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Old 02-12-2006, 10:51 AM   #1
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I am thinking of purchasing a surge suppresser for my motorhome. I have a 30A service. How many joules of protection do I need? Comments?
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:51 AM   #2
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I am thinking of purchasing a surge suppresser for my motorhome. I have a 30A service. How many joules of protection do I need? Comments?
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Old 02-12-2006, 11:08 AM   #3
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The more joules the better. I am using the Surge Guard 50 amp model and highly recommend the company. This has saved us at least twice that I know about. It provides other benifits as well. Check it out at www.surgeguard.com
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:24 AM   #4
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I suggest you go to RVupgrades.com (one of the sponsors)and look at the surge guards for the coach.

I did and purchased a 30 amp unit that also checks for low power and overe power. I have been happy with the unit and the pricing.
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:42 AM   #5
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Rich and Diane, here's another recent iRV2 forum on Surge Guards where this subject was discussed.

I recently ordered an received the Progressive Industries 50A portable model from rvupgrades and am very happy with it.
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Old 02-13-2006, 01:53 PM   #6
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RV Wizard - what is it you like about the Surge Guard as opposed to some of the other models on the market. They are more expensive than most & I wondered what your reasoning was.

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Since I am a full timer, one thing that I look for personally is the durability factor. The Surge Guard brand also checks the pedastal for proper wiring, low and high voltage as well as provide a time delay if power is only off for a few seconds to eliminate the restarting of any compressors before they have time to equalize pressures. One thing my dad had taught me was that "You get what you pay for" and although it is not always true I have found it to be true most of the time.
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Thanks Mike - I agree you get what you pay for. Appreciate the advice.
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I have the Progessive 50 amp hardwired model. I installed it between the transfer switch and the circuit breaker panel so that it also protects from over/under voltage from the generator. I've been very pleased with it, and it has refused to connect to more than one campsite due to bad campground wiring. I also agree that in surge protectors you get what you pay for.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Fred Cooper:
I have the Progessive 50 amp hardwired model. I installed it between the transfer switch and the circuit breaker panel so that it also protects from over/under voltage from the generator. I've been very pleased with it, and it has refused to connect to more than one campsite due to bad campground wiring. I also agree that in surge protectors you get what you pay for. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Fred, I plan on doing the same, do you have a wiring diagram of your installation. None comes with the unit itself.
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Here is some info on how I install the Surge Guard and Frank's Super Automatic 50 Amp Voltage Booster in our Winnebago Adventurer. Might be of some help to you on your install.

In the 3 years we've enjoyed the Winnebago Adventurer, we have never plugged into a 50 amp service. A 30 amp service along with the Adventurer's EMS system has worked very well including running both air conditioner compressors. That's true until a campground has low voltage and this summer we were at some.

Just completed installation of a system which should give good electric protection and maintain proper voltages.

Electric Trail:
1: 30 amp Power Cord terminating with a 50 amp female receptacle wire so both legs are hot.
2: 50 amp Power Cord now terminates with a 50 amp female receptacle (in case I need it).
3: Surge Guard (located in Electrical Compartment) plugged into either 30 or 50 amp Power Cord. The Surge Guard has a "Bypass Switch" so "Low/High Voltage can be bypassed but still controlled by the Frank's Automatic Voltage Booster.
4: Automatic Transfer Switch (now with 50 amp male plug) plugged into Surge Guard.
5: Output from Automatic Transfer Switch now terminates to a 50 amp female receptacle located along side of the Load Center (Circuit Breaker Cabinet).
6: Frank's Super Automatic Voltage Booster plugged into 50 amp female receptacle from Automatic Transfer Switch.
7: Load Center (Circuit Breaker Cabinet) is now wired with a 50 amp male power cable which is plugged into Frank's Super Automatic Voltage Booster.

System Works Great.
1: Can use either 30 or 50 amp power cord without need of an adapter.
2: Surge Guard can easily be removed from system if need be and Automatic Transfer Switch plugged directly into Power Cord.
3: Frank's Super Automatic Voltage Booster can easily be removed from system if need be and power cord from Load Center plugged directly into receptacle from Automatic Transfer Switch.
4: If the Transfer Switch would ever fail, The Load Center can be plugged directly into a Power Cable if need be.

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Logthumper:

How much of this works with your own generator? Does the surge protector work with the generator?
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I have the portable SurgeGuard for 50 amp. It has cut my power several times. It works as advertised. It is installed on the shore power line. It is not functioning when the generator is running.

I would purchase the product again.
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Bob if you want to protect everything from surge find your three wires and green ground to load center feeding into transfer switch and wire those wires thru surge protector than back to where you took off three wires from load center into transfer switch. In that way you will protect load center from both 30 or 50 amp line cord to pedelstill and your GEN line into transfer switch. My wires were at top left side of transfer switch and I used a 4" sq box to make splice for wires that came off the transfer switch that way your connections will be protected. I cut my 50 amp cord to wire back from surge to transfer switch and to wiring box or you can shop for the 50 amp cord but I found it was easier to just cut the 50 amp cord. I carry a long 50 amp extension anyhow.
When you do this NO POWER FEEDING COACH, and be extra careful of pushing and pulling heavy wires around your transfer sw ckt board inside transfer box. It has thin wires on it that you don't want to pull when removing heavy wires.
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