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Old 07-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #43
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It was the TRC 34730 portable for $257.02. Not sure about shipping. I'm a Prime member so there would be no shipping charge. I wonder what other experienced RVers would say about that cheaper one you saw. Will be interesting to see if anyone comments. Did you look for reviews on it? I've found that it really helps in making a decision to buy if you can read what others who have bought the item think about it. Isn't this site great for us newbies? But there's soooooo much to learn.
I didn't look for reviews on it but I suspected what Maddawgs alluded to below, that you get what you pay for. I don't believe that I want to go the cheap route. Not if it doesn't offer the type of protection that we need for our MH's. Yes, I too put stock in what others say in there reviews. Some are blatantly critical while others are so praiseworthy that I suspect the very company who is selling the product will actually have someone from the company write a flowery review just to drum up business. So I try to read between the lines and go from there.
Yes, this is a great site for us newbies! I have made it a habit to click on this site just about every night trying to learn something new every day. I've got a long way to go!

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Hi Jim,
Progressive does make a great unit but that $89 unit will not offer the same level of protection (compare the specs) as the higher priced model they sell (you get what you pay for). I thought of buying the same unit but after doing the research I found that this is not an area where you want to go cheap. If you get a model number and do an internet search you should be able to find a good price. I got mine for under 250 with free shipping. I did not get it from Camping World (although I do buy most of my RV stuff there) but I can't remember where I got it (sorry).
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Yeah, I figured there would be some shortcomings with the cheaper model. I'll be ordering it real soon and ask one of my electrician friends at work to hook it up for me like yours.
Isn't Jimmy Flagg great? he sold me our Navion. Wasn't pushy at all. They have been very helpful to me.
So you live in Oxford? Home of the legendary Carl's Diner! I ride my motorcycle through Oxford quite a bit. Nice town. Birthplace of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, as I recall.
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I haven't. I have an idea what I would like to get, thanks to all of the helpful suggestions from this forum. Heck, if i didn't read these threads I wouldn't have even known that I needed to get a surge protector. Now it is foremost on my list. Yesterday I went to my local RV store and they had a Progressive one there that went for $89.00 there abouts. It wasn't as elaborate as some of the ones that were recommended to me by others and I thought that I should just PU that one and be done with it. It certainly wasn't close to the $300. that some other surge protectors go for. Still, I want to do the right thing here and get a good one. This MH cost me ( and I suspect you too ) a small fortune and I want to do my best to ensure that I don't encounter any horrible mishap that I have certainly been reading about here.
What kind did you see on Amazon Monik? I'm curious.
I'm going to Lake Tahoe on Sunday for a few days. I should get my surge protector and extension cord tomorrow so I'll be all set. . . . until someone suggests that there's some other absolutely critical piece of equipment I need

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I didn't look for reviews on it but I suspected what Maddawgs alluded to below, that you get what you pay for. I don't believe that I want to go the cheap route. Not if it doesn't offer the type of protection that we need for our MH's. Yes, I too put stock in what others say in there reviews. Some are blatantly critical while others are so praiseworthy that I suspect the very company who is selling the product will actually have someone from the company write a flowery review just to drum up business. So I try to read between the lines and go from there.
Yes, this is a great site for us newbies! I have made it a habit to click on this site just about every night trying to learn something new every day. I've got a long way to go!


Yeah, I figured there would be some shortcomings with the cheaper model. I'll be ordering it real soon and ask one of my electrician friends at work to hook it up for me like yours.
Isn't Jimmy Flagg great? he sold me our Navion. Wasn't pushy at all. They have been very helpful to me.
So you live in Oxford? Home of the legendary Carl's Diner! I ride my motorcycle through Oxford quite a bit. Nice town. Birthplace of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, as I recall.
Yes we love Oxford, moved here just over 10 years ago. It still has that small town feel. If your hungry Carl's will definitely fill you up. Made the mistake of sitting at the counter and actually finishing the mountain of food they give you, turned to talk to my wife, turned back and they had filled my plate again , I was full for a week. You are pretty lucky where you are, just a few minutes from Wrights Chicken (yummy). Yup Clara Barton was born here as well as the Joslin's of the Joslin Diabetes Center.
I love Flagg's. It is dangerous when I go there. To many nice toys to tempt me (those big DP's keep calling me).
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:19 AM   #46
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I'm going to Lake Tahoe on Sunday for a few days. I should get my surge protector and extension cord tomorrow so I'll be all set. . . . until someone suggests that there's some other absolutely critical piece of equipment I need

I've been told this is an expensive hobby/way of life, but so far I love it
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Hi Sandi,
Here is a ton of info for you to read in your spare time from another forum called rv.net. With these two forums I have learned (and continue to learn) a lot. Have fun in Tahoe, we hope to make a westerly trip in the future. Hope the link works.
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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Open Roads Forum
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I'm going to Lake Tahoe on Sunday for a few days. I should get my surge protector and extension cord tomorrow so I'll be all set. . . . until someone suggests that there's some other absolutely critical piece of equipment I need

