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Old 02-07-2013, 06:15 PM   #21
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Well, I bit the bullet and ordered the EMS-HW50C. I remembered talking to a different Tyler resident the next morning and he said that his sat. receiver and one in his neighbor's RV both had to be reset. (One Dish & the other Direct).
I had been seriously considering the SurgeGuard hard-wired model, but the Progressive unit was the obvious choice because it:
-- is Made in USA
-- has a Lifetime Warranty (vs 1 year!)

Thanks for pushing me off that fence.

(Note: there's another feature that both of those have that is missing in some, which is an external indication of when the fuse(s) in series with the MOV spike suppressors blow. Without that feature, you never know that you no longer have spike suppression. I'm talking about the E10 code in the Progressive units.)
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:36 PM   #22
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Barry.... I was in the Berkshire and the Progressive saved me from any damages.... So I completely 100% believe you made the right decision... Now you will sleep a little better each night and can now deal with all the other issues that come with RVing...
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:04 PM   #23
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To be really fair, we don't know for sure if anything would have been damaged in your RV. I suppose you could have run a test by bypassing your protector after the first time it tripped-out to see if anything was damaged the next time, but I can understand if you aren't willing to do that test :-)

I'm very interested to know what can cause these surges. (I call lightening-generated problems "spikes", which are high voltage, very short duration excursions, different than what you experienced.) I can imagine AC compressors might be able to do it, and while it wasn't cold that evening, I doubt that many were running AC. There was just a story on the evening news that said that solar flares are about to start causing them. Are there other causes? I have too much curiosity.

Tyler State Park is very beautiful. You are fortunate to live so close. We used to have Bastrop SP, but it's very sad after the fire. I hope y'all are doing everything possible to protect that beautiful forest.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:04 PM   #24
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This should explain why a good quality surge and spike supressor is a requirement to protect the very expensive electrical equipment in our campers (and homes).

Common Power Problems ‹ Power Quality Problems ‹ Power Quality Problems & Solutions ‹ Power Solutions

Lightening strikes are only one of many power line malfunctions that can damage your camper or electronics. Not to mention LOW voltage that can destroy your air conditioner by the increased amperage required to turn the compressor over. This high amperage can damage the compressor before the power center circuit breaker can heat up enough to trip.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:58 PM   #25
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Thanks Lou. Low-voltage I certainly understand. Not likely in winter I don't think. The link in the Transients section of your reference seems to be broken. I will be very interested to see what sorts of "glitches" my protector reports. I will use my meter to diagnose when this happens (assuming they are not of very short duration).
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:06 AM   #26
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Thanks Lou. Low-voltage I certainly understand. Not likely in winter I don't think. The link in the Transients section of your reference seems to be broken. I will be very interested to see what sorts of "glitches" my protector reports. I will use my meter to diagnose when this happens (assuming they are not of very short duration).
I clicked that and you are right.
Not my page so not much I can do about it.
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