2008 Surge Guard still serviceable?
We recently bought a well-cared for '08 Phaeton. It came with a 50 Surge Guard, also from '08.
Q1: Ordinarily, are these things still serviceable after 13 years? Should/can/how do I get it tested? Any maintenance needs?
It's worth a few bucks, so there are 2 separate locking mechanisms to lock it to the main power cord and power pole. It's also bulky and heavy. If it's a no-brainer to use it all the time, it would make sense to me to mount the unit inside the rig.
Q2: If I had an electrician install a female 50amp outlet in the electrical bay (on the power pole end of a much shortened version of the existing power cable) and mounted a male 50amp plug on the coach end of the existing main power cord, I could insert the surge protector between the two AND have the ability to remove the entire power cord if need be AND not have to deal with the clumsy locking mechanisms. Is there a good reason to NOT do that?
Q3: I have read elsewhere that there is a "lag" after plugging into shore power using the Surge Guard. Is that correct? Normal? Problematic in any way (other than a short wait before I can fire up the margarita blender)?
Thanks in advance for any assistance,
2008 Tiffin Phaeton 36QSH - 2016 Lincoln MKX toad
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