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Old 05-23-2013, 09:00 PM   #31
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I do not have a transfer switch at the camper (5th wheel; not Berkshire).

I plug the shore power cord into the generator in the bed of my truck.
The Franks works just fine with my Yamaha.

As to the "transformer on the pole" it was a "wink wink" to the autotransformer comment you made. The house protectors work plenty great for me. We also have a 6500 watt house generator for power outages.

As to campground's responsibility for brown outs; I can tell you from first hand experience that you will get "The Reserve Salute" (shrug) when you complain.

They will tell you it is the power company's problem and go talk to them.

Wow! that was close!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:09 PM   #32
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I do not have a transfer switch at the camper (5th wheel; not Berkshire).

I plug the shore power cord into the generator in the bed of my truck.
The Franks works just fine with my Yamaha.

As to the "transformer on the pole" it was a "wink wink" to the autotransformer comment you made. The house protectors work plenty great for me. We also have a 6500 watt house generator for power outages.

As to campground's responsibility for brown outs; I can tell you from first hand experience that you will get "The Reserve Salute" (shrug) when you complain.

They will tell you it is the power company's problem and go talk to them.

Wow! that was close!
And I learned something new about the forum software!
your 5th wheel camper does not have an auto transfer switch? wow... thought that was included for a long time...
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:31 PM   #33
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your 5th wheel camper does not have an auto transfer switch? wow... thought that was included for a long time...
Does not ship with a generator, so no need for a switch.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:30 PM   #34
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Wow lots more heated comments than I was expecting! So bottom line how many Berk owners have installed aftermarket surge protection?? And if so what type?
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:16 PM   #35
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In the Circuit Panel, the left two top breakers are not breakers, they are surge protectors.
Herk,

Where'd you find those surge protectors that fit your breaker slots? Those are pretty slick.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:11 AM   #36
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Does not ship with a generator, so no need for a switch.
ahh... never had a 5th wheel. didn't know some do not come with a generator. again, i thought all that was standard issue... good to know...

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Wow lots more heated comments than I was expecting! So bottom line how many Berk owners have installed aftermarket surge protection?? And if so what type?
what heated comments? just some discussion that helps to take a closer look at what it's really trying to solve instead of taking summary advice on the internet without the details as to why...

although my posts may seem contradictory to this, but i've been researching this topic as well and have been debating which unit for myself.... i just refuse to pick the popular one without knowing exactly why and i go into more detail research than most will ever do...

before i plug my rv in, i routinely put my fluke multimeter on the service pedestal at every campsite i've ever been to...
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:14 AM   #37
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Herk,

Where'd you find those surge protectors that fit your breaker slots? Those are pretty slick.
find the make of your service panel (what brand are your breakers). every maker has surge protector breakers that work in conjunction with the their own meter suppressor. d square, eaton/cutler hammer, ge, etc...
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:35 AM   #38
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Still think its smarter to just install a Progressive unit in your rig and then there's no need to worry abt having to sue anyone.... Just too much hassle plus you also have the hassle of getting your rig fixed....
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Sorry I might be a little late replying. Had CW install 50A Surge Guard protector for peace of mind. Here's the link: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ge-guard/69523.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #40
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Herk,

Where'd you find those surge protectors that fit your breaker slots?
Those are pretty slick.
Looks like they don't make the "solo" breakers any more (those slots are lost).

They are now integrated with 20 amp branch circuits so you won't lose the slot circuit.

Murray 20 Amp 6.5 in. Whole House Surge Protected Circuit Breaker-MSA2020SPDP at The Home Depot

Siemens QSA2020SPD Whole House Surge Protection with Two 20-Amp Circuit Breakers for Use Only on Siemens Panels - Amazon.com


You of course will need to find the one that fits your panel.

Found this while searching for the panel mounted one.

Leviton 50240-MSA 120/240 Volt 200 Amp, Secondary Surge Arrestor, Surge Protective Device 4 Jaw Socket Meter Socket - Amazon.com


Here is another option that uses an existing 220 volt breaker in the first slot (upper left usually) to add whole house protection.

http://www.amazon.com/WHOLE-LIGHTNIN...d_sim_sbs_hi_7
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