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mr. ed

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Posted: 05/08/14 03:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've ordered a portable surge protector from Camping World and expect to have it by next Thurs. Amazingly, I've managed to be OK without using one during my entire full time RVing career. I now feel that for the cost of one of these units (about $100+) the peace of mind is worth it.

If you're using one let us know if it has ever "saved your bacon" on occasion.


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I use one but only because someone gave it to me. It has never been tripped. I did have an encounter with lightning several years ago that no surge protector would have mattered


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I use whole house wired one.
A while ago I plugged into the 30 amp outlet and the surge protector(Electrical Management System) told me the circuit was not grounded. I informed the campground host and showed him the indicator on the equipment. He said people had been using that spot for weeks and that means there is nothing wrong with the outlet. I said, no it doesn't. It simply means the users were lucky and no one was electrocuted. I moved to a different spot then quietly posted a note on the other box alerting the next user to be sure to test the ground before hooking up.

On several occasions it's alerted me to a low voltage condition that can be harmful to electric motors like the A/C.

For me, it's money well spent.

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Posted: 05/08/14 03:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always use one.....it seems like a less expensive alternative to all the damage that might occur without one.


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Posted: 05/08/14 03:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Saved us three times, that we know of in 8 years.

I glad it did.

When you consider all the expensive things electrical that could have been damaged inside.


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I have been using a Progressive 'surge' surpresser for a number of years now. It has the ability to monitor the power coming into my coach. It has, on several occasions, alerted me to the fact that the power coming in to my coach was low voltage-as low as 103 volts- which as ed6713 indicated, could be harmful to A/C's and other electric motors. This problem is not limited to certain, off brand campgrounds. I found this problem in very large, prominent campgrounds like Disney's Fort Wilderness, Hershey High Meadow, and most recently, Sugarloaf Key KOA in Key West. It got to the point where the surge protector would shut down the power to my coach and reset a short time later. I feel that with all the electronics in today's coaches, it is well worth the investment of a few hundred dollars to protect the coach.
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Cancel your order...The $100 unit is a waste of money. If you are going to spend the money get an EMS surge protector like the Progressive industries with a lifetime warranty. JMHO


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I have a Progressive Industries EMS HW30C. It has cut off the power 2 or 3 times when the park power fell too low to safely power the AC. Well worth the money and time to install, in my opinion.


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I have one and it has saved my bacon 2 times in 2 yr! I wouldn't be w/out it.

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love my ems. had a 30a hardwired, now with new rig got the 50a unit

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