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Old 05-29-2015, 04:27 AM   #1
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A-Frames need protection too

Just a photo to share with fellow A-Framers to show the damage done to my microwave when the campground had a power spike. I was on a solo trip with my women's camp group at a popular campground. I was in and out of the A-Frame thru the day and did not discover this until that evening when I went to use the microwave to warm my coffee. I had no idea this occurred.

My small 19" dvd combo tv also suffered damage.

I do have a surge protector and had not plugged it in. Spouse reminds me if I have the Surge Protector, I must always use it and not get complacent. You better believe I will use it from now on.

If you ever told yourself you don't need one because surges rarely happen or you think there's not much damage that a surge could do, guess again. I am glad it was only the microwave and televison - the fridge and AC is ok, and I am really super glad my trailer didn't catch fire while I was away....
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Old 05-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #2
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yikes . ... thanks for this ....guess what im going out to purchase ..

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Wow. That's pretty terrifying!

Is there space to hard-wire in a surge protector? That way you don't have to plug it in and secure it every time.
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Old 05-29-2015, 09:50 AM   #4
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I'm not the expert, but many claim that the inverter cannot handle such occurrences and will likely go soon. If the inverter goes, it will ruin a camping trip. If you camp solo some and don't want a trip ruined, you might consider replacing it.
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Old 05-29-2015, 10:02 AM   #5
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Wow. That's pretty terrifying!

Is there space to hard-wire in a surge protector? That way you don't have to plug it in and secure it every time.
Yes, but I went with a "plug in" after reading about the humming noise the hard wired units make. If you are going to hard wire one I'd look in the front storage area next to the converter for a place to put it. That were I was going to install one. But I caught a sale at Camping World on the plug in version so I went cheap and lazy. Good thing I was lazy, now I already have a surge suppressor for our new camper!
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:02 PM   #6
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If we didn't already have one, after seeing your pics I'd be getting us one. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-29-2015, 02:07 PM   #7
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"I've camped 30 years without one so I don't need one"
"don't have one in my house"
"It's to expensive " type of people.

Sorry this happened to you and the sad part is you had one!
Live and learn I guess.



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Old 05-29-2015, 06:51 PM   #8
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I had an A Frame for 3 years, just traded. Loved it but luckily never had any issues....Guess it was plain dumb luck because I never thought about a surge protector.
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Old 05-30-2015, 06:02 PM   #9
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TechnoRV.com on line has a great selection and FREE shipping and NO TAX. They are in Beaverton, Oregon BUT ship from NJ.

Had my unit in 3 days!! It is plugged in right now at our site location in N GA mountains. Plenty of surge opportunities in them thar hills.

We had a surge in Ft McDowell, AZ 3 years ago!! You NEVER FORGET!!
Micro, inverter and hot water elec!
Ohhh, what fun !! New Silverback is protected!! Camp resort paid for micro. Inverter died 30 days later. I did not notice H/W heater as we were using gas, as needed!

They were at FR Rally last year. Both vendor and seminars. I would say they will be in Goshen this year!
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:07 PM   #10
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New microwave - good to go....will use the Surge protector anytime I plug in from now on....yee haw.
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