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Old 12-19-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Surge protector

Camping world has a surge suppressor for $80. My question is is that good enough or do I have buy the more expensive ones or are they needed at all?
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Old 12-19-2011, 07:46 PM   #2
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Welcome Richard to irv2.
I'd say yes its cheap insurance to protect all your expensive electronics in your coach.
Here is a thread with links to different types and installations of some.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:24 AM   #3
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As noted from the above mentioned thread, a "surge" is only one of the problems an RV can encounter. In our less than 3 years motorhoming we've run across them all. An $80. surge protector might protect from a minimal surge so it just depends on how much of a gambler you are...
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:33 AM   #4
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no, you dont HAVE to use a surge protector. just like you dont HAVE to buy insurance. but considering how easy it is to encounter low/high voltage, or missing grounds/neutrals, or just miswired pedestals, it seems to be an easy choice. IMHO anyway. get a progressive industries unit and be done with it.
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I got the Surge Guard unit and have been very pleased with it, it has alerted me of bad nuetrals, low and high voltage and spikes. So I have found it all at various campgrounds over the years. The cheaper ones have low Joules rating which is how fast the surge protector shuts down, the higher the joules rating the better the surge protector. Buy a highly rated one and totally protect yourself.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #6
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Just make sure whatever surge protector you buy also protects the MH from an open NEUTRAL. An open NEUTRAL will cause 240 volts to run through your 120 volt outlets and will take out anything that is plugged in and turned on. It is a common problem at campgrounds
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I'd read the specs very carefully. $80 is extremely cheap for a GOOD SG that will protect you from all electrical problems.
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Hi Richard2003,
If the brand is Surge Guard you are good to go. I see the item is for 30 AMP service. Does your coach have 30 or 50 AMP service?
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Hi Richard2003,
If the brand is Surge Guard you are good to go. I see the item is for 30 AMP service. Does your coach have 30 or 50 AMP service?
It is 30
Thanks for the info
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My surge guard has protected me at least twice from a bad pedestal. And many times from surges where the power went off and back on during a storm. I have the 50amp version and I think it was $375.00. A friend had the $80.00 one and it protected his rig but the unit melted in the process.

I installed mine inside the bay so it is always hooked up.

I did camp for years before I bought my first one. If you go to a rally that provides power from generators you definitely have to have the protection.
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Been RV'ing since 1957, haven't lost anything in an RV to a surge yet. Was at the Good Sam rally in Redmond OR, power was from generators and no problems there either.
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Spend the money to get a good one, you get what you pay for, also how much is what you are protecting worth to you? I mounted mine inside and am protected on shore power or gen power.
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Been RV'ing since 1957, haven't lost anything in an RV to a surge yet. Was at the Good Sam rally in Redmond OR, power was from generators and no problems there either.
X-2 rving for 22 years always stay in Rv parks and narry a problem
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