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Old 07-10-2016, 05:26 PM   #11
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I managed to squeeze mine in behind the power panel and wired it so both shore power and generator power run through it.
I could only get two 100 watt solar panels on my roof.
Thanks for that information. The roof real-estate is very limited. I could manage with two 100 watt panels if necessary. I would run a deficit each day which could be balanced when I hook up to shore power, or with the generator, if necessary. With Sprinter's limited resources it will be difficult to boondock more than a week, especially since the wife won't go too primitive. My budget already includes periodic full-hookup camping to dump, refill, recharge, and splurge.
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Old 11-20-2016, 09:00 PM   #12
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Well, we got our 2016 Prism at the end of August. I haven't posted in a while because we've been having too much fun. I installed a Progressive Industries surge protector. The only place I could find to mount it was under the bed, near the breaker box and fresh water tank. The hardest part was running the running wire for the digital display, which I mounter above the sink near the door. The Trimetric display is also mounted there.
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:04 PM   #13
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Read this post this morning while camping in Long Key Statepark. Off I went and asked 39 campers about surge protectors - none were using one and nobody ever had any problems without one.....
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Old 11-21-2016, 01:12 PM   #14
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Read this post this morning while camping in Long Key Statepark. Off I went and asked 39 campers about surge protectors - none were using one and nobody ever had any problems without one.....
I don't doubt that is true, but during the last 20 years of camping I'd say > 50% of the campgrounds I have been to have 'dirty' power. Under-voltage, reversed polarity (hot and common reversed), or open ground. All three are bad.
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I don't doubt that is true, but during the last 20 years of camping I'd say > 50% of the campgrounds I have been to have 'dirty' power. Under-voltage, reversed polarity (hot and common reversed), or open ground. All three are bad.
X2 - and all it takes is one bad pedestal to do $5K worth of damage to your RV.

*And* Low voltage (especially at a crowded campground) Low Voltage will kill your A/C quicker than a surge will in fact!

We added a Hughes Autoformer to take care of that small issue
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Old 11-21-2016, 02:04 PM   #16
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Read this post this morning while camping in Long Key Statepark. Off I went and asked 39 campers about surge protectors - none were using one and nobody ever had any problems without one.....

Bet that was fun … scurrying around a state park this morning asking 39 other campers about “surge protectors.” Hope you at least waited till after sunrise, had coffee, and remembered to put on your pants first … probably not a good time to be misunderstood …. We're each entitled to an opinion, and to spend our money as we see fit. Many folks choose to use prophylactic (electrical or otherwise), and some do not. Surge protection (transient suppression) is only part of the Progressive Industries unit. The unit also tests for proper electrical connection, and provides frequency, voltage and current information. Some folks think this useful, others think it useless … such is life.
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Surge protection (transient suppression) is only part of the Progressive Industries unit. The unit also tests for proper electrical connection, and provides frequency, voltage and current information. Some folks think this useful, others think it useless … such is life.
Well said!
I know from my personal experience it low cost insurance and peace of mind.
So far I detected reverse polarity and low voltage at campgrounds.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:29 AM   #20
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How would I add a surge protector to my 24r. Specifically where and how to I get to the area where the wiring enters the body on the driver's side. Is there an access panel somewhere? It seems to be about where the shower is? I'd rather have it mounted interiorly than on the post if possible.
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