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Old 05-21-2020, 01:59 PM   #1
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Do I need a surge protector?

I have a 2019 Berkshire 39a. Do these coaches have built in surge protection or do I need to add something?

Started thinking about it after a power surge fried a computer monitor at my house last night. Thanks!
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:49 PM   #2
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:17 PM   #3
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Don't think the Berkshire come with one. You should have one, we I stalled a Progressive hardwired EMS on ours. Skip
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:43 PM   #4
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I use one that is portable and I use it all the time. It has warned me several times of a problem at different camp grounds. I bought it at Camping World for around one fifty.
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Do a search, there are numerous threads on the value of external surge protectors. If you do a lot of hookups and have expensive electronics it would seem wise to purchase one if only for peace of mind.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:29 AM   #6
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I agree with the above. Do a search on past surge protector threads. ďDo I need a surge protector?Ē is a quarterly, if not almost monthly topic here. What can be said about it has already been said.
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Old 05-22-2020, 08:45 AM   #7
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you opened can of worms

You will see about 1/2 will say yes and the other 1/2 say no, never have used one for years.



My issue is low voltage, not just a surge but turning off if the voltage gets too low. We use watch dog with blue tooth:


https://hughesautoformers.com/power-...ge-protectors/


Really your choice, like I said there are many who have never used one.

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I donít take a lot of convincing and will be ordering one today. I have read other posts regarding the value of surge protectors. My question (maybe not so clear) was wether or not a 2019 Berkshire had any built in protection. Sounds like it doesnít. Thanks for the advise!
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When my friend, who didn't have one, got his $600.00 to replace converter fried, he immediately went out and got one!
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I donít take a lot of convincing and will be ordering one today. I have read other posts regarding the value of surge protectors. My question (maybe not so clear) was wether or not a 2019 Berkshire had any built in protection. Sounds like it doesnít. Thanks for the advise!
I realize the terms get used interchangeably a LOT (and incorrectly), but make sure you understand the difference between a surge protector and an EMS - and how they each do, and more importantly, do not, protect you and your RV.
As noted above, more than enough threads on this Forum to earn a PHD in surge protectors vs EMS!!
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The primary promoters of surge protectors are, unsurprisingly, the folks who sell them. Got one at home? Problem of surge there should be the same as anywhere else. I have one somewhere in a box in the camper but don't recall ever using it.

Main issue I've run across at campgrounds (mainly large state parks) is low voltage for which I use an Autoformer which, as I read the manual this morning, includes surge protection -- so I guess I have used surge protection without knowing it. Low voltage sometimes leads to brown outs in my experience and is one of the reasons I run my refrigerator on LP during hot weather so the beer stays cold and the ice cream frozen regardless of shorepower.

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We went for the hardwired Hughes Autoformers PWD30-EPO-H 30amp version for our 2019 Rockwood Mini-Lite 2109S. Loved that we didn't need to worry about plugging it in at each campsite and also not having it exposed to weather. Here's a short video: https://youtu.be/y0AgjimZhPo
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I realize the terms get used interchangeably a LOT (and incorrectly), but make sure you understand the difference between a surge protector and an EMS - and how they each do, and more importantly, do not, protect you and your RV.
As noted above, more than enough threads on this Forum to earn a PHD in surge protectors vs EMS!!
My rule of thumb when packing equipment to go backpacking, mountain biking, Back country skiing, off-roading, etc... is bring it (within reason) and youíll NEVER need it. Donít bring it and youíll DEFINITELY need it.

Seems the same goes for surge protectors/EMS. If I donít have one, Iím sure there will be an expensive incident. With one, it will probably never be needed.

I ended up ordering the Portable Hughes Autoformers - 50 Amp Bluetooth Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff.

Thanks for the advice!
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We fried a converter and a battery caught fire oh I have one
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Got a nice tingle while laying on the ground hooking up a safety chain to our tow dolly. Bad pedestal in the park. Switched to a Jeep for four wheel down towing and got a EMS. Always plug it into the pedestal to check before connecting and turning on the shore line. Always better safe than dead (sorry?).
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The dentist says, "Only floss the teeth you want to keep."

When it comes to surge protectors,
"Only protect the electronics you want to keep."

How much did you spend on the camper?
Is $2-300 really too much to protect it?
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When my friend, who didn't have one, got his $600.00 to replace converter fried, he immediately went out and got one!
He was just lucky it wasn't everything on board his coach.

meantime anytime it's going to plug in home or otherwise it on a plug-in after a voltmeter verifies the correct polarity of the connector and the correct voltage of the source.
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You will see about 1/2 will say yes and the other 1/2 say no, never have used one for years.



My issue is low voltage, not just a surge but turning off if the voltage gets too low. We use watch dog with blue tooth:


https://hughesautoformers.com/power-...ge-protectors/


Really your choice, like I said there are many who have never used one.

I disagree that the subject is a can of worms. Think of it as the insurance you carry on everything that is valuable to you.

You spend the money on the insurance hoping never to use it, but feel secure because it is in place..................OR..................You pat yourself on the back for saving the money and never paying for something you have not needed anyway.

Which guy are you?
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Do a search, there are numerous threads on the value of external surge protectors. If you do a lot of hookups and have expensive electronics it would seem wise to purchase one if only for peace of mind.
Your fridge, water heater, air conditioning all operate off electronics + computers, phone charging stations, TV's, electric recliners.
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