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Old 04-15-2013, 05:12 PM   #1
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Power Surge Cord

Does one really need a power surge cord to check and monitor power problems in an RV park? I have heard it is a good idea and if so what is the best one without having to take out a loan?? Some of them are pretty pricey!
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Old 04-15-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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Does one really need a power surge cord to check and monitor power problems in an RV park? I have heard it is a good idea and if so what is the best one without having to take out a loan?? Some of them are pretty pricey!
Yes worth the money.
Progressive industries unit.

30 amp units

http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems_hw30c.htm

http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ssp_30.htm
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #3
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if u running 30 amp, it is quiet easy to adapt the campground power to a 15 amp socket (like in ur house) and plug a tester into it (mine is yellow and has 3 lights on it) depending on what lights are lit, it will tell u if the circuit is wired correctly. that would be the min i would recommend. that tester is less than $5.


i also have an eaton surge suppressor wired into mine. cost was abt $100 once i wired it in. the suppressor *alone) was abt $70.
you can read horror stories on here abt how someone had their bacon saved by having one. i have yet to experience that.





the image above with 2 lights on is a good circuit.
the lower image, with one light, has an open ground.

actually, u could adapt 50amp down to a 15 amp plug and see if the ground, neutral, and one leg is wired correctly. if it is, u can assume the other leg is ok.
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Old 04-15-2013, 06:17 PM   #4
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there is another unit out there other than the progressive industries that is sold by campingworld. once it shows all correct and sets the contacter, it can take 8 seconds for it to disconnect if the voltage goes high. i have yet to run a test to see what will happen if the neutral is opened after the contacter closes (provides power to camper). if ur running 50 amps, that can be life changing.
the progressive industries unit seems to be the one that most, on here, recommend. i haven't read any of their specs or run any test on one.
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Yes worth the money.
Progressive industries unit.

30 amp units

EMS-HW30C

SSP-30
X2 and the one with the monitor allow for you to monitor what is going on with your unit and will prevent the problems that can blow all the electric stuff in your unit...

It's kinda mesmerizing to look at.
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While in Waco recently, some poor guy who didn't believe in surge protectors, wound up with his MH elect system being fried. Apparently, a wire crossed inside this broken down shore pwr box, gave him 220 instead of 120. Not a pretty sight. I also have a polarity checker.
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Another vote for the Progressive Industries EMS. Lifetime warranty and made in the USA

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I'll cast a vote for Progressive Industries EMS too.
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And another vote for PI here.
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