Originally Posted by lacy weige
What is the general consensus on TT surge protectors and their locks? We just purchased a 2013 V-Cross classic and the dealer strongly suggested that we should purchase a surge protector and a lock for that protector because apparently people steal them. The surge protector is $500 and the lock is another $100 so it is really annoying to think we have to have this for the brand new TT that just cost us over 20K. Is this a scam, or are these things necessary? Obviously, the surge protector is more or less an insurance policy, but what is the potential downside of not having one? And, if anyone thinks they are necessary, what brand do you recommend?
Similarly, we do not have covered storage for our TT. Should we get a cloth cover? We live in Austin so we don't get much snow, or rain for that matter, but the Texas heat can be brutal. We plan to use our RV all the time and it seems like a cover might be so cumbersome that putting it on in between trips may never actually happen. If a cover is essential in your mind, do they make one that fits the V-Cross Classics? I've looked online but can't find one. Thanks in advance for your help.
You should at least get a surge protector. CW also carries one made by TRC, it is warranty for 2 years. I Carrie 2 with me both made by TRC. You can get a protector only for about 85.00 bucks, but it will not have a time delay built in. Then they have one that will do the same thing as an EMS which will tell you what the power is and amps you are drawing. I have really not heard of anyone's being stolen off the pole. I just wrap a plastic coated 1/4" cable around the unit and pole. That one has a built in time delay so if you lose power or if the power drops down pass 10% or over 10% it will shut down automatically and when the power comes back on to the correct voltage it will go through a 128 sec. delay to protect the compressor from short cycling.The cheaper one will still protect your unit but will not delay the power. I do recommend that you at least get the cheap one, it's better then nothing. I have used that one for over 5 years, but when I had some extra cash I bought the TRC EMS one. Granted I did not get the Progressive with a life time warranty but they work the same with the read outs. For the cost difference I could just buy another one if it ever fails. It will also check for grounds and neutrals. So what I'm saying you should get something. CG power is lets say not the best most use aluminum wire to the pedestals. which is bad enough. Let alone the abuse that some campers do to them......