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Old 03-03-2015, 01:22 PM   #1
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30 amp or 50 amp surge protector?

I am about to get delivery on a 2015 FR3 30DS. (Yeh!) Is the electrical service 30 amps?

I read a number of posts recommending the use of a surge protector (Progressive). Some posts say 30 amp, others 50 amp. The posts I read seemed to imply the RV service was 30 amp.

If your RV amp service is 30 amp, should't your surge protector also be 30 amps?
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:27 PM   #2
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You can use a 50 amp progressive ems on a 30 amp trailer.

That way if upgrade units down the road that has 50 amp service you can pull it out of your current unit and put it in the new one.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:33 PM   #3
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According to the FR website it's 30 amp.
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You can use a 50 amp progressive ems on a 30 amp trailer.

That way if upgrade units down the road that has 50 amp service you can pull it out of your current unit and put it in the new one.
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I am about to get delivery on a 2015 FR3 30DS. (Yeh!) Is the electrical service 30 amps?

I read a number of posts recommending the use of a surge protector (Progressive). Some posts say 30 amp, others 50 amp. The posts I read seemed to imply the RV service was 30 amp.

If your RV amp service is 30 amp, should't your surge protector also be 30 amps?
We downsized from an older 5th wheel with 50 amp service to an FR with 30 amp connection and distribution panel. We use our 50A PI and it works just fine. The only slight inconvenience is that you also need one or two dog bones to make the connections. You only need one dog bone if connecting your 30A trailer to a 50A pedestal, as the PI is a direct plugin to the 50A pedestal. Then you need a 50A male to 30A female dogbone to support use of the 30A trailer cable. When operating with a 50A pedestal to a 30A trailer, only one leg of the 50A pedestal is working. [The second leg is vestigial like a human appendix.] The one leg is providing 50A through the PI to the trailer, and your trailer AC distribution panel is circuit breaker controlled to 30A to protect from overload.
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Old 03-04-2015, 05:53 PM   #6
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Very important to use a surge protector! We had a 148 volt spike at a campground last Spring, which would have fried our AC and frig if it wasn't for the 50 Amp protector we just installed.
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I checked the info on the hybrid I ordered, and I see no reference to 30 or 50 amp. Would a small Roo require a 30 amp serge protector? Do you leave it hooked up outside be the pole? Would it get stolen?


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I checked the info on the hybrid I ordered, and I see no reference to 30 or 50 amp. Would a small Roo require a 30 amp serge protector? Do you leave it hooked up outside be the pole? Would it get stolen?


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Yes... If it's a Roo, it's going to be a 30-amp. I believe you typically don't get into 50-amp until the unit is big enough to have 2 A/C units.

There are two types... One that connects to the pedestal then to your camper cord, and one that you hard wire inside your camper. I have the one (Progressive Industries) that connects to the pedestal. I use a bike lock for mine, wrap it around the pedestal and lock it. Never had an issue. I like being able to peak out the window and see how many amps I'm drawing.


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I checked the info on the hybrid I ordered, and I see no reference to 30 or 50 amp. Would a small Roo require a 30 amp serge protector? Do you leave it hooked up outside be the pole? Would it get stolen?


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If I had it to do again, I would have bought a 50 amp the first time. Had to upgrade when we did, and yeah, you'll probably upgrade. As Turbs says, 50s work for 30A; just don't go without!
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