. THERE IS A $60 KIT AVAILABLE SO THAT YOU CAN JUST PLUG IT IN OR BY PASS IT AND TAKE IT WITH YOU FOR THE NEXT RIG. IT'S A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN A STAND ALONE SURGE SUPRESSOR, BUT I THINK IT'S WORTH IT ($579); LOW VOLTAGE WILL WRECK A/C MOTORS AND WHO HAS TIME TO MONITOR THAT? FRANK'S ELECTRONICS WAS AT THE FMCA POMONA SHOW - I SHOULD HAVE BOUGHT IT THEN. HERE'S A LINK. FRANK'S ELECTRONICS
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For what it's worth - For my '03 Alpine I bought a Hughes Buck & Boost at a FMCA Rally for only about $400 (it is manufactured in Fullerton CA & I picked it up there & saved the transport fees). It is not only a Surge Suppressor but it also modulates line voltage and builds it up or brings it down, as well as indicates correct polarity on the lines. Even though my new '07 APEX has a built in Surge Protector - I still use this when traveling on the road to prevent any problems.

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