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Old 06-20-2016, 06:55 PM   #11
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I put a hardwired unit in my new one...never got around to it in the last one. Our power at the house is, well...iffy at times. Someone sneezes and the power goes out. A few weeks ago, while waiting on the new trailer (PI EMS sitting on the table waiting for it) the power pulsed a few times, just enough to reboot computers and short cycle my house AC. I remember thinking THAT'S why I bought this thing. Before, I used to go unplug the trailer if I was at the house and an electrical storm blew in. Now I don't have to worry about it. Well worth the money.

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Old 06-21-2016, 08:06 AM   #12
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I have the progressive 50a. Last winter it took a hit from nearby lightning. Fried the box but saved my coach. Replaced in a couple days by the factory easy. And yesterday was in a campground office and the owner was speaking with his insurance company because he had some sites rewired and a camper plugged in (without a progressive unit) and fried his TV, both a/c units and other stuff. I have a portable and when I arrive, turn off the campsite box, plug in the unit, turn on the box to have it check. Then once it has given me the OK, I turn it off again, plug in my coach, then reapply power.

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Old 06-22-2016, 08:48 AM   #13
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Last year I went to campground and was setting everything up and suddenly felt like I was being electrocuted when I touched the trailer jacks. Then it went away then happened again. I had done some work to the camper so I assume one of my hot wires was touching the frame. After a while of ripping things apart and getting shocked I found someone that had a volt meter. Turns out it was the campground pedestal was wired wrong and had no ground.

For this reason I got a Camco power defender analyzer. Not as much surge protection as more expensive units but will at least tell me if the campground outlet has a fault before I hook into it.
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Old 06-22-2016, 08:57 AM   #14
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I have been using this one, bought it when we picked up the lite.

No issues with the unit and it did protect the lite in one CG in ND..

The guy that did the PDI with us suggested it.
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:18 AM   #15
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The campgrounds will have breakers (sometimes they are accessible to you, and sometimes they are not), but not surge protection. Breakers are required by code.

Breakers and surge protectors do different things, and some of the other units do even more. Breakers are a safety device that trips when the circuit draws too much current. For instance, a short circuit. Surge protectors protect the equipment that's plugged into it from surges from the electrical supply. This could be a lightning strike somewhere during a storm, or an accident that takes out a pole, or even other peoples A/C going on and off, among other things.

In short, the answer is yes, you should buy a surge protector at the minimum. There are a couple of decent brands out there. Even better is to buy one of the Progressive Industries EMS units, because it protects your trailer from high and low voltage, surges, incorrectly wired pedestals, and frequencies out of range. I have the hard wired 30A version in my camper - it was the first big thing I did to it. It cost me about $220, but it was well worth it to me. I also carry around a 30A RV to 20A adapter and a circuit tester, and plug that into the pedestal before plugging in my camper. If I were to get anything other than the two yellow lights, I would contact the campground before I plugged my camper in.

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