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Old 03-30-2015, 05:09 AM   #1
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Another reason to use a surge protector

On a recent stay in Key West I was again thankful for my Progressive surge protector saving my trailer again. As usual I plugged it in before hooking up my camper and all showed fine. The next day after returning from sightseeing I noticed a "previous error" code showing that it had shut down for high voltage, and it did so again during the night (came back on within 5 minutes). As I was finishing coffee the next morning it shut off and I saw the voltage was reading 132v I out my dogbone adapter and checked the 50A side and it showed 115v and after switching to it ran off the 50a outlet fine for the rest of the week.
On the last morning there I told the maintenance guy about it and watched while he checked the pedestal. He told me the had had some problems in that line of campsite in the past. The outlets were fine in the pedestal but leg 1 from power company read 115v but leg 2 at that time was 124v. The 30a outlet was connected to leg2 so obviously that one was fluctuating from the power company, while leg 1 was connected to the left side pin on the 50a outlet and my camper ran fine on it as it stayed steady.
Again was very glad to have a good product that has saved my rig on several occasions and can't imagine plugging in to any power without it.


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Old 03-30-2015, 09:04 AM   #2
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And people ask/wonder if they are 'necessary' .

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Old 03-30-2015, 09:37 AM   #3
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I agree completely. Never used one until the good folks on this form highly recommend it; now use mine faithfully & would not be without it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:51 AM   #4
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Old 03-30-2015, 11:56 AM   #5
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We're ordering one before we camp this season.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:39 PM   #6
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where exactly do you put the surge protector? between the rc and the power post?
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:31 PM   #7
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I've read too many stories about campground power fluctuations; we got one two weeks ago. We camped for 10 days on S. Padre Isl and used it. Two of my neighbors stopped by to ask about "that thing" on my power pedestal. I explained what it was and what it did. Then came the stories of "bad" pedestals and charred recepticals. I was glad to have it....we got a 30A Progressive Industries.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:08 PM   #8
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Wouldn't camp without one. Several years ago we were camping at Myrtle Beach and I went to unplug the camper from the pedestal and the plug was just starting to melt. Very scary - good thing we were leaving when we did. Of course it was in July and very hot. I'm sure there is a very heavy load on the electric grid there. My husband had to put a new cord on. Now we don't have to worry. In my opinion it's worth every penny you pay for it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by smarks1632 View Post
where exactly do you put the surge protector? between the rc and the power post?

There are two types. The external one plugs into the CG pedestal and you plug your TT power into the surge protector. The internal type is wired between the shore power and the converter box in your rig.

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Old 03-30-2015, 04:28 PM   #10
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Which one do you guys and girls recommend? Or which one do you own?


This is the one I was looking at

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