I've been told this is an expensive hobby/way of life, but so far I love it
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I am beginning to find out that this is an expensive hobby! I'm finding ways to spend money every day!
I did respond to your friend request. Hopefully I did it right.
Enjoy Lake Tahoe!! Lucky You!!
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Hi Sandi,
Here is a ton of info for you to read in your spare time from another forum called rv.net. With these two forums I have learned (and continue to learn) a lot. Have fun in Tahoe, we hope to make a westerly trip in the future. Hope the link works.
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RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Open Roads Forum
Thanks Todd. What a great amount of information! Haven't read too much yet, but it seems to have answers to a lot of questions I know I have. Maybe I'll do some nighttime reading at Tahoe. Thanks again!
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Here is a ton of info for you to read in your spare time from another forum called rv.net. With these two forums I have learned (and continue to learn) a lot. Have fun in Tahoe, we hope to make a westerly trip in the future. Hope the link works.
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I too have joined this forum. Same username. Thanks Todd. You've been a huge help!
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No problem. It was not raining this morning so I was able to get a pic of the complete set up outside of the bay. You can see the 3 1/2 foot from the RV and how it connects to the surge guard and then how that connects to the 30 amp cord. The service dept at Flagg should be able to do this for you. They have seen mine and thought it was a great idea.
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Hi Todd: I have another question that I hope is not dumb. I got my surge protector today. I want to make sure I'm connecting the right plug to the RV and the other plug to the extension cord I will use to the electrical post. The surge guard seems to have one cord that is shorter on one end and the other on the other end is a little longer. So the end that's shorter gets plugged into the RV and the longer one is the one that goes to the extension cord to the electrical post? I hope you don't get sick of my questions!
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Hi Todd: I have another question that I hope is not dumb. I got my surge protector today. I want to make sure I'm connecting the right plug to the RV and the other plug to the extension cord I will use to the electrical post. The surge guard seems to have one cord that is shorter on one end and the other on the other end is a little longer. So the end that's shorter gets plugged into the RV and the longer one is the one that goes to the extension cord to the electrical post? I hope you don't get sick of my questions!
Hi Sandi,
No problem at all, I don't mind helping so please don't be afraid to ask. And remember the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. (you know the one where you go "I should have asked") Congrats on the purchase. There should only be one way to connect it. The 30 amp cord from your RV should have a male connector that would plug into the female connector on the surge guard. At the other end of the surge guard there should be a male connector, you would plug this into the female connector of the park pedestal or your extra 30 cord. If you used your extra 30amp cord the you would plug the male connector into the female connector of the park pedestal. Use the last pic I had sent as a reference. I hope this helps you out. If you are still unsure, I have found most of the people in campground to be very helpful. I usually feel safe asking a nearby camping family or the campground staff. I will be offline until Sunday but If you have any other questions post them here and I will answer then. Have a good trip.
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No problem at all, I don't mind helping so please don't be afraid to ask. And remember the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. (you know the one where you go "I should have asked") Congrats on the purchase. There should only be one way to connect it. The 30 amp cord from your RV should have a male connector that would plug into the female connector on the surge guard. At the other end of the surge guard there should be a male connector, you would plug this into the female connector of the park pedestal or your extra 30 cord. If you used your extra 30amp cord the you would plug the male connector into the female connector of the park pedestal. Use the last pic I had sent as a reference. I hope this helps you out. If you are still unsure, I have found most of the people in campground to be very helpful. I usually feel safe asking a nearby camping family or the campground staff. I will be offline until Sunday but If you have any other questions post them here and I will answer then. Have a good trip.
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Seems like I'm always saying this, but thanks again!
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Hi Todd: I have another question that I hope is not dumb. I got my surge protector today. I want to make sure I'm connecting the right plug to the RV and the other plug to the extension cord I will use to the electrical post. The surge guard seems to have one cord that is shorter on one end and the other on the other end is a little longer. So the end that's shorter gets plugged into the RV and the longer one is the one that goes to the extension cord to the electrical post? I hope you don't get sick of my questions!
All I can say is thank goodness for Todd. i have been following our surge protector thread with rapt interest. I liked his explanation that followed.
Thanks for asking the questions, and much gratitude to Todd for taking the time to shed some light on this topic.
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All I can say is thank goodness for Todd. i have been following our surge protector thread with rapt interest. I liked his explanation that followed.
Thanks for asking the questions, and much gratitude to Todd for taking the time to shed some light on this topic.
Yes, he's been wonderful. Hope he doesn't regret responding to my first post. I've heard campers are the nicest people and Todd surely is a fine example.

I ended up getting my surge protector for $218.50 because Amazon goofed. The packing slip showed a lower price than I was originally charged by $38.52. I called to question it and the rep said they had to charge what was on the site when I ordered. I protested, but they wouldn't budge. Then they sent me a survey asking if they solved my problem and I said no and asked them to call me again. The next rep was very sympathetic and said he had never seen this problem before. But he said they would honor the price on the packing slip and gave me a credit to use in the future. Just shows the old adage about the "squeaky wheel" is probably true.

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Yes, he's been wonderful. Hope he doesn't regret responding to my first post. I've heard campers are the nicest people and Todd surely is a fine example.

I ended up getting my surge protector for $218.50 because Amazon goofed. The packing slip showed a lower price than I was originally charged by $38.52. I called to question it and the rep said they had to charge what was on the site when I ordered. I protested, but they wouldn't budge. Then they sent me a survey asking if they solved my problem and I said no and asked them to call me again. The next rep was very sympathetic and said he had never seen this problem before. But he said they would honor the price on the packing slip and gave me a credit to use in the future. Just shows the old adage about the "squeaky wheel" is probably true.

Have a great weekend!...Sandi
So which surge protector did you ultimately end up with? I want to be wary of any price fluctuation.
Hope you have a great trip to Lake Tahoe with no problems.
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So which surge protector did you ultimately end up with? I want to be wary of any price fluctuation.
Hope you have a great trip to Lake Tahoe with no problems.
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I got the Surge Guard 34730. There wasn't any price fluctuation. Just a mistake on Amazon's part that worked in my favor. As I said before, Camping World has it on their Internet sale for $279 plus $16 shipping I think. Amazon has a number of the same brand and model number. Some sold by Amazon and some by third parties. I picked one sold by Amazon because they're easier to deal with than third parties. This proved true when I called about the price discrepancy. A third party would have done nothing. Good luck.
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