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Old 02-13-2018, 09:45 AM   #1
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Using surge protector to check power at box?

First time heading to campground with 2016 Georgetown 335ds. I have been watching numerous 'how to' videos for the last several weeks. I continue to watch them check the power box with meters. Here is my question : : Can I just plug in the Surge protector into the 50amp connection without being connected to the RV? I would assume that it would pick up any type of deficiency in the outlet with the codes on the surge protector before I hook into the RV. Right or Wrong??? Thanks - Happy Mardi Gras Y'all!!!
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:49 AM   #2
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:56 AM   #3
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Really depends on what surge protector you have. Some of the lower cost ones simply protect against power surges and will not warn you of all errors, while the higher end ones also warn/protect against high/low voltage, wiring errors as well as power surges. If you have a higher end one then yes your solution will work. Some protection devices actually do not energize the outlet side of the circuit until they have run through their checks and will prevent it from being energized if a fault is found.
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TRC 50 amp surge protector from Camping World. Show 8 different power situations. Thanks for y'all help. Think this is the way to go.
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If your unit is "Hard Wired with a EMS" you are going to Drag that Heavy Cord out and plug in plus Wait until it runs its Check! Maybe to then find out there is a issue with "Park Power"! We just use a simple checker that can be hand carried over to the Power center,before Pulling in! Youroo!!
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The only thing plugging it in first won't check is a resistive circuit which would cause a voltage sag once you applied a load from your camper. Of course a good EMS would disconnect you.
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Not hard wired, but that was a thought before I bought this other one. Thanks.

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Not hard wired, but that was a thought before I bought this other one. Thanks.

https://images3.campingworld.com/Cam...1000/73995.jpg
That looks like the lower end 'Surge Protection' vs the higher end 'EMS' style. You'll want to consult this chart on TRC's website for the kinds of miswiring that the lower one doesn't catch, like open grounds/neutrals:

https://rvpower.southwire.com/produc...ge-protection/

We used the higher end one (Model 34830 since we only needed 30A) to do exactly what you're looking to do though, just plugged it in and used it to check instead of monkeying around with multi-meters when the DW's impatient to get unhooked and setup.
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If your unit is "Hard Wired with a EMS" you are going to Drag that Heavy Cord out and plug in plus Wait until it runs its Check! Maybe to then find out there is a issue with "Park Power"! We just use a simple checker that can be hand carried over to the Power center,before Pulling in! Youroo!!
Youroo, what type of simple checker do you use? I've been wanting to get a hardwired EMS for my rig but that is why I have not.
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Not hard wired, but that was a thought before I bought this other one. Thanks.

https://images3.campingworld.com/Cam...1000/73995.jpg
I would consider swapping that out for a unit that will protect against low and high voltage conditions as well. When you plug into the pedestal at the park, that unit will tell you everything is fine at that moment in time, however, if voltage goes high or goes low, which can happen frequently in summertime, you will have no protection. Low voltage is really rough on A/C units and other electronics.

I installed a hardwired Progressive Industry 50 AMP surge/EMS unit in my coach. Plug in, checks for all the mis-wired conditions as well as voltage and frequency of the power. Disconnects on high voltage, but more importantly to me, low voltage which would cause damage to my refrigerator, A/C units, etc. A couple hundred dollars more IMHO, is cheap insurance compared to replacement cost of an A/C or two , etc.
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