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Old 02-18-2015, 08:59 PM   #11
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Is it worth it? Price out one or two electronic devices that would get fried if you had a power surge or a bad pedestal wiring.. Now figure on how many other devices would be lost... The price of a surge protector is very cheap compared to losing all of your electronics...

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Old 02-18-2015, 09:36 PM   #12
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Our popup's power panel was damaged at a very nice campground. We did not realize the extent of the damage until after we began our 6 week summer trip a week later. I was able to Christmas tree together a temporary solution, but not everyone has a backgorund in electrical engineering. Every unit we have owned since has had a power analyzer (usually a Progressive unit) installed. In three years we have not had another problem. The units have alerted us to problems with campground power twice.

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Old 02-18-2015, 10:14 PM   #13
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Absolutely get the surge protector, as others have said it is relatively cheap insurance. When you get one, get one that protects against surges and low voltage. Here is a comparison chart of different models. This place is expensive, you can find them a lot cheaper elsewhere.
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Old 02-19-2015, 05:36 AM   #14
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I have a plug in protector & it not only protects from surges or low voltage, but you plug it in before you plug in your power cord it will tell you if the pedestal is wired correctly or if there is a problem with the ground. I learned this from the good folks here on this forum & would not be without it. Like one other member stated, plug it in before you start setting up & if there is a problem you won't have to unhook everything to move to another site if a problem exists.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:01 AM   #15
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There's a lot of folks that go for years without a problem, myself included. I found a place that sold a Progressive Industries hardwired model, 50amp, for under 300 bucks. Since I love to do mods and tinker, I took the plunge and went for it. The installation was straight forward with home owner garage tools. It makes a whole lot of sense, one bad wired pedestal or one lightening strike and Voila! There goes thousands of dollars of electrical equipment. It's cheap insurance. Btw, here's the link to that surge protector: Progressive Electrical Management System, Hardwire 50A/240V EMS-HW50C
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:07 AM   #16
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Definitely get one!!!

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Old 02-19-2015, 06:37 AM   #17
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Never had one in our old trailer but when we got our new one was one of the first buys. The amount of money you have into your rig now it's a must, most all have surge protectors on all their electronics in their home why not have it in your little home.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:38 AM   #18
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Short answer "ABSOLUTELY"
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:38 AM   #19
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And the Progressive is made in USA and guaranteed for life!!
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:03 AM   #20
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I had my micro fried at a beautiful upscale park in AZ 3 yrs ago. It weakened my water heater electrical contact board which I also replaced during the extended stay. It weakened my inverter which failed on on first fall trip to Florida. Resort paid for my micro replacement and service call. Unfortunately, I had to pay for the water heater circuit board replacement and service call since it could not be DIRECTLY tied to a power issue. The inverter I replaced myself and wa la all good. My 2015 Silverback will be hard wired before its next journey.
Moral of the story: get one and use it.
Here is WHY: at 11pm when surge happened, internal lights went to battery. Would not come up. Called emergency resort number. They sent their electrician over at midnight who checked and said pedestal was 100%. ( they have 24 hr service personnel since they own and operate a huge casino 1 mile away).
Next morning I went in office snd called a posted recommended mobile RV repair. In 5 minutes tech ( owner) detected damage and issue was open neutral at box. THUS THEY PAID.
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