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Old 03-30-2015, 05:09 AM   #1
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Another reason to use a surge protector

On a recent stay in Key West I was again thankful for my Progressive surge protector saving my trailer again. As usual I plugged it in before hooking up my camper and all showed fine. The next day after returning from sightseeing I noticed a "previous error" code showing that it had shut down for high voltage, and it did so again during the night (came back on within 5 minutes). As I was finishing coffee the next morning it shut off and I saw the voltage was reading 132v I out my dogbone adapter and checked the 50A side and it showed 115v and after switching to it ran off the 50a outlet fine for the rest of the week.
On the last morning there I told the maintenance guy about it and watched while he checked the pedestal. He told me the had had some problems in that line of campsite in the past. The outlets were fine in the pedestal but leg 1 from power company read 115v but leg 2 at that time was 124v. The 30a outlet was connected to leg2 so obviously that one was fluctuating from the power company, while leg 1 was connected to the left side pin on the 50a outlet and my camper ran fine on it as it stayed steady.
Again was very glad to have a good product that has saved my rig on several occasions and can't imagine plugging in to any power without it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:04 AM   #2
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And people ask/wonder if they are 'necessary' .
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Old 03-30-2015, 09:37 AM   #3
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I agree completely. Never used one until the good folks on this form highly recommend it; now use mine faithfully & would not be without it.
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Just bought ours and will be installing it (hardwire version) this weekend
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We're ordering one before we camp this season.
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where exactly do you put the surge protector? between the rc and the power post?
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Old 03-30-2015, 01:31 PM   #7
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I've read too many stories about campground power fluctuations; we got one two weeks ago. We camped for 10 days on S. Padre Isl and used it. Two of my neighbors stopped by to ask about "that thing" on my power pedestal. I explained what it was and what it did. Then came the stories of "bad" pedestals and charred recepticals. I was glad to have it....we got a 30A Progressive Industries.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:08 PM   #8
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Wouldn't camp without one. Several years ago we were camping at Myrtle Beach and I went to unplug the camper from the pedestal and the plug was just starting to melt. Very scary - good thing we were leaving when we did. Of course it was in July and very hot. I'm sure there is a very heavy load on the electric grid there. My husband had to put a new cord on. Now we don't have to worry. In my opinion it's worth every penny you pay for it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #9
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where exactly do you put the surge protector? between the rc and the power post?

There are two types. The external one plugs into the CG pedestal and you plug your TT power into the surge protector. The internal type is wired between the shore power and the converter box in your rig.


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Which one do you guys and girls recommend? Or which one do you own?



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This is the one I was looking at


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Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World
If you travel around, into area campgrounds you know nothing about or it's clientele, the hardwired one is the one. Remember, camping doesn't make people honest. Also, once it's there. it's always there.
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Has anyone taken the one like the original poster posted apart to see if they're a 1 time user thing if the surge part is hit by a power problem?
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Its like insurance you don't need it til something happens.......


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Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World
This is a "surge protector". It may check for open ground or neutral but it does not protect you from low power. This brand is a "one time" event and it's done.(or one year)
Progressive Industries has a lifetime warranty. Get their EMS (either hard wired or portable...that's another debate).
I have the EMS-PT30 portable unit and have been protected numerous time in the short time we have had it.
Spend twice as much now and be done with it.
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We had a seasonal sight and watched some seasonals and week enders loose microwaves, tvs, refrigators and other electronic equipment. One older TT had a power panel wired wrong and the post didn't have a ground (Neutral was bridged to ground, no connection to ground), aluminum body was hot. I offered to check with my surge protector - turned off the power, missing ground.
I have the Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C, it has saved my electronics many times. Go to their site, they 50 amp and 30 amp plug at the pole or hard wired. Proudly made in the USA.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:23 PM   #16
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Thank you. I just bought a surge protector for my new a-frame. My husband asked me what the heck I needed it for, as years ago when we had a Coleman pop-up---we never used or needed one. I'm going to show him this thread along with a few others I have printed out where it was stated that others were SO glad they had one---a surge would have shorted everything in the camper.

I feel better knowing I have one now.
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This is the one I was looking at


http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...s-30-amp/73993

I installed the Progressive Industries 30 amp hard wired version primarily because of the remote read out module which displays error code, voltage, frequency and amps.

I've never had anything stolen from a campsite in over 20 years of camping security of the unit was a minor consideration.


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Old 03-31-2015, 06:54 AM   #18
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Portable Surge Guard Protectors, 30 amp - TRC 44260 - Surge Protectors - Camping World
I had one of those originally and it didn't work at all (2 of them) The lights sometimes did not light up?? I bought the portable 30A Progressive one and wont be without it. As someone mentioned it not only checks for open grounds, miswired posts etc, but also monitors for high and low voltage. Plus lifetime warranty!
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Another vote for the Progressive Industries EMS versions.
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...snip... As someone mentioned it not only checks for open grounds, miswired posts etc, but also monitors for high and low voltage. Plus lifetime warranty!
Yeah, it's that lifetime warranty and MADE IN THE USA that sold me!
Installed mine last week!
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