Originally Posted by Portert
wa8xym is there a way to monitor the voltage to make sure it stays above? We also just got a 50A fiver and want to make sure we don't blow things up!
There are indeed ways to monitor the voltage..
You can get what we call a surge protector, since it is a 50 amp rig (30 amp folks make the obvious change) the Progressive Industries HW-50C is hard wired into your system and will monitor the voltage (And one or two other things) if it goes too high or low it will shut you off, If there is a power "Flicker" (had several of those here last summer) it shuts you off for like 3 minutes (more on that coming) The PT-50C is a portable unit, you plug it into either the park's 50 amp outlet or your dogbone's 50 amp outlet and plug the rig into it, Same features only more likely to walk off without permission.
Why the 3 minute flicker shut down? Gives air conditioners and other compressers time to relax (Bleed down so they start normally) and thus prevents burn out of the compressor motor.
The other way..(And I might add I use all the these, includign the above) is to use plug in volt meters.
I have a Kill-a-watt set on volts in one outlet This unit has a pss through feature so I do not even loose the use of the outlet.
Another outlet has an MFJ Line Monitor
MFJ Enterprises Inc.
I really like this one, nice soft backlight, and like the Kill-a-watt it has a pass through outlet
And I have an analog plug in meter from Camping world, about the same price as the MFJ but no back light and no pass through.
THe K-A-W is on an inverter powered outlet
The MFJ is one one of the two 50 amp mains legs
The CW meter on the other.