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Old 05-04-2016, 04:48 PM   #1
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Do I need a surge protector?

Picking up new White Hawk 28DSBH and someone told me no. I feel I need to have one to protect my investment. Am I right? What can you recommend to me that is less than $150, if possible. Thank you.

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Old 05-04-2016, 04:55 PM   #2
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That's a tough one. I've had one in both trailers we've owned and can't imagine trailering without one. However, many folks have gone years (decades) without and had no problems. Both of mine were from Progressive Industries. They are not cheap but it's what I've chosen.


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Old 05-04-2016, 04:57 PM   #3
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There are numerous ones on Amazon.
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Old 05-04-2016, 05:02 PM   #4
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Progressive are the best, and they warranty them for life. You have insurance on your RV, and I bet you hope you never need it...same goes for a EMS (electrical management system) ..
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I rv'd thru a tt, a mh and 2 fifth wheels with out one and never had a problem.

That said, I have a progressive PTC50c and would not feel safe without it. They are not cheap.
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:50 PM   #6
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if you are gonna buy one don't go cheap. 300 to 500 bucks is a small investment on your camper. One surge can take many systems out - Microwave, Fridge, Air, Furnace just to name a few.
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Old 05-04-2016, 11:10 PM   #7
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There are two electrical issues that could potentially cause you issues. One is a surge, such as from a thunder storm. A strike happens somewhere close to you and sends a short lasting spike in electric. Surge protectors alone are the lower end in cost.

The other issue is over or under voltage. This can happen say, hot summer afternoon, everyone comes back from site seeing, kicks both AC's on turns MW etc.. Voltage which should be about 120 volts, drops due to demand. An EMS (Electrical management system) will shut your power off at about 108, or if a temporary rise in voltage at about 132 volts. Higher or lower than these number could cause trouble with electric motors etc. They EMS will also typically cover surges from spikes (lightening) also. They cost more but give you much better coverage as to potential issues. A surge could knock out all your electronics, Frig, AC, MW, TV, etc. costs could easily be in multiple 1000's.

You can decide which you need. Personally I only had one issue with a spike and my EMS saved my unit.. burnt the protector but saved my rig.. I have a voltage meter plugged into an outlet inside that I watch. I have never had voltage go into the danger range, high or low, but have watched it drop as people came back and turned AC's on. Normally it doesn't go below 113 volts and I have never seen it over 123 volts, neither of which is a real danger. If money is an issue I would get the surge protector. If I had a few more bucks I would and did pop for a progressive EMS .

Hope that helps you make a decision.

Good Luck and happy travels.

PS. you know how much and where you use your RV. In more established areas with consistent electric and newer campground, high and low voltage is less of an issue but still a possibility. Spikes can happen anywhere you get bad weather.
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Originally Posted by norty1 View Post
I rv'd thru a tt, a mh and 2 fifth wheels with out one and never had a problem.

That said, I have a progressive PTC50c and would not feel safe without it. They are not cheap.
The same here. I have seen and experienced low voltage, high voltage, open neutrals, and lightning spikes in various state parks and even at my own home base site and zero damage to me. Now I know I might not have had damage without the PT50C, but I feel much better with it.

I also have a spare one that I would use if the primary one ever had to go back to the factory for warranty repair and guess what? I left my primary one at my home base site a couple of weeks ago and had to put my spare into service. I knew there was a reason I bought it besides safety - stupidity comes into play here.

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I would not be without an EMS. If you have sensitive electronics such as Pads, cell phones, laptops and TV's plugged in you are going to have an issue somewhere down the line. As stated above it is a small price to pay up front to protect the unit as a whole.

My EMS goes off mostly due to low voltage in the hot months when all the AC's are full bore. Some parks just can't handle the draw.

I think the 30A Progressive hard wire is about 250.00.

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Do you need your TV, microwave, fridge etc? YES?? then you need one of these as well. Just remember when you get a cheap one you are getting what you paid for... This one is the absolute minimum I would use.

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