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Old 06-08-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Portable surge guard? Does it stop surge?

Question about the surge gaurd. Does this one actually stop the surge of electricity or does it just inform you on the read out that the electricity is wrong.
Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:07 PM   #2
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Yes...but not all...it has limits:
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Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Manufacturer: Technology Research Corp
Mfg Part #: 44260
Tech Notes: Offers 2100 Joules of power surge protection.

- See more at: Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World

Whereas the more expensive one offers:
Tech Notes: 2450 joules surge protection, 6500 amps spike protection. 120 volts. - See more at: Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-001-LCD - Surge Protectors - Camping World

The other major feature difference is the automatic reset of the more expensive one which might save you from coming back to a fridge full of rancid food or a coach with batteries depleted.
Still... even the more basic one offers joules protection at the same level as whole home protectors...while still providing polarity checks too.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:38 PM   #3
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We were advised that the 'surge guard' in the OP wasn't much better than the little needle meters you plug into an outlet inside the RV to monitor voltage.

We went with this one:

Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-001-LCD - Surge Protectors - Camping World

50 AMP instead of 30 AMP
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We were advised that the 'surge guard' in the OP wasn't much better than the little needle meters you plug into an outlet inside the RV to monitor voltage.

We went with this one:

Portable Surge Guards With LCD Display - 30 Amp - TRC 34730-001-LCD - Surge Protectors - Camping World

50 AMP instead of 30 AMP
Edited to add:

We actually use both...the needle meter and the 50 AMP Surge protector. We've found that the needle meter is often unreliable compared to the surge protector.
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Old 06-08-2014, 06:51 PM   #5
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Well I did it! I pulled the plug and brought the more expensive one.
Ughh I been holding off on doing that but maybe it will save me some headaches.
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If you have the budget I would recommend going with the Hugh's Autoformer. It will not only protect you from power spikes and incorrect wiring, but also protect you from weak power and brown out situations.

However, they are pricey,

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Best on the Market - if you did not get this one, return it and get a progressive. We have the portable 50AMP - wish I had bought the installable now that I have found out how easy it is to put in!

Amazon.com: Progressive Industries PT50C
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I just purchased the PT50C a few hours ago. Looks to be smaller than the Surge Guard and has a lifetime warranty. I read on some forums that the Surge Guard was not repairable and they gave bad customer service. Progressive Industries has a 24/7 hotline. I got mine here for $309.00, no tax and free shipping. Good deal.

Portable 50A Surge Protector & Voltage Protection

I am sure both units are similar but a lifetime warranty is a good deal.
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i'll stick with my progressive thank you very much

EXCELLENT customer service and always on call if I have a question!
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Hey HSV. That is the PI unit. 50 AMP External. I agree, keep your progressive
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