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Old 02-18-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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Is an electrical surge protector really necessary for a 5th wheel or does it depend on the campground locations?
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Old 02-18-2015, 03:51 PM   #2
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We have one and thought it was well worth it considering how much electronic stuff in the RV can be damaged or destroyed by a power surge and how many campgrounds have unreliable power or are subject to nearby lightning strikes.

Just look up the cost to buy a replacement load center alone and it may surprise you. Add in televisions, radios, microwaves etc. and a good quality surge arrestor seems like a prudent precautionary measure.
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:03 PM   #3
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I wouldn't even consider plugging into a service without my Surge Guard. It will prevent any damage from surges as well as brown out conditions. Also prevent issues with improperly wired pedestals..
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In 3 years it has saved damage to our rig at least 6 times or more....damage can be seen after several incidents that you would be unaware of....over time with surge gard
it will keep that from happening....good luck
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:16 PM   #5
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A few years ago we JUST plugged into the campground electrically post and almost right away smoke started coming from the post, it cost well over $2000 in parts and repairs. We have had a Surge Guard hard wired into our motorhome. To answer your question how much do you want to pay for repairs?
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Our very first upgrade before camping was a progressive industries protector.


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Old 02-18-2015, 09:18 PM   #7
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Is an electrical surge protector really necessary for a 5th wheel or does it depend on the campground locations?
Yes, and Yes.

A 5er contains several thousand dollars in electronics: fridge, TVs, microwave, space heater (ours is a fake fireplace), one or two A/C systems, maybe a washer/dryer, central vacuum, and the converter plus whatever you have plugged into the receptacles. The loss of some of that stuff will ruin/cancel your trip. Damage can happen to any site power pole, or it can be from lightning. Even reputable campgrounds can have damage or get bad repairs from an electrician or handyman.

Like HONDAMAN, I installed a Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C. It was one of the first things I added.
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Had 30 amp Surge Guard on first TT.....first thing I purchased when we traded for our 2014 Silverback 33RL was a hardwired 50 amp Surge Guard.....I think it's cheap insurance....would like to sell the 30 amp, was only used 4 months.
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Originally Posted by jtownstumpjumper;78711...would like to sell the 30 amp, was only used 4 months.[/QUOTE




x2...would like to sell the 30 amp, was only used 14 months.
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Is an electrical surge protector really necessary for a 5th wheel or does it depend on the campground locations?
It can be well worth the investment. The second time I used my surge protector it came into play at a new campground that was about a year old. A couple of RVers had serious trouble while my unit was protected. You never know what problems can pop up unexpectedly. The surge protector has saved my TT a couple of times.
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