Originally Posted by bertscampers
I went one season without a surge protector and I feel that I really need to get one. I believe they are really important even though the guy at the local RV place said to get the cheap one for $100 from surgeguard. I think that it was explained before why they are not good.
I thought about hard wiring it in but someone said I may affect the warranty and should wait until the two years is up or buy the one that plugs into the post. Any thought.
Thanks for the help.
From the stand point of electrical safety during a surge event, the best location is a portable one at the pedistal.
From the standpoint of low voltage protection, the best location is hardwired inside the camper.
Of course there are the security and forgetfulness issues.
You see, there is no clear right or wrong answer.
The $100 unit you refer to would protect against a surge event only.
The more pricey Surge Guard unit adds protection against a mis-wired pedistal and any low voltage condition.
The Progressive Industries EMS units have the same as the Surge Guard (above) and also protection against deviation from the 60 cycle normal AC supply. This would only likely be needed if you're using a generator, but in a very rare event may be encountered from the local utility. The Progressive Industries is also more repairable if a damaging event were to occur.
In the end, it's a personal choice among the options above.
As for a source on the internet, Tweetys and Camping World carry them.