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Old 08-01-2016, 08:49 AM   #1
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50 to 30 amp surge question

We are new to 50 amp RVs and will be going to our first 30 amp campsite. Do we still use our 50 amp surge protector w the converter cord for the 30 amp?
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:00 AM   #2
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If your campsite does not have circuit breakers for the 30 amps, then it's a good idea to still use your surge protector. We've found that if the connection box looks fairly new and has circuit breakers, a protector is not always necessary. However, if you feel safer using one, then by all means, use one.

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We are new to 50 amp RVs and will be going to our first 30 amp campsite. Do we still use our 50 amp surge protector w the converter cord for the 30 amp?
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If your campsite does not have circuit breakers for the 30 amps, then it's a good idea to still use your surge protector. We've found that if the connection box looks fairly new and has circuit breakers, a protector is not always necessary. However, if you feel safer using one, then by all means, use one.
ALWAYS use your EMS. "New" does not preclude high/low voltage conditions.
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We normally use the surge protector, but our last 5,000 mile trip had several "one night" stays, where we to tired/lazy to use the protector. All was well, but it's always good to use one--regardless.

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ALWAYS use your EMS. "New" does not preclude high/low voltage conditions.
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ALWAYS use your EMS. "New" does not preclude high/low voltage conditions.


He is CORRECT. Always use it
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Agreed with others - Always use EMS.

Also, put your water heater on propane when on 30 AMP service, if you want a/c anyway. A 50 AMP rig can easily trip the breakers on 30 AMP service.
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When I use 30amp service I just use an adapter on my 50 amp plug and plug into the 30amp receptacle on the post. With 30 amp service you only get one hot wire and it's not going to go wild based on a floating neutral in the post. You can get low voltage from a 30 amp service but that is easy to check. I do use my portable Progressive Industries surge protector for 50 amp service but that type service has 2 hots that are bonded to a single neutral and that presents a totally different set of potential problems.
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