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Old 04-15-2019, 03:51 PM   #1
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Surge protector really needed?

I bought a progressive industries ssp-30xl and I know it is just an entry level surge protector but is it really necessary?
We had 2 TT bought brand new and never really used one, specially our first TT when we were just new to rv’ing and always camp either full hookups or power only. Now, we mainly boondocks/dry camp.

How many Sunseeker owners here have surge protectors?
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:12 PM   #2
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Yep, a Progressive*Industries PT30C 30 Amp from day one. I wasn't the first to have low voltage at the end of the camp ground in August....
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:22 PM   #3
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If you are mainly boondocking then you do not absolutely need one, however if you spend time in campgrounds with electric hookups especially during hot or cold weather then yes. A good EMS will also protect you against errors/failures in pedestal wiring like open grounds and from high or low voltage situations. These situations appear to be becoming more prevalent as RVs become larger and incorporate more electronic equipment ( 2-3 ACs). Yes they are not inexpensive, but they are less expensive than replacing the major electronics in an RV. In reality they probably activate more often on the issues mentioned above than they do on surges.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:27 PM   #4
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I bought a progressive industries ssp-30xl and I know it is just an entry level surge protector but is it really necessary?
We had 2 TT bought brand new and never really used one, specially our first TT when we were just new to rv’ing and always camp either full hookups or power only. Now, we mainly boondocks/dry camp.

How many Sunseeker owners here have surge protectors?
ssp-30 xl is a Surge Protector only. It will protect from very large surges of electricity only and nothing else. It is a one hit wonder. If it takes a hit it is destroyed. It will not protect from low voltage which is common in campgrounds. EMS will do much more for protection and is guaranteed for life and repairable. It cost about $200.00 more than surge only

Nesserary No. I do have one on my house for 30 years. Not been hit yet.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:37 PM   #5
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I have the EMS-PT30X, we travel around the US and never know what the power/electrical quality will be at a given park. Combined with camping in areas that can have mid-day thunderstorms pop up and cause surges and brown-outs it's really a no-brainer to me; A $250 EMS to protect the trailer's electronics that cost more than $250 which could be fried or burn out due to poor CG wiring or power issues is good insurance.

There are plenty of people out there that have never used one and never had problems, but there are also plenty of people out there that have had problems because they didn't have protection.

Is one necessary? No. Is it a waste of money? Also no. It's good insurance...which is why we all have insurance on our homes and vehicles. Not because we expect to need it, but to make sure it's there if and when we do need it. You never know when you're going to get bit by a power problem.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:56 PM   #6
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Just last week entered a KOA in Indiana late...........had reservations. Hooked up, and half of everything in trailer didn't work. Like an IDIOT, I failed to hook up my P.I. EMS system first, due to lateness, long trip, and tiredness. When I did hook it up, it showed low voltage. The power pedestal did not provide any power to Leg2 of my 50 amp.


Surge protector would not have shown that. No surges.


EMS did show it, if only I had had the sense to plug it in first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was in the LAST 50 amp FHU site, and the refrigerator was on the leg not working. So I finally moved around, in middle of night, and found a working pedestal in an empty site.


I'll never hook up again without hooking up that EMS first.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:31 PM   #7
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It's like insurance. You don't need it till you need it!
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:49 PM   #8
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Great inputs here �� appreciate it. Need to decide if I should return it and get an ems instead. Oh and I thought the Sunseeker transfer box has a built-in surge protector?
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:01 PM   #9
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I wouldn't get a surge protector. I don't think they do much and, at best, are only useful in catastrophic cases (lightning strike). I'd either pay for the EMS or get nothing.
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I have used a surge protector starting in 2005 after my two tv frig and converter took a hit while plugged into power. I even use the surge protector while plugged in at home. I have no need for an EMS. When boondocking and on my senators I don't use the surge protector.
I would recommend getting one cheap insurance.
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