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Old 07-07-2014, 06:52 PM   #1
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Surge protector

Just wondering......what is the general feeling about using a surge protector?

What would be the best one to purchase? We have a Class A 50 Amp service.

We want to know if it's worth the money to purchase one.
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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You need power protection, not just surge protection. Consider what it would cost you to replace all the on-board electronics if you have either a spike or low voltage and then make the decision yourself. Get a Progressive Industries unit and don't look back. Most of us wouldn't plug in without one.
Link: http://www.progressiveindustries.net/

Suggest you do a search about surge protection on this forum.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:02 PM   #3
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I use a portable 30 amp, I use it every time I plug the trailer in even at home on 110.



There is a 50 amp version if you wish to go that way.

Portable Power Surge Protectors - Save Your Electronics - PPL Motor Homes

Amazon may have them a bit cheaper.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:05 PM   #4
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In general, getting one is a cheap form of insurance for a major purchase by you. There are some horror stories on the forum about mishaps which occured when one was not in place.

I went with the Progressive Industries EMS-PT50C, which is a portable model. Company offers lifetime warranty. Does more than just protect against surges - low voltage, reverse polarity, etc.


EMS-PT50C

Good luck with your search!
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I have 2. Just incase one blows
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I use a portable 30 amp, I use it every time I plug the trailer in even at home on 110.



There is a 50 amp version if you wish to go that way.

Portable Power Surge Protectors - Save Your Electronics - PPL Motor Homes

Amazon may have them a bit cheaper.
I have the same one and it is worth every penny I paid for it. Twice I have encountered trouble.
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I always use a surge protector on my 30 amp service. However while at a campground several weeks ago, I did not see many used while I was walking through the grounds. I have one, it was highly recomended on this forum. I feel much better having one. I have heard some horror stories of not using one.

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I may had seen one other setup with it which might be why I do get asked "What's that?" when other RVers see it on my site. I know that many owners will have it installed to avoid it being stolen easily.

The previous service manager once commented that I was the only person she knew that used one.
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I always use a surge protector on my 30 amp service. However while at a campground several weeks ago, I did not see many used while I was walking through the grounds. I have one, it was highly recomended on this forum. I feel much better having one. I have heard some horror stories of not using one.

Chuck "still in Va "
I have had a CG host ask me what it is and what it does, I have seen a couple of other and there may be more that are hardwired in that are not visible.
I will not plugin without it.
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X 2 for the Progressive Industries hardwired electronic management system. Costs about $300 but worth every penny and can be installed with very little hassle. Trust me on that. I'm a complete Luddite when it comes to DIY but even I managed to wire mine in.


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