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Old 04-24-2016, 11:49 PM   #1
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Surge protector

So, how important is it to have a quality surge protector in a campground? Or from the Gen?
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Very important. CG power if bad can easily damage appliances and systems in your RV. Big $$$.

And not just a surge protector, you should have a unit that also qualifies the power (low or high voltage, incorrect grounding, etc).
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Like a Progressive Ind. PT30C
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Old 04-29-2016, 06:59 AM   #4
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+1 This is what I have. Seemed pricey at first but once you think about the potential consequences of power problems, its a steal.

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+1 This is what I have. Seemed pricey at first but once you think about the potential consequences of power problems, its a steal.

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+2 I consider it cheap insurance when you look at what repair/replacement costs could be if you have a problem.

The first thing I do when I get to a RV site is plug in the Progressive and check the power and I have encountered bad power towers.
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Also look into the Hughes Autoformers. Surge protector and power booster.
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Surge protectors work.
3 days ago my unit lost power checked Progressive Industries 50 amp surge protector,
line 1 123v, line 2 93v. Would have blown capacitors in a/c units
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Surge protectors work.
3 days ago my unit lost power checked Progressive Industries 50 amp surge protector,
line 1 123v, line 2 93v. Would have blown capacitors in a/c units

X2...pulled into a RV resort last fall at Raleigh Oaks. Plugged into power post and surge protector would not allow power to the coach. One leg was at 90volts!
Of course, that reminded me to always plug into post and check power before doing any other set up work!
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Also look into the Hughes Autoformers. Surge protector and power booster.
I have the Hughes Autoformer 30A. It was highly recommended and rated. I haven't tried it yet but it has a surge and regulates the voltage and tries to keep it at 120v as close as possible. It's a no brainer if you don't want to cook your appliances.
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I have the Hughes Autoformer 30A. It was highly recommended and rated. I haven't tried it yet but it has a surge and regulates the voltage and tries to keep it at 120v as close as possible. It's a no brainer if you don't want to cook your appliances.
Well not exactly. The surge protection is basic, and the voltage will be 2% or 10% higher. There are no other "close as possible" results. That said, I use one as needed.
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First thing I bought for the coach. Actually had it before the coach by a couple of days. Been on the end of the power cord going on six years. Saves the AC's from low voltage at least once a summer.
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I had one (Progressive EMS 50A) from the day I first bought my MH. I have never plugged into a pedestal without it being in line.
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I don't think you will find anyone voting against there use. The next question may be hard wire or portable. I purchased the portable for these two reasons..
1. I already had a 25' extension cord so I could lock mine in the storage compartment during use. I know theft is not usually a problem, but they are expensive.
2. If i sell the MH I can take it with me or sell it if my next MH jumps up to 50 amp service.
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Like our Roadside Assistance, we don't leave home without our Progressive and it has done its job well a couple of times. I carry a short length of log chain and it secures to any post very easily.
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