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Old 10-08-2016, 10:12 PM   #1
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My husband got an expensive surge protector and it keeps cycling our power off. The park ranger said that we need to throw it in the lake that he has seen it burn up converters. Should we use it? We had to borrow his 50 to 30 amp converter.
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Old 10-09-2016, 02:13 AM   #2
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My husband got an expensive surge protector and it keeps cycling our power off. The park ranger said that we need to throw it in the lake that he has seen it burn up converters. Should we use it? We had to borrow his 50 to 30 amp converter.
Or.... the park has a power issue and the "expensive surge protector" is doing exactly what is is supposed to be doing.

I could see that possibly one could get a defective surge protector but to get advice like that from the "Park Ranger" seems suspect to me.

What does your husband think is happening?
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:55 AM   #3
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Or.... the park has a power issue and the "expensive surge protector" is doing exactly what is is supposed to be doing.

I could see that possibly one could get a defective surge protector but to get advice like that from the "Park Ranger" seems suspect to me.

What does your husband think is happening?
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Is the surge protector giving any codes that could help you isolate what is causing the issues?
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I would put more weight in the surge protector than the park rangers opinion.
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When we arrived the 30a power source was stopped up with dirt Dabbers so he flagged down the power ranger and asked him if he had something to clean it out. We got most the dirt out. My husband said the codes show the power is constantly fluctuating and thinks it's from the dirt. Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 10-09-2016, 09:20 AM   #6
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Can you take a Volt meter and check the voltage right at the pedestal? If the meter shows fluctuations you can then call the Forest Cop and have him verify what the meter is showing.

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Ok thanks. We will try that.
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Dirt could definitely be doing it. But if that's the case, the surge protector sounds like it's doing its job. If you didn't have one, you could be seeing current surges way too high for some of your on-board appliances to handle. Or, the dirt/mud could be affecting your correct connection to ground or neutral. Either way, the surge protector is a good insurance policy. Sounding like they need to get an electrician over there to clean up that receptacle. In the meantime, if you can move to another site and another power pole, you're likely better off.
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I agree with the others that the surge suppressor is doing what it's supposed to do. Do you have an EMS system that captures error codes? Or just a suppressor?

My progressive Industries unit tells me exactly what the cause of the shutdown is.
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Or.... the park has a power issue and the "expensive surge protector" is doing exactly what is is supposed to be doing.

I could see that possibly one could get a defective surge protector but to get advice like that from the "Park Ranger" seems suspect to me.

What does your husband think is happening?
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