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Old 03-24-2015, 08:15 AM   #1
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Ever have campsite power pedstal issues. Surge, etc?

Have you ever experienced any issues or damage from a surge or improperly wired power pedestal?

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:20 AM   #2
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I've used a surge protector (Progressive Industries) since acquiring the X23B, after the trade to the 5th I got another hard wired 50A unit with remote display. Only once have I seen any indication that the device "caught" something. In my case it was a low voltage alert. Happened while we were away. The remote is at a convenient level when entering and I try to take a look every time I go in (for a refill). I've seen a few 20A plugs that looked a little "burned around the edges" that I wouldn't have wanted to use. I've not noticed any "suspect" 50A plugs but they seem to get less use than the 30A and I've noticed a few that have seen better days.


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Old 03-24-2015, 08:30 AM   #3
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No, we never did with either our motorhome or tent-trailer.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:34 AM   #4
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One of the first "mods" I made to our TT was adding an EMS. I figured for the price of the EMS, it was cheaper than replacing the circuit board on my fridge, A/C, hot water heater and anything else susceptible to damage from an incoming electrical issue.

I have experienced two electrical "anomalies" at two different CGs. At one, the incoming amperage kept dipping . It was a cool day and not many campers were out but once I brought the issue to the CG attendant, he admitted there had been an issue at the site the week before and had me move. In the other instance, the voltage kept dropping and finally the 30A breaker just lost power completely. We opted to stay at that site and just use the 50A feed with an adapter.

I don't think the issues were related to improper wiring (the EMS would have told me otherwise) or a CG wide surge. I can't say that I would have experienced any damage from either of those instances if I didn't have the EMS but you cannot rule out random electrical malfunctions. even at a newer CG.
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Old 03-24-2015, 10:32 AM   #5
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I would never plug into a CG pedestal without Progressive Industries power protection unit. I've seen many problems with pedestals mostly due to lack of maintenance on the part of the CG.

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Old 03-24-2015, 10:55 AM   #6
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I caught one that had an open Netural but did not plug in. I don't have a built in so I plug in my Progressive Industries SP and read the lights before I plug the trailer to the Surge protector.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:45 AM   #7
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Our EMS has shut off (or kept off) power three times due to: low voltage, a bad ground, and a reversed hot/neutral. The low voltage can damage your AC, and the bad ground or reversed hot/neutral can, under the right circumstances, kill you.

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Old 03-24-2015, 03:28 PM   #8
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Never had an EMS with my old trailer, never had a problem either. The new trailer has a lot more electronics and a much higher repair cost if something breaks. I'll be paying $250 +/- for lifetime insurance against a power problem.
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:30 PM   #9
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Last season a storm rolled in started firing of lightning. A friend had her little trailer plugged into power, no protection. She lost most electrical to the tune of $2000. She now has a Progressive unit. The $200 seems like cheap one time cost.
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Old 03-24-2015, 05:42 PM   #10
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I'll have to look into one myself. I've only camped once. And had no problem, but I spent alot on a honda eu3000is because it was an inverter type. So I guess it would be stupid to not protect the electronics when hooked up at the campsite

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