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Old 08-11-2011, 10:37 AM   #1
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30 amp or 50 amp

New to the forum and RV'ing.
Looking into a surge protector for a Salem 27RKSS 2012 unit but when I spke with Camping world as to what unit I would need if any... they came back with

"That entirely depends on what you have in the RV. size plays no part in the matter. If you have a 30 amp system, get that one. If you have a 50 amp system, get that one.
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I pick up the new trailer (our first) SEP 1 in Mass. and cannot locate any specs on the Forest River Salems for electricity. The last thing anyone needs to see is me at 2359 hrs coming out of a trailer because I heard a snap or a loud pop and had a flash back to rougher patrol times in the dust bowl.

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Old 08-11-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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I would call the dealer -- they should know. Most trailers are 30 amp.

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Old 08-12-2011, 11:01 AM   #3
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from what i can find on the internet it appears it is 30 amp. most smaller trailers like this one do have 30 amp service because there is no need for additional a/c, washer dryer or other power hungry equip. you may have to be selective when you want a/c and microwave at the same time. other things would be blow dryers, irons, toasters. look at the labels and see how much current they use and than you can figure how many you can run at one time. don't forget the water heater if it is a gas/electric which i don't think it will be.
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:02 PM   #4
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Look at the power plug for your RV, Then read parts 1 and 2 of this post:

Part 1:
If the plug has 3 prongs, 2 flat one round or "U" shaped: That is a 30 amp cord. you can use a 30 amp supressor on a 30 amp rig, it will work just fine.

If the plug has 4 prongs, 3, flat and one round or U shaped: Then 50 amp. Note in this case you should pick up an adapter so you can plug into a 30 amp outlet if you need to, you might also wish to visit http://www.psrv.net

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Using the 30-50 and 50-30 adapters you can use a 50 amp surge/power proteector on any rig, 30 or 50 amp, in fact it will work BETTER on a 30 amp rig, much better in fact since it has several times the spike supression ability of a 30 amp unit. This also means if you were to Upgrade to a 50 amp rig during the life of the supressor.. No need to buy a new one.
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Appreciated...
I haven't picked it up yet so I don't know what format the plug is in?
This unit does have the gas electric water heater tank, microwave, air con and heater.
I'll check on it when we pickit up on the 1 st of September
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:54 AM   #6
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HERE is a blog page you might want to read.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-04-2011, 08:44 AM   #7
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www.psrv.net is no longer a working site. I received an email from them saying they no longer make the power adapters. Bill said the parts were getting hard to find and too expensive to use and make the product affordable. I suspect it is more than that.

However, they are not too hard to make your own.

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