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Old 03-15-2013, 01:19 PM   #11
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RodeoGeorge, Thanks for the link and straightening me out on the surge protector vs. spike. Looks like I'll order the PI model and at $257 seems a pretty good price.
Is that a 30A or 50A protector?

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:36 PM   #12
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50A based on the link provided to RV Outfitters.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:38 PM   #13
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I just re-checked the link, wrong! da! it is for the 30A protector. First time read it on my ipad.
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:27 PM   #14
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I bought the 50amp Progressive hard wired to coach version at the Quartzite rv show for out the door $305. I installed it myself and found it simple yet tricky to slip the ends of the copper wires into place and fit in the current meters. Works OK.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:25 PM   #15
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Is that a 30A or 50A protector?

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All the models (well the most popular) are in the comparison chart. The 30A are listed first, and the 50A are listed further down the list.

I used the chart to decide, but found the best price (actually another forum member found the price) at the company in the link.

RV Electrical - Surge Protector | Power Protection - MakariosRV.com

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Old 03-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #16
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So not meaning to go off topic but how necessary are surge protectors? We come form the tow hauler area and this is our first motorhome. Folks at all the stores say we absolutely want one and should get one. Thoughts?
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Surge Protectors are like insurance. When you need it, you need it, and it can save you a lot of money on peripheral failures like Microwave, TV, Converter, etc.

I have not had one in any past RV that I've owned, but I've always checked any AC source before connecting. At Rodeo Grounds, that's a must. And I always have a voltage monitor plugged in to check for low voltage.

Now, the PI EMS-HW50C can take over that task, and also provide surge protection.

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These units provide more than just surge protection. My PI EMS HW30 kicked the power out to our trailer a few times last summer when the CG power dropped below the threshold. It also hold power off to the trailer for up to 3 minutes when you plug in to check to ensure good power and also prevent arcing in the plug if you forget to have the main breakers off whne plugging in. The remote monitor is nice to so you can see the CG voltage and you amp draw at any time. I have mine mounted right above the Forest Rvier control panel for the lights and slides etc.
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So not meaning to go off topic but how necessary are surge protectors? We come form the tow hauler area and this is our first motorhome. Folks at all the stores say we absolutely want one and should get one. Thoughts?
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So not meaning to go off topic but how necessary are surge protectors? We come form the tow hauler area and this is our first motorhome. Folks at all the stores say we absolutely want one and should get one. Thoughts?
Just think what it would cost to replace all your onboard electronics - TV, stereo, fridge, furnace, AC unit, water heater, microwave, etc. Cheap insurance IMHO.
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