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Old 02-25-2016, 03:16 AM   #1
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Question Need Advice on Surge Protector, Please

Last Saturday, my husband and I bought a new Salem 241QBXL. However,
we have absolutely NO experience with an RV. So, I'd appreciate advice.
Our salesman says that we do NOT need to buy a surge protector, but our RV friends recommend that we have one to protect our electrical system.
I doubt that we will go to the best and newest private RV parks but will prefer state and national parks that are older. Please join in with your advice.
Many thanks,
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:09 AM   #2
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Whether you go with hard wired or portable, the best is Progressive Industries. Their units have a lifetime warranty.

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Old 02-25-2016, 06:15 AM   #3
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Over the "Long Haul" a Electric Entrance Protector will/Can reduce your "Surprises" that interfere with having a Good/Wonderful time! Youroo!!
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:40 AM   #4
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I consider it very cheap insurance. They cost less than $300 and your RV cost how much?

I too will recommend the Progressive Dynamics EMS. I have had mine cut the power a couple of times at a state park due to low power, which can be just as damaging as other situations. I have used the portable version for many years. Picking up our new RV today and will upgrading to the hard wired version just as soon as I get the chance.

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Old 02-25-2016, 07:23 AM   #6
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Regardless of the brand name a surge/low voltage protector is a required piece of gear. It matters not older park or brandy new park the pedestal can be wired wrong and you can get a surge. Myself I have the Progressive 30 amp. portable. Congrats on the new rig.
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Old 02-25-2016, 08:31 AM   #9
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surge protector

X6 my progressive hardwired unit has saved me several times from open grounds,reverse polarity, and low voltage problems.I opted for the hardwired type so that it can't walk off. but the portable unit will work just as good.
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X7, agree with all the comments about Progressive Industries. Consider what it would cost to replace your microwave, tv, radio, circuit boards in furnace, AC, water heater, etc, it's cheap insurance.
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It will also be the first addition to our new motorhome arriving in April.
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Last Saturday, my husband and I bought a new Salem 241QBXL. However,
we have absolutely NO experience with an RV. So, I'd appreciate advice.
Our salesman says that we do NOT need to buy a surge protector, but our RV friends recommend that we have one to protect our electrical system.
I doubt that we will go to the best and newest private RV parks but will prefer state and national parks that are older. Please join in with your advice.
Many thanks,
Cyn Cyn
THANK YOU to everyone who took time to respond to my question about needing a surge protector. That was my first post and I'm impressed and thankful for the advice and support of RV experts. My husband will retire in a month and we feel like "babes in the woods". We appreciate your advice.
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Definitely the Progressive. But I recommend the portable because, if this is your first RV, chances are you'll be ready to upgrade in a couple years and you can take surge protector. they have a lifetime guarantee!
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If you use a hardwired one, and use plugs, you can unplug it and take it with you....just need to configure plugs onto the wires right...
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Surprised a salesman could give such wrong advice. Well, maybe I'm not that surprised. We went with Progressive hard wired. With plugs for easy bypass if needed.
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Need Advice on Surge Protector, Please

Alex, I'll take surge protector for $2000.

"It helps with electrical issues while camping and keeps your appliances safe".

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I went to a newly opened section of Stone Mountain State Park NC in 2009. I was the first one in at the gate due to my wife's mom was the camp host. I drove in and picked my spot. All was great. An hour later another camper came in and parked in the spot next to me. When they plugged in I heard a loud pop and then a sizzling sound. That hookup had been wired wrong and it fried his entire system; at least that's what he told me. The Ranger had to come out and meet with him. I didn't know him but heard from my mother in-law that the park told the man to get an estimate and they would be responsible for the bill. I hope it worked out for him.
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I went to a newly opened section of Stone Mountain State Park NC in 2009. I was the first one in at the gate due to my wife's mom was the camp host. I drove in and picked my spot. All was great. An hour later another camper came in and parked in the spot next to me. When they plugged in I heard a loud pop and then a sizzling sound. That hookup had been wired wrong and it fried his entire system; at least that's what he told me. The Ranger had to come out and meet with him. I didn't know him but heard from my mother in-law that the park told the man to get an estimate and they would be responsible for the bill. I hope it worked out for him.

Hope he has good luck with that.

Was in MD one year and a quick storm came through toppled trees did lots of damage it took out my awning. Ranger said file a claim. I went through the whole process and got a letter stating the parks do not take responsibility for any damage.

Best to cover yourself like previous post cheap insurance with Progressive EMS
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This is the best price I have found on the progressive unit. I plan on purchasing before spring.
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