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Old 04-05-2011, 01:16 PM   #1
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Voltage Regulators

I'm thinking of buying a voltage regulator that plugs inline with my 30 amp cord. Anyone using these??? Are they worth the 400 bucks? or should I spend 250.00 and just stick with the surge protection? Appreciate any thoughts........
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Old 04-05-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Surge protectors will clamp any voltage spikes which may occur. The only advantage a "regulator" would have, is to boost a low voltage "brown-out" condition. There are products which will do that, but expect to pay $$$.

I will be using only a surge protector. In fact, since I have the experience, I will be building my own surge protector using GE #V130LA20 MOV's. Cost for the parts will be about $5. Now, I ask you, why do they charge so much for surge protectors?

If you like, when I complete the project next week (hope to), I can post pictures on how I did it. If so, I would post to the Mods section of the forum.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:26 PM   #3
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David,

I would love to see that mod. I never even thought that I needed a surge protector. Thanks guys for all the info. I just keep learning.

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:33 PM   #4
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David,

I'd definitely like to see the plans for that project.
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:48 PM   #5
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I purchased the Progressive Industries EMS 30 amp for around $220 I think. It does spikes, low/high voltage, improper wiring etc. I really like it because I can plug in and forget. I got it because I had two incidents last year that almost fried my system (bad pedestals). Very happy with it so far.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:51 PM   #6
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I have a Progressive Industries EMS-PT30C purchased from Tweety's. PI make a quality unit and from what I've read have excellent customer support.
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Regarding bad pedistals;
I suppose it's prudent to bring along an electrical tester to check the pedistal before plugging in. We have done that when travelling to hotels overseas. Several simple types are available at places like Home Depot.
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I checked the pedestals every time, but that is only the static power readings. Most of the problems I have encountered were when a load was placed on it. The worst one I has was last year when a breaker was lose and when the micro started the pedestal started to arc and spark and go nuts. Thought I was going to lose my micro and other power. A good ems will help protect you in those situations by shutting off power to the camper.
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We brought home our new 22FB yesterday, which gave me a better chance to examine the converter and read its manual. The trailer has a PD4000 series converter made by Progressive Dynamics. This converter already has a good surge protection circuit on the shore power input. Also, since we are starting the 2 year warranty period, any modifications would void the warranty. For these reasons, I see no need to add any home brew surge protection - it's already designed into the converter.
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We brought home our new 22FB yesterday, which gave me a better chance to examine the converter and read its manual. The trailer has a PD4000 series converter made by Progressive Dynamics. This converter already has a good surge protection circuit on the shore power input. Also, since we are starting the 2 year warranty period, any modifications would void the warranty. For these reasons, I see no need to add any home brew surge protection - it's already designed into the converter.
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