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Old 08-05-2015, 11:43 AM   #51
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We have a dedicated circuit for ours, along with a satellite/cable line in a box we installed right beside of our parking spot. We use ours as a guest house, man cave, Momma's nook, get away spot when it is parked at home.
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Old 08-05-2015, 12:42 PM   #52
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A protector typically used in campers (ie Progressive) are for electrical anomalies completely different from the completely different transient (called a surge) that exists in homes. Meanwhile plug-in protectors do not claim to protect from either of those anomalies.

The word 'surge' is subjective. It can even describe a high voltage, a high current, a low voltage, noise, or a low current. Each and completely different device (all called surge protectors) must be defined by which anomaly is a concern. That means numbers.
There was a time when the phrase surge protector only meant one type of abnormality. It meant a surge or spike in voltage on the power line, like you would get when lightning strikes. That's all it meant. It did not mean low voltage or otherwise. I watched through the years as it was bastardized in it's meaning. A lot of that bastardization came from marketing people who decided to rename an outlet strip a surge protector. Look at one at the store next time, no where on the box will it say outlet strip, (or says outlet strip in very small letters) it now says surge protector. Suddenly I had people tell me they needed a surge protector and when I showed up with a real surge protector they thought I was stupid. So the phrase surge protector is completely wrong now as used by most people.
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Old 08-06-2015, 02:30 PM   #53
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We have a dedicated circuit for ours, along with a satellite/cable line in a box we installed right beside of our parking spot.
If a dedicated wire does not enter where AC electric also enters, then an item that actually does surge protection is missing or compromised.

Remember, destructive surges are electricity. That means it must have both an incomng path and a completely different outgoing path to earth. Typical incoming path is AC electric (ie due to lightning striking highest wires on poles far down the street). Outgoing path can be that dedicated satellite/cable line. Damage is often on an outgoing path. Naive consumers, only using speculation, assume a satellite/cable was the surge incomng path. Because damage was on the coax or HDMI port - the outgoing path.

Protection is never about a protector. Protection (from a type of surge being discussed here) is always about what harmlessly absorbs hundreds of thousands of joules. The critical term (and what shuold have everyone's attention) is single point earth ground (all four words have electrical significance).

'Dedicated wire' is mostly irrelevant to protecting electrical and electronic devices. Only useful recommendation comes with numbers. A protector is only as effective as its earth ground. Relevant numbers - where do hundreds of thousands of joules harmlessly dissipate?
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