Originally Posted by studmuffin1
Does a 2011 Journey come with a surge protector?? Can not find in writeup, or by looking. Heck, I can not even find the inverter. If none, how do the cheaper units work, don't feel like $6-800 for a Hughes, but if I have to I will. Thanks.
No. We don't has surge protection. The EMS does a good job for protecting us from most electrical problems like neutral/ground out of balance or a low voltage situation. But, under load, if the neutral fails (happened to me) damage can happen.
When the neutral went open on me the A/C was running. A few wires got burned and a couple of relays in the control boxes in the units on the roof. Fixed that. But the boards got damaged in the generator start area. When I try to set the gen in Auto Start, when the compressors run it signals the gen to start even though I have shore power.
If I had a surge protector this may not have happened. For this type of failure the surge protector would have survived most likely. I will be in serious trouble if I do get caught in a true "surge" condition where the voltage takes a sudden spike because a transformer fails or lighting strikes the lines.
As I write this I am starting to convince myself that it may be time for a surge protector.
I do have a Hughes type (not same brand) voltage booster. That has come in very handy. But, it could be fried in a line event. Yup. Surge guard might be in order.