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Old 05-07-2015, 11:08 AM   #1
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Surge Protectors, are they gimmicks

Ok any stories out there of someones RV getting messed up because they didnt use one?

Seems like a $200 to $400 gimmick

Would also like to hear about people who have never used them

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Old 05-07-2015, 11:18 AM   #2
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Surge Protectors, are they gimmicks

My Progressive Industries unit saved me 3 deductibles, one for a lightning strike, one for low voltage, one for open ground. That is $1500 in deducibles I did NOT pay. My neighbors spent up to 7 weeks getting insurance and service folks to make repairs happen.
Just sayin....

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Old 05-07-2015, 11:23 AM   #3
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I took my old coach in for a new fridge and told the repair shop to use my progressive surge protector, they didn't. We had a storm, and they had an open ground, they fried my convection oven and rear A/C, it cost the shop almost 2K to fix. It was the best $300 I spent at the time, I don't ever plug in without it.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:45 PM   #4
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I have had the Progressive Industries on ALL of the RV's we have owned! I would NEVER leave home without one! You can plug into a faulty CG pedestal and fry everything electrical in you rig! That would NOT be cheap!

I recommend the PI HW50C unit. Amazon has it for $332.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:49 PM   #5
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Would also like to hear about people who have never used them
That's like asking smokers if they're still alive. Trouble is, you can't ask the ones who aren't.
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:57 PM   #6
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If you make a habit of checking campground pedestals before plugging in, the utility of a good progressive industries unit becomes self evident in short order.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:00 PM   #7
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It's just like insurance. Chances are you'll never need it, but if you ever do, it'll be the best money you've spent.
Mine has saved me from a bad pedestal so far.....
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:26 PM   #8
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We had been using an outdoor 20amp plug for several years. Few years back, we brought home the tank and plugged in to keep the fridge cold. Got an error message on my surge suppressor. Found the white and black wires to the 20 amp plug had been reversed all these years.
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Old 05-07-2015, 03:53 PM   #9
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Our traveling companions lost the furnace in their motor home last year in a thunderstorm. We were parked next to them and didn't lose a thing. They did not have a surge guard and we did. I personally would not hook up in an RV park without one because of the under and over voltage protection for appliances. Just my $0.02 and others may vary.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:11 PM   #10
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I just purchased one for my rig. After seeing some of the sketchy electrical hookups in parks that I have stopped at, I figured it was time to get one.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:12 PM   #11
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They are absolutely not gimmicks. Neither are ground fault interrupters. Invest some time in googling electrical safety devices.
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:28 PM   #12
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Nearby lightning strike/power surge caused our battery monitoring system to give out....$80 repair wasn't bad cost wise but decided to purchase a protecter last year..so far, no problems.
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I bought one (Progressive) last summer before our stay at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Previous reviews of their RV parking noted exceptionally poor electrical hookups. It was well worth the expense and probably saved the electrical system in our motorhome. There were a few nights we had to do without a/c (in August!) because the surge protector would shut off the coach when the voltage dropped too low. Those nights I just ran the generator.
As a side note, I can't complain about the lousy electric hookups at Cleveland Clinic, because the RV parking was free, saved us a fortune in hotel bills while my wife had heart surgery. We were there three weeks.
I HIGHLY recommend buying one!
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I bought one a couple years ago after hearing the horror stories at a Winnie GNR and gald I did. Now no more worries when I plug it in when on the road. Worth every penny.

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