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Old 08-01-2021, 05:26 PM   #1
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In-line 50 amp surge protector needed?

Well, I was just looking at the in-line 50 amp surge protectors and being new to my Class A and RV parks, my question is:

Are they really needed? I am leaning to buy one....
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:37 PM   #2
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Do you have Insurance on your RV?

A GODD surge Protector that tests L1 & L2 Voltage, tests Neutral & Ground, trips on LO or HI Voltage and has surge protection is Like Insurance

Not NEEDED until it is

We have a Portable 50A (hardwire unit are also available)
We traveled to numerous CGs and use it 'just in case'
It shut down power a couple times on Hi Voltage events
It shut down power a few times on Lo Voltage events
It didn't allow power to RV cause of power issues
It identified bad neutral at a couple of CGs
It identified bad ground issue
It even identified a Reverse Polarity issue one time

NEEDED.....I think so.
Lot cheaper then repairing/replace AC Equipment/Components in the RV
Just like Ins. Glad to have hope it isn't NEEDED
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Old 08-01-2021, 05:42 PM   #3
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I traveled full time in my '94 Bounder with 30 amp without one for 10 years, finally bought one and installed it the last two years I owned that RV. But, I was always really careful about where I was plugging in, have a tester and all. Plus I'm electrically knowledgeable so I know what to watch out for.

Then when I bought this 50 amp rig, I knew I'd want one so I watched the Craigslist and darned if there wasn't one that came up just a couple months after I bought this RV. Saved $150 on a Progressive 50 amp model. It's the type that's installed in the basement...those at the shore power types tend to walk away even if they are locked.

And it saved my rig when I was down in Mexico that following winter. Some idiot drove in late at night and had something wrong with his RV's electric. Messed around with the parks power and caused a huge short that blasted out the electronic equipment all over the park. At least 6 of the RV'ers there had to replace equipment. But my rig only had one issue, the satellite SWiM box...but I had a spare. The Progressive dropped out fine and protected everything else. I was only one of two RVs that didn't have damage in the park that night. The SWiM failed a few days later so could have been a coincidence.

So YES, they are really needed. Get one. Get a USA made Progressive Ind. model. Excellent warranty...lifetime.
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Just last weekend we were at a campground in northern Maryland. We have a progressive industries 50 amp hardwired unit. Now bare in mind that your AC u itís do not like low voltage. Ours tripped out o less than 15 times in two days. The first time L2 was reading 104 volts. 10 mins later, it did it again with 104 volts on L2. L1 was showing 111. I used an adapter to switch the 50 amp service to 30 amp (uses L1 only) 45 mi s later it tripped out for low voltage as well. I called the office and they recommended turning off the surge protector. NOPE. How about you fix your power problem. We wonít be going back there. That low voltage could have taken both the AC units out, at $1,500 each. Well worth the money for the surge protector.
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:35 PM   #5
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Hard wired or portableÖÖget one!!!
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Yes you will need it sooner or later!
I prefer Progressive EMS. Portable unit but installed in basement for safe keeping and easy removal.
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Just purchased the Progressive EMS XL unit with lock. Thanks guys and gals!
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Just purchased the Progressive EMS XL unit with lock. Thanks guys and gals!
Two quick notes. Our Progressive portable unit went out and they sent us a new one and didnít ask for us to return old unit. Very good lifetime warranty as was mentioned.
Second thing, make sure you use it in an upright position. Donít know why, but a lot of folk donít use it in the correct manner.
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It's the type that's installed in the basement...those at the shore power types tend to walk away even if they are locked.


So YES, they are really needed. Get one. Get a USA made Progressive Ind. model. Excellent warranty...lifetime.
Mine since 2008 has hung from pedestal W/O a lock and still using it
Never had anything but a six pack go missing in all my years camping/RVng

Why Portable........cause I had no good convenient location inside that I could access if needed
Portables don't go missing that often
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Two quick notes. Our Progressive portable unit went out and they sent us a new one and didnít ask for us to return old unit. Very good lifetime warranty as was mentioned.
Second thing, make sure you use it in an upright position. Donít know why, but a lot of folk donít use it in the correct manner.

Both notable statements. Second is true but sometimes difficult depending on pedestal height and whether your using a 30A to 50A dogbone which adds length. Upright/vertical can be difficult dependent on these. . No problems encountered here tho.
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Our Progressive Dynamic EMS has saved our coach countless times, most recently at our last RV park in Idaho, which had voltage drop as temperature increased from this heat wave.
Park power would drop to 99 volts!
The park owner suggested I remove the Progressive Dynamic EMS in order to keep it from shutting down power to the RV.
Used the generator until pedestal voltage increased.
I just purchased a Hughes Autoformer with voltage boost to help with future voltage issues.
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On our most recent outing, the Progressive EMS protected our AC unit from low voltage. A good EMS unit is cheap insurance when you consider the cost of repairing or replacing the various appliances and gear that can be destroyed by an electrical problem.
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I wouldn't even think of using an RV without a good EMS type protection device!

I prefer the Progressive Industries HW50C or PT50X. JMHO
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Well, I was just looking at the in-line 50 amp surge protectors and being new to my Class A and RV parks, my question is:

Are they really needed? I am leaning to buy one....
Like Old-Bisquit said: Everything is fine until it's not.

You don't need a Surge Protector, you want an EMS. An Electronic Management System. Portable or hard wired. Yes they are needed, unless your a gambling kinda guy and like taking risks.

A 50amp portable like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9MOY7B...street_dp_vv_d

Or a 50amp hard wired one like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003AN1UA8...street_dp_vv_d
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