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Old 08-06-2015, 07:59 PM   #1
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Surge protector

What type do I need to look for , 30 amp bumper pull FR 831 RKSS. I looked on Amazon . They start at 80.00 -- 350.00 ??
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:24 PM   #2
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This year I purchased the Progressive Industries EMS 50 AMP portable. They have a Lifetime Warranty. I chain it up to the electrical pedestal to keep it from walking off. Was going to get the hardwired unit, but:
1) didn't want to jeopardize my TT warranty

2) these units have a transformer buzzing sound that I didn't want to hear while in the TT. I never hear the portable unit being outside.

3) if it ever has an issue just unplug it and send it in for warranty work

The 30 AMP portable unit isn't real pricey for what it's protecting if something goes wrong with the CG electricity. https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Progr...0C-p/pt30c.htm
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Old 08-06-2015, 08:49 PM   #3
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Wait, first explain "bumper pull FR 831 RKSS". That's >6000lbs tied to your bumper? OK, You'll get a lot of "IMHO" but more of "IMSO In My Strong Opinion". The Progressive Industries EMS would be the best (IMHO). But, it really is the level of protection you want. I did the PI EMS HW 30. But I have a lot of friends that just went with the Surge Guard (at 1/5th the price). PI's are lifetime. Some people have reported the Surge Guards have fried after their warranty (doing its job). The SG's will tell you if the pole is mis-wired when you plug it in. Look at the two manufacturers. You won't get anyone here to not tell you to get a PI EMS. PS. Power surges and Power Protection are two different things.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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It's not a 5th wheel . I ask the forum for their experience and thoughts ...... thanks
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:16 PM   #5
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30 amp hardwired progressive industries with lifetime warranty.
Less then an hour to install.
Never heard mine buzzing or humming.
I put plugs on it if it go's bad I unplug unit and plug the other two ends together.
Will not void camper warranty.
Out of site out of mind.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:18 PM   #6
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I have and would strongly recommend the PI unit that gashog has linked in his post(#2). FULL protection and lifetime warranty make it worth the price.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:20 PM   #7
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Thanks Capsfloyd for the clarification. I guess I got confused between the difference of Bumper Mounted Ball vs Receiver Hitch. I also guess it confuses me when people are steered to more than what they want...like having to have an F350 DRW to tow a pup or a Hensley Arrow because ye' old receiver hitch is now too dangerous to tow.
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:32 PM   #8
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Insurance is just that, how much are you willing to pay and how much do you want protected. The Progressive EMS can't be beat and is a lifetime unit. One incident can be very costly to repair, as the saying goes "you pays your money and takes your chances".
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Old 08-06-2015, 09:42 PM   #9
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Absolutely, and that is why I went with the PI EMS. A CG I went to year after year with my last HTT and never "noticed" a problem and when I went this year, I had major issues that could have blown my A/C or Microwave was an issue. The PI showed a low voltage situation that could have been dangerous. The couple next door (also a year after year camper at this CG) lost their microwave last year at that CG with their new trailer. I stayed once at a 5 start CG near Boston (in all reviews) where the post I had to plug in to was shared between 4 sites. Two got 30 amp sockets, two shared a duplex. Yes, I arrived later, got a 15 amp duplex hole to power my camper.
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Old 08-07-2015, 06:32 AM   #10
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the units at 1/5 th price give you less than 1/5th the protection. Surge protection is actually the least of your worries. You need protection from high and low voltage, open neutrals and grounds, etc. You get what you pay for, so go with the best. Progressive Industries EMS series.
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