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Old 03-05-2014, 08:01 AM   #1
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Surge protectors

We are making a list of must haves for our 36ckts. Is a surge protector/ voltage regulator a must? Does power fluctuate a lot? There are hard wired models available. We asked the manufacturer if they would install one and they said no. They also said if we hard wired one it could void our warranty. The hard wired range in price from $300 to $700. How do you know which one to get? Thanks for all of your comments and help.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:03 AM   #2
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For me, it has become a "MUST." I have a large investment in my camper and protecting my investment is high on my list.

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:12 AM   #3
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Don't waste your money on the cheap ones.

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:14 AM   #4
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Ditto, seemed like a low cost bit of protection. I got this one from the RV store when I bought the camper. I doubt it's the greatest one out there, but must be better than nothing:

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Old 03-05-2014, 08:22 AM   #5
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It depends on the CG or how many people have there a/c's going or space heaters. Voltage will drop and also brown outs are common, plus also miswired or abused power pedestals. Just make sure what ever you get, it has a time delay built in so you don't burn anything out when the power pops off then on within seconds. Thats bad for A/C compressors they need time to equalize pressure, or it will go off on internal over load.
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We are making a list of must haves for our 36ckts. Is a surge protector/ voltage regulator a must? Does power fluctuate a lot? There are hard wired models available. We asked the manufacturer if they would install one and they said no. They also said if we hard wired one it could void our warranty. The hard wired range in price from $300 to $700. How do you know which one to get? Thanks for all of your comments and help.
From the horror stories others have shared, yes, I consider it a necessity. I just purchased a Progressive Industries portable surge protector for our new travel trailer. Lots of folks have one of these, or their built-in model. I went with the portable one, since it can transfer to any new trailer I purchase in the future.

The same could be done with a built-in unit, of course, but for me, it's just simpler to have a portable one. It has a lifetime guarantee and is made in the USA. After checking all prices and offers, I went with one on Amazon. The price there was several dollars less than models I found 'on sale'.

With a small length of chain, and a lock sized to fit around the units lead wire (that runs from plug-in to controller) I can easily secure it to any power pedestal. It's all-weather, very well made, and has an excellent reputation.

Good luck with your choice!
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #7
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You might want to consider individual TVSS units for your electronics.
This is in addition to the pedestal protection for your entire system.
I put one on the TV, microwave, stereo and the outlet I ran the computer
off of. The 12V converter has built in protection so you don't need to do
anything with that to protect your other TV if you have one.
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I wired my "hardwired" one to be able to take it with me to.
15 minutes to remove.
Thanks qccowboy!

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Hi Lakeport guy. From an old Lakeport guy.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:17 AM   #10
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I would never be without one. Just as important as a water pressure regulator. I purchased the 50 amp one. It will work on both 30 and 50 amp services. If you have a 30 amp trailer now and you upgrade in the future to a 50 amp trailer you're good to go.
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