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Old 05-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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50 AMP surge protector

I finally purchased a 50 amp surge protector with high\low voltage protection. It is one that plugs inbetween the park box and my power line. My question is can I pigtail it down for 30 amp service. We will be going to a small campground and will only have 30 amp service. It will not be a problem since it will not be warm enough to need to run more then one AC unit if any. I just don't know if a 50 amp protector will work with only 30 amp service. My gut says it will but I would feel better if I knew for sure. A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous. Any information will be very much appreciated.
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Yes it will work on 30amp or house current.

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Installed a 50amp inline today myself not to bad rough on knees and back.
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If you have some directions or a manual, check them out...or call the company. I had a TRC 50 amp surge guard in my 5th wheel. It said to use it only a short time on 30 amps, that it is designed for use with 50 amps.
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I have the portable 50 amp model from Progressive Industries. The manufacturer said it will work fine with a 30 amp adapter. I've used it with one for two years now with no issues.

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I hook my Progressive to 15 amp shoreline at house,no problem. REMEMBER you have to cut down electric usage accordingly.
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Not only will it work just fine on 30 amps, it will work BETTER than a 30 amp unit.

It has like six times the spike suppression ability of a 30 amp unit is the reason. If not more. (other funcitons are the same, but that one is greatly improved)
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If you have some directions or a manual, check them out...or call the company. I had a TRC 50 amp surge guard in my 5th wheel. It said to use it only a short time on 30 amps, that it is designed for use with 50 amps.
Thanks for the information. I'll check the paperwork but my surge protector is a TRC so it don't look too good. The only good thing is we very seldom get a site with only 30 amp service.
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I bought a 30 amp and I had a 50 amp TRC. Now I'm covered. the piece of mind is worth the extra bucks
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New update---If I would have sat down and read all the paperwork that came with the surge supressor, I would have known it can be used with a 30 amp feed. Thanks to everyone for the input.
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I have the TRC 50 amp Surgeguard. The information sheet says, "Operation of these units on a 120v/30 amp, 120v/ 20 amp and 120v/ 15 amp power source is acceptable, the unit will function properly".
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I have the TRC 50 amp Surgeguard. The information sheet says, "Operation of these units on a 120v/30 amp, 120v/ 20 amp and 120v/ 15 amp power source is acceptable, the unit will function properly".
Good, they've improved it since I got mine about five years ago.
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I just hooked up my brand new TRC 30 amp-----works great. The 50 is sitting in the belly box doing nothing but it deserves a break after 6 months of steady use.
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