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Old 08-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #11
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when ur dealing with something that is hastily put together, u really don't know what u have.
i have yet to see a surge suppressor on a campground that i've stayed in. i had lots of looks when i put a box outside to supply two circuits to my trailer. the electrical may be more stable where i camp.
i don't disagree with having a surge suppressor. they definitely will do more good than harm.
i believe the article in one of the above post does more to turn people away from surge suppressors than it helps. when something is overhyped, i get sceptical and start looking for someone's hand in my pocket.
in 2004 we went to glacier park. stayed in a campground abt 2 to 3 miles from the entrance. they showed me a pig tail adapter that had been used by one of the campers. the part that plugged into the trailer was burnt. said it had been in use for a few days and when found smoking, the wires were hot and the breaker had not thrown. their conclusion was that the smoke at the trailer was due to the use of an adapter. when i looked at it, the contacts had obviously been arcing. arcing will melt insulation without throwing the breaker. that's why i would like to know the facts around an incident rather than the conclusion.
i'm skeptical of the article in the above post. the person that posted it here was just trying to convey the info...not their article.
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:41 PM   #12
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i found this article abt surge suppression. they tell u the standard to look for and why u take a multi layer approach. currently standard is UL 1449 rev 3.
in their approach, the line suppressor knocks it down to what a suppressor at the sensitive equipment can handle.
the item i had been toying with is the eaton whole house version Complete Home Surge Protection-CHSPT2MICRO at The Home Depot
what u will need will be a couple vacant slots in ur breaker box. for me. that means i will have to either mount a sub box and handle the large cord or change some of the breakers to doubles to give the two dedicated slots needed. u will have to wire to them with #14 wire.

if u read the article, the concern (that i had) abt the near by lightning strike was a problem if it was within a mile. if u get a direct hit, i doubt anything will protect u.

this will give u an alternative to look into.

i don't know if home depot handles them but eaton also offers a version that simply plugs into the breaker slots. cost abt $15 more.
last year, when i looked into this device, it was out of stock. they are in in stock now but u have to order them. home depot had the best price and free shipping. u can find this same item on the internet for anywhere from $30 more to $200 more.
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:52 PM   #13
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Since my 2011 378TS did not have an automatic transfer switch on it I installed one with a surge protector in it. It works great and no more having to plug the power cord into a box to use the generator. It only cost about $240.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:37 PM   #14
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Bang for the buck?

Anyone have any ideas, pro or con, if this type surge suppresser is a good buy or a waste of money. $85 with shipping. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #15
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Anyone have any ideas, pro or con, if this type surge suppresser is a good buy or a waste of money. $85 with shipping. Thanks in advance.

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The item is made by Surge Guard http://www.trci.net/products/surge-g...-wground-fault so imagine it would work as performed ( do not have one but was interested after I saw the price so I did a little googling)

Only reviews were below, all loved it

http://www.dyersonline.com/review/product/list/id/8/
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:57 PM   #16
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installed in the first position on each leg of my power panel.

I have a Meter mount surge suppressor on the meter and I still use high end surge suppressors on my computer and AV equipment at the plugs.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:58 PM   #17
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Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go with the Surge Guard for it's convenience properties and hope I never have to write a negative review. Herk, your GE THQLSURGE looks to offer permanent protection but I'd need a gnome to install one with the space allotted in my rig. Thanks again.
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Thank's all for your help. I ordered the hard wired Surge Guard from Camping World.
They have it on special. There are to many electronics in our new Georgetown for me not to take every step I can to protect them.
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The item is made by Surge Guard 30A Portable w/Ground Fault | Technology Research Corporation so imagine it would work as performed ( do not have one but was interested after I saw the price so I did a little googling)

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According to the salesman at CW this unit cannot be reset so if it comes into play you will need to replace it.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:33 AM   #20
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when u get the strip to protect ur television, get one that offers protection for spikes coming thru the coax. usually, the high end ones have this feature as well as phone line protection.
i have seen only one tv that had lightning damage and that came thru the ant connection. (in a home...not a trailer). sense a lightning storm had passed thru, i questioned the source. thought it had come thru the electrical. damage to the tv was in the ant/tuner area.
at home, i've seen more problems with surges thru the phone line. don't know why sense it is buried. now days, i doubt if many hook up to the phone line. the campground cable yes.
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