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Old 05-05-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Electric Power Surge Protector?!?!

Curious as to how many people have spent the money and bought the Power Surge Protectors?? I have heard horror stories of trailers destroyed by electric power surges. We have a seasonal site in Upstate NY and wondering if we should get one! Thanks
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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I just bought the progressive hard wired 30amp unit from camping world $208.00. Cheapest I've seen it. So far I have been happy with it. Had it hooked up for 1 week and it already detected a ground fault during a rainstorm
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There have been many posts on this, and you'll find the consensus is to get a quality surge protector, absolutely. Cheap insurance....
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I had the Progressive Industries 50A surge protector installed, in line. Ran about $500.00 installed. I had them put the remote in the closet so the bright red less didn't keep me awake at night.
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Not only on the rv, but also on the stick and brick. Cheap insurance IMO.
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Not only on the rv, but also on the stick and brick. Cheap insurance IMO.
Never thought of doing this to the S/B home. THe house was hit by lightening 2 years ago. THe strike took out several electrical components (TV, surround system, alarm system, etc..), would this have prevented that?
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last thing I bought for the RV....its cheap insurance/peace of mind. We bought the portable progressive 50 am unit.
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Never thought of doing this to the S/B home. THe house was hit by lightening 2 years ago. THe strike took out several electrical components (TV, surround system, alarm system, etc..), would this have prevented that?
Not sure whether it would protect from a direct strike, but there have been several close by through the years (we are based in Central FL) that did extensive damages to neighbor's stuff - ours was protected. Local power companies will typically install one for a few dollars a month added to your bill.
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Not sure whether it would protect from a direct strike, but there have been several close by through the years (we are based in Central FL) that did extensive damages to neighbor's stuff - ours was protected. Local power companies will typically install one for a few dollars a month added to your bill.
Thanks, I will call our utility company Monday and check with our electrician.

Insurance covered everything but what a PIA it was going through the process of figuring out what did and didn't work. Found one component in the pool house almost a year later, thought we had gone through and turned everything on and off, guess we missed that one. Insurance claim already closed so we ate the replacement cost.
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I view it as a must. Had mine hardwired in when the coach was nearly new.

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I have not yet added one to the teardrop but do have one on the house. Recommended is a whole house surge protector and individual surge protectors for electronics. For our main computer I have a surge protector and an uninterpretable power supply so three layers of surge protection. We have had neighbors lose equipment during power spikes due to lightening strikes to the power lines.
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I went with the in line version in the MH. Never gave a thought to one for the house until seeing the idea here in jzick's post.

I have always had surge protection and a UPS on the computers. Now looking at protecting the whole house.

The utility company is supposed to give me an estimate this week on installing surge protection for the house.
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We live in an old house on a hill and were damaged by near strikes twice until I added a residential class lightning arrester to the service panel, then a whole-house surge protector to the service panel, plus uninterruptible power supplies to the computers and stereo, and finally surge protector strips rated UL 1449 to anything else solid state. That was years ago and no damage since. You will need an electrician to install the arrester and it needs to be mounted on something non-combustible.

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I used one for a short time.. But it was a 30 amp, My rig is a 50.. Since I installed an auto-former to protect against low voltage (The major issue where I park) it became useless.

I have, to date (30 years of camping) taken one spike that did damage.

It took out $100 worth of equipment. That said.. Though a surge (long term over voltage) might cause me some issues.. MOST of the delecate stuff is protected by my Prosine Inverter (The difference is if the incoming voltage goes to say 150 or 200 the Prosine won't cut off power to the TV, it will supply it but IT will supply it)

Only the air conditioner and the other converter are at risk and a couple of other little things, and the switchign power converter,,, Well it is self protecting on surges.

SPIKES which can get past the Prosine.. I have several layers of spike protection.
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