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Old 07-02-2008, 07:59 PM   #15
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We have talked of getting one since lightning took out a power pole in a campground we were at this past January. Luckily we only lost power but two other rv's had damage and this happened at night when people were sleeping. We now have one that was hardwired in last week.
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Old 07-03-2008, 10:39 AM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Our first Coach had an electrical fire while parked in front of our stick house. Everything that was 110 volts was ruined. I often wonder if a surge guard would have protected it. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Hard to tell. Do you have any idea what area of the coach the fire started in?? There have been some refrigerator recalls in the past few years due to fires started by the refrigerator. Those would not have been at all affected by a surge guard.
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Old 07-03-2008, 11:07 AM   #17
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Hope this link works it is a side by side comparison of Surge Protectors.

http://www.viprv.com/ems/ems-chart.htm

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The link doesn't work for me.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:08 PM   #19
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For some reason the link LOOKS right, but is not. When you click the link, the "v" in "viprv" gets left out. This one will work:
http://www.viprv.com/ems/ems-chart.htm
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The fire started in the walls I believe. They found 19 places when staples, nails or screws had penetrated the 110 volt wiring, all in the bathroom walls. How it lasted 15 months before failing is the big question.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">a side by side comparison of Surge Protectors. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Looks like Progressive is the one to have.
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If you're in the market for a surge protector, why not get a good deal and support an iRV2 sponsor at the same time.... rvupgrades is a major iRV2 sponsor and the source of most anything RV related.

Check them out next time you need something.... you'll be helping iRV2 too!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">They found 19 places when staples, nails or screws had penetrated the 110 volt wiring, all in the bathroom walls. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
That sounds like criminal negligence!!!! I sure hope your insurance company sued the bejeebers out of the manufacturer. We don't need builders like that around.
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Even thought the RV was out of warranty, the manufacturer covered ALL of the repairs. No insurance or law suit needed.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">the manufacturer covered ALL of the repairs </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Alright! Good for them!
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Sounds like a lot of folks have hard wires surge protectors. Do they provide any better protection than the portable plug-in type?

I have the Progressive Industries SSP-50, with my AutoFormer plugged in line right after.



That comparison chart only listed hard wired units.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">hard wires surge protectors. Do they provide any better protection than the portable plug-in type? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
No. They are pretty much the same except that the hardwired are inside the rig, and are not likely to be stolen or not used due to inconvenience of getting it out and plugging it in.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">comparison chart only listed hard wired units. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
It listed both plug-in and hard wired -- look at the very last row on the chart.
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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 AFChap:

No. They are pretty much the same except that the hardwired are inside the rig, and are not likely to be stolen or not used due to inconvenience of getting it out and plugging it in.

It listed both plug-in and hard wired -- look at the very last row on the chart. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I re-designed my shore power cord and have both my surge guard and AutoFormer inside my electrical bay. They are always plugged in, so I don't have to plug and unplug all the time, and they are also out of view.

You're right, the chart does list both hard wired and plug-in types. I didn't scroll down far enough. They didn't have my exact model listed, so I'm going to assume it's similar to the 50 amp plug-in that is listed.

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