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Old 04-02-2013, 06:52 PM   #1
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Surge Protector or not?????

I just bought a 2013 Heartland Cyclone 3800 5th wheel toy hauler It's a big boy. My question is do I really need to buy the portable surge protector. I have been rving for the las 3 years with my 28ft forest river stealth toy hauler and never use a surge protector. Since my 5th wheeeler have more electrical goodies on it do I need to pay hundreds of dolllars for it. Help the still newbie out
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:01 PM   #2
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Without going into detail which has been covered here in another thread.....YES
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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Not just a surge protector , but an EMS that will monitor voltage and shut you down under 104 and over 132.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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My surge protector cut off at 132 volts. Later, I was told that the voltage was increased during the summer to accommodate a business in proximity to my location. However, the voltage was never decreased in the fall when the higher voltage was not necessary. There are many reasons to have a surge protector that will be worth your investment.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:39 PM   #6
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IMO it's cheap insurance.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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My surge and voltage monitor has saved me form hooking up to an open ground plug on two occasions since I purchased it 2-1/2 years ago! This was my first addition to the MH.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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Can you guys help me understand what you are talking about? Is this something you plug into the RV park electric then plug the trailer into the surge protecter?
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You can get a plug in one or like me I had one hard wired in my rig so I don't have to mess with it. I think progressive is hands down the best and I bought from these folks.
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I have a hard wired system in my motor home. I went to a small park in Missouri last year that had some new parking spaces set up. The owner was helping me get set up. I plugged the Motor Home and did not get any power. ( My unit checks power then if it is ok it makes the connection to the coach. ) I checked everything to make sure it was hooked up correctly and still no power. The RV park owner was telling me he had just wired it up that day and he was sure he had gotten it wired right. I asked him where he put the wires and he did not have it wired correctly If I had not had the voltage analyzer on line I would have had 220 vac going to all of my electrical systems.
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Hi

I seems most everyone has one and it has saved most of them numerous times.
I don't have one, never had one, and never had a problem. I have not been in state parks
I have only been in Alberta and BC. None of my friends have used them either
I admit that I read on here and they seems a good idea but I hate to spend the $$
On something that I don't need. So I admit I am on the fence and maybe just lucky so far.
Maybe it depends where you are planning to go.

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Went for many years without a Surge Guard, but now have one. It is cheap insurance when you look at the cost compared to replacing a lot of electronics.

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Hi

I seems most everyone has one and it has saved most of them numerous times.
I don't have one, never had one, and never had a problem. I have not been in state parks
I have only been in Alberta and BC. None of my friends have used them either
I admit that I read on here and they seems a good idea but I hate to spend the $$
On something that I don't need. So I admit I am on the fence and maybe just lucky so far.
Maybe it depends where you are planning to go.

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It can happen anywhere.

It only takes one time.

Lightning struck a transformer. My PI EMS cut power to my rig. My neighbor spent $3500 replacing blown electronics.

For me the PMS was less than my insurance deducible would have been. So, it owes me nothing.
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