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Old 08-11-2011, 10:38 AM   #1
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I'm new to RV'ing. Spent 16 years in the Military an MP sleeping where people would only dread...lol sometinmes on the side of a tank, mostly in ditches or leaned up against trees or buildings.
I've recently purchased a 2012 27RKSS Salem with my military injury settlement as well as a 2011 Ecoboost Ford F150.
I need some assistance before the better half and I pick it up the first of Sept in Mass.
I have not been able to determine if the trailer we purchased has a 30 amp or a 50 amp service to which I need to purchase a surge protector unit for and which protectors are better than others.
If anyone has a Salem unit perhaps you can assist me in not lighting up the skys with things tripping and my coming out of the trailer thinking we are under attack.
My wife says its not a pretty sight.
I also would like to know if anyone is using the Champion generators that Camping World is selling and if they are worth purchasing.
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I'm new to RV'ing. Spent 16 years in the Military an MP sleeping where people would only dread...lol sometinmes on the side of a tank, mostly in ditches or leaned up against trees or buildings.
I walked a sentry dog so I just brought a sleeping bag with me. No one would bother me with the dog. It was great - in a military kind of way.

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Old 08-11-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2, and to RVing, you will find a lot of nice prople here. To help answer your question on the amperage, the male end will have 3 spades for 30 amp and 4 spades for 50 amp. Sorry I can't help you with the surge protectors or the Generator.
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Hi Earl! Welcome to IRV2! Thank you for your military service!
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Old 08-12-2011, 01:50 AM   #5
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I'm new to RV'ing. Spent 16 years in the Military an MP sleeping where people would only dread...lol sometinmes on the side of a tank, mostly in ditches or leaned up against trees or buildings.
How'd you manage to get that luxury.....the sleep I mean? If I'm honest I'll admit that serving was good for me. Of course honesty isn't one of my character defects.
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Hi Earl, welcome. I'm new also on here. As Frank said 3 prong is 30Amp and 4 prong is 50 amp. With the 30 amp you will have one AC unit and with 50 you will have 2 AC units and also set up for or have washer and dryer combo.
As far as sleeping in trenches I can relate. I just completed 24yrs of service and currently on terminal leave. Loving my time at home trying to catch up on time after all those deployments.
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Hi Earl, welcome. I'm new also on here. As Frank said 3 prong is 30Amp and 4 prong is 50 amp. With the 30 amp you will have one AC unit and with 50 you will have 2 AC units and also set up for or have washer and dryer combo.
As far as sleeping in trenches I can relate. I just completed 24yrs of service and currently on terminal leave. Loving my time at home trying to catch up on time after all those deployments.
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One thing to mention is that some older MHs have 2 AC units on 30 amps. We had a 1999 Dolphin that had the 30 amp service with two units. Of course we had to watch the sequence of operation but both could be run on the 30 amp. Just a note.
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