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Old 05-21-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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Surge Protectors - which one?

Hello all,

We're new to RV'ing and I've read about the necessity of having a Surge Protector on the incoming power. There are so many to choose from, and I'm not quite understanding the differences between them all. Would appreciate anything you could pass along to help me make a smart decision. Sure don't want our new Motorhome getting fried!

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Old 05-21-2015, 05:46 PM   #2
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30A Hardwire Surge Guard - TRC 34520-002 - Surge Protectors - Camping World

It has saved us more than once!
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:51 PM   #3
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most popular is Progressive Industries...

Lots to read on:

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most popular is Progressive Industries...

Lots to read on:

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I'm in Fonzie corner here. I 'm so glad I got the new system is just amazing. I kept the old old WFCO, and so happens a member needed one I sent it to him 3mos ago and never heard back from him, if he got it or if it worked or nothing.
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My Progressive has a lifetime warranty. Not sure about other brands. We use the "pigtail" unit as I plan to take it with me if I change TTs. Also, if it "fries", I just send it back to progressive for another unit. I'm fresh out of room to mount it inside due to an automatic transfer switch I installed with my inverter. No more room!!
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:51 PM   #7
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There are so many to choose from, and I'm not quite understanding the differences between them all.
Most will only say what they were told to believe. Or what they use as if that proves it is good. First learn what a surge is.

The word surge is subjective. So a surge can be a low current, a high voltage. a high current, a sudden power off, or a low voltage - to name a few conditions.

For homes, a most common and destructive surge is lightning. That means a current is inside hunting for earth destructively via appliances. That protection means a device must connect all wires low impedance (ie 'less than 10 feet') to earth. So that a lightning current finds earth BEFORE entering the building.

For campers, a most common and destructive surge can be low voltages or slightly high voltages. One type of protector cuts off AC power is voltage drops too low or rises too high (ie only above 130 volts). These voltage variations are mostly harmful to motorized appliances; not to electronics.

Other campsite anomalies may be reversed polarity, excessive current, or floating safety ground. Some protectors will also detect and cut off power during these anomalies. Those protectors are often mounted inside the camper.

A protector to also protect from surges such as lightning must be connected farther from electronics and close to the pole's earth ground. These types are rain proof and need a safety chain so that sticky fingers do not walk off with the protector.

Anyone who recommends a protector must first define which anomalies are a concern and which anomalies are averted by that protector. That also means numbers; not subjective claims.
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I went Progressive Industries. Lifetime warranty plus their EMS takes care of much more than just surge. Saved my tail by not energizing on a 30A campground service with reversed polarity. I used the pigtail 30A version on our last RV and have the 50A hard wired version on the new one. Great product! Check Amazon for best prices.
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