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Old 08-17-2014, 12:41 AM   #1
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Problem with external Surge Gaurd.

I got a external portable Surge Gaurd .
Every time the electricity surges it works good but it flips the GFI outlet and then everything in the Refridge melts cuz the GFI is tripped .. But it turns back on everything else that is not on the GFI circuit.

So unless we are in the camper and hear it trip the GFI (and thus can push the GFI back in and on) our refridge will Not automatically come back on and everything melts.. Soooooo is there anything we can do about this?
Any electricians out there have any ideas?
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:30 AM   #2
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What kind of trailer and what kind of fridge? I'm going to guess you have an electric only fridge, since a normal power loss should have switched you to propane on most RV fridges (not sure on all models of the 3-way fridge though).

In ours, the fridge is on a separate circuit than the GFI so the one shouldn't affect the other. You may be able to do something similar if it's a big issue.

That aside, the concern is to figure out why the GFI trips. Do you know if it happens before the power is cut, or after it's restored? If before, it sounds like the surge guard is defective and letting some of the surge through. If after, you might have something with a large draw on startup that's tripping it.








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Old 08-17-2014, 08:31 AM   #3
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My question is "how do you know there's is or has been a surge"?

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Old 08-17-2014, 08:46 AM   #4
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Great argument for leaving the battery and propane "ON" when in hookups. If the power fails for any reason, the fridge will automatically switch to propane/DC and keep your ice cream cold.

As to the surge guard; any bad connection in the campground's pedestal, power fluctuations or park causes surges will cause the surge guard (or any other power monitoring device) to cut AC power to your camper. When good power is restored, it will again do its job and reconnect the AC.

This is NOT a problem with the device; it is a problem with your campground (though they may try to wiggle out of it).
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