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Old 05-06-2016, 10:37 AM   #1
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Surge Protector

My story:

Electricity is not my thing. Especially with a new RV.
I recently purchased a new Flagstaff 27 BEWS. (30 amp service system)
I connected to an electrical box (30 amp plug) at the RV campsite next to the dealer for my PDI. The breakers kept tripping with some of the TT systems running, including the AC.
One of the service techs near the site checked the problem and went to the parts dept. and returned with a "dog bone" that plugged into the 50 amp receptacle and reduced the amps to 30. All was good with power to the TT after that.

My question:

Checking the "dog bone" it shows no ability to prevent power surges or low voltage shut-off, just lighted ends show current flow. Looking at available surge protectors online, I find everything from $55 to $255 and up that offer surge protection. I am starting to think this item falls into the "you get what you pay for" category. What is a good unit for my TT? Of course wanting to save a buck like anyone else, but understand this is not something that should go to the lowest bidder.

Any help or ideas appreciated.
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:00 AM   #2
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You will get a lot of answers, but the majority of the members will recommend the Progressive Industries products. They are a little more money, but have two advantages.

1. Protect against more problems than most.
2, Have a lifetime warranty.

#2 is very important as should a major surge occur, the device will most likely be rendered inoperable as part of it protection mechanism. If you have a PI product, you simply call them and they will replace it.
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X2 on Progressive Industries. Best warranty, 24 hour help if needed. First thing I bought after we purchased our rig,
Price may seem high, but it is much much less than appliances and control boards that may blow out.
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X3 on Progressive Industries Also next thing to buy is TPMS. That way piece of mind riding down the road and at the campground


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Old 05-06-2016, 03:16 PM   #5
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There is a major difference between a "surge protector" and the units that pre-check the electrical source before passing it to the RV and then continually monitor the electric and provides over/under voltage surge protection. The more expensive $250+- units are worth it for me.
We have the Surge Guard unit and I bought the $40+- protection coverage at CW. I have replaced twice and simply paid another $40 to extend protection plan.
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tpms ?

and how to decide which protecter that they offer should I purchase?
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I'm guessing TPMS is Temporary Power Monitoring System. Like I said electricity is not my thing. All I know for sure it is safer when it is off, the kicker? Knowing when it' off.

Anyway, is this a suitable unit for my TT?

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It seems to meet the specs (PI product)and the price is not too bad.
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TPMS
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Peace of mind on the road. Keeps you informed about tire pressure and temperature. Sounds alarm if you have a sudden lose of pressure, low pressure, over pressure, or over temp condition. I have the EEZRV products unit.
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These two 30 amps EMS are the most recommended units in this forum.....
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I'm guessing TPMS is Temporary Power Monitoring System. Like I said electricity is not my thing. All I know for sure it is safer when it is off, the kicker? Knowing when it' off.



Anyway, is this a suitable unit for my TT?



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It seems to meet the specs (PI product)and the price is not too bad.

Not sure if this unit is giving you full protection or not.

EMS = Electrical Management System and generally cost more than this.
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