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Old 03-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #57
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No problems with my first motor home. I had it 25 years ago.

However, I have a surge protector that I bought right after buying my current motorhome. There are more components in this one so I felt it best to have some protection.

The peace of mind is worth the purchase at least.
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I don't have a surge protector, and never have. Thinking about it and came up with this one. https://www.amazon.ca/Technology-Res...otector+for+rv
Anyone have any thoughts? Better than nothing , or just a waste of time?
For the times I do hook up to shore power (not many) would it give me any protection?
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I don't have a surge protector, and never have. Thinking about it and came up with this one. https://www.amazon.ca/Technology-Res...otector+for+rv
Anyone have any thoughts? Better than nothing , or just a waste of time?
For the times I do hook up to shore power (not many) would it give me any protection?
I have the 30 amp version of it. Seems to work fine since I see all the lights and I was camping in Springfield, Illinois a few months ago and a thunderstom blew in.

As you said, better than nothing.
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I don't have a surge protector, and never have. Thinking about it and came up with this one. https://www.amazon.ca/Technology-Res...otector+for+rv
Anyone have any thoughts? Better than nothing , or just a waste of time?
For the times I do hook up to shore power (not many) would it give me any protection?


I sure hope it does, since we've been using the 30 amp version of it. LOL. I am planning to install the hard wired Progressive Industries unit with the remote monitor before our big trip up to Alaska this summer though.
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The perceived cost/benefit ratio is different for everybody, as is the dollar amount of the potential loss; someone with a $400K DP has much more electrical equipment at risk than someone with a $10K used Class C. Someone who travels alot and uses many different hookups over the course of their travels is much more at risk than someone who most often frequents a single (or two) known campgrounds.
This reminds me of the group of motorcycles riders I hang out with. They will drop 30K on a nice bike and then go buy dollar store motor oil because they think the factory oil is too expensive.

This is a simple equation for me, a $300 purchase against a 45K RV seems insignificant. Have I had a problem in the past, no, do I want one in the future, no. So, I purchased one.
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If you donít use a surge protector/EMS have you ever had any problems?

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This reminds me of the group of motorcycles riders I hang out with. They will drop 30K on a nice bike and then go buy dollar store motor oil because they think the factory oil is too expensive.



This is a simple equation for me, a $300 purchase against a 45K RV seems insignificant. Have I had a problem in the past, no, do I want one in the future, no. So, I purchased one.


Bravo!
And some bikers will spend $$$$ on a bike but will forego the Road Rash suit. Eh?
So, some put more "skin in the game".
A good EMS is cheap insurance against "getting skinned" from a power issue!
To the OP: do you own an EMS?
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This is a simple equation for me, a $300 purchase against a 45K RV seems insignificant. Have I had a problem in the past, no, do I want one in the future, no. So, I purchased one.
Yeah except for the fact that you're not betting $300 against your $45,000 coach, you're betting $300 against several thousand worth of vulnerable equipment. And even then the odds are extremely low that you will actually need the protection (yes, I know that a problem COULD result in your whole coach going up in flames...THOSE odds are even lower). But if we listen to some of the people here, they would have us believe that every RV currently on the road is either burning to the ground as we speak, or soon will be. And that's just not the case.

Those of you who have chosen to purchase the devices... More power to you (literally AND figuratively). But many of us have chosen not to, and trying to shame or insult us does little to change our minds. Not to mention -again- that the OP specifically asked not to debate the merits of the equipment; THAT has already been done ad nauseum.


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I am not trying to shame anyone. I played Russian roulette for 15 months and lost. Many others have been luckier.
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But if we listen to some of the people here, they would have us believe that every RV currently on the road is either burning to the ground as we speak, or soon will be. And that's just not the case.
What people don't talk about enough are the alien abductions from RVs on BLM land.
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For what it's worth, DW and I purchased a spot at an RV campground and moved right in. Even though the previous owners had owned the lot for several years I still used a surge suppressor/power device before plugging in for the first time. Guess what? The power pedestal was mis-wired and out of phase and who knows for how long. I was there while the maintenance folks were checking things out and as it turns out the plug at the pedestal was not wired correctly. Their multi-meter said everything was fine but I trusted my suppressor more. They actually used my surge suppressor on the lots next to ours to verify that our lot was not wired in phase but the neighboring ones were. It got fixed while I was standing over them.

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I am not trying to shame anyone.
Perhaps not, but I would consider every single one of the following comments, directly from this thread, as insulting, shaming, or scaring:


"And it did for one 3 year old boy one day.

Boys Death Caused by Improperly Grounded Camper

To me it is just insane to play "Russian Roulette" with your RV.



obviously you missed my point. I guess I was TOO subtle.



Get it now?



I was going to respond to your post with my experience, until I realized that your knowledge and experience far surpassed mine.



It's called the Ostrich effect.



So this whole thread is pointless in my opinion.



Last post on a useless thread which Podivin so clearly pointed out.



Yes, I don't think the OP understands what the electrical issues are.



Not using electrical protection is like like unprotected sex"





So quite frankly​, every one of these responses is pointless and irrelevant to what the OP asked, and accomplishes nothing other than to make yourselves feel superior to him, at least in your own minds.





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What people don't talk about enough are the alien abductions from RVs on BLM land.
Except for this one... THIS one I like.

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Never been struck by Lightning either, but when the horn blows I get off the course.

My career path led me to check the pedestal with my trusty Fluke before plugging in. I have reported many, over the years. Just last Fall I found a reverse wired 30 amp. It was at a large event with temp. service. When the electrician arrived to investigate , he was surprised, as the equipment had been used for years and never reported. He asked how I found it. With my surge protector/EMS tester. I got tired of using the Fluke years ago. YMMV.
I still carry my Fluke.
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