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Old 06-07-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Voltage & Surge Protector

New to RV camping. Do I need a voltage/surge protector? I see they can be expensive, but damage can be more so. Is this a real threat to me?

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Old 06-07-2016, 07:14 PM   #2
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Yep. Learned it the hard way aboard our sailboat when we cruised in the Bahamas.

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Old 06-07-2016, 07:54 PM   #3
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Voltage & Surge Protector

Yes, the threat and the need us real. An EMS such as from Progressive is highly recommended. IMHO.
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Old 06-07-2016, 08:26 PM   #4
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It's a very real threat, and an EMS is necessary protection. We purchased a lot at an older private campground, the first time I plugged in our surge suppressor it faulted for out of phase. As it turned out the outlet was mis-wired sometime in the past. I wouldn't plug our TT into any pedestal/source without one.
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:35 PM   #5
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I have used a Surge Guard for 20 years. I burned one up when lighting hit close by, but it save the motorhome. I feel it has saved the motorhome / trailer at lease 4 times over the years. Happy Travels!
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Old 06-12-2016, 10:09 AM   #6
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My SurgeGuard has saved me from hooking up to faulty outlets at several campgrounds and from bad voltage that developed after hooking up at others. The protection is well worth the cost.
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Yes you need EMS if you ever plug into shore power. Our 5th has been saved at least once already. I installed a 50Amp built-in Progressive EMS system in the basement area just inside of the shore power entry point. I really love the display that tells you exactly what you have coming-in and how much power you are drawing. I liked the built-in version because it won't be walking off and I never have to remember to use it. I consider these to be one the first mods you should make if the unit did come with one. Keep in-mind you get what you pay in terms of EMS. I'm sure there are other good brands, but I liked the Progressive solutions best.
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Never had one and have gone for over 50 years with no problems. Now that we have one I've found a couple places that had bad power and the EMS shut power off. One was in a park on the way to Phoenix last year. We pulled in late so the office was closed but there was someone there to direct us. couldn't get power from the pedestal so I ran my cord over to the adjacent site the next morning and reported it. Before we left they had two maintenance men working on it and they didn't charge us.
Next place was at a friends house so I connected to another plug. Turns out that one was on the same circuit as his shop so everytime he started his saw our power switched to the inverter.
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Old 06-17-2016, 04:05 PM   #11
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Yes, get ANY surge protector, better than none. You can spend hundreds, I spent about $50. Before I had mine I lost 2 power centers and various other items while connected to a campground outlet.

Also get the lock box thingy so no one steals it from you
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Big fan of Progressive Industries.

Hooked up at a CG in Anaheim for a couples months when their electrical system went haywire one evening. Burned up my surge protector.

Calle Progressive, they had me troubleshoot it with them on the phone, determined it could not be repaired in the field.

I fedEx'd it back on Monday and they had it back to me on Wednesday.

Can't say enough good about their customer service.

It has also protected me from damage in two other CGs by not energizing the the RV circuits when it detected bad wiring in the pedestal.

